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Gabonese star, Aubameyang continues exploits as Barcelona trash Real Madrid in one-sided El Clásico

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African star, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has continued his exploits in the colours of Barcelona FC as the Gabonese professional footballer netted two goals for his team against arch rival Real Madrid on Sunday in the latest show of Spanish derby El Clásico.

Barcelona ran rampant against a Madrid side badly missing the injured Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy to continue their remarkable renaissance under Xavi, ending a five-game losing streak against Real Madrid in emphatic fashion with a 4-0 victory over their fierce rivals in Sunday’s El Clasico at the Bernabeu.

The El Clásico is the name given to any football match between rival clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Originally referring to competitions held in the Spanish championship, the term now includes every match between the clubs, such as those in the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey.

Aubameyang, who recently joined Barcelona in the last transfer window after leaving Arsenal football club by mutual consent after falling out with Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta and suffering a dip in form.

The 32-year-old was stripped of the club captaincy after multiple disciplinary breaches, and was made to train on his own before not being invited on the Gunners’ mid-season trip to Dubai then managed to have his contract in north London terminated to facilitate a move to Barcelona.

Since joining a resurgent Barcelona side under club legend Xavi as manager, Aubameyang has been impressive. He has scored nine goals and assisted one goal in eleven games for the Spanish side. Analysts have begun to question Mikel Arteta’s man-management ability; it was his sour relationship with the Gabonese star that contributed to his departure.

Some have also asked if it was smart business on Arsenal’s side to terminate Aubameyang’s contract and let him leave on a free transfer to Barcelona.

After all said, Arsenal does not look like a team missing Aubameyang as the North London team has enjoyed a ride of great results since the beginning of the year, putting them in strong contention for the top four position in the English Premier League.

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How Super Eagles players, Bassey, Iwobi disunited Man U

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It was a Nigerian affair at the revered Old Trafford stadium as the Super Eagles duo of Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi combined to deny Manchester United all three points in the EPL match played on Saturday as Fulham beat the Red Devils 2-1 at home for the first time since 1963.

United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were further put on hold as defender Bassey scored his first goal for Fulham in the 65th minute from a corner before Iwobi did the unthinkable when he scored in added time to earn an unlikely victory for the away side.

The much maligned England defender, Harry Maguire, thought he had rescued a point for United when he pounced on a rebound in the 89th minute to cancel the Bassey’s strike.

But Iwobi, however had plans as he pounced on Adama Traore’s pass to wrong foot Cameroonian goal keeper, Andre Onana, to seal thr famous win for the London club.

And typical of Nigerian football fans, the joke of the win was turned on Onana in the spirit of the age-long rivalry between Nigeria and Cameroon.

While some bantered the Eagles duo saying they did to Man U what they could not do to Ivory Coast in the final of the 2023 AFCON, others taunted Onana, bragging that Nigeria will always beat the Indomitable Lions both at national team and club levels.

Meanwhile, another Nigerian eligible player, Tosin Adarabioyo played alongside Bassey in the Fulham defence and was rock-solid as well.

Read what some social media users posted after the match;

“Onana escaped Nigeria in Ivory Coast. Calvin Bassey and Iwobi just hunted him to Manchester United to give him his own share of the two goals he escaped” – Wisdom Ezrah

“Iwobi and Bassey saw Onana and thought they were playing against Cameroon” – Anselem Ekene

“Iwobi and Bassey made sure Manchester United paid for their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations” – Dan Ifeanyi

“Cameron will always be under Nigeria when it comes to football be it on African soil or Europe. Well done guys” – Aliyu Salihu

“Onana went to eliminate Cameroon early enough so that he could rush back and finish Manchester United completely” – Bomario Tam

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Kenyan President Ruto promises Kiptum’s widow new house, job, Ksh.5m cash

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Kenya’s President, William Ruto, has promised that the State will build a new and befitting house for the family of late marathon world record holder, Kelvin Kiptum.

Ruto who made the pledge while speaking during Kiptum’s burial ceremony held on Friday at the Chepkorio Showground in Keiyo South, Elgeyo Marakwet County, said government will give the family another house in addition to the one built on Kiptum.

Apart from the new house, President Ruto said the government would give every support to Kiptum’s family in honour of the pride and glory the late marathoner brought the country.

He also pledged to give Kiptum’s widow, Asenath Rotich, automatic employment and Ksh.5 million cash to support her and the two young children left behind by Kiptum.

The new house will be in addition to the two three-bedroomed houses the government constructed for the late world marathon champion and his father in a record one week.

In his address at the funeral ceremony, President Ruto eulogised Kiptum as an “ambitious, disciplined and focused” sportsman, highlighting Kiptum’s humility, noting that he overcame all challenges facing him to become an icon.

“He had more reasons not to succeed than he had to succeed. But he worked against the odds. He could have said ‘I come from a village that is not well known, or I come from a family that cannot cater for me’ or he does not have running shoes… you heard he ran barefoot in his earlier days.

“He didn’t see those as impediments to his ambition and his success. I say Kelvin, even in his death, is speaking to us as Kenyans that we may not have gold, we may not have so much… and that should not deter us from being the great country that we must be.

“All of us as the people of Kenya must love this country enough to be able, to make Kenya great,” Ruto said.

The late Kiptum died in a tragic road accident along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Eldoret road alongside his Rwandan coach Gervais Hakizimana on Sunday, February 11.

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