One week after picking the highest goal scorer award (Pichichi) in the Spanish women league, Nigerian female soccer star, Azizat Oshoala was on the losing side when Lyon female team defeated Barcelona 3-1 on Saturday to win the women’s Champions League final for the eighth time in the final played at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
Lyon’s Les Fenottes were in devastating mood from the first blast of the whistle, starting the damage as early as the sixth minute with Amandine Henry blasting home the opener from well outside the box to give the French team an early lead.
Les Fenottes struck again in the 23rd and 33rd minutes through Ada Hegerberg’s stooping header and Catarina Macario’s pile driver to bury Barcelona beneath a three-goal deficit.
Though Barcelona cut Lyon’s lead back to two with a goal from Alexia Putellas just before halftime, the damage had already been done in the first half of the pulsating match.
Though Barcelona have been a dominant force in Spain, going the whole season without losing of the 30 matches they played with the Super Falcons striker scoring 20 goals despite an injury plagued season, Lyon’s Les Fenottes have dominated European women’s club soccer, winning six of the last seven Champions League titles.
Last season was the only exception when Lyon was defeated by Paris Saint-Germain in the quarterfinals.
CAF postpones 2023 Afcon to January 2024 due to weather concerns
The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has postponed the 34th edition of the African Nations Cup (AFCON), which was scheduled to hold between June to July of 2023 in Ivory Coast, to January and February, 2024.
The reason for the postponement, according to CAF President, Patrice Motsepe, is due to concerns over weather conditions in the West African country which experiences heavy rainfall during the period.
While addressing the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Rabat, Morocco, on Sunday, Motsepe said the decision was also to align the continent with the European football calendars.
Motsepe also said the decision was further motivated by weather concerns following a report by the Ivorian Meteorological Agency which predicted heavy rainfall in many parts of the country designated for the tournament.
The agency, in a report presented to CAF, had noted that Ivory Coast which has a tropical climate, has the peak of its rain season between June and July and most parts of the country is always at the height of the rainy season.
This is the second time the AFCON will be rescheduled at the beginning of the year since it was moved from January/February to June/July by former CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.
Nigerian ‘Last Stylebender’, Israel Adesanya, beats Jarred Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title
Nigerian fighter, Israel Adesanya, “the Last Stylebender” , has retained his UFC middleweight title with a win via unanimous decision.
Judges scored the bout 49-46, 49-46, 50-45, all in favour of the Nigeria’s over his challenger, Jarred Cannonier in the UFC 276 bout which took place at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada this morning.
The 32-year-old Nigerian has now defended his middleweight championship for the fourth time after he defeated Kelvin for his middleweight interim title in 2019.
The ‘Last Stylebender’ he has defeated the likes of Robert Whitaker, Martin Vettori, Paulo Costa, Yoel Romero including his win against Jarod Cannonier.
Adesanya is one of top fighters of African descent in the UCF, the list includes Abu Azaitar was given the nickname Gladiator who holds a 14-1 MMA record, Sodiq Yusuff and Kamaru Usman who are both Nigeria and Cameroonian, Francis Ngannou, nickname: Predator.
Adesanya is reportedly set to a guaranteed purse of $1.8million from the fight after he earned around $1.1million in his last bout against Martin Vettori. UFC will earn approximately $82.5million from PPV sales and Israel will receive 30% of the PPV shares which could make this the highest earnings of his career.
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