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Italian club, Sassoulo, hunts for Nigerian star, Olisah Ndah

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Italian Serie A side, Sassoulo, has made a firm bid for Nigerian and Orlando Pirates of South Africa defender, Olisa Ndah, according to a report in local media in the country.

The Nigerian international who joined Pirates from Nigerian NPFL club, Akwa United, has become a mainstay for the club since his arrival two seasons ago but could soon be on his way out, according to the report.

Recent transfer rumours in South Africa shows that Pirates have received an offer on the table from Sassuolo for Ndah and negotiations are currently ongoing between the Italian top flight club and the player’s management.

“Pirates has already received an offer on the table from Sassuolo and they themselves have already reached back to them with their own valuation for Ndah.

“That is understandable as the player still has a contract at the club. There is now a big chance that the player will start the next year in Europe,” the report said.

If the sees the light of day, it would no doubt be a significant move for the enterprising defender as well as the Super Eagles of Nigeria who will now have more defensive options to replace an ageing defence.

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CHAN 2023: Senegal beat host Algeria on penalty shootout to become African homebased champions

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The Teranga Lions of Senegal pulled up a big surprise by dashing the hopes of Algeria winning the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) on home soil with a 5-4 victory on penalties to add to its Afcon trophy.

In a tense final match of the tournament played at the magnificent Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers, the Local Teranga Lions edged the hosts in front of 39,120 spectators on a cold winter night.

Senegal’s win also meant they are now the undisputed champions of African football which has seen the West African nation complete a rare treble of triumphs which has see them lift the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as well as the Beach Soccer AFCON.

In the final match proper, both teams took time to size out each other and seemed tense in the opening minutes of the match which boiled over when Gabonese referee, Pierre Ghislain Atcho, dished out four yellow cards in the opening half hour.

With the scoreline goalless at the half-time mark, both coaches Madjid Bougherra and Pape Thiaw made some changes in the second half which increased the intensity while maintaining a balanced outlook on the night.

The game ended goalless after regular time and extratime and went straight into penalties with the Teranga Lions holding their nerves to win 5-4.

Meanwhile, Algeria set a new tournament record by not conceding in six games at the tournament in regular time while the final was the first game to go into extra time.

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Kenya’s Edwin Kibet wins 2023 Lagos City Marathon

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Kenyan long distance runner, Edwin Kibet Koech, has won the 8th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon held in Nigeria on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Kibet finished the 42km race in two hours, 14 minutes and six seconds to beat Ethiopia’s Dekeba Shefa and fellow Kenyan, Bernard Sang, who finished second and third respectively.

For his feat, Kibet took home the grand prize of $50,000, while Shefa and Sang carted home $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.

In the female category, Alemenseh Guta of Ethiopia was the first woman to cross the finish line, with compatriot Kebene Urisa and Kenya’s Naomi Maiyo coming second and third respectively.

The annual event sponsored by one of Nigeria’s elite financial institutions, Access Bank, was recently upgraded by the world athletics body to a gold label, meaning that the winners of both the men and women’s races have also qualified for the marathon events at the 2024 Olympics scheduled for Paris, France.

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