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Again, Napoli President insists Osimhen going no where

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Aurelio De Laurentiis, the President of current Italian Serie A champions, Napoli, has once again insisted that his top striker will not be leaving the club in the next transfer widow as he (Osimhen) is close to extending his stay at the club.

The announcement will be bad news for a number of top European clubs, including Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea who were all hoping to capitalize on the Nigerian striker’s contract situation to lure him away from Italy.

The hitman currently has one and a half years left on his existing contract and had not indicated any interest in renewing the terms, but the Italian champions want to him to stay at the club beyond 2025.

De Laurentiis, who spoke to Italian sports journalists at a football award ceremony on Saturday, expressed confidence that his star man was set to pen a new deal at the club.

“For Osimhen we are at the signing stage which had been pending since the summer,” he said.

This is not the first time the Napoli chief will pour cold water on a move by the 24-year-old Nigerian forward.

Notably was the last transfer window when a top club in the Saudi Arabian league tabled a mouthwatering offer said to be in excess of €200 million for Osimhen but the hard-nosed De Laurentiis refused to play ball, insisting that his frontman was not for sale at any amount.

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Nigerian keeper Nwabali becomes beautiful bride as English, Saudi clubs battle for him

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Super Eagles and Chippa United of South Africa goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, has become a hot property as he is attracting serious interest from clubs in England and Saudi Arabia.

According to transfer guru and journalist, Fabrizio Romano, English Championship side, Queens Park Rangers (QPR), and Saudi Arabian side, Al Ettifaq, who are managed by Steven Gerrard, are among the teams willing to splash the cash to lure Nwabali away from Chippa.

“Nigeria GK Stanley Nwabali, on the list of different clubs as Al Ettifaq in Saudi and Queens Park Rangers in UK have enquired about him. His South African club Chippa United will consider his future move in the next months,” Romano wrote on X on Monday morning.

Romano added that the two clubs as well as some unnamed clubs have made enquiries about Nwabali and Chippa will look into his future but it remains to be if a transfer will materialise.

The 27-year-old had an impressive outing at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament where he pulled out impressive performances to lead Nigeria to the final.

His performances has also sparked rumours of interest in the South Africa with top PSL rivals, Kaizer Chiefs, being one of the clubs mentioned.

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Rigobert Song pens emotional farewell message following sack as Indomitable Lions’ coach

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Former coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Rigobert Song, has bid an emotional farewell to fans of the national team following his sack during the week.

Song, who was relieved of his position by the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) led by his former teammate, Samuel Eto’o, on Wednesday, said he was so grateful for the opportunity to coach the team and expressed hopes of better days for the team’s future.

Reflecting on his tenure, Song expressed his pride in having led the Indomitable Lions for two years.

“I was very honored for two years to be the head coach of our national football team, the Indomitable Lions,” he wrote in his parting statement.

“Sport being what it is, our performances during these competitions were not commensurate with the notoriety and prestige of Cameroonian football.

“The Indomitable Lions is my story, it’s my Life. I remain a fan who knows that new and beautiful pages in the history of Cameroonian football will be written,” Song stated.

Song’s sacking followed Cameroon’s unexpected exit from the Africa Cup of Nations in January at the hands of Nigeria, coupled with a string of uninspiring results over the years.

His course was also not helped by his famous fallout with goalkeeper Andre Onana at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar where the fans favourite was send home from the team’s camp, an act which drew serious criticism from football fans in the country.

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