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Onana: Cameroon Knockout at the AFCON

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Andre Onana’s participation at the Africa Cup of Nations has drawn to a close after Cameroon suffered a 2-0 defeat against Nigeria in the last 16.

Our no.24 was an unused substitute at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, with his cousin Fabrice Ondoa selected in goal instead.

Ademola Lookman, formerly of both Everton and Leicester City, opened the scoring after 36 minutes played, latching onto a pass from Victor Osimhen to slam home his effort past Ondoa.

The game was put beyond the Indomitable Lions’ reach inside the final stages, with Fulham man Calvin Bassey’s low cross turned home by Lookman once more, securing progression for Jose Peseiro’s side.

Nigeria had the ball in the net during the opening stages in the Ivory Coast, with Semi Ajayi’s effort ruled out for offside, sparing Cameroon’s early blushes.

Frank Magri’s shot was the first chance Rigobert Song’s side had on goal with 20 minutes played, as the former’s volley sailed into the stands.

It was, however, the three-time AFCON champions who took the lead before the interval, with Osimhen initially showing great strength to hold off Oumar Gonzalez.

The Napoli forward played in Lookman with a neat pass and the 26-year-old made no mistake from close range, tucking home despite Ondoa’s best efforts.

As the second half began, Cameroon’s Georges-Kevin N’Koudou looked to threaten down the right flank, with his advances thwarted by the resilient Nigeria defence.

Lookman took aim from distance as he went in search of both his and his nation’s second goal of the game, but he couldn’t quite connect with his own drive.

But as we reached the final stages, the former RB Leipzig man made no mistake in securing Nigeria’s progression to the last eight, notching home from close range.

Bassey’s cross from the right was cleverly flicked home by the tricky forward, beating Ondoa for a second time across the 90 minutes.

It wasn’t to be for Cameroon and Onana on this occasion, as their AFCON hopes ended in this last-16 defeat, as they failed to reach the heights of their success back in 2017.

Our commiserations go to Andre and the Indomitable Lions.

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“Osimhen is a nobody”- Rangers’ title-winning coach Fidelis Ilechukwu blasts Super Eagles/Napoli star after snide remarks to Finidi George

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“Osimhen is a nobody to disrespect Finidi. As the African best player, one of our best players, he must learn to be patient and explain himself even when the world is against him,”

“He needs to apologize. He must, because an apology is a sign of humility. It is not always good to behave like he is beyond control. who is he?

“This is a player of yesterday, who started from under-17 just talking and ranting. As far as I’m concerned, NFF should take drastic action against that kind of attitude.” Ilechukwu told Brila FM.

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Man City To Open Premier League Title Defence Against Chelsea

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Manchester City will start their Premier League title defence with an away match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on August 18, as announced by the Premier League on Tuesday.

Chelsea’s new manager, Enzo Maresca, will have an intriguing start to his tenure facing a team he knows well from assisting Pep Guardiola during City’s treble-winning season and coaching their youth team.

The Premier League season will commence with FA Cup winners Manchester United hosting Fulham on August 16.

Arsenal, last season’s league runners-up, will begin their campaign at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 17.

Other notable opening fixtures include Championship winners Leicester City taking on Tottenham Hotspur at home and Newcastle United facing off against play-off winners Southampton.

Ipswich Town, making a return to the Premier League after a 22-year absence following consecutive promotions, will host Liverpool in an early kick-off on August 17.

This season will start in mid-August without a mid-season break, allowing for an extended off-season.

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“Osiмhen sρoke like there’s no difference between him and Portabℓє” – Babatυnde Otitojυ

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Babatunde Otitoju’s Comment:  Sports journalist Babatunde Otitoju has shed light on the controversy surrounding Victor Osimhen’s behavior towards Finidi George, stating that Osimhen spoke to George “like there’s no difference between him and Portability”

Lack of Respect: Otitoju’s comment suggests that Osimhen showed disrespect towards George, speaking to him in an informal and impolite manner, similar to how he might speak to a fellow player or someone of a lower status, rather than a coach who deserves respect

Portability Reference: The reference to Portability is likely a comparison to a popular Nigerian musician known for his humble background and rise to fame, implying that Osimhen spoke to George without the respect and deference due to a coach .

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