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Drogba Leads Gala Against Chelsea, Today

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Galatasaray’s Didier Drogba faces former club Chelsea for the first time since leaving in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Drogba is regarded as a legend by fans of the Premier League club, having clinched European glory in the competition with his final touch as a Chelsea player in the 2011-12 final against Bayern Munich.
Having scored 157 goals in 341 appearances for Chelsea, Drogba ensured a Hollywood ending at the club by converting the winning penalty against Bayern at the Allianz Arena.
However, Chelsea’s fourth all-time highest scorer will be aiming to knock his former employers out of the competition when the sides meet in the last 16 at the Turk Telekom Arena.
The Ivorian has 12 goals to his name in all competitions this season, but Chelsea qualified top of Group E with the help of one of the tightest defences in the competition.
Along with Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, Chelsea conceded just three goals in the group stage and have been breached just once in their last five Premier League outings.
Their latest victory – a 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday – maintained their lead in England’s top flight, but Samuel Eto’o is eager for his team-mates to take one game at a time in their quest to win the double in Jose Mourinho’s first season back at the club.
As well as Drogba, Galatasaray coach Roberto Mancini also has plenty of experience with Chelsea – albeit sitting in the opposition dugout.
Mancini was involved in a number of clashes with Chelsea during his time at Manchester City – winning six of nine meetings in all competitions – and the Italian has enjoyed a relatively successful tenure so far in Istanbul.
Currently sitting second in the Super Lig behind Fenerbahce, Mancini also guided his side to second in Group B after a dramatic win over Juventus in a delayed game in the Turkish capital.

Wesley Sneijder’s goal five minutes from time sent Gala through in dramatic fashion in a fixture put back a day due to snow.
Galatasaray are aiming to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for a second successive season as they compete in the Champions League last 16 for just the second time.
However, they will look to avoid a repeat of Chelsea’s only ever visit to Galatasaray, which saw the visitors pick up a 5-0 victory in 1999 courtesy of a Tore Andre Flo brace and further goals from Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Wise and Gabriele Ambrosetti.

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Super Eagles Beat Guinea Bissau Tops Group A 

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The Super Eagles on Monday in Bissau beat hosts Guinea Bissau 1-0 to reclaim leadership of Group A in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
Moses Simon’s penalty kick after 29 minutes gave the Nigerian senior men’s football team the needed win to move to nine points after four matches.
They have now upstaged from the apex position Guinea Bissau who toppled them on Friday in Abuja with a 1-0 win.
Guinea Bissau are with seven points from four matches and in second place, ahead of Sierra Leone who have five points from four matches.
The Tidesports source reports that Nigeria will next face the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in a Match Day 5 fixture.

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2022 NPFL: Nasarawa United Unveils  New  Players

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Nasarawa United Football Club, Lafia, has unveiled eight new players for the remainder of the 2022/23 league calendar
The newly acquired players comprise one goalkeeper, four defenders and three attackers.
A release signed by the Media Officer of the Club, Eche Amos and made available to Tidesports yesterday, said Goalkeeper, Mohammed Galadima and central defender, Victor Collins both returned to the club after spells at Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi and Amanat Baghdad FC of Iraq, respectively.
Right full-backs, Samson Vandi Drambi and Nelson Abiam joined from 2nd division side, EFCC FC of Abuja, while Nelson Abiam joined from premier league side Wikki Tourists FC, Bauchi. Full-back, Aminu Yusuf joined from neighbouring Lobi Stars FC, Makurdi.
The trio of centre forwards, Kazeem Abdulrafiu, Isaac James Ogiri and Kolawole Daniel inked the contract papers from Ruqayya Football Academy of Kaduna, ABS FC of Ilorin, and Gombe United FC, Gombe, in that order.
The unveiling ceremony took place last Wednesday in Lafia.
Each of the players is expected to bring his wealth of experience to bear as the Solid Miners prepare to overturn their current position on the league standings.
In another development, Nasarawa United yesterday defeated border neighbours, Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi, in an explosive friendly game decided at the Sports Complex of Federal University, Lafia, to fine-tune both teams ahead of the resumption of the second phase of the 2022/23 Nigeria Premier Football League.

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Corruption, Bane of Nigeria Football Dev – Peterside

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If not for the high level of corruption in Nigeria football administration, the country would have produced lots of football stars, former Super Eagles goalkeeper Idah Peterside said.
According to him, the country has a bunch of good and talented players like Victor Osimhem, but because of corrupt  administration, many young players were deprived to get national call up.
Idah made the assertion last Wednesday in an interview with sports journalists shortly after Rivers United FC defeated Rangers FC 1-0 in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He revealed that he will come back to Nigeria with the view to  promote and develop football, following the experiences gained outside the country.
“If I was elected as the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) a lot of things would have changed in the football administration.
“ I have come  back to Nigeria, Port Harcourt, my base with all the experiences I had gained  around the world to see how  one can be  involved in the development of the game.
“ Football is my game, I have sacrificed a lot for the development of the game” Idah said.
He congratulates Osimhen for his impressive performances in the Italian League, adding that what he expected Osimhen to do was to win World best or Africa footballer of the year.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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