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Nigerian Fans Back Watford To Shine

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The large presence of Nigerian players at the newly-promoted English club, Watford, has drawn a lot of support from football fans in the country as they root for the club to do well in the English Premier League this season.
The Hornets, as Watford are fondly called, have four Nigerians in their ranks following their promotion to the topflight league.
Super Eagles captain William Troost-Ekong , Oghenekaro Etebo, Isaac Success and Dennis Emmanuel are all with the English club.
Reacting to the number of Eagles players at Vicarage Road, some fans told newsmen that they are backing the newly promoted side this season.
Wole Popoola, a telecommunication engineer said, “I am a big Chelsea fan but I definitely will be watching more of Watford games this season because of the presence of some Nigerian players there. I think I like the fact that we have so many of them there and I hope they do well.”
Alexander Ebhodaghe added, “There is no doubt that Watford have gotten themselves a large number of fans from Nigeria and probably Africa with the number of our players there. I can’t just but hope they do well because it’s almost like watching our national team.”
“I am a Real Madrid fan, which means I will be supporting Watford this season in the Premer League,” Ganiu Yusuf said.
“I like the fact that they have four Nigerians because it means we will get to see more of our boys in action in the EPL.”
Segun Arigbanla hopes Watford beat every club in England except Arsenal.
 ”I am a strong Arsenal fan, having our players playing for Watford means I am developing a soft spot for the club and I want them to do well. I will be glad if they can beat every club in the Premier League except Arsenal.”
Watford kick-started their return to the Premier League with a 3-2 over Aston Villa on Saturday with Dennis getting on the score sheet.

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Euro 2024: Mikel Oyarzabal Clinches Victory For Spain

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Mikel Oyarzabal scored a late goal to give Spain a 2-1 victory over England in the Euro 2024 Final yesterday at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
Coming off the bench, Oyarzabal scored the winning goal to give Spain a record fourth European Championship, their first since 2012.
Following a cagey first half in Berlin, in which neither team scored, Spain increased the intensity early in the second half.
A lovely infield shuffle from the 17-year-old Lamine Yamal followed by a cross-pass in the path of Spain’s left-winger, Nico Williams ended up as the opener.
Williams slotted the ball past Jordan Pickford at the bottom corner of the far post to make Spain go ahead of the game.
In the 70th minute, Cole Palmer was substituted in for Kobbie Mainoo.
The Chelsea player took three minutes to combine alongside Jude Bellingham for England’s equalizer.
The winner finally came via another substitute, this time for Spain, as Oyarzabal pounced onto a Marc Cucurella’s low cross from the left to see his team win the game.

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Napoli Reject PSG’s €200m Offer For Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia

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Napoli have turned down a mammoth €200m bid from Paris Saint-Germain for Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen and his teammate Kvicha Kvaratskhelia.
According to Italian sources, the French champions tabled the mega offer in an attempt to secure the services of both players. However, Napoli are only willing to consider offers for Osimhen this summer.
PSG’s interest in both players is well documented, but Napoli remain firm in their stance regarding Kvaratskhelia. The Georgian international is considered indispensable, and the club have no intention of parting with him this summer.
Osimhen, who has been heavily linked with a move away from the former Serie A champions, has a release clause in his contract reportedly set at €130m. However, with a lack of concrete proposals, Napoli may be open to negotiating a lower fee for the Nigeria international.
PSG’s interest in the duo comes as no surprise, with the French side desperately seeking marquee signings to fill the void left by Kylian Mbappé’s impending free transfer to Real Madrid.

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Squash: Apata Tops Ladder At Lagos Country Club

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The Squash Section, Lagos Country Club recently held its annual 2024 WorkNigeria Squash Ladder tournament where winners emerged in various categories.
The nine-day tournament climaxed last Friday with Bunmi Apata becoming the number one on the gold ladder in the men’s category,
Funmi Bamkole, past president and a patron of squash topped the Ladder in the veteran category and the chairman of the section, Semoore Badejo came tops in the super veteran category.
In the female category, Mrs Abiola Kolawole came first followed closely by Moniola Gege and Mrs Wuraola Adeseun.
The just concluded annual tournament saw players playing a cumulative number of three hundred and forty-three games with Mr Adeboye Teriba winning the prize for the player who played the highest number of games. Kolawole Adeyemi won the prize for the most improved player of the tournament.
In his remark, the president of Lagos Country Club, Mr Seyi Adewunmi commended the high spirit of sportsmanship among the playing members and noted improvement on the standard of the game over the years.
He urged the sectional executives to keep raising the bar in subsequent tournaments.
Olufemi Oyebanjo, the managing director of Worknigeria, sponsors of this year’s Ladder tournament expressed satisfaction on the massive turnout for the event and members obvious enthusiasm towards the game of Squash.
This, according to him, resonates with the goal of the organization to ensure that it develops sound minds fit for the labour market. “When you engage in a rigorous sport like Squash, you are not only fit physically but, you are equally alert, mentally. And this ensures your productivity at your place of work”, he concluded.

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