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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday praised  the Super Eagles  for beating  Sudan 1-0  in the semi-final of the  2018 CHAN in Marrakesh, Morocco.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity,  Femi Adesina, the President said he joined millions of football-loving Nigerians in celebrating what he described as the spectacular performance of the team, who face Morocco  in the final  on Sunday.

Buhari assures the team of the  support of the Federal Government and all Nigerians in their determination to win the tournament.

The statement read in part, “Having keenly followed the team’s progress throughout the tournament with delight, the President commends their hard work, dedication, discipline and indomitable spirit, which are truly worthy of emulation.

“President Buhari urges the players and the coaching staff  to remain focused and determined as they go for gold in the final match on Sunday.

“The President assures them of the unflinching support, goodwill and prayers of the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they soar to victory.”

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Liverpool report £46 million pre-tax loss

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Liverpool have announced pre-tax losses of £46 million as the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear at Anfield.

The Reds’ latest accounts, released on Tuesday, show significant reductions in key revenue streams, with match day and media income particularly affected. The accounts cover the year up to May 31st, 2020, of which only the final three months were affected by Covid-19.

Club officials anticipate that the true cost of the pandemic will surpass £100m, with supporters still to return to stadiums and Jurgen Klopp’s side struggling to secure Champions League qualification for next season.

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The headline figure is that Liverpool have recorded a pre-tax loss of £46m for the accounting period.

That is in sharp contrast to last year, when they announced a pre-tax profit of £42m – the fifth time in six years that the club had recorded profits.

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Messi Hits Brace as Barcelona Win First Trophy In Two Years

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Messi Hits Brace as Barcelona Win First Trophy In Two Years

Barcelona comfortably defeated Athletic Bilbao 4-0 to win the Spanish Copa Del Rey title at the Estadio De La Cortuja in Seville on Saturday night.

Bilbao lost the league cup final, no thanks to a flurry of second-half goals from Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie De Jong and a masterclass from Lionel Messi who scored twice.

The Spanish cup win earns Barcelona their first trophy since the 2018/19 season.

It is also the first trophy of Ronald Koeman’s reign as Barca manager.

The Catalans dominated the first half with 80 percent possession and went close early on Through De Jong who hit the bar, while Griezmann was also denied by Uniai Simeon, Athletic Goalkeeper, in a goalless first half.

Simeon continued to frustrate Barcelona but they opened the floodgates on the hour mark when Griezmann converted de Jong’s cross.

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De Jong, Dutch midfielder, doubled Barca’s lead three minutes later with a header from Jordi Alba’s cross before Messi delivered a trademark goal into the bottom corner on 68 minutes.

The 33-year-old argentine Maestro earned his brace against their docile opponents five minutes later, converting another alba cross for his 31st goal in a cup final.

The latest Copa Del Rey triumph is a record-extending 31st for Barcelona.

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PREMIER LEAGUE: Harry Kane Unhappy with Spurs Inconsistency

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PREMIER LEAGUE: Harry Kane Unhappy with Spurs Inconsistency

Harry Kane has bemoaned Tottenham’s inability to hold on to results this season after they were pegged back for a point by Newcastle at St James’ Park in the Premier League.
The Spurs striker looked to have done enough in the first half with a four-minute brace to overturn Joelinton’s opener, but Jose Mourinho’s visitors were ultimately made to pay as Arsenal loanee Joe Willock struck late to salvage a draw for the Magpies.

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It means Tottenham have now dropped 11 points from goals conceded in the last 10 minutes of matches this term, and their star forward admitted that there has to be a marked improvement from the European hopefuls.
Spurs must get up and dust themselves off ahead of what will be a big April for the club as they build towards a showpiece game later this month.

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