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SPORTS: Ex-Eagles Coach, Christian Chukwu Dispels Death Rumour

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The former national team coach, Christian Chukwu has dispelled the rumour making the rounds that he had died.
Chukwu had on Monday, January 4, 2021, celebrated his 70th birthday.
However, a few days later there was a rumour that he had passed on and on Saturday, January 9, 2021, some social media platforms reported his death without confirmation.
But speaking on Sunday in his Enugu home in the company of his friends, the soccer legend, said he was surprised as everyone at the news of his death.

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Chukwu who was full of praise to God for life said he had received a series of calls from his friends all over the world who had been calling to find out whether or not the news was true.
He described the story as outragoues, noting that it is unprofessional for anyone to come up with such a report without any form of investigation.

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Ex-Oyo boxing boss Opaleye dies in Ibadan

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A former Chairman of the Oyo State Amateur Boxing Association, Akintunde Opaleye, popularly known as Baron, is dead.

Opaleye’s death was confirmed on Sunday by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter, in a statement jointly signed by the association’s chairman, Niyi Alebiosu and secretary, Adewale Tijani.

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Opaleye, who had been sick for some time, was said to have given up the ghost on Sunday morning at the University College Hospital, Ibadan where he was receiving treatment.

The statement read in part, “The Oyo Sports Writers Association expresses deep sadness at the demise of a boxing promoter, Baron Akintunde Opaleye.

“Baron Akintunde Opaleye, who was a former state chairman of the National Amateur Boxing Association, gave up the ghost on Sunday morning at the University College Hospital Ibadan, where he had been receiving treatment for an ailment.

“The death of Baron Opaleye has robbed sports writers in Oyo State of a big brother, reliable friend and great supporter.”

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METZ END LYON’S UNBEATEN RUN AS PSG TAKE LIGUE 1 LEAD

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Lyon slumped to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Metz on Sunday that ended a long unbeaten run and allowed Paris Saint-Germain to stay top of Ligue 1.
Rudi Garcia’s side had come into Sunday’s late match on the back of 16 league games without defeat, knowing that a win would have put them back in the lead of France’s top flight.
However Aaron Leya Iseka struck in the final minute to snatch the points for resilient Metz, who had to withstand a second-half onslaught before finally prevailing and moving ninth.
“We pushed, they pushed, and we were rewarded for our efforts. We knew that we would have little of the ball and that we would have to counter well, and that’s what we did,” said Belgian Leya Iseka.
The loss leaves Lyon third, two points behind PSG and Lille, whose own late goal from Jonathan David secured a 2-1 win over Reims.
Lyon should have taken the lead six minutes before the break when Karl Toko Ekambi was fed by Tintotenda Kadewere on a breakaway attack.

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Cameroonian Ekambi, who had forced a good save from Alexandre Oukidja three minutes earlier, successfully cut inside to fashion himself a shooting opportunity but could only blast over.
Three minutes later Metz twice came close to taking a shock lead, first hitting the post following a Farid Boulaya cross before Marcelo charged back to block Lamine Gueye’s shot on the line.
With 16 minutes remaining Ekambi slammed home what he thought was the opener when the ball fell to him after fine play between Memphis Depay and Thiago Mendes.
However after a long VAR review the goal was ruled out for Houssem Aouar straying offside when Mendes shot and then pressuring Metz defender Fabien Centonze, who had nodded the ball out to Ekambi.
Islam Slimani had the perfect chance to win the match with seven minutes left of his Lyon debut but he shanked his shot, and Oukidja then did brilliant to keep out Aouar’s close range effort after fine work from Memphis Depay.

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Buhari Congratulates Ex-Super Eagles Coach, Christian Chukwu at 70

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the former coach of the Super Eagles, Christian Chukwu, on his 70th birthday.
President Buhari in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in Abuja on Wednesday said he was joining sports lovers, family and friends to celebrate the skilful footballer who captained the national team to lift its first African Nations Cup title in 1980.

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President Buhari in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in Abuja on Wednesday said he was joining sports lovers, family and friends to celebrate the skilful footballer who captained the national team to lift its first African Nations Cup title in 1980.

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