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Brentford Progress into English Premier League for the First Time

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Brentford Progress into English Premier League for First Time

Brentford secured promotion to the English Premier League (EPL) for the first time in their history with a 2-0 victory over Swansea City in Saturday’s Championship play-off final.

The Bees lost at this stage last season to London rivals Fulham but were in no mood to be denied this time around and were 2-0 up inside 20 minutes. Ivan Toney’s 10th-minute penalty kick, his 33rd goal of an amazing campaign, opened the scoring, and Brentford’s lead was doubled by Emiliano Marcondes just under 10 minutes later.

Swansea were much improved in the second half, but Jay Fulton’s red card effectively sealed victory for Brentford as they clinched a first promotion to the top flight since 1935. It ended their 74-year absence from the highest domestic level, having been relegated back in 1947.

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Toney had scored all 10 of his previous penalty kicks this season and never looked likely to err after goalkeeper Freddie Woodman felled Bryan Mbeumo.

He duly made it 11 from 11 by calmly slotting beyond former Newcastle United team-mate Woodman and into the bottom-left corner.

Toney’s record from the penalty kick spot was the best of any player in England’s top four tiers in all competitions.

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Swansea struggled to respond to that early setback and they were soon given a mountain to climb when Mads Rasmussen expertly picked out Marcondes at the end of a counter-attack.

Brentford could start the season against the European champions, with games against Manchester City and Chelsea on the horizon.

For Swansea, it is another term in the Championship, with the likes of Peterborough United and Luton Town lying in wait.

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Bar. Edeh Hails Falcons Display Against Mali, Applauds Organisers For Extraordinary Job

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Bar. Edeh Hails Falcons Display Against Mali, Applauds Organisers For Extraordinary Job

Aisha Buhari Tourney: Bar. Edeh Proud Of ‘Fabulous’ Falcons, Hails Organisers.

President of Ratels Sports Development Foundation (RSDF), Barrister Paul Edeh on wednesday praised the organisers of Aisha Buhari Tournament for doing a great job he simply described as ‘extraordinary’.

The ‘six’ nation tournament kicked off on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, with the Super Falcons getting a 2-0 victory over the ‘Les Aiglonnes’ of Mali at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, Lagos.

The philanthropist and brain behind the biggest Women’s Football Pre season Tournament in Africa (Flying Officers Cup) also gave kudos to the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu; and the members of the Organising Committee headed by NFF First Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, for a job well executed.

The United Nations SDG Peace Ambassador also went further to congratulate African Champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria for its well deserved victory over Malians senior women National team, and wished the team well ahead of their final game against Bayana Bayana of South Africa next Tuesday.

2021 NWFL Premiership topscorer Monday Gift smashed home two late goals at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena to seal victory for the host and an excited Edeh highlighted that Monday’s brace has shown how strong the NWFL Premiership has become under Aisha Falode.

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“No doubt, I am excited over her brace and the fact that the Super Falcons earned a comfortable victory. The NWFL Premiership is one of the best in the world and that’s why the league keeps producing great players.

“The Organisation of the tournament is one of the best I have seen so far, and kudos must go to the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and the Local Organizing Committee, under the leadership of Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi.

“I was really optimistic that we were going to have a perfect organisation before the tournament and am glad the LOC have surpassed people’s expectations.

The opening ceremony of the maiden Aisha Buhari Tournament was attended by FIFA President, Gianni Infantino; CAF President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe; and other football big wigs.

Six nations are participating at the inaugural edition; Mali, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, and Cameroon alongside host, Nigeria.

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Enyimba Announce Finidi George as Head Coach

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Enyimba Announce Finidi George as Head Coach

Former Super Eagles winger, Finidi George has been announced as head Coach by 8 times NPFL champions, Enyimba of Aba after both parties signed a two-year contract ahead of new NPFL season.

Finidi succeeds Fatai Osho who departed the club at the end of the 2020/2021 NPFL season.

The former Real Betis winger who is a legend in Nigeria football had 62 Caps for the Super Eagles in an illustrious playing career that lasted up to fifteen years.

He was part of the Nigeria Golden generation that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and went on to do Nigeria proud in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups.

The River State born winger joined Ajax of Netherlands from Sharks FC of Port-Hacourt where he became a leading figure in a team which that won eight major titles, including the 1995 Champions League.

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He also played several years in Spain with Real Betis, and had a brief spell in England before retiring. Finidi ventured into coaching after he retired from active football and bagged his UEFA coaching licence from Spanish FA.

The young coach is expected to be in the dugout of Enyimba as head coach when they face Diambers FC of Senegal in the CAF Confederation Cup second preliminary round fixture in October.

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Andy Murray Exits Rennes Open After Losing to Roman Safiullin in Last 16

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Andy Murray Exits Rennes Open After Losing to Roman Safiullin in Last 16

Andy Murray is out of the Rennes Open after a punishing 6-2 4-6 6-1 defeat to Roman Safiullin in the last 16.

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The world number 116 was sluggish in the first set but hit back to take the second against the big-serving Russian. Seeded fifth, Murray had hoped for a run of games in France, attracting large crowds for his two matches.

But an unfortunate net cord at break point down in the third set broke his resistance and Safiullin ran away with the match. Murray, 34, was impressed in the first round and wanted to build his ranking with a good run in this ATP Challenger event.

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