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Saudi Pro League ‘in talks’ with UEFA for Champions League inclusion

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Discussions are said to be taking place between the Saudi Arabian FA and UEFA in relation to Saudi clubs entering the Champions League.

Talks between the two powerful organisations are reportedly taking place on the possibility of some Saudi Pro League clubs playing in Europe.

The idea is one which on the surface sounds completely ludicrous, however seemingly due to the number of high-level players moving, it could happen.

Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to move to Al-Nassr, various big names have also made the move, including Karim Benzema and Neymar.

With all these expensive players arriving, UEFA are likely concerned over the allure of the Champions League with so many big names now gone from Europe, including Lionel Messi who joined Inter Miami.

Saudi Pro League clubs in the Champions League
Logically speaking, this shouldn’t happen, given Saudi Arabia isn’t within UEFA’s jurisdiction, but rather the AFC.

But due to the rest of the clubs in the Asian Champions League not having the resources of Saudi, it could make for some easy tournaments.

Therefore according to Calcio Finanza, the Saudi FA have been ‘in talks’ with UEFA over taking a Champions League place from 2025.

It is added that this wouldn’t impact their standing in the Asian Champions League nor the annual Arab Cup which Al-Nassr won last week.

Rather they would prefer the winners of the Saudi Pro League each year to enter the illustrious UEFA Champions League as a ‘wildcard’.

This makes it more likely that if they were to switch confederations, which would also impact the National Team.

Could they actually join the Champions League?
If you asked this question a year ago, the answer would be a clear and obvious no which would be clear.

But now following how rapidly the Saudi Pro League has developed, nothing would be surprising to us anymore.

This agreement while potentially still unlikely, would be a massive boost for the clubs involved, such as Al-Nassr.

With prize money and the eyes on the Champions League substantial in comparison to any other competition.

It would go a long way in helping Al-Nassr to become self-sufficient financially.

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Sporting Lagos to appoint Biffo as new head coach

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Sporting Lagos are set to appoint Abdullahi Biffo as their new head coach. Biffo will take charge from Paul Offor who was sacked on Wednesday night.

Sporting Lagos are set to appoint Abdullahi Biffo as their new head coach.

Biffo will take charge from Paul Offor who was sacked on Wednesday night.

The experienced tactician has managed a number of top sides in the Nigeria Premier Football League.

He once managed Kwara United, Katsina United and Niger Tornadoes in the top-flight.

The gaffer is expected to help improve the fortune of the modest side.

Sporting Lagos have moved to 11th position on the table following an improved performance in the second half of the season.

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Sporting Lagos sack head coach Paul Offor

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Nigeria Premier Football League side, Sporting Lagos have parted ways with head coach Paul Offor. Offor was sacked

Nigeria Premier Football League side, Sporting Lagos have parted ways with head coach Paul Offor.

Offor was sacked following his side’s struggles in the NPFL.

The tactician’s departure was confirmed on the club’s X handle.

The statement reads “Sporting Lagos announces the departure of head Coach Paul Offor,”

“Coach Paul brought top-flight football back to our city and gave us the first piece of silverware in our history.

“Thank you for everything, coach Paul. We wish you the very best in your future endeavours.”

Sporting Lagos have penciled down former Kwara United coach Abdullahi Biffo as his possible replacement.

They occupy 11th position on the NPFL table with 38 points.

Sporting Lagos have recorded 10 wins, eight draws and 12 defeats in the current campaign.

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Saviour relishes Rangers’ derby victory over Abia Warriors

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Rangers midfielder Isaac Saviour has expressed his excitement after scoring in the club’s oriental derby win against Abia Warriors.

Rangers midfielder Isaac Saviour has expressed his excitement after scoring in the club’s oriental derby win against Abia Warriors.

Saviour opened scoring for the Flying Antelopes in their 3-2 win at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Tuesday.

Kazeem Ogunleye and Chidozie Okorie were also on target for Rangers.

He revealed his plans to maintain his impressive performance for Rangers in subsequent games.

Saviour has netted three times in this campaign.

“I feel very excited,” he stated to the club’s media.

“I think that for some time I was out injured and coming back and got a chance to start a game and score against Katsina, I had it in mind that I had to continue scoring if at all, I wanted to make an instant impact in my team.

“I am very happy scoring against Abia Warriors after scoring in Katsina and I hope it goes on like that.

“It is always a joy to be selected as the man of the match and I feel excited and hopefully, more will come.”

Saviour will hope to add to his goal tally when Rangers battle Rivers United in their next league match this weekend.

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