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Arsenal leave it late to sink Man Utd



For the second season running, Arsenal claimed a dramatic 3-1 victory over Manchester United as Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus both scored in stoppage time at Emirates Stadium.

With the score levels at 1-1 in the sixth minute of time added on and the match seemingly heading for a draw, Rice, the £105million summer signing from West Ham United, controlled a corner at the back of the area before swivelling to put a fierce deflected shot past Andre Onana in the Man Utd goal.

It emulated Eddie Nketiah’s stoppage-time winner in this fixture last year, except this one was the latest winning goal in this fixture at 95 minutes and 43 seconds.

The scoring was not over as, with Man Utd chasing an equaliser, Arsenal broke and Fabio Vieira set up fellow substitute Gabriel Jesus to score his first goal against the Red Devils.

It had been a match that ebbed and flowed between the two heavyweights.

Kai Havertz had spurned a great chance to open his Arsenal account in the 13th minute, when a defensive mix-up put the ball at his feet, eight metres out, but the summer signing from Chelsea miskicked badly.

As he did in this fixture last season, Marcus Rashford put United in front after 27 minutes with their first shot. Christian Eriksen intercepted a Havertz pass in his own half and advanced before threading a great through-ball to Rashford, who cut in from the left to beat Aaron Ramsdale at his far post with a brilliant curling strike.

It was Rashford’s sixth goal against the Gunners and he scored for the third fixture in a row against them, matching a feat only Robin van Persie had done for United.

Arsenal had dominated proceedings until that point and responded less than two minutes later, with a sweeping move that ended with Martin Odegaard firing the ball home from the edge of the area.

After half-time, Man Utd had a couple of chances to retake the lead in the 54th minute, but Ramsdale first denied Anthony Martial and Rashford’s follow-up was blocked.

Arsenal were awarded a penalty on the hour when Anthony Taylor adjudged Aaron Wan-Bissaka to have fouled Havertz, but the referee overturned his decision after a VAR review.

Gabriel Martinelli came close to putting Arsenal ahead with a curling shot before Erik ten Hag brought on Rasmus Hojlund for his Man Utd debut.

The Danish striker immediately provided United with an outlet up front but Arsenal had the next chance, but Bukayo Saka shot straight at Onana from seven yards.

United thought they had claimed a late winner when they broke on 88 minutes and substitute Alejandro Garnacho was put through and scored but the goal was overturned for a narrow offside.

The drama was to come much later, as it did last season when Nketiah struck in stoppage time to give Arsenal a 3-2 win.

The goals from Rice and Jesus send Arsenal to fifth place with 10 points. Man Utd are 11th with six points.

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Jos, Plateau Comes Alive As NNL AGA Holds This Friday




All is set for the Annual General Meeting of the Nigeria National League which is scheduled to hold in the capital city of Plateau state.

Already, stakeholders have started arriving the Tin City for the one-day deliberation.

The AGA which is the first activity of the season will see the NNL board meet with the 40 club representatives to fashion our all formalities for a successful season.

Kickoff date, format, funding and other matters of critical importance will be decided at the assembly.

NNL Chairman George Aluo who is already on the ground, gave further insight on the agenda.

“At the NNL AGA we will be rubbing minds with the club owners, share our thoughts and plans with them and be on the same page and decide when the league will start basically, as that is the most important thing so that after the AGA in Jos, we should be able to tell Nigerians when the league will kickoff.”

He continued, “The President of the NFF Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau has given us a mandate to start the league on time and ensure it aligns with the international calendar and that is the direction we want to go. So we have come up with our own plans and by the time we finish with our AGA in Jos, we’ll tell Nigerians what the plans are and how the league will be played.

He revealed that the board ” has put some plans in place as the NNL has been able to partner with the National Institute for Sports (NIS) for a pre-season capacity building seminar for our coaches. We want to upscale our coaches to make them better. Already, we have invited some resource persons from the NIS and the Technical Director of the NFF Augustine Eguavoen who will be involved in that and a Portuguese coach Thiago Conde so, at the end of the day, we would have upscale our coaches technically and before the start of the season by the time you’ve taken them to the classroom, I’m sure it will rub-off on the NNLas the 2023-2023 season gets underway.”

He appreciated the Plateau state Government for hosting the board as they begin deliberation this Friday.

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Colombia 2024: Falconets progress to third round as Mauritius withdraw




The Mauritius Football Association has notified the Confederation of African Football of the withdrawal of the country’s U20 Women National Team from the ongoing African qualifying series for next year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals.

“Kindly note that CAF was informed of the withdrawal of Mauritius FA from the African qualifiers of FIFA U20 WWC 2024. Consequently, Nigeria is qualified to the next round of the competition and the missions of all officials of matches 37 & 38 are cancelled,” read a communication from CAF to the Nigeria Football Federation.

The Falconets were to fly to Mauritius next week for the first leg in Saint Pierre against the Mauritius U20 girls, with the return leg scheduled for the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, 14th October.

With this situation, 2022 World Cup quarter-finalists Nigeria now progress to the next round of the qualification series.

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Confed Cup: Insurance players vow to beat RS Berkane for their chief motivator, Obaseki




As Federation Cup champion, Bendel Insurance of Benin plays RS Berkane on Friday in a Caf Confederation Cup match, the players and officials said they are ready to shed blood to win for the good people and government of Edo State especially their number one supporter and motivator Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Though Insurance has a mountain to climb in the decisive leg in Morocco after they were forced to a 2-2 draw by RS Berkane at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, in the first leg on Saturday, September 16, they are confident that will beat their host and qualify for the next round of the competition.

Monday Odigie’s side will miss the services of striker Osarenkhoe Imade, who scored their opener in the first leg as well as their other goal in the last round.

The 22-year-old just penned a deal with United Arab Emirates side, United FC.

Despite missing their highest goal scorer from last season, stand-in captain and goalkeeper, Amas Obasigie, echoed the confidence of the team.

“Knowing the honour that awaits us if we beat our opponents to qualify for the group stage, we are going to fight for everything in the field of play to go home happy. We made two mistakes in Benin and will not want a repeat. We are facing very strong opponents who have been champions twice in a space of three years, but we will not allow their intimidation to affect our play. They should expect a good fight from us the way they also fought in Benin.

“Above all, we want to fight to win for our state Governor, who has been wonderful in giving his all, in sponsorship and motivation that has taken us thus far both in the domestic league and continental level,” Obasogie said.

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