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AFCON qualifiers: Man Utd new signing Amrabat withdraws from Morocco squad

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Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat has withdrawn from his international squad after Manchester United picked up an issue during his medical.

The 27-year-old joined United on deadline day, initially on loan with an option to buy next summer, after a drawn-out transfer pursuit.

The deal was only completed on the final day of the window due to stalling negotiations between United and Amrabat’s parent club, Fiorentina.

Erik ten Hag’s side offered a loan fee of €2 million, as per The Athletic, with just €1 million of that sum guaranteed due to a January break clause being proposed by United.

Fiorentina turned that deal down, as they valued Amrabat higher and his contract expires next summer, which would have risked them losing the midfielder for free.

The two parties eventually agreed on an £8 million loan fee, with United having an obligation to buy the Morocco international for £21 million next summer.

But according to The Athletic, United picked up a minor back injury during Amrabat’s medical. While the issue is not believed to be serious, and the signing was completed, the 27-year-old has now pulled out of international duty.

Amrabat has been forced to withdraw from the Morocco squad due to the back problem.

He had initially been called up for upcoming fixtures against Liberia and Burkina Faso, but will play no part in either match and has been replaced by another player.

The country’s national football federation, the FMRF, confirmed the news in a statement on their website, writing: “The national team coach, Wahid Regragui, summoned the player Yahya Jabrane, to replace the injured Sofyan Amrabat.”

According to reports, however, the back injury that Amrabat suffered is still not considered to be serious, with Regragui making the decision to allow the midfielder to fully recover.

However, it is the latest in a series of injury setbacks for United boss Ten Hag, with new signing Rasmus Hojlund having only recently recovered from a back injury spotted when he joined the club in August.

Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia are all currently injured.

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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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