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Manchester Utd set to finally sell Mason Greenwood

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Manchester United are reportedly set to land a much welcome, and somewhat unexpected, windfall after the form of Mason Greenwood alerted another LaLiga suitor to the prospect of his permanent signing in 2024.

The 22-year-old forward moved to Getafe over the summer after it was deemed he could not continue with his career at Manchester United. Greenwood last appeared for the Red Devils back in January 2022 during a 1-0 win over West Ham, with his arrest on a number of serious allegations coming a matter of days later.

And while those charges were ultimately dropped by the Crime Prosecution Service following the withdrawal of a key witness, it was deemed best that Greenwood should continue his career elsewhere with United ultimately deciding it too controversial to bring the player straight back into their first-team reckoning straight away.

Nonetheless, Erik ten Hag reportedly still rates Greenwood highly and reports that the forward could yet be welcomed back into the Red Devils fold at a later date continue to gather pace. To that end, a United insider has lifted the lid on Ten Hag’s plans to welcome Greenwood back and how ‘all hell is set to break loose’ as a result.

Indeed, the move to Getafe is regarded as the perfect chance for Greenwood to rebuild his reputation both on and off the pitch, as well as for United to test the waters somewhat over how the player is perceived both publicly and in the media.

To that end, and given the player remains contracted to United until summer 2025, this report has detailed the costs United are enduring as part of Greenwood’s spell on loan with the Madrid-based club.

To date, Greenwood has appeared in five games for Getafe, who sit 11th in LaLiga. From those 231 minutes clocked up so far – of which two have been as a starter and three off the bench – Greenwood has one goal and one assist to his name.

And having rapidly made his mark at Madrid’s poorer cousins, it was claimed on Sunday that the Greenwood is already open to the idea of making his loan stay permanent with Getafe.

However, amid claims United are now willing to sell – with the sale of the player that, prior to February 2023 when the charges against were dropped, had been viewed as an asset they would have to write off – another LaLiga side has entered the frame for his signature.

And according to the Daily Mirror, Greenwood’s displays for Getafe has already alerted Sevilla, with the Andalusian club eager to gazump their LaLiga rivals for his signature.

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United, for their part, are unlikely to stand in the player’s way if he indeed makes clear his wish to remain in Spain.

Come the summer, Greenwood – considered a £50m asset at his peak – will have just 12 months remaining on his United deal. Any sale of the player will be seen as very much a bonus and it’s believed that, if he continues to enjoy a strong season, they could bank as much as €20m – €25m (£17.3m – £21.7m) from his sale.

And while Ten Hag will be understandably frustrated that he will never get the chance to work with the player, it will reportedly be deemed the best option for all parties if his career continues permanently elsewhere.

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National Anti-Doping Bill 2024: Sports Minister applauds Tinubu’s foresightedness

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The Honourable Minister of Sports Development Senator John Owan Enoh salutes President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for placing premium on the National Anti-Doping Bill , thereby giving the Nation a reputation.

The transmission of the Anti-doping Bill 2024 to the National Assembly and the accelerated passage of same remains a landmark achievement of this administration. It is a show of the courageous and bold leadership of the president, a final and appropriate response to the perennial issues of doping that have characterized Nigeria’s relationship with the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA).

Senator John Owan Enoh the sports minister always made it clear that this administration was greeted with WADA issuing a notice to ban Nigeria from International Competitions which degenerated to the point that the agency took Nigeria to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). Amidst other non-compliant issues, the main challenge was Nigeria’s inability to domesticate the National Anti-doping Law and setting up a National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) as part of its obligation having signed the international convention in 1999.

“ for years,the country has grappled with meeting up to the expectations of the World Anti-Doping Organization ,despite being a foundational signatory for 25 years.
Nigeria has been in the eye of the storm due to its inability to domesticate the Anti-Doping Law with the backing of parliament.
I must thank our sports loving president for his foresight immediately the issues were brought before him .His foresight and actions have put the country on the right path in sports.
I also appreciate the National Assembly for the passage of the bill ,consideration and approval of the report of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters during plenary.
The county will no longer have doubts of its participation in global sporting events, eligibility to host sports competitions amongst other perennial issues” the Sports Minister said.

This welcome development comes weeks before the country’s participation at the Paris Olympics 2024.

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Bafana Bafana Must Fall, Sports Minister Charges Super Eagles

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Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, on Monday, rallied support of critical stakeholders and Nigerians for Finidi George,

With the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in full swing, the Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh has called on the Super Eagles to shift their focus from their recent African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and concentrate on the crucial task of securing a spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The Super Eagles are set to face Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Friday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, and Senator Enoh stated that Nigeria must approach the tie as a make-or-break one, as victory will put the team back on track for qualification.

“The FIFA World Cup is the biggest showpiece in football,” Senator Enoh emphasized. “We cannot afford to miss out on the World Cup again. The disappointment of missing the last tournament, especially after the disappointing home match against the Black Stars, must drive us to ensure we qualify this time.”

Senator Enoh urged all stakeholders, including players, coaches, and support staff, to be fully committed to the qualification campaign. “All hands must be on deck to ensure the team qualifies for the World Cup,” he stressed. “I urge the players to get the job done in the first half of the game by scoring early goals, so they are not under pressure in the second half.”

“The upcoming match against South Africa is critical,” Senator Enoh said. “The players need to put the AFCON glory behind them and concentrate fully on this task. Early goals will be key to taking control of the game and ensuring a less pressured second half.”

Senator Enoh concluded by expressing confidence in the Super Eagles’ ability to rise to the occasion and secure a much-needed victory. “We have the talent, the passion, and the support of millions of Nigerians. Let’s channel that into a winning performance and take a significant step towards World Cup qualification.”

The match will kick off at 8 p.m. local time on Friday, June 7, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo. Nigeria currently has two points from two games and sits third in their group of six teams.

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South Africa coach names Super Eagles winger as danger man ahead of WCQ

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South Africa coach, Hugo Broos, has named Super Eagles and Atalanta winger, Ademola Olajade Lookman as the danger man for Nigeria ahead of both teams’ clash this evening, Soccernet.ng reports.

Both sides met in the semi-final of the AFCON 2023 tournament in Ivory Coast, with the Super Eagles emerging victorious after 120 minutes of intense football. Stanley Nwabali was the hero, denying Bafana Bafana twice from twelve yards.

Lookman is a leading candidate for the CAF Player of the Year Award, after a stellar season with Atalanta, getting to the Copa Italia final, and scoring a hat-trick against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the UEFA Europa League final.

Broos, speaking in his presser ahead of their game against Nigeria, highlighted the Atalanta man as the threat for his side but admitted their focus as a team won’t be on the former Leicester City forward.

“Obviously, the (Nigeria) danger man is Ademola Lookman, but we are not focusing on that. We are focusing on our game, we have the ability and we have proven that at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Côte d’Ivoire,” the Belgian said in quotes revealed by Score Nigeria.

Lookman is primed to step up for the Super Eagles of Nigeria against South Africa tonight, alongside Victor Boniface, after the Nigerian attackers enjoyed success with their European club sides this season.

Samuel Chukwueze is a doubt for Finidi George ahead of tonight’s game. The A.C. Milan right winger did not take part in the final training session of the Super Eagles.

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