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AFCON 2024: Côte d’Ivoire to boost cooperation with Nigeria

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The Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to Nigeria, Mr. Kalilou Traore, has emphasized that the upcoming 2024 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) will provide a significant opportunity for his country to enhance collaboration with Nigeria.

In an interview with reporters in Abuja on Sunday, Traore highlighted the importance of using the AFCON tournament, scheduled to take place from January 14 to February 13, 2024, as a platform to strengthen diplomatic ties between the two nations.

Traore emphasized that the AFCON event offers a compelling occasion for both countries to deepen cooperation and foster fraternity. He pointed out that beyond the football matches, attendees would have the chance to engage with others, fostering business opportunities as well.

“As an Embassy, we are collaborating with our partners and organizing packages for those interested in participating in AFCON in Abidjan,” Traore stated, underlining the efforts to facilitate the participation of individuals in the event.

The envoy also highlighted the existing strong relationship between the leaders of both countries at various levels, including Heads of State and Heads of Ministries, indicating the presence of multiple agreements between the governments of Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire.

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Euro 2024: Ronaldo sets new record as Portugal crush Turkey 3-0

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo made history again as his team triumphed 3-0 over Turkey at Euro 2024 on Saturday.

Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes scored, with an own goal by Samet Akaydin, securing a straightforward victory.

Ronaldo assisted Fernandes in scoring the final goal, tapping into an empty net.

This assist marked the 39-year-old’s seventh in the competition, adding another record to his impressive collection.

The victory ensured Roberto Martinez’s team advanced to the last-16 as group winners.

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Aguero set to make return to football

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Former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has announced that he is on the verge of returning to football as a club owner. Aguero, however, declined to disclose the name of the club.

The 36-year-old made this revelation during a recent conversation with Argentine streamer Coscu, whose real name is Martin Perez Disalvo.

When asked about his interest in returning to football as a manager, the former Barcelona star replied, “The truth is that I’m considering getting involved in a football club as an owner. I’m not going to reveal which club it is, but I believe we are on the right track. I enjoy being able to manage, to help the club progress, and to build a strong team and staff.”

Aguero retired from professional football in 2021 after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, just days after being hospitalized.

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EPL: Ex-Arsenal player, Kevin Campbell is dead

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Arsenal announced on Saturday that their former player, Kevin Campbell, has passed away at the age of 54.

Campbell, a striker, played for the Gunners, Nottingham Forest, and Everton.

Throughout his nearly 20-year career, he scored 148 goals in 542 club appearances.

“Everyone at Everton is deeply saddened by the death of our former striker Kevin Campbell at the age of just 54.

“Not just a true Goodison Park hero and icon of the English game, but an incredible person as well – as anyone who ever met him will know. RIP, Super Kev,” an Everton statement read.

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After retiring from playing in May 2007, Campbell went on to have a successful career in the media.

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