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AFCON 2023: Tragedy averted as plane carrying players loses oxygen

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A potential disaster was narrowly avoided as the aircraft transporting members of the Gambia national team had to make a u-turn to Banjul shortly after takeoff. The flight, en route to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, experienced a delay due to a loss of oxygen.

According to a statement released by the Gambia Football Federation on Thursday, the chartered flight carrying the Scorpions had to return to Banjul due to technical issues. The flight, which lasted nine minutes, prompted the crew to request an immediate return to Banjul. Preliminary investigations upon landing revealed a loss of cabin pressure and oxygen.

A new departure time has been arranged for the players and officials to continue their journey to the Africa Cup of Nations. The Gambia national team, known as the Scorpions, is placed in Group C alongside defending champions Senegal, five-time champions Cameroon, and Guinea.

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UCL: Calzona warns Osimhen, others on player selection

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Napoli coach Francesco Calzona has issued a stern warning to Victor Osimhen and his fellow players, emphasizing that he will base his selection for matches solely on performance, without considering their names or reputations.

Taking over from Walter Mazzarri on Monday, Calzona made significant substitutions during Napoli’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Wednesday night, including star forwards Osimhen and Kvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Despite the Serie A champions securing a draw in the first leg of the Round of 16 contest at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Osimhen was replaced immediately after scoring the equalizer in the 75th minute.

“I keep the players on the field who are performing well, I don’t take into account their names,” Calzona emphasized to Sky Sports Italia after the match.

Calzona further explained that he had not been tempted to keep Osimhen on the field longer after his goal. “No, in fact, I had been prepared to substitute him earlier, but due to tactical considerations, I kept him on for a few more minutes.”

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Ex-Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel confirms exit from Bayern Munich

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Thomas Tuchel has verified his exit from Bayern Munich. The club had previously announced that the German coach would depart at the conclusion of the ongoing season. The decision to part ways was mutual between the club and Tuchel. Confirming the conclusion of his tenure with Bayern, Tuchel informed reporters on Tuesday, “We have agreed to terminate our partnership after the conclusion of this season. Until then, my coaching staff and I will continue to strive for maximum success for FC Bayern.”

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2024 Olympic Qualifiers: 11 players arrive Super Falcons camp ahead Cameroon clash

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Ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon, 11 players have reported to the Super Falcons’ camp in Abuja. The camp commenced on Tuesday morning. Among the early arrivals are goalkeepers Chiamaka Nnadozie, Tochukwu Oluehi, Linda Jiwaku, and Akudo Ogbonna. The remaining players include Rasheedat Ajibade, Michelle Alozie, Tosin Demehin, Rofiat Imuran, Abiodun Deborah, Ifeoma Onumonu, and Gift Monday. Ten more players are expected to join the camp soon. Additionally, Head Coach Randy Waldrum has also arrived from the United States of America.

The first leg of the encounter will be hosted by Cameroon at the Stade de la Reunification, Douala, on Friday. The reverse fixture is scheduled for next week Monday at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

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