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Paris 2024 Qualifier: Super Falcons camp bubbles with 18 players

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Four additional players have joined the Super Falcons’ training camp in Abuja in preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games qualifier against South Africa’s Banyana Banyana.

The newcomers include Halimat Ayinde, Michelle Alozie, Nicole Payne, and Rinsola Babajide, bringing the total number of players in camp to 18.

The arrival of these players leaves four more players still expected to join the camp. The new arrivals are anticipated to participate in training sessions with the rest of the team later today.

The Super Falcons conducted their initial training session for the upcoming game on Tuesday night at the practice pitch of the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

Here is the full list of players currently in camp:

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  1. Jiwuaku Linda
  2. Okeke Chidinma
  3. Oladipo Shukurat
  4. Nnadozie Chiamaka
  5. Ohale Osinachi
  6. Toni Payne
  7. Kanu Uchenna
  8. Monday Gift
  9. Abiodun Deborah
  10. Echegini Jennifer
  11. Ucheibe Christy
  12. Rasheedat Ajibade
  13. Tochukwu Oluehi
  14. Jumoke Alani
  15. Halimatu Ayinde
  16. Michelle Alozie
  17. Nicole Payne
  18. Rinsola Babajide

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Europa League: England legend thumbs up hat-trick hero, Lookman

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England legend Alan Shearer praised Ademola Lookman for his outstanding performance in the UEFA Europa League final. Lookman scored a hat-trick, leading Atalanta to a 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday night, ending the club’s 61-year trophy drought.

The Nigeria international was unstoppable, opening the scoring in the 12th minute with an assist from Davide Zappacosta. He then dribbled past Granit Xhaka and unleashed a powerful shot for his second goal 14 minutes later. Lookman completed his hat-trick with a superb finish 14 minutes from the end.

Shearer lauded Lookman’s performance after the game, saying, “Atalanta brilliant again tonight. Lookman wow, what a hat-trick,” in a post on X.

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JUST-IN: Mauricio Pochettino Quits Chelsea  

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Mauricio Pochettino has parted ways with Chelsea FC by mutual agreement after a two-day meeting with the club’s leadership, including sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, and co-owner Behdad Eghbali.

The decision was made following the club’s end-of-season review, which began on Monday. Despite his departure, Pochettino leaves with his reputation intact and a significant compensation package.

Chelsea will now seek a young and progressive coach to replace him, with potential candidates including Sebastian Hoeness, Michel, Kieran McKenna, and Enzo Maresca. Pochettino’s departure marks the third permanent head coach to leave under the current ownership, following Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter.

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EPL: Arsenal’s co-chairman, Kroenke makes promise to Arteta ahead of title decider

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Arsenal’s co-chairman, Josh Kroenke, has promised that the team will continue to grow stronger, regardless of whether they win the Premier League title on Sunday.

The Gunners are two points behind Manchester City heading into the final fixtures. Mikel Arteta’s squad can only clinch the championship if they defeat Everton and City drop points against West Ham.

In his programme notes for Sunday’s season finale, Kroenke wrote: “While we are undoubtedly proud of the progress we have made, I want to be clear that no one at the club will stand still.

“Regardless of today’s outcome, we are all working behind the scenes to push us forward – always forward.

“There is so much that we want to achieve, both domestically and in Europe, and we are focused on creating exciting new stories and chapters that build on the history of Arsenal Football Club.”

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