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Ex – Flying Eagles Goalkeeper , Felagha , Dies At 26

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A former goalkeeper of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, John Felagha, is dead.
He died in Senegal on Sunday, according to the Nigeria Football Federation.
He was aged 26.
NFF expressed condolence with the family of the late player in a tweet on Monday.
The football federation tweeted, “Former National U17 and U20 goalkeeper John Felagha has died.
“Felagha died on Sunday in Senegal. He was aged 26.
The federation expressed its condolences with the family of the late player.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
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Benitez’s Dalian Pro escape relegation in China

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Rafael Benitez ’s Dalian Pro avoided relegation from the Chinese Super League on Thursday , despite winning just three times in 16 games this season.
The Champions League -winning coach breathed a sigh of relief after Dalian overturned a 2 -1 first-leg deficit to beat Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 3 – 2 on aggregate.
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss saw his side win 2 -0 on the evening , just their third victory in the coronavirus- disrupted campaign .
“ In this difficult situation , in this difficult year , we achieved something that was important for the young players and for the Wanda ( Dalian owners ) project , to stay in the Chinese Super League, ” said the 60 – year -old Spaniard.
The CSL revamped its format because of the pandemic, playing the delayed campaign in two secure “ bubbles” over two phases.
In the first phase , Dalian won twice in 14 matches in their group , putting them into a relegation dogfight .
Benitez, who took Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005 , has often said that he has the youngest team in the CSL .
He was also missing former Napoli star Marek Hamsik for the must -win match , but did have former Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon .
“ This competition was very difficult because a knockout competition is very difficult for young players, ” he said .
“ So to achieve what we have achieved is great news for them for the future because they will have more experience now .”
Shijiazhuang can still save themselves from the drop with victory in the next round .
( AFP )

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FIFA ranking: Eagles drop three places, now 32nd

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The Super Eagles have dropped three places and are now ranked 32 nd in the world in the latest FIFA ranking released on Wednesday .
They also lost their position as the third -ranked team in Africa to Algeria , dropping to the fourth position .
The Eagles had earlier been ranked 29 th in the September ranking which was released after a six -month break due to COVID – 19 .
The Nigeria team played two friendly matches during the period , losing 1 -0 to Algeria and playing a 1 -1 draw with Tunisia .
The top 5 nations are unchanged with Belgium , France , Brazil , England , and Portugal ranking first , second , third , fourth , and fifth respectively .
Senegal are still the highest -ranked team in Africa , dropping one place to 21 st, while Tunisia are second – unchanged at 26 .
Algeria moved up five places to the 30 th position to be ranked third in Africa , while Morocco are now ranked 39 th position in the world and fifth in Africa , after moving up four places in the world ranking .
Ghana, Egypt , Cameroon , Mali , and Burkina Faso make the top 10 teams in Africa at sixth , seventh, eighth , ninth , and 10 th positions respectively .

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Arteta Excludes Ozil Totally From Arsenal Squad , Says “I Failed With Ozil”

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he feels he has “failed” with midfielder Mesut Ozil after leaving him out of his 25-man Premier League squad.
The German, who had also been omitted from the Europa League squad, can now only play for Arsenal Under-23s until his deal expires in summer 2021.
The 32-year-old, who joined Arsenal for a then club record £42.4m in 2013, has not played for the club since 7 March.
“My conscience is very calm because I have been really fair,” said Arteta.
“What I can say from my side is that it is just a football decision. My level of communication with him has been really high and we know what to expect with each other.
“Obviously a player of that dimension, with the career he has had, everything that happens around him has a big impact. It has been the case for the last eight years, it is nothing new that is just happening now. A lot of things have happened over these eight years.
“My job is to get the best out of every player, to contribute to the team performance.
“Here I feel at the moment, today, that I have failed. I want the best possible Mesut for the team. And in some moments I was able to get close to that, and at the moment I have not been able to do it because I have to make the decision to leave him out of the squad.”
‘Loyalty is hard to come by nowadays’ – Ozil
Earlier, in a message to Arsenal fans, Ozil said “loyalty is hard to come by nowadays”.
“I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being,” Ozil wrote on social media.
“Upon signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated.
“I’ve always tried to remain positive from week to week that there’s maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That’s why I kept silent so far.”
Since joining from Real Madrid seven years ago, Ozil has scored 44 goals in 254 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners.
He fell out of favour under previous manager Unai Emery before returning to the side under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.
After Arteta’s appointment in December 2019, Ozil started all 10 of Arsenal’s Premier League games immediately before the coronavirus pandemic forced a three-month suspension of the top-flight in March.
Earlier in October, he offered to pay the salary of Jerry Quy, the man who plays the role of club mascot Gunnersaurus, who was one of 55 redundancies at the club.
“Before the coronavirus break I was really happy with my development under our new coach Mikel Arteta – we’ve been on a positive way and I would say my performances were on a really good level,” Ozil added.
“But then things changed, again, and I was no longer allowed to play football for Arsenal. No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my eighth season at Arsenal end like this.
“I can promise you that this hard decision won’t change anything in my mindset – I will continue to train as best as I can and wherever possible use my voice against inhumanity and for justice.”
Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright said he was “gutted” for Ozil.
“Football will never stop surprising me,” he said on Twitter.
“The fact that whatever has gone on couldn’t be resolved between the club and Mesut is sad. Sad for everyone involved and I can only send him strength for what will be a difficult few months knowing he won’t even have a chance to play. Gutted.”

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