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Adrian was the shootout hero as Liverpool lifted the UEFA Super Cup with victory over Chelsea in Istanbul.

The free signing goalkeeper was thrust into the starting line-up after Alisson was injured last Friday against Norwich.

And the 32-year-old saved Tammy Abraham’s spot-kick as Jurgen Klopp’s men won 5-4 on penalties at Vodafone Park after a 2-2 draw.

Klopp ran to celebrate with Adrian and his team after the Champions League winners came out on top in Turkey.

Adrian said: “Welcome to Liverpool! It was a crazy week. I’m really happy for the team and to get that trophy, and also really happy for the fans.”

Sadio Mane scored twice in his first start of the season, while Olivier Giroud and Jorginho bagged Chelsea’s goals at Vodafone Park.

Chelsea were the better team in the first half, and took a deserved lead when Olivier Giroud slid Christian Pulisic’s pass through Adrian’s legs in the 36th minute.

The American playmaker thought he’d doubled Chelsea’s lead five minutes later, but his low effort was ruled out for offside.

Liverpool’s best chance in the first half fell to Mo Salah, but Kepa Arrizabalaga sprung low to right to deny the Egyptian striker.

Jurgen Klopp made changes at half-time with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hauled off and Roberto Firmino coming on in his place.

The Brazilian striker made an immediate impact, latching onto a through ball from Fabinho and setting Sadio Mane up for the equaliser in the 48th minute.

Mason Mount came on for Chelsea and thought he’d scored a late winner, but his strike was ruled out for offside.

Mane bagged his second goal early in extra-time when he lashed a right-foot shot past Kepa from 15 yards that rattled the underside of the crossbar and found the top corner.

Chelsea weren’t finished, though, and had their equaliser when Jorginho converted a controversial penalty 10 minutes into the extra period.

Substitute Abraham was brought down by Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian and referee Stephanie Frappart pointed to the spot.

VAR confirmed the spot-kick, and Jorginho coolly sent Adrian the wrong way, but TV replays showed minimal contact between Adrian and Abraham.

Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban after FIFA found the Premier League club guilty of falling foul of regulations regarding the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

Instead, football’s governing body has fined the Abu Dhabi-owned side £315,000 which may come as a surprise to some after Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea were banned from signing new players as punishment for similar offences.

Chelsea are currently serving a transfer ban for breaching article 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players in the case of 29 minors, and the club was unable to sign players this summer as part of a one-year punishment.

Barcelona, meanwhile, served a ban in 2014 while Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid were also hit with punishments for the same offence.

The president of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmad Ahmad, was arrested Thursday at the Berri Hotel in Paris, France.

He was said to be in France to attend the FIFA Congress.

Jeune Afrique made the announcement and specified that Ahmad will be heard by the services of the Central Office of the fight against corruption and financial and fiscal offenses (Oclif).

The arrest according to the report is linked to the contract unilaterally broken by CAF with the German equipment manufacturer Puma to engage with the company Technical Steel, based in La Seyne-sur-Mer.

He had defended himself last April and gave the assurance that all decisions were transparent.

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Manchester City could be banned from participating in next season’s UEFA Champions League if they are found guilty of breaking FIFA financial rule.

According to Manchester City, they are fully cooperating as investigations goes on concerning Financial Fair Play rule which they are alleged to have broken.

A statement from City read:

“Manchester City FC is fully co-operating in good faith with the CFCB IC’s (club financial control body investigatory chamber) ongoing investigation.

“In doing so the club is reliant on both the CFCB IC’s independence and commitment to due process; and on UEFA’s commitment of March 7 that it ‘…will make no further comment on the matter while the investigation is ongoing’.

“The New York Times report citing ‘people familiar with the case’ is therefore extremely concerning.

“The implications are that either Manchester City’s good faith in the CFCB IC is misplaced or the CFCB IC process is being misrepresented by individuals intent on damaging the club’s reputation and its commercial interests. Or both.”

“Manchester City’s published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record. The accusation of financial irregularities are entirely false, and comprehensive proof of this fact has been provided to the CFCB IC.”

A statement from UEFA read:

“We do not comment on ongoing investigations regarding financial fair play matters.”

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must show he is not afraid to make big decisions and drop error-prone goalkeeper David de Gea for the final two games of the Premier League season.

The former England striker Ian Wright spoke against the backdrop of the poor performances of the Spain international in recent times.

De Gea has made a number of uncharacteristic mistakes in recent games, including one that allowed Chelsea to equalise in Sunday’s 1-1 draw; that dented sixth-placed United’s chances of finishing in the top four.

Solskjaer backed De Gea to shake off his poor form in their final two games against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, but Wright believes the Norwegian has to take a different approach.

“If he (Solskjaer) really wants to stamp his mark and let people know he isn’t afraid to make decisions, he should take him out,” Wright said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“If the manager explains everything and tells him face to face why he’s leaving him out and giving him a break, that’s man-management and that’s what Solskjaer has to do.”

De Gea’s contract was due to expire this year before United activated a one-year extension, but that has not stopped media reports from linking him with a move away from Old Trafford.

Wright said an early end to De Gea’s season would help the struggling Spaniard sort out his future at the club, while back-up Sergio Romero fills in.

“He (De Gea) needs to go on holiday and sort his contract out,” Wright added. “Sometimes you have to take someone out the firing line. He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he needs a break.

“There’s a lot going on and he’s under a lot of pressure. When you look at how United are playing at the moment, putting him in that situation is putting him under more pressure.”

Abdu Maikaba, Flying Eagles Assistant coach and coach of Plateau United on Monday, said that the Golden Eaglets would do better in the U-17 World cup scheduled for in Brazil in September.

Maikaba told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the team’s poor outing in the just concluded AFCON U-17 championship was not enough to write them off.

He expressed confidence in the team which he said was full of talent and youthfulness.

He said: “That team has explored many talents for Nigeria’s future super Eagles.

“The boys, despite their crash, are good and I believe they will do better in Brazil by September.”
The coach urged Nigerians not to lose hope but renew their support for the team.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the country’s U-17 team were beaten 2-1 by their Angolan counterparts in the third place match of AFCON U-17 championship on Saturday.

The third-place play-off was decided at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday afternoon.
Nigerian boys were forced to play with 10 men for the major part of the second half after Porfirio’s expulsion.
In spite that, the Angolan U-17 National team held firm to end their U-17 Africa Cup of Nation campaign in third place, Nigeria settling for fourth.

Osvaldo Capemba opened the scoring before Wisdom Ubani leveled for the Golden Eaglets. Zito Luvumbo then scored a 49th-minute winner, with Nigeria unable to exploit their numerical advantage.
On Sunday, Cameroun lifted the trophy after defeating their Guinean counterparts on penalties.

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says David de Gea has the strength of character to rebound from a slew of mistakes in recent weeks and has no intention of dropping the goalkeeper for the final two games of the season.

The Spaniard’s latest error came in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea.
United had gone ahead through Juan Mata but Chelsea equalised when De Gea weakly parried Antonio Rudiger’s effort into the path of Marcos Alonso, who tucked the ball in.

De Gea has made a number of uncharacteristic mistakes in recent games but Solskjaer says the goalkeeper cannot take the blame for the team’s struggles.
“I don’t have any worries about him because he’s a strong character,” Solskjaer told British media. “He knows he could have had that shot but that’s football”.

The result leaves United sixth in the league on 65 points and dented their hopes of securing a top-four finish. They sit three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with two games left.
He added: “With David, he’s been in the spotlight for right reasons for so long and now he’s going through a period where he feels he could have done better.

“But there’s no chance any of us will point fingers because he’s saved us so many times. I’ll speak to David as I’ve done when he’s played well… he’s not the reason we’re sixth.”
United’s last two games of the season are against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City.

The Nigeria Football Federation is lining up a friendly match with either Burkina Faso or Benin Republic for the Super Eagles ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations to make up for the Black Stars of Ghana, which have pulled out.
The NFF has already confirmed the Eagles will face Africa’s highest ranked country, Senegal, in Egypt before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations in June.

The match against Ghana, originally fixed for Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State, was called off at the instance of the Ghanaians, who would be having their Nations Cup camping in Dubai about the same time the match is scheduled.

The Nigerian federation is now holding talks with both Benin and Burkina Faso as replacement for Ghana.
Like Nigeria, Benin will appear at the Nations Cup, while Burkina Faso, which incidentally lost to the Eagles at the 2012 final in South Africa, is not among the 24 nations that will officially campaign at the continent’s flagship football spectacle.

A high profile friendly between Nigeria and Burkina Faso was on the cards in London last year before the World Cup in Russia.

But it was cancelled because the Burkinabe team could not secure UK visas for the match.
Nigeria will play its Africa Cup of Nations matches in Group B along Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.

English Premier League defending champions, Manchester City, dominated the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Team of the Year announced on Thursday, claiming six out of 11 spots.

Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson, forwards Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, midfielders Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho, and centre back Aymeric Laporte were all named in the side, which also had four players from Liverpool.

The 2018/2019 EPL leaders are a point ahead of Liverpool in the race for the title, with both teams having three games left to play.

Liverpool dominated the defensive positions with centre back Virgil van Dijk joined by full backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the side and Sadio Mane named as a forward.

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, was the only player not from either Manchester City or Liverpool to be named in the team.

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has again set his sights on buying Arsenal following a report that Alisher Usmanov is exploring a sale of his 30 per cent stake.

The Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing sources close to the Russian billionaire, that Usmanov has grown frustrated that the club’s majority owner, Stan Kroenke, is unwilling to engage in takeover talks and has given up all hope of acquiring the club outright.

Asked about the report later in the day, Dangote, who has held an interest in buying Arsenal since 2010, confirmed he would pursue a takeover in two years.

“We will go after Arsenal from 2020 … even if somebody buys, we will still go after it,” Dangote told Reuters.