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Football Academy Debut in Bauchi, Unveils Coach

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By Bashir Hassan Abubakar

Towards enhancing sports among youngsters with a view to nurturing them for a professional career, an entrepreneur, Arinze Odeakwu has established a football academy in Bauchi State.

The academy tagged “Arinze Football Academy” was officially unveiled alongside it’s coach at the football arena of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium (ATBS) over the weekend.

The proprietor, Mr. Odeakwu said he was motivated to establish the academy by sheer love of football and also the absence of such academy in Bauchi State.

“Any football enthusiast could see the untapped talent among youngsters that are abound in Bauchi State.

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“We need such academy to harness talents and propel the young footballers to achieve their full potentials.

Football Academy Debut in Bauchi, Unveils Coach

“The establishment of Arinze Football Academy is my modest contributions to the growth of football in Bauchi State and the Nation at large”, said Odeakwu.

Shortly after unveiling Mr. Abdullahi Abdulaziz as the pioneer coach of the academy, the visibly happy coach said that he considered his appointment to pilot the affairs of the academy as an honour and a mark of respect on his capability as a coach.

Abdulaziz, popularly known as Coach Shola said he will do his utmost best to see that the academy churn out talented players that would do the State and Nigeria proud.
He commended the management of Arinze Football Academy for their foresight in establishing the mentoring outfit.

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“Football is a unifying game that does not know religion or ethnic affiliation.
“Here we are in a core North environment with an Igbo man from Anambra State establishing a football academy that is aimed to target all talented youngsters from every ethnic group to benefit from what it will offer.

“I salute the foresight of the proprietor and his management in this wonderful initiative. I want to assure all football enthusiasts that very soon the state will see influx of talented players graduating from Arinze Football Academy”, said coach Shola.

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Karim Benzema has scored as many goals as the entire Barca team

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Karim Benzema’s start to the season has been stunning. The Frenchman is just two assists off his tally for last season and he has scored the same numbers of goals as the entire Barca team.

Karim Benzema’s start to the season has been stunning. The Frenchman is just two assists off his tally for last season and he has scored the same numbers of goals as the entire Barca team.

Real Madrid beat Mallorca on Wednesday after another Karim Benzema masterclass. The Frenchman has once again been showing that he is crucial to Real Madrid’s attack and the club would be in a much worse position without his goals.

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His brace meant he reached the milestone of 200 La Liga goals and he has now scored eight this season. The Frenchman has made seven appearances, scored eight goals and given seven assists. Unbelievable stats.

Karim Benzema has scored as many goals as the entire Barca team

To highlight how good Benzema has been, the French forward has scored more goals than all of Ronald Koeman’s side put together. It is true that Madrid have played two more games than Barcelona, but those stats are unbelievable.

Without Leo Messi, the man who seems to be leading way is Benzema after Barca’s goals have dried up following the Argentinian’s departure.

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With regards to the La Liga goalscoring charts, Benzema is top with eight, Vinicius is second with five, Oyarzabal of Real Sociedad is third with four goals and Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio is fourth with three goals.

Benzema is also well clear when it comes to assists. He has seven while Villarreal’s Yeremi Pino is next with three.

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Xavi could join Barca almost for free

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Barcelona have Xavi on their list of candidates to replace Ronald Koeman if, he is finally dismissed. According to ‘AS’, the Al Sadd coach has a clause in his contract which allows him to go for a paltry amount to the Catalan side.

Barcelona have Xavi on their list of candidates to replace Ronald Koeman if, he is finally dismissed.

According to ‘AS’, the Al Sadd coach has a clause in his contract which allows him to go for a “paltry” amount to the Catalan side.

All eyes are on Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman’s job is on the line after Barca’s start to this season, which has had more negatives than positives.

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Xavi Hernandez is one of those who could succeed Koeman as Barca coach. According to the latest reports, his signing is not easy, but it is possible.

Xavi could join Barca almost for free

What’s more, according to ‘AS’, a clause in his Al Sadd contract would help him move to Barcelona. This newspaper says that when he renewed with the Qataris until 2023, he was told he could leave without a problem if Barca came calling.

The amount Barca would have to pay to get hold of Xavi has not been revealed, but ‘AS’ says that club sources have called it a “paltry” amount. In other words, the Catalan club would get him almost for free.

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It would be an entirely different matter if a different club wanted Xavi. In that case, that club would have to talk to Al Sadd and reach a financial agreement as his clause only lets him leave for Barcelona.

In any case, Laporta is who will have the last word. At the moment, Koeman is still on the bench and Xavi is one of the candidates to potentially succeed him.

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Remove Pride From Your Undoubted Talent – Antonetti Tells Mbappe

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French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe was told Wednesday that he needs to add a dose of humility to his undoubted talents in front of goal “if he wants to be loved”.

The advice came from Metz coach Frederic Antonetti after the mega-rich Ligue 1 champions needed a stoppage time winner to beat the bottom side 2-1 and preserve their 100 percent start to the domestic season.

“Kylian Mbappe needs to behave better if he wants to be loved,” said Antonetti.

“I love this player, he is very, very strong but he’d benefit from having a more humble side.”

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Antonetti was responding to a question on the yellow card handed to his goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja who confronted Mbappe over his celebration when the winning goal was scored.

“In the game, Mbappe was non-existent,” said Antonetti.

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