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NPFL will resume in 2022 – IMC boss

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Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of the Nigeria Professional Football League, Gbenga Elegbeleye, has assured that the new NPFL season will start before the end of the year, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

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The Nigerian topflight has been on break since July, with the IMC inaugurated by the sports ministry to replace the League Management Company in October.

Reports went viral on Tuesday that the IMC boss gave the hint to journalists in Abuja, and a further check by The PUNCH with close sources to Elegbeleye confirmed that the commencement of a new NPFL season is in the pipeline.

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The IMC and representatives of 20 NPFL clubs met in Abuja, where Elegbeleye revealed that the commencement date for this season’s elite league would be made known after approval from the Nigeria Football Federation.

“I want to assure Nigerians that the 2022/23 NPFL will start this year. We (IMC and representatives of 20 NPFL Clubs) have agreed on the date but we can’t tell the public without approval by the NFF.

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Once the issue of club licensing and all the participating clubs present standard pitches good enough to be shown on television, the league will kick off.

“We have a number of sponsors already that will enable the league to be shown on TV. However, we still need to brief the NFF on sponsorship. What I can assure everyone is that this season’s league will be better than what we are used to,” Elegbeleye stated.

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While the IMC has been urging clubs to complete their club licensing, with the deadline already over, the level of compliance remains to be seen, with reports that the new NPFL season will be played in an abridged format.

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Ronaldo stripped of his World Cup goal by FIFA

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Ronaldo thought he’d opened the scoring against Uruguay when he leapt into the air to nod home a Bruno Fernandes cross in the 54th minute of Monday night’s clash.

The former Manchester United star timed his run to perfection and instantly celebrated the goal with teammates. But the ball did not appear to change trajectory from the moment he met Fernandes’ cross in the air.

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Instant replays showed the ball having barely made contact with his head. Only a few strands of the icon’s hair appeared to be grazed as the ball flew past Sergio Rochet and into the net.

And after several checks, the 37-year-old’s goal was chalked off and awarded to ex-Red Devils teammate Fernandes, with whom he celebrated both after the goal and following the final whistle.

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Transfer:Osimhen’s €100m price tag ‘crazy’ – Man United

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Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, is interested in acquiring the services of Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen but the Red Devils have made it clear that they will not be meeting the €100m price tag that Napoli have slapped on their star striker.

Sky Germany reported that the English topflight club have made Osimhen one of their top targets, but they find the price tag Napoli have put on his head ‘crazy.’

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Osimhen is one of the most coveted forwards in Europe following his remarkable goalscoring exploits with Napoli over the past 18 months. The 23-year-old bagged 14 goals in 27 games last year and has already plundered nine goals in 11 matches this term for Luciano Spalletti’s side.

The Nigeria international contributed 18 goals in 32 games last season and Napoli can’t be blamed for demanding upwards of £80m for the 23-year-old.

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Osimhen has other admirers in the Premier League and there have been links to Tottenham Hotspur.

Italian transfer reporter Enrico De Lellis has told Calciomercato that Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is urging the club to sign Osimhen.

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It’s hard to imagine Tottenham spending £86m on a new striker, unless Harry Kane is on his way out, which is unlikely.

A number of Premier League sides were credited with an interest in Osimhen’s services in the summer, but United could firm up their interest in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s abrupt exit from the club last week.

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Transfer: RB Leipzig striker, Nkunku To Officially Join Chelsea Next Year

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RB Leipzig striker, Christopher Nkunku will officially join Premiership side, Chelsea in June 2023 after the Blues already completed the medicals for the Frenchman, paying his €60 million release clause.

The French player has agreed on a long-term deal with the five-time premier league winners Chelsea. Nkunku scored 20 goals and recorded 13 assists last season in the Bundesliga. He has continued his impressive scoring rate with 12 games in 14 starts this campaign.

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However, the Frenchman who was part of the Didier Deschamps’ squad for the Qatar 2022 World Cup picked up an injury in training, which is now a big concern.

Meanwhile, Graham Potter is reported to have made the signing of Robert Sanchez a priority at Chelsea. Potter wants to reunite with the Spanish goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge as the English manager aims to bring reinforcements in that area.

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With Kepa struggling with injuries and Mendy falling down the pecking order, Potter needs a strong shot-stopper to fulfill the hopes of Todd Boehly.

In the same vein, Mason Mount has reportedly rejected a whopping offer of £200,000 a week from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.

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According to the report, Mounts wants to garner a salary worth £300,000 a week, which is close to his England teammate Raheem Sterling.

The 23-year-old is one of the lowest earners at Chelsea and therefore his demands look understandable considering the growth in stature at the club.

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