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Drink Plenty Of Water, Stay Relaxed – Lagos Government Issues Health Advisory Ahead Of AFCON Final

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The Lagos State Ministry of Health has issued a health advisory to all residents ahead of the much anticipated African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday.

In the aftermath of the match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana of South Africa during the semifinal match in Bouaké, on Wednesday, SaharaReporters had reported that no fewer than five Nigerians dead after watching the match.

A statement released by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Saturday, outlined some tips to help citizens prioritise their health and well-being while enjoying football matches or any other intense activities.

The statement outlined the tips as follows: “Know Your Limits: Understand your physical limitations and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any underlying health conditions before engaging in activities that could potentially exacerbate them.

“Stay Hydrated and Nourished: Crowded poorly ventilated hot environments should be avoided with attention to good hydration. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, and ensure you drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods to keep your body fueled and hydrated, especially during prolonged periods of sitting and watching the game.

“Take Regular Breaks: Stand up, stretch, and move around periodically to prevent stiffness and promote circulation. This can also help maintain alertness and prevent fatigue. Maintain Good Posture: Sit in a comfortable chair with proper back support and avoid slouching to reduce strain on your muscles and spine.

“Stay Calm and Relaxed: Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or mindfulness to manage stress and emotions during intense moments in the game.

“Be Prepared for Emergencies: Familiarise yourself with the location of medical facilities and emergency exits at the venue, and know how to access help quickly if needed. Contact the Lagos Emergency Medical Team, LASAMBUS, at 767 or 112 toll-free line in case of a medical emergency.”

In the statement, the commissioner also urged viewing centres to ensure that venues where football matches are watched have adequate medical facilities and trained personnel on hand to respond swiftly in case of emergencies.

It also advised residents to seek prompt medical attention if they experience any unusual symptoms or discomfort.

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Ex-Super Eagles goalie, Egbo wants to continue from where coach Peseiro stopped

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Ex-Nigerian goalkeeper Ndubuisi Emmanuel Egbo has thrown his hat in the battle for the vacant Super Eagles coaching role.

Former Nigeria goalkeeper Ndubuisi Emmanuel Egbo has said he would be open to taking the vacant coaching role with the Super Eagles.

Recall the search for the next Nigeria coach has begun after Jose Peseiro parted ways with the team following a 22-month stint.

Egbo, who made history as the first African coach to win a major European league title, spoke about the Super Eagles role following his feat years ago in Albania.

“It is my country, I’m 100% Nigerian even though I have a European passport,” Egbo told Channels TV in an interview.

Emmanuel Egbo started off his managerial career as a goalkeeper coach.
Emmanuel Egbo started off his managerial career as a goalkeeper coach. (Photo Credit: Egbo/IG)
“Anytime I’m called upon to come and help, to raise the football of my country up because I am expecting Nigeria one day to be challenging to win the World Cup, which we have not done for a long time now.”

“So, I’m always open; we can never say never to our country,” he stated about the possibility of managing the Nigerian job if offered.

It’s like a military service that anytime we are called upon we have to do it for our country,” he added.

The 50-year-old led KF Tirana to the Albanian league title in 2019/2020 season – their first championship in 11 years.

Egbo is a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, earning 12 caps and playing at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments – 2000 and 2002.

After retiring, he moved into coaching, starting as a goalkeeper coach before he worked his way up to become Tirana manager three years ago.

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Our Performance Against City Was Very Good, Says Ten Hag

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Manchester United boss, Erik Ten Hag, believes his side put in a very good performance against Manchester City on Sunday but were unlucky not to get a point out of the game

The Red Devils had a bright start as early as the eight-minute with a 26-yard screamer from Marcus Rashford to beat Ederson but a Phil Foden double turned the tide in City’s favour, before Erling Haaland put the game to rest in injury time.

But the Dutchman says his side did well despite the defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

”I think also [in] defending, we closed the middle very good, we defended the box very good. So the performance from our side was very good,” he said in a post-match interview.

“It’s about getting behind the defending line and with the speed from Garnacho and Rashford. And I think that went very well – we were already up after a couple of minutes. Good breakthrough from Garnacho, Rashford was in the perfect scoring position and then, quickly after the goal from Rashford, we had our moments and more throughout the game.”

‘A Win Was Possible’
Ten Hag indicated that he was impressed with how his side’s tactical awareness, feeling they were simply undone in a couple of ‘defining moments’,

”We had our moments after it as well, to go for a second one. I think we defended very well. But then [there were] two I will say defining moments where we almost make a breakthrough and we conceded the first goal and also the second goal after also a defining moment, when Garnacho is through on the break. So yeah, then you are disappointed,” he said.

”We have to accept it, but it is what it is. But still, I think we had the opportunity to at least get one point, but also a win was possible.”

Despite the loss, the Dutchman believes his side are still improving and do not need to dwell on a bad night at the Etihad.

“We had one bad, bad performance last week [against Fulham], where we didn’t play that well, but from this year on, I think we are really progressing. You have to get some points back, and then you have to win a game like today against City. And there are more coming games,” he said.

”There are still many games to play and everyone can beat everyone. So things can quickly turn around. So we have to win our games. Number five could be a position for the Champions League, so, as I say, we have to fight for it.”

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Details Of How Man City Beat Man Utd 3-1 To Close In On Liverpool

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Phil Foden scored twice as Man City came from behind to beat Man United 3-1 on Sunday and close to within one point of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Erling Haaland also struck in stoppage time to leave the title race perfectly poised ahead of City’s trip to Liverpool next weekend.

Marcus Rashford’s wonder strike had fired United into a shock lead at the Etihad.

Haaland was then guilty of a miss that will go down in Premier League folklore when he fired over with an open goal just before half-time.

Foden ensured City did not slip up in the title race as he blasted into the top corner to level and produced a composed finish 10 minutes from time.

Haaland then rolled in his sixth goal in four Premier League derbies against United to atone for his earlier miss.

An 11th league defeat of the season for United leaves Erik ten Hag’s men 11 points adrift of the top four with 11 games remaining.

The former Ajax boss was furious that City’s equaliser was allowed to stand as he claimed Rashford had been fouled at the other end seconds earlier.

But United could have few complaints after being thoroughly outplayed by their rivals for almost the entire match.

Rashford rounded on his critics this week as he hit back at questions of his commitment.

The England international has been a pale imitation of the forward who scored 30 goals last season for most of this campaign but showed a glimpse of the quality he is capable of to open the scoring on eight minutes.

City pleaded in vain for an offside flag against Bruno Fernandes and he layed the ball back for Rashford to smash in a stunning long-range effort off the underside of the bar.

Pep Guardiola’s men dominated from that moment on but were kept at bay for nearly an hour by wayward finishing and some fine goalkeeping by Andre Onana.

Twice the Cameroonian foiled Foden when clean through, while Rodri was also denied by a smart stop low to his left.

At the other end, Rashford should have doubled United’s lead before the break.

A slip from Ruben Dias put Rashford clean through, but a poor touch allowed Kyle Walker to race back and clear.

United’s lead remained intact until half-time but only thanks to a moment that will be replayed for years to come.

City finally cut the visitors’ mass ranks of defence to shreds as Rodri’s cross was headed back across goal by Foden, inviting the finishing touch by Haaland.

However, he incredibly turned the ball over with the goal gaping from point-blank range.

The rearguard action from the Red Devils was finally undone as Foden produced a strike to match Rashford’s in the first half.

Ten Hag was furious that a foul had not been awarded to Rashford at the other end, but he appeared to go to the ground too easily under contact from Walker.

Rodri picked out Foden, who cut inside and arrowed a blistering shot into the top corner.

A slick one-two between Foden and Julian Alvarez opened up the United defence for the decisive goal as the England international fired in his 18th of the season.

Haaland’s redemption rounded off a fine afternoon for the English champions.

Rodri dispossessed Sofyan Amrabat and teed up the Norwegian to curl beyond Onana.

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