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Dare rejects N360m Proposal to cut Grass

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MKO Abiola National Stadium

Government agency, the Abuja Environmental protection agency has estimated the cost of cutting the grass and clearing the surrounding of the MKO Abiola National Stadium to tell tune of N360m. This was submitted to the ministry of youths and sports Development. But the minister of sports, Mr Sunday Dare has not only rejected the estimate but insisted that using such a huge amount for the purpose it was proposed would be a “gross waste of scare resources and misplacement of priorities”.

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Speaking during the one-day seminar organised by the sports writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter at Abuja, Dare said that spending sacre resources to fix sporting infrastructure was more important than spending such an amount to cut the grass around the moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja.

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According to him, tell ministry approached the Abuja Environmental protection Board (AEPB) for assessment in the stadium which was built In 2003 with N53billion on a 29 hectares (72acres) of land. ” We approached AEPB to come see what can be done to clear the grass and weed in the stadium and they told us it will cost us N360m.

“If we tell Nigerians we used N360m which is not even available, there will be an outcry. The funds are not really there for us and that is why we are partnering with private investors to bring back the key components of our infrastructure” he said.

The moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja which sists on a 43- hectare of land needed government attention for many years until the minister convinced business mogul Alhaji Aliko Dangote to rehabilitate it. Work is on – going and is expected to be xompcompl early next year.


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Manchester United claim a ‘thorough process’  undertaken to appoint a new manager

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Manchester United football director John Murtough says a “thorough process” is beginning to choose the club’s next permanent manager.

And that the club is committed to competing for “top honours” once more.

Despite the return of superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford, United has faced another challenging season, according to the club’s latest financial numbers released on Tuesday.

Domestically, the most the English giants can hope for is a top-four finish, but they only achieved a draw against lowly Watford on Saturday and are only two points ahead of West Ham and Arsenal – the Gunners also have three games in hand.

 

United’s next schedule includes games against title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as the second leg of their Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid, which is now tied at 1-1.

The team, which has not won a trophy since 2017, has been led by interim manager Ralf Rangnick since December, when the German took over for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a terrible start to the season.

Murtough was encouraged by the “better results” as they seek Champions League qualifying.

“We understand that consistency is critical as we aim for a top-four finish this season,” he added.

 

“However, I want to emphasize that this is not Manchester United’s ultimate goal, and everyone at the club is focused on competing for the top titles.”

 

“We are now undergoing a comprehensive process to recruit a new permanent manager who will take over this summer, with the goal of getting us back to competing for those domestic and European crowns.”

Mauricio Pochettino of PSG and Erik ten Hag of Ajax are among the frontrunners to follow Solskjaer on a permanent basis.

Richard Arnold mirrored Murtough’s comments as the CEO spoke publicly for the first time since taking over on February 1 following the departure of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

“We have a clear vision, and we’re implementing a winning plan with an empowered leadership team to move it forward,” he added.

“Through a world-class football environment, we will create an excellence culture while increasing the role of supporters at the core of the club.”

 

The club paid £10 million ($13.4 million) in “extraordinary items” in the second quarter of fiscal 2022, which ended December 31, including pay to former manager Solskjaer and some members of the coaching staff.

The numbers reveal a £5.4 million operational profit for the quarter, with total revenue of £185.4 million — a 7.3 percent increase over the same period last year, with fans returning to stadiums following the coronavirus closure.

United’s net debt has climbed by 8.6 percent to £494.8 million, while salaries have increased by 19.6 percent to £97.7 million “owing to investment in the first team playing squad.”


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Chelsea’s to face Luton Town In FA Cup revealed

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The Chelsea team for tonight’s FA Cup fifth-round match against Luton Town has been released.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has picked a 25-man team for the match against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, according to Football London.

 

Chelsea go to the game after losing last weekend’s Carabao Cup final against Liverpool.

 

Chelsea’s entire roster versus Luton Town is listed below.

Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and Marcus Bettinelli are the goalkeepers.

Antonio Rudiger, Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva, Marcos Alonso, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Dylan Williams are the defenders.

 

N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Saul Niguez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, and Harvey Vale are the midfielders.

 

Kenedy, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Romelu Lukaku, and Timo Werner are the forwards.

 

The game is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m.


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EPL: “Ronaldo’s age has now caught up with him, and his legs looks tired” says Agbonlahor

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Gabriel Agbonlahor, a former Aston Villa player. Has said that Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s age has finally caught up with him.

Ronaldo’s legs are worn, according to Agbonlahor, who added that the 37-year-old isn’t giving anything offensively. And doesn’t need to start every Man United game.

 

Ronaldo has become Man United’s top scorer in all competitions this season after rejoining the club from Juventus in the summer of 2021.

 

“Watching Ronaldo right now will be excruciating for many Manchester United supporters.” He’s 37; he’s outperformed most footballers by five or six years, but you can’t avoid aging. “Age comes up with everyone, and it appears like Ronaldo has caught up.” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

“His legs are fatigued; he does not appear to be as swift and sharp in getting playearound rs.” He’s also not a front-of-the-room presser. With all of that, it doesn’t make sense for him to continue,” he explained.

“But who else do they have?” he continued. They don’t have many other alternatives. Unless Rashford is used as a striker or a false nine.

 

“It’s a major concern for Manchester United if they have Ronaldo and Cavani as possibilities up front next season.”


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