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Real Reason I Tattooed Fela’s Face On My Arm – Super Eagles Defender Ekong Reveals

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In this meeting, famous Nigerian expert footballer, William Troost-Ekong opens up on his motivations and football career.

How might Black History Month affect you?

I believe it’s an extremely extraordinary month, with all that has been happening on the planet, I believe it’s an incredible way of featuring what individuals of color depend on too and furthermore to additionally instruct everybody about various dark symbols and memorable figure.

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Going into your motivation and chronicled calculates that you turn upward to in the African American population, beginning with Fela (Anikulapo) Kuti, what is it about him that you like?

I love his music, I really got his face inked on my arm, so I am a major fanatic of his music, I grew up paying attention to them. He is, I will most likely say, Afrobeats pioneer, I think everybody knows what Afrobeats is presently, yet quite a while back, he was the first to join Yoruba music with calypso and distinctive sort of beats.

He was brought into the world in Nigeria, so would he say he is a figure a many individuals turn upward to in Nigeria and I envisioned he was exceptionally well known?

Indeed, he was extremely well known. Obviously, he was somewhat two-sided in light of the fact that he got himself, however I believe he’s a genuine man of individuals, so I think everyone regards a big motivator for he, generally represented the dark horses and battled for individuals. Thus, he is certainly a name that is huge in Nigeria, perhaps the Bob Marley of Nigerian music. Certainly, thus, he was an incredible individual. I’m certain any Nigerian you address and you notice Fela, they will know what his identity is.

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What is it about Michelle Obama that stands apart for yourself and that causes you to feel roused?

Last year, when I talked about various individuals that enlivened me, I referenced Barack Obama obviously, being the principal dark leader of the United States. Indeed Michelle Obama as the First Lady was likewise exceptionally significant, somebody that in the course of my life, you realize they were extremely noteworthy couple, and indeed, she has diverse cause works that she does, a wide range of things, allowing young ladies to learn I believe is presumably her greatest one. What’s more, me having a little girl myself, and realizing that have the quality I think she is somebody that addresses that and has utilized her foundation and her voice over the course of the years as the First Lady however even presently after to advocate correspondence and allowing youngsters the opportunity also in the general public. I love a big motivator for she and she is somebody unique, possibly everybody knows Barack Obama, so this is somebody that I need to feature in light of the fact that again I realize everybody knows who Michelle Obama is, yet perhaps not really what she has done, I think she is an extraordinary character.

Burna Boy is an artist from Nigeria. Do you relate to him and what do you think his music and by and large personally, what is your take?

Burna Boy clearly being later narratives is exceptionally hot now with his music. He is somebody that I grew up paying attention to in the latest years, somebody that I pay attention to most likely consistently, in case it’s heading to preparing or before a game. I think his music motivates me too, I think he is perhaps similar to a cutting edge Fela in light of the fact that he additionally has solid messages in his music and I love a big motivator for he. Thus, he is an incredible performer, everyone knows who Burna Boy is currently in light of the fact that he’s gone standard. Yet, even before that, he is somebody that I love to pay attention to and I’m certain I will keep on paying attention to for the remainder of my life. In this way, that is the reason I needed to feature Burna Boy, and I think he has an extraordinary association with the UK, coming from a Nigerian legacy is somebody I can identify with.

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Fisayo Longe, a style creator, and again got connections to Nigeria and England?

Indeed, I attempted today to pick certain individuals that are truly in accordance with me. Fisayo is somebody that I have never met face to face, I follow her on Instagram, I read about her. I think last year, she was in the main 24 most powerful lady and being a youthful British-Nigerian dress fashioner, she planned Kai Collective which is a truly cool brand. I’m actually attempting to get my first piece, you realize I love a touch of design too, so it’s something that I will parade around when I get it. Along these lines, yes she is somebody that I can identify with, and I love a big motivator for she, being a youthful person of color and running her own dressing mark with the achievement that she’s had lately, and seeing since she is doing combating a portion of the greater brands who are to some degree attempting to mimic her apparel and her brand name plans. I love her independence.

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Arsenal Completes Signing Of Gabriel Jesus From Man City

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Arsenal have completed the signing of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus for a fee of around £45 million ($54 million), the London club announced on Monday.

Jesus, who scored 95 goals in 236 appearances for City, has signed a “long-term contract” with Arsenal after deciding to leave the Premier League champions in search of more regular first-team action.

The Brazil international is reunited with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City before he took charge at the Emirates Stadium.

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“I’m very excited. The club has done a tremendous job to recruit a player of this stature,” Arteta said.

“This is a position that’s been on our radar for a long time now and we have managed to get a player that we all wanted, so I’m really happy.”

Jesus was expected to fall down the pecking order at City had he stayed for the final year of his contract as the champions have bolstered their striking options with the signings of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

Admitting Arteta’s presence at the Emirates was influential in his decision to join the Gunners, Jesus said: “We spoke a couple of times about the club, the players, the project and the future.

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“I believe 100 percent in Mikel. I had a very good time with him before, he’s a very good guy and a very good coach as well.

“He helped me a lot. We would always stick together after the training sessions and do some finishing or something.

“He’s a very intelligent guy and was an amazing player, so if he knows something he can teach me or the young players.”

Arsenal have let senior strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leave the club for free in the past six months.

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Despite handing Eddie Nketiah a new five-year deal, Jesus is expected to lead the line for Arteta’s men as the Gunners aim to end a six-year absence from the Champions League.

The 25-year-old won four Premier League titles among eight major honours during his time with City after joining them in January 2017.

Arsenal have already strengthened Arteta’s squad with the signings of Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira, Brazilian teenage forward Marquinhos and American goalkeeper Matt Turner.

According to reports, they have also had a bid for Leeds winger Raphinha turned down, but are expected to return with an improved offer for the Brazilian international.

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WAFCON 2022: Super Falcons, Banyana Banyana rekindle rivalry in Group C opener

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Perennial rivals, the Super Falcons of Nigeria and Banyana Banyana of South Africa will lock horns at the Prince Heritier Moulay El Hassan stadium on Monday (today).

The Group C encounter is expected to set the tone for bigger things to come at the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Morocco.

Holder, Super Falcons are targeting a tenth title in Morocco while, Banyana Banyana are keen to emerge champions for the first time.

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Nigeria defeated South Africa 4-3 on penalties in the final four years ago in Ghana.

The South Africans have, however, won the last two of their three meetings between the two teams.

Banyana head coach, Desiree Ellis emphasized the importance of getting a good result in the opening game of the competition.

“The first game of the tournament is always the biggest game and this makes it even better because it’s against defending champions Nigeria and because it is Nigeria, the game is bigger than what it is supposed to be,” Ellis told a press conference ahead of the game.

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“We want to start well and we know it is going to be a tough encounter. They are not Champions for nothing,” she added.

“They have been consistent over the years and that is one area that we need to improve on; to be consistent in our performances and be classified amongst the best.

“It’s all about the three points at the moment and getting the tournament to a good start,” added Ellis.

The highly anticipated encounter will kick-off at 6pm Nigeria time.

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EPL: Tuchel don’t want him – Chelsea legend advises Boehly on player to sign

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Chelsea legend, Frank Lebeouf has advised the new leadership of the club under the guidance of Todd Boehly not to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar.

Lebeouf instead wants Boehly to sign Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, adding that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, doesn’t want Neymar at Stamford Bridge.

According to him, Chelsea needs to sign Ronaldo over Neymar because the Blues need someone to score and be more clinical.

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Neymar and Ronaldo have been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer.

Speaking to ESPN, Lebeouf said: “I would pick Ronaldo because they need someone to finish the actions and score and be more clinical.

“Neymar is not going to happen, I don’t think Tuchel wants him because he had so many issues when he was the coach of PSG.”

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Transfer: Totti opens up on Ronaldo’s potential move to Roma

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AS Roma legend, Francesco Totti has claimed to be aware of the ‘reality of the current situation’ of Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s links with the Italian club.

Ronaldo has communicated with Man United that he wants to leave Old Trafford should an agreeable offer come from another club.

The Portugal captain scored 24 goals for Manchester United last season across all competitions.

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Man United’s failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and failure to sign new players so far in the transfer market thus have seemingly made Ronaldo look for another club.

Ronaldo, 37, is being linked with many big European clubs, including Roma, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Totti said that he never believed in Ronaldo’s potential arrival at Roma.

Totti said: “To be honest, I never believed in Ronaldo to Roma, because I know the reality of the current situation.”

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However, Totti believes Paulo Dybala, who recently left Juventus, should have been approached by Roma’s board.

He added: “Dybala was possible, very possible. However, other things happened then and the idea vanished. He will go elsewhere.”

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