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Odion Ighalo to remain in Saudi Arabia after signing a deal with Al Wehda

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Nigerian forward, Odion Jude Ighalo, is set to prolong his stay in the lucrative Saudi Pro League after agreeing to a deal with another club, Al Wehda, in the oil-rich country.

Ighalo has been playing in Saudi Arabia since February 2021, when he joined Al-Shabab in a sensational move before later making a switch to Al-Hilal.

The Nigerian striker, who netted an impressive 52 goals in 71 games in the Saudi Pro League for both Al-Shabab and Al-Hilal, is now ready to continue his good run with Al Wehda.

We understand Ighalo, 34, has signed a two-year deal after undergoing a successful medical at Al Wehda.

Before choosing to continue his career in the oil-rich kingdom, Ighalo established himself in the mainstream European leagues with successful periods at clubs such as Granada in Spain, Udinese in Italy, and Manchester United and Watford in England’s Premier League.

For many, Ighalo is a proven goalscorer of international repute at the highest level, and he will be a valuable asset for Al Wehda.

Presently languishing in the relegation zone, Al Wehda finished 13th in the Saudi Pro League last season.

The club will hope Ighalo can help them improve their position on the table and the former Super Eagles forward is the first major signing of the summer for Al Wehda-a sign the club is ambitious.

They are looking to challenge for a good finish in the Saudi Pro League this term, and Ighalo will be a key part of their plans.

Since Ighalo is already a popular figure in Saudi Arabia; especially with his trademark eagle celebration each time he scores, Al Wehda fans will surely welcome his arrival.

With the influx of many players from mainstream Europe to Saudi Arabia this season, it will be interesting to see how Ighalo performs with the increased intensity that is anticipated.

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France FA Gives Update On Kylian Mbappe’s Injury After Clash With Austria

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The French Football Federation (FFF) has confirmed that Kylian Mbappe suffered a broken nose during the Euro 2024 game against Austria on Monday, June 17, 2024.

Kylian Mbappe who was expected to lead the assault on Austria found himself on the receiving end when his face caught the shoulder of Kevin Danso while anticipating a free-kick from Antoine Griezmann in the 85th minute of the game.

The incident left the 25-year-old Frenchman with a bleeding nose, and had to be attended to for minutes before he got back to his feet. Funny enough, he was shown a yellow card in the 89th minute for going down seconds after returning to his feet.

Coach Didier Deschamps had to substitute him in the 90th minute with veteran striker, Olivier Giroud as the game ended in a 1-0 win courtesy of an own goal from Maximilian Wöber in the 38th minute.

After the game, the FFF confirmed that Kylian Mbappe might play the rest of the European Championship with a face mask. However, the football body didn’t confirm whether or not the new Real Madrid signee will be available for France’s next Euro 2024 game against the Netherlands on June 21.

“He has returned to the base camp of the French team,” the FFF said.

“He will undergo treatment in the coming days, without undergoing surgery immediately.”

During the post-game press conference, coach Didier Deschamps said: “We need to check it out but it seems quite complicated, which is really very unfortunate for us. He didn’t get off lightly.”

He added: “I’m not going to go into hypothesis but the French team with Kylian will always be stronger with him.

“If the news doesn’t go along these lines then we will have to fight without him.”

Note that Kylian Mbappe has scored 47 goals in 80 appearances for France so far in his international career.
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Euro 2024: Lukaku’s brace disallowed as Slovakia stun Belgium

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Belgium suffered a 1-0 defeat to Slovakia, leaving them with a mountain to climb in their Euro 2024 campaign in Germany.

Romelu Lukaku’s two disallowed goals added to the frustration for the Red Devils at the Deutsche Bank Park.

The match started badly for Belgium when Ivan Schranz capitalized on a poor pass by Jeremy Doku, putting Slovakia ahead early.

Schranz’s strike, just minutes into the game, ended up being a bitter pill for the Belgians.

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Belgium’s star striker Romelu Lukaku thought he had equalized twice, only to be denied by the officials on both occasions.

His first goal was ruled out for offside, a decision met with dismay by the Belgian supporters.

The second disallowed goal came after a review by the snickometer, which detected a handball in the build-up.

Despite their struggles later on, Slovakia held on for all three points in the Group E encounter.

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Official: Chidera Ejuke becomes Sevilla’s first summer signing

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Nigerian international Chidera Ejuke has officially joined Sevilla, becoming their first signing of the 2024/25 season.

The club in a statement welcomed the Zaria born, who is versatile in attack but primarily plays on the left wing.

His European career began in 2017 with Valerenga in Norway.

At 19, Ejuke made a huge impact at Valerenga, scoring 15 goals and providing six assists in 59 appearances over two seasons.

His performance earned him a move to Heerenveen in the Netherlands, where he netted 10 goals and six assists in just one season.

Ejuke’s next step was a transfer to CSKA Moscow, where he added 10 goals and eight assists to his record, and gained European experience with five UEFA Europa League appearances.

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Recent seasons saw him on loan at Hertha Berlin and Royal Antwerp.

At Antwerp, he made four UEFA Champions League appearances this season under coach Mark van Bommel.

On international level, Ejuke debuted for Nigeria in 2020 after progressing through various youth levels, including the Under-17.

He has since earned eight caps, participating in World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaigns for the Super Eagles.

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