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Paul Pogba Handed Four Year Ban From Football Over Alleged Doping

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Former Manchester United star, Paul Pogba, has been handed a four-year ban from football over alleged doping.

Naija Latest Gist understands that the French professional footballer was initially suspended in September after failing a drug test while playing for his employee club, Italian giants, Juventus.

A subsequent analysis of a secondary sample also confirmed the presence of DHEA, resulting in a positive result.

The National Anti-Doping Tribunal has now determined the punishment, and it has been officially announced that Pogba will be unable to participate in any football activities until at least 2028.

This four-year ban represents the maximum penalty that a player can receive for such an offence.

This ban implies that Pogba may be 35 years old when he is eligible to play again. Furthermore, it signifies the end of Pogba’s career with his current club, Juventus, as his contract expires in the summer of 2026. Unfortunately, his second stint with the club has been a disaster.

In 2022, the Frenchman, who had previously triumphed with his nation in the 2018 World Cup, made a comeback to Turin from Manchester United on a free transfer.

Unfortunately, Pogba’s first season was plagued by frequent injuries, and this season, he only managed to make two appearances before facing suspension.

Regrettably, it seems that his international career is now nearing its end.

Pogba had amassed an impressive 91 caps for his nation, with his last appearance occurring in 2022, and he had also contributed 11 goals. Notably, he played a pivotal role in securing France’s second World Cup victory during the 2018 tournament held in Russia.

Speaking in December, France boss Didier Deschamps said: “I love all my players, but I’m sad about what Paul is living. I’m not just talking about the most recent events, but also about everything he has experienced so far, with the personal problems that have inevitably had consequences on his injuries. I feel bad for Pogba: how can he do it?”

Elsewhere, speaking before the second sample was tested, Pogba’s representative Rafaela Pimenta said: “We are waiting for the counter-analysis and until then we can’t say anything. The certain thing is that Paul Pogba never wanted to break the rules.”

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Breaking: Enugu Rangers Emerge NPFL Champions

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Enugu Rangers on Sunday emerged champions of the 2023/2024 Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) champions.

The team emerged as NPFL champions after defeating Bendel Insurance 2-0 in front of their home fans in Enugu.

Kenechukwu Agu put Rangers ahead after 32 minutes in the game, and Chidiebere Nwobodo increased the home team’s advantage after 65 minutes on the clock.

The win cements the top spot for the Enugu-based side, and their final game of the season, which is away to already relegated Gombe United, would be a mere formality.

Details later…

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NFF Breaks Silence Over Finidi George’s Resignation

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The head of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Gusau, has told newsmen that he is unaware of Super Eagles coach, Finidi George’s reported resignation.

Naija Latest Gist reports that Finidi George made headlines on Saturday morning after reports of his sudden resignation surfaced on the internet.

The embattled Super Eagles coach had stepped down after the NFF declared its intention to bring in an international expert as the Super Eagles’ new coach, following their poor showing in the 2026 World Cup qualifying rounds.

The Eagles have only managed to score three points out of a possible 12, landing them in fifth place in Group C, which has cast doubt on their chances of qualifying.

Their poor performances have angered the nation’s football-loving population, who are still reeling from the team’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The announcement by the NFF on Thursday sparked a variety of reactions, with some Eagles supporters urging the federation’s board and George to step down.

Reports suggest that George is furious over the NFF’s decision to meet with the sports minister two days prior, without addressing the issue of players arriving late to training and the NFF’s lack of effort to rally support from Nigerians in Ivory Coast for the Eagles’ match against Benin Republic on last Monday.

The reports also indicate that George resigned from his position as the Eagles’ coach this morning (today).

However, when asked about the news making the round on Saturday, Gusau said he was unaware of George’s decision to let go of his appointment as Super Eagles coach.

“Not yet aware,” Gusau reportedly told The PUNCH in a chat on Saturday, June 15.

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Transfer: Galatasaray Makes Fresh Offer For Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi

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Galatasaray, the reigning champions of the Turkish Super Lig, are intensifying their efforts to secure the services of Leicester City star, Wilfred Ndidi.

Naija Latest Gist reports that Ndidi is set to become a free agent by the end of the month, and negotiations are ongoing between Leicester City and the midfielder regarding a potential contract extension.

Renowned transfer expert, Nicolo Schira, has reported that Galatasaray has put forward a three-year contract offer to Ndidi, possibly extending it for another year.

The 27-year-old defensive midfielder has been a key player for Leicester City since he arrived in 2017.

However, with his current deal expiring soon, Ndidi appears to be considering a move away from the King Power Stadium.

Reports from Fanatik suggest that Leicester City has struggled to persuade Ndidi to commit his future to the club, opening the door for Turkish teams to enter the race for his signature.

Apart from Galatasaray, Trabzonspor and Besiktas are reportedly interested in securing Ndidi’s services.

Trabzonspor, looking to strengthen their attacking and midfield options, have shown interest in Ndidi and Paul Onuachu.

The Black Sea Storm are determined to sign Ndidi and have presented an attractive offer, including a significant signing bonus.

On the other hand, Galatasaray has strongly proposed a three-plus-one-year contract to entice Ndidi to choose them over other potential suitors.

Ndidi’s consistent performances at Leicester City have made him a highly sought-after player in the transfer market.

Last season, the Nigerian player played 36 matches, scoring six goals and providing six assists for the Foxes.

In addition to his club contributions, Ndidi has been a key player for the Nigerian national team, featuring prominently in their recent FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin Republic.

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