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Nigeria Confirm Interest In Hosting Women’s Africa Cup Of Nations

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Nigeria Confirm Interest In Hosting Women's Africa Cup Of Nations

Nigeria’s Football Federation have confirmed their interest in hosting the 2020 African Cup of Nations alongside Equitorial Guinea.

The super falcons have won the tournament as hosts on three previous occasions in 1998, 2002 and 2016.

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Nigeria is also the current holders, having claimed an 11th title overall in 2018.

A host is being sought for the tournament that holds later this year. Congo-Brazzaville, who originally won the hosting rights, have pulled out.

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NFF, Rohr Set Aside New Contract Talk 

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The general secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Dr Sanusi Mohammed has revealed that contract talks between the federation and Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has been put on hold to enable the two parties focus on the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March.

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Sanusi said the qualifiers were so important that the NFF would not allow the contract issue to distract the football house from its ultimate task of qualifying for both tournaments.

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Tennis Player Dalila Jakupovic Collapses During Australian Open Qualifying Due To ‘Poor Air From Bushfires’

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Tennis Player Dalila Jakupovic Collapses During Australian Open Qualifying Due To ‘Poor Air From Bushfires’

Slovenia tennis player, Dalila Jakupovic, had to drop out of Australian Open qualifying in Melbourne after collapsing with a coughing fit caused by bushfire smoke.

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Jakupovic was unable to complete one of her serves despite leading in her match against Switzerland’s Stefanie Vogele.

Jakupovic said she was given a breathing apparatus by a physio in the first set, but began to feel worse at the end of the second because a smoke haze from bushfires that hangs over the tennis arena.

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Barcelona Fires Coach Valverde, Hires Setien

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Barcelona Fires Coach Valverde, Hires Setien

The Spanish champions may be top of La Liga, but it was their results in the Champions League that ultimately cost coach Ernesto Valverde his job. The club has appointed Quique Setien as his replacement.

Barcelona has on Monday fired coach Ernesto Valverde midway through the season, replacing him with former Real Betis head coach Quique Setien, days after been eliminated from the Spanish Super Cup semifinals.

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Setien is under contract with Barcelona until the end of the 2021-22 season.

55-year-old Valverde won two La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey.

Spanish champions said in a statement late Monday. “Setien is one of the most experienced coaches in Spanish football. Throughout his career he has been a proponent of possession based, attacking football that has been attractive to the fans.”

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Under Valverde, Barcelona has not been able to show consistency in the Champions League due to defense woes, and those problems were again evident on Thursday when the team conceded two late goals to lose to Atletico Madrid, 3-2 in Saudi Arabia.

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