Eagles Roundup: Chukuweze On Target In Villarreal’s Win At Girona; Aribo Stars For Rangers

Samuel Chukuweze was on target as Villarreal recorded a 3-0 away win against Villarreal in their Copa de Rey clash at the Estadi Municipal de Montilivi on Wednesday night.

Chukuweze started the game on the bench and took the place of Javi Ontiveros in the 52nd minute.

Ramiro Funes Mori put Villarreal ahead in the 24th minute, while Santi Carzola doubled the advantage in the 70th minute.

Chukuweze added the third goal two minutes later.

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In another Copa de Rey clash, Ramon Azeez was in action in Granada’s 3-1 win against Badalona.

Azeez replaced Roberto Soldado in the 56th minute.

In Scotland Joe Aribo played a key role in Glasgow Rangers’ hard fought 1-0 home win against St Mirren.

Aribo was replaced was replaced by Sheyi Ojo 10 minutes from time.

Jermain Defoe scored the winning goal for Rangers in the 34th minute.

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Ndidi Returns, Iheanacho Bags Assist In Leicester Win Against West Ham  

Wilfred Ndidi returned to action for Leicester City after recovering from a knee injury while Kelechi Iheanacho had an assist, in the Foxes 4-1 home win against West Ham United in Wednesday’s Premier League game, Completesports.com reports.

Ndidi replaced the injured Nampalys Mendy on 34 minutes while Jamie Vardy also picked up an injury and went off for Iheanacho in the 43rd minute.

In the 88th minute Iheanacho set up Ayoze Perez for Leicester’s fourth goal and was also fouled inside the 18-yard box with Perez converting the penalty on 81 minutes.

However, Ndidi was penalised for bringing down a West Ham player inside the box with Mark Noble scoring from the penalty spot on 50 minutes.

Ndidi has now made 21 Premier League appearance this season with Iheanacho making his eight.

Leicester’s first goal was scored by Harvey Barnes in the 24th minute while Ricardo Pereira doubled their lead in the fifth minute of first half added time.

The win saw Leicester end a run of three straight games without a win.

They stay third on 48 points in the Premier League table.

In other Premier League games Burnley shocked Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford while Tottenham Hotspur edged struggling Norwich City 2-1.

By James Agberebi 

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Barcelona Escape Upset As Griezmann’s Double See Off 3rd-tier UD Ibiza

A second half brace from Antoine Griezmann saw Barcelona avoid an upset as they came from a goal down to beat third division side UD Ibiza 2-1, in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Barcelona who were without Lionel Messi, went behind in the 9th minute as Javi Perez scored.

Every effort by Barcelona to get back into the game proved abortive as UD Ibiza held firm.

But their resolve was eventually broken as Griezmann equalised in the 72nd minute.

And in the 94th minute, Griezmann scored the winner to send Barcelona into the next round.

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Nigerian Striker Nets Brace In Austria Wien’s Friendly Win 

Nigerian striker Bright Edomwonyi scored two goals for Austrian Bundesliga top flight club Austria Wien, in their 5-1 win against Slovakian side FC Petrzalka in a friendly game on Wednesday, Completesports.com reports.

Edomwonyi opened scoring for Austria Wien in the fourth minute and got the third goal on 35 minutes.

He has scored just one goal and had madr three assists in 17 appearances in all competitions for Austria Wien this season.

Austria Wien are currently seventh on 21 points in the 12-team Austrian Bundesliga league table.

They will resume the second half of the league campaign on February 15.

By James Agberebi 

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AFN Hails Sports Minister Dare as Athletes Receive Old Allowances; Kaita Replaces Ogba

Sunday Dare, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development has fulfilled his promise to pay Nigeria’s youth and junior athletes to the CAA U-18/U-20 championships in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire last April allowances owed them by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) under the leadership of the now suspended president of the federation, Shehu Ibrahim Gusau.

The athletes competed in the competition under the harshest of conditions, travelling by road for three days and were denied their allowances even after the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development released N13m for the competition.

The athletes, through their acting representative on the board of the AFN, Charles Himah and the acting president of the federation, Honourable Olamide George appealed to the Sports Minister to look into the athletes’ predicament.

The Sports Minister, who revealed at the start of the new year that athletes welfare will be one of his focus in his sports development policy made good his promise and ordered that the athletes should be paid part of their allowances.

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“We are very grateful to the Honourable Minister for coming to the rescue of the athletes who were subjected to indecent treatments just because they wanted to represent their country, Nigeria,” said the AFN acting president, Honourable Olamide George, who confirmed that the athletes started receiving bank alerts last weekend.

“With Mr Dare as Sports Minister, our sports, especially track and field is surely in good hands,” he added and revealed the board of the federation will be meeting on Thursday in Abuja at its Secretariat.

“We are meeting on Thursday and part of what we shall discuss will be welfare of athletes. We are not happy that we begged the Sports Minister to bail us out after approval was received for Nigeria’s participation in the Abidjan championships and money duly released. That was one of the reasons we asked our suspended president to come and give account of that and many other financial infractions as well as breaches of the federation’s constitution,’ George said.

Meanwhile, a sports philanthropist, Alhaji Ahmed Ahedjo Kaita has replaced Solomon Ogba on the board of the federation.

Kaita who is the chairman of Katsina State Athletics Association and has sponsored many athletes to many local competitions has taken the slot of Philanthropist/Ex-Officio hitherto occupied by Ogba since July 2017 until his resignation from the board last month.

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development made the announcement in a press release on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Ministry,our correspondent recalls, accepted Ogba’s resignation in December 2019 and promised to announce a replacement as the body responsible for filling the slot.

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Bulls And Zach LaVine Will Host Timberwolves At United Center

Bulls and Zach LaVine will host Timberwolves at United Center. The Timberwolves will want to move on from the 100-107 loss at home to the Denver Nuggets, a game in which Karl-Anthony Towns was solid with 28 points (9-of-19 from the field), 5 assists and 8 rebounds. Josh Okogie had 16 points (7-of-11 shooting) and 8 rebounds.

The Bulls will want to move on from the 98-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, a game in which Zach LaVine contributed 24 points (7-of-19 from the field) and 5 rebounds.

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Will Thaddeus Young replicate his impressive performance from the last game? This will be the first meeting between the teams this season. The Wolves are in a slump losing all of their last 5 games. The Bulls have won just 2 games out of their last 5. Both teams are expected to be at full strength today with no notable injuries.

The Timberwolves are averaging 19.116 free throws made, while the Bulls are averaging only 15.978. Limiting this gap in free throw shooting will be key for the Bulls to win.

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