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Transfer Update: Chinedu Obasi Rejected By Sunderland

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Super Eagles striker Chinedu Obasi will not be signing a contract with Sunderland after failing to prove his fitness to manager Sam Allardyce.

The 29-year-old former Schalke 04 forward has been on trial at the club for the past week and was a free agent after the expiration of his contract in the summer.

Obasi broke a leg earlier in the year and that has taken a toll on the man who scored 4 goals in 35 appearances for Schalke over three years.

Manager Sam Allardyce said of Obasi before his trial: “He [Obasi] is a Nigerian international and we are just seeing because he’s got a reasonably good CV, in terms of where he’s played before.

“He has been fraught with a bad injury, which is why he’s not been fixed up with a club yet, but we’d like to see him for this week and perhaps next week:

The manager said he was interested in someone who could immediately come into the team and make an impact.

He said: “But I need someone who has an impact now, not in three weeks time, so it will be a difficult task I think. But he’s here and if he can show us anything we haven’t got then there maybe something we can do.”

Obasi has however failed to proved his fitness and would not be signing a contract with the club.

Obasi scored just four goals in 34 games in all competitions for Schalke between 2012 – 2015. He was signed by the club after a brief loan spell in 2012, having netted 25 goals in 91 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim.

He played for Norwegian second division side Lyn with Mikel Obi before moving to Hoffenheim in 2007, and has 18 caps for Nigeria.

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Kobe Bryant fans sign petition to make his image the new NBA logo

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More than 800,000 fans have signed a petition to replace the NBA logo with an image of Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people in California on Sunday.

‘With the untimely and unexpected passing of the great Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to immortalize him forever as the new NBA Logo,‘ read the Change.Org petition, which was posted by a Nick M. of Vancouver, British Columbia.

So far, the petition has over 800,000 signatures.

The current logo is a silhouette of fellow Lakers legend Jerry West, who expressed in the past that he would not mind if the logo was changed.

Kobe Bryant died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others when his chopper crashed in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday.

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Rihanna pictured watching UEFA champions league against Atletico Madrid

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Pop star, Rihanna was spotted tonight at the VIP center of Juventus’ Allianz Arena stadium watching the UEFA Champions league between Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

 

Juventus’ official twitter account recognized her presence with photos of her during the game and a video of her arrival at the stadium.

 

Juventus won the match against Atletico Madrid as a free-kick from

Paulo Dybala guaranteed the Italian side top spot in Group D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Odion Ighalo announced his retirement from international football with Nigeria

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Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has confirmed his retirement from international football with Nigeria after winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Golden Boot last night.

He wrote on his IG page :

This is one of the most difficult career decisions I have had to take. It’s been an amazing 5 years journey, but after due consultation and extensive discussion with my family, I have decided it’s time for me to retire from the National team.

It’s has been an eventful and most memorable opportunity to serve my country with pride, passion and to contribute my quota to the development of our football, the memories would stay with me for a long time and I’m immensely grateful. It is now time to concentrate on Club football and give the younger players chance to learn and grow.

I would love to thank the NFF, coach Gernot Rohr for believing in me against all odds,to my teammates for their professionalism and team spirit without you guys I wouldn’t have achieved so much with this team.

To NIGERIAN football fans all over the world,I SAY THANK YOU, you were always there to cheer us on and our 12th players every time we step into the pitch. I will be watching and cheering the SUPER EAGLES from this side. THANK YOU…..signing OUT.

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