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I Regret Not Settling Feud With Rashidi Yekini Until His Demise – Mutiu Adepoju

Mutiu Adepoju has said that he regretted not settling the feud between him and late Super Eagles’ colleague and friend, Rashidi Yekini.

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Former Nigeria International, Mutiu Adepoju has said that he regretted not settling the feud between him and late Super Eagles’ colleague and friend, Rashidi Yekini.

Adepoju confirmed that the closeness between him and Rashidi Yekini was like that of brothers, and that he was so close to him to the extent that they visited one another at home.

He confirmed all these while featuring on Parrot Xtra Hour on Radio, anchored by Olayinka Agboola on Space FM 90.1 on Tuesday.

Mutiu Adepoju, the “head master” said he was a close associate of the “Goal King”, Rashidi Yekini but he regretted not settling the dispute the two of them had before the latter’s demise.

“We actually fell apart – along the line, we stopped relating when I realized that he would not pick my calls again. I just decided not to look at his side again. But I actually should have approached him to ask him why he was not picking or returning my calls.”

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Adepoju, however, confirmed too that he has had a long-lasting relationship with Dimeji Lawal, another U20 and Super Eagles’ colleague.

“Dimeji and I have always been together. We have a long history. We grew up together at CRIN in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State.”

While speaking about his passion for football, he said “everything that you are involved in is about passion. I never imagined doing any other thing than football. God is the only one that can show the way.”

Talking about his memorable moments, he pointed out that “one of my most memorable moments was in 1989 when we performed what Nigerians referred to as the Daman Miracle in Saudi Arabia.
According to the Ibadan-born former Super Eagles’ playmaker, “The lesson I learned from the Daman miracle was that one must not give up when faced with challenges.

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Having played in the Spanish league for many years, Mutiu Adepoju said that for Nigerian football to develop, all stakeholders must put round pegs in round holes.

“The Nigerian league has many potentials. It can grow. We can even develop it more than the La Liga. We must have the determination. The passion, at this moment, is not there much. It is demoralizing.”

When asked to react to the recent death of another Super Eagles’ colleague, Ajibade Babalade, he expressed deep sadness saying “Babalade was a person I knew very well, we played together at Senegal 92.

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And when I returned to the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) as the General Manager, he was the Camp Commandant, I made him the Team Manager. Ike Shorounmu called me that same Friday night that he died to inform me about the sad development. It was a sad loss.”

While speaking about the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), a team he once managed, Mutiu expressed his satisfaction over the contributions of the present Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde to the growth of the team.

His words “I must commend His Excellency for being determined to ensure that 3SC returns to winning ways. I can confirm that he has been taking good care of both the players and the management. I believe this will spur the team to more heights.”

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Official: Dario Benedetto leaves Marseille for Boca Juniors

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It’s over for Dario in Marseille. Boca Juniors has just formalized the arrival of Dario Benedetto from Olympic Marseille.

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Official: Dario Benedetto leaves Marseille for Boca Juniors

The Argentinian club reportedly paid around €4m for the one on loan at Elche this season.

Arrived at OM in 2019, Benedetto will have scored 16 goals in Ligue 1 for the Marseille club.

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3SC General Manager Dies at 62

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The General Manager of Shooting Stars of Ibadan, Rasheed Balogun has sadly passed away after battling illness for months.

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3SC General Manager Dies at 62

Balogun’s death was confirmed by Shooting Stars in a statement on their Twitter handle.

According to the Ibadan-based club, the 62-year-old died on Thursday night.

“We LOST our GENERAL MANAGER

“After a long battle with an undisclosed illness for months, RASHEED BALOGUN finally succumbed to death on Thursday night.

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“What a sad Thursday to Oluyole Warriors fans across the world.“

Naija News 247 recalls, Balogun was appointed as Shooting Stars General Manager in 2014.

Source: Nigeria Football News

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AFCON 2021 round of 16: Fixtures, Date, Time, Venue

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The group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon is now over. The qualifying countries are now fixed. Here is the complete program of the knockout stages of the CAN.

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AFCON 2021 round of 16: Fixtures, Date, Time, Venue

Burkina Faso 🇧🇫 – 🇬🇦 Gabon

Second in group A, the selection of “Kamou Malo” will challenge the “Panthers”, who finished 2nd in group C, on Sunday January 23 (5:00 p.m. WAT), in Limbé Stadium.

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Nigeria 🇳🇬 – 🇹🇳 Tunisia

Leaders of Group D with three wins in three games, Super Eagles of Nigeria to face the “Carthage Eagles”, Sunday, January 23 (08:00p.m WAT), in Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua, Cameroon.

Guinea 🇬🇳 – 🇬🇲 Gambia

Naby Keïta’s team will meet Gambia, which will play for the first time in its history in the round of 16 of the African Cup, on Monday, January 24 (5:00 p.m. WAT) , in Bafoussam.

Cameroon 🇨🇲 – 🇰🇲 Comoros

The locals will face the Cœlacanthes , who have also qualified for the 8th of a CAN for the very first time in their history, on Monday, January 24 (8:00 p.m.) , in Yaoundé.

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Senegal 🇸🇳 – 🇨🇻 Cape Verde

The Teranga Lions finished first in Group B and will face Cape Verde, third in Group A, on Tuesday January 25 (8:00 p.m.) in Bafoussam.

Morocco 🇲🇦 – 🇲🇼 Malawi

Leaders of Group C, Vahid Halilhodžić’s men will face the Flames on Tuesday January 25 (8:00 p.m.), on the lawn of the Yaoundé stadium.

Ivory Coast 🇨🇮 – 🇪🇬 Egypt

It is the shock of these round of 16. The winners of Algeria will be opposed to Egypt of Mohamed Salah, Wednesday January 26 (17:00 ), in Douala.

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Mali 🇲🇱 – 🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea

First in Group F, the Eagles of Mohamed Magassouba will meet Equatorial Guinea, who have won two of their three group matches, on Wednesday January 26 (8:00 p.m.) , in Limbé.

The round of 16 of the African Cup is knockout. The winners of these matches will therefore qualify for the quarter-finals, which will hold on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January.

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