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National Youth Games: Okowa hails victorious Team Delta

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Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State Governor

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated the victorious Team Delta for winning the 4th National Youth Games which was held in Ilorin.

The Governor Okowa who praised the doggedness and determination of the Team said it came as no surprise the team came tops because Delta State has been at the fore front of sports development in Nigeria.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa congratulated the team members, their handlers and the management of the Delta State Sports Commission on the record 4th consecutive victory at the National Youth Games.

The Governor who attributed the successes recorded by the victorious Team Delta to the huge investments in grassroots sports by the state government.

From the revived Headmasters’ and Principals’ Cup as well as the huge investments in sports infrastructure like the Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium and the world class Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba which hosted the just concluded African Senior Athletics Championships tagged Asaba 2018, Delta is

Poised to continuously blaze the trail.

He further commended the Federal Ministry of Sports for organizing such events that provides an avenue to bring the young people together, encourage healthy competition and to improve their physical and mental development.

The Governor assured the youths that the state Government will do more to improve their welfare and charged Team Delta to continue to make the State proud.

Delta State finished with a total of 67 medals, made up of 27 gold, 24 silver and 16 bronze, to win the 2018 Games. Lagos, which did not participate in the second and third editions emerged second after securing a total of 60 medals — 23 gold, 15 silver and 22 bronze. Team Bayelsa and Ogun were joint third, winning 34 medals — 11 gold, 7 silver and 16 bronze each.

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Man Utd sack Mourinho after poor start to the season

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Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United following their disappointing start to the season.

The Red Devils currently sit sixth in the Premier League table but have already lost five times in 17 matches, leaving them 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and 11 off fourth-placed Chelsea in the fight for Champions League places.

That follows a summer transfer window in which Mourinho routinely complained at a lack of signings, with the Portuguese unable to persuade the club’s hierarchy to sign a new centre-back.

Mourinho has continued to drop hints that he remains unhappy at that failure to spend big, and he now leaves after two-and-a-half years in charge at Old Trafford, with his final match in charge Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool.

“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect,” a statement read.

“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.

“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”

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Manchester United star, Paul Pogba on Monday left Old Trafford to attend a promotional event for Adidas in Paris just a day after the Red Devils were defeated 3-1 by Liverpool in the Premier League encounter, Metro UK reports.

Pogba, who was left out of United’s squad that were defeated by Jurgen Klopp’s men on Sunday, has endured a challenging start to the Premier League season after falling out of favour under manager, Jose Mourinho.

The France international was also stripped of the vice captaincy earlier this campaign and was reportedly labelled a virus following their 2-2 draw with Southampton some weeks ago.

Pogba took to his Instagram page and posed for pictures alongside former Juventus teammate, Paulo Dybala.

The 25-year-old was also seen dabbing in videos with fans.

Commenting on the post one United fan wrote: “Absolutely ridiculous. A day after such defeat and this dude out here dabbing and posing. Says a lot about the club and some individuals.”

Pogba will hope to feature for United when they tackle Cardiff City this weekend in the Premier League.

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Manchester United to sack Mourinho within Christmas

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, is fighting to save his job as he approaches a critical run of fixtures over the Christmas period.

The manner of United’s capitulation at Liverpool on Sunday, has left Mourinho under huge pressure again, following the club’s worst start to a top-flight season in 28 years, SportsMail reports.

United face Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle over Christmas.

They are four winnable games that could also be a potential banana skin for the 55-year-old.

Mourinho has appeared to be in trouble before this season and survived, but he is now odds-on to become the next Premier League boss to be axed.

Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino are among the leading candidates to replace him, although assistant coach Michael Carrick would be a popular choice to step in as caretaker manager.

It’s understood that United would have to pay Mourinho one year’s salary of £18million to get rid of him and up to £22.5m if he is still in the Champions League or in contention for a top-four place.

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