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Ronaldo Ends Free Kicks Success Draught

Cristiano Ronaldo has finally hit the back of the net from a free- kick spot for Juventus to end his over 40 attempts without a success.

The Juventus player who has been under criticism for poor free kick conversation rate put an impressive performance during Juventus 4-1 win against Torino by setting up Juan Cuadrado goal after Paulo Dybala had put the Old Lady in front in the derby match and later scored from the spot.

His first since arriving the club from Real Madrid in 2018.

Ronaldo with the goal became the first player to score 25 Serie A goals in a season for the club since 1961 .

The 4 – 1 derby win over Torino was also notable for Gianluigi Buffon ’ s record- breaking 648 th Serie A appearance .

Ronaldo has now scored 46 free- kick goals at club level , with 32 for Real Madrid and 13 for Manchester United .

Kano Government Opens Viewing Centers As Europe’s Major Leagues Resume

Kano Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has ordered the reopening of football viewing centres in the state as major leagues across Europe resume.

Ganduje announced the decision when the leadership of Soccer Viewing Centres Association, Kano State chapter, paid him a courtesy call at his office, on Friday.

The association urged the governor to ease the lockdown order for the Centres.

The governor, who granted the request, also donated Forty Thousand (40,000) face masks for distribution at viewing centres in the state.

He urged them that as they gather youth in their viewing centres, they must make sure that they use it as a platform to create awareness among them on ways to help tame the pandemic.

The state chairman of the association, Sharu Rabi’u Ahlan commended governor Ganduje’s effort in curtailing the spread of the virus in the state and assured the government that all the guidelines given in line with the pandemic would be followed dutifully.

Armed Robbers Use Salah Mask To Rob Stores

Four men have been arrested in Cairo after using masks depicting Liverpool star Mohamed Salah as a disguise to rob stores.

The gang of armed thieves was caught by the police while attempting to rob a store on Hassanein Heikal Street, in the Nasr City neighbourhood of Egypt ’ s capital.

All four of the robbers covered their face using masks of the Liverpool attacker , who is a huge star in his home country.

The criminals were caught after using the Salah disguises on a robbery spree in Cairo.

The gang tried to escape after being approached by security forces but were eventually apprehended.

Salah has become one of the world ’ s most sought players since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017 .

Haaland Makes History As Bundesliga Resumes

The setting may be unfamiliar with the German Bundesliga returning behind closed doors after a two-month coronavirus shutdown, but the identity of the day’s first goal-scorer was entirely familiar as Erling Braut Haaland put Borussia Dortmund ahead against Schalke.

Haaland who diverted a low Thorgan Hazard cross into the far corner of the net in the 29th minute made history for scoring the post-lockdown goal in the Bundesliga league.

It was a 10th goal in nine Bundesliga appearances for the prolific 19-year-old Norwegian striker, who moved to Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in the winter.

Usually, the scorer of the first goal in the Ruhr derby — one of the biggest fixtures in German football — could expect to be mobbed by his teammates.

Bundesliga results
Augsburg 1 – 2 Wolfsburg
Borussia D. 4 – 0 Schalke 04
Fortuna D. 0 – 0 SC Paderborn 07
Hoffenheim 0 – 3 Hertha BSC
R’Ballsport L. 1 – 1 Freiburg
Eintracht F. 1– 3 Borussia M.

Rashidi Yekini’s Mother Now On Ministry Of Sports Payroll

The mother of late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, Alhaja Sikiratu is now on a monthly stipend of N10,000 courtesy of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

Mr Olaitan Shittu, a representative of the Minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, disclosed this at Ijagbo, near Offa in Kwara on Wednesday, when he donated Ramadan gifts on behalf of the minister to the aged mother.

Reports had it that the minister donated the sum of N50,000 as part of the Ramadan gifts to Yekini’s mother.

Some of the items donated with the cash included a 50 kg bag of rice, 10 kg bag of wheat and six tins of Milo beverage drink.

Shittu explained that it was not the first time the minister was reaching out to Alhaja Yekini as he was also at her residence in September, 2019.

He said that the Ministry would also be extending the same gesture to the mother of late Super Eagles player, Samuel Okwaraji.

Responding, Alhaja Yekini, who spoke in her local dialect (Yoruba), thanked the minister and prayed fervently for him.

“I have been abandoned for a long time and have not seen any help from anyone.
“I was hospitalised for few days some months ago and I did catered for myself despite scarce resources: even last month, I received treatment from the hospital.

“I need help from Nigerians, but this minister has done very well, especially remembering me in this holy month of Ramadan.

“Since my son died, it has been very tough for me because I do not have any help from people.

“Rashidi’s siblings are not doing well too, so, I was left to struggle for life everyday,” she said.

The late Super Eagles star died eight years ago in Ibadan after retiring from football.

Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international from 58 games and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country’s first-ever goal in the competition against Bulgaria in the USA ’94 World Cup.

He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993.

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