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Injured Daniel Apeyi has charged fellow goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa to justify his starting spot in today’s World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.

A relapse of a thigh injury in Eagles training forced Akpeyi to miss out on the World Cup qualifiers and hand Ezenwa his first start for the Super Eagles in a competitive game.

“Akpeyi and I have spoken. He told me, ‘I believe you can do it, just go out there and make us proud.’ I have also spoken with Carl Ikeme, (who is undergoing treatment for acute leukaemia) and he also told me I can do it.

“They are behind me with prayers, all I need is to just keep focus and leave the rest to God.”

The IfeanyiUbah goalkeeper said he in turn has wished both rivals quick recovery.

“Daniel and Carl are my brothers and I always pray for quick recovery for them,” Ezenwa told SCORENigeria.

He added that international exposure – 2007 U-20 World Cup, NPFL playing tour of Spain and the 2016 CHAN – has prepared him for today’s challenge.

“The experiences from these competitions will go a long way in helping me,” he said.

“I don’t see playing against Cameroon as something so big because I have been doing it before and I have played against bigger clubs in Europe.

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“To play against Cameroon is a good thing and it’s a good exposure for me because it’s a World Cup qualifier.

“I just need to be focused on the game.”

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FIFA suspends Moses Magogo for two months

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The chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has ratified the plea bargain entered into by Mr Moses Hassim Magogo, President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations and member of the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee, and the chairperson of the investigatory chamber.

An investigation into Mr Magogo was opened on 23 July 2018 related to the resale of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets.

In accordance with art. 67 par.1 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the parties have mutually agreed on the following sanctions:

·  A fine of CHF 10,000.

·  A two-month suspension from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level.

The suspension became effective upon the validation of the agreement by the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber on 10 October 2019.

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Cardiff City moves to appeal FIFA ruling over Sala’s transfer payment

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Cardiff disclosed on Wednesday they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against FIFA’s decision to make them pay Nantes the first instalment of the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala.

The world governing body, FIFA this week ordered Cardiff to pay French club Nantes an initial six million euros ($6.5 million) in their dispute over the payment of the transfer fee for Sala, who died in a plane crash.

Cardiff in a statement, said : “There remains clear evidence that the transfer agreement was never completed in accordance with multiple contractual requirements which were requested by Nantes, thereby rendering it null and void”.

“We shall be appealing to CAS in order to seek a decision which considers all of the relevant contractual information and provides clarity on the full legal situation between our two clubs.”

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Ex- Manchester United striker, Berbatov retires

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Former Manchester United and Tottenham  striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has announced his retirement from football.

This is coming 18 months after leaving India’s Kerala Blasters, bringing an end to a glittering 20-year career.

The 38-year-old, Bulgaria’s record goalscorer, also played for CSKA Sofia; Bayer Leverkusen; Fulham; Monaco; and Greek side PAOK.

He has been without a club since leaving India’s Kerala Blasters 18 months ago.

“Someone told me I need to say something, and seeing that people were asking me, especially back home, I need to give a farewell message,” Berbatov wrote on Instagram.

“My last game was more then one year ago, so I think it’s the right time now to stop, and it’s long overdue.”

The Hotspur striker, who won two Premier League titles with Manchester United and was named Bulgaria’s Footballer of the Year seven times between 2004 and 2010, added that he planned to remain in soccer in some capacity.

“When I think about it, it’s never the end, because I will stay in the game one way or another,” he said.

Berbatov joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2008 for what was then a club record fee of 30.75 million pounds (38.38 million dollars) .

He made his Bulgaria debut in 1999, aged 18, but retired from international football in 2010 after scoring 48 goals in 79 matches.

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