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NPFL: Plateau United still nursing title hopes despite Rivers United’s big lead

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Plateau United duo, Jesse Akila and Nenrot Silas are confident they can still catch up with leaders, Rivers United in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Rivers United have opened a 10-point lead at the top of the log, with five games remaining before the end of the campaign.

The Stanley Eguma’s side needs six points to be crowned NPFL champions for the first time.

Akila and Silas, however, believe the title chase isn’t over despite the huge gap between them and the Port Harcourt Dwellers.

“We haven’t given up yet because mathematically we still have hope because I learnt Rivers have two away games,” Akila who has scored eight goals for Plateau United this season told npfl.ng

“We are hoping they drop points there, and then we see how it goes, but be rest assured that we are still fighting.”

Akila’s view was corroborated by Silas, who insisted that it isn’t over until it is over.

“It is football, it is never over until it is over. There is always a chance, and that is what I believe.

“Despite how the table looks at the moment, we at Plateau United will continue to believe it is doable as we are still fighting for the title,” Silas added.

Plateau United will host Gombe United on Sunday, while Rivers United are away to Enugu Rangers.

NPFL: Plateau United still nursing title hopes despite Rivers United’s big lead

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Aubameyang wins league title despite playing just 8 minutes

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Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become a league champion this season.

This is despite the Gabon international playing just eight minutes of football.

Aubameyang was recognised as part of LaLiga champions Barcelona’s title-winning squad despite the former Borussia Dortmund star being a Chelsea player since last summer.

The Catalans were handed the Spanish top-flight title on Sunday after a 4-2 win at Espanyol.

The African star was part of Xavi’s side at the very start of the season before he joined Chelsea and came off the bench for a late cameo in their opening game against Rayo Vallecano.

In the top flight of English football, players need to have made a minimum of five league appearances to be considered a member of the title-winning squad.

But in Spain and elsewhere in Europe that is not the case, meaning that Aubameyang’s eight minutes game for Barca are all he needed to be crowned a champion this term.

Aubameyang has endured a dreadful season at Stamford Bridge, having scored just three goals in 21 appearances.

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Messi’s replacement: PSG to sign Arsenal star for €65m

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Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly set sights on signing Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard as Lionel Messi’s replacement.

As per a report in El Nacional, PSG are keen on signing Odegaard following his impressive season with Arsenal as Messi’s future with the French Ligue 1 champions is at the moment unclear.

The Parisians have been keeping tabs on the former Real Madrid midfielder and have decided to make a €65 million move to bring him to France.

PSG will have to battle Bayern Munich, who are also interested in Odegaard.

The report added that Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel is also a big fan of the Norway international and has asked the Bundesliga champions to make a move.

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Torres vs Arbeloa: What ex-Liverpool teammates told each other during clash

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Former Liverpool teammates, Fernando Torres, and Alvaro Arbeloa, were involved in an on-pitch argument during Atletico Madrid Juvenil’s cup clash against Real Madrid on Sunday.

Torres’ Atletico Madrid side were knocked out of Division de Honor Juvenil after losing 4-2 aggregate against Real Madrid.

During the second leg of the last-eight encounter, Torres got involved in a serious verbal altercation with Arbeloa.

Due to the duo’s war of words, the referee was forced to intervene as Arbeloa was shown a yellow card while Torres was waved a red card.

However, according to Relevo, Torres threatened to hit Arbeloa.

The former Chelsea striker said: “I will blow your head off!”

Arbeloa responded: “Start whenever you want.”

Torres and Arbeloa played together at Liverpool between 2007 and 2009.

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