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Samuel Kalu is back and okay after heart scare

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Super Eagles head coach. Gernot Rohr has revealed that forward, Samuel Kalu is okay after he collapsed in training on Friday night and was rushed to the hospital immediately.

Fears that the striker might be suffering from some heart problems were dispelled after checks in an Alexandria hospital after it was discovered that he suffered from dehydration and has bee advised to take in more fluid due to the hot weather in Egypt.

Kalu didn’t take part in Nigeria’s opening game against Burundi on Saturday as a precaution but was at the stadium in support of the team.

Speaking to CafOnline after the match said, he said the striker was okay.

“Kalu had a problem on Friday when he fell as we were doing some drills on corner kicks. He was rushed to the hospital and fortunately, the doctors said it was a problem of dehydration, not a heart problem. He didn’t drink enough,” Rohr noted.

“But he is okay now, he is in high spirits. We will wait for more green-light from the medical team before we can decide whether he can play. He is okay. The rest is up to the medics,” further stated the German coach.

Speaking on his health, the Bordeaux forward affirmed that he was okay, leaving the team’s dressing room after the game with a smile and a thumbs up when asked whether everything was fine.

“I am okay now. I have no problem,” he said.

Rohr further said his team has been hit with sickness with defender Shehu Abdullahi coming off after just 39 minutes in the game against Burundi on Saturday.

“We had some sick players coming in here because of the weather when we were training in Asaba. But I believe they will be okay and we can have a fully fit team,” stated the tactician.

Nigeria plays its next game against Guinea on Wednesday in what is expected to be a tough duel.

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Ruiz hit me so hard that I couldn’t remember where he was – Anthony Joshua

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Former world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has revealed that his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr had been predicted five years ago by his uncle.

The Mexican boxer caused an upset king by knocking out the Nigerian-born boxer four times New York on June 1 before referee Mike Griffin eventually waved the fight off before the end of the seventh round.

Joshua who had vowed to bounce back after he was dethroned by the 25-1 outsider which was described as the biggest shocks in boxing history.

It could be recalled that in 2014, AJ’s uncle predicted that Ruiz Jr would cause a stir in the heavyweight division.

“I remember years ago my uncle wrote out a list of all the heavyweights and next to Andy Ruiz Jr he wrote ‘upset king’ believe it or not.

“This was around 2014 he gave me that list,” He said on his YouTube channel.

The British boxer also claimed that he got hit so hard during the fight that he did not know where he was.

“I couldn’t even really remember where I was at the time but I just knew that I was in for a fight.

“I knew that I should be here [on the canvas], so I just got to my feet and we went again.

“Ruiz done well, hit me with a good shot and I just couldn’t recover from it and that was it.”

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Pinnick’s tenure as CAF 1st vice president was not renewed – NFF

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has stated that the tenure of its president, Amaju Pinnick, as CAF 1st vice president was not renewed.

Congolese Omari Constant has reportedly replaced Pinnick as the Confederation of African Football 1st vice president while Mauritania FA boss, Fouzi Lekjaa and South Africa’s Danny Jordaan are now the 2nd and 3rd vice presidents of the continent’s football governing body respectively.

A statement from the NFF Communications Department said Pinnick’s tenure as CAF 1st vice president was not renewed by Ahmad after it expired on Thursday, due to “fundamental differences on focus and direction.”

“The term of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick as the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football along with that of the 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents expired today,” the statement read.

“In line with Article 22(4) of the CAF Statutes, every two years when elections are held at the CAF Congress (as took place on Thursday), the CAF Executive Committee on the proposal of the CAF president, elects a 1st, 2nd and 3rd vice president respectively from among its members.

This means that the renewal of Pinnick’s tenure was not proposed by the CAF president because of fundamental differences on focus and direction.

“It has however been an excellent opportunity to serve as the number two football administrator in the entire African continent and my commitment to the game is perpetual while my support for my colleagues in the Executive Committee remains steadfast. I congratulate, Omari, Lekja and Danny on the assumption of their new roles as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice CAF Presidents respectively,” Pinnick was quoted as saying in the statement.

Recall that the NFF president replaced former Ghana FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, as CAF’s 1st Vice President in June 2018, following a FIFA ban to Nyantakyi, over a corruption case.

It was gathered that the decision not to renew Pinnick’s tenure was reportedly taken at the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Cairo on Thursday, on the eve of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

According to reports, CAF president Ahmad Ahmad, who replaced longest-serving Issa Hayatou in 2017, no longer have the support of Pinnick, who played a key role in his emergence as the new head of the continental football body.

The relationship of the duo had been frosty since the Nigerian became the vice president, with Pinnick’s decision to walk out of a controversial vote to order for a replay of the 2019 CAF Champions League final, believed to be the final straw that broke the camel’s back.

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