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I didn’t want to join Manchester City – Iheanacho reveals details of his move to the club

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I didn’t want to join Manchester City – Iheanacho reveals details of his move to the club

I didn’t want to join Manchester City – Iheanacho reveals details of his move to the club

I didn’t want to join Manchester City Super Eagles striker, Kelechi Iheanacho reveals details of his move to the club

Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho has revealed details of how he felt when he heard he was moving to Manchester City.

Iheanacho won 2013 U-17 World Cup in UAE with Nigeria, and also won the Golden Ball after seven assists and six goals including four strikes in a group-stage victory over Mexico. His performance engineered his move to the Etihad in 2014.

Within a year of signing for the Cityzens, Iheanacho was promoted to the first team and in his debut season at the Etihad, he won the League Cup.

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Speaking in an interview with LCFC, he spoke about the move saying: “I didn’t believe that it was going to happen.”

“After the U-17 World Cup, I was looking at going to other teams in Europe.

“But when they said I was going to Manchester City, I was surprised and saying, ‘How can I go there to that massive team? Am I going to play?’ I said that I wouldn’t go and that they should take me to a smaller team.

“However, my father said to me that it doesn’t matter where I go, I know how to play football and that I will get through there. So, I believed in him, he blessed me and I went to Man City.”

Iheanacho added that French defender Gael Clichy toughened him up at City.

“Gael Clichy, I called him my teacher,” Iheanacho stated.

“He’s the one who taught me how to go and get what you want and how to be tough and fight on the pitch, because he is a fighter. He never gets tired.

“He was always with me and pushing me. If he was against me (in training), he was going to kick me and say that I have to stand and fight back. I will never forget his kind words and teaching. He was my closest friend.

“Obviously, I didn’t get to play much but I was part of a big squad with brilliant players to win that. It was exciting. There were a lot of them (quality players). Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas, David Silva and Vincent Kompany, who always talked to me and gave me advice.”

The 26-year-old scored 21 goals in 64 games for Man City before joining Leicester City in 2017.

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Int’l youth championship: Mailantarki Boys whip Swedish 2nd Division, Enkoping SK 5-1

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Int’l youth championship: Mailantarki Boys whip Swedish 2nd Division, Enkoping SK 5-1

Mailantarki Boys, on Tuesday thrashed Swedish Enkoping SK 5-1 to open the 2024 Dana Cup campaign holding in Denmark.
This is contained in a press statement issued on Tuesday to newsmen in Gombe by Adamu Usman Ahmed, Mailantarki Care FC media manager.

Ahmed described the win as a good start for the boys whom he said were determined to maintain their good record at international level.

He said that the high flying Nigeria National League side, Mailantarki Care FC begun their promising run of form at the International Youth Championship with a harvest of goals as they defeated their opponent in Hjørring, Denmark.

“Young sensational winger Miko Dalha showed what it takes to grab another accolade in the competition as he opened his goals account with a brace before the break.

“Dana Cup debutant Tijjani Muhammed who came off the bench also fired twice in quick succession, the 2022 Champions completed the dominance with a beautiful left footed curler from Lamido Abubakar,” he said.

Adamu said early into the game, Alexander Littlewood levelled the score after netting Enkopings’ goal to cancel Miko’s opener before the game got out of hand for the Swedish 2nd division side.

The Light Boys will tackle Norwegian club Bergen Nord FK later in the day 17:30pm (4:30pm WAT) for the second match of the busy group stage.

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Messi Misses MLS All-Stars Game Due to Injury

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Messi Misses MLS All-Stars Game Due to Injury

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi will not play in this week’s MLS All-Stars Game, Major League Soccer (MLS) said on Monday. This comes eight days after the Argentine superstar left the Copa America final match with an ankle injury.

Messi was listed among unavailable players for Wednesday’s match in Columbus, Ohio, pitting MLS All Stars from 18 league clubs against top talent from Mexico’s LIGA MX.

The game would have been the 37-year-old’s MLS All-Stars Game debut after he joined Inter Miami in July 2023 following a storied career in Europe.

The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner has 12 goals and 13 assists in his first 12 games of 2024 for Inter Miami, making him the quickest to 25 goal contributions in an MLS season.

The All-Stars Game will be played at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT) on Wednesday.

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Pope Hopes Paris Olympics Inspire Global Truce

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Pope Francis on Sunday expressed hope that the Paris Olympics, beginning this Friday, would serve as an occasion for truces in global conflicts. During his weekly address to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope urged athletes to be messengers of peace and role models for young people.

The games will start with an opening ceremony on the River Seine featuring about 10,500 athletes and over 100 heads of state and government. Pope Francis said he hoped that “according to the ancient tradition, the Olympics will be an opportunity to establish a truce in wars, by demonstrating a sincere desire for peace.”

He specifically mentioned conflicts in Ukraine, Gaza, Myanmar, and other countries, reminding everyone that “war is a defeat.” Last month, the Group of Seven (G7) leaders’ meeting in Italy included a unanimous call for a truce in global conflicts during the Olympic Games.

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