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Iheanacho now to get more time in starting line-up – Rodgers

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Iheanacho now to get more time in starting line-up – Rodgers

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers on Saturday assured that Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho would now be having a good measure of playing time at the club.

Rodgers gave the assurance while speaking with reporters after Iheanacho spared Leicester City from a potential FA Cup giant-killing.

The Nigeria forward’s second-half goal saw the Foxes beat fourth-tier Walsall 1-0 in their 2022/2023 English FA Cup fourth round match, to advance to the fifth round.

Leicester City beat fourth-tier strugglers Gillingham by a single Iheanacho goal last time out and faced a stern test from a hard-working, high-energy Walsall side.

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They were eager to shut out their top-flight opposition and it took 30 minutes for the Foxes to get a shot on target.

A frustrating afternoon was made worse as Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans’ powerful effort from the penalty kick spot struck the post after Patson Daka was fouled.

But second-half substitute Iheanacho rescued Leicester City’s afternoon when his effort from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection off the back of Walsall defender Brandon Comley.

It turning it into a curling, dipping ball that proved too much for the goalkeeper to handle.

Rodgers then disclosed that first-choice striker Jamie Vardy will be out for “a few weeks” after suffering a gluteal injury in training.

But he then said Iheanacho, who has started just once in the league, could get his chance to shine.

“He will get more game time with Vards out for a few weeks. It depends on the type of game we are looking to play,” Rodgers said.

“When he takes his chance he scores. He has made a great impact in the competition since I’ve been here.

“He has been first class, trains virtually every day and is very rarely injured. He sometimes starts games not so good, sometimes he is a little hit and miss.

”But you know when he plays to a high level he is a threat.”

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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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