Lionel Messi wins first Copa America as Argentina beat Brazil in final

Lionel Messi ended his wait for a first major international title as Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America final in Rio’s Maracana stadium. Messi, 34, dropped to the ground in joy at the full-time whistle and was swiftly mobbed…

*Lagos landlords, motorists groan over poor road, gridlock, accidents (Punch)*Mixed reactions trail Lagos Bill barring parade of suspects (Guardian)

Lagos landlords, motorists groan over poor road, gridlock, accidents (Punch) Residents and shop owners have decried the poor state of Old Ipaja Road, Agege, saying that it impedes free flow of traffic and causes avoidable accidents. Motorists plying the corridor…

Brazil’s Athletico Paranaense to buy COVID vaccines for fans

Brazilian top-flight football club Athletico Paranaense said it wants to buy COVID-19 vaccines and make them available to players, officials as well as fans, with paid memberships, free of charge. Earlier this week, Brazil’s Congress passed a law allowing private…

Boeing 737 Max: Brazilian airline to resume passenger flights

Brazilian airline Gol says it will resume commercial flights with the Boeing 737 Max from Wednesday. The plane was grounded worldwide in March 2019 following two deadly crashes which killed 346 people. The Boing 737 Max has since been overhauled…

Nigeria records 587 new cases of COVID-19 as total exceeds 17,000

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 587 new COVID-19 cases in the country. Making the announcement Wednesday night via its Twitter handle, the NCDC listed the new total as 17,735. While 5,967 have been discharged from the…

Nigeria records 490 new COVID-19 cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Tuesday said Nigeria recorded 490 new cases of the novel coronavirus. The new figures put total infections in the country at 17,148 with 5,623 persons discharged after treatment and 455 deaths, according to…

Beach Soccer W’Cup: Whipping boys Nigeria face Brazil (Punch)

Nigeria will on Tuesday (today) play against Brazil in their last Group D match at the ongoing FIFA Beach World Cup in Paraguay. The Super Sand Eagles were on Sunday beaten 6-5 by Oman in their second match after a…

Pele’s ‘1,000th goal’ scored 50 years ago today (Punch)

The revered Brazil striker Pele scored his 1,000th goal on November 19, 1969 at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium in a match between his beloved Santos and local outfit Vasco de Gama, whose vast ranks of fans gave the iconic…

Barca players offered to delay salaries for Neymar (Punch)

Gerard Pique has suggested that members of the Barcelona squad were open to restructuring their salaries in order to boost the club’s chances of re-signing Neymar. Throughout the summer transfer window, Neymar was strongly linked with a return to Camp…

Football fans seek more coordinated play from Golden Eaglets (DailyTrust)

Some football enthusiasts in Ebonyi have urged Golden Eaglets to be more coordinated as the team progresses in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil. The fans urged the team not to be carried away by their 3-2 victory over…

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