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FIFA approves $1m grant for NFF

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FIFA has ratified a $1m grant to the Nigerian Football Federation “to protect and restart its football,”

The NFF and other member associations across the globe are all expected to benefit from FIFA’s $1.5bn groundbreaking COVID-19 relief plan after the bureau of the body approved the plan on Wednesday.

The NFF led by Amaju Pinnick can also access interest-free loans of up to $5m, according to a statement issued by FIFA on Wednesday.

It added that each member association would receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s football during the plan’s third phase.

The massive spending plan aims to help men and women’s professional football, as well as youth and grassroots football through a system of grants and loans.

Each of the six football confederations will also receive a grant of $2m.

“This relief plan is a great example of football’s solidarity and commitment in such unprecedented times,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said.

“I would like to thank my colleagues of the Bureau of the Council for approving the decision to move forward with such an important initiative for the benefit of all member associations and confederations.”

FIFA expects to make the funds available by January 2021.

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Man Utd’s deadline for Jadon Sancho’s transfer expires

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Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho, was with the rest of the squad as they flew to Switzerland on Monday morning.

The Manchester United target reported to duty, as the Bundesliga side traveled to their pre-season training camp.

Dortmund chiefs had made it clear that if Sancho traveled with the team, then he would not be leaving the club in the current transfer window.

United bosses have always regarded the deadline as a bluff by their German counterparts to get a deal done quickly.

However, Sancho, 20, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one target this summer is keen to move to Old Trafford.

But so far United have refused to meet his £105million asking price.

Dortmund wants at least £100million for Sancho, but United are only willing to pay £80million.

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Former WWE wrestler, James ‘Kamala’ Harris is dead

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Former WWE wrestler, James “Kamala” Harris has died at the age of 70.

WWE confirmed his death in a statement released via its official Twitter account on Sunday, though the cause of his death is yet to be revealed.

“WWE is saddened to learn that James Harris, known to WWE fans as Kamala, has passed away at age 70.

“Under the frightening face paint of Kamala, the 6-foot-7, 380-pound, Harris battled the greatest superstars in sports-entertainment history, including Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker and Andre the Gaint.

“He terrorized opponents and thrilled audiences in Mid-South, World Class Championship Wrestling, WCW and WWE until 2006.

“WWE extends its condolences to Harris’ family, friends and fans,” the statement read.

Harris, made his WWF debut in 1984, according to WWE’s website.

He was well known as “Kamala” or “The Ugandan Giant” and was characterized by an African mask, warpaint and a loincloth.

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Transfer: Real Madrid offer Juventus two first-team players in exchange for Dybala

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Real Madrid are so desperate to land Paulo Dybala and will offer Juventus two first-team players.

It is understood that the two players Real Madrid will offer to force the deal are: Isco and Toni Kroos.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have contacted the Serie A champions and proposed a mammoth swap deal for Dybala that could exceed €100million (£90m).

The La Liga champions are desperate to bolster their attack this summer after their exit from this year’s Champions League at the hands of Manchester City.

The Los Blancos have been far too reliant on striker, Karim Benzema, for goals, with their next highest scorer being defender, Sergio Ramos on 11 – most of which have been penalties.

Meanwhile, Juventus have little desire to let Dybala leave and intend to resist Real’s interest, though they are conscious of the need to raise funds for new signings and that stance could change.

The Old Lady were eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16 against French Ligue 1 side, Lyon and reacted immediately by sacking manager, Maurizio Sarri, and replacing him with Andrea Pirlo.

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