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The international friendly between Nigeria and Poland on the 23rd of March, 2018 is expected to draw a crowd of over 42,000 spectators at Wroclaw Municipal Stadium, which lies outside the Polish capital, Warsaw.

Though organizers of the match say confirmation is still being expected for the availability of the venue, as a book fair scheduled at the arena on the same date with the match has to be shifted, they are already touting expectations of an exciting game of soccer at the stadium.

Part of the expectations too is that over 42,000 people will throng the stadium in Wroclaw, which is the largest arena in Ekstra-klasa and third largest in Poland with 42,771 seats all covered.

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Meanwhile,

NFF general-secretary, Mohammed Sanusi has tactfully exonerated himself and his office from the error that occasioned this week’s fine and point deduction by FIFA, as The Glasshouse scribe has stated that the world soccer governing body’s notice of Abdullahi Shehu’s yellow cards was passed to the relevant department.

Although Sanusi admits that his office received the communication from FIFA long ago, he insists that his office passed the information to the relevant department to take note, but was surprised when it was not acted on by the officer in charge.

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In Other News,

Croatia’s coach, Zlatko Dalić has disclosed that one of the biggest worries he has about playing Nigeria in their first match at next year’s World Cup is that, John Mikel Obi is a very motivational captain for the Super Eagles.

Casting his mind ahead of the June 16, 2018 Group D clash in Kalin-i-ngrad, Dalić admitted that it would be their most important match of the competition, which is why he has to find a way to curtail Mikel’s influence on the game and equally deal with the Eagles’ expected fast paced attacks and speed on the break.

Dalic, who was appointed Croatia coach following the sacking of Ante Cacic ahead of their crunch World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in October, however, promised that he and his players will do their best to pull through.

On The International Scene,

Pep Guardiola’s hunger to make history with Manchester City remains undiminished after his side became the first in the history of the English top flight to win 15 successive games.

City reached the milestone with a ruthless 4-0 victory at Swansea City on Wednesday, which preserved their massive 11-point lead at the Premier League summit.

They will face a sterner test on Saturday at home to a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur, but Guardiola is relishing the prospect of facing a rival team whose approach to the game chimes with his own.

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Meanwhile,

Arsenal is desperate for a win in their face off with Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium as they cannot afford another slip-up when aiming to end a damaging run of three Premier League games without a win.

Coach Wenger’s side played a scoreless draw at West Ham United on Wednesday and is in seventh place going into Saturday’s meeting with Rafael Benitez’s team.

Only one point separates the Gunners from Tottenham Hotspur in fourth, but in what is shaping up to be a tight battle for the Champions League places, Arsenal can ill-afford to drop more points against a struggling team.

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In Other News,

Eden Hazard admits Chelsea are experiencing a more grueling December than during last season’s Premier League title-winning campaign because of the club’s involvement in the Champions League.

Antonio Conte’s side welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge this weekend after recovering from the shock defeat at West Ham United with a convincing 3-1 midweek win at Huddersfield Town.

The display against the newly-promoted Yorkshire side highlighted Chelsea’s forward strengths with Hazard combining well with William and Pedro to overwhelm the hosts

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Finally In Tennis,

Former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt is to come out of retirement temporarily and play doubles with fellow national Sam Groth at next month’s Australian Open.

Hewitt, a US Open and Wimbledon singles champion, officially retired from top-level tennis after his home grand slam in 2016, where he also played doubles with Groth. He did, however, play doubles during the Davis Cup and Wimbledon last year.

Groth, who is retiring after the season-opening grand slam and is hoping for a wildcard for the singles draw, will also play mixed doubles with Sam Stosur.

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