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2023 AFCON: Moffi replaces injured Boniface in Nigeria’s squad

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OGC Nice striker, Terem Moffi, has replaced the injured Victor Boniface in Nigeria’s final 25-man squad for the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

On Monday, it was reported that Boniface would be withdrawing from the 2023 AFCON.

Boniface, a Bayer Leverkusen striker, suffered a groin injury in training that has ruled him out of the competition.

“Victor Boniface is out and Terem Moffi takes his place pending approval of CAF and concurrence of his club,” Super Eagles spokesman, Babafemi Raji said.

Raji later disclosed on Tuesday that “Terem Moffi confirmed as replacement for injured Victor Boniface. He will join the team in Cote D’Ivoire.”

Moffi made coach Jose Peseiro’s provisional 40-man list for the AFCON but he was not included in the final 25-man list that was released, losing out to Real Sociedad star, Umar Sadid and Boniface.

The OGC Nice striker has four goals in 14 appearances for the Super Eagles. He has struggled for form with Nice this season having scored just six goals and provided two assists in 16 Ligue 1 games.

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BREAKING: Multiple people shot at Super Bowl parade in Kansas City

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In a shocking turn of events, a shooting occurred at the parade celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl championship, leaving multiple people injured. Reports indicate that shots were fired near Union Station, where the celebration was taking place, shortly after the festivities concluded.

Eyewitnesses described scenes of chaos as fans in red Chiefs gear scattered in response to the gunfire. Emergency responders swiftly arrived at the scene, with ambulances seen with flashing lights and at least one person spotted on a stretcher.

The shooting cast a shadow over what was meant to be a joyous occasion, with thousands of fans gathered to celebrate their team’s historic victory. Union Station, which had been bustling with excitement just moments before, became the center of a police investigation as authorities worked to secure the area and tend to the injured.

Despite the heightened security measures in place due to the large crowds expected for the parade, the incident unfolded rapidly, catching many by surprise. Police officers rushed to the scene, and two armed individuals were reportedly detained, although details surrounding their involvement remain unclear.

As the investigation into the shooting continues, questions arise about the safety measures in place at public events of this magnitude. The Super Bowl parade, a momentous occasion for Kansas City and its football fans, was marred by this tragic turn of events.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward as they work to piece together the sequence of events and identify those responsible. The incident serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of vigilance and security at public gatherings, even during times of celebration.

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The community’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the shooting and their families as they navigate this difficult time. As details emerge, the city of Kansas City rallies together in support of those affected by this senseless act of violence.

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Meek Mill Endorses Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl Ad Against Antisemitism

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Meek Mill has thrown his support behind Robert Kraft’s latest Super Bowl ad, which features Civil Rights-era veterans speaking out against antisemitism.

The ad, organized by Kraft’s Foundation to Combat Antisemitism (FCAS), marks the organization’s debut Super Bowl commercial and stars Dr. Clarence B. Jones, a key figure in the Civil Rights movement who served as a speechwriter and legal counsel for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Jones, who played a pivotal role in drafting Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the March on Washington in 1963, is featured prominently in the ad. Meek Mill recently shared a post about a phone call between Kraft and Dr. Jones, hinting at the upcoming ad.

Last year, Meek Mill expressed his solidarity with Robert Kraft after the New England Patriots owner pledged $25 million towards combating discrimination through the “Stand Up To Jewish Hate” campaign, initiated by the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism.

Kraft’s campaign aims to raise awareness about the rising incidents of antisemitism, both online and offline, across the country. Meek Mill showed his support for Kraft and the initiative on Twitter, lauding the philanthropist with diamond emojis and a shoutout.

According to PEOPLE, Meek Mill and former Patriots star Tom Brady will leverage their platforms to promote the campaign. This collaboration is not the first between Meek Mill and Kraft, as they previously worked together, alongside JAY-Z and Michael Rubin, on the criminal justice reform organization, REFORM Alliance.

In a gesture of appreciation, Meek Mill and JAY-Z gifted Kraft a blue drop-top Bentley for his 80th birthday, accompanied by a heartfelt birthday card praising Kraft’s youthful energy and impactful work. Kraft had also visited Meek Mill in prison in 2018, acknowledging the rapper’s intelligence and advocating for criminal justice reform.

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The relationship between Meek Mill and Robert Kraft underscores their shared commitment to social justice causes, extending beyond the realms of music and sports.

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Megan Thee Stallion Teases Nike Collaboration with Bold Workout Video

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Megan Thee Stallion is offering fans a glimpse into her highly anticipated collaboration with Nike, sharing her vision for the collection in a lively social media post.

On Wednesday (February 7), the Houston Hottie treated followers to a workout video featuring a fast-paced voiceover outlining her plans for the crossover.

“I went to they goddamn headquarters and I said, ‘Nike, first of all, we need some sports bras for the big-titty bitches, we need some shit that’s going to make the long-leg girls look poppin,’” she asserted, as footage previewed a sleek bodysuit from her upcoming collection. “We need to turn these goddamn ponies into goddamn stallions.”

Megan continued, “Bitch, it ain’t only bodysuits in the collection; we got everything — we got shorts, we got bras, we got goddamn crop tops.”

The 28-year-old rapper appears poised to join Nike’s exclusive roster of non-athletes, and her electrifying New Year’s Eve concert only heightened anticipation for the forthcoming line.

During her performance at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Megan showcased a series of fan-favorite hits, including her recent track “Cobra,” while donning all purple attire to signify her partnership with Planet Fitness. She subtly teased her collaboration with Nike by sporting the iconic Nike Swoosh below her collarbone.

Taking to Instagram the following morning, Megan shared snapshots of her outfit and a clip from the concert, captioning the post, “@nike Stay tuned for the drop, Hotties! #NikeByYou. Year of the Stallion.”

According to reports from KicksFinder last year, the “Sportswear Apparel Collection” is slated to launch on February 15, featuring items such as the “Bodysuit LS, NSW Jacket, Onesies 5 In, Bra/Bra Plus, Pro Short 5 In/In Plus, Slim Crop/Crop Tee Plus.”

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Nigeria beat South Africa on penalties to reach AFCON Final

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Nigeria reached an eighth Africa Cup of Nations final after winning a drama-fuelled last-four clash with South Africa on penalties.

Goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali was the hero for Nigeria after he saved efforts by Teboho Mokoena and Evidence Makgopa in a 4-2 shoot-out win, which only told half the story of an extraordinary clash where VAR was at the forefront of the action.

Nigeria thought they had booked their place in the final when Victor Osimhen tapped home in the 85th minute to add to William Troost-Ekong’s second-half penalty, but referee Amin Omar was told to intervene.

A review of the goal showed South Africa’s Percy Tau had been fouled inside the penalty area at the start of the move and the score went from 2-0 to Nigeria to 1-1 when Mokoena made no mistake from 12 yards.

The Napoli forward was able to carry on but a quiet opening period occurred.

South Africa had spent the majority of the first quarter of an hour on the back foot but had penalty appeals waved away with 27 minutes played when Khuliso Mudau’s cross hit the elbow of Fulham defender Calvin Bassey, but his arms were tucked into his body.

It was South Africa firmly in the ascendancy now with Tau squandering a promising position with a weak shot straight at Nwabali before he almost got in again minutes later but his touch was too heavy.

Nigeria had struggled to create chances after a bright start, but Osimhen provided a reminder of his threat when he headed wide from a corner at the end of the first half.

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The Nigeria talisman played a decisive role in the opener when he turned away from Aubrey Modiba with a wonderful pirouette, burst into the area and was brought down by Mothobi Mvala.

It was Troost-Ekong who stepped up for the spot-kick duties and his low effort went under the body of South Africa’s last-eight penalty shoot-out hero Ronwen Williams to break the deadlock with 67 minutes gone.

South Africa immediately pushed for a leveller and Makgopa flashed an effort wide before a dramatic finale to normal time occurred.

First, Williams dived at the feet of Ademola Lookman, who had been played through on goal, but Nigeria were able to celebrate in the 85th minute when Osimhen tapped home at the back post.

The Super Eagles’ jubilation would quickly turn to disbelief when referee Omar was told to review the goal by VAR.

Omar was shown a replay at the start of the move of Nigeria substitute Alhassan Yusuf catching Tau inside the area, which resulted in the goal being disallowed and South Africa awarded a penalty.

Amid the pandemonium, Mokoena kept his cool from the spot with 90 minutes on the clock, but it could have been even better for South Africa after Khuliso Mudau fired over with only Williams to beat in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Nigeria impressively regrouped with Lookman testing Williams before a snapshot by Osimhen was also well saved.

Osimhen headed over soon after before Nigeria boss Jose Peseiro decided to replace him with Terem Moffi, whose first involvement resulted in Kekana being sent off.

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VAR was again required with referee Omar eventually deciding Kekana had fouled Moffi, but the contact was just outside the area.

It ensured penalties were required where Nwabali stole the show before Kelechi Iheanacho rolled home to send Nigeria through to another final.

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