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Rodgers Expects Iheanacho to Fight On With ‘Huge Boost of Confidence’

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Brendan Rodgers believes that Kelechi Iheanacho’s match-winning performance in Leicester City’s 2-1 home win against Everton on Sunday is bound to give the forward huge confidence to fight on for playing time in the team, reports Completesports.com.

Iheanacho has struggled for regular playing time in the Rodgers squad this season and scored the winning goal in his first appearance of the campaign against Everton.

“It’s the hardest part for the manager [playing all players regularly] . I saw this morning how they trained, with intensity, aggression and with a real focus,” Rodgers told a news conference on Monday.

“When you’re not getting a chance, you have to work hard in training. They are working tirelessly.”

Rodgers also shed light on how he has managed to get the best out of the Nigeria international despite his bit part role this term and the importance of his resurgence form against Everton.

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“It is pretty easy really. He [Iheanacho] understands the role that he is in. He knows he has to work hard,” Rodgers said.

“It will give him a huge boost of confidence. Everybody talks about his Man City chance, his growth since that. You can only do that when you’re working so hard.

“His finish was unbelievable. Everybody talks about VAR. But his goal was fantastic. His play was first class.”

Leicester City will host Watford at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday.

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Omeruo, Awaziem Help Relegation Threaten Leganes To Away Draw Against Deportivo Alaves 

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Super Eagles duo Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem were in action for Leganes who forced home side Deportivo Alaves to a 1-1 in the LaLiga on Friday night, Completesports.com reports.

Omeruo and Awaziem were on from the start of the game and saw action for 90 minutes in the colours of Leganes.

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It was both players 10th league appearances for Leganes so far this season.

Martin Braithwaite opened scoring for Leganes with just one minute left in the first half.

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But Leganes’ hopes of a big away win was dashed as Joselu drew Deportivo Alaves to make sure both teams shared the points.

The draw saw Leganes remain in the relegation zone on 19th position on 10 points in the league table.


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Osimhen Misses Late Penalty In Lille’s Home Win Against Montpellier 

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Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen missed a late penalty but it was not enough to prevent Lille from beating visiting Montpellier 2-1 On the Frnrch Ligue 1 on Friday night.

Osimhen had the chance to make it 3-1 after Lille were awarded a 90th minute penalty, but failed to find the back of the net.

He had a hand in Lille’s first goal as he was fouled inside the box which led to a penalty that was converted by Jonathan Ikone in the 40th minute.

Montpellier were back on level terms thanks to Andy Delort who scored with 16 minutes remaining in the game.

But in the 84th minute, former Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches scored what proved to be the winner, to seal the win for Lille.

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The win means Lille have now won four consecutive Ligue 1 games this season and are third on 31 points in the league table.

Following his penalty miss Osimhen’s goal tally for Lille in the current league campaign remains at nine.

Osimhen was on target in last week Friday’s 1-0 home win against Brest.

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Dogo Set To Dump Sunshine Stars Over Interference

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Sunshine Stars head coach Kabiru Dogo may dump the Akure club in the coming days, a source close to the gaffer has revealed to Completesports.com.

The source sited insubordination and interference in Dogo’s job at Sunshine Stars as the reason.

“Coach Dogo May quit Sunshine stars unless what is going on at the club now stop,”stated the source in a chat with Completesports.com.

“He is not happy with insubordination at the club as well as interference in his job.

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“He has lots of interests from clubs but for the fatherly figure of club boss Tajudeen Akinyemi, which he is still considering. Infact he may not be on the bench for the club’s next game.”the source said.
Dogo, who once had stints with ABS and Nasarawa United is in second season at the club.

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Sunshine Stars currently occupy seventh position in the Nigeria Professional Football League table with 11 points from seven games.

The Owena Waves will face Adamawa United in a matchday-eight fixture on Sunday.

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