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BREAKING: FA Cup third round: Arsenal host Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd draw confirmed

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Arsenal is set to face Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup, as revealed by the draw conducted on Sunday. Other notable matchups include Chelsea taking on Preston and Manchester City playing against Huddersfield. Tottenham Hotspur will host Burnley, while Manchester United will play away at Wigan Athletic.

The third-round fixtures are scheduled to take place over the weekend of January 6 and 7. The complete FA Cup third-round draw is as follows:

Luton Town vs Bolton Wanderers
Shrewsbury Town vs Wrexham or Yeovil Town
Arsenal vs Liverpool
Stoke City vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Norwich City vs Crewe or Bristol Rovers
West Ham vs Bristol City
Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley
Fulham vs Rotherham United
West Bromwich Albion vs Aldershot or Stockport County
Southampton vs Alfreton Town or Walsall
AFC Wimbledon or Ramsgate vs Ipswich Town
Peterborough United vs Leeds United
Milwall vs Leicester City
Watford vs Chesterfield or Leyton Orient
Sunderland vs Newcastle United
Sheffield Wednesday vs Cardiff City
Crystal Palace vs Everton
Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa
Nottingham Forest vs Blackpool or Forest Green Rovers
Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United
Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town
Blackburn Rovers vs Cambridge United
Gillingham vs Sheffield United
Swansea City vs Morecambe
Chelsea vs Preston North End
QPR vs Bournemouth
Coventry City vs Oxford United
Brentford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Plymouth Argyle vs Sutton United
Maidstone United vs Stevenage or Port Vale
Newport County or Barnet vs Eastleigh or Reading
Hull City vs Birmingham City

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Werder Bremen’s fastest player, Njinmah speaks on playing for Nigeria

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Justin Njinmah, identified as the Bundesliga’s 12th fastest player, has addressed reports indicating interest from both Nigeria and Germany in acquiring his services.

Media outlets in both Germany and Nigeria have linked the Hamburg player with potential inclusion in the Super Eagles squad, considering his origins in both countries.

Having commenced his career with Borussia Dortmund, Njinmah has the option to represent Nigeria through his father’s nationality or Germany, where he was born and raised.

Following a standout season at Werder Bremen, Njinmah is being closely monitored by both nations, although Germany appears to have a stronger chance of securing his allegiance.

At 23 years old, Njinmah recorded a top speed of 35.53 km/h, earning him the title of the Bundesliga’s 12th fastest player.

In response to the reports, Njinmah stated, “Nick Woltemade showed me the article in the dressing room. When you hear that you’re being considered for the national team and that they’re taking notice of you, it motivates every player to strive for improvement.”

He added, “If you continue to accelerate now, achieving that goal might not be as distant as you once thought.”

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2024 Olympic Qualifier: South Africa boss Ellis sets sight on Super Falcons clash

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Desiree Ellis, the head coach of South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, has cautioned her team against becoming complacent as they aim to set up a showdown with long-standing rivals, Nigeria.

The Super Falcons secured a spot in the final round of the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers by defeating Cameroon 1-0 in Abuja on Monday.

The African champions are scheduled to face Tanzania in the second leg of the third-round fixture on Tuesday (today).

In the first leg, Banyana Banyana claimed a 3-0 victory over Tanzania on their turf last Friday, with Jermaine Seopesenwe, Thembi Kgatlana, and Hildah Magaia finding the net for the reigning African champions.

While the return leg might seem like a straightforward affair for South Africa, Ellis is unwilling to underestimate the challenge.

“We need to complete the task at home. We must not allow ourselves to become complacent. A single goal in the match could alter the situation,” Ellis cautioned, as reported by CAFonline.

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Serie A: Osimhen on target in Napoli’s draw at Cagliari

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Victor Osimhen found the net for the second game in a row as Napoli settled for a 1-1 draw against Cagliari.

Osimhen put Napoli ahead in the 65th minute when Giancomo Raspadori intercepted Tommaso Augello’s pass and delivered a cross to the back post for Osimhen to head home.

This marked the Nigeria international’s eighth goal of the season in the league.

Despite numerous opportunities, Napoli failed to extend their lead, and Zito Luvumbo leveled the score for the home team in added time.

With 37 points from 25 matches, Napoli climbed to ninth place in the standings.

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