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Chelsea have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel after the team’s disappointing start to the season, which continued with a defeat in their European opener.

 

WHAT HAPPENED?

Following Chelsea’s disappointing start to the season they Have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel. The most recent result, a 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, has proved the last straw for Todd Boehly as he removes his manager with immediate effect.

 

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Chelsea have picked up 10 points from five games so far this season, after spending the most of any club in the transfer market – £278.4 million ($319.9m/€323m). Tuchel also won the Champions League in 2021 with the club, subsequently winning the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

 

AND WHAT’S MORE:

The Blues have lost to Southampton, Leeds and Zagreb so far this season, as well as being held at home by Tottenham. Performance levels have been far from ideal and Boehly has decided a managerial change is the answer to the problems they have faced on the pitch.

 

WHAT THEY SAID: Chelsea’s official statement said: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the Club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the Club. Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea’s history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and Club World Cup in his time here.

 

As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the Club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition.”

 

THE VERDICT

Tuchel had a turbulent time at Chelsea despite his Champions League win…

 

Some are confused as to why Tuchel was backed in the summer and not given the chance to prove his worth with his new squad.

 

There is a whiff of deja vu in the air with the nature of the sacking of Tuchel, with Chelsea fans becoming accustom to the chop and change style Abramovich use to employ.

 

Was it the right decision to sack Tuchel?

 

WHAT NEXT FOR CHELSEA? As Chelsea hunt for Tuchel’s replacement there is very little time to reflect on the decision. They take on west London rivals Fulham on September 10, before their second Champions League clash against Red Bull Salzburg on September 14.

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Popular Comedian, Basketmouth’s Marriage Crashes 

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Popular comedian Bright Okpocha has announced the end of his marriage with his wife Elsie Okpocha after 12 years of marital sojourn.

 

A statement posted on his social media platforms reads “As much as it pains me to bring my personal life to the public space, this is an unavoidable situation.

 

“After much deliberations, my wife and I have made the difficult decision to end our marriage.

 

“As we move forward separately, we will continue to work together to give our beautiful children all the care, love, guidance and support they need.

 

“We humbly ask that you respect our privacy as we navigate through these times.”

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Winner Of 61st First Bank Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship Gets listed in The World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR)

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L-R Kayode Oguntayo, Director, Concierge Sports Limited; Taiwo Okeowo, Deputy Managing Director, FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited; Dr. Anthony Oboh, Golf Captain, Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938; Olusegun Alebiosu, Executive Director, Chief Risk Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited presenting the trophy to Emmanuel Ojeabulu, winner of the 61st Lagos Open Golf Championship; Nkoli Moka, Lady Captain, Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938; Akinwumi Akintola, Vice Chairman, Ikoyi Club 1938 and Ibukun Obatoyinbo; Director, Concierge Sports Limited at the prize presentation and awards dinner of the 61st FirstBank Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship held recently at the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Emmanuel Ojeabulu, winner of the 61st FirstBank Lagos Open Golf Championship has been listed in the WAGR.

 

The premier golf championship which held from 18 – 20th November at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 was keenly contested by over 190 low handicap players from several golf clubs in the country.

 

Benin based Emmanuel Ojeabulu won the 3-day championship.

Playing three-shots off the pace going into the last 18-holes, Ojeabulu played one of the best golf of his life, maintaining steady pars for a closing 74, 3-over the course par to win the World Amateur Golf Ranking recognized event by two shots.

Ojeabulu started his game with an opening 75, a second day score of 78 and a closing 74 to replace Ilorin based Aminu Kadir, the tournament defending champion on the winners list.

Overnight leader, 20-year-old product of David Mark Golf Academy, George Paul who was tipped to win the tournament collapsed under pressure closing with an unimpressive 79 to lose by two-shots.

 

In the third position is Muyideen Olaitan, three-time winner of the coveted FirstBank Lagos Open trophy while Iyare Osaze was further down on the winners chart by one-shot, leaving perennial contender, Olajide Owolabi, who shot tournaments best score of 72 on day two of the competition in the fifth position.

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, sponsors of the annual Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship has pledged its commitment to the continuous sponsorship of the tournament which is one of the longest running golf tournaments in Nigeria.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 61st edition of the tournament in Lagos on Sunday, the Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan who was represented by Executive Director, Chief Risk Officer of First Bank of Nigeria Limited Mr. Olusegun Alebiosu said “This year made it 61 years of our undiluted commitment to this cause, and we are absolutely delighted with the amazing support and partnership we have enjoyed from Ikoyi Club 1938 thus contributing to building a legacy not only for golf and golfers, but sports in its entirety.

 

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