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Dennis gets jersey No.25 at Forest

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Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis has been officially handed the No.25 jersey after completing a switch to newly promoted English Premier League club Nottingham Forest on Saturday in a club record £20m move, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

The striker’s signing was announced last weekend after completing the move from relegated Watford.

Forest completed three new signings over the weekend and have allocated jersey numbers to each player.

On the club’s official website, it was stated that Dennis would wear the No.25 jersey – the same number he wore at Watford last season.

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“Squad numbers for recent new signings Emmanuel Dennis, Remo Freuler and Cheikhou Kouyaté have been confirmed for the 2022/23 campaign,” the club wrote.

“After arriving from Watford on Saturday evening, Nigeria international Dennis will wear squad number 25.

“Switzerland international Freuler put pen-to-paper on Trentside on Sunday after signing from Atalanta, with the midfielder wearing number 23.

“Senegal international Kouyaté signed a two-year contract at The City Ground and will wear number 21.”

The 25-year-old Dennis is expected to strengthen the Reds’ attack and will play alongside compatriot Taiwo Awoniyi, who also recently joined the Premier League newcomers from Union Berlin.

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Dennis has also been confirmed available for this weekend’s clash with Everton, who are without a point this season, in contrast to Forest, who have lost one and won one of their opening two games.

Forest manager Steve Cooper will hope the former Watford striker can replicate his last season’s form with the Hornets, when he scored 10 league goals with another six assists.

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The Nigerian scored on his Premier League debut for Watford last season and he would hope to hit the ground running for his new employers on Saturday.

 

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EPL: Bacary Sagna predicts scorelines for Man City vs Utd, Arsenal vs Tottenham fixtures

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Former Arsenal defender, Bacary Sagna, has predicted the scoreline for Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.

Sagna also predicted the outcome of Arsenal’s Premier League tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

Man City will host Man United in a Premier League derby at Etihad on Sunday, while Arsenal will take on Tottenham in a London derby at Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

Providing his predictions, Sagna said Man City would beat Man United by three goals to nil, while Arsenal will defeat Tottenham 2-0.

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“I can’t see anyone other than City winning this match. I think City will win 3-0,” Sagna told Lord Ping.

He added, “Arsenal will win. Arsenal 2-0.”

“Listen, make no mistake, this will be a tough game for Arsenal. Tottenham has quality players, dangerous players. Son [Heung-min] has come into a bit of form. [Harry] Kane, we all know what he can do.”

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Volleyball: Offa, Customs win Premier League

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Offa Volleyball Club (male) and the Nigeria Customs Service (female) have emerged the champions of the 2022 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League competition.

In the men’s final match at the indoor hall of the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure, Offa defeated Nigeria Correctional Service 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 25-17, 17-25, 15-11), while in the women’s category, Customs emerged champions, beating Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-21) on the final day of the league.

Offa coach, Suleiman Ajeigbe, expressed delight over the victory, saying the trophy would be going to Offa community for the first time.

Ajeigbe also commended his players for properly executing their game plan and playing to instruction.

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He said, “I feel so proud, I feel so excited and I give all glory to God almighty. It has been a very challenging one, but to the glory of God. In the history of the Nigeria Volleyball Premier League, Offa, a local government in Kwara State will be lifting the trophy, this is historical, this has never happened before.

“Offa Volleyball Club came into being to help the youths in my community. I started the club to ensure that every member of my team is Kwara-born, majority of them are born in Offa. It is to the glory of God that I was able to start it, most of my players are playing outside the country now. I started the club in 2010, so it’s been a long time actually.”

Customs coach, Sunny Akapson, said his side’s victory was as a result of hard work, determination and dedication.

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EPL: Glen Johnson predicts result of Arsenal vs Tottenham derby clash

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Former Chelsea star, Glenn Johnson has provided his prediction for Saturday’s North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.

Mikel Arteta’s side will receive Antonio Conte’s Spurs at the Emirates on Saturday.

The Gunners would be leapfrogged by Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table if they hand Arteta’s side their second defeat of the season.

Arsenal has won six out of seven of their opening games, losing once to Manchester United.

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Spurs are unbeaten and just a point behind them in third, with Tottenham able to leapfrog their rivals with a victory.

Johnson told SafeBettingSites: “It’s going to be a tough one to call, to be honest.

“Tottenham looks great, Arsenal looks great. Finally, we’ve got two good teams going into the north London derby!.

‘This is their first big test, for both teams. [I’m going] 2-1 to Arsenal.’

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