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Leicester City FC Owner, 4 Others Confirmed Dead In Helicopter Accident

Gbemileke Ajayi

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Tearful Leicester City fans gathered to lay flowers at the King Power Stadium Sunday after the owner’s helicopter came crashing down to earth and burst into flames shortly after taking off from the ground on Saturday night.

The helicopter was carrying 60-year-old popular Leicester city owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two crew members and two passengers when it took off from the center circle after Leicester’s draw with West Ham yesterday evening.

Police and the club are yet to release an official statement on the tragedy, but the BBC have reported a source close to the Thai billionaire’s family said he and the four others died in the crash.

Fans outside Leicester’s ground were still desperate for news on the crash today, as detectives insisted they are ‘working with a number of other agencies’ to release a statement on fatalities.

Supporters branded it ‘darkest day’, of Leicester City paying tribute to the much-loved owner who helped them to a miracle Premier League victory in 2016.

As matches took place across the country yesterday,, fans fell silent in solidarity with Leicester.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter was heading for Luton Airport where he was due to catch a flight to Thailand, Leicester sources said yesterday.

But witnesses say they heard the ‘engine stop’ in mid-air just after take-off before the aircraft plummeted to the ground in the club’s car park at around 8.30pm.

As Premier League fixtures resume yesterday, there was a minute’s applause held at Crystal Palace in solidarity with Leicester City, and a minute’s silence at Manchester United and Burnley, even with fans still in the dark over the outcome of the crash.

Initial reports claimed Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s daughter was on board the aircraft last night, but these have been denied by sources at Leicester City

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JUST IN: Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United have announced the sack of manager, Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese was dismissed on Tuesday after a series of poor results.

Manchester United announced this on Twitter, saying, “Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.

“We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future.”

Details later…

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Super Eagles Draw Bafana Bafana, Qualifies For AFCON 2019

Peter Okunoren

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria, have qualified for the 2019 African Cup of Nations slated to hold in Cameroon.

The Nigerian side punched their qualifying ticket courtesy a one-all draw against perennial rivals South Africa at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on Saturday.

Al Nasr of Saudi Arabia star and the Nigerian Footballer of the Year, Ahmed Musa, led the former African champions along with Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho in the attack.

Gernot Rohr settled for Ikechukwu Ezenwa in goal

The goalkeeper got cover from Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Jamilu Collins and Kenneth Omeruo, while Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, and Samuel Kalu took charge of Nigeria’s midfield.

An own goal by Buhle Mkhwanazi gifted the Nigerian side the opener after 10 minutes from kick off.

The South Africans rallied and were to level score through a tap-in by Lebo Mothiba in the 26th minute of the tie.

Nigeria leads the group with 10 points, while South Africa, Libya, and Seychelles are on nine, seven and one points respectively.

In the other group game, Libya drubbed Seychelles 8-1 in Victoria.

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Nigeria Set To Lose Obafemi To Ireland

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Michael Obafemi is in line to make his senior international bow at some stage on Thursday after making the final squad for the games against Northern Ireland and Denmark.

The Southampton striker has recently broken into the Saints’ matchday squad, with two appearances off the bench in the last few weeks, and has been rewarded with a first call-up.

Obafemi was born in Dublin and grew up in England, while he’s also eligible to play for Nigeria, but he seems to have expressed his preference to represent his country of birth.

And he may benefit from the ankle injury picked up by clubmate Shane Long as Ireland prepare to host Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland in a friendly on Thursday.

Liverpool youngster Caoimhin Kelleher could also feature for the first time as he was retained as one of three goalkeepers in the final squad.

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed that Glenn Whelan will captain the side on what is set to be his 85th and final appearance for his country.

The 34-year-old midfielder hasn’t formally announced his retirement but he hasn’t been called up since the World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark last November.

And the Aston Villa man will not travel on with the squad to Aarhus for the UEFA Nations League closer against the Danes on Sunday.

Robbie Brady also looks set to make his first international appearance since the Denmark play-offs after returning to action following a horrific leg break sustained in December.

Meanwhile, Ireland under-19 captain and Manchester United defender Lee O’Connor has been brought into the training squad but won’t be considered for selection.

Republic of Ireland squad to face Northern Ireland and Denmark:
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Colin Doyle, Caoimhin Kelleher.

Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, Matt Doherty, Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy, Kevin Long, John Egan, Darragh Lenihan, Lee O’Connor*, Enda Stevens.

Midfielders: Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane, Harry Arter, David Meyler, Shaun Williams, Alan Browne, Callum O’Dowda, James McClean.

Forwards: Scott Hogan, Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson, Aiden O’Brien, Ronan Curtis, Michael Obafemi.

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