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Pep Guardiola Named Premier League Manager Of The Year

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has been named League Managers Association (LMA) Premier League Manager of the Season, ahead of Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Wolves’ Nuno Espirito Santo.

The 48-year-old has picked up the award for the second year in a row, after he oversaw City’s successful title tilt against Liverpool.


Guardiola’s men amassed a 98 points, the second-highest in Premier League, a total only beaten by City themselves the previous year.


The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, is just the third Premier League manager to retain the title after Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.


“It’s an honour to receive this award.
“I want to share it with my players because they are the artists of everything, to my staff because we fought a lot [against] all the managers in the Premier League, especially Jurgen Klopp, an incredible contender to face till the end.
“It was a pleasure to play against all of them and hopefully do big, big battles again to win an incredible title,” Guardiola said in a pre-recorded video shown at the LMA dinner on Tuesday.

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Monaco Scrape to Ligue 1 Survival

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Monaco have secured Ligue 1 survival despite failing to get the point they needed to guarantee safety on the final day, instead ending a dreadful season with a 2-0 defeat in Nice.

Leonardo Jardim’s men knew only an improbable set of results – defeat at Nice, victory for Caen and an eight-goal swing – could send them into a relegation play-off after last week’s vital home win over fellow strugglers Amiens.

Jardim had urged his side to keep their fate in their own hands, and Cesc Fàbregas hit the crossbar after 12 minutes – but Benoît Badiashile’s own goal left them relying on Bordeaux to put in a performance against Caen.

Mickaël Le Bihan doubled Nice’s lead after 67 minutes from the penalty spot, but Younousse Sankharé’s opener for Bordeaux proved enough to save last season’s runners-up and relegate Caen outright, along with Guingamp.

Dijon climbed above the Normandy side into 18th place after coming from behind to beat Toulouse, and will now face Ligue 2 side Lens in a two-legged promotion play-off.

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Asante Kotoko to play Hearts of Oak in the semis of the #NC Special competition at Accra Sports Stadium.

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Accra hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko have booked their places in the semi finals of the GFA Special competition, and ready for a match fit for the gods.

Asante Kotoko placed second in group A tier 1 after AshantiGold SC defeated Techiman Eleven Wonders 3-0 in the rescheduled fixture after it was rained off in Nkoranza.

Hearts of Oak will host the porcupine Warriors in Accra in a blockbuster game on a yet to be announced date.

Hearts of Oak tops group B with 28 points going into the final round of matches to be played over the weekend to determine with other team joins them for the semi Finals.

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Andre Ayew confirmed as Ghana’s new captain, Kwadwo Asamoah deputy

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Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah has confirmed André Ayew will skipper the Black Stars at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with Kwadwo Asamoah has his deputy.

The country’s all-time leading scorer Asamoah Gyan who was striped of the armband has been re-assisgned as General Captain.

A statement on the Ghana FA website read: ”This follows a meeting with the top brass of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalization Committee (NC) after which approval and full backing was granted to the plans of the coach.

”Ayew replaces Asamoah Gyan, as captain of the Black Stars.

”Gyan, who has captained the Black Stars for a record seven years has been elevated to the position of “General Captain”.

”Subsequently, Kwadwo Asamoah has been named the deputy captain.

”President of the GFA-NC Dr Kofi Amoah has called on all stakeholders and citizens to support the transition whilst the Black Stars prepare their assault and conquest of Africa at AFCON 2019.”

Ghana will play Benin, Guinea Bissau and Cameroon at the tournament in Egypt.

The Black Stars are scheduled to start camping on 1 June, 2019 in Dubai where the provisional 29-man squad would be trimmed to 23 for the showpiece.

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