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Dele Alli discusses his battles with addiction and his thoughts on retiring

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Dele Alli discusses his battles with addiction and his thoughts on retiring

Former England star Dele Alli spoke up about his troubles in an honest and emotional conversation with Gary Neville on The Overlap, disclosing his addiction to sleeping pills and detailing his rough background.

Alli said that he went to treatment in the United States for six weeks to address his addiction.

Here is a summary of the interview that has got the football world talking.

Alli on childhood trauma: “There were a few incidents that can give you a brief understanding. At six, I was molested by my mum’s friend who was at the house a lot. My mum was an alcoholic.”

Alli on his addiction to sleeping tablets: “I got addicted to sleeping tablets and it’s probably not a problem only I have. I think it’s something that’s going around more than people realise in football.”

Alli on seeking treatment and making the decision to go to rehab: “When I came back from Turkey, I came back and found out I needed an operation. I was in a bad place mentally. I decided to go to a modern rehab facility that deals with addiction and mental health and trauma. I felt it was time for me.”

Alli on contemplating retirement: “Probably the saddest moment for me was when Jose Mourinho was [Tottenham] manager… I remember just looking in the mirror and asking if I could retire now, at 24, doing the thing I love. For me, that was heart-breaking to even have had that thought.”

Alli on the support from Everton during his recovery: “Everton were amazing and supported me. I will be grateful to them forever. For them to be so honest and understanding I couldn’t ask for anything more during a time I was making the biggest decision of my life – doing something I was scared to do. I’m happy I’ve done it.”

Alli on the impact of football on his life: “Don’t get me wrong, I love football. It’s saved my life. I owe everything to football. But it’s not just as easy as everyone thinks it is. Yes, you have money and you can do a lot of things you wouldn’t be able to do without it, but mentally, until you’re in it, I don’t think people will ever understand what it can do to you.”

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Laryea Kingston relishes AFCON qualification for U-17 team

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Kingston, a former Ghana international, expressed his excitement in leading the squad to the 2025 African Cup of Nations.

Laryea Kingston, Black Starlets coach, has emphasised the team’s primary objective of qualifying for the 2025 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after missing the previous two championships.

Ghana’s U-17 team progressed to the 2018 WAFU Zone B Championship semifinals on Tuesday evening at the University of Ghana Sports Stadium, defeating Benin 2-0.

Mark Mensah Kagawa and Theophilus Ayamga scored goals to help Ghana’s U-17 squad clinch Group A unbeaten.

Kingston, a former Ghana international, expressed his excitement in leading the squad to the 2025 African Cup of Nations.

“Since 2017, Ghanaians have missed the quality of our teams from the 1991 to 2001 eras when we had strong squads. Qualification for this team would be incredible. For me, it would be the greatest joy.

“Ghanaians are eagerly awaiting this. They have put in a lot of effort for us to succeed. It’s been challenging because other countries are also developing, but I believe we are on the right path. We take it one day at a time.

“Now that we are in the semifinals, my technical team and I will prepare for any team we face on Saturday. We will be ready for any opponent,” he added.

Ghana will face the second-placed team in Group B on Saturday. The WAFU Zone B Championship finalists will qualify for the U-17 AFCON.

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Man City win historic fourth English title in a row, with Foden scoring twice

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City escaped a late scare after VAR ruled West Ham's second goal out for handball. Nonetheless, their success was never in doubt. The victory brought the club's league record to 19 victories and four draws since their previous setback at Aston Villa on December 6. City has now won six of the last seven Premier League championships. Last season, they joined Huddersfield, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United in winning the Premier League for the third consecutive year. Guardiola's club has now accomplished what no other men's team has since the formation of the English league in 1888, 136 years ago.

Imperious Manchester City defeated West Ham 3-1 at Etihad Stadium, becoming the first team to win the English league title four years in a row.

With City needing a victory to ensure they could hold off Arsenal, who started the final day two points behind but with a higher goal differential, Phil Foden put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead after only two minutes.

The England star scored another before halftime, and while Mohammed Kudus drew one back, midfielder Rodri restored the home side’s two-goal lead with a strike from the edge of the box after 59 minutes.

City escaped a late scare after VAR ruled West Ham’s second goal out for handball.

Nonetheless, their success was never in doubt.

The victory brought the club’s league record to 19 victories and four draws since their previous setback at Aston Villa on December 6.

City has now won six of the last seven Premier League championships. Last season, they joined Huddersfield, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United in winning the Premier League for the third consecutive year.

Guardiola’s club has now accomplished what no other men’s team has since the formation of the English league in 1888, 136 years ago.

They will meet Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on May 25th, looking to become the first team to clinch the domestic double in consecutive seasons.

It has been 15 months since City was slammed with 115 Premier League accusations for suspected financial irregularities, which they strenuously dispute. Earlier this season, Everton and Nottingham Forest were both penalised and deducted points for violating profit and sustainability regulations. However, there has been no news on when City’s case would be heard.

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Usyk Stuns Fury to Become Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

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The rematch, tentatively scheduled for October, promises to be another epic encounter between two of the world's top heavyweights. For now, however, Usyk can bask in the glory of his hard-fought win and celebrate his newfound status as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world

In a thrilling showdown at the Kingdom Arena — Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oleksandr Usyk pulled off a stunning upset against Tyson Fury, winning by split decision to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

The Ukrainian boxer, who remained unbeaten with a record of 22-0, inflicted the first defeat of Fury’s professional career, handing the British fighter his first loss in 34 fights. The judges’ scorecards read 115-112, 113-114, and 114-113 in favour of Usyk, who has been crowned the new champion in front of a packed crowd.

The fight was a closely contested affair, with both fighters giving it their all in a gruelling 12-round battle. Usyk’s superior footwork and hand speed allowed him to outmanoeuvre Fury, landing several crucial shots throughout the fight. The turning point came in the ninth round when Usyk sent Fury crashing to the canvas with a devastating left hook.

Fury, known for his incredible resilience, managed to get back to his feet and continue fighting, but Usyk’s momentum had already shifted the tide of the fight in his favour. Despite Fury’s valiant efforts in the final rounds, Usyk’s early lead proved insurmountable, and he was declared the winner by split decision.

“This is the greatest moment of my life,” an emotional Usyk said in the post-fight interview. “I want to thank my team, my family, and my country for their unwavering support. I proved tonight that I am the best heavyweight in the world, and I will do everything to remain champion for a long time.”

Fury, disappointed in defeat, disputed Usyk’s performance, saying, “I believe I won that fight. He won a few rounds but I won the majority. We both put on a good fight. We’ll be back, we’ve got a rematch clause. I believe I won that fight but I’m not going to sit here, cry and make excuses.”

Usyk’s victory marks a historic moment in boxing, as he becomes the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999. The win also sets up a potential rematch with Fury, which is already generating significant buzz in the boxing community.

The rematch, tentatively scheduled for October, promises to be another epic encounter between two of the world’s top heavyweights. For now, however, Usyk can bask in the glory of his hard-fought win and celebrate his newfound status as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

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