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Jurrien Timber joins Arsenal from Ajax for £34 million

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Jurrien Timber joins Arsenal from Ajax for £34 million

Jurrien Timber, a Dutch defender, has joined Arsenal from Ajax for £34 million.

Timber’s cost may grow to £38.5 million, and the 22-year-old will join on a long-term contract.

He will boost Arsenal’s defence even further now that centre-back William Saliba has agreed to a new four-year deal.

“We’re really excited Jurrien has joined us. He is a versatile young defender,” said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

“Jurrien is a young player but has already achieved so much. He has experienced what it’s like to go to a major international tournament on more than one occasion, as well as the trophies he has won with Ajax. We look forward to welcoming and integrating Jurrien into the squad.”

The versatile Dutch defender, who can play in the heart of defence or at right back, has been connected with Manchester United, with Bayern Munich also being mentioned.

Timber has 15 caps for the Netherlands, including four at the World Cup in Qatar, when he helped Louis van Gaal’s team reach the quarterfinals.

Timber stated that he had “always been a fan of Arsenal,” owing to his brothers’ enthusiasm for the club.

“They were always Arsenal fans, and I just loved seeing Arsenal play. They had big players, the way they played, the style. I just love the club,” said Timber.

“I had this from a young age, but my brothers kind of put that in me. I liked watching Robin van Persie of course, and Thierry Henry. They were my favourite players.”

He will strengthen the core of an Arsenal squad that came second to Manchester City in the Premier League championship chase last season and qualified for the Champions League for the first time in six years.

His arrival follows the arrival of 24-year-old German attacker Kai Havertz from Chelsea, while West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is also close to completing a club-record £105 million transfer to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have also signed new contracts with Bukayo Saka, 21, and Reiss Nelson, 23, while veteran Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, 30, has joined Bayer Leverkusen for £21.4 million.

Timber appeared in 47 games for Ajax in all competitions last season, including all six games in the Champions League group stage, and helped the Amsterdam club win the Eredivisie championship in 2021 and 2022.

“We are very happy to bring Jurrien to Arsenal,” stated Arsenal sports director Edu. He is a player we have long admired, therefore it is a tribute to everyone on our team who made this possible.

“Jurrien is a young, talented international player, who fits our vision of competing with a young, strong squad. I know Jurrien cannot wait to get started and we’re really hoping that he will be a great success here for many years.”

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Rigobert Song steps down as Cameroon head coach

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"We have not achieved our objectives, and our executive committee and I do not see ourselves renewing the contract (with Song)," Eto'o was quoted as saying by France 24. Song, Eto'o's former international teammate, was named Cameroon manager in February 2022. Under his guidance, the Indomitable Lions qualified for the Qatar World Cup with a stunning extra-time victory over Algeria.

Rigobert Song has resigned as Cameroon’s head coach, according to Samuel Eto’o, president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot).

This follows Cameroon’s poor performance at the Africa Cup of Nations, where they were ousted in the final 16 by Nigeria.

Eto’o indicated that the decision to break ways with Song was based on the team’s inability to accomplish its goals and that the executive committee and he did not consider extending Song’s contract as an option.

“We have not achieved our objectives, and our executive committee and I do not see ourselves renewing the contract (with Song),” Eto’o was quoted as saying by France 24.

Song, Eto’o’s former international teammate, was named Cameroon manager in February 2022.

Under his guidance, the Indomitable Lions qualified for the Qatar World Cup with a stunning extra-time victory over Algeria.

Cameroon, on the other hand, struggled throughout the competition, finishing last in the group stage despite a surprise victory over Brazil in the last game.

Eto’o praised Song’s efforts to the team, stating, “Song brought a lot to this team.”

However, he stressed the need to look ahead and find a new coach who can assist the club succeed.

During his tenure, Song supervised 23 matches, winning only six of them. Despite his attempts, Cameroon’s performance under his leadership was judged inadequate, prompting his resignation from the position.

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Zambia crashes Black Queens’ Olympic dreams

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Gifty Assifuah cancelled out her goal 10 minutes later, and the Black Queens moved ahead with a second goal from Doris Boaduwaa to even the aggregate score. Kabange Mupopo forced an equaliser in the 61st minute, but Azumah Bugri scored four minutes later to restore Ghana's advantage and offer them another chance of qualifying.

Ghana’s Black Queens almost lost out on a ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, losing to Zambia in the third round of qualifying.

The second leg match finished in an exciting 3-3 tie, giving Zambia a 4-3 aggregate victory courtesy to their 1-0 triumph in the first leg in Accra.

Despite a strong showing by the Black Queens, Zambia’s Cooper Queens won, crushing Ghana’s chances of going to the next round.


Zambia advanced to the next round, where they will face either Morocco or Tunisia, after scoring a free-kick on the stroke of full time.

Zambia opened the scoring in the thrilling match at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, with Barbra Banda scoring after only 11 minutes.

Gifty Assifuah cancelled out her goal 10 minutes later, and the Black Queens moved ahead with a second goal from Doris Boaduwaa to even the aggregate score.


Kabange Mupopo forced an equaliser in the 61st minute, but Azumah Bugri scored four minutes later to restore Ghana’s advantage and offer them another chance of qualifying.

However, that hope was destroyed when Jennifer Cudjoe was sent off for a second yellow card, and the ensuing free kick found the back of the goal.

While the outcome is unfortunate for Ghana, the squad may be proud of their better performance over the first leg.

They will now turn their attention to the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place later this year.

Zambia, on the other hand, advanced to the last qualifying round with strong hopes of earning a place in Paris. Their outstanding performance against Ghana implies that they might be a serious contender in the competition.

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Jordan Ayew scores as Crystal Palace defeat Burnley

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Despite their numerical disadvantage, Burnley held on until the 68th minute, when Ayew sent a pinpoint precise cross that defender Chris Richards met with a thumping header into the bottom corner. Just three minutes later, replacement Matheus Franca linked nicely with Tyrick Mitchell down the left wing, and Ayew tapped in his low cross from close range to make it 2-0. After Vitinho fouled Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta comfortably took a penalty to secure the win.

Crystal Palace secured a crucial victory in their relegation struggle by overcoming 10-man Burnley 3-0 in new manager Oliver Glasner’s first game.

Ghana forward Jordan Ayew scored one of the goals, extending his impressive record in front of goal. He also assisted, bringing his total goal contributions to ten this season.

Palace controlled possession in the first half but were unable to produce clear-cut chances against a determined Burnley defence. The visitors were reduced to ten men just before halftime when Josh Brownhill was awarded a straight red card for taking down Jefferson Lerma when in on goal.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Burnley held on until the 68th minute, when Ayew sent a precise cross that defender Chris Richards met with a thumping header into the bottom corner.

Just three minutes later, replacement Matheus Franca linked nicely with Tyrick Mitchell down the left wing, and Ayew tapped in his low cross from close range to make it 2-0. After Vitinho fouled Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta comfortably took a penalty to secure the win.

As Palace grabbed a critical three points, Burnley striker David Datro Fofana had a late goal ruled out for offside. The victory lifts Palace eight points clear of the relegation zone and marks a successful debut for new boss Glasner, who becomes only the second Palace manager to win his first Premier League game in charge.

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