ICYMI: FA Cup Fourth Round Draw

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The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup has been concluded, with Manchester United playing at home against Wigan Athletic.

Chelsea will play Brentford at the Stamford Bridge, after seeing off Peterborough in the third round.

Arsenal will play the winners of the match between Norwich and Southampton. Tottenham will host Wycombe Wanderers.

Manchester City will play the winner of the replay between Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Liverpool will play Wolves if they can beat Plymouth in the replay, while Leicester City will have to overcome Derby County to make it to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The fourth-round draw in full:

Tottenham Hotspur v Wycombe Wanderers
Derby County v Leicester City
Oxford United v Newcastle United or Birmingham City
AFC Wimbledon or Sutton United v Cambridge United or Leeds United
Plymouth Argyle or Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Southampton or Norwich City v Arsenal
Lincoln or Ipswich v Brighton
Chelsea v Brentford
Manchester United v Wigan Athletic
Millwall v Watford
Rochdale v Huddersfield Town
Burnley or Sunderland v Fleetwood Town or Bristol City
Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley or Blackpool
Fulham v Hull City
Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley
Crystal Palace or Bolton v Manchester City

Ties will be played between January 27 and 30.

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360Hawt: Wizkid – Daddy Yo Ft. Efya

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International Flex!

Since the beginning of ’16, Wizkid has been super consistent with the moves; featuring on the biggest song in the universe – One Dance, and also getting Trey Songz, Chris Brown, and a wave god “French Montana” on Shaba. His new joint Daddy Yo featuring Efya, is straight fire!

Daddy Yo emphasises more on the dancehall genre Wizkid seems to be rooted in.

Wizzy boy make e dance; daddy-yo make e dance; starboy make e dance; daddy-yo make e dance” Efya sings as Wizkid follows up with killer verse.

It’s definitely a truism that this song is going to find it’s way into 2017, or should I say summer ’17…

Check on it below and share your thoughts.

BUY [via iTunes]

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Ranieri Wins FIFA Coach Of The Year For Fairytale Leicester Trophy Win

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Leicester City won an unprecedented EPL trophy in 2016, with Claudio Ranieri in charge and the manager has been named FIFA’S best coach for the year of 2016.

The former Chelsea manager led the Foxes to their first Premier League trophy and has led them to the knockout stages of the UCL.

Ranieri, 65, fended off competition from Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and Portugal coach Fernando Santos to claim the award at FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards ceremony on Monday.

“What a fantastic evening for me to be here with a lot of legends, and now to win this award,” he said upon receiving the prize. “I’m crazy! I’m very crazy. Thank you so much those who voted for me.

“I want to thank my family, my wife, my agents, my chairman, my players – my players! Without them it’s difficult for a manager to win something, and also our fans. I think what happened in England was amazing, it was something strange. The god of football said ‘Leicester must win’. Only this!

Referencing Dani Alves’ earlier comments about being in the FIFPro XI despite his advancing years, Ranieri added: “And before Dani Alves said at 30 years old he can do something more. My age is 65! I start now!”

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Another One: Ronaldo Named Fifa’s Best Player In The World

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The accolades keep coming in for Real Madrid and Portugal star, Cristiano Ronaldo, as he won the award for FIFA’s best player of the world in Zurich.

The forward enjoyed a successful 2016 and has once again beaten his rival, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to the prestigious award.

“It’s a great feeling, as I mentioned many times last year was a dream year, no doubt about that,” the striker said at the ceremony shortly before receiving the prize.

“Real Madrid win the Champions League and the national team won the Euros for the first time in history. Unbelievable season. I’m so proud and happy.

“I have to say thank you to my team-mates of Real Madrid, and team-mates of Portugal and the coaches. It was an amazing year.”

Ronaldo scored a total of 59 goals for both club and country throughout the 12 months, as his career reached new heights.

The superstar guided Portugal to the Euro 2016 trophy, scoring three goals and cheering his teammates after being substituted in the final due to an injury.

He also scored in the winning penalty in the final of the UCL, to once again beat Atletico to the trophy.

In December, he beat Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to the Ballon d’Or, winning his fourth golden ball.

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“Haye Will Knockout Bellew”

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Boxing trainer Shane McGuigan believes David Haye is capable of knocking out Tony Bellew when they meet in the ring.

The WBC cruiserweight champion will fight the former two-weight world champion at the O2 Arena on March 4.

Since returning to the ring January of last year, Haye has only gone three rounds in the ring.

“He is a performer; he can get up there and no matter who is in front of him, he can do a number on them,” he told Sky Sports.

“Tony Bellew is reading into the activity, he’s reading into the added weight, he’s reading into too many things and I think he’s biting off more than he can chew.

“I just think it is only going one way and that is Tony Bellew getting knocked out.

“I like Tony, I like Dave Coldwell and I hope everyone can walk away from it healthy, with a big smile on their face and lots of respect for each other, but it’s going to be a David Haye win.”

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Terry’s Emotional Goodbye To Mikel

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John Terry and John Obi Mikel have spent the longest time at Chelsea , before the Nigerian left for China and the captain has bid farewell to his close friend.

Both players have claimed numerous accolades between them, before the midfielder opted for a 140, 000 a week move to Tianjin Teda, after not getting any playing time under Conte.

Mikel left Chelsea after winning eight domestic trophies and two European trophies and also won the bronze medal with Nigeria in the Olympics.

“On Friday, we said goodbye to John Mikel Obi after more than 10 years with us in which we won everything – two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League,” he told Chelsea’s match day programme ahead of the Blues’ 4-1 victory over Peterborough in the FA Cup.

“He has been a big part of this club’s success over the past decade and put in some great performances, none more so than in Munich, where he was immense. I want to say on a personal level, that he was a great friend and a great player. I wish you well “Old Boy”. Love ya.”

Terry was sent off against Peterborough and his future has been cast into further doubt as he prepares to serve a ban with only six

“We also recently said goodbye to Oscar, who was with Chelsea for four-and-a-half seasons and help d us to win the Premier League, the League Cup and the Europa League during that time.

“He was a pleasure to play alongside, a wonderful player and a good man. We will miss them both and we wish them and their families all the best for their new lives in China.”

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Leicester City Rejects Crystal Palace £9 Million Bid For Jeffrey Schlupp 

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Leicester have rejected a £9m bid from Crystal Palace for Jeffrey Schlupp, according to Sky Sports.

Jeffery Schlupp is out of favour at Leicester City and has not been included in the 18-man squad for any of the last six Premier League matches.

That has alerted Palace boss Sam Allardyce, who it is believed has moved to make the Ghana international his first signing since being appointed at Crystal Palace

Schlupp played much more last season, Making 24 appearances and scoring once

He finds himself on the periphery this season and was told by Claudio Ranieri in August he might have to leave City to get regular first-team football.

Crystal Palace are expected to make an improved offer in the coming days

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Buhari, ECOWAS Presidents In Crucial Meeting To Decide Jammeh’s Fate

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President Muhammadu Buhari and other West African leaders are currently meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, in a bid to resolve the brewing political impasse in The Gambia.

President Muhammadu Buhari and other West African leaders are currently meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari and other West African leaders are currently meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

Buhari, who is chairing the meeting as Chief Mediator of the mediatory panel – appointed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – is being joined by his co-Mediator and immediate past President of Ghana, John Mahama.

Gambian Army Chief Pledges Allegiance To Jammeh As Adama Barrow Trends On Twitter

The meeting also had the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, who are other key members of the panel.

The meeting is expected to reach a compromise on how to effect a successful transition of power from the outgoing President Yahya Jammeh who has vowed not to leave office for the winner of the December 1, 2016 presidential election, Adama Barrow.

Ex-Argos Security Guard Set To Rule Gambia As Pres. Jammeh ‘Concedes Defeat’ After 22 Years Of Rule

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the top U.N. official in West Africa, also attended the closed-door meeting, which was the first official engagement by Ghana’s new President Nana Akufo-Addo, who was sworn in on Saturday.

Diplomats are concerned about the impasse over the poll.

President Jammeh Goes Tough On ECOWAS, Vows To Defend Gambian Sovereignty

The United States had earlier warned its citizens against visiting Gambia, whose white beaches are a draw for tourists.

“I Will Not Step Down” – Gambian President Jammeh Declares

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Jose Mourinho Interested In Signing Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko 

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Manchester United are locked in a battle to sign Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to the Daily Mirror.

The report suggests Jose Mourinho has identified the 22-year-old as his top midfield target in this transfer window.

However, it is thought Manchester City and Chelsea are also admirers of the France U21 international.

Monaco value Bakayoko at a minimum of 25m euros.

Monaco have sold well in recent years, exploiting competing interest in Anthony Martial to secure a potential record fee of €80m from United for Bakayoko’s compatriot.

Mourinho is working on a medium-term plan to rebuild United’s squad into one capable of competing at the top table of the European game by adding four or five high-quality acquisitions.

A €6m buy from Stade Rennais three summers ago, Bakayoko established himself in Monaco’s first team last season

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Zouma Praises Conte And Chelsea’s Form For Helping With Injury Comeback

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Kurt Zouma returned from his injury after spending 11 months on the sidelines in the win over Peterborough and has praised Conte for helping him with his comeback.

The 22-year-old frenchman has been sidelined since he picked up an ACL injury against United on 7 February 2016. He has been training and travelling with the first team since Conte’s arrival.

His comeback was met with applause by the Chelsea faithfuls , and Zouma admitted he was delighted to return, with the club’s form helping him get back to full fitness.

“It was not tough [to miss out] because I was out injured,” Zouma said in a post match interview at Stamford Bridge. “I was just proud and happy because last season was so difficult for us and to see the boys doing so well was very good for me, because I learned even quicker than when we lost [last season].

“I was doing my strength and rehabilitation and I was watching the lads [while I was doing it] and they were unbeaten for a few months, with a new manager, everything has been going well. So it is easier, when everything is going well, I learned a lot with the boys in there, so it [time] went quickly, really quickly.

“When you win, you are always learning. I was out for a long time so I just needed to learn and be ready for today and all the team did well so let’s keep going. It was a proud moment, an amazing moment and that I played 90 minutes.

“I am really happy because I was out for a long time and now I am out at the Bridge with the lads, so I am really happy.”

Zouma admits that having the support of his new manager was a boost as he recovered from his injury.

“Yes, he talked to me,” Zouma added. “He said be careful with the recovery and recover really well. When you are back we want you to play, like I did today, so I am really happy. When you know you have the trust from your manager, it is always good.

“He explained to me his tactic because I didn’t know it before. Before we played with four and now we play with five, with three central defenders. So we know the manager likes to do a lot of tactics. So we watch a lot of videos so he put me in there to watch, to understand, that’s what he does.

“I need to be patient, everybody wants to play but you need to be patient when the team is doing well. You need to understand your body. I understand a lot my about my body. The medical staff were very good with me. They did a very good job and I thank them a lot. They were all behind me and I think they prepared me very very well.”

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Why Do El-Rufai And His Minions Care More About His Image Than About The People Of Southern Kaduna?

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Why Do El-Rufai And His Minions Care More About His Image Than About The People Of Southern Kaduna?, By Moses E. Ochonu

One of the tragedies of the Nigerian condition is that there are too many citizens for whom defending a particular politician’s misbehaviour and incompetence is a more compelling task than that of holding them accountable. For these citizens, public commentators who ask tough questions of politicians are the enemy, not the erring politicians being challenged for their betrayal of the public trust. Of course, politicians are all too happy to unleash such misguided citizens against critics who, in their calculation, are not making them “look good.” The latest citizen to fall for this political manipulation is one Muktar Garba Maigamo, who wrote a rejoinder to my earlier piece, criticising Governor Ahmed el-Rufai for his disastrous handling of the Southern Kaduna massacres.

This piece was written Moses E.Ochonu. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

What did I do to incur the wrath of el-Rufai and his defender, Maigamo? In a nutshell, I used the governor’s own words and confessed actions to indict him for worsening what was already a serious crisis in Southern Kaduna. I also urged him to take responsibility for his words and actions, instead of lashing out and blaming phantom enemies and those he serially accuses of trying to divide people along primordial lines. El-Rufai, I argued, is the divider-in-chief, given his insensitivity to the state’s — and Nigeria’s — ethno-religious diversity and fault lines, his penchant for making incendiary comments that intensify sociopolitical tensions, his Fulani supremacist chauvinism, which is boldly advertised in his infamous tweet about Fulani blood vengeance, and his opportunistic pandering to parochial sentiments in order to divide and rule people in his state.

Southern Kaduna Killings: A Word For Governor El-Rufai (1)

I made a strong connection between el-Rufai’s Fulani vengeance tweet and his blatantly pro-Fulani approach to the crisis, an approach betrayed by these actions of the governor:

1. Paying off Fulani herdsmen killers he claims are Cameroonians, Chadians, Nigeriens, and other nationalities;

2. Sending a message to the killers of citizens of his own state that a Fulani like them was now governor; in other words, making common kinship and cause with foreign herdsmen and prioritising the appeasement of his foreign kinsmen over the protection of Southern Kaduna people whose protection is part of his remit as governor;

3. Failure to take seriously the threat to the Southern Kaduna people despite repeated deadly raids by the herdsmen. This a failure evidenced by the belated deployment of troops there, which came after much pressure and public criticism of his administration’s handling of the killings, and by the swiftness with which he tackled the menace of cattle rustling in the central part of the state;

4. His determination to humiliate the Southern Kaduna people and subordinate them to their tormentors by causing so-called apology billboards to be erected in Southern Kaduna communities — essentially forcing the people of Southern Kaduna to apologise to their killers even after their patrimony had been used, according to the governor, to pay the killers “compensation.”

The decision to pay off the killers, moreover, contradicts the governor’s own words from three years ago. On April 26, 2013, el-Rufai tweeted the following words: “any society that responds to crimes by forgiving and bribing the criminals will inevitably create large contingents of criminal waanabes(sic).” On that occasion, despite the legitimacy of the foundational grievance of the Niger Delta militants and the fact that they, unlike foreign Fulani terrorists, are Nigerians and were not invading villages and killing innocent men, women, and children, El-Rufai registered his opposition to paying them off through an amnesty programme. The governor’s shocking departure from this principle in the case of his killer Fulani kinsmen shows him to be a hypocritical opportunist in addition to being a Fulani ethnic chauvinist.

Have el-Rufai and his supporters challenged any of these serious indictments of the governor’s leadership? No. Instead they are busy proving the contention that, for the governor and his minions, looking good in the media and projecting a good image is more important than caring about lives and protecting citizens he is constitutionally sworn to protect.

That Maigamo would allow himself to be conscripted into this odious endeavour is tragic. El-Rufai may have his strengths, but on this matter, his incompetence is in bold relief. He is captive to his own arrogance, and to his history of insensitive and ethno-religious supremacist expressions. Why do the people of Southern Kaduna not trust him as an honest peace broker? Why are they resisting his humiliating apology billboards and other actions that show him as privileging the interests of the killers over their safety? Why did they attack his convoy? A little introspection on the part of the governor and his defenders should redirect their anger inwards and cause a humble re-evaluation of el-Rufai’s arrogant, go-it-alone, divide-and-rule brand of politics, which has now alienated much of his state. The Daily Trust columnist Hakeem Baba-Ahmed captured the governor’s problem succinctly in his column on Southern Kaduna thus:

Governor el-Rufai’s personality and brand of politics have not prepared him well to deal with the daunting cumulative legacy in Southern Kaduna State. The voters from the region rejected him, preferring to stick with the sinking PDP. He has been unable to build political bridges with the region, choosing to operate with politicians without any weight in their communities. Prominent politicians and elders from the region who would have been inclined to work with and for him have been alienated by his tendency to believe that all past is a liability, and he can create his own world. He has accumulated massive hostility from a Christian community from many sources going as far back as a re-tweet some years ago which some say insulted their faith, to the plan to regulate religious preaching, to plans to demolish ‘Gbagi Villa’, a highbrow, largely Christian location in Kaduna he insists is illegally built and must be demolished. PDP politicians in the state have made massive political capital out of the governor’s travails with Christians and Southern Kaduna communities, in many instances specifically and openly urging disobedience to authority in the name of resistance.

Either el-Rufai and his supporters are too blinded by their primordial loyalties or pride to see that the governor has become part of the problem and has sown distrust or they are simply incapable of self-critique — a necessary ingredient for leadership at any level.

The governor has blamed nameless “dividers,” foreign Fulani herdsmen, the 2011 post-election violence, bandits, and even Niger Delta militants (!) for the situation in Southern Kaduna. He and his defenders have additionally sought to deflect criticism by hiding behind the General Agwai committee report, which they claim he is implementing. However, by the governor’s own admission, the Agwai committee simply identified foreign Fulani herdsmen as some of the culprits in the killings and did not recommend monetary payments to them. Nor did the committee recommend other failed, half-hearted measures. Moreover, El-Rufai is the governor and so, whatever the origins of the actions he is taking, the buck stops at his desk. He owns those measures and is responsible for their failure or success. The choice to either reject or implement any recommendations rests with him. Deflecting blame to previous administrations or to the Agwai committee is ludicrous, escapist, and dishonest.

Like all unprincipled political hatchet men, Maigamo is a sloppy and mendacious one. In Nigeria political hit pieces directed at critics and public commentators are never complete without the gratuitous insult on the critics, the invented lie or speculative attack on their integrity, or a questioning of their motive. Maigamo begins his piece with the fat, silly lie that I once asked el-Rufai for a job when he was the Director-General of BPE and was turned down, hence my criticism of his handling of the Southern Kaduna massacre. A quick trip to my CV, which is displayed on my faculty webpage, would have saved him the trouble and shame of having to make this nonsense up because the chronology of my professional biography would have simply demonstrated to him that his claim was not plausible or possible. A quick glance at my publicly accessible CV would have told him that he needed to invent a better, if hackneyed lie, such as the one routinely thrown at public commentators and critics of governmental malfeasance: that they are trying to be noticed for political appointment — although that lie perhaps may not have worked in this case since I am not an indigene of Kaduna State and el-Rufai is not the president of the country. But Nigerian attack dogs are not even sophisticated enough to tell a plausible lie. And they are too lazy to do a simple google search in order to make a plausible, if fasel, claim against their targets.

I finished my NYSC in 1998 and left for the United States about three months later in August to begin my PhD programme at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I got the admission and supporting fellowship during the NYSC year. How could I have asked el-Rufai for a job at the BPE when the return to democracy didn’t occur until May 1999 and el-Rufai did not become the Director-General of BPE until several months later? Simple chronological logic falsifies Maigamo’s invention. Moreover, unless I had managed to clone myself, with one of me looking for a job in Nigeria and the other studying for a PhD in the United States, there is no way by the laws of terrestrial logic that what is being alleged would have occurred. I completed my PhD in 2004 and moved to my current job right away. By the grace of God, therefore, I’ve never had to look for or apply for a job in Nigeria since I graduated from the university in 1997. By the way, I have never met, corresponded with, or in any shape or form interacted with el-Rufai.

Maigamo’s reference to my research is a non sequitur that deserves no serious response. My scholarship speaks for itself, and the research he lazily alluded to has actually been published as a book to wide acclaim, including being awarded finalist for the most prestigious prize in the field of African Studies, the Herskovits Prize. It must therefore have scholarly merit that my peers have recognised and rewarded. He would not be able to grasp the book’s scholarly contentions, so why bother even try to educate him. I have for many years criticised the actions, inactions, and utterances of public officials, including presidents, legislators, ministers, officials, governors, and even my own state governor. I have been doing so since I was an undergraduate and regularly since 1999. My scholarship has nothing to do with my duty as a concerned citizen and public commentator holding rulers and leaders accountable.

It is tragic when silly blackmail is deployed and lies are invented by citizens, who are themselves victims of bad governance and incompetence, on behalf of politicians, to muddy the waters, change the subject, shield said politicians from criticism, and disrupt the legitimate process of scrutinising public officials who are accountable to us, their employers.

I consider myself lucky to live outside the country. El-Rufai’s intolerance for criticism is as legendary as his obsession with “looking good” in the media, an obsession which has supplanted the will to do the right thing for the beleaguered citizens of his state. Other critics have had it rough. Senator Shehu Sani, el-Rufai’s nemesis and constant critic, has been serially harassed along with his supporters. Dr. John Danfulani, another consistent critic of the governor’s misdeeds, has spent several stints in detention for his public commentary.

For a man rumoured to harbor ambitions for a higher office, this is the worst possible way for el-Rufai and his minions to position him for that office, whatever it may be. There is time for the governor to rebuild his image, retreat from his ethnic supremacist thinking and divide-and-rule politics, and regain the trust of his people. He will, however, not do this by lashing out in every direction instead of taking responsibility for fixing a problem that he didn’t cause but has exacerbated with his supremacist mentality and divisive utterances and actions.

The funny thing is that if our politicians would just do the right things without being prodded, criticised, or shamed into it, they would not have to worry about “looking bad” in the media or about critics calling out their maladministration. They would not have to waste public resources and time hiring image launderers of the Maigamo type.

Moses E. Ochonu can be reached at meochonu@gmail.com.

This piece was written Moses E.Ochonu. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Pablo Hernandez Joins Leeds United Permanently

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Leeds United have announced the signing of Pablo Hernandez on a permanent deal until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Hernandez has signed an initial six month deal and Leeds have the option to extend it by 12 months at the end of the agreement.

The 31-year-old has been on loan at Elland Road since August, making his debut in the EFL Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Fleetwood Town.

Hernandez has gone on to make 18 appearances, scoring three goals, with his most recent strike coming at Preston North End on Boxing Day. The former Spanish international arrived at Leeds on a loan deal from Al-Arabi and has also represented Valencia, Getafe and Swansea City.

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Middlesbrough Give Stewart Downing Permission To Leave The Club On Loan

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Middlesbrough have told Stewart Downing he can leave on-loan this month.

The former England international has only started one match in the past two months and has largely been used as a substitute this season by Aitor Karanka.

The 32-year-old joined his boyhood club on a four-year deal from West Ham 18 months ago.

Boro striker David Nugent is also in advanced talks over a £2m switch to Derby County.

Stewart Downing was a second-half substitute during Sunday’s FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Downing, who played 234 times for Middlesbrough in his initial spell before joining Aston Villa for £12m in July 2009, has scored once this season in October’s 2-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth.

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Liverpool Chasing Nottingham Forest Teneger Ben Brereton

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Liverpool are keen on signing Nottingham Forest teenager Ben Brereton.

The report suggests Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is placing huge importance on developing young English talent and has placed Brereton high on his list of targets.

However, the Reds are set to face competition from Manchester United in the race to sign the 17-year-old.

Nottingham Forest teenager Ben Brereton is the latest player from Forest’s youth setup to impress after Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles and Oliver Burke all earned big moves away from the City Ground.

Brereton may only be 17, but he’s been playing for the Forest Under-23 side this season, and his impressive displays have seen him catch the eye this term.

The striker has hit 15 goals in 20 games for Forest’s Under-23’s this term, and having proven himself against players his senior, Brereton now looks to be one of the Football League’s top young talents.


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Chelsea’s Lucas Piazon Set To Extend His Loan Stay At Fulham

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Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon has revealed a deal to extend his stay at Fulham is close.

Asked by a fan on Twitter if he would extend his loan deal at Craven Cottage, Piazon replied: “Almost done mate, hope to be done asap.”

The 22-year-old has scored four goals in 15 appearances for Fulham so far this season.

Piazon’s current loan runs out at the end of the month

Fulham boss is more than happy with Piazon’s performances in a white shirt.

Slavisa Jokanovic said: “Lucas Piazon, in the last few games, has started to be a very important player for us. He is very fast and has experience playing in this competition.

“He played 23 games for Reading last season, so he didn’t need a lot of time to adapt himself. We are happy with what he has offered in the last few games.

READ ALSO : Chelsea Have A Staggering 38 Players On Loan – Lucas Piazon Discusses Life As A Chelsea Loanee 

Piazon himself refuses to rule out a permanent move to Fulham in the summer, and shed the unwanted burden of being one of 38 Blues on loan.

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Paul-Georges Ntep Joins German Club Wolfsburg

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Wolfsburg have completed the signing of French winger Paul-Georges Ntep from Rennes.

The 24-year-old, who has signed a deal until 2021 at the Volkswagen Arena, had been linked with a move to the Premier League with Swansea and Crystal Palace both reportedly interested.

Ntep, 24, signed a contract with the Wolfsburg through to 2021 with the deal finalised for an undisclosed fee.

“There are good players in Ligue 1,” Ntep, who had just six months left on his Rennes deal, told the French club’s official website. “Of course they are tempted to move to foreign leagues, because they’re attractive, especially Germany for an attacker. The standard is higher. It’s a challenge.

“You see the dimension the players who have gone there have taken. I’m thinking of Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kingsley Coman, Franck Ribery — attacking players like me. It’s a great opportunity that has presented itself. Everything is set for me to take a step up.”

“This summer, I didn’t have any offers that I liked,” Ntep, who scored two goals and provided five assists for Rennes in 15 Ligue 1 games this season, said. “After a serious injury, I also wanted to get back into shape in surroundings I knew. It was better to stay here. Something has come up this winter, and I think it’s very good for my career.

“The German league, with its big matches, is magical. Wolfsburg has big ambitions, with a quality infrastructure and squad. Even if their situation is a little difficult right now, they hope for better. It’s important for them to finish the season well and for me to adapt well.”

With Wolfsburg 13th in the Bundesliga, just four points above the automatic relegation places, coach Valerien Ismael will be hoping Ntep can hit the ground running.

“With Paul-Georges, we have significantly raised the quality on our flanks,” former Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich defender Ismael told his club’s official website. “He’s very quick, technically accomplished and in spite of his young age, already has a lot of experience. We’re more flexible tactically with him, and our attacking play will be more difficult to counter.”

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FG Warns Specialised Universities Against Unauthorised Courses | JAMB Reacts To Sale Of 2017 UTME Forms

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed that all specialised universities – including universities of agriculture, universities of technology, universities of medicine among others – desist from running programmes which have no bearing to their foundation.

2017 UTME: JAMB Issues New Guidelines For Registration, CBT Centres

The Federal Government flayed at the unfortunate situation were universities of agriculture offer programmes in law, management courses such as accounting, banking and Finance, business administration among others.

Apparently peeved by this ugly development, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to delete all such courses on its portal and all candidates desirous of sitting for the 2017 UTME are advised not to be hoodwinked into such programmes as they are illegal and are not provided for in the brochure.

2017 UTME: JAMB To Start Using CCTV Cameras During Examination

A statement issued by JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin as directed by the Education Minister reads:

 “Government notes the unfortunate situation were Universities of Agriculture offer programmes in Law, Management courses such as Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Adminsitration among others. As if that was not enough some institutions change the nomenclature of some of the courses to read for instance Banking Engineering, Accounting Technology, among other names. This is an aberration and should be stopped with immediate effect.

“Specialized Universities are University set up to pursue specific courses/ programmes to steer the need of manpower in a particular sector of the economy. Some of these specialized institutions include Universities such as Universities of Agriculture, Universities of Technologies, Universities of Medicine, amongst others. The Federal government has observed that these institutions have derailed from their statutory responsibility thereby running programmes that are antithetical to their mandates.

“In view of this ugly development, the Hon Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to delete all such courses on its portal and all candidates desirous of sitting for the 2017 Universities Tertiary Matriculations Examination are advised not to be hoodwinked into such programmes as they are illegal and are not provided for in our brochure.”

Meanwhile, JAMB stated that it has not commenced the sales of the 2017 UTME application documents.

 “Again the Board will want to state that it has not commenced the sales of the 2017 UTME application documents. Candidates are urged to exercise patience as JAMB is putting final preparations towards commencing the sales.

“The delay has been occasioned by the Board’s desire to reduce to the barest minimum challenges associated with the conduct of the Board’s examination. However, in the final analysis, Nigerians should note that admissions will be conducted within the stipulated dateline.

“In view of the above, candidates and parents are advised not to pay money to any agent, bank for any registration as JAMB has not and will not appoint any agent. Soon, we will commence the sales and the Board will make elaborate announcement with jingles to ensure that the public is well informed of the commencement of sales. Our earnest attempt is to come near perfection in the conduct of the next examination and we plead with the public to support the Board’s effort in ensuring that the Nigerian candidate gets the best,” the statement added.

We’ve Not Started Sales Of 2017 UTME Forms – JAMB

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Shanghai SPIG Sign Former Chelsea Defender Ricardo Carvalho

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Chinese club Shanghai SIPG have snapped up former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho.

The 38-year-old, who had been a free agent since leaving Monaco last summer, has signed a one-year deal with the Chinese Super League side.

The experienced centre back now joned Andre Villas-Boas’ side to follow in the footsteps of fellow stars Oscar and Hulk.

Villas-Boas, who worked with Carvalho during his time as Jose Mourinho’s assistant at Chelsea, previously said of the veteran: ‘I have a good relationship with Carvalho, who has a wonderful professional career.

‘His CV makes it impossible for me to doubt his considerable stature among his peers. I’m impressed by the composure he showed on his first day of training. Right now he’s just training with us. We’ll make a decision in due time.’


1997–2004: Porto 116 games (4 goals)

1998–1999: Leca (loan) 24 (1)

1999–2000: Vitoria de Setubal (loan) 27 (2)

2000–2001: Alverca (loan) 32 (1)

2004–2010: Chelsea 210 (11)

2010–2013: Real Madrid 77 (3)

2013–2016: Monaco 118 (2)

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Middlesbrough Striker David Nugent Close To Joining Derby County For £3 Million

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Middlesbrough are letting striker David Nugent join Derby County in a deal worth up to £3m, according to The Sun.

David Nugent’s representatives have been in talks with the Rams as the out of favour striker looks for a switch in search of regular football

Steve McClaren moved for Nugent after being priced out of a deal for strike partner Jordan Rhodes.

Nugent will give DerbyCounty  more firepower as they have struggled in that area his season despite an impressive winning run.

The deal still leaves Rhodes available but his £12 million valuation is putting off Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday.

Nugent scored eight goals for Boro last season, including arguably the most important of the season when he headed a late winner against Hull City.

Aitor Karanka last week insisted he won’t stand in the way of any player who is keen on leaving the club this month, though refused to confirm which players have asked for a move.

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Conte Unsure Of Terry Future

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Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has no idea what club captain, John Terry’s future at the London club is.

The 36-year-old veteran defender was sent off in the 4-1 FA Cup win over Peterborough and has a contract that’ll expire at the end of the season.

Asked about Terry’s future, Conte said that still needed to be discussed.

“Now we are in January. First of all, these decisions need to be made with the club, not alone,” the Italian said.

“I’m pleased for John because he’s shown me great commitment when I’ve asked him to play and also when he doesn’t.

“He’s helping me a lot in the changing room. He’s proving himself to be a good player and, above all, a good man.”

Top of the Premier League, Chelsea visit Leicester City on Saturday.

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Tragedy As Dangote Trailer Kills 15 Passengers In Zamfara

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At least 15 passengers were confirmed dead in a ghastly accident which occurred along Gusau-Tsafe road in the early hours of Sunday, an official said.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Zamfara State Command, Amos Thilizer, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the accident was caused by a Dangote cement trailer driver, who lost control and ran into a Toyota hiace, killing all the passengers.

The sector commander also stated that three other persons who were in the trailer sustained various degree of injuries and had being taken to General hospital Tsafe for medical care.

According to Thilizer, 15 corpses were later deposited at the Tsafe general hospital mortuary while efforts were being made to contact their relatives.

It was gathered that the vehicle was heading to Guasau from Kano, while the trailer was on its way to Zaria.

The sector commander, while urging motorists to avoid over speeding which he said was largely responsible for the road crash, pleaded with road users to avoid night journey especially during harmattan and raining season.

Thilizer also warned that the regulation on the use of speed limiting device had taking effect and that road users should adhere to it.

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MUSIC: AKA x Anatii – 10 Fingers

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After the massive success of their first collaboration single, The Saga, AKA and Anatii are back with another scorching hot single, 10 Fingers.

10 Fingers’ the first single since AKA released the Cassper Nyovest and Anatii diss track “Composure” in 2015. Aye! this is some new level ishh… “I think my future needs a ray ban”.

Anatii who’s known for being the low-key celebrity came through with a wavy hook like always, whilst Forbes – ‘AKA’, delivered effortlessly with his verses.

AKA already settled his beef with Cassper Nyovest, it’s only right if they give us a tune. But while we await that, listen to this sizzling joint with Anatii.

Download mp3 of 10 Fingers by Aka x Anatii below

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16 Persons Arrested In Paris Over Kim Kardashian Robbery

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French police have arrested 16 people in the Paris region on Monday morning with respect to the robbery of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian in the country in October 2016.

According to several French reports, police have arrested 16 suspects who may be connected to Kim Kardashian‘s robbery in Paris.

Kim Kardashian Robbed Of ‘Millions’ At Gunpoint By Men Disguised As Police In Paris

Coordinated raids as early as 6am saw a total of 16 men including a ‘major thug’ arrested in the city, and also in the south of France.

Kim Kardashian said she heard French-speaking robbers repeating 'ring, ring', realized they were looking for 20-carat diamond [Instagram]
Kim Kardashian said she heard French-speaking robbers repeating ‘ring, ring’, realized they were looking for 20-carat diamond [Instagram]

The suspects are mainly in the age range 50 to 72, and most have long criminal records, said a source close to the case.

‘I Feared I Was Going To Be Raped,’ Kim Kardashian Narrates Paris Robbery Incident

The reports also stated that some of the suspects are still being held for questioning in France.

A French police further stated that their arrests were made possible following the traces of DNA left at the scene.

“The men were detained in early morning raids in the Paris region, Normandy and the French Riviera following three months of investigations.”

“One of the DNA samples matched an individual known to police for robbery and criminal offences,” the police said.

It was gathered that following the discovery, French police kept the man under surveillance, along with those he came into contact with.

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Antonio Conte Wants Fernando Llorente At Chelsea And He’s Willing To Loan Out Michy Batshuayi

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Chelsea want to sign Swansea striker Fernando Llorente in their bid to regain the Premier league title

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reportedly wants a reunion with Spaniard and is willing to sweeten deal by sending £33m striker Michy Batshuayi the other way

Antonio Conte worked with the Spanish striker during his time at Juventus and Sky Sports claims he wants a reunion at Stamford Bridge this month.

An update on Chelsea‘s interest in Swansea striker Fernando Llorente from Sky Sports‘ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague read



Swansea are apparently reluctant to part ways with Llorente even though he has failed to fire since moving to England last summer.

The Welsh club are battling for their lives after going through two managers already this season, but could find that highly-rated Batshuayi is just the man to grab the goals with regular football.

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Juventus Not Afraid Of Paulo Dybala Exit

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Juventus are not fearful of Paulo Dybala leaving the club amid mooted interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Dybala has established himself as one of the most feared young strikers in world football over the past few seasons and he is believed to have drawn interest from Spain’s two biggest clubs.

READ ALSO:  Report : Paulo Dybala Wants To Play For Real Madrid 

Juve’s managing director Beppe Marotta insists Real Madrid have not been in touch to discuss the Argentinian’s availability, while he says his side are looking to improve the forward’s current contract. Speaking to Mediaset, he said: “[Real Madrid president] Florentino Perez has not called me to speak about Dybala.

“He has three more years on his contract, but we are already speaking with his agents to improve it, he deserves it, [and] we have a great relationship with him. We do not have any fear that Paulo wants to leave. Juve is one of the best teams in the world. Where would he be better [off] than here?”

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