“Carrick Good Enough For Another Year At United”

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Manchester United legend, Bryan Robson believes Micheal Carrick has earned a shot at playing one extra year at Old Trafford.

Carrick will turn 36 before the start of the 2017-18 season and having spent 11 seasons at the club, will have a testimonial in June.

However, Robson feels the former Tottenham midfielder still has plenty to give and Mourinho will benefit from handing him an extension.

“Michael’s 35 – for me, the way he’s played this season and the influence he’s had on the team has been pretty good,” Robson told Omnisport.

“I’m not bothered about the age, it’s about the desire of a player and how he looks after himself.

“So for me I think Michael deserves maybe another year and I can see Man United doing that.”

Carrick, who has started 12 league games this season, said this month that he would consider retiring if he is not offered fresh terms.

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Dier Eyeing England Captaincy

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Tottenham’s Eric Dier has revealed he has a dream of one day becoming captain of the three lions.

The 23-year-old played in defensive midfield, partnering with Jake Livermore and impressing in his role against Germany.

Dier already played under Southgate at the under-21 level and he is eager to learn more from the new manager.

Southgate has suggested he could revolve the captaincy on a game-by-game basis and Dier admitted: “It’s an ambition of mine.

“I’d love to one day be able to do that. It would be a real honour for me and it’s something I’d like to work towards, but it’s something the manger will decide and he will pick who’s best.

“You never know really, things can change in football very quickly. I feel I have qualities a captain may have. I can do that job, but it’s up to the manager.

“Gareth has been around the setup for a while – the U21s – so I don’t think he’s eager to make everything different, just little things here and there, helping us as players. He was a player not too long ago so he knows how we think and what’s going through our minds. Hopefully he can pass on his experience.

“He wants a camp where we enjoy and express ourselves, and play exciting, attacking football. But we should go on a game-by-game basis; It would be foolish to think any further than that. We have to keep working hard as a squad to improve and get to where we want to.”

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Tabarez: Brazil Loss Hurts

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Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez has admitted his side were left hurting by the heavy loss to Brazil.

Uruguay were hoping to edge Brazil in the CONMEBOL world cup qualifying table, only to lose 4-1 and drop seven points behind.

Tabarez’ men scored the first goal, before Brazil ran riot with a Paulinho hattrick and a Neymar lob.

“It hurts, although we are professionals we have passion for this and when we do not get what we want, it hurts,” Tabarez said post-match after being without suspended duo Luis Suarez and Fernando Muslera.

“Sometimes these hard knocks give us a clearer picture of where we are.

“You never know what you’re going to find in a football game. [The result] was not one of the possibilities I considered to be more likely.

“There is nothing to say, Brazil defended very well and were very forceful.”

Uruguay are back in action on Tuesday, travelling to Peru.

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Herrera: Ibrahimovic Is Brilliant, But He Can Be Annoying

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Ander Herrera has praised Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s brilliance , but has found his competitiveness to be annoying.

Ibrahimovic scored 44 goals in his final season at PSG and many thought he couldn’t bring that to the PL.

However, the former Swede international has been exceptional so far this season for United, scoring 26 goals already in all competition.

“He is a genius,” United team-mate Herrera told Marca. “He can say that he will score 30 goals and that he is the best because he can get away with it.

“He is so good that he can do that.”

“Ibrahimovic can be very annoying,” the Spaniard said. “He can be very annoying because he wants to win it all, even at football-tennis.”

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Lukaku: I Already Made My Decision On Everton

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Romelu Lukaku is insisting he has already made a decision on his future and talking about his ambitions is not bad.

The Belgium forward is in talks with Everton about an extension, but is yet to sign a new contract.

Lukaku stated last week that Everton are a club with no ambitions and he would like to play for a bigger club.

He said: “The decision has already been made so I can’t talk about that.

“There is nothing wrong with ambition. You have to embrace it and where you are as a footballer.

“I’ve made a long way until now but the road is still long and I know I have to improve and get better. I want to help Everton as much as I can, as well as the national team. I think a lot of stuff can be achieved.

“Sometimes people will mistake things that I say but it’s just ambition that I have; I want to win titles and trophies and I don’t think people should take that as arrogance – people should embrace it.

“This is what footballers need to achieve if they want to become the best, and I think young kids need to learn that too.”

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Dino: 21st-Century Crook, 17th-Century University

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Dino: 21st-Century Crook, 17th-Century University, By Pius Adesanmi

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A fallout of Dinogate: some ABU students and alumni have been roaming the internet with the good news of ABU’s greatness.

I have often advocated that misbehaving Nigerian public officials should be dragged to the Eagle Square and flogged publicly. Anybody talking about any University in Nigeria today and the words “great”, “excellent”, and “exceptional” appear in his sentences should be taken to the Eagle Square and shot.

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

Many Nigerians, home and abroad, are in denial about the gravity of the situation with our Universities. When I mention the 17th century, they think I am deploying hyperbole for effect. In many instances, I am being sadly and tragically literal.

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A problem whose gravity cannot be acknowledged cannot be solved. And those who still think that so-and-so University in Nigeria is great or exceptional or excellent will never allow us to take the full measure of the situation.

There is a reason Wole Soyinka once advocated a one-year closure of our Universities and the declaration of a state of emergency in that sector. He wasn’t being mean.

Take something as simple as a website – the first proof of a University’s location in the 21st-century. No Nigerian University today has a 100 percent functional website. NO, NOT ONE! The best you can hope to get is a website that is 80 percent functional – and this is in the most extraordinary of cases.

There is even a state University in 21st-century Nigeria that has no website at all. I mean it: no website. The only reason I am not naming the said University – for now – is that I have sent a memo to the VC through back channels and I am still waiting for what he has to say.

But that is a state University. What about our “elite” Universities? Go to their websites and it is a tragic tale of broken links, nonexistent Urls and other assorted evidence of 17th-century identity. You want proof? Okay, come with me:
Try to visit the website of the Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan here and report back to me:

This is the social sciences in Nigeria’s Premier University. An entire social sciences faculty in Nigeria’s first University has no website!! There are more horror stories from UI’s website but let us move on. How about you go to UNILAG and try to locate some Departments in the Faculty of Arts here:

http://arts.unilag.edu.ng/

Look for the “Departments” link. There is a drop down for the following departments: Creative arts, English, European Languages, etc. How about you click on each of the Departments? Of the six Departments listed, only three have content on their web pages. And the only content they have is a welcome message! This is the faculty of Arts in Unilag! There are more horror stories from the website of Unilag.

The horror stories from the websites of UI and Unilag are matched by similar stories from the websites of OAU, UNN, and ABU. And these are the “elite” Universities. Where you can find faculty listings, you cannot find their research or courses or seminars.

Are you a major international funder who wants to make an endowment to ABU for scholarship on Northern Nigerian writing? Perhaps you have $5 million dollars and you are thinking seriously about ABU, especially the Department of English, Faculty of Arts.

Before you even make contact at all with ABU, you have to do due diligence. You have to do your homework. In 21st century culture, it means getting your research assistant to look at the current research interests in the Department of English at ABU. It is a cold winter day and your research assistant wants to do the assignment quickly. He goes to the website of the Department of English and clicks on “Research” here:

http://english.abu.edu.ng/research.html

Tough luck. That nonexistent research link has been “under construction” for some years now. I’ve been monitoring it.

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Even Nigeria’s most expensive private Universities do not fare better. Somebody will be a product of this sort of thing and be chest beating that one University is better than the rest. I keep telling people: whether you are UI or Unilag or OAU or UNN or ABU, stop disturbing me with tales of your superiority to folks from LAUTECH, Niger Delta University, Bayero University, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, etc. All na wash. All na the same unacceptable and intolerable 17th-century backwardness.

I don’t make any distinction between Universities in Nigeria. Every University in Nigeria needs to be in the intensive care unit. No exception.

If we don’t have the courage to acknowledge this terrible situation, how are we going to fix it? Nigeria can be at the forefront of the advancement of knowledge and civilisation if only we would have the courage to accept this situation and fix it.

As terrible as the picture is, just imagine the strides that many of our courageous colleagues who are teaching in Nigerian Universities are making globally. It is from this same rottenly underdeveloped University context, with no facilities and zero resources, that they gallivant the world in conferences, seminars, symposia and conquer. It is from this same context that they win the most prestigious fellowships in the world. Just imagine what they would do if we were to bring our Universities to the 21st-century.

So when you hear yeye ABU students and alumni saying that despite Dino, ABU is this and that, tell them to shut up or else we shall frog march them to the Eagle Square and…

Dino is nothing but a 21st-century crook produced by a 17th-Century University.

I said it. Arrest me!

Pius Adesanmi, a professor of English, is Director of the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Canada.

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Why Audu Maikori May Get The Abacha Treatment From El-Rufai

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Why Audu Maikori May Get The Abacha Treatment From El-Rufai, By Mbasekei Martin Obono

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The return of democratic rule in Nigeria in 1999 coincided somewhat with the arrival of the digital age in Nigeria. In this period of nearly 20 years, never before have we witnessed the level of criminalisation of the voice of dissent as we see today under the APC-led administration.

This piece was written by Mbasekei Martin Obono. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

One key question that needs to be asked, however, is whether the current ruling party would have taken over power in 2015 if the previous government had criminalised dissent in the same way that they have chosen to do. As I write, news has just filtered through of the gruesome killing of Abdulkareem Bauchi, a blogger who was reported missing in Bauchi recently.

The Killing Fields Of Kaduna State And The Maikori Affair

One case that dramatises this situation more than most is that of Audu Maikori, the CEO of Chocolate City who has been at the forefront of the campaign against the killings in Southern Kaduna. In a series of tweets in February, Audu alleged that some students of Kaduna State College of Education in Gidan-Waya, near Kafanchan, were killed by herdsmen on January 22, 2017. This information, he insisted, was acquired from his driver and came at a time when tales of incessant killings were rife in Southern Kaduna. The school, however, denied these allegations and a formal statement was released by the state government vowing to prosecute rumour peddlers. After further inquiry and investigations, Audu retracted his tweets and apologised.

On Friday, February 17, 2017, Audu was arrested in Lagos on the warrant of a Magistrate court in Kaduna. His arrest was confirmed by the police the following day and he was released on bail, having passed the night in their custody in Abuja. On March 3, 2017, at an event in Lagos, the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai proclaimed: “we are going to prosecute him. He was arrested. His statement has been taken. He is on bail. He is going to be prosecuted. His fate will be decided by a judge.” One week later, on March 10 – yet another Friday – Audu was again arrested. He ended up in the cells of the Kaduna State police. Yet they said they were not responsible for his arrest. Audu is presently on a bail granted by the Magistrate court.

The key issue now is not Audu’s guilt or innocence. Rather it is whether or not Audu can get justice for the crime he is charged in the place that he has been charged. These questions arise because of the antecedents and statements of Kaduna’s Governor El-Rufai.

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First, Mallam El-Rufai stated categorically that his government will prosecute Audu. A major drawback in this statement is that El-Rufai has made himself a chief prosecutor in the case. By doing so, he usurps the roles of the police and the Attorney-General and gives them no room to exercise independent discretion based on evidence. This is not the role of a governor.

Second, this governor of Kaduna State will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Specifically, he has a previous record of confessing to interfering with judicial independence and process. On page 202 of his autobiography, The Accidental Public Servant, El-Rufai referred to equity and justice as ‘protocol issues’ and extensively recalls how he used his network of Barewa Old Boys Association (BOBA) to suborn disgraced Chief Judge of Abuja, Justice Gummi, just to achieve his set objective of “restoring the Abuja master plan.” To achieve his purpose, El-Rufai boasts about how he also budgeted an “annual grant” to support the FCT judiciary in order to ‘procure court recording and automation equipment.’ A more concrete confession of authority bribing and judicial corruption is difficult to invent.

Third, in his recently leaked memorandum of September 2016 to President Muhammadu Buhari, titled “You Have Failed,” El-Rufai advised the president to have “harmonious relationship” with the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the all-important Federal High Court in order to speed up the Senate president, Bukola Saraki’s case and ensure his conviction. This is a clear case of procuring subornation and interference with the judicial process.

The question then is: Would Audu Maikori get justice from a government led by a man who would think nothing of boasting about interfering with the judicial process and advising on how to acquire it? This is why citizens of good conscience must resist the impending sham of El-Rufai’s judicial lynching of Audu Maikori. It is not in any way or form different from what Sani Abacha did to the Ogooni 9. It is working to a pre-determined answer.

Just like Audu Maikori, Ken Saro-Wiwa fought for the pursuit of the rights of Ogoni people against Shell for environmental degradation and the attendant loss of lives of his people. Just like El-Rufai, Gen. Sani Abacha administration was bent on getting rid of Saro-Wiwa. His government handpicked the judge and team who delivered the verdict they needed to hang Saro-Wiwa and the other Ogoni activists on November 10, 1995. According to Sahara Reporters, “Justice Auta pronounced Saro-Wiwa and eight Ogoni activists guilty of a crime they never committed and sentenced them to death by hanging. The Abacha regime swiftly ratified Auta’s verdict and thereafter murdered Saro-Wiwa and the eight activists before the period allowed for an appeal had elapsed.” Other members of the Tribunal were Late Justice Etowa Arikpo and Col. Hameed Ali, now the Comptroller-General of Customs.

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Kainen Michael once said that the justice system is a human system and it is fallible. This statement may be true but then, we don’t need people like El-Rufai going out of their way to ensure the fallibility of our already frail justice system. It is the easiest way to grow the toxicity of an already poisonous system.

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Waje Iruobe, Nathaniel Bassey, Nosa To Perform With Cobhams Asuquo At His ‘For You’ Kick-Off Concert

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Waje Iruobe, Nathaniel Bassey, Nosa Will Be Performing With Cobhams Asuquo At His ‘For You’ Kick-off Concert

To get his first concert tour off to a great start, Cobhams Asuquo is holding the ‘For You’ Kick-Off Concert on Sunday, March 26th at the Pistis Conference Centre, between 4th and 5th Roundabout, Lekki Expressway, Lagos.

The concert comes few days after the success of his album launch concert which held on March 12 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Cobhams will be joined by some of his friends to perform some of the songs on the 14-track album including the hit, Ordinary People among others.

He will be joined by other kindred spirits including Waje Iruobe, Nathaniel Bassey, Mairo Ese, Nosa and Ige. It promises to be an unforgettable evening!

‘For You’ is now on high demand and is selling on multiple digital stores and platforms such as with digital platforms including iTunes, Apple TV, Music+, Spotify, Amazon and Googleplay.

Last minute tickets are available at ariiyatickets.com and nairabox.com.

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One Africa Music Fest: The World’s Biggest Afrobeats Festival In Europe!

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One Africa Music Fest Takes Over Wembley Arena On May 13!

Following two Sold Out shows at New York’s Barclays Centre (19,000 capacity) and Houston’s Toyota Center (18,000 capacity), One Africa Music Fest, the World’s Biggest Afrobeats Festival will now debut in the UK at SSE Wembley Arena.

One Africa Music Fest USA saw huge performances by Wizkid, Dbanj, Jidenna, Flavour and Seun Kuti, and was attended by US celebrities Swizz Beatz, DJ Ebro, Lil Mama, Angela Simmons and more. The event was also streamed live on Tidal and supported by Hot 97 radio, VIBE Magazine and Okayafrica.

The London extravaganza on the 13th of May, with the weight of Global Radio’s Capital Xtra, will be the first Afrobeats event of this magnitude in Europe. It will feature a line-up of Africa’s most renowned artists, such as Roc Nation’s Tiwa Savage, Nigeria’s biggest pop duo P-Square, Sony Music’s Davido and fellow label-mate Tekno dubbed the ‘golden boy of Afrobeats’; Tanzanian superstar Alikiba and pan-African stars Awilo Longomba and Cassper Nyovest; and will be hosted by Nigerian singer/actor Banky W and Capital Xtra’s Abrantee Boateng as the official UK DJ.

One Africa Music Fest has rapidly become the seminal platform to showcase African music and culture to mainstream and diaspora audiences across the world.

The event brought to you by Paul O, CEO of Upfront and Personal Global Management Consultants (UPGMC), plans to continue to share the vision to unite and showcase Africa worldwide.

“It’s imperative that we continue to show the world what the continent of Africa is truly about. We are pioneers in the musical sounds and styles that the commercial industry are now sampling and it’s fantastic that we can finally exhibit this on a global scale”.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP:

Davido // Tekno // P-Square // Tiwa Savage // Olamide // Cassper Nyovest // Alikiba // Flavour N’abania // Phyno // M.I // 9ice // Efya // Awilo Longomba // Falz // Victoria Kimani

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‘Bale Not That Great A Player’

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Republic of Ireland legend John Giles believes Gareth Bale is not that great a player and without him Wales would be very average.

Republic of Ireland play Wales in a world cup qualifying match on Friday. They’re top of the table and four points clear of Wales, who are third on the group.

Giles believes Bale needs to play on a team that doesn’t have Ronaldo, before he can be considered a great player.

“Bale has a bit to go before I would call him a great player,” said Giles. “It seems to me that he needs to get away from Ronaldo to make the final step.

“I really like Gareth Bale, first as a player and secondly as a human being.

“I don’t know him but everything I’ve seen leads me to think he’s a good lad with very few airs and graces and he remains rooted in his family and friends back in Wales.

“While Ronaldo, with all his money and medals, still feels the need to show off, still stands on the tips of his toes to make himself big in team photos, Bale gets on with his work and plays for the team.

“Wales has been a great outlet for Bale and we have seen by the way he leads the team that he has a genuine passion and delight in playing for his country.

“I don’t buy the idea that Wales are a decent team without him. They have Aaron Ramsey who thinks he’s a great player but isn’t. Without Bale, they would be very average.”

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The Lagos Polo Club President’s Cup Officially Kicks Off Today

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The highly anticipated tournament of the year officially kicks off today at the Lagos Polo Club.

Eight (8) teams have been selected to compete in the 2017 edition of the Lagos Polo Club President’s Cup. 

The teams include Dangote, Ogunbanjo, Akinrele, Amusan, Raccah, Katsina, Akinkugbe and Oshogwemoh.

Each Team will play 2 Group matches in their respective Leagues.

At the end of the Group matches the teams will be ranked in their respective Leagues with the winners and Runners Up in each league playing in the finals and subsidiary finals of the President’s Cup on Sunday, 26th March 2017.

Be sure to visit the Lagos Polo Club to watch the best players compete for the prestigious President’s Cup!

Date: Friday, 24th March 2017 – Sunday, 26th March 2017

Time: From 2.00pm daily

Venue: 1, Polo Club Road, SW Ikoyi, Lagos.

The event is sponsored by GTBank and Veuve Clicquot.

See Schedule of Play below:

DATE TIME MATCH
FRIDAY 24TH MARCH 2017 2:30 PM DANGOTE

VS

OGUNBANJO

3:30 PM AKINRELE

VS

AMUSAN

4:30 PM

RACCAH

VS

KATSINA

5:30 PM

AKINKUGBE

VS

OSHOGWEMOH

SATURDAY 25TH MARCH 2017 2:30 PM

AKINKUGBE

VS

RACCAH

3:30 PM

OSHOGWEMOH

VS

KATSINA

4:30 PM

 

AKINRELE

VS

DANGOTE

5:30 PM

AMUSAN

VS

OGUNBANJO

 

 

 

SUNDAY 26TH MARCH 2017

 

4 PM

SUBSIDIARY FINAL

RUNNERS UP L1

VS

RUNNERS UP L2

5 PM

FINAL

WINNERS L1

VS

WINNERS L2

Lagos Polo Club President’s Cup, Dangote, Ogunbanjo, Akinrele, Amusan, Raccah, Katsina, Akinkugbe, Oshogwemoh

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Gov Ambode Promises To Revamp The National Art Theatre As Lagos Hosts AMAA 2017

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has promised that his government would embark on a total revamping of the National Arts Theatre in Iganmu, by April, in time for the 2017 Africa Movies Academic Awards (AMAA) ceremony holding in the state later in the year.

National Arts Theatre, Lagos

National Arts Theatre, Lagos

The 13th edition of the prestigious event, popularly referred to as AMAA awards, is expected to hold in the “Centre of Excellence” on June 3, 2017, as part of efforts to celebrate “Lagos at 50.”

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Mr. Ambode, who spoke when he played host to officials of AMAA led by its President, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe at the Lagos House, Ikeja, expressed optimism that the plan to upgrade the theatre to world class standard would serve as a viable venue for the AMAA event when completed.

“I want to also say that I am very particular about the venue of the AMAA, so we would use everything possible to make sure that the National Arts Theatre is ready. We are in a process and before the month ends, we should have something to start doing within the first week of April to getting the whole place ready,” he said.

Alluding to the fact that Lagos would turn 50 by May 27, the governor said that the hosting of the AMAA event in Lagos would add more glamour to the celebration of the state’s Golden Jubilee and showcase its hospitality to the continent and the world at large.

“This is a very historic moment for us in Lagos. In 2017 we are celebrating the existence of Lagos for 50 years. If you look at the calendar, you would wonder in what ways and manner can we celebrate Lagos?

“Without your sector, there is no Lagos. So, when we say 50 years, we are talking about 50 years of history, so somebody documents it, somebody dramatizes it, and then somebody keeps it, so that those who are yet unborn would see it, so even when we are not there, it would be displayed through your creative talents,” he said.

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Crolla: The Fans Will Energize Me

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Anthony Crolla made weight for his fight against Jorge Linares and the Mancunian has vowed to feed off his supporters to get the win.

Crolla is facing Linares in a rematch of their first fight, which ended in a points win for Linares at the Manchester Arena.

Both boxers weighed in at 9st 8lbs 4Oz, which is under the lightweight limit at the weigh-in for their WBA lightweight title fight rematch on Saturday.

The British boxer is out to avenge his defeat to Linares last September and is hoping to feed off the support of his home fans.

“I’m going to feed off this energy, feed off the crowd tomorrow night,” Crolla told Sky Sports News HQ. “If I let it get to me emotions and start playing on that against a sharp counter puncher like Linares, it’s a dangerous thing to do.

“I’m going to feed off that in the right way and use it to spur me on, to get me over the line, to make sure the titles stay here in Manchester.”

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Joshua: Crolla Has My Support

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Anthony Joshua is backing Anthony Crolla to beat Jorge Linares and reclaim his title in the rematch on Saturday.

Linares emerged victorious in their first encounter, winning the WBA lightweight belt on points at the Manchester Arena.

And Crolla who is hoping to bounce back better has vowed to come out on top at the site of his loss to the Venezuelan boxer.

IBF world champion Joshua enjoyed the first fight and thinks Crolla can emerge victorious this time around.

“First fight, phenomenal,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “Jorge Linares, phenomenal fighter. ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla, phenomenal fighter.

“I like them but I am going with the hometown fighter. Crolla, you are doing it for all of us and I wish you the best of luck.”

“Everyone on the undercard too, I hope you shine through,” he added.

“Lawrence Okolie (who makes his pro debut), I am watching you bring that sauce!

“Have a good fight, enjoy it and I hope you get a victory.”

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Buhari Approves Appointment Of New Executives For Nigeria’s Bank of Agriculture

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the appointment of new executives for the Bank of Agriculture.

The announcement was made in a statement issued by Blessing Lere-Adams, Deputy Director of Information at the agriculture ministry.

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According to the statement, the new heads include an interim managing director and other executive directors.

The statement informed also that the appointment was as a result of the Federal Government’s determination to reposition the Bank of Agriculture to be a more efficient and result oriented institution.

The appointed heads, according to the statement, include:

  • Kabiru Mohammed as interim MD/CEO;
  • Prince Akenzua (South-South), Executive Director, Corporate Finance;
  • Okenwa Gabriel (South-East), Executive Director, Partnerships and Strategy;
  • Ameh Owoicho (North-Central), Executive Director, Credit and Empowerment;
  • Bode Abikoye (South-West) Executive Director, Credit and Empowerment.

She said that the appointments would support the Buhari administration in achieving its vision in the agricultural sector, adding that it would promote easy access to funds needed to boost farming across the country.

Mrs. Lere-Adams said: “These appointments are as a result of the Federal Government’s determination to reposition the Bank of Agriculture to be a more efficient and result-oriented institution.”

“The strategic re-positioning of the BoA will enhance farmers’ access to agricultural funds that will be profitable for large and small-scale players.

“This is because the availability of funds will no doubt increase production, which will eventually result in self-sufficiency.”

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Nainggolan: Bring Me The Sun, And I’ll Join Chelsea

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Roma midfielder, Radja Nainggolan has revealed that he had talks with Chelsea about a possible transfer last summer, but opted to stay in Italy.

The Belgium international has long been a target for Chelsea , who even though they have a number of midfielders on the books, are still keen on signing the enforcer.

Antonio Conte was quite interested in bringing Nainggolan to the EPL and even though he rejected the opportunity, he says joining is still a possibility.

“Yes, I talked to him,” Nainggolan said from Belgium’s 2018 World Cup qualifying training base.

“They were really interested and wanted me. That’s all I can say.

“Bring me the sun and I’ll come.”

He added: “I watch the Premier League a lot. A lot of my international teammates play there.

“I think it’s the best league in the world. When the transfer market opens, we’ll talk about it again.”

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Godin, Says Neymar Makes The Difference

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Uruguay captain Diego Godin believes no matter the tactics the opposition use, Neymar will always try to be effective.

Brazil emerged 4-1 winners as they continue their dominance in the CONMEBOL world cup qualifying group stage.

Neymar scored a lob and Paulinho’s hattrick cancelled out Cavani’s opener in the win. Godin would not blame his defensive colleagues for the loss.

“I think we defended really well,” he told reporters. “They really gave their 100 per cent, they handled it really well.

“It’s true that Neymar really makes a difference. It doesn’t matter if you have one or two players going at him, he makes a difference.

“He makes that at every game, in Barcelona also, never mind what tactic you use. It’s his virtue and the [Brazil] team was strong.

“We did what we expected, what we were asked to do and we couldn’t make anything out of it.”

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Is Kendrick Lamar Taking Aim At Trump, Drake In New Song ‘The Heart Part 4’?

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Kendrick Lamar on Thursday night released a new song called “The Heart Part 4”, which is currently on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.

The new track, which is serving as a sequel to the ‘Heart’ demo tracks he ‘put out before his studio albums’, is a continuation of an ongoing series spanning his discography.

In the new song, Lamar starts off rapping about his success and traveling “round the atlas in this spaceship candy-coated,” but, about halfway through the song that lasts nearly five minutes, his rhymes turn political.

He then launched a dig at the US President Donald Trump, saying:

“Donald Trump is a chump, know how we feel, punk / Tell ’em that God comin’ / And Russia need a replay button, y’all up to somethin’ / Electorial votes look like memorial votes / But America’s truth ain’t ignorin’ the votes / It’s blasphemy, how many gon’ blast for me? / I prophesied on my last song, you laughed at me / Oh when the shit get brackin’, don’t you ask for me / How many leaders gon’ tell you the truth after me?”

Kendrick potentially dissed Drake with an apparent reworking of his ‘Pound Cake’ lyrics:

“Tables turn, lesson learned, my best look / You jumped sides on me, now you ’bout to meet Westbrook / Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you / Just know the next game played, I might slap the shit out you / Technical foul, I’m flagrant, I’m fouled / They throwin’ me out, you throwin’ the towel”

Kendrick recently spoke about a forthcoming record earlier this month, saying:

“My focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork.

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Chimamanda Adichie Named Among 50 Greatest World Leaders In 2017

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Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, has been named amongst the 50 greatest world leaders in the 2017 Fortune magazine ranking.

The Half of a Yellow Sun writer was ranked number 42 on the list with Chicago Cubs baseball team president Theo Epstein at number one.

“I Would Be More Successful In Nigeria If Not For Feminism” – Chimamanda Adichie

Business mogul, Jack Ma, of AliBaba group of companies appears at number two and Catholic leader Pope Francis is in third place for his social integration projects as a clergy.

Melinda Gates is number four in recognition of the impact of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which she co-chairs.

The list also features celebrated basketball player, LeBron James at 11, comedienne Samantha Bee at 19.

Colombian music superstar, Shakira, is at 27 for her philanthropic work through her Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) school foundation.

Just outside of the top five is Ava DuVernay recognized for her directorial work in Academy Award winning film, Selma and her forthcoming Disney adaptation, A Wrinkle in Time.

Adichie Becomes Second Nigerian To Join American Academy Of Arts And Letters After Soyinka

Chance the Rapper checks in at number 46, the 23-year-old hip-hop star is commended for his willingness to remain an independent artist and release his music for free and his education philanthropy in his Illinois, Chicago hometown.

Adichie’s book ‘Americanah’ recently won the “One Book, One New York” campaign from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in partnership with BuzzFeed.

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Alli Banned For Three Matches For Horror Europa Tackle

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Tottenham’s Dele Alli has been hit with a three-match ban for the red card he got against Gent for a horror tackle.

The midfielder was dismissed for a lunging tackle on Dejaegere, in the first half of their last-32 clash.

Alli lost possession of the ball, before planting his foot below Dejaegere’s knee. Tottenham played 2-2 in the encounter.

Referee Manuel De Sousa had no choice but to hand him a red card. Tottenham crashed out of the competition 3-2 on aggregate.

UEFA have now handed Alli a punishment of three matches on the sidelines in European football.

Spurs are on a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions, with their last defeat having come in the away leg of their Europa League tie with Gent.

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Naira Now Trades At ₦380/$ From ₦525/$ ‘A Month Ago’ As CBN Pumps Another $100M

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The naira has continued to flourish as it sold for between N380 and N385 in Lagos on Thursday, stronger than N399 from the previous day.

ThisDay gathered that currency speculators and others who had stockpiled the greenback have continued to count their losses on Thursday, when the local currency extended its gains on the parallel market and inched closer towards a convergence between the street price for the dollar and the rate offered by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for invisible transactions.

It was gathered that the foreign exchange rate for invisibles has remained at N375 since the CBN announced new policy measures for the FX market a month ago.

Nigeria’s apex bank also sustained its intervention by auctioning an additional $100 million through wholesale FX forwards to banks for onward sale to their customers in all sections of the economy.

Out Of the $100 million offered by the CBN, $91 million was taken up by currency dealers.

Speaking on the development, CBN spokesman Isaac Okorafor said dealers would get value for their respective bids on Friday.

He disclosed that the highest and marginal bid rates were N330/$1 and N320/$1, respectively, adding that no intervention was made by the central bank to meet requests for invisibles on Thursday.

On the parallel market, the nation’s currency has appreciated by 27 per cent, or about N140, from N525 to a dollar a month ago.

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Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) List Of Successful Candidates For Postgraduate Admission 2016/2017

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The list of successful candidates for admission into various postgraduate programmes of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) for the 2016/2017 Academic Session has been published.

NDA Extends Deadline For 69th RC Registration | Announces Cut-Off Marks For Admission [Register Here]

The lists of admitted candidates are contained on the attached pdf document;

Instructions to Admitted Candidates:

  • Collect the admission letters and schedule of fees at the Postgraduate School, NDA Ribadu Campus Kaduna with effect from 6 March 2017
  • Come along with original copies of credentials for screening at the Postgraduate School.
  • Only successfully screened candidates will be allowed to register.
  • Registration for semester courses will start on 8 March 2017 and end on 18 March 2017.
  • Please note that the registration will be done online. Each admitted student will be given his/her username and initial password after screening exercise at the PG School to facilitate the online registration.
  • Students are expected to register online within the period and print-out 2 copies of Course Registration Forms for the PG School and their respective departments.
  • Any student who fails to register within the specified period shall pay late registration fees as may be specified.
  • Lectures commences on 20 March 2017.
  • No student will be allowed to register after 3 weeks of commencement of lectures.

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NDA Notice On Printing Of 69th Regular Course Entrance Examination Venue

This is to inform all prospective candidates for 69th Regular Course admission of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) that the management has directed that the proceed to print their examination venues following the procedure below;

CHOICE OF NDA ENTRANCE EXAMINATION CENTRE

  • Immediately register for 2017 JAMB
  • Log on to the application portal.
  • Input your JAMB registration number.
  • Logout and login again
  • Choose your examination centre.
  • Print the examination card.

Candidates are hereby informed that the window for selection of Exam Centres will be opened from 20 March – 3 April 2017.

No purchase or filling of fresh application form on line beyond 31 March 2017.

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Thiago Alcantara Rules Out Returning To Barcelona

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Thiago Alcantara is not interested in returning to Barcelona, according to sources in Germany.

Recent reports in Spain have linked Barca with a summer move for Thiago, who left the Camp Nou for Bayern Munich in 2013.

However, contrary reports in Germany claim the playmaker has no intention of heading back to the Catalonia is preparing to start contract renewal talks with Bayern.

Thiago, whose current deal at the Allianz Arena expires in 2019, could extend his Bayern stay by a further two years until the summer of 2021.

He has a key role at Bayern, with Carlo Ancelotti playing him even more than Pep Guardiola. Thiago has played 21 of 25 Bundesliga games and 7 of 8 in the Champions League. With Xabi Alonso leaving he will be more vital than ever.

 

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Ryan Sessegnon Fully Committed To Fulham

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Teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon insists he is fully committed to Fulham and hopes to help the club secure promotion back to the Premier League this season.

The 16-year-old has enjoyed superb breakthrough season in the Sky Bet Championship and has cemented himself as manager Slavisa Jokanovic’s first-choice left-back.

Reports have linked Sessegnon with a move away from Craven Cottage, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United mooted as potential suitors.

But, in his first interview with FulhamFCTV, Sessegnon said: “My ambition is to be the best I can be. I am a Fulham player, this is my club, I love being at this club.

“The opportunities I have had this season have been great and on a personal note I just want to help the team gain promotion to the Premier League where we belong.

“I don’t pay too much attention to it [the talk in the press] I just focus on one job and that is playing for Fulham.” 

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Football Papers: All The Laatest Football News And Transfer Rumors This Morning

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  • Real Madrid aim to sign Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.
  • Jose Mourinho is on the brink of landing his top target – Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann – in a deal that could cost Manchester United £86m.
  • Manchester City will bid £40m to try and land Juventus winger Kingsley Coman – currently on loan at Bayern Munich – although the Bundesliga side have an option to make the deal permanent.
  • An Arsenal fan is plotting a sensational crowdfunding campaign to raise £904m to buy the club from owner Stan Kroenke.
  • West Ham are weighing up a raid for Bournemouth’s Josh King in the summer.
  • Norwich want Barnsley’s Paul Heckingbottom to be their new boss.
  • Germany star Lukas Podolski has urged England boss Gareth Southgate to give Wayne Rooney an official Wembley retirement bash.
  • Scotland assistant boss Mark McGhee says Gordon Strachan is ‘desperate’ to stay on as national coach.
  • Manchester City have targeted young France winger Kingsley Coman in a £200m summer rebuild and they are ready to spend around £40m to land the highly rated 20-year-old.
  • Tottenham are willing to listen to offers for Moussa Sissoko less than a year after signing the midfielder from Newcastle for £30m.
  • Manchester United and Liverpool are going head-to-head for Atletico Madrid central defender Jose Gimenez.
  • Arsenal will battle it out with arch-rivals Tottenham in a bid to sign midfielder Leon Goretzka from Schalke.
  • Neymar says he would love the chance to play alongside Philippe Coutinho and feels the Liverpool forward would fit in straight away at Barcelona.
  • Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants to invest in youth this summer and that means Phil Bardsley, Glen Johnson and Charlie Adam could go.
  • Gerard Deulofeu is the latest name on West Ham’s radar ahead of a major summer overhaul at London Stadium.
  • Chris Coleman insists Wales’ World Cup qualifying campaign will be his last.
  • Joe Hart is favourite to captain England against Lithuania.
  • Michy Batshuayi’s agent has refused to rule out the striker leaving Chelsea this summer.
  • Eden Hazard has had a major boost in his battle against a calf strain and is now expected to be fit for Chelsea’s crunch title clash with Manchester City.
  • Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka insists he has no desire to clamp down on his aggressive tackles, despite manager Arsene Wenger urging caution.
  • Liverpool are stepping up their pursuit of Michael Keane after the Burnley defender put in an impressive performance during England’s defeat against Germany.
  • Manchester City have expressed an interest in Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
  • Norwich are set to appoint Huddersfield’s Stuart Webster as their new sporting director.

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