Pepsi’s Back Again With #NoShakinCarryGo – To Dubai

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If you thought you missed out on the freebies during Pepsi’s #NoShakinCarryGo campaign at the BRT terminals and Lekki Toll Gate, dry your eyes because #NoShakinCarryGo is back and Pepsi wants to take you to Dubai! 
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As you can see, Pepsi is gearing to send 10 lucky people on an all expense paid VVIP experience at the 2017 ONE Africa Music Fest in Dubai. This includes getting to hangout with superstars like Wizkid, Tiwa Savage & Davido amongst others.

The One Africa Music Fest is the world’s biggest Afrobeats Festival. Over the years it has brought African flavour to some of the biggest cities in the world including London, New York & Houston, Texas.

This sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity, you definitely want to be a part of. Details for selection haven’t been published yet, so you may want to go turn on post notifications for Pepsi’s social media accounts. 

Instagram: @pepsi_naija
Twitter: @pepsi_naija
Facebook: Pepsi Nigeria

You’re welcome! #NoShakinCarryGo2Dubai

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Daily Roundup :Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Turkey

Fenerbahce are interested in Manchester United defender Daley Blind, and could launch a bid to sign him in January. The versatile Dutchman has struggled for regular football at Old Trafford this season, having played just 270 minutes in the Premier League and could be tempted by a move away. (Hurriyet)

France

PSG will make a move for Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez when his Arsenal contract expires in the summer. PSG star Neymar is reportedly keen to play alongside the Chilean, who came close to leaving the Emirates Stadium in the summer for City.

PSG are keen to offload both Chelsea transfer target Edinson Cavani and Julian Draxler this summer in order to complete the deal. (Le Parisien)

Adrien Rabiot is another player who could be on his way out of the French capital after the PSG midfielder admitted he would “love” to play in the Premier League.

The Arsenal transfer target, 22, has started every match for Unai Emery’s side this season and is under contract until 2019, but indicated he would like to play abroad in the future and admitted he grew up supporting Liverpool. (RMC)

Lucas Moura has been advised by former Chelsea and PSG defender Alex to leave the French club and join Arsenal. The Brazil forward, 25, has found starting opportunities hard to come by at the Parc des Princes this season following the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé.

He has made just two substitute appearances so far and the former Brazil international has urged him to join the Gunners because their technical, passing football would suit his style. (L’Equipe)

Spain

Real Madrid could make a move for Cavani next summer. The 30-year-old scored 49 goals in 50 games last season and was named Ligue 1 Player of the Year. But with PSG eager to avoid potential Financial Fair Play punishment having splashed an enormous amount to bring Neymar to the club in the summer, the Uruguayan could be on the move. (Don Balon)

Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign West Ham target William Carvalho. The 25-year-old Portugal international has been near a Sporting Lisbon exit for some time and his compatriot believes the Santiago Bernabeu is the perfect stage for the next step in his career. (Don Balon)

Italy

Tottenham and Liverpool are both keen on signing Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, who is currently on loan at Valencia. The 24-year-old has impressed so far in Spain and the Premier League pair have sent scouts to keep a close eye on the Frenchman’s progress. (Tuttomercatoweb)

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak top PSG’s wishlist this summer. While Oblak is said to be the number one target, PSG have a strong relationship with Mino Raiola, Donnarumma’s agent.

If Milan fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League, Raiola may try to persuade his client to part ways with the Rossoneri with plenty of clubs aware of his talent. (Calciomercato)

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has revealed that Barcelona wanted to sign him in the summer. The Italy international was linked with a move to the Camp Nou following Neymar’s departure but stayed at the San Paolo, where he has been a key feature for Maurizio Sarri’s table-topping side this season.

Insigne, who insisted he is proud to have stayed at Napoli, did admit that the idea of playing alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez appealed to him. (Rai Sport)

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Carvalho Sentenced To Seven Months In Jail For Tax Fraud

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Former Chelsea and Real Madrid defender, Ricardo Carvalho has been handed a seven-month prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain.

The defender will not be serving any jail term due to Spanish rules, any sentence under two years for non-violent crimes handed to defendants without prior convictions are suspended.

Carvalho still plays professionally for Shanghai SIPG admitted to tax evasion relating to image rights in 2011 and 2012 and paid it in full. And a fine of €142,882.

Prosecutors had argued for a 12-month sentence and a larger fine of €300,000.

Carvalho’s former clubs also include Porto and Monaco, while he won Euro 2016 with Portugal at international level last year.

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Football Papers :All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Tottenham defender Serge Aurier is on the same level as Paris Saint-Germain’s Dani Alves, according to the Ivorian’s former teammate Thomas Meunier.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes that Anthony Martial is “far better” than he was at 21 years of age.
Toby Alderweireld says he is happy at Tottenham, but revealed the club have not yet handed him a new deal.
Lucas Moura has been advised to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Arsenal in January by former Chelsea defender Alex.
England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd says Nigeria could still be trying to take his top talent.
Chelsea hope to double their revenue to more than £650million within the next decade, according to the club’s recently appointed commercial director.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is the best “target man” in the world, according to former team-mate Younes Belhanda.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Divock Origi believes he’s already getting his rhythm back after his deadline day loan move to Wolfsburg.
Liverpool youngsters Dominic Solanke and Sheyi Ojo could become embroiled in an international tug-of-war with England and Nigeria vying for their services.
Roberto Firmino and Ben Woodburn are set to be offered new long-term contracts

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United are one of only three clubs Mesut Ozil would consider joining, according to reports.
Shaka Hislop reckons in demand Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini will sign for Manchester United.
Alexis Sanchez has ‘no intention’ of staying at Arsenal, and Manchester City are in pole position.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Paul Dummett will not return to action for Newcastle United until after the next international break at the earliest and they could sign a left-back in January.
Jonjo Shelvey has broken a finger in training – but the Newcastle United midfielder will be fit to play Southampton with a cast on his hand.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Birmingham City club captain Paul Robinson felt disrespected when he was told to train with the club’s Under 23s by the last management team.

EXPRESS & STAR
Wolves haven’t ruled out making permanent moves for any of their five loan stars, sporting director Kevin Thelwell has suggested.
West Brom’s new signings have shaken up the first-team squad, but that has not stopped them gelling with their new team-mates according to assistant head coach Ben Garner.

KENT ONLINE
Fulham and Crystal Palace tracking Lex Allan, who plays for Bostik League South team Sittingbourne.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Adrien Silva was free to train with his Leicester City team-mates for the first time today.

THE BOLTON NEWS
Ken Anderson has put up a ‘for sale’ sign at Wanderers, with the bidding starting at £25million.

IPSWICH STAR
Mick McCarthy believes he has assembled the best squad of his near five-year tenure as Ipswich Town manager and is looking forward to having a few selection headaches after this weekend’s international break.

THE PINK UN
Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber insists Grant Hanley’s signing was not a panic measure after a rocky Championship start.

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Ighalo Optimistic Of Zambia Win

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Odion Ighalo is brimming with optimism ahead of Nigeria’s important Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Zambia.

Victory for Gernot Rohr’s side against the Chipolopolo on Saturday will secure a spot for the Super Eagles at Russia.

And Ighalo, 28, who will be the front man for the Super Eagles is optimistic about a victory in Uyo.

“I am expecting a tough game on Saturday but with hard work, determination and mostly, by the grace of God, we are going to win,” Ighalo told NFF.

“We will qualify for the World Cup. We have what it takes.”

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PSG Meet With UEFA To Discuss Financial Fair Play Regulations

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UEFA has confirmed that PSG officials met with European football’s governing body on Thursday to discuss how the club intend to respect its financial fair play regulations, according to ESPN

UEFA launched a formal investigation into PSG last month after the Ligue 1 leaders struck two deals worth over €400 million during the summer transfer window to recruit Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

L’Equipe reported on Thursday that several PSG directors had attended a meeting earlier that day at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

And the governing body told ESPN FC on Friday that its Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), which oversees club licensing and FFP regulations, had met with representatives of PSG.

“The CFCB investigatory chamber had a routine meeting as part of the ongoing investigation with a delegation from PSG yesterday afternoon,” a UEFA spokesperson confirmed via email.

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Luis Suarez To Undergo Knee Surgery

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Luis Suarez will reportedly undergo surgery in November to remove a synovial cyst from his right knee.

Luis Suarez has struggled to find his best form in the early stages of the 2017-18 campaign – managing just two goals in six appearances for Barcelona.

The problem with Suarez’s right knee is understood to have become particularly troublesome in recent weeks, and according to Diario Sport, Barcelona are keen for their centre-forward to have surgery in November.

The report claims that Barcelona want the former Liverpool forward to go under the knife at the start of next month, meaning that he could only potentially miss one club match due to the scheduled international break

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Playing In Bolivia Was “Inhumane” – Neymar

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Neymar has blasted the conditions that Brazil faced during their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Bolivia on Thursday night.

Brazil, who have already booked their spot at next summer’s tournament, played out a goalless draw with Bolivia at the Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz.

The Brazilian players needed oxygen masks at full time of the match, which took place almost 12,000 feet above sea level.

Neymar, who played the full 90 minutes of the South American clash, posted on Instagram: “Inhuman to play in such conditions, field, altitude, ball… everything bad. But we were happy for the performance of the team even with these conditions.”

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Andres Iniesta Signs Lifetime Contract With Barcelona

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Andres Iniesta have agreed to a deal that will keep the midfielder at Barcelona for the remainder of his career.

Andres Iniesta’s new contract is a deal “for life”, according to the club.

Iniesta is a one man club having just played for Barcelona – winning eight La Liga titles and the Champions League four times.

A club statement said: “Andres Iniesta signed a lifetime contract with FC Barcelona on Friday, in a deal that will keep him at the club for the rest of his career.”

‘Today is a very special day for me, one of many here for the simple fact I’m continuing at this place which is my home, which means I can continue to aspire to win things for this club, my club,’ Iniesta said on Friday after signing the new deal.

‘This is the club where I grew up and evolved and I feel privileged to be its captain.’

The deal, which has no expiry date, allows Iniesta to decide of his own accord when he will stop playing for Barca and gives him the opportunity to remain with the club in another capacity when he decides to hang up his boots.

‘After 118 years of history this is the first time the club has given someone a contract for life, this is an exceptional contract for an exceptional player,’ Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said.

‘Andres Iniesta has been part of this club since 2002 and won so many things. This golden era needs to continue and that’s why we’ve signed this deal. This is a deal that will delight all Barca fans and will be a reference for future players. We’ve always said: look up to Andres, not just his talent or style of play but his way of being.’

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Pascal Chimbonda Joins Non-league Club Washington FC

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Pascal Chimbonda has signed for Northern League Division One team Washington.

“To bring somebody of Pascal’s calibre is brilliant for the club, the players, staff and town,” manager James Clark said.

The 38-year-old former Tottenham and QPR player has one France cap to his name.

Washington finished 19th in the Northern League Division One – level nine of the football pyramid – last season.

Pascal Chimbonda has also turned out for the likes of Wigan Athletic, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, Queens Park Rangers and Doncaster Rovers during a well-travelled career.

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Bayern Munich Appoint Jupp Heynckes As Manager Until The End Of The Season

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Bayern Munich have appointed Jupp Heynckes as head coach.

Jupp Heynckes retired from football altogether following the 2012/13 season, in which he led Bayern Munich to an unprecedented treble of Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League titles.

That haul also helped him scoop the FIFA World Coach of the Year award in 2013.

Former manager Carlo Ancelotti was relieved of his duties in the wake of Bayern’s disappointing start to the current campaign, with a 3-0 defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League proving to be the final straw for the club’s hierarchy.

Assistant coach Willy Sagnol took over the reins of first-team for Matchday 7, a 2-2 draw away to Hertha Berlin that leaves them five points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

This will be Heynckes’ fourth spell at the club, having previously been at the helm from 1987-1991, for a five-game spell in 2009, and again from 2011-2013.

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Monkey Pox Outbreak: Stay Away From Bushmeat – Federal Ministry Of Health

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The Federal Ministry of Health has advised Nigerians to stay away from eating bushmeat and monkeys as doing so would be at the risk of contracting the Monkey Pox disease.

No fewer than 10 persons have reportedly been quarantined in Bayelsa as a result of the virus. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this in a statement which was read by the Director, Media and Public Relations in the ministry, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Thursday.

He said the disease neither had a cure nor a vaccine, noting, however, that there was no cause for alarm as it was mild.

Part of the statement read, “He (Adewole) said the virus was mild and there was no known treatment and no preventive vaccines, hence the public should be at alert and avoid crowded places as much as possible. He advised the public to avoid eating dead animals, bushmeat and particularly bush monkeys.”

The minister also revealed that test samples had been sent to the World Health Organisation (laboratory) in Senegal but the result was still being awaited.

Speaking on the symptoms, he added that Nigerians who had symptoms of fever, back pain and rashes resembling chicken pox, should report to the hospital. The statement added, “The symptoms include headache, fever, back pains and in advanced cases, rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox.”

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Win Big this Felabration Season! Download the ‘Felabration 2017’ playlist on Boomplay Music & win itel smartphones & BoomBuddy Essentials!

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It’s the 20th anniversary of the death of the Afrobeats legend, FELA Anikulapo Kuti and this edition of Felabration tagged ‘The Prophecy’!

Boomplay Music, the fastest growing music streaming and download service in Africa, has teamed up with Felabration to celebrate and remember ‘Abami Eda’ and once again, launched the #BoomFelabration campaign!

20 lucky winners will win big this Felabration season – 5 winners will win the compact, sleek & user-friendly itel A31 smartphones and 15 others will win bags of BoomBuddy Essentials.

Here’s all you have to do to stand a chance:

  1. Download the ‘Felabration 2017’ playlist on Boomplay Music (App available in Google Play store)

  2. Drop your best-loved Fela songs in the comments section of the playlist

Offer available till October 19, 2017

20 lucky winners will be selected at random from the comments section of the playlist in the Boomplay Music app.

Important Notice:

  1. Verification of playlist download will be done before selecting winners.

  2. Playlist must be downloaded within the stipulated start (October 4,2017) and end date(October 19, 2017).

For more information, Click here

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NNPC Scandal: Curiosity As Buhari, Kachikwu Closed Door Meeting Ends

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There was a show of curiosity among pressmen on Friday at the end of the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State For petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu.

The apparently looking journalists were said to be interested in the outcome of the meeting between the president and the minister.

NNPC Scandal: Buhari Close Door Meeting With Kachikwu Over

Ibe Kachikwu arrives Presidential Villa for a meeting with Buhari Photo: Sahara Reporters

It was learnt that the two men were expected to discuss the minister’s memo to the president, in which he accused the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, of corruption.

In the petition, Kachikwu had alleged that Baru was sidelining him and the NNPC board from important decisions affecting the corporation.

Kachikwu had also accused Baru of insubordination, claiming he awarded contracts without due process.

He had in the memo said: “That you save the office of the Minister of State from further humiliation and disrespect by compelling all parastatals to submit to oversight regulatory mandate and proper supervision which I am supposed to manage on your behalf.

“You kindly instruct the GMD to effectively leave NNPC to run as a proper institution and report along due process lines to the Board and that Your Excellency instructs that all reviews be done with the Minister of State prior to your decision.

“That to set the right examples, you approve that the recently announced reorganisation changes be suspended until the GMD, myself and the board have made relevant input to same.”

360nobs had earlier reported that the meeting is expected to start past 11 a.m.

However, after the meeting, it was gathered that Mr. Kachikwu declined to speak to journalists at the presidential villa.

As soon as the minister emerged from the meeting at about 12:45 p.m., he was asked by several journalists what they discussed.

Mr. Kachikwu simply said “no comment” before leaving the premises.

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Latasha Ngwube’s #AboutThatCurvyLife Collective Set To Make History Again At Glitz Africa Fashion Week 2017

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In 2016, Latasha Ngwube’s Aboutthatcurvylife.com (ATCL) made history at Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week, as the #ATCL Collective presented plus-size models that stormed the runway rocking clothes from five designers showcasing plus-size collections in a
defiant celebration of all things curvy.

And now, ATCL is about to make history again at Glitz Africa Fashion Week 2017, which is taking place in Accra, Ghana from October 5th – October 8th. The ATCL Collective will be presenting three Nigerian brands – one menswear and two womenswear. This will be the first ever inclusion of plus-size fashion apparel in the history of Glitz Africa Fashion Week.

The designers curated for the Aboutthatcurvylife Collective include: Abaya Lagos by Salihat (womenswear), Nori Clothing (womenswear) and Assian (menswear). Each of these brands have carved a unique niche for themselves as true body positive champions that understand the need for fashion and style at all sizes. It was on this basis that Aboutthatcurvylife.com’s founder, Latasha Ngwube chose them. They in turn have communicated their enthusiasm for the opportunity to showcase their brands at Glitz Africa Fashion Week 2017.

Glitz Africa Fashion Week

Latasha Ngwube

The ATCL Collective is showing on Saturday the 7th of October at Glitz Africa Fashion Week’s runway in Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra, Ghana.

We are also pleased to announce the first ever ATCL Collective ambassadors, Anita Matey (Ghanaian NY-based plus size fashion blogger,
women’s advocate, and creator of Foreign Curves blog) and AJ Sarpong (Ghanaian Media personality). We chose these two individuals because they share similar goals with us – using our platforms to spread messages of body positivity through creative forms of expression.

Glitz Africa Fashion Week

Anita Matey

Anita, who will be leading the ATCL Collective online campaign for the duration of the event says, “I am so thrilled to know that Aboutthatcurvylife collective is going to be a part of Glitz Fashion week. It’s historic for me to even be able to witness this while in Brooklyn, that plus size women, plus size fashion is now being recognized and taken seriously in the African fashion industry. It only goes up from here and now I’m even more eager to see what the African fashion industry has in store for the future now that it’s size inclusive!!!!”

Glitz Africa Fashion Week

AJ Sarpong

AJ will not only serve as an ambassador, she will also be one of the models on the runway during the ATCL Collective showcase. Speaking on her involvement, she says “I’m beyond excited about the AboutthatCurvylife Collective showcase at Glitz Africa because it is set to change the narrative about owning our Curves in Fashion. It’s time to celebrate our Curves for what they are beautiful, desirable and alluring!”

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CBN Is Not Illegally Printing Money To Support FG – VP Osinbajo

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The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has dismissed the rumors that have been circulating recently claiming that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, was printing money to support the Federal Government.

The question was directed at the Vice President at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue in Abuja, and he described the claim as completely “absurd”. Osinbajo, however, acknowledged that the CBN had intervened in the agricultural sector, but noted that the measure was not illegal and the amount expended was not significant.

A member of the CBN’s monetary policy committee, MPC, was quoted in a leaked minutes of meeting as saying the apex bank was providing a “piggy bank” service to the federal government.

Osinbajo replied “That is certainly false. I think it is very sad that this is being circulated. I think the whole idea that that the CBN is printing money to support government is completely absurd. And the context on which it was accredited to the person I think it was completely misunderstood.”

“If you look at our M1, M2, the amount of money being circulated is within appropriate limits. And inflation has continued to go down month by month. Honestly, if there is money out there way beyond limit then we should expect that inflation will begin to go up. But that is not the case. Of course, there has been a firm-up on government borrowing and that is significant and we have been very upfront about what we are doing.”

“The DMO (Debt Management Office) is required to publish the debt profile of government regularly and only three weeks ago the last debt profile was published. The government has largely funded its activities through the treasury bills.”

“There is no law that says the CBN should not intervene in agriculture. I personally believe that interventions are important especially in areas that government has funds. But how much has CBN expended? So far on the anchors borrowers programme (ABP), it has expended N52 billion and that is not a significant amount of money. The budget is about N7 trillion.”

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Ezenwa: I’ll Make Use Of Zambia Opportunity

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Ikechukwu Ezenwa is prepared to prove himself worthy once again, if he is picked to represent Nigeria against Zambia.

The FC IfeanyiUbah goalie is competing for a starting spot with Daniel Akpeyi for the crucial match against Zambia on Saturday.

Ezenwa, has promised to give his all for Nigeria , if he is selected to face the Chipolopolo.

“The game against Zambia is not an easy task and my focus is on that game and I’d be glad if an opportunity will be given to me prove myself again against Zambia,” Ezenwa told Goal.

“I think I’m going to make good use of it.”

The FC IfeanyiUbah goalie won rave reviews for his outstanding showing in a tie Nigeria ran out 4-0 victors to bolster their chances of World Cup qualification.

And the goalie opens up on how he had to cope having to watch others play ahead of him, saying: “[It’s] nothing much. It’s all about football and sometimes it happens.

“At my club [FC IfeanyiUbah] I’ve been playing and other goalkeepers are understudying me.

“So, I’ve been with the national team for the past two years, I kept understudying the ones that are playing, wishing them well, waiting for my own time to come and I think the most important thing is when you time comes make good use of it and I think when the opportunity came I think I made good use of it.

“That’s the most important thing.

“Presently, the focus is for us to qualify for World Cup in Russia 2018 so when we qualify, every other thing will come up,” he concluded.

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N919m Fraud: Nigeria’s Health Minister Extends NHIS Chief’s Suspension Indefinitely

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The suspension slammed on the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof Usman Yusuf, has been extended indefinitely by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.

In a memo with reference number HMH/ABJ/032/Vol.XII/29 which was dated October 5, 2017, the minister informed Yusuf that his suspension which began in July, would continue until the President acted on the report.

ALSO READ: Health Minister Wields The Big Stick, Suspends 8 Top NHIS Officials

Mr. Yusuf has been on three months suspension since July 6, based on the directive of the health minister to allow for fair and uninterrupted investigation of the various allegations levied against the NHIS boss.

While suspending the NHIS Chief, Adewole had set up a committee to investigate him with respect to the fraud charges leveled against him in a series of petitions.

Nigeria Suspends NHIS Chief For Buying N58m SUV | Suspended Chief Yet To Hand Over

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who was the acting President at the time had approved the investigation on Yusuf.

The committee set up by the minister, however, found that fraud to the tune of N919m allegedly took place under Yusuf who had spent less than a year in office.

NHIS Executive Secretary Defies Health Minister, Rejects Suspension

According to Mr. Adewole, the committee found Mr. Yusuf “culpable in many areas” of his performance. The report was then sent to the President on September 4.

 “I am further extending your suspension from office pending the decision of President Buhari,” the minister said.

See document below:

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Sampaoli Confident Of World Cup Qualification

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Jorge Sampaoli is certain of Argentina qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite their goalless draw against Peru.

Messi was golden in the match, but Argentina could not penetrate Peru, as the match ended in a stalemate.

The result means Argentina sits sixth on the table, outside of CONMEBOL qualification spot . But Sampaoli is confident of qualifying, as they play Ecuador next and Colombia face Peru, who are fourth and fifth respectively.

“I am still confident that we will be at the World Cup,” he told a news conference.

“Today was a very good game. We just missed a goal. I am very hopeful and excited about what is coming.

“The team never gave up, put in a huge effort and deserved another result.”

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Ibe Kachikwu’s NNPC Scandal Proves Abami Eda Truly Lives On

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Ibe Kachikwu’s NNPC Scandal Proves Abami Eda Truly Lives On By Anthony Ademiluyi

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The Afrobeat Maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was synonymous with the fight against the hydra-headed monster of corruption using the instrumentality of music. Asserting himself with pristine authority on the stage, he railed against the ills of the society in a manner that his message has now become evergreen and earned him the status of a modern day, African Nostradamus.

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

In one of his hit songs directed against the then Olusegun Obasanjo led military administration, he blasted the then Petroleum Minister, Colonel Muhammadu Buhari as he then was for the disappearance of 2.8 billion naira of the nation’s oil revenue. Let’s recall that at the time the naira was at par with the British pound and had much more value than the American dollar so that sum was rather humongous. He also drew attention to the futility of probe panels whose sittings at taxpayers’ expense never resolved the puzzles. The whereabout of the 2.8 billion naira remained unresolved till date in the manner reminiscent of VIP murders in the country.

NNPC Crisis: Buhari To Meet With Kachikwu On Friday

Dr Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum raised an alarm at his sidelining in the affairs of the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru. He went on to allege that the latter awarded a whopping $26 billion juicy contract without following due process. Kachikwu, the hitherto egg head groomed by Harvard University has been rendered so in effete that he has been allegedly denied access to Buhari since his return from his medical vacation in England. He also went on to say that many important appointments were made without consultation with the board. He heard about them like every other Nigerian. The GMD hardly attends board meetings and he has entrenched a culture of fear in the parastatal that lays the golden egg.

So many issues arise from this Kachikwu scream.

Baru is accountable to Buhari who doubles as Petroleum Minister and the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari who is also a member of the NNPC board. Could he have awarded such a huge contract unilaterally? Is he the sole signatory to NNPC contracts?

Could it be possible that Buhari is in the know? Could Kachikwu be held in contempt as he comes from a less favoured tribe? Let’s look at the way and manner he was removed as the helmsman of the NNPC last year to pave way for the surreptitious northern agenda. Is he just being tolerated for the sake of the now much discredited federal character?

Kachikwu Writes Buhari; Accuses NNPC GMD Baru Of Insubordination

Why is there a conspiratorial silence from the Presidency on this matter since Baru is an appointee of the President? The administration came to power on the wavecrest of the change slogan which promised to be a departure from the old order of corruption and impunity, why hasn’t Baru been asked to publicly state his side of the story in a government that claims to have zero tolerance for corruption?

Why is there a sense of dejavu that Buhari is the petroleum minister now that $26 billion has been allegedly mismanaged? Fela’s gift for prophecy seems to be sealed here. It is also coincidental that this year marks the twentieth anniversary of his departure from mother earth.

The fight against corruption has become a gargantuan joke as no single successful prosecution has been recorded so far. The Babachir Lawal and Ayodele Oke’s alleged corruption saga still remain puzzles with no prosecutions or the cases even being conclusive yet. The wave of the public opinion is fast swinging against the idea that Buhari is incorruptible with disillusion fast setting in. Some of his critics even went as far as vehemently criticizing his time as Chairman of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund and one wonders why his handling of the petroleum sector always tends to raise a lot of dust.

It is commendable that the Senate has risen up to the occasion by inaugurating a committee to probe the allegations raised by Kachikwu headed by former Sokoto State Governor, Senator Aliyu Wamakko. While the act is cheering news, we hope that the recommendations see the light of day as many probe committees just make a lot of noise with no results at the end of the day. We remember with the power probe committee headed by Hon Ndudi Elumelu which revealed the mind-boggling corruption in that sector but at the end of the day, the hunter became the hunted as the former reps member and some committee members were equally accused of corruption with their cases inconclusive.

Senate Probes NNPC GMD Baru Over Kachikwu’s Allegations

Buhari must rise up with precision and deal ruthlessly with these heart-wrenching corruption allegations and Baru shouldn’t be spared if found culpable.

In line with the whistleblower policy, we watch with bated breath if Kachikwu would indeed be a recipient.

This piece was written by Anthony Aemiluyi. 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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Tabarez: Uruguay Still In A Good Position To Qualify

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Uruguay head coach , Oscar Tabarez is satisfied with the position of his side, after their stalemate against Venezuela.

Uruguay lacked their usual bite in attack, and produced a limp display in San Cristobal and had to settle for a goalless draw.

Uruguay currently sit second on the table and Tabarez is pleased with their position ahead of their final match against Bolivia.

“We are in a home game to get what we want, which is to go to Russia,” Tabarez said.

“We came here to try to win,” he said. “I’ve had four campaigns already, I never went to draw a match.

“A 0-0 leaves us with possibilities and that is important.

“Without playing well according to the potential we have, in the end we generated chances. We improved in midfield.”

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Low Pleased With Germany’s Qualification

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Joachim Low has lauded his men for their showing in the 3-1 win over Northern Ireland, as Germany secured qualification for next year’s world cup.

The reigning champions have won nine straight qualifying matches and have ensured their qualification, finishing top of their group.

Sebastian Rudy opened the scoring for Germany in the second minute, before Wagner doubled that lead in the 21st minute. And although Northern Ireland scored in the closing stages, it was a consolation as it came after Kimmich’s goal for Die Meinschaft.

“​I am satisfied,” Low told reporters afterwards in Belfast.

“We doubled the lead very quickly. In the Czech Republic we took the lead early too but then lost control. That did not happen today.

“We felt on the pitch that we had everything under control in the second half. That’s when we slowed down a little bit.”

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Patrick Vieira Reveals He Turned Down Chance To Coach Saint-Etienne

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Patrick Vieira has revealed that he declined an offer to manage Saint-Etienne last summer.

The Arsenal legend is currently in charge of New York City FC, having worked in Manchester City’s youth set-up prior to that.

He has impressed in the MLS and that prompted interest from Saint-Etienne.

When asked about receiving an offer from the Ligue 1 side, Vieira told RMC: “It’s true, but I considered that it was not the right time, because I am very happy at my club.”

“I have a good relationship with the directors of Saint-Etienne.”
Vieira finished his playing career with a season-long spell at Manchester City, with whom he accepted a coaching role upon retirement.

Patrick Vieira took charge of the club’s reserve team in 2013 before moving to the United States to take control of New York City, who are owned by the same investment group that owns Man City.

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Nigeria Releases N100 Billion Sukuk Bond Proceeds For 25 Road Projects

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The Nigerian government on Thursday released the proceeds of the N100 billion Sukuk bond to 25 key economic road projects of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing across the country.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, can be seen (in the photo above) handing over the N100 billion proceeds cheque to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola in Abuja.

The federal government had issued the debut Sovereign Sukuk of N100 billion in September 2017, which was successfully completed last week. The Sukuk bond has a tenor of seven years.

Mrs. Adeosun, who disclosed that the offer was oversubscribed to the tune of N105.87 billion, said the milestone was a sign of confidence on the Nigerian economy and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

She added that the Sukuk proceeds would unlock the potentials of Nigeria.

“This is the first Sukuk bond issuance for Nigeria. It is about financial inclusion and deepening of our financial markets.

“The proceeds will be used to further support government capital spending for 2017 – the construction and rehabilitation of 25 key economic roads across the six geo-political zones of the country.

“The roads will ease commuting, spur economic activities across the country and further close our infrastructural gap,” the minister stated.

Each of the geo-political zones of the country is expected to receive the sum of N16.67 billion for road projects in their respective zones.

The North-central and South-south zones accounted for five each of the 25 key economic road projects, while the North-east, North-west and South-east have four road projects each.

Three projects are to receive funding from the Sovereign Sukuk proceeds in the South-west zone.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Fashola, had earlier lauded the finance minister, the Director-General of Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha, and the financial advisers for the bond issuance for their painstaking efforts realising the milestone.

The minister also assured the ministry’s contractors that the federal government was committed to the funding of its infrastructural projects across the country.

The representative of the contractors, Mousa Nahkia, expressed the contractors’ gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs. Adeosun and Mr. Fashola for “working day and night to make this a reality”.

“Nobody can hide our smiles today, we believe in this country and its economy. This is really a great development and accomplishment We really want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, for increasing our confidence in this country and the federal government,” stated Mr. Nahkia, who is the Managing Director of RCC Construction Company.

Below Is The Allocation In Summary:

S/N

GEO-POLITICAL ZONES

 NUMBER OF ROAD PROJECTS

ALLOCATION OF SUKUK BOND PROCEEDS

          N’ Billion

1

North Central

5

16.67

2

North East

4

16.67

3

North West

4

16.67

4

South East

4

16.67

5

South South

5

16.67

6

South West

3

16.67

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Monkeypox Disease: FG Warns Nigerians To Avoid Eating Bushmeat, Dead Animals

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The federal government has cautioned Nigerians to avoid eating monkeys, bushmeat and dead animals so as to avoid exposure to the deadly viral epidemic “Monkeypox disease”.

Yesterday, 360nobs reported that at least 10 persons have been infected and quarantined in Bayelsa as a result of the virus, while 49 others alleged to have come in contact with the infected persons are under surveillance.

In a statement issued on behalf of the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, by the Director, Media and Public Relations in the ministry, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Thursday, the minister said the disease neither had a cure nor a vaccine, noting, however, that there was no cause for alarm as it was mild.

The statement read: “He (Adewole) said the virus was mild and there was no known treatment and no preventive vaccines, hence the public should be at alert and avoid crowded places as much as possible.

“He advised the public to avoid eating dead animals, bushmeat and particularly bush monkeys.”

Symptoms of the disease include headache, fever, back pains and in advanced cases, rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox.

The minister urged anyone with the symptoms to immediately report to the nearest health facility, while advising health workers to maintain a high index of suspicion and observe safety precautions.

Prof. Adewole also revealed that test samples had been sent to the World Health Organisation (laboratory) in Senegal but the result was still being awaited.

The World Health Organisation, had before now, described monkeypox as a rare disease that occurs primarily in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

“The monkeypox virus can cause a fatal illness in humans and, although it is similar to human smallpox which has been eradicated, it is much milder,” WHO had said.

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