Jurgen Klopp Remains Hopeful Emre Can Will Sign New Deal At Liverpool

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains optimistic Emre Can will commit his long-term future to the club despite negotiations stalling.

Juventus are keen on the Germany international, who could leave Anfield for nothing at the end of the season when his current deal expires.

Klopp said: “If there is a player out there with a contract ending next summer and he’s good, we would try to do the same.

“I said it a few times, it’s our job to make this club as exciting as possible. It’s allowed that he could sign a contract (with Liverpool) in May. I have no problem with that.

“As long as Emre doesn’t give me one sign that his mind is elsewhere, I don’t have to talk about this. Everything is okay from my side.”

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Cesc Fabregas Eager To Sign New Chelsea Contract

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Cesc Fabregas wants to stay at Chelsea and sign a new contract despite rumoured interest from Manchester United, the London Evening Standard reports.

Cesc Fabregas has 18 months left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, having joined from Barcelona in 2014, and is hopeful of putting pen to paper in the near future.

“Would I like to renew? Yes, because it is a club that has always treated me well,” Fabregas told the Standard.

“I believe the fans have a lot of respect for me and I have a lot of respect for them. I have given my all for the club for the last three-and-a-half years.

“This is a fantastic club for me and I have had a fantastic time here. Hopefully another contract will happen. Time will tell.”

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Joe Willock Signs New Long-term Contract With Arsenal

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Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock has signed a long-term contract extension with the club.

Arsenal announced the deal on their official website on Friday, but did not disclose details of the contract.

“We would all like to congratulate Joe on his new deal, and look forward to his continued progress with the club,” Arsenal said in a statement.

Joe is the last remaining Willock brother at Arsenal.

Chris, 19, joined Benfica this summer and currently plays for their B team while Matty, 21, is contracted to Manchester United but is on loan at Utrecht.

The Willock brothers grew up close to Arsenal in Walthamstow, north east London, and all came through club’s Hale End academy.

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Juup Heynckes Hails Emre Can Amid Links To Bayern Munich Return

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There has been plenty of talk about Emre Can’s future today, and Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has been having his say on the midfielder as well.

Emre Can was in the Bayern youth set-up when Heynckes was previously at the club.

And Heynckes said: “There’s always certain criteria when you’re signing a player. I only had Emre Can for a few months. He is a good, young player who has developed well – he is dynamic and powerful.”

Despite letting the then 19-year-old leave for Leverkusen in 2013, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rumennigge dubbed Can “one of the biggest talents in German football.”

The following year Can moved to Liverpool for €12 million, with Bayern not taking up their option to buy back the player from their Bundesliga rivals.

Heynckes — who is currently expected to leave Bayern at the end of the season — did say there were issues with Can in training during their first months working together.

“He used the heading pendulum and trained with his instep,” he said. “That is the football ABC. Normally you need to be able to master these.”

In 2015, Can told Munich daily tz that his former boss Heynckes had “criticised him every day in training because he supported me and always wanted to bring me on.”

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Pep Guardiola Cools Down Reports Linking Alexis Sanchez To Manchester City In January

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Pep Guardiola has cooled speculation Manchester City will move for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in January.

Manchester City tried to sign Alexis Sanchez in the summer and it has been reported they will make another move in the next window when he has just six months left on his deal.

“He’s an Arsenal player. His manager had to speak to him,” said Guardiola, whose City side host Arsenal on Super Sunday. “You know the situation – before the transfer window was open, and now it is closed.”

“He’s an Arsenal player and is so important for them, for his talent that he has, you have to try and control him.”

“The transfer window is closed, it’s not time to talk about it.

“I have respect for Arsenal and my own players. It’s not time – you know my opinion on the players I have,

“Alexis you know my opinion – but he’s an Arsenal player – so it’s not time (to talk) especially when we play them.”

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360nobs, Wizkid, Tekno, DJ Spinall Nominated For The Beatz Awards 3 (See Full List)

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The Beatz Awards 2017 has officially released her list of nominees to honour the creative brains behind the music industry.

While the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Tekno, Dj Spinall were nominated for several top awards, 360nobs was also listed among the nominees as it made the “Best Blog” and “Best Online Music Platform” categories.

The grand event is billed to take place at The Shell Hall, Muson center, Onikan, Lagos on December 16th 2017.

The Beatz Awards celebrates the creative work of the unseen players in music production for their contribution to the development of the entertainment industry.

Meanwhile, voting has begun since October 26, 2017 and will end on November 17th, 2017.

Visit www.thebeatzawards.com for more information and also vote.

Here’s the full list of Nominees:

1. Producer of the year
• Sarz – Come closer – Wizkid
• Masterkraft – Yawa – Tekno
• Dj altims – Do like that – Korede bello
• Cobhams Asuquo – Your smile – T-jan
• Delb – Mad over you – Runtown

2. Best Afro Pop Producer
• Sarz – Be – Tekno
• Masterkraft – Yawa – Tekno
• Dj altims – Do like that – Korede bello
• Spellz – Iskaba – Wande coal
• Tekno – if – Davido

3. Best afro beat producer
• Sarz – Ghetto youth – Wizkid
• Kiddominant – Mama – Mayokun
• Selebobo – Rara – Tekno
• Dj altims – So nice – D prince
• Dj Coublon – Yolo yolo – Seyi Shay

4. Best afro r&b producer
• Dj altims – not forgotten – Iyanya
• Cobhams Asuquo – love u baby – Banky w
• Praiz – 69 – Praiz
• Masterkraft – blessing me – Banky w
• Sizzlepro – Mountain – Waje ft Lira

5. Best afro hip-hop producer
• Sarz – Come closer – Wizkid ft Drake
• Jaypizzle – Say Baba – Cdq
• Youngjonn – Update – Olamide
• Masterkraft – Gee boys – Vector ft Cdq
• Dj altims – Man already – Poe

6. Best afro highlife producer
• Del b – Comsa – Del b ft Harrysong
• Seyi keys – My life – Adekunle gold
• Olaitan Dada – Fall in love – Isaac geralds
• Dj altims – Ladies and Gentleman – Reekado banks
• Mystro – Fargin – Teni

7. Best afro rock producer
• Johnny Drille – Romeo and Juliet – Johnny Drille
• Coldflames – Cheap happiness – Clay
• Mr. Shabz – let god be true – Snatcha
• Cliff.m – Lift the name – Eben

8. Best afro soul producer
• Cobhams Asuquo – Empty – Cobhams Asuquo
• Oscar Heman- Ackah – Smile for me – Simi
• Yellowfella – Ima mi – Sylvia Charles
• George Nathaniel – Heartbeat – Ranti
• Sizzlepro – Bose – Aramide

9. Best afro dancehall producer
• Dr Amir – Samankwe – Harrysong
• Dj altims – move – Reekado banks
• Krizbeat – booty lanuage – Skales
• Tony ross – bubble up – Cynthia morgan
• Orbeat – dance – Timaya ft rudeboy

10. Best afro jazz producer
• Cobhams Asuquo – I no sure – Omawunmi
• Wole Oni – You and i – Adeh gbolahan
• Fliptyce – Battle for peace – Ekut ubong
• Philip Uzo – Ileke – Debbie Soul
• Yemi Sax – if – Yemi Sax

11. Best afro gospel producer
• Smj – So good – Tim Godfery
• Olaitan – Thank you lord – Pat Uwaje – King
• Mr T – Awesome wonder – Samsong ft Frank Edward
• K-solo – Maverlous – Mike abdul ft Tope alabi
• Nathaniel Bassey & Emmanuel Uzozie – Onise iyanu- Nathaniel bassey

12. Best mixing & mastering engineer
• Swaps – Knack am – Yemi Alade
• Olaitan Dada – Charliee – Yemi alade
• Captain E – Comsa – Del b ft. Harrysong
• Edward Sunday – So good- Tim Godfrey
• Mixxmonsta – if – Davido

13. Best music video director
• Unlimited LA – Gaga shuffle
• Clarence Peter – Holy holy
• Mex – Maradona
• Adasa cookey – Samankwe
• Ajefilms – Joromi

14. Best choreographer
• Lovette
• Kaffy
• Don flex
• Ggb Dance Crew
• Alien nation

15. Best song writer
• Simi – Smile for me
• Timi Dakolo – Medicine
• Kiddominant – Mama
• Cobhams – Empty
• Johnny Drille – Romeo & Juliet

16. New discovery producer
• Killertunes – Sofa – Kiss daniel
• Djmostephens – Pass the agbara – Skuki
• Benjamz – Pino pino – Phyno
• Dapiano – Gaga shuffle – 2baba
• Adey – Juice – Ycee

17. Best Dj male
• Dj Spinall
• Dj Xclusive
• Dj Big N
• Dj Consequence
• Dj obi

18. Best Dj female
• Dj Nana
• Dj Switch
• Dj Cuppy
• Dj Lambo
• Dj Tgarbs

19. Best entertainment TV station award (terrestrial)
• Tvc
• Stv
• Galaxy tv
• Wazobia max
• Ontv

20. Best entertainment TV station award (cable)
• Hiptv
• Tracenaija
• Soundcity tv
• Mtvbase West Africa
• Nigezie tv

21. Best live band
• Shuga band
• Adrenaline band
• Veentage Band
• Eboni band
• Sharp band

22. Best record label
• X3M music
• Mavin records
• DMW
• Starboy
• MMMG

23. Best blog
• Bellanaija
• Y naija
• Linda Ikeji
• 360 nobs
• Olorisupergal

24. Best online music platform
• Notjustok
• Tooxclusive
• 360 nobs
• Naijaloaded
• Jaguda

25. Best radio station
• Soundcity radio 98.5
• Rhythm fm 93.7
• Cool fm 96.9
• Inspiration fm 92.3
• Beat fm 99.9
• Kiss fm lagos 98.9
• Wazobia fm 95.1

26. Best OAP
• Do2dtun – Cool fm
• Osi suave – Beat fm
• Yaw – Wazobia fm
• Moet Abebe – Soundcity radio
• Jaj (jacob akinyemi johnson) – Rhythm fm
• Big Daddy Juix – Kiss fm lagos
• Valentine Ohu – Inspiration fm

27. Artist manager
• Ubi Franklin – Tekno, Selebobo
• Asa Asika – Davido
• Taiye Aliu – Yemi Alade
• Osagie Osarenkhoe – Timaya
• Sunday Are – Wizkid

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Evans: Suspected Billionaire Kidnapper Begs Court For Bail

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The suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, better known as Evans, has filed an application before a Lagos state high court seeking to be released on bail and for his case to be given an accelerated hearing.

He is being tried on several counts of criminal charges bothering on alleged conspiracy, murder and kidnapping.

Evans: Notorious Kidnap Kingpin Leads Police To Detention Camps, “Where He Kept His Victims”

Evans, who is being held at Kirikiri prison, has pleaded guilty to the kidnapping charges leveled against him.

Evans: Suspected Billionaire Kidnapper Pleads For Bail
Evans: Suspected Billionaire Kidnapper Pleads For Bail

At the resumed sitting of his trial on Friday, his bail application was, however, rejected by the persecuting counsel who described it as an abuse of court process and an attempt to frustrate the trial.

The Lagos state director of public prosecutions, Titilayo Shitta-Bay, described the bail application, seeking accelerated hearing filed alongside an application seeking to quash the charges as conflicting, confusing and an abuse of court processes.

How Police Foiled Evans Plot To Escape From Custody

While court proceedings are still underway, 360nobs had earlier reported that Evans may be sentenced to death or get life imprisonment after the Lagos state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode signed into law, the state kidnapping prohibition bill, 2016 which prescribes life imprisonment or death penalty for the offence of Kidnapping and forceful extortion in Lagos State.

Kidnap Kingpin Evans May Get Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment As Ambode Signs Bill To Law

Literally, the bill – which was passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly on January 5 – provides death penalty for kidnappers whose victims die in their custody, and life imprisonment for the act of kidnapping.

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Charly Musonda Shouldn’t Be Complaining About Game Time At Chelsea – Roberto Martinez

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Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has claimed that Charly Musonda should have followed Chelsea’s wishes and gone out on loan this season.

During the summer, Charly Musonda made the decision to fight for his Blues place but the 21-year-old has recently taken to social media to voice his frustration after being limited to starts in the EFL Cup.

However, while Martinez has acknowledged that Musonda needs to gain regular football, the national team coach has insisted that the youngster can have no complaints about his current predicament.

The 44-year-old told So Foot: “We all know his talent, but he’s reached a period in his life where he needs to play.

“In fact, the club wanted to loan him, but he didn’t want to go because he thought he would be playing. In that case, it’s quite hard to moan about your situation.

“You need to distinguish two things with young players. Their potential and their performances.”p

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Matt Macey Proved He Deserves Place In Arsenal First Team – Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger has hailed reserve goalkeeper Matt Macey following his ‘intelligent and focused’ display against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League

Matt Macey, 23, performed well on just his second start for the club, keeping out the opposition in a goalless Europa League draw that helped seal progression through.

Arsene Wenger is delighted to have seen the Bristol Rovers academy graduate take his latest chance, having filled in for injured back-up keeper David Ospina against Norwich City and Red Star over the past 10 days.

“I think he took his chance very well, he is huge, he is quick and you do not often find combinations of that size and that speed, he is very agile as well for a guy who is tall like that,” he told the club’s official website.

“He came late to us considering normally goalkeepers come at the age of 16, he came at 20, but he is intelligent and very focused. That’s why I was pleased to give him a chance tonight and I think he took it already against Norwich and as well tonight he played very well.”

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Goalless Draw With Red Star Belgrade A Fair Result – Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that he had few complaints with Arsenal’s goalless draw against Red Star Belgrade

Arsene Wenger made mass changes for the fixture at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners earned a place in the knockout stages with a point against the Serbian outfit.

The visitors came close to scoring in North London, but Wenger has claimed that both sides were deserving of a share of the spoils.

The Frenchman is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: “I think they started stronger than us, they played very well tonight. They played at a high pace, they were always dangerous on the breaks and they defended very well.

“In the second half I felt we dominated possession much more, played more in one half, but we lacked a bit of quality in the final ball, vision to find the right space and overall I must say it is a fair 0-0.

“We are a bit frustrated we could not score but overall I believe we lacked a bit of sharpness in the final third.”

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Daily Roundup :Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

Jose Mourinho has identified Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos as his ideal Manchester United target. The Germany international is the Portuguese coach’s preferred candidate to bolster United’s midfield but realises how difficult it will be to convince him to leave the Santiago Bernabeu. The 27-year-old joined Madrid from Bayern Munich in 2014 and has helped them win two Champions League titles. (Calciomercato)

Arsenal face competition from Newcastle for 23-year-old Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron. The Paraguay international has attracted attention after impressing for the MLS side, with the Premier League duo keen on securing his services. Almiron could be available for £15m. (Calciomercato)

The agent of Inter defender Milan Skriniar has denied the player is set to join Barcelona. Speaking about the much-debated future of the Slovakia international, Karol Csonto said: “Milan to Barcelona? It can’t happen, he has a good head on his shoulders and great personality. It’s impossible that he changes team.” (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Arsenal are interested in making a bid for Napoli star Jorginho. The midfielder is under contract at the Stadio San Paolo until 2020 and is unlikely to leave with the club top of Serie A, but that will not deter the Gunners from pursuing him. Arsene Wenger is keen to sign a creative midfielder with the futures of both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil hanging in the balance. (Transfer Market Web)

Juventus are targeting a six-month loan deal for Tottenham Hotspur target Andre Gomes. The Portugal international has failed to make an impression at Barcelona and looks set to leave, with the Serie A champions leading the race for his signature. (Tuttosport)

Spain

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has decided to sack manager Antonio Conte following a breakdown in the pair’s relationship. Conte is under pressure following the Blues’ heavy Champions League defeat to Roma on Tuesday night.

There is little contact between the two as the debate over Diego Costa’s future left a strain on their working relationship. The feeling at Stamford Bridge is that Conte will not be in charge by the start of next season. (MARCA)

Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka will let his contract expire and join Barcelona at the end of the season. The 22-year-old Liverpool target has been in fine form this term and looks certain to leave the Bundesliga club after failing to agree a new deal. Schalke may even let Goretzka leave in January to cash in as opposed to losing him for free in the summer. Manchester United and Juventus are also interested. (Mundo Deportivo)

Doctors considered amputating the foot of Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla after the 32-year-old contracted gangrene. Spanish midfielder has not played this season as he continues his long road to recovery following an ankle injury. Cazorla has undergone a string of operations, including a skin graft on his ankle, and is now targeting a return in January. (MARCA)

France

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is facing a lengthy suspension after being sent off for Marseille for kicking a fan in the head. The veteran left-back was involved in a heated exchange with his own supporters during the warm-up before Marseille’s Europa League clash with Vitoria de Guimaraes.

The Frenchman lost his temper after reportedly being subjected to singing and chanting by his own supporters and swung his left leg towards a supporter’s face. The club are likely to incur a hefty fine from UEFA while Evra is looking at a ban much longer than the automatic three games for violent conduct. (L’Equipe)

Unsettled Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda has emerged as a shock Arsenal target. The 21-year-old has made four appearances for the Blues this season after turning down a loan move in the summer and is open to leaving to gain new opportunities. Chelsea rate Musonda quite highly but may be powerless to stop him leaving. (Foot Mercato)

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has returned to training. The Frenchman, who joined the Catalan side in the summer for £96.8m, has been out of action after rupturing a tendon in August. After resuming light training, the 20-year-old is ambitiously targeting a return in the first El Clasico of the season against Real Madrid on December 23. (L’Equipe)

Germany

Bayern Munich are considering Giuseppe Rossi as a potential short-term back-up option for Robert Lewandowski. The former Villarreal and Fiorentina striker has been without a club since April after failing to sufficiently recover from a series of serious knee injuries and is being considered by the Bundesliga champions. Bayern are also discussing the possibility of signing Paco Alcacer of Barcelona, Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck and Bayer Leverkusen forward Stefan Kiessling. (Sport BILD)

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‘N56,000 Minimum Wage? Buhari Approves Committee To Discuss Workers’ Salary

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the membership of the proposed national minimum wage committee to discuss the new minimum wage for workers across the country.

Although he did not disclose the membership of the yet-to-be inaugurated committee, he said it was a tripartite panel, including representatives of the Federal and state governments, as well as the private sector.

Organised Labour Rejects N30,000 Minimum Wage Offer, Insists On N56,000

Ngige, who disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting he had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also said discussions with the affected parties would decide whether the N56,000 national minimum wage being demanded by workers “is achievable”.

The minimum wage is currently N18,000 per month.

He said: “When we came to power in 2015, there was a minimum wage, and by May 2016, we now had a deregulation in the petroleum industry and prices of petroleum products went up and we started discussions with the organised labour.”

“One of the agreements was that the issue would be addressed. The old law expired last year August and we are now in the process of empaneling a new national minimum wage committee.

“I have cleared the appointments with the president today and as soon as the labour people come back from the Labour Governing Board meeting in Geneva, we will take a consensus date with the governors because it is a tripartite committee involving federal and states, the private sector – National Employment Consultative Agency (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

“These are the arms that will be involved. Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), their affiliates have done their nominations. What we are now trying to fine-tune is the date for inauguration.”

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Cuco Martina Released From Hospital After Falling Akwardly On His Neck Against Lyon

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Everton have confirmed that defender Cuco Martina will be returning home with his teammates after leaving hospital following their 3-0 defeat at Lyon.

In the 39th minute of Thursday’s Europa League game in France, the 28-year-old landed awkwardly in a challenge with winger Maxwel Cornet.

Cuco Martina received around seven minutes of treatment from medical personnel, as well as being put in a neck brace, before being stretchered off the pitch.

Everton interim boss David Unsworth confirmed after the game that the Curacao international had been taken to hospital and had complained of pains in his neck.

However, the Toffees have now provided an update via a statement on their website which read: “Cuco Martina has been released from hospital and will travel back to Merseyside with the rest of the Everton squad on Thursday night.

“The defender underwent scans after landing awkwardly during an aerial challenge with Maxwel Cornet late in the first half of the Blues’ Europa League fixture against Lyon.”

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Romelu Lukaku Suggests He Isn’t A Finished Article

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Romelu Lukaku has hit back at his critics by insisting that he is ‘not the finished article’ and still has plenty of room for improvement.

Romelu Lukaku was on fine form upon arriving from Everton in a £75m deal in the summer, notching 11 goals in his first 10 appearances for the club.

Lukaku has now since struggled to find the net, however, failing to add to his tally in six matches since the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on September 30.

After having his credentials questioned in recent weeks, with many suggesting that he is merely a flat-track bully, the Belgium international claims that it is wrong to judge him just yet.

“I think a lot of people are judging me as the finished article,” he told Sky Sports News. “I’m 24 – you can’t judge me as the finished article. I’d rather have a year where I improve, improve, improve rather than going straight to the top and then declining.

“I know I have a lot of talent. I can do a lot of stuff, score goals with my left, right and head. But I want to be a creator – I want to have more assists. I want to make sure when my team is having difficulties they can count on me.

“I’m on the perfect stage and the perfect age. I want to be a winner and take my career to the next level.”

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Jose Mourinho Reveals He Was Suprised To Be Offered Nemanja Matic

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he was surprised when he received a call from Nemanja Matic’s agent offering him the chance to buy the player during the summer transfer window.

Nemanja Matic has been one of United’s standout players since joining from Chelsea for £40m in July. The midfielder has played every minute in the Premier League this season.

The move raised many eyebrows at the time and it seems none more so than with Jose himself.

I was surprised when [Matic’s] agent called me to say ‘do you want him?’ ” Mourinho said

“I was surprised, but he’s an agent I know well. Normally he’s very direct and objective, he doesn’t waste time, he doesn’t try to get people to be interested in his players to improve their situation at their club.

“Normally he’s very straightforward, so when he told me ‘you can have him if you want’, of course I want.”

Matic has enjoyed an excellent start to his United career, becoming a mainstay of the midfield immediately and impressing in a number of high-profile games.

Chelsea’s midfield, meanwhile, has encountered a few problems recently, with Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko struggling to fill in for the injured N’Golo Kante.

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Ex-Governor Of Zamfara, Shinkafi Dumps PDP For APC

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A former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Shinkafi also picked the APC party’s membership card at the party’s secretariat in Gusau, the state capital, in the presence of a large crowd of supporters.

The former governor, who was accompanied to the venue by party supporters and was received by the state’s Deputy Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, on behalf of Gov. Abdul’Aziz Yari, picked his membership card, after which he promised to work for the development of the party not only at the state level but the country as a whole.

“My coming to APC is homecoming for me, because I left it before and now I am back home to my brothers and sisters. Together we are going to work for the party to become stronger and the party to beat in the state,” he said.

Speaking at the event, the deputy governor, Wakkala described the return of Shinkafi as a `boost’ to the APC in the state

“It is not a matter of coming back but it is a return to the fold of Yarimawa. Together we are going to build the APC to become more vibrant and a viable political party in the state and country,” he said.

Shinkafi was a deputy governor to the first Zamfara civilian governor, Alhaji Ahmad Sani for eight years under the platform of the All Nigerian Peoples Party.

He later became the governor of the state in 2007 in the same party before defecting to the People Democratic Party in 2008, after being elected as the governor in 2007.

Shinkafi contested for governor as PDP candidate in 2011 and 2015 losing at both times to the incumbent Gov. Abdul’Aziz Yari of the APC.

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Emre Can Set To Leave Liverpool On Free Transfer

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Emre Can is edging closer to the exit door at Liverpool after contract talks hit another roadblock.

The Mirror claims Emre Can could leave in the summer with his current deal set to run out at the end of this season – his representatives are said to be playing ‘hard ball’ as they seek a similar wage to Philippe Coutinho, who earns a reported £160,000 a week.

The fact that his contract expires in nine months also means the midfielder can sign a pre-contract deal with another club in January. But where could he possibly go?

Bayern Munich are said to be interested, as are Juventus, with Emre Can admitting he was flattered by the interest from the Italian champions, who had also attempted to sign him in the last transfer window.

For the moment, Can’s priority is helping Liverpool reach the knockout stages of the Champions League and hopes they will make sure of their place on Matchday five in Sevilla before Spartak Moscow arrive at Anfield in December.

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Musician Slysticks Speaks on His Band One Sound, Upcoming Tour With Midnight Crew

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Sylvester Tochi Peters popularly known as Slysticks is one Nigerian Musician who has been able to carve out a niche for himself in the fast-growing Nigerian Entertainment Industry. The Drummer, Percussionist and Loop programmer is one of the most sought-after Musician (Instrumentalist) in Nigeria.

Since age sixteen (16), the drummer who hails from Imo state has been producing Melodious sounds effortlessly from the drums to the admiration of everyone who hears him play. It is evident in the way he handles the drums that he does it professionally hitting the right notes which only a few drummers can boast of.

The Musician has gone ahead of his peers to bring undiluted entertainment to Nigerians as he currently runs a band named “ONE SOUND”. Speaking about what motivated him to start the band he said “Good music inspires me anytime. I have heard and seen lots of bands but what they really miss is the synchronization of the music itself which was what inspired me to create One Sound.” The band comes together to create good music from old school to contemporary to hip-hop, RnB even Jazz and so on.

“One Sound’s next big Performance is at the West Africa’s first International Art Fair ART X Lagos taking place this weekend at The Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos where we will be performing with all artists for the event as their backup musicians,” Slysticks stated.

Speaking of his current projects, the Percussionist said: “I am currently working on a tour with Midnight Crew.” “I have been working with the crew for the past one year and I feel super excited about this upcoming tour,” he added.

Sylvester has worked with a lot of Artistes both secular and gospel amongst who are Midnight Crew, Davido, Chidinma (Miss Kedike), Naeto C, Lola Ray, Tomi Thomas, Joe Praize, Uflames, Emma Naira and many more performing both in Nigeria and abroad.

You can check him out on his social media handles:

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/slysticks/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sylvester.peter.545?ref=br_rs

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#AFRIFF2017 Day 4: Creative Hustle, A New Kind Of African Cinema

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Day four commenced bright and early with a screening of animation shorts for a selection of secondary school students at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, Lekki.

The films, showed different levels of artistry but were all mostly impressive in the ways they sought to educate and entertain. ‘Gyrow’, for instance, is instructive about health and sickness, and follows the title character, a nine year old doctor who heals sick people through magical assistance. ‘Aje & Kpako’ highlights economic inequality between two 10 year olds, growing up in 80s in Nigeria.

The graphic work in ‘Dawn of Thunder’ was received enthusiastically, underlying the need for more creative adaptations of local myths and folklores. Town Crier is a wild tale that invokes a host of dysfunctional characters and situations, while ‘Crush’ is a more traditional treatment of boy-girl attraction. 

The British Council presentations continued with Creative Hustle, a panel discussion on alternative pathways in film, moderated by Nadia Denton. The series of shorts forming part of the Council’s Film Connections were screened. They include, ‘Robot & Scarecrow’, ‘Tower XYZ’, ‘Brixton Rock’, ‘A Viable Candidate’, and ‘1745’ among others.

The United States Embassy’s spotlight was on the documentary, ‘Class Divide’, a riveting exploration by Mark Levin of gentrification and income distribution in a New York suburb where the class distinction is visible just across the road, on a particular street.

A couple of short films were screened at the Silverbird Galleria. Some of them are, ‘Slip’, a tense domestic drama, directed by Joshua Enakarhire and ‘Yesterday’, Emmanuel Udochukwu’s treatise on ethnic relations and the passions they inflame. 

There was a repeat screening of Kenneth Gyang’s latest, ‘The Lost Café’, starring Tunde Aladese and a brief Q & A followed shortly after in which Gyang as well as the cast and crew present, narrated the film’s journey to existence. The reception to ‘Idemuza’, a heart-warming, grass to grace drama about an orphan’s struggle to make something for her family was quite welcoming. The film featured strong performances from the cast of mostly unknown actors.

Previously released films, ‘Dinner’ and ‘Tatu’ rounded out the feature length screenings for the day.

Earlier, AFRIFF artistic director, Newton Aduaka moderated an interesting keynote conversation with Abba T. Makama (Green White Green), C.J. Obasi (O-Town) and Michael Omonua, members of the Surreal 16 Collective, a group of filmmakers making a case for arthouse cinema through offbeat, impressionistic visuals such as that represented in Visions, a collaborative anthology consisting of three expressions – ‘Shaitan’, ‘Brood’ and ‘Bruja’.

Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors, a Lekki-based law firm presented a masterclass on the legal aspects of producing content for television. Facilitated by Isioma Idigbe, the session touched on issues like writer, producer and non-disclosure agreements.

The day came to a close with a cocktail at the residence of the French Consul General, Laurent Polonceaux, kicking off the French Embassy showcase.

The night of cultural exchange had German Ambassador to Nigeria, Hugo Herbert in attendance, as well as film industry heavyweights like Joke Silva, Kunle Afolayan, Seun Kuti, Bolanle Austen-Peters and Steve Ayorinde, Lagos State Commissioner for Information & Strategy.

Patron of AFRIFF/MD/CEO, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, in his remarks, stressed on the importance of the festival as ‘‘a great platform to help young people realize all they can be,’’ while AFRIFF founder, Chioma Ude expressed her delight with the French partnership.

AFRIFF is an annual weeklong, all-encompassing world class showcase running, this year, from October 29, to November 4, 2017.

About 200 carefully curated feature lengths, shorts, documentaries and student films are being screened this year. The festival also encompasses talent development classes, industry workshops and inspiring creative discussions.

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Nigerian Jailed 21 Years In UK For Attempted Murder Of 90-Year-Old Widow

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A court in the United Kingdom on Thursday jailed a 52-year-old Nigerian woman for 21 years over a failed attempt to kill a 90-year old widow and steal her £30,000.

The accused, Abosede Adeyinka, a carer of Hayman Crescent, Hayes, was said to have stormed the victim Pam Batten’s home when she was alone in the evening of April 27, 2017, knocking her to the ground before striking her twice with a hammer she had hidden in her handbag.

When Mrs Batten pleaded for mercy, Adeyinka grabbed a kitchen knife and threw it “like a dart”, leaving it embedded in the pensioner’s neck.

Adeyinka, a mother of three, had been the carer for Mrs Batten’s late-husband, Ernest, in the last six months of his life, and knew there were bags of cash hidden around the semi-detached West Drayton home.

She covered her face with a red lace scarf during the shocking attack, but Mrs Batten recognised her immediately as the professional carer who had visited her home three-times-a-week.

 

It was gathered that Adeyinka left the property after being told the victim’s son was on his way. She was arrested the next day.

Mrs Batten said the horrifying attack has shattered her confidence, making her afraid to be home alone at night or speak to strangers, and terrified she will be attacked again.

Adeyinka denied attempted murder at trial but was later convicted by a jury.

DC James Harbour, the investigating officer from Hillingdon CID, said: “This was a vile and disgusting crime on a defenceless grandmother in her own home. There are so many factors that make this a wicked attack, including a victim who was 90 and the level of violence used. In view of the age of the victim and brutality of the attack I am truly thankful that the victim has been able to recover.

“It is a credit to her that she was able to attend the trial in person and tell the court what had happened to her. I wish to pay tribute to her courage, resolve and integrity; a stark contrast to the behaviour of the defendant, who is now facing a lengthy term in prison.”

She was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday, November 2.

The Prosecutor, Kevin Barry, told the court the widow ‘was afraid to go home’ following her discharge from hospital and now needs a zimmer-frame to walk.

He said, “Before the attack, she felt lonely because her husband had died but she was not afraid like she is now, he said.

‘The hammer blows to her head have affected the vision in her right eye which is now blurry.

“Mrs Batten feels that she has changed after the attack. Before it, she was the sort of person who would try to make friends with anyone but now she is frightened if someone speaks to her.”

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No Automatic Ticket For Buhari In 2019, Due Process Must Be Followed – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has made it clear that there will be no automatic ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari if he eventually seeks re-election in 2019, adding that due process must be followed.

The declaration is coming in separate media interviews in Abuja, on Thursday, by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, and the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, The Punch reports.

The declaration comes on the back of a controversy that was generated after some party stalwarts had sought for an automatic ticket for the president in 2019.

In his reaction, Abdullahi disclosed that the party’s constitution did not have provisions for such, adding that as a law-abiding party, the APC would abide by its own rules as enshrined in its constitution when dealing with the issue of nominations.

His words: “What I can assure you is that the APC will abide by the APC Constitution on such matters and our constitution does not provide for automatic ticket, our constitution does not provide for the right for first refusal. So, our party will abide by the constitution.”

“We have looked at what our President has done and as a party we are happy with his achievements; if he comes up today to say he wants to contest, we will support him but to begin to throw things like automatic ticket, right of first refusal, they don’t exist in our constitution.”

On his part, Okorocha, yesterday, while speaking in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said there would be no automatic ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election on the platform of the APC.

Okorocha, who is also the governor of Imo State, said all candidates on the party’s platform must emerge through transparent democratic process.

He said: “The gentleman (the President) is looking much more handsome than even before he went to hospital; he is looking stronger and so, he has every right and qualification to re-contest, there is nothing wrong at all.

“But, we don’t allow imposition of candidate. It must be democratically done.

“If President Buhari will lead the ship in 2019, it must be democratically done, and I said, democratically done, transparently (done) to the amazement of the whole world, the way we do our things in APC and people will be happy.”

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Sahin Retires From Turkey Team

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder, Nuri Sahin has announced his retirement from the Turkey national team, as he wants the young players to have a chance with the squad.

The 29-year-old midfielder made his first appearance for Turkey in 2005 at 17, scoring in the match.

Sahin went on to make 51 appearances for Turkey and has now retired from international football.

“I believe with conviction and enthusiasm in the new generation of young Turkish players and I am convinced that if we support them with a good plan in the next 10 to 15 years they will be able to achieve great success,” Sahin wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

“I am ending my career in the national team because I want to let the youth take precedence.

“During my career, I have had many opportunities and valuable experiences. I will always be in close contact with Turkish football and ready to help as much as I can.”

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Drinkwater On Mourinho: His Record Speaks For Itself

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Danny Drinkwater has leaped to the defence of José Mourinho, after he was criticized for the type of football United plays.

Chelsea host Manchester United on Sunday , with the Red Devils winning seven out of their first 10 games.

United were criticized for the game they played against Liverpool and Tottenham, claiming a 0-0 draw and a 1-0 win respectively.

Speaking exclusively to Omnisport at a joint Hublot and Chelsea event at Stamford Bridge, Drinkwater said: “I’m a player so tend not to look to much into that.

“But his history of getting results speaks for itself. He has a great record, but hopefully we’ll do the job against him on Sunday.

“It’s a long season, but in terms of the three points, it’s a big one. They have a lot of strengths.

“They’re a top-quality side with a lot of quality individuals and a few big, strong lads, so their presence will be difficult.”

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Gov Ambode Appoints Folashade Adesoye As New Head Of Service In Lagos

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday, November 2, approved the appointment of Folasade Adesoye as the new Head of Service (HOS) in the State.

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Habib Aruna, yesterday revealed that Mrs. Adesoye’s appointment, will take effect on November 11, 2017, following the statutory retirement of the outgoing HOS, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola on November 10, 2017.

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The new HoS was first appointed into the Lagos State Civil Service on December 28, 1983 as an Accountant and has served in several ministries.

She was elevated into the Body of Permanent Secretaries in 2010 and was deployed to the Civil Service Pensions Office where she served until August 2015 when she was deployed to the Office of Local Government Establishment, Training and Pensions Office.

In 2016, she was asked to serve in the same capacity as Permanent Secretary, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

She will be 20th Head of Service (HOS) in Lagos State.

Until her appointment, she was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

The Lagos state governor further thanked the outgoing HOS, Mrs. Ademola, for her meritorious service to the State and wished her well in her future endeavours.

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Moreno, Says He Lives For Liverpool

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Alberto Moreno has claimed that he lives for Liverpool and believes his dedication to the club is why he has recaptured his form.

Moreno has been an inconsistent figure at Liverpool sonce joining in 2014 and he only played 18 games last season.

The Liverpool man was linked with leaving the club, but he is glad that did not happen, as he remains at a club he loves.

The 25-year-old told reporters on his experiences since the summer: “I’m happier now things are going well for me and I’d say so far this has been a decent season for me, if not the best in my career as a professional football player.

“I’m nearly at my best, but none of this comes without very hard work. Helping the side has its roots in the sacrifices you make, the hard work in pre-season and the battling to get back in contention.

“All that is because of my desire to be here at Liverpool, one of the best clubs in the world.

“I live for Liverpool. I love Liverpool. I always want to win when I’m wearing the shirt of Liverpool.”

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