Zidane: I Knew Ronaldo Would Be Back

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Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane believes his faith and trust in Cristiano Ronaldo, has been duly repaid, following the 5-0 thrashing of Sevilla.

The Portugal ace drew level with Messi, after winning his fifth Golden Ball earlier this week, and was a thorn in Sevilla’s side.

Ronaldo scored a brace in the 5-0 thrashing and Zidane who has always defended the forward during his goal drought, and feels vindicated after his performance.

“It could be this is his perfect week and I hope he continues in this rhythm,” he told a news conference.

“I already said – I didn’t say it for nothing – because I know him and I know his ambition every day in training, I knew he was going to score.

“Sometimes he doesn’t and nobody is happy, but you always have to be careful with him.”

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Cahill: Chelsea Were Far From Their Best

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Chelsea defender, Gary Cahill says the blues were way off their best form, following their 1-0 loss to West Ham.

Arnautovic scored his first goal for the Hammers, putting them ahead as early as the sixth minute.

West Ham decided to sit back and defend after their early lead and Cahill was displeased Chelsea failed to break them down.

“We were miles off [our best] from the start,” the defender told Sky Sports .

“They got the early goal, which was a poor one on our behalf. We still had plenty time, but that laboured start carried on throughout the game.

“We didn’t play our stuff. They got the goal, sat behind the ball and tried to hit on the break.

“It was a bit frustrating with their time wasting, which was clever on their part, but we were just not at the races. It was very disappointing.”

“We have to wait and see,” added Cahill. “It was a huge game for us and we needed to win.

“We have to sit back and wait for the results tomorrow. We have to freshen up and get the energy levels back up. We’ve been in good form recently which is why it’s so disappointing.”

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“I Never Had The Dream Of Becoming A Music Star” – Frank Edwards

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Superstar Gospel singer, Frank Edwards in an interview with Punch revealed that he has never planned for a music career. According to him, all he wanted was to make music only for people around him.

”In my own case, I didn’t even have any dream. I just wanted to do what I loved and I was okay if it was just one person that would tell me my music touched his soul”.

‘I never planned for this; I had no idea it would be like this. Some things would happen to some people and they would say it was dream come true. In my own case, I didn’t even have any dream. I just wanted to make music for people around me to listen to. I just wanted to do what I loved and I was okay if it was just one person that would tell me my music touched his soul. God decided to bless me and take my music all over the world, I am grateful for it’ he said.

While speaking on the money-making aspect of music, Frank Edwards pointed out that gospel music should not be done solely with money motive, a gospel singer will be disappointed if the purpose of ministration is about money.

“If you are a gospel minister, you have to know you are in a ministry.

If you are in it for the money, you may be disappointed. It is not that you will not make money in the long run but that is not the focus, the focus is to preach the gospel of music through your music.

When your focus is to first do something that would sell, you would lose focus. If you want to do it for the business, then try secular music. You need to be called to be a gospel artiste because you would have to endure when the money is not coming and you have to wait on the Lord and learn to use your faith. You would even be popular and you would still be climbing bikes”. he concluded

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips Today

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  • Arsenal are yet to offer a new contract to Jack Wilshere with the midfielder set to enter the final six months of his current deal.
  • Chelsea want to bring former players Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack back to the club as ambassadors.
  • Georginio Wijnaldum says Jurgen Klopp got Liverpool’s season back on track by making the players watch re-runs of the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham.
  • Peter Crouch has urged Pep Guardiola not to send Phil Foden out on loan, as the Stoke striker feels staying at Manchester City would be better for Foden’s development.
  • Roy Hodgson has told Eddie Howe he should view being touted as a future England manager as a badge of honour not a burden.
  • Alan Pardew has challenged Salomon Rondon to start scoring and stop him looking for a new striker in the January transfer window.
  • Paul Clement has denied claims he is one game from the sack at Swansea.
  • Marco Silva has challenged Andre Gray to find top form for Watford on his return to ex-club Burnley.
  • Leicester boss Claude Puel says Riyad Mahrez must not allow renewed transfer speculation to affect his game.
  • Mauricio Pellegrino has warned Southampton striker Charlie Austin to stay humble and not get carried away with his current form.
  • Stoke manager Mark Hughes says Tottenham’s window of opportunity to win the title may have already closed.
  • Arsenal’s players questioned Arsene Wenger’s tactics during a training-ground inquest after the defeat to Manchester United.
  • Antonio Conte has told Eden Hazard to find the “sacred fire” inside him to reach the levels of Cristiano ­Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar.
  • Marouane Fellaini is set to make his comeback for Manchester United in the derby day clash with Manchester City.
  • Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he is eyeing a return to Spain to be closer to his young family.
  • Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny says beating Liverpool would mean more than lifting the World Cup.
  • West Brom will consider bidding for Burnley’s Ben Mee if they lose Jonny Evans in the January transfer window.
  • Jose Mourinho has questioned whether Pep Guardiola should be allowed to wear a yellow ribbon supporting jailed Catalan politicians in Sunday’s derby.
  • Sam Allardyce has told Wayne Rooney he must set the example for the Everton players at Liverpool in Sunday’s derby.
  • Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out the possibility of Gareth Bale re-joining Tottenham ahead of their return to White Hart Lane next year.
  • West Ham owner David Sullivan has banned the club from signing older players, without telling manager David Moyes.
  • Carlo Ancelotti will put Premier League sides on alert by moving back to London following his sacking by Bayern Munich.
  • Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua are set to ditch underperforming £615,000 per week Carlos Tevez less than a year after signing him.
  • Sam Allardyce says that Wayne Rooney’s experiences of beating Liverpool with Manchester United will help Everton show the right mentality in the Merseyside derby.
  • Gareth Southgate is considering handing England call-ups to Burnley duo Ben Mee and James Tarkowski as he ponders his World Cup squad.
  • Theo Walcott has decided to postpone talks on a new Arsenal contract until the end of the season, with just 18 months left on his current deal.
  • Injured Benjamin Mendy admits he shouldn’t have been caught running down the touchline to celebrate Raheem Sterling’s late winner against Southampton.

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Hyypia: Liverpool Do Not Need Players In January

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Sami Hyypia believes Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp has no reason to buy in January, as he believes the squad is enough to achieve the club’s goals.

Klopp’s men are currently on a roll, they sit fourth on the table and are through to the knockout stages of the UCL, following a run of seven wins and two draws in all competitions.

It is a huge turnaround from their previous run of just two wins from 10 games and their defensive problems seem to have faded away and Hyypia feels Klopp has a good squad at Liverpool.

“At the moment, I think no department needs any improvement,” the Champions League winner with Liverpool told Goal at Standard Chartered’s LFC World event at Mumbai.

“We are winning games and scoring goals and even keeping clean-sheets so everything is fine at the moment. Every year you want to be stronger and move forward.

“This season winning the league will be very, very difficult because we are so much behind Manchester City and they seem to be getting their points every weekend. There are some teams in between as well who will come up the table if Manchester City drop points.

“The minimum target of course would be to end up in the Premier League top four and play in the Champions League next year or even winning the Champions League.”

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Tekno Spotted Chilling With Drake In VIP Section Of The Canadian Rapper’s Show (PHOTO)

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Self-acclaimed slim daddy, Tekno has joined the league of Nigerian artistes enjoying brotherly love from their international counterparts. At the VIP section of Drake’s recent show, Nigerian Singer Tekno was spotted chilling with the Canadian rapper.

Tekno who could not hide his excitement took to social media to share his brotherly vibe with Drake.

Should we be expecting a collaboration soon?

See Photo below;

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Get Familiar: Toby Grey – Neybor (Freestyle)

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Grey Nation sensational singer Toby Grey on having a good year so far releases a freestyle dubbed “Neybor” for her fans as we forge towards the festive season.

A song with a good groove and a message to Love each other is absolute a good dose from the uber talented singer and a good follow up to her widely accepted song Konibaje which features Skales and 9ice.

The uptempo song was produced by Young D.

Listen and Enjoy!


 

 
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Get Familiar: Toby Grey – Neybor (Freestyle)

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Grey Nation sensational singer Toby Grey on having a good year so far releases a freestyle dubbed “Neybor” for her fans as we forge towards the festive season.

A song with a good groove and a message to Love each other is absolute a good dose from the uber talented singer and a good follow up to her widely accepted song Konibaje which features Skales and 9ice.

The uptempo song was produced by Young D.

Listen and Enjoy!


 

 
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Buhari Commissions 2 Manufacturing Plants In Kano

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that current changes to trade and investment policies by the government since May 2015 would help the nation to diversify its economy, attract more foreign investments and speed up industrialization.

The president made this known on Thursday while speaking at the commissioning of two newly-established agro-based industries in Kano.

Buhari also said the overall effect of these achievements would lead to jobs creation and better living conditions for citizens as promised by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

At the new 1,200 tonnes capacity solvent extraction plant built by Gerawa Oil Mills Limited, President Buhari commended the firm for taking full advantage of the prevailing investment climate in the country.

The President, according to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also commissioned the Fullmark Rice Mills, the biggest rice mill in West Africa, at Kwanar Gunduwawa, Hadejia road.

At both mills, President Buhari expressed delight at the wholly-owned indigenous companies and assured agro-investors of his administration’s commitment to creating the right policies for agriculture to thrive.

At the solvent extraction plant of Gerawa Oil Mills, the Chairman of the company, Alhaji Isa Gerawa commended the policies of the Buhari administration on agriculture, describing them as key to Nigeria’s exit from recession and upward attainment to food security.

The industrialist, however, appealed to President Buhari to urgently address the issue of poor access to finance for farmers and agro-investors in the country.

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“I Cannot Quit My Music Career For Acting” – Banky W

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In the world of music, popular singer, Banky Wellington, widely known has Banky W has indeed carved a niche for himself. Meanwhile, his ongoing success in the world of acting has raised tension in the minds of lovers of his music craft.

In a chat with Saturday Beats, the singer turned actor has assured fans that his active involvement in movie scenes would not affect his music career.

Banky W said, “People who know me well know that I am a very ambitious person; I am ambitious to a fault and I feel like I can do anything. I dream big and I would literally work my fingers to the bone so I have no plans to rob my fans of my music.

My music career is still going on and I cannot quit it for acting. I am still releasing Running After You, featuring Nonso Amadi, ‘What you doing tonight’ and ‘Love you Baby’, which was produced by Cobhams. The videos would be out as well.”

While speaking on how he has been able to achieve such a big stride as a singer and actor, the singer pointed out that he has been the biggest critic of his own works. He said no matter how good anyone rates his performance, they are never good enough for him.

In his words;

“Anybody that has paid attention to my music videos would know that I have had this flirtatious love affair with the movie-making business because most of my videos are short films. I tend to tell stories with my music videos because I have always been a storyteller.

In fact, from my younger days, I always considered myself as a writer before I saw myself as a singer or an actor. In that sense, watching myself on the screen was not much of a surprise because I have been flirting with it for a long time.

“I try to be my biggest critic and I consider myself as such. That is how I am about my music and businesses. I feel that the day you are satisfied with your performance and job, it is the beginning of the end because you would start to become complacent. I am always harsh on myself. So, even people think I have done a good job; I try to look at the one area that I can improve on.

While I really love Wedding Party 1, I feel there were things I could have improved on. It is the same thing with the second part; I watch the movie and I look for my mistakes. I have not even started to watch the film yet; instead, I am looking for where I made mistakes. That is just the way that I am as an entertainer and performer.” he said.

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Mourinho: City Players Lose Balance Easily

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Jose Mourinho has played his mind games once again, suggesting Manchester City players are prone to simulation.

Guardiola spoke on Friday about how he and the United gaffer are having a friendly relationship, which is the opposite of what the pair had in Spain.

Mourinho stated earlier this week that Guardiola was lying about Silva’s unavailability for this weekend, which happened to be true, as the midfielder will be available.

And the Portuguese manager has also suggested that the attacking players fall too easily.

“They defend well, they react well to the moment they lose the ball. They have a good dynamic in attack,” he said.

“They have creative movements, amazing players, a fantastic coach.

“They have lots of good things. If you ask me one thing that I don’t like a lot, it’s that they lose balance very easily. A little bit of wind and they fall.”

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Conte: Kante Will Win Ballon d’Or If Managers Decided It

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Chelsea gaffer, Antonio Conte believes that N’golo Kante will win the Ballon d’Or if first team managers voted.

Ronaldo won his fifth Golden Ball, beating Messi and Neymar to the award, while Kante ranked eighth on the list, higher than any other Premier League player.

Conte who played as a midfielder during his days, wanted to win the Golden Ball, but concedes a defensive midfielder will find it hard to win an attack dominated award.

“When I was a player I wanted to win [the Ballon d’Or], but with my characteristic and my potential, I knew that it was impossible,” Conte told a news conference at Cobham Training Ground. “But I won a lot in my career. I won everything. I was captain of Juventus for many years.

“I lost two finals in the World Cup and Euro Championships but at same time you know very well [yourself] if you can reach level to win Ballon d’Or. I think in our team there are players who can reach this level. Others are not able, like me. Honestly, I don’t know if Kante can win Ballon d’Or in his life because for the characteristics of this player.

“He doesn’t score a lot of goals. He is a great worker. For me, Ballon d’Or is Ballon d’Or, but for a coach, Kante has to win, for every coach. If you ask coaches, we would take this decision. But in reality it would be very difficult for him to win.

“[Paolo] Maldini never won, but he was the best defender in the world. Never won. [Gianluigi] Buffon never won; he was the best goalkeeper in the world for many years. But this is the story of the Ballon d’Or. You have to respect it is a particular classification.”

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NYSC Launches Job Portal, CV Bank For Corps Members

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The National Youth Service corps (NYSC) on Friday launched a job portal and national CV bank for corps members.

This was disclosed by NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, while speaking at a launch held in Lagos.

The portal, nyscjobs.org, which was developed by the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) of the NYSC in conjunction with Diamond Bank, Dragnet, Blogme, Gr8tjobs.ng, and Sigma Pensions, allows corps members to upload their curriculum vitae (CV) and employers to post vacancies and screen candidates.

Corps members can also post short videos to sell their skills to employers.

Kazaure said it was part of the NYSC’s programme to promote employability after the one-year scheme.

He said: “Despite the obvious difficulty of securing white collar jobs and the overriding benefits of self-employment, a good number of our graduates are still inclined to trying their lucks with paid employment. This is why management considers it appropriate to buy into the idea of helping corps members to package themselves for employability in the highly competitive labour market.

“The portal we are launching today will, among other benefits, serve as a platform for corps members to get information on job vacancies and market themselves to protective employers, serve as a large pool for employers searching for suitable candidates, and provides means of verification of credentials.”

“NYSC has been taking steps to empower corps members for self-employment through one of our programmes – the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.

“Among the strides we have made so far, are the in-camp and off-camp training in various skills in partnerships with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bank of Industry.

“Through this, the corps entrepreneurs will benefit from start-up loans at single digit interest rates.’’

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“They Harassed Me And Gave My Manager A Dirty Slap” – Falz Recounts His Bitter Experience With SARS Officials

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Following the recent clamour for complete dissolution of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, through the #EndSARS campaign, Nigerian superstar Rapper, Falz The Bahd Guy has narrated the bitter experience he had with SARS officials.

In an interview with NET, the singer who recounted how he and his manager was oppressed at gun point by some group SARS officials said;

“On this particular day, they spotted us somewhere in Lagos and doublecrossed us, they then asked us to come down from our car. My manager tried to have a conversation with them but before he knew it, they gave him a dirty slap, he was close to tears. They said they would arrest us and take us their station. I wanted to sue them, not as a lawyer, but solely because they violated my human rights, but then, it is really sad that they think because they have guns, they think they are in a position of power and they use these to oppress poor Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, in a bid to reduce or eradicate the menace of Police brutality in Nigeria, Falz suggested a revamp excercise should be carried out on the entire Nigerian Police Force.

“The entire police force needs a revamp. The problem is that so many of them are not as educated as they should be, so they treat people in a certain way. People are speaking up because things have gone out of hand. These are the men who are supposed to protect us, but they are opening fire on us. They have resulted to targeting young guys. These days, once they see a young man looking flashy, they automatically think you are a yahoo boy”, he concluded.

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Nigerians Set To Hold #EndSARS Rally Nationwide On Monday

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Press Release: Nigerians Set To Hold #EndSARS Rally Nationwide On Monday

For a few days the highhandedness, brutality and extrajudicial execution perpetrated by the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) have been the topic of debate amongst Nigerians at home and abroad. We are appalled by the stories told by victims, friends and family members of victims who have recounted experiences of extortion, torture, murder and disappearance of friends and loved ones.

  1. To this end, we will be holding a series of peaceful protests around the country on Monday, December 11, 2017, at locations in several cities to call for the immediate dissolution of SARS as a police unit.

#EndSARS: Police Defends SARS – Those Who Want It Scrapped “May Likely Be Armed Robbers”

2. These stories, many supported with pictures and videos, told by thousands of Nigerians about their suffering in the hands of men of the unit show that indeed the unit has outlived its uselessness and has become a menace to the Nigerian society.

3. It is important to state that our protests and the calls for the dissolution of SARS will be situated within the context of the calls for the reform of the Nigerian Police Force. Whilst calling for the scrapping of the unit, we are also calling for greater funding of the police, better training, the provision of better equipment and living quarters, the provision of insurance, the establishment of a stricter code of conduct, the public prosecution and discipline of itinerant police officers, and such other connected matters.

4. Locations around the country where the protests will hold include:

#EndSARS Campaign: Simi, Adekunle Gold, Reekado Banks Share Bitter Stories Of Their Encounter With SARS

Abuja – Unity Fountain
Lagos – Gani-Fawehinmi Park, Ojota
Warri – Enerhen Junction
Jos – Polo Terminus
Port Harcourt – Garrison Junction
Kaduna – Muritala Square
Ibadan – Mokola Junction
Awka – Wetheral/Okigwe Road Roundabout

  1. We invite members of the media as well as all Nigerians to join us as we pursue the lofty ideals of a safer, more secure and better policed country for all Nigerians.

God bless Nigeria.

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Nigerians Set To Hold #EndSARS Rally Nationwide On Monday

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Press Release: Nigerians Set To Hold #EndSARS Rally Nationwide On Monday

For a few days the highhandedness, brutality and extrajudicial execution perpetrated by the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) have been the topic of debate amongst Nigerians at home and abroad. We are appalled by the stories told by victims, friends and family members of victims who have recounted experiences of extortion, torture, murder and disappearance of friends and loved ones.

  1. To this end, we will be holding a series of peaceful protests around the country on Monday, December 11, 2017, at locations in several cities to call for the immediate dissolution of SARS as a police unit.

#EndSARS: Police Defends SARS – Those Who Want It Scrapped “May Likely Be Armed Robbers”

2. These stories, many supported with pictures and videos, told by thousands of Nigerians about their suffering in the hands of men of the unit show that indeed the unit has outlived its uselessness and has become a menace to the Nigerian society.

3. It is important to state that our protests and the calls for the dissolution of SARS will be situated within the context of the calls for the reform of the Nigerian Police Force. Whilst calling for the scrapping of the unit, we are also calling for greater funding of the police, better training, the provision of better equipment and living quarters, the provision of insurance, the establishment of a stricter code of conduct, the public prosecution and discipline of itinerant police officers, and such other connected matters.

4. Locations around the country where the protests will hold include:

#EndSARS Campaign: Simi, Adekunle Gold, Reekado Banks Share Bitter Stories Of Their Encounter With SARS

Abuja – Unity Fountain
Lagos – Gani-Fawehinmi Park, Ojota
Warri – Enerhen Junction
Jos – Polo Terminus
Port Harcourt – Garrison Junction
Kaduna – Muritala Square
Ibadan – Mokola Junction
Awka – Wetheral/Okigwe Road Roundabout

  1. We invite members of the media as well as all Nigerians to join us as we pursue the lofty ideals of a safer, more secure and better policed country for all Nigerians.

God bless Nigeria.

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Wenger: Arsenal Do Not Have A Title In Sight

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Arsene Wenger has stated that the thought of Arsenal challenging for the Premier League title is not realistic.

Arsenal have all but given up on the title 15 games in and sit 15 points and in fifth position, after a 3-1 defeat to United.

Wenger still has the Carabao Cup, the Europa League and the FA Cup to worry about and are still in the top-four race.

With there plenty of other avenues to explore for his side, Wenger is prepared to forget about chasing the top-flight crown for now, telling reporters: “At the moment we have different worries than the title.

“We are too far from the title at the moment to speak about the title. It’s not realistic. Let’s try to win our next game and over a longer distance see if we can come back.”

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Wenger: Arsenal Do Not Have A Title In Sight

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Arsene Wenger has stated that the thought of Arsenal challenging for the Premier League title is not realistic.

Arsenal have all but given up on the title 15 games in and sit 15 points and in fifth position, after a 3-1 defeat to United.

Wenger still has the Carabao Cup, the Europa League and the FA Cup to worry about and are still in the top-four race.

With there plenty of other avenues to explore for his side, Wenger is prepared to forget about chasing the top-flight crown for now, telling reporters: “At the moment we have different worries than the title.

“We are too far from the title at the moment to speak about the title. It’s not realistic. Let’s try to win our next game and over a longer distance see if we can come back.”

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Salinas: Ronaldo Is Not Among Best Ever

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Former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid forward, Julio Salinas has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo does not deserve the awards he has won and is not among the best ever.

The Portugal icon equalled Messi’s Ballon d’Or haul of five awards. Winning four in the last five years.

However, former Spain international Salinas dismissed Ronaldo’s claims via social media as he talked up Barca great Messi.

“Just because you’re very good, that doesn’t mean you’re the best, as you’ve had the bad luck of coinciding with the great Messi,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Sincerely, I don’t think you are on the podium of the best in history, as there are quite a few who’d surpass you.

“Comfort yourself with these Ballon d’Or awards [something you have not deserved].”

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Bode George Announces Withdrawal From PDP National Chairmanship Race (Read Full Statement)

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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, has announced his withdrawal from the race for the national chairmanship of the party.

He, however, said he did not withdraw for any candidate but on a matter of principle, adding that it was wrong for the party not to have micro-zone the office of the national chairman.

Hours after he vowed not to quit the race at the party’s convention in Abuja on Saturday, he changed his mind, following some signals he noticed.

First was that the party appears to have jettisoned zoning, that would have made the South West region produce the chairman.

Secondly, he noticed that the party has been hijacked by mercenaries and money bags and that the party chairmanship has been sold to the highest bidder.

Thirdly, he felt offended by what he perceived to be Governor Nyesom Wike’s insult on George’s Yoruba race.

He demanded an apology from Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and generally pointed out that the party is once again careering to self-destruction.

Read Full Statement Below:

Since the ancient days when the Yoruba people began their historical challenges on the plains and the hills of Ile-Ife, we have always been defined by our instinctive integrity, our methodical industry, our consistent loyalty and our steadfastness in protecting and defending the truth.
It is in all these characterization that I have personally lived my life. It is in all these summative portraits that I have pursued my personal and political engagements, strengthened in the resolve that truth, sincerity of purpose, fearlessness, equity, ethical balance are the basic ingredients of a purposeful life.

I have gone through many travails in my life. I have climbed the highest hills. and I have been through the lowest valleys. But in all, I have been guided by the holiest of heart’s affection, the genuine and the utmost surrender to the will of the Lord.

But I have never been afraid of a good fight.

I have never disengaged from a meaningful challenge. I have always committed myself to any struggle with absolute dedication and unflinching, resolute vision.

It is in this spirit and clarity of selfless engagement that I decided to run for the National Chairmanship position of our great party. I did not enter the contest for any personal benefits. I did not throw myself into the fray because of some pecuniary benefits.

I have come to serve. I have come to offer myself because I believe in the greater glory of our party and in the growth and development of our nation. I have served continuously for 10 years in various high level positions in our party administration, including the second highest echelon of Deputy National Chairman.

With all sense of humility, I can say that I know the workings and all the administrative processes and the tools of making our party work.

That shattering and very divisive crises of the last two years have made our party very vulnerable, weak and basically tottering on the edges of the cliff.

Less than one year before the next general election, our party must now elect new managers to direct our affairs. The foremost of these new managers is the position of the National Chairman.

In this highly challenging scenario, the party naturally needs an experienced, trusted, proven, reliable and astute administrator who can guide our party to the land of redemption and the land of triumphant rebound.

It is in this vein that I have offered my humble service to lead our party.
But more importantly, I have entered the contest on the fundamental predication of the micro zoning principle as laid down by our founding fathers.

The zoning principle, which was publicly reinforced last year in Port Harcourt, had specifically and rightly affirmed the South-West as the zone to produce the National Chairman. This binding proclamation was based on equity, fairness and natural balance that hold any organisation together.

But this old, legitimate and morally sound micro zoning principle has now been trashed, dumped in the waste bin, flung into the gutter by very little men who have compromised the pivotal moral anchor of civilised engagement for temporary selfish gains.

Everywhere you look, the Yoruba people are now being brazenly insulted. The very traditional fiber of our founding fathers are now being trampled upon, debased and soiled by external forces and mercenary traitors within.

It appears the PDP is now bent on self destruction. It has obviously allowed money moguls to dictate its thematic largeness. The party has lost its soul. It has lost its principled beginning and the predications of righteousness. It has traded the finer principles of democratic guidance and equity for the squalid, dirty and shameful resort to mercenary agenda where nothing matters save the putrid, oafish gains of the moment.

I cannot be part of this screaming aberration. And as the Atona of Yoruba land, I do not expect any well meaning, well disciplined, forthright, sincere Omoluabi of Yoruba land to continue with this deceit and shameful theater.

The Peoples Democratic Party has now mangled and distorted its soul and spirit. There is no morality here anymore. There is no sanity or any sense of enlightened civility.

As a result of these observed aberrations wherein the position of the National Chairman has been apparently sold and auctioned to the highest bidder, I, as an Omoluabi and as an authentic Atona of Yorubaland, will not partake in this charade.

I, hereby, withdraw from this brazen fraud and absolutely preconceived, monetized, mercantilist convention.

The Yoruba people have been openly maligned. The Yoruba have been savaged, tormented, treated with contempt, scurried, scoffed at, humiliated and denigrated by little men whose sun will soon set.

As a Yoruba patriot and the pathfinder of Yoruba land, I will stand by our people, I will stay with them thick or thin, I will fight for their good cause without compromising any ethics.

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike must as a matter of priority and ethical importance tender unreserved apology to the people of Yoruba land for his unguarded utterances on national television this morning. It was a show of shame.

I thank you all for listening.

OLABODE IBIYINKA GEORGE, CON
ATONA ODUDUWA OF YORUBA LAND
ABUJA, 8TH DECEMBER, 2017

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Ederson: City Are Looking For Win In Derby

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Manchester City goalie, Ederson has stated that Guardiola’s men are going to Old Trafford to get the win and dash United’s title hope.

United welcome City, who are currently top of the table with an eight points gap from 15 games. And Mourinho’s men are currently on a 40-game unbeaten streak at home.

City goalkeeper Ederson, however, insisted his team-mates are not targeting a draw.

“I already know about the importance of the derby,” the Brazil international said. “It’s always important to keep a distance with our direct opponents, but we are going to keep working no matter what, focused on our job and try to win there.

“Of course we can [win]. All the games we have played this season, we started with the goal to win. We have a great winning streak and we are going to go there to try to win.

“We are aware of how difficult and complicated the game is going to be, being a derby.

“I think our team is going to face it with the same concentration as usual, try to play our game to get the win.”

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