Stoke City Managerial Target Gary Rowett Signs New Derby County Contract

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Gary Rowett has signed a new contract at Derby County which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.

Gary Rowett has penned a three-and-a-half-year contract extension amid reports that he was on Stoke’s shortlist to replace Mark Hughes.

As quoted on the club’s website, Rowett said: Rowett stated: “I am thrilled to extend my contract with this great club through to 2021 and I have thoroughly enjoyed being back at Derby County.

“I would like to thank my immediate staff and back-office teams who have been a massive factor in our progress to date, and will be a critical part of our success moving forward.

“The first-team squad have also been superb to work with and have really embraced the changes we felt were necessary for success; they are a joy to work with.

“I would also like to thank our Chairman, Mel Morris, for the support and guidance he has provided in so many areas of the club.

“We have a great relationship which is critical, particularly when so many things needed rapid change. I am looking forward to the future and helping to guide Derby County back to the Premier League, where it belongs.”

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Andreas Christensen Signs New Four-and-a-half-year Contract At Chelsea

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Andreas Christensen has penned a new four-and-a-half-year contract at Chelsea.

The 21-year-old has become a first-team regular under Antonio Conte, making 22 appearances this season since returning from his two-year loan spell with Borussia Monchengladbach.

“It feels really good to sign a new contract and I’m just happy to be committed to Chelsea for the future. I’ve played a lot of games, I’m enjoying it at the club and everything is working well,” the defender said, as quoted on the club’s website.

Club director Marina Granovskaia added: “This contract is reward for the excellent form Andreas has shown in the first half of the season. He showed immense potential when he signed for Chelsea in 2012 and is now enjoying the benefits of the dedication and professionalism he has shown since.

“After two seasons on loan in Germany we were convinced he was ready to be a part of the squad this season and he has grasped the opportunity with both hands.

“We are delighted he has chosen to commit his future to Chelsea and we look forward to four-and-a-half more successful years with Andreas Christensen at the club.”

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Don Wanny: Full Speech Of Wike’s Broadcast On The Killing Of Notorious Kidnapper

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Governor Nyelsom Wike of Rivers State on Monday issued a state broadcast in which he thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies for killing the suspected mastermind of the January 1 massacre in the state.

Prominent in infamy with the name Don Wanny or Don Waney, Johnson Igwediba, who is a notorious cultist, murderer and kidnapper, was killed by security operatives in Enugu, where he allegedly fled to after the New Year day attack in Omoku, Rivers State.

He is responsible for the attack that left more than 21 persons dead in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State after he and his gang members opened fire indiscriminately at people returning from their various churches in the early hours of January 1, 2018 where they had gone to attend the New Year crossover night service.

Some of the items security operatives discovered from notorious ex-militant Don Wanny’s multimillion naira estate at his home town, Aligwu, Rivers state.

Some of the items security operatives discovered from notorious ex-militant Don Wanny’s multimillion naira estate at his home town, Aligwu, Rivers state.

Read full transcript of Wike’s broadcast below:

STATE BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, NYESOM EZENWO WIKE CON, GSSRS ON THE KILLING OF THE NOTORIOUS CULTIST, MURDERER AND KIDNAPPER, JOHNSON IGWEDIBIA (ALIAS DON WANNY)

My dear people of Rivers State

On the first of January 2018, the entire State and the country at large was traumatized by the callous murder of 23 innocent persons at Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area by the notorious cultist, kidnapper, terrorist and murderer Don Wanny and members of his doomed gang.

2. When I visited the families of the victims, I placed a prize tag of N200 million for any information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of this most heinous crime against humanity.

3. I also assured the security agencies of our further determination to continue supporting them with whatever it would take to have these criminals apprehended and brought to justice.

4. Yesterday, 7th January 2018, we all received the news about the death of Don Wanny and two of his fellow gang members in their hideouts in Enugu State while trying to escape arrest from the security agencies that were closing in on them.

5. Although we would have wanted Mr. Don Wanny and his gang members to have been arrested alive and put to trial for their numerous crimes and atrocities against his own people. His death, nevertheless, is a huge relief to the entire State, and therefore, most welcome development.

6. For years the security situation in Omoku in particular, and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government area in general, has been most challenging because of the criminal activities of Don Wanny and his gang.

7. We therefore wholeheartedly thank President Muhammadu Buhari for rising to the occasion and not politicking with the issue of security. We also commend the security agencies, particularly, the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Security, for swiftly rising to the challenge in the most professional manner.

8. There is no doubt that this heroic success has proven what is possible when our security agencies are willing to discharge their constitutional duties with unadulterated commitment and professionalism.

9. Since 2015, we have been calling for tackling security issues devoid of political considerations in Rivers State in order to achieve maximum result. This level of commitment and professionalism as demonstrated in the Omoku case is exemplary. Therefore, we will continue to demand no less from our security agencies to keep our State safe and secure for residents, visitors and investors.

10. As a government, we have invested heavily on the security of the State and will continue to do everything within our powers to guarantee the security and safety of lives and property throughout the State. As a fact, we will spare no cost in ensuring that nobody will have peace if the lives and property of our people make no meaning to them.

11. However, we are deeply worried when our investments in security are deliberately prevented from yielding the desired results due largely to the recurrent tendency to politicize the federally controlled security agencies and services in the State. This is the reason why we must thank the President for doing things differently and with the support of all, a different result has been achieved.

12. The aftermaths of crime and insecurity affect society as a whole, and not only the direct victims. Accordingly, the duty to fight crime and criminality remains collective and no right thinking person should ever indulge in politicizing security issues under any circumstance.

13. In deed, at a time such as this, we expect political leaders to eschew political sentiments in their reactions and utterances and join forces with the State Government to address the situation and bring justice to the victims.

14. Regrettably, instead of showing respect for the dead and genuine sympathies to the bereaved families, the leader of the All Progressives Congress and former Governor of the State prefers to exploit the unfortunate incident for political ends by disseminating wild, unguarded and inciting statements to the unsuspecting public.

15. Contrary to his false claims and posturing the security challenge in Omoku predated our administration and Rivers State was never peaceful when he held sway as Governor. In case he has forgotten, this same Don Wanny tragically killed 32 persons in Omoku on the 14th of December 2014 under his watch as Governor. Yet, he failed to bring Don Wanny to justice.

15. We reiterate our zero tolerance for all forms of criminality and reassure all residents of our determination to be tough with those who choose to violate our criminal laws and undermine peace and security in the State.

16. To underscore the seriousness we attach to the fight against violent crime, we shall be amending the Anti kidnapping law to prescribe the maximum sentence for engaging in cultism, robbery and kidnapping.

17. Our decision to offer amnesty to all repentant cultists, militants and criminals was done in good faith and in the best interest of the State. Regrettably, while the programme was on course, the former governor and his ilk dissuaded some of these criminals from sincerely embracing the amnesty. The result is the recent escalation of cult and criminal activities in parts of the State.

20. At all times, our position on the amnesty offer is clear: those who genuinely embraced the offer are bound to fully, completely and perpetually renounce all forms of criminality and be of good behaviour in order to enjoy terms of the amnesty. The full weight of the law will be released on those who failed to embrace it.

21. Consequently, based on reliable information by the security agencies, I hereby direct them to immediately arrest and prosecute the under-mentioned persons who have either reneged on the terms of the amnesty and or refused to embrace same by continuing with cultism, kidnapping, and armed robbery in the State:

OGBA/EGBEMA/NDONI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. OLUCHI IGWEDIBIA (a.k.a. Obatosu)

2. Eze (a.k.a. Ugly Vulture)

3. AUSTIN – 6i/c Iceland Omoku)

4. Evidence

5. TOMPOLO from Obuboru – Greenlander

ASARI TORU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. IDAYE GRANVILLE (a.k.a. Egbele)

2. MPAKABOARI DALABU (a.k.a. Parker)

ANDONI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. ETENGO ETNEGO – MEND

2. VICTOR EKENS – MEND

AHOADA WEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. HAPPY HARRY ODULU (alias Chief Priest) Egbema-Ogbogolo

2. AHOADA AUGUSTINE OBENE (alias Sunshine, Okogbe village)

3. TU-MAN, P (from Idoha village)

ELEME LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. MBAJO – DEYGBAM

EMOHUA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. GOODLUCK IGONIKA – ICELAND

2. JUSTICE ORDAH (a.k.a. ADC) – ICELAND

3. SUNNY KEMJIKA WOVODO – DEYGBAM

4. ONYEMA UWOBO – ICELAND

IKWERRE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. JONATHAN NKEMIJIKA (alias School Boy)

GOKANA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. BARIJASI FRIMA (DAYWELL) – BOMU

2. ELVIS KOOYA (DAYGBAM) – BODO

3. GIOBARA POIBA – K/DERE

4. BONIFACE PAAGO (a.k.a. Chairman) – BODO

OMUMA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. JOHN WALA – DEYWELL

2. IHECHIMERE NWAYINWU – DEYWELL

3. BRIGHT OKERE – DEYWELL

AKUKU TORU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. OSELA JACK – GREENLANDER

DEGEMA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. LUCKY MILLER – DEYGBAM

2. SOMINBA BIABO –

3. OROLOBO NELSON – ICELAND

4. WATER BABY – ICELAND

5. DANIEL BOBMANUEL – GREENLANDER

ETCHE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

1. UCHECHKWU OKERE (A.K.A TOGO – DEYGBAM

19. The Rivers State Government will pay N20 million to any person who volunteers useful information that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of any of the afore-mentioned persons.

20. Finally, we wish to reassure Rivers people once again of our commitment to support the security agencies to guarantee the safety and security of lives and property across the State.

16. Thank you, and may God continue to bless Rivers State.

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Ogun Shines As NECO Releases 2017 Nov/Dec SSCE Results | Check Yours Here

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The National Examination Council (NECO) has announced the release of the results for the 2017 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

The results were announced by the Registrar of the Council, Prof. Charles Uwakwe, on Tuesday at its headquarters in Minna.

‎How To Check NECO Results

‎Uwakwe said that a total of 42, 985‎ candidates registered for the examination and 42, 429 wrote the examination in 28 subjects.

He said 24, 098 candidates representing 56.79 per cent ‎had five credits and above.

The registrar said that 32, 917 candidates representing 77.58 per cent had five credits irrespective of English Language and Mathematics.

Uwakwe explained that 32, 701 candidates representing 78.82 per cent had credit and above in Mathematics‎.

He said that 29, 258 candidates representing 70 per cent had credits and above in English Language.

According to him, 4,425 candidates, representing 10.43 per cent were involved in examination malpractice.

The registrar noted that the number represented ‎5.9 per cent reduction in examination malpractice compared to 2016 record.

Uwakwe said that the results were released on time to enable candidates who needed them for the admission for 2017/2018 academic session.‎

“It will please the general public to know that this is the first time the council is releasing the result of Nov/Dec ‎SSCE results barely 38 days after the test.

“The early and timely release of the 2017 Nov/Dec SSCE result is in line with the council new work ethos that borders on efficient service delivery,” he said.

Uwakwe said that the feat was possible as a result of deployment of improved logistics that ensured appropriate standards.

He urged the candidates to access their results on NECO Website – www.mynecoexams.com, using their examination registration numbers and the council approved result checker.‎

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogun State was best in the performance of the 2017 SSCE Nov/Dec ‎examination.

Ogun had a percentage of 91. 42 per cent of candidates had five credits and above followed by Akwa – Ibom with 87.97 per cent and Oyo with a percentage of 86.90 per cent.

It was gathered that Plateau‎ topped the list of the examination malpractice with 943 cases, representing 21.31 per cent followed by Oyo with 884 cases, representing 19.97 per cent.

Adamawa is the third on 464 cases of examination malpractice, representing 10.48 per cent.

How To Check NECO Results:

Meanwhile, to check your results, candidates should open the NECO site through by clicking here:  www.mynecoexams.com.

How to check NECO 2016 Results

How to check NECO 2017 Results

Then follow the five (5) simple steps below:

1. Select year Examination Type
2. Select year of examination
3. Enter your card PIN number
4. Enter your Examination Number
5. Click on “Check My Result” button

 

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

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United are not currently in negotiations with Bordeaux to sign Brazilian wonderkid Malcom, according to sources close to the player.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all interested in the Bayer Leverkusen striker Leon Bailey, who has scored eight goals in 16 games this season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted he believes City are in pole position to land Jonny Evans.
Pep Guardiola has identified Fred as the long-term successor to Fernandinho.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Tottenham chose not to rival Chelsea for Ross Barkley because they feel they can sign better players this summer.
Arsenal are keen to include Mathieu Debuchy as part of a possible deal to sign Evans from West Brom.
Antonio Conte is considering recalling first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal on Wednesday.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Steve McManaman doesn’t believe Liverpool need to win a trophy this year for it to have been a successful season, but does think it’s “important” Jurgen Klopp lifts a trophy during his reign.
Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has spoken out after the sale of Philippe Coutinho, and he wants to see the club bring in quality additions to replace the Brazilian.
Besiktas vice-president Ahmet Nur Cebi has revealed that Crystal Palace just missed out on a cut-price swoop to bring Cenk Tosun to Selhurst Park in the summer.
Everton have revealed a record turnover as part of the latest set of accounts which show the “numbers are going in the right direction”.
Oumar Niasse’s rollercoaster Everton career could be coming to an end as the Blues consider offloading the striker.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle United are expected to stick to their asking price for Aleksandar Mitrovic this month – despite talk of a knockdown fee from Ligue 1 clubs Bordeaux and Marseille.
Newcastle are keen on Las Palmas midfielder Jonathan Viera, according to reports.
Tim Krul insists he would “love” to see someone invest heavily in Newcastle United so that the club can finally fulfil its potential.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Chris Coleman has been linked with a move for Bolton Wanderers frontman and Gateshead native Gary Madine in the last few weeks.

THE SENTINEL
Mark Hughes is backing Stoke City to stay up this season.
Martin O’Neill would be interested in becoming the new Stoke City manager, according to one of his former players.
Stoke will have to wait until the end of the season to appoint bookies favourite Slaven Bilic

THE DAILY ECHO
Southampton have not been perturbed by Arsene Wenger’s desire to keep Theo Walcott and have continued to pursue a deal to bring him back to St Mary’s.

HULL DAILY MAIL
The January transfer window is open and Hull City are ‘working hard’ to add to their squad, according to head coach Nigel Adkins.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Blackburn Rovers have signed Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong on loan until the end of the season.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Liverpool have made no approach for Leiceter City’s Riyad Mahrez who is out of the country on a short break, a mystery relative has confirmed.

DERBY TELEGRAPH
Mel Morris has spoken of the challenge Derby County face in this transfer window.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
Sean Longstaff says regular playing time was the main factor behind his decision to extend his loan spell at Blackpool until the summer.

THE ARGUS
Brighton and Hove Albion are not interested in Everton striker Oumar Niasse.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga Transfer To Real Madrid Put On Hold Over Foot injury

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Real Madrid will delay their move for Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga if the player undergoes an operation on his foot this month, reports Onda Cero.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was examined by Real Madrid’s doctors in the Spanish capital last week and may now have to undergo surgery which will keep him out of action until March.

This has delayed his transfer to the LaLiga champions and there is a strong possibility that the deal may not be completed until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old, who has already reached an agreement with Madrid, expected the Bernabeu giants to activate his €20m buyout clause this month.

According to reports, Kepa would rather have treatment and manage the problem after international boss Julen Lopetegui made it clear that he wouldn’t be selected if he is not playing regularly.

Kepa has played 14 times in La Liga this term for Athletic.

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Stoke City Complete Signing Of Moritz Bauer From Rubin Kazan

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Stoke have announced the signing of Austrian right-back Moritz Bauer from Rubin Kazan for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old has penned a four-and-a-half-year deal at the bet365 Stadium, becoming the club’s first signing of the January transfer window.

Moritz Bauer featured in 37 league games for Rubin Kazan, having joined in 2016, while he made his Austria debut last year in the 1-1 draw with Georgia.

Speaking on the Stoke’s website, CEO Tony Scholes said: “Moritz is a player we have been trailing for some time and was someone Mark Hughes wanted to bring into the Club.

“Moritz came over to England last week to undergo his medical and discuss terms and we have now been able to conclude his transfer.

“He’s a very highly-regarded player who broke into the Austrian senior side last year and he adds to the defensive resources at our disposal.”

Stoke moved quickly to address their right-back problems which has seen striker Mame Biram Diouf fill the void.

Youngster Tom Edwards also made his first professional appearance at right-back in City’s 7-2 defeat at Manchester City in October.

But the Potters wanted a natural full-back with experience for the second half of the campaign.

He was crowned Rubin Kazan’s Player of the Year in 2017 and recently broke into the Austrian squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

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Wolverhampton Midfielder Jack Price Completes Transfer To MLS Club Colorado Rapids

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Wolverhampton have confirmed that Jack Price has agreed a move to join MLS club Colorado Rapids on a four-year deal.

Jack Price has been a long-standing member of the West Midlands outfit having joined the club’s academy at seven years old.

Since making his debut in August 2013, Price went on to make 115 appearances for Wolves and contributed with two goals in that time.

“I’ve been at Wolves for my entire footballing life so it’s played a huge part in my career,” Price told the club’s official website. “I’ve played with some fantastic players and worked with some brilliant staff.

“Of course, a part of me is sad to leave the club after so many years, but the time is right for a new challenge and I’m really looking forward to my next step.

“I would like to thank everybody who has helped me during my time at Wolves and the fans for their support throughout my time here. It’s a wonderful club and I wish it every success going forward.”

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Wolverhampton Midfielder Jack Price Completes Transfer To MLS Club Colorado Rapids

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Wolverhampton have confirmed that Jack Price has agreed a move to join MLS club Colorado Rapids on a four-year deal.

Jack Price has been a long-standing member of the West Midlands outfit having joined the club’s academy at seven years old.

Since making his debut in August 2013, Price went on to make 115 appearances for Wolves and contributed with two goals in that time.

“I’ve been at Wolves for my entire footballing life so it’s played a huge part in my career,” Price told the club’s official website. “I’ve played with some fantastic players and worked with some brilliant staff.

“Of course, a part of me is sad to leave the club after so many years, but the time is right for a new challenge and I’m really looking forward to my next step.

“I would like to thank everybody who has helped me during my time at Wolves and the fans for their support throughout my time here. It’s a wonderful club and I wish it every success going forward.”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Claims He’s Been A Victim Of Latent Racism

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that he has been a victim of “latent racism” throughout his football career.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has won his nation’s Golden Ball award a record 11 times, has stated that he would be treated differently if his surname was “Svensson or Andersson”.

In an interview with former Inter Milan teammate Olivier Dacourt for Canal +, the striker said: “They still attack me today because they do not accept me being Ibrahimovic. If another player made the same mistakes as me, they would defend him. When it’s me, they do not defend me, but it’s okay, it’s what made me stronger.

“I’m talking about racism. I’m not saying it’s asserted racism, but latent racism. That’s it, I’m sure. If my name was Svensson or Andersson, or if I was blonde, they would defend me even if I robbed a bank.

“I’m probably the best Swedish player in history. What I did, no-one had done before. The record of number of times anyone had won the Swedish Player of the Year was two. And how many did I win? Eleven. It never happened before. I’ve done for Swedish football what nobody has. I’m the best.”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Claims He’s Been A Victim Of Latent Racism

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that he has been a victim of “latent racism” throughout his football career.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has won his nation’s Golden Ball award a record 11 times, has stated that he would be treated differently if his surname was “Svensson or Andersson”.

In an interview with former Inter Milan teammate Olivier Dacourt for Canal +, the striker said: “They still attack me today because they do not accept me being Ibrahimovic. If another player made the same mistakes as me, they would defend him. When it’s me, they do not defend me, but it’s okay, it’s what made me stronger.

“I’m talking about racism. I’m not saying it’s asserted racism, but latent racism. That’s it, I’m sure. If my name was Svensson or Andersson, or if I was blonde, they would defend me even if I robbed a bank.

“I’m probably the best Swedish player in history. What I did, no-one had done before. The record of number of times anyone had won the Swedish Player of the Year was two. And how many did I win? Eleven. It never happened before. I’ve done for Swedish football what nobody has. I’m the best.”

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Mark Hughes Proud Of His Achievements At Stoke City Despite Getting Sacked

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Mark Hughes insists he was the proud of the job he did at Stoke City despite being sacked on Saturday.

Mark Hughes was axed by chairman Peter Coates following the Potters’ humiliating 2-1 defeat to League Two Coventry on Saturday.

Stoke were also on a run of eight defeats in 11 league matches leaving them struggling in the bottom three.
He said: “Together, we have enjoyed four successful campaigns including three consecutive ninth placed finishes; the highest position the club has reached since 1975. I will always be very proud of this achievement and I’d like to thank my coaching staff, the players and everyone at Stoke City for their hard work during my time as manager.

“Although so far this season we haven’t matched the high standards set in previous years, I remain confident that performances and results will improve in the second half of the season.

“Finally, I’d like to wish the club and its loyal supporters success and good fortune in the future.

“I look forward to the next challenge in my management career.”

The Potters are still in the hunt for his replacement with former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill in the running

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Mark Hughes Proud Of His Achievements At Stoke City Despite Getting Sacked

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Mark Hughes insists he was the proud of the job he did at Stoke City despite being sacked on Saturday.

Mark Hughes was axed by chairman Peter Coates following the Potters’ humiliating 2-1 defeat to League Two Coventry on Saturday.

Stoke were also on a run of eight defeats in 11 league matches leaving them struggling in the bottom three.
He said: “Together, we have enjoyed four successful campaigns including three consecutive ninth placed finishes; the highest position the club has reached since 1975. I will always be very proud of this achievement and I’d like to thank my coaching staff, the players and everyone at Stoke City for their hard work during my time as manager.

“Although so far this season we haven’t matched the high standards set in previous years, I remain confident that performances and results will improve in the second half of the season.

“Finally, I’d like to wish the club and its loyal supporters success and good fortune in the future.

“I look forward to the next challenge in my management career.”

The Potters are still in the hunt for his replacement with former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill in the running

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Borussia Monchengladbach Confirm Interest In Signing West Ham Youngster Reece Oxford

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Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has reiterated their desire to sign West Ham’s Reece Oxford.

Reece Oxford was recalled from his season-long loan deal at the end of the year as the club felt he wasn’t playing enough.

Eberl said: “We talked a lot with West Ham during the winter break and were surprised when they activated the clause. The tone in the discussions before that was a different one. But I understand their reasoning: West Ham are in relegation battle and wanted to bring back a good player.

“So far they haven’t used him so the talks continue. I hope that there will be no utopian offer from another club. Then we will have a chance for Reece to come back to us. He has developed well with us over the five months. He had to wait for his chance but he impressed us when he got it.”

The youngster is highly thought at West Ham and manager David Moyes revealed recently that he’s not keen on selling his top young players.

“What I’m not keen on is selling my best young players,” Moyes said. “Wherever I’ve been you keep your best young players.

“Reece played the last three games and, if he hadn’t, you’d be asking what he’s doing out there if he’s not getting any football.

“He wasn’t playing regularly enough. He’s just really got into the team the last couple of games and I don’t think there’s any guarantee he would go back in the team. There was a little to do with injuries. My feeling was that you wouldn’t want to sell your best young players.”

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Borussia Monchengladbach Confirm Interest In Signing West Ham Youngster Reece Oxford

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Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has reiterated their desire to sign West Ham’s Reece Oxford.

Reece Oxford was recalled from his season-long loan deal at the end of the year as the club felt he wasn’t playing enough.

Eberl said: “We talked a lot with West Ham during the winter break and were surprised when they activated the clause. The tone in the discussions before that was a different one. But I understand their reasoning: West Ham are in relegation battle and wanted to bring back a good player.

“So far they haven’t used him so the talks continue. I hope that there will be no utopian offer from another club. Then we will have a chance for Reece to come back to us. He has developed well with us over the five months. He had to wait for his chance but he impressed us when he got it.”

The youngster is highly thought at West Ham and manager David Moyes revealed recently that he’s not keen on selling his top young players.

“What I’m not keen on is selling my best young players,” Moyes said. “Wherever I’ve been you keep your best young players.

“Reece played the last three games and, if he hadn’t, you’d be asking what he’s doing out there if he’s not getting any football.

“He wasn’t playing regularly enough. He’s just really got into the team the last couple of games and I don’t think there’s any guarantee he would go back in the team. There was a little to do with injuries. My feeling was that you wouldn’t want to sell your best young players.”

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Burnley Complete Loan Signing Of Tottenham Winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has moved on loan to Burnley.

Georges-Kevin N’Koudou who was signed from Marseille for £9.4m, has yet to start a Premier League game this season and Mauricio Pochettino is happy for him to gain more game time elsewhere.

He has made only 22 appearances in all competitions since his arrival and has played just one minute in the Premier League this season.

Clarets manager Sean Dyche hopes to have Nkoudou available for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.

“I know the manager likes young players and players who go forward, so it suits my character to come here and I am happy to work with him,” Nkoudou said.

“I hope to help the club. If I can, I will – but the last word is with the manager.

“I am ready to play and waiting on the starting blocks. If the manager puts me on the pitch I will to everything on the pitch.”

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Burnley Complete Loan Signing Of Tottenham Winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has moved on loan to Burnley.

Georges-Kevin N’Koudou who was signed from Marseille for £9.4m, has yet to start a Premier League game this season and Mauricio Pochettino is happy for him to gain more game time elsewhere.

He has made only 22 appearances in all competitions since his arrival and has played just one minute in the Premier League this season.

Clarets manager Sean Dyche hopes to have Nkoudou available for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.

“I know the manager likes young players and players who go forward, so it suits my character to come here and I am happy to work with him,” Nkoudou said.

“I hope to help the club. If I can, I will – but the last word is with the manager.

“I am ready to play and waiting on the starting blocks. If the manager puts me on the pitch I will to everything on the pitch.”

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Valencia Refused To Sell Me To Real Madrid- Rafa Mir

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Wolves striker Rafa Mir says his former club Valencia refused to sell him to Real Madrid.

The European champions were in pursuit of the forward before Wolves surprisingly secured his signature earlier this month.

Rafa Mir, who signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Molineux, told Radio Valencia Cadena SER: “They (Valencia) rejected three or four offers from Real Madrid for me. However, they agreed to Wolverhampton’s first [offer] in December. Valencia didn’t want me to go to Real Madrid and they succeeded.”

“I left Valencia because I wanted an ambitious project where I could grow and be trusted and there I did not see it.”

Mir was well-known to Nuno, with the Portuguese boss originally handing the youngster his Valencia debut during his spell at the Spanish club.

He made his Wolves bow during the 0-0 FA Cup draw with Swansea, and tweeted his delight at making his debut immediately after the game.

“I’m very happy just playing today with wolves and feeling the great atmosphere of the Molineux Stadium. Thanks to all the fans and see you in the next match!” he tweeted.

Mir could make his Championship debut this weekend, as the club get back to league action against Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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France

Despite not wanting to sell anyone in January, Monaco may be tempted to let winger Thomas Lemar leave. Should Manchester City transfer target Alexis Sanchez join the Premier League leaders, Arsenal will move for the Frenchman, who is also being watched by Chelsea and Liverpool. (L’Equipe)

Tottenham winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou is set to join Burnley on loan for the rest of the season. (L’Equipe)

Spain

If Real Madrid are beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, under-fire coach Zinedine Zidane will lose his job. (Sport)

Barcelona are willing to pay Manchester United transfer target Antoine Griezmann’s €100m (£88m) buyout clause to play the Atletico Madrid forward in a front three alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. (Cadena Ser)

Before leaving for Arsenal, former Barcelona director of football Raul Sanllehi put everything in place for Philippe Coutinho to join the Catalan side in January. (Mundo Deportivo)

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is a Valencia transfer target, with the player keen on a move to the La Liga side. (Cadena Ser)

After struggling for game time at Real Madrid since his summer move from Real Betis, Dani Ceballos could return to his former club in January. Angel Haro, Betis president, is keen on a loan move for the midfielder. (Mundo Deportivo)

Real Madrid transfer target Kepa Arrizabalaga could need foot surgery which could put his potential move from Athletic Bilbao on hold. (Mundo Deportivo)

Italy

Matteo Darmian is a Roma transfer target, but the Italian side can’t afford to bring the Manchester United defender in until they raise some money through sales due to Financial Fair Play. They hope Bruno Peres will join Benfica, but will also listen to offers for Kevin Strootman, Emerson Palmieri, Hector Moreno, Lukasz Skorupski, Leandro Castan and Maxime Gonalons. (Corriere della Serra)

With Coutinho costing Barcelona €160m (£141m), Juventus have put a €175m (£154m) price tag on Paulo Dybala. They don’t want to sell their star striker, but should he push for a move away, that is how much they’ll demand. (Tuttosport)

Inter Milan and Napoli are both interested in Gerard Deulofeu and Simone Verdi. The Barcelona forward wants to return to Italy, after spending six months on loan at AC Milan last season. But Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri would prefer Bologna forward Verdi, who Inter have targeted for a summer move. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Germany

Bayer Leverkusen striker Leon Bailey has spoken up a potential move to the Premier League, saying: “England was and still is my dream. And if I keep working hard, I’m sure it will work out someday.” (Bild)

RB Leipzig are not keen letting Naby Keita join Liverpool early, with the Reds interested in bringing forward the move after Coutinho’s departure. The Bundesliga side would prefer to keep the midfielder until the summer. (Bild)

Portugal

After failing to sign Luciano Vietto and Roger Martinez, Sporting Lisbon have turned to Everton’s Sandro Ramirez in their quest to sign a striker. (A Bola)

Sporting Lisbon have rejected the chance to sign Antalyaspor midfielder Samir Nasri because they don’t believe his ability justifies the salary he was asking for. (Record)

Former Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta is a Benfica transfer target. The 26-year-old is currently playing on loan at Amiens from Hebei China Fortune and the Portuguese side are confident of reaching an agreement to bring him in soon. (Record)

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See Pictures Of The Meaty Fun At The 4th Edition Of Jack Daniels Brothers Of The Grill Festival 

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Great things most definitely happens when meat and whiskey meet! Even the rain couldn’t stop all the fun!

The 4th Edition of the Jack Daniels Brothers of the Grill Music and BBQ Festival held on Saturday, December 1st 2017 to a great reception of food lovers and friends of Jack. The one day experience projected the full essence of outdoor fun to the teeming audience and well as BBQ enthusiasts.

DJ’s Yosir and Kaywise kicked off the show with exceptional mixes while Hypeman shody did a great job stirring the crowd’s excitement. The night saw performances from Wande Coal, Phyno, Small Doctor, Niniola, Terry Apala, Magnito, Dapo Tuburna and others.

Foodies were not left out as Grind Grill, Thirty8 Lounge, Grasshoppers Place churned out mouthwatering grilled options from Lobsters to Pork Ribs to Prawns to lamb chops and more with unlimited supply of Jack Daniel’s cocktails from Bite Billionaires and Crescendo’s Lounge.

In addition to the games available and to the delight of the audience who tasted and voted; the Brothers of the Grill MasterGriller Regional competition judged by Chef Alex, Olisa Adibua and Grill Master Francis took place with Oreoluwa Onanuga winning the cash prize of N750,000.

For more pictures and information please visit Facebook/JackDanielsNigeria

Remember only grilling should be messy, please drink responsibly.

Check out all the photos from the event

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2018 UTME: JAMB Announces New Dates For Exam

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced new dates for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Speaking at a meeting with stakeholders on Tuesday, the Registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, fixed March 9 to 17 for the 2018 UTME.

2018 UTME: JAMB Announces New Date For Sale Of Application Forms

The theme of the meeting is “Strategic planning on the conduct of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation.”

Mr. Oloyede said the mock examination initially scheduled to hold between January 22 and 24 has been moved to the first week in February due to the ongoing strike by non-teaching staff of universities.

“We are unable to access our CBT centres because most of them are in the universities and non teaching staff are on strike,” he said.

“Regarding the sale of forms, about 10 per cent of the expected candidates have registered, the number of candidates that have registered now is about 283,319,” he said.

The registrar said the prohibition of materials is applicable to candidates, supervisors and examiners.

“No candidates, examiners, invigilators will be allowed to enter the examination hall with wrist watches, pencils except HB pencils …and cameras” he said.

The board also reiterated the need for candidates to register on time and ensure that they follow due process in order to avoid avoidable challenges.

“As we prepare for the 2018 examinations, beginning with the optional mock, we urge candidates to register on time, make clear their choices of institutions, disciplines and examination centres in the process,” Fabian Benjamin, its head of media, had said in a statement.

“Candidates must note that their first choice can be a College of Education, a university, an Innovation Enterprise Institution, a polytechnic or a monotechnic.

“Others include, the Nigerian Defence Academy or the Police Academy. We will conduct a better examination, ensure more transparent admission and make more remittances to the government.”

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2018 UTME: JAMB Announces New Dates For Exam

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced new dates for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Speaking at a meeting with stakeholders on Tuesday, the Registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, fixed March 9 to 17 for the 2018 UTME.

2018 UTME: JAMB Announces New Date For Sale Of Application Forms

The theme of the meeting is “Strategic planning on the conduct of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation.”

Mr. Oloyede said the mock examination initially scheduled to hold between January 22 and 24 has been moved to the first week in February due to the ongoing strike by non-teaching staff of universities.

“We are unable to access our CBT centres because most of them are in the universities and non teaching staff are on strike,” he said.

“Regarding the sale of forms, about 10 per cent of the expected candidates have registered, the number of candidates that have registered now is about 283,319,” he said.

The registrar said the prohibition of materials is applicable to candidates, supervisors and examiners.

“No candidates, examiners, invigilators will be allowed to enter the examination hall with wrist watches, pencils except HB pencils …and cameras” he said.

The board also reiterated the need for candidates to register on time and ensure that they follow due process in order to avoid avoidable challenges.

“As we prepare for the 2018 examinations, beginning with the optional mock, we urge candidates to register on time, make clear their choices of institutions, disciplines and examination centres in the process,” Fabian Benjamin, its head of media, had said in a statement.

“Candidates must note that their first choice can be a College of Education, a university, an Innovation Enterprise Institution, a polytechnic or a monotechnic.

“Others include, the Nigerian Defence Academy or the Police Academy. We will conduct a better examination, ensure more transparent admission and make more remittances to the government.”

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Starboy Got You Forever – Wizkid Shares Photo With New Signee, Ahmed

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CEO Starboy Records, Wizkid who signed a young boy named Ahmed on stage at his concert in December has taken to social media to reaffirm his love for the young Ahmed.

Recall, Wizkid signed Ahmed after delivering a stunning performance at the concert and also promised him 10 million naira worth of cash for career upkeep.

Through his snapchat account, Wizkid shared a photo of himself and Ahmed with inscription;

‘Starboy got you forever’

See photos below;

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Starboy Got You Forever – Wizkid Shares Photo With New Signee, Ahmed

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CEO Starboy Records, Wizkid who signed a young boy named Ahmed on stage at his concert in December has taken to social media to reaffirm his love for the young Ahmed.

Recall, Wizkid signed Ahmed after delivering a stunning performance at the concert and also promised him 10 million naira worth of cash for career upkeep.

Through his snapchat account, Wizkid shared a photo of himself and Ahmed with inscription;

‘Starboy got you forever’

See photos below;

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Moe Sasegbon Bags Temple Management Deal, Secures Backing For Commonwealth Games, African Championships

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Ahead of her preparation to represent Nigeria at the forthcoming Common Wealth Games and African Championships, United Kingdom-based athlete, Motunrayo Sasegbon has signed to one of Africa’s leading talent management agencies, Temple Management Company (TMC).

The heptathlete who is also popular for her recent appearances in the Hollywood blockbusters, ‘Wonder Woman’ and Justice League got the backing of the agency when she penned a management deal that will now see her being officially represented by the organization.

Moe Sasegbon Bags Temple Management Deal, Secures Backing For Commonwealth Games, African ChampionshipsMoe Sasegbon, as she is popularly called, penned the deal at the Victoria Island office of the parent company.

Speaking on what her new partnership signifies, the Abeokuta, Ogun State-born Heptathlete said: “I really don’t know any other agency in Nigeria doing what Temple is doing. They seem to be doing exactly what I think Nigerian athletes need such as representation and support at competitions.”

“It definitely means I will be able to make a name for myself in Nigeria and I will be more recognized in Nigeria as an athlete. It gives me a close connection to my country as I have been away for a while. I have always wanted to move back and I plan to move back eventually,” she added.

On the agency’s choice of working with the athlete, Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Director of Communications, TMC noted, “Our job at TMC is to unlock gems whose appetite for greatness match what we are trying to achieve as an agency. We know that Moe Sasegbon is an aspirational brand with multi-faceted abilities as a sports person, actress and physiotherapist. Our plan is to maximize on her talent through corporate support.”

Moe Sasegbon Bags Temple Management Deal, Secures Backing For Commonwealth Games, African Championships

About Moe Sasegbon

Moe Sasegbon is a Nigerian heptathlete and trained Physiotherapist. At the age of 9, she participated in sports for the first time but her talent was discovered by her Physical Education teacher when she was 14 years old.

The physiotherapy graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom has won the senior girls high jump competition at the English Schools championships.

She made her competitive debut for Nigeria at the 11th All African Games in 2015, in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.

Multi-talented Sasegbon launched an impressive movie career when she appeared as one of the Amazons in the 2017 blockbuster movie, Wonder Woman and was followed up with a role in “Justice League.”

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