Lagos Shuts Major Routes, Declares Work-Free Day As Buhari Visits On Thursday

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The Lagos State Government has declared Thursday, March 29, a work-free day in the State ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-day visit to the state.

A statement by Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, on Tuesday said the declaration was to enable residents to come out en masse to welcome President Buhari.

Also, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Imohimi Edgal, on Tuesday, said there would be temporary road closure and diversions in some areas.

The routes to be closed are Ikeja, Agege, Maryland, Ikoyi, and Victoria Island.

Edgal made the announcement at a news conference in Lagos to update the public on security plans for the President’s visit.

He said that President Buhari would be in Lagos on a two-day official visit on Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30.

The Police commissioner said that President Buhari would be attending a colloquium marking the 66th birthday of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at Victoria Island, and also be at the official flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Lekki Deep Sea Port Project in Epe.

Edgal said the President would also tour the Eko Atlantic City and inaugurate the Ikeja Bus Terminal, among other engagements.

“The temporary road closure and diversions would be within Ikeja, Maryland, Agege Motor Road, Victoria Island and Ikoyi axis.

“Security engagements are in top gear, as we are working with the Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.

“We have done a threat assessment and engaged all stakeholders such as the National Union of Road Transport Workers and commercial bike riders. We are appealing that they abide by our agreement at the meeting.

“This is to ensure that Mr. President’s visit to Lagos is smooth, safe and hitch-free,” he said.

Edgal expressed deep regrets for any inconveniences, saying the listed roads would be reopened immediately after the President’s motorcade passes.

He advised motorists, commercial bus operators and commercial motorcycle riders to observe road diversions or use alternative routes.

Edgal appealed to residents to cooperate with security agencies during the period of the visit.

(NAN)

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Fabio Capello Resigns As Manager Of Jiangsu Suning

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Fabio Capello has left Chinese club Jiangsu Suning by mutual agreement.

Fabio Capello has been managing the Chinese Super League side since June 2017.

Despite an opening-day victory at the start of this campaign, Jiangsu have suffered two defeats in a row

The former England boss has allegedly been replaced by Romanian Cosmin Olaroiu, who has previously held a number of positions in Saudi Arabia and briefly managed the Saudi Arabia national team.

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Jordi Cruyff To Step Down As Manager Of Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Jordi Cruyff will step down as manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv in the summer.

Jordi Cruyff will leave the Israeli club after six years – five as director of football and the most recent as head coach, in which he won the country’s league cup.

Cruyff says he is leaving to embark on a new challenge, while stressing that he remains committed and focused on securing the Israeli league title with nine games of the season remaining.

He said: “I came thinking that I’d be here for just a couple of seasons and it’s turned out to be six years. I love this city, this club and the country. We now feel as if the time has come to move on and I’m very grateful to everyone that has helped us, in both the good and the bad times.

“The season isn’t over yet, we continue to fight for the league title and we must be fully focused and dedicate all of our efforts into that. There would be no happier way to bring an end to this chapter than by winning the league.”

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Report: Gabriel Jesus Rejects Lucrative New Manchester City Deal

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Gabriel Jesus will apparently wait until the summer to discuss a new Manchester City contract after turning down a new deal.

The Daily Mail say Gabriel Jesus has rejected an offer of £90,000, with his representatives believing he is deserving of more than £100,000.

However, it is thought he still looks set to sign a one-year extension until 2023.

Manchester City felt Jesus was deserving of a hike following an encouraging start to life in England when they first proposed negotiations earlier in the season.

Jesus’ current deal runs until 2022 so there’s no major rush for a new contract to be signed and there’s no fears over the 20-year-old leaving the club this summer.

Though he has struggled with a knee issue in 2018, City are still keen to reward him for a fast start to life in English football and a compromise is set to be found between all parties once talks reopen in the summer months.

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Robben Considering Retirement Amid Bayern Talks

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Veteran winger, Arjen Robben says he could consider retiring, as he awaits contract talks with Bayern Munich.

The 34-year-old Dutch is in the final months of his contract, and is waiting on a renewal.

Robben says he has set a date to sit down with Bayern Munich, but the prospect of retiring is alluring.

A man with 96 caps for the Netherlands to his name told Bayerischer Rundfunk: “I’m a bit impatient, but unfortunately a decision on the extension of my contract has not yet been made.

“With Karl-Heinz Rummenigge I have agreed that we will hold talks in April, then we will see.”

On the chances of him playing on into the 2018-19 campaign, Robben added: “I think that’s the hardest part of getting to an age where you know the end is coming closer, making the right decision is always difficult.

“I just have to wait and see what my gut feeling is, how the body feels. You have to take everything into account and then you make a decision in that moment.”

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

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LIVERPOOL ECHO

Mohamed Salah is not considered the ‘Galactico’ needed by Real Madrid this summer – with the La Liga giants keen on Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski instead.
Liverpool have been warned to brace themselves this summer for interest surrounding Roberto Firmino.
Everton are looking to add at least three new players to their U23 squad this summer.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Three defenders – Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind – all could leave Old Trafford this summer.
As for new arrivals at Manchester United, Mourinho is said to have drawn up a shortlist of players to replace the retiring Michael Carrick, including Arturo Vidal and Marco Verratti.
Andrea Belotti has addressed the latest transfer talk surrounding his future, saying he will only consider options that guarantee him first-team football.
Pep Guardiola has gone out of his way to make Raheem Sterling feel loved at Manchester City.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku is one of a quartet of DR Congo players to have dropped out of their national team amid claims of “disorder” within the organisation.
Lewis Cook is in line to make his England debut on Tuesday – and net his grandfather £17,000.
On-loan Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has joked he hopes Usain Bolt does not take his starting spot at Borussia Dortmund.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Ellis Short and Niall Quinn have spoken about a potential takeover at Sunderland – and a deal could even see the American businessman stay at the club for two more years.
Adam Armstrong admits he will “assess the situation” at Newcastle United this summer before deciding on what should be the next step in his career.

EXPRESS & STAR
Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has hailed Jack Grealish as an ‘unreal talent’ who is capable of becoming an England regular.

HULL DAILY MAIL
Norwich City are understood to want £25m for James Maddison to depart the club this summer.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Bournemouth are reportedly set to battle Brighton for the services of Celtic winger Scott Sinclair this summer.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest will look to forge a push for promotion under Aitor Karanka next season, but must still focus all their attention on the remaining eight games of the current campaign – and on continuing their development as a team.

WALES ONLINE
Swansea City are weighing up a permanent move for loan signing Andy King.

THE ARGUS
Brighton are facing a summer goalkeeper decision as they assess back-up options for No 1 Mathew Ryan.

IPSWICH STAR
Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has revealed a decision on Mick McCarthy’s future will be made public before April 30.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER
Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner has emerged as a target for Southampton – despite their recent appointment of Mark Hughes.

WEST LONDON SPORT
QPR have taken Norwich City youngster Rui Da Costa on trial.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

Manchester United have entered the race for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The midfielder was already a Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain transfer target, but United have also expressed an interest. Lazio president Claudio Lotito is refusing to sell at the moment, though. (Corriere dello Sport)

Carlo Ancelotti is the Italian Football Federation (FIGC)’s first choice to take over as permanent national team coach. (Tuttosport)

Gianfranco Zola has criticised the Italy national team, saying: “There is one unmistakable fact we no longer have players of international value.” He added: “Today England is ahead of us and I don’t think it’s only down to money. They’ve given impetus to the youth sectors.” (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Lazio want Monaco centre-back Kamil Glik to replace Inter Milan-bound Stefan de Vrij this summer. (Il Messaggero)

Spain

After a disappointing title defence, Real Madrid will overhaul their squad this summer and a number of players can leave. From first-team regulars, Isco, Gareth Bale and Mateo Kovacic’s futures are under threat, and there will be consideration about letting them depart this summer. Achraf Hakimi, Marcos Llorente, Jesus Vallejo, Borja Mayoral and Dani Ceballos will also sit down with the club to speak about their futures, with the majority of them likely to move elsewhere. (AS)

Samuel Umtiti is threatening to leave Barcelona. The defender is a Manchester United transfer target and is tempted by a move to England. He has a release clause of just €60m. Barca hope to sign him to a new deal before the World Cup, but the player wants to wait until after this summer’s tournament to get the best deal for him. (AS)

With Umtiti’s future unclear, Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet is a Barcelona transfer target. (Estadio Deportivo)

The Barcelona board are considering whether or not they need to buy a back-up centre-back this summer. Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt and Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Nunez are being considered, with the futures of Thomas Vermaelen and Yerry Mina unclear. Promoting Jorge Cuenca from the B team to the senior squad is also an option. (Mundo Deportivo)

Alisson Becker is Real Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeping target in the summer. Los Blancos had considered David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois, but the Roma No 1 has overtaken them after his impressive performances this season. Hajduk Split goalkeeper Karlo Letica will also arrive at the Bernabeu this summer. (Marca)

Keylor Navas doesn’t want to leave Real Madrid this summer, even if they sign another goalkeeper. (Mundo Deportivo)

Belgium

With Marouane Fellaini set to leave Manchester United in the summer, Monaco have entered the race for the Belgian midfielder. They are said to have already contacted the 30-year-old about a potential move. Roma and Besiktas are also interested. (La Derniere Heure)

France

With Unai Emery set to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is the first choice to replace him at the French club. But the Ligue 1 leaders are also making a Plan B and are considering Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim. (Le Parisien)

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IBB University Shut Again As NASU Begins Warning Strike

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Barely a few weeks after an industrial action, the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) University, Lapai, Niger State has again been shut following a seven-day warning strike declared on Monday by members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU).

The first strike was declared a month ago by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over unpaid allowances put at about N500 million.

However, five days ago, the state government entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ASUU on how to settle the debt before NASU began its own strike.

It is understood that NASU has had its issues with the state government over non-payment of allowances to its members, put at about N1.5 billion.

Following an emergency meeting it held on Monday, the non-academic staff then declared a seven-day warning strike over the non-settlement of their salaries and other allowances.

The Joint Action Committee Chairman (JAC), Malam Mustapha Abdulkhadir, said the unions had to go on strike due to the lukewarm attitude of government to their plight.

The industrial action could also paralyse the convocation activities of the university being planned for immediately after the Easter holidays.

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APC NEC Stunned As Buhari Kicks Against Tenure Elongation For Oyegun

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday left members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), stunned after he called for the cancellation of tenure extension for the party’s national working committee (NWC) led by John Oyegun, chairman of the party.

The APC had at its NEC meeting on February 27 extended the tenure of members of National Working Committee (NWC) led by John Odigie-Oyegun by one year.

The decision did not go down well with a national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, who had been in conflict with the national chairman of the party.

However, President Buhari has said that the extension decided upon at the party’s NEC meeting on February 27 is against the constitution of the APC.

He said he wanted to avoid a legal battle that could jeopardise the party’s cohesion before the 2019 general election.

His words: “In particular, I think it is important to talk on the contentious issues of the tenure of our national and state executive officers. As we all know, the motion was moved at the last NEC meeting February 27, 2018, to the effect that when the tenure of the current executive expires in June this year, they should be allowed to continue for one year. This motion was moved by majority of members present at the last NEC meeting. Even though some of our party members have since spoken very vehemently against it, others have even taken the matter to court.”

“On my own part, I have taken some time to review and seek advice on the resolution and what I have found is that it contravenes our party constitution and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“While the APC constitution article 17, in bracket 1 and 13 on two bracket b, limits the tenure of elected officers to four years, renewable once by another election. The 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended, in section 223, also prescribes periodic election for party executives at regular intervals which must not exceed four years.

“Furthermore, article 31 of our party constitution provides that any principal officer wishing to re-contest or contest for another election must resign from his current post at least one month before the election.

“In this circumstance, what is expected of us is to conduct fresh election once the tenure of the current executives approaches its end. “The caretaker committee cannot remedy the situation and cannot currently act in place of electing officer. Furthermore, I think if we the constitutional provisions we might be endangering the fortunes of our party.

“If the tenure of our party executive can be legally faulted then it means that any nomination and primary election can also be faulted. This is not to talk of the issues that will arise and is already arising within the party when some of our members felt that they are being denied the right to aspire to executive positions, internal democracy is not explained within the party.

“I am therefore of the firm belief that it is better to follow strictly the dictates of our party and national constitution rather than put APC and its activities at grave risk.

“Fortunately, we have already approved a timetable for the holding of congresses and elections. I think this should be allowed to go forward and all efforts should now be geared towards making them a great success.”

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Bill Gates Slams FG Again – ‘Your Investment In Health, Education Not Good Enough’

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World’s second richest man, Bill Gates, has slammed the Nigerian government’s investments in young people, especially in areas of health and education, saying it’s not good enough.

Gates, a CO-chairman of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said this in an interview with CNN.

The American billionaire is reiterating the comments he made when he spoke at the expanded national economic council meeting on Thursday.

At the meeting which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Gates had said the execution priorities of the economic recovery and growth plan do not reflect the true needs of Nigerians.

“The Nigerian government’s economic recovery and growth plan identify investing in our people as one of three strategic objectives. But the execution priorities don’t fully reflect people’s needs, prioritising physical capital over human capital,” he had said.

“People without roads, ports, and factories can’t flourish. And roads, ports and factories without skilled workers to build and manage them can’t sustain an economy.”

In reaction to this, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, who was at the meeting had defended the federal government, saying Gates’ comment was incorrect.

But in the chat with CNN, the billionaire businessman defended his criticism of the Nigerian government.

He said Nigeria would become an engine of growth if the government gets health and education right.

“As a partner in Nigeria, I am saying the current plan is inadequate. Nigeria has all these young people and the current quality and quantity of investment in these young generations; in health and education just isn’t good enough. So, I was very direct,” he told CNN.

“If they can get health and education right, they will be an engine of growth not just for themselves but for all of Africa.”

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Ian Wright Believes Bayern Munich Will Consider Signing Roberto Firmino If They Lose Robert Lewandowski This Summer

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Ian Wright believes that Bayern Munich will turn their attention to Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino if they lose Robert Lewandowski this summer.

Robert Lewandowski has been linked to Real Madrid over the past few seasons

Wright believes that Bayern Munich will consider a swoop for Firmino, who has been in fine form for Jurgen Klopp at Anfield having netted 23 goals so far this season.

“They are talking about Lewandowski to Real Madrid. If that happens Bayern want Bobby Firmino,” Wright told Sky Sports News. “Firmino is an excellent nine and a half. He is unbelievable.”

The 26-year-old joined the Merseyside outfit from the Bundesliga after agreeing a move from Hoffenheim.

Liverpool, under Brendan Rodgers at the time, signed the Brazilian for around £30m.

However, he only started to flourish when played up front in Klopp’s system, alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

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Former Liverpool Cosch Pako Ayestaran Impressed By Jurgen Klopp’s Work At The Club

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Former Liverpool coach Pako Ayestaran has been lmpressed by current manager Jurgen Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp is in his second full season in charge of Liverpool – They currently sit third in the Premier League table and are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Pako Ayestaran, who worked as assistant coach to Rafael Benitez at Liverpool between 2004 and 2007, has praised the current manager’s philosophy.

In an LFCTV documentary named Back at Melwood… with Pako Ayestaran, the Spaniard said: “I have really enjoyed watching them since Jurgen came. I have followed many games on the television and I think the first game I attended live was last season against West Brom.

“I was so impressed by the pace, the exchange of positions [while] keeping the balance of the team. The team has the right mix of pace, aggressiveness, positional game.

“I remember that week, they [also] played a midweek [EFL Cup] game against Spurs. Liverpool tinkered the line-up but, despite 10 or 11 changes, the team played mostly at the same level and it was great to see. To be honest, I really like [Klopp]; I followed him before when he worked in Dortmund and I think he is doing great.”

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Report: Chelsea Hold Talks With Thomas Tuchel Over Managerial Position

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Chelsea have reportedly held talks with Thomas Tuchel regarding the managerial position at the club

The role is currently occupied by Antonio Conte, but speculation persists that the Italian could end his two-year spell in West London during the summer.

Numerous names have been suggested as a possible replacement but according to German journalist Rafa Honigstein, discussions have already been held between Tuchel and a member of the club’s hierarchy.

On the Totally Football Show, Honigstein said: “I have it on pretty good authority that Thomas Tuchel made a very good impression on Marina Granovskaia in a meeting they’ve had.

“I don’t know how recent that meeting was. Remember, they were talking to him before the start of this season on the assumption that Conte might actually go.”

Tuchel has been linked with both Arsenal and Bayern Munich in recent times, with the latest reports suggesting that he has agreed a deal to take over from Arsene Wenger at the end of the season.

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I Feel Affection And Respect In England- David David De Gea

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has claimed that he feels plenty of “affection and respect” in England.

David De Gea has regularly been linked with a return to Spain after his attempt to sign for Real Madrid in 2015 fell through.

According to talkSPORT, while on international duty, the goalkeeper spoke of his time in the UK.

“In the end in England I have a great affection and respect that I do not notice so much here,” the 27-year-old told reporters. “But every time I come to the national team I feel fondness inside and it is the most important thing.”

That ‘affection and respect’ from Manchester United fans was never more evident than during a Premier League clash with Stoke in January in truly awful wind and rain at Old Trafford. De Gea had precious little to do during the game, but the Spaniard was showered in chants and praise from the stands as he attempted to keep warm in the conditions.

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Eric Many’s GM, Johnson Adumike Advises Runtown On Illegal Collaborations

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Following the contractual rift between Runtown and Eric Manny records, the label’s general manager, Johnson Adumike has reacted to a post by the artiste on his Instagram stories hinting at possible collaborations with other artists without the label’s consent.

Johnson spoke in clarification of the legal action against “Runtown” saying;

“Runtown, rather than deceiving your fans by teasing them with a collaboration which you do not have the legal right to release, what you should do is to get your lawyers to come up with legal documents to clear your name just like Kiss Daniel when he had a similar issue. This is a way more matured approach than just throwing subliminals on social media’.

Johnson went on to add that,

‘Its baseless pretending to the public when you clearly signed the dotted lines and its only right to be reasonable and keep your end of the deal and I Johnson Adumike will make sure that I inform the fans and followers of all proceedings and deliberations in court,so all interested parties can know current situation between Eric Many And Runtown at all times’.

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Simon Mignolet To Decide His Future At Liverpool After The FIFA World Cup

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has told Belgian media he will wait until after the FIFA World Cup before deciding whether to leave the club.

First-choice in the first half of the season, Simon Mignolet has been relegated to back-up goalkeeper to Loris Karius at Anfield in 2018, making just two first-team appearances since the turn of the year.

With Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois injured, Mignolet is expected to start in goal for Belgium when they face Saudi Arabia in Tuesday’s friendly in Brussels.

“I don’t know what the future holds for me,” Mignolet said. “I have three years left on my contract at Liverpool. Of course I want to play. The coach knows that, and I have talked about it with him. I will think about my future after the World Cup.

“I keep focused, just in case. An injury, a suspension, anything can happen and change the course of a season. I stay professional in order to be ready.”

“I was disappointed,” Mignolet said, referring to when boss Jürgen Klopp told him Karius would be moving ahead of him in the goalkeeping hierarchy.

“In football, it’s rare to get a clear answer, but sometimes you have to let things go. I know that becoming number one again won’t be easy.”

The 30-year-old added: “I mustn’t let my head drop. I have always worked and I continue to do so. The boys in the squad even tell me to calm things down in terms of the amount of work I do, but it’s in my nature.”

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Simon Mignolet To Decide His Future At Liverpool After The FIFA World Cup

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has told Belgian media he will wait until after the FIFA World Cup before deciding whether to leave the club.

First-choice in the first half of the season, Simon Mignolet has been relegated to back-up goalkeeper to Loris Karius at Anfield in 2018, making just two first-team appearances since the turn of the year.

With Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois injured, Mignolet is expected to start in goal for Belgium when they face Saudi Arabia in Tuesday’s friendly in Brussels.

“I don’t know what the future holds for me,” Mignolet said. “I have three years left on my contract at Liverpool. Of course I want to play. The coach knows that, and I have talked about it with him. I will think about my future after the World Cup.

“I keep focused, just in case. An injury, a suspension, anything can happen and change the course of a season. I stay professional in order to be ready.”

“I was disappointed,” Mignolet said, referring to when boss Jürgen Klopp told him Karius would be moving ahead of him in the goalkeeping hierarchy.

“In football, it’s rare to get a clear answer, but sometimes you have to let things go. I know that becoming number one again won’t be easy.”

The 30-year-old added: “I mustn’t let my head drop. I have always worked and I continue to do so. The boys in the squad even tell me to calm things down in terms of the amount of work I do, but it’s in my nature.”

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Virgil Van Dijk Reacts To Scoring His First International Goal For Netherlands

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Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk has taken to Instagram to speak of his joy at scoring for the Netherlands.

Virgil Van Dijk scored his first ever goal for his country during a 3-0 win over Portugal in an international friendly on Monday night.

The centre-back captained the side, but he will not be leading the team out in Russia this summer as the Netherlands failed to qualify for the World Cup.

“Great time away with the national team,” Van Dijk wrote on Instagram. “Really happy overall with the work we put in as a group during the international break capped off by a fantastic result last night against Portugal! What a feeling to score my first goal for my country too!”

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Ola Aina Speaks About The Experience Of The Super Eagles Squad

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Super Eagles right-back Ola Aina believes the team have a great squad

Ola Aina believes himself and his teammates will take the world by storm in the coming years.

”If you look at the team right now it is exciting, we have the balance of older senior players and obviously young ones like myself,” Ola Aina told ExtraTimeSoccerLive.

”There are young ones but the young ones are very experienced as well like Ndidi, it is exciting to play with these players.

”They have good experience, good quality and hopefully in the years to come we can take Nigeria further up.”

Nigeria will face England in their penultimate pre-World Cup friendly on June 2, and Aina, a former England U19 skipper, is understandably looking forward to the clash at Wembley.

”Two young squads definitely going against each other will be an exciting game, you will see a lot of opportunities for both sides as well.

”As for predictions and scoreline, we don’t know what is going to happen on the day and you all know football is a funny game.

”By God’s grace things go our way. As a group we take things step by step. When the 2nd of June comes we will face it head-on,” concluded Ola Aina.

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Olympiakos And Nottingham Forest Owner Evangelos Marinakis Cleared Of Match-fixing Accusations

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The owner of both Greek club Olympiakos and English Championship side Nottingham Forest, Evangelos Marinakis has been cleared of forming a match-fixing ring in Greece.

Evangelos Marinakis was cleared by the Supreme Court but could still face a charge of bribery relating to match manipulation

A judicial council will now decide whether or not to drop that charge, with Marinakis denying any wrongdoing.

In November, he was charged with forming a match-fixing ring, but related blackmail and fraud charges against him were dropped after being re-examined by the Supreme Court.

Marinakis has gone on to describe himself as “a victim of a plot.” in weeks leading up to his trial.

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England Fans Are Too Negative- Raheem Sterling

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Raheem Sterling has urged England fans to stop with the “negativity” ahead of the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Raheem Sterling has been subjected to boos numerous times during his international career.

Gareth Southgate’s side will take on Italy in a friendly on Tuesday night, and Sterling hopes that all the supporters will be behind the team.

“I feel sometimes there’s a bit too much negativity. I would love to hear some positive notes going in, just to make the boys know that everyone’s behind them,” the 23-year-old told BBC Radio Five Live.

“If you want your country to do well, as everyone says, bring a positive light into it. Make the boys go off to the World Cup with clear heads, knowing everyone’s behind them, everyone’s with them.”

“We know what we can do, I believe what we can do, it’s just having that support and that backing… you know, feel loved.

“The players that are there, if we get behind them and give them love you wouldn’t know how much that would help them and boost their confidence.

“Trust me, I think you’ll definitely see a better England.”

Sterling accepts those who barracked him in the past were largely expressing their frustrations at a team they desperately wanted to do well, but warned such actions can stifle young talent.

Reflecting on his difficult experiences in France two years ago, he said: “As young boy, I was 20-21… around that age, I didn’t think I was being treated right.

“I had a rough year, my first year at City, a big club for a big transfer fee. There was a lot of talk a lot of pressure. I didn’t think I was being spoken about in a fair manner.

“I think it’s something we probably need to do a lot more in this country — try to help the players. I think at times we get judged a bit too early and that probably doesn’t work in our favour.

“With the support we can give in this country if we do it a lot more I think you will see a lot more of the players coming up, the players who are trying to establish themselves and aren’t quite there yet.”

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Liverpool’s Emre Can Hit s Back At Transfer Speculation Surrounding His Future

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has hit back at reports surrounding his future at the club.

Emre Can has been linked with a move away from Liverpool as his current contract expires at the end of the season.

As it stands, Can, who has been touted as a target for Serie A giants Juventus, has not agreed fresh terms with Liverpool.

Last week, quotes that were attributed to the midfielder emerged, suggesting that he is ready to play for a “big club” next season.

After pulling out of the Germany squad with a back problem, Can took to Instagram, writing: “I’ve just returned from international duty with the German team and working on coming back from injury.

“Interesting stories about me in the press! I’m no longer going to comment on any false stories or rumours! Looking forward to getting back on the pitch asap. EC.”

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Residents Flee As Monkeys Invade Their Homes In Gbagada, Lagos

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Invasion by monkeys from natural habitat is forcing many residents of Soluyi/Sosanya Community in Gbagada, Lagos State, to flee.

Some of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that they could no longer withstand the situation.

They called on the state government to save the community from the trouble, saying the animals got into their rooms, destroying window and door nets, food stuffs and other items.

The chairman of the community’s Landlord Association, Adigun Olaleye, said it had become difficult for the community to curtail the monkeys and their destructive attitude.

He said the invasion might have resulted from the nearness of the community to a swamp forest that separated the community from Ifako area.

According to him, the monkeys come into residences at any time including early morning and gain entrance into rooms even if the houses are locked.

Mr. Olalaye told NAN the community had written a letter to the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture as regards the situation but had yet to get a relief.

“They said we would have to pay for them to come and pack the monkeys,” he said.

He said the invasion had been on for years but recently became unbearable.

Mr. Olaleye appealed to the state government to urgently intervene.

A journalist who lives in the community, Funmilola Gboteku, told NAN that the monkeys had forced her family to flee.

“Many times, these monkeys come to the neighbourhood to destroy our property. Once they see food items inside a house, they direct all their energies at gaining entrance forcefully.

“The monkeys are in the habit of tearing the protective nets on

windows to gain entrance and eat whatever they find in the house.

“I have had to replace the protective nets several times; I am tired of doing it.

“I have been locking my windows but locking of windows has disadvantages; there is no cross ventilation in the house, and as as result, we suffer heat,’’ she told NAN.

Another resident, Gabriel Omopariwa, said he was tired of the destructive attitude of the monkeys and had tried to look for ways to stop them, to no avail.

“On several occasions, these monkeys have destroyed our kitchen nets to gain entrance and steal food items.

“Several traps have been set to capture and kill these demonic animals to no avail.

 “One of my neighbours, while trying to pour chemical on a monkey, fell in the bowl of the chemical; she had to be rushed to a hospital.

“She still lives with the scars from the unfortunate incident,” he said.

Joshua Folowosele, a property owner, said that the monkeys entered his wife’s shop on many occasions to eat gala, biscuits and other foods.

“We have tried to poison them on many occasions, but those monkeys are too smart; once they perceive the smell of the food, they usually detect it has been poisoned.

“Some of them have been killed with guns, but we cannot keep shooting in a residential area; it is very risky.

“Those of us who are landlords can testify that these monkeys have been disturbing us for years.

“One of the landlords here had to sell his house to move to another place when he got tired of the disturbance,” Mr. Folowosele said.

Another property owner, Oluwatosin Aregbesola, told NAN that his tenants were no longer feeling safe in the house because of the monkeys.

“The monkeys enter kitchens to eat our soups and any food stuff on the shelf.

“The day I tried to catch one of them, the monkey attacked me by using its long nails to punch a hole on my neck and scratch my face,” he said.

Mr. Aregbesola appealed to the state government to save the community from the menace.

(NAN)

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Buhari And His Dapchi Girls

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Buhari and His Dapchi Girls, By Festus Adedayo

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Senator Marco Rubio stood ramrod in the midst of the rancorous audience. He looked at the audience’s insolent countenance like a subpoenaed witness in a murder case. He indeed had been summoned to the CNN-organised Town Hall meeting on the United States’ Parkland shooting on February 14. A grieving father of one of the students who was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting angrily confronted Marco over his insistent opposition to gun control. Another diffident student called the National Rifle Association (NRA) contributions to Rubio’s election campaign fund “blood money.” Then, one of the student survivors, 17-year old Cameron Kasky, was handed the microphone. With a grief-encrusted voice and the audacity of a fief-holder, he asked Cameron, a one time contender for the office of the most powerful president in the world, pointedly: “Will you collect donation from the NRA for the next election… for the sake of the 17 students killed; will you?” Rubio, even though not embarrassed or annoyed, merely waffled out an answer. He was consistently heckled and jeered. In an interview with Christianne Amanpour last week, on the activities of the students, Kasky said that he had no single compunction asking Rubio that damming question. “They are our representatives; we put them there,” he had said matter-of-factly.

In Nigeria, public office holders feel embarrassed and even scandalised by public scrutiny of their stewardships. It may not be unconnected with a phenomenon called the Kabiyesi mentality. In traditional Africa, the king could do no wrong; he was next to the gods. To Nigerian public officials, from the zenith of power and majesty where they stand, condoning enquiries into their acts from ordinary folks looks demeaning. Worse still, the character demanding account of stewardship may be one little scrawny rat who can barely afford one meal a day. The 17-year old Kasky put the issue properly in perspective: If you can’t swim, don’t dive into the river. This is why openness and accountability must be the apron that public office holders wear in their dealing with issues affecting the public.

Only God knows how President Muhammadu Buhari and his minders feel at the moment. The abduction and rescue of the 110 school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State has provoked ceaseless public scrutiny, jeers and scoffing skepticism. Dapchi has indeed put a smelly apron on the Buhari government. It is apparent that the government hasn’t acquitted itself properly in this matter. Unless Buhari truly desires to govern zombies and marionettes, the questions being asked by Nigerians on the abduction saga seem germane and fitting. The questions seem to confirm that a mess is dressed by the government in the cloak of a Salvation Army.

The abduction and the rescue leave so many unanswered questions in their trail. Just like the earlier abduction of about 200 girls from Chibok, this even has more yawning holes. Being the representatives of the people to whom the power to govern them is ceded, the state and its runners owe the people adequate protection. Once there is a doubt about whether this role is fulfilled, is fulfilled haphazardly or is fulfilled in its breach, it is incumbent on the people to ask questions. Which is what Nigerians are doing at the moment.

Governments, especially in Third World countries, have often hidden under the umbrella of national security to fool their people. Originally, national security is the security of a nation state, which includes the security of its citizens, economy and institutions. It is one of the fundamentals of government business. Originally, it was conceived to mean protection against military attack. Now, however, national security has widened to include non-military dimensions, chief among which are economic security, energy security, environmental security, food security, cyber security, etc. Thus, national security risks have gone beyond governments. The new perspective is a fitting reply to African military despots whose reading of it was security of the head of state. In the Dapchi abduction and rescue, national security is being fingered as culprit of the government’s hiding of some strategic facts from the people.

Back and forth accusations are being made on how demonic characters called Boko Haram insurgents drove past several national borders and state-manned sentries to enter Dapchi. While the Yobe commissioner of police said the military that was hitherto guarding Dapchi curiously withdrew its sentries a few weeks before the attack, the Yobe governor harangued the military consistently in the wake of the abduction for abandoning its responsibilities. Is Dapchi bereft of any iota of security? Are its residents some Stone Age people who could not alert the security people that a number of suspicious buses were driving past in a convoy? And when the insurgents struck and were ferreting the girls into captivity, didn’t anybody see them? Was there no one to raise alarm? In the school, was there no one who owned a cell phone who could alert security officials? As we speak, there is no clue of someone who has been brought to book over this visible shirking of responsibility. As the Yoruba say in a very instructive proverb, even though the wasp and the bee disown culpability of assault on the farmer, his swollen face is indicative that some felon had stung him in the face. In a Buhari-led government, under which this heinous kidnap took place, everyone is going about their businesses unscathed.

The rescue story, as told by government, is even more mysterious. In the aftermath of its negotiation, the abductors, with their schoolgirl trophies, just drove in a convoy of buses into Dapchi like some matador. From the account reportedly given by the girls, they were, enroute Dapchi, flown from God-knows-where and equally ferried by boats. Which raise questions. Does Boko Haram now have its own airline? If it doesn’t, what is the name of the airline? Are the girls, secondary school students, as illiterate as not to be able to provide the name written on the jet? From where were the girls transported; Nigeria? If not Nigeria, since it was an international flight, from whom did the pilot seek clearance to leave the country of flight to Nigeria, the country of destination?

Oh, I forgot: national security would not allow the Buhari government to answer the questions above nor announce the amount involved in the rescue effort. Rather than say this, the minister of information, Lai Mohammed hit Nigerians with another bombast – no ransom was paid. This sounds very ludicrous. A terrorist organisation like Boko Haram, known for its deadliness, suddenly became so Red Crossly that it kidnapped 110 girls for about two weeks, clothed, housed and fed them and handed them over to our government, literally shaking government’s hands like they do at treaty agreement signing!

The reason why government cannot be allowed to, in the name of national security, leave Nigerians in the dark about activities like this is that, experience has taught the people that Nigerian governments are run by extremely heartless people who see Mammon and self in every governmental transaction. Till today, no one knows how much government has expended on this shady and cloudy Boko Haram business which has become a money-making machine for government officials and ostensibly, military big epaulettes. Not long ago, when the Buhari government requested for another $1 billion to fight insurgency, Nigerians cried foul. It makes sense that, in the thinking of these Boko Haram racketeers, the insurgency must not end so that their illicit earnings would be perpetually nourished. This is why the skepticism of Nigerians about Boko Haram abducting Dapchi and Chibok girls is growing higher by the day. Who says this whole drama could not have been a collaboration between some God-knows-who in government/military circle and some hirelings, with the aim of stoking the fire of their persistent bleeding of Nigeria’s national resources?

Story of Lerah Sharibu

If indeed the story of Lerah Sharibu, a Senior Secondary Student 1 pupil of the Dapchi school whose abduction and refusal of release by the dreaded insurgents, Boko Haram is not one of the padded stories on offer in the country today, then there seems to be hope on the horizon for Nigeria. While the insurgents handed over 104 others, Lerah’s non-release is said to be because she refused to denounce her Christian faith. She had reportedly held tenaciously to this, in spite of the menacing daggers of her abductors.

It is not the Christianity of Lerah that, for me, is an issue here. It is the fact that in a Nigeria where money and debauchery are the gods of the Nigerian youth, we can have someone holding firm to a positive ideal. This was why the lady law school student who last year refused to be inducted into the Nigerian bar except on her terms of wearing the hijab signposts an against-method which can be held up as a departure from the core mindset on parade today. Lerah reminds one of the “if I perish, I perish” story of biblical Queen Esther. Such stories are rare in a modern world where everyone is for themselves and God for us all. Critics of my stand may say this is the same mindset, even if negative, which informs bombers accepting to die for their God. But Lerah, for me, represents a fundamental departure from what we have today, one of the core foundations of developmental ideologies.

Elephantiasis-Infected Leg

I have read countless times the reaction of the secretary general of the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) Dr. Kunle Olajide’s to an obtuse statement credited to the chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and former inspector general of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Commassie. I came to the conclusion that, but for the fact that I lack the power and authority, I could have single-handedly awarded Dr. Olajide a Nobel.

Coomassie had said that Nigeria could not survive without the North. In Olajide’s reaction, he detailed how the North has been an elephantiasis-infected leg that Nigeria carries with great and excruciating burden. Nigeria’s hard-earned cash is spent in billions on curtailing a Northern-Nigerian monster called Boko Haram, at the expense of the rest of Nigeria; the bloodletting of Fulani herdsmen, on account of which Nigeria gains international notoriety, comes from the North; religious crisis of El-Zakzaky, for which Nigeria will sooner than later become a subject of Amnesty International’s lens, comes from the North. “Collectively, the North is home to all negative indices to the quality of life. Infant mortality is highest in the North. Illiteracy rate is highest in the North and the number of out-of-school children is highest in the North…” Olajide said, among several other artillery scuds which must have demobilised Coomassie’s dangerous mindset.

It is a shame that minefield-laced minds like Coomassie’s get to the highest offices in the land. Imagine how a policeman who possessed such a potentially explosive mind ever got to the top of the Nigeria Police Force. Imagine still what ethnic-propelled destructions he must have wreaked on Nigeria during his time. Now, compare this with a former Nigerian head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, who stormed Ibadan under Lamidi Adesina’s government to ask “why your people are attacking my people.” Now, compare both with the malady of Boko Haram insurgency of “my religion is bigger than yours.” Can you see any difference?

Festus Adedayo is an Ibadan-based journalist.

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WAEC Registers 1.5 Million Students For 2018 WASSCE – See Complete Timetable

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has disclosed that it has registered 1.5 million students to write its 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

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The Council’s Director of Public Affairs, Damianus Ojijeogu, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos state on Monday, March 26, 2018.

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He said the council had concluded arrangements for the conduct of the examination for school candidates, popularly refers to as May/June WASSCE.

“We have concluded all arrangements and deployed logistics in every part of the country for the conduct of a hitch-free examination.

“We have also taken cognisance of the upsurge of insecurity in some parts of the country.

“We are working in collaboration with the Federal Government and security agencies to ensure safe and conducive environments for the conduct of the examination.

“On our part, we will deploy professional examiners and supervisors that will protect the integrity of the examination,’’ he told NAN.

Ojijeogu also revealed that the examinations will begin with the regular subjects on March 28, while the main examinations will commence on 3rd April, 2018 and ends on 15th May, 2018.

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