Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Neymar remains keen to quit PSG this summer and move on to Real Madrid, partly because he wants to play with Cristiano Ronaldo. (Marca)

Luis Suarez has seemingly confirmed that Antoine Griezmann will be joining Barcelona. “He is not coming to take the place of anyone, but with the ambition of winning important things. He will be welcome.” (AS)

Ahead of Andres Iniesta’s final El Clasico, the man brought in to replace him, Philippe Coutinho, admits that will be an impossible task. “He’s unique,” the former Liverpool star said. (Sport)

Italy

Alvaro Morata is on Juventus’ list of summer targets alongside Anthony Martial. Morata played for the Bianconeri from 2014 to 2016 and Corriere’s article opens with the words ‘Some loves never end…’ (Corriere dello Sport)

Chelsea are again considering launching a bid for Kalidou Koulibaly this summer and remain interested in his boss at Napoli, Maurizio Sarri. The Senegalese centre-back would cost around €60million. (Il Messaggero)

Liverpool are among the clubs interested in Inter Milan’s 18-year-old Andrea Pinamonti, who has scored six goals in six appearances in the UEFA Youth League this season. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Gianluigi Buffon is said to be considering turning down the chance for his final international game during the post-season friendly window. The send-off, should he choose to accept it, would be against the Netherlands on June 4 at Juventus’ stadium. (Corriere dello Sport)

Portugal

Manchester City are interested in Portuguese youngster Rafael Leao. There is a €45million (£39.82m) release clause in the 18-year-old forward’s contract but Sporting hope to increase that to €100million (£88.49m). (Record)

Germany

Max Meyer, who will leave Schalke on a free this summer, was offered to Southampton this week but the Premier League strugglers turned down any potential move. (Bild)

RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is coming under pressure with his side winless in their last five Bundesliga games. The German clubs have also conceded 18 times in that run and talks about extending the Leipzig manager’s contract are on hold. (Bild)

France

Marseille’s Adil Rami is favourite to take the place in France’s World Cup side vacated by Laurent Koscielny after his injury. (L’Equipe)

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Jose Mourinho Would Support Assistant Manager Rui Faria If He Decides To Be Arsenal’s Next Manager

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he would ‘carry the bags’ of his assistant Rui Faria if he decided to leave and become Arsenal’s next manager.

Rui Faria has been linked with the role along with Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, Mikel Arteta, and Jurgen Klopp’s No 2 at Liverpool, Zeljko Buvac.

Mourinho and Faria met in 2001 and was made Uniao Leiria’s fitness coach before going with him to Porto the following year. He became assistant boss to his countryman at Chelsea in 2004 and has followed him to Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Despite their 17-year association, Mourinho insists he would support the decision if Faria decided to leave.

When asked if his confidante would be a good fit for Arsenal, the 55-year-old said: “I think, yes. I don’t know [if he wants to manage]. You ask me if I think it would be a good fit and I say: ‘Yes.’

“And I say it because he is more than my assistant, he is my friend. If my friend has the possibility one day of a big job I would help him to pack and to carry the bags and to wish him luck.

“So if one day that is going to happen, the first one to be happy would probably be myself because I met him when he was a kid in his university and we were together for 18 years. So he is a big friend, more than an assistant so if one day the moment arrives, I will be very happy.”

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Bayern Munich Manager Jupp Heynckes Not Amused By Robert Lewandowski Substitution Antics

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Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has said he didn’t find Robert Lewandowski’s antics funny after he was substituted in the 3-1 victory over relegated Cologne.

Heynckes replaced Robert Lewandowski with Sandro Wagner on 77 minutes with the Bundesliga champions leading 2-1. However, Lewandowski did not look at Heynckes or shake his hand upon his substitution, visibly upsetting the retiring coach.

Lewandowski’s response immediately earned him a stern lecture from Heynckes for his troubles.

“I know myself that we goalscorers are selfish and always thinking about our goalscoring ratio. We have spoken and he has understood,” Heynckes said at a news conference.

“When I took him off, though, I didn’t find it funny at all, because I’m the boss and no one else.”

Afterward, Heynckes tried to laugh off the incident, recalling his time as Borussia Monchengladbach in an interview with Sky.

“I never enjoyed being taken off a striker,” Heynckes said. “He wanted to score his 30th league goal. We’ve just spoken and it’s already forgotten.”

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Lokomotiv Moscow Wins The Russian Premier League

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Lokomotiv Moscow have won the Russian Premier League for the first time in 14 years.

Lokomotiv Moscow beat Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0 on Saturday after Portuguese forward Eder knocked in Vladislav Ignatyev’s cross in the 87th minute.

The win lifted Lokomotiv seven points clear in the standings. They can’t be caught by Spartak Moscow or CSKA Moscow, who each have two games remaining.

It was the third Premier League title for 70-year-old coach Yuri Syomin, who also won with Lokomotiv in 2002 and 2004. He returned to the club in 2016 for his fourth spell in charge, and turned around the fortunes of a club who had been used to mid-table obscurity in recent seasons.

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson Undergoes Brain Surgery

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Manchester United have confirmed that former manager Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage and is recovering in hospital.

The club statement went on to say that the procedure had “gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery” while adding that the family have requested “privacy in this matter.”

The 83-year-old has been a club director since retiring as manager, where he won 38 trophies across 26 years at Old Trafford.

“Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage,” read a United statement.
“The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter.”

Earlier in the day, Ferguson’s son Darren had missed his Doncaster team’s League One season closer at home to Wigan to deal with an ‘important family emergency’ and the world of football now eagerly awaits positive news on the Scot’s wellbeing.

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APC Chairmanship Aspirant Stabbed To Death At Congress In Delta

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Violence erupted at Okwagbe community in Jeremi Ward 10 (III), Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, with Mr. Jeremiah Oghoveta, a chairmanship aspirant, reported to have been stabbed to death.

It was gathered that a certain man attacked Oghoveta after an argument ensued over allegations of hijack of electoral materials by a side.

Oghoveta reportedly disagreed with some other party members, asking why materials would be hijacked.

He was leaving the scene when his attacker stabbed him on the neck and fled the spot, leaving him dead.

Channels Television reports that another member of the party and ward chairmanship aspirant from Jerimi 3 ward 10, Ughelli South Local Government Area, Delta was reported to have been lynched this morning by APC factional group in the area.

Speaking on the matter, the state police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, said it is still not clear whether or not the late Jeremiah was an aspirant for the said congress.

He explained that “One Jeremiah Jacob was stabbed to death by one jay papa. The incident happened during the APC ward congress, we have not got the full details yet but efforts are still ongoing to arrest the accused as he was said to have escaped immediately after indulging in the act”

“As at 1:30 pm, voting was yet to begin which prompted party faithful to head straight to the Delta APC party secretariat in Asaba demanding an explanation and also to collect elections materials for their wards

“A party official, Olorogun Jaro Egbo complained that the nomination forms for the delegates congress that were supposed to be distributed to delegates were issued to only one group”.

Giving assurance that the problems would be resolved for the Congress to commence, the Chairman APC delegates congress in Delta State, Sani Dododo, insists the issue is not peculiar to Delta state alone, adding that this happens when a lot of people are vying for few positions.

He, however, warned that no elections would be conducted at any wards were factions exist

”The original arrangement is that two persons will contest for one position, but we came to notice that more than 10 persons across the wards are contesting for one position in the ward.

“So, the committee had to improvise and as the chairman, I have to endorse one of the original copies to authenticate the form and made copies to enable all who paid for application forms to get one.

“We are working and I want to assure you that the Congress will be held and materials will soon be disbursed.

“Let me warn that no factional congress will be recognized, and all elections must hold at the party headquarters or public buildings, not private houses,” he said.

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Tears As Stoke Get Relegated From English Premier League

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Jack Butland (picture above) and some fans of Stoke City were left in tears as the Potters became the first side to be relegated from the Premier League this season after losing against Crystal Palace.

The Potters ended their 10 season stay in the top flight with a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace and the England shot stopper was left inconsolable after the final whistle.

Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick had given the Potters a glimpse of hope in the first half but James McArthur and then Patrick van Aahnholt resigned them to the drop.

Butland is highly likely to be part of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad to travel to Russia for this summer’s World Cup and could spark a bidding war from top flight clubs for his signature this summer.

Stoke City fans inside the stadium were also left in tears

Stoke City fans inside the stadium were also left in tears (Reuters)

Stoke gained promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 2008 after finishing runners-up to West Brom in the Championship and became mainstays in the top flight after finishing 14th, 12th, 11th, three 13ths and a trio of ninth placed finishes during their stay.

“It’s difficult obviously but it’s not one just about game. It’s over a season and we’ve not been good enough all season,” captain Ryan Shawcross told Sky Sports.

“Ultimately it’s down to the players: we’ve not been good enough. The fans have been brilliant today, a tough result and they’re still cheering us.

“Since the gaffer has come in we’ve had a right go and been in every game. But for whatever reason we’ve not got the goals we needed and that cost us.

“The club has decisions to make and it would be brilliant if we can keep our best players.”

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert 'gutted' after relegation from Premier League

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert ‘gutted’ after relegation from Premier League (The Guardian)

Speaking with BBC, Stoke manager Paul Lambert, said: “It is a tough afternoon. I am feeling for everyone connected with the club.

“The season starts in July and August. When teams don’t get results you can be sleep-walking into positions you don’t want to be in. We never had enough.

“Since I came in the lads have given everything but we came short. It is a chance to rebuild.

“It is difficult to come in mid-January to try to assess the team and I had a chat with the players on what went wrong, try to rectify it. No one can point a finger at the effort of the players we lacked quality up top.”

“We lacked a bit more quality at the top end of the pitch. If the lads had been playing the way the did for me all season they probably wouldn’t be in this position.

“I love it here it’s brilliant. It’s probably not too dissimilar to Glasgow where I’m from; a hard-working place and we have to bounce back up now.

“The club is too big not to and it’s got the right infrastructure in place to do it.”

Patrick van Aanholt even apologised to Stoke fans after scoring the goal that sent them down.

He wrote on Twitter: “Normally I like to celebrate when I score but I’d like to apologise to Stoke City and their fans, I wish my goal didn’t relegate you, but you’ll be back soon!

“Great club with great fans.”

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The Return Of ‘Shina Rambo’

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The Return Of ‘Shina Rambo’ By Phrank Shaibu

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When I wrote last month about Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District, I was accused in certain quarters of nursing a king size grudge against the Okun born politician.

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

Some people suggested that the write up smirked of belicosity if not out right hyperbolism. Indeed, the effluents imbued in that piece, according to one of his rabid supporters, was laced with evidence that I was paid by the Kogi State Government, to do a dirty job on the embattled Senator.

The article, entitled, “At Last, Dino Melaye Meets His Nemesis” has turned out to be prophetic. I could as well be called a marabout with uncommon gift of clairvoyance. Indeed, events of the last one or two weeks have confirmed that I was spot on in my description and prediction of the man.

Dino Melaye: How Arrested Senator Jumped Out Of Moving Police Vehicle, Landed In Hospital

No, I don’t want anyone to surmise that this follow-up piece is about gloating over the misfortunes of Dino, as the senator is better known. On the contrary, this is about reminding us that I saw the events of the past one or two weeks coming and tried, albeit failingly, to warn that he could meet his waterloo if he did not check his excesses and the predilection of always seeking to play to the gallery.

Unfortunately, Dino, like a dog destined for abyss failed to hearken to the hunter’s whistle and suddenly found himself encircled in a trajectory beyond his wildest imagination.

Today, he is fighting the battle of his life, caged like a common rat. He suddenly finds that the law is no respecter of persons and that once you have become a fugitive on the run, you put yourself up to be treated like a common criminal.

Definitely, I am not one of those in sympathy with the Kogi West Senator for what has become his lot. After all, when a man decides to stand in front of a moving train, you can only imagine that he would eventually be crushed. Likewise, a man who dips his fingers in a pond of snakes should not be surprised that the poisonous venom of the reptile would soon takeover the blood in his veins.

Truth is, I never believed that the embattled Senator would try to play “Rambo” by allegedly jumping out of a moving police pickup van. Neither could anyone have convinced me that he would employ alleged thugs to help shield him from the police. But that’s what the man reportedly did to the consternation of all.

Thrice, he was reportedly accosted by security agencies and on all accounts, he had hirelings who blocked his arrest. I stand to be corrected if it was just a coincidence that the thugs did what they did without being induced to do so. Neither would anyone convince me that it was the first time Dino was employing them to do a dirty job. But that is a debate for another day.

Ordinarily, I would have questioned the propriety of his trial in a magistrate court while on a stretcher by the police instead of waiting for him to get well but I am constrained because, Dino was NEVER ill at the time of his invitation by the police. Even after he was declared wanted by the police, he repeatedly ‎refused to turn himself in for prosecution, on the ground that it was a plot to kill him, resulting in last weekends face off with men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

Nigerians Aim Dig At Governor Yahaya Bello As Senator Melaye’s Recall Fails

My pain is that, Dino Melaye as a lawmaker ought to have known that he was fugitive before the law. He ought to also have known that Lokoja, is the city where the alleged crimes or charges against him were pending. The only way to clear his name was to challenge the prosecution in the court in Lokoja like younger activists like Austine Okai and Johnson Musa.

In fact, the former Governor, His Excellency Prince Abubakar Audu, arguably one of the fathers of Kogi State turned himself in for prosecution in 2009 when the EFCC charged him to court. Although the case was still pending when he died, it is remarkable that he respected the law until his death. Dino Melaye is not bigger than Abubakar Audu.

As for his trial on a stretcher, his lawyers and other public commentators should be patient enough to answer these salient questions: Did Dino jump from a moving police van? If the answer is in the affirmative, then does that action amount to an offense in the eyes of the law?

Isn’t the reported action of ‘jumping from a moving police van’ suicidal? If the answer is also in the affirmative,then I ask again if ‘attempted suicide’ is an offense? Then the viral video where Dino Melaye openly threatened to kill himself and put the Police in trouble. ..so, who will treat a Rambo with kids gloves?

Anyway, while he cools his head on the hospital bed and or police custody or the prison , he may use this moment to reflect on what has become of the life of a Senator; a youth‎ who was supposed to be a role model, now a fugitive from the law. He should reminisce on how high he has tried to climb on the political ladder of Nigeria only to use his hand to pull down the lever.

Irrespective of whether the recall process initiated by his so called constituents or ‘sponsors’ succeeded or not, Dino by now should be thinking of the puppeteer behind the high wire intrigue surrounding the entire process.

Most definitely, his thoughts must also revolve round how he became a fugitive, with policemen guarding him round the clock even on the hospital bed. Could this be real or a virtual fantasy created by a puppet master trained to conjure world class tragi-comedies?

But, as I pointed out in the earlier article, the Okun politician brought the many troubles on himself.‎ After all, if a man goes to the market and buys faeces, he can only expect flies to perch. Dino has directly or indirectly bought trouble on many fronts and he should live with the consequences.

Above, he must tell himself some hard truths about lifestyle change. Because he must know by now that living like a thug does not pay. And that every small alec has his day, just like the medicine man who finds out to his chagrin that sometimes, charms against gunshot fails.

But, a chameleon does not change its spots. A thug will always be a thug. Likewise, Dino will always be Dino. So, I do not expect any significant change. Instead, Nigerians should be prepared to see a more brash and brazen personality.

When he fought and his clothes were torn in the House of Representatives, did he learn anything? Did he become a better person? Compare that with jumping from a moving police van to evade arrest. Which is worse?

That is why as I wake up every morning, I thank God that the embattled Senator does not represent me in the upper legislative chamber, notwithstanding that we are both from Kogi State and I have a sleeping Senator from my own constituency.

Melaye Denied Bail In Lokoja, To Spend 38 Days In Police Custody

A man with no sense of decency has no scruples fighting in public, who abuses‎ his elders without any remorse, who can jump from a moving van like a tout on the streets of Egbe cannot be my representative. The Senate is not made for brigands. And the earlier we exorcise such characters from our body politic, the saner our society, nay, Kogi State would be.

A stich in time saves nine.

*Phrank Shaibu ,a Public Communication Expert writes from Abuja .

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

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No Going Back On 2019 Fuel Importation Deadline – NNPC

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has insisted that there is no going back on the December 2019 deadline set to stop importation of petroleum products into the country.

The Group Managing Director of the corporation, Maikanti Baru, stated this at the Offshore Technology Conference 2018 Nigeria Oil Industry Award Dinner in Houston, Texas, United States where he was a special guest of honour.

NNPC: Nigeria To End Gas Flaring In 2 Years

According to him, the dream of transforming Nigeria from a net exporter of crude oil to a net exporter of petroleum products would in the months ahead become a reality.

Nigeria had remained one of the largest oil producers that import refined crude to meet about 50 million estimated daily consumption. Estimated under recovery from premium motor spirit or petrol alone stood at over N1.4 trillion as of last month.

But Baru stated that tendering exercises for companies interested in the rehabilitation programmes of the nation’s four refineries using a contractor-financing model had been completed and successful companies for the different projects would soon be announced.

“This model is expected to be a self-sustaining financial model with near zero reliance on the federal government funds. For smooth running and implementation, we are also changing the operating and commercial framework of the refineries to make them work efficiently and be commercially viable,’’ he said.

If the plan by the NNPC is anything to take serious, it means existing state owned refineries would be overhauled to perform at 90 per cent capacity utilisation before the 2019 deadline.

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Harrysong sells out the 40,000 capacity Warri City Stadium

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Harrysong breaks a record!

”Congratulations Harrysong, you did it. Let’s do it again and again”, D’Banj said as he rounded up his set on the night of the 29th of April at the Warri City Stadium for the Harrysong’s ‘Kingmaker Concert’.

Harrysong and his superstar lineup filled up the 40,000 capacity stadium at the restive Niger Delta city. The successful event is a first in many fronts – from being the first ever concert at the Warri City stadium, uniting thousands of residents and indigenes in Warri without a negative incident to being the third African artiste to have filled up a stadium in the last decade years.

Reacting to the feat, PA to the Delta State governor said: ”We are proud of you. Governor Okowa will always be there for you. Your appreciation will get to him. He saw everything and mammoth crowd. You are a great Deltan.”

Harrysong in an instagram post shared his appreciation to the line up of artistes which included Niniola, D’Banj, Duncan Mighty, Erigga, Orezi, Dezign, and hosted by Do2dtun, Ogus Baba and I Go Dye making an appearance on stage.

”We did it, Warri did it and I can’t wait to do it again in 2019, This year’s edition was more of a learning process – honestly didn’t expect it to sell out. However, Lessons have been learned and next year’s would be like nothing Warri and Africa has ever experienced, Take my word. Thank you Warri and everybody that supported,” Harrysong said as he preps to release his collaborative effort entitled ‘Selense’ with Reekado Banks and Kiss Daniel.

Kingmaker Concert is an annual music concert in Warri City Stadium, Delta State headlined by Harrysong and powered by AltarPlate Music Company.


Harrysong sells out the 40,000 capacity Warri City Stadium







 

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Codeine Ban: Lagos Unveils New Strategy To Tackle Drug Abuse

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The authorities of Lagos State Government on Friday disclosed that comprehensive plans are currently being put together to generally address the prevalence of drug abuse under the mental health policy in the state.

It also revealed that a law to that effect has already been updated.

How Codeine Is Creating A Generation Of Addicts In Nigeria

On Tuesday, the Federal Government had directed the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to stop further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for the preparation of cough syrup in response to the gross abuse of the substance in the country.

FG Directs NAFDAC To Ban Production Of Codeine Containing Syrups In Nigeria

But in his speech yesterday in Lagos at an event to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said before and after the ban was announced, the state government had been engaging with key stakeholders, adding that it was important for serious attention to be concentrated on mental health issue and affiliated matters.

His words: “On the issue of codeine, I must tell you that the Drug Control Unit in the ministry is very active. We are also operating in conjunction with NAFDAC.

“The ban principally is a NAFDAC initiative but as a state government, we did not wait; we are more proactive and ever since this issue came to light, the ministry has been engaging and very soon, we will come out with a more comprehensive programme.

“In line with this, we have updated our own mental health law as against what is happening at the federal level; we have a mental health policy and we are currently now implementing our mental health programme to cover all tiers – primary, secondary and tertiary health care systems.”

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 For All You Who Cannot Dance Shaku Shaku to Save Your Life – Learn From the Pros…

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If you have been listening to Nigerian Music lately, you must have noticed the trending dance step, called Shaku Shaku. It has become more than just a dance style that originated from the street of Agege to what has been accepted worldwide.

Since the dance began, many videos have been created on social media on how to make the moves, especially by top Nigerian celebrities and brands are not left out too.

But what we don’t understand is, some of the celebrities are doing it the Ajebuter way. I will not say more than that, but for you all that cannot dance #ShakuShaku to save a life, learn from the Pros.

Genevieve Nnaji Shaku Shaku Video

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A post shared by Genevieve Nnaji (@genevievennaji) on Apr 12, 2018 at 11:46pm PDT

 

T-Boy Shaku Shaku Video

The dance step is not restricted to celebrities and individuals only, many popular brands in Nigeria have also jumped on the trend to connect with their teeming audience. This is very innovative and trendy. One thing is sure, Nigerians seem to have fallen in love with the new dance, no wonder is still a hot trend on social media till date.

Who do you think dances it better?

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Jose Mourinho Explains Alexis Sanchez Omission Vs Brighton & Hove Albion

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Jose Mourinho has explained why Alexis Sanchez was not included in his squad to face Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho revealed that Alexis Sanchez skipped the visit to the south coast because he took a knock in training.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were named up front for United, as Romelu Lukaku is also sidelined through injury.

“We want to win and we think that this is the best team,” The Mirror quotes Mourinho as saying.

“Of course, Alexis and [Romelu] Lukaku are injured. So they were not an option.

“But we believe in these players and they deserve a chance. Many are fresher than the others and to play against a team which is strong at home is probably the best thing.”

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Jose Mourinho Explains Alexis Sanchez Omission Vs Brighton & Hove Albion

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Jose Mourinho has explained why Alexis Sanchez was not included in his squad to face Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho revealed that Alexis Sanchez skipped the visit to the south coast because he took a knock in training.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were named up front for United, as Romelu Lukaku is also sidelined through injury.

“We want to win and we think that this is the best team,” The Mirror quotes Mourinho as saying.

“Of course, Alexis and [Romelu] Lukaku are injured. So they were not an option.

“But we believe in these players and they deserve a chance. Many are fresher than the others and to play against a team which is strong at home is probably the best thing.”

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Olympiacos Terminate Kevin Mirallas Loan Deal

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Olympiacos have reportedly terminated their loan deal with Everton winger Kevin Mirallas.

Olympiacos have sent Kevin Mirallas back to Goodison Park earlier than originally planned, according to reports in the Belgian media (via the Liverpool Echo).

Mirallas scored twice in 13 appearances for Olympiacos this term and was previously quoted as saying that he would like to remain with the club.

The Belgian, however, was among a number of players who were fined by club president Evangelos Marinakis and forced to take a holiday when the team fell off the pace in the Greek title race.

Olympiacos President Evangelos Marinakis Fines First Team Players £400,000 And Sends Them On Holiday

The winger with leave the Greek side having scored two goals in his 13 appearances this campaign.

The Belgian international had previously stated he wishes to stay at Olympiakos further than his original loan spell, telling Greek publication SDNA last month: “I have stated that I want to stay.

“But it is something for which there is no development, since it will be discussed at the end of the year.”

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Olympiacos Terminate Kevin Mirallas Loan Deal

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Olympiacos have reportedly terminated their loan deal with Everton winger Kevin Mirallas.

Olympiacos have sent Kevin Mirallas back to Goodison Park earlier than originally planned, according to reports in the Belgian media (via the Liverpool Echo).

Mirallas scored twice in 13 appearances for Olympiacos this term and was previously quoted as saying that he would like to remain with the club.

The Belgian, however, was among a number of players who were fined by club president Evangelos Marinakis and forced to take a holiday when the team fell off the pace in the Greek title race.

Olympiacos President Evangelos Marinakis Fines First Team Players £400,000 And Sends Them On Holiday

The winger with leave the Greek side having scored two goals in his 13 appearances this campaign.

The Belgian international had previously stated he wishes to stay at Olympiakos further than his original loan spell, telling Greek publication SDNA last month: “I have stated that I want to stay.

“But it is something for which there is no development, since it will be discussed at the end of the year.”

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Japan, Qatar Invited To 2019 Copa America In Brazil

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The 2019 Copa America in Brazil will feature 10 teams from South America plus invited guests Japan and Qatar, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Friday.

Several nations have had special invitations since 1993, including Japan who played at the 1999 tournament in Paraguay.

The guests usually come the neighbouring North and Central America and the Caribbean confederation so the inclusion of Qatar, the Gulf nation hosting the 2022 World Cup, is new.

CONMEBOL said the presence of the two non-Latin nations is due to the “great interest of the Asian Football Confederation in participating in CONMEBOL tournaments and to the South American Football Confederation’s commitment to developing football around the world.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossip This Morning

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  • Arsenal and Chelsea will be on red alert amid new claims that Leonardo Jardim is to leave Monaco.
  • Jose Mourinho is eyeing a summer move for Napoli hotshot Dries Mertens.
  • Robert Pires has told Anthony Martial to make the move to Arsenal this summer- because Jose Mourinho has no confidence in him as a player.
  • Pep Guardiola and his title-winning stars are expected to join well over 500 Manchester City staff for a mass celebration on Sunday night.
  • Neymar has arrived back in France to continue his rehabilitation, two months after undergoing surgery on a fractured foot.
  • Chelsea defender Gary Cahill says he is still fighting to prove doubters wrong.
  • Brendan Rodgers has admitted Chelsea could cut short Charly Musonda’s loan spell at Celtic.
  • Arsenal risk having to pull out of a lucrative tour to Singapore if they allow Burnley to snatch sixth place by the end of the season.
  • Arsene Wenger will be given a guard of honour to mark his last game at the Emirates.
  • Antonio Conte has taunted Liverpool by insisting: Lucky teams can win the Champions League but only the best lift the title.
  • Jurgen Klopp has revealed Emre Can will have make or break tests on Monday to decide if he can fulfil his Champions League dream.
  • Arsene Wenger’s successor will be handed a £200m war chest as Arsenal bid to re-establish themselves among the Premier League elite.
  • Jurgen Klopp believes if Liverpool can secure a Champions League berth for a second successive season it would show “massive” progress.
  • Yaya Toure wants to move to an English club after his Manchester City exit this summer.

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Atletico Madrid Manager Diego Simeone To Miss Europa League Final

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone’s touchline ban for the Europa League final was confirmed on Friday.

UEFA’s disciplinary panel imposed a four-game suspension for Diego Simeone’s conduct at Arsenal in the semifinal first leg last week.

Simeone had been charged with insulting a match official and improper conduct. After being sent from the dugout to the stands, he continued to communicate with his coaching staff.

He served the first game of his ban in Thursday’s semifinal second leg as Atletico beat Arsenal 1-0 to advance 2-1 on aggregate. Watching from an executive box area high in the main stand, Simeone later said he “felt what the fans feel.”

Simeone will be barred from the dressing room and touchline when Atletico face Marseille in the final on May 16 in Lyon. He was also fined €10,000.

The Argentine coach can appeal the sanction to UEFA, likely next week. Though an appeal is unlikely to clear Simeone for the final, UEFA could decide to defer future games of the suspension for a probationary period.

The ban would carry over to next season, and the next eligible game could be the UEFA Super Cup game in August against the Champions League winner — Liverpool or Real Madrid — if Atletico beat Marseille.

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France Football Federation Confirm Laurent Koscielny Will Miss The World Cup

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Laurent Koscielny will miss the World Cup this summer because of the suspected ruptured Achilles he suffered during Arsenal’s Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid.

The French Football Federation confirmed on Friday evening that the centre-back would not be able to play in Russia.

“It’s a very big blow for the France team,” coach Didier Deschamps said on www.fff.fr.

The France defender was carried off on a stretcher early on during the 1-0 defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano and was in obvious distress as he clutched his lower leg.

Laurent Koscielny, who has 51 caps, had already announced he planned to retire from international football after the World Cup.

Deschamps added: “I am really very sad for Laurent because this World Cup was also a very important moment for him in his career and I wish him a lot of strength in his comeback, because I’m sure he still has some great things to come.”

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Manchester United Not Good Enough Vs Brighton – Ashley Young

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Manchester United wing-back Ashley Young has admitted that his side’s performance was “not good enough” during their 1-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Ashley Young put Manchester United’s latest defeat down to starting the match poorly.

“It wasn’t good enough from the first whistle to the end,” BBC Sport quotes Young as saying. “We put pressure on them at the end, but you can’t start like that and expect to win. It is disappointing and we have to dust ourselves down and prepare for the next game.”

Pascal Gross scored the only goal of the game, helping the Seagulls secure the win they needed to secure their place in next season’s Premier League.

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Brighton’s Steve Sidwell Hails ‘Fantastic’ Season After Defaeting Manchester United

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Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell has lavished praise on his teammates after they guaranteed their Premier League survival with a 1-0 win over Manchester United.

Steve Sidwell,35, who missed the game through injury, said that staying in the top flight is a “fantastic” achievement by the Seagulls.

“The majority of these players haven’t played in the PL before, and to retain their status after the first year is fantastic,” Sidwell told Sky Sports News.

“As you’ve seen tonight, a well-disciplined unit which limits the opposition to make errors, and as a team defensively you won’t get much better than that.”

Pascal Gross scored the only goal of the game in Brighton’s win over United.

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Jose Mourinho Hits Out On His Players After Embarrassing Defeat To Brighton

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Jose Mourinho has hit out at his Manchester United players following their 1-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Although Jose Mourinho did not aim his attack at specific individuals, he was quick to criticise the fringe squad members who were given a runout against the Seagulls.

Mourinho made six changes for the match, giving the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian game time.

“It was not good enough,” he told Sky Sports News. The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level and when individuals do that it is difficult for the team to play well. Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much.

“I knew what was going to happen and I told them, but that is what we got.

“The attitude from the first minute and especially in the first half, they had more appetite. I did not succeed in persuading my players that getting four more points is important. it is for me, but perhaps not for them.

“I wouldn’t say disappointed. I know them. I thought that the possibility to start the game and give reason would give them something. You have the answer now when you ask ‘why always Lukaku?’. We are probably not as good as people think we are individually.”

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