“Buhari’s Worst In 8 Years Better Than Your Best In 16 Years” – Kenneth Okonkwo Tells PDP

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“Buhari’s Worst In 8 Years Better Than Your Best In 16 Years” – Kenneth Okonkwo Tells PDP

Veteran Nollywood actor Kenneth Okonkwo, has aimed a direct dig at the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), saying that the worst of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government in 8 years will be better than what the party ever achieved in 16 years.

Nigerian Actor Kenneth Okonkwo Declares “I’m The Next Governor Of Enugu”

In an Instagram post on Thursday, the veteran star, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party, said:

“Buhari’s Worst In 8 Years Better Than Your Best In 16 Years” - Kenneth Okonkwo Tells PDP

“Buhari’s Worst In 8 Years Better Than Your Best In 16 Years” – Kenneth Okonkwo Tells PDP

“You know the truth, the worst of Buhari in 8 years will be better than the best of PDP in 16 years.

PDP had 16 years with oil prices very high in-between yet they left us without light (power), without water, without roads, without security, without paying even salaries, indeed without anything. 
Whatever is happening today has its root from that regime.

This administration came with bail out for states to pay salaries with the price of oil falling drastically. Tackled security and all that and somebody is telling me I should reconsider the past leaders that brought us into this mess. God forbid.

I support Buhari and pray for him. I sincerely don’t care what people like those empty men who make ignorant videos have to say. I don’t want to be a Governor under a corrupt President. At least I can say that the person of Buhari is not corrupt. 

Let them call on their gods, let me call on my God and let the God that answereth by fire, let Him be God

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Ambode Approves Employment Of 2200 Teachers In Lagos

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Ambode Approves Employment Of 2200 Teachers In Lagos

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Friday approved the recruitment of additional 1200 teachers for the Junior and Senior Secondary schools in the State.

The Governor, at the last quarterly Town Hall meeting at Ibeju Lekki, had promised that his administration would employ more teachers into public schools to meet up with the manpower required to cover all public schools in the State.

The Deputy Governor of the State, Mrs. Idiat Adebule, while confirming the development, said the 1200 teachers was an addition to the 1000 teachers which the Governor had approved for recruitment into Primary Schools in the State.

Adebule, who superintends over the Ministry of Education, said guidelines for application would be released soon in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

The development, she added, would further aid teaching and learning in the public schools which according to her, has been attracting more enrollment in the last three years as a result of the improved infrastructure and welfare of teaching and non-teaching staff.

She said the improved facilities and staff motivation was evident in the high performance rate of the students of the State in local and international competitions.

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FFK Stabbed Nnamdi Kanu, Betrayed IPOB And Kissed Kwankwaso

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FFK Stabbed Nnamdi Kanu, Betrayed IPOB And Kissed Kwankwaso By Churchill Okonkwo

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In Chinua Achebe’s classic, the Arrow of God, Obika, one of the sons of the chief priest of Ulu, Ezeulu, was whipped by a white man in the marketplace. Ezeulu was so furious with his son to the point of almost cursing him before he held himself back. He later lamented that “…stranger (the white man) can whip a son of mine and go unscathed because my son has nailed up his ear against my words.” He added that “…were it not so… I would have swallowed him (the white man) whole and brought him up again. I would have shaved his head without wetting the hair.”

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

For years, I have been warning Ndigbo to be wary of Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK), but my brothers nailed their ears against my words. Now, FFK has stabbed my Supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the back and whipped him and his IPOB supporters mercilessly and proceeded to kiss Kwankwaso, a “northerner”. If not that I had warned Ndigbo that FFK is a loud-mouthed terrorist bent on destroying us, I would have shaved FFK’s hair and banned him from smoking weed, forever. FKK twisted the minds of a generation of Ndigbo towards hating the north and Hausa-Fulanis only to turn around and embrace the same north. What a hypocrite, what a betrayer.   

Betrayal is the only truth that sticks. I have never known a more vulgar expression of betrayal and deceit than this act of joining Nnamdi Kanu to derogate the Hausas and the north and to turn around and embrace the same people he “hated” so much. What a betrayal. When my Supreme leader Nnamdi Kanu heard that Femi Fani-Kayode welcomed and worshiped Alahaji Kwnakwaso, a Hausa-Fulani, they spent years demonizing, he wept like a baby. But it his cries could not escape the dungeon of the “Naval ship in Bayelsa” where FKK abandoned him with a Judas kiss.

FFK helped hype Nnamdi Kanu to recklessness; indirectly caused the death of dozens of Igbo youths and other Nigerians; fooled thousands of IPOB followers by rain abuses on Hausa-Fulani tribe and the north. Then, Alhaji Kwankwaso (with a fake red cap) and his brothers from the north started switching to PDP. Suddenly, EVERYTHING changed. Alhaji became Mazi; Fulani traitors became compatriots, and the dreaded enemies from the north became bosom friends. In kissing Kwankwaso, FKK declared that “it was an honor and privilege for Precious and I to receive my friend and brother, …Rabiu Kwankwaso, in our Abuja home this afternoon”.

Kwankwaso a Fulani man, a friend, and brother to FFK? You didn’t get that (as my pastor will say when he wants to emphasize on something very important). The Fulanis and Hausas in PDP are now FFK’s bosom friends? Here we have FFK, a man who once stated that Hausa Fulani agenda in Nigeria “…is the greatest evil that the African continent has ever seen”, kissing the ass of Kwankwaso who, as I understand is one of the biggest ethnic bigots around.  And he added, “we had a wonderful time and a fruitful and productive discussion about national issues and the way forward.” Hypocrite, only interested in the size of his stomach.

I pity my Igbo brothers that were deceived by chameleons like FFK that are only interested in the size of their stomach. While FFK was counseling and inciting Umu Igbo to hate everything North and Hausa-Fulani, he waited for an opportunity to swallow his vomit. The fire that FFK ignited by hurling all manner of abuses and hatred on Hausas and Fulanis took the lives of many Nigerians. Tens of Ndigbo died for a cause that FFK helped promote only to now embrace Kwankwaso, Tambuwal, and Atiku. FFK’s and IPOB’s diatribe heightened the tension between farmers and herdsmen leading to fear, friction, and then fire that consumed many across Nigeria.

Proverb 14, verse 7 to 8: Stay away from foolish people; they will have nothing to teach you. Why is a clever person wise? Because he knows what to do. Why is stupid person foolish? Because he only thinks he knows. IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu thought they knew FFK. They thought they were wise. They believed they know more than anyone else, but it was all foolishness. Immediately FFK saw something better than the farm, he sold the farm. He betrayed the “army” he was preparing to revolt against the Fulanis. That FFK’s face that never laughs betrayed the evil in his heart.

Had I not warned my IPOB brothers and sisters, like the chief priest Ezeulu warned his son, I would have castrated him for deceiving my people. FFK is like the dog that scolds but does not bite. He was a crackpot hypocrite, scolding at imaginary Hausa-Fulani men in his head. Meanwhile, he was waiting for anyone that is willing to drop a bone for him to grab. Unfortunately, my Igbo sons and brothers were foolish enough to follow the madman. When an ant stings one’s buttocks, he learns to be careful. FFK has just stung the butts of Ndi IPOB. Unfortunately, they are still ignorant of the fact that politicking in Nigeria is all about personal stomach infrastructure.

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. FFK, an Ochongonoko – a homeless spirit (evil) used the blood of thousands of Nigerians that died from fear and hatred among ethnicities to cleanse himself. I am not necessarily worried that FFK stabbed Nnamdi Kanu on the back and betrayed IPOB to ride back to power with PDP. I am only sad that he is doing this on the blood of Ndigbo and Nigerians that died loathing Hausas and Fulanis and the fact that my IPOB sons have not learned any lesson from this. 

While IPOB members were using both legs to test the depth of the troubled political waters in Nigeria, FFK, kept one leg in the political corridors of power in Abuja. IPOB supporters were disputing land ownership with an empty hand; rejected participation in the electoral process; boycotted election; FFK, with yam, was planting in PDP. Clearly, IPOB is like that proverbial isikara, a type of stick, easy to break and thus, not suitable for use as ube onya, a strong, flexible stick used to make a trap. I am afraid at this point that if Ndigbo cannot find a credible voice soon, the next generation will be lost too.

The position of Ndigbo in Nigeria is so precarious and gloomy when you realize how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. You can beat a fool half to death but you can’t beat the foolishness out of him. When they joined FFK to derogate the north, IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu created enmity for Ndigbo all over the north. An enmity that will not be corrected in a generation. One who dances to get people to praise him does not fail to break his waist: while Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB broke their waist, FKK switched allegiance.

For IPOB members and sympathizers, one will think that the pain of the “disappearance” of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be compounded by the betrayal of FFK. But no, they are still marching on to oblivion. The child who learns playful bluffing with his father learns that hunger will kill him. Now, the apparent adults across the Nigerian ethnic and religious divide are about to eat most of the soup, while the children, IPOB, are still scrambling for food in an empty pot of “Biafra or death”. IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and their sympathizers have for the umpteenth time ended up like that chronic bachelor that worked for other people.

A word they say, is enough for the wise. I salute you all.

You can email Churchill at Churchill.okonkwo@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @churchillnnobi

This piece was written by Churchill Okonkwo. 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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Barcelona Complete Signing Of Senegalese World Cup Sensation Moussa Wague

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Barcelona have announced the signing of Senegalese full-back Moussa Wague

Moussa Wague made the headlines during the just concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup and will now become the eighth player from Africa to wear the Blaugrana shirt.

A statement on the club’s website read:

FC Barcelona and KAS Eupen have reached an agreement for the transfer of Moussa Wague, pending the signing of the contract, which will take place in the coming days. Wague, who passed the relevant medical tests this Friday morning, will train for the first time with his team-mates this Saturday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Wague wrote the headlines during the World Cup after becoming the youngest African in history to score at the global showpiece when he netted against Japan.

The right-back is just 19 years old, but has already made 13 appearances for the Lions of Teranga, and it has been reported that he will at first be registered with Barca’s B side, but will train with the first team.

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

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsenal are urging chief executive Ivan Gazidis to resist overtures from AC Milan and guide the restructured club in the post-Arsene Wenger era.
Gonzalo Higuain says Chelsea did not show enough desire to sign him when competing with AC Milan for this signature.
Crystal Palace are standing firm in their battle to keep Wilfried Zaha and have made it clear they have no desire to sell the 25-year-old.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Gabriel Jesus was straight on the phone to his mum after signing a new Manchester City contract that keeps him at the club until 2023.
Manchester City will become one of the top kit sponsorship revenue earners by wearing Puma kits from the start of the 2019/20 season.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool are confident they will bank in excess of £20m from Danny Ings’ impending exit; Crystal Palace Southampton, Leicester City and Newcastle United are thought to be keen.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Supporter fears that Rafa Benitez will walk out of Newcastle United or be sacked before the season starts are unjustified but tension continues to rise at St James’ Park after a summer of discontent on Tyneside.
Lamine Kone says Sunderland ‘blocked his transfer’ to Everton in the summer of 2016.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Garry Monk insisted he never considered walking away from the transfer difficulties at Birmingham City.

EXPRESS & STAR
Benik Afobe has slammed ‘disrespectful’ Wolves for embarrassing him during this summer’s transfer saga – and says he had no idea he’d be sold.
Wolves’ tug-of-war over No 1 target Adama Traore has escalated with Middlesbrough reportedly offering the forward a new contract.

THE DAILY ECHO
Southampton have yet to receive an approach from Burnley for Fraser Forster.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Bournemouth’s Brad Smith could be set to make a loan move to MLS side Seattle Sounders.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Claude Puel says he is happy with the quality of his Leicester City squad and may only bring in new signings before the transfer deadline if he loses one of his “valuable” players.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Stewart Donald has thanked Sunderland fans for their support with the Black Cats set for a bumper crowd for the visit of Charlton.

THE ARGUS
Millwall have revealed they landed Brighton winger Jiri Skalak at the third time of asking.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Leeds United are in talks with Everton over a second loan deal for Matthew Pennington.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Sam Clucas is set to undergo a medical at Burnley as his £8m exit from Swansea City moves closer to completion.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest have no injury concerns as they prepare to kick-off the Championship season – and Aitor Karanka says the trio of Ben Brereton, Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo are all ready to go.

EVENING GAZETTE
Burnley have tabled a £12m bid for Ben Gibson while Wolves are believed to be on the verge of tabling an increased offer for Adama Traore.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Accrington Stanley have added to their defensive ranks with the loan signing of Blackburn Rovers youngster Matty Platt.

IPSWICH STAR
Kayden Jackson has told Accrington Stanley he wants to leave the club in the wake of Ipswich Town’s latest £1.75m bid being rejected.

EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES
Ipswich Town are ready to hijack a loan move for Wolves winger Jordan Graham after his switch to Wigan Athletic stalled

THE BOLTON NEWS
Bolton have registered academy goalkeeping coach Ben Williams for tomorrow’s Championship opener at West Brom.

WIGAN EVENING POST
Wigan Athletic have tied up a season-loan loan deal for Everton defender Antonee Robinson, who is line to make his debut against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

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Nigerian Traders Reportedly Attacked By Ghanaians At Kumasi Market

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Nigerian Traders Reportedly Attacked By Ghanaians At Kumasi Market

There is a report that Nigerian traders at the Suame Magazine in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region were attacked by Ghanaians, who vowed to evict foreigners from the market.

Citinewsroom quoted the leaders of the Nigerian retailers at the Suame Magazine as saying that their members are living in fear following what they call incessant attacks on them.

They accused local retailers and the Ghana Union Traders Association of targeting its members and forcefully evicting them from their shops.

Speaking with the news outlet, an executive member of the Nigerian retailers Association, Victor Moname, threatened reprisal attacks if the local retailers continue to harass their members.

He said the Ashanti Regional Police Commander deployed some of his personnel to the area to forestall such occurrences but the attacks persist.

“The [Ashanti] Regional [Police] Commander told us that the Nigeria High Commission had called him over the same issue. He said he had sent a police patrol team to Suame Magazine, Kumasi. But when some of our people open their shops, some boys jumped on them again including some of the GUTA executives.”

“Some of their items got broken because when the boys come and ask you to close your shop, and you refuse, they destroy your things. So that was the reason why when they came to tell us to close the shops, we obliged because they are many. They are up to 50, and you can’t identify all of them. They don’t even have shops in Magazine.”

Moname also said that currently all the Nigerian retailers at Suame Magazine “ had closed our shops including all our workers because they are afraid.”

It was also learnt that the Ghanaian government ordered non-Ghanaians in retail trade to leave their markets by July 27, 2018, or face the wrath of the government.

Even though the Ministry of Trade and Industry threatened legal action against stubborn foreigners, it later rescinded its decision, citing inadequate sensitization as the reason for the suspension.

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Muller Blames Media For Ozil’s International Retirement

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Thomas Muller insists racism has not been an issue within the Germany team and has blamed the media for over flogging the reason behind Mesut Ozil’s retirement from the squad.

Ozil retired from international football after what he perceived as racism from the DFB, supporters and politicians after he and Gundogan’s meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

DFB president Reinhard Grindel had asked Ozil to explain the reason behind the meeting, while DFB manager Oliver Bierhoff stated the midfielder should have been left out of the squad for the World Cup.

The discussion of the topic continues as the new season approaches, and Muller is the latest to be asked about it.

Rather than opting to back Ozil, the attacker decided to accuse the media of being hypocrites who would not let the initial story fade away.

“The whole discussion was fired up by outsiders,” Muller said at a news conference on Friday ahead of Sunday’s friendly clash with Manchester United.

“Of course, the protagonists of that matter acted a little bit unfortunately, both the executives of the DFB and the players.

“But, actually, this debate is hypocritical from the media’s side. Because of the debate, the media gets circulation.

“The DFB wanted to have peace with it, calm it, but the media always asked, again and again. The discussion was made bigger than it was and now you see what you get from that.

“For the sales numbers, of course, this is great, because now you still get to ask about it.

“For us players, I think the whole issue never was as big as it was made out to be, but of course we got confronted by it and we still do.

“So now we finally should end that debate and concentrate on football, because racism inside the national team never was an issue.”

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Anthony Martial Returns To Manchester United Today After The Birth Of His Son

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Anthony Martial arrived at Manchester United’s training ground on Friday morning after leaving the club’s US tour early to attend the birth of his son.

Anthony Martial left Manchester United’s tour of the US early to fly to Paris to attend the birth of his second son, Swan, last Thursday, and then missed the club’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool two days later

After the match, Mourinho criticised Martial for not returning to help his teammates, and the 22-year-old also missed their follow up match against Real Madrid.

Speaking on MUTV after losing to Liverpool, Mourinho said: ‘He has the baby and after the baby is born – beautiful baby, full of health, thank God – he should be here and he’s not here.’

Martial responded on Twitter earlier this week, saying: ‘Thank you all for your posts. My little Swan is fine, for the mom it was harder but thanks to God she’s better now.

Sorry but my family will always come first… Back tomorrow in Manchester.’

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Chelsea And Tottenham Transfer Target Jack Grealish Going ‘Nowhere’, Says Aston Villa Boss Steve Bruce

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce insists Tottenham’s bid for Jack Grealish is “nowhere near” the club’s valuation for the player.

Tottenham reportedly have made an opening £20million offer for 21-year-old Grealish and remain confident of wrapping up a deal before the summer transfer window closes next Thursday and Chelsea have been rumored to also be interested in his services

Cash-strapped Villa however are holding out for bigger fee for their prized asset

We don’t want to lose our best players, but they’re aware of course is that everyone has their price. The best thing the owners have been able to do is not let anybody go on the cheap.

“So if someone wants to buy our players, they’re going to have to find a premium and make sure the owners are comfortable with it.

“We all know what football is, but at the moment Spurs haven’t got anywhere near what the owners want to consider – so there’s not a discussion to be had at the moment, because they’ve not got anywhere near the figure they demand.”

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Chelsea Manager Maurizio Sarri Gives Update About Willian And Thibaut Courtois Ahead Of Community Shield Vs Manchester City

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Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri has been speaking in his press conference ahead of his team’s Community Shield clash with Man City on Sunday…

On Brazilian midfielder Willian, whose ongoing status at Stamford Bridge has appeared unclear during the summer, Sarri said: “I spoke yesterday with him about his lateness, not about his future.

“It was a very positive conversation. I am happy about it. There is not a Willian problem. Yes, I do (think he will stay). Very confident.”

On Thibaut Courtois‘ future: “It depends on him but I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper.”

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Report: Toby Alderweireld Prepared To Run Down His Tottenham Contract And Sign For Manchester United Next Year

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Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is reportedly prepared to run down his contract with the club, should he agree a switch to Manchester United next year.

Toby Alderweireld is in the final year of his contract with Tottenham and has been linked with a move to Manchester United for a number of weeks after an inconsistent season under Maurucio Pochettino.

According to The Mirror, Alderweireld will hold out for a move to the Red Devils by snubbing a potential switch elsewhere.

The newspaper adds that Tottenham could be forced to sell the defender in the current window because a £25m release clause will be activated upon the expiry of his deal at the end of next season.
Talks took place last season about a new deal for the defender but broke down as his representatives asked for £180,000-a-week.

He has been at the club since 2015 when he joined from Atletico Madrid.

Alderweird missed three months of last season due to injury.

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We Have Accepted Mesut Ozil’s Decision To Quit Germany – Manuel Neuer

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Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has insisted that the german squad have accepted Mesut Ozil’s decision to retire from international football.

Mesut Ozil quit International Football after Germany’s early exit from the World Cup in Russia and blamed the German FA over racist comments made to the Arsenal player.

The 29-year-old will leave a big hole in Joachim Low’s national squad, but Neuer insists that his team-mates must move on from his departure.

“It’s the decision of the player,” Neuer told reporters.

“When another player is saying that he wants to [retire] it’s his own decision. You have to search for the reasons on your own then and in that case, he has found them.

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Alvaro Morata Changes Jersey Number To “29” To Celebrate Birth Of His Twins

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will wear the number 29 shirt for the 2018/19 season.

Alvaro Morata has decided to change from the number 9 he wore last season to celebrate and pay tribute to his family after his wife Alice Campello gave birth to twins Alessandro and Leonardo on Sunday – 29 July.

‘It is a day I will never forget, to welcome my twin sons into the world. My family is so important to me and I want to honour them and my wife, Alice, when I am on the pitch which is why I have decided to take a different number for the new season and remember this special day by adding the number 2 to my shirt.

‘I am sorry to the fans who may have bought a number 9 with my name already, but I hope you understand my tribute and that it will not be a problem and we can make you a new one with the 29. Thank you for your support and I hope this year there will be lots more to celebrate.’
at Stamford Bridge in person.

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Alessandro Florenzi Signs New Five-year Contract Deal With Roma

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Alessandro Florenzi has said he was delighted to sign a new five-year Roma contract.

Florenzi ended speculation that he may leave by committing to his home town club until 2022.

“Today is definitely a happy day for me,” Florenzi said at a news conference. “I would like to thank all the fans that are happy like I am with this renewal today. I would like to hug all of them.

“I am very proud, very pleased to be able to continue to wear this shirt and represent this city.”

Monchi, who has brought in 13 new players this summer, hailed Florenzi’s decision.

“This is one of the happiest days in my 15 months at Roma so far, not just as a sporting director but as a person and a fan of Roma,” he said. “One of Roma’s sons has renewed his contract and will stay here at least five years.

“I say it is happy moment because I don’t know how long I will be at Roma, but I hope to one day be a Romanista like he is. This was not a short negotiation, but I think from the first moment we all were confident that it would end well because Alessandro wanted to stay here.”

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Gabriel Jesus Signs New Two-year Contract Extension With Manchester City

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Gabriel Jesus has signed a two-year contract extension with Premier League champions, Manchester City.

Gabriel Jesus, 21, has scored 24 goals in 53 appearances since arriving from Palmeiras in January 2017 and has put pen to paper on a new deal until 2023.

“I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me,” he told the club website.

“I can say that it was the best decision I’ve made in my life to come to Manchester City, because whilst I’m here I’m improving as a professional and as a person.

“Also thanks to the club for being so organised and focused since I arrived. Pep [Guardiola] had an important role in my signing, but also the club.

“City is a huge club and it is getting bigger and bigger, so I just want to say thanks for everything. I hope that I can keep making the fans happy.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said: “Gabriel is undoubtedly one of the best young forwards in world football, so to have him commit his future to us is a huge boost.

“There’s so much variety in his game. I know how much Pep enjoys working with him and I am really looking forward to watching his development in the coming years.”

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Pedro Signs One-year Contract Extension At Chelsea

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Pedro has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Chelsea until 2020.

Pedro joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2015 and has won the Premier League and FA Cup with the club.

“It’s important for me to continue with Chelsea, I am comfortable here and want to win new titles and trophies,” he told Chelsea’s website. “I want to help the team, score goals, and I repeat, I am really happy.”

Club director Marina Granovskaia said: “We are very happy to secure Pedro’s services for another year.

“Since becoming a Chelsea player he has regularly demonstrated his quality on the field and we look forward to seeing him continue to flourish under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri.”

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Pochettino: Don’t Ask Me Why Spurs Are Not Signing

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Tottenham gaffer, Mauricio Pochettino has once again stated the transfer window could close without new additions to his squad, but he is not the man to reveal why.

Spurs are the only club in the topflight yet to make any addition to their squad, despite being linked with Martial and Grealish.

Pochettino has reiterated his previous comments that Spurs could end the summer window, which closes next week, without making a single transfer, and appeared to hint that chairman Daniel Levy is struggling to get deals over the line.

“Yes. We are working so hard but still we are like it’s the first day of the transfer window – with no signings,” he told a press conference.

“I think I am not the person to explain it.

“Of course, people expect the manager to explain that but, for different reasons, it’s been difficult to add players who can help us. But in the last week many things can happen.”

“I’m not relaxed because I’m a coach and you cannot be relaxed,” he added.

“I think you need to be confident and trust in the people we have and the way that we work.

“Of course, football is all about adding more quality every season like our rivals are doing.

“If we cannot do that, we need to try to be creative and, of course, the help of younger players will be amazing and they showed they can help us if, in the end, we cannot sign players.”

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Wilfried Zaha Tells Crystal Palace Stars He Wants To Join Chelsea

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Wilfried Zaha Tells Crystal Palace Stars He Wants To Join Chelsea

Chelsea appear to be winning the race for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha as he has reportedly told his Palace team-mates he wants to leave Selhurst Park.

The Ivory Coast international has been heavily linked with a move away from Selhurst Park in recent weeks.

Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham are said to be chasing the winger, who impressed under Roy Hodgson last season but he has already snubbed interest from Everton as he is reluctant to move north again, after a failed stint with Manchester United.

Tottenham have also been linked with Zaha, but are now trying to sign Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

The Mirror Sport is reporting that the Ivory Coast international has told his Palace teammates of his plans, and would be willing to submit a transfer request should the club continue to price him out of a move.

Daily Mail is also reporting that Palace will not sell the Ivory Coast international unless they are offered a huge sum to sell him for a second time in his career.

Palace have since offered Zaha a new deal worth £125,000-a-week — although he only signed one for £100,000-a-week 15 months ago.

Zaha is settled in London after leaving Palace in 2013 for an ill-fated spell at Old Trafford that saw him spend much of the next two seasons out on loan.

Should Chelsea land Zaha, he will become Maurizio Sarri’s third summer signing.

Jorginho and Rob Green are the Blues’ only signings so far, with Sarri keen to splash the cash before the transfer window shuts on August 9.

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Kanu: Iwobi Is An Arsenal Star And Must Believe In Himself

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Nwankwo Kanu has rated Alex Iwobi as a star in the Arsenal team and has called on him to believe in his skills and attributes.

The 22-year-old came through the ranks at Arsenal, linking up with the club as a schoolboy and graduating from the academy.

However, he has struggled to be consistent with his form for the Gunners, something that comes easy for him with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Former Arsenal striker Kanu told Standard Sport: “In Arsenal you have big, big names. I don’t think he sees himself in that way.

 

“When I talk with him I want him to feel that way. Just because you’re younger than the other players doesn’t mean you’re not a star. He’s a star in his own right.

“When he comes to Nigeria he feels the pressure: he’s Iwobi, he needs to deliver. With Arsenal he thinks ‘ok, there’s other names here, no problem’. He needs to change that.”

He added: “For me he’s a special kid.

“Arsenal know the quality he has got and they know he can deliver on that eventually.

“He didn’t just become a bad player overnight. If the team isn’t doing well it affects everybody. He’s a talented player who’ll do more and do better for Arsenal.”

“You have to believe in your quality first of all. You have to know your strengths and tell yourself you’re the best,” said Kanu, who made 197 appearances for Arsenal between 1999 and 2004.

“At times I didn’t play but I was still the best – that’s how I saw it. If I get 15, 20 minutes I will do what I have to do and make an impact.

“Iwobi needs to be convinced he can be in the team and if the coach thinks otherwise he has to fight to convince him he should be.”

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BREAKING: Another APC Chieftain Timi Frank Resigns From Ruling Party

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Another APC Chieftain Timi Frank Resigns From Ruling Party

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has announced his departure from the ruling party.

Mr Frank, the immediate past Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, who has since been mute on whether he is joining another political party soon, said he is ready again to contribute his quota to the progress and development of Nigeria by joining hands with progressive forces to rescue it from collapse, poverty, corruption, tyranny, ignominy and undemocratic leadership.

Vanguard Newspaper quoted him in a statement issued on Friday morning, as thanking his supporters, both home and abroad, for their encouragement during his stay in the APC which he said has continued to be a soothing balm to him “under this arid regime and also to inform them of my decision, after extensive reflection and consultations, to leave the APC and to commence afresh the struggle to reestablish the rule of law, respect for the fundamental human rights of Nigerians and the restoration of justice, fairness and equity in the conduct of affairs in this country, irrespective of the personality that may be at the helm of affairs at any given time.”

The Bayelsa born politician recalled that when the APC was formed in 2014, he was among the early joiners also narrated his regret in the party.

He continued: “I was one of the early joiners from the PDP, having been dissatisfied by the unsustainable trajectory of the last administration which I felt no longer possessed the political will to make Nigeria and her democracy reflect the lofty dreams of its founding fathers which among others was to unleash the untapped potentials of the Nigerian citizenry, especially her vibrant youth population ever eager to take their place in the economic and socio-political advancement of the country.

“My decision to join the APC then was based on its promise that things were going to change for the better. Regrettably however, rather than lead the country with egalitarian principles that would under-guide the nations quest for development and progress in the mould of her counterparts in the international community, the country has taken a deep plunge backwards under the leadership of the APC, with high level of tyranny, victimization, harassment, and political desperation, we thought had been consigned to the era of military dictatorship in the country, again rearing its odious head. Although, I am a direct victim of injustice and intolerance in the party but I continued to speak out because I have zero tolerance for injustice anywhere. “While I consider the APC as a failed project, I am ready again to stoop and contribute my humble quota to the progress and development of this country by joining hands with progressive forces to rescue it from collapse, poverty, corruption, tyranny, ignominy and undemocratic leadership.

“Let it be clear that I am stepping aside from the APC to be the voice for the majority of voiceless Nigerians who daily suffer the bad policies and highhandedness of this administration. I want to continue my fight to ensure a better Nigeria, where injustice, corruption, killings and bloodletting will cease to exist . “I want to make it unequivocally clear that I am returning to continue my struggle against forces who are bent on ruining the economy and governance of this country through lack of vision, ineptitude, wickedness, and outright disregard for the welfare and security of the ordinary Nigerian. This I hope to do until Nigeria is rid of injustice, intimidation, political persecution, criminalization of all opponents of the ruling party, and open attacks using the nation’s security agencies. Nigerians need a voice to speak for them in this evil days and I want to be that voice.

“Besides, I want to put on record my deep respect for the former Governor of Edo State and National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, especially during the days of his comradeship where he fought and got a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers under the Obasanjo administration. However, it is most unfortunate that Oshiomhole who was once a voice for the oppressed workers and masses in the country is today serving the worst party in the history of Nigeria. Even though my respected senior colleague in the struggle has chosen to turn a blind eye to the pathetic plight of the Nigerian workers, including government’s refusal to accede to their request for a new minimum wage in the last three years, I will continue to speak for the voiceless in this country.”

Bear in mind that the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, also resigned his position and announced his exit from the ruling party on Wednesday.

His defection is coming less than 24 hours after Senate President Bukola Saraki also defected to the opposition party.

Saraki’s defection from the APC also comes a week after Governor Samuel Ortom officially announced his resignation from Nigeria’s ruling party.

Ortom’s resignation also comes at a time when fifteen senators of the ruling party announced their defection to the opposition party.

In the same vein on Tuesday, a total of 37 members of the House of Representatives defected from Nigeria’s ruling party.

 

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Pedro Signs One-Year Extension At Chelsea

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Chelsea and Spain star, Pedro has signed a one-year extension that will keep him at the Stamford Bridge till 2020.

The winger joined Chelsea in 2015 from Barcelona for £21 million and has gone on to score 28 goals in 131 appearances.

Pedro has expressed his delight at signing a fresh deal under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

He told the club’s official website: “It is very good for me, I am really happy here in the club, with my team-mates, the supporters and the club in general.

“It’s important for me to continue with Chelsea, I am comfortable here and want to win new titles and trophies. I want to help the team, score goals, and I repeat, I am really happy.”

Club director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are very happy to secure Pedro’s services for another year.

“Since becoming a Chelsea player he has regularly demonstrated his quality on the field and we look forward to seeing him continue to flourish under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri.”

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Veron: Argentina Must Stop Relying On Messi

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Juan Sebastian Veron believes it is time Argentina stop depending on Lionel Messi, and start working as a close group.

The Albiceleste boast a lot of big names in their squad, but continue to struggle in international competitions. And Messi has been ousted as the scapegoat.

Their weaknesses was brought to light at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when they crashed out in the last-16 of the showpiece event.

Former Manchester United and Inter star Veron told ESPN Argentina after seeing Pablo Aimar and Lionel Scaloni appointed as interim successors to ousted coach Jorge Sampaoli: “It’s time to build a group.

“Obviously, if Leo is eager [to be part of the national team], they would need to involve him little by little.

“I think we have to prepare the base and once and for all think about a team and not think about someone who can save us.

“Even more at this time, watching other national teams and how they faced the World Cup, it seems essential to think about a group.”

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“Courtois 100% Leaving Chelsea”

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Former Belgium coach, Graeme Jones believes Thibaut Courtois will leave Chelsea for Real Madrid before the close of the transfer window.

The Belgium international has made it open knowledge his desire to return to Spain and reunite with his young family.

And Jones believes Courtois will be allowed to leave once Chelsea finds a suitable replacement for him.

A man who worked with the highly-rated keeper as part of Roberto Martinez’s backroom team at World Cup 2018 told talkSPORT when asked if he expects a move to be made: “I think definitely in Thibaut’s case.

“He’s got under a year left [on his contract] now, and I can only see him moving if I’m being honest.

“He’s obviously won the Golden Glove at the World Cup, and he had a fantastic tournament.

“I think he’ll move on.”

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LISTEN: Travis Scott Drops New Album “AstroWorld”

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Listen: Travis Scott Drops New Album “AstroWorld”

After two years of teasing and anticipation, coupled with the various setbacks, Travis Scott has released his long-waited third studio album “Astroworld” – featuring appearances from Frank Ocean, Drake, The Weeknd, Swae Lee, James Blake, Kid Cudi, 21 Savage, and more.

Although Scott shared two versions of the Dave LaChapelle-photographed album art, the official streaming cover appears to be the daylight version.

The album, which is named after the now-closed theme park in Texas where Travis used to go to as a kid, contains 17 tracks in total and features guest appearances from Sheck Wes, Drake, Juice Wrld, Migos, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Pharrell, Nav, Gunna, & Swae Lee, among others.

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The production was handled by several hitmakers, including Mike Dean, Frank Dukes, WondaGurl, FKi 1st, Sonny Digital, and more.

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“It’s a different story. I’ve been through so much different shit. I’ve seen so much different stuff now, its just a different story I have to tell. It’s kinda like a more personal album. I just want people to get to know me and really get to know the rage inside. Really know whats going on with my mental and what I be thinking. How I feel about all types of shit,” Travis said when comparing Astroworld to Rodeo.

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream the project in its entirety via Apple Music.

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Gabriel Jesus Extends Man City Contract For Five More Years

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Manchester City forward, Gabriel Jesus has extended his stay with the Etihad Stadium outfit, signing a five-year extension.

The Brazil international joined Guardiola’s side in January 2017 and has notched 24 goals in 53 appearances for the Citizens.

Jesus has now extended his contract with the Premier League champions till 2023.

“I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me,” he told the club’s website.

“I can say that it was the best decision I’ve made in my life to come to Manchester City because whilst I’m here I’m improving as a professional and as a person.

“Also thanks to the club for being so organised and focused since I arrived. Pep had an important role in my signing, but also the club.

“City is a huge club and it is getting bigger and bigger so I just want to say thanks for everything. I hope that I can keep making the fans happy.”

Director of football Txiki Begiristain added: “Gabriel is undoubtedly one of the best young forwards in world football, so to have him commit his future to us is a huge boost.

“There’s so much variety in his game. I know how much Pep enjoys working with him and I am really looking forward to watching his development in the coming years.”

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