PHOTOS: Remains Of 9 Drowned NYSC Corps Members Conveyed To Their Various States For Burial

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Remains Of 9 Drowned NYSC Corps Members Conveyed To Their Various States For Burial

The remains of the nine serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) posted to Taraba State who drowned in River Mayo-Selbe in Gashaka Local government Area of the state have been conveyed to their various states for burial.

TRAGEDY! 9 NYSC Corps Members Drown While Swimming In Taraba River

Before the corpses were transported back to their various states and families, a cross section of Corps members converged at the Specialist Hospital, Jalingo, the state capital, to pay their last respect to their departed colleagues.

Remains Of 9 Drowned Corps Members Conveyed To Their Various States For BurialA corps member, Ezebuihe Charles, who took to social media to share photos from the gathering today, wrote:

“We came to taraba state together with the intention of going together but death took nine of you away from us. They obeyed the call to serve their fathers land not knowing that death was also calling. The news your drowning brought great shock to us. Death you have done your worst to us. Their families bid them fare well to serve their fathers land, now they are being brought home in lifeless state. To their families, may God grant you the grace to bear the lost and to our falling hero’s, may your souls find peace with God.”

Remains Of 9 Drowned Corps Members Conveyed To Their Various States For BurialIt was gathered that the corps members were on a swimming expedition in River Mayo-Selbe, a major tributary of the Benue River, when a water surge from a nearby mountain collapsed on them and swept nine of them into the massive river.

NYSC Announces 3-Day Mourning For 9 Drowned Corps Members

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#MUNLEI: Pogba Captains Manchester United To Winning Start Against Leicester

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#MUNLEI: Pogba Captains Manchester United To Winning Start Against Leicester

Paul Pogba assumed the responsibility of captain handed to him by Jose Mourinho to help Manchester United get off to a winning start in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Leicester City on Friday.

Less than a month since Pogba scored in the World Cup final to help France lift the trophy, he was thrown straight into action by Mourinho and his third-minute penalty put United on course for victory.

Luke Shaw’s late second sealed the points before Jamie Vardy headed home a consolation for the visitors.

Pogba had been linked with a move to Barcelona due to his frosty relationship with Mourinho, who dropped the French World Cup winner on numerous occasions last season.

However, Mourinho insisted on the eve of the season’s curtain raiser that Pogba is happy at Old Trafford and, despite just returning to training on Monday after his exertions in helping Les Bleus win a second World Cup, Pogba has been handed the armband.

Mourinho has clashed with the United hierarchy in pre-season over their failure to sign another centre-back with the Portuguese predicting a season of gloom for not strengthening his squad.

AFP

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Chelsea Striker Michy Batshuayi Joins Valencia On A Season-long Loan Deal

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Michy Batshuayi has joined Valencia on a season-long loan from Chelsea

Michy Batshuayi spent the second half of last season on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

He only spent a week training under new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri before being deemed surplus to requirements with Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham all available.

“Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Valencia for Michy Batshuayi to join the Spanish side on a season-long loan,” a statement on the Chelsea website said.

There is no option to buy in the loan agreement.

Los Che announced in a statement on their official website : “Valencia CF have reached an agreement with Chelsea FC for the transfer of Michy Batshuayi until the end of this season.”

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Drake Makes History, Becomes First Artist To Surpass 50 Billion Streams

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Drake Makes History, Becomes First Artist To Surpass 50 Billion Streams

Drake has made history yet again as it was revealed on Wednesday, August 8, that the Toronto rapper has become the first artist ever to reach 50 billion streams across all platforms.

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A statement from Republic Records Media, representing Young Money, Cash Money and Republic, confirmed the streaming milestone, as it further praised the rapper as “the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams across all global streaming platforms.”

The achievement follows the success of his album Scorpion, which was recently confirmed as the first full-length record to rack up one billion streams in a week globally.

The album’s song streams surpass Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys, with its tracks played 700 million times in their opening week in April.

Drake Breaks Apple Music Records With 10 Billion Streams

He also broke Spotify and Apple Music’s single-day streaming record, and he holds the highest first week album sales total in 2018 (by around 300,000 units).

In addition to that, Drake’s inescapably huge single “In My Feelings” has been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks straight. The infectious hook “Keke, do you love me?” is everywhere, including social media, thanks to the #InMyFeelings challenge. Drake has also held the top spot on the Hot 100 for 23 weeks total this year.

According to Apple’s Instagram post, the rapper has surpassed 10 billion streams in his career to date. Industry insiders claim that the number could exceed 13 billion.

Drake’s Album, “Scorpion” Breaks The Beatles & Michael Jackson’s Billboard Hot 100 Records

However, Forbes points out that the official number could be even higher when taking into account the platforms uneligible for the charts.

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Everton Finally Complete Loan Signing Of Chelsea Defender Kurt Zouma

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Everton have finally completed the season-long loan of Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma on Friday, a day after the Premier League transfer window closed.

The deal sheet for the loan agreement was submitted to the Premier League before the 5 p.m. deadline on Thursday, giving both clubs extra time to finalise the details.

Kurt Zouma signed for Chelsea from Saint-Etienne for £12 million in January 2014 and quickly established himself as a regular under former manager Jose Mourinho until an ACL injury in Fabruary 2016 derailed his progress.

It took 11 months for Zouma to get back onto the pitch for Chelsea

He was loaned to Stoke the following summer and appeared in 34 Premier League games

“Kurt Zouma has joined Everton on loan until the end of the season,” the club signalled on their official website.

“Frenchman Zouma moves from Chelsea and joins Brazil midfielder Bernard, Barcelona trio Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Lucas Digne, Richarlison and Joao Virginia in arriving at Goodison in the summer transfer window.

“After making his debut as a 16-year-old for Saint-Étienne in his homeland, Zouma established himself at the heart of their defence for three seasons before moving to Chelsea.

“Capped twice by France, he lifted the League Cup under Jose Mourinho in 2015.”

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Mourinho: United Still Last Season Strong

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Jose Mourinho has insisted that his squad has not been strengthened, and is similar to last season’s squad.

The Reds signed Lee Grant, Diogo Darlot and Fred, coming in as replacement for the vacant spots in the squad.

And Mourinho has stated, ahead of their league opener against Leicester, he is working with the same crop of players from last season.

“It is the same, the same squad as last season,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“We changed the goalkeepers with Lee because Joel [Pereira, loaned to Vitoria de Setubal] is such a good young goalkeeper that he needs to play.

“We changed Daley Blind [returned to Ajax] for a 19-year-old kid [Dalot] that we believe has the potential to play right-back or left-back. We changed Michael Carrick [retired] for Fred, so our squad is the same.

“[Fred] is a midfield player, he’s not a striker, not a central defender. He’s a midfield player that technically is very good.

“In that sense, typically, the Brazilian player has a very rich luggage in technical terms and also in some static beauty movements of football. He’s a player to really enjoy, if he adapts as soon as possible.”

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Guardiola: City Out Of Money

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Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola has suggested they have no money left to buy players.

The Etihad Stadium outfit spent heavily ahead of the 2017-18 season and won the trophy. However the only arrival this window is Mahrez.

Manchester City signed Mahrez for £60 million from Leicester and no other player was signed at the club.

“They [the squad] showed me in two seasons we can trust them so we believe we have a good squad,” Guardiola said at a news conference.

“I said last season many times we cannot spend every season, we spend when we should spend, we had seven or eight players aged 30 or 31 [to replace].

“I’m so happy with the team and I said last season maybe one or two [arrivals], but we don’t have any more money to spend, that is the truth.

“We couldn’t spend more than we could this season, maybe next season we are more active but we have spent a lot on young players for the next season and that’s the reason why.”

“The transfer market is the transfer market, the last three or four weeks became incredible – we didn’t expect to pay this for goalkeepers but it is what it is,” Guardiola added. “They spend like we did last season [City paid €40m for Ederson].

“Chelsea decided to buy an excellent goalkeeper for the next six, seven years, the money for selling Courtois they invest in another guy, a young player. I respect and don’t judge – they spend what they can spend with Financial Fair Play.

“So today it is the goalkeepers, before it was the strikers and the number 10s, then the full-backs, now the keepers. So, hopefully next, the managers!”

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READ: Full Transcript Of Maurizio Sarri’s Press Conference As Chelsea Prepare To Play Huddersfield Town On Saturday

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Kepa and Kovacic, how happy are you that they are there and are they fit to start?

“I’m very happy for both, because the Courtois situation was clear. He wanted to go to Madrid. So we lost maybe one of the most important goalkeepers in the world now.

“But we bought a young goalkeeper, I think one of the most important among young goalkeepers in Europe, so I’m really happy. Happy, too, with Kovacic because I think he has the characteristics for us. So I’m really happy and now, I think, the squad is complete.”

Can Kepa be better than Thibaut Courtois? What do you like about Kovacic?

“Not at the moment. Not at the moment, for sure. But he’s [Kepa’s] very young, 23 I think. So I hope he can improve very fast. But, for the moment, he’s not Courtois, of course. Kovacic, I think, is a very technical player and he likes to play between the lines of the opponent. For us, that could be very important.”

What did you make of Courtois’ behaviour this week? Will Eden Hazard stick around?

“I don’t know. I think there were some personal reasons, so I cannot go on personal reasons. I don’t know them. Hazard is with us. I think, definitely. Not a problem. I have spoken with him three or four times for everything. He never said something about the market, so I think he’s very happy to stay here.”

How concerned are you that European clubs can buy Willian and Hazard still?

“But I think it’s impossible. It’s impossible because, here, the market is closed. We cannot change important players now, so I think it’s impossible.”

Will you loan more players?

“Now I think the squad is too large, so I think some players have to go on loan. But I don’t know who at the moment. I prefer to have 23 / 24 players, and three or four very young players. No more.”

Could Bakayoko go?

“Maybe, I don’t know at this moment. Maybe. You have to ask the club at this moment. I want to think only about the match in these days.”

Have you discussed Hazard’s contract with him?

“No, I don’t want to discuss about contracts. It’s not my job. My job is on the pitch, to improve my players. My job is to try to win matches. It’s not to sign new contracts. But I have seen a player who is very happy to stay here, so I think it will be no problem, the new contract.”

Who will be captain?

“For tomorrow, I think Azpilicueta. But it’s not the final decision. I want to know well the players. I want to know well the man. Then, when my idea is clear, I will make a decision. The final one.”

Will Kepa debut tomorrow?

“I don’t know. He is in the players’ list for tomorrow. But I have to decide.”

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READ: Full Transcript Of Maurizio Sarri’s Press Conference As Chelsea Prepare To Play Huddersfield Town On Saturday

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Kepa and Kovacic, how happy are you that they are there and are they fit to start?

“I’m very happy for both, because the Courtois situation was clear. He wanted to go to Madrid. So we lost maybe one of the most important goalkeepers in the world now.

“But we bought a young goalkeeper, I think one of the most important among young goalkeepers in Europe, so I’m really happy. Happy, too, with Kovacic because I think he has the characteristics for us. So I’m really happy and now, I think, the squad is complete.”

Can Kepa be better than Thibaut Courtois? What do you like about Kovacic?

“Not at the moment. Not at the moment, for sure. But he’s [Kepa’s] very young, 23 I think. So I hope he can improve very fast. But, for the moment, he’s not Courtois, of course. Kovacic, I think, is a very technical player and he likes to play between the lines of the opponent. For us, that could be very important.”

What did you make of Courtois’ behaviour this week? Will Eden Hazard stick around?

“I don’t know. I think there were some personal reasons, so I cannot go on personal reasons. I don’t know them. Hazard is with us. I think, definitely. Not a problem. I have spoken with him three or four times for everything. He never said something about the market, so I think he’s very happy to stay here.”

How concerned are you that European clubs can buy Willian and Hazard still?

“But I think it’s impossible. It’s impossible because, here, the market is closed. We cannot change important players now, so I think it’s impossible.”

Will you loan more players?

“Now I think the squad is too large, so I think some players have to go on loan. But I don’t know who at the moment. I prefer to have 23 / 24 players, and three or four very young players. No more.”

Could Bakayoko go?

“Maybe, I don’t know at this moment. Maybe. You have to ask the club at this moment. I want to think only about the match in these days.”

Have you discussed Hazard’s contract with him?

“No, I don’t want to discuss about contracts. It’s not my job. My job is on the pitch, to improve my players. My job is to try to win matches. It’s not to sign new contracts. But I have seen a player who is very happy to stay here, so I think it will be no problem, the new contract.”

Who will be captain?

“For tomorrow, I think Azpilicueta. But it’s not the final decision. I want to know well the players. I want to know well the man. Then, when my idea is clear, I will make a decision. The final one.”

Will Kepa debut tomorrow?

“I don’t know. He is in the players’ list for tomorrow. But I have to decide.”

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Premier League Preview: Manchester United Vs Leicester City Match Preview, Lineup, Team News

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The Premier League is finally back and the first game of the 2018-19 season kicks off by 8pm when Manchester United take on Leicester City at Old Trafford

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will hope his players can beat Leicester City, despite failing to land a defender throughout the summer window.

What the managers have said before the game

Jose Mourinho (Manchester United): “It’s the same squad. We change the third goalkeeper for Lee [Grant] because Joel [Pereira] is such a good young goalkeeper that he needs to play.

“We change [Daley] Blind for a 19-year-old kid [Dalot] that we believe has the potential to play right back and left back.

“We changed [Michael] Carrick for Fred, so our squad is the same.”

Claude Puel (Leicester City): “I can confirm he (Harry Maguire) is going to Manchester – but only for a couple of hours!

“I am happy to keep Harry. He is our best player.

“I am a football manager and I want to keep our best players for the squad and for our season. We want to keep good ambition.

“We lost Riyad Mahrez, who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good additions to the squad.

“We have to prepare for this season with good possibilities.”

Team News

Manchester United’s squad is stretched through injuries and fitness issues with players just returning from the World Cup

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and new signing Diogo Dalot are all out through injury

Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini will be assessed after returning late following their World Cup campaigns , while Anthony Martial’s availability is unclear after missing the final pre-season friendly at Bayern Munich.

New signings Lee Grant and Fred are available to feature

Leicester City manager Claude Puel could give debuts to Ricardo Pereira and Maddison, and will make a late call on new signing Johnny Evans who is nursing a muscle strain. Maguire is short of match fitness but could also feature.

Predicted starting teams

Manchester United : De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, A.Pereira; Mata, Lukaku Sanchez.

Leicester City : Schmeichel, Pereira, Chilwell, Morgan, Maguire; Ndidi, Iborra; Maddison, Albrighton, Iheanacho.

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Premier League Preview: Manchester United Vs Leicester City Match Preview, Lineup, Team News

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The Premier League is finally back and the first game of the 2018-19 season kicks off by 8pm when Manchester United take on Leicester City at Old Trafford

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will hope his players can beat Leicester City, despite failing to land a defender throughout the summer window.

What the managers have said before the game

Jose Mourinho (Manchester United): “It’s the same squad. We change the third goalkeeper for Lee [Grant] because Joel [Pereira] is such a good young goalkeeper that he needs to play.

“We change [Daley] Blind for a 19-year-old kid [Dalot] that we believe has the potential to play right back and left back.

“We changed [Michael] Carrick for Fred, so our squad is the same.”

Claude Puel (Leicester City): “I can confirm he (Harry Maguire) is going to Manchester – but only for a couple of hours!

“I am happy to keep Harry. He is our best player.

“I am a football manager and I want to keep our best players for the squad and for our season. We want to keep good ambition.

“We lost Riyad Mahrez, who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good additions to the squad.

“We have to prepare for this season with good possibilities.”

Team News

Manchester United’s squad is stretched through injuries and fitness issues with players just returning from the World Cup

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and new signing Diogo Dalot are all out through injury

Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini will be assessed after returning late following their World Cup campaigns , while Anthony Martial’s availability is unclear after missing the final pre-season friendly at Bayern Munich.

New signings Lee Grant and Fred are available to feature

Leicester City manager Claude Puel could give debuts to Ricardo Pereira and Maddison, and will make a late call on new signing Johnny Evans who is nursing a muscle strain. Maguire is short of match fitness but could also feature.

Predicted starting teams

Manchester United : De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, A.Pereira; Mata, Lukaku Sanchez.

Leicester City : Schmeichel, Pereira, Chilwell, Morgan, Maguire; Ndidi, Iborra; Maddison, Albrighton, Iheanacho.

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‘Plenty Vulgar On The Way’ — Falz Reacts To NBC Ban On “This Is Nigeria”

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‘Plenty Vulgar On The Way’ — Falz Reacts To NBC Ban On “This Is Nigeria”

Popular Nigerian musician, Folarin Falana, better known by the stage name Falz, has reacted to the ban placed on his song, ‘This is Nigeria’, by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

NBC Fines Radio Station For Airing Falz’ “This Is Nigeria,” Olamide, Wande Coal’s Songs

The NBC on Thursday fined a radio station in Jos about N100, 000, for playing Falz’ ‘This is Nigeria’ song, saying that the song was “laced with vulgar lyrics” and as such shouldn’t be played on air.

Also, the commission fined the station for playing Olamide’s song titled “See Mary, See Jesus” and Wande Coal’s Iskaba with the lyrics, “Girl you dey make me kolo, shaking the ass like kolo”,  which it described as vulgar.

But in his reaction to the development via his Instagram handle, Falz said the entire situation was hilarious.

‘Plenty Vulgar On The Way’ — Falz Reacts To NBC Ban On “This Is Nigeria”He wrote: ‘’This is Nigeria. Look how we living now, everybody be criminal is apparently a vulgar line.’’

The singer also took to Twitter to tell the regulatory body to expect more songs that are deemed vulgar in reply to a comment.

In reaction, Falz said the regulatory body should expect more songs that are deemed vulgar.  “I swear, plenty vulgar on the way,” the artiste said.“I swear, plenty vulgar on the way,” the artiste said.

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‘Plenty Vulgar On The Way’ — Falz Reacts To NBC Ban On “This Is Nigeria”

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‘Plenty Vulgar On The Way’ — Falz Reacts To NBC Ban On “This Is Nigeria”

Popular Nigerian musician, Folarin Falana, better known by the stage name Falz, has reacted to the ban placed on his song, ‘This is Nigeria’, by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

NBC Fines Radio Station For Airing Falz’ “This Is Nigeria,” Olamide, Wande Coal’s Songs

The NBC on Thursday fined a radio station in Jos about N100, 000, for playing Falz’ ‘This is Nigeria’ song, saying that the song was “laced with vulgar lyrics” and as such shouldn’t be played on air.

Also, the commission fined the station for playing Olamide’s song titled “See Mary, See Jesus” and Wande Coal’s Iskaba with the lyrics, “Girl you dey make me kolo, shaking the ass like kolo”,  which it described as vulgar.

But in his reaction to the development via his Instagram handle, Falz said the entire situation was hilarious.

‘Plenty Vulgar On The Way’ — Falz Reacts To NBC Ban On “This Is Nigeria”He wrote: ‘’This is Nigeria. Look how we living now, everybody be criminal is apparently a vulgar line.’’

The singer also took to Twitter to tell the regulatory body to expect more songs that are deemed vulgar in reply to a comment.

In reaction, Falz said the regulatory body should expect more songs that are deemed vulgar.  “I swear, plenty vulgar on the way,” the artiste said.“I swear, plenty vulgar on the way,” the artiste said.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen remains a target for a number of clubs on the continent. Real Madrid have been heavily linked with the player who they see as a replacement for Luka Modric, should the Croatia international leave the club for Inter. Spurs would likely demand a fee close to £100m as PSG and Barcelona are also monitoring the player. (Various)

Barcelona will have the option to return for Yerry Mina should he be a success at Everton. The Colombia centre-back moved to Goodison Park on transfer deadline day, but Barca have inserted a buy-back option of around £54m. (Marca)

Real Betis have submitted a bid of £5m for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico. The 26-year-old impressed last season, worked his way into the Argentina team and was their first-choice left-back at the World Cup. The Eredivisie side are believed to value him higher, though and it could take a bid closer to £10m to prise him away. (Radio Marca)

Italy

AC Milan have shown interest in Manchester United’s France international Anthony Martial. A number of clubs are interested in the talented forward, who appears to have fallen out of favour before a ball has even been kicked this season. The 22-year-old has also been linked with Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, and Atletico Madrid. (Tutto Mercato)

Milan are also interested in Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who looks likely to leave the club since the arrival of new manager Maurizio Sarri. The initial move looks set to be a season-long loan deal but the Italian side are also trying to insert a favourable option-to-buy clause. (Various)

France

Jerome Boateng was rumoured to be a Manchester United transfer target but reports in France claim PSG stepped ahead of the Premier League club in the race for his signature. A fee of around £40m is being agreed as the player looks set to leave the Bundesliga champions after seven seasons with the club. The reports also suggest the 29-year-old turned down United in order to move to PSG. (Le Parisien)

Portugal

Stefano Sturaro looked set to move to Premier League side Watford but the deal collapsed late in the day. Sporting Lisbon are now set to land the 25-year-old Juventus midfielder. The deal is likely to be a loan for the 2018/19 season. (A Bola)

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen remains a target for a number of clubs on the continent. Real Madrid have been heavily linked with the player who they see as a replacement for Luka Modric, should the Croatia international leave the club for Inter. Spurs would likely demand a fee close to £100m as PSG and Barcelona are also monitoring the player. (Various)

Barcelona will have the option to return for Yerry Mina should he be a success at Everton. The Colombia centre-back moved to Goodison Park on transfer deadline day, but Barca have inserted a buy-back option of around £54m. (Marca)

Real Betis have submitted a bid of £5m for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico. The 26-year-old impressed last season, worked his way into the Argentina team and was their first-choice left-back at the World Cup. The Eredivisie side are believed to value him higher, though and it could take a bid closer to £10m to prise him away. (Radio Marca)

Italy

AC Milan have shown interest in Manchester United’s France international Anthony Martial. A number of clubs are interested in the talented forward, who appears to have fallen out of favour before a ball has even been kicked this season. The 22-year-old has also been linked with Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, and Atletico Madrid. (Tutto Mercato)

Milan are also interested in Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who looks likely to leave the club since the arrival of new manager Maurizio Sarri. The initial move looks set to be a season-long loan deal but the Italian side are also trying to insert a favourable option-to-buy clause. (Various)

France

Jerome Boateng was rumoured to be a Manchester United transfer target but reports in France claim PSG stepped ahead of the Premier League club in the race for his signature. A fee of around £40m is being agreed as the player looks set to leave the Bundesliga champions after seven seasons with the club. The reports also suggest the 29-year-old turned down United in order to move to PSG. (Le Parisien)

Portugal

Stefano Sturaro looked set to move to Premier League side Watford but the deal collapsed late in the day. Sporting Lisbon are now set to land the 25-year-old Juventus midfielder. The deal is likely to be a loan for the 2018/19 season. (A Bola)

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Governor Okorocha Declares For Presidency!

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  • Governor Okorocha declares for Presidency!
  • The governor also declares 2-day public holiday for registration, PVC collection
  • Okorocha further says two S-East governors will join APC before 2019 election

In what appears to be an informal way of declaring for Presidency but in 2023, Governor Rochas Okorocha has stated that he stands a better position to be the first president who is from the South East region of the country.

The Imo governor, who spoke during a breakfast meeting with journalists at the Government House, noted that he commands massive followership beyond the Southeast much more than any other Igbo politician.

He, however, lamented what he called the pull-him-down attitude among Igbo political elites, stressing that, “it is unfortunate that we the Igbo don’t celebrate our own, we are only interested how to destroy our own”.

The governor further asserted that he would not rely on the support of the south East to achieve his Presidential ambition.

His words: “I stand a better chance of making the Presidency in 2023 but my greatest challenge will come from the Igbo. It is our character. It will be a foolish thing to imagine that the Igbo will support me”.

The governor also revealed that the region is being fired up to ensure an overwhelming victory for President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019 polls.

  • Okorocha also declares 2-day public holiday for registration, PVC collection

The governor also declared Wednesday, August 15 and Thursday, August 16, 2018 as public holidays to enable indigenes to go and register or collect their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, adding that markets and shops would also remain closed on the two days till 4pm.

He regretted that Imo has about 480,000 uncollected PVCs. He also informed that all things being equal, President Buhari would be in the state on a three-day working visit to commission projects, stating that the problem with his administration was not commissioning projects as they came up.

  • Okorocha further says two S-East governors will join APC before 2019 election

Okorocha, yesterday, also disclosed that two governors in the South-East would join the All Progressives Congress, APC, without providing names of the governors.

Speaking to journalists, during a media interaction in Owerri, the governor said:

“It will be good news for us and our political future that two South-East governors will soon jump the ship and move into APC before the elections. We won’t accept the idea of a PDP governor working for Buhari presidency, while expecting us to return him as a PDP governor. It will be unfair for the party. It is either you are with us or not with us.”

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17 Soldiers Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Borno Military Base

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17 Soldiers Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Borno Military Base

At least 17 soldiers were killed in a fresh Boko Haram attack on a military base in the Borno, military sources told AFP Thursday, the third assault on three different bases in less than a month.

On Wednesday evening, heavily armed jihadists riding in trucks stormed and looted weapons and vehicles from a military base in Garunda village in Borno State, the epicentre of the Islamist insurgency that has been raging for nine years.

The attack is the latest of a series of bloody Boko Haram assaults on military bases in Nigeria, underscoring the continued threat the Islamists pose to the region and putting the spotlight on the Nigerian government’s claim that Boko Haram is “decimated”.

“Our troops came under attack from Boko Haram terrorists in Garunda last night,” a military officer told AFP.

“Unfortunately we lost 17 troops, 14 others were injured while an unspecified number is still unaccounted for,” said the military source, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak on the incident.

The source added that the militants looted weapons and vehicles before fleeing.

In the past month, Boko Haram jihadists have launched two other major assaults on military bases in the remote northeast region.

On July 14, jihadists suspected to be loyal to Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi, who is affiliated with the Islamic State group, attacked a base in Jilli village, in neighbouring Yobe state.

Dozens of troops were killed, wounded or missing, according to several security sources.

The army conceded the base was attacked but did not give a death toll, saying that the “troops reorganised and successfully repelled the attack and normalcy has since returned to the area”.

On July 26, the Islamists stormed a base on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno state.

The base attacked yesterday in Garunda village of Borno state had just been set up for troops from the 81 brigade who had been stationed in Jilli village and forced to move after the July 14 assault.

“The truth of the matter is that the troops in Jilli were relocated to Garunda where a new base was established,” said the second military source, who gave a similar death toll.

“Troops were just setting up and the excavator operator was working to fortify the base with trenches against attack from the terrorists when the attack happened,” said the officer.

The Nigerian army did not respond to to requests for comment.

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday confirmed in a statement that a staff member, an excavator operator attached to the military, “was killed by Boko Haram yesterday in Damasak, Borno state”.

Boko Haram no longer controls swathes of territory in northeast Nigeria as it did at the height of its insurgency in 2014, yet the Islamist militants still pose a threat to the impoverished region.

(AFP)

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#HennessyVSClass2018: Hennessy VS Class Live Auditions Lands in LAGOS!

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#HennessyVSClass2018: Hennessy VS Class Live Auditions Lands in LAGOS!

This weekend will witness one of the biggest ever rap auditions, as the Hennessy VS Class auditions makes its final stop in Lagos City, on Saturday, 11th of August.

For the first time in Hennessy Artistry History, The VS Class auditions have toured both Abuja and Benin and now the opportunity will be live in Lagos.

#HENNESSYVSCLASS2018: Hennessy VS Class Live Auditions Lands in LAGOS!This past weekend, the VS Class auditions in Benin revealed a massive hip hop community with talented Rappers from within the city and neighboring cities converging on the Gold Wing of the Randheki Royal Hotel for an opportunity to be heard. VS Class Judges; Hip hop connoisseur Andy Bello, ace rapper, Vector the Viper; Celebrity Hypeman, Jimmie; and VS Class Alumnus, Phlow, had a difficult task choosing from the best MCs Benin had to offer. At the end of the auditions, 5 MCs were selected to move on to the next stage.

The Lagos live auditions presents the last chance for the “best of the best” to step up to the mic and show the judges what they are made of.  Auditions will take place at Koga Studios, No 2 Bolaji Street by Mobil Bus stop, Oregun Road. Alausa, Ikeja. 

#HENNESSYVSCLASS2018: Hennessy VS Class Live Auditions Lands in LAGOS!Registrations are still open via the official website at bit.ly/vsclass2018 

This opportunity is not limited to emerging rappers domiciled in Lagos alone, but for anyone who believes they have what it takes to be the new face of Rap in Nigeria.

However, if you were unable to make it to any of the LIVE auditions, you still have a chance of being a part of Hennessy VS Class by dropping your dope bars on Instagram and Twitter using the #HennessyVSClass2018.

#HENNESSYVSCLASS2018: Hennessy VS Class Live Auditions Lands in LAGOS!To join the conversation on social media, use the #HennessyArtistry2018 and #HennessyVSClass2018.

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50 ‘Trafficked’ Nigerian Girls Trapped In Saudi Arabia

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50 ‘Trafficked’ Nigerian Girls Trapped In Saudi Arabia

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), says federal government will soon repatriate over 50 Nigerian girls trapped in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Director–General NAPTIP, Julie Okah–Donli, said this on Thursday in Abuja while briefing Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on the outcome of the investigation on Nigerian girls trafficked to Saudi Arabia.

The director general who came along with one of the victims said the team was set up by the minister after a complaint was lodged by NAPTIP on the nation’s youth being innocently trafficked to Saudi.

“We came here complaining to you about the rate at which our young ones are being taken out of the country to Saudi Arabia under the guise of getting jobs for them.

“There were calls from victims who were being trapped in Saudi, who are suffering and you graciously set up a team comprising NAPTIP officials and the ministry to go to Saudi and investigate.

“When the team visited Saudi Arabia, we met with more than 50 girls who were interviewed and we were told that there were many more girls who were stranded in various part of Saudi Arabia.

“One of the victims was brought back and she is here to recount her ordeal,” she said.

She said there were a lot of Nigerian girls who were stranded in Saudi working under slave-like conditions in people’s home.

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According to her, most of them are raped while others are made to work 18 hours out of 24 hours.

She said many were made to sleep in very poor condition and not paid in accordance with what the fraudulent trafficking agencies promised them.

“There is a very big cartel that works with embassies, who secured visas for the victims because those who have genuine businesses don’t easily get visas but the trafficked,” she said.

The minister described the situation as pathetic and said that the federal government was going to deal with the issue holistically and see the end of the menace.

Mr Onyeama said there was a report that had a serious and a very negative impact on the country and the people, which made the ministry to set up an investigation team on it.

“The report showed that this is a real scourge and it is just too pervasive now in our society and a lot of work is being done by the NAPTIP which is commendable.

“Human trafficking is about trafficking beyond our border and this concerns the ministry of foreign affairs; we are also very much worried.

“We need to sensitise our country and our people and to bring the issues closer to home through a personal experience,” he said.

He said the ministry was in the process of having inter-ministerial meetings with all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to really address the problem and tackle the issue once and for all.

“We want to put in place mechanism to tackle this issue, it is a crime against humanity, our youths are suffering and it is not something we can tolerate.

“And, every effort would be made, that nothing would be spared toward eradicating this menace from this country and from the face of the earth,” he said.

The victim who was veiled while narrating her ordeal in Saudi Arabia said she was lured by a friend living in Dubai who connected her with a woman in Bannex Plaza in Abuja.

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The girl who spoke in English fluently but didn’t reveal her identities, said she left for Saudi Arabia with other girls on December 30, 2017 before being rescued by NAPTIP through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“It all started through a friend who claimed she was living in Dubai; she introduced me to a woman agent in Abuja, I was living in Lagos and latter invited me to meet her in Abuja

“When I came, I was taken for a medical check-up in Dr Wada’s Hospital.

“The agent promised that I would go to Saudi Arabia as a sales girl and that I would be earning equivalent of N150, 000 there.

“Everything was processed through her and when we got to Saudi Arabia it was a different thing entirely, my passport was seized and I ended working as a house help.

She said when the condition was unbearable she called the woman and said she could no longer cope but the agent said she could not leave.

According to her, the agent said she must pay N1.7 million before she could be released

“And if I could not pay I would have to work for two years, so I contacted a journalist friend who contacted NAPTIP that contacted the Nigerian Embassy through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” she said.

The girl, who said she almost committed suicide before help came for her called on the federal government to come to the rescue of thousands of Nigerian girls trapped in Saudi Arabia.

“I want government to assist those other girls that are stranded because it is not easy, Nigerian girls are passing through hell in Saudi Arabia , there may not be work in Nigeria but it is better to stay back.

“I went through physical torture because my boss and her children beat me when I said that I wanted to go back to Nigeria.”

(NAN)

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

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  • Chelsea fear Eden Hazard could still join Real Madrid with the La Liga transfer window open until August 31.
  • Liverpool could conduct transfer business in January with Nabil Fekir, Domagoj Vida and Christian Pulisic all potential targets.
  • Manchester United could sign Toby Alderwiereld, Willian and even Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the transfer window reopens in January.
  • Manchester United were willing to spend a world-record £100m on Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.
  • Manchester City are fuming with the FA after failing to get a work permit for Brazilian ace Douglas Luiz.
  • Tottenham fans left fuming after the club made zero signings this summer are demanding the club give a “full and credible explanation” as to how this happened.
  • Fabinho is facing a fight to be fit for Liverpool’s Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday.
  • Jack Grealish is staying at Aston Villa and will be rewarded with a new deal which will make him the highest paid player at the club.
  • Manchester United chiefs have told Jose Mourinho they need to become more like Manchester City in the transfer market.
  • Kurt Zouma joined Everton on loan from Chelsea after Manchester United had offers for the defender rejected.
  • Jurgen Klopp believes the opportunity to play in another country was too great a prospect for Emre Can to turn down in this summer’s transfer window.
  • Manchester United ended the transfer window without the defender Jose Mourinho wanted due to a lack of value on offer, according to senior sources at the club.
  • Paul Pogba is ‘happy’ to be back at Manchester United, says Jose Mourinho.
  • Manchester United turned down the chance to sign Harry Maguire for £15m last summer.
  • Jose Mourinho was told by Man Utd that the club would only sign a world-class defender of the calibre of Raphael Varane rather than compromise with a lesser light, despite the manager’s demands otherwise.
  • Manchester United did not follow through with some of Jose Mourinho’s transfer targets because of misgivings about the players he had identified and a decision that he should not be allowed to get his way if it meant potentially wasting tens of millions of pounds on a short-term fix.
  • Manchester City star signing Riyad Mahrez visited his former Leicester team-mates as they prepared to face Manchester United in their Premier League opener at Old Trafford.
  • Jose Mourinho was furious on Thursday night after Manchester United failed to bring in a new signing before the transfer window closed.
  • The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust has called for an urgent review of what they claim is the club’s ‘dishonest and disingenuous’ ticket policy.
  • Brendan Rodgers has told Celtic chiefs to back him in the transfer market or he’ll quit.
  • Moussa Dembele could make a shock return for Celtic’s Champions League showdown with AEK Athens in Greece.
  • Josh Windass was in shock after completing a £2.5m switch to Wigan.
  • Craig Levein is ready to hand Kyle Lafferty a Hearts recall as they look to inflict more Tynecastle misery on Celtic.
  • Derek McInnes has hit back at Steven Gerrard for claiming the world is against Rangers.

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