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

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Charlton would miss out on a much-needed £3million windfall if Everton manager Marco Silva gets his way and keeps Ademola Lookman.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester City are prepared to let Aleks Zinchenko go to Real Betis… as long as the Spanish club come up with hard cash.
Vincent Kompany has revealed that he is intending to keep playing for another three years.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Divock Origi’s hopes of securing a move to Borussia Dortmund appear to have been dashed. Liverpool have ended talks with the Bundesliga outfit who were unwilling to meet the £27million asking price.
Everton are not interested in raiding the market for free agents. The Blues have been linked with a number of unattached players this week but Marco Silva is clear on the club’s stance.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is considering retiring from international football – but South Korea’s new coach will attempt to dissuade the veteran from doing so.

EXPRESS & STAR
Club captain Danny Batth still has a future at Molineux, sporting director Kevin Thelwell has stated, as Wolves prepare for a busy week in the transfer market.

FOOTBALL.LONDON
Unai Emery has backed Pierre-Emerick Aubameynag to hit the goal trail soon following his disappointing start to the season.

THE SENTINEL
Gary Rowett hopes to have Brentford midfielder Ryan Woods in his line up against Hull City after moving quickly ahead of tomorrow’s game. Woods is due at the club for a medical after Stoke and Brentford finally shook hands on a deal.

THE DAILY ECHO
Harrison Reed is expected to depart Saints on loan as Mark Hughes tries to get game time for some of the club’s younger players.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Eddie Howe remained tight-lipped on whether club record signing Jefferson Lerma could tomorrow make his first Premier League appearance.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Claude Puel admits he is not sure whether any more of his Leicester City squad will be moving on before the international transfer window closes next week.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Sunderland are in talks with Benfica over a potential deal for midfielder Didier Ndong.

THE ARGUS
Martin Montoya turned down a move to Liverpool so he could give his Barcelona dream one last chance.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Stuart O’Keefe and Rhys Healey are leaving Cardiff City on loan until January, Neil Warnock has confirmed. Midfielder O’Keefe will head to Plymouth Argyle on a temporary deal, while promising young striker Healey is set to join MK Dons.

DERBY TELEGRAPH
Derby County boss Frank Lampard is experiencing his first transfer window as a manager and he is not impressed with the way the current window is set up, describing it as a “bit messy”.

EVENING GAZETTE
Tony Pulis has suggested Steve Gibson may be tempted to have his say on the transfer window once the deadline has passed.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray says the free agent market isn’t one he is looking to explore further, despite the move for Jack Rodwell.

THE PINK UN
Timm Klose was not saying goodbye to the Carrow Road faithful after Norwich City’s pressure-relieving win over Preston, Daniel Farke insists.

BRISTOL POST
Bristol City’s chief executive officer Mark Ashton is hoping to strengthen the club’s relationship with Chelsea after the arrival of Tomas Kalas for the season.

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German Chancellor Merkel To Visit Buhari In Abuja Next Friday

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German Chancellor to visit Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will next week Wednesday, tour three West African countries, paying visits to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.

Merkel is to spend Wednesday through Friday in the three countries, accompanied by an economic delegation, Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer said Friday in Berlin.

Migration politics, particularly Merkel’s campaign to tackle the causes resulting in a stream of refugees to Europe, are likely to feature on the discussion agenda.

Merkel is to meet Wednesday afternoon with Senegalese President, Macky Sall to discuss economic developments in the country and regional cooperation.

In the evening she will meet with civil society representatives.

Then it’s onto the Ghanaian capital of Accra to meet President, Nana Akufo-Addo, on Thursday to discuss economic affairs and foreign policy.

The chancellor is also to take part in a German business-organised round table that will focus on private investment linked to the G20 “Compact with Africa” initiative.

Finally, Merkel is to head to Nigeria on Friday to meet with the president of the ECOWAS economic alliance of West African states, Jean-Claude Brou.

She will hold talks with Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.

NAN reports that on October 7, 2016 Merkel visited three African countries before hosting leaders from Chad and Nigeria for talks in Berlin, as she seeks ways to stem a migrant influx to Europe.

Merkel first travelled to Mali and Nigeria before heading to Ethiopia where she is to visit the headquarters of the African Union in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Her talks with leaders of all three countries are to focus on migration issues and the battle against terrorism.

(dpa/NAN)

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BREAKING: Court Releases Detained 114 IPOB Women

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Court Releases Detained 114 IPOB Women

A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri on Friday evening ordered the release of the 114 women suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

The women were remanded in jail by a magistrate’s court in Owerri on Monday and Thursday respectively, after they were arrested and arraigned by the Police for protesting the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader.

It was gathered that the police had no representation in court so the bail application filed by the lead counsel to the women, Ejiofor Uche, was not opposed.

As a result of this, the court granted the bail application, and freed the women unconditionally.

It was also learnt that their release sparked off wild jubilation on the court premises and within Owerri, the state capital.

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Girl Flogged To Death By Her Dad For Having Boyfriend

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Girl Flogged To Death By Her Dad For Having Boyfriend

A Zimbabwean man has been dragged to court for allegedly beating his 15-year-old daughter, Lubelihle Maphosa, to death after he found out that she had a boyfriend.

The 38-year-old Mandlenkosi Maphosa, a gold panner in Bulawayo, was said to have beaten his daughter and left her with bleeding cuts all over her body on August 13.

According to a report by The Chronicle, after she died five days later, Maphosa lied to the police that Lubelihle had been attacked by unknown assailants.

Prosecutor Teererai Mahohoma told the court:

“On August 13 Maphosa beat up his daughter with a tire-made whip several times all over the body as a way of reprimanding her for having a boyfriend.

“She sustained injuries from the assault and Maphosa concealed what he had done by refusing to take her to the hospital.

“She died on August 18 as a result of injuries sustained during the assault and Maphosa went on to report to the police that his daughter was attacked by unknown assailants while she was on her way home at night in order to conceal the offence.

“Police carried out investigations and discovered that someone had seen Maphosa assaulting the now deceased which led to his arrest.”

The court asked that he should be in custody till September 3, when the case will come up for hearing.

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#AFCON2019Qualifier: Rohr Reveals 24-Man List Of Players For Seychelles Game

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#AFCON2019Qualifier: Rohr Reveals 24-Man List Of Players For Seychelles Match

The Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, on Friday, August 24, revealed a 24-man team list for the 2019 Nation’s Cup qualifier against Seychelles.

While the Super Eagles will play the national team of Seychelles on September 7 in Victoria, Seychelles, Rohr, at a news conference in Lagos, said 24 players and four standby players were invited for the match.

The list consists of three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and seven forwards.

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa).

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany).

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Kelechi Nwakali (FC Porto, Portugal); Joel Obi (AC Chievo Verona, Italy).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone FC, Italy); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux FC, France).

Standby: Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium), Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria); Musa Muhammed (HNK Gorica, Croatia); Blessing Eleke (FC Luzern, Switzerland).

The players are expected to arrive at Seychelles from September 3 from their base, while one of the goalkeepers, Ezenwa and the technical crew will leave Nigeria on September 2.

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South Africa Detains Russian Ship Allegedly Bringing Illegal Weapons To Nigeria

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South Africa Detains Russian Ship Allegedly Bringing Illegal Weapons To Nigeria

South African police on Thursday said they had boarded a Russian-registered cargo ship allegedly carrying illegal weapons and explosives en route to Lagos, Nigeria.

The vessel, named Lada, had reportedly left Madagascar before stopping at Ngqura port outside the eastern city of Port Elizabeth, where it was detained after a security check on Sunday.

“We are aware that she has dangerous cargo — explosives and weapons — on board,” Olwethu Mdabula, spokeswoman for the Transnet state transport company told AFP.

She declined to give further details.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the Hawks police investigative unit, confirmed to AFP that the vessel was carrying weapons.

“This is a very, very sensitive matter. It is receiving attention,” he said.

Local reports said police had searched the vessel after an anonymous tip-off and found weapons and explosives worth about $3.5 million in 20 containers on board.

(AFP)

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RIP To APC: Man Begins Trek From Lagos To Abuja To Protest Against Buhari’s Re-election Bid

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RIP To APC: Man Begins Trek From Lagos To Abuja To Protest Against Buhari’s Re-election Bid

Apparently peeved with the country’s ruling party, a former supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Isa Mohammed Munlaila, on Thursday began trekking to Abuja from Lagos in protest against what he called the failure of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Dressed in a black T-Shirt and carrying a box painted in what seemed like the colours of the ruling party flag — green, white, blue and red — he stated that the walk is also to protest against the re-election bid of President Buhari.

The box had the inscription: ‘R.I.P. APC.’

Speaking with newsmen before he formally commenced his journey on Thursday morning, Munlaila lamented that there is suffering in the country, and that the present administration has failed in fulfilling its campaign promises.

His words: “Actually, I want to show my disappointment with this APC. As you can see, the youths of this country are very angry. APC promised us heaven on earth, they promised us three million jobs in a year, but now, we don’t even have 500,000 jobs in four years.

“I trekked during the victory in 2015, we all trekked to celebrate the victory because there was a change in the government and we thought we got change.

“Nobody motivated me. I have my money and I use my money to do what I want to do. I am just representing the youths of this country. I am not for any party. I am only for anyone who has the youths at heart.”

The walk against Buhari is a switch for the man who claimed to have also walked from Lagos to Lokoja in 2015 in support of Buhari and the aspiration of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

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Report: Sevilla Interested In Signing Anthony Martial On A Loan Deal From Manchester United

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Sevilla are reportedly interested in signing Anthony Martial from Manchester United.

Marca say the La Liga side are eager to add another attacking option before the window closes on August 31.

However, it is reported they may only be able to offer a loan move for Martial.

Anthony Martial was handed a rare place in Mourinho’s starting XI last Sunday but failed to impress in a 3-2 defeat at Brighton.

Martial’s agent earlier this summer claimed that the former Monaco winger, who was omitted from Didier Deschamps’ World Cup winning squad, had grown disenchanted with his lack of first team opportunities at Manchester United

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Max Meyer Discusses Reasons Why He Choose To Sign For Crystal Palace

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Max Meyer has revealed why he decided to join Crystal Palace this summer.

The midfielder was a free agent after leaving Schalke and has in the past been linked with some of the top clubs around Europe.

But he is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “I first heard of Palace’s interest in late July, so it was only a couple of weeks later that I signed.

“The main difference between Palace and the other clubs interested was that Dougie [Freedman] and Iain [Moody] went out to Germany to visit me, and then I came to London to meet the manager.

“I already knew that it was a great club and city, but I got the feeling that Palace were making a real effort to push the deal over the line.”

Meyer made his club debut off the bench against Liverpool on Monday having been slightly behind his new Palace team-mates in terms of fitness.

But the midfielder has worked hard throughout the pre-season period, employing a personal trainer to make sure he can get as close to match fitness as possible.

“I’ve already noticed the differences between the Bundesliga and the Premier League, especially how intense and quick it is over here, so I’m very excited to get going,” Meyer told the Palace website.

“During pre-season I had a personal trainer to keep me ticking over when I wasn’t training with Schalke, but now I’m training again with the Palace squad it feels like I’m progressing,

“Being unable to train with Schalke from May until July was a difficult period for me. On the whole it was a great experience until I didn’t sign my second contract extension.

“I loved my time there but I wanted to leave. It wasn’t the way I wished things had gone, but as far as I’m concerned the past is the past.”

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Chelsea Give Gary Cahill Permission To Speak To Galatasaray Over Summer Transfer Move

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Chelsea have reportedly given Gary Cahill permission to speak to Galatasaray regarding a possible transfer this summer.

Gary Cahill has been left out of both of Chelsea’s matchday squads so far and is understood to be deemed surplus to requirements by manager Maurizio Sarri,

Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz appear to be Sarri’s preferred centre-back partnership as things stand, while Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ethan Ampadu provide further options in the middle.

Turkish outlet Fotomac claims that Chelsea could look to cash in on Cahill during the final week of the European transfer window.

Galatasaray are reported to be leading the race for the England International as they look for an alternative to original target Jason Denayer, who decided to Lyon from Manchester City

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Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho Would Have Have Resigned At Any Other Club, Insider Reveals

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Jose Mourinho says would have resigned at were he in charge of any other club than Manchester United, according to a report

According to the Mirror and their anonymous insider source at Old Trafford, Mourinho has privately confided in friends that he would have quit by now were he in “any other job at any other club.”

The Portuguese is said to be at loggerheads with vice-chairman Ed Woodward and several other key members of the United hierarchy over a supposed lack of backing in the transfer market. Mourinho identified Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld as key summer signings, but United failed to deliver either — instead spending £75 million on Fred and Diogo Dalot.

As he begins his third season at the club, the 55-year-old manager reportedly feels that Woodward has “undermined his chances” of challenging Man City for the Premier League title by refusing to splurge on a vastly expensive centre-back.

Manchester United’s defensive weakness were exposed in just their second game of the season, when they were beaten 3-2 by Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

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Mario Balotelli Reveals Why He Decided To Stay At Nice

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Nice striker Mario Balotelli says he was persuaded to stay at the club by new coach Patrick Vieira despite having offers from five other teams, including one in China.

“I had the intention to leave and the club knew it,” he told the club’s television channel in an interview, adding that one of the offers came from Nice’s bitter rivals Marseille.

“I understand the fans but they need to understand my side. Nice are not playing in Europe, Marseille are playing in Europe. It’s nothing to do with the supporters, I look at what is best, in the end I stay here.”

Balotelli said that Vieira “changed 80 percent of my decision”.

He added: “It is my choice because nobody tells me what to do. I do what I feel and what I want… the final decision in my career is always mine. I can have people who give me advice but the final decision is always mine.”

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READ: Full Transcript Of Maurizio Sarri’s Press Conference Ahead Of This Weekend’s Clash With Newcastle

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Here’s what the Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had to say to the media ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game Vs Newcastle

Will Eden Hazard start on Saturday?

“I don’t know. I think Eden is ready for 50-60 minutes but I don’t know about 90 minutes. He can start.”

It seems in his body language that he wants to start?

“Maybe, but I think it’s more important in my mind.”

Are you happy that he’s happy with that situation?

“I am happy with him. He wants to play. It’s the right way to think for him, but I have to think for everybody.”

think so. I am a coach of a very good team, a great club. I think that it’s so important that we don’t sell a very important player without the possibility to buy another player of the same level. Eden will stay with us for the season.”

Any big plans this season for Ruben Loftus-Cheek?

“I chose to put on the bench two wingers and only one midfielder. I’ve spoken with him twice this week after I spoke with the club. I think he will remain with us. We can speak again about his situation but only in December.”

What are some of the changes you’ve made around the training ground?

“For me it’s very important that the team is able to work very well during training. We are professional, so after the pitch they are able to eat in the right way.”

Have you been working on the defence this week?

“Every week. I am not worried about the defence. When I arrive at new teams I usually have problems in defence for the first few months. I think it’s normal”

Would you use five defenders?

“No. I’m not able to play with five defenders. Why? Because we are trying to defend by only looking at the ball. In this way with five defenders I lose meters on the pitch. I tried five years ago but it’s not my way.”

Where does Gary Cahill fit into your plans?

“I think that in this moment for a defender it is more difficult to play in my team with only 20 days of training. It’s easier for the offensive players but for a defender it’s more difficult. I think in this moment he needs to have much more training defensively with us.”

Have you spoken to him?

“Yes, I told him he will need to be patient now but he’s very important to us.”

What have you made of the Premier League? Is it what you expected are you surprised?

“No. In Italy it was a war before the match. I think in Serie A at 2-0 after 20 minutes the match is finished. Here it’s a party before the match!”

Which do you prefer?

“Here.”

Just one on Rafael Benitez…

“I have to say thank you to Rafa. When I arrived in Naples I had the feeling that the team was almost ready to play my football. If I arrived after another coach it may have been more difficult for me. I have to say thank you to him. He’s a very good coach. On Sunday it will be very difficult for us. We know that our opponents are very danagerous. Chelsea lost 3-0 there last season but Manchester United and Arsenal also lost there. We know that on Sunday it will be a difficult game for us.”

Were you pleased with Kovacic’s debut?

“I think Mateo and Eden played very well the last 30 minutes. I think at that moment the intensity of the match was going down. I think like Eden, he’s only ready to play for 60-65 minutes.”

Do you wish you could have signed him permanently?

“It’s too early to say. I like him very much and I’m hopeful he will remain here in the future.”

Are you confident that you have the players defensively to play the style you want?

“I think that in my opinion my feeling is that this team I have very intelligent players, so they can improve in one month.”

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Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp Discusses How Good Sadio Mane Is

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Jurgen Klopp has backed Sadio Mane to go from strength to strength following his impressive goalscoring start to the new Premier League season.

Sadio Mane is the joint-top of the scoring charts with three goals from his opening two games this season.

The Senegalese scored twice in the 4-0 rout of West Ham United and then sealing all three points against Crystal Palace with a late second.

His performances have so far outshone strike partners Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and Klopp believes that Mane is now convinced of his own ability.

“Now he’s much more secure that this is his level. The players surprise themselves sometimes. ‘Wow, really? That’s how good I am?’ We all need to show our best and get used to it,” Klopp told reporters.

“It’s quality. We have to make sure we can show that every week. Who scores the goals is not too important, but it was very important for us and very nice for him that he could do it in the last game. Sadio is a very consistent player for us. His work-rate is great.

“We have a very strange 4-5-1 formation with Sadio as a midfielder, Bobby [Roberto Firmino] being a midfielder more or less and Mo [Salah] being a striker, even though he plays in a little different position. We talk about the defensive work-rate they put in, that’s really important.”

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Arsenal Will Continue To Support Mesut Ozil – Unai Emery

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery has insisted that the club will continue to support Mesut Ozil amid ongoing criticism after his early retirement from international football

Mesut Ozil announced the end of his international career last month with an explosive statement which accused high-ranking German FA officials of racism following a picture of him alongside controversial Turkish president Recep Erdogan.

Emery has reiterated Arsenal’s support for the playmaker

“We are here to help him. We are his family and [the club] is his home. In our careers, as coaches and players, we are going to receive criticism,” he told reporters.

“When we do well they are also going to speak about us well. It’s a habit for us to have critics.

“But we are professional. We need to live with this. Here [at Arsenal] we need and we want to help him.”

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Tottenham Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris Charged With Drink Driving Ahead Of Manchester United Clash

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Tottenham captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been arrested for drink driving ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Manchester United on Monday.

Hugo Lloris was stopped by police in his car in central London at around 2.20am on Friday morning.

Lloris subsequently failed a roadside breathalyser test before being taken to Charing Cross Police Station, where he spent around seven hours in custody.

The France international was then released on bail and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 11.

“A man has been charged following a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place, W1,” read a statement from the Metropolitan Police.

“Hugo Lloris, 31, of East Finchley, was charged with drink driving on Friday, 24 August. He has been bailed to return to Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 11 September.”

He was allowed to return home on foot at 11:00am on Friday morning and refused to answer questions from reporters.

Lloris has been with Tottenham since 2012 and has made 254 appearances for the north London club.

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Hughton: Balogun Will Start Against Liverpool

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Brighton Hove and Albion coach, Chris Hughton says Leon Balogun will get his full match debut against Liverpool on Saturday.

Hughton says he has no worries about the Nigerian defender, who has impressed since he arrived at the club.

Balogun was introduced in the 20th minute against Manchester United and fit in perfectly, as Brighton won 3-2.

Same as Balogun, the gaffer believes a huge test await the Seagulls at Anfield.

“He’s played at a high level and I have no worries or concerns on that one,” said Hughton.

“It’s always a big position and a big relationship your central defenders, particularly when you’re going to Anfield and you know you’re very much going to be tested.

“He has made a very good impression from day one. I think what helps is that he’s an experienced player.

“I think somebody like him coming into the game against Manchester United wouldn’t have been fazed by it at all and generally has taken it in his stride.

 

“What we have in Lewis Dunk is a player we rate very highly and has a great partnership with Shane Duffy that they have developed over the last couple of seasons.

“And what you would want is somebody to come in who you would feel assured in his ability and confidence of stepping in.”

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Fred: Beating Tottenham Is Key To United’s Title Chase

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Manchester United midfielder, Fred believes they must beat Tottenham if they are to remain in the race for the title.

The Red Devils played an unconvincing 2-1 win over Leicester in their season opener, before losing 3-2 to Brighton.

Manchester United face Tottenham on Monday and Fred believes it is a crucial encounter.

“It’s a very important game. This week we’ve been working, focusing on this game, we want to go out and get the win in front of our home fans,” Fred told  Sky Sports .

“We know Tottenham are a great team, but we need to get the win if we are to aspire to win the league.

“The Premier League is a great league and there are a lot of great teams and Brighton were better than Man United.

“They got early goals which we didn’t manage to achieve. We improved but unfortunately this wasn’t enough for a win or a draw.

“Going into the next game, we want to be focused and we want to win, so we can stay in the race for the title.”

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(VIDEO): Falz Hangs Out With His Fan “Chief Oluwa-Sean Combs Ola-Diddy”

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Falz Hangs Out With His Fan “Chief Oluwa-Sean Combs Ola-Diddy”

Popular Nigerian singer and rapper, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana has shared a video online where he appears to be chilling at the residence of hip hop mogul, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ in Los Angeles, California.

The development comes barely a month after Wizkid paid the Bad Boy Records boss a visit, where the American called the Nigerian a “Young Black King,” adding that he’s coming to Nigeria soon.

Falz Reveals Release Date For New Album “Falz The Experience 2” | Unveils New Signing

In the less-than-a-minute footage, shared in the early hours of Friday morning, the “This is Nigeria” crooner, who is currently in the United States performing at various concerts, can be heard christening Diddy with a new name as he said:

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m with an icon, Chief Oluwa-Sean Combs, Ola-Diddy himself, AKA Daddy Puffy,” while the hip hop mogul responded with “Love.”

He captioned one of the videos: “So blessed to tap from @diddy ’s wealth of knowledge!! Vibes on vibes! 🇳🇬 🇳🇬 way soon!”

While it remains unclear what their meeting was all about, what is crystal clear is that Diddy is a huge fan of the Nigerian hip-hop star.

Diddy Hails Falz’s ‘This Is Nigeria’ Video

Bear in mind that some months ago, when Falz released the controversial record, ‘This is Nigeria’, the video earned a response from Diddy who reposted it on his Instagram Page.

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Klopp Not Worried About Mane Contract Extension

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Jurgen Klopp says he remains calm on the issue of Sadio Mane committing to a new contract at the club.

Mane still has three years left on his contract at Anfield, but is expected to commit to fresh terms soon.

The German told reporters when quizzed on Mane’s future: “It’s not that his contract ends tomorrow.

“They are all in a good age group. That’s all positive, right?”

He added: “Now he’s much more secure that this is his level.

“The players surprise themselves sometimes. ‘Wow, really? That’s how good I am?’ We all need to show our best and get used to it.

“It’s quality. We have to make sure we can show that every week. Who scores the goals is not too important but it was very important for us and very nice for him that he could do it in the last game.

“Sadio’s a very consistent player for us. His work rate is great.

“We have a very strange 4-5-1 formation with Sadio as a midfielder, Bobby [Firmino] being a midfielder more or less and Mo being a striker even though he plays in a little different position.

“We talk about the defensive work rate they put in, that’s really important.”

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Klopp Not Worried About Mane Contract Extension

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Jurgen Klopp says he remains calm on the issue of Sadio Mane committing to a new contract at the club.

Mane still has three years left on his contract at Anfield, but is expected to commit to fresh terms soon.

The German told reporters when quizzed on Mane’s future: “It’s not that his contract ends tomorrow.

“They are all in a good age group. That’s all positive, right?”

He added: “Now he’s much more secure that this is his level.

“The players surprise themselves sometimes. ‘Wow, really? That’s how good I am?’ We all need to show our best and get used to it.

“It’s quality. We have to make sure we can show that every week. Who scores the goals is not too important but it was very important for us and very nice for him that he could do it in the last game.

“Sadio’s a very consistent player for us. His work rate is great.

“We have a very strange 4-5-1 formation with Sadio as a midfielder, Bobby [Firmino] being a midfielder more or less and Mo being a striker even though he plays in a little different position.

“We talk about the defensive work rate they put in, that’s really important.”

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Emery: Ozil Must Accept Germany Criticism

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Arsenal coach, Unai Emery has stated that Mesut Ozil must accept the criticism from Germany following his retirement from the squad, but insists he has the support of the club.

The midfielder retired from the Germany national team, after racist treatment from the DFB, supporters and Germany legends, following his meeting with controversial Turkey president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Arsenal head coach Emery, however, insisted Ozil has the backing of the Gunners ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against West Ham.

“We are here to help him,” Emery told reporters. “We are his family and [the club] is his home.

“In our careers, as coaches and players, we are going to receive criticism. When we do well they are also going to speak about us well. It’s a habit for us to have critics.

“But we are professional. We need to live with this. Here [at Arsenal] we need and we want to help him.”

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Emery: Ozil Must Accept Germany Criticism

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Arsenal coach, Unai Emery has stated that Mesut Ozil must accept the criticism from Germany following his retirement from the squad, but insists he has the support of the club.

The midfielder retired from the Germany national team, after racist treatment from the DFB, supporters and Germany legends, following his meeting with controversial Turkey president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Arsenal head coach Emery, however, insisted Ozil has the backing of the Gunners ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against West Ham.

“We are here to help him,” Emery told reporters. “We are his family and [the club] is his home.

“In our careers, as coaches and players, we are going to receive criticism. When we do well they are also going to speak about us well. It’s a habit for us to have critics.

“But we are professional. We need to live with this. Here [at Arsenal] we need and we want to help him.”

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FG To Submit Nigeria’s 2019 Budget To NASS In September

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‘FG To Submit Nigeria’s 2019 Budget To NASS In September’

In an attempt to restore the January to December budget cycle, the federal government will present Nigeria’s 2019 budget to the National Assembly in September.

Daily Trust quoted the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, as confirming this during an exclusive interview in Abuja.

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The minister was quoted to have said that the federal government had consulted widely with members of the National Assembly with respect to that.

The minister said: “Our aspirations is that we want to meet the requirements of the law to submit it by September but as you know the National assembly is itself away on recess and they resume by September.”

She said the law encourages the executive to submit the budget by September and the idea is that by December, the budget is passed.

The Minister also said the N1.56 trillion spent by the federal government on capital projects was the highest amount ever spent on capital projects in the history of Nigeria.

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Nigerian Pilgrim Gets $200 For Returning N485,000 Found In Toilet

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Nigerian Pilgrim To Get $200 For Returning N485,000 Found In Toilet

A Nigerian pilgrim currently performing the Hajj in Saudi Arabia will be rewarded with $200 for returning N485,000 he found at a public convenience (toilet) in the tent city of Muna on Wednesday.

It was gathered that the Nigerian pilgrim, Musa Muhammad Edotsu, from Gbago local government area of Niger State, found a bag containing an international passport, a key, and money in US dollar, Saudi Riyals and Dirham denominations.

Security Guards Rewarded With N500,000 For Returning Passenger’s Bag With Dollars

He then took the bag to the officials of Niger State pilgrims board who identified the owner.

It is understood that the money belonged to the Chairman of the Enugu State Pilgrims Board, Alhaji Zukalraini Saeed.

Here’s the breakdown of the money: $1,200 (equivalent to N435,180 at official rate), N492 (N47,586 at official rate) Saudi Riyals and 65 Dirham.

The Amirul Hajj of Niger State pilgrims, Alhaji Abubakar Magaji, who officially handed over the money to the owner, commended the gesture of Edotsu for returning the money at a time most pilgrims could be out of cash.

He said the Niger State pilgrims board will reward pilgrim Edotsu with $200 (N72,530) for his honesty.

The owner of the money also appreciated the gesture of Malam Edotsu and the officials of the Niger State Pilgrims Board for exhibiting such “high level of honesty by returning the money”.

He implored other pilgrims to emulate the character exhibited by the pilgrim from Niger State, adding that honesty and transparency were among the virtues Islam preached and stood for.

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