Cantona: United Should Have Appointed Guardiola, Not Mourinho

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Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona believes Jose Mourinho is not the right man for the club.

The legendary forward believes the club should have appointed City manager, Pep Guardiola in his stead.

Cantona says the club will win trophies, but he is not a fan of their style of play.

“It’s not so good,” he told the Daily Mail. “But it is early in the season… too early to tell. Manchester United is a great club and will always be great. They will win things, I know they will.

“But the way they play? Not good. The manager has them playing the wrong way for the fans. No fun, no creativity.

“I like Mourinho. He has a good personality but not for United – they should have Guardiola as coach. He should be there, but he is doing magic with that other club. The club I cannot name.”

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God, Take Our Natural Resources And Give Us Functional Human Brains

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God, Take Our Natural Resources And Give Us Functional Human Brains – Ademola Adeoye

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The nations that have natural resources in abundance but do not think and are languid and slothful will take them (natural resources) to the nations that do not have, but make use of their wits and creatively work-hard. In other words, the success of a nation and her people does not depend alone on the abundance of their natural resources provided they are not going to make a good use of their God-given brainpower.

This piece was written by Ademola Adeoye. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Poring through many documents on Nigeria in the last twenty years, I have come to know that Nigerians have no reason under heaven to be poor. Nigeria is so rich in natural resources, but her people are daily winning and dinning with poverty, her political leaders are very rich, though. Take, for instance, Ekiti state. Ekiti folks are very poor, but Ekiti state is heavily rich in natural resources. Look at this, “Ekiti land is naturally endowed with numerous natural resources. The state is potentially rich in mineral deposits. These include granite, kaolinite, columbite, channockete, iron ore, baryte, aquamine, gemstone, phosphate, limestone, gold among others.” What Ekiti state lacks isn’t natural resources, what it lacks is visionary leadership. Ekiti people have no reason to be poor in money and what money can buy!

How about the people of Osun State? Osun people are so poor, but their political leaders are extremely rich. Look at this, “Osun State is blessed with vast mineral resources. These include gold, clay, limestone, kaolin and granite. It also has many agricultural resources.” On one hand, it is a lack of vision in leadership that makes followers experience lack in the midst of abundance. On the other hand, it is also the inability of those in leadership to think and creatively work-hard that makes what is supposed to be a blessing to become like a curse. Today, crude oil has become like a curse to our people.

What of Enugu State? Enugu State is blessed with Lateritic clay, Crude oil, Kaolinitic clay, Ball clay, Iron-ore, Glass Sand, Petroleum, Gypsum, Coal, Silica, Ceramic Clay…How about Oyo and Ebonyi States? Oyo State is rich in prominent minerals and endowed with a wide distribution of the sample but easy to utilize igneous and metamorphic groups of minerals, namely Iron ore, tantalite, columbite, casseterite, bismuth, gemstones, gold, marble, red clay, sand, gravel, granite, syenite, kaolin and talc. Also, Ebonyi State is blessed with Gold, Lead/Zinc and Salt, but what they lack is the kind of human brains that the Singaporeans, Belgians and Swiss are using to drive their varied nations out of poverty into prosperity.

Also, what of Edo and Adamawa States? Edo is blessed with Bitumen, Clay, Dolomite, Phosphate, Glass-sand, Gold, Gypsium, Iron-ore, Lignite, Limestone, Marble and Oil/Gas while Adamawa is blessed Bentonite, Gypsium, Kaolin and Magnesite Clay, Lead, Zinc, Lignite. The question is; why is it that our people are suffering lack in the midst of abundance? Nigeria is blessed with natural resources, what Nigeria is not blessed with—is visionary and thinking leadership.  Those in leadership need to start utilizing their human brains, as they are using theirs in the nations that are creating happiness for their people.

In recent times, I read about eight (8) countries that are without natural resources but thrive to become world major exporters. Nature did not bless them much on lands, but gave them human brains instead, which they utilize to the fullest and become some of the world’s most successful nations. In this piece, I will talk about Singapore and Switzerland. In the days to come, I’d come back to talk about others.

Not all nations are created equal. In an ideal world, a country that has abundant natural resources does not need to import as many raw materials, and has opportunity to increase its economic strength through income gained from resources export. These materials are the primary factors of production and the availability of particular natural resources gives that country a comparative advantage in trade.

Singapore, with no natural resources and having the smallest population on this list, Singapore shows the world how a tiny Island can likewise become one of the world’s most prosperous and advanced economy. Singapore has to import everything it needs, including water. It has strong manufacturing industries of its own. The tiny island produces 10% of world’s semiconductor water. Major exports of Singapore include machinery and equipment, electronics, semiconductor, consumer goods, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and other chemicals and refined oil.

Also, Switzerland’s Exports worth 322 billion dollars! Switzerland is sort of different from others in the list in that it is landlocked, but the country proved that such inconvenient is not a barrier to becoming one of the world’s leading exporters. Switzerland has virtually no natural resources, and its annual trade balance is usually in the red, owing to the economy’s reliance on large quantities of imported raw materials for industry. Surrounded by major industrial nations (i.e. Germany, France, Italy), Switzerland, like Belgium, has no chance of establishing a strong manufacturing base. It instead, focuses on niche industries, specifically light and agricultural industries. Switzerland has very strong food processing and confectionery industry, producing multinational food company such as Nestle. The Swiss are also excelling in luxurious watch-manufacturing, with well-known global brands such as Rolex and Swatch. Major exports of Switzerland include machinery, chemicals, metals, watched, agricultural products and foodstuffs and the country is the 19thlargest economy in the world. What a country of thinkers!

Unlike Switzerland, Nigeria has natural resources, but instead of adding value to them within our borders, we feebly send them to countries that do not have natural resources (but are using their human brains productively ) to add value to them and import them back to our country and cost our citizens more money to buy them. It is a lack of vision that makes us create jobs for them in the nations where they do not have natural resources; while our own youths are roaming the streets—searching for jobs as a woman would search for a lost coin.

If God asks me today that I should choose for Nigeria between functional human brains and natural resources, I would tell God to take our natural resources and give us the kind of human brains that Singaporeans, Belgians and Swiss are using. My fellow citizen, 2019 elections should be about the crucial issue I am raising today and more. We need people whose brains are functioning. I am sick and tired of folks who promise every four years that they would construct roads and sink boreholes. Those are basic amenities! No one uses those things to campaign in the nations—where they are using their human brains. They only use all that to campaign in a nation that has refused to grow up like ours.

This piece was written by Ademola Adeoye. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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Mikel Obi Reveals How Okocha, Kanu Shaped His Destiny

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Mikel Obi Reveals How Okocha, Kanu Shaped His Destiny

Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, John Mikel Obi, has singled out two Nigerian greats, Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu, as those who inspired him as a teenage footballer as he expressed his respect for the two living legends.

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The Nation quoted him as saying this in an exclusive interview conducted by Kunle Solaja of the Sports Village Square.

According to him, “As a young player, I drew so much inspiration from two of the best stars Nigeria ever produced. I grew up looking up to (Nwankwo) Kanu and (Austin) Jay Jay Okocha. I enjoyed watching them play for their respective club sides. More importantly, their exploits in the national team really thrilled me. In their later years, I played in the Super Eagles with them. They were highly motivating to me. But on the global stage, Zinedine Zidane was my all-time hero.”

Another player he has greater respect for is the Barcelona and Argentina forward, Lionel Messi – a five-time World Footballer of the Year award winner.

In his words: “There is no controversy. Lionel Messi is simply the greatest footballer to have ever played football. Across many competitions, I have been on the same pitch with him. I therefore know what I am saying.”

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Rudiger: Sarri Keeps You Alive

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Antonio Rudiger is pleased with Maurizio Sarri’s style of play and prefers it to that of former manager, Antonio Conte.

The Germany international has hailed the attacking style of the former Napoli coach.

Chelsea have won four of four games so far this season, with Sarri’s passing style favouring the squad and Rudiger is pleased with the Italian.

“I played for Roma in Italy so I knew the way the manager liked to play and it was something I favoured,” he told the Mail on Sunday. “He wants us to press high compared to last season when everyone knows we sat back.

“Now it is different. We create a lot of chances and for me that’s very good. Mostly he likes the defenders to play the ball short and keep possession.

“I have shown so far I can do it but I want to improve every day. He is a coach who is not happy, he is always saying you can do better, and that keeps you alive.

“To be honest, I’m surprised how well we’ve done because players like Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante had big World Cups and came back late for training. They are in good shape and that’s impressive.”

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19 Persons Killed in Plane Crash

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19 Persons Killed in Plane Crash

Nineteen people were killed on Sunday when a small plane crashed into a lake in the centre of South Sudan, while four survived, a regional official told AFP.

Regional information minister for the Eastern Lakes state Taban Abel Aguek said a plane, carrying 23 people, had crashed in the central town of Yirol as it came into land.

“The number of people we have confirmed dead is 19 people and four people survived,” said Abel, adding that two children were among the survivors as was an Italian citizen.

He said the Anglican Bishop of Yirol, Simon Adut, was confirmed among the dead.

The pilot and co-pilot, a staff member with the International Committee of the Red Cross, a Ugandan who runs a private clinic in Yirol, a government official and two army officers were also confirmed dead.

“The whole town is in shock, the shops are closed, some people have taken their relatives for burial. It is a commercial plane that crashed,” Abel told AFP.

“When the plane was landing the weather was foggy and this was not a good situation for plane landing.”

The UN broadcaster Radio Miraya posted a picture on its Twitter account of the twisted wreckage of the plane submerged in water.

Overloading of planes is common in South Sudan, and this was believed to have contributed to the crash of a Soviet-era Antonov plane upon takeoff in Juba in 2015 which left 36 people dead.

In 2017, 37 people had a miraculous escape after their plane hit a fire truck on a runway in northwestern Wau before bursting into flames.

South Sudan was plunged into civil war in December 2013, when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, leaving tens of thousands dead and millions displaced.


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Sister: Simeone Wants Inter Milan Job

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Atletico Madrid coach, Diego Simeone is keen on a managerial job at Inter Milan, according to his sister.

The Argentinian coach moved from Atletico to Inter as a player in 1997 and rumours have it, such a move is about to happen as a coach.

Natalya Simeone, his sister and agent believes it is only a matter of time before the move happens.

“Sooner or later [he will move] – Diego has said it, too,” Natalia told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I think it will be a matter of time.

“He likes the place, the environment, living in Milan. Inter are a team that he would love to coach. But he has also remained very close to Lazio.”

On Simeone’s decision to stay at Atleti so far, she added: “In the end, passion always wins. Diego has been at Atletico Madrid for seven years.

“He is one of the best coaches in the world, but he stays where he believes there is still work to be done.”

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3 Soldiers Murdered As Farmers, Herders Clash In Plateau

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3 Soldiers Murdered As Farmers, Herders Clash In Plateau

No less than three operatives of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), a military task force in Plateau state, were killed while trying to restore calm between herders and farmers in the state on Saturday.

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The commander of OPSH Major General Augustine Agundu who broke the sad news to pressmen in Jos yesterday, vowed to bring the killers of the personnel of the task force to justice.

“I have lost three men, they were killed in action as a result of this circle of violence that has resurfaced. The worst of it is that the proliferation of arms in Plateau is out of magnitude.

“I have locked down Barkin-ladi, this act will never repeat itself. We have made efforts to reconcile the Waring factions but they have remain adamant. My troops have resolved to end the on going hostilities in Ryiom, Barkin-Ladi and Bassa LGA’s.

 “The message I am sending to all level of leadership is to get their youths to decorum and civility so that the ordinary man and woman in the community could live peacefully. We are determined to return Plateau to its slogan of Home of Peace and Tourism”, he said.

Herders and farmers in Barkin Ladi local government of Plateau state have been involved in violent conflicts leading to lost of many lives in recent past.

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Lucas Moura: Spurs Can Become Title Challengers At New Stadium

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Tottenham and Brazil midfielder, Lucas Moura believes the London club can challenge for titles after they move to their new stadium.

Tottenham are poised for a move to their new and bigger White Hart Lane stadium, playing home games at Wembley till then.

And Lucas sees that step to a bigger stadium, as a positive towards growth at the club.

“Tottenham are one of the great clubs of England and, at a stadium with a bigger capacity, they can get even bigger,” the Brazilian told the Mirror. “We are in the most important moment to grow as a club.

“There is a big future here in the Premier League and Champions League. We can go a long way in Europe, even now. It’s an exciting time.”

“We know we are a good team,” Lucas said. “Winning the first three games of the season proves that we are doing things well and that we can go far in the Premier League this season.

“It’s still very early, but we are going for everything this year. We want to give the fans a lot of joy.”

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Nike And Wizkid’s Starboy Jerseys To Go On Sale From September 10

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We already knew it was coming but now it’s here. The Starboy jerseys, a collaborative effort between Afrobeats superstar Wizkid and Nike is set to be released on the 10th of September.

According to Nike,

“To create this Nike exclusive shirt, we teamed up with Nigerian pop sensation, Wizkid. Emblazoned with the logo of his own personal label, Starboy, Wizkid celebrates his story in bold design and subtle decoration. The colours of Nigeria proudly embellish the sleeves and the name of his starting place and hometown, Surulere, shines on the reverse. The shirt is finished with a centrally placed Nike Swoosh, complementing his iconic Starboy graphic below”

The jersey will be available on the Nike web store from September 10.


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FCT Minister Suspends Mining Activities In Abuja Following Tremors

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The FCT Minister Muhammad Bello announced yesterday that all mining, quarrying activities and borehole drilling have been suspended in parts of Abuja.

This is in reaction to the recent earth tremors that occurred in the territory. The suspension will persist pending the result of the investigation into the cause of the tremors. The minister also visited the epicenter of the earth tremors in Mpape, Abuja recently.

Speaking for the minister, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, assured residents that there was no cause for alarm as Abuja does not lie in any major seismic danger zone.

The minister’s Chief Press Secretary, Cosmas Uzodinma, said preliminary reports on the tremors indicated that rock blasting from quarrying, mining activities and proliferation of borehole drilling might have caused the situation.

Consequently, he stressed, it became necessary to suspend all quarrying activities in various sites of Abuja, especially Mpape, Garki, Gwarimpa and contiguous areas.

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George Zimmerman ‘Threatens; Jay-Z And Beyoncé

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George Zimmerman Threatens Jay-Z And Beyoncé

George Zimmerman, who was in 2013 acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, has reportedly threatened Power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z fover the recently premiered docuseries the rapper executive-produced about the teenager.

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It was gathered that a series of text messages sent to a private investigator appear to show Zimmerman threatening the couple for filming “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.”

Trayvon Martin is the 17-year-old black teenager he fatally shot after he claimed he looked suspicious for holding a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea.

According to the Blast, which obtained the messages, Zimmerman sent the texts to Dennis Warren, a private investigator who worked on the six-part documentary about the 2012 killing of the unarmed Florida teen.

A source close to Michael Gasparro, who executive-produced the Paramount Network series alongside Jay-Z, confirmed to Us Weekly that the texts are legitimate.

“And I’m bringing hell with me. Oh yea and tell Jay-Z he’s a bitch and his wife is a broke whore,” Zimmerman wrote. “If I see either of them in my life, they’ll find themselves inside a 13 foot gator.”

It was also gathered that Zimmerman has sent hundreds of messages and voicemails harassing Warren, who was hired to find potential subjects to participate in the documentary.

In fact, this past May, Zimmerman was charged with stalking Warren. 

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