Chelsea Confirm Juan Cuadrado Has Signed For Juventus Permanently

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Juventus announced the permanent signing of Juan Cuadrado fromChelsea last night but now the Blues have confirmed the deal. 

A statement on the Premier League champions’ website says: “Juan Cuadrado will complete a permanent move to Juventus after the Italian club retained the Serie A title.

“The Colombian international joined Chelsea in early 2015, playing a total of 15 times and helping us secure both the Premier League title and League Cup, replacing Willian as we beat Tottenham 2-0 at Wembley.

“After appearing once as a substitute at the start of the 2015/16 season, he joined Juventus on loan, and has since helped them to back-to-back Serie A championships and this season’s Champions League final, where they will face Real Madrid.

“We thank Juan for his service and wish him the best of luck in his future career.”

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Antoine Griezmann Ready To Leave Atletico Madrid

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After saying a move to Manchester United is “possible” last night, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has been speaking again today at the launch of his autobiography “Behind The Smile”.

“Today if I have to move it will be no problem,” he is quoted as saying by L’Equipe. “It may be England because that is fashionable, Germany, China or the United States. I’m ready to go.

“Scoring goals is not enough. I want to win titles. Winning titles is what I will think about when deciding on my future this summer.

“At Atletico we are close but we are missing something.”

Yesterday Antoine Griezmann has said there is a six out of 10 chance of him joining Manchester United this summer.

The 26-year-old made the admission as a guest on the French TV programme Quotidien. When asked about the plausibility of a move to United, Griezmann agreed it was “possible”. When pressed further and asked the probability on a scale of one to 10, Griezmann said: “Six.” He was then asked if he understood what he was saying, and replied: “Yes.”

It may also not be long before a decision is made on the France international’s future. “I should know more in the next two weeks,” he said.

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Eduardo Sgns One-year Chelsea Contract Extension

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Goalkeeper Eduardo has signed a new deal with Chelsea to keep him at the club next season. The 34-year-old joined from Dinamo Zagreb last summer.

Eduardo, 34, moved to Stamford Bridge from Dinamo Zagreb last summer but has not made a single competitive appearance for the Blues, instead providing cover for Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic as well as assisting goalkeeping coaches Gianluca Spinelli and Henrique Hilario with drills at Cobham.

“I am very happy to stay at Chelsea for another year,” the Portugal international told the club’s official website. “This season has been very successful for the club, and everybody has made me feel like a part of the family. I hope next season can be just as positive and we can win many more trophies.”

Technical director Michael Emenalo added: “Since joining us last summer, Eduardo has been a model professional.

“He has used his wealth of experience at the top level to bring the very best from his fellow goalkeepers and has been a reliable, popular and respected member of the squad. We are delighted he has chosen to commit his future to Chelsea.”

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Nigerian Student Fashion & Design Week 2017: Open Call For Designers And Exhibitors

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Nigerian Student Fashion & Design Week 2017 is announcing an open call for designers and exhibitors for its 5th anniversary.
One of the foremost goals of NSDFW is to recognize young emerging creatives in fashion and design giving them a platform to showcase their designs and understand the business of fashion.
Each year the Most Creative Designer is chosen, based on creativity and detail in design. Other opportunities for the winner includes a feature showcase at the Africa Fashion Week in Nigeria, exclusive interviews, business & fashion mentorship and lots more.
Registration has begun for designers already signed up. To register visit www.nsfdweek.com or request for a designers pack by mailing info@nsfdweek.com
Nigerian Student Fashion
You can also follow on Twitter and Instagram – @nsfdweek or send an email to: info@nsfdweek.com

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Brad Jones Extends His Contract At Dutch Champions Feyenoord

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Brad Jones has signed a two-year contract extension with Dutch champions Feyenoord.

Jones kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Eredivisie last season (17) to help Feyenoord win their first league title in 18 years.

“Perfect way to end a perfect season,” Jones wrote on Instagram.

“Happy to say I have signed a new contract to stay at this amazing club for two more years.”

Since signing for the Rotterdam club in 2016, Jones has chalked up 32 total appearances in all competitions.

Feyenoord director Martin van Geel said Jones’ retention would be important for the club’s European Champions League campaign next season.

“We are very pleased that we have kept Brad at Feyenoord,” van Geel told the club’s website.

“He has had a very strong season with a lot of clean sheets and has thus played an important part in the championship.”

Jones signed for Feyenoord following an injury to first-choice Kenneth Vermeer mid-last year, despite being a reserve for Bradford City in the English third tier just months earlier.

The Perth product’s career took a downward turn in 2015 when English giants Liverpool let him go after only a handful of appearances over five years before stints with Bradford and Dutch outfit NEC.

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PRESS RELEASE: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Hard Rock Memorabilia Induction Postponed

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Owing to unavoidable circumstances, the Fela induction and post-induction performances by Femi Kuti & Seun Kuti scheduled initially for Thursday 25th May 2017 at Hard Rock Café, Lagos has been postponed.

The Temple Management Company prides itself on the highest standards of security, logistics and event preparation. Following a thorough reconnaissance of the venue and the concurrent hosting of another significant event within the same premises, we have agreed, along with Hard Rock Café, the Kuti Family and our other partners, that it is prudent to reschedule the Fela events to a later date.

We look forward to seeing you at the event when a new date is announced as we continue our mission to celebrate the best of African Entertainment.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued support.

Signed

Management

The Temple Management Company

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Rob Holding Reveals How He Almost Left Arsenal In January

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Rob Holding has revealed how he almost left Arsenal to loan in January.

The defender started the first three Premier League games of the season but then did not feature until an extended run towards the end of the campaign.

“I didn’t leave in January as the boss wanted me around the team. He saw me playing,” Rob Holding told the Evening Standard.

“I just had to listen to him and keep working hard on the things he mentioned. That has spoken for itself over the last few games.

“Since I got the chance, I’ve managed to take it and the boss has shown some faith in me to keep me in the team.”

Holding’s return to the team last month coincided with Wenger’s switch to a 3-4-2-1 system, a decision which took many at the club by surprise.

It was a formation first trialled against Middlesbrough after only a few days’ training but Holding revealed he has a head-start on learning the specifics, having been part of an experiment involving a three-man defence earlier in his career.

“We had a little play with it at Bolton under Neil Lennon when I first got back into that team,” he said. “I like playing in a back three, it gets me playing on the ball more and I can get to bring it forward which I like doing. It suits us at the moment.

“I have no idea if it’s the best system for me.

“I just like playing and when I get out there on the pitch, I just do the best I can in whatever formation we are put in.”

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Real Madrid Confirm Signng Of Flamengo’s Vinicius Junior

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Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Vinicius Junior from Flamengo from July 2018.

The 16-year-old will remain with his current club until July 2019, although he could play for Real Madrid before that if both clubs agree.

Wonderkid Vinicius was already being described to be the ‘the next Neymar’ before his first professional game.

And after coming on in the 80th minute of the opening game of the season against Atletico Mineiro, he caught the eye of several European giants.

He beat Barcelona star Neymar’s youngest debut record by a year and managed to get idol Robinho’s shirt in a huge day for the youngster.

Vinicius has also shown his talents at international level; in March he was top scorer in the Under-17s Copa Sudamericano, with Brazil beating Chile to claim the title.

The story of this young prodigy is fairly common among Brazilian stars; born into desperate poverty, the young striker’s talent was spotted in a city on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, in the streets of Sao Goncalo.

He moved with his uncle to central Rio at the age of 14, in order to dedicate himself to football and graduated through the club’s competitive youth system.

His introduction to big stage was emphatic; in October last year, he scored the opening goal in the Clasico against Botafogo in the Rio de Janeiro Junior Cup.

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Football Headlines: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors This Evening

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

  • Bacary Sagna said he was still in the dark over his future following the final game of the season.
  • Pep Guardiola had a lengthy chat with Yaya Toure on the touchline as Manchester City’s win over Watford was coming to the end. Asked for details of the conversation, he simply replied: “I said thank you for all he has done in that season”.
  • Juan Mata wants to stay at Manchester United and enjoy the good times with the Reds support.

NEWHAM RECORDER

  • West Ham are set to make their first signing of the summer this week with Manchester City star Pablo Zabaleta poised to agree terms for a move.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

  • Rob Holding could have left Arsenal in January on loan but admits he is grateful for manager Arsene Wenger’s show of faith as he prepares to start Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.
  • Slaven Bilic will continue as West Ham manager following a positive meeting with the club’s owners but he has not been given a new contract and his position will be assessed again later in the year.
  • Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce will meet chairman Steve Parish this week to discuss the club’s transfer strategy this summer.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

  • James Milner says he would be happy to continue as Liverpool’s left-back next season if needed – but admits it’s a decision for Jurgen Klopp to make this summer.
  • Evertonians are wondering if there is any significance to a Ross Barkley post on social media forum Instagram.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

  • Newcastle United appear set to firm up their long-standing interest in Angers forward Nicolas Pepe.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

  • Tony Pulis reckons James Morrison has not been unsettled by a shortage of starts in the latter stages of the season.

EXPRESS & STAR

  • Reports linking Wolves with well-travelled Portuguese boss Jose Couceiro are believed to be wide of the mark – but the ongoing managerial vacuum shows no sign of ending.
  • Tony Pulis has admitted Albion may have to spend big this summer just to stand still in next season’s Premier League.

THE DAILY ECHO

  • Premier League bosses could deliver a make-or-break verdict on Saints’ potential £200m Chinese takeover in the next week.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

  • Tony Mowbray has agreed to stay on as Blackburn Rovers head coach after productive talks with the club’s owners.
  • Adam Henley is attracting interest from clubs in the Championship and MLS after being released by Rovers.

LEICESTER MERCURY

  • Leicester City’s pursuit of Kara Mbodji has been given a huge boost as the Senegal defender has been told he can leave Anderlecht this summer.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

  • Paul Clement has lifted the lid on the type of players he wants to bring to Swansea City this summer, and revealed why former boss Carlo Ancelotti will always be a touchstone in his career.

SOUTH LONDON PRESS

  • Chairman John Berylson has committed himself to footing the bill to make Millwall contenders in the Championship next season.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

  • Middlesbrough chief scout Victor Orta is in the running to become Leeds United’s new technical director.

NOTTINGHAM POST

  • Midfielder David Vaughan feels it could be the ‘start of something’ special at Nottingham Forest next season, after penning a new deal to stay at the club.

THE BOLTON NEWS

  • Jem Karacan is close to being named Wanderers’ first signing of the summer.

THE STAR

  • A decision on the future of Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal could be made shortly.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

  • Jubilant Steve Cook believes Bournemouth can now attract the best players in the world after the penning the latest chapter in their incredible story.

EVENING TIMES

  • Young Player of the Year Kieran Tierney insists he never had his head turned by the prospect of a big-money move to England as his only thought was on earning a new deal at Celtic.
  • Pedro Caixinha believes he has found the style of football which will take Rangers forward next season.

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Jordan Ayew Talks About Scoring His First Swansea City Goal

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Jordan Ayew has talked in glowing terms of his mid-season move from Aston Villa to Swansea.

“It has not been easy for me this season,” he told the club website. “I came from Aston Villa in January. I was lucky the club had confidence in me and brought me here. I don’t know what to say – thank you is not enough.

“I am so happy here. I feel like I have been reborn.”

Ayew admits he is aiming to have a strong pre-season to ensure he is in immaculate condition ahead of the 2017-18.

“It was a really good time (to score his first goal),” said the Ghanaian international.

“The team did a really good job so I have to congratulate them, it wasn’t easy but I’m really pleased to get my first goal.

“The most important thing for me was the team, I couldn’t think about my personal situation.

“I knew that it would come one day.

“The best is yet to come from me. This season was really difficult for me, at Aston Villa it was difficult.

“Next season I’m going to be at Swansea so I’m going to have a good preparation, rest well and come back fresh and hopefully I’ll have a wonderful season.

“I hope people are happy with the club’s survival and hopefully next season we will not have this situation, we want to keep this momentum going into next season.

“We need to build on this because if we’d done like we have since January over the whole season.

“The team spirit has been magnificent but it’s important to keep Gylfi (Sigurdsson) and (Fernando) Llorente, they are great players. They are part of our survival season, scoring goals and making assists.

“I had confidence in the style of play and in the coach so I came and did my maximum best.”

 

 

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Nigeria Resumes Payment Of N30,000 Stipends To 174,000 N-Power Volunteers

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The Federal Government has resumed the payment of the N30,000 N-Power stipends, a programme which it started last year.

According to Daily Post, about 174,000 N-power volunteers in the FG’s Social Intervention Programmes (SIPs) have started receiving their monthly stipends.

Although, there have been protest nationwide by beneficiaries clamouring for their stipends, but as of Tuesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Afolabi Imokhuede, told State House correspondents in Abuja, that about 85% of the beneficiaries have already been paid.

He said: “Now when I mean 86 per cent after physical verification, as at last count in end of April we had about 174,000 qualified, verified volunteers out of 200,000.

“We are currently right now doing a final reconciliation with all the states and FCT just to ensure, because we also found out that there were few cases of computation error, a few cases of omission at the point of digitizing the physical master list.

“The only ways we can know that; or some states get to know, is when these volunteers call the helpline or send e-mails complaining of non-payment.

“We then say to them; you cannot be paid because our records show that you are absent from verification.’’

The Presidential aide said the programme had been using focal persons, using N power coordinators in the states to act as the go-between the government and the volunteers to crosscheck their data.

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West Brom Must Recruit Over The Summer- Tony Pulis

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Tony Pulis admits West Brom will need to spend in the summer, but only for the “right players”.

The Express and Star say Albion are expected to “comfortably break previous club records” with their summer outlay.

And they quote Pulis as saying: “I think it’s going to cost more money every year to improve, that’s the way it is.

“But you have to get the right players. It’s not just about bringing players in and spending money, you have to spend the money in the right way and they have to be the right characters and the right players.

“The important thing is they have to be players who are going to be in your starting XI and that moves everything forward.”

Tony Pulis is flying over to Guangzhou tomorrow to speak to owner Guochuan Lai, and will point to this run as evidence the team needs strikers and defenders.

“It’s disappointing,” he said. “The final games of the season have highlighted the fact we need to be better in both thirds of the pitch.

“The opportunities we had when we were in control of the game are there to be taken and we have to take those chances.

“Their first (Swansea) goal is a third division goal. Sigurdsson has got great quality, but our marking is absolutely shocking from two defenders.

“That is what has happened. We’ve been leading games this year. Even if we were a little bit more stubborn we would have drawn games and won games which we haven’t.

“We haven’t been able to see them out. We need to improve at both ends of the pitch.

 

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West Brom Must Recruit Over The Summer- Tony Pulis

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Tony Pulis admits West Brom will need to spend in the summer, but only for the “right players”.

The Express and Star say Albion are expected to “comfortably break previous club records” with their summer outlay.

And they quote Pulis as saying: “I think it’s going to cost more money every year to improve, that’s the way it is.

“But you have to get the right players. It’s not just about bringing players in and spending money, you have to spend the money in the right way and they have to be the right characters and the right players.

“The important thing is they have to be players who are going to be in your starting XI and that moves everything forward.”

Tony Pulis is flying over to Guangzhou tomorrow to speak to owner Guochuan Lai, and will point to this run as evidence the team needs strikers and defenders.

“It’s disappointing,” he said. “The final games of the season have highlighted the fact we need to be better in both thirds of the pitch.

“The opportunities we had when we were in control of the game are there to be taken and we have to take those chances.

“Their first (Swansea) goal is a third division goal. Sigurdsson has got great quality, but our marking is absolutely shocking from two defenders.

“That is what has happened. We’ve been leading games this year. Even if we were a little bit more stubborn we would have drawn games and won games which we haven’t.

“We haven’t been able to see them out. We need to improve at both ends of the pitch.

 

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Report: Iker Casillas Signs Liverpool Pre-contract

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Iker Casillas has reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement with Liverpool, according to AS.

Iker Casillas,36, is believed to be leaving Porto this summer after two years in Portugal. He signed a two year deal in July 2015 with the option of another 12-months, but he has decided to move on.

Casillas, who has been capped 167 times, has offers from Liverpool, Turkey, China and Qatar, according to the Spanish daily.

However, they report claims the former Real Madrid man, who has won the Champions League three times, has penned a pre-contract agreement with Jurgen Klopp’s men as he looks for at least one more season at the top level.

Casillas would bring great experience to Liverpool, having amassed a record 175 appearances in the Champions League as well as winning the World Cup with Spain.

Klopp is believed to be looking to add another goalkeeper to his squad after Loris Karius was signed last summer. Karius started the season as the Reds’ No 1 but lost his place to Simon Mignolet, whose form was good as LIverpool finished the season in the top four.

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Report: Iker Casillas Signs Liverpool Pre-contract

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Iker Casillas has reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement with Liverpool, according to AS.

Iker Casillas,36, is believed to be leaving Porto this summer after two years in Portugal. He signed a two year deal in July 2015 with the option of another 12-months, but he has decided to move on.

Casillas, who has been capped 167 times, has offers from Liverpool, Turkey, China and Qatar, according to the Spanish daily.

However, they report claims the former Real Madrid man, who has won the Champions League three times, has penned a pre-contract agreement with Jurgen Klopp’s men as he looks for at least one more season at the top level.

Casillas would bring great experience to Liverpool, having amassed a record 175 appearances in the Champions League as well as winning the World Cup with Spain.

Klopp is believed to be looking to add another goalkeeper to his squad after Loris Karius was signed last summer. Karius started the season as the Reds’ No 1 but lost his place to Simon Mignolet, whose form was good as LIverpool finished the season in the top four.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Will Help Us In The Europa League Final- Ander Herrera

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Ander Herrera has claimed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will offer his help to his teammates for Wednesday night’s Europa League final.

The former Sweden international will play no part in the showdown in Stockholm as he recovers from a serious knee injury, but he will be with the travelling party.

Ashley Young, who is nursing a hamstring problem, will also be with the rest of the squad to provide support.

“When you want to win a European trophy and you want to make a good season, it is not only on the pitch, you need help from the outside,” Goal.com quotes Herrera as saying.

“Zlatan is here to help, Ash is also here to help. We are a team who is together. Everyone is important.”

When Ibrahimovic suffered his injury at the end of last month, concerns arose over whether he would even play again due to the severity of the injury at his age.

Herrera stated at the time that he had no reservations about his return due to the forward’s supreme physical state and that view has not changed after seeing him post-op.

“He is with us, he is supporting us,” Ander Herrera added. “I think he is very good. He is optimistic. He is 100 percent sure he will be back because he cannot stop winning. He cannot stop scoring. For sure he will be back at the best.”

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Leicester City Open Talks Craig Shakespeare Over Permanent Role

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Leicester have started initial talks with Craig Shakespeare over an extension to his contract.

He still has a year remaining on his assistant manager deal, but Leicester’s board have opened negotiations for him to stay on as manager.

Shakespeare was with director of football Jon Rudkin at the LMA Awards dinner in London last night. He’s due to spend the next few days with Leicester’s owners in Nice and at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Leicester won seven out of their 13 Premier League games with Shakespeare in charge at the end of the season.

The Foxes eventually finished 12th in the Premier League, 10 points clear of relegation, as forward Jamie Vardy rediscovered his form from the title-winning campaign of the 2015-16 season.

He ​said: “I’ve read [the owner’s] programme notes and we’ll sit down – there’s no given time. It is the end of the season and I will wait for that [meeting].

“Of course they have made their decisions for the good of the club and for the future of the club. We’ll sit down and I’ll wait for them discussions.”

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Newcastle Linked With Loan Move For Michy Batshuayi

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Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez will try to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan, according to the Daily Mirror.

The former Marseille forward has also been linked with West Ham.

Newcastle are said to be long-time admirers of the 23-year-old, who looks like being available on loan next season after a difficult first campaign at Stamford Bridge.

Newcastle have as much as £100million to spend after securing promotion back to the Premier League, with the Daily Mirror claiming he is eyeing a number of signings to strengthen his squad.

Despite only starting one of his twenty league appearances, Batshuayi scored five goals and provided one assist, including Chelsea’s title-clinching goal in the 1-0 win at West Brom earlier this month.

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All Chelsea Players Love Antonio Conte- Victor Moses

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Victor Moses has sung the praises of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, insisting that the whole team ‘love and respect’ him.

It has been a positive season for Moses on an individual level as he was brought in from the cold and transformed into a first-team regular after Conte switched his position to right wing-back.

“We’ve got a good manager here who is willing to give everybody an opportunity,” Moses told Chelsea’s official website. “He gave me that opportunity and I haven’t looked back. It’s all about hard work, I’ve never worked so hard in my career and I just want to keep on improving in the position I’m playing.

“He’s taken our game to the next level, he pushes us to our limit. Each and every one of us totally respects him. We love him as our manager. He has great passion and he’s played the game before.

“It’s good to have a manager who believes in every player. He’s given us all massive confidence and we’re enjoying our football.”

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Security Measures In Place For Europa League Final In Stockholm- UEFA

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UEFA has released a statement claiming that there are no suggestions that the Europa League final will be targeted by terrorists following the attack in Manchester.

Twenty-two people were killed and a further 59 injured when an explosion went off shortly after 10.30pm when American popstar Ariana Grande finished her concert at the Manchester Arena.

Police have confirmed that children are among the fatalities, and that one man carried out the attack alone and died at the scene.

Manchester United, who have paid tribute to the victims of the attack, are due to face Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday night.

 

The European governing body’s statement read: “UEFA is shocked by last night’s attack in Manchester. Our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected. There is currently no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the UEFA Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks.

“UEFA has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA for many months and the terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project.

“Furthermore, a number of additional security measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April. Due to the tight security arrangements, UEFA urges fans to arrive at the stadium as early as possible, as detailed checks will be made at the entrances, resulting in potential delays in accessing the stadium.”

The final will be staged at the Friends Arena and kickoff is scheduled for 7.45pm.

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23-Year-Old Drags Father To Court For Delaying Her Marriage

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A 23-year-old woman, Khadija Ibahim, on Monday charged her father, Ibrahim Bassa to the Upper Area Court, Karu, Abuja for not allowing her to marry a man of her choice.

According to her, there is a suitor who is ready to marry her but her father had refused to give his consent to her request for marriage.

“He has refused to grant my request for marriage and he has also not given me a satisfactory explanation to that effect. The man I want to marry has made several attempts to meet with my father to discuss the wedding plan but he always avoided him.

“The day my suitor will be coming, that is the day my father will leave the house for an unknown place and this habit is delaying our marriage plan. The only reason he gave me was that the man I want to marry is not Fulani, which is not satisfactory to me because that is the only man I love.”

She pleaded with the court to order her father to allow her marriage to the suitor whose name she gave as Abdulhamidu.

“I want the court to compel him to give a satisfactory reason why I cannot marry the man I love,’’ she said.

Her father, the respondent, Ibrahim Bassa, said the allegations of his daughter against him were all true.

“It is true that I have not granted the man any audience, I have always avoided him because I am against his choice as a suitor. I have warned my daughter that marriage is not a child’s play. How can she get married to a man whose root and origin are not known to us?”

“If you are getting married in the Fulani tribe, the man or woman’s immediate and extended families must be known to everyone. My Lord, she is too young to make a choice of marriage and even to marry an outsider but she has remained adamant and even brought me to court,’’ he said.

The presiding judge Abdullahi Baba, adjourned the matter till May 29.

He advised everyone to maintain peace and asked all the parties involved including the plaintiff and her suitor to appear in court on the next date of adjournment.

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EFCC Seizes 18 Houses From Ex-NSA Dasuki’s Associate

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized 18 houses in an estate allegedly belonging to Alhaji Aliyu Usman, an associate of the embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

According to the anti-graft agency, Usman alongside two companies linked to him – Leaderettehe Nigeria Limited and Nordeen Global Resources – were among 300 others listed as persons who allegedly received contracts from the Office of the National Security Adviser.

He is accused of allegedly diverting N897 million he received from the ONSA fund and using it to construct the estate.

Usman is also said to have used part of the money to buy a three bed- roomed flat at OAU Quarters Wuse 2 Abuja.

The EFCC said, “The EFCC is investigating the involvement of Aliyu Usman, who is linked with Leaderettehe Nigeria Limited and Nordeen Global Resources for their involvement in the monumental fraud that allegedly took place in the Office of the National Security Adviser during the regime of the embattled Col. Sambo Dasuki.

“The two companies allegedly received about N 897 m from the arms deal funds from ONSA and diverted part of the money in the construction of an estate with 18 unit blocks of flats at Mbora District Abuja and another for the purchase of a three bed- roomed flat at OAU Quarters Wise II Abuja.”

The inscription, ‘ EFCC, Keep Off !’ was seen on the 18 terrace houses in the estate which is located at Mbora District , Abuja.

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Lagos State Government Terminates N844bn Fourth Mainland Bridge Contract

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The Lagos State Government said it has terminated a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a consortium of firms to build the Fourth Mainland Bridge at the cost of N844 billion.

The state government also said it is presently considering various proposals from foreign investors from the United States of America and Britain, in order to accelerate commencement of the project.

The MoU for the 36 km bridge, which two past administrations had promised to do, was signed on May 25, 2016.

The project was to be financed by Africa Finance Corporation, Access Bank, and other private investors who have already signified intention to be part of the construction, while Visible Assets Limited would be the coordinating firm.

However, the Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr. Adebowale Akinsanya during a ministerial briefing in Alausa, Ikeja area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria cited the slow pace at which the concessionaire was working as the reason behind the termination of the contract.

He said: “Due to slow pace of work, the contract was terminated. We are now looking at many investors, though interest is very high.”

He said that investors had started scouting for the project from different parts of the world, though the state government had not decided on the proposals it had received.

“The state government has started the proposals. We have such investors from South Korea, Europe and the United States, among few others. What we are doing now is vetting the proposals. We do not want to waste any further time. So works are in top progress on the 4th Mainland Bridge.

“The investors would be named very soon, the state government will enter into concession agreement with appropriate investors that deliver the project,” he said.

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Nigeria To Impose ‘Additional’ 5% Charge On Tax Defaulters From July 1

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The Federal Government yesterday announced that it would from July 1, 2017, impose additional 5 per cent charge on firms that fail to honour their tax obligations as and when due as part of measures to sanction tax defaulters and enhance voluntary compliance on tax obligation.

Speaking on this while announcing the new interest rate spread on unpaid taxes for the year 2017, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said such defaulters would pay about 19 per cent on their obligation which is 5 per cent above the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) 14 per cent policy rate.

She further noted that the new interest rate shall be 5 per cent over the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Minimum Re-Discount Rate (MRR) for 2017.

The finance minister also explained that Section 32(1b) of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act 2007 empowers her to approve the new interest rate.

The Minister said the review of the interest rates on unpaid taxes was one of the necessary measures adopted by the Federal Government to enhance tax compliance, minimise tax evasion and deter late payments.

“Majority of Nigerian tax payers (PAYE) have taxes deducted automatically. However, those who do not and are required to file their taxes like companies and business enterprises, must understand that there are financial consequences for late payments. We believe that this will support our efforts to ensure that people pay their taxes promptly, thus providing a sustainable source of revenue to the government to finance infrastructure and other projects,” the Minister said.

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APGA Harvests 3,000 PDP, APC Members In Anambra

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No less than 3,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday defected to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Ugbene community, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Led by the National Chairman of Ugbene Great Ambassadors Club, Chief Aaron Onwelukwue, the defectors revealed that they had to defect due to Governor Willie Obiano’s “sterling performance in office” which they crave its continuity.

Special Adviser to the governor on Security Matters, Chief Chikodi Anara, and Chairman of APGA in the community, Mr. Cajethan Anako, while receiving the defectors pointed out that the people of the area had made informed choice by joining the party.

He described APGA as a movement which all well-meaning Igbo men should identify with.

He said: “Governor Obiano is embarking on long term investment for the future of our children. So, Ugbene people have taken the right decision to join APGA.”

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