Otamendi Hoping City Can Maintain Their Goal Scoring Form

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Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester City defender has charged his teammates to maintain their impressive form when they welcome Middlesbrough to the Etihad.

Manchester City men currently leads the pack in the UCL and go into the EPL match on the back of an impressive victory against Barcelona.

Otamendi is keen for City to continue their fine form, which has seen them net seven times in two games.

“We are leaders of the Premier League and we want to keep being the leaders so to do that we need to win,” he said, via the club’s official website.

“Our mentality and what the manager says to us is that we have to win. But every game is not the same, the rivalries are different but our mentality is always positive and focused on winning.”

The 3-1 win over Barca has given City a boost ahead of the meeting with 15th-placed Middlesbrough.

Otamendi wants his team to maintain that level of performance at the Etihad Stadium.

“Barcelona are the kind of team that you always want to beat. I’ve never been able to beat them in the past so obviously you always enjoy beating such a good team as FC Barcelona,” he said.

“It gives you a boost as a player and as a team to beat them but that’s not going to be worth it if we don’t get good results in our next Champions League matches.

“For us it was important to win. It’s always positive to beat a team like Barca but form can change all the time. For us it was a big step but we now have to keep this level.”

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Benteke Makes My Life Easier, Says Zaha

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Wilfried Zaha has praised the impact of Christian Benteke since joining Crystal Palace, saying he makes his life easier.

Three straight Premier League losses has Palace sitting 13th on the table, ahead of an away game against Burnley.

The former Liverpool striker joined the eagles for a £27 million fee and has three goals, while Zaha has a league goal and three assists.

Zaha, 23, said the Belgian’s heading ability had made it much easier for him.

“Benteke is one of the best headers of the ball so I can just dink it in and I know he will get on to it most of the time,” he told Sky Sports.

“It’s made my job much easier because I know if I cross it then he will head it in. He is an easy player to play with.

“He will get it, set it off and then get into the box, so I know I just have to get it out of my feet and get it in there and he will get his head on it.”

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Nigerian Military Rescues Another Chibok Girl

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The Nigerian military has announced that troops of 121 Battalion, deployed at Pulka, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno, for Operation Lafiya Dole, on Saturday, rescued one of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls – near the border with Cameroon.

“Nigerian army troops rescued another Chibok schoolgirl at Pulka” on Friday evening, the Army spokesman, Sani Usman told AFP, in a statement in Abuja.

According to the Army spokesman, the rescued girl, Maryam Ali Maiyanga, was discovered while the troops were screening some escapees from Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout in Sambisa forest at about 6 a.m.

 “She was discovered to be carrying a 10-month-old son, named Ali. She has been taken to the unit’s medical facility for proper medical check up.

“It is imperative to state that troops have been working round the clock to clear remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hibernating and also rescue all persons held hostages by terrorists,” he said.

The girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok town, Borno, on April 14, 2014, by Boko Haram.

Boko Haram Releases 21 Chibok Girls To Nigerian Gov’t

The terror group on October 13 released 21 of the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls after a deal was brokered by the International Committee of Red Cross and the Swiss government.

114 Chibok Girls Feared Dead, Married Off Or Radicalised As Negotiations Continue

The Nigerian government thereafter confirmed it was negotiating with a faction of now fractured terror group for the release of about 83 of the girls.

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VIDEO: Shafer Records’ ‘Theory’ Gears Up For New Single Feat. Vector As He Shows Off Label Mates & Studio

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Shafer Records is the brainchild of a South African-based entrepreneur, Isaiah Oyibo (Shafer), founded as a wholly independent music label on February 17th, 2016. The label is home to multi-talented recording artistes such as, Theory (Samuel Oyibo), Luqi (UtibeNdah Mackenzie), and Eluku (LameedTemitayoLukmon).

These creative talents in Hip-Hop, Rap, RnB, and Soul music have all brought in their diverse musical experiences and this has helped a great deal in laying solid foundation for the label in the global music industry.

The first single released under the label was by Theory titled ‘Changes’ is presently enjoying massive promotion on South African and Nigerian airwaves. The video is also on video streaming platform, YouTube. This artiste has also recorded hit songs with some notable Nigerian artists such as Vector, amongst others.

This November Shafer Records will be coming out in grand style as they prepare to showcase talent and create effective awareness in the music industry. Theory’s new song featuring rap super star – Vector, will be dropping on all major platform this month and the song was prods by Del B.  

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Mathieu Valbuena Keen To Remain At Lyon 

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France international Mathieu Valbuena says he is not considering leaving Lyon when the transfer window re-opens in January.

The midfielder, 32, has managed only two league starts for Lyon this term, but insists he wants to continue at the Ligue 1 club.

Speaking to RMC, he said: “I am at my club, I have a contract for a year and a half. I will not leave it, I am very professional. I also want to continue at Lyon because I do not like to abandon a project halfway through the season.

“In any case, in football you never know, anything can happen.”

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Bodo Iiigner : Real Madrid Don’t Need De Gea

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Ex-Real ‘keeper Bodo Illgner does not believe the European champions need to revive their interest in David de Gea.

De Gea was close to joining Real from Man Utd in 2015, before his move broke down in dramatic fashion on the last day of the summer transfer window.

Illgner, who won the Champions League during his time at the Bernabeu, is a fan of De Gea, but does not believe he is needed in the Spanish capital.

“I do not think that signing De Gea is necessary,” he told German website Real Total.

“The best [players] have to be at Real Madrid and De Gea is one of those. He shows it every week in the Premier League and in the Europa League.

“But I think that is it not worth investing so many euros on a position that is already very well covered.”

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David Moyes : I’m Not The Cause Of Mourinho’s Problems

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Former Manchester United manager David Moyes says that Jose Mourinho’s issues in the Old Trafford hotseat this season show how tough a job it is.

Moyes was sacked after eight months in charge in 2013, having taken over from Sir Alex Ferguson, and Louis van Gaal did little better and left after two underwhelming seasons. But Mourinho’s record has been worse than either of his two predecessors and the current Sunderland boss believes it’s because of the pressure.

“In some ways it does show that it maybe was not just down to Moyes,” Moyes was quoted as saying by The Mirror.

“The Manchester United job will be tough for anybody who takes it, whether it be Mourinho, Van Gaal or Moyes. It is always going to be a tough job, because you are following probably the finest manager in our time [Ferguson].”

Moyes insists that whoever takes charge at Old Trafford needs trust and time in order to bring success back.

“Manchester United need stability, and it is a football club that has always trusted itself, trusted its managers, believed in their managers, and certainly given their managers time to do the right job,” he said. “It is a great club.

“I had my time there, and it has passed on to somebody else. I am just saying it is a great job. Jose is a top manager, as was LVG, but it is difficult for whoever goes to Manchester United.

“Do Mourinho and Van Gaal’s struggles put my reign in context? I am glad you are saying that, because I have always felt that. I felt that it would take time, but it is football.”
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Report : Jose Mourinho Ready To Sack Up To Eight Manchester United Players 

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to axe a minimum of eight players over the next two transfer windows, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Defenders Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Phil Jones will be allowed to leave as will midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick, who has the option to extend his one-year deal by another 12 months.

Wingers Memphis Depay and Ashley Young are also surplus to requirements.

Mourinho – who has now lost 18 of his past 42 matches as a manager dating back to his time at Chelsea – reacted to his team’s latest set-back by accusing his players of not being “mentally prepared”, “not focused”, “not concentrated” and of treating the game like a pre-season friendly.

United – who are seven points adrift of fourth place in the Premier League – face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday having won just one of their past seven league games. They have failed to score in their past three league fixtures.

Manchester United – who are seven points adrift of fourth place in the Premier League – face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday having won just one of their past seven league games. They have failed to score in their past three league fixtures.

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Barcelona Pulled Out Of Signing Celtic 13-year-old Wonderkid  Karamoko Dembele To Avoid FIFA Problems 

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Barcelona opted against making a move for 13-year-old Celtic sensation Karamoko Dembele after scouting him, reports Sport.

Dembele shot to fame last month after making his bow for Celtic’s U20 side.

Barca scouts discovered the teenager at several youth-team tournaments and Sport reports that the youngster was willing to play for Barcelona.

However Barcelona, who were subject to a FIFA-imposed transfer ban in 2015, decided against signing him in order to avoid the possibility of getting in trouble with FIFA once again.

He remained with Celtic however and has since burst into the spotlight for club and country.

Dembele made his debut for the Hoops’ Under-20 side last month and this week pulled on the dark blue of Scotland at the Under-16 Victory Shield tournament.

His international future remains in doubt however as he also trained with the England Under-15s and is also eligible for Ivory Coast.

Celtic now won’t let anyone close to the player. Both Manchester United and Manchester City are desperate to sign Dembele for their academies, but the Scottish champions have asked for FIFA to protect the young teenager after his appearances in the media.

Barça were the first club to move for him, though. Maybe in the future he’ll remember that they were the side that wanted to take a chance on him.

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Arsene Wenger : Ozil Can Be ‘As Great’  As Dennis Bergkamp 

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Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil can match Dennis Bergkamp’s legendary Arsenal status if he signs a new contract.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s north London derby, Wenger acknowledged “similarities” between the two before claiming Ozil could eventually carry the same weight as Bergkamp in Arsenal’s history.

“Dennis Bergkamp committed for a long period, played until he was 38,” the Frenchman said.

“I wish we have 10 more years of Ozil. That depends. To become a legend at the club you need to stay for a long time.

“I understand that being a legend like Dennis Bergkamp, if you stay two years you would not be a legend.”

Arsenal continue to work on new deals for Alexis Sanchez and Ozil, who goes into the Tottenham game on the back of five goals in as many appearances.

“I believe he is at an age where he is more mature,” Wenger said. “He is 28. The difference today is he focuses more on efficiency. When he arrived here he was more a player to play, focused on playing. Today efficiency is more in his mind.

“The main transformation we got from him, he makes more runs in behind to score goals. He pushes himself much more. He has that in him as well.

“Sometimes the trap for very talented players is it is easy for them. They know subconsciously they don’t need to push themselves too hard to be efficient.”

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Football Headlines : All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips Today 

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​Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be offered an escape route from Manchester United by LA Galaxy.

Manchester United will bid £30m for Diego Godin to give Jose Mourinho the leader he craves.

Wilfried Zaha is ready to make a shock switch to Ivory Coast – despite playing twice for England.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is returning to Borussia Dortmund’s starting line-up after being dropped for the Sporting Lisbon win.

A Manchester City bigwig has claimed Yaya Toure’s agent should be in jail.

Manchester City star Nolito’s mum has poured her heart out bemoaning his son’s wages and the fact she’s “skint and lives in a filthy squat”.

Marouane Fellaini insists Manchester United’s players trust Jose Mourinho – and has urged fans to do the same.

Chelsea have hit out at FIFA boss Gianni Infantino for criticising their loan policy.

Liverpool hero Luis Garcia says Philippe Coutinho has something few Premier League stars can match.

Jose Mourinho wants to axe a minimum of eight players over the next two transfer windows as the constant transition in Manchester United’s squad shows no signs of slowing.

Jurgen Klopp will enter the transfer market in January after Danny Ings’ season-ending injury dramatically altered his plans.

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial was ‘surprised and disappointed’ to lose his No 9 shirt to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, his agent has revealed.

Memphis Depay is set to leave Old Trafford in January, starting an exodus of Manchester United’s fringe players before the beginning of next season.

Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness believes Jose Mourinho has treated Bastian Schweinsteiger ‘like a leper’ since isolating him from the Manchester United squad.

Scott Brown has revealed his international return was sparked by some ‘banter’ – but underpinned by his respect for Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.

Memphis Depay is open to a move away from Manchester United as he recognises his career at the club may be over. 

Gareth Southgate will asses the form of Burnley centre-half MIchael Keane, as well as the Crystal Palace wingers Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend as he prepares to name his England squad for Friday’s World Cup qualifer against Scotland.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was reportedly eyed as a potential candidate for the Real Madrid post last season.

Arsenal are a much better team than Tottenham, according to Gunners legend Robert Pires.

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Lola Rae Joins Dremo, Mayorkun At Davido Music Worldwide

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Singer Lola Rae has signed a deal with superstar singer Davido, joining his Davido Music Worldwide label.

The deal was announced by Davido himself on his social media pages, posting a picture of Rae and naming her the “First Lady of DMW.”

LOLA RAE WELCOME TO DMW!!!! 1ST LADY !!!!

A photo posted by Davido Adeleke (@davidoofficial) on Nov 5, 2016 at 2:44am PDT

Lola is a Nigerian-born British-Ghanaian singer, and with this deal, looks to finally cement a spot for herself in Nigeria’s music industry.  She’s not exactly a newcomer, having released her debut song, Watch My Ting Go in November 2012.

She now joins fast-rising acts Dremo and Mayorkun as the acts signed to  Davido Music Worldwide.

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EFCC Releases Former Minister, Obanikoro

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, from its custody on Friday evening.

READ ALSO: EFCC Releases Ex-Presidential Spokesperson, Abati

A source close to the polity said Obanikoro was released by the EFCC at about 5:00pm on Friday.

READ ALSO: Obanikoro Appears Willing To Refund N785m Stolen Fund

The source said, “The EFCC released Senator Obanikoro around 5pm. He is on his way home now.”

Obanikoro was said to have refunded N100m and pledged to return N480m, while the commission also seized his Nigerian and American passports.

The source continued: “EFCC asked Obanikoro to submit his passports. He was only willing to drop his Nigerian passport, but he has finally submitted the American passport.

“He was asked to produce two directors who must also present a three-month salary pay slip.

“He has returned N100million and has pledged to return N480million. The actual balance is meant to be N685million, but he was able to provide receipts for some transactions.

“He paid N85million to someone and that person has been traced.

“He also bought some bulletproof vehicles when he was minister and they will be handed over to the EFCC.

“The cost of the vehicles will be deducted from the amount that should be returned.”Another source said:

“Obanikoro claimed that he used part of his own share to do an anti-Boko Haram campaign in Lagos in 2014.

“However, we found out that he wasn’t telling the whole truth, because some of the money was spent on his governorship campaign when he was contesting against Jimi Agbaje during the PDP primary.”

Obanikoro, who was arrested on October 17, was accused of receiving N4.7bn through the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.

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EFCC Releases Ex-Presidential Spokesperson, Abati

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released a former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati.

READ ALSO: EFCC: Reuben Abati Still In Detention, Unable To Meet Bail Conditions

Abati confirmed to newsmen in Abuja that he was released around 8pm on Friday, November 4, 2016.

The former spokesperson also averred that his bail has been processed and the paper work will be completed by Monday.

READ ALSO: EFCC Grants Bail To Reuben Abati

Abati was apprehended on October 21, after he had reported himself at the anti-graft office following a notice by the agency that he was being sought as an alleged beneficiary of fraud.

He was subsequently accused of collecting N50 million from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

READ MORE: Abati Willing To Refund Only N5 Million To EFCC

More details later..

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Funke Akindele, JJC, Mr Eazi and More at Jenifa In London Movie Premiere

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It was no surprise that the opening night of Jenifa In London was sold out! Award winning Actress, Comedian & Producer Funke Akindele Bello has set a new tone for Nollywood Premieres in London.

Funke Akindele Bello hit the red carpet hand in hand with her husband JJC and fellow cast mate Lolo1 who plays Adaku. JENIFA IN LONDON cast members Jack Loyator, Bunmi Mojekwu, Oyinbo Princess also hit the red carpet, they were followed by Afrobeat Sensation; Mr Eazi.

Jenifa in London was a huge hit amongst fans. Laughter echoed throughout The Lighthouse, from start to finish, fans were glued to the screens. Jenifa in London received a standing ovation, Funke Akindele Bello was overwhelmed and thanked London fans for their continuous support and love. She also gave a special thanks to sponsors and organisers Phoenix Media. The show was closed by Mr Eazi, who thrilled Jenifa fans with a surprise performance.

Image Credit – Michael Tubes Creations

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BREAKING: Buhari Approves Appointment Of 2 Supreme Court Justices

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Justices Ejembi Eko and Amina Augie for the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council.

READ ALSO: Buhari Appoints 2 New Supreme Court Justices Amid Raid On Judges

This is contained in a statement issued by the acting Director, Information for the NJC, Mr. Soji Oye, on Friday, November 4, 2016.

The two Justices were formerly of the Court of Appeal.

READ ALSO: Senate Confirms Buhari’s Nominees As Supreme Court Justices

The appointment will bring the number of the justices of the apex court to 15 by the time the CJN retires on Thursday.

The statement read in part, “The two honourable justices will be sworn-in by the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, GCON, on Monday 7th November, 2016 at 2.00 pm in the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”

The president had on October 11 requested the Senate to consider and confirm the nominations of two judges as Justices of the Supreme Court.

READ ALSO: Buhari Finally Breaks Silence On The Arrest Of 7 Judges

The nominated judges were Sidi Bage, Nasarawa State, North Central; and Paul Jauro, Taraba State, North East.

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VIDEO: RockNana – Bascalaba

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Super-talented music diva, RockNana is back with a brand new single, ‘Bascalaba’ with clean as crisp Unlimited L.A directed visuals for you to watch, download and enjoy

Nana A.K.A RockNana is an outstanding, sensational  R&B/Dance hall Diva who has won so many awards, she rocks and got  energetic stage performing attitude. she is a proud Akwa Ibom origin, but reside in PH City.

Rockanana (as fondly called by dedicated fans) has her hit singles titled Don’t leave me, I believe, I dey baga 4 u, Sima Down ft Dantonio and Imma mmi ft Duncan Mighty etc,

This year, the sensentional R&B/Dance hall Diva has dropped more explosive joints of which one of it titled “sweetie potato”, which is already gaining  maximum airplay on various radio stations. Presently just dropped a mind blowing Audio/VIDEO titled “BASCALABA” produced by HUK.ENT mixed and mastered by Dr Roy. Video Directed by Unlimited L.A. RockNana is rated best female F&B/Dance hall Diva in South-south, Nigeria. And RockNana has no Record Label for now, but have a management team.

@rocknana_real | @hukenter10ment



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#LagosPartyAnimals2.0: DJ Lambo, DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Spinall & Others…. All Set To Shut Lagos Down Tomorrow

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Lagos Party Animals Hosted by DJ Lambo once again promises a once in a lifetime party experience as Nigeria’s best DJs all gear up for the occasion.
Amongst the list of the DJs set to shut Lagos down tomorrow are DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Spinall, DJ Consequence, DJ Hazzan and unforgettably the host, the foremost female DJ in Nigeria, DJ Lambo.
You cannot afford to miss this!
Quilox Night Club is the venue, the time is from 10pm till you can’t go home!
Sleep now because tomorrow we party!
#LagosPartyAnimals2.0
Watch Trailer here:

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MUSIC: Wyll Diamond – Remember (Prod. ID Cabasa)

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Wyll Diamond “the unpredictable” is back with another home grown afrobeat rythm with an activism filled lyrical content. Calling on the Nigerian people at home and in diaspora to place a demand on her leaders for good governance,justice and equity. This vibrant pièce is mixed with the spirit of Lagos and underground jazz. He further displays his often surprising versatility in contemporary african sounds with global appeal. With each subconscious head nods, and foot wraps , and chants in solidarity . One can almost physically taste a sense of dignity restored. Enjoy “Remember” by @wyllDiamond produced by ID.Cabasa .



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Yaya Toure’s Agent Refuses To Issues An Apology To Pep Guardiola 

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Yaya Toure’s agent has insisted he will not be apologising to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Toure issued an apology on Friday morning “for the misunderstandings of the past” and pledged his future to the club, but Dimitri Seluk won’t be following suit.

“I’m not apologising,” Seluk told talkSPORT. “We want peace, but I’m not apologising. Apologise for what?

“Maybe Toure has apologised for this, but I don’t know for what. I think Yaya doesn’t mean this. He wants peace between him Guardiola.”

Seluk says it is important Toure plays because he is a “top player” and insists the ball is now in Guardiola’s court.

“A lot of supporters want to see Yaya on the field and Yaya wants to help Manchester City get good results,” he said.

“A player like Yaya, one of the top players in the world who has a very big salary, normally does not stay out of the team. He must play.

“We want to make peace between Guardiola, Yaya and me for the supporters, the team and for the results.

“For Manchester City, the fans and for football, it is important Yaya plays because he is a top player.

“We will see about the future, but most important we make steps to each other. Guardiola must now do the next step, because we make a step from our side to make peace.

“Yaya has won two titles and this team is in his heart. He is a legend in the history of this club.

“Now we say nothing. We’ve made our steps now and we will see what Guardiola will do.”

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Andre Villa-Boas Appointed Manager Of Chinese Club Shanghai SIPG

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​Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has parted company with Shanghai SIPG and former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Andre Villa-Boas has taken his place at the Chinese club.

Villas-Boas, who recently ended his contract with Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg club after two seasons, signed up with the Chinese club here, reports Efe.

The news came as a surprise amid rumours that the 68-year-old Eriksson, former coach of England and with nearly 40 years of professional experience across four continents, was interested in signing British forward Wayne Rooney for the Shanghai club.

However, SIPG finished third in the current Chinese league — which ended last week — and was runners up in 2015, which likely prompted the club to scout for a new coach instead.

If rumours are to be believed, SIPG will be paying the 39-year-old Portuguese a whopping $12 million per season.

According to reports in the Chinese media, Villas-Boas, who is already popular among soccer fans in the country where he is referred to as “Junior Mourinho”, was recommended by the team’s Brazilian forward Hulk.

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Alvaro Negredo Admits He Made A Mistake By Leaving Manchester City

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Alvaro Negredo has said his decision to leave Man City after one season was a ‘mistake’ ahead of his return to the Etihad this weekend.

“I started the season well and the fans saw what I could do when I was 100 per cent fit,” Negredo said in an interview with The Sun.

“But from February I suffered from a shoulder injury which I never really recovered from. When you have a niggling injury like that, it stops you showing your best form. And I don’t feel I ever regained the manager’s trust.

The Spain international struggled during his time back in La Liga – netting just 18 times in 74 appearances for Valencia – but is determined to rediscover his scoring touch with Boro and add to his one strike so far this season.

“I’m convinced I can regain my form,” he added. “I have had two seasons where I have not shown my best so you have to be realistic and I am very grateful that Middlesbrough have given me the chance to start again and improve.

“England is a league I’ve always enjoyed and I want to show that better version of myself that you saw seasons ago.”

“So unfortunately things didn’t turn out how I wanted them to. I do think I made a mistake to go back to Spain when I was doing things well in the Premier League.

“But thankfully now I’ve been given the chance to come back and start this other chapter here in England again.”

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Hector Bellerin Rules Out Transfer To Barcelona

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Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has dismissed rumours that he could return Barcelona.

“If I wanted to play there I would have stayed there,” said the 21-year-old, who started out as a youngster at Barca.

“I was very happy when Arsenal showed interest in me and I decided to come here. I’m not looking back, I’m just looking to help Arsenal.”
Speaking at the launch of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, he added: “It’s nice for a player to know that big teams want you but I’m very happy here.

“I’ve still got three years left on my contract so I’m just focused on playing every single week, improving and hopefully making things happen here at Arsenal. I’m not in a rush to extend the contract. I’m happy. I’m comfortable. I want to be here a long time.”

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

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​MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Real Madrid are targeting a summer move for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, according to reports.

Manchester United are willing to pay Bastian Schweinsteiger £10m in order to get him off the club’s books in January, according to reports.

Pep Guardiola is not thinking about improving Manchester City’s defence in January.

Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira is hoping to do enough during his loan spell in Portugal to earn a place in Jose Mourinho’s first team squad.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Former Arsenal manager George Graham hopes the addition of Shkodran Mustafi can help lead Arsene Wenger’s side to glory at home and in Europe.

Chelsea are poised to tell John Obi Mikel that this is his last season at Stamford Bridge after a decade at the club.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Danny Ings has revealed that he has been “blown away” by the amount of support he has received following the news of his season-ending knee injury.

 

Kevin Mirallas is determined to answer his manager’s call and add more goals and assists to his game.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman refused to confirm whether captain Phil Jagielka will return to his starting XI for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea and welcomed having a selection decision at the heart of his back four.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Sunderland’s inability to name an unchanged side this season has been a major factor in the club’s struggles, according to Billy Jones.

Newcaslte goalkeeper Karl Darlow insists he thrives on the heightened physicality in the Championship – and has promised to “lay a fair bit of muscle” on opposition players who try and target him this season.

EXPRESS & STAR

Chris Brunt does not feel far off being fully match sharp after completing his first 90 minutes in almost eight months.

Wolves loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has praised the impact made by interim boss Rob Edwards – and has called for the team to come flying out of the traps against Derby.

THE SENTINEL

Charlie Adam says he opted for hard work rather than knocking on manager Mark Hughes’ door in a bid to win back his place in the Stoke City starting line-up.

Stoke are one of four teams whose name has been linked with Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Mike Phelan believes he can use the skills he picked up working with Sir Alex Ferguson to help Hull City in their hour of need.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Steven Defour is set to return for Burnley this weekend after overcoming a hamstring injury, but manager Sean Dyche has warned there is no guarantee that the Belgium midfielder will ever adapt to life in the Premier League.

Owen Coyle has rubbished claims that decisions even themselves out over the season after revealing he received an apology from officials for the second time this season.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has not lost the dressing room at QPR, Jordan Cousins has insisted.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Derby County boss Steve McClaren says he is searching for the right balance in midfield. 

Johnny Russell says he wants to play every minute of every game for Derby County after winning his place back in the starting line-up. 

NOTTINGHAM POST

Philippe Montanier believes Britt Assombalonga is ready to help address Nottingham Forest’s lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. 

EVENING GAZETTE

Grant Leadbitter has given Middlesbrough an early Christmas present and is ready to be unleashed against Manchester City, says Aitor Karanka.

Alvaro Negredo is relishing his Manchester City return this weekend, with Antonio Barragan claiming the Boro striker is still good enough to play for a top European club.

WALES ONLINE

Neil Warnock is prepared to sell Cardiff City players to fund a January swoop for a striker.

Bob Bradley has admitted he is yet to settle on just what Swansea City’s strongest side is – and knows he has little time to find out.

WIGAN EVENING POST

David Sharpe insists his shortlist for the managerial vacancy at Wigan only ever contained one name following Warren Joyce’s unveiling at the DW 

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Tens Of Thousands Of Nigerians Attempting Suicide

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Tens of Thousands of Nigerians Attempting Suicide, By ‘Tope Fasua

Sometime in 2014, I interviewed a mechanic in Benin City, who had been deported from Germany. Austin is his name. He is one of the most interesting people I’d ever met. He narrated to me how he and a number of his friends went from Sokoto State into Niger Republic, into Mauritania, Algeria and Morocco. He was lucky, even though he saw many people die along the route. He spoke about the deportation centres, and the rafts with which he and his friends sailed across the most treacherous parts of the Mediterranean Sea. He mentioned how the gendarmes on the other side of the water would sometimes shoot at them – the deportees – and what awaited them on the other side. Austin managed to get into Europe, crossing from Italy into Germany, surviving for about a year-and-a-half before his luck ran out. His memory was remarkable. The way he reeled out the names of places, the routes and the experience was shockingly vivid. See the interview here.

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

He was back in Benin in 2014, and despite what he went through and the risk involved, he promised to return to Europe through the same route the moment he could find the opportunity. He said he was not ‘buoyant’ in Nigeria, and that he made much more money as an illegal in Europe. Perhaps it is the allure of living far away from home, where one can do any odd job without any shame, or living in sterilised environments where everything is orderly. And there are many like Austin; hundreds of thousands of Nigerians, and their numbers are increasing. Austin was very funny towards the end of the interview as he narrated how, upon alighting at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, without any of his belongings, a fellow Nigerian approached him for alms, claiming he had just been released from Kirikiri prisons! It was at that point Austin resolved to go back to Germany from whence he was deported.

When one hears such fantastic stories, one wonders the kind of desperation that makes Nigerians set upon a journey possibly of no return across an unforgiving desert, and at the mercy of hardened criminals. The Sahara Desert has claimed thousands, if not millions of lives, and this should be a great embarrassment to governments in Africa if our leaders had any soul left in them. For Nigeria, this is a major source of shame, for we tout our prosperity and status among other countries in Africa. As we speak, given the ongoing economic crisis that Nigeria is going through – no thanks to lethargic governance – tens of thousands of Nigerians seem to have resolved to leave and are leaving. When President Buhari said anyone who has another country should leave, he should have been reminded that he has lived a protected, charmed and sponsored life since he was a kid.

Many people – especially in the South of Nigeria – have lived lives of struggle and intense competition from the day they were born, and have faced terrible circumstances that necessitate them taking this terrible risk that is akin to suicide. They have ambitions. They are frustrated. Yes, it could partly be due to a fault of theirs. But we cannot condemn them until we hear their stories. In this same country, through connections, some people have lived lives of undue advantage, always present when scholarships and sponsorships are to be handed out, when one government largesse or the other is on offer, when pilgrimage money is moving around, when houses and cars are to be sold for cheap, when jobs openings are made available under the table, when oil blocs are being allocated, when public enterprises are being gifted away, when choice lands are being distributed in expensive cities. Some even get their weddings and burials sponsored by the state. Some are indeed lucky, but those who are lucky should not scorn those who are not. Some of us have never benefited anything from this country but for the sacrifices we have made for her. It’s painful that some people strive to build Nigeria, while others are only interested in pulling her down since they were born. This has to have consequences.

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Governance is about having an eagle-eye view of what is happening to your people. Governance is about ensuring that their situations don’t continually get worse to the extent that they begin to take irrational decisions. Governance is not about being dismissive of their complaints and showing disdain to the less fortunate. Governance is not about creating or maintaining class structures where some are seen as condemned to penury from heaven, while others are ordained to enjoy the spoils of the land. We have to move away rapidly from those old ways of governance and embrace the new ethos of happiness and prosperity for all at a certain level. Nigeria has not done well in this regard, and the current administration has been particularly disastrous, leading to a skyrocketing of the numbers of Nigerians risking their lives to leave, and the middle class now falling over themselves to get into places like Canada where their children’s education could at least be secured. What we have seen is that many Nigerians are daily giving up and we are back to the 1980s era where many Nigerians ended up taking menial jobs abroad. President Buhari, given the love Nigerians expressed for you, this is simply not acceptable.

And so it was that just a week ago, the European Union released the details of their finds about those who crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Europe in the past four years. This is what they had to say about Nigerians:

“… people coming from Nigeria in 2012 was 800, in 2013 the number was 2,900, in 2014 the number was 8,700, in 2015 the number was 23,000…. And between January and September 2016 the number is 22,500. 3,700 drowned in Mediterranean Sea in 2016 alone, which indicated that one in 50 people drowned.”

That is just in brief. These white people keep their records and have no reason to lie in this instance. From 800 Nigerians in 2012, a whole 22,500 Nigerians have crossed the Mediterranean this year! And 3,700 Nigerians have drowned! No statement by our government and absolutely no action being taken to stave off these terrible occurrences. Of course, the best antidote is meaningful, compassionate governance, not uncaring, selfish, and devil-may-care approaches that have rendered even those of us hanging on in the country to be despondent. People have departed this country in thousands and just disappeared into thin air. These are humans created by God too, and God will ask for their souls from those who run Nigeria, many of whom have simply made themselves very comfortable at the expense of these totally desperate folks.

Before the end of 2016, chances are that that figure will spike to about 30,000. The exodus from Nigeria is on. These Nigerians believe that no one cares for them. Government policies, shockingly, has been centred on making their powerful friends richer. A former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, who could be used as a model president given our circumstances, recently bragged about creating 25 billionaires, in a country where more than 75 percent remain poor. Since he departed, governance has turned out even worse, inequality has increased further, and as the figures above show, Nigerians have become more desperate.

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Let out leaders know, that they command absolutely no respect among their peers in the countries they love to visit, as this situation persists. Mere flowery words will not do the trick. Only visible socioeconomic advancement will do it. This is the time for them to double down and bite the bullet. I wish them luck. For time is running out.

‘Tope Fasua is President, Institute for Service Excellence and Good Governance; email: topsyfash@yahoo.com.

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

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