Anthony Joshua Given New Opponent After Kubrat Pulev Pulls Out Due To Injury

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Anthony Joshua has been given a new opponent for his heavyweight title fight on October 28 due to a shoulder injury suffered to Kubrat Pulev.

Carlos Takam will enter the ring instead in a bid to snatch the IBF belt off Joshua at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff a week on Saturday

Kubrat Pulev, who had one blemish on a 26-fight record, has been forced to pull out of the clash due to a shoulder injury that he suffered during a sparring session.

Due to IBF rules, the next challenger in line is called up and in this case it is Frenchman Takam, who at the age of 36 has fought in 39 professional bouts, winning 35, losing three and drawing one.

Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn said in a statement: “When the Pulev fight was announced I made a deal with Takam’s team to begin camp and be on standby for this fight. When I called them this evening they were overjoyed and good to go.

“It’s a difficult position for AJ having prepared meticulously for the style and height of Pulev, he now faces a completely different style and challenge in Takam – this hasn’t happened in his career before but he is ready for all comers on October 28.”

Anthony Joshua has won all 19 of his fights by way of knockout.

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Dejan Lovren Accuses Romelu Lukaku Of Deliberately Kicking Him

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Dejan Lovren has accused Romelu Lukaku of deliberately kicking him during Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester United on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku appeared to catch his opponent’s face with his boot following a tangle during the latter stages of the first half at Anfield.

Lukaku has since been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Football Association, but Lovren insists that the United striker could have done more to avoid making contact.

“I made a tackle there – I just felt he was over me he could have moved away,” he told reporters. “But, to be honest, my honest view was he did it on purpose. Even if he didn’t do it [on purpose], he would usually apologise, he was nervous during the game, that was also the reason.

“It happened on the pitch – it’s over and nobody can change it now. It’s not my decision [to punish him or not], of course. I cannot say I’m disappointed, it is what it is, we need to move on, that’s football.”

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Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley Puts Club Up For Sale

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has officially confirmed his desire to sell Newcastle United, revealing that he intends to conclude a sale before Christmas.

Mike Ashley has been at the St James’ Park helm for the past decade since handing over £134m to purchase all of the club’s shares.

In an interview earlier this year, however, Ashley suggested that new backers would be required if Newcastle were to challenge in the higher reaches of the Premier League.

A club statement read: “As one of the Premier League’s oldest and best supported football clubs – and for the benefit of its many fans and supporters in the UK and across the world – Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future.

“To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level, at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale.

“To give an incoming owner the maximum possible flexibility to make meaningful investment in the club, including in its playing squad, the sale process will give interested parties the opportunity of deferring substantial payments.

Ashley’s lawyer Andrew Henderson went on to confirm to Sky Sports News that a sale will ideally be completed in the next 70 days.

“A process will now commence of identifying new ownership for the club that will be capable of delivering the sustained investment in and dedication to the club that is necessary for it to achieve its ambitions.”

Earlier this month Amanda Staveley, whose Dubai-based private equity firm, PCP Capital Partners, handles vast amounts of Middle Eastern oil wealth, watched Newcastle’s home draw with Liverpool.

Apparently interested in buying a Premier League club, Staveley also talked to the manager Rafael Benítez, the managing director Lee Charnley, Barnes and Keith Bishop, who is Ashley’s PR adviser. Staveley is not, however, thought to have signed an NDA.

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BAMZ Entertainment Signs New Act

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BAMZ Entertainment, a newly established record label has officially announced the signing of its first artist WILFRESH into the record label.

 

“WILFRESH is doing something different from many young musicians, he is talented and has a unique sound that appeals to today’s trend and he definitely has what it takes to thrive in the music industry,” says the CEO of BAMZ Entertainment.

The fast rising singer and guitarist is not a new face in the music industry. He has worked with a few established acts like Tony Ross, Terry G, Dj mekzy and many others.

 

Influenced by Asa and Brymo, Wilfresh refers to his type of music as Urban Afro. “Its an honor for me to be joining the BAMZ Entertainment family, I believe this is a new opportunity for me to showcase my talent. I am excited about the future and can’t wait to continue releasing good music,” Wilfresh says.

 

Born Iwinosa Wilson Iguodala, the 24-year-old musician was born and raised in Benin city. He is the last child of a family of four. At BAMZ Entertainment, we believe in helping young talents achieve their goals. We are happy to have Willfresh on board and we are confident in his abilities, the CEO of BAMZ Entertainment concluded.

 

Bamz Entertainment, which is managed by fast rising management consultants Epignosis Management Solutions, is definitely one record label to look out for.

Follow Wilfresh on Instagram, Twitter and Soundclound – @Itswilfresh

 

 

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Report : Jose Mourinho Wants Huge Salary Increase At Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho will delay signing a contract extension at Manchester United until his wage demands are met, according to a report.

Jose Mourinho is currently less than halfway through the three-year deal signed in 2016

Mourinho cast doubt over his future beyond the end of his existing deal at the weekend when admitting that he has aspirations of managing elsewhere before retiring, with Paris Saint-Germain job understood to be of interest to him.

United chiefs will reportedly push ahead in offering the 54-year-old a new deal, though, after an impressive first 17 months at the Theatre of Dreams.

However, The Guardian claims that Jose Mourinho will only put pen to paper if his salary reflects his achievements at the club, having won two trophies in his first season and guided United into early Premier League title contention in his second.

Mourinho is understood to currently earn around £15m a year, but a marked improvement – possibly including incentives – will be required if he is to commit beyond the end of next season.

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Harry Kane Handling Links To Real Madrid “Very Naturally” – Mauricio Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Harry Kane has taken the recent news of Real Madrid’s rumoured interest in him “very naturally”.

Harry Kane is reportedly a transfer target for the reigning European champions, who come face-to-face with Tottenham at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Kane has been in impressive form for club and country this term by scoring 15 goals in all competitions so far, leading to suggestions that Madrid are willing to spend big to land him next summer.

Pochettino has praised the 24-year-old for the “maturity” shown to deal with the ongoing speculation, backing his star striker to remain in North London for the foreseeable future.

“He takes [the rumours] very, very, very naturally,” he told AS. “Harry is a boy with a great maturity, with things very clear to him. His dream is to do something big with Tottenham, a club that he’s a fan of.

“That important teams recognise his work and that comes out in the media, the only thing that does is encourage him to continue in the form of that time.

“He is an exceptional person, a humble guy with great values in life and as a human, and it gives me great pleasure to train a player like that because it makes my life much easier.”

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I Didn’t Even Consider Joining Arsenal – Raheem Sterling

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Raheem Sterling claims he did not give a moment’s thought to rumours linking him with a deadline-day move from Man City to Arsenal.

“I didn’t need to speak with him [Pep Guardiola], because I had already spoken to him during the summer about pre-season,” said the England man.

“I didn’t have any negative thoughts or anything bad about it.

“I just woke up one day with England and saw it, and I didn’t believe a word of it until I heard something from the manager – then I would believe it.

“It wasn’t something I was worried about because Pep is an honest guy, and he would have spoken to me about it before that.

“So, I didn’t need to worry about it, and I didn’t think about it, not for one minute.”

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Get Familiar: Chino X TerryThaRapman – Matter

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Just a few months After Releasing spiritual, pidgin English rapper Chino Has Rolled Out a love tune featuring BANS NATION BOSS Terrytharapman, this song is titled “matter” prod by Tega, mixed & mastered by Rage.

Download & enjoy


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Potato Potahto Heads To African Cinemas | Set To Premiere In Nigeria, South Africa And Ghana

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Following a series of successful screenings in some of the biggest festival across the globe, West African romantic comedy ‘Potato Potahto’ will kick off its cinematic releases across the continent from November 2017.

Potato Potahto opens in Nigerian and South African cinemas on the 24th of November and makes its way to Ghanaian screens on the 30th of November.

Directed by award winning Ghanaian film maker Shirley Frimpong-Manso; the film stars OC Ukeje, Joselyn Dumas, Joke Silva, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Chris Attoh, Lala Akindoju, Adjetey Anang, Victoria Michaels and Nikki Samonas. The movie tells the story of a divorced couple whose plans to share their matrimonial home results in chaos after the husband, Tony, brings in an attractive female house help. When his ex-wife, Lulu, then hires an attractive young man to help her out, a roller coaster ride of laughter, jealousy and tears ensues.

Producer Inya Lawal is ecstatic about the movie’s upcoming cinematic release; “We have taken Potato Potahto round the world to an  incredibly warm reception, we cannot wait to bring it to cinemas home in Africa, this is just the beginning! “ she explained

For South African filmmaker Bonginhlanhla‘Mr. B’Ncube, more African film makers should adopt Potato Potahto’s unique form of pan-African collaborations. “This collaboration is a true representation of Africans coming together and saying, ‘we own this space, our continent, our people,’ let’s serve them and tell those African stories-to our people”. Mr. B attended the Cannes Film Festival premiere of the film and immediately invited the Producers to release the film in South Africa, his production company Sukuma Media which released the action comedy flick, Safe Bet (2016), is actively involved in the South African release.

Director Shirley Frimpong-Manso reflects on the film’s journey; “It has been a whirlwind taking our labour of love across the world. I have truly been overwhelmed by the universal acceptance of the movie, the unusual storyline and our incredible cast; I look forward to when Potato Potahto finally hits the cinemas.”

Potato Potahto

 

Potato Potahto has been screened to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, the Durban International Film Festival, the British Urban Film Festival, and the Silicon Valley African Film Festival. It was the first Nollywood film to screen at the Chelsea Film Festival and it heads to the American Film Market, the African International Film Festival and the Toronto Nollywood International Film Festival in November.

Potato Potahto is a co-production of Ascend Studios, 19 April Entertainment Virgo Sun Ltd, Lufodo Productions and WB Entertainment.

Website:  http://potatopotahtofilm.com

Follow on social media:

Instagram.com/ Potatopotahtofilm

Twitter.com/potatopotahto17

Facebook.com/potatopotahtofilm

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Potato Potahto Heads To African Cinemas | Set To Premiere In Nigeria, South Africa And Ghana

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Following a series of successful screenings in some of the biggest festival across the globe, West African romantic comedy ‘Potato Potahto’ will kick off its cinematic releases across the continent from November 2017.

Potato Potahto opens in Nigerian and South African cinemas on the 24th of November and makes its way to Ghanaian screens on the 30th of November.

Directed by award winning Ghanaian film maker Shirley Frimpong-Manso; the film stars OC Ukeje, Joselyn Dumas, Joke Silva, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Chris Attoh, Lala Akindoju, Adjetey Anang, Victoria Michaels and Nikki Samonas. The movie tells the story of a divorced couple whose plans to share their matrimonial home results in chaos after the husband, Tony, brings in an attractive female house help. When his ex-wife, Lulu, then hires an attractive young man to help her out, a roller coaster ride of laughter, jealousy and tears ensues.

Producer Inya Lawal is ecstatic about the movie’s upcoming cinematic release; “We have taken Potato Potahto round the world to an  incredibly warm reception, we cannot wait to bring it to cinemas home in Africa, this is just the beginning! “ she explained

For South African filmmaker Bonginhlanhla‘Mr. B’Ncube, more African film makers should adopt Potato Potahto’s unique form of pan-African collaborations. “This collaboration is a true representation of Africans coming together and saying, ‘we own this space, our continent, our people,’ let’s serve them and tell those African stories-to our people”. Mr. B attended the Cannes Film Festival premiere of the film and immediately invited the Producers to release the film in South Africa, his production company Sukuma Media which released the action comedy flick, Safe Bet (2016), is actively involved in the South African release.

Director Shirley Frimpong-Manso reflects on the film’s journey; “It has been a whirlwind taking our labour of love across the world. I have truly been overwhelmed by the universal acceptance of the movie, the unusual storyline and our incredible cast; I look forward to when Potato Potahto finally hits the cinemas.”

Potato Potahto

 

Potato Potahto has been screened to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, the Durban International Film Festival, the British Urban Film Festival, and the Silicon Valley African Film Festival. It was the first Nollywood film to screen at the Chelsea Film Festival and it heads to the American Film Market, the African International Film Festival and the Toronto Nollywood International Film Festival in November.

Potato Potahto is a co-production of Ascend Studios, 19 April Entertainment Virgo Sun Ltd, Lufodo Productions and WB Entertainment.

Website:  http://potatopotahtofilm.com

Follow on social media:

Instagram.com/ Potatopotahtofilm

Twitter.com/potatopotahto17

Facebook.com/potatopotahtofilm

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Toolz Releases New Pictures For Kaftan Citra

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Seasoned award winning Nigerian On-Air personality, talk show host and presenter Toolz has taken to Instagram to post her latest look.

Rocking three different outfits from the famous Kaftan Citra collection, and though she’s worn extravagantly bedazzling pieces before, this time Toolz took it to the next level with beautifully crafted, hand-made and hand-beaded kaftans from Kaftan Citra; an Indonesian based brand.

She started off with the White Royal Kaftan; a super design exclusively for royalty, then rocked a purple beaded Kaftan before finishing off with a hand beaded green Kaftan. The jaw dropping outfits showcased the media personality’s famous curves and put her back on the spotlight; (not that she ever went anywhere).

Toolz has over the years graced the covers of various magazines including Allure Style, TW, This Day Style, MyStreetz Magazine, and Complete fashion. She is an official ambassador for the ONE campaign and has had the privilege of interviewing numerous A-list international acts and personalities.

Toolz is the host of ‘The Midday Show with Toolz’ on Beat 99.9FM. She recently launched her own Instagram show ‘Can You Tell With Toolz’, a show that engages her followers with intellectually tasking questions; which fans get to answer while one lucky winner gets a star prize.

The Vivacious Media personality also played host to the first season of Ndani TV’s ‘The Juice’ which aired on Africa Magic Entertainment. She hosts ‘The Rap Up With Toolz’ on Accelerate TV and has worked with renowned media companies like MTV Networks Europe and Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group.

Check out the pictures below

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Toolz Releases New Pictures For Kaftan Citra

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Seasoned award winning Nigerian On-Air personality, talk show host and presenter Toolz has taken to Instagram to post her latest look.

Rocking three different outfits from the famous Kaftan Citra collection, and though she’s worn extravagantly bedazzling pieces before, this time Toolz took it to the next level with beautifully crafted, hand-made and hand-beaded kaftans from Kaftan Citra; an Indonesian based brand.

She started off with the White Royal Kaftan; a super design exclusively for royalty, then rocked a purple beaded Kaftan before finishing off with a hand beaded green Kaftan. The jaw dropping outfits showcased the media personality’s famous curves and put her back on the spotlight; (not that she ever went anywhere).

Toolz has over the years graced the covers of various magazines including Allure Style, TW, This Day Style, MyStreetz Magazine, and Complete fashion. She is an official ambassador for the ONE campaign and has had the privilege of interviewing numerous A-list international acts and personalities.

Toolz is the host of ‘The Midday Show with Toolz’ on Beat 99.9FM. She recently launched her own Instagram show ‘Can You Tell With Toolz’, a show that engages her followers with intellectually tasking questions; which fans get to answer while one lucky winner gets a star prize.

The Vivacious Media personality also played host to the first season of Ndani TV’s ‘The Juice’ which aired on Africa Magic Entertainment. She hosts ‘The Rap Up With Toolz’ on Accelerate TV and has worked with renowned media companies like MTV Networks Europe and Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group.

Check out the pictures below

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

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani reportedly wants to join Manchester City after his bust-up with Neymar earlier this season.
Danny Murphy believes Man City striker Gabriel Jesus is the best youngster since Lionel Messi.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Antonio Conte doesn’t rate striker Michy Batshuayi and the forward should leave Chelsea in January, says Tony Cascarino.
Swansea loanee Tammy Abraham has been backed to become a star at parent club Chelsea by his Swans team-mate Leon Britton.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Martin Keown has urged Everton to stick with under pressure manager Ronald Koeman despite the club’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Brighton.
RB Leipzig would not have agreed to sell Naby Keita to Liverpool had it not been for his release clause.
Andy Robertson says he has not featured regularly for Liverpool this season because Jurgen Klopp views left-back as a “specialist position”.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Che Adams and Isaac Vassell caught the eye as Birmingham City beat Cardiff on Friday evening.
Russian defender Vyacheslav Karavayev is attracting the attention of West Brom ahead of the January window.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Dwight Gayle has suffered another injury setback after he picked up a calf injury during the 2-2 draw with Southampton.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out of the running to replace Gordon Strachan as Scotland manager.

EXPRESS & STAR
Tony Pulis does not expect West Brom captain Jonny Evans to sign a new contract anytime soon.

THE DAILY ECHO
Oriol Romeu insists Southampton are not panicking after their poor start to the season but the midfielder admits “no one is happy” with their current form.

HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull loanee Ola Aina could make his full Nigeria debut next month.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Jermain Defoe has backed Eddie Howe’s decision to leave him on the bench for the 1-0 defeat to Spurs, saying he “respects the call”.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester City transfer target Bacary Sagna looks set for a move to Italy with AC Milan and Inter Milan interested.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Roque Mesa was left out of Swansea’s squad for the 2-0 win over Huddersfield due to tactical reasons.

GET WEST LONDON
Brentford goalkeeper Dan Bentley is the best stopper outside the Premier League, according to Millwall boss Neil Harris.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest are being linked with a January move for St Mirren winger Lewis Morgan.

WALES ONLINE
Cardiff City star Kadeem Harris is facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines after breaking down on the first day of his return to training.

WIGAN EVENING POST
Michael Jacobs has signed a new Wigan contract that keeps him at the club until 2020.

THE ARGUS
Leroy Rosenior, father of Brighton defender Liam, believes his son’s team-mate Lewis Dunk has the quality to play for Liverpool.

THE STAR
Under-fire boss Carlos Carvalhal has vowed to win over Sheffield Wednesday fans after the club’s 2-1 defeat to Bolton.

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

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani reportedly wants to join Manchester City after his bust-up with Neymar earlier this season.
Danny Murphy believes Man City striker Gabriel Jesus is the best youngster since Lionel Messi.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Antonio Conte doesn’t rate striker Michy Batshuayi and the forward should leave Chelsea in January, says Tony Cascarino.
Swansea loanee Tammy Abraham has been backed to become a star at parent club Chelsea by his Swans team-mate Leon Britton.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Martin Keown has urged Everton to stick with under pressure manager Ronald Koeman despite the club’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Brighton.
RB Leipzig would not have agreed to sell Naby Keita to Liverpool had it not been for his release clause.
Andy Robertson says he has not featured regularly for Liverpool this season because Jurgen Klopp views left-back as a “specialist position”.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Che Adams and Isaac Vassell caught the eye as Birmingham City beat Cardiff on Friday evening.
Russian defender Vyacheslav Karavayev is attracting the attention of West Brom ahead of the January window.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Dwight Gayle has suffered another injury setback after he picked up a calf injury during the 2-2 draw with Southampton.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out of the running to replace Gordon Strachan as Scotland manager.

EXPRESS & STAR
Tony Pulis does not expect West Brom captain Jonny Evans to sign a new contract anytime soon.

THE DAILY ECHO
Oriol Romeu insists Southampton are not panicking after their poor start to the season but the midfielder admits “no one is happy” with their current form.

HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull loanee Ola Aina could make his full Nigeria debut next month.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Jermain Defoe has backed Eddie Howe’s decision to leave him on the bench for the 1-0 defeat to Spurs, saying he “respects the call”.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester City transfer target Bacary Sagna looks set for a move to Italy with AC Milan and Inter Milan interested.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Roque Mesa was left out of Swansea’s squad for the 2-0 win over Huddersfield due to tactical reasons.

GET WEST LONDON
Brentford goalkeeper Dan Bentley is the best stopper outside the Premier League, according to Millwall boss Neil Harris.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest are being linked with a January move for St Mirren winger Lewis Morgan.

WALES ONLINE
Cardiff City star Kadeem Harris is facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines after breaking down on the first day of his return to training.

WIGAN EVENING POST
Michael Jacobs has signed a new Wigan contract that keeps him at the club until 2020.

THE ARGUS
Leroy Rosenior, father of Brighton defender Liam, believes his son’s team-mate Lewis Dunk has the quality to play for Liverpool.

THE STAR
Under-fire boss Carlos Carvalhal has vowed to win over Sheffield Wednesday fans after the club’s 2-1 defeat to Bolton.

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Totti: Ronaldo And Zidane Deserve Top Awards

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Francesco Totti has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo is more deserving of the Best FIFA Men’s Player award and Zidane deserves the coach gong.

Totti ranks Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar as football aliens, but concedes that the Portuguese has set himself apart from the duo.

The Roma legend and veteran midfielder says the accolades won for Madrid in the past year play a huge role in deciding who wins the personal accolade.

“We are talking about three footballing aliens,” he told FIFA.com. “I think that, in the end, Ronaldo is ahead of the others. He had an amazing season and also accomplished all of his goals with the most prestigious of teams.”

“I think Zidane is the favourite for the same reasons as Cristiano Ronaldo: he won everything the last season,” Totti explained, though he said that his compatriots had done “extraordinary jobs” at Chelsea and Juventus respectively.

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Isco: Ronaldo Deserves To Win Ballon d’Or

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Real Madrid attacking midfielder, Isco insists there is only one person deserving of the Ballon d’Or, and it is his teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal international forward is one of 30 nominees named to win the award. And he is more deserving after leading Madrid to a UCL and Liga double before winning the Euros with Portugal.

Isco admits it will be a dream to be among the top three for the price, but has backed Ronaldo to claim the gong.

“Cristiano has to win it, there’s no question about that,” he said, speaking ahead of Madrid’s Champions League clash with Tottenham. “It’s very difficult to be up there, it would be a dream.

“There are 30 nominees and a lot of them from Real Madrid. If the team is doing well, there are more chances to win individual prizes. I’m very happy about how things are going and I hope to continue like this.”

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Zahra And Aisha Buhari As Fashionable Aso Rock Clinic Critics

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Zahra And Aisha Buhari As Fashionable Aso Rock Clinic Critics, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

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There are the Buharis who are not Buharists. Credit to Nasir el-Rufai, the most recent and most persistent proponent of the term ‘Buharism’, ‘Buharists’ can be used loosely without guilt — in this case to mean the political heavyweights or followers in whose eyes Buhari can do no wrong and must, therefore, never be criticised. As there is still no proof of any ideological struggle underpinning ‘Buharism’, we will have to fall back on el-Rufai to precisely explain the concept. As the former FCT minister said last month, there is “a group of Buharists among governors, ministers…” that “wants to ensure that President Buhari runs in 2019”. But it seems some members of the first family are, knowingly or unknowingly, ‘un-Buharistic’.

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Zahra Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, unsettled the Presidency with a late-September Instagram post implicitly accusing the management of Aso Rock clinic of corruption. To be honest, Zahra’s questions, asked with the hashtag #StateHousePerSecPlsAnswer, are valid.

“More than N3billion budgeted for the State House clinic and workers there don’t have the equipment to work with? Why?” read the post.

“Where is the money going to? Medication only stocked once since the beginning of the year? Why? State House Permanent Secretary please answer.”

“Why isn’t there simple Paracetamol, gloves, syringes… Why do patients/staff have to buy what they need in the state house clinic?”

The Supposed Grouse

With the benefit of hindsight, there is real possibility that Zahra was merely providing the voice-over to mother Aisha Buhari’s thoughts, because roughly 10 days after her Instagram outburst, Aisha fell just short of embarrassing Husain Munir, Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Aso Villa Clinic.

At a stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Nutrition, Child Advocacy and Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH), which held at the banquet hall of the presidential villa in Abuja exactly a week ago, Aisha said: “The Nigerian health sector is in very poor state, sorry to say the least. I am happy the CMD of Aso Clinic is here, is he around? Dr. Munir or his representative? Okay, he is around…

“If the budget is N100 million, we need to know how the budget is spent… I’m sure Dr. Munir will not like me saying this but I have to say it out. As the Chief Medical Director, there are lots of construction works going on in this hospital but there is no single syringe there, what does that mean? Who will use the building? We have to be good in reasoning. You are building new structures but there is no equipment, no consumables in the hospital and the construction is still going on.”

On the surface, Aisha appears to be primarily concerned about the “poor state” of the health sector, and secondarily about the clinic’s frivolous spending or possible corruption and misappropriation of funds. The latter will be discussed later but analysing the real motives of the twin outbursts can’t be deferred for a further second.

The Real Grouse

Although buried in the equipment-versus-drugs criticism, Aisha’s real anger is that she couldn’t access the State House clinic during her illness. Elsewhere in her speech that same day, she gave herself out: “…as you are all aware, Nigeria wasn’t stable because of my husband’s ill health. We thank God he is fully recovered now.

“If somebody like Mr. President can spend several months outside Nigeria, then you wonder what will happen to a common man on the street?

“Few weeks ago I was sick as well, they advised me to take the first flight out to London, I refused to go. I said I must be treated in Nigeria because there is a budget for an assigned clinic to take care of us.

“I insisted they call Aso Clinic to find out if the X-ray machine was working, they said it was not working. They didn’t know I was the one who was supposed to be in that hospital at that very time.

“I had to go to an hospital that was established by foreigners in and out 100 percent. What does that mean? If something like this can happen to me, no need for me to ask the governors’ wives what is happening in their states.”

It is obviously fashionable to criticise a government, but lest we’re carried away, Aisha Buhari is fighting for herself, for her “husband”, for the “governors’ wives”. Zahra and Aisha are both fighting for the political elites, not for the masses, some of who are now hailing them for speaking out.

Aisha and Zahra Are Part of the Government

Had the two women been fighting the cause of the hoi polloi, they wouldn’t have waited for the first family’s unsavoury encounters with the State House clinic before speaking out against a government that they’re part of. Since their outbursts, neither Aisha nor Zahra has, for example, visited some of the public health facilities in Abuja, personally or through a proxy, to see how the poor are being shortchanged daily by their government. Neither woman has told us what efforts she made behind the scenes to get the president to investigate the Aso Rock clinic.

Zahra may have tried to explain away her post and why she would rather call out the permanent secretary than “ask my father”, but it is still inconceivable that she cannot see the damage to her father’s image. Zahra argues that “the president can’t be at every point… can’t be monitoring everyone’s post”, but it’s the clinic inside the president’s abode we’re talking about here. If Buhari cannot fix the Aso Rock clinic, how on earth will Zahra or Aisha convince the people that he can fix the larger health sector, or even the country itself? Their public upbraid of the clinic is self-indictive, unless they can prove that they tried, but failed, to privately get the Presidency to address their complaints, which is itself a dent on the plot of the Buharists to return their principal to power in 2019.

Now That We’re Here

previous investigation by TheCable on the difficulty of getting paracetamol or cotton wool at the clinic did not seem to pique the interest of the Presidency. But now that Aisha and Zahra have spoken, what will be the president’s excuse for silence?

The combined N3.1 billion budgetary allocation to the clinic in 2016 and 2017 is higher than the combined allocation to all the tertiary healthcare centres in the country! A State House clinic richer than all of the country’s tertiary centres cannot be struggling with drugs. Who knows, Buhari may soon set up a probe committee on the clinic. Never mind that the committee’s report may be binned, eventually. If Dr. Munir and Jalal Arabi, the State House permanent secretary who oversees the clinic, were worried about the outbursts from Zahra and Aisha, somebody must have told them: “Keep calm, ‘baba’ will do a Babachir again!”

‘Fisayo Soyombo, editor of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), tweets @fisayosoyombo.

This piece was written by ‘Fisayo Soyombo. 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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Genesis Cinemas Begins Pan African Expansion, Set To Open Asaba And Abuja Sites In November

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In what is the first of its’ Pan-African expansion plans, Genesis Cinemas has announced its’ partnership with Actis, to launch premium cinema operations in Douala – Cameroon. 

Over the next few years Genesis Cinemas will launch operations in several African cities as it strives to become Africa’s first Pan-African cinema chain.

Expansion is also underway in Nigeria as Genesis Cinemas will commence operations in its’ eighth and ninth sites from November 2017. These new additions to the Genesis Cinemas chain are situated in Abuja and Asaba respectively. The recently built magnificent Gateway Mall in Lugbe; developed by the Novare group, will play host to the second Genesis cinemas site in Nigeria’s capital city – Abuja. While the residents of Asaba, Delta State will get to enjoy state of the art cinema facilities in the exquisite Asaba Mall, developed by the Resilient group.

As an avid supporter of Nigeria’s film industry, Genesis cinemas’ rapid expansion into new territories, is with the goal of continuing to provide international standard platforms for the exhibition of quality content. Speaking on these developments, the Founder and Group Managing Director of the Genesis Group – Dr. Nnaeto Orazulike says,

 “At Genesis cinemas, it is of utmost importance that we support the progress of Nollywood by playing our part as exhibitors. We will continue to provide unrivalled exhibition facilities and I look forward to an era where Nigerian films will compete with the rest of the world, not only in quantity but in quality as well.”

Echoing Dr Orazulike’s sentiments, the Executive Vice President of Genesis Cinemas – Mr Opeyemi Ajayi is thrilled by the progress of the Nigerian film industry and excited about the future. Mr Ajayi says,

“A core focus at Genesis Cinemas is to ensure we give Nigerian film makers world class platforms to showcase their work. This will help create a sustainable value chain for the Nigerian film industry”.

With a 90% presence in internationally backed developments, Genesis Cinemas is Nigeria’s preferred cinema operator for first tier mall developers like; Novare Group, Resilient Group, Persianas Group, Purple Capital Partners Limited and Actis Group. As trusted advocates of the Nigerian film industry, Genesis Cinemas is at the forefront of indigenous capacity building. With a nationwide seating capacity of 3000 and counting, Genesis Cinemas is currently situated in Port Harcourt, Abuja, Warri, Owerri and Lagos – Lekki, Maryland and Sangotedo.

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Real Madrid Admirers Of Mauricio Pochettino

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Real Madrid are admirers of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, reports Marca.

Pochettino has worked wonders since taking the reins at Spurs and his efforts have not gone unnoticed at the Bernabeu.

According to Marca, Real Madrid admire Pochettino’s understanding of football, the way he deals with star players and, above all, his bravery in the way he brings through academy youngsters.

Despite this, Madrid believe Zinedine Zidane is the perfect manager for many years to come. That is the belief of senior club figures and the club’s fans.

However Pochettino, who is under contract until 2021, is one of the few coaches who they feel could succeed Zidane one day.

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Barcelona Considering Re-signing Thiago Alcantara

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Barcelona may cool their interest in Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho to focus instead on Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara.

The former Barca midfielder could return to the Nou Camp next summer, according to reports in Spain.

Between 2005 and 2013, Thiago Alcantara progressed from the youth setup to the first team at Camp Nou, eventually netting 11 goals in 101 appearances for Barca before leaving for Bayern.

Alcantara reportedly feels he can be Andres Iniesta’s long-term replacement at the Nou Camp.

Barca have had a fine start to the season under new boss Ernesto Valverde.

Bayern Munich remain in a strong position, however, with Thiago – who has made eight appearances this season – having a contract at the Allianz Arena until 2021.

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Former Liverpool Manager Gerard Houllier Confirms He Almost Signed Cristiano Ronaldo In 2003

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Gerard Houllier has revealed Liverpool once came close to signing Cristiano Ronaldo but were forced to abandon a move due to the club’s strict wage structure.

Liverpool were keen to sign Ronaldo in 2003 after watching the winger impress during his formative years at Sporting Lisbon.

“I saw him in the Toulon Under-21 tournament and we went for him,” Houllier told the Liverpool Echo. “But we had a wage scale and we weren’t paying the sort of salary he wanted.

“Then Manchester United played a friendly against Sporting Lisbon and all their boys said to Sir Alex Ferguson: ‘You have to sign him’. But I agreed with not breaking the wage structure. I thought it would cause problems in our dressing room.”

Ronaldo has since won four Ballon d’Or trophies and netted over 600 career goals, but Houllier thought Harry Kewell was the man for Liverpool and signed the Australian from Leeds in a cut-price £5m deal in 2003.

Houllier added: “Maybe we would have won the title with Ronaldo, but we had Harry Kewell, who was outstanding at the time and was very hungry but got a bad injury.

“After that, he never had the same confidence, the same appetite.”

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Fernando Llorente Speaks On Joining Tottenham Ahead Of Chelsea On Deadline Day

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Former Swansea striker Fernando Llorente has shed light on the reasons behind his move to Tottenham over Chelsea on Deadline Day.

In an interview with Marca, the Spain international was asked whether he was about to join Chelsea, to which he replied: “Yes, it was a difficult decision that I had to take at the last moment.

“Conte, whom I admired since I was with him at Juventus, showed great interest in me since last January. But Chelsea did not finish the deal with Swansea.

“With Tottenham everything was easier and faster. Pochettino called me on August 30 and I fell in love. I was filled with enthusiasm by his words and his sporting project – I thought I was going to Chelsea but Tottenham were more firm in their intention to sign me.

“They reached an agreement very quickly with Swansea and despite all of those difficult circumstances [with Chelsea], I decided to come to Tottenham.”

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Daily Roundup :Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is a key Manchester United transfer target for next season. Jose Mourinho is determined to land the former Tottenham star but United remain aware of the possibility that the Spanish side will request David de Gea in any deal.

However, there is a suggestion that Mourinho would be willing to let the goalkeeper join Madrid if it meant signing Bale. (Mundo Deportivo)

Cristiano Ronaldo has demanded Real Madrid sign Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea.

The La Liga giants have been constantly linked with a move for the Spain international over the last few years, and came close to signing him in 2015.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will turn his attentions to Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, however, if a deal for De Gea does not materialise. (Diario Gol)

Barcelona sent scouts to watch three Bayer Leverkusen players on Sunday: centre-back Jonathan Tah, winger Julian Brandt and Manchester United transfer target Leon Bailey. Leverkusen drew 2-2 with Wolfsburg, with all three players starting the game. (Sport)

Italy

Arsenal have told Inter Milan and Manchester United that Mesut Ozil will be available for £20m if the German playmaker signs a new deal in January.

Ozil is out of contract next summer but the Gunners do not want to let him leave for free. It is believed that United are currently the frontrunners to sign Ozil, while Arsene Wenger admitted at the weekend that his departure in January is a possibility. (Calciomercato)

AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone has confirmed Vincenzo Montella will be staying at the club. Montella’s Milan slumped to a third successive Serie A defeat as they were edged out 3-2 in a thrilling derby with Inter on Sunday night. (Calciomercato)

Meanwhile, Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti hailed derby match-winner Mauro Icardi as the “complete striker” after his superb hat-trick.

“Despite all the responsibility placed on his shoulders, he has the humility to listen to advice and works hard dropping back to win the ball. Icardi is a complete striker and for his age shoulders so much responsibility,” Spalletti said. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

France

Liverpool transfer target Adrien Rabiot is not close to agreeing a new contract with PSG. Discussions over an extension to the midfielder’s current deal have progressed slowly and the player has two demands that the club have not been willing to meet so far.

PSG are keen to sign another midfielder as the club looks for a long-term replacement for Thiago Motta. (L’Equipe)

Germany

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel is being lined up as the new manager of Guangzhou Evergrande. Tuchel, who has been heavily linked with the Bayern Munich managerial position, is tipped to follow Roger Schmidt and Felix Magath to the Chinese Super League. (Kicker)

Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng has admitted he thought about leaving the Bundesliga champions in the summer after growing concerned about his position under Carlo Ancelotti. Boateng struggled with injuries last season but, when fit, the Italian preferred Javi Martinez in defence.

“I spoke to the bosses in the summer about my situation and I told them I was concerned,” Boateng said. (Kicker)

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Super Eagles Of Nigeria Now 5th In Africa, 41st In Latest FIFA Rankings

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved up three places from 44th to the 41st position in the World, thus retaining the fifth position in Africa in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola world rankings released on Monday.

In the latest ranking, which was published on FIFA’s official website, Nigeria moved up three places from the 44th position in September, but maintained the fifth spot in Africa, after accumulating 721 points compared to the 696 last month.

According to the report, Tunisia became the new number one in Africa and 28th in the world with 834 points while the former number one, Egypt came second and 30th in the world with 818 points.

Senegal is number three in Africa and 32 in the world with 815 points while DR Congo is fourth on the continent and 35th in the world with 751 points.

African champions, Cameroon is sixth in the continent and 42nd in the world with 718 points.

In the top 10 ranked countries, Germany retained the number one position in the world with 1631 points while Brazil is second with 1619 points.

Portugal is third, Argentina fourth, Belgium fifth, Poland sixth and France seventh.

The Eagles’ recent rise is not unconnected to the result of their qualification for next year’s FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia following their 1-0 win against Zambia on 7 October.

It is understood that Monday’s rankings will be very crucial as it would determine how the World Cup draws will be conducted on December 1.

From the 23 teams that have already qualified for the World Cup already, Nigeria are the 18th highest ranked team.

The Super Eagles are expected to move further down the ladder by the time the 32 teams billed to compete in Russia are complete and that will likely see Nigeria in Pot 4 for the draws.

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