Month: June 2016

Those who criticise Messi have never kicked a ball – Maradona

Argentina legend, Diego Maradona has urged his compatriots to allow Lionel Messi enjoy his holiday. Shortly after Argentina lost to Chile at the Copa America final, the Barcelona player announced his retirement from international football, a decision that has left many shocked and pained till date. Appeals to have him reconsider his retirement are still ongoing especially in his country but the 29-year-old is yet to broach the topic again.  Maradona who also urged the striker to rescind his decision said in an interview with La Red on Wednesday said the world’s best footballer’s decision should be respected. “Messi...

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Actress, Ivie Okujaye and hubby expecting their first child!

Bubbly and talented actress, Ivie Okujaye-Egboh and her hubby are expecting their first child. The Award-winning thespian made the announcement after she posted pictures of her maternity shoot on her Instagram page .  ” #Avizzle #BabyGirl … just have to say a big big thank you to God. It’s been an extremely easy breezy fit healthy experience and I do not take it for granted. True story, God Rocks!!! And I’m rocking behind him in my sneakers  “She...

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“I am coming”. Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally announces Manchester United move

Call it one of the worst kept secrets in football and you won’t be wrong. Former Sweden player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finally announced his move to Premier League outfit, Manchester United.  He opened the lid on his Instagram page saying, “Time to let the world know. My next destination is @manchesterunited. #iamcoming” The former PSG player has now reunited with former boss, Jose...

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Brazil star, Hulk’s $60m move to Shanghai is reportedly the most expensive signing in Asian football history

Brazilian striker, Hulk’s recent $60m move from Zenit St Petersburg to Shanghai SIPG has been dubbed the most expensive signing in Asian football.  The new transfer record surpassed the $56 million Jiangsu Suning made for Brazilian Alex Teixeira and the $47 million Guangzhou Evergrande paid for Colombia’s Jackson Martinez.  The ex Porto player who passed a medical examination at a Shanghai clinic on Wednesday and will reportedly be paid an annual salary of $22 million, double of what fellow countryman, Neymar earns at...

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Ryan Giggs to leave Manchester United after turning down Mourinho’s offer

Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs is set to leave the club after a 29 year-old association with the club. According to reports, he made the decision after he turned down a reduced coaching role by new boss, Jose Mourinho. It is believed that Giggs will announce his departure from the club after meeting Mourinho on Monday as the club begins preparations for the new season. The Welsh was an assistant manager under Louis Van Gaal but he will not be continuing in the same position as Rui Faria, Mourinho’s assistant will be taking over. The 42-year-old joined United as a...

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Tres Chic! Toke Makinwa covers new issue of Glam Africa Magazine.

On Air Personality and YouTube sensation, Toke Makinwa is featured on the cover of the Summer 2016 edition of Glam Africa Magazine. Aptly called the Power edition, the magazine speaks to Toke about her recent challenges and how she overcame them to maintain her crown as Nigeria’s top social media personality. Toke is on a mission “to showcase ‘New Africans’ who are working hard and creating their own wealth and affluence” and she shares the secrets behind that in her interview. Adding to an exclusive interview with Toke, Glam Africa’s Power edition is “full of strong men and women...

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Iker Casillas hinting at retirement?

Spain’s most capped player, Iker Casillas’ could be hinting at retirement from international football after 16 years with his latest social media post. The 35-year-old posted a video on his Twitter account (@casillasworld) of a Rambo film with the dialogue: ‘I don’t know where but I’m going.’ The former Real Madrid skipper later added, ‘I’m proud to feel the love of the people today and as always, everyone together for the national...

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Meet Deji-Folutile, the 2015/2016 best graduating student of Covenant University

21 year-old Architecture student, Deji-Folutile has emerged the best graduating student of Covenant University for the 2015/2016 academic session. He recorded a CGPA score of 4.974 to win the award. The son of Saturday Punch Editor, Olabisi Deji-Folutile, he was also the student council chairman at the institution. He had the best results in the WAEC and NECO at Faith Academy, Ota, also owned by Bishop David Oyedepo. He had the best NECO result in Ogun State in...

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Messi Retirement : Clubs in Argentina to boycott next Primiera division

According to a Lionel Messi Twitter account. (@messi10stats) All clubs in Argentina have voted not to participate in next Primiera division until Messi comes out of retirement. Over 100,000 fans will attend a rally in Obelisco, Buenos Aires to convince Messi to continue playing for Argentina. This  interesting development is coming a day after sports legend, Maradona appealed to the world best footballer to rescind his decision. Over to you...

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NFF Announces Plans To Honour Keshi & Amodu

  The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced plans to hold a farewell testimonial match in honour of the late Super Eagles managers, Shuaibu Amodu and Stephen Keshi. The match which is organized by the Lagos state Government in conjunction with the Sports Writer’s Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and the Nigeria Football Supporters Club will hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on July 23, 2016.  President-General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Rafiu Ladipo, the Chairman of the committee for the event noted that  the event is meant to raise money for the families of the departed coaches...

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Opinion : Why Messi’s retirement might not happen.

Prior to Sunday’s Copa América Centenario in MetLife Stadium between Chile and Argentina, former superstar Diego Maradona stated that his country’s side should not bother coming home if they lose. It appears Lionel Messi, arguably the best player to ever grace the field, took this message to heart. After being reduced to a handful of threatening runs in the game, mindlessly sending errant passes to teammates, missing his country’s first penalty kick, and losing 4-2 in shootouts to continue Argentina’s decades-long title draught, a tearful and distraught Messi told reporters after the game, “For me, the national team is...

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The Impact of ‘Brexit’ on Nigeria.

Following the UK’s surprise vote to leave the EU,  www.ExxAfrica.com, a specialist intelligence company that delivers accurate, decision-ready, and commercially relevant forecasts on African political and economic risk to businesses, assesses the probable impact such a departure would have on African trade, investment, and security policy. Read below.  The effective implementation of a new foreign exchange mechanism and liberalisation of the fuel sector will face fresh hurdles as the UK withdraws from the EU. Nigeria will also struggle to attract interest in new debt sales aimed at financing its expansive budget. The main impact of a ‘Brexit’ on Nigeria...

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New Super Eagles coach designate to earn twice as much as Oliseh and Keshi

Former French player and manager, Paul Le Guen who is reportedly going to take the reins as head coach of the Nigeria national team has been offered a salary of around $44,000 a month, owngoalnigeria.com  confirmed. A member of the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation hinted that the ex Cameroon coach would earn twice the salary of the last two Super Eagles coaches; Sunday Oliseh and the late Stephen Keshi. Both coaches earned $21,000 a month “Le Guen is not an indigenous coach and it’s only normal that expatriates earn more, it’s a common practice, for instance...

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Euro 2016 : End of the road for Spain and England

Highlights of Euro 2016 matches played today.  Italy 2 Spain 0 Italy knocked out Spain to reach the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.  Goals from Chiellini and Pelle sunk the two-time defending champions. Italy will now face Germany in the quarter-finals. England 1 Iceland 2 Iceland staged a shocker and eliminated England from the Euro 2016...

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Sergio Aguero & Javier Mascherano to also retire from international football

In a shocking turn of events, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and FC Barcelona player, Javier Mascherano have also announced they are calling time on their international careers. The exodus comes after the Argentines suffered another excruciating Copa America defeat. This made it the second consecutive year Chile had beaten Argentina on penalties in the final. Recall that Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi who was in tears after Chile clinched the title was the first to announce his decision to exit the national team and now Mascherano and Aguero have decided to follow...

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‘I’ve done all I can’ – Messi to retire from international football.

Argentine star, Lionel Messi has called time on his international career following his side’s loss to Chile at last night’s Copa America final. The 29-year-old who was very distraught after losing a penalty during the penalty shoot-out. This news comes after Argentina recorded their third loss in a major final since 2014. “For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion. It’s been four finals, it’s not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s...

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France, Germany and Belgium cruise to the quarterfinals

Highlights of Euro 2016 matches played today.  France 2 Ireland 1 Antoine Griezmann scored two goals in 3 minutes to hand France a well deserved victory over Ireland. He becomes the first Frenchman to score 3 goals in the same European Championship since Zidane at Euro 2004. Germany 3 Slovakia 0 Germany eased to a 3-0 win over Slovakia in the Euro 2016 round of 16. Boateng, Gomez & Draxler all scored as Joachim Low’s men cruised into the #EURO2016 quarterfinals Mario Gomez is now Germany’s joint-top goalscorer at the European Championships. (5 goals) He levels with Jurgen Klinsmann. Belgium...

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Late Dora Akunyili’s Daughter Wins Prestigious Art Prize

The late NAFDAC boss, Dora Akunyili’s Daughter, Crosby has emerged winner of the 6th edition of the 2016 Canson Prize; an annual award recognizing achievements in art on paper, given to an artist under the age of 50. She beat 4 other artists to the prize; Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze (Nigeria), Bethany Collins (U.S.), LUCY SKAER (U.K.), and David Shrigley (U.K.) A resident of L.A, Crosby’s work explores themes of memory, transcultural identity, and personal narrativizing. She combines drawing, painting, collage, and image-transfers from personal and found photographs. She will receive a yet to be announced solo show and about...

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