Month: February 2017

Neymar and Messi may be barred from UK.

If Barcelona (by stroke of luck) turn around their 4-0 deficit in the second leg game against PSG and get through to the Champions League final, the  Spanish giants will be without the attacking duo of Lionel Messi and Neymar who might be denied entry into the UK due to their ongoing tax evasion cases. UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin made the revelation in a recent interview with New York Times. He said the duo will not be allowed to play at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in June as a result of the Brexit issue. Once Britain leaves the European Union, people with existing legal issues...

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Mavin Activated! Don Jazzy signs 4 new acts

  Mavin Records head honcho, Don Jazzy has signed three new acts – Johnny Drille, DNA Twins (Clinton and Blair Roberts), and POE into the record label. The foremost music producer made the announcement on his instagram page today. Meet the new acts Johnny Drille; a contestant in the 2013 edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa is an alternative singer, songwriter and producer. The DNA Twins contested in the 2016 edition of The Voice Nigeria as well as the 2013 edition of the Glo X Factor. POE a fast-rising rapper was a member of the Show Dem Camp (SDC). He has released a handful of...

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Dangote ends Nigeria’s dependence on cement importation

Following continuous increase in its production capacity, foremost cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement Plc  has finally ended the era of Nigeria’s dependence on importation as the company exported 0.4 million tons of the product to other countries in 2016. In its 2016 full year audited results presented on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in Lagos yesterday, Dangote Cement sold 8.6 million metric tons of cement outside Nigeria, which is 54 per cent more than what was sold in 2015. The export is significant given that the nation used to be a net importer of cement. As at...

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Mario Götze removed from all football related activities indefinitely

Borussia Dortmund midfielder, Mario Götze has been told to withdraw from all football related activities indefinitely by his club following diagnosis of ‘metabolic disturbances’. A statement on the club’s website read: “Borussia Dortmund will continue to be without midfielder Mario Götze for the time being. The 24-year-old World Cup winner has continually suffered with muscular problems in the last few months, prompting a comprehensive internal investigation into the possible causes. Those investigations revealed the player has metabolic disturbances, rendering it absolutely necessary to withdraw him from team training for the time being.” Speaking on his condition, Götze said: “I’m currently undergoing treatment...

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Leicester Move On Without Ranieri | By: Wale Adigun

Football is a very funny game indeed and last night at the King Power Stadium, we realised that once again. How do Leicester go from being winless in 2017, goal-less in 2017, (without a goal in 540 minutes in 2017) which even culminated in the sacking of the the best ever manager in Leicester City’s history Claudio Ranieri to scoring 3 goals in 60 minutes. What we witnessed on Monday night was a retro-Leicester side, it was a throwback to last season where the Foxes destroyed everyone with their brand of football (play it long and Vardy chases like...

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‘They take points from the rich&give it to the poor’- Our best reactions from Liverpool’s loss to Leicester City

Football fans had a field day taunting Liverpool FC following their 3-1 loss to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Monday night, just four days after manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked. See our top 10 reactions on Twitter. It is like Liverpool travelled back in time to play Leicester of last season. Hardly surprising considering they love the past #5times — kenna (@kennagq) February 27, 2017 No girl has ever hurt me as much as Liverpool does… — Greg (@Gegreey) February 28, 2017 At least now, Liverpool can now concentrate on the Champions Lea….. the Premier Leag……....

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Opinion: Leicester City And A Familiar Practice | By: Victor Olugbemiro

The sacking of Claudio Ranieri by the Leicester City Football Club management gives credence to the saying that “success has killed more men than bullets.” Reading all the back stories, it becomes clear that no one in the hierarchy could manage the pressures of success. Players wanting better contracts, egos becoming inflated, management beginning to micro manage (some board members started attended training sessions on some occasions) and the manager feeling the need to change a winning formula, possibly because of the departure of Kante. Winning the league came with new and unanticipated expectations, not limited to competing in...

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‘Nobody can delete the history you wrote’ – Jose Mourinho pays tribute to Ranieri

No one understand’s Claudio Ranieri’s situation better than Jose Mourinho or Pellegrini and Mancini. They all have been there. Mourinho wore those shoes not too long ago. A year ago to be precise. He was shown the exit door seven months after guiding Chelsea to Premier League victory. The Portuguese took to his instagram page to send a heartfelt message to his colleague who was fired yesterday as Leicester City coach. The Manchester United coach wrote, “CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR⚽️.sacked. Thats the new football claudio.keep smiling AMICO?.nobody can delete the history you...

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My marriage was based on lies and scam – Tonto Dikeh

Nollywood actress, Tonto-Dikeh is gradually lifting the lid on her crashed marriage to entrepreneur, Oladunni Churchill. The marriage which was contracted in 2015 hit the rocks following allegations of infidelity on her husband’s part. Speculations were put to rest after the Rivers State native reverted to her maiden name and deleted photos of her estranged partner on social media. While replying one of her followers who implored her to take mockery over the failed union in her stride, the actress replied thus.   “My love they can laugh, As long as I didn’t come out in a body bag. Am ok,...

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‘Football has become a horrible business”. The world reacts to Leicester City coach, Ranieri’s sack.

In a rather shocking and disappointing turn of events, reigning England Champions, Leicester City have fired their coach, Claudio Ranieri, less than 10 months after he led them to the top of English football. The decision was reached after a meeting today. A statement from the Club read: “Domestic results in the current campaign have placed the Club’s Premier League status under threat and the Board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the Club’s greatest interest. Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha added: “This has been the most difficult decision we have had to...

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Wenger not responsible for Arsenal’s woes – Nasri

Former Arsenal midfielder, Samir Nasri has risen to the defence of his former boss,  Arsene Wenger, who has come under fire from fans over the club’s recurring defeats. The French footballer opined that the players and the board are to blame for the team’s struggles this season and not the coach. Nasri who joined Arsenal from Marseille in 2008, told Sky Sports, “You cannot criticise a guy like that, it’s impossible. Arsenal was a big club but he made it even bigger. I just think that people need to be fair. It’s not because Arsenal doesn’t have success in the league that it is...

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Brown Ideye joins Mikel Obi at Chinese side, Tianjin TEDA

Brown Ideye has left  Greece club Olympiacos  and joined his fellow compatriot, Mikel Obi at Chinese club, Tianjin TEDA for a reported fee of €12m . The 28 year-old signed a 3-year contract with the new club and will earn €3.5m annually making him the sixth highest paid Nigerian player. He also becomes the 5th Nigerian footballer after Obafemi Martins, Anthony Ujah, Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo to switch to China. Ideye is Olympiacos top scorer in all competitions this season with 15 goals  ...

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How President Trump’s Turbulent 30 Days in Office May Lead To His Impeachment |By: Tony Ogunlowo

Every new President in the United States spends his first month in office getting to know and thank the people who elected him into office, talking (politely) to fellow world leaders, selecting his executive team, using the media to get his message out and starts to implement his election campaign policies. But not President Trump…. In less than 30 days as the President he’s managed to upset nearly everyone in the world – the Chinese, Russians, Mexicans, Iranians, Muslims – he even put the phone down on the Australian Prime Minister! Unique and unlike any other  American President before...

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Neymar loses final appeal, to stand trial on corruption charges.

Neymar’s appeal over fraud charges regarding his transfer from Santos to Barcelona has been rejected by the Spanish court and he is set to stand trial on corruption charges. The Brazilian investment group DIS, the complainant claimed it was entitled to 40 percent of the transfer fee but received a smaller compensation because some part of the deal was shrouded in secrecy. Prosecutors are therefore seeking a 2-year jail term, a €10m fine for the Brazilian and his father, a fine of about €9m from Barcelona and €7m from Santos. Both of them are unlikely to face any jail time if found...

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I want to go to London… to see Buhari | By: Reuben Abati

 When 15 million plus Nigerians voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 General elections, their expectation was that he would be available to serve them 24/7/365, and that those who fielded him as their candidate had done their homework to avoid what is curiously becoming the Katsina problem in Nigerian politics.  Katsina! But we have now found ourselves in a situation whereby our President is now in London, for more than one month sir, ma, and we are here, and we have an acting President, who according to everybody, including the extremists and the mischievous, and the politically...

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5 Things We Learned From NPFL Teams|By: Deji Odeyinbo

PLATEAU UNITED STARTED POORLY BUT ENDED WELL After their unbeaten streak was ended at Akwa United last week, Plateau United needed a statement result to stake their claim as one team to watch out for this season. It couldn’t have come harder than against a team that were unbeaten in their last five matches. They started the game very flat footed with the team failing to impose themselves on Tonadoes for the majority of the first half. The introduction of Benjamin Turba into the starting lineup after  being left out of the last match 3 match day squad brought a...

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Referee Mark Clattenburg has quit the Premier League.

Referee Mark Clattenburg has quit the Premier League and will take up a job in Saudi Arabia. Unarguable one of the top referees in the English premier League, The 41-year-old was reportedly frustrated by a lack of support: “[Clattenburg] is unhappy with the PGMOL management, the way it is run, the management style of Mike Riley as well as the lack of support and quality coaching on offer.”  A source hinted. Clattenburg who has kicked off his career at the age of 25 in year 2000, was promoted to the Premier League in 2004 took charge of the Euro 2016 final,...

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2Baba And His Ajebota Generation |By: Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, let me confess straightaway that I have a special space for 2BABA formally known as TUFACE IDIBIA. It is impossible to meet this perfect gentleman and not fall for him. I’ve come to know him reasonably well since his days with the Plantashion Boyz when I invited and took some of the hottest artistes to the Obafemi Awolowo University for the biggest show ever, the Ovation Concert. It was a night to remember for many students who were fortunate to attend the event that evening. One thing that always stands 2BABA out is his humility. He is...

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Arsene Wenger is trending for familiar reasons. See our best tweets!

When you see Arsene Wenger’s name on the Twitter trend list, it is usually for a not-too-pleasant reason which we are all familiar with. The message has always been loud and clear. Arsene Wenger needs to exit the stage. The fans are miserable. Arsenal’s Champions League dreams were left in tatters  following their  5-1 loss to Bayern today and their fans are currently spitting venom on social media. A broken record will let them have a field day.  Check out some of our best tweets. A team with no fear of their manager, who both expect and accept failure. Arsenal are not...

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Our best tweets from PSG’s humiliation of Barcelona

So Spanish giants, Barcelona got walloped by Paris Saint Germain (PSG) last night at the Parc des Princes leaving them to face a last 16- exit. Their performance was Barcelona’s worst in recent years and little wonder they were messily dragged on social media. Check out some of our best tweets from the game. Barca dominated possession against PSG but there's nothing to show 4 it. Same way APC have been recovering loots but nothing to show 4 it — Adeeko Kehinde (@Adeekehinde) February 14, 2017 Good night lads, make sure to annoy all your Barca friends tomorrow at...

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