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Russia 2018: FIFA World Cup fixtures

It is 8 days to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Who else is giddy with excitement? So yesterday, I mentioned that the 32 participating teams have released their final squads for the tournament See the full list here. 736 players will feature at the finals, 65 matches will be played at 12 venues. Now, we bring you all the fixtures in Nigerian time. And here’s wishing Nigeria all the best in the tournament. Yes, you can bring it home! Group stages Thursday 14 June Russia vs Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Moscow (Luzhniki) – 4pm Friday 15 June Egypt vs Uruguay...

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Russia 2018: Check out the official 23-man squads

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting in 9 days time, the qualified 32 teams have released their final squads for the tournament. 736 players will feature at the finals, 65 matches will be played at 12 venues and only 1 winner will emerge at the end of the event. Some of the players left out of their teams include Morata, Benzema, Javi Martinez, Dimitri Payet, Marcos Alonso, Martial, Cesc Fabregas, Mauro Icardi, Alexandre Lacazette, Leroy Sane, Hector Bellerin and many more. Hosts, Russia face Saudi Arabia in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday 14 June. Take a look at the final squads...

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Opinion: Curbing the menace of the marauding Fulani herdsmen | By: Tony Ogunlowo

I’ve been asked to write about the marauding Fulani herdsmen who have been causing havoc and mayhem where ever they go. This is a very sensitive and volatile topic that nobody will write about unless it’s about their murderous antics. But nevertheless let’s see what I have to say. Surprisingly I’ll sit on the fence here: a lot of blood has been shed on both sides; there are no winners or losers here, everybody is suffering. What you have going on here is the equivalent of opening up the floodgates to Hell: on the one hand you have a...

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Lampard, Gerrard pick up managerial roles.

From the studio to the dug out, Chelsea and Liverpool legends, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have picked up managerial roles. While Lampard, who announced his retirement from professional football in February 2017 following spells with Manchester City and MLS club New York City FC was confirmed as new manager of Derby County on a three-year-deal at Pride Park, Gerrard will join Ranger this summer, as coach penning a four-year deal. Lampard who was told the club website: “I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity. I...

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Zinedine Zidane steps down as Real Madrid manager

Talk about leaving when the ovation is loudest! Less than a week after guiding Los Blancos to three straight Champions League titles, Zinedine Zidane is stepping down as Real Madrid manager. Announcing his decision in Madrid on Thursday morning, the former French footballer said, “I have taken the decision to not continue into the next season. For me and for everybody, I think the moment to change has arrived. It was not an easy decision. He continued, “This is my decision. Maybe it’s a mistake. But I feel it’s time. If I don’t think that we can keep winning then it’s...

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Egyptian lawyer files €1 billion lawsuit against Sergio Ramos for challenge on Mohamed Salah

The things you read online! An Egyptian Lawyer, Bassem Wahba has sued Sergio Ramos for €1 billion for “the physical and psychological pain he caused Mohamed Salah and Egyptians”, by hurting his shoulder during the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev last Saturday. Salah left the pitch in tears after less than half an hour having suffered a n injury on the shoulder. His team later lost 3-1. Lawyer Bassem Wahba confirmed his intention on Egyptian television. “Ramos intentionally injured Mo Salah and should be punished about his actions. I’ve filed a lawsuit and a...

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Andres Iniesta signs for J.League side Vissel Kobe

Barcelona legend, Andrés Iniesta has signed for the Japanese side Vissel Kobe after ending his 22 year-old Barcelona career. He will reportedly earn $30m (£22.5m) annually on a three-year deal. The 34-year-old midfielder who played his last match for the La Liga champions last Saturday against Real Sociedad appeared at a news conference at a central Tokyo hotel on Thursday along with Kobe’s billionaire owner, Hiroshi Mikitani. “I’m pleased to announce, that Andrés Iniesta will be signing up play with Vissel Kobe after his historic career at Barcelona.” Mikitani said. “For me this is a very special day. This is an important challenge for me. My family is...

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Reactions trail the appointment of Unai Emery as new Arsenal head coach

Arsenal today announced their decision to appoint 46-year-old Unai Emery as their new head coach. The three-year deal is reportedly worth £5m a season. He takes over from Arsene Wenger who stepped down last month after a 22 year-old spell. According to Arsenal, the former Sevilla coach has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us...

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Andres Iniesta says goodbye to Barcelona in the most heart-melting way.

Permit me to pour out my feelings in this post. I am a Barca fan and this week has been intensely emotional for me. So, one of our legends at Nou Camp, Andres Iniesta left the club this week after a 22 year-spell and tributes from colleagues, friends and footballers all over the world have left most of us teary-eyed. Of course, Barcelona gave him a befitting farewell party. Shortly after his last game for the club, Iniesta stayed on the pitch bare footed, relieving his moments as a player. The images are heart-melting.       And then the...

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Unai Emery is the new Arsenal boss in-waiting

According to reports, Arsenal will appoint Unai Emery as their new manager and successor to Arsene Wenger. This development is coming days after the club made a decision not to offer Mikel Arteta the role at the Emirates Stadium. The 46 year-old led Almería into La Liga for the first time, finishing 8th the following season. He also took Valencia to three consecutive 3rd place finishes in La Liga and is a three-time consecutive Europa League winner with Sevilla. PSG won the domestic treble under him this season. He is to be announced as Arsenal’s new manager within the next 48...

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Blogger’s Diary: My First Coca-Cola Bottling Plant Tour!

I arrived at their Nigerian Bottling Company Ikeja plant, at about 11am on March 22nd, 2018 for the NBC Bloggers Conference scheduled to hold at the Glass House section of the plant. At the reception, I watched a video which was basically on safety and precaution measures in the factory, understandably, it was part of visitors’ policy and procedures. Upon answering series of questions based on the video, I got an Identification card and went in for the business of the day. The conference kicked off with an introduction by Bolaji Abimbola, CEO, Integrated Indigo Limited. A welcome address...

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Davido leads Wizkid on social media rankings

Award-winning musical act, David Adeleke, fondly called Davido leads rival artiste, Wizkid as the most followed Nigerian entertainer on social media according to the African Social Media Power Report 2017: Top 50 Footballers and Entertainers compiled by Camps Bay Media; a sports communication and brand management company. The artistes who put an end to their rivalry last year after performing at each other’s concerts  at the Eko Convention Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos in December 2017 have a total of 12.26m and 9.71m followers on social media respectively. Leading the Power 50 list of African footballers and entertainers, ranked based on data from Facebook,...

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Former President Obasanjo Issues A Statement Asking Buhari Not To Run In 2019

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has issued a lengthy special press statement ask President Muhammad Buhari not to seek a second term in office come 2019. The release is titled: THE WAY OUT: A CLARION CALL FOR COALITION FOR NIGERIA MOVEMENT Since we are still in the month of January, it is appropriate to wish all Nigerians Happy 2018.  I am constrained to issue this special statement at this time considering the situation of the country.  Some of you may be asking, “What has brought about this special occasion of Obasanjo issuing a Special Statement?” You will be right to...

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Alexis Sanchez signs for Manchester United

Manchester United have announced the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a deal that sees the Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates. The Chilean signed a 4-and-a-half year contract. He’ll reportedly earn £490,000-a-week, becoming the best paid player in the Premier League and Manchester United’s highest earner, joint with Ibrahimovic. Speaking about his transfer, Alexis Sanchez said: “I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans. The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down. I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here.” Jose Mourinho maintained that “Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players. He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige. “I would like to wish Henrikh all the success and happiness that I am sure he is going...

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Photos from George Weah’s inauguration as Liberia’s President.

Former international footballer George Weah has been sworn in as Liberia’s new president taking over leadership from Africa’s first female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  George Weah won 61.5% of the votes in the December run-off election, defeating outgoing Vice-President Joseph Boakai who only managed 38.5%. George Weah and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf share a moment onstage ahead of his swearing in ceremony at Liberia’s presidential inauguration. The ceremony was held at a stadium close to the capital and was the first peaceful democratic transfer of power in the country since 1944 when President Edwin Barclay was succeeded by William Tubman. After losing the...

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Movie Review: Wives On Strike 2: The Revolution

Movie Title: Wives On Strike 2: The Revolution Genre: Romantic Comedy Cast: Omoni Oboli, Toyin Abraham, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, Uche Jombo, Sola Sobowale, Ufuoma McDermott, Kenneth Okonkwo, Kalu Ikeagwu, Hafiz “Saka” Oyetoro, Julius Agwu, Chioma “Chigul” Omeruah, Odunlade Adekola Director: Omoni Oboli “Wives On Strike 2: The Revolution” begins with a different set of circumstances from where the previous instalment left off. After Mama Beatrice is murdered and her body hidden, a group of friends consisting of Ejiro/Mama Ngozi (Oboli), Jemima/Madam 12:30 (Jombo), Mama Bola (Abraham) and Mama Amina (McDermott) decide to enlist the help of a vigilante friend to...

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Opinion: Benue Killings And The Other Issues | By: Wole Aguda

The episodes of killings that Nigeria has witnessed in recent times are not new. While conceding that, I must however immediately submit, that they bear the trappings of an expansionist agenda that works against the spirit of unity that the Nigerian spirit actively espouses and passionately promotes. The Herdsmen killing problem of Nigeria is partially caused by the trap of conspicuous consumption in which we find ourselves. We must eat meat regardless of the price or the circumstances of its availability. The average Nigerian family has a cultural affinity to meat and its consumption. Despite recurring warnings from Nutritionists...

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Wilson Oruma suffers mental breakdown after losing N1.2b

Former Super Eagles midfielder Wilson Oruma has suffered a mental breakdown after losing N1.2bn in a phony oil business. Oruma, who played alongside JJ Okocha and Kanu suffered a mental disorder six years after the incident and is currently a shadow of himself. More sad is the fact that, his ex wife introduced him to the fraudster clergyman who defrauded him of the hefty amount and also misled him into working with him. She later divorced him. His close friend, Emakpor Dibofun told Complete Sports that: “Wilson Oruma hasn’t really recovered from the emotional disorder which he suffered after he was duped. He has been to...

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Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

In the wake of the increased rate of human trafficking being experienced by Nigerians trying to migrate to Europe via Libya, Actress and Producer Stephanie Linus has recently arrived in Italy to give support to rescued people and raise her voice against such human rights violations. This timely intervention is in partnership with the world-renowned international medical humanitarian organisation “Doctors Without Borders” (MSF). Over the next few days, Mrs Linus will visit the rescue ship “Aquarius” to witness their activities and operations. Later she will have meetings with some of these vulnerable women;  participate in rehabilitation exercises for the rescued women, media parleys and...

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Opinion: Why Africa’s young people are the real winners at the CAF Awards | By: Benedict Peters

Almost nowhere on earth is football followed as passionately as in Africa. It is loved by Africans from all walks of life across the continent. This week, I am giving the opening address at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Accra, Ghana. This has afforded me a good opportunity to reflect on Africa’s relationship with football and how it can help deliver a brighter future for our young people. I believe we need only look to the Liberian presidential election for a fine example of the transformative power of football. Against the odds, football legend and opposition candidate,...

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