Messi banishes ghost of last season after trashing lavente 5-0

Lionel Messi sparkled as Barcelona saw off Levante 5-0 on Sunday to restore their three-point lead at the top of LaLiga.

Messi set up Luis Suarez for the opening goal before scoring a hat-trick as Ernesto Valverde’s side made amends for their shock 5-4 defeat at Ciutat de Valencia last May.

The 31-year-old has now scored 50 goals for club and country eight times over the last nine calendar years and he helped round off the rout by setting up Gerard Pique for the fifth two minutes from time.img_20181217_091705_1131296830904.jpg

Barca’s third straight LaLiga win put daylight between them, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid after 16 matches.

Levante were 2-1 up at half-time of this fixture last season and they caused Barca problems from the off once again, with Emmanuel Boateng, scorer of a hat-trick in that game, striking the underside of the crossbar from 12 yards.

But Barca made the most of Levante’s failure to clear their lines 10 minutes before the break, when Messi danced his way across the top of the box and clipped a reverse pass into the path of Suarez, who volleyed home.lionel-messi-cropped_6khnpodnzc3g1s80dva0xuhm0313094635.jpg

Three minutes before half-time, after another error, it was 2-0. Ruben Rochina passed straight to Sergio Busquets, he sent Messi through on goal and the Argentine star slotted the ball beneath Oier Olazabal.

Messi effectively killed the match before the hour mark, first sweeping into the bottom-right corner after Suarez and Jordi Alba led a counter-attack and then tapping in a first-time cross from Arturo Vidal.

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Erick Cabaco saw a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Ousmane Dembele in the 76th minute, and Pique compounded a miserable outing for Levante in the closing moments, collecting Messi’s pass, turning onto his left foot and squeezing a shot beneath Oier.messsi-english

Valverde’s decision to rest some key players, including Messi, in this fixture last season ended Barca’s hopes of going the entire league campaign unbeaten.

This time, having already lost twice in LaLiga, there was to be no such risk. Even with Nelson Semedo withdrawing late on through injury, this was a strong line-up set up in a way to prevent being exploited on the break as badly as they were on their last visit.

Most importantly, he put Messi in the team, who was simply too much for the league’s third-worst defence to handle. Barca now need only a point against Celta Vigo next week to guarantee they will end 2018 in top spot.

Having come close with two efforts from distance, Messi showed his killer instinct to put the game to bed within an hour. His assist for Suarez and his three goals looked simple but oozed quality.

Rochina did not do enough to close down Messi for the first goal and it was his careless pass that led to the second, which seemed to end any hope of another surprise Levante win.

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Lionel Messi is the best – Guillermo Amor

Lionel Messi is the “best” following his hat-trick in Barcelona’s rout of Levante, according to director Guillermo Amor.

It was the Messi show on Sunday as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored three goals and set up two others in Barca’s 5-0 LaLiga demolition of Levante.Messi – who teed up Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique to help Barca restore their three-point lead atop the table – has 14 goals and 10 assists this season, with the superstar the first player in Europe’s top five leagues to reach double figures for both in 2018-19.

Discussing Messi’s performance afterwards, Barca great Amor said: “Leo doesn’t give up, he plays like that because he is the best.

“He’s very professional and serious, he doesn’t settle for second best and tries to improve on his previous match.”

Messi’s treble took him to 50 strikes for the calendar year for club and country, the eighth time he has managed such a feat in the last nine years.

The comprehensive victory was also Messi’s 323rd in LaLiga for Barca, taking him one above former club-record holder Xavi.

Amor added: “He is the difference maker.”

Messi and Barca team-mate Suarez have scored 25 goals in LaLiga this season, one more than each of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.


“Two players [Messi and Suarez] who have started very well, they are two goal scorers and they also assist,” Amor continued.

Fans beg Manchester United board not to fire Jose Mourinho

62 SPORT-MUN 146 2Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may be under pressure, but he received a vote of confidence from the stands on Sunday – albeit a rather unwelcome one. The Portuguese received an ironic show of support from a jubilant home fanbase as his Red Devils side once more failed to impress in a timid defeat.Jose-Mourinho-688941

Mourinho and United suffered their second defeat in the space of four days at Anfield as Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners in a one-sided match. The loss leaves the Red Devils a whopping 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, while they have already conceded more goals than in the entirety of the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Such adverse form has raised expectations that Mourinho will soon be moving on, confirming once more the ‘third season curse’ that has followed him across his managerial career.

Home fans at the weekend, however, gave him an unexpected show of support. “Don’t sack Mourinho!” was the cry from the Anfield faithful as their rivals slumped to defeat, words that will be of little comfort to the ‘Special One’ as Champions League football, let alone a title challenge, looks an ever more distant dream even at this early stage of the season.Jose-MOurinho3

United were on the back foot from almost the first minute on Sunday, with the visitors rarely venturing out of their own half to face a Liverpool team looking for three points that would return them to the Premier League summit.

That conservative approach made little difference early on though, as Sadio Mane swooped to give Jurgen Klopp’s men the lead 24 minutes in with a smart volley steered past David de Gea. The away team then received a shock lifeline, as Alisson spilled an innocuous cross into the path of Jesse Lingard to equalise towards the end of the first half.

Xherdan Shaqiri, however, was to prove deadly off the bench, scoring twice in the space of 10 minutes following his late entry to seal victory for the title-chasing Reds. It is a further blow for United, who went down to Valencia on Wednesday in the Champions League to squander a chance to take top spot in their group ahead of Juventus.

And, with five defeats in the Premier League already this season, the Anfield crowd may soon be heading for disappointment if their rivals move to remove the struggling boss.

 

Mourinho sets another touching record with Man United after Liverpool loss

Jose-MOurinho3Defeat at Anfield is calamitous for any Manchester United side, but for Jose Mourinho and his current team, Sunday’s display against Liverpool signaled a new low.

The Portuguese boss will no doubt have his own answers, but it will be hard for him to explain away any of the damning stats to emerge following their dismal performance. liverpool fc

For starters, the 3-1 loss, courtesy of Xherdan Shaqiri’s two second-half strikes, has left United 19 points behind their fiercest rivals after just 17 league matches, a margin which the Reds have never previously enjoyed in the top flight.

The crux of their troubles has laid with their defence, and the numbers do not make pleasant reading. The third and final goal on Sunday evening was the 29th they have conceded so far during the current campaign.man-u

That’s one more than they conceded in the entirety of the previous season. Not only that, but it is the highest amount of strikes they have conceded in the top flight since 1962-63.

Of course, goals will flow when your defence is as inviting as United’s was on Merseyside. Liverpool mustered 36 shots, 30 more than their visitors managed. Not since records of stats began in the Premier League, in 2003, have Manchester United allowed an opponents as many attempts on their goal.

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The result leaves Mourinho and his side on 26 points, 11 points behind Chelsea in fourth. It is the club’s worst haul after 17 matches since taking the same amount from their first 17 matches under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1990.

The Scot, with time, was able to turn it around. The will to afford Mourinho the same opportunity appears to be evaporating with every passing game.

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You are Confused, No one takes you serious – Presidency blast Obasanjo

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The Presidency has dismissed the recent utterances by former President Olusegun Obasanjo a sign of confusion not worthy of attention.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu said that whoever “Obasanjo chooses to support at the 2019 elections is irrelevant.’’

He noted that the former president had publicly changed his mind on the matter so many times over the past few months alone.obasanjo1205071646.jpg

He said: “former president Obasanjo denounces one person today and supports that same person the next day.

“When it pleases him, he brings God into the matter and uses that as his excuse for whatever position he has chosen.’’obasanjo-1527104073.jpg

Shehu added that he was not surprised that newspapers reported Obasanjo expressing neutrality at a weekend forum, only for the former president to express a completely different stance after a day or two.

“We have learnt not to take his utterances seriously anymore.

olusegun-obasanjo1909692892.jpg“We know that the slightest wind can make him change his mind again.

“After all, this is the same man who publicly tore his party registration card barely four years ago, and he now claims to be backing the same party,’’ Shehu added.

Adams Oshiomhole Denies Attacking Buhari’s Wife on Social Media

b721b8ec-adams-oshiomholeThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has denied making uncomplimentary remarks against the person of the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, on the social media.

In a statement issued yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, the APC chairman described the report credited to him as making uncomplimentary remarks against the person of the First Lady, as “false and mischievous.’’adams-oshiomole1142969877.jpg

“Our attention has been drawn to the malicious and misleading statement credited to the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, against the person of the First Lady Hajia Aisha Buhari, on the social media.

“We want to state that it is the handiwork of mischief makers. At no forum did the National Chairman made such uncomplimentary remarks against the person of the First Lady,” he said.Adams-Oshiomhole-buhari-700x465

The statement said that it is part of the fake news from the pit of hell being propagated by highly unscrupulous elements of the PDP and their cohorts, knowing well that they have lost the forthcoming general elections.

The statement added, “Unfortunately for the PDP, all their efforts to cause disaffection among members of the ruling party have failed. As we speak, both the first lady, the National Chairman of the APC and other leaders of our party enjoy cordial relationship and working in unison to ensure that the PDP looters do not return to power.

adams-oshiomhole623874863.jpg“We urge the highly discerning people of our great country to disregard the misleading comment currently on the social media as it is not only fake but equally untrue.’’

Oshiomhole, who blamed the PDP for the report, said the party “has chosen to remain the lying party it has always been.”

Man Defiles His 14-Year-Old Daughter In Lagos

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A man known as Johnson Okon, aged 58, has been accused of defiling his 14-year-old daughter. Edgal Imohimi, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, stated this on Tuesday, at a press conference highlighting the activities of the command.

According to Imohimi, aside the father, a security guard and commercial motorcyclist, also defiled the minor. She reported the incident to her mother, who refused to believe her and instead warned her not to tell anyone.

The victim, however, ran away from home and sought refuge in the home of her father’s friend.

“According to the survivor, after her father, a security man/Okada rider, had also defiled her. She reported to her mother who did not believe her and warned her not to tell anybody. The survivor ran away from home and sought refuge in the home of father’s friend because of her mother inaction to intervene,” Imohimi stated.

Man bags eight months in prison for stealing cellphones

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An Upper Area Court I, sitting in Kasuwan Nama in Jos on Wednesday, sentenced a 20-year-old businessman, Mohammed Sagir to eight months in prison for stealing two Techno phones, valued at N65, 000.

The police charged Sagir with three counts of trespass, shop breaking, mischief and theft

The judge, Lawal Suleiman who sentenced Sagir, gave him an option to pay a fine of N6,000.

He also ordered the convict to pay N15000 to the complainant, saying it would serve as deterrent to others who would want to indulge in such acts.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported on Sept. 22, at the Laranto Police station by one Mohammed Sanusi of Katako Gareji Laranto , who is the complainant.

Gokwat said that the accused broke into the shop and stole two Techno phones valued at N65, 000.

He said that the phones were recovered from the accused during police investigation.

After arraignment, he pleaded guilty to the offence .

Gokwat said that offence contravened the provisions of sections 342, 347, 326 and 288 of the penal code law.

Christmas market Shooting in Strasbourg leaves 2 dead and 11 critically injured

At least 2 people have died and 11 people are critically injured after shots were fired close to a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France.

The shooting incident happened close to a Christmas market in the central square of Strasbourg, Place Kleber.

It is not yet clear if there was any link to a terrorist group.

Police report that they know the identity of the gunman and are desperately trying to track him down.

Meanwhile, The French Interior Ministry has called on the public to remain indoors following the shooting.

“We will forever be a family bro” Don Jazzy Tells Reekado

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Following Reekado Banks’ serene exit from Mavin Records after the lapse of his 5-year contract and reporting the foundation of his own Record Label, ‘Banks Music’, his previous label manager, Michael Ajereh, famously known as Don Jazzy, has affirmed that the ‘Doro Bucci’ crooner went on separate ways with the name under no bad conditions.

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As indicated by Don Jazzy who at last ended his silence on the issue, though Reekado Banks is never again bound under an administration contract, he is still a part of the Mavin Records family.

He said, “We will forever be a family bro. we’re all proud of what you’ve achieved and will still grow into. Thanks for giving us some time in your amazing journey. I don’t want to say we will miss you because we know your house.

If we need some Reeky fire, na to come burst you for crib. If you like dey toilet we come through. It’s been an incredible 5-years, wishing you nothing but success”, while wishing Reekado Banks well on his exit from the label.”

don-jazzy-rekadoMeanwhile, since Reekado Banks announced the expiration of his contract and exit from Mavin Records, it’s been business as usual as for him as he has declared a new management team, confirming that he is ready for business and a new lease of life outside his former management. He announced on all social media platforms, “Going forward, Banks Music; for all business dealings, please contact my management @probotng.”

Dembele’s indiscipline doesn’t matter as long as he is performing on the pitch-Lenglet

clement-lenglet-barcelona-2018-19_49wvuivzbl8x1rjwm7ra0kql7Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet has defended his country man Ousmane Dembele saying as long as he is performing well on the pitch all other things don’t matter.  The France forward has received criticism for his discipline since moving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 with outsiders suggesting he is wasting his talent.

Dembele has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot and has been linked with a move to Arsenal, although Lionel Messi recently urged him to stay. In his latest transgression, Dembele was two hours late to training on Sunday and, when asked about the tardiness, Lenglet told reporters: “I don’t have much idea about what is happening with him, but what I do know is that he is doing very well on the pitch,”ousmane-dembele-barcelona-2018-19_1cupox6ys55t11sz0dxe1u2rr6

“I don’t know if [a punishment] is the right thing to do or not, you’d have to ask that question to those with the power because I don’t know if he has to be sanctioned. “He’s doing a lot of things well on the pitch. He’s playing very well for the team and that’s what interests me most about him.” Barca are having a strong season, sitting top of La Liga and are unbeaten in the Champions League. The Spanish champions face Tottenham on Tuesday evening but the game has little significance for them because they have already won Group B with 13 points from five games.

barcelona-v-real-sociedad-la-liga-5b583ee77134f65cd900000eLenglet insists the squad is fully motivated for the encounter though: “This game is still an important one for us because it is a Champions League game and you don’t play many of them in a year,” he continued. “You have to enjoy these games because they are a chance for you to play against the best in the world.

“We aren’t happy about conceding goals, though, and that’s a very important issue for us because we want to win things. “In recent games, we have suffered a little, but it is difficult to complete a full 90 minutes without having tough moments.”

Barcelona joins Real Madrid to fight against La Liga

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Spanish champions, Barcelona have joined their rivals in batle against La Liga, as they have withdrawn from a plan to play their LaLiga away match against Girona in Miami. Girona were set to face the league leaders in Florida in January, but the deal appears dead after the Blaugrana pulled out.

As part of a 15-year agreement between Spain’s top division and Relevent Sports, it was proposed Barca would face Girona at Hard Rock Stadium in January. But LaLiga’s plan proved highly unpopular, with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) both publicly speaking out against it.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino in October said he would block any attempt to take a LaLiga game to the United States, although the league’s president Javier Tebas has continued to push for the proposal.barcelona-lionel-messi-gerard-pique-1303135804196764.jpg

Barca, though, said on Monday they are no longer willing to play Girona in Miami because of a lack of support for the idea. However, the Catalan giants remain open to the possibility when it is backed from all quarters.

“The Barcelona board of directors have agreed to withdraw their disposal to play their game against Girona in Miami, after noting a lack of consensus over this proposal,” their statement said.

1544483036_618185_noticia_normalFC Barcelona were and remain willing to play a LaLiga game in Miami, and accepted that income from the game would be shared amongst all Primera Division and Segunda Division clubs, following the same criteria of television rights money distribution, but consider that this project will not prosper until there is an agreement between all parties.”

Barcelona are set to take on Tottenham in the Champions League this week before returning to league play against Levante on Sunday. The club currently sits atop LaLiga with a three-point gap separating them from Sevilla.

 

“My Love For You Can Never Die”- Tonto Dike’s Ex Replies Her

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Tonto Dikeh’s ex-has described the actress with glowing words after she wished him a happy birthday. The actress shared a photo of her ex, Mark Cartier, as she celebrated him on his birthday and told him he’s the best ex any girl can have. In reply, he told her:8294734_tx___2_jpegc3cabce0901a6edaf26e282db9dbd5b5

YOU ARE A WOMAN WITH A HEART OF GOLD. A TIME WITH YOU WAS ONE OF THE BEST MOMENTS EVER. MY LOVE FOR YOU CAN NEVER DIE.

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Recall that Nollywood actress Tonto Dike celebrates her ex boyfriend on his birthday today December 9th 2018. She shared his photo on her Instagram page with caption; HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO THE BEST EX ANY GIRL CAN HAVE.  Love you then love you even more now!!  My Craze i wish you all that you wish your self and Gods love.. God bless you for us Short man.. Lots of love and kisses Mico”.

233 policemen arrested over corruption charges

Nigerian-police-are-among-the-best-peacekeepers-in-the-worldTwo hundred and thirty-three policemen have been arrested for corruption related offences in the past one year, Commissioner Imohimi Edgal said yesterday.

Of the total arrests made, Edgal said 16 were dismissed, 26 demoted, one charged to court and 190 served severe punishments with the offences documented in their service files.

He spoke at the Anti-Corruption Day with the theme: “Tackling corruption through collective responsibility”.

It was organised by the Centre for Change.

police4747883853.jpgEdgal said the command had continued to uphold the mandate of the Inspector General of Police (IG) Ibrahim Idris, which is to eradicate corruption and human right infractions within the system.

He said: “In the last one year, 233 policemen have been arrested and tried for corrupt practices. Sixteen of them have been dismissed, one policeman charged to court, 26 have been reduced in rank and 190 of them have gotten major entries in their files.

“Others were given punishment relating to minor entries and fatigue to act as a deterrent to others. We will continue to partner every other group to fight corruption.”

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Edgal, who was recognised by the centre as the Anti-Corruption Champion, said he felt honoured that people were watching and taking note of his actions.

The founder of the centre, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, said Nigeria was bleeding under the heavyweight of corruption.

igp2074823343.jpg“It is either we kill corruption or corruption kills us. It is also certain that all institutions must be strengthened and that there should be synergy. This is why you will find out that the Police as an institution remains the lubricant for the survival of our great country.

“Talk is very cheap; it is extremely easy for us to continue to talk about corruption. But to act and also ensure that we fight that cancer, there should be no game place. This is why this synergy is very important for us today.

Ronaldo says he doesn’t miss Lionel Messi in Italy

Ronaldo-960Cristiano Ronaldo has not taken long to adjust to life in Italy with Juventus.

The Portuguese superstar shocked the world when he swapped Real Madrid for Turin in a €100m deal in the summer.

Los Blancos have certainly missed his presence this season, while Juve already look an improved outfit with the 33-year-old spearheading their attack.

Ronaldo already has 10 goals and five assists to his name in just 15 Serie A games, with Juve unbeaten at the top of the table.

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Both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are still the two finest players in world football despite being in their 30’s and now not being in the same domestic league to spur each other on.

But do they actually miss each other? Well, Ronaldo was asked that question in an interview with Gazzetta.

The Portuguese responded: “No, maybe he misses me. I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain.messi-ronaldo-32088407795.jpg

“Maybe he needs me more. For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. I would like him to come to Italy one day.

“Like me, accept the challenge. However, if he is happy there, I respect him, he is a fantastic player, a good guy but I do not miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.”

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Ronaldo also gave a telling answer when asked if any Juve players impress him more than others.

He said: “It’s not fair to name just a few, but I can say that this is the best group I’ve ever played. Here we are a team, elsewhere someone feels bigger than others but here they are all on the same line, they are humble and want to win.

“If Dybala or Mandzukic do not mark, you still see them happy, smile. For me it is beautiful, I perceive the difference. Even in Madrid they are humble but here. I feel they are more so. It is very different from Madrid, this is more a family .”

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See New Punishment Handed To Rev. Fr. Mbaka By The Catholic Church

Rev. MbakaRev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministries Enugu Nigeria (AMEN) has been banned from giving endorsements to any politician or political parties ahead of the 2019 General Elections by the Catholic Church.

Bishop Callistus Onaga of Enugu Catholic Diocese announced the ban at the weekend while speaking at Priestly Ordination in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Emene Enugu.

According to Bishop Onaga, the church has also asked Mbaka to send a written apology to former Anambra State Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, over their recent altercation.

Mbaka-1“The Church does not want prophesy. We are in a democracy and not theocracy. We asked Mbaka to send a written apology to Obi. What he did was not apology but apologetics. He wrote an apology before us and I hope it will be in the social press now,” Onaga said.

The Bishop insisted that Mbaka must adhere to the instructions of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and do not get involved in the endorsement of candidates.

Onaga maintained that Mbaka should not stay in one place and decide who will win or lose.mbaka-3-2

“Stop prophesying on who is going to be what. He (Mbaka) told us he was sorry. He said he didn’t know what happened and promised it won’t happen again.
“Let us pray for Mbaka. There’s no doubt that Mbaka is a gifted priest. Stop misleading him. You (the followers) pushed him into doing what he did. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy and he misspoke. Follow him, but pray for him.

You (people who reacted to his outbursts) called him names. When I heard it I also called him names. The Church is a human church with all human limitations.
“I hope with this public statement everything will now rest so that we will continue with our Mass the way we’ve been doing it” Onaga said.

Mbaka-and-Peter-ObiFather Mbaka became very popular with political prophesies in 2015 when he successfully predicted the victory of Muhammadu Buhari of APC over the then incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan of PDP.

‘Messi the best in the world but Barcelona are only human’ – Alli

delealli-croppedDele Alli considers Lionel Messi to be “the best player in the world and a joy to watch”, but says Barcelona hold no fear for Tottenham as they “are human and everyone makes mistakes”.

Spurs are set to make a trip to Camp Nou on Tuesday as they take in their final fixture of the Champions League group stage.

Barca are already assured of a place in the last 16, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side have work to do if they are to join the Catalan giants in the knockout rounds.messi-and-Cristiano

A positive result will likely be required in the most testing of surroundings, with Alli aware of the size of the challenge facing Spurs – particularly from a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

The England international said: “He [Messi] is a player that everyone idolised because of what he’s achieved in his career.

“For me, he is the best player in the world and he’s a joy to watch. To be honest, though, I’m not really concerned about what they do with their players.”lionel-messi-cropped_6khnpodnzc3g1s80dva0xuhm0313094635.jpg

Barca may decide to rest Messi with their progress already secured.

Tottenham, though, are trying to remain focused on their own game, with Alli of the belief that a notable scalp can be secured on the grandest of European nights.

He added: “We are definitely going there with confidence, we know it’s going to be a difficult game but they are human and everyone makes mistakes.

“We’ve just got to make sure that we punish them and be as on it as we can.

messigoalfc550777566.jpg“They are one of the best teams in the world, they’ve got some great players and as a kid you dream about playing at the Nou Camp, and we’re going to go there and give it our best shot.

“We’re ready. It’s going to be another difficult game but they’re the games you want to be a part of, playing one of the best teams in the world and some of the world’s greatest players.messsi-english

“You want to be challenging yourself and we’re going there with the mentality that we can win and we have to believe.”

Spurs have collected seven points from their five outings in Group B to date, with that return leaving them level with Serie A giants Inter – who face PSV in their final fixture on Tuesday.

Tonto Dikeh Professes Her Undying Love To Her Ex

TontoNollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has another controversy surrounding her. We all know Tonto Dikeh can be unpredictable and so when she decides to wish her ex-boyfriend a happy birthday it doesn’t come as a surprise.

This time, she has come out to celebrate a man believed to be her former boo with sweets words on his birthday.

Taking to her IG page, the mother of one shared the photo of her ex which she simply described as Mico, saying;

Happy belated birthday to the best ex any girl can have. Love you then, Love you even more now! My Craze I wish you all that you wish your self and Gods love. God bless you for us Short man. Lots of Love and kisses Mico.”

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Don’t be too surprised at the act. Well, this is Tonto Dikeh and we all know she has an unconventional way of doing things. Tonto Dikeh might still be in love with her ex but she definitely isn’t taking it easy on her ex-husband like the time she shaded him on Instagram. With the series of posts shared on her Instagram stories, it looks like things are still rough between the actress and her ex-husband, Churchill Oladunni.

The actress and mother of one had taken to her Instagram page on where she shared a series of Instagram stories, which looked like she was actually slamming her ex-husband.

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In one of the post, she called him sun of ‘Kunle the Gardner’ (Recall she once said Churchill’s father was a gardener). She went to say she has lost respect for his family since they have disrespected her.

In another post, Tonto Dikeh specifically called him a fraudster saying that his source of income had stopped coming because of his inability to continue with his illicit business. She went on to accuse him of living a fake lifestyle.

 

“We are targeting a clash against the Real Madrid”-Maidana

River Plate defender Jonatan Maidana is eyeing a meeting with Real Madrid after his team’s Copa Libertadores success on Sunday.

A 3-1 second-leg win over rivals Boca Juniors in Madrid saw River seal a 5-3 aggregate success.

That sent Marcelo Gallardo’s men to the United Arab Emirates for the Club World Cup, where they will face ES Tunis, Al Ain or Team Wellington before a potential meeting with European champions Madrid.

Maidana said River were targeting a clash against the LaLiga giants later this month.

“Now we go for Real Madrid, our next goal,” the defender said, via TyC Sports.

“We won a fair final, now to celebrate the achievement.”

River had to come from behind in the second leg, Lucas Pratto cancelling out Dario Benedetto’s opener to force extra time.

Wilmar Barrios’ red card turned the game in River’s favour and they made the most of their numerical advantage, goals from Juan Quintero and Gonzalo Martinez securing their win.

“A lot of the match was very even,” Maidana said. “After the equaliser we managed well and we could win it.

“In the second half we improved, because in the first we made a big mistake. We talked at half-time and we tried not to miss so many passes and we achieved [our goal], because we dominated the game.”

The only thing I feel is sadness – Schelotto

Boca Juniors head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto expressed his sadness after his side suffered a 5-3 aggregate defeat to bitter rivals River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.

Sunday’s controversial rearranged second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid went in favour of River, who secured a 3-1 extra-time victory against 10-man Boca.

After the eagerly anticipated match was twice suspended in November due to an attack on Boca’s team bus, River came out on top thanks to extra-time goals from Juan Quintero and Gonzalo Martinez.

Boca had taken the lead in stunning fashion via Dario Benedetto on the stroke of half-time before Lucas Pratto equalised for River, who went on to secure a fourth Libertadores trophy.

Fronting the media afterwards in the Spanish capital, Boca boss Schelotto could not hide his disappointment, telling reporters: “The only thing I feel is sadness for not winning the cup and giving it to the people of Boca.

“That’s the only thing that makes me feel bad – not bringing the cup to Boca.”

“I want to congratulate the Boca players for how they played, even when we were one or two less in the final, they pushed, fought and fought,” Schelotto added. “Then, [I want to] congratulate River, who are the champion and won the cup.”

Boca had an appeal to be awarded the Libertadores title rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Saturday.

After CONMEBOL dismissed Boca’s appeal, the Argentine giants took their case to CAS but they were unsuccessful as the match took place at the home of Real Madrid.

“Sometimes it seems that we are incorrigible,” Schelotto said. “There’s very little we can learn from the people here and from this stadium. I hope we learn a lot, but sometimes we seem incorrigible. It seems that if this final repeats itself in a few years, it won’t be able be played [in Argentina].

“In our country, during these days, they said that it was normal for you to be thrown a stone when the visiting bus arrives. No, it’s not normal … it’s abnormal to throw a stone at a bus.

“It’s like entering a shop and throwing a stone at someone. Hopefully these things change, but in the sporting aspect it’s done, River won.”

Names Appointed Perm Secs by President Buhari and their states

BUHARI-FEC-MEETING-1AIn a Statement released today through the Office of the Head of Civil Service, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of nine new Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, said they will be sworn in and assignment of portfolios at a yet to be determined date.

The successful Federal Permanent Secretaries and their states of origin are
1. Dr. Bakari Wadinga (Adamawa),
2. Dr. M.K. Dikwa, (Borno),
3. Dr. Ajani Magdalene N. Olor (Delta),
4. Umakhihe Ernest Afolabi (Edo) and
5. Mbaeri Maurice Nnamdi (Imo).
6. Babatunde Lawal (Lagos),
7. Festus Yusuf Narai Daudu (Nasarawa),
8. Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan (Osun) and
9. Dr. Musa Hanafi Moriki(Zamfara).

EU Meets With INEC Ahead Of 2019 Election

eu3-768x576The European Union has pledged its committed to assist the Independent National Electoral Commission in conducting a free and fair elections in the country.

It says it will provide all that is necessary in making the elections free and fair and ensuring its a credible one.

Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria, Ketil Karlson, who made the pledge to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, said the Union had committed over 100 million euros to Nigeria’s democracy since 1999.

He was speaking after a meeting of some EU ambassadors to Nigeria with a delegation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by its Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.eu4

Karlson said the meeting with the INEC delegation afforded it the opportunity to assess the level of preparation and further look at other areas of collaboration that would enhance credibility of the 2019 general elections.

The EU delegation head expressed confidence that INEC would conduct a free and credible election come 2019, noting that the EU had supported the commission in various ways.

”We have since 1999 provided more than 100m Euros in support of democratic processes in Nigeria.

”I have a very good piece of news for everyone that our high representative and vice president has just now approved that we will have again a long time observation mission here next year,” he said.

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The supports which entails institutional and technical, according to the EU are aimed at ensuring elections in the country are free, fair, credible and peaceful.

Karlson said that as part of its support to Nigeria’s democracy, the EU had just concluded tours of the six geopolitical zones, educating youths and women on the essence of participating in the 2019 general elections.

“EU has been supporting INEC for a very long time; it is not something that we started doing just ahead of the elections.

“As a matter of fact, we have been providing institutional and technical supports to INEC for a very long time,” he said.

He said the meeting with INEC delegation had afforded the union the opportunity to discuss inclusiveness, the importance of participation of people with disability, the importance of women and youth.

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Sometimes there are quick fixes, things that can be done without great investment to ensure that these people have better access to voting also,” he said.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu, said that the commission was fully prepared to conduct an election that would be an improvement on previous ones.

Yakubu said the yet to be signed Electoral Amendment Act would not affect the commission in any way as INEC had been conducting itself within the ambit of the law.

“For us, there is no legal lacuna as a law exists, but if it is accented to, then we will abide by the provisions of the new law, but as we speak, there is no legal lacuna.

”We have taken the actions we have taken so far legitimately under the provisions of the law as it exists and nothing has changed,” he said.

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The INEC chairman also assured that steps had been taken to guarantee an all inclusive elections.

He said the commission was looking at all possibilities that would ensure people with disabilities exercise their franchise.

“For the first time in Anambra, we introduced magnifying glasses for those with visual impairment, in the Osun election, we introduced tactile balloting, meaning that those with visual impairment who can read with brail and can vote are assisted,” he said.

6 dead, dozens hurt in Italy nightclub stampede

Italy_Nightclub_Stampede_72324At least six people died and dozens were injured in a stampede when panic broke out during a rap concert at an Italian nightclub early Saturday.

Media reports said the suspected use of a pepper spray-like substance sparked the chaos at the venue in the town of Corinaldo, near Ancona in central Italy.

The cause may have been the dispersal of a stinging substance, the young people fled and trampled over each other. Sadly, six people died and dozens are injured,” the fire service said in a statement on Twitter.

The victims include five people under the age of 18 — three girls and two boys – and an adult woman who accompanied her daughter to the concert.

Local fire chief Dino Poggiali said that 14 of the injured were in a critical condition, and 40 less serious.italyfeed

As the crowd panicked, people ran for the three emergency exits, one of which led to a small bridge and the car park, according to a preliminary investigation.

The force of the fleeing crowd made a railing collapse and dozens of people fell, crushing those below to death.

– ‘You can’t die like that! –

A pile of abandoned shoes testified to the chaos of the stampede, with survivors and the bereaved weeping outside the nightclub as emergency vehicles tended to the injured, local newspaper Ancona Today reported.

“It can’t be! You can’t die like that. Wake up Mattia, I beg you,” one unnamed woman cried as she knelt by her son’s body, the paper said.

Around 1,000 people — many of them young — were in the Lanterna Azzurra (Blue Lantern) club for a performance by Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta, known as “the king of the trap” for his style of Hip Hop.1d2e1dcea16f48e9bdc4de07c159bc0a_18

The accident happened at around 1am (0000 GMT).

“We were dancing and waiting for the concert to start when we smelt this pungent odour,” a 16-year-old boy who was taken to hospital told the media.

“We ran to one of the emergency exits but we found it blocked, the bouncers told us to go back.”

The injured were taken to hospital in the nearby town of Senigallia and the most serious on to Ancona.

In 2017, a woman died and 1,500 were injured in a crush during the outdoor broadcast in Turin of a Champions League football match final when rumours of a bombing sparked panic.

Around 30,000 people had gathered in June last year to watch the broadcast from Cardiff, Wales, of the local team Juventus play Real Madrid when pepper spray was shot into the crowd as part of a robbery attempt.

Erika Pioletti, 38, died two weeks later after being left in a coma by the crush. She had gone to watch the game in the square with her boyfriend.

Eight people were arrested on suspicion of causing the scramble by dispersing the irritating substance.

“If I Were A Pastor, I Would Turn Daddy Freeze To A Wall Gecko” – Akpororo Slams Daddy Freeze

daddy frezyComedian Akpororo attacked OAP Daddy Freeze over his controversial notion surrounding payment of tithes, during his performance at The Experience 2018 which held yesterday at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan Lagos.

Akpororo who disclosed that if was called to be a man of God, he would have turned Daddy Freeze to ‘wall gecko’, stated that nobody can tell him to stop paying tithe because it works for him. According to the comedian, Daddy Freeze never wrote the Bible and so can’t tell anyone to stop paying tithe.

 

Aisha Buhari warns against discriminating drug addicts

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The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha has cautioned against discriminating against those involved in the usage of hard drugs.

Mrs Buhari said rather than isolating and discriminating drug users, the society should look beyond the problem and begin to look at the main cause of the problem.Aisha-Buhari-1-1024x576

The wife of the President spoke at the official flag-off of Youth Against Drug Abuse, YADA, campaign organized by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, at the Kano Government House, yesterday, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.

Represented by the wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, she said the problem of drugs should be addressed for a lasting solution.aishag457346532.jpg

According to her: “As a result of drug influence, the lives of many youths have been destroyed as they engage in all sort of heinous crimes which has led to their incarceration.

“It must be understood that whatever crime someone under the influence of drugs commits is influenced by the drug.Aisha-Buhari_2

“I want to commend the efforts of all government agencies in the fight against drug abuse in the country and that such efforts has led to the arrest and confiscation of 86 containers containing prohibited drugs.”

Buhari In Trouble, As International Court Contemplates On Teaching Him How To Do His Job

buhari-thinks2040547761.jpgThe International Criminal Court, ICC, has said it was examining the farmers-herders crisis in Nigeria. This crisis which should have been the primary responsibility of our President  is now about to be handled by an international body. The Lead prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, who disclosed this at The Hague, Netherlands, while presenting the annual report of ICC activities for 2018, on Wednesday, said the ICC was examining available information to determine whether there was reasonable basis to believe that the crimes allegedly committed fall under its jurisdiction.

In the preliminary examinations report, which addresses many countries, including Nigeria, the ICC said from January to June 2018, over 1,300 people were killed and 300,000 displaced as a result of clashes between herders and farmers in five states.
The report stated: “From January to June 2018, over 1,300 people were reportedly killed as a result of violence between herders and settlers in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Adamawa and Taraba states and about 300,000 persons were displaced.

Fulani Herdsmen“Furthermore, the office received communications on attacks allegedly carried out by herders and Christian settlers in the context of the violence in Nigeria’s North Central and North East geographical zones.
‘’This violence, which has been observed by the office since 2016, is often referred to as a conflict between herders and Christian farmers, stemming from limited access to water, land and other resources.”

The report, which noted that violence in the country, grew worse between 2017 and 2018, stated further: “The escalation of violence in late 2017 and 2018 is reportedly the result of the rise of ethnic militias and community vigilantes and the passage of grazing laws in some of the affected states that reportedly imposed restrictions on herders, among others.”buhari-sad11719889396.jpg

“Militias are also reported to have clashed with security men deployed in the affected area to address the deteriorating security situation.
“Some of the attacks on civilians were allegedly committed by criminal gangs involved in cattle-rustling that were subsequently blamed on herders.
‘’The Office has reviewed these communications and continues to gather additional information to determine whether there is a reasonable basis to believe that the crimes allegedly committed in this context fall under ICC jurisdiction.”

The Federal Executive Council, approved the 2019 budget proposal.

1..-President-Buhari-Presides-over-FEC-by-Novo-IsioroThe approval was granted at Friday’s special session presided over by  President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting which started by 10:30am lasted  till around 1:00.pm at the Presidential Villa.

Briefing State House Correspondents at the end of FEC meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja, the Minister of Budget and Planning, Udoma Udoma said the Council will liaise with the National Assembly to determine when the president will submit the draft estimates for the consideration of the two chambers.

He however did not give details of the proposal when asked by newsmen, noting that  the Nigerian constitution only allows the president to give out the details and he will do so when the National Assembly is ready to receive the draft.

The FEC had on 24th October approved the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) for the 2019 -2021 to provide template for the 2019 budget.

The session which was presided over by President Buhari approved a budget estimate of N8.73tr for the 2019 budget, N400bn lower than that of this year.

It will be recalled that, Udoma, had last month announced that the Federal Government was considering a leaner 2019 budget of N8.6 trillion, which is leaner than the N9.1 trillion approved by lawmakers for 2018.

He had explained at a consultative forum on the medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) and fiscal strategy paper (FSP) 2019-2021, that the decision was due to reduced government revenue projection for the year.

Udoma also said government planned to cut down the level of borrowing from N1.6 trillion in 2018 to N1.5 trillion in 2019, while the deficit component would be reduced from N1.9 trillion in 2018 to N1.6 trillion.

In spite of  the recent oil output drop to about 1.9 million barrels a day, Udoma said government was optimistic the 2.3 million barrels a day target was achievable with production now rising to about 2.15 million barrels a day and new oil productions being put into play.

Although a $50 per barrel oil price benchmark was proposed in the ERGP, the minister had expressed confidence that with a significant rise in the price above $80 per barrel currently, government has proposed a $60 per barrel oil price for the budget.

Udoma had added that N305 was proposed as exchange rate to the dollar, with government working to keep inflation down after slight increases in the last two months on the heels of 18 months consecutive decline.

The projected target gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate for the budget was put at 3.01 per cent, reduced from 4.5 per cent in the ERGP; 3.6 per cent in 2020 and 3.9 per cent in 2021.

“Growth is expected to increase from 0.8 per cent in 2017 to 2.1 per cent this year and 3.01 per cent in 2019 with the continued implementation of the ERGP in 2019 and improved outlook for oil prices,” he said.

On revenue, Udoma had said based on the oil price and oil production assumptions, government expected to generate about N3.6 trillion from oil, up by about N500 billion from last year’s figure.

About N6.9 trillion revenue is projected to be available to the budget in 2019.

With other projections showing government expects to collect less revenue from some independent sources, he said only about N624 billion is expected to be realised, against about N847 billion in the 2018 budget, among others.

Messi is a better player than Ronaldo because he dribbles better-Neymar

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Paris Saint Germain striker Neymar Jnr has revealed Lionel Messi is a better player than Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.  The 26-year-old, who dropped from the Ballon d’Or podium to 12th position this year, is considered one of the best players in the current game.ronaldo-and-messi886149806.png

During a Q&A on his YouTube channel on Wednesday, the Brazilian was asked the question many football fans have debated over the past few years: who the better player between Messi and Ronaldo is.

“Ronaldo has gone from a winger to a striker and a goalscorer,” Neymar answered, as quoted by the Daily Express. “Rather than taking players on all the time, he has gone more one or two touches, getting in the box and scoring goals.messi-ronaldo-32088407795.jpg

“Messi a bit of everything – you see him scoring goals from playing probably a deep midfield role at times, and where I’m probably still walking on the pitch, he’s scoring. “So he is probably the best.”

Neymar scored his 11th Ligue 1 goal of the season in PSG’s 2-2 draw with Bordeaux last Sunday – it was also his 30th league goals since joining the French giants.

What do you think about Neymar’s opinion?messi-and-Cristiano

500 policemen deployed to Lagos Island for Crime and Traffic Control

nigeria_police_-690x450926851147.jpgThe Lagos State Police Command has deployed additional five hundred policemen to various routes on the Lagos Island with special focus on Apogbon, TBS, Eko Hotels and environs.

This was done to boost the number of personnel already at various points in the area.
The deployment was necessitated by the following events coming up on the Island which includes: The Experience, Adekunle Gold Concert and the Davido Concert.nigeriapolice942509373.jpg

Also factored in the strategy are people who would be embarking on religious pilgrimage to RCCG Holy Ghost Congress at Redeem Camp and Shiloh at the Winners’ Chapel.

Expectedly, the aforementioned events will lead to surge in vehicular and human traffic thereby bringing additional pressure to the already strained traffic situation in the commercial city resulting in gridlock.man-arrested-by-nigerian-police-for-looting-during-strike-1024x6611277962361.jpg

To ameliorate the foreseen situation, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi directed that five hundred policemen be posted to Lagos Island to boost the number of men already on ground in order to prevent crime and ensure smooth flow of traffic.

The CP warns criminals who might want to take advantage of the upcoming events to stay away from the Island and indeed the state as anyone caught will be summarily dealt with.

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He enjoins Lagosians to report suspicious characters and movements to the police through the following toll free emergency numbers 112 and 767.

Also available for complaints are the following Citizen Complaint Hot Centre lines:
1. 08067945296
2. 08063025274
3. 08063104759
4. 08113615350
5. 08113683077
6. 08096283148
7.,08096283173
8. 08089781657
9. 08126404930
10. 08081426895
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In addition to the policemen deployed for this purpose, the Command will be collaborating with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), LASTMA and other relevant traffic management agencies to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the state.

He assures of peaceful yuletide season and enjoins Lagosians to enjoy moderately during the festive period.

Pep Guardiola has been nominated for November’s Barclay’s Manager of the Month award.

man-city-celebrate_1k2u5kzu0dwtrzknhwv0xkr7bManchester City enjoyed a 100 per cent record in the Premier League last month, beating Southampton and Manchester United at home, before producing a dominant display in the 4-0 win away at West Ham.

We scored a remarkable 13 goals in those three matches, conceding two.

City sit top of the Premier League table with 41 points from 15 games this season, two ahead of second-placed Liverpool.

You can vote for Pep by visiting the Premier League website.

Everyone at City would like to congratulate Pep on his well-deserved nomination!pep-guardiola-640x400