Archive for August 2nd, 2017

Neymar bids final goodbye to Barca teammates as he leaves for PSG

Neymar BarcelonaThe Brazil international is set to travel to the French capital to complete his €222 million move after bidding farewell to his Barca team-mates

Barcelona have confirmed that Neymar has been given permission to miss training as his move to Paris Saint-Germain closes in.

The Brazil international arrived at the Blaugrana’s training ground on Wednesday, only to leave soon after as he bids farewell to his team-mates.


The club confirmed the development with a short message on Twitter that read: “Neymar Jr. has been given permission not to attend training.”

Neymar will now travel to the French capital to complete his world-record €222 million move to the Ligue 1 outfit.

 He is set to earn €30m a year in wages as the club’s marquee name while his father, Neymar Sr., is set for a €40m windfall as part of the deal.

The deal is expected to be finalised by the end of the week, with PSG kicking off their Ligue 1 campaign on Saturday against Amiens.

Barca, meanwhile, are preparing to face Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy before a double-header against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup ahead of the new Liga season.


Alexandre Lacazette may struggle in Premier League-David Seaman

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The Frenchman was in stunning goalscoring form last season but may need time to adjust to his new surroundings, according to this ex-Gunners hero

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman believes the physical nature of the Premier League could see new Gunners signing Alexandre Lacazette initially struggle to adapt to life in England, but has backed the France international to be an overall success at the Emirates.

The Gunners signed the prolific attacker for a club-record fee of £53 million from Lyon earlier this month.

Lacazette’s stunning goalscoring record over the last four years has seen him blossom into one of the most sought after forwards in Europe, with the 26-year-old coming off the back of a career-best 28 goals in Ligue 1.

The substantial transfer fee forked out by the Gunners to secure his services brings with it additional pressure, though the France international went some way to ease concerns with a goal on his debut against Sydney FC, and another on his first start at the Emirates against Sevilla on Sunday.

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And while Gunners legend Seaman is encouraged by the striker’s arrival, the former goalkeeper has warned it may take Lacazette time to adjust to the demands of the English top tier.

“It will be difficult for him to get used to the Premier League,” Seaman told Goal.

“A lot of new signings find it difficult to settle because they don’t realise how fast and how physical it is, and how fast the games come round.

“Sometimes you’re playing two or three times a week. He will get used to it – from what I’ve seen he does look quality.

“People said he reminds them of Ian Wright, but he has to score a few more goals to remind me of him!”

Lacazette scored 37 goals in 43 appearances for boyhood club Lyon across all competitions last season, including 28 from 30 outings in the French top flight.

Having helped Arsenal retain the Emirates Cup over the weekend, Lacazette is set to make his official club debut against Chelsea in the Community Shield on Saturday, August 6.

IPOB, MASSOB activities affecting South-East’s economy- Orji Kalu

Related imageFormer governor of Abia, Dr Orji Kalu, says the agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra is adversely affecting the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the South-East. Kalu spoke on Tuesday in Abuja, at a joint press conference with members of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), after a closed meeting with the group. He said that he opened up consultations with the group following recent developments in the country, threats and counter threats. The former governor said that Nnamdi Kanu was not the only one talking about Biafra, adding that he had access to all of them and would continue talking to them. “It is an issue of great concern to the region; the young people on the street do not know the damage the Biafra agitation does to the GDP of the region. “ The GDP of the area has gone down grossly; I am an entrepreneur and I know it. “Cameroon, Chad, Niger and others used to buy goods from Aba, now how many of them still go there? “We resolved this issue when I was the governor of Abia; I resolved it with Ralph Uwazulike and he listened; we will speak with Nnamdi Kanu and he will listen.’’ Kalu said that the diversity and demography of Nigeria was its strength. According to him, every part of the country has something to offer for its development, anybody who thinks otherwise is making mistake. Kalu urged the group to support the call for restructuring as it did not mean breaking up the country. “Nigeria needs to restructure economically and other wise. Many states cannot pay salaries. “We need to put more money on capital projects,I recommend 25 per cent for recurrent and 75 per cent for capital. “If the federal and state governments had invested in agriculture, the North should be making about 150 billion dollars from agriculture yearly. “This is the only country that traverses from Atlantic Ocean to Sahara desert; some people are asking God to give them just one; we have to keep the country united,’’ he said. He thanked Shettima Yerima, the Chairman of CNG for coming for the meeting, adding that there would be further consultations in order to reach a common ground. Kalu assured southerners living in the North that they were safe and Nigeria was also safe. On his part, Yerima said that he had been engaging with Kalu via telephone since the quit notice issue came up. Yerima, who is also the Chairman of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, said Kalu had shown a lot of concern and was worried that the unity of Nigeria was being threatened. “We have had series of meetings with a lot of prominent Nigerians and we want the unity of Nigeria. “We identify with Kalu because he believes in the unity of Nigeria, going by his antecedents; we have assured him of our commitment to one Nigeria and our meeting was fruitful. “We strongly believe that Nigeria is one and it is for us. “We held meeting with Northern governors and we promised to make a statement and this is part of the process. “Be rest assured that there is no cause for alarm; we assure everybody who believes in Nigeria of their safety,’’ he said. Yerima said that the coalition would engage in further consultations before taking a final position.

Policemen stole everything in my Abuja house- Jonathan

Former-President Goodluck Jonathan has clarified that items stolen from his Gwarimpa Abuja were exaggerated in several media reports. Jonathan’s home in Abuja He spoke through statement issued by his media side, Mr.Ikexhukwu Eze, Tuesday. The statement reads in full: Following series of enquiries from journalists and other concerned Nigerians on the extent of the reported vandalisation and theft in the house of former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan located in Gwarinpa Abuja, we therefore would like to make the following clarifications: The theft was discovered last month upon which a report was duly lodged with the relevant police authorities. The police immediately commenced investigations which led to the arrest and detention of some suspects, six of whom were policemen, even as investigations continue. The house, which the former President bought from CITEC estate developers in 2004, was totally stripped bare by the thieves who stole every movable item in the house including furniture sets, beds, electronics, toilet and electrical fittings, as well as all internal doors and frames. However, contrary to exaggerated reports in some media, only six television sets, 3 refrigerators and one gas cooker were stolen. Being that the house is a modest 4-bedroom duplex, it couldn’t have been fitted with “36 Plasma television sets and about 25 refrigerators” as falsely reported by some media outfits. We thank all Nigerians for their show of concern and wish to convey the former President’s goodwill to all Nigerians.

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