Archive for February, 2019

Fresh: Fulham sacks Ranieri

Image result for claudio ranieriIt has been revealed that struggling English Premier League club Fulham  have sacked Claudio Ranieri as manager on Thursday, after a little over three months in charge.

The Italian won just 12 points in 16 games after taking over, leaving the club second from bottom and 10 points from safety with just 10 games to go.

In a statement, Fulham named Scott Parker as caretaker manager.

Ranieri led Leicester City FC to the EPL title in 2016.

Man City makes 50 Million Pounds from PUMA new deal

Image result for manchester city playersNo doubt, Manchester City are enjoying good time in England. It has been reported that Puma has signed a long-term strategic partnership with English Premier League champions, Manchester City, taking over from Nike, as it seeks to make up for the loss of Arsenal to German rival, Adidas, the sportswear company said on Thursday.

British media have reported the deal could be worth 50 million pounds a year, more than double what Nike was paying, making it the third biggest in English soccer, behind Adidas’s sponsorship of Manchester United and Nike’s partnership with Chelsea.

Puma Chief Executive Bjorn Gulden declined to comment on the cost but said the agreement included a fixed retainer, a bonus depending on sporting achievements and a royalty component.

“We think we are getting a fair deal,” Gulden told Reuters. “Man City is the best team in that league.

“They are very forward-thinking and extremely analytical with the way they approach the game and the business,” he said.

Man City beat Chelsea to retain the Carabao Cup on Sunday and is second in the Premier League, with a chance in the FA Cup and European Champions League.

Under Gulden, Puma has sought to rebuild its reputation in sports performance gear, signing a raft of sponsorship deals with top soccer sides including German league leaders Borussia Dortmund, Italy’s AC Milan and France’s third-placed Marseille.

“We need a major club in each market,” he said.

Politics: Real Reasons Police stopped anti Tinubu protest in Lagos

Image result for bola tinubuIt has been reported that armed policemen have reportedly stopped a protest march being organized by a group of activist in Lagos.

Fujiipop findings revealed that the activists under the auspicies, Orange movement, had decided to stage a rally this morning to appeal to residents of the state to come out enmass to vote against the Bola Tinubu candidate in the March 9th governorship election. The group argued that a vote for the governorship candidate of Bola Tinubu, is an extension of his ”rule” in Lagos state.

Tinubu, a former governor of the state, is in support of APC governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The group had gathered in front of the Airport Hotel, Ikeja early this morning, to kick off their protest march.  They had adopted “O to Ge” chant meaning “Enough is Enough”, which was used to uproot the political structure of Senate President Bukola Saraki in Kwara state during the election. They were stopped by armed policemen.

According to the policemen, the group did not seek permission before embarking on the protest march.

Football: Tottenham Boss admits at last only Man City Or Liverpool can win EPL title

Image result for mauricio pochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that it is “impossible” for his side to fight Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title following back-to-back defeats.

Tottenham’s hopes were dealt a major blow with Wednesday’s 2-0 reverse against London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after a 2-1 loss to Burnley on Saturday.

Pedro’s opener that went through Hugo Lloris’ legs and Kieran Trippier’s own goal left third-place Tottenham nine points behind leaders Liverpool and eight adrift of defending champions Manchester City after 28 matches.

“In the small details, we lose. We made mistakes and lost the game, that is why we are disappointed, we weren’t capable of playing our way,” Spurs manager Pochettino told the BBC.

“Chelsea had one shot on target and one goal and we didn’t shoot – it’s difficult that way to win and we weren’t solid enough. In the small details the result was decided for Chelsea.

“The competition will put us in our place. It’s a 10-month competition, not just three or four months. We are disappointed now.”

“After Burnley I said it was difficult, and tonight makes it impossible to fight Man City and Liverpool. Only they can win the league – we must fight to win games and to be fair.”

In his post-match news conference, Pochettino told reporters: “Chelsea is a difficult place to play, as history shows. I think we won last season here after 27 years.
“Today we competed. We maybe didn’t compete at our best. We didn’t show the quality we have, for different reasons. We are in a period now that looks like it started against Burnley – up to Burnley, the team were getting a lot of praise.

“But two games in a few days, two defeats, and very disappointed. But it’s about being calm. It won’t change my assessment of the players. We need to support them, lift them and help them to compete on Saturday.”

Following the loss, Tottenham are now closer to fourth-place Arsenal – who are within four points – than City.

In-form Manchester United are only a point further back as Tottenham prepare to welcome rivals Arsenal to Wembley on Saturday.

“After two defeats, maybe we’re not there and not content, but we need to keep going and try to be ready for the next game. But it’s not a drama.”

Pochettino added: “I don’t care about the pressure to play against Arsenal, Chelsea or Burnley. It’s the same feeling for me. We need to be ready to compete and give our best.

” If we win, I’ll be happy. If we don’t win, I’ll be as unhappy as I am now.

“Everyone from the beginning of the season should be satisfied with that position before playing on Saturday.

Everyone should have said that eight or 10 months ago, to be with the possibility of playing against Arsenal at Wembley with the gap at four points [would be good]. The pressure is on them, not only us.”

Why INEC announced Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf winner of Taraba Central Senatorial District

Related imageIt has been reported that Independent National Electoral Commission Returning Officer for Taraba Central Senatorial District, Prof. Kolawaju Philip, on Thursday declared the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, winner of February 23, election after polling 98,860 votes.

Philip, who declared the results in Bali, said Dahiru Bako of the Peoples Democratic Party polled 95,074 while Mr Gilbert Nyangaji of the All Progressives Grand Alliance had 13,319 votes.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the declaration of the senatorial results was delayed as a result of a dispute over the election figures from Kurmi, Sardauna and Bali Local Government Areas.

Fresh: Hoodlums attack Igbo traders for not voting APC In Lagos Island

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It has been reported that Hoodlums popularly known as ‘Area Boys’ numbering over hundred have attacked Igbo traders on Lagos Island for not voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in the last Saturday election.

The miscreants, who were armed with dangerous weapons like cutlasses, broken bottles, wood and knives struck at about at Oluwole, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tinubu, Bamgbose and Alli Streets.

Some Igbo traders who were just opening their respectful shops for business were beaten with the instruction that all their shops should remain locked.

Armed hoodlums were seen parading the Streets, shouting “Igbo should go back to their States to do business. This is Lagos.”

“We campaign for them to vote for Buhari, but they refused and voted for Atiku. They cannot come here to do business again. They must follow us to vote whoever we ask them to vote for. This is just a sample for them, if they ever vote for PDP again, that will be their end”, the hoodlums threatened,” the hoodlums were heared chorusing.

This threats made the Igbo traders to quickly close their respectful shops and stood nearby to witness what was going to happen to their shops.

Some Yoruba men in the areas were also seen challenging the hoodlums not to cause problem because the Igbos have the right to vote for the candidate of their choice.

Chris Onyekachi, President, Amalgamated Computer Stationery and Allied Trader Association of Nigeria, said he got a call this morning that hoodlums had attacked Igbo traders on Lagos Island because they voted for Atiku Abubakar.

He said the hoodlums locked their shops and destroyed goods worth millions of naira and even beat up some Igbo traders for daring to vote for Atiku.

Onyekachi condemned the act, describing it as lawlessness, saying that it was a breach of their fundamental human rights as they had the right to live anywhere and vote for whom they chose to vote for.

He added that the arrival of the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in the area saved the day as the police restored normalcy.

Also, policemen were drafted to the areas on the order of the Area ‘A’ Commander, Bode Ojajuni who was informed about the situation.

As at the time of this report, Police vehicles are seen patrolling the areas, but the Igbo traders still gathered nearby and refused to open shops for the fear of another attack.Related image

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