Archive for June 19th, 2019

Luis Enrique set to step down as Spain boss

It has been revealed that former Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique is set to step down as the Spain national team head coach which is going to be officially announced during the press conference on Wednesday’s evening.

The Asturian took over at La Roja in the summer of 2018 straight after the disastrous World Cup campaign. His tenure was rather successful even though Spain failed to reach UEFA Nations League finals after falling short to England.

However, Luis Enrique hasn’t been available since 2020 Euro Qualifier against Malta on March 26 due to personal reasons. He didn’t return in action for the international break in June with the 2020 Euro qualifiers against Faroe Islands and Sweden being overseen by his long-term assistant and eventual replacement, Roberto Moreno.

Moreno worked with Luis Enrique at Celta, Barcelona and Spain national team. When he was left in charge of La Roja, his team won all three games.

Abdoul-Razak is Burundi’s Most Dangerous player, Super Eagles should beware

Eagles Beware! Abdoul-Razak, Not Berahino Is Burundi’s  Most Dangerous Swallow

Findings have been revealed that Burundi forward Fiston Abdoul-Razak will look to showcase his predatory prowess when the Swallows line up against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their first ever Africa Cup of Nations match on Saturday at the 20-seater Alexandria Stadium.

Former West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City striker, Saido Berahino is no doubt the biggest name in the Burundi team, but it was Abdoul-Razak who plays for Algerian club JS Kabyile who hogged the headlines for his heroics during the qualifiers.

Abdoul-Razak, 25, was second top scorer in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers with six goals behind Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo .

His impressive performances during the qualifiers is one of the reasons the once war ravaged country are heading to Egypt to compete against some of the best teams in the continent.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa player has also scored 18 goals in 38 appearances for Burundi on the international scene.

Abdoul-Razak also netted seven goals in 21 league appearances for JS Kabylie in the Algerian league during the 2018-19 season.

All eyes will be on the talented forward on Saturday to see if he can replicate his fine scoring form against one of Africa’s best teams.

 

How Egyptian ex-president Morsi was ‘killed’

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It has been reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said his close ally Mohamed Morsi was “killed” and accused Egyptian authorities of failing to intervene to save the ex-president.

“Morsi was struggling on the floor in the courtroom for 20 minutes. Authorities, unfortunately, did not intervene to save him,” Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul. “Morsi was killed, he did not die of natural causes.”

Neymar informs Paris Saint-Germain he wants Barcelona return

Image result for neymarReports have it that Neymar has informed PSG chiefs he ‘wants to go home’ after admitting he should ‘never have left’ Barcelona. The Brazilian moved to the French capital from La Liga champions in 2017 for a reported world-record fee of £198m. However, reports coming out of Spain suggest the Selecao star has finally told his current employers that his future does not lie with the Ligue 1 champions.

Insecurity: I G P Sends Emissaries to Gani Adams over OPC’s Threats to Herdsmen

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Following the seven-day ultimatum handed down to Fulani herdsmen in the South-west by the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has sent his Chief of Staff, Mr. Jude Nwankor, to the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Abiodun Ige Adams.

Speaking during the visit in his house in Lagos, Adams tasked the I G on the need to be proactive in tackling the various security issues in the country.
Adams restated his belief in boosting local security, saying the best measure is to get people at the grassroots involved in local security.

He told the top police hierarchy that as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, “there are pressures on me to act on the issues”.

Adams admitted that the OPC “is ready to partner with the police in solving the security challenges in the country”, adding that “our group has a history of winning war against kidnapping, banditry and other social vices”.

“I commend the Inspector General of Police on this move. The visit, as far as I am concerned, is a welcome development and it goes a long way in solving the menace.

“The security situation in the country is becoming too worrisome with cases of Killings, kidnapping, raping and banditry prevalent across South-West states, and there is an urgent need to curb the menace”

Responding, Nwankor, who led the police team, said the reason for the visit “is to seek your support in solving the security challenges in the country”.
He said the police will be willing to partner with the Aare, giving his deep knowledge and experiences at the grassroots.

“We are happy to relate with you as a prominent voice in Yorubaland. We know there is no way we can secure the grassroots without local intelligence. The IG has indicated interest in seeking your assistance and support and that is why we are here to tell you that the police, as an institution, is ready to partner with you”, he said

Other personalities present at the meeting included Asoju Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Yinka Oguntimehin, Assistant General Secretary of OPC, Mr. Lasun Ogunfowokan, Chief Superintendent of Police Peter Gana and Mrs Stella Gowon.

Adams later presented a letter to the IGP, indicating his support and proffering solutions to insecurity across the country.

Meanwhile, the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBN) held a meeting in Osogbo yesterday to fashion out ways of ensuring peaceful coexistence and improved security in Osun State.

During the meeting, OPC in Osun State gave the Fulani herdsmen living in the state a seven-day ultimatum to fish out the bad eggs among them in the interest of peace in the state.

OPC, however, expressed readiness to use everything within its reach to tackle the security challenges currently facing the state.

The OPC leader in the state, Alhaji Leke Akintayo, gave the ultimatum during a peace meeting held with the leaders of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria and Miyetti Allah Castle Breeders Association in Osogbo, the state capital, yesterday.

Akintayo, who also sounded a note of warning to Fulani herders who have been engaging in criminal activities such as kidnapping, banditry, robbery among others, to vacate the state immediately or be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Expressing worries on the spate of kidnapping and other form of criminalities in the state, the OPC leader said one of the major objectives of OPC since its creation in 1998 is to protect the lives and property of Yoruba people.

According to him, “We called for this peace meeting to find lasting solution to the issue of security breakdown such as kidnapping, armed robbery and all sorts of criminal activities in the state.

“Over the years, Osun had been adjudged as the most peaceful state in Nigeria until recently when the so-called Fulani herders invaded our land and started kidnapping our people,” he explained.

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