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Gernot Rohr expresses his satisfaction with Cameroon draw

The German tactician was satisfied to collect a point from his side’s World Cup qualifying game against the Indomitable Lions

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has expressed his contentment despite his side’s 1-1 draw against Cameroon on Monday.

The Super Eagles travelled to Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium for a game billed as a potential decider, with a win handling them a 2018 Fifa World Cup ticket.

But a match of attrition between two well-matched teams ended in stalemate as both created clear-cut chances with Vincent Aboubakar’s penalty cancelling out Moses Simon’s first half strike, meaning Nigeria’s next fixture against Zambia takes on extra importance.


CHAN: Benin Republic 1:0 Nigeria

Image result for super eaglesThe Squirrels edged past the Super Eagles for a crucial three points in Sunday’s African Nations Championship qualifier

A Mama Seibou penalty saw Benin Republic to a vital 1-0 win over Nigeria in an African Nations Championship qualifier on Sunday.

The US Krake midfielder struck from the penalty spot in the 90th minute at Stade de l’Amitié in Cotonou to hold a slim advantage over Salisu Yusuf’s men.

Seibou fired past captain Ekene Ezenwa after Afeez Aremu had brought down an opponent in an attempt to win the ball.

Despite being outplayed in the second half, the hosts held on in a huge result and they would be hoping to finish off the job in the return leg at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on August 19.

Winner of this fixture on aggregate will qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship billed for Kenya.

Rawlings warns Nigerians against ethnic hatred


Former President of Ghana, Mr Jerry John Rawlings has warned Nigerians to stop hate speech and threatening of each other on tribal grounds as this could lead to ethnic and tribal warfare, which will not be a good development for Nigeria.

The former President made the remark while speaking at 12th Annual Lecture organised by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, UIAA, Ekiti State branch.

Rawlings, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, advised Nigerians to endeavour to get people of integrity into leadership position who will have the interest of the country at heart.

Speaking further, the Ghanaian leader said African challenges have to do with leadership that lacks character, stressing that “by character, I mean distinctive qualities that overcome the challenges we have as constituencies and organisations.

He said: “Let’s learn to be gracious. I am sad over the mean behaviour of my fellow black men. African countries are plagued with several challenges such as agriculture, deforestation, bad economy, governance, education amongst others.”

Rawlings who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event said that he is worried by the rating of Nigeria and Ghana in terms of high rate of corruption by Transparency International (TI) . According to him : “Transparency International shows that countries in the South South region of Africa failed to address corruption and that Ghana and Nigeria rate high in corruption indices. However, some leaders have the will but not the character to fight corruption. The fight against corruption in Nigeria calls for integrity and wise approach so that it will not conflict with the lives of the people”.

He added that when Nigeria fights corruption rightly, it will not only augur well    for Nigeria but Africa and the world generally,    as he maintained that Nigeria commands about 75 per cent of the African population.

“Nigeria has the pride and integrity. Most African countries cannot meddle with you people”, Rawlings said.


Joshua visits Nigeria in August

Image result for Anthony JoshuaCurrent World Boxing Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua,  is set to visit Nigeria on a three-day tour in August.

According to the  organisers of the visit Peel Aston Global, the British-born Nigerian pugilist will  pay courtesy calls on Acting President Yemi Osibajo in Abuja and the governors of Lagos and Ogun states.

The director of the outfit Khomeini Bukhari said Joshua, who  defeated Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in 11 rounds at Wembley Stadium in April to unify the IBF, WBA and IBO titles, would also visit some royal fathers including the Ooni of Ife,  Awujale of Ijebu and Oba of Lagos.

Bukhari in a statement on Wednesday stated that arrangements had been concluded for the boxing champion’s homecoming.

He explained that the 27-year-old  would attend a charity boxing match tagged  Inspire Nigeria 2017 at the Eko Hotel in Lagos  and the  Transcorp Hilton Hotel in  Abuja where he would take questions from the audience.

According to him,   Inspire Nigeria 2017 is a platform for Joshua to encourage Nigerian youths to enable them to realise their dreams.

He said, “This event is part of his (Joshua’s) Social Corporate Responsibility and duty to give back to Nigeria.

“Part of the tour will be to visit the Presidency, some governors as well as royal fathers.

“I have secured the endorsement and support of some notable people in Nigeria and  I’m very positive that this event will be by far the biggest event in Nigeria in a very long time.”

The businessman stated that Joshua had  made Nigeria proud, describing him as a role model, hope for the youths, and a fine example of a good sportsman.

“We are working very hard on his trip as he is the best sports personality right now as far as I am concerned and he deserves the best homecoming,” Bukhari added.

Meanwhile, Joshua has called for Tyson Fury to regain his fitness so they can arrange a fight that “the public want to see”, according to Skysports.

Fury responded to Joshua’s call-out on Tuesday with a social media post that claimed, “I really don’t believe AJ can lace my boots up.”

He said, “I don’t think Tyson can lace his own boots at the minute! When Tyson is fit, when he’s ready, we’ll be ready.”

Nigerian Embassy In US Shut Down

 The Nigerian Embassy in Workers Washington have been shut down as a result of the sit-in by the embassy workers which in turn has paralysed activities at the mission in the United States.

The workers said they have not been paid salaries for the past five months, forcing them to embark on the strike.

Although some departments of the embassy are said to still be functional, they threatened to report the embassy to the U.S. Labour Department.

There were no official functions at the embassy on Tuesday, as the workers only gathered at the lunch room in the basement.

The embassy in Washington and the consulate in New York are said to be currently cash strapped, with staff and local workers not being paid for months.

A source close to the Presidency said there has been a lot of mismanagement of resources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, causing a lack of concern for staff welfare and difficulty in the missions being able to carry out their functions.

Oritsefemi jets out for Musical World Tour this week

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Musical Taliban , Oritsefemi Majemite Ekele will jet out this week for his musical world tour. He will perform in Europe, U S A, Asia.

See one of the posters of the show above.

Moses: Kante’s PFA Award Well Deserved

mosesNigeria forward Victor Moses has congratulated his Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante who was voted Professional Football Association Players’ Player of the Year on Sunday.

Kante, 26, beat Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez in the vote by his fellow players.

Moses expressed his delight playing alongside the diminutive French midfielder.
There have been debates on who deserves the award more between Kante and Hazard, but Moses is backing the midfielder.
“Congratulations N’Golo Kante on winning the PFA Player of the Year award. Well deserved and it’s a pleasure playing with you mate,” Moses wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Tottenham’s Dele Alli won the PFA young player prize for the second successive year while Manchester United and England legend David Beckham received the PFA’s Merit award.

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