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65-year-old Farmer Found Dead on his Farm in Oyo
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65-year-old Farmer Found Dead on his Farm in Oyo

A 65-year-old farmer Alfa Sikiru Akinlotan has been found dead on his farm. Akintola was found dead after his cocoa plantation in Igangan community in Ibarapa area of Oyo state was set ablaze by unknown arsonists on Wednesday, February 10. It is believed that he died while trying to put out the fire. Confirming the incident, Amotekun Commandant in the state Col. Olayinka Olayanju (Rtd.), said “Alfa Sikiru Akinlotan from Gbogi Compound, Isale Amao area, Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government died inside his farm at Itigbo, Apodun Road, Igangan, on Wednesday February 10, 2021. “It happened that his cocoa farm with his cashew farm were set ablaze wherein he met his untimely death while he was trying to quench the fire. He was never attacked by any Fulani or other person.” I...
Oladapo Afolayan Joins Bolton Wanderers on Loan From West Ham Until the End of Season
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Oladapo Afolayan Joins Bolton Wanderers on Loan From West Ham Until the End of Season

England-born Nigerian footballer, Oladapo Afolayan has joined Bolton on loan from West Ham until the end of the season. The 23-year-old striker made a goalscoring debut for the Hammers last month in a 4-0 victory against Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup and is understood to have been recommended to the League Two side by ex-skipper Kevin Nolan. “We are really pleased to have brought in Dapo,” said Wanderers boss Ian Evatt. “He’s quick, strong and technical and a very exciting attacking talent who can play all along the front three.” Afolayan joined West Ham from Solihull Moors in 2018, having spent his youth at a multitude of clubs: Harrow St Marys, Chelsea, Toronto FC, Barnet, Tooting & Mitcham United, and Toronto Varsity Blues. He also spent time on loan at Oldham and Mans...
Ighalo: Premier League clubs interested in signing Nigeria forward
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Ighalo: Premier League clubs interested in signing Nigeria forward

The former Super Eagles attacker will end his temporary stay with the Red Devils this month but is being courted by a number of clubs Odion Ighalo’s representative has revealed a number of clubs in the Premier League, Europe, and Middle East have shown their interest in signing the Manchester United forward. Ighalo teamed up with the Red Devils on transfer Deadline Day in January 2020 on an initial six-month loan deal from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua. The former Super Eagles attacker hit the ground running on his arrival, scoring five goals during his first spell with the side to earn an extension at United.
Bayern coach Flick urges Sane to give more
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Bayern coach Flick urges Sane to give more

  While prepared to be patient, Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick is eager to see improvement from Leroy Sane. Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick wants to see more from Leroy Sane, but said the attacker needed time. Since joining Bayern from Manchester City for a reported €45million earlier this year, Sane has scored five goals and provided two assists in nine games. The attacker missed almost the entire 2019-20 season with City after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Pirlo defends Dybala’s attitude as Juventus star withdraws from Argentina squad
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Pirlo defends Dybala’s attitude as Juventus star withdraws from Argentina squad

The Argentine attacker has struggled to get going this campaign and will use the upcoming international break to rest Andrea Pirlo backed Paulo Dybala, defending the playmaker's attitude after Juventus were held by Lazio. Dybala came off the bench as Juve were pegged back late in a 1-1 Serie A draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo had put Pirlo's men ahead, but Felipe Caicedo scored a 95th-minute equaliser after a tremendous run by Joaquin Correa.
‘I’m here to play football’ – Hazard eager to help Real Madrid bounce back from poor Champions League start
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‘I’m here to play football’ – Hazard eager to help Real Madrid bounce back from poor Champions League start

The Belgian attacker has vowed to help the team get through their group after his first minutes for the season Eden Hazard believes Real Madrid can recover from their poor start to the Champions League as he made his long-awaited return from injury in the 2-2 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach. The La Liga champions needed a stunning comeback to recover from Marcus Thuram's brace with the Bundesliga side racing to a 2-0 lead with half-an-hour play. Hazard helped spark the fightback with his entrance as a substitute coming prior to Karim Benzema keeping the match alive with a goal in the 87th minute before Casemiro struck the equaliser deep into stoppage time.
Rivaldo convinced Isco considering Real Madrid exit due to James Everton success
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Rivaldo convinced Isco considering Real Madrid exit due to James Everton success

  Barcelona great Rivaldo believes Isco will be considering his future at Real Madrid. Rivaldo believes that Isco could take inspiration from James Rodriguez, who went from being a fringe player at Los Blancos to becoming Everton's star man, with three goals and four assists from his first six matches. Isco, meanwhile, has had just 147 minutes under Zinedine Zidane across four appearances this term, failing to score or assist in 2020/21. "Isco has had great days at the club and was an important member of the squad for a lot of time, but it's not happening for him at the Bernabeu any longer, so he might look to James Rodriguez's situation as a good example of how to successfully move on," Rivaldo wrote in his Betfair column this week. "The Colombian attacker is shooting ...
Tariqe Fosu: Ghana new boy hails ‘top-quality’ Partey and Ayews
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Tariqe Fosu: Ghana new boy hails ‘top-quality’ Partey and Ayews

The attacker reflects on his time with the Blacks Stars for October’s friendlies against Mali and the 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar England-born winger Tariqe Fosu has hailed the quality of new Arsenal signing Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew after linking up with the trio for the first time on Ghana duty. Born to Ghanaian parents in the UK, the attacker joined up with the Black Stars for October’s international friendlies against Mali and Qatar. He was previously capped by England at youth level.
Boga has no regrets over Chelsea exit after career best season with Sassuolo
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Boga has no regrets over Chelsea exit after career best season with Sassuolo

The former Blues attacker stands by his decision to leave Stamford Bridge after shining in Italy Jeremie Boga has stressed he has no regrets about leaving Chelsea after a strong season in Serie A with Sassuolo. The 23-year-old attacker moved to Italy in 2018 and has scored eight goals while contributing a further four assist across 25 appearances this season. That form has seen Boga linked with possible moves to Inter and Juventus - though he remains contracted to Sassuolo until 2022.
Arsenal-linked Fraser turns down short-term Bournemouth extension
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Arsenal-linked Fraser turns down short-term Bournemouth extension

The attacker will not see out the remainder of the season with the Cherries and will soon drop into the free agent pool Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has turned down the opportunity to sign a short-term extension that would see him finish up the club's nine remaining Premier League matches, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the month. The Scotland international, who has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the past, will fall into the free agent pool come July, with it likely that the 26-year-old is keen to avoid unnecessary injury risk ahead of a potentially lucrative transfer. Former Gunners icon Ray Parlour recently responded to reports that Fraser would not stay on with the Cherries, branding the wide man's behaviour “disgraceful” and saying players...
Nigerian Striker, Awoniyi Hospitalized
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Nigerian Striker, Awoniyi Hospitalized

Mainz striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, has been hospitalized after he suffered a concussion during his side’s Bundesliga clash against Augsburg on Sunday. The Nigerian attacker was motionless for some seconds after he landed badly following a collision with Augsburg player, Felix Uduokhai, in the first half of the encounter. Providing an update on Awoniyi, Mainz disclosed that the 22-year-old would spend the night in the hospital as a precautionary measure. “Our striker Taiwo Awoniyi suffered a concussion in his collision with Augsburg’s Felix Uduokhai and is spending the night in the hospital as a precautionary measure,” Mainz wrote on Twitter. “Get well soon, Taiwo!” Awoniyi is currently on loan at Mainz from Liverpool. He joined the Premier League giants in 2015 but has...
Mum who Survived Horrific Shooting now Lives With her Intestines Hanging Outside her Belly
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Mum who Survived Horrific Shooting now Lives With her Intestines Hanging Outside her Belly

A mother-of-two, Takieyah Reaves, from Newark, New Jersey, now lives with her intestines hanging out of her abdomen after surviving a horrific nightclub shooting. Reaves, 32, defied death in July 2017 to survive being shot twice on her stomach and right leg by a random attacker who sprayed bullets at a crowd of night clubbers, injuring three people.   One of the bullets tore her stomach wide open, and it was a miracle that she survived after undergoing intensive surgery to repair her damaged intestines. After doctors stitched her up, the size of the wound on her stomach made it impossible to close, forcing her to live with a gaping hole on her torso and with the inside of her intestines fully exposed. Her scar looks so big that some people even mistake it for a ...
Inter Milan make Brescia midfielder Tonali ‘primary target’
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Inter Milan make Brescia midfielder Tonali ‘primary target’

Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali is Inter Milan's top target this summer. That's according to local transfer expert Gianluco di Marzio. Asked about Tonali, Di Marzio told Sky Italia: “He has become a primary target for Inter due to his age, cost and for the fact that he is Italian and for the fact that he is a player very much appreciated by the club." Di Marzio also revealed an Inter move for Fiorentina attacker Federico Chiesa is unlikely. “The negotiations have never taken off, beyond some contact in the past few days," he added
Kingston reveals Kudus should pick Liverpool ahead of other European clubs
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Kingston reveals Kudus should pick Liverpool ahead of other European clubs

The former Ghana winger speaks about the transfer speculation concerning the 19-year-old attacker Nordsjaelland youth coach and former Ghana international Laryea Kingston has confirmed club prodigy Mohammed Kudus is on the radar of “most of the big European clubs” but he prefers a possible move to Liverpool for the 19-year-old. The attacker has been linked to a host of ‘big boys’ including Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan, owing to his fine performances in the Danish elite division. French fold Olympique Marseille, Italian side Sampdoria and the English duo of Everton and Newcastle United have also been mentioned in the transfer rumour mill.
Bruno Fernandes: I started crying after learning of Man Utd move
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Bruno Fernandes: I started crying after learning of Man Utd move

The Portuguese attacker was overwhelmed after hearing his childhood dream was coming true Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has revealed he started crying when he was told about the chance to move to Old Trafford. The Portugal international officially joined the Red Devils from Sporting in January after repeatedly being linked with a transfer over the past year. Having grown up watching Cristiano Ronaldo make his name in the Premier League with United, Fernandes admits he was overwhelmed upon hearing his dream of doing the same was coming true.
Southampton’s Djenepo aiming to be better than Mane
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Southampton’s Djenepo aiming to be better than Mane

The Malian forward has lofty ambitions and has backed himself to reach some impressive heights in the years to come Southampton attacker Moussa Djenepo is hoping to "become the next Sadio Mane" as he uses the Liverpool star as inspiration. Djenepo, 21, joined the club for a reported £14 million ($17m) from Standard Liege last year, and had scored two goals and provided two assists in 18 Premier League games before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mane spent two seasons at St Mary's before joining Liverpool in 2016 and the Senegal international has developed into one of the world's best attackers.
Owen Advises Man Utd on Permanent for Ighalo
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Owen Advises Man Utd on Permanent for Ighalo

Former Manchester United midfielder, Owen Hargreaves, has advised the club to sign striker, Odion Ighalo, on a permanent transfer. Ighalo has impressed in his short spell at Old Trafford since joining Man United on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in January. The 30-year-old’s loan spell expires at the end of May, and United want to see if the Premier League returns or is called over, before deciding on Ighalo’s future. But Owen expects the Red Devils to pursue a permanent deal for the Nigerian star despite having Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial at their disposal. “I think Ighalo has been a good fit for Man United and when you sign players you have got to get the right fit,” Owen told talkSPORT. “It is not always about getting the best name. It is...
Tau’s different class – former Bafana Bafana midfielder Modubi
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Tau’s different class – former Bafana Bafana midfielder Modubi

The former South Africa under-23 international has offered his advice to the 26-year-old attacker, who has impressed in Belgium Ex-Bafana Bafana international Masilo Modubi says Percy Tau should be fearless if he wants to play in the Premier League. Modubi was once on the books of English giants Chelsea as a youngster, but the retired defensive midfielder never got the chance to play for the Blues first team. He had not earned enough national team caps for a United Kingdom work permit so he had to spend time with Belgian club Westerlo on loan from Chelsea until he was released by the London giants.
Majority of Premier League players uncomfortable about returning – Willian
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Majority of Premier League players uncomfortable about returning – Willian

The Brazilian claims players are keen to return to the pitch but only when it's safe to do so Chelsea attacker Willian believes the majority of Premier League player are "uncomfortable" with the idea of the competition resuming in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Football in England was suspended in March with the top-flight currently targetting a return in mid-June. The United Kingdom has been hit particularly hard by Covid-19 with 240,000 confirmed cases and over 34,000 deaths to date.
Jordan Ayew tipped to explode at top Premier League club
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Jordan Ayew tipped to explode at top Premier League club

Ex-Ghana attacker Nii Lamptey shares his thoughts on the Crystal Palace forward Former Aston Villa attacker Nii Odartey Lamptey believes compatriot Jordan Ayew could blossom into a better player in the 'right' environment. The Ghana international has earned rave reviews for his fine performances for Crystal Palace in the Premier League this term, having so far hit eight goals in 28 matches. It is Jordan's second-highest career league goals tally and his best since netting 12 times for French side Lorient in 2014-15. “I know what Jordan can do," Lamptey, who played for Villa in 1994-95, told Starr FM.
Balotelli’s training habits a ‘disgrace’, says former Liverpool striker Lambert
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Balotelli’s training habits a ‘disgrace’, says former Liverpool striker Lambert

The ex-Anfield attacker admitted that he was frustrated that his former team-mate was frequently chosen ahead of him Rickie Lambert has labelled Mario Balotelli's training habits a "disgrace", while admitting his frustration that the Italian started ahead of him at Liverpool. The two were team-mates at Anfield in 2014-15 after Lambert joined his boyhood club from Southampton. That same summer, Balotelli came to Liverpool in a shock move from AC Milan, with the two tasked with replacing the goal production of Barcelona-bound Luis Suarez.
Man Utd star James admits throwing phone when Leeds transfer fell through
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Man Utd star James admits throwing phone when Leeds transfer fell through

The Welsh winger was left angry after missing out on a move to the Whites prior to his arrival at the Theatre of Dreams Manchester United attacker Daniel James revealed his anger when a move from Swansea City to Leeds United fell through in "crazy" fashion last year. James, 22, was on the verge of joining Leeds in January 2019, just months before his switch to Old Trafford . The 10-time Wales international said he had agreed to head to Leeds before the move fell through as the window closed.
Ronaldo enters 14-day quarantine after returning to Juventus
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Ronaldo enters 14-day quarantine after returning to Juventus

The Portuguese attacker returned to Turin on Monday after spending almost two months in his homeland Cristiano Ronaldo will be placed in quarantine for two weeks after the Juventus star returned to Turin. The Portuguese attacker spent almost two months in his native Madeira as the coronavirus pandemic struck Italy, forcing the country into lockdown. Ronaldo was expected back on May 18, when clubs were initially scheduled to return to training.
How Meeting Liverpool Legend Dalglish Began Bijev’s Winding Journey to ‘Indomitable’ Sacramento
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How Meeting Liverpool Legend Dalglish Began Bijev’s Winding Journey to ‘Indomitable’ Sacramento

The former Reds youngster has encountered plenty of setbacks in his career, but the attacker has also made a number of childhood dreams come true The biggest moment of Villyan Bijev's life came at half-time of a youth team friendly, and it involved Kenny Dalglish. In that moment, the California-raised teenager was darting through to the Liverpool dressing room just moments after scoring a hat-trick for the club's Under-18s. The day was supposed to be his last on Merseyside, the final stop on a European tour that had included a trial with Borussia Dortmund. His stay in Germany went well, but not well enough for him to get the offer he wanted. As a Bulgarian-American with a European passport, Bijev had several opportunities to train with teams during his teenage years, but only ev...
Nasri advices Boubacar Kamara to remain at Marseille
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Nasri advices Boubacar Kamara to remain at Marseille

The former Arsenal attacker believes the young defender still has unfinished business at the Stade Velodrome Samir Nasri has offered advice to Boubacar Kamara, urging him to remain at Marseille. The 20-year old centre-back is one of the hot prospects in Europe with interest drawn from the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea who are in need of a rebuild in defense. Kamara - who is of Malian descent and still eligible to play for the West African country, broke into the Marseille first team at the 16 and has gone on to make 79 competitive appearances, scoring thrice and providing another three assists.
Liverpool & Arsenal target Traore could move this summer despite coronavirus, says his agent
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Liverpool & Arsenal target Traore could move this summer despite coronavirus, says his agent

The pacey winger's representative is hopeful that the Covid-19 crisis will not adversely affect the transfer market Rumoured Liverpool and Arsenal target Adama Traore could complete a move away from Wolves this summer despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, according to his agent Rodri Baster. Traore began his professional career at Barcelona after rising through the club's famed La Masia academy ranks, but ultimately failed to establish himself as a regular in the first-team set-up. The Spanish attacker was eventually sold to Aston Villa in August 2015, but endured a difficult first season in England which was marred by disciplinary and fitness issues. Villa decided to offload Traore after being relegated from the Premier League, and he signed a four-year contract with Middlesbr...
Barcelona signing Francisco Trincao will define a decade, says Braga president
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Barcelona signing Francisco Trincao will define a decade, says Braga president

The forward is due to complete his €31m move to Barcelona in July and Braga's president expects big things from the attacker. Barcelona have secured the signature of Francisco Trincao and Braga president Antonio Salvador believes the attacker will be one of the world's best in 10 years. Trincao signed a five-year deal with Barca in January, but his €31 million (£27m) move to Camp Nou will not come into effect until July 1. It remains to be seen whether that date will be adhered to due to the suspension of most major sport during the coronavirus pandemic. A €500m (£435m) release clause was included in the deal signed by the Portugal Under-21 international, who has scored seven goals in 29 appearances in all competitions for Braga this season.
Roma jump into battle for off contract Chelsea attacker Willian
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Roma jump into battle for off contract Chelsea attacker Willian

Roma have jumped into the battle for off contract Chelsea attacker Willian. The Giallorosso are already in talks with Blues teammate and fellow Bosman prospect Pedro - and are now making a move for Willian. <i>Corriere dello Sport</i> says contact has been made with Willian's camp and Roma have been informed he wants &euro;5m-a-year - as a base - to move. The Brazil international is also in talks with London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal about next season. Staying with Chelsea appears remote, with management refusing to meet Willian's demands of a new three-year contract. Their latest offer is for two
Norwich boss Farke confirms deal for F91 Dudelange attacker Danel Sinani
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Norwich boss Farke confirms deal for F91 Dudelange attacker Danel Sinani

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke has confirmed the signing of F91 Dudelange attacker Danel Sinani. Luxembourg international Sinani has signed a pre-contract agreement with the club and will join next season. Farke said: “We're all happy that we're able to sign Danel. He's a young player full of potential. “He's pretty interesting because he can play more or less all the offensive positions. "He also has great ability in terms of end product, scoring many goals and delivering many assists. “Luxembourg is a completely different level so we will need to give him some time, but he has proven he can deliver in the Europa League. "It's a sign of our way that we give interesting talents the chance to impress." Sinani said: “Norwich is a very big club with many good players. ...
Man City attacker De Bruyne worried about condensed end to season
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Man City attacker De Bruyne worried about condensed end to season

Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne is worried about a condensed end to the season. De Bruyne has revealed his fears for players, who are currently being forced to carry out individual training plans at home during the UK coronavirus lockdown. He told HLN: “I have no idea when we will be playing again. You haven't played for six weeks. “Normally you'd need a preparation of three to four weeks. If we restart immediately then everybody will be injured after a few games. “I know that there's lots of money involved. But I think that waiting so long to make a decision can cause issues next season. There won't be a long summer break and you can just postpone everything. “I would feel sad if the season is stopped after such a good year, but if it avoids issues for next season,...
Man Utd forced to pay Alexis Sanchez £1.1million
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Man Utd forced to pay Alexis Sanchez £1.1million

Manchester United will be forced to pay Alexis Sanchez a £1.1million loyalty bonus, upon his return from Inter Milan, the UK Sun reports. Sanchez is currently on loan at the Serie A club, after enduring a miserable spell at Old Trafford since his move from Arsenal. The Chilean attacker is on a massive £400,000-per-week with United, who are paying part of his wages while he is with Inter. However, the Red Devils were hoping the Nerrazurri would make the move permanent. But Inter boss, Antonio Conte, does not want to keep Sanchez due to his poor form. Sanchez’s return to United will activate a clause in his initial contract, with the 31-year-old entitled to the seven-figure bonus in July.
We Didn’t Kill Buhari’s Attacker in Kebbi – DSS
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We Didn’t Kill Buhari’s Attacker in Kebbi – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied killing President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged attacker at Argungu, Kebbi State. DSS denial was contained in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya. It said the suspect, one Mohammed Jammil Guddare, made a futile attempt to have an unauthorized handshake with the President. The DSS said Guddare was arrested by security operatives for thorough investigation. The Service also said they have reviewed the video of the incident and are taking measures against its personnel found to have been negligent in their duties. The statement read, “The Department of State Services wishes to dismiss reports making the rounds that presidential details killed the intruder that tried to break the se...
Singer Duffy ‘drugged, raped and held captive’
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Singer Duffy ‘drugged, raped and held captive’

Grammy award-winning singer Aimee Anne Duffy has revealed she was drugged and raped after being held captive by an attacker. The 35-year-old Welsh star posted on her verified Instagram account that her "recovery took time". The performer, who had a UK number one single Mercy in 2008, wrote to her 33,000 followers: "The truth is, and please trust me I am OK and safe now." "I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days," she wrote. Duffy, whose debut album Rockferry went seven times platinum as it went to number one in six countries, won three Brit Awards and a Grammy following her breakthrough. At the Brits, she won British Breakthrough, Best British Female and Best British Album awards. "You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this," s...
Man, 29, is Charged with Stabbing Muslim Prayer Leader at a London Mosque 
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Man, 29, is Charged with Stabbing Muslim Prayer Leader at a London Mosque 

A 29-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly stabbed a 70-year-old Muslim prayer leader inside a London mosque. The suspect, Daniel Horton was charged with Section 18 grievous bodily harm, GBH, and possession of a bladed article on Friday.  He is due to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday. Mr. Horton was on Thursday arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he stormed into the London Central Mosque and stabbed the Muslim prayer leader as he called worshippers to afternoon prayers. The stabbed victim, Raafat Maglad, 70, was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries and he was discharged following treatment. On Friday the Muslim leader returned to the mosque after being treated and said he has forgiven his attacker. 'I forgi...
Setien Speaks on Considering Several Strikers to Buy for Barcelona
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Setien Speaks on Considering Several Strikers to Buy for Barcelona

Barcelona coach, Quique Setien, has said he is considering several names, as the club continue its search for new strikers. Setien, speaking to reporters on Saturday, however admitted he would need authorisation from the club, before he can complete any deal. Barca are suffering from an injury crisis, but could be given special dispensation to do a deal outside of the transfer window. Regulations grant permission for clubs to do business away from the window if circumstances dictate, and the champions are hopeful of being able to go back into the market this month. “It’s obvious we need another attacker, there are several names on the table but it depends on many things. “First of all, we will need authorisation,” Setien said. Barca travel to Real Betis on Sunday in t...
Ighalo Reveals What Man Utd Lack Under Solskjaer
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Ighalo Reveals What Man Utd Lack Under Solskjaer

New Manchester United attacker, Odion Ighalo, has revealed that the club lacks a striker who stays mostly in the middle of the opponent’s box this season. The Nigerian striker will play for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, after agreeing on a six-month loan with Man United from Shanghai Shenhua on transfer deadline day. Speaking ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on January 17, the 30-year-old told MUTV: “I watch Man Utd’s matches and sometimes they lack a striker who stays mostly in the middle of the opponent’s box. “The likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford enjoy coming from the outside of the box. “The Red Devils need a player in the middle of the attack who can keep and hold the ball. “As I have watched many United’s matches, they need that phy...
Ighalo Agent Reveals how Man United Transfer Materialised
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Ighalo Agent Reveals how Man United Transfer Materialised

Odion Ighalo’s agent says he “got the impression” a move to Manchester United wouldn’t materialize before their late offer. Ighalo, who plays for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, has agreed a move to Old Trafford until the end of the season. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made no secret of his desire to bring in an attacker this month, especially after Marcus Rashford’s back injury compounded the summer departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan. Man Utd had expressed an interest in Bournemouth’s Josh King but preferred a loan deal and were unable to reach an agreement on a permanent transfer, meaning attention turned to Ighalo, who followed big-money signing Bruno Fernandes into the club. And the Nigerian’s agent Atta Aneke has explained h...
Six Killed in Mass Shooting in Germany
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Six Killed in Mass Shooting in Germany

Six people have been confirmed dead in a mass shooting which occurred in the town of Rot am See in southwestern Germany, on Friday January 24. The Police has already announced the arrest of a suspect after the shooting which took place at 12:45 p.m. (1145 GMT) Friday near the town’s train station. Aalen police spokesman Rudolf Biehlmaier told German broadcaster n-tv that initial information suggested that the suspect, a German citizen and one or more of the victims knew each other. Biehlmaier who confirmed that some of the victims belonged to the same family, said more information will be released at a news conference with prosecutors and local officials at 4:30 p.m. The police spokesperson said; “According to my information, there were six dead and several injured. We are ...
Hazard’s Real Madrid struggles down to weight issues – Wenger
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Hazard’s Real Madrid struggles down to weight issues – Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes Eden Hazard is 'too heavy' and his weight issues are the main reason behind his struggle to get started at Real Madrid. The Belgian attacker joined the Liga giants from Chelsea in a deal worth €100 million (£88m/$112m) as the star signing of Zinedine Zidane's second stint at the club. However, Hazard has had little impact on his new team, scoring one goal in 10 appearances to date, and was outshone by 18-year-old team-mate Rodrygo Goes' hat-trick in Madrid's 6-0 thrashing of Galatasaray on Wednesday. Wenger thinks Hazard, who was taken off in the 68th minute of Wednesday's match, isn't overwhelmed by his new surroundings at the Bernabeu and is battling to perform because he put on too much weight in pre-season. "He is not the type of guy to be [over-awed ...
Ghana winger Atsu an injury doubt for Newcastle’s cup clash with Leicester
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Ghana winger Atsu an injury doubt for Newcastle’s cup clash with Leicester

The Magpies are set to confirm the availability of the 27-year-old for the midweek fixture with a final medical test Ghana international Christian Atsu is among a list of Newcastle United players unlikely to feature in Wednesday's League Cup encounter with Leicester Cityat St. James' Park. The attacker, who only returned to action in Sunday's Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur due to an injury picked up while playing at the Africa Cup of Nations in June, may have to sit out the midweek tie as a precautionary measure for a "non-serious muscle" problem. It is believed he may have picked up the knock during the league match against Spurs.
Tammy Abraham breaks two-decade record with Chelsea double
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Tammy Abraham breaks two-decade record with Chelsea double

The 21-year-old becomes the third-youngest Blues player to get a Premier League double after Mark Nicholls and Eddie Newton Tammy Abraham’s double against Norwich City in Chelsea's 3-2 victory on Saturday means he becomes the Blues' third-youngest player to score a Premier League brace, and the youngest to score twice in the top flight since 1998. The attacker struck a delicious first-time volley past Tim Krul after three minutes, and then added the winner in the second half after Norwich had twice equalised. At just 21 years and 326 days old, the wonderkid takes his place in the Chelsea history books alongside Eddie Newton, who achieved the feat at 20 years and 358 days, and Mark Nicholls, who holds the record after netting at 20 years, 225 days in 1998.
Ozil thanks fans for support after attempted carjacking incident
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Ozil thanks fans for support after attempted carjacking incident

The Arsenal star, who was involved in a frightening moment captured on film, has told fans he and Sead Kolasinac are doing fine. Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has reassured fans that he, his wife and his team-mate Sead Kolasinac are "doing well" following an apparent carjacking attempt. Footage circulating on social media on Thursday appeared to show Kolasinac confronting and scaring off two attackers who had approached a vehicle driven by Ozil. The apparent perpetrators, who were wearing masks, could be seen holding weapons that were reported to be knives.
Osimhen, Onyekuru battle to replace Ighalo
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Osimhen, Onyekuru battle to replace Ighalo

Odion Ighalo is a lethal goal poacher who thrives in the opposition box. Perhaps it is no surprise to many who witnessed his finishing masterclass in Watford’s 2015/2016 Premier League season. After his five-goal salvo at AFCON 2019, the Shanghai Shenhua man announced his retirement from international football alongside John Obi Mikel; but was recognised in the AFCON team of the tournament. A well taken winner in Nigeria’s opening game followed a brace and an assist against Cameroon in the round of 16; a penalty equaliser in the semi-final against Algeria put him clear of the chasing pack, before consolidating his award with a poacher’s finish in the third-place match. Odion Ighalo‘s goal frequency stood at a goal every 101 minutes; he clearly relished the team’s dependence on him as he...
Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges in Las Vegas because the victim failed to initially identify him as her ‘attacker’
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Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges in Las Vegas because the victim failed to initially identify him as her ‘attacker’

Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo will not face any charges over an alleged rape in the US state of Nevada a decade ago, prosecutors said on Monday. The Clark County District Attorney’s Office said it had declined to prosecute the Portuguese star because it “cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt” that a sexual assault occurred. Kathryn Mayorga, a former model, has claimed that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star reached a financial settlement with her following the incident but has denied allegations of sexual assault. The district attorney’s office said it had received a report from Mayorga who it identified only as “V” on June 13, 2009, reporting that she had been the victim of a sexual assault. Police were unable...
‘I belong here’ – Reus does not regret decision to stay at Dortmund
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‘I belong here’ – Reus does not regret decision to stay at Dortmund

The German international had interest from a number of top clubs, but wants to achieve more with his current club Marco Reus says he does not regret his decision to stay at Borussia Dortmundas his agent revealed that some of the world's top clubs were pushing to sign the midfielder in 2015. Reus originally joined Dortmund from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012, and rapidly became one of the world's most in-demand attackers as he thrived under manager Jurgen Klopp. The midfielder helped the club reach the 2012-13 Champions League final while scoring at least 19 goals in three of his first four seasons with Dortmund.
‘His heart and affinity is very much with Liverpool’ – Coutinho’s agent hints at possible return to Anfield
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‘His heart and affinity is very much with Liverpool’ – Coutinho’s agent hints at possible return to Anfield

The player’s agent has ruled out a move to Manchester United, while also claiming Barcelona do not plan on selling their No.7 Philippe Coutinho's agent has said the Barcelona attacker would not consider a move to any Premier League side other than Liverpool, given his affinity with the Merseyside club. The Brazilian has been linked with transfers to Manchester United and Chelsea - as well as Liverpool - in recent weeks, but agent Kia Joorabchian believes if Coutinho were to return to the Premier League it only would be to rejoin the Reds. "Manchester United is a great club, I have players there and I have all the respect for them, but as far as Philippe goes it would be an extremely difficult to a near-impossible move,” Joorabchian told talkSPORT.
More than a Vela lookalike: Haiti’s Saba bouncing back after injuries kept him away from soccer
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More than a Vela lookalike: Haiti’s Saba bouncing back after injuries kept him away from soccer

His similar profile to the Mexican forward has drawn attention, but the midfielder's on-field skill helped Haiti into the semifinal It's always been Steeven Saba's look drawing the attention. When he was an up-and-coming player, a standout at South Florida club Weston FC, it was his mop of curly hair. Even as Saba was invited to a trial with Blackburn Rovers, attended a Real Madrid camp and suited up for the United States U-18 national team, he still took questions about his locks. Now, the Mexican press has seized upon a profile that gives him a striking resemblance to Mexican attacker Carlos Vela. He stopped for photos several times on the way out of State Farm Stadium with each outlet looking to get its own shot to display next to Vela's photo. "It's a fun story," Saba said...
How will Mexico line up against Martinique?
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How will Mexico line up against Martinique?

With his team all but into the Gold Cup quarterfinals, look for El Tri manager Tata Martino to make several changes to his lineup Mexico isn't technically into the Gold Cup knockout stages yet, but barring the most stunning upset in Gold Cup history it should be there soon. Martinique doesn't present the same sort of challenge Canada did, and even that challenge was one Mexico overcame in a 3-1 victory during the week. Mexico manager Tata Martino likely is looking for his team to be fresh ahead of the knockout stages and should give rest to some key components of his squad. He also has a team nearly at full fitness, with midfielder Erick Gutierrez the only player ruled out of Sunday's Group A finale. That could mean the first minutes of the Gold Cup for attacker Rodolfo Pizarr...
Lars Veldwijk hopes to have done enough to earn a Bafana Bafana starting berth
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Lars Veldwijk hopes to have done enough to earn a Bafana Bafana starting berth

The attacker seems to be hitting his best form in time for the continental showpiece South Africa international Lars Veldwijk looks to be finding his feet at just the right time. Bafana Bafana begin their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign on Monday when they take on Ivory Coast in their group stage opener. Veldwijk, who is a relatively new addition to the national team fold having played in Holland for much of his career, has impressed in Bafana’s preparations leading up to the tournament.
‘Right decision to take captaincy from Neymar’ – Kleberson questions Brazil star’s attitude
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‘Right decision to take captaincy from Neymar’ – Kleberson questions Brazil star’s attitude

The 2002 World Cup winner feels that the Paris Saint-Germain attacker must mature in order to lead his country amid persistent off-field issues Brazil officials made the "right decision" to strip Neymar of his duties as captain ahead of the 2019 Copa America, according to Kleberson. The Selecao took the armband off the 27-year-old and handed it over to Dani Alves at the end of May after disciplinary issues overshadowed his 2018-19 campaign at club level. Neymar was banned by the French Football Federation for his behaviour after PSG's cup final defeat to Rennes, which saw him appear to strike a supporter after a brief confrontation.