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Obaseki attributes Edo’s progress to people-centric governance

… pays August salaryThe Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has ordered the immediate payment of workers’ August salaries ahead of the Eid-el Kabir celebrations next week, noting that the progress being recorded in the state is the result of a people-centric governance model adopted by his administration. Obaseki According to Obaseki, the focus of his team is the wellbeing of Edo people and residents and not a few individuals. The payment of August salary on the 17th day of the month, the governor explained, is the result of the prudent and sound management of the state’s resources, which has prioritised a robust reserve, grown over time, despite the massive investment in infrastructure and other critical sectors of the state. Recall that in June, the state governor...

Post 2019: Plot against Tinubu unfolds in Osun

By Emmanuel Aziken There is apprehension in sections of the All Progressives Congress, APC over alleged moves to polarise the Southwest zone of the party ahead of the 2019 general elections with next month’s governorship election in Osun State as a springboard. At the centre of the plot are two governors from the region, a federal minister and a prominent member of the National Assembly that is presently embattled over his defection from the party. APC Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu The various tendencies Saturday Vanguard gathered at the weekend have coalesced to confront the official party candidate in the Osun State governorship election, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola who is believed to be a relation of national party leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The plotters who succee...

Flamengo chief ‘outraged’ over Brazil call-ups: ‘CBF doesn’t care about the clubs’

The FC crew take a gander at the short list released for FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award and debate whether Neymar should’ve been among the nominees. Flamengo’s president is “outraged” with the Brazil national team’s call-ups of local players for upcoming friendlies against the United States and El Salvador, telling reporters the Brazilian federation (CBF) “doesn’t care about the clubs.” Tite on Friday announced his squad for the exhibition matches, including the likes of Flamengo midfielder Lucas Paqueta, Cruzeiro defender Dede and Corinthians right-back Fagner in the team despite the fact the trio will be forced to miss important games for their clubs as the domestic calendar does not stop for the international dates. Flamengo st...

Transfer Talk: Bordeaux dugout row has Thierry Henry in line for manager’s job

The English transfer window is closed, but the rest of Europe is still open for business, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. When does the transfer window close in the top European leagues? All completed moves: Prem | Champ | La Liga | Serie A | Bundesliga | Ligue 1 Henry in frame to manage Bordeaux L’Equipe reports that Thierry Henry could be a candidate for the Bordeaux manager’s job should disgruntled current boss Gus Poyet be let go. Poyet landed himself in some hot water this week when he scolded the club for selling striker Gaetan Laborde to Montpellier. The Ligue 1 side responded by suspending Poyet for one week for his rant, and the club president said his future will be decided once the su...

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Serie A debut with Juventus can’t overshadow long-term goals

Juventus are the unanimous pick from the FC crew to win Serie A, but not everyone is convinced Cristiano Ronaldo will be player of the year. On the eve of Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut for Juventus, Mina Rzouki and Gab Marcotti discuss their expectations for him and how he will be deployed. James Horncastle breaks down what he expects the Juventus XI will look like at Chievo after Max Allegri confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will start. Juventus is all about Cristiano Ronaldo, at least to the outside world. The arrival of the Portuguese, who will make his debut against Chievo Verona (Noon ET on ESPN+), suggests a keen desire to win every trophy Juve will challenge for this season and bookies, fans and pundits around the world feel this could be a very special season for the Old Lady, having c...

Super 8s: Huddersfield Giants 26-6 Hull FC

Lee Gaskell’s try came just three minutes after Alex Mellor opened the scoring in the second half Betfred Super League Huddersfield Giants (0) 26 Tries: Mellor, Gaskell, Hinchcliffe, Ta’ai Goals: Brough 4, McIntosh Hull FC (0) 6 Tries: Faraimo Goals: Faraimo Huddersfield overpowered a stubborn Hull FC to claim an 11th win in 12 games and close the gap on Super League’s top four. The game was finely poised at the end of a scoreless first half, but Alex Mellor and Lee Gaskell tries after the break set the Giants up for the win. A fine individual try from Bureta Faraimo gave Hull hope of avoiding a sixth straight defeat. However, Ryan Hinchcliffe and Ukuma Ta’ai tries gave the Giants victory. Huddersfield’s sixth successive win moved them to within four points of...

Holders Notts Outlaws & Sussex make T20 Blast quarter-finals

Alex Hales made his 33rd half-century in Twenty20 cricket at Headingley Defending champions Notts Outlaws and Sussex Sharks claimed the last two quarter-final places in the T20 Blast with wins over Yorkshire and Middlesex respectively. Yorkshire’s eight-wicket loss sent them out of the competition. David Willey made 51 in the Vikings’ 163-6 at Headingley, but Alex Hales’ 71 not out saw Notts home. At Hove, fifties for Sussex openers Phil Salt (66) and Luke Wright (74) took them to 215-5 before they bowled Middlesex out for 184. Worcestershire beat Birmingham Bears thanks to Moeen Ali’s brilliant 115 off 56 balls and finished top of the North Group. Kent Spitfires chased 202 to win at neighbours Essex Eagles and earn a home quarter-final, but could not overtake South...

Ronaldo, Matuidi & Can sing in Juventus initiation

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England all-rounder Stokes ‘desperate’ to move on – captain Root

Stokes is ‘desperate’ to play cricket again – Root England all-rounder Ben Stokes is “desperate” to move on from his trial for affray, says captain Joe Root. Stokes, 27, was found not guilty on Tuesday and will return to the England team for the third Test against India at Trent Bridge, which starts on Saturday. “He feels he is ready,” said Root. “He wants to make cricket his main focus. “He has told me he’s desperate to get out there, wants to put in performances and concentrate on his cricket now.” Stokes was charged for his part in an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub last September. He missed England’s tour of Australia, as well as the second Test win against India at Lord’s while he stood trial. Stokes...

Birmingham City 0-0 Swansea City

Birmingham City did have the ball in the net in the first half – but the goal was ruled out by the referee Birmingham City failed to find a way past Swansea City despite dominating their Championship encounter. Blues had six excellent chances in the first half and a goal ruled out after Michael Morrison was adjudged to have fouled Swansea’s debutant goalkeeper Erwin Mulder. The home side continued to be in control after the break but could not create a clear-cut chance as Omar Bogle headed wide and Che Adams blazed over. Martin Olsson defended well to clear Jacques Maghoma’s teasing cross as Swansea failed to register an effort on target in the game. How Birmingham City were not out of sight before half-time will have been a mystery to many at St Andrew’s. In the fi...

Ohaneze Ndigbo Lagos chides hate-speech peddlers

By Chris Onuoha Following the recent anti-Igbo moves and hate speech on social media to bring division between Ndigbo people and Yoruba people in Lagos,  the Secretary, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Lagos State Chief Everest Ozonweke has described the inflammatory anti Igbo speech as the hand work of mischief makers who have lost touch with the realities on ground. He also advised them to verify facts before publishing as this could cause a rift between the people. Ohaneze-Ndigbo Chief Ozonweke stated this in a release made available to media that the governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Akinwumi Ambode is the governor of everybody in Lagos State and has in all time demonstrated this in his words and action. He also stated that the infrastructure and social development of the go...

Osimhen fails Club Brugge trials

Former U17 World Youth Championship top scorer Victor Osimhen is still on the look out for a club to play on loan this season after Belgium side Club Brugge turned down the chance to sign him on loan from German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. The 20 year old forward arrived in Belgium two days back to hold talks with Club Brugge over a loan move after a failed move to fellow Belgium side Zulte-Waregem failed to materialise. Club Brugge have also pulled out of a possible deal for the 20 year old citing a difference in their valuation of the forward with that of his primary owner Wolfsburg. It possibly means both teams couldn’t agree on terms of the proposed loan deal. Osimhen trained for two days with the team before the decision to sign him was communicated to his represen...