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We’ll fully implement public sector reforms in 2018 – Dickson

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said that his administration will carry out full implementation of the ongoing public sector reforms in the state in 2018. He said the development was part of the administration’s wind-down of its second term an

World Cup 2018: Germany games are now finals, says Neuer

Germany captain Manuel Neuer said Tuesday their two remaining World Cup group games are now effectively “finals” as the holders fight to stay in the tournament. The world champions are under intense pressure ahead of Saturday’s second Group
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World Cup 2018: Germany games are now finals, says Neuer

Germany captain Manuel Neuer said Tuesday their two remaining World Cup group games are now effectively “finals” as the holders fight to stay in the tournament. The world champions are under intense pressure ahead of Saturday’s second Group F game against Sweden in Sochi and the South Korea match next Wednesday in Kazan after suffering […]

2019: Ogun CAN holds rally, sensitisation on PVCs

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Ahead of 2019 elections, the Ogun State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, on Tuesday held a sensitisation rally on registration and collection of Permanent Voters Cards, in an open park at Pansheke, Abeokuta. The rall
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2019: Ogun CAN holds rally, sensitisation on PVCs

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Ahead of 2019 elections, the Ogun State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, on Tuesday held a sensitisation rally on registration and collection of Permanent Voters Cards, in an open park at Pansheke, Abeokuta. The rally according to the body is to sensitise Christians and their family members in the state […]

World Cup 2018: Colombia v Japan starting line-ups

Starting line-ups for the World Cup Group H match between Colombia and Japan at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on Tuesday (1300 GMT kick-off): Colombia David Ospina – Oscar Murillo, Santiago Arias, Johan Mojica, Davidson Sanchez – Carlos Sanchez, J
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World Cup 2018: Colombia v Japan starting line-ups

Starting line-ups for the World Cup Group H match between Colombia and Japan at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on Tuesday (1300 GMT kick-off): Colombia David Ospina – Oscar Murillo, Santiago Arias, Johan Mojica, Davidson Sanchez – Carlos Sanchez, Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, Jefferson Lerma – Radamel Falcao (capt), Jose Izquierdo Coach: Jose Pekerman (ARG) […]

Brazil complain to FIFA over non-use of VAR technology

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has asked FIFA why the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was not used to review two key decisions they believe hindered their side during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Brazil players complained long and hard tha
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Brazil complain to FIFA over non-use of VAR technology

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has asked FIFA why the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was not used to review two key decisions they believe hindered their side during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Brazil players complained long and hard that defender Miranda was pushed by Steven Zuber when he headed home Switzerland’s equaliser early in […]

James Rodriguez left out of Colombia’s World Cup opener

James Rodriguez was left out of Colombia’s starting line-up for their opening World Cup match against Japan on Tuesday as the Brazil 2014 top scorer labours with a calf strain. The Bayern Munich star starts on the bench at the Mordovia Arena with Juan Q
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James Rodriguez left out of Colombia’s World Cup opener

James Rodriguez was left out of Colombia’s starting line-up for their opening World Cup match against Japan on Tuesday as the Brazil 2014 top scorer labours with a calf strain. The Bayern Munich star starts on the bench at the Mordovia Arena with Juan Quintero of River Plate filling Rodriguez’s attacking midfield role for the […]

Rice smuggling: FG to shut border with neighbouring country

Ifeanyi Onuba and Okechukwu Nnodim The Federal Government stated on Monday that it would shut Nigeria’s land border with a neighbouring country in few days’ time in order to halt the smuggling of rice into the nation. Although it did not disclose the iden
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Rice smuggling: FG to shut border with neighbouring country

Ifeanyi Onuba and Okechukwu Nnodim The Federal Government stated on Monday that it would shut Nigeria’s land border with a neighbouring country in few days’ time in order to halt the smuggling of rice into the nation. Although it did not disclose the identity of the neighbouring country, the government stated that the nation in […]

Four banks back Strides Group’s asset acquisition

Strides Group has said its acquisition of the mortgaged assets of the Rivers Vegetable Oil Company Limited was supported by four banks. The company said in a statement on Monday that the multi-billion naira deal was signed in Lagos by UBA Capital Trustees on
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Four banks back Strides Group’s asset acquisition

Strides Group has said its acquisition of the mortgaged assets of the Rivers Vegetable Oil Company Limited was supported by four banks. The company said in a statement on Monday that the multi-billion naira deal was signed in Lagos by UBA Capital Trustees on behalf of a consortium of four banks, namely Guaranty Trust Bank […]

I’m still in Delta senatorial race, says Uduaghan

Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has debunked reports that he has pulled out of the senatorial race for the Delta South Senatorial District. Uduaghan, a two-time governor of the state, is contestin
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I’m still in Delta senatorial race, says Uduaghan

Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has debunked reports that he has pulled out of the senatorial race for the Delta South Senatorial District. Uduaghan, a two-time governor of the state, is contesting on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. The former governor, who pulled out of […]

100,000 children lack access to polio vaccines —Minister

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, says the number of children who lack access to polio vaccines has dropped to about 100,000. Adewole said this while fielding questions from reporters at the annual meeting of the African Reg
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100,000 children lack access to polio vaccines —Minister

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, says the number of children who lack access to polio vaccines has dropped to about 100,000. Adewole said this while fielding questions from reporters at the annual meeting of the African Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication in Abuja on Monday. The minister said the […]

ISIS sneaking jihadists into Nigeria from Syria, says report

Adelani Adepegba and Leye Aluko with agency report LEADERS of the terrorist group, Islamic State, are sneaking battle-hardened jihadists from Syria into Nigeria to train terrorists for possible attacks in Britain, a United Kingdom newspaper, The Sun, reporte
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ISIS sneaking jihadists into Nigeria from Syria, says report

Adelani Adepegba and Leye Aluko with agency report LEADERS of the terrorist group, Islamic State, are sneaking battle-hardened jihadists from Syria into Nigeria to train terrorists for possible attacks in Britain, a United Kingdom newspaper, The Sun, reported on Monday. Fanatics including Boko Haram insurgents were also being sent to the Middle East for training […]

ICYMI: SARS operative threatened to drink my blood –HR manager

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A human resources manager, Kamil Mahmud, has alleged being threatened by some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The 26-year-old claimed that the men threatened to drink his blood for allegedly disrespecting them. PUNCH Metro
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ICYMI: SARS operative threatened to drink my blood –HR manager

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A human resources manager, Kamil Mahmud, has alleged being threatened by some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The 26-year-old claimed that the men threatened to drink his blood for allegedly disrespecting them. PUNCH Metro gathered that Mahmud had driven behind his brother’s car to the Ikeja area for an interview on a […]

Poland’s key defender Glik in doubt against Mane’s Senegal

Poland are sweating on the fitness of veteran centre-back Kamil Glik ahead of their World Cup opener against Senegal Tuesday, with the West Africans vowing to exploit “defensive weakness” in the Group H clash. Glik, a bulwark at the back for Adam
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Poland’s key defender Glik in doubt against Mane’s Senegal

Poland are sweating on the fitness of veteran centre-back Kamil Glik ahead of their World Cup opener against Senegal Tuesday, with the West Africans vowing to exploit “defensive weakness” in the Group H clash. Glik, a bulwark at the back for Adam Nawalka’s team, has been under an injury cloud since hurting his shoulder earlier […]

Foods that can help to eliminate eczema

Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition that causes a person to develop patches of dry, itchy skin on their body. It often develops as a result of inflammation in the body. Eating foods that do not cause inflammation may help reduce symptoms. While no cur
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Foods that can help to eliminate eczema

Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition that causes a person to develop patches of dry, itchy skin on their body. It often develops as a result of inflammation in the body. Eating foods that do not cause inflammation may help reduce symptoms. While no cure exists, over-the-counter creams and drugs that can help to […]

ICYMI: Meghan Markle’s father reveals his warning to Prince Harry

Thomas Markle today finally broke his silence on why he missed the royal wedding in his first ever interview where he opened up about Meghan and Harry and spilled intimate secrets about their relationship. The 73-year-old described his sorrow at being unabl
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ICYMI: Meghan Markle’s father reveals his warning to Prince Harry

Thomas Markle today finally broke his silence on why he missed the royal wedding in his first ever interview where he opened up about Meghan and Harry and spilled intimate secrets about their relationship. The 73-year-old described his sorrow at being unable to walk his daughter down the aisle because of heart surgery and admitted he was […]

ICYMI: Drunk naval rating stabs woman to death

Samson Folarin and Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe  The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a naval rating, Yusuf Owolabi, for allegedly stabbing a woman, Taibat Badru, to death in Egan, a riverine community in the Ojo council area of Lagos.  The naval rating, wh
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ICYMI: Drunk naval rating stabs woman to death

Samson Folarin and Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe  The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a naval rating, Yusuf Owolabi, for allegedly stabbing a woman, Taibat Badru, to death in Egan, a riverine community in the Ojo council area of Lagos.  The naval rating, who was said to be the son of a factional traditional ruler in the […]

I’m not working for Tinubu – Osun gov aspirant

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A Peoples Democratic Party aspirant for the September governorship election in Osun State, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, says he has no link to President Muhammadu Buhari or the All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu. Ogunb
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I’m not working for Tinubu – Osun gov aspirant

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A Peoples Democratic Party aspirant for the September governorship election in Osun State, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, says he has no link to President Muhammadu Buhari or the All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu. Ogunbiyi dismissed the insinuation on the grounds that Buhari and Tinubu belong to a political platform different from […]

Python selfie puts forest ranger in tight spot

An India forestry ranger found himself in a bind after a python briefly strangled him while he posed for pictures with the giant snake. Wildlife officer Sanjay Dutta was called in Sunday by frantic villagers in West Bengal after they saw the 40-kilogramme (88
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Python selfie puts forest ranger in tight spot

An India forestry ranger found himself in a bind after a python briefly strangled him while he posed for pictures with the giant snake. Wildlife officer Sanjay Dutta was called in Sunday by frantic villagers in West Bengal after they saw the 40-kilogramme (88-pound) python swallowing a goat alive. Instead of placing it safely inside […]

Google to invest $550m in China e-commerce giant JD.com

Google will invest more than half a billion dollars in China’s second-largest e-commerce company JD.com as part of a move to expand retail services around the world, the companies said Monday. The announcement comes as US giant is pushing Google Shoppi
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Google to invest $550m in China e-commerce giant JD.com

Google will invest more than half a billion dollars in China’s second-largest e-commerce company JD.com as part of a move to expand retail services around the world, the companies said Monday. The announcement comes as US giant is pushing Google Shopping, a platform allowing customers to compare prices between different sellers, which poses a challenge to Amazon. […]

Senators fault Babachir Lawal’s biased probe claim

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Members of the Senate have faulted the claim by a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, that the corruption allegations that led to his sacking are untrue. The lawmakers alleged that Lawal, who failed t
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Senators fault Babachir Lawal’s biased probe claim

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Members of the Senate have faulted the claim by a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, that the corruption allegations that led to his sacking are untrue. The lawmakers alleged that Lawal, who failed to come forward to defend himself, was arrogant to the Senate and the […]

Air Force deploys two helicopters to Zamfara to combat terrorism

The Nigeria Air Force has deployed two helicopters to 207 Quick Response Group Air Force Base in Zamfara state to combat terrorism and beef up security. The deployment was made to support personnel operation in the fight against army bandits and terrorism in
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Air Force deploys two helicopters to Zamfara to combat terrorism

The Nigeria Air Force has deployed two helicopters to 207 Quick Response Group Air Force Base in Zamfara state to combat terrorism and beef up security. The deployment was made to support personnel operation in the fight against army bandits and terrorism in the state. News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the Nigeria Air Force […]

Pickpockets target policeman, arrested

Samson Folarin  A 28-year-old suspected pickpocket, Ndubuisi Nsuka, has begged the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, for forgiveness after he was arrested with two other members of his gang while attempting to steal from a policeman attached to the comma
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Pickpockets target policeman, arrested

Samson Folarin  A 28-year-old suspected pickpocket, Ndubuisi Nsuka, has begged the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, for forgiveness after he was arrested with two other members of his gang while attempting to steal from a policeman attached to the command.   PUNCH Metro learnt that the Imo State indigene and his accomplices – Saheed […]

Drunk naval rating stabs woman to death

Samson Folarin and Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe  The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a naval rating, Yusuf Owolabi, for allegedly stabbing a woman, Taibat Badru, to death in Egan, a riverine community in the Ojo council area of Lagos.  The naval rating, wh
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Drunk naval rating stabs woman to death

Samson Folarin and Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe  The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a naval rating, Yusuf Owolabi, for allegedly stabbing a woman, Taibat Badru, to death in Egan, a riverine community in the Ojo council area of Lagos.  The naval rating, who was said to be the son of a factional traditional ruler in the […]

Nigerian jailed in UK for killing autistic teenager

Oluwatobi Akindele with agency reports A Nigerian, Paul Akinnuoye, has been jailed for life for stabbing an autistic teenager, Jordan Wright, to death after a Whatsapp argument of who was least gay. The Metropolitan Police, on its website, stated that the 20-
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Nigerian jailed in UK for killing autistic teenager

Oluwatobi Akindele with agency reports A Nigerian, Paul Akinnuoye, has been jailed for life for stabbing an autistic teenager, Jordan Wright, to death after a Whatsapp argument of who was least gay. The Metropolitan Police, on its website, stated that the 20-year-old traded gay insults with 19-year-old Jordan Wright in a WhatsApp group called ‘Ice […]

Police foil plan to kidnap customs deputy comptroller, family

Deji Lambo Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have foiled the alleged plot of a gang to kidnap a customs deputy comptroller and her family. The state’s police spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, in a statement on Sunday, said the alleged kidnappers,  Yo
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Police foil plan to kidnap customs deputy comptroller, family

Deji Lambo Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have foiled the alleged plot of a gang to kidnap a customs deputy comptroller and her family. The state’s police spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, in a statement on Sunday, said the alleged kidnappers,  Yomi Odudare and Olugbenga Ojo, were arrested after detectives attached to the Area […]

SARS operative threatened to drink my blood –HR manager

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A human resources manager, Kamil Mahmud, has alleged being threatened by some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The 26-year-old claimed that the men threatened to drink his blood for allegedly disrespecting them. PUNCH Metro
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SARS operative threatened to drink my blood –HR manager

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A human resources manager, Kamil Mahmud, has alleged being threatened by some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The 26-year-old claimed that the men threatened to drink his blood for allegedly disrespecting them. PUNCH Metro gathered that Mahmud had driven behind his brother’s car to the Ikeja area for an interview on a […]

I like Buhari because he fears no one —Archbishop

The Methodist Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Oche Job, says he admires President Muhammadu Buhari because he is a man that fears no one. The archbishop’s remark was sequel to the recent signing of four bills into laws by Buhari. The President had, on June 8
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I like Buhari because he fears no one —Archbishop

The Methodist Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Oche Job, says he admires President Muhammadu Buhari because he is a man that fears no one. The archbishop’s remark was sequel to the recent signing of four bills into laws by Buhari. The President had, on June 8, assented to the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill, which grants […]

FG taking us for granted, Niger Delta patience running out –Clark

A former Federal Commissioner for Information and convener of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Chief Edwin Clark, speaks on the military operations in Niger Delta, and the Water Resources Bill among other issues with THEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN You are a major player in t
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FG taking us for granted, Niger Delta patience running out –Clark

A former Federal Commissioner for Information and convener of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Chief Edwin Clark, speaks on the military operations in Niger Delta, and the Water Resources Bill among other issues with THEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN You are a major player in the coalition of Middle Belt/Southern groups, currently moving against President Muhammadu Buhari. What […]

Ebonyi APC faction to sue Oyegun over exco inauguration

Clement Nnachi A faction of the All Progressives Congress in Ebonyi State, led by a former governorship candidate in the 2015 general elections, Senator Julius Ucha, has threatened to sue the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the Nati
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Ebonyi APC faction to sue Oyegun over exco inauguration

Clement Nnachi A faction of the All Progressives Congress in Ebonyi State, led by a former governorship candidate in the 2015 general elections, Senator Julius Ucha, has threatened to sue the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the National Working Committee over the inauguration of the state executives. Ucha stated this on Friday in […]

I didn’t believe priest who predicted I’d be great —Elizade founder, Michael Ade. Ojo

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Chief Michael Ade. Ojo, speaks with GBENGA ADENIJI and TOFARATI IGE on his business, family and other issues What can you recall of your childhood? I was born in The Apostolic Church in my hometown, Ilara-Mokin, Ond
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I didn’t believe priest who predicted I’d be great —Elizade founder, Michael Ade. Ojo

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Chief Michael Ade. Ojo, speaks with GBENGA ADENIJI and TOFARATI IGE on his business, family and other issues What can you recall of your childhood? I was born in The Apostolic Church in my hometown, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State. According to my mother, she laboured for five days before I was born. […]

Lateness of officials, materials mar Rivers LG poll

Chukwudi Akasike with agency report The Rivers State’s local government poll was on Saturday marred by the late arrival of officials of the state Independent Electoral Commission and sensitive materials to polling units across the state, the News Agency of
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Lateness of officials, materials mar Rivers LG poll

Chukwudi Akasike with agency report The Rivers State’s local government poll was on Saturday marred by the late arrival of officials of the state Independent Electoral Commission and sensitive materials to polling units across the state, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. NAN noted that voter turnout was not too impressive as the exercise started […]

Fleeing Anambra gay principal owns shrines, church — Investigation

TONY OKAFOR An alleged gay principal of Seat of Wisdom Secondary School, Okija, in the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, Modestus Eze, allegedly operated five shrines and a church within the school. Eze, who escaped being lynched by the communit
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Fleeing Anambra gay principal owns shrines, church — Investigation

TONY OKAFOR An alleged gay principal of Seat of Wisdom Secondary School, Okija, in the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, Modestus Eze, allegedly operated five shrines and a church within the school. Eze, who escaped being lynched by the community youths on Tuesday after he allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old male […]

World Cup 2018: Oghenekaro Etebo divides opinion on Twitter

Croatia score in the 32nd minute against Nigeria at the ongoing World Cup fiesta in Russia has divided football fans on the social media. While many fans see it as an own goal enabled by Oghenekaro Etebo, others see it differently. The discussion was ignited
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World Cup 2018: Oghenekaro Etebo divides opinion on Twitter

Croatia score in the 32nd minute against Nigeria at the ongoing World Cup fiesta in Russia has divided football fans on the social media. While many fans see it as an own goal enabled by Oghenekaro Etebo, others see it differently. The discussion was ignited by OptaJean, who tweeted: 2 – Nigeria’s

UPDATED: Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0

A Luka Modric penalty and an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo gave former semi-finalists Croatia an easy 2-0 win over Nigeria in their World Cup Group D opener on Saturday. In Russia’s sleepy European exclave of Kaliningrad — perhaps best known for
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UPDATED: Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0

A Luka Modric penalty and an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo gave former semi-finalists Croatia an easy 2-0 win over Nigeria in their World Cup Group D opener on Saturday. In Russia’s sleepy European exclave of Kaliningrad — perhaps best known for its nuclear missile sites — the much-hyped youngsters of Nigeria struggled to ignite […]

Croatia 2-0 win: Do better next time, please, fans beg Super Eagles

Football lovers and, in particular, Super Eagles fans, have taken to the social media to express their concerns about the national team’s performance in their first match at the ongoing World Cup fiesta in Russia. Croatia had walloped Super Eagles in what m
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Croatia 2-0 win: Do better next time, please, fans beg Super Eagles

Football lovers and, in particular, Super Eagles fans, have taken to the social media to express their concerns about the national team’s performance in their first match at the ongoing World Cup fiesta in Russia. Croatia had walloped Super Eagles in what many watchers consider an avoidable two goals to nought, making many critics to […]

Salah in apparent discomfort in World Cup training

Egypt’s super striker Mohamed Salah needed help from three teammates pulling on a jersey over his injured shoulder on Saturday, according to AFP reporters at the team’s training camp. The Pharaohs’ best hope in making the last 16 of a World
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Salah in apparent discomfort in World Cup training

Egypt’s super striker Mohamed Salah needed help from three teammates pulling on a jersey over his injured shoulder on Saturday, according to AFP reporters at the team’s training camp. The Pharaohs’ best hope in making the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time since 1990 has been having an eventful time at […]

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