Monday, August 19, 2019

Coutinho Opens Up On What Happened At Barcelona After Joining Bayern Munich



Philippe Coutinho


 


Philippe Coutinho accepts his time at Barcelona "didn't work out" the way he had hoped after he completed a loan move to Bayern Munich on Monday.

 

Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool in January 2018 in a deal potentially worth a reported €160 million (£147m/$178m) and things began promisingly, as he scored eight goals in his first 18 La Liga games.

 

However, he struggled for consistency and failed to hold down a spot in the starting XI last season, playing only 22 matches from the beginning.

 

Coutinho became a scapegoat for fans and came in for increased criticism – as did coach Ernesto Valverde and team-mate Ivan Rakitic – after Barca's Champions League semi-final exit to Liverpool, despite them winning the first leg 3-0.

 

The Brazil international had been suggested as a potential makeweight in a deal to take Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain back to Camp Nou, but Bayern secured his loan signing with a €120m (£110m/$133m) purchase option.

 

Coutinho acknowledges things could have gone better in La Liga but insists he is excited to be joining the German champions.

 

"Concerning Barcelona, things didn't work out the way we wanted," Coutinho told reporters at his Bayern presentation.

 

"But that's the past. This is a new club, a big club, an important club. I hope I'll be here for a long time and win lots of titles."

 

Despite the difficulties Coutinho had at Barca, he is adamant it was not all a negative experience – though he had no doubts about leaving for Bayern.

 

"Within those years I did have great experiences," he said. "I learnt a lot, won a lot with that club and then we had the Copa America, which I won with Brazil and that was really important.

 

"Now I have a chance at a new club, a big club. I didn't have any doubts when Hasan [Salihamidzic, Bayern sporting director] called me.

 

"He really wanted me to come here, so they flew to Barcelona, we met, they showed me the project and that's why I really want to thank them, because from the first second [it was clear] how they see me. That was important for me to see."

 

Coutinho could make his debut away to Schalke on Saturday.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Student Allegedly Knocks Out Man's Tooth Over Girlfriend's Misconduct



 

 

A 21-year-old student, Mr Chiagozie Uzor, was on Friday brought before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly kicking out a man’s tooth because of his girlfriend’s bad conduct.

Uzor, who resides at Cele compound, Oyingbo, Lagos State, was charged with conspiracy, assault and breach of the peace.

He, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Aug. 11, at 9.30p.m., on Railway Line, near Mainland Hotel, Ebute Meta.

He alleged that the defendant kicked out a front tooth of the complainant, Mr Onyedika Alike, and bit him on the neck, causing him serious injuries.

“The defendant accused the complainant’s girlfriend of insulting him and his brother and took out the anger on him,” he submitted.

The alleged offences contravene Sections 173, 246 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, M.A. Ajiferuke, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties each in like sum.

He adjourned the case until Sept. 30 for mention. 

(NAN)

Friday, August 16, 2019

See The Best Performing States In 2019 WAEC (See List)


WAEC


 

Abia, Anambra and Edo states led other Nigerian states in the 2019 performance ranking chart of the West African Examination Council.

 

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, the chart, as released by the examination board, ranked the performances of all 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in the country.

 

While Abia, Anambra, and Edo states topped the chart, Jigawa, Zamfara and Yobe states sit at the bottom three.

 

According to the chart, Lagos State is the only state in the South-West that made the top 10.

 

Kaduna emerged as the best northern state sitting at the 12th position overall.

 

Also, bandits-ravaged Zamfara managed to occupy the 36th position leaving the bottom slot for Yobe State.

 

The top 10 performing states at the 2019 examination are Abia, Anambra, Edo, Rivers, Imo, Lagos, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, and Ebonyi.

 

While Adamawa, Osun, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kebbi, Katsina, Gombe, Jigawa, Zamfara, and Yobe occupy the bottom 10 of the chart.

 

According to data from the commission, over 1.6 million candidates sat the May/June 2019 WASSCE in Nigeria while 1,020,519 candidates representing 64.18% obtained credits and above in minimum of five (5) subjects including English Language and Mathematics and 1,309,570 candidates representing 82.35% obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects (that is, with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics.

 

Also, 180,205 candidates, representing 11.33% of the total number of candidates that sat the examination are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.

 

A 16-year-old Nigerian girl, Ugboaja Chizobam Stephany who sat the 2019 examination, emerged the youngest best candidate in the history of the examination.

 

Full Ranking

 

Abia

Anambra

Edo

Rivers

Imo

Lagos

Bayelsa

Delta

Enugu

Ebonyi

Ekiti

Kaduna

Ondo

Abuja

Kogi

Benue

Akwa Ibom

Kwara

Ogun

Cross River

Taraba

Plateau

Nasarawa

Kano

Borno

Oyo

Niger

Adamawa

Osun

Sokoto

Bauchi

Kebbi

Katsina

Gombe

Jigawa

Zamfara

Yobe.

Why We Brought El-Zakzaky Back To Nigeria - FG



Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky


 

The Federal Government on Friday raised the alarm over alleged plans by the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, to seek asylum, according to a report by Punch.

 

The government specifically said his actions in India demonstrated malicious intents that were capable of embarrassing the governments of Nigeria and India.

 

A statement issued in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Isu Gekpe, entitled: “The repatriation of Ibraheem El-Zakzaky from India”, said the wife of the IMN leader also antagonised the Indian and Nigerian security agencies and accused them of killing her children to win international sympathy as well as disparage the Nigerian government.

 

The statement reads: “The Federal Government wishes to inform the public about the latest development in the Ibraheem El-zakzaky medical trip controversies to India. The government notes with dismay the acts of misconduct exhibited by El-Zakzaky that necessitated his repatriation.

“The earlier statement of August 14, 2019, by the government addressed the issues that would have raised some questions with the latest occurrences and particularly the uncelebrated return of El-Zakzaky from India.

“The public may note that El-Zakzaky’s actions in India demonstrated malicious intents that were capable of embarrassing the governments of Nigeria and India. With total disrespect and complete loss of decorum for international procedures while in India, he initiated contacts with a team of lawyers led by Ali Zia Kabir Chaudary and Gunjan Singh in that country.

“He also contacted some Non-Governmental Organisations, such as the Islamic Human Rights Commission and other Shiite groups. His aim was to seek asylum and eventually relocate to another country. It is important to note that if an Indian court had granted El-Zakzaky asylum or leave to travel to another country, it would have violated the Nigerian court order that granted him permission to travel for medical treatment.

“However, he used the opportunity of being in India to attempt to internationalise his cause by mobilising the Rights groups. Even most unfortunate and rather embarrassing as earlier stated, was his quest to be relocated to a 5-Star hotel to receive visitors instead of being admitted in the hospital as a sick person he claimed to be.

“In spite of his misconduct, El-Zakzaky’s spouse went further to antagonize the Indian and Nigerian security agents and accused the latter of killing her children. These acts were aimed at winning international sympathy as well as disparaging the Nigerian government.

“Having subordinated the quest for medical treatment to other ulterior motives, it became obvious that El-Zakzaky was focused on realising some sinister motives, thus the decision to return him to Nigeria.”

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Actress Faithia Balogun Opens Up On Toyin Abraham's Pregnancy



Faithia Balogun, Toyin, Iyaba Ojo and friends


 

Actress Faithia Balogun has shedded more light on how long and hard it was to respect Toyin Abraham’s wish of not leaking details about her pregnancy or bump photos to the public.

 

It was even harder after she had her baby shower which was star studded with the likes of Toke Makinwa, Fathia Balogun, Iyabo Ojo, Ini Edo and more in attendance.

 

”We had to keep this under wrap for so long. Congratulations my baby @toyin_abraham . May God continue to sustain your home. Keep winning, ” Faithia Balogun revealed on Instagram moments ago.

 

Kanu Nwankwo Gets Political Appointment .



kanu Nwankwo


 

The Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has announced a former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo, as his Senior Special Assistant on sports matters, a report by Punch has revealed.

 

Ihedioha, made the announcement on Wednesday at the Government House in Owerri, the state capital when the former Arsenal player visited him, according to a statement issued by the governor’s aide on new media, Izuchukwu Akwarandu.

 

The statement read “The governor, Emeka Ihedioha, received one of the country’s football legends, Kanu Nwankwo, at the Government House, Owerri,  on August 14, 2019.”

 

“Papilo, as fondly called by his fans, came to present his most recent CAF award, which was given to him at the just concluded Nations Cup in Egypt, to the sports-loving governor of Imo State. The star also presented a branded jersey to the governor.”

“The governor while welcoming the former Super Eagles goal poacher, announced Kanu Nwankwo as his Senior Special Assistant on Sports.” 

Beautiful Photos From Toyin Abraham's Baby Shower



Annie Idibia and Toyin at her baby shower


 

Nollywood stars came out en mass to support their own - movie producer and star actress, Toyin Abraham as she held a baby shower.

 

Recall that Toyin recently married his sweetheart and colleague, Kolawole Ajeyemi and they both welcomed a baby boy.

 

Friends of the couple shared photos and videos from the baby shower on social media. Those in attendance included celebrities like Ini Edo, Anto Lecky, Iyabo Ojo, Annie Idibia, Toke Makinwa, Faithia Williams, BamBam and a host of others.

 

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