How Bayern can stop Ronaldo –Boateng

Jerome Boateng says only a defensive team effort can prevent Cristiano Ronaldo adding to his mind-blowing tally of nine goals in six games against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, AFP reports. Bayern host Real in a blockbuster Champions League semi-final, first-leg, at the Allianz Arena with Ronaldo in goal-scoring form. The Portugal superstar has scored 15 goals in the Champions League this season, hitting the net in each of Real’s 10 games in Europe. “We can only stop Cristiano Ronaldo as a team,” Bayern centre-back Boateng told German magazine Kicker. “In…

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Six online scam deals to avoid

Anna Okon Swindlers may be following your every tweet and post, looking for a chance to fleece you. Here’s how to confound some major online cons. www.rd.com  lists  a few of them and how to avoid them. Free trial offer! You see an Internet offer for a free one month trial of some amazing product – often a teeth whitener or a weight-loss programme.  All you pay is $5.95 for shipping and handling Buried in fine print, often in a colour that washes into the background, are terms that obligate…

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Rohr set to invite Italy-based striker, worries over Iwobi

Festus Abu Alex Iwobi’s current poor form is  a major worry for Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr, our correspondent has learnt. The 21-year-old forward, who burst onto the scene  in 2015  and enjoyed starting roles   in Arsenal’s  first squad until last season, has  copped heavy criticism  this term because of his inconsistency and paltry form. Iwobi, who sent many Super Eagles fans into a frenzy  when he  switched his international allegiance to Nigeria from England in 2017, has only scored two Premier League goals in 21 appearances.  And his  poor form…

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Oyo-Ita blames Discos for power failures

Mudiaga Affe and ’Femi Asu The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Monday heaped the blame for persistent power failures in homes across the country on the electricity distribution companies. She accused the firms of not living up to expectations. Oyo-Ita said this during the unveiling of a new 60MVA and 132/33kV power transformer at the Calabar Transmission sub-station in Essien, Calabar, Cross River State, which was installed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria. She stated that for the trend to change and for Nigerians…

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FG reviews health workers’ demands

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government has set up a committee to review the technical and financial aspects of the demands by the striking Joint Health Sector Unions. This was part of the decisions reached at a meeting of top government officials held on Sunday night on the crisis in the health sector caused by the ongoing industrial action. The Director of Press, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Lawrence Ojabo, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday night. Ojabo did not disclose the identities…

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Xenophobia: Again, South African mob burns Nigerian alive

Olalekan Adetayo with agency report The Nigerian Community in South Africa has announced the killing of Clement Nwaogu, who was burnt alive by a mob in the latest xenophobic attack in that country. The Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, Mr. Habib Miller, confirmed the killing from Pretoria in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt on Monday. He said the victim, a native of Njikoka in Anambra State and an upholsterer in South Africa, was attacked and killed by a mob…

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Nigeria not ready for post-oil economy, say Fashola, others

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Nigeria has not shown enough readiness to commence the journey into a post-oil economy, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said. His view was also shared by the Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Aliyu Gusau, and a former Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Funsho Kupolokun. This is coming as the former NNPC boss declared that there was still lack of transparency in the country’s oil and gas sector. Kupolokun, who chaired the 11th Nigerian Association for Energy Economics/International Association for…

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Siasia joins race for Cameroon job

Former France coach Raymond Domenech, World Cup winner Lothar Matthaus, John Toshack and ex-Nigeria coach Samson Siasia are among 77 applicants for Cameroon’s vacant managerial post. Siasia has been out of job since he guided Nigeria to a third-place finish  in the men’s football event of the Rio 2016 Olympics. BBC Sport understands that the Normalisation Committee which runs Cameroon’s Football Federation  has received a high volume of applications to succeed Hugo Broos. A Fecafoot official, who does not want to be named, confirmed the list will now be narrowed…

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US oil floods Europe, threatens Nigeria’s exports

’Femi Asu Nigeria’s crude oil exports are under pressure as the United States is flooding Europe with a record amount of crude as efforts by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries to balance the oil market bear fruit. Russia paired with OPEC last year in cutting oil output jointly by 1.8 million barrels per day, a deal they say has largely rebalanced the market and one that has helped elevate global oil benchmark, Brent crude, close to four-year highs. Brent, against which Nigeria’s oil is priced, rose by $0.37 to…

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I didn’t force any players to sign contracts – Rohr

’Tana Aiyejina Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has denied a report alleging that he was forcing players of the national team to sign contracts with a particular agency in exchange for the 2018 World Cup spots. An  online medium on April 11 stated that, “There are rumours that Rohr has joined forces with DW Sports Management to force Super Eagles players to sign representative agreements with the France-based agency or be omitted from the roster for the World Cup.” The report also alleged that CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa and…

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