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Didier Drogba

Is Drogba really going retirement? -Chelsea veteran opens up on future

Didier  Drogba

Didier Drogba

Chelsea veteran Didier Drogba insisted Monday he intended to play for at least one more season.

The 37-year-old Ivory Coast forward is out of contract with the Premier League leaders at the end of the current campaign, having returned to Stamford Bridge after two seasons abroad.

Drogba, asked if he had decided on his future, said: “Yes I have and it’s not going to be my last season.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said last week he had still to speak to Drogba regarding his future.

“We have a lot of talks to do,” Mourinho said. “I don’t know what he wants.

“There are people who, during their careers, earn the right and the power to make decisions and not wait for others to make decisions for them.

“What he did at this club for so many years puts him in a great position.”

Mourinho, then in his first spell as Chelsea manager, signed Drogba from Marseille in 2004.

The powerful forward scored 157 goals in his initial eight-year stint with Chelsea, including the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final shoot-out victory.

Read: @Last! Keshi signs new contract with NFF on Wednesday

However, Drogba has been largely a squad player this season and made just his fourth league start of the season in Sunday’s 1-0 west London derby away to Queens Park Rangers after injuries to Diego Costa and Loic Remy.

Drogba could start against Manchester United this Saturday as Chelsea look to move one step closer to clinching the English top-flight title.

“It’s difficult when you don’t play and then have to go into these kind of games,” he said. “But I always try to give my best.

“I tried to give the best of my physical capacity against QPR, so if the manager needs me against United and Arsenal, I’m ready.”

Read: @Last! Keshi signs new contract with NFF on Wednesday

Source: VANGUARD

Keshi

@Last! Keshi signs new contract with NFF on Wednesday

Keshi

Keshi

Super Eagles Head Coach Stephen Keshi is expected to sign his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday.

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Revealing this exclusively to Sportinglife, a top shot at the football house said that the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Felix Anyansi Agwu has been directed to ensure that all the loose ends in the contract are sorted out and the coach unveiled unfailingly on Wednesday.

Sportinglife’s usually dependable source stated: “The President has told the Technical Committee Chairman to tidy up the contract issue and ensure that the coach signs the papers on Wednesday to enable him resume in earnest. I think this is very important because our qualifiers are around the corner.”

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Meanwhile, we further gathered that Keshi who is currently in Benin City, may likely work with new assistants comprising of Sylvanus Okpala and Salisu Yusuf. Okpala is making a come-back into the team after he was dropped from the team immediately after the AFCON victory in 2013.

He took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, who ordered that he is paid all his entitlements. What we could not ascertain is if the Federation has complied with the rulings of the court, before being reabsorbed. Salisu Yusuf, who is the Technical Adviser of Elkanemi Warriors of Maiduguri was the assistant to Samson Siasia in 2011.

Stephen Keshi, we were told, has requested for the dropping of Daniel Amokachi who has stood in for him all through the crisis period.

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Read: #EKITI CRISIS: Anxiety in the state as Supreme Court decides Fayose’s fate today

Source: THENATION

Fayose and Ekiti Speaker

IMPEACHMENT: Omirin Slams Fayose, Says “There’s No Hiding Place For…”

Honourable  Adewale Omirin

Honourable Adewale Omirin

The factional speaker, Dr. Omirin, has last night insisted that the move against the governor was not a joke saying that Governor Fayose would soon realise that there would be no hiding place for him.

Insisting that the move against him was constitutional, the speaker also dismissed the claims by the speaker of the G7 legislators, Dele Olugbemi, saying that the governor and his appointed speaker were acting in ignorance.

In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the Speaker, Wole Olujobi, Omirin said Ekiti issue was a matter of rescuing democracy from the gridlock of executive lawlessness and impunity into which the state had been driven by the governor.

He said, “It will soon dawn on Fayose and his aides that the matter at hand goes beyond exuberant media skirmishes that are being deployed to rally support for the governor. Attention of the world has shifted to Ekiti State following the leaked tape detailing electoral fraud perpetrated to give Fayose victory. After that, several issues in Ekiti State are being questioned on the place of the constitution in nurturing democracy in the country, and as responsible citizens, we must act right to make democracy work.”

Kano Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Alhaji Munkaila Abdullahi

REVEALED: How Kano INEC Commissioner, Family Die

Kano Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Alhaji Munkaila Abdullahi

Kano Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Alhaji Munkaila Abdullahi


Addressing reporters in his office on Friday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris said preliminary investigation confirmed that Abdullahi and members of his family died out of suffocation arising from a fire, suspected to have emanated from an electrical fault.

The police commissioner dismissed insinuations that the INEC boss must have been assassinated, saying there was no trace of foul play at the scene of the incident.

“Today at about 4:30 a.m., the police men on guard duty at the official residence of the Resident Electoral Commissioner Kano state, Alhaji Munkaila Abdullahi, located at No. 2 Sir Kashim Ibrahim Road, Nassarawa GRA, Kano, observed a fire emanating from a split airconditioner in the sitting room.

“They make several attempt to get in touch with him including banging the doors and breaking some of the toilets windows but he was not responding. The police men and local guards broke the door leading to the sitting room, and discovered the sitting room was engulfed by fire and smoke.

“They then went to the side of the door leading to the masters bedroom, broke the door and entered; they were not inside the bed room and the Police then went to the bathroom, inside the master bedroom and found the REC, his wife and his two daughters unconscious on the floor.

“They quickly moved them to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital where the Doctor confirmed them dead. The Doctor confirmed the family died from inhalation of hot and black smoke.

:Meanwhile, the detectives attached to SCID have sealed the scene and together with the fire service men have commenced thorough investigation into the fire incident,” CP Idris stated.

Reporters were escorted to the scene of the incident to verify facts.

#PresidentialPollResult: HAPPENING NOW, How PDP Representative Scatters National Election Result Collation Center

The representative of the Peoples Democratic Party (DPD) has stooped the ongoing announcement of presidential election result in Abuja

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Christian Chwukwu: My father once dubbed me a vagabond for opting for football

Christian Chwukwu: My father once dubbed me a vagabond for opting for football

Christian Chwukwu: My father once dubbed me a vagabond for opting for football

Christian Chwukwu: My father once dubbed me a vagabond for opting for football

35 years from being the first Nigerian to lift the African Nations Cup trophy at the National Stadium in Lagos, Christian Chukwu, the former Eagles captain tells JOHN EGBOKHAN that the rewards for playing soccer before their historic feat in 1980 were oranges and lucozade drinks.

Chukwu, who was named the best player of the 1980 AFCON and played in three consecutive African Cup of Nations from 1976 to 1980 also recounts how his father called him a vagabond child for daring to opt for a career in football. He spoke at Nnewi during the league match between Ifeanyi Uba United and Enugu Rangers. Excerpts

What is your assessment of the state of the league?

As you can see, we have started our leagues, which is now growing gradually, and I am sure that before we get to the half-way stage of the season, our players, our teams, our coaches would have put their acts together to give fans better football. You can see that the crowd is gradually coming out to watch the matches, which is the most important thing in the development of our league. When our matches start attracting the right kind of crowd, the sponsorship will come and the game itself will be very interesting, exciting and attractive.

Moving from the league to the national team, there is a vacuum in the Eagles top hierarchy as no substantive coach has been appointed long after we crashed out of the 2014 World Cup and the contract of coach Stephen Keshi ended last July. How worried are you and have you ever seen such a thing like this before?

I’ve not seen such a thing like this at the national team. That they would be without a coach for about nine months is amazing. But I think that the Nigeria Football Federation should be in control of this because we voted them in to handle the game and I believe that they know what they are doing but we are all having our fears that up till now, we have not gotten our national teach coach.

I don’t know or understand what the problem is that the NFF is yet to appoint a coach for the senior national team. If they do not want the former coach to continue, they should get another person to take charge but they are leaving us in a state of confusion. We don’t know what is happening. It’s not compulsory that it must be Keshi. And if they want to give it to Keshi they should stop wasting time. The federation should be decisive.

Can this long delay affect the preparations of the Super Eagles for the 2017 African Nations Cup as the qualifying race starts soon?

Of course, the delay is not good for the team because if we had a coach in place by now the coach would be going round for matches for the national team. If we had a coach in place, he would be going around to watch league matches in the country, to select players. By watching matches regularly, he will not have to rely on others to know who to invite for matches. But if you name a coach one or two months before the start of a qualifying campaign things will be pretty difficult at least at that initial stage.

35 years ago, you led the Eagles to win their first Nations Cup trophy at the National Stadium in Lagos. 35 years on, we have won two additional titles. 35 years after, many of your co-heroes are no longer alive? What has it been like for you all these years?

Glory be to God for His mercy, for making some of us to still be alive, despite all the challenges here and there and I can tell you that 35 years ago, our football changed in the country because after that Nations Cup triumph, our football changed, our players started going to Europe, we started having professionalism, players stated getting good contracts and the game started to grow.

And I am happy that our players are getting good deals from football and hope to still be alive to see the time when the clubs will stand on their own and start running independently and stop running to government cap in hand for money because that is not the way it should be. We should start doing it the way it is done in Europe, where Nigerians can be owners of clubs by buying shares in their favourite teams or some big money people pulling resources together to make it a huge business.

We should have passed the level of government running clubs. I think we need to start having private individual or private sector ownership of teams in the league. Look at what is happening here with Ifeanyi Uba ownership of Gabros and you can see the new injection of life into the team and see the turnout of fans here against Rangers. That is the way it should be. But if government handles a team, at times, appointments are not made on merit.

You can see in Lagos they have lots of facilities and well run clubs like Ikoyi Club, Lagos Lawn Tennis Club and Lagos Country Clubs. Is government involved in those clubs? No. If those clubs were to won football clubs you would see how professional they will run them. In Egypt and some parts of North Africa such clubs own football, basketball and even volleyball clubs. We wish one day that we will get there.

Turning to something personal sir, Chairman Christian Chukwu…

Cuts in: Chairman Onochie pikin

How did the name chairman come about?

You should ask the late Ernest Okonkwo, may his soul rest in peace.

He’s not alive for one to ask him…

He named me Chairman Christian Chukwu, he also gave Emmanuel Okala a nickname, the same for Adokiye Amiesimaka, Odegbami and so on like Quicksilver Sylvanus Okpala. So it’s the creativity in the late Ernest Okonkwo that made him to give us those names. Ernest was special.

And the name has stuck like an identity card for you…

Yes, it’s part of of us now. Some people say my own is unique if abbreviated, it is CCC, but it is coincidental as it just happened like that, maybe it was because of the way he saw me play in the field, taking charge of the defence, psyching up colleagues and how I tried to make sure that things went well for the team.

How were you able to achieve that balance in the team?

I think it was because we were born with football from childhood. It was not something that I forced myself into. It’s a talent given to me by my God and thank God, I was able to make good use of it and everything went as God planned them to be. It’s not my own making but God’s doing because then, our parents did not allow us to play football. If you played football then, our parents would tag you a vagabond then. Just like the comedians now, there was a time people did not regard them well. But look at how successful they are today.

There was a time people felt that footballers would not be useful. Despite these negative perspective, we were able to outwit our parents because then if they heard you were playing football, you were in trouble. My dad could not believe that all I wanted to do was to play football and make a career out of it. It was unbelievable to him. He was not happy. However, at a certain stage when it was clear I had no other plans he calmed although he was still against it.

He tried to allow me have my way especially after playing in the Academicals and joining Enugu Rangers. When I joined Rangers, my mother who had supported my dad now changed. She gave up and tried to encourage me to do what I felt was good for me. It was still a little bit difficult because my dad was still not happy. But eventually, he said ok, go on. ‘I cannot stop what God has given to you.

Son, you have my blessing.’ Then, there wasn’t big money in football. There was popularity but not money. Before joining Rangers, you were appreciated after each great game with Lucozade and oranges. And when we started playing club football and really became popular money wasn’t still there. We did not know the value of the name we were making. We became household names but we did not have money that matched or even came close to the popularity we had, no money to match our labour on the pitch.

But the goodwill of people was awesome which was important. We were celebrated and honoured everywhere. And these things were more than money. Good name is great, you know. The goodwill could also yield money. There are people with money but no good name, not even goodwill. I thank God that my father saw a little bit of the goodwill before he passed on. I may not have money but I still have that name ‘Chairman’ and I thank God for it. I thank God for everything.

Can you take us to that day that you lifted the National Cup trophy in 1980?

It was a very long day because we had come so close to winning the trophy in the past. We won bronze in Addis Ababa, another bronze in Ghana and in 1980, when we won the Nations Cup, we were due for the trophy and when the tournament came to Nigeria in 1980, we said we would not let this opportunity pass us by, and with God on our side and the new government coming in to give us the support, we were able to achieve the ultimate result. It was a great feeling lifting the cup. Shehu Shagari, the President was there and we saw how happy we made him and the entire country. It was great and will remain unforgettable.

Do you think that with our potentials that we should have won more than three AFCON trophies?

I think so because we were always there but at the dying minutes, as football is, we would lose. That was what happened in Addis Ababa and Ghana but in Nigeria, we were fortunate to get the cup. In Senegal ’92 everybody agreed we were the best team. I was then the coach assisting Westerhof. We were arguably the best team but we ended up with another bronze. Maroc ’88 we had a good team too.

VANGUARD

Boko Haram A Serious Threat To The World, Says Obama

#NigeriaDecides 2015: U.S. set for likely post-election crisis

Boko Haram A Serious Threat To The World, Says Obama

United States president Barack Obama

The United States is preparing for a likely crisis in Nigeria after Saturday’s elections.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has visited Nigeria, preaching peace, ahead of the elections. Vice President Joe Biden has spoken on the need for violence-free elections.

And President Barack Obama has urged Nigerians to keep this country united – whatever the outcome of the elections.

But the United States seems to have gone a step further by sending hundreds of marines to neighbouring Ghana.

An Aviation source in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, told The Nation that two Hercules C-130 transport planes landed at the Kotoka Airport last week, bearing “at leat three helicopters”.

“There are well over 200 marines,” the source, who pleaded not to be named because of what he described as the sensitivity of the matter, said.

“They are camped at the airport,” he added.

The helicopters are belived to be meant for the quick evacuation of Americans in Nigeria – in the event of violence.

It was not immediately clear yesterday where the marines and equipment may have been moved from. The United States has military bases in Europe.

The source also said two United States Navy ships had been sighted off the coast of Takoradi, Ghana.

A Ghana Defence source said one of the ships is equipped with medical facilities.

“More marines are expected,” he said, also pleading not to be named because, according to him, he is not allowed to talk to the media.

“It is not unusual for the United States or any other country to do this because they have to protect their people,” the source said.

Ghanaians have noticed the presence of the marines. The popular thinking is that they are in the country to train the military.

“Their mission is to move into Nigeria swiftly, should there be any need to do so,” the source said.

President Goodluck Jonathan, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his main challenger, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, have signed a peace accord in Abuja, pledging to maintain peace before, during and after the elections.

The United States is said to have had an intelligence report that the election could turn bloody, if the result does not favour the ruling party.

Leaders of the PDP and the APC are belived to be willing to accept the result, but “there are fears that should the polls be rigged, the citizenry may reject the results,” a source said.

Source: THENATION

Stephen keshi

Revealed: Why Stephen Keshi decided to continue as Super Eagles head coach

Stephen keshi

Stephen Keshi

The Nigeria Football Federation have revealed that coach Stephen Keshi is on the verge of signing a new contract as the Super Eagles coach after he agreeing to the terms offered and conditions of the contract.

Keshi, who led the Super Eagles to the 2013 African Cup of Nations and the FIFA world cup in Brazil in 2013 and 2014 respectively has been out of contract since the Nigerian flagbearers crashed out of the tournament in the second round- losing to France 2-1.

A member of the NFF’s technical committee, Paul Bassey revealed that Keshi has accepted to continue as head coach of the three-time African champions.

“He (Keshi) has accepted the terms. Keshi has agreed to come back to work and that’s where we are for now,” Bassey told supersport

When quizzed on the situation, Keshi refused to make a definite statement. “My dear brother, I was offered a contract by the NFF and it is not for me to make any statement on this.

“The NFF is the body to make a decision on this and that is that,” Keshi said on Monday.

Keshi was first named head coach of the Super Eagles in 2011 but his contract lapsed after the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

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Wedding Of Stephen Keshi’s Daughter

PHOTOSPEAK: SEE Photos From The Wedding Of Stephen Keshi’s Daughter

Photos From The Wedding Of Stephen Keshi’s Daughter

Here are photos from the wedding of coach Stephen Keshi’s daughter, Ifeyinwa, which held at Ekenwa in Benin.
Stephen Keshi, his wife and others were at the wedding.

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Stephen Keshi’s Daughter wedding

Stephen Keshi’s Daughter

Photos From Wedding Of Stephen Keshi’s Daughter

Wedding Of Stephen Keshi’s Daughter

Stephen Keshi and wife

The Wedding Of Stephen Keshi’s Daughter

NIGERIA: WHAT A SHAME TO BE A niGERian IN A FOREIGN LAND - By Samuel Eto

NIGERIA: WHAT A SHAME TO BE A niGERian IN A FOREIGN LAND – By Samuel Eto

NIGERIA: WHAT A SHAME TO BE A niGERian IN A FOREIGN LAND - By Samuel Eto

Samuel Eto

Samuel Eto’o is determined to rid football of racism. And in an eye opening chat with CNN has recounted the day he was mistaken for a Nigerian fraudster at a London jewellery shop. According to him, he had decided to purchase one particular model, one which cost $15,000.

For a former Premier League footballer, a hero in his native Cameroon, and one of the most successful African footballers of all time, the prospect of buying a watch was hardly the most daring of ordeals.

So after taking a glance at the watch and getting out his credit card, he says he asked the sales assistant for some help.

“I asked the saleswoman — who was also black like me — ‘Could you show me that watch please?’

“First, I saw her turn and look at her coworkers like, ‘Uh, what should I do?’

“Eventually, she let me see the watch. I looked at it and said, ‘OK, I’ll buy it.’

“I took out my credit card and when she went to go run it through the machine, she came back and said that it was declined.

“I asked her, ‘Was it declined or did you not want it to be accepted?’ because this has happened to me many times and she told me, ‘No, it was declined.'”

Eto’o, who played in London with Chelsea last season, called his brother who was nearby and it was he who brought a new credit card so the transaction could be completed.

While Eto’o does speak English, his brother has a far wider vocabulary and was able to ask just what had occurred moments earlier.

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“My brother can afford this and the way you’re treating him shows that you think just because he’s black, he can’t afford this watch,” said the sibling.

Eto’o then takes up the story, saying the lady in the store said she was wary of him because:

“we had some Nigerians in the store the other day who came with fake credit cards.”

“If one of my own makes a mistake, they judge us all. Tomorrow, if a white man in Africa makes a mistake, we should judge all white people? No!

“The security guard from Senegal kept trying to justify what the lady said and I asked him where he’s from. When he told me, I said, ‘Ahh. If I gave you my name, you will recognize who I am?’

“He shrugged and I said, ‘I’m Eto’o.’ He went, ‘Nooooo! Just yesterday, my wife and I were talking about you! Can I take a picture with you and send it to my wife?’

“I said, ‘Yes, we can take a picture, but you made a mistake because you can’t judge people by the color of their skin,’ so he told me it wasn’t because of our color.

“I told the lady, ‘In my next interview, I’m going to tell them about this and I’ll name the store so everyone can know that you treat people differently here,’ added Eto’o referring to the saleswoman.

“She then realized that I could have reported what she had just done, but it was a mistake.

It was a mistake of her to categorize. I don’t think she’s a racist person, but she stereotyped all black people as ‘those people’.”

RADIO BIAFRA