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Ferdinand visits computer village in Ikeja, Lagos ..

Rio Ferdinand, a former Manchester United defender, has paid a surprise visit to the computer village, a popular ICT accessories market in Ikeja, Lagos state.

The ex-English football professional was in Nigeria on a three-day media tour and other series of events with Guinness, a beer brand that he represents.

On Friday, he had joined the likes of Davido, Kenya’s Sauti Sol, and Uganda’s Bebe Cool in the commercial city for the Pan-African Finale of the Guinness Night Football campaign.

However, what thrilled Lagos residents was when the 41-year-old ex-football star stormed Computer Village with his entourage, causing a stir among both shop owners and petty traders alike.

TheCable had earlier reported that Odion Ighalo, former Super Eagles striker, joined Manchester United on a six-month loan from Shanghai Shenhua, with an option to buy after the period.

Reacting to the development during his radio interview in Nigeria, Ferdinand said that what would be the difficulty for Ighalo is the challenge of transitioning in terms of football standard.

“I hope he does come good. Obviously, the difficulty is that he’s coming from a league that is trying to become a big-league and the quality is not the same as the premier league,” he said.

“Is he going to be as fit as we need him to be? Is he going to hit the ground running? Is it going to be easy for him to adjust, considering the difference in football standard?

“He hasn’t played this type of football in the premier league for two years now.

“So, it’s going to be interesting to see if his coming in is positive. From his record in English football, I think he’s just over one in going in every two games.

“What we needed in Man United is experience. You look upfront, we had Daniel James, played a handful of games and Mashall. There’s no experience there. You need some experience.

“He has that. He has a good pedigree in that sense. But there are still lots of question marks that remain. So, time will tell.”

Ferdinand is visiting the country for the third time. The football star had first visited in 2018 after Babatunde Fashola, the then-governor of Lagos, invited him to the commercial city.



2020: Northern leaders plan to build a United Nigeria.

The Chairman of Northern Governor’s Forum (NGF) and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, says that the Forum has resolved to help build a united and a formidable country in 2020.

The Governor noted that Northern Governors have put in motion machinery towards tackling poverty, diseases and insecurity that has caused untold hardship in the region.

Lalong, in a statement in Jos, rejoiced with Nigerians on the celebration of the New Year and called for a collective resolve to build a Nigeria that is more united, prosperous and fair.

“From the record of achievements last year, 2020 is full of prospects and opportunities for Nigerians to again work for the upliftment of the country by supporting government at all levels to carry out development initiatives that will strengthen the economy and its people,” the Governor’s statement read.

“All that is required is for all to demonstrate patriotism and genuine commitment to making the desired sacrifices that are needed to building a nation that is self-sufficient and strong enough to provide opportunities for its people to flourish.”

The statement declared insecurity remains a major challenge that both the government and citizens must work together to tackle comprehensively, in order to defeat criminals who are hellbent on unleashing terror and sorrow on Nigerians.

“The Northern Governors Forum remains committed to carrying out robust initiatives towards targeting poverty, illiteracy, diseases and insecurity that are plaguing many parts of the region in particular, and the nation as a whole.

Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong

“The Governors of the Northern Region will continue to peer review one another and also benchmark targets for regional development plans that will engender peaceful coexistence and people oriented programmes.

“We shall continue to work closely with the Federal Government under the purposeful leadership of His Excellency President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to create the synergy that is critical to achieving meaningful development of the Northern Region and the nation at large,” the statement read.


U.S government sends representative to monitor trial of sowore.

The United States government has sent a representative to monitor the trial of #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore.

United States sends representative to monitor Omoyele Sowore

A representative was sent by the United States government, two weeks after the media personality was rearrested by Department of State Services (DSS) operatives inside a federal high court in Abuja, barely 24 hours after being released by the secret police who detained him for 125 days.

United States sends representative to monitor Omoyele Sowore

Photos taken at the resumed hearing of Sowore’s case at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday December 23, showed the Political Officer of the United States Embassy in Nigeria, Marcus Thornton exchanging pleasantries with #RevolutionNow convener’s lawyer Femi Falana (SAN).


Pogba attached with €60m nonsensical January transfer to Juventus

…Plus Emre Can

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ambitiously linked with a January return to former club Juventus in a deal that Italian newspaper Tuttosport claims could be quickly wrapped up for as little as €60m plus former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.

It is a story that has already been widely repeated by various news outlets, but one that does not add up on a number of counts and is therefore difficult to believe holds much truth.

Tuttosport’s claim is that Pogba is ‘fed up’ of Manchester United and that he ‘dreams’ of returning to Juve, where he previously spent four years between 2012 and 2016.

It is alleged by the publication that United ‘could deal immediately’ if Juve were to make an offer worth €60m (£52m) plus Can. But given that Can is deemed by Transfermarkt to have a market value of little more than €30m, it puts the overall value of any such deal at less than €100m.

Compare that to the summer when rough estimates of Pogba’s price tag, should United even be willing to entertain offers, was in the region of €180m, around double.

Tuttosport’s story rests on the idea that United would be so desperate to get rid of Pogba, a player the sports daily describes as being like a ‘foreign body’ at Old Trafford, that they would be willing to accept a considerably unfavourable deal midway through the season.

Add to that Can’s Liverpool past and United’s need for a creative player rather than a more orthodox central midfielder and it all makes very little sense.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer declared in no uncertain terms as recently as Friday that Pogba ‘is not being sold in January’. The Frenchman’s long-awaited return from injury two days later was then described by Solskjaer as ‘the only plus’ in the club’s defeat to Watford.

Also on Friday, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola gave an interview stating that his client wants to stay at Old Trafford: “Paul wants to be successful and happy and wants to win prizes and he would love to do that with Manchester United.”

Raiola alluded to a desire to join Real Madrid before the season began, but also explained that Pogba does not want to be the type of player that kicks up a fuss. It suggests that United’s refusal to sell him is therefore a decision that he will respect.


Atletico Madrid stares at United’s Nemanja Matic ahead June.

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matić is a surprise transfer target for Diego Simeone’s

The Serbia international has made just seven appearances across all competition this season, although Matić has started just one Premier League game and appears to have lost his place in United’s first-team squad to Scott McTominay.

Matić only has six months left on his contract at Manchester United, but AS report that Atlético Madrid will look to prise the midfielder away from Old Trafford in a cut-price deal during the January transfer window.

UEFA Europa League”Manchester United v AZ Alkmaar”
Atléti manager Simeone is believed to be looking to add more experience to his side as they push for silverware both domestically and in Europe.

As part of Matić’s contract, United do have the option to extend it for another year but it’s unknown if they’ll take up that option – especially if Atlético express an interest in signing the midfielder next month.

Italian giants Inter are also said to be interested in signing Matić during the January transfer window, where the Serbian would be given the chance to work under Antonio Conte.

While Atléti are interested in signing Matić, it’s pointed out that a new midfielder will be lower down their priorities as they look to sign a new striker to solve their problems going forward.

Portuguese wonderkid and club-record signing João Félix has struggled to adapt to his new surroundings, scoring just four goals in 17 appearances for Los Colchoneros.

Álvaro Morata has established himself as the club’s top goalscorer this season, but only has six goals in La Liga himself – less than the likes of Lucas Pérez, Loren Morón, Gerard Moreno and Ángel Rodríguez.

Atlético still have Diego Costa on their books too, but the former Chelsea star has struggled with injuries this season and has only scored two goals across all competitions.


Mourinho still a Premier League force to reckon with.

…FIFA stats proves

Tottenham’s 2-1 last gasp win away at Wolves on Sunday kept alive an astonishing Premier League record for boss José Mourinho.

The Portuguese manager has gone over four years since seeing his side lose after going ahead in an English top-flight game.

Jose Mourinho,Christian Eriksen,Jan Vertonghen
So Spurs fans needn’t have worried when Wolves star Adama Traoré cancelled out Lucas Moura’s early opener, with Mourinho at the helm, a Spurs loss was unthinkable.

Clearly Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen was aware of his manager’s unbeaten streak, duly popping up with an injury-time header to snatch all three points.

In total, Mourinho has overseen 54 games without loss when his side have opened the scoring, winning 48 of those encounters while coming away with a point in the other six.

Even in his ill-fated spell with Manchester United, Mourinho kept the record intact, not suffering defeat in any of the 49 games which the Red Devils struck first during his tenure.

The last time Mourinho tasted defeat after his team scored first was back in October 2015 during his second stint with Chelsea.

The opponents on the day were Southampton and despite Willian striking first for Mourinho’s men, the Blues slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to the Saints.

Midfielder Steven Davis drew the visitors level before Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle scored in the second half to seal a shock win at Stamford Bridge.

The result capped a torrid start to the season for Mourinho and Chelsea, who found themselves in 16th position in the Premier League standings.

Chelsea had just eight points from their opening eight games and sat four points above the relegation places.

It was the beginning of the end for Mourinho in West London and he departed the club in December 2015, after watching his side lose nine of their opening 16 Premier League games that season.

After his spell at Old Trafford, Mourinho returned to management last month, replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, after the Argentine was sacked.

After Sunday’s dramatic victory over Wolves, Spurs moved up to fifth in the league, only three points adrift of Chelsea in the final Champions League spot.

Mourinho has won four of his five Premier League games as Spurs boss, with the Lilywhites taking the lead in all of those victories.

But the ‘Special One’ faces a real challenge in his next encounter when he comes up against former club Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.


United Nations condemn killing of aid workers in Borno.

Eve Sabbagh, the Head of Public Information, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), stated this in a statement on Saturday in Maiduguri.

Kallon said the UN agency was sad by the killing of the aid workers by their captors on Dec. 13.

He described the action as “tragic” and called for immediate release of aid workers still under captivity.

“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the news of the tragic killing of four aid workers who were held captive by armed groups for almost five months.

“My thoughts go to their families, friends and colleagues who are enduring unspeakable pain and hardship,” Kallon said.

He explained that the four men were among the six aid workers abducted on July 26; when armed group attacked their convoy in Damasak of Mobbar Local Government Area.

“They were working on a health project implemented by the Action Against Hunger, an International Non Governmental Organization (INGO).

“One of the drivers was killed during the attack and another was reportedly executed on September 24.

“I plead for the immediate release of Grace Taku, the only woman who was in the ACF team, and whose whereabouts remain unknown.

“I also call for the immediate release of Alice Loksha, a nurse and a mother, who was abducted during an attack in Rann in March 2018,” he said.

Kallon described the action as another sad day for the people of Nigeria and the humanitarian community.

He noted that the aid workers devoted their lives to helping the most vulnerable communities in Borno, in spite of the risks.

According to him, the UN and partners were working to provide vital assistance to over seven million people in the crisis-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

The coordinator, however, decried that humanitarian workers have increasingly become the target of violent attacks.

He revealed that seven aid workers were killed this year while 26 others lost their lives in the conflict since 2011.

Kallon added that: “Violence against humanitarian actors jeopardizes access to much needed assistance for people affected by the armed conflict.

“I renew the call for all armed actors to respect the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality which guide humanitarian assistance, and to ensure the protection of aid workers”.


Carlos tevez reveals how he got ridiculed at Man utd, express how Robert surprise him.

Argentine footballer, Carlos Tevez has revealed he was ridiculed at Manchester United because of the Audi car he was driving before one of his teammates gifted him a Lamborghini.

According to the 35-year-old striker, who spent two seasons at Manchester United after he joined them in 2007 from West Ham United, England and Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney, handed over the keys to a Lamborghini when he discussed the situation with him.

Carlos Tevez reveals Rooney gave him his own Lamborghini when Man Utd team-mates teased him about driving an Audi

‘At Manchester United training, players would turn up with a Ferrari or a Lamborghini,’ Tevez told Marca. ‘Everyone, even the worst player, would have a Ferrari.’

‘I turned up in the Audi that the club gave you and they all bugged me about it, as if it was a Fiat 600. I spoke to Rooney and, the crazy guy that he is, he told me ‘take the Lamborghini’.

Tevez, who made sixty-three (63) appearances and scored 19 goals for the club, added: ‘I went, without registering, around Manchester with this car, he gave it to me.’

Tevez and Rooney amassed 72 goals between them in all competitions, winning the Champions League and back-to-back Premier League titles before the Argentine footballer, who now plays for Boca Juniors in Argentina made a shock switch to Manchester United’s cross-town rivals, Manchester City.



Jose Mourinho stays at the training ground over night to prepare Tottenham for Burnley.

…After a defeat you cannot be sad

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he slept at the club’s training ground to prepare for Saturday’s match against Burnley.

The Portuguese stayed at Hotspur Way in Enfield after his side were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United on his return to his former club.

Mourinho felt that the dressing room was a “sad” place following the loss.

“After a defeat you cannot be sad. You have to be more than that. You have to be raging, angry, not sad,” he said.

Mourinho reportedly slept at the training ground before he was appointed manager during his negotiations with Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy, reports the BBC.

The defeat at Old Trafford was Tottenham’s first under Mourinho.

His side host 12th-placed Burnley at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend.

“I didn’t go home, so the next morning at eight o’clock I was here doing what? Burnley,” Mourinho said.

“Analysing Burnley, trying to organise the training session, trying to organise the meeting, choosing the clips to show them the most clear possible way Burnley works.

“That’s the way you have to do it in football. Don’t accept in a passive way.”

Tottenham are eighth in the Premier League with five wins, five losses and five draws this season.

“It’s obvious we have problems but we have players with quality, a great human dressing room,” Mourinho added.

“I like the guys very much but we need to change that feeling of feeling sorry about our mistakes and feeling sad with our bad results.”



Man united, solkjaer ole gunnar shades city ahead derby match.

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has aimed a dig at Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s derby, saying “at least we play every year now.”

City’s relegation meant there was no Manchester derby between April 1996 and November 2000.

Solskjaer joined United in 1996 and did not play in his first derby until April 2001.

“At least we play every year now.

“It took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself. It’s changed in a way. Man City are a better team now than when I was playing.

“Manchester derbies are always special games but you can’t say it matters more. For the fans, of course. We’re up for it,” Solskjaer told reporters on Friday.


SPORTSEPL – I’m not a villain – Jose Mourinho says.

…turns on charm before Old Trafford return

José Mourinho may have mentioned this once or twice. Actually, there has not been a press briefing during his short time at Tottenham when he has failed to do so. Yes, the manager is starring in an Amazon Prime documentary about the club’s season.

Mourinho was at it again on Tuesday morning, as he previewed Wednesday night’s visit to his former club Manchester United, which, incidentally, will be carried live by Amazon Prime. Turning his head down and towards the inside of his collar and the ever-present mic, he mentioned the US company and had a bit of fun speaking directly to them, reports the Guardian.

There would be a twist. “I’m also doing an episode for Netflix,” Mourinho said, before detailing his involvement in a sports documentary for Amazon’s great rival. “There are eight coaches from eight different sports, I’ve filmed it already. I don’t know when it comes out.” Cue the mock conspiratorial flourish. “But Amazon guys, they cannot know.”

It was classic Mourinho, an example of his adherence to the have‑cake‑and‑eat‑it model. In Amazon’s big week of Premier League football here was one of its poster boys jumping into bed with the enemy. But do not call it a mis-step, because Mourinho was in no danger of making a blunder.

On the eve of his Old Trafford return, he went to great lengths to ensure there was not so much as a syllable out of place when it came to United – the club he left last December under storm clouds.

It was easy to imagine what Mourinho might have wanted to say, starting with Paul Pogba, United’s £89m player who he found so difficult to manage, particularly after the France midfielder reported for last season as a World Cup winner. Or how about the record of his successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who has taken 26 points from 22 league games since being confirmed in the job on a permanent basis? Mourinho’s last 22 matches at United brought 35 points. Then there is Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman with whom he clashed over recruitment.

Mourinho has not disparaged United and he was not about to do so before the game. On the contrary. His relationship with United fans is strong – they sang his name when he went back to Old Trafford as a TV pundit, which “humbled” him. Mourinho wanted to make it clear he enjoyed good friendships with many of the club’s staff – from Woodward and the director Richard Arnold to the chef, who “calls me to ask how I am”.

“I’ve had this at every club – at Christmas, on the phone will be Ed Woodward, Florentino Pérez, Massimo Moratti, Pinto da Costa,” Mourinho said, bringing in the presidents of Real Madrid, Internazionale and Porto respectively, although overlooking Roman Abramovich of Chelsea. “You have relations with people and this is very important.”

Mourinho described United as a “closed chapter”, an experience that is “in my history book”. He wanted to speak only about the club as an opponent. “I’m not a villain, I’m not an enemy,” he said. “I am the coach trying to win against United – that’s how the United fans are going to look at me.”

For Mourinho it always comes down to trophies. “Mr Mandela said you never lose, you win or you learn,” he said. “At United, I won and I learned.” He did not go into specifics as to what he had learned, other than to say he and his assistants had not looked to blame anyone other than themselves for how it ended, but he was happy to remember the trophies.

“I have a couple of pictures of my time at United in my office at Spurs,” Mourinho said. “One with the Europa League trophy and my son in Stockholm [where the final was played] and one with the Carabao Cup, when you get the cup at the top of Wembley.”

Mourinho feels he is a “better coach now than when I was there” and he continues to whisper sweet nothings into the ears of his Spurs players. He said he is “in love with” Son Heung-min and Dele Alli could achieve “anything he wants”. The contract rebels, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen, are “great professionals”. This is what Mourinho does in the early stages. From leading players down to the ballboys, it is about bolstering belief, instilling a shared sense of purpose.

Spurs go to United brimming with confidence after three wins out of three for Mourinho, who is projecting an image of total happiness. Not that he was unhappy in Manchester, where he lived in an apartment at the Lowry hotel – a subject of no little lampoonery.

“I would be unhappy if I was in a house on my own,” Mourinho said. “I would have to clean; I don’t want. I would have to iron; I don’t know how to. I have to cook … I would cook fried eggs and sausages – that’s the only thing I can do. I lived in an amazing apartment – a flat with ‘bring me a latte, please’, or ‘I don’t want to go down for dinner, bring my dinner up’. I had everything. I was more than fine.”


2-2: Ljungberg sees positivity in Arsenal’s draw against Sheffield United

Arsenal manager Freddie Ljungberg says despite needing two fight backs to take a point in his side’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United he still saw positives in the game.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his first game as caretaker manager, he said: “We started the game really well, that’s how I want to play football.

“But we need to work on the transitions, we dominated and they break us too easily.

“In the beginning I saw a lot of things we worked on in training, but we need to score goals and take the lead.

“I want this club to do well, it is only winning that counts: I wanted to win the games so I am disappointed but I have also seen some positive things.”

But Ljungberg could not end Arsenal’s long wait for a win as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double only salvaged a 2-2 draw at struggling Norwich on Sunday.

The Canaries twice led through Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell only for Aubameyang to level, first from the penalty spot and then with a clinical finish after the break.

But Arsenal also had goalkeeper Bernd Leno to thank for coming away with a point as the German saved brilliantly from Kenny McLean, Pukki and Emiliano Buendia.

Unai Emery was sacked as Arsenal manager after seven games without a win in all competitions that had seen the Gunners fall well off the pace in the race for a top-four finish.

Ljungberg remains a fans’ favourite from his title-winning days as an Arsenal player, but he suffered the same problems as his predecessor as the visitors’ firepower up front was needed to cover up their defensive problems.

Granit Xhaka returned to the Arsenal side for the first time in the Premier League since an explosive clash with the club’s fans as he was substituted against Crystal Palace last month that cost him the captaincy among four changes from Emery’s last starting line-up in the league.

Shkodran Mustafi was surprisingly recalled for his first outing in the Premier League this season, but it did not take Ljungberg long to realise the German is not his answer to Arsenal’s problems a centre-back.

Ljungberg’s side had made a bright start, but fell behind to Norwich’s first dangerous attack when McLean’s pass played in Pukki, who twisted and turned David Luiz before seeing his shot deflect in off Mustafi for his first goal in nine games.

However, Norwich have also made a habit of giving themselves a mountain to climb this season with defensive errors and gifted Arsenal a route back into the game when captain Cristoph Zimmerman handled a free-kick inside his own box.


Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola Included In The LMA Hall Of Fame.

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola have been inducted into the League Managers Association’s (LMA) Hall of Fame.

The German and the Spanish coaches were presented with silver salver to commemorate their inductions by LMA president Gareth Southgate and fellow Hall of Famer Sir Alex Ferguson at a gala evening in Manchester on Thursday night .

‘This is really special,’ Klopp said. ‘To be a part of this incredible group of managers is big.

‘Tonight my family and coaches are here. I wanted them all to be here because it is very important in in our family history.’

Guardiola said: ‘I do not have any words to express my gratitude. To be part of this family. It is an incredible honour to be a part of it, for the rest of my life and for generations, to be in this Hall of Fame in English football.’

LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said Klopp and Guardiola had shown ‘incredible drive, innovation and dedication’ in their roles.

‘Since arriving in England, they have built two of the best teams in Premier League history and have done so with humility and honour,’ Wilkinson said.

Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City at the start of 2016-17, and has so far won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups with the club. For Jurgen Klopp, who joined Liverpool for the 2015-16 campaign won the Champions League title last season and the Super Cup at the start of the 2019/20 season.