Healing Gone Wrong: Cele pastor arrested after concoction kills church member

The deceased’s live-in lover, Ifeanyi Enyinna, who is alleged to have taken her to the prophet’s church for healing, was also arrested. A pastor identified as Dominic Michael, who is a Celestial Church prophet has been arrested by officers of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly administering a concoction to one of his members, Ramat Audu, which later led to her death.Instablog9ja reports that the incident occurred on May 19 at Jesu Segun Parish, Santana Bus Stop, Ajangbadi, Lagos. ALSO READ: Nigerian pastor in trouble for sexually abusing church membersAccording to the reports, the deceased’s live-in lover, Ifeanyi Enyinna, who is alleged to have taken her to the prophet’s church for healing, was also arrested.The reports revealed that the deceased was was sick and asked her lover to take her to church for prayers.While parading the suspects on Monday, May 21, 2018, the State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, said the prophet was arrested for unlawful administration of herbal concoction which led to the death of the lady.Edgal added that one Ibrahim Audu of Akeson in Igando, reported the case, stating that his sister, Ramat, was taken to the church by her lover and died after drinking a concoction.The CP also revealed that a native sponge, perfume and candles were recovered during the arrest, while the corpse has been moved to the mortuary for autopsy. ALSO READ: Nigerian pastor imprisoned in the UK for sexual assaultEdgal said a sample of the concoction has been sent to the laboratory for examination. May her soul rest in peace.

Buhari: Nigerian have rejected you, PDP tells APC

The PDP says Nigerians have rejected the President Buhari-led APC government. The Peoples Democratic Congress (PDP) says Nigerians have rejected both President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday, May 21, 2018, the PDP advised President Buhari to be prepared to accept defeat in 2019.The PDP accused Buhari of betraying the trust of ordinary people and being aloof to the plight of the citizens.“Indeed, with the degenerated economy, security and social situations in our nation, under his incompetent and anti-people administration, in addition to the spate and weight of direct disapproval from Nigerians and international bodies, President Buhari knows that he is swimming against the tide,” the statement said.ALSO READ: Northern youths tell Buhari, Atiku not to contest in 2019“Today, the electorate has come to terms with the fact that the promises made by President Buhari and his APC are all a big scam.“In fact, our investigations have revealed that President Buhari never intended to fulfill any of his campaign promises. This is because three years down the line, our president cannot even boast of any clear-cut implementation blueprint on his promises.“Instead, our president and his cronies acquired a life of opulence, going on foreign tastes and swimming in ocean of corruption, while millions of Nigerians who voted into power are abandoned to languish in poverty and bloodletting occasioned by the APC misrule.“President Buhari’s handlers, in their shouting match, should know that Nigerians are only clamouring for his expulsion from Aso Rock come 2019, because our nation does not have provision for mid-term elections.“Had such been in our statutes book, Nigerians would have since chased this incompetent, insensitive and tactless president away from the office,” the statement said.Obasanjo to the rescue?Meanwhile, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has allayed fears was in a state of near collapse.In a meeting with leaders of the Yoruba political organization, Afenifere, Obasanjo noted that Nigeria was in need of urgent rescue.The former president called for support of the group to salvage the country.

Lai: 15 Agencies failed to remit N8.1trn under Jonathan

Lai Mohammed says 15 revenue generating agencies failed to remit N8.1 trillion to the federation account under Goodluck Jonathan. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said fifteen revenue generating agencies of the federal government failed to remit N8.1 trillion to the federation account between under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.The minister made the disclosure in Osogbo, Osun State, on Monday, May 21, 2018, while commissioning the Channelization, De-silting, Flood Control and Development of Okoko and Ogbagba Rivers, phases one and two, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.He said the discovery by the auditing firm KPMG is many times worse than the N1.34 trillion carted away by 55 public officials between 2006 and 2013.“Recently, the Federal Government ordered an audit (between 2010 and 2015) of 15 government revenue generating agencies. The result was the discovery that the agencies had not remitted over 8.1 trillion Naira to the Federation Account. This amount is about six times the 1.34 trillion Naira that was stolen between 2006 and 2015.”It is also the equivalent, on the average, of the country’s yearly national budget! Imagine, for a moment, how many kilometres of roads could have been constructed, how many kilometres of rail tracks that could have been laid, and how many modern hospitals and schools that could have been built if that money had been properly accounted for,” Mohammed said.He told the mammoth crowd at the commissioning that the Buhari Administration’s fight against corruption remains very critical because it will free the much-needed resources for national development.The minister said the projects being executed by the present administration, including the one that was commissioned in Osogbo – one of 53 being commissioned across the country – could have long been completed but for the mind-boggling looting of the treasury by previous administrations, which deprived the nation of infrastructural growth.ALSO READ: 5 things ex minister wants you to know about corruption in Nigeria’This is why we will not stop talking about those who have looted the public treasury, despite the pushback from their apologists. If we do not stop the looting of the treasury, there will be no money for the kind of projects we are commissioning here in Osogbo today.”Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, corroborated the Minister’s disclosure that 8.1 trillion Naira was unaccounted for by 15 revenue generating agencies, saying the share of his state from the said amount is 75 billion Naira which, he said, would have been more than enough to pay all civil servants their salaries and complete all infrastructural projects of the government.Speaking on the commissioned project, the Minister said this is the first time the Ecological Fund Office is ever commissioning any project and handing it over to the host community.He said the triple project, which was one of the twelve 4th Quarter, 2016 ecological intervention projects across the six geo-political zones approved by the President in October 2016, was due to the perennial flooding which had claimed lives and destroyed property in Osogbo Township.”I have no doubt in my mind that the successful completion of these projects would enhance the holistic solutions to soil erosion and flood menace in Osogbo Town. This would at the same time reduce the danger to lives and property associated with erosion and persistent flooding that has been experienced here in the recent time,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

Tragic Loss: Nigerian student killed in auto crash after a night of clubbing

The accident occurred at about 8.15am, killing the male student of the President College in Kuala Lumpur on the spot after he suffered severe injuries to his head. One David Oyaele Audu, a Nigerian student schooling in Malaysia has been reported dead after being involved in a car crash at Jalan Semarak near Taman Semarah, today, Monday, May 21, 2018.According to the reports, a 39-year-old woman was also involved in the accident after the deceased’s vehicle crashed into hers but luckily survived the crash with minor injuries.ALSO READ: Lady involved in fatal accident identified (Graphic Photos) Instablog9ja reports that the accident occurred at about 8.15am, killing the male student of the President College in Kuala Lumpur on the spot after he suffered severe injuries to his head.The reports revealed that the car belonging to the deceased skidded, hitting the road divider, somersaulting into the opposite lane and crashing into another car being driven by the injured woman.The deceased was reportedly on his way back from a nightclub in Taman Semarak to Nilai town.May the soul of the deceased rest in peace.Female student dies in accident while returning from nightclubA female student of the University of Lagos, lost her life alongside three others in a ghastly car accident while returning from a nightclub in Ibadan, Oyo State.According to an eyewitness, Ewatomilola, the deceased who were apparently drunk, were coming from a club in the early hours of the day when their vehicle which was on high speed, skidded off its lane to another, crashed into a billboard and in the process, killing all its occupants.A check on the bodies of the victims by sympathizers revealed that the girl was a student of the university and must have gone to Ibadan to have fun with her male friends without the knowledge of her parents. Read what Ewatomilola wrote on a social media platform about the incident:”God have mercy… I met with this on my way to Abeokuta. This happened on Ring-Road, Mobil, Ibadan, at exactly 1 am this morning.Four people in the car, three guys, and a lady. One of the guys just got back from Dubai  (check the plate number of the car) last week and that was what prompted their outing.They were coming back from a club and their car jumped to the other lane at a high speed and hit a big iron billboard.The lady is a student of UniLag. Her family is yet to know she’s late. They all died, nobody survived.”ALSO READ: Friends mourn young graduate who died in car crash“The most painful thing is the lady who lost her life. All the way from UniLag. Ladies’ love for money and material things these days is something.”May their souls rest in peace.

Lai: 15 Agencies failed to return N8.1trn under Jonathan

Lai Mohammed says 15 revenue generating agencies failed to remit N8.1 trillion to the federation account under Goodluck Jonathan. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said fifteen revenue generating agencies of the federal government failed to remit N8.1 trillion to the federation account between under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.The minister made the disclosure in Osogbo, Osun State, on Monday, May 21, 2018, while commissioning the Channelization, De-silting, Flood Control and Development of Okoko and Ogbagba Rivers, phases one and two, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.He said the discovery by the auditing firm KPMG is many times worse than the N1.34 trillion carted away by 55 public officials between 2006 and 2013.“Recently, the Federal Government ordered an audit (between 2010 and 2015) of 15 government revenue generating agencies. The result was the discovery that the agencies had not remitted over 8.1 trillion Naira to the Federation Account. This amount is about six times the 1.34 trillion Naira that was stolen between 2006 and 2015.”It is also the equivalent, on the average, of the country’s yearly national budget! Imagine, for a moment, how many kilometres of roads could have been constructed, how many kilometres of rail tracks that could have been laid, and how many modern hospitals and schools that could have been built if that money had been properly accounted for,” Mohammed said.He told the mammoth crowd at the commissioning that the Buhari Administration’s fight against corruption remains very critical because it will free the much-needed resources for national development.The minister said the projects being executed by the present administration, including the one that was commissioned in Osogbo – one of 53 being commissioned across the country – could have long been completed but for the mind-boggling looting of the treasury by previous administrations, which deprived the nation of infrastructural growth.ALSO READ: 5 things ex minister wants you to know about corruption in Nigeria’This is why we will not stop talking about those who have looted the public treasury, despite the pushback from their apologists. If we do not stop the looting of the treasury, there will be no money for the kind of projects we are commissioning here in Osogbo today.”Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, corroborated the Minister’s disclosure that 8.1 trillion Naira was unaccounted for by 15 revenue generating agencies, saying the share of his state from the said amount is 75 billion Naira which, he said, would have been more than enough to pay all civil servants their salaries and complete all infrastructural projects of the government.Speaking on the commissioned project, the Minister said this is the first time the Ecological Fund Office is ever commissioning any project and handing it over to the host community.He said the triple project, which was one of the twelve 4th Quarter, 2016 ecological intervention projects across the six geo-political zones approved by the President in October 2016, was due to the perennial flooding which had claimed lives and destroyed property in Osogbo Township.”I have no doubt in my mind that the successful completion of these projects would enhance the holistic solutions to soil erosion and flood menace in Osogbo Town. This would at the same time reduce the danger to lives and property associated with erosion and persistent flooding that has been experienced here in the recent time,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

Tejuoso: Senator reveals why NASS added BHCPF in 2018 budget

Senator Lanre Tejuoso has revealed why the BHCPF was included in the 2018 budget by the National Assembly. The chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, has disclosed why the National Assembly, included funding for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) in the 2018 appropriation bill.In a press statement made available to Pulse on Monday, May 21, 2018, Tejuoso noted that the Executive had failed to include the BHCPF in the 2018 appropriation bill submitted to the National Assembly.The lawmaker noted that the BHCPF would ensure access to basic healthcare for Nigerians as means of achieving the Universal Health Care (UHC) for the country.“While the Executive did not include the BHCPF in the 2018 appropriation bill submitted to the National Assembly, the Senate embarked upon a phenomenal task of ensuring the inclusion of BHCPF in the 2018 appropriation and its effective implementation,” he said.“The Senate mandated its Committee on Appropriation to work out a modality for accommodating the Fund in the 2018 appropriation. The Senate Committee on Health through the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the Legislative Network on Universal Health Care (UHC) held series of sensitization, capacity building and media parleys to galvanize support towards implementation of the BHCPF and reiterate the commitment of the National Assembly towards the cause.”ALSO READ: Tejuoso blames increased corruption on poor oversight by lawmakersTejuoso maintained that the push to ensure that there was increased funding in the 2018 budget was a “clear demonstration of the commitment and responsiveness of the 8th Senate”, under the leadership of Senate President Bukola Saraki, to ensure that the healthcare needs of Nigerians are met.“I am happy to inform you that the Senate President and the Senate Committee on Health have lived up to their promise to Nigerians by including the BHCPF in the 2018 Appropriation Bill. By this important milestone, we have demonstrated our collective and sustained will to harness and align our human and other resources towards transforming the health landscape in Nigeria.“We have to remain vigilant to ensure that nothing scuttles our collective will towards actualizing the dream of affordable universal health care for all Nigerians. It is my vision that one day, Nigeria health care system will be a model for other African countries and the country will be a reputable destination for medical tourism,” the Senator representing Ogun Central said.Both cambers of the National Assembly had passed the 2018 appropriation bill on Wednesday.The bill would be transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent this week.

Union Bank: Financial institution takes the lead; Introduces robotics to banking in Nigeria

The new technology was officially launched at an interactive session which took place at the Bank’s Stallion Plaza Head office in Lagos. Union Bank today announced the deployment of the innovative Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology in its operations; a first in the Nigerian Banking industry. The new technology was officially launched at an interactive session which took place at the Bank’s Stallion Plaza Head office in Lagos with customers, technology experts, pressmen and the Bank’s Management and employees in attendance.The RPA technology makes use of robots which are software tools developed to simplify business process delivery. The software robots offer improved business efficiency and data security by automating repetitive tasks across multiple business applications without altering existing infrastructure and systems. Announcing the deployment of the new technology, the Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa said:“The provision of simpler, smarter banking services to our valued customers is at the core of our business. Therefore, we remain focused on leveraging cutting edge technology and creating innovative partnerships which will facilitate the achievement of this objective.”The Bank’s adoption of the RPA technology is expected to enhance staff productivity, reduce process turnaround time and improve accuracy and compliance. With this, employees are better able to focus on other value adding and customer related functions, significantly improving the overall quality of customer experience.  In the first phase of the Bank’s RPA implementation, reconciliation of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) transactions will now be a fully automated process, cutting down processing time by over 60% and ensuring that refunds on ATM fund dispense errors are promptly and efficiently carried out.With its recent transformation and marked upgrade of its infrastructure including the new RPA technology, Union Bank is indeed poised to deliver on its promise of being a truly simpler and smarter bank.

Small Doctor: Singer’s hustle tale will have you believing in your dreams again [Watch]

Small Doctor said that he had airplay for his songs at the time in some areas, including Agege, but noted that he had to make ends meet, which he did as a transporter. Small Doctor spent some time talking about his experience working as a bus conductor and Okada rider for over a decade, and we are willing to bet that it will leave you motivated!The singer who was a guest on “Rubbing Minds” spoke to Ebuka-Obi Uchendu about his experience during a recent interview.ALSO READ: Singer hopes to get married soon Originally named Temitope Adekunle, the “Penalty” singer revealed that he shuttled almost half of Lagos State.Small Doctor added that he had airplay for his songs at the time in some areas, including Agege, but noted that he had to make ends meet, which he did as a transporter.Watch the interview for yourself below:  If his tale doesn’t motivate you to work harder and hold on to your dreams, we don’t know what will.Singer accused of attempted poisoning of a friendSmall Doctor recently found himself in the news sometime in March for all the wrong reasons after being accused of allegedly attempting to murder a friend by poisoning. Now the gist is that a South African friend of Small Doctor, Jurjiversal who is said to be an artist too has revealed how Small Doctor and a friend attempted to poison him with a glass of drink while on his visit to Nigeria.Jurjiversal took to his Instagram page on Thursday, March 22, 2018, where he posted quite a long post on how he escaped death twice in the hands of Small doctor and another friend. “I’ve been praying against enemy within while I never knew they are the same sets of people. I wine and dine with, I never knew you’ve been working on my map way before I land in Naija, All I show you was love but all you wish me is death, You already making name for yourself in the industry but still you’ve been having sleepless night on how to blackmail and get me killed all long while I’ve been overseas watching Nat geo wild, I can still remember the statement you made at Unlimited studio few years back that any of your friends that plans to do music and make it big will automatically turn to your no1 enemy,”Right from day one I’ve never seen you as a competition and all I always wish you is success but I never knew all you wish for me is death because of the envy and jealousy in you and you not wanting to see another man around you shine. The last time you came to SA for a show, I was the one who drove you in my Mercedes from your Morning side Hotel to your show in Centurion, 2 weeks before I came to Naija you chatted me up which I later called you on phone then you asked me when I’ll be back in Naija I told u I should be back in a week to 2 weeks’ time, the first question you asked me was what am coming to do! You don’t even want me to come back home.  “On eventually getting to Naija, I sent you messages to let you know I’m around but the anger in the way you responded to the Dm(s) is so obvious, Aside that I called u several times and I also contacted one of our friend Ebay to reach you on my behalf but you ignored all my calls which I thought maybe you’re busy in studio or something not knowing both of you are into this together, Since then you’ve been trying everything to avoid seeing me, playing dirty pranks and plotting your evil to the extent that you set people around my hotel to take pictures and make videos of all my activities and moments so bad to the fact that whenever I’m chilling with my so called friend Ebay in his area and I ask him like where can I ease myself he will point to a spot which I can use which I never knew someone is there already to capture me while am easing myself for real?”I was out one day with I was out one day with this my same nigga when he told me that small doctor said we should come block him at my mama house, on getting there, Small doctor sat on his car bonnet, he stand up and walk towards my mama saying “Mama Jurji ama ri eni ti o ma ko ko se o rire ninu emi ati omo yin” like he will see who will succeed first among him and I repeatedly saying it aloud. I didn’t even say a word because I thought he was just being playful because of the mind I’ve got for him but and I never knew he meant everything he said that faithful day. ALSO READ: Small Doctor accused of stealing lyrics from King Sunny Ade’s song”You guys made several attempts on my life but God was just merciful, from the day ebay gave me a poisoned Hennessy at small doctor’s house to drink to the day you maneuvered dangerously at high speed between two big moving trucks in an attempt to crash side of the car which I was sitting at against the truck. I already know all your evil plans against me which is fueled by envy and hatred but you have failed which still inspired me to write a song and am dropping that song in the next 48 hours ‘1000 Friends to foe’. So you can start posting the photos and videos you captured secretly. You may think you can just do shits like that and go scot free nah believe me, I’m just taking my time. You all will get tired I put that on the Bible,” he wrote.As at the time of this publication Small Doctor hasn’t commented on this disturbing allegation. Pulse couldn’t get through to Small Doctor and his management for comments. We promise to keep you updated on this gist.

In Lagos: Two suspected kidnappers battered after failed attempt

Ms Omoniyi also revealed that she had entered their vehicle thinking they were going to Agege but claims to have been held down and told that she was being taken to Ibadan. A Facebook User has taken to the social medium to thank God for sparing her life after she managed to escape from her kidnappers today, Monday, May 21, 2018.The User identified as Abidemi Omoniyi, shared a photo of the two alleged suspects, a man and woman, who had been seriously battered for their alleged crime.ALSO READ: Police arrest 4 of 5-man kidnap syndicateMs Omoniyi also revealed that she had entered their vehicle thinking they were going to Agege but claims to have been held down and told that she was being taken to Ibadan.  In the photo she shared, the woman had been stripped naked and seriously beaten while the man is pictured with a gash on his forehead and his face and clothes, bloodied.However, Omoniyi failed to reveal how she managed to escape from the suspects but we can’t help but be grateful for her. 3 suspected kidnappers nabbed in failed bid to abduct victimA video of three young men reported to be kidnappers is the subject of focus in a Nigeria that has become a habitual resort for people of their sort.Akinwande Ogundana, who shared the clip on Facebook was thanking God and members of his community for foiling the attempt of the suspects as they aimed to abduct his wife – a full grown woman.
Conversations heard in the video suggested that the trio had the intention to whisk away the unnamed victim via a motorcycle in broad day. A scene in the footage saw them lie on a blood-stained floor as a group of people directed disparaging comments at them as well as some blows.The seriousness of their plight was clear to them from their sober faces – they had chosen a wrong trade and have met their waterloo. An arrival of the police would mean their last hour as free men.Cases of kidnapping have been a constant concern for security personnel in the country. Many of these have been for ritual purposes where the perpetrators receive a meagre fee after making a delivery to a higher person who has kept them under his employ. ALSO READ: Notorious kidnapper arrested while having sex with loverNotorious kidnapping kingpin Evans made headlines earlier in 2017, following his arrest by the police. It has so far been the most viral criminal matter this year. Investigations conducted by law enforcement officers led to the uncovering of a number of affiliates who worked with him in the kidnapping business.No verdict has been determined on the case in what has seen a dedicated Nigeria Police Force, who showed determination despite criticism from members of the public.

Atletico Madrid Arrive For Friendly Vs Super Eagles B

By Kayode Ogundare in Uyo: Spanish LaLiga giants Atletico Madrid have arrived in Nigeria ahead of Tuesday’s friendly game against Super Eagles B side, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. Atletico’s arrival was confirmed in a 12 seconds video published on LaLiga’s verified Twitter handle. The video had the players being cheered on arrival in Uyo by fans. Thefriendly […]
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Diamond League: Okagbare Eyes First Win In Eugene; Battles Ta Lou, Ahoure, Thompson...

By Dare Esan: Nigeria’s double sprints record holder Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor is chasing a first ever win at the (44th) Prefontaine Classic, a member of the IAAF Diamond League of elite international track & field meets, which holds at the historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon in the United States of America this weekend, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. […]
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Obasanjo: ‘Nigeria near collapse, needs rescue’

Obasanjo says Nigeria needs to be rescued before the country collapses. A former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria needs to be rescued as the country was near collapse.Speaking during a visit to Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of the Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, in Ondo state on Monday, May 21, 2018, Obasanjo said the collapse of Nigeria would be disaterous. While recalling his encounter with the Afenifere leader, the former Nigerian President called for the corporation of the group to save the country from falling apart.“I remember visiting Pa Abraham Adesanya thrice in Lagos before the 1999 election and I was asked to join Afenifere and Alliance for Democracy then, but I told them that AD was a cul-de-sac,” Obasanjo said according to Punch.ALSO READ: Northern youths tell Buhari, Atiku not to contest in 2019“Pa Abraham told me that if I joined, things would change; but I refused to join them. I went back the second time, but they refused to work for my emergence.“I went there again the third time, but Afenifere maintained their stand. They refused to vote for me; but I secured my votes outside Yorubaland, though they supported me in 2003 for my re-election.“Our priority is now one. If we do not join hands to repair this country now, it will collapse and this could be disastrous,” he added.Obasanjo commended Afenifere for being at the forefront of fighting for the interest of the Yoruba nation while he was working towards the interest of the country as a whole.He noted that the two parties were working towards the same goals of fostering unity among the people of the country but on a different pedestal.The Afenifere leader commended Obasanjo for his struggle to make Nigeria a better place, assuring him of the support of the group to join hands with him in the struggle.“Nigerians are at a crossroads; we are tired of the killings, kidnapping going on across the country and the President is mute about it,” said Pa Fasoranti.“We are in full support of all the letters written by Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation. We are dissatisfied with the state of affairs in the country. The country is not being run properly.“Nothing is being done properly in this country presently. Look at the killings in the North. The President is very silent about it.“We are all Nigerians. If he can keep silence about the killing of his people, that is bad enough.”The Afenifere leader declared that the group was in total support of the coalition of political parties to forge alliance against President Muhammadu Buhari in the next general election.“It will be the joy of everybody to present a formidable team to confront the evil government that is there now,” Fasoranti declared.Obasanjo had advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in his open letter in January 2018.

Osimhen’s Wolfsburg Survive Bundesliga Relegation, Aremu’s IK Start Win In Norway

By James Agberebi: Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen’s German club Wolfsburg have retained their Bundesliga status after beating second division club Holstein Kiel 1-0 away in the second leg of the promotion play-offs on Monday. Osimhen was not included in Wolfsburg’s squad for the reverse fixture. Wolfsburg won 4-1 on aggregate over two legs after winning […]
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Inter striker Icardi left out of Argentina World Cup squad

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, the joint-leading scorer in Italy this season, was a notable omission from Argentina’s 23-man World Cup squad named by coach Jorge Sampaoli on Monday.
Argentina’s players cheer each other after extra time of the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON
Icardi scored his 29th Serie A goal of the season on Sunday as Inter pipped Lazio to a Champions League place, but he was one of 12 players cut from a provisional 35-man squad revealed last week.
The 25-year-old made his Argentina debut in October 2013 but spent four years in international exile before he was recalled last September for the final four World Cup qualifiers.
Two-time champions Argentina reached the final in Brazil in 2014, losing to Germany 1-0 after extra time, and will again look to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for inspiration in what may well be his last World Cup.
The five-time Ballon d’Or recipient heads a potent attacking line-up that includes Juventus pair Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, as well as Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
“The goal is to have a great World Cup. We’re going to be very competitive. We’re going to bank on an attacking game,” Sampaoli told a press conference at the national team’s training base in Ezeiza, near Buenos Aires.
Argentina needed a hat-trick from Messi in their final qualifier, a 3-1 victory away to Ecuador, to clinch their place at the finals, and results in subsequent friendlies have been concerning.
They were beaten 4-2 by Nigeria in Krasnodar in November and then suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat by Spain in March, although both losses came without Messi in the side.
“I see him in optimal form, very enthusiastic and doing well physically. He was able to pace himself at training after winning the league title,” Sampaoli said of Messi, who scored 45 goals in 54 games for Barcelona this season.
Former Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano was one of six players selected who started the 2014 final, joining Messi, Higuain, Lucas Biglia, Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Giovani Lo Celso was called up after an impressive first full season with the French champions, while only three players — Franco Armani, Maximiliano Meza and Cristian Pavon — were selected from home-based clubs.
Argentina are in a challenging Group D, which includes Croatia, Nigeria and World Cup debutants Iceland.
Argentina 23-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United/ENG), Willy Caballero (Chelsea/ENG), Franco Armani (River Plate)
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/ESP), Federico Fazio (Roma/ITA), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United/ENG), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax/NED), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune/CHN), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino/ITA), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica/POR)
Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla/ESP), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan/ITA), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham/ENG), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus/ITA), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/ENG), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors)
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USMAN MOHAMED: SUPER EAGLES WON’T ROLL OVER FOR ATLETICO

By Kayode Ogundare in Uyo: Norway-based Nigerian midfielder Usman Mohamed has boasted that the largely home-based Super Eagles B team to face Spanish giants Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in Uyo will not be easy customers for the reigning Europa League champions to overcome, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. Mohamed, who featured for the bronze-winning U-23 team to Rio […]
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