Mancini Given ‘Dream’ Job Of Rebuilding Italy

 Italy Roberto Mancini                                                                                           GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP
Roberto Mancini will hold his first press conference on Tuesday a day after being handed his “dream” job as Italy head coach with the task of reviving Azzurri fortunes six months after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Mancini — former coach of Manchester City and Inter Milan — will meet the media for the first time as Italy boss at 12:00 (1000GMT) at the national team’s training centre at Coverciano near Florence.
“Roberto is the new coach of Italy, it’s done,” Italian FA commissioner Roberto Fabbricini declared after Mancini signed his new deal in Rome on Monday night.
“There is satisfaction, also on the part of Mancini – his enthusiasm was decisive in the choice.
“Roberto had a great desire to sit on the Azzurri bench, he proved that in a concrete way.”
The two-year contract reportedly worth two million euros ($2.3 million) a year will see Mancini lead Italy to Euro 2020 with the option to extend until June 2022 before the World Cup in Qatar.
The Italian federation had been looking for a prestigious coach to rebuild an Azzurri side decimated after their play-off defeat to Sweden in the San Siro last November.
The names of former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had also been touted, with Ancelotti reported to have said “no”.
Mancini had shown an early interest in taking over the national side and was ready to sever his lucrative contract with Zenit Saint Petersburg.
He will give up a reported 13 million euros in wages over the two remaining years on his Zenit contract to do national service.
After his three-year contract with the Russian club was officially terminated by mutual consent on Sunday, Mancini flew immediately to Rome on Monday morning declaring at the airport he was “happy to be back in Italy”.
He signed his new deal later in the day.
His task will be to rebuild and qualify Italy for the 2020 European Championships, with his first match in charge a friendly on May 28 against Saudi Arabia in Switzerland.
“It went the way we wanted, we are happy and Roberto is happy,” Fabbricini told journalists.
“We’ll explain everything about the contract tomorrow (Tuesday), he’s very happy and so are we.”
He will also prepare Italy for a friendly against France on June 1 in Turin which could be the final international game for goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon.
 Balotelli return 
Mancini’s first squad will be eagerly awaited and is expected to see the return of Nice forward Mario Balotelli, who he coached at Inter Milan and Manchester City. Balotelli has not played for Italy since the 2014 World Cup.
In Mancini, Italy have a coach with a solid track record as a title-winner with 13 trophies in club football.
He led Manchester City to their first English league title in 44 years in 2012, and won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan. He also won Italian Cups with Inter, Fiorentina and Lazio.
Since leaving England in 2013, Mancini also managed Galatasaray, who he lead to a Turkish Cup title, and Inter Milan before joining Zenit in June 2017.
Zenit finished fifth in the Russian Premier League, failing to qualify for the Champions League but qualifying for the Europa League.
Mancini, a former Lazio and Sampdoria forward, had said coaching the national side would be “extraordinary” and would fulfil his dream of winning the World Cup.
He never became a regular with Italy having a love-hate relationship with the national side during his 10-year international career, during which he won 36 caps and scored four goals.
He reached the semi-finals of Euro 1988, and was in the squad that finished third in the 1990 World Cup on home soil.
Luigi di Biagio had stepped up from the Under-21s to take interim charge of the senior national side but will now make way for Mancini.
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Buhari: President to commission EFCC’s new N24bn head office building today

The building is supposed to be Nigeria’s own replica of the United States’ FBI. President Muhammadu Buhari will commission the new head office building of anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Abuja on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The office, located along Airport Road, Jabi, in the Federal Capital Territory, was finally completed this year after the building’s foundation was first laid on February 2, 2011.The construction of the 10-storey building was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), during the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on November 24, 2010.Even though it was billed to cost N18 billion, the building was completed for N24 billion due to fluctuating foreign exchange.ALSO READ: 7 things you should know about EFCC’s new N24bn head office buildingWith growing criticism over the cost of the building, acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said the project is worth it to make the war against corruption more efficient.While speaking on Channels Television on Tuesday, he said, “It’s not for me to defend. It’s for the professional to come and see it to assess whether it is worth whatever it is. It’s worth it.”We need to move to a better place because we’re occupying rented quarters. As it is now, we have our men and facilities and sessions, investigations and prosecutions scattered in rented quarters so this does not give a secure confidentiality of documents and so, if you put everyione in one house, I think you get a better coordination.”The building is supposed to be Nigeria’s own replica of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Miracle: BBNaija star reacts to ‘Sugar Mummy’ rumours

MIracle wants everyone who cares to listen to know that he doesn’t have a ‘Sugar Mummy’ as been insinuated by some people. Big Brother Naija season three winner, Miracle has come out to react to claims that he was involved with a ‘Sugar Mummy.’According to the Miracle’s brother, Captain Igbokwe, the alleged woman who is reported to be Miracle’s ‘Sugar Mummy,’ Juliet is actually their aunty. He made this known when he took to his Instagram page to clear the air over the relationship between the two.”Juliet is Miracle’s aunt, it is insulting because someone is hurt or you have been unable to see Miracle outside the house then try to fabricate stories,” he said. This is coming a few days after social media went agog over the rumours that Miracle has a ‘Sugar Mummy’ identified as Juliet. The opinions where divergent as some felt it was just a ploy to tarnish the image of Miracle while others felt there actually might be some truth in the story. ALSO READ: Nina feels bad she wasn’t welcomed in her stateMC Galaxy is very disappointed in Miracle, here’s why Mc Galaxy has called out Miracle Igbokwe for not showing appreciation for the support he received outside of the Big Brother Naija house, which inadvertently helped him win the reality TV show.The singer took to Twitter to express his disappointment over the fact that Miracle is yet to express gratitude for his assistance. He, however, noted that Miracle’s actions cannot stop him from helping others but he urged him to show appreciation to E-Money who he asked for one million Naira, which was used for votes. Mc Galaxy advised Miracle to avoid changing his humble character over his N25 million win. Miracle is yet to react to the singer’s message.

Kluivert: Great Team Play Will Make Iceland Tough Opponent In Russia

Netherlands legend Patrick Kluivert says Iceland’s collective style of play would make them very difficult to beat at this 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Iceland will be making their debut at the World Cup and are in Group D with Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia. They will kick-off their campaign against Argentina on June 16. Kluivert […]
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What your phone home screen says about you

Our phone home screens are easily customisable, and how we choose to organise them tells a lot about who we are. Based on productivity styles, I examine what our home screens say about us.
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Davido: Singer performs at Sierra Leone’s Presidential Inauguration

For Davido, it is one feat after another, and the latest is his performance at the presidential inauguration of Sierra Leone’s Julius Maada Bio. Pop sensation, Davido was present in a gathering that paraded world leaders at the event of the inauguration of Sierra Leone’s new president, Julius Maada Bio.The event which was held over the weekend witnessed the presence of Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Liberia’s President, George Weah and other notable world leaders.Nigerian superstar, Davido was also invited to come thrill the guests at the special occasion.The singer immediately took to his Instagram page to thank the new president and profess his excitement at the opportunity.  In a series of Instagram posts by @fortuneshotz, he also shared pictures of Davido performing at the gala night in Freetown.   It will be recalled that Davido was recently crowned artist of the year at the 2018 Headies awards and has announced that his sophomore album will be released this September.

Gor Mahia hope to build on promising CAF Cup start

Gor Mahia of Kenya hope home advantage, clinical finishing and crowd power can help them build on an encouraging start to the CAF Confederation Cup group phase when they host USM Alger of Algeria Wednesday.
Supersport and TP Mazembe players struggle for possession of the ball during the CAF Confederation Cup final 2nd leg
The Nairobi outfit forced a 1-1 matchday 1 draw at Rayon Sports of Rwanda, hours before USM illustrated their strength by whipping Young Africans of Tanzania 4-0 in Algiers.
Malta-born Gor coach Dylan Kerr says: “We can take advantage of playing at home if a big crowd turns up, and I want my team to score more goals from the many chances they create.”
All eight matchday 2 fixtures in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League will be played this Wednesday and AFP Sport puts the spotlight on each group.
Group A
V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo host leaders ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast in a match between clubs longing for more African glory.
The Kinshasa team were crowned African champions in 1973 and the Abidjan side won the 1998 CAF Champions League and the CAF Super Cup the following year.
After surprisingly being held 0-0 at home by V Club, Raja Casablanca of Morocco aim to maintain a 100 percent CAF away record this season by winning at pointless Aduana Stars of Ghana.
Group B
Al Masry of Egypt and Renaissance Berkane of Morocco boast two of the sharpest strikers in Africa as they try to build on matchday 1 home victories.
Ahmed Gomaa of Masry is in the Egypt World Cup preliminary squad after five CAF goals while Ayoub el Kaabi of Berkane scored nine in the 2018 African Nations Championship won by Morocco.
Masry make the relatively short trip to Al Hilal of Sudan, but Berkane must fly from the northwest to the southeast of Africa for a showdown with UD Songo of Mozambique.
Group C
Pointless CARA of Congo Brazzaville host pacesetters Enyimba of Nigeria in the second match-up of the round between former African champions.
CARA conquered Africa 44 years ago while Enyimba are one of only three clubs to win successive finals in the premier CAF club competition, succeeding in 2003 and 2004.
Having started with a 1-0 win over CARA, African rookies Williamsville of the Ivory Coast visit a Djoliba of Mali side desperate for maximum points after a two-goal loss at Enyimba.
Group D
Gor Mahia must shackle five-goal joint Confederation Cup-leading scorer Oussama Darfalou of USM if they hope to pocket all three points in Nairobi.
The Algerian sharpshooter has scored in four of five CAF matches and plays for a team Kerr acknowledges are “strong, tactically shrewd and can play at a fast tempo”.
Having being brutally exposed defensively in Algeria, Young Africans need to beat Rayon in Dar es Salaam to get back into contention for a top-two finish and a quarter-finals place.
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New Music: DJ Big N – My Dear feat. Don Jazzy x Kiss Daniel

Listen to ‘My Dear’ by Mavin in-house DJ Big N featuring Don Jazzy and Kiss Daniel Mavin Records official disc jockey, DJ Big N features label boss, Don Jazzy and Kiss Daniel on new single, ‘My Dear’.’My Dear’ is DJ Big N’s third official single this year.The melodious tune has Don Jazzy lacing not just his beat making skills but also his vocals on this, with Flyboy’s Kiss Daniel who has been on a recent run of features, also assisting.The joint was produced by Don Jazzy.

Neymar: PSG star wins Ligue 1 Player of the Year award, despite playing just...

Neymar put in impressive performances for Paris Saint-Germain before he got injured. Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar emerged winner of the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award on Sunday, May 13 despite playing just 20 games.Paris Saint-Germain splashed a world record fee of $263m to get Neymar from Barcelona in a shocking move in the summer of 2017. Neymar emerged winner of the best player in France ahead of teammates Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Marseille’s Florian Thauvin who finished fourth.Neymar contributed 19 goals in 20 appearances before sustaining an injury against Marseille on February 25 which has kept him out of action since.The 26-year-old was presented the award by compatriot and Brazil legend Ronaldo at a ceremony in Paris.Known for his standout fashion style, Neymar wore distinct black and gold jacket to attend the annual awards ceremony.Upon receiving his award Neymar thanked his teammates for the part they played in helping win the individual award.He said, “I would like to thank all of my team-mates. “I’m honoured and very happy with our season. I couldn’t have won this trophy without my teammates.” Just a year after joining the French champions, Neymar has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Ajiboye Vows To Make Super Eagles’ Final World Cup Squad

By Adeboye Amosu: Plateau United goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye, insists he will give his all to make Nigeria’s final squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia following his inclusion in the Hermit Rohr’s 30-man preliminary squad released on Monday, reports Ajiboye, a former youth international, will battle for a spot in the team […]
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Omo-Agege: National Assembly beefs up security as senator resumes today

The Senate said Omo-Agege will be allowed to perform his legislative duties pending the outcome of the the red chamber’s appeal. The Senate has said that it will not prevent Ovie Omo-Agege, the senator representing Delta central, from resuming on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.An Abuja High Court had on Thursday, May 10,  nullified Omo-Agege’s  90 legislative days suspension by the Senate.The court declared the suspension unconstitutional, saying that the Senate has no power to suspend a member beyond 12 days.Following the court ruling and Omo-Agege’s envisaged resumption on Tuesday, security was beefed up at the National Assembly on Monday, especially around the senate chambers. It was learnt that the move was to forestall likely security breach as recorded on April 18, when suspected hoodlums invaded the chambers and made away with the mace, the Senate symbol of authority.Omo-Agege was linked to the incident, which occurred while plenary was ongoing. He had defied the suspension order on him and attended the proceedings.Senate complies with rulingReacting to the court ruling on Monday, the spokesman for the Senate, Sabi Abdullahi, said pending the outcome of the appeal filed by the red chamber against the judgment, omo-Agege will be given access to partake in plenary on Tuesday.”The senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday judgement of the federal high court, Abuja, on whether the Senate has the legal authority to suspend a member for certain misconduct or not”, Abdullahi said in a statement issued on Monday.”We have equally filed an appeal against the judgement of the court and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the court of appeal.”As an institution that obeys the law and court orders, the Senate has decided that it will comply with the judgement of the federal high court and do nothing to stop Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from resuming in his office and at plenary from tomorrow May 15, 2018, pending the determination of the application for stay of execution.”The senate has been advised that since the motion for stay of execution of the Thursday (May 10, 2018) judgement shall be heard and possibly determine on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, we shall therefore respect the subsisting high court judgement and await the appellate court decision on the pending motion”, he added.ALSO READ: Court says Police, DSS can’t arrest Senator Omo-AgegeOmo-Agege was suspended after alleging that the Senate’s amendment to section 25 of the electoral act, 2010 (as amended), bordering on reordering of elections sequence was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

FIFA World Cup (30 Days to go) : Team Profile – EGYPT

Egypt became the second team from Africa to book their place in Russia, topping Group E with a game to spare, to make their first appearance at the tournament for 28 years.
FIFA Ranking: 31
Continent: Africa
World Cup History:
Qualifying campaigns: 13
First stage appearances: 2
Semi finals appearances: 0
Finals: 0
Titles: 0
First World Cup: 1934
Last World Cup: 1990
Best outing: First round
Salah will hope to replicate the form that saw him win the golden boot in the just concluded Premier League season when the world cup finals begin
June 19: RUSSIA vs EGYPT
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Herdsmen Crisis: Charly Boy leads protest to Ministry of Justice, demands proscription of killer...

Charly Boy said proscribing the killer herdsmen would give security agents the tenacity to fight them. Charles Oputa, a.k.a Charly Boy, on Monday, May 14, led his ‘Ourmumudondo’ Group on a peaceful protest to the Federal Ministry of Justice, demanding the proscription  of  “Killer herdsmen” across Nigeria.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Group is a non-political coalition of Nigerians from all backgrounds who advocate for national reawakening, towards holding leaders responsible and ensuring good governance at all levels.According to Charly boy, the protest is to urge the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to declare the group as a common enemy of Nigerians.He said, “We are extremely concerned that the survival of Nigeria is currently being threatened by these killer herdsmen, as innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered in different parts of the country on daily basis.“In 2018 alone, hundreds of innocent Nigerians were cut down by this group, and hundreds of communities are affected by the wanton destruction of human lives and properties.“We, therefore, urge the Ministry of Justice, the nation’s highest custodian of law, to immediately take firm action towards getting Federal Government to proscribe and designate the killer herdsmen a terrorist group in Nigeria.”Charly boy noted that since relevant government authorities had acknowledged that the killer herdsmen were foreign elements, who infiltrated the country, the group wants them  declared  as enemies of the Nigerian state.He added that such  pronouncement would give security agents the tenacity to fight it, and also help the nation to secure regional cooperation and support.“We are not saying every herder in Nigeria should be prescribed as a terrorist, because the herdsmen everybody knows in this country do not carry arms and sophisticated weapons.“Our president had publicly declared during his recent visits to the UK and U.S., that Nigeria was under the invasion of killer herdsmen from another country.“It is, however, instructive to admit for effective action and intervention that there cannot be infiltration into the country by external forces without internal collaborators.“Proscription of these killer herdsmen and their designation as a terrorist group will give Nigeria greater leverage to seek better regional cooperation and international support to confront this menace concertedly.“Our security agents will collectively go after them and also investigate their line of funding, to unravel those who are secretly colluding with the group,” he urged.The group added that as the 2019 general elections was drawing near, there was need for Nigerians to be assured that they were safe to come out to exercise their civic rights.ALSO READ: Charly Boy, anti-Buhari protesters attacked in Abuja Wuse marketCharly boy then handed over a letter containing the group’s grievances and demands, addressed to Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.Mrs Lola Uket, Acting Director of General Services in the Ministry, who received the letter on behalf of the chairman, commended the group for its genuine concern for peace and security in Nigeria.She then assured the group that their demands would be presented to the minister.

In Rivers: Lawmakers condemn attack on judiciary complex

The Rivers House of Assembly said it will write to the United Nations among others on the matter. The members of the Rivers legislature have condemned the damage on the state judiciary complex allegedly masterminded by members loyal to a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC).The legislators, who condemned the attack in a motion by Mr Martins Amaewule, representing Obio-Akpor-Constituency 1, during plenary on Monday, May 14, resolved to protect River’s democracy from further attacks.The motion, tagged “Motion to condemn violent attack on the Rivers State High Court Complex’’ on May 11, was seconded by Mr Evans Bipi, representing Ogu-Bolo-Constituency.It will be recalled that on the May, 11, some individuals invaded the Rivers High Court Complex to stop a judicial process on the recently APC local government congress.The hoodlums allegedly attacked litigants, judicial officers and passersby and destroyed properties.The legislators also said at the plenary that the House conducted an on-the-spot assessment of the complex and resolved to proffer solutions to checking further breakdown of law by APC in Rivers.Contributing, Mr Nathaniel Uwaji, representing ONELGA Constituency 2, said there was a need for legislators to align with the prayers as contained in the motion.He said the prayers among other things included a letter to the United Nations and other important Embassies and High Commissions.“The letter is expected to draw attention of the international community to the security deficiency in the state.“The level of wanton damage on the complex judging by its proximity to the security agencies is so unfortunate.“The Central Police Station and the Directorate of State Security (DSS) office are situated metres away from the judiciary complex.“If the security agencies could not swiftly control such situation, I wonder how safe the governor and residents of the state are,’’’ he said.Reacting to the various contributions by the legislators to the motion, the Speaker, Mr Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, representing Andoni Constituency, thanked the members for rising to save the state from intimidation.“For me, an attack on the judiciary is an attack on the people, it is therefore, clear that we now practice a system that could be best described as Lottery Democracy where the judiciary is placed under siege,’’  he said.ALSO READ: Oshiomhole will be the kind of chairman APC needsIbani assured that the members of the House would write to the United Nations among others on the matter.He also appealed President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently redirect efforts toward ensuring that security agencies carried out their functions without prejudice.

Ramadan: Watch out for new moon tomorrow, Sultan urges Muslims

• Prices of foodstuffs soar ahead of holy month
• Kaduna church shares bags of grains to Muslims, IDPs
As Muslims in Nigeria set to join their counterparts the world over to observe the holy month of Ramadan, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Ramadan on Wednesday.
The Deputy Secretary-General of the NSCIA, Prof. Salisu Shehu, in a statement said: “Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1439 AH immediately after sunset on Wednesday May 16, equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1439 AH. If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Thursday, May 17, as the first day of Ramadan.
“If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Friday, May 18, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1439 AH. The council hereby enjoins the Muslims all over the country to be on the lookout for the announcement of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1439 AH Ramadan fast.”
Meanwhile, prices of some food items like tomatoes, beans and onions have increased in Lagos markets ahead of the annual Ramadan by Muslims.
A survey by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday at Mile 12, Iddo and Oyingbo Markets, showed that a 40kg basket of tomatoes, which previously sold for N16,500 in April now goes for N30,000. A 50kg basket of chili pepper increased from N12,000 to N16,000; and a basket of ‘tatashe,’ (pepper) rose from N13,500 to N17,000.
Similarly, a 100kg bag of beans rose from N34,500 to N38,000; a jute bag of onions which previously sold for N18,000 now costs N22,000, while a 50kg bag of rice ranges between N13,000 and N17,000, depending on the brand.
In the same vein, a 100kg bag of maize ranges between N15, 000 and N19, 000; while a paint measure of ‘garri,’ increased to N400 from N350.
Traders at the markets attributed the price increases to seasonal factors, migration of farmers arising from insecurity and increase in transportation costs.
Emeka Ndubuisi, a beans seller at Oyingbo, said the Ramadan season was also a factor that contributed to the increase in the price of beans. According to her, most people purchase beans to make ‘akara’ (bean cake) and ‘moi-moi’ (another local delicacy) for the fasting period.
Femi Odusanya, spokesperson of Mile 12 Market Perishable Food Traders Association, said it was imperative to train farmers to adopt modern technology in crop production, and empower them with funds.
“Over 80 per cent of farmers are into subsistence farming. We need to train them on the latest technology in crop production, so that they can cultivate all-year-round.
In a related development, the Church of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna yesterday distributed Bags of grains to hundreds of persons with disabilities and internally displaced persons, IDPs in some parts of the state
According to the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Yohanna Buru, the aim of assisting the less privileged and the IDPs is to support them with enough food to eat during the season to observe the 30 days of fasting and prayers.
He said that the church was at the forefront of promoting interreligious tolerance in Kaduna State, adding that the gesture was to deepen peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians, so as to enhance better understanding among different faith base organizations in the state.