Egypt Coach Cuper Blames Salah Injury For Poor Results in Russia

By Adeboye Amosu Egypt head coach Hector Cuper has insisted that Mohamed Salah was not hundred perfect fit and that his absence in previous training sessions has been heavily felt at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The Liverpool star scored a penalty for the Pharoahs in the Group A clash against the hosts, […]
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Wizkid, Tiwa Savage: 5 joint albums we want to see

Wizkid and Tiwa Savage have a new single on the way, but like Oliver Twist, fans are asking for a joint album. Wizkid and Tiwa Savage recently hinted that they have a new single on the way, but more than one song, we think it is high time Nigerian artists serve us joint albums.In a tweet posted on Monday, June 14, Wizkid alongside Tiwa Savage announced that a new single is expected to be released anytime soon and this has gotten a number of their fans really excited.But amidst the excitement, a fan tweeted at the StarBoy asking for more, instead of just one song, why not an album?While collaborations have gathered strength on the Nigerian music scene, outside the occasional projects like Olamide and Phyno’s 2 Kings, Falz and Simi’s Chemistry, Boogey and Paybac’s Faceoff, joint albums is one angle that Nigerian artistes have not really ventured into.So we have compiled a list of five joint albums based on friendship, chemistry, previous works and speculations that if delivered, will make the world a better place.1. Wizkid and Tiwa Savage The duo have worked together on several singles in the past including Malo off Tiwa Savage’s Sugarcane EP and Bad which made it unto the deluxe edition of her R.E.D album.One thing that cannot be denied is the fact that there is a chemistry working for them as they complement each other quite well and make hit songs every time they combine forces.Wizkid and Tiwa Savage represent the closest artistes on the continent that fits the profile of America’s power couple,Jay Z and Beyonce, who recently dropped their joint album, Everything Is Love, and a similar project from the duo could also help address the speculations surrounding their relationship.2. Adekunle Gold and Simi In 2016, Simi teamed up with rapper Falz on the collaborative EP, Chemistry, which was well received and spurned some hit songs.But the joint project that could really bang is Simi alongside Adekunle Gold.Outside their rumoured relationship, the duo have also created magic working together. Simi was the only featured artist on Adekunle Gold’s debut album, Gold, while her voice was heavily visible on his sophomore project, About 30.Simi’s smooth voice blends with that of Adekunle Gold and following the success of their latest individual albums, a collaborative project might just be right on time.3. Wande Coal and Wizkid This has long since been rumoured and it is high time, this is delivered for the culture.First mentioned during a radio interview in 2014, Wizkid announced that he was working with Wande Coal on a joint album, then in 2017, prior to the release of his Sounds From The Other Side EP, Wizkid again stated that he was working on four projects that included a collaborative effort with Wande Coal.This is 2018 and even though the two are besties who first collaborated on Wizkid’s Superstar album released in 2011, and have shared the same stage at several concerts, the project is yet to materialise and armed with a hugely successful solo careers, it is mouth watering picturing what their joint album will sound like.4. Tekno and Davido The duo have quite an history of working together both on and off records.In 2014, the pair first worked together on the hit song, Holiday, then in 2017, they came together again the Krizbeatz single, Erima.But the biggest result of their partnership was to surface on Davido’s If, which was produced by Tekno.It will also be recalled that during the time of Davido’s beef with Wizkid, Tekno was one of those who openly showed support for the DMW boss which in a way is a signal to the strength of their friendship.A joint effort by the duo is bound to find its way comfortably to the top of music charts.5. Olamide and Wizkid When they first collaborated on Omo To Shan in 2011, it was just another coming together of two young, hungry and budding talents.But with Kana in 2018, Olamide and Wizkid put together their individual star powers to deliver a song that is gradually turning into a street anthem and a fan’s favorite.

Shehu Sani: Senator says APC supporting injustice, threatens to leave

Sani also said that the ruling party has failed in its promise to promote internal democracy. Senator Shehu Sani has threatened to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC).According to Vanguard, the Senator said that the party is not treating its members well.Sani, who said the party is standing on the foundation of injustice, said he will leave if nothing is done to solve matters.He said this while speaking to his supporters during the Sallah celebrations in Kaduna state.I will winThe Senator however dismissed insinuations that he will lose elections if he moves to another party.His words: “I have confidence in whatever political party I contest, I am going to win my election. I am very much convinced about this. “Since those that vote you into the office are the masses and the masses have since abandoned the bandwagon of people hiding under the cover and pocket of Buhari and re-election. “I can confirm to you that we are at the departure lounge and that we are waiting for the train to come and pick us and certainly, we are leaving to the next destination without the fear.”APC has failedSani also said that the ruling party has failed in its promise to promote internal democracy.The Senator also hinted that there are more aggrieved people in the party ready to leave if situations do not improve.“APC stands on the foundation of injustice as it is to its members. It has not treated its members well, it has failed to live up to its promises and pledges of a transparent internal democracy as a party. “So, for people like me, we are not going to tolerate or endorse injustices of any kind. We are talking at the national level, still trying to find a solution to the problem, but if a solution is not found within the next few weeks, you would be told of which party we would be going to.ALSO READ: 5 things Shehu Sani said about jumbo pay of senators “I can tell you confidently that our goods are now at the departure lounge of the APC and we are leaving the party because we can’t tolerate the embarrassment, but we are still giving the party time.“It’s not me that will do it alone, but all people who felt that the party has not treated them well and there was not an attempt to address the issue,” he said.There were reports in April 2018, that Senator Shehu Sani decamped to the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Maheeda: Singer goes completely nude in new Instagram photos

Maheeda wants you all to know that she still has a banging body with the release of this new photo. Maheeda is in the news again and this time, the singer goes completely nude in some newly shared photos on Instagram.The singer took to her Instagram stories on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, where she dropped these really raunchy photos and we know she going to get the guys drooling over her as usual.If you take a closer look at these photos, you would notice that the singer took them in her bathroom hence she captioned some of the photos with the quote “Toiletfie.” We wonder what was running through her mind when she decided to grace social media with these revealing photos.  This would not be the first and certainly the last time Maheeda will be sharing her nude photos on social media and she probably knows what her fan base desires. Maheeda releases hot underwear pictures ALSO READ: Maheeda says her private part is up for rentBack in August 2017, Maheeda in her usual style shared some really hot under photos which got a lot of people talking. In the three pictures, Maheeda wears racy underwear, black panties, and bra that reveals a lot of her body. Her crazy waist tattoo is also on full display making the pictures feel edgy. Maheeda describes her body in these new photos as ‘x body’. With this new set of photos, it shows that Maheeda can’t stop being an exhibitionist.

Pulse Opinion: Why Nigeria’s SARS problem is not ending anytime soon

The Special Anti Robbery Squad which has grown to become a menace that answers to no one. Reports of extortion, illegal detention and physical assault by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) are frighteningly common these days. Hardly a day goes by without reading about a terrible experience of a young Nigerian at the hands of SARS operatives. The encounters are disturbing frequent at this point and despite hashtags and online protests, it seems this special division of the Nigerian Police Force will continue to operate with a disdain for fundamental human rights and the abandonment of their fundamental duty- to protect and serve its citizens. After numerous reports of alleged assault, extortion and torture of Nigerians by SARS operatives, the hashtag #EndSARS became the rallying cry to mount a concerted opposition to the illegal activities of the police unit. It gained momentum before fizzling out when it seemed the SARS horror stories had reduced.  The hellish reports are back in full force. The profiling of young Nigerians as criminals with no hard evidence litter Instagram and Twitter timelines. #EndSARS is popping up on timelines again. Unfortunately, despite mounting claims both by foreign agencies and alleged victims, nothing seems to be done about SARS. To be fair, we have a few cases of the NPF properly handling men of the SARS unit who went against the law. Unfortunately, these cases are too few to stop the growing menace of the police special unit. The top brass of the Nigerian Police Force have tried their best to curtail the activities of SARS but we are yet to see huge results. ALSO READ: If you want to report a SARS officer here are the numbersFrom the reports, it is clear that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad target mainly young Nigerians who appear in a certain way. SARS operatives wrongfully profile young men and women with dreadlocks, tattoos, piercings and expensive smartphones as criminals or Internet fraudsters. This wrongful profiling has cost innocent young men and women their freedom and money also. As barbaric and inhumane as it sounds, it is clear that the NPF is running its ship based on a supposedly ‘moral centric’ leaning to identify criminals. It would soon be a year of the anti-SARS movement online and despite the attempts to reform the Nigerian Police Force by citizens, nothing has been done about it by the Federal Government. The Buhari administration has been notoriously quiet on SARS and the #EndSARS movement. Not a whiff of a statement has come from the office of the President and the Vice-President. Nigeria’s political elite and ruling class (apart from Abubakar Atiku) more or less are not concerned about the maltreatment of people by the police’s special unit. As with most things that affect everyday Nigerians, the ruling class cannot be bothered if an innocent person is tortured or killed.  The apathy of the Nigerian politicians and leaders is simply because the SARS menace has not affected any of their children or relatives. The political class feeds fat on the resources of this country, making it immune to everyday struggles that millions of us go through daily. Their children are sheltered from the hellish conditions they have created. Many off springs of Nigerian politicians and leaders study abroad thereby escaping the brutalities that the children of average citizens face at the hands of SARS. In Nigeria, the biggest sin is to be poor. Once you are poor, you are vulnerable to the worst Nigeria has to offer, which are a whole lot. Nigeria runs on the systemic oppression of the poor orchestrated by those in the corridor of power. The reason why SARS has now been reformed is that the children of the high and mighty are not affected by its activities. Yeah, we have a few rich kids who have bumped into SARS, but as a whole, they do not face the dangers that the average Nigerian youth does. There is a reason why you can’t find SARS in highbrow and really exclusive areas like Ikeja, G.R.A, Ikoyi, and Victoria Island. These are the places where dynasties stay and no SARS operative would want to get into trouble with a billionaire for harassing his son or daughter. You can, however, find SARS operatives lurking in areas that need the most protection- middle income and low-income neighbourhoods. In the eyes of Nigerian politicians and rulers, SARS is a poor man’s problem that has nothing to do with them. ALSO READ: Paul Okoye says SARS officers are getting out of handUntil the children of top shots are assaulted, detained and extorted by SARS officers, expect nothing to happen. The cries of the poor are never heard by those who should bring justice. The reform we are seeking for the Special Anti Robbery Squad is not coming soon even though the NPF is in need of one seriously.  Its notorious activities might dwindle for a bit since we are approaching an election year but once we are done at the polling booths, the menace will strike back to harm innocent citizens. Our leaders won’t care because their children will not be affected.

Oshiomhole: PDP will collapse when I become APC chairman

Oshiomhole said this while speaking to newsmen on the crisis in the ruling party. The former Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will collapse when he becomes the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Oshiomhole said this while speaking to Vanguard on the crisis in the ruling party.The former Governor is one of the contenders looking to capture the APC chairmanship seat.According to reports President Buhari and some state Governors have shown their support for him.“At least based on my conversations with people, PDP is happy with some of the problems, but that party will collapse completely when I come in by God’s grace. However, that does not mean that we don’t have a problem,” he said.Lack of bondingSpeaking on the crisis in the party, the former Governor said that he will use his experience as a unionist to resolve most of the issues.He also attributed the challenges to the lack of bonding among the different parts that make up the APC.The former Governor said “I think what has happened is that we had expected what one described as a chemical reaction but what we got was a physical reaction. “Chemical reaction would have led to the bonding of all the various elements into one organic whole. But unfortunately, the physical reaction where the various parts are dangling and trying to hang on, the center is not clear, and it is that reaction that you observed and described as huge challenges. “It is real. By holding meetings of organs of a party, the various people that formed APC should have been bonded. People were supposed to form progressive alliances. I think this is the area we have not done too well in holding regular meetings of organs of APC across the 774 Local Governments to meet and know one another. “Once we institutionalise regular meetings and encourage debates and contestations, when we begin to do that, that chemical reaction will take place, and the party will bond. Secondly, we must also develop skills to manage conflicts. “In all of those states where we have crises, you will find out that those conflicts were not indeed inevitable, they were just a reflection of a free people who think it is normal to have different points of view in a matter. But let me tell you, in the real world, nobody gets what he wants, you get what you can negotiate. ALSO READ: Oshiomhole meets Dogara on party chairmanship bid“As a trade unionist, I know that I was never able to get all that I demanded from my employer. But my employer was never also able to escape with his desire to maximize profit even at the expense of my life.“Dialogue is central to serving a free society and a free organisation. So we will bring all of these to bear in dealing with these issues.”Oshiomhole also said that his chances of becoming the party’s chairman has been boosted by support of leaders of the party and governors.The National Convention of APC will hold on June 23, 2018.

World Cup 2018: Mourinho says Mikel a bad ‘No 10’ for Nigeria

Mourinho wants Mikel Obi to be utilised in a defensive position for the Super Eagles. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi is a bad ‘No 10’ for Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Mourinho who coached Mikel when they were at Chelsea has given his opinion on the best position that suits the Super Eagles captain.Croatia vs Nigeria statsMikel was criticised by several pundits such as Jay Jay Okocha for lacking creativity in an advanced midfield role against Croatia.Several other observers that reacted to the Super Eagles loss have suggested that the Super Eagles captain be brought back to a withdrawn role  for the subsequent group games against Iceland and Argentina. Mourinho who tipped the Eagles to progress beyond the group stages gave his opinion on Nigeria’s defeat to Croatia while working as a pundit for Russian TV station, RT.Mourinho echoed the statements of Okocha by saying that Mikel is good as a defensive midfielder rather than in as the creative hub of the team.He said, “Nigeria lost a good No.6 to get a bad No.10.” Mikel started out as a creative midfielder in his formative years at Lyn Oslo and when he played for the Flying Eagles at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but was converted to a more conservative midfielder when he joined Mourinho at Chelsea.The decision to switch Mikel to a defensive role in the Super Eagles rests on head coach Gernot Rohr ahead of their next fixture against Iceland on Friday, June 22.

Ortom: Governor demands apology from defence minister

The minister had earlier called for the suspension of the anti-grazing law put in place by the Benue, Taraba and Ekiti states Governors. The Benue state Governor has called on the Defence minister, Mansur Dan-Ali to apologise to the people of the state.The minister had earlier called for the suspension of the anti-grazing law put in place by the Benue, Taraba and Ekiti states Governors.According to Ortom, the minister should have allowed the minister of agriculture, Audu Ogbeh handle the issue.The Governor also asked Dan-Ali is acting as if he is the spokesperson of the umbrella group of cattle rearers, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).“Coming from a security council meeting and making such statements, some people took it as the opinion of the security council. When he clarified that it was his personal opinion, it solved some problems. He needs to apologise to Nigerians,” Ortom said.ALSO READ: What you need to know about Benue’s Fulani herdsmen crisisSenate’s reactionFollowing the minister’s comment, Senate asked the Minister of Defence to withdraw his statement calling for ban of anti-grazing law.This was presented on the floor of the Senate by Sen. Barnabas Gemade representing Benue North East.Gemade said the call was not necessary, adding that it was worrisome for such a statement to come from a cabinet member that ought to help find solution to incessant killings in the states.

Ojuelegba Bridge: Update: 2 die in truck accident

Two other persons were also injured, according to an update provided by the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu. Two persons died when a truck loaded with boards and plywood tilted on the Ojuelegba Bridge, Surulere, Lagos State late on Tuesday evening.Two other persons were also injured, according to an update provided by the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accident  occurred at 8.p.m..Similar accidents had  claimed lives in the last three years. In one of the accidents in September 2015, in which three members of the same family died, the relations are pursuing a N10billion compensation suit at the Lagos High Court. Both the Lagos and Federal governments, along with the owners of the truck, are defendants in the case.Tiamiyu spoke with newsmen at the scene of the accident; as remnants of the plywood were being cleared to ease vehicular movement in the area.“A flat bed truck laden with plywood and finished boards tilted on top of Ojuelegba bridge and fell on three commercial buses and a Toyota Corolla Camry.“Unfortunately, two people died while two other people sustained injuries but what we are doing now is recovery.“We have removed the vehicles from the road and we have also taken the trucks off the bridge.“We are now trying to clear the remnants of the plywood at Ojuelegba under-bridge and the top of the bridge.“That vehicle was definitely overloaded and that was what I think caused the accident, ” Tiamiyu said.He, however, urged commercial drivers to park at designated bus-stops and to stop parking indiscriminately.Tiamiyu said: “If the buses were not parked indiscriminately, the accident would not claim lives.“Commercial drivers should not turn Ojuelegba into a bus-stop.“Let’s have free drive under Ojuelegba Bridge.

Two feared dead as truck falls off Ojuelegba bridge

Not less than two persons were feared killed Tuesday night when a truck fell off Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos, crushing a Toyota Camry and three commercial buses.
Two other persons were injured, said general manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu.
“A flatbed truck laden with plywood and finished boards tilted on top of Ojuelegba bridge and fell on three commercial buses and a Toyota Corolla Camry,” Tiamiyu said.
“Unfortunately, two people died while two other people sustained injuries but what we are doing now is recovery.”
The LASEMA boss said the accident was most likely caused by overloading.
“That vehicle was definitely overloaded and that was what I think caused the accident, ” Tiamiyu said.
The accident was a repeat of a September 2, 2015 accident in which not less three persons were killed after an unlatched container fell off a truck on the same bridge, crushing an SUV in which was travelling.
Relatives of three members of the family that died in that accident are currently in court seeking a N10-billion compensation.
Lagos State, its attorney-general, the Nigerian government, attorney-general of the federation, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority and the Lagos Public Works Corporation are respondents.
Other respondents include Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, Federal Ministry of Works, Federal Road Maintenance Agency and the Federal Road Safety Corps.

Super Eagles disappointed me — Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has said he was disappointed with the Super Eagles against Croatia and will now change his prediction that Nigeria will qualify from their group, while also insisting Mikel Obi is “not a No 10”.
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Two feared dead as trucks falls off Ojuelegba bridge

Not less than two persons were feared killed Tuesday night when a truck fell off Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos, crushing a Toyota Camry and three commercial buses.
Two other persons were injured, said general manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu.
“A flatbed truck laden with plywood and finished boards tilted on top of Ojuelegba bridge and fell on three commercial buses and a Toyota Corolla Camry,” Tiamiyu said.
“Unfortunately, two people died while two other people sustained injuries but what we are doing now is recovery.”
The LASEMA boss said the accident was most likely caused by overloading.
“That vehicle was definitely overloaded and that was what I think caused the accident, ” Tiamiyu said.
The accident was a repeat of a September 2, 2015 accident in which not less three persons were killed after an unlatched container fell off a truck on the same bridge, crushing an SUV in which was travelling.
Relatives of three members of the family that died in that accident are currently in court seeking a N10-billion compensation.
Lagos State, its attorney-general, the Nigerian government, attorney-general of the federation, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority and the Lagos Public Works Corporation are respondents.
Other respondents include Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, Federal Ministry of Works, Federal Road Maintenance Agency and the Federal Road Safety Corps.

Umar Sadiq: Gerrard wants Nigerian forward at Rangers

Steven Gerrard has shortlisted Nigerian forward Umar Sadiq as part of his summer reinforcements. Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard reportedly wants Nigerian forward Umar Sadiq on loan from AS Roma with him at Rangers.Gerrad is looking at the 6ft 6inches forward as a suitable talisman to pear head his attack at Rangers.Rangers have only Alfredo Morelos as the only out and out striker a situation Gerrard is keen to address. Umar who is 21-year-old is seen as an ideal striker to suit his gameplay and according to the Express, Gerrard admires his composure, balance and aerial prowess.Bought by Roma in 2016 for a fee in the region of £2million, Umar has been loaned out repeatedly, his last was to Eredivisie side NAC Breda.In the Netherlands, Umar contributed five goals in a total of 13 appearances for NAC Breda, and with the Dutch league similar to the Scottish league Gerrard sees him as a good option for reinforcement. Gerrard is well aware of the task at hand in closing the gap with league winners Celtic and he has brought in three players including player of Nigerian descent Ovie Ejaria on loan from Liverpool as his team begins to take shape at the Ibrox stadium.Umar was a key member of the Nigerian team that won a bronze medal in the football event of the 2016 Olympic Games and is yet to make an appearance for the Super Eagles first team.

Croatia better than Argentina — Kovacic

Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic is confident his side will get the better of Argentina when they meet in the World Cup because they are “a better team” than the South Americans.
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Atiku visits Dickson, seeks support on presidential ambition

YENAGOA—FORMER Vice President Atiku Abubakar, yesterday stormed Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, to consult with Governor Seriake Dickson and the enlarged members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, calling on them to support his presidential ambition to better the lives of Nigerians.
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