Friday, 29 August 2014

Tributes To Late Professor Dora Nkem Akunyili

Dora Nkem Akunyili (14 July, 1954 - 7th June, 2014) served Nigeria as the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Minister of Information and Communications.

Prof. Akunyili was exceptional in all her services to Nigeria, and she was part of the very few leaders who hoped to see a "re-branded Nigeria".

Always thinking about the good of Nigeria, Dora defiled her health condition, at the 2014 National Conference, to give Nigeria her last words.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Wayne Rooney Named England Captain

Recently appointed Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney, have also been named the new captain of England on Thursday.

Succeeding Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, the 28-year-old will lead the Three Lions in a friendly against Norway on September 3 and their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on September 8.

Coach Roy Hodgson made the announcement at a media conference at Wembley as he unveiled his squad for the forthcoming fixtures.

"I gave it a lot of thought but Wayne is an obvious choice," Hodgson told reporters.

"He deserves it - his commitment to the cause, his experience. He has captained England in the past and, of course, he has that responsibility at Manchester United now.

"I've had a long conversation with him and he's prepared to accept the pressures that the England captaincy brings. It's important that the player wants to take on that enormous responsibility."

UEFA President Not Interested in Blatter's Position

UEFA president, Michel Platini, has revealed that he will not be running for the Fifa presidency during next year's election.

Platini has heavily criticised Sepp Blatter on more than one occasion, also stating that the Swiss was "finished"; hence, no longer the right man to lead Fifa.

Chris Giwa... The New NFF President

Chairman of Nigeria Professional League club Giwa FC, Christopher Giwa as emerged the new president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), folloeing an election at the NFF headquarters in Abuja this week.

Giwa polled 27 votes to defeat his fellow contestant, former vice president - Mike Umeh, who got two votes in an election where 29 out of 44 members participated in the voting exercise.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Intoducing Liverpool's New Boy: Mario Balotelli...

Newly signed Liverpool striker, Mario Balotelli, is no doubt one of the best in his role in modern football. But how complicated is the striker?

This is the second time, in his career, Balotelli would leave Milan for north-west England after his "long-term" move to Liverpool FC was confirmed.

Only 24, Balotelli has been privileged to play under some of the game's most celebrated coaches.

Samuel Eto'o Signs For Everton...

Everton have signed striker Samuel Eto'o on a two-year-deal after he was released by Chelsea last season. 

The 33-year-old Cameroon international was also sought for by AC Milan, West Ham and Liverpool - before the Anfield club landed Mario Balotelli.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Eto'o still has a point to prove in the English league as he is still hungry for success, despite winning three Champions Leagues, four titles and seven cups.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Mourinho Wants Torres At Chelsea

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed he would like to see striker Fernando Torres remain at Stamford Bridge this season.

The 30-year-old Spaniard was left out of the Blues' two Premier League matches - as Mourinho prefers returning legend Drogba, 36, to the former Liverpool man.

Torres is currently sought for by top Serie A clubs - AC Milan, AS Roma and Inter Milan - but the self acclaimed 'Happy One' wants to retain the services of his unsettled striker.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Chelsea's Life President Dies at 90

Chelsea Football Club have paid tribute to its Life President, Lord Richard Attenborough, after the 90-year-old cinema great - and life-long Blues supporter - died on Sunday.

Fondly called 'Lord A', Attenborough was Life President of the Stamford Bridge side, and helped establish Chelsea's reputation as London's glamour club with his high profile support.

The Oscar winning director also helped Chelsea to hang on to their Stamford Bridge home when it was threatened by property developers.

FIFA U20 World Cup: Oshoala wins Golden Ball

Nigerian striker Asisat Oshoala was voted the Most Valuable Player/Best Player at the 2014 FIFA U20 World Cup in Canada, and awarded the Golden Ball award and Golden Boot.

Oshoala was indeed prolific in the just concluded tournament - as she netted seven goals and provided two assists.

However, the Falconets lost 0-1 to their German counterparts in the Finals of the World Cup played in Montreal, Canada on Monday.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Power, Message of The Church - Reinhard Bonnke

The Church today has organization, brains, and scholars. It must have.

Nearly two billion name themselves as Christians which gives the Church enormous prestige. But the whole vast complex would be an empty shell
without the power and presence of God. It is not a mere way of life we take to the world. We preach Christ and Him crucified. Our message is not the Ten Commandments, or a higher social order. IT IS JESUS. The need of the world is Jesus. He is the way of Life. It is not a matter of correct living, but back to the ABC – just as people need people, all people need JESUS.

God bless you.


President Jonathan's Speech On The Submission of 2014 National Conference Report

Here is the speech delivered by President Goodluck Jonathan at the submission of the 2014 National Conference Report.
1. Mr Chairman, very distinguished delegates, it is with all gladness that I address you this day. After nearly five months endeavour to find the appropriate verb for the noun of our country within the syntax of human experience, you have brought to a grateful Nation, the report of the 2014 National Conference.

2. I want to congratulate the Chairman and his able team, the Delegates, all Nigerians and indeed everyone who has contributed one way or the other to the successful convocation and conclusion of the Conference.

3. I also congratulate the Presidential Advisory Committee which developed the framework for the Conference after travelling around the country. We cannot afford to take for granted the efforts and commitment that the delegates and the leaders put into the Conference to make it a success. The patriotic zeal was evident in the inputs of the delegates into the dialogue and how these have now formed the basis of the report.

Jamie Carragher Questions Balotelli - Liverpool Deal

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has questioned whether Liverpool transfer target, Mario Balotelli, would be an automatic starter at Anfield.

Balotelli's representatives are said to be in talks with the Anfield club after a £16m fee was agreed with Milan; but with the Daniel Sturridge and newly signed Rickie Lambert , Carragher asks if Rodgers can accommodate another striker upfront.

US donates bomb detectors to Nigeria Police

The United States of America donated high-tech bomb detector robots to the Nigeria Police Force this week.

The West African country have experienced a series of bomb blasts in recent time, and this is thought to be orchestrated by the dreadful Boko Haram group.

According to reports, the U.S.Ambassador, James Entwistle, presented the robots when he visited the Acting Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Barcelona Misused Fabregas - Mourinho

After his impressive Chelsea debut against Burnley on Monday, delighted José Mourinho has claimed Cesc Fábregas was misused by Barcelona during his time with the Catalans.
The £30m summer signing shone on his first Premier League start for Chelsea as Burnley were beaten 3-1 at Turf Moor with goals from his fellow debutant Diego Costa, Andre Schürrle and Branislav Ivanovic.

Fábregas was involved in all three Chelsea goals, including an exquisite pass for Schürrle’s second, and the self acclaimed 'Special One', who insists the midfielder would give his team a new dimension this season, claims Barca did not use the midfield talisman to the best of his abilities.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Big Boss Deal Still Uncertain As NFF Lingers...

According to reports from Supersport, the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] and the 2013 AFCON winning coach, Stephen Keshi, are yet to conclude negotiations over a proposed contract for the 'Big Boss'.

Keshi's representative and brother, Emmanuel Ado, informed that the football federation has only sent his client a copy of the contract proposal.

Ado, however, disclosed that negotiation with the NFF will hold in Abuja on Wednesday.

Chelsea Boss hails 'Bargain Buy' Costa

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes newly signed striker Diego Costa will prove a bargain buy, following his impressive display in the preseason clash, and his clinical double in the 2-0 friendly win over Real Sociedad.

The Blues splashed a staggering £32 million to lure the 25-year-old talisman Atletico Madrid and the Portuguese manager is convinced that the scrupulous attacker will justify his hefty price-tag by the end of the season.

Mourinho said: "Diego is a team player, he works a lot, he is not just about goals. He is about defensive work, his mentality, his ambition.

"This is why we didn't buy a striker in the last transfer window - we were waiting for him.

"He looks very adapted to his team-mates and the style of play.

"I won't say he is adapted to the Premier League yet because it is a very difficult job to be a striker in this country, but hopefully he does well.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

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Yoruba Organization, Afenifere, Accusses Norther Elders Over Boko Haram

Afenifere, a socio-cultural organisation for the Yoruba people in Nigeria, has accused Northern Elders Forum of backing the Boko Haram terrorist sect, saying its recent utterances are a tacit support of the sect’s activities.

Afenifere in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Comrade Yinka Odumakin, expressed dismay over a statement credited to the forum asking President Goodluck Jonathan to bring back the abducted Chibok girls and end insurgency in Nigeria by October or forget about 2015 elections.

Wayne Roone Named United Captain By LVG

Louis van Gaal has named Wayne Rooney as Manchester United captain  - with Darren Fletcher becoming vice-captain.

The striker has beaten Robin van Persie, who was Van Gaal’s leader when in charge of Holland, to the position.

Miroslav Klose Announces International Retirement

Germany's all-time leading goalscorer, Miroslav Klose, 36, has announced his retirement from international football.

The Polish born German took his tally of World Cup goals to a record 16 - setting a record as the highest goal scorer in the history of the prestigious tournament - during the summer show in Brazil.

Having enjoyed 137 caps for his country and netted 71 goals, the 2014 World Cup winner has opted to call it a day.

Monday, 11 August 2014

More Success Is On The Way - Arsenal

After a convincing FA Community shield win over Manchester City, Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey is predicting more silverware success for the Gunners, as they have put big games problems behind them.

The Welsh midfielder netted the Gunners' second goal, after Santi Cazorla's opener, as the North Londoners put the Premier League champions to the sword.
Having lost heavily to Chelsea, Liverpool and City during last season, Ramsey believes they are now ready to fix up their problems and bring more trophies to North London.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Referee Howard Webb Retires...


According to a Premier League announcement on Wednesday, English professional referee, Howard Melton Webb has retired as a match referee, following his appointment as the technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited..

Webb will now be responsible for overseeing the technical direction and standards that govern the on-field performance of match officials.

Speaking in an interview released on the Premier League’s website, the former police officer expressed his excitement and said he is looking forward to the challenge.

"I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career after a wonderfully rewarding 25 years on the pitch," Webb told the Premier League website.

How To Achieve Academic Success

Every student would love to make good grades in school and be the boss in class. But success does not come so easily - it has to be worked out.

These six steps will invariably help you to attain academic success:

1. GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD: Always be in good terms with God. You can achieve this by serving God in spirit and in truth. Know that, one without God is minority - but one with God is majority

2. SELF CONFIDENCE: You can achieve whatever goal you set for yourself if you trust in yourself. In other words, you must have confidence in yourself and believe you can achieve your self target. Self esteem is good but it is not enough to give you success. Continue...

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Keshi Accepts NFF Offer, May Resume Duty Soon


According to, coach Stephen Keshi, on Monday, sent a formal notice to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) accepting to continue as the country’s head coach.

The NFF three-man committee to open contract talks with Keshi formally sent him a letter of intent and it was this letter that the 'Big Boss' had replied to.

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