Breaking! Abia Warriors encounter armed robbers

Abia Warriors team travelling to Lagos for their Aiteo Cup round of 16 games ran into a group of armed robbers operating along the Lagos-Ibadan express way but by God’s Grace the team escaped even-though some players who panicky attempted to jump down from the vehicle sustained some injuries and have been treated by the medics.Related image

Between 2005 and 2010 they played under the name “Orji Uzor Kalu FC” in honor of Abia governor Orji Uzor Kalu who helped the club with state sponsorship upon promotion to the professional level. They reverted to their old name in summer of 2010. They won promotion to the Nigeria Premier League for the first time in August 2013 after winning their division on the last day. They have been in sublime form since gaining promotion into the Nigeria Premier League sitting in 8th position in the league table.

 

#OsunDecides2018: Nigeria Police Catches Election Riggers, Makes Groundbreaking Arrests, Releases Names And Identities

The Nigeria Police has on Saturday, arrested three suspects for vote buying and selling, in the ongoing Osun State Governorship election.

This disclosure was made by the Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, Ag. DCP, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement sent to Post-Nigeria.

The statement reads in full:

Case 1

Suspects

1) Muriat Olalekan ‘M’ 61Yrs of No. 11 Oloya Street

2) Hamzat Muniru ‘M’ 65Yrs of Molari compound

Consequent upon the deployment of Police Operatives from the Intelligence Unit of FCIID, IGP Monitoring Unit and the Intelligence Response Team of the Force to gather intelligence, arrest and prosecute anyone caught attempting or in the act of vote buying or selling, the Police team on election duty at Iwo LGA of Osun State today, 22 September, 2018 arrested Two (2) suspects in the act of vote buying and selling namely; 1) Muriat Olalekan ‘M’ 61Yrs and 2) Hamzat Muniru and the sum of Six Hundred and four Thousand N604,000.00 only was recovered from their possession.

Case 2

A PDP chieftain Mr Adeagbo Wasiu of ward 8 unit 9 Fiwasaye Area Osogbo was arrested for vote buying, he was searched and sum of one hundred and sixteen thousand naira (116,000) was recovered from him.

Investigations into the cases are ongoing and suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

Post-Nigeria recalls that few days ago, the Nigeria Police Force had warned against the buying and selling of votes in the Osun State Governorship election.

In a statement, Jimoh Moshood, the Police Spokesman, said the Force will “deal decisively” with anyone found culpable.

“The Nigeria Police Force will not tolerate, condone, or allow vote buying and selling to take place anywhere in Osun State, before and during the election”, Moshood said in the statement on Sunday.

“The Force hereby wishes to warn all political parties and their flag bearers, to prevail on their agents, members and supporters, not to engage in buying and selling of votes, which is in violation of the electoral act.”

Tension As APC Loses Osun State Governorship Election In Its Stronghold – SEE RESULTS

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has lost the the Ogun State Governorship election in the polling unit of its pioneer National Chairman, Bisi Akande.

Akande’s Ward is regarded as one of the stronghold of the APC in Osun State.

Recall, that Akande had voted at his polling unit 12, Ward 4, Ita Aewogbade, Ila Local Government Area, of the State.

At the end of counting of votes, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Ademola Adeleke, won the polling unit with 78 votes to the APC’s 49.

The Presiding Officer of the polling unit, Nwadike Ogechi, announced the result in the presence of voters, Journalists, and Observers.

Below is the breakdown of the counted votes:ACD- 1

AGA- 1

APC- 49

PDP- 78

SDP- 19

UPN- 1

Akande had earlier assured that his party’s candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, will emerge the winner of the Osun State Governorship election.

“My party has always been assured of victory, especially in this part of the country; we are everywhere”, he said.

A total of 48 candidates are taking part in the election in the 30 Local Government Areas of the State.

Reports have it that APC supporters are in a sorrowful mood over the outcome of the election.

Premier League: Watford boss lauds Nigerian star, others after draw

Watford saw their perfect start to the 2018-2019 Premier League campaign ended by Manchester United last weekend. The Hornets were hoping to revive their flying start against newly promoted Fulham, but the failed to consolidate on a great first half where they scored within a minute.  Andre Gray put Watford ahead in just 90 seconds as he pounced on a ball from Will Hughes before beating Marcus Bettinelli with ease to give the visitors the lead.

In the relief of escaping a second successive defeat, Gracia’s team were also left to rue a first half after which they might have been out of sight. “After we scored in the first minutes and after a good first half, all of us thought we would be able to get three points. At the end of the game they scored. We played much better in the first half when we had to kill the game and score another goal. We had the chances to do it.”

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“In the second they changed their shape and we tried to keep the high press and we suffered a bit. We tried to keep the same level of intensity and ambition. The players feel really bad. They are hungry, they want to win and have made a very big effort today. They played really well in the first half. That is what we want to keep for the rest of the season.”

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Having surrendered their 100% record by losing to Manchester United last week, and drawn here, fantastical talk of Watford being this season’s Leicester 2015-2016 should now be set aside. Fulham picked up their game significantly in the second half and Aleksandar Mitrovic eventually equalised for the hosts as he bagged his fifth goal of the season in the 78th minute. Fulham began applying lots of pressure on Watford as Fosu-Mensah managed to break down the right flank before cutting the ball back towards Vietto, but Hughes read the ball well and made the intercept.

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Fulham should also have been down to 10 men; Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s rash and high challenge on Troy Deeney did not receive the red card it deserved from Martin Atkinson.  It was then Mitrovic who finally made the pressure count as a deft flick on from the cross by Vietto saw the Serbian bag his fifth goal of the season and bring the scores level. In the end the draw was a fair result with Watford dominating the first half, but a great second half performance from the hosts earned them a deserved point.

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All hail the Queen! 10 things to know about #MBGN2018 winner, Anita Ukah

The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant is a prestigious event which is held yearly to choose who would be the face of Nigeria would be. It’s usually a battle of beauty between 37 beautiful girls vying for the crown.

The 10 days of activities leading to the crowning of MBGN 2018 has come to a exciting end as Miss Imo, Anita Ukah has emerged winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. Anita beat 36 other contestants at the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria contest that held on Friday at Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Bayelsa State. The pageant was hosted by Toke Makinwa and Ike Osakioduwa. Miss Imo fought off competitions from Miss Lagos, Miss Edo, Miss Kwara, Miss Sokoto, Miss Ogun and other contestants to become the most beautiful girl in Nigeria.

By now you already know that a new Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria was crowned last night, but what more do you know about Anita Ukah, the winner of the highly coveted title? We did a little digging and here is what we found out about the woman who currently wears the coveted crown.

This isn’t her first pageantry or her first crown. She won the title of Miss Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO) in 2014

She stands at an intimidating 6ft 2inches

Her Birthday is August 14th

She is 23 Years Old

She is lovely! No makeup. Just Melanin. Pure Melanin.

She’s a #PVCitizen

She graduated from Igbinedion University, Okada in 2016

She has a fashion line that caters to female accessory called The Uzo Brand

She is a Laboratory Scientist fervent about public health

She will be representing Nigeria at the Miss World pageant in China.

 

Former Arsenal winger emulates Maradona and Weah

Gervinho returned to Italy this summer after a two-and-a-half year stint in China. The 31-year-old winger signed a three-year contract with Parma – and he’s not forgotten how to find the back of the net in Serie A. Gervinho previously spent three seasons at Roma, netting 26 times in 88 appearances before heading to Asia in January 2016.

He was in the Parma starting line-up for Saturday’s 2-0 win over Cagliari. Two minutes into the second half, Gervinho produced a magical solo goal reminiscent of George Weah’s incredible goal for AC Milan against Verona in 1996.

Receiving the ball on the edge of his own box, the former Arsenal flop reminded his opponents of his blistering pace. They simply couldn’t get near him. Gervinho cut through the Cagliari defence like a knife through butter before firing an inch-perfect finish past the goalkeeper.

Gervinho scored against Juventus earlier in September and Parma coach Roberto D’Aversa had to explain why he subbed him off after 60 minutes.

“Clearly I wanted to keep him on for the whole game and I received a lot of insults from the stands, but I am taking some risks with him,” D’Aversa told Sky Sport Italia. He had 20 minutes against SPAL, plus some problems during the week, and I can’t afford to lose him. Gervinho has unique technical and physical characteristics, so I can’t let him get injured.”

At full fitness, Gervinho can be unplayable. Let’s hope we see him scoring more goals like this one in the years to come.

What Neymar ACTUALLY shares with Kim Kardashian

Joey Barton says Neymar should not be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Rather, the former English midfielder has compared the Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar to reality star Kim Kardashian. Beyond the Barton comments however, the Brazilian talisman does share some attributes with the the reality show star . Neymar shares a spot on the top 10 most followed celebrities on Instagram. While Neymar comes up in 10th, with 101 million (and counting) followers, the reality show star is rated fifth with 116 million (and counting).

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Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton made the comparison while criticising the Brazil international in an interview with L’Equipe, saying he does not deserve to be compared to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.

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“I think he is the Kim Kardashian of football,” Barton said. “Neymar is not the best player in the world, we saw that again in Russia. He is not at the level of Ronaldo and Messi, and there are many other players in front of him. Neymar, more than a football phenomenon, is an advertising phenomenon, like the Kardashians.”Image result for Neymar

The former Manchester City and Burnley midfielder is only in his first season with Fleetwood – who play in the third tier of English football – but already feels he could cope with the challenge of taking charge at the Ligue 1 heavyweights, mainly due to his thorough understanding of how the club works. Barton also revealed he has the ambition to one day coach Marseille, after spending the 2012-2013 on loan at the French club during his playing days.

Mahrez scores as Manchester City thrash Cardiff

Algerian forward, Riyad Mahrez got his first goals for the Cityzens in their five nil rout and Sergio Aguero scored on his 300th appearance for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s side bounced back from their shock Champions League disappointment.

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The club’s all-time leading goalscorer, who signed a contract extension this week that will keep him at the club until 2021, opened the scoring after 32 minutes. So often the star of the show, Aguero shared the spotlight on a rainy afternoon in South Wales with Bernardo Silva, who doubled City’s lead three minutes later, and Ilkay Gundogan, who capped a fine performance with a brilliant solo effort.

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Substitute Riyad Mahrez scored his first goals for the club with a brace to put the result beyond doubt, and the manner of the victory will have delighted Guardiola after a below-par showing in a 2-1 defeat to Lyon in midweek.

Cool and composed during a scrappy opening half an hour, Gundogan started the move that led to the opener, feeding Silva who squared to Aguero and the striker beat his marker to apply a first-time finish. Silva got his head underneath Leroy Sane’s cross from the right two minutes later and looped the ball up and over Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and in at the far post.

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Gundogan was the stand-out player in the first half and he was rewarded with the pick of the goals, playing a one-two with Raheem Sterling before confidently side-footing into the top corner.

City controlled the second half from start to finish and when Sterling set Gundogan free down the left, he sent a low cross to the feet of Mahrez to open his account for the club.

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With one minute left to play, Bruno Ecuele Manga needed to make a simple clearance, but instead played the ball straight to Mahrez, who drove it low and hard into the bottom-left corner of the net to wrap up a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for Guardiola.

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What it means: Unbeaten champions keep the pressure on

City’s dropped points against Wolves last month is what separates them from leaders Liverpool, who have a 100 per cent record, but being in the chasing pack can offer a psychological advantage – especially if your team is playing the way the champions did against Cardiff.

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Gundogan burying the memory of World Cup nightmare

After being caught up Germany’s torrid World Cup campaign, Gundogan has played himself back into form and his intelligent movement and exquisite touch were too much for Cardiff to handle, not to mention his superb goal.

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Captain Morrison must steady the ship

Cardiff’s wait for a first win of the season goes on and they have conceded 12 goals in their last three Premier League games. Bluebirds captain Sean Morrison might have been helpless to prevent Aguero and company in such fine form, but he must rally his troops and help Neil Warnock grind out some results soon.

Key Opta facts

– Cardiff City lost a home league game by a five-goal margin for the first time since April 1994 (2-7 v Cambridge United in the third tier).
– Since Pep Guardiola took over ahead of the 2016-17 season, Manchester City have scored 5+ goals in 10 Premier League fixtures, four times more than any other side.
– Sergio Aguero made his 300th appearance for Manchester City in all competitions, and scored his 205th goal for the club.
– Aguero has now scored 13 and assisted two more in his last 13 Premier League games against newly promoted sides
– Bernardo Silva scored and assisted in the same game for the first time ever for Manchester City in his 61 appearances for the club in all competitions.
– Silva’s goal for Manchester City was his first-ever headed goal for the club in any competition.

What’s next

There is no let up for Cardiff, who face fellow strugglers Burnley at home before travelling to Tottenham, while Manchester City can look forward to what should be another three points when they meet Brighton and Hove Albion at home after their EFL Cup clash with Oxford United.

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Wolves spoil Fergie’s Man Utd return

Manchester United invited their legendary manager to the club to celebrate and honour him, after the former boss recovered from a life threatening illness, but Wolves played out a 1-1 draw with the Red Devils to draw the match.

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Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance for the first time since undergoing brain surgery in May as Fred became the 500th different player to score a competitive goal for United when he drilled home the opener, wonderfully set up by Paul Pogba in the 18th minute.

The newly promoted Wolves did not let United’s opener unsettle them, though, as they remained a real threat and engineered a deserved equaliser for Moutinho in the 53rd minute.

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United pressed for the winner, but could not find a way past a stubborn Wolves side who were more than good value for the point that keeps them in the top half.

United sit fifth, eight points behind leaders Liverpool, after a disappointing afternoon. Wolves were much the better side in the opening stages, forcing David de Gea into two fine saves, one from a close-range Raul Jimenez effort, and the other, a more impressive one from a Ryan Bennett header.

The Portuguese midfielder scored an equaliser for the newly-promoted side early into the second half to stun the home fans

Wolves were made to pay for not taking their chances as Fred fired United into the lead. It was all about the Pogba pass, as the France international controlled the ball brilliantly into the path of Fred, who arrived just at the right moment to fire into the net from the edge of the box.

The goal did not deter Wolves, though, as they continued to put United on the back foot, but for all their good possession and pressure, they could not find that killer pass.

Manchester United opened the scoring on home soil after 18 minutes with a delightful effort from summer signing Fred

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Two changes for United from the side that beat Watford last weekend, with Fred and Luke Shaw coming in for the suspended Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young.

Marouane Fellaini, who sat out of United’s Champions League win in midweek, started in midfield. Wolves, for the sixth game in a row, were unchanged.

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Cue Raul Jimenez to provide that telling assist eight minutes into the second half, as he held the ball up in the box and laid it off perfectly for Moutinho, who slammed the ball into the top corner from the 18 yards.

United pressed for the winner, with Marouane Fellaini denied by a smart save from Rui Patricio, but Wolves had chances of their own to win it, with lively substitute Adama Traore forcing De Gea into another save with his feet in stoppage time.

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The result dents recent good work from United, who had overcome back-to-back defeats at the end of August by going on a three-match winning streak on the road. Wolves, though, will cause many a team problems this season.

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Opta stats

  • Manchester United have dropped six points from seven Premier League games at Old Trafford against newly-promoted opposition under Jose Mourinho; more than the Red Devils had dropped in 10 seasons in the top-flight between 2006-07 and 2015-16 (5).
  • Wolves have avoided defeat at Old Trafford against Man Utd in all competitions for the first time since November 1980, stopping a run of eight successive losses.
  • João Moutinho scored his first goal in 28 league games since netting against PSG in November 2017.
  • Fred is the first Brazilian player to score a Premier League goal for Man Utd since Rafael vs QPR in February 2013.
  • Paul Pogba has been directly involved in six goals in his seven starts in all competitions for Man Utd this season (4 goals, 2 assists).
Nuno Espirito Santo says his Wolves side are getting better game by game after they drew 1-1 at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Nuno Espirito Santo was full of praise for his Wolves side.

Man of the match – Joao Moutinho

Eyebrows were raised when Wolves managed to snare Moutinho in the summer for what appeared to be a nominal fee, and he proved why he has garnered such a prestigious reputation at Old Trafford, dictating the play for much of the contest, against impressive opposition.

Joao Moutinho scored a sensational equaliser as Wolves earned a memorable point at Manchester United on Saturday

No team-mate created more chances, while he put in double the crosses of any Wolves player. It was the control with which he went about his business that was most impressive, though.

Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United were “not good enough to get three points” against Wolves after their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho: We only deserved a draw

Portuguese managerial duo Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo embrace in the technical area before kick-off 

De Gea proves that World Cup criticism was indeed “stupid”

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea came under fire at the World Cup in Russia this summer when he blundered by letting a Cristiano Ronaldo shot squeeze through his grasp in Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal and went home having saved just one of 11 shots on target. The Spanish No 1 has however been in better form for Manchester United since the start of the season, making an excellent late save at Watford last weekend to earn Jose Mourinho’s side victory at Vicarage Road.

Earlier in the week he insisted that he has not been affected by the ‘stupid’ criticism of his performances for Spain at the World Cup. He went on to prove his mettle on saturday evening when he made a string of crucial saves though Manchester United dropped two points to visitors Wolves at Old Trafford. With the man who signed him, Sir Alex Ferguson, returning to Old Trafford for the first time since recovering from surgery, De Gea evidently made a good impression.

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He would have proven that indeed any criticism of his performances is unfounded and fans on social media rave on about De Gea heroics.