Day: June 9, 2019

Portugal Wins UEFA Nations League After Outsmarting Netherlands

Ugochukwu Nwankwo – Editor Portugal secured Nations League glory on Sunday as Goncalo Guedes’ second-half strike earned a 1-0 victory over Netherlands at the Estadio do Dragao. The host nation had been touted as favourites ahead of the inaugural Finals and they lived up to that billing in Porto, adding more major silverware to their European Championship triumph three years ago. Cristiano Ronaldo had netted a hat-trick in the 3-1 semi-final win over Switzerland but he was kept relatively quiet on this occasion by Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt. Instead it was left to Guedes to settle matters, exchanging passes with Bernardo Silva and smashing home from the edge of the box, although Jasper Cillessen may feel he could have done...

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Rafael Nadal Beats Dominic Thiem to Win 12th French Open Title

Ugochukwu Nwankwo – Editor Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros to claim his 12th French Open crown and 18th grand slam title. The Spaniard won 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 against the fourth-seeded Austrian and is now only two grand slam titles behind Roger Federer’s record of 20. Nadal did not have it all his own way in the first set as he shook off a little rust. Thiem broke serve first but this only prompted the world No 2 to raise his game and battle back to prevail 6-3. Nadal and Thiem were more evenly matched during the second set until the Austrian conjured two set points from nowhere to break the Spaniard in the final game. But Nadal quickly rediscovered his groove, giving up only seven points on his way to claiming the third set 6-1. The Spaniard carried that momentum into the fourth set and broke Thiem’s serve at the first time of asking. He survived break points in his next service game but battled back to hold and broke Thiem again in the sixth game. That left Nadal to serve for the match and he made no mistake to wrap up his 12th Roland Garros...

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Emir Sanusi and Governor Umar Ganduje shake hands as Dangote, Fayemi broker peace.

Ugochukwu Nwankwo – Editor Reports from Abuja, yesterday, suggest that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi ll has finally been resolved following a reconciliatory meeting A statement made Mr Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje states the reconciliatory meeting was initiated by the Kano-born business mogul Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi. He said after the meeting, the duo who has been at loggerheads, exchanged pleasantries with each other in Abuja on Friday. “As the two leaders met, they congratulated each other on the successful completion of the Ramadan Fast and the Eid-el-Fitr celebration. “Both leaders spoke and urged all Muslims to continue with the good teachings and spirit of the fasting period of the month of Ramadan. “Emir Sanusi seized the opportunity to congratulate Governor Ganduje on his second term in office. He also wished the governor successful tenure in office.” He said, “For a healthier relationship between the two institutions of government and Kano Emirate Council, the dialogues will continue.” Sanusi’s grandfather was suspended by Sardauna as the Emir of Kano and now suspending his grandchild who reclaimed the throne, this would have tarnished the lineage of the...

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Nigerian Judge allegedly Slaps Redeemed Church Pastor Over Noise Pollution

Ugochukwu Nwankwo – Editor The Redeemed Christian Church of God, the Glory Tabernacle parish, at Ijapo Estate in Akure, Ondo State, witnessed a mild drama when Justice Oyebisi Folayemi Omoleye, a presiding judge of the Court of Appeal, confronted the church’s over its noisy religious activities. It was gathered that Justice Omoleye who was in company of her security guard also held a stick in her hand as she invaded the RCCG Church, and allegedly assaulted some of its worshipers on Wednesday. According to an unnamed source, The judge dashed into the church’s building and began to film the congregation’s activities, the church was in session for a weekly programme called the Divine Encounter. The source, who wanted to remain “Anon” said that Justice Omoleye had always been furious about the noise from the church during its religious activities. So today, Pastor Felix Solomon and assistant pastor Felicia Akindurojoye were reportedly injured by Justice Omoleye during the attack. The source said: “This woman (Justice Omoleye) entered into the church alongside her security guard and she began to record a video of the worshipers with her mobile phone. Immediately, one of the presiding pastors saw her and went to inquire why was she filming congregational worshipers in the church. But she replied that she was on the church premises to record the activites of the worshipers as they always disturbed...

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Thiem Knocks Out Djokovic to Reach French Open Final

Ugochukwu Nwankwo – Sports Editor The Serbian Powerhouse, Novak Djokovic has been outsed from the French Open by Austrian Dominic Thiem. The Serbian was defeated in a five-set thriller (2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 5-7), which had to be finished off yesterday afternoon due to stormy weather in France throughout. The Roland Garros, is a tennis championship held on clay court in France, many call it the French Open and Rafael Nadal is the king of this competition as no one has won it more times than him. The game was postponed due to heavy winds and rains, The tie resumed today and both men, had a go at it not minding the climatic conditions. The semi-final restarted yesterday with the game all square at one set apiece, but in the third, it was Thiem who got the early break. He continued that form into yesterday’s action, taking the third set 7-5. Novak Djokovic however, got himself back into the game, winning the fourth set, 7-5, but it was Thiem who got over the line, taking the fifth and final set. Thiem has now set-up a crunchy showdown between him and Rafael Nadal in his second Grand Slam final. Nadal defeated him in his previous final...

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