Author: Oreva Benedict

Oreva Benedict holds a degree in English Language and Literary Studies. He is a Nigerian who loves to read, has a picky taste in food and hang out with regular folks.

Victor Osimhen scored the winner as Napoli claimed a 1-0 victory over Bologna in Sunday’s Serie A encounter. Osimhen connected with Hirving Lozano’s cross to separate the two teams with his 23rd-minute header. It was his second goal in the Italian top-flight since he completed a big-money move from Ligue 1 club Lille in the summer. Shortly after the restart for the second half, Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly pounced on a rebound after Osimhen attempted an overhead kick, but his strike was ruled out by the VAR because the ball struck the Nigerian striker’s hand. Despite a late challenge from…

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Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has reiterated how hard it will be to win the Premier League title after his side briefly went top of the table with a 1-0 win at West Brom. Harry Kane’s 150th Premier League goal two minutes from the end sent Spurs to the summit for the first time since August 2014, even though they are likely to get displaced when later games between Leicester and Wolves and Manchester City and Liverpool take place. Spurs are now unbeaten since the opening day of the season and, with four successive away wins, appear to be contenders…

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Pep Guardiola has revealed that he and Jurgen Klopp were discussing their bafflement with the lack of five substitutes in the Premier League following the full-time whistle in Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool. An entertaining game at the Etihad finished 1-1, but Klopp will be worried about his right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was taken off injured in the second half. It has already been confirmed that the 22-year-old will miss England’s three upcoming games, and it remains to be seen exactly how long he is out for. Many believe the increasing number of injuries in the Premier League are due…

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Real Madrid were thrashed 4-1 at struggling Valencia on Sunday as Carlos Soler scored a hat-trick of penalties to raise further doubts over La Liga’s reigning champions. Madrid took the lead through Karim Benzema but presented Valencia with four gifts at Mestalla, including three spot-kicks and an own-goal scored by Raphael Varane, to fall to another surprise defeat. This is the first time Madrid have conceded four goals since letting in five against Barcelona in October 2018 and puts the brakes on their recovery that had followed a rocky start to the season. After back-to-back losses to Cadiz and Shakhtar…

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Furious Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heavily criticized the Premier League’s scheduling after his side’s 3-1 win at Everton on Saturday lunchtime, claiming his side “were set up to fail”. United travelled to Istanbul Basaksehir for a Champions League group stage clash on Wednesday – a game they lost 2-1 – before having to face a refreshed Everton at Goodison Park in the weekend’s early kick-off. And despite his team coming from behind to claim all three points, the Norwegian still hit out at what he called the “absolute joke” schedule his players were faced with after Luke…

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Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has hailed Hakim Ziyech as a ‘complete player’ and believes the summer signing has given his team an ‘extra edge’. The Blues manager was hugely impressed by the former Ajax playmaker’s contribution in his side’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United, where he provided two assists. Goals from Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner sealed the points for Lampard’s men, but it was Ziyech’s performance that caught the eye. “He’s given us an extra edge and a different threat. “He’s been out of football for a long time so I think it’s really impressive…

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star Harry Kane sees no reason why his team cannot challenge reigning Premier League champions Liverpool and push for the title in 2020-21. The north Londoners have recovered from a slow start to the season to win on their last two outings, a run that has lifted them up to sixth place. Victory on Sunday away to West Brom would lift Spurs above current leaders Southampton and Liverpool for at least a handful of hours, with the Reds visiting Manchester City later in the day. A second-placed finish behind Chelsea in 2016-17 is the closest the club have come to…

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the United States President-elect, Joe Biden, for his victory at the poll. This is according to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Saturday. Buhari said Nigeria looked forward to a greater relationship with the United States under a Biden Presidency. The Nigerian leader was quoted as saying, “Your election is a significant reminder that democracy is the best form of government because it offers the people the opportunity to change their government by peaceful means. “The most powerful group are not the politicians, but…

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Chelsea winger, Hakim Ziyech, has said he is loving life in west London after once more playing a crucial role for the Blues in their latest convincing victory. Ziyech completed a €40 million (£36m/$47m) move from Ajax over the summer, having come to the fore for the Dutch giants in their 2018-19 Champions League adventure. But he was eased into first-team action at Stamford Bridge, not making his full debut until the end of October away to Krasnodar after recovering from injury. The Morocco international marked that match with a goal and has since proved a potent attacking threat, with…

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Manchester United eased the pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 3-1 win at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday with Bruno Fernandes scoring twice and Edinson Cavani grabbing his first for the club. United have failed to win at home in the league this season and there were questions over Solskjaer’s future after the midweek defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League. The loss was the third straight defeat for Carlo Ancelotti’s side who, after being the early season pace-setters, have now slipped to fifth in the standings. The pressure on Solskjaer intensified when Everton took…

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Lionel Messi started on the bench for Barcelona’s LaLiga game against Real Betis on Saturday, the first time the Argentinian has been rested by new coach Ronald Koeman. Messi has made a slow start to the season by his own high standards. He is yet to score a goal from open play this term, although the 33-year-old has converted four penalties. Koeman had indicated he would need to rest his captain at some point, especially given Barca’s last six games came in 19 days, and Messi started all of them. The dip in form comes after Messi’s failed attempt to…

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Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has criticised the club and coach Mikel Arteta for their treatment of out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil. Ozil, 32, has not made a senior appearance for Arsenal since March and has been left out of the squad for the Premier League and Europa League this season. The midfielder made headlines for his refusal to accept a pay cut during the coronavirus crisis before publicly offering to pay the wages of the club’s mascot after he was reportedly made redundant. Mikel Arteta said at the end of October that he “tried to give him as many opportunities”…

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Lyon general manager, Vincent Ponsont, says Arsenal’s bid for Houssem Aouar was rejected during the summer window, because it was “below market value”. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is believed to have highlighted the French midfielder as one of his top priorities in the transfer market. Arsenal ’s technical director Edu has already confirmed that the two clubs did engage in some talks, but ultimately a deal was unable to be completed. Ponsont has now gone into more detail on their approach, while also suggesting he could be available when the window re-opens in January. “We had three big clubs for…

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Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa has warned that Lionel Messi will have to take a pay cut to extend his current contract. Speculation over Messi’s future has been raging since his decision to hand in a transfer request following Barca’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner was subsequently linked with the likes of Inter, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain as he sought to trigger the unique release clause in his contract which allows him to leave Camp Nou for nothing at the end of each season. Editors’ Picks Caf sets guidelines ahead of Afcon qualifying resumptionBissouma: Brighton midfielder nominated…

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Frank Lampard was “not surprised” by Jose Mourinho’s accusation that Chelsea players have attempted to win cheap penalties. Mourinho alleged that Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have attempted to con officials into awarding a spot-kick in his defence of skipper Harry Kane. The Portuguese was unhappy with the insinuation that Kane had deliberately backed into Adam Lallana to win a penalty in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend. Speaking earlier this week, Mourinho said: “Kane? I think you are confused. “You could be speaking about some Manchester United players, some Man City players, some…

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Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said there are a number of factors behind Willian’s inconsistent form since joining this summer, but backed him to become a force for the club. Willian joined Arsenal on a free transfer from London rivals Chelsea and got off to a flying start, providing three assists on his debut against Fulham. However, he has struggled to replicate that form since – failing to add to those early goal contributions. But Arsenal boss Arteta is not concerned by his dip in form. He believes a lack of pre-season, rotation in the front line and the time…

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Kai Havertz posted a cute selfie with his dog on Instagram on Thursday as he continues to self-isolate following his positive Covid test. The £71m star, signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, tested positive for coronavirus on Monday and has been self-isolating since, missing the Blues’ 3-0 win against Rennes in the Champions League on Wednesday. Manager Frank Lampard detailed that the rest of the group tested negative again after Havertz contracted the virus but the Blues boss added that the 21-year-old’s symptoms have ‘escalated’ in the past few days. ‘Kai’s showed up in the UEFA testing on Monday,…

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has obtained a court order to freeze the bank accounts linked to #EndSARS promoters in the country. The Governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele had on Tuesday, October 20, filed an ex-parte court application to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company adjudged to be masterminds of the recent nationwide protests against police brutality in Nigeria. Sixteen days after the application was filed, Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja granted the order on Thursday, November 5, 2020. The banks that were ordered to freeze the accounts…

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Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia state, has directed the state university to stop the collection of N15,000 “COVID-19 prevention fee.” The university had, in a memo, asked students to pay the fee ahead of the school’s resumption on November 9. Students were also asked to bring along evidence of payment as those who don’t would not be allowed to sit for exams. “Please note that it is for the students’ health and that of others, that it will be necessary to show evidence of payment of the pandemic prevention fee before entry into any of the campuses,” the memo read.…

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Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, says it is better to lose power and gain honour. Jonathan, who made this known in a Facebook post on Friday, recommended this ‘philosophy’ to all leaders facing ‘challenging situations at the polls’. He wrote, “Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any citizen. It is better to gain honour at the cost of losing power than to gain power at the cost of losing honour. “At any point in time, the power of love should matter more than the love of power. “This is my philosophy. I have lived it. It has brought great…

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