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.

The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has given reasons why he wants to be re-elected next year. He Lagosians to renew his mandate based on his achievements in the last three and a half years. A team by Lagos State Government flagged off campaigns for the re-election bid of Sanwo-Olu, and Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat with the unveiling of the brand media activation strategies amid fanfare. The team had at 4am laser branded the Lagos Lagoon along the Third Mainland Bridge. At 4:30am, 1,000 young Lagos residents stood in strategic locations in the state clad as campaign mascots to…

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Mexico will return to the site of their devastating 2-0 defeat to Argentina as they face Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. The Lusail Stadium is 20km north of capital city Doha and has a capacity of 88,966, making it the biggest stadium in Qatar. The Lusail Stadium is also ironically the site of Saudi Arabia’s shock upset over Argentina. It will play host to five more matches throughout the tournament, including the final on December 18. Can Mexico banish the ghost of defeat or will Saudi Arabia find fortune again? Mexico Starting XI Mexico: Ochoa, Sanchez, Montes, Moreno,…

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There are two at the back as Nahuel Molina comes into the defence in place of Gonzalo Montiel, while Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez makes way for Tottenham Hotspur’s Cristian Romero. Guido Rodriguez makes way in the midfield for Enzo Fernandez while Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez comes into the attack to replace Lautaro Martinez. Argentina have their Group C destiny in their own hands again. Victory against Poland on Wednesday night will guarantee not only their progression but also put them in pole position to advance as group winners. To deny them top spot in that scenario, Saudi Arabia would not…

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Spain head coach, Luis Enrique, has insisted they won’t “gamble” by playing for a second-place finish in their final World Cup group match against Japan on Thursday, in order to avoid a possible quarter-final clash with Brazil. Enrique’s men won their opening game against Costa Rica 7-0 before Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Germany to leave them top of Group E on four points, ahead of Japan and Costa Rica on three points, with Germany bottom of the group with one point. The winners of the group will face the runners-up in Group F — Morocco, Croatia or Belgium — in…

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Tunisia have become the first African country to be eliminated from the 2022 World Cup. They exit the tournament despite a 1-0 win over reigning champions France. There were sensational scenes at the death, with Antoine Griezmann offside in the build-up to his equaliser! Tunisia take the famous win late on, but it won’t mean much, sadly, with Australia having beaten Denmark 1-0. Senegal becomes first African country to qualify for knockout rounds Senegal became the first African team to reach the knockout rounds at the 2022 World Cup. Kalidou Koulibaly scored the winner as the Teranga Lions beat Ecuador…

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Brazil football legend, Pele, has been admitted into the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo. ESPN reports Pele was taken there by his wife Marcia Aoki and a caregiver on Tuesday. They state that he arrived unscheduled as a result of swelling all over his body, unlike previous, scheduled visits. The 82-year-old has been in and out of hospital with increasing regularity in recent years. He underwent surgery to remove a tumour on his colon in September 2021. And spent a period in intensive care, but has been undergoing chemotherapy in the time since. ESPN’s report states that medical staff…

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Senegal could be in trouble with FIFA for breaking their rules at the 2022 World Cup. The African champions beat Ecuador 2-1 on Tuesday to secure runners-up spot in Group A. They will now face England in the Round of 16. Aliou Cisse’s side were up against it in Qatar after losing their opening game 2-0 to the Netherlands, but they bounced back with a 3-1 victory over the hosts to set up the winner-takes-all clash against the South Americans, in a match which would feature three goals all scored by players based in England. Watford’s Ismaila Sarr coolly rolled…

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Cristiano Ronaldo will sign for Al-Nassr after the 2022 World Cup, according to Marca. The 37-year-old has agreed a €500 million (£432m) contract with the Saudi Arabian club. Ronaldo is searching for a new team after Manchester United terminated his contract last week in response to his controversial interview with Piers Morgan earlier this month. United were furious after Ronaldo admitted he had no respect for Erik ten Hag and accused the club’s hierarchy of failing to improve facilities at the training ground. Ronaldo, who still had seven months left to run on his deal which was worth in excess…

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Italian agent, Andrea D’Amico, has claimed Victor Osimhen could leave Napoli if the club wins the Serie A title this season. Osimhen’s future has been the subject of speculation for a long time. Some of the big clubs in Europe are interested in procuring his services. Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Tottenham are just some of the teams that have been monitoring his situation at Naples. The reason for the interest is not far-fetched, as Osimhen has dazzled at Napoli, scoring ten goals in 14 appearances for the Partenopeans this season. Napoli have maintained a strong front concerning his…

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The pump price of petrol could cost up to N400/litre at most filling stations before the end of this year, according to oil marketers. This will represent an increase of over 100 per cent in the pump price over the period. Dealers said if the scarcity of petrol failed to abate, its pump price would continue to rise, as they noted that PMS cost was already about N450/litre at the black market in many states. This came as motorists decried the continued silence of the Federal Government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited over the lingering crisis in the…

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Head coach of Senegal, Aliou Cisse, has dedicated their win over Ecuador to Sadio Mane after the Teranga Lions sealed their spot in the Round of 16. Goals from Ismaila Sarr and Kalidou Koulibaly, in between Moises Caicedo’s strike, gave Senegal a 2-1 win to qualify as runners-ups from Group A. And Cisse paid tribute to Mane, who has been instrumental to the side, but missed the tournament through injury. “I would like to dedicate this victory to a man who is doing extraordinary things for the country, who is unfortunately not here today. This man is called Sadio Mane,”…

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FIFA has announced Stephanie Frappart, Neuza Back and Karen Diaz as the first all-women refereeing team for a men’s World Cup match. The trio will take charge of the Costa Rica-Germany Group E match on Thursday. Frappart, the fourth official for the Poland-Mexico Group C clash last week, will be the main referee as she reaches another milestone after being the first female to officiate at a men’s World Cup qualifier in March and Champions League match in 2020. The 38-year-old Frenchwoman will be joined by Brazilian Neuza and Mexican Diaz as assistants. Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yamashita Yoshimi…

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) has explained why there are fuel queues in Lagos State and Abuja. According to them, it is because of some construction projects going on in the states. NNPC’s Executive Vice President, Downstream, Mister Adeyemi Adetunju, gave this explanation while addressing a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday. “The recent queues in Lagos are largely due to ongoing road infrastructure projects around Apapa and access road challenges in some parts of Lagos depots,” he said. “The gridlock is easing out and NNPC has programmed vessels and trucks to unconstrained depots and massive load outs…

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England forward, Marcus Rashford, has revealed Gareth Southgate’s half-time team talk before they went on to beat Wales 3-0 win in the World Cup on Tuesday. After a goalless first half, the Three Lions went on to net three times in the second half against Wales. Rashford opened the scoring with a free kick five minutes after the restart and Phil Foden went on to double their lead two minutes later. In the 68th minute, Rashford struck again to round off the scoring for his team. Rashford told the BBC after the match: “Half time the manager said: ‘We’ve played…

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USA forward, Christian Pulisic, has been taken to a local hospital in Qatar. The Chelsea player was forced off the pitch with an injury on Tuesday against Iran. Pulisic sustained a core injury, according to the USMNT, and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. His status for the rest of the tournament has not yet been determined. This was the USMNT’s most important victory since 2014, as it sent the Stars and Stripes to the knockout stage. Pulisic responded to the hype and pressure placed on him to score the decisive goal, though he paid a price…

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Four teams booked their places in the Round of 16 at the ongoing World Cup on Tuesday. Senegal Ismaila Sarr converted a first half penalty and captain Kalidou Koulibaly netted a second goal as Senegal beat Ecuador 2-1 at the Khalifa International Stadium on Tuesday to earn a place in the last 16 of the World Cup. Sarr scored his penalty in the 44th minute having earned the spot-kick himself, but Ecuador, who needed only a draw to reach the knockout rounds, equalised through Moises Caicedo. That joy for the South Americans lasted only three minutes though as Koulibaly restored…

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FIFA and ball manufacturers Adidas have confirmed that technology in the match ball used at the 2022 World Cup has proven Cristiano Ronaldo did not make any contact with the ball for Portugal’s opener in their 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday. Portugal opened the scoring in the 54th minute, but the identity of the goal scorer was shrouded in doubt, with both Bruno Fernandes and coach Fernando Santos unable to clarify postmatch whether or not Ronaldo provided the decisive final touch. The technology inside the ball proves Ronaldo’s head did not make contact with it on the opener, meaning…

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Head coach of France, Didier Deschamps, has rubbished claims that Kylian Mbappe has a “big ego”. Deschamps, speaking to the media on Tuesday, also hinted that his star man could be rotated out of the team against Tunisia. The France boss also reaffirmed his authority over both Mbappe and his team selection while defending the 23-year-old against reports that he has an ego problem. Speaking at a pre-game press conference, Deschamps said: “His fitness is fine so we don’t need to manage that, so you are saying we have to manage his ego?” What do you know about that? I…

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Arise TV has told candidates who would be contesting in the 2023 presidential election must respect the constitution and respond to questions from the media. The broadcast media is scheduled to hold its third presidential town hall series will hold on December 4, with four presidential candidates expected to attend on the said day. However, the Bola Tinubu campaign organisation said its presidential candidate will not attend, citing a lack of prior discussion on the matter with Arise TV, as a reason for the non-attendance. The campaign organisation had also warned Arise TV against using its candidate’s photograph on advertisements…

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US boss Gregg Berhalter has made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with England on Friday, with Celtic centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers coming infor Walker Zimmerman, while Norwich forward Josh Sargent replaces Haji Wright. Whoever wins this evening will qualify for the last 16, while Iran also only need a point to progress, so the onus is very much on the US, who must win! US team news Team to play Iran: Turner, Dest, Carter-Vickers, Ream, Robinson, McKennie, Adams, Musah, Weah, Sargent, Pulisic Subs: Zimmerman, Reyna, Ferreira, Aaronson, Horvath, de la Torre, Long, Morris, Roldan, Moore, Wright, Yedlin, Acosta,…

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