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.

Manchester City will host Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup. This was confirmed on Monday after the draw was conducted at Anfield. In another all-Premier League clash, Manchester United will take on Everton. Ties to be played on January 6, 7, 8 and 9 FULL DRAW: Preston vs Huddersfield Middlesbrough vs Brighton Chesterfield vs West Brom Manchester City vs Chelsea Charlton or Stockport vs Walsall Boreham Wood vs Accrington Stanley Tottenham vs Portsmouth Derby County vs Barnsley Cardiff City vs Leeds Brentford vs West Ham Bournemouth vs Burnley Coventry vs Wrexham Norwich vs Blackburn Aston Villa vs…

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The Osun State House of Assembly has rejected the decision of the new governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to change the name of the state from “State of Osun” to Osun State. The Assembly on Monday, argued that the anthem, crest and flag of the state was an enactment of a law assented to on December 18, 2012, and no person can exact force to change it. Adeleke during his inauguration on Sunday, November 27, 2022, reversed the name of the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State” and also reversed its appellation from “The State of the Virtues” to…

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Fernando Santos makes three changes to the Portugal side that beat Ghana. In comes Pepe – yes, this should be fun – for his 130th cap. The old boy is 39 years and 275 days old. William Carvalho is the other change. The man who ended Portugal’s World Cup in 2018, Edinson Cavani, has been selected ahead of Luis Suarez to lead the Uruguay line. There’s a Liverpool and Manchester United feels to the other two changes with Guillermo Varela and Sebastian Coates also coming in – both formerly of the Premier League duo. Edinson Cavani’s double to knock Portugal…

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Brazil are through to the Round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup. Casemiro scored the only goal as Selecao beat Switzerland 1-0 on Monday. With Neymar missing the game due to an ankle injury, the five-time champions laboured for long periods of the match as they struggled to breakdown the determined defensive set up of their Group G opponents. Vinicius Jnr had looked the most likely to make the breakthrough and saw a second-half strike ruled out by VAR with Richarlison offside earlier in the move. The thrilling 3-3 draw between Serbia and Cameroon earlier in the day means…

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said he wants to leave a legacy of credible election not just in Nigeria, but in West Africa. According to him, the sustenance of democracy and rule of law should be a “norm” in ECOWAS member nations. According to a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, Buhari said this on Monday at the opening session of the 2022 second ordinary session of the ECOWAS parliament in Abuja. The president said Nigeria is committed to peace and political stability in the sub-region, adding that the country will support efforts that will lead to the restoration of democratic…

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The Governor of Osun state, Ademola Adeleke, has reversed the appointment of three traditional rulers. Adeleke said it will be reviewed to ensure there was strict compliance with due process of chieftaincy declarations and native law. “In the case of Ikirun, Iree and Igbajo, to avoid further breakdown of law and order, the appointments of Akinrun of Ikinrun, Aree of Ire and Owa of Igbajo are hereby put on hold pending review,” he said. “Subsequently, the palaces of Akinrun of Ikirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo should remain unoccupied, while security agencies are hereby ordered to take charge.”…

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So South Korea have made three changes to team that were held to a goalless draw by Uruguay in their opening Group H clash. Key defender Kim Min-jae has passed a late fitness. The Napoli centre back had been doubtful due to a calf injury and coach Paulo Bento said he would check Kim’s status at the last minute before making the call on his availability. Ghana team news Team to play South Korea: Ati-Zigi, Lamptey, Amartey, Salisu, Mensah, Partey, Abdul Samed, Kudus, Andre Ayew, Williams, Jordan Ayew Subs: Odoi, Owusu, Fatawu, Kyereh, Bukari, Danlad, Afriyie, Aidoo, Nurudeen, Baba, Sulemana,…

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Cameroon goalkeeper, Andre Onana, has been sent home from the 2022 World Cup. Onana will play no further role at the tournament after being kicked out of the squad hours before facing Serbia on Monday. The Inter Milan shot-stopper started his nation’s first group match against Switzerland last week, where a solitary goal from Breel Embolo shortly after half-time decided the contest. He had been expected to retain his place in the side for the must-win clash against Serbia but was a surprising omission not just from the starting XI but from the entire squad when team news started to…

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FIFA has lifted the indefinite ban on Kenya imposed because of government interference. The world football governing body confirmed this in a letter addressed to FKF CEO Barry Otieno. It said the ban has been lifted unconditionally. “We would like to inform you that the situation of the FKF was submitted to the Bureau of Fifa Council for consideration and the decision on November 25,” read part of the letter seen by GOAL. “In view of these circumstances, the Bureau of the Council decided on November 25 to lift the suspension of the FKF with immediate effect. “Upon the lifting…

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The federal government has listed conditions for passengers, as the Abuja-Kaduna train services resumes within seven days. The minister of transportation, Mua’zu Sambo, revealed this on Sunday while inspecting and test-running the train route. Sambo had earlier said operations would resume on the corridor this November. The continued delay in resumption sparked speculation that services would recommence on Monday. But in the latest update, the minister said the Abuja-Kaduna train operations will not resume on Monday, November 28, 2022, but in the next seven days. Sambo said this was to enable passengers to get used to the new requirements for…

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On Sunday, Senator Ademola Adeleke was sworn in as the new Governor of Osun state. Adeleke then delivered his inaugural speech before those who attended the event. Here is a full transcript of what he said: INAUGURATION ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE GOVERNOR OF OSUN STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR ADEMOLA JACKSON NURUDEEN ADELEKE ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27TH, 2022 Protocol, Today, I stand on the podium of history with a sacred pledge to God and the good people of Osun State that my intellect, passion and strength will be devoted to nothing but the welfare, peace and security of our people. As…

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Marketers will buy petrol for N400/litre without subsidy from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, it has been learnt. Punch reports that the marketers also gave other reasons for the continued scarcity of petrol, which had led to the lingering queues at filling stations nationwide. They said PMS imports charges were becoming unbearable for the sole importer of the commodity – the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, disclosing that the NNPC had been subtly pushing these charges to depot owners. It was learnt that depot owners, on their part, were also passing the charges to filling stations, which in turn…

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Former Nigeria midfielder, Sunday Oliseh, has vowed that his son, Denzel, will play for the country. Denzel’s mother is half Belgian and half Moroccan, making him eligible to represent other countries. But when asked which country his son will play for, Oliseh senior replied a Twitter user: “Naija” accompanied by emojis of thumbs up and prayer. Denzel is hoping to follow his father’s footstep by becoming a professional footballer. Oliseh was an accomplished footballer in his active days and played for several top clubs like Juventus and Ajax. His younger brothers, Egwuatu and Azubuike also played professionally in Europe. On…

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Spain were sumptuous in their 7-0 destruction of Costa Rica in their opener; Germany were well off when Japan fought back to beat them 2-1. Throw in the fact Spain beat Germany 6-0 this time last year and that underlines the point. Costa Rica’s recovery from that thrashing by Spain to beat Japan earlier today has eased the pressure on Germany. They could still qualify even if they lose tonight. But the spectre of back-to-back group stage exits is still there and they are in desperate need of a performance to spark their tournament into life… it won’t be easy…

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Primate Elijah Ayodele, the Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, has told Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, the things he should do ahead of the 2023 presidential election. The cleric advised Obi not to work on the crowd alone, but also on the election technicality. He urged Obi to focus more on technicalities than crowd if he wants to win the election. In a statement by his Media Aide, Oluwatosin Osho, the clergyman said: ‘’Obi should not work on the crowd alone, he should work on the election technicality. “He doesn’t really need to work…

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France striker, Kylian Mbappe, has equalled a long-standing World Cup record held by the all-time great Pele. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar scored a brace as Les Bleus beat Denmark 2-1 on Saturday. Mbappe scored either side of an Andreas Christensen header to secure the victory for Les Bleus. The superstar striker is enjoying this World Cup, having already found the back of the net in France’s opening-game 4-1 victory over Australia earlier this week. It means he has bagged three goals at this tournament and is just one goal shy of equalling his tally from 2018. That was the tournament…

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Brazil midfielder, Casemiro, has said they feel sorry for their rivals at the 2022 World Cup. Ahead of their group fixture against Switzerland on Monday, Casemiro insisted they have enough talent to step in for the injured Neymar. Neymar is ruled out by an ankle injury suffered in their opening 2-0 win against Serbia on Thursday. “We could spend several day talking about Neymar, the player he is, his qualities and how important he is for our team. It’s unavoidable, he is our biggest player, the difference maker in our team,” Casemiro told a news conference on Saturday. “However, we…

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It’s a big reaction from Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni, who makes five changes from the defeat to Saudi Arabia. Only Nicolas Otamendi remains in the defence – Nahuel Molina, Christian Romero and Nicolas Tagliafico all drop to the bench. They are joined by Leandro Parades and Alejandro Gomez, who are also named as substitutes. Man Utd centre-back Lisandro Martinez comes into the back line with Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuna. Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister also starts, with Guido Rodriguez completing the changes. Mexico have also made three changes following their goalless draw against Poland. Jorge Sanchez, Edson Alvarez and Henry…

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Senior Pastor of the House on the Rock, Paul Adefarasin, has reacted to the death of gospel artiste, Sammie Okposo. Adefarasin discovered Okposo at the start of his ministry and the 51-year-old initially served as a keyboardist. He then went on to become a much celebrated artiste and record label owner. In an Instagram post, Adefarasin said Okposo will be missed on this side. “To a greatly gifted man, “Words fail me… “Sleep on in the Lord till we meet to part no more. “Your memory is forever blessed; may The Almighty keep all who love you dearly and share…

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The Premier League will not adopt FIFA’s new rule on stoppage time when the domestic season resumes. A few eyebrows have been raised at the amount of time added on at the end of each half at the ongoing World Cup. FIFA referees’ chief, Pierluigi Collina, wants to ensure that all “unnatural time” which is lost is subsequently added on, which has seen several matches exceed the 100-minute mark. Officials have sought clarification from the PGMOL on whether they will be asked to implement a similar attitude, but the Daily Mail understands they won’t be. The average match at the…

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