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Redeemed Pastor assassinated on the pulpit


Fresh facts have emerged how Pastor Bolanle Ibrahim of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, The King of Kings Parish at Maidan village, Mile 12 area, Lagos was assassinated while praying for mothers and their children.

The news came to some members of the church and his wife as a shock, as gunmen entered the church with his picture in their hand, went straight to the pulpit and shot him dead.

The devastated wife of the deceased, Mrs. Kudirat Ibrahim denounced claims that her husband was a cultist, which was why he was killed by the gunmen.

According to her, what the people were saying were blatant lies as her husband was a man of God and served him till his death.

She explained that she was not at home on the fateful day of the incident, as she went to take care of her mother at the hospital.

Kudirat said she had no premonition about his death and that the deed was done, with nobody calling to inform her.

She told New Telegraph that she never knew her husband had been killed, as she was still busy calling him to bring something for her from home, not knowing that he had already been killed.

Narrating how Pastor Ibrahim was killed, his aunt Mrs. Justina Alebiosu, said before the gunmen killed him, they showed him his picture to identify if he was actually the right person they came for.

Alebiosu stated that his death was an unfortunate one, as he was a gentleman, saying that Ibrahim converted from Islam to Christianity before becoming a pastor.

She said her thinking was that her brother had business transaction with someone, explaining that she was told when the assailants wanted to drag him out of the pulpit where he was praying for women who brought their children for dedication, he begged them to kill him there and that, that was where he was eventually killed by the gunmen.

Spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi confirmed the incident, saying that the police were still investigating the matter.

*The earlier photo was found not be Pastor Bolanle Ibrahim’s. We apologise for the mix-up

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Why Nigeria didn’t win 1994 World Cup – Sunday Oliseh reveals


Former Super Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh, has said the team had the “ingredients” to win the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA.

However, according to him, “the overall circumstances weren’t in our favour”.

Nigeria qualified for the tournament for the first time that year.

The Clement Westerhof-coached team were grouped along with Argentina, Greece, and Bulgaria, topping the group on goal difference.

However, they were eliminated by Italy in the second round.

“I still think we had the potential to win that year.

“All the ingredients were there, but the overall circumstances weren’t in our favour.

“At any rate, it had nothing to do with our squad, which had the talent to go all the way,” Oliseh told FIFA website.

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Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski, Kante – Top 7 contenders for award


The conversations and debates surrounding this year’s Ballon d’Or award are beginning to gather steam with a few months left.


Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, is the odds-on favourite to win the prize.


If the 34-year-old takes it home, he will be winning it for a record-extending seventh time.


His eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is also expected to make the cut as per usual, alongside Chelsea’s midfield duo of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.



But who are really the top contenders for this year’s award?


1. Lionel Messi: After scoring 33 goals and providing 13 assists in all competitions for Barcelona last season, Messi is widely expected to win the prize. The Argentina captain further helped his case by winning the Copa America with his country, after a 1-0 win over Brazil in the final.


2. Cristiano Ronaldo: The Juventus forward made history last season, becoming the first player to finish as top scorer in the Premier League, LaLiga and now Serie A. However, he failed to propel Portugal to the European Championship title this summer, as they were eliminated by Belgium.


3. Kylian Mbappe: Widely expected to break the duopoly between Messi and Ronaldo, Mbappe is very likely to make it to the Ballon d’Or podium this year. The 22-year-old scored 42 times in 47 games in all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain last season, as Mauricio Pochettino’s men surrendered the Ligue 1 title to Lille. PSG were also knocked out by Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals.


4. N’Golo Kante: The World Cup winner added the Champions League title to his many achievements this year. Kante put in a series of Man-of-the-Match displays as Chelsea saw off Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Manchester City in the final to win the trophy. But his chances could be dampened by France’s poor display at the just concluded Euro 2020, where they were knocked out by Switzerland in the round of 16.


5. Jorginho: The Italy midfielder finished the 2020/2021 season as Chelsea’s top scorer in the Premier League with seven goals, albeit they all came from the penalty spot. He carried that form into Euro 2020, playing every game as his country ultimately won the trophy.


6. Robert Lewandowski: The Bayern Munich striker won last season’s European Golden Shoe, ahead of Messi and Ronaldo. He netted a record-breaking 41 goals in Bundesliga in 2020/2021, breaking Gerd Muller’s long-standing record of 40 goals set in the 1971/1972 season. Lewandowski was heavily tipped to win last year.


7. Kevin de Bruyne: Manchester City’s playmaker, De Bruyne, has an outside chance of winning the individual accolade. The Belgian was instrumental as Pep Guardiola’s team won the Premier League and Carabao Cup. De Bruyne however failed to shine at the Euros, scoring once as they exited in the quarter-finals.


The Ballon d’Or was not handed out in 2020, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria drop to 68 on medals table


Team Nigeria have dropped from 64th position to 68th on the medals table as Tokyo  2020 Olympics events enter Day 12.


This is as no Nigerian athlete qualified for finals in Wednesday’s events.


In the events that had their finals today, no Nigerian qualified.


Nigeria medal hopeful in wrestling Odunayo Adekuoroye lost her 57kg weight category fight.


She was defeated by fall by Anastasia Nichita of Moldova in a swift turn of events.


The Nigerian was leading 8-2 before Nichita won through a pin in the round of 16.


Also, Nigeria’s wrestler Ekerekeme Agiomor failed to progress to the semis.


On her part, Nigeria’s Ayomide Bello finished third in the Heat 3 of the Women’s Canoe Single 200m.


However, she missed out on an automatic semi-finals spot.


Nigeria currently have two medals – Silver and bronze.


While Ese Brume won the bronze for Nigeria, Blessing Obodururu secured the silver medal.


Brume recorded a 6.97 metres jump in the final of the event at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium to win her first Olympic medal and Nigeria’s first at this Games.


Oborududu had to settle for the silver medal in the women’s freestyle 68kg event on Tuesday in the Tokyo Olympics wrestling competition in Tokyo.


The medal was Nigeria’s first one ever in the wrestling sport since the country’s first-ever appearance at the Olympics in 1952.


China retain their lead on the medals table with 32 gold, followed by the United States, 25; Japan, 21; and Great Britain 15.


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Siasia sues FIFA over ban, demands refund of $54k fine


Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles player and coach, has sued FIFA over the federation’s earlier decision to hand him a life ban from all football-related activities.

In 2019, FIFA had found Siasia “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches”.


The world football governing body had said the offence violated its code of ethics while the ban was also accompanied by a 50,000 Swiss francs ($54,000) fine.


On June 21, the sanction was however reduced to a five-year ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

The court had also ruled that the life ban handed to the Nigerian was “disproportionate” to the offence he was said to have committed.


But in a dramatic twist, Siasia filed a suit at a federal court in New York on Monday, challenging his initial conviction by FIFA.


In the suit filed through Nitor V. Egbarin, his counsel, the coach, who is also a US citizen, claimed his conviction by FIFA was a breach of his constitutional rights.


The football gaffer also contended that the federation lacked the powers to sanction him, adding that only the United States has the legal backing to charge him for the bribery offence.


Buttressing his point in the suit, Siasia argued that FIFA had relied on the Swiss bribery law to effect his conviction, adding that “Georgia does not criminalize commercial bribery.”


“In convicting Siasia of bribery, FIFA relied on Swiss bribery law. If any crime was committed, only the FBI or Georgia State Police could investigate and bring charges of commercial bribery,” the suit partly read.


Siasia also claimed that FIFA did not follow due process in its investigation into the allegations against him before his eventual conviction for bribery.


“Siasia was not aware of the bribery charge for which that FIFA indicted him until FIFA published to the whole world in or around Aug. 16, 2019, FIFA’s conviction and imposition of a life ban on Siasia from using the coach license issued under the laws of the United States,” the suit added.


He said that FIFA’s fine and the decision to revoke his license constituted “cruel and unusual punishment” which, he claimed, “violated provisions of the eighth amendment of the US law.”


In the suit, Siasia demanded among others, the overturning of his earlier conviction, a refund of the 50,000 Swiss francs ($54,000) fine handed to him, and a reversal of his five-year coaching ban.


The former Nigerian international also demanded that FIFA pays him damages for allegedly violating his civil rights and bringing his reputation into disrepute.

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Tokyo 2020 Shocker: Nigeria’s wrestler Odunayo Adekuoroye defeated in round of 16


Nigeria medal hopeful in wrestling Odunayo Adekuoroye has lost her 57kg weight category fight in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Adekuoroye was defeated by fall by Anastasia Nichita of Moldova in a shocking turn of events.

She was leading 8-2 before Nichita won through pin in the round of 16.

If Nichita reaches the final, Adekuoroye may have an opportunity to vie for a bronze medal through the repechage.

In wrestling, a pin (or fall)
is when you put your opponent on his/her back with any part of both shoulders or both shoulder blades of your opponent in contact with the mat for two seconds. When you pin your opponent, the match is over and you are the winner.

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Tokyo 2020: Team Nigeria occupy 64th position on Olympics medals table

Team Nigeria are now 64th on the medals table, as the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan enters Day 11.

Ese Brume won the country’s first medal, clinching bronze in the long jump.

The 25-year-old recorded a jump of 6.97m in the final.

Brume finished behind America’s Brittney Reese and Malaika Mihambo of Germany.

Blessing Obodururu then gave Nigeria a silver medal in the women’s freestyle 68kg event on Tuesday.

She lost 1-4 in the final to Tamyra Mensah-Stock of the U.S, who had defeated her three times earlier.

The Federal Government had already announced a reward of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500 for gold, silver, and bronze medalists respectively at the Tokyo Olympics.

China lead the medals table with 32 gold, followed by United States, 24; Japan, 19; and Australia 14.

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Serie A: Mourinho to ship out 23 Roma players

Roma are looking to offload a staggering 23 players this summer, according to the UK Mirror.

The Serie A club want the players off their wage books, as they try to recover from the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Very few players are not available for the right price, with former captain Alessandro Florenzi proving the most difficult star to move out, as the club tries to recoup around £35m from the sales.

It is a tough task for Roma’s sporting director, Tiago Pinto, who will also need to arm manager Jose Mourinho with new recruits ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign.

In terms of outgoings, the 23 players linked with an exit from the club are mostly made up of fringe-talent rarely used, starved of first team minutes.

For Pinto, the difficulty stems from trying to find buyers for players that in some cases do not even train with the first-team, others with one year left on their deal who many suitors may be willing to wait another year for – thus preventing Roma from receiving any cash for them.

Of the players that Roma could receive a fee for, the club’s hierarchy have identified nine.

Javier Pastore, Steven Nzonzi, Florenzi, Federico Fazio, Pedro Rodriguez, Davide Santon, Robin Olsen, Ante Coric and William Bianda are all deemed up for sale to the highest bidder with just weeks of the window left.

The nine mentioned cost the club a combined total of €36.7m per season.

The remaining 14 players are barely used talent, most of which are yet to make an appearance for the club.

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SHAME: Nigeria’s Enekwechi resorts to ‘Wash and Wear’ of only jersey provided as he prepares for shot put final


Nigeria’s top medal hopeful at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic games Chukwuebuka Enekwechi has lamented the poor conditions Nigerian athletes are facing at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Despite leading his country to the last round of the shot put event at the Olympics, Mr Enekwechi disclosed in a TikTok video shared on his Instagram page that he only has one jersey and has to wash it at night in preparation for the next day’s games.

Other prominent athletes including sprint star, Blessing Okagbare and Basketball giant, Chimezie Metu have spoken out about the problems Nigerian athletes had during the Olympics as a result of the country’s apparent poor sport administrators.

Nigerian sports minister Sunday Dare has repeatedly refused to answer questions or give comments regarding the welfare of Nigerian athletes at the Olympics, with several athletes openly accusing him of abandoning them to binge at different Tokyo hotels.

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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Ese Brume dedicates medal to Bishop Oyedepo


Ese Brume, Tokyo Olympics Bronze medalist has dedicated her Bronze medal to Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church.


Brume won Nigeria’s first medal at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the long jump event on Tuesday.


Brume’s 6.97m jump came just short of 0.3 of Germany’s Malaika Mihambo’s 7.00m and American Brittney Reese’s 6.97m.


The African Record holder leapt to a distance of 6.76m, 1cm more than the required mark to seal her place in the final.


Speaking at the mixed zone of the Olympic Stadium Tokyo, Brume said she was dedicating her first Olympic medal to Bishop Oyedepo, her coach Kayode Gaya and her family.


Brume said, “This medal means a lot to me. It doesn’t matter the colour. First, I dedicate it to Bishop Oyedepo and I plan to decorate him with the medal later.


“I am super excited that I made it to the top three at the Olympics. Honestly, I can’t contend with my joy.


“I have never seen myself in worse situations because I was injured. But my coach kept pushing and my trust in God renewed my energy. When I broke the African record, my injury was still fresh. It spurred me. And here I am today grateful to God and all those he used to make me an Olympic medallist.”