South Africa Beat Nigeria In AFCON Qualifier

Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Saturday kicked off their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign on a losing note.

The Bafana Bafana of South Africa defeated Gernot Rohr’s men 2-0 at the Goodswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

After hitting the post late in the first half, Tokelo Rantie put the South Africans ahead 10 minutes after the restart.

Following further missed opportunities, Percy Tau made sure of all three points for Bafana Bafana with his first touch off the bench.

The win is South Africa’s first over Nigeria in a competitive game in 13 attempts.

Nigeria Beat Togo 3-0 In Friendly

Super Eagles Coach, Rohr Confirms Ogenyi Onaz' InjuryThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have beaten Togo 3-0 in a friendly played at the Municipal stadium in Paris, France.

A brace from Ahmed Musa and another from Kelechi Iheanacho ensured the three-time African champions sustained their dominance over their West African neighbours.

The match is part of the Super Eagles preparations for next week’s 2019 AFCON qualifiers against South Africa in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

World Cup Qualifier: Nigeria Trash Algeria 3-1 in Uyo
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AFCON 2019: SA Coach, Baxter Names Squad To Face Nigeria

South Africa’s Technical Adviser, Stuart Baxter, has named his 25-man squad to face Nigeria in the opening match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The clash will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Baxter has kept a good number of players that did duty against Guinea-Bissau and Angola in back-to-back friendly international matches in March.

Bafana Bafana has met the Super Eagles of Nigeria 12 times, with the West Africans emerging victorious on seven occasions with four matches drawn.

South Africa’s only win against the Super Eagles came under the reign of Baxter. It was an international friendly match in 2004 played at Ellis Park where Shaun Bartlett and Benedict Vilakazi scored the goals.

Below is a full list of the squad.

GOALKEEPERS:
1. Itumeleng KHUNE Kaizer Chief FC (SA)
2. Darren KEET Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
3. Ronwen WILLIAMS Supersport United FC (SA)

DEFENDERS:
4. Ramahlwe MPHAHLELE Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
5. Rivaldo COETZEE Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)
6. Thulani HLATSHWAYO Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
7. Erick MATHOHO Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
8. Lorenzo GORDINHO Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
9. Abbubaker MOBARA Orlando Pirates FC (SA)
10. Tebogo LANGERMAN Mamelodi Sundowns FC
11. Sifiso HLANTI Bidvest Wits FC (SA)

MIDFIELDERS:
12. Hlompho KEKANA Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
13. Keagan DOLLY Montpellier (France)
14. Andle JALI KV Oostende FC (SA)
15. Kamohelo MOKOTJO FC Twente FC (Netherlands)
16. Dean FURMAN Supersport United FC (SA)
17. Themba ZWANE Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
18. Bongani ZUNGU Vitoria Guimares (Portugal)
19. Aubrey NGOMA Cape Town City FC (SA)

STRIKERS:
20. Sibusiso VILAKAZI Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
21. Percy TAU Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
22. Lebohang MANYAMA Cape Town City FC (SA)
23. Tokelo RANTIE Genclerbirligi FC
24. Thamsanqa GABUZA Orlando Pirates FC (SA)
25. Kermit ERASMUS LENS (France)

Police Confirms Murder Of Area Commander In Delta

Police Question Man Over Ogoni Food PoisoningThe Delta State Police command has confirmed the murder of the Ughelli Area Commander, ACP, Usman Ndanbaba.

He said that the command was investigating the attack and would ensure that the culprits were brought to book.

An eyewitness account says the officer was trailed by his attackers at the roundabout opposite the palace of Ovie of Ughelli on Isoko Road. He was allegedly shot twice at close range, following which he was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where he died.

Meanwhile, one police officer from Abraka Police Division was also reportedly killed and three others injured during a routine patrol along the railway line in Abraka.

It was gathered that the officers were taken unaware and as such before they could recuperate to fend off the attack, the damage had already been done, as one of the officers died on the spot, while others escaped the siege with bullet wounds and are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the incident with assurances that the police is still on the trail of those who committed the dastardly act.

Suspected Herdsmen Kill One, Injure Three In Delta

Suspected Herdsmen Kill Two Persons In BenueOne police inspector has been killed while three others injured following an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State.

The Delta police command confirmed the attack while briefing journalists in Asaba stated that three of their colleagues were on patrol along Abaraka when they were attacked by the suspected herdsmen.

The command also notes that the injured have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, in a statement said, “Our men were ambushed around the railway line in Abraka and the assailants opened fire on them.

“It was so spontaneous that our men did not have the time to stave-off the attack.

“We lost an inspector and three other policemen were injured and are currently receiving treatment in the hospital.

“That is the situation of things; we are still on the trail of those who committed the dastardly act.”

Food Security: Nasarawa Govt. Subsidise Fertilizer For Farmers

Al-Makura Commits To Peaceful Coexistence In NasarawaThe Nasarawa State Government says it has concluded arrangements to purchase more than 240,000 bags of fertilizers to distribute to farmers at a subsidized rate.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources Jameel Zakari made the disclosure in an interview in Lafia.

He said the government would ensure that genuine farmers access the adequate amount of the commodity as the rains set in. and added that government has signed an agreement with suppliers

He added that government has signed an agreement with suppliers through the governors’ forum for the product.

He pointed out that that the over 400 truckloads of the product expected from the agreement would last beyond the coming rainy season.

He also pointed out that given the commitment of the state government to make fertilizer available early enough, had worked out the necessary modalities for the prompt supply of the commodity.

“We would soon begin to take delivery of the fertilizer in the state for distribution to farmers taking into cognizance of the fact that the earlier farmers got it, the more beneficial it would be towards improving crop yield,” he said.

He explained that there is already a template for the equitable distribution of the commodity to genuine farmers to allay the fear of diversion of the commodity.

The commissioner further said that Governor Tanko Al-Makura has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese firm, during his recent visit to China, for the establishment of four fertilizer blending plants in the state.

“As we speak, the Chinese partners are already in the state to put finishing touches to the Memorandum of Understanding and start work on the plants,’’

In his opinion, the persistent cases of scarcity of fertilizer would be over in the state when the plants start production.

BOI Signs MOU For Diaspora Investment

NIRSAL, BOI, Financial Inclusion, EcobankThe acting Managing Director of the Bank of Industry Mr. Rasheed Olagunju has announced plans by the bank to assist Nigerians in the Diaspora who intend to invest in Nigeria through its business development initiative.

Mr. Olagunju who was speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the bank and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters said scheme would provide a structured platform for mobilising the resources of Nigerians in the diaspora towards national development.

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa says the programme will also capture deported Nigerians who have special skills.

Djokovic Forced To Put Up A Fight Against Almagro

Novak Djokovic was made to sweat by Nicolas Almagro in the first match of his Madrid Open defense but eventually overcame the Spaniard 6-1 4-6, 7-5 on Wednesday to reach the third round.

Almagro, ranked 76, broke Djokovic in the opening game but the world number two came back with a vengeance to win six consecutive games, finishing the last with a tidy drop shot.

The Spaniard, who has never gone beyond the quarter-finals in a grand slam, grew in confidence in the second set, however, with the backing of the home support on the Manolo Santana court and saved two break points before forcing a decider.

An upset looked on the cards when Almagro broke Djokovic at the first attempt in the third set and marched into a 3-0 lead but the Serb drew on his experience to battle back, breaking the 31-year-old twice before serving out for the match.

The Serbian, who recently split from his long-term coach Marian Vajda, is on a quest to regain his best form again ahead of the French Open.

Later on Wednesday crowd favorite and four-time winner Rafael Nadal enters the tournament to face Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

In the third round of the women’s singles Eugenie Bouchard plays Angelique Kerber of Germany, having seen off Maria Sharapova on Monday in a thriller.⁠⁠

Arik Resumes Operations In Maiduguri

Arik Air Operations Grounded Over Union Protest Arik Airline has resumed operations in Maiduguri nearly four years after closure.

Arik is the third airline to resume operations since the Maiduguri International Airport reopened for commercial flights in 2015.

The airport was unceremoniously closed down in 2013 following an invasion by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

Due to the attacks, security breach had forced Arik along with other airlines to strike out Maiduguri from the flight itinerary.

The resumption of operations by Arik Airline will not only reduce the rush for air tickets but also ease the stress of securing tickets for travelling.

The Vice President of Ariks’s Northern operations, Hamza Bukar says the airline has come to stay and poised to offer better world class services.

However, the Manager of the Maiduguri International Airport, Mohammed Nazeeb has assured airline operators and passengers of their commitment to the Federal Airport Authority in ensuring best practices.

He also assured that the circumstances surrounding the closure of the airport in 2013 is now history and the airport is now one of the busiest in the northeast.

Passengers are also optimistic that the additional airline will serve their best interest if operations are kept consistent.

Arik air as part of its social responsibility has also been interacting with Internally Displaced Persons of Teachers’ village Maiduguri.

Food and non-food were given to the IDPS with a promise of bringing more, while beneficiaries through their leaders have appreciated the kind gesture.

The preliminary itinerary given by the Arik Air management is three times a week between Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to make up for days when the other airlines do not fly.

The Maiduguri itinerary is from Lagos enroute Abuja.

Fireworks Warehouse Blast In Mexico Kills At Least 14

The death toll from a fireworks warehouse explosion in central Mexico’s Puebla on Monday night has climbed to 14 with 22 more injured, the state government of Puebla announced Tuesday.

The government said the explosion went off at 21:30 in a fireworks warehouse, ahead of a village festival on Monday.

According to early reports from rescue teams, the explosion was sparked by a lit firework outside the house.

Puebla’s interior secretary said the explosion caused the building to collapse, killing the 14 people.

In December, a massive explosion at a fireworks market in Mexico City killed 35 people and injured many more.