Germans Injured In Madeira Bus Crash Flown Home

Injured victims of a bus crash occurred on April 17, 2019, board a German air force ‘Luftwaffe’ Airbus 310 aircraft, at the Madeira international airport, in Funchal, to be transported back to Germany on April 20, 2019.  MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP

 

A group of 15 Germans who were injured in a deadly Madeira bus crash were flown home on Saturday aboard a medically-equipped German military plane, Germany’s air force said.

Their tourist bus crashed on the Portuguese holiday island on Wednesday, killing 29 passengers, all of them German.

One injured German had already been flown home on Friday and another, a woman too badly hurt to fly, was being kept in intensive care in Portugal.

The aircraft landed in Cologne in western Germany, the German air force said in a tweet, adding that the injured passengers were to receive “supplementary care”.

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Investigators are still trying to determine why the vehicle crashed off the road before ending up mangled on a hillside near the town of Canico.

Portuguese public TV RTP reported Friday that the bus’s accelerator was thought to have been stuck and that the driver might have tried to stop the vehicle by hitting a wall.

Advancing another theory, a German holidaymaker in his 60s who escaped with a broken rib told Portuguese television: “I think the brakes were gone, I cannot imagine another reason” for the crash.

His wife said some passengers were thrown through the windows when the bus began to roll over.

More than one million tourists visit the Atlantic island group off the coast of Morocco each year, attracted by its subtropical climate and rugged volcanic terrain.

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Germans Celebrate Legalisation Of Same-Sex Marriage

Germany’s gay and lesbian community on Friday (June 30) celebrated what it called an “historic day” after parliament voted by a wide margin to legalise same-sex marriage.

One gay couple, who had been intending to get married since 1999 but was not allowed to, said they were looking forward to tying the knot “soon.”

Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, voted by 393 votes in favour of same-sex marriage to 226 against.

The measure will likely be signed into law by the president some time after July 7.

Many other European countries, including France, Britain and Spain, have already legalised same-sex marriage.

Dalung Says VOA Interview Was Edited Out of Context

solomon-dalungNigeria’s Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has cleared the air on his interview with the Voice of America, Hausa Service where he was reported to have said the Super Eagles do not need to attend the 2018 World Cup since they can’t win the trophy.

Mr Dalung said that the interview which he granted four months ago was misinterpreted, insisting  he has total confidence in the team to pick the sole tick in their group for Russia 2018.

He said that the interview was edited midway into a more comprehensive conversation and the act has sent a misconception about his commitment to the ongoing World Cup campaign.

“The statement was taken out of context. It was part of a comprehensive interview I granted four months ago when I was reacting to the status of African nations in global competitions and also football administration globally. Where do we stand?

“The question also was that whether Nigeria or any African country is likely going to host the World Cup. My reaction was what was captured.

“Unfortunately, the interview did not avail those who listened the complete narrative so that they can benefit from the background with which the response was taken,” he explained.

He maintained that the Nigerian government and the Ministry of Sport remain committed to ensuring that Nigeria re-positions itself as a global player in football and lead other African countries to the top of the game.

He urged Nigerians to support the Super Eagles to ensure that they do not lose the momentum that is in their favour in the 2018 World Cup qualifying series.

He added that his selfless contributions so far in Super Eagles’s quest for qualification, particularly ahead of the away win in Zambia, contradicts the impression that he was not in support of the team.

Pochetinno Says Harry Kane To Miss Bayer Leverkusen Clash

Harry Kane, Tottenham, Mauricio Pochetinno, Bayer LevekusenTottenham Hotspur Manager, Mauricio Pochetinno, has confirmed that Harry Kane is back in training but will not feature in Wednesday night’s Champions League match against Bayer Levekusen.

Although Pochetinno admits it would be a tough clash, he insists he wants all three points against the Germans.

Tottenham have won only once in six matches since Wembley was redeveloped with their most recent disappointment coming in September’s 2-1 defeat to Monaco.

They are using the stadium for Champions League ties this season because of a reduced capacity at the White Hart Lane as work continues in a new 60,000-seater ground.

On the other hand, Bayer Leverkusen are happy to play Tottenham at the Wembley stadium in London.

Leverkusen forward Javier Hernandez says he cannot wait to play against the English side.

Both sides know a win tonight could move them top of Group E.

French side, Monaco, who are currently ahead of Spurs by a single point, have a tricky fixture against CSKA Moscow in the group’s other match.

Dalung Says Siasia Has Not Resigned, Gernot Rohr’s Appointment Unofficial

Solomon Dalung, Samson Siasia, Gernot RohrThe Minister of Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, says he has not been officially informed of the appointment of a new foreign coach for the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The NFF had in early August, appointed a German, Gernot Rohr, to manage the Eagles, despite Mr Dalung’s preference for a local coach.

He claimed that Coach Samson Siasia, who led the Nigeria’s U-23 football team to win a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, had not resigned, contrary to media reports, although his contract with the NFF had lapsed.

Siasia had told reporters that he had on August 27 resigned as the coach of Nigeria’s U-23 football team because of what he describes as “a disrespectful system”.

Mr Dalung’s frowned at the treatment meted to Siasia by the NFF, alleging that they withdrew his official car in Abuja while he was battling to secure a medal for Nigeria in Rio.

While hinting that he had met with Siasia on Monday, he said Nigeria needed him ‎in football development.

Samson Siasia
Coach Samson Siasia

The Sports Minister further pointed out that even if the NFF would not re-engage him, the Federation should at least, give him some peace of mind to enable him make his contributions in a personal capacity.

He noted that it would be sad to have such coach leave Nigeria for another country out of frustration, just like many athletes did as witnessed during the Rio Olympics.

Abysmal Outing Of Team Nigeria

Dalung also cleared the air on the $390,000 donation to Siasia and his team by a Japanese surgeon, saying that after he met the donor in Rio, he was convinced there were no strings like match-fixing attached to the donation.

He attributed the abysmal outing of the Nigerian Olympic contingent to late release of funds and inability to develop home-grown talents.

The Minister emphasised the need for the National Sports Commission which he said was unfortunately scrapped by a government committee that recommended merger of ministries.‎

He was at the State House on Tuesday in Abuja to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria’s outing at the ‎just concluded Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

Since Team Nigeria were able to win bronze medal in football, Mr Dalung urged the President to host the team.

Dream Team Win First Medal For Nigeria In Rio

Nigeria-dream-Team-in-Rio-OlympicsThe Dream Team VI on Saturday won Nigeria’s only medal at the Rio Olympics.

The football team, led by John Mikel, defeated hard-fighting Honduras 3 – 2 to clinch the bronze medal at the Olympic Games.

Sadiq Umar scored a brace with Aminu Umar also getting on the score sheet before the Central Americans fought back to take the game to 3-2.

They were earlier denied a place in the finals when they lost 2 – 0 to Germany while Brazil also beat Honduras 6 – 0.

The African Champions have so far, won three medals in their Olympics history.

They won gold in Atlanta 1996, Silver in Beijing 2008 and now have a bronze medal in Rio 2016.

Olympic Soccer: Germany Thwart Nigeria’s Hope For Gold

Nigeria-U-23-Olympic-Germany-Dream TeamDream Team VI have failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics finals as they lost 2 – 0 to Germany on Wednesday night.

The Germans got the winning edge over the Nigerians with an early goal from Lukas Klostermann.

Efforts by Coach Samson Siasia’s boys to level the score were unsuccessful as the first half ended 1 – 0.

The Nigerians seemed more prepared to fight for the finals ticket in the second half as they came out stronger than they were earlier.

However, Germany’s Nils Petersen truncated the hope of the Dream Team with his 89th minute goal.

The Germans would contend for the championship title with host country, Brazil who beat Honduras 6 – 0.

Cattle Rustlers Kill Two Germans On Kaduna-Abuja Border

Cattle RustlersGunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers have killed two German tourists in a bush bordering Kaduna State and the Federal Capital Territory.

The two German nationals were said to be staff of Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and were on a site scene when they were attacked by the suspected cattle rustlers. Their bodies were abandoned by the gunmen who fled the area immediately.

The incident was said to have occurred between Runji and Idu in the Bwari Area Council Abuja, the nation’s capital, very close to the boundary with Kaduna and Nasarawa States.

An indigene of the village told Channels Television that the deceased, who were riding motorcycles, were mistaken for vigilantes by the rustlers who were heading towards Abuja with dozens of cattle stolen from Kagarko in Kaduna State.

Police authorities at Jere, the headquarters of Kagarko Local Government in Kaduna State confirmed the incident, but stated that the place where the incident occurred was not within their areas of jurisdiction.