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Mathias Pogba, the brother to world-famous Juventus star, Paul Pogba, has made some startling accusations against his brother.

Mathias accused the midfielder of paying at least €4 million (£3.5m) to a witch doctor who ‘neutralised’ Kylian Mbappe during Manchester United’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.

Mathias was arrested a couple of weeks ago and is currently in custody in Paris over his alleged role in the blackmail plot involving Pogba.

The 37-year-old Mathias Pogba has denied his part in the attempted blackmail but has been accused of ‘extortion in an organised gang’ and ‘participation in a criminal association with a view to preparing a crime’.

Just yesterday, Friday, September 23, several pre-recorded video messages from Mathias surfaced online.

In one of the video messages, Mathias accused Pogba of paying for a witch doctor to put a spell on Paris Saint-Germain’s star-man, Mbappe for United’s Champions League tie against PSG in 2019.

Manchester United were defeated 2-0 in the first leg at Old Trafford and Pogba was red-carded during the game but staged a remarkable comeback in second leg in Paris, beating PSG 3-1, progressing to the quarter-finals.

“The turning point came with the World Cup in 2018, where Paul had more faith in the witch doctor than in God, entrusting the witch with a big task in order to help the French team win,” Mathias Pogba said in his video.

“The witch doctor would go on to tell Mam’s [an intermediary] that the job had already been done, and that was when Mam’s would start to be scared.

“After that, Paul continued with his witch doctor, notably in the Champions League to ensure that Manchester United would go through against PSG.

“At the request of Paul, the witch was told to neutralise Kylian Mbappe, who back then was on a rapid rise, far outstripping Paul’s fame.

“It was strange to see that during that match Kylian was a shadow of himself against a reserve side.

“The issue is that at the same time, Paul was doing everything he could to get closer to Kylian, as we could see in the media, supposedly liking him and calling him his friend, he would often call him, we would see them arm-in-arm

“It went so far that Kylian almost made it a condition for his PSG contract extension that the club would have to sign Paul, without knowing that behind his back Paul was engaging in witchcraft to sabotage his matches.

“That same witch doctor would go on to [say] that he had to stop the ongoing curse, at risk of destroying [Mbappe’s] career, keeping in mind that he was paid by the task, knowing that my brother, always close to his money, had not paid enough for a long-term job, and that the witch wanted to make him pay as much as possible,” he said according to Metro.

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Source: Metro UK

Tobi Amusan, the women’s 100m hurdles world record holder, says she took a $50,000 loan to aid her preparation for the World Athletics Championships earlier this year.

Amusan spoke in a chat with reporters in Lagos on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the World Athletics ratified her 12.12 seconds finish at the world championship semi-final as the new world record.

Amusan became the first Nigerian world champion after she stormed to a sensational 12.06 seconds in the final — but a strong in-race tailwind which was higher than allowed meant it was not acknowledged.

 

Speaking on the circumstance leading to the historical moment in Oregon, Amusan said she was injury prone, hence the need to take the loan to enable her to stay in shape for the competition.

“Yes, definitely. I’ve got injuries a couple of times,” she said.

“There was so much I needed to do when it comes to my health as a professional athlete, and staying on top of my game required a lot of funding.”

 

The 25-year-old consolidated her feat with a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games before retaining her Diamond League title to put a brilliant wrap on her season.

Last week, Amusan’s achievement was officially recognised by President Muhammadu Buhari who conferred her with the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

“It’s a great feeling to be recognised by the president,” the world record holder said.

“In as much as we did the work, it was an honour that they realised that we did the nation proud and it was a great feeling getting that title.”

 

Amusan received $100,000 for breaking the world record in Oregon. She also earned $30,000 for retaining her Diamond League title.

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Belgium forward, Eden Hazard has described his situation at Real Madrid as 

Hazard played for 65 minutes in their 2-1 Nations League home win over Wales.

However, after the game, the midfielder admitted he needed more game time at Real Madrid before the 2022 World Cup.

Hazard has barely featured for Real this season after making only one start.

 

I was happy to start another match, Hazard told RTL.

You saw that, I think. I’m happy when I play and it was nice to play for the supporters here [in Brussels] again. Our first half was very good.

I know what I can do. Now I want to get in shape for the World Cup. We’ll see what the coach [Roberto Martinez] decides, but I’m happiest when I play.

When I play, I give it my all. It’s a delicate situation at Real Madrid. I feel like playing more, but I can’t do more.

I’ve always said the old Eden Hazard will come back when he plays. I just need to get back into the rhythm.

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Olivier Giroud scored for France on Thursday night, as they beat Austria 2-1 in the Nations League.

The AC Milan striker converted Antoine Griezmann’s cross in the 65th minute.

It was Giroud’s 49th international goal for Les Bleus.

He is now two shy of Thierry Henry’s national record, while also becoming the oldest player to ever score for France.

 

Giroud, who set up the first goal for Kylian Mbappe, was replaced by Ousmane Dembele to the Stade de France crowd’s standing ovation.

Oliver deserves it, I am very happy for him. He had difficult periods with his club but always performed well with us.

If I call him, it’s so he can score goals. And he had many opportunities, coach Didier Deschamps said after the match.

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Lorient of France striker, Terem Moffi is favoured to lead the Super Eagles attack in friendly against Algeria.

According to camp sources, the 23-year-old is turning heads in the team’s training ahead of the friendlies.

Moffi has been in fantastic form in the French Ligue 1 this season, netting six times in eight appearances for Lorient.

The absence of Victor Osimhen and Umar Sadiq due to injuries has also provided him the chance to stake claim for a regular playing berth in the team.

 

The forward bagged a brace in the Super Eagles last game against Sao Tome and Principe which Jose Peseiro’s side won 10-0.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Cyriel Dessers and Godwin Saviour are the other strikers in the team.

 

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Manchester City midfielder, Jack Grealish has slammed Liverpool legend, Graeme Souness, for his constant criticism of him.

Since making his record-breaking £100m transfer from Aston Villa to Man City last year, Grealish has come under plenty of scrutiny from fans and pundits alike, with Souness, perhaps his most vocal critic.

Many have commented on Grealish’s lack of goal contributions at Man City, having scored just seven times and making just four assists in 45 games for the Premier League champion.

Souness has also described Grealish as a ‘good, not great player’ and has claimed that he holds onto the ball for too long.

 

But Grealish has now hit back at Souness, saying that the only person he will be taking advice from on how to play is his manager Pep Guardiola.

I don’t know what his [Souness’] problem is with me. He always says stuff about me, Grealish said while on international duty with England ahead of their UEFA Nations League fixtures with Italy and Germany.

It is difficult [to ignore] when he’s on Sky Sports and it is everywhere around the training ground. He was a great player and won a lot, but I don’t know what problem he’s got.

I know he has said a lot of stuff about me not moving the ball quicker but when I am playing for a manager like Pep Guardiola and he is telling me to keep the ball as much as I can and have balls to take it everywhere, that is what I will try to do.

I always watch my games back and I am very critical of myself. I know that there were games, especially in the second half of last season, where I was not at my best at all.

I will always have people on my back. When I signed for City and the price that came with it, I knew it was not going to all be laughs, unless I started the way Erling Haaland did. That is the only way I wouldn’t get caned!

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The World Athletics has ratified the women’s world 100m hurdles record set by Tobi Amusan at the 2022 World Championships.

The ratification was announced in a statement by the international athletic governing body on Tuesday.


According to the body, the record times of two other athletes — Mondo Duplantis and Sydney McLaughlin – have also been ratified.

The athletes had set the records at the World Athletics Championships that took place in Oregon, the United States, in July.

The statement read, “The world records set by Tobi Amusan, Mondo Duplantis, and Sydney McLaughlin at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 have been ratified.

“Amusan’s 12.12 in the women’s 100m hurdles semi finals, Duplantis’s 6.21m in the men’s pole vault final and McLaughlin’s 50.68 in the women’s 400m hurdles final are all now officially in the record books, as is the world U20 mark of 9.94 set by Letsile Tebogo in the men’s 100m heats.”

The 25-year-old Amusan took the world by storm when she ran a time of 12.12secs – shaving almost a tenth of a second off the previous world record held by American Keni Harrison (12.20secs) – in the semi-finals of the World Championships in Oregon, USA, before going on to win gold in the final at the Hayward Field stadium.

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Nigerian born Real Madrid defender, David Alaba has concluded plans to open a football centre in Nigeria.

Just recently, the player launched mobile toilets he donated to Ogere Remo community in Ogun State.


This was disclosed by the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa while praising the Austrian defender for tracing his root and giving back to the society.


Dabiri-Erewa also took to her Twitter handle to make the announcement.

Her Tweet Reads “@David_Alaba. A big thanks for the facility donated by the David Alaba Foundation at Kara Market, Ogere Remo, Ogun State to support FGNs move to end open defecation,” she wrote.


“David is also planning a football training centre in Nigeria.”


Alaba was born in Vienna, Austria to a Nigerian father George and Filipino mother Gina. Alaba captained Austria during the UEFA Euro 2020, leading the Europeans to the knockout stages of the competition for the first time in their history. He’s also been named an eight-time Austrian Footballer of The Year and has three Champions League winners medal amongst his many laurels.

In December 2021, the footballer, through the David Alaba Foundation, donated N13.3m to build toilets in Nigeria. The toilets were unveiled Friday, with the distribution of autographed Real Madrid jerseys to three successful winners by the David Alaba Foundation.


Dabiri-Erewa, also in a tweet, said the initiative was in tandem with NiDCOM’s mandate of harnessing the potential of Nigerians in Diaspora for national growth and development.

The unveiling of the toilets was in collaboration with the Organised Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Clean Nigeria Campaign and NDCOM.

Also at the unveiling, the Federal Government, through the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, lauded the gesture by the Austria international.


Adamu said private sector involvement was critical if Nigeria hoped to end open defecation by 2025.


According to him, private sector and diaspora engagement and support through accelerated provisions of toilets by philanthropy will go a long way. He added that such a commendable project by Alaba and his foundation was worthy of emulation, saying the quest to end open defecation required the contribution and commitment of all stakeholders.


The minister urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to mobilise support for the campaign through private sector engagement, adding that under the Clean Nigeria Campaign, 84 LGAs were now Open Defecation Free.

Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, was represented by his Commissioner for Special Duties, Olufemi Ilori-Oduntan, Coordinator, OPS-WASH, Dr Nicholas Igwe, and Clean Nigeria Campaign Coordinator, Chizoba Opara at the event.

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Algeria have released a 24-man squad to face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in an international friendly.

Head Coach, Djamel Belmadi unveiled the list on Saturday morning with many regulars left out.

Manchester City winger, Riyhad Mahrez and former Leicester City forward, Islam Slimani star the team to take on the Super Eagles.

Alexandre Oukidja replaces first choice goalkeeper, Rais M’Bohli.

Andy Derlot takes the place of , veteran striker, Baghdad Bounedjah.

In middle of the park, Nabil Bentaleb returns to the team after he was snubbed for years by Belmadi.

Chabab Belouizdad’s Houssem Mrezigue was also handed a first-time call-up.

The Desert Warriors will take on the Super Eagles at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium, Oran on Tuesday, September 27.

THE FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers
Zeghba, Mandera, Oukidja

Defenders
Atal, Zedadka, Benyada, Bensebaini, Mandi, Bedrane, Tougai, Touba

Midfielders
Bennacer, Zerrouki, Boudaoui, Zorgane, Bentaleb, Mrezigue

Forwards
Mahrez, Ounas, Belaili, B Brahimi, Derlot, Slimani, Amoura

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Last modified on Sunday, 18 September 2022 04:51

President Muhammadu Buhari has conferred national honours on all Team Nigeria’s medalists at the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG).

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesperson, Buhari also approved cash rewards of N200 million to all members of the Nigerian contingent to the competition.

The president rewarded the athletes for their achievements at the CWG after receiving them at the state house on Thursday.

Nigeria won 12 gold, 9 silver, and 14 bronze — a total of 35 medals — at the games.

 

The Nigerian team also finished as the best-ranked African country on the medals table, placing 7th.

Tobi Amusan, who won gold in the women’s 100m hurdles and world record holder, was awarded the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

Buhari rewards Amusan for her achievements at this year’s Commonwealth Games

Other medallists including Ese Brume, Blessing Oborodudu, Oluwafemiayo Folashade, Taiwo Liadi, Ikechukwu Obichukwu, Bose Omolayo, Favour Ofili, Nasiru Sule, Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi, Ebikewenimo Welson, Hannah Rueben, and Elizabeth Oshoba were also given national honours.

 

”I watched with millions of Nigerians those exciting moments when you all brought smiles to us and our homes by breaking world, national and games records, as well as achieving personal best in your careers,” Buhari said.

”Your outstanding performances in recent times are consistent with the determination of a nation always yearning for excellent performance.

”You all, members of Team Nigeria have ignited the spirit for victory in our nation but even more you have been victorious in major sporting championships and games.

”I have followed keenly your achievements at the World Championships in Oregon USA and indeed your remarkable performance at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

 

”And I am very pleased that you displayed at both the personal and group levels great sporting talents and delivered for your country great podium performances.

”Twelve times the world stood still as our green, white green national flag was hoisted and the National Anthem recited. Thirty-five times we made it to the podium. You all Team Nigeria made that possible.

”You brought glory and honour to our country. And today, on behalf of the nation- I say, Thank you.”

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