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Carrick Bids Farewell To Man United After 15 Years

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Carrick Bids Farewell To Man United After 15 Years

Micheal Carrick on Thursday announced his departure from Manchester United after 15-year spell as player and manager at the club.

He disclosed this after his 3-2 victory against London side “Arsenal”, as Ralf Rangnick is expected to take over from him as the new Head Coach

“My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career.

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“When I first signed over 15 years ago, never in my wildest dreams could have imagined winning so many trophies. I will certainly never forget the fantastic memories both as a player and as a member of the coaching team.

“However, after a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time to leave.

“I want to place on record my thanks to all of the players and a special mention goes to the backroom staff, working long hours with such a great group of people has been a real pleasure and I have made some long-lasting friendships.

Carrick also wished his replacement and players at the club success, as he promises to show support in the stands as a fan.

Ralf Rangnick is expected to coach the team in their Sunday game against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

The German coach has managed different Bundesliga sides, with the likes of Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig.

Manchester United football director, ‘ John Murtough’ thanks Carrick as he departs the club as a legend.

“Michael leaves with the sincerest thanks and best wishes of everyone at Manchester United after 15 years of exceptional service.

“While we are sad to see him go, we respect and understand Michael’s decision.

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AFCON 2021: Guinea-Bissau Vs Nigeria – Prediction, Team News, Lineups

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AFCON 2021: Guinea-Bissau Vs Nigeria - Prediction, Team News, Lineups

Guinea-Bissau will be looking to grab their first win and secure a place in the next round of the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Any result short of a win for the Djurtus in today’s game will see the risk elimination from the AFCON 2021.

Guinea-Bissau suffered a huge blow to their chances of reaching the round of 16 as they fell to a slender 1-0 loss against Egypt last Saturday.

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The team also were held to a goalless draw against Sudan, after they failed to capitalize on a late penalty given.

The Djurtus now need a win to keep their slim qualification hopes alive as they are currently level on one point with Sudan and two behind second-placed Egypt.

However, Guinea-Bissau head into Wednesday’s game in poor form as they have failed to win any of their last six games in all competitions, picking up three draws and losing three, while failing to score in all six outings.

Super Eagles have already qualified for the knock-out phase in the tournament, winning their two games against Egypt and Sudan

In their previous game, Samuel Chukwueze and Taiwo Awoniyi scored to hand the Super Eagles a two-goal lead heading into halftime, and after Moses Simon netted shortly after the break, Walieldin Khidir pulled one back for the Falcons of Jediane as he converted his 70th-minute penalty.

Prior to that, the Suoer Eagles got their tournament off to a brilliant start as they defeated Egypt from a single goal by Kelechi Iheanacho.

Nigeria head into Wednesday’s game unbeaten in each of their last five games across all competitions, picking up four wins and one draw since November’s shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Central African Republic.

The Super Eagles will now look to keep the juggernaut rolling and make it three wins from their opening three AFCON games for the first time since 2006 when they defeated Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Ghana in Group D.

Guinea-Bissau will be boosted by the return of Jonas Mendes and Jorginho, who were in action against Egypt last time out after missing the opening game against Sudan through COVID-19.

However, goalkeeper Maurice Gomis and 30-year-old forward Joseph Mendes will play no part in Wednesday’s game as they are in isolation after recently testing positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, having already secured their place in the round of 16, Eguavoen could make a few changes down the spine of the team, with key players like Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo, and Moses Simon was given breathers.

While we expect to see an unchanged backline, Huesca midfielder Kelechi Nwakali could earn his first starting role after two decent cameos off the bench in the first two games.

Further up the pitch, Ahmed Musa made his first appearance at the tournament when he came on as a 65th-minute substitute against Sudan last time out and the veteran forward could come in for his first starting appearance.

Guinea-Bissau possible starting lineup:

  • Mendes
  • Cande
  • Mane,
  • Sangante
  • Encada
  • Cassama
  • Nogueira
  • Pele
  • Piqueti
  • Ambri
  • Balde

Nigeria possible starting lineup;

  • Okoye
  • Aina,
  • Troost-Ekong
  • Ajayi,
  • Sanusi
  • Nwakali
  • Onyeka
  • Chukweze
  • Iheanacho
  • Musa
  • Awoniyi

PREDICTION

A likely win for the Super Eagles

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Tinubu: Can We Continually Abide In Sin That Grace May Abound?

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Tinubu: Can We Continually Abide In Sin That Grace May Abound?

When former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu informed President Muhammadu Buhari about his interest to succeed him in office, amongst other things, he expressed his admiration for the latter’s administrative performance, such that he said he would like to continue his ‘good works’

Tinubu, whose candidacy in the next year’s presidential election is arguably the most controversial, said the government of the day has been excellent, adding that as a matter of fact, it is miles better when compared to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s. His words: “I have the confidence, vision, and capacity to build on the foundations of Mr. President and turn Nigeria better. The past of the administration before us is being corrected by the incumbent and you can’t take away from that. By the time we came in, we did not pay the counterpart funds to start our rail lines. But today, you have the comfort of enjoying rail services from Lagos to Ibadan, you have Kaduna’s as well and other excellent infrastructures. Let us think back and be intellectually inquisitive as to the past and present and what the future holds for Nigerians.”

Going by macroeconomic indicators, such as inflation rates, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rates, lending rates, unemployment rates, and population growth rates, which economists use in ascertaining governments’ performances, it is a no-brainer to conclude that if Tinubu was not only massaging Buhari’s ego to secure his support for his long-life ambition, then it’s a foul that only succeeded in making a mockery of the government of the day. This is because since Buhari came to power under the flagship of the APC, he didn’t only fail in his promises, but also dampened the state of the economy. No wonder Nigeria ranked among the seven worst countries on the World Bank’s Human Capital Index just 19 months after he ascended to power.

Just last year, the official exchange rate of Nigeria, saw Naira, which is likely to be further devaluated as 2022 progresses, declined in value by 6.03%, as it closed at N435 per $1 on Friday, December 31. Just as it is the case of naira, unemployment has been a topical issue among several Nigerians, as the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) last estimated it at 33.3%, which indicates that at least 23 million Nigerians were without jobs. More so, under Buhari’s watch, the country experienced an extension of unstable inflationary pressure from 2020, such that at the end of Q1 2021, the 18.17% price index recorded was the highest monthly rate since 2017.

Talking of the alarming insecurity situation of the country that has displaced millions of people from their homes, seen several schools closed, and that has driven farmers away from their fields, such that food prices have increased astronomically, one would wonder how the APC chieftain concluded so easily that the works of the President have been good. And is it not more worrisome that he promised to continue from where he would stop? Ha! Was this not what Apostle Paul (a renowned character in the Bible), had in mind when he asked: “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” 

If not already, the aforementioned question would sooner or later become more relative when the APC finally concludes on its preferred candidate for the highly-anticipated 2023 presidential race. Because really, what can the ruling party brag about? Is it the infrastructures that failed to address the inflation, unemployment, and insecurity crises that have brought untold hardship on millions of Nigerians? Is it the economic policies that were yet to reduce the risk of running a business in the country? I mean, what would it be?

It is, however, noteworthy to mention that as it was in the case of Buhari, Tinubu’s age and academic qualifications have been a source of concern for members of the public, particularly in recent times. How the latter tends to address these things remains unknown, at least for now. But unlike how the grace abounded for Buhari in 2015 and 2019 even despite his shortcomings (age and education) and underperformance, this writer feared that it may not be further extended for Tinubu to warm his way into people’s hearts.

Written by Damilare Famuyiwa

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Guinea-Bissau Welcome Players Ahead Of Match Against Nigeria

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Guinea-Bissau Welcome Players Ahead Of Match Against Nigeria

Ahead of the final group stage game against Nigeria at the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), Guinea-Bissau welcomes back players. 

According to the team, five players who missed previous games due to Covid-19 is expected back after negative result in the current result.

The players are Nanu, Alfa Semedo, Mimito Biai, Maurice Gomis and Joseph Mendes.

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Edgar Pires , media officer of the Guinea-Bissau team disclosed this, stating that the players have been cleared by officials.

“The players trained with the team, which is a big boost but they will have to undergo another test again before the game,” Pires said.

It is also expected that their coach Baciro Cande, who missed the game against Egypt due to COVID-19, will return to the bench for the game after he also tested negative.

In his absence, Cande’s assistant Emiliano Te was in charge of the team in their 1-0 loss to Egypt. Guinea Bissau is currently third in the group with a point from their opening two games but they need to avoid defeat against the Eagles and hope Sudan fails to get a win in their final fixture against second-place Egypt.

Nigeria currently leads the group with six points having defeated Egypt and Sudan 1-0 and 3-1 respectively, while seven-time champions, the Pharaohs, are second with three points. Sudan is bottom with just one point with an inferior goal difference of -2 to Guinea Bissau, who have -1.

Group Table

Group DCountryPWDLFAGDPoints
1Nigeria22004136
2Egypt21011103
3Guinea-Bissau201101-11
4Sudan201113-21

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