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Lagos Government Places 14 Countries on COVID-19 Watchlist
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Lagos Government Places 14 Countries on COVID-19 Watchlist

  The Lagos state government has placed 14 countries on its COVID-19 watchlist to curb the spread of the disease in the state. The state commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi made the announcement on Wednesday May 12. Abayomi who explained that travellers coming from other countries into Lagos have been classified into three groups — the red countries, the amber countries, and the green countries, added that the state government is outlining measures that will guide the management of inbound passengers of interest (POIs) from other countries. The red countries are India, Brazil and Turkey where new variants of COVID-19 are causing an increase in infection rate. The amber countries are Canada, US, France, Germany, Netherlands, Togo, Ghana, Cameroun, Angola, South Afr...
‘I am not Santa Claus’ – No surprises in France squad for Euros, says Deschamps
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‘I am not Santa Claus’ – No surprises in France squad for Euros, says Deschamps

  The France coach will announce his preliminary squad for Euro 2020 on May 18 Didier Deschamps has said there will not be any shock call-ups for France at Euro 2020. Les Bleus will head into this summer’s European Championship among the favourites for glory after winning the World Cup in 2018. Deschamps has used a largely settled squad through qualifying, and there will be no place for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema or those who have not featured in his plans thus far  
Camavinga reacts to Real Madrid & Bayern Munich talk
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Camavinga reacts to Real Madrid & Bayern Munich talk

The Rennes midfielder admits to being "flattered" by the interest shown in him, but says no decision has been made on his future Eduardo Camavinga is "flattered" to be attracting interest from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but the Rennes midfielder says no decision has been made on his future. At 18 years of age, a hot prospect that finished second on the 2021 Goal NXGN list has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in European football. A switch to Spain has been mooted for some time, with German giants Bayern now joining the hunt, but a youngster that already has three senior caps for France to his name will not be rushing into any transfer call.
Champions League Semi-Final Heroes Riyad Mahrez And N’Golo Kante Cost Leicester City Dirt-Cheap £6 Million
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Champions League Semi-Final Heroes Riyad Mahrez And N’Golo Kante Cost Leicester City Dirt-Cheap £6 Million

The Champions League final will feature two English teams on May 29 but it will also see two of Leicester City's greatest ever gems go head to head on the biggest stage. Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante were signed for a combined total of just over £6 million and are the two most notable examples of the Foxes' superb scouting and recruitment over the years. The pair were the definition of unknown quantities prior to their arrival at the King Power Stadium. Mahrez, who cost £450,000, had been plying his trade with Le Havre - while Kante, a bargain £5.6 million buy just over a year later, was at Caen. At 21, both players were playing amateur football in France. Two years later and they were still playing in the second division of French football. By 2016, the duo were getting £10 ...
U.S Asks Citizens To Avoid 14 Nigerian States
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U.S Asks Citizens To Avoid 14 Nigerian States

  The United States, in its latest travel advisories warned its citizens to avoid some 14 Nigerian states, rife with terrorism, banditry and kidnapping. Although it approved travel to other parts, it urged its citizens to “Reconsider travel to Nigeria”. the updated advisory, the U.S. State Department added at least 116 countries this week to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory list. The UK, Canada, France, Israel, Mexico, Germany and others are on the list, citing a “very high level of COVID-19.” Before Tuesday, the State Department listed 34 out of about 200 countries as “Do Not Travel.” The State Department now lists 150 countries at Level Four. Nigeria is categorised as Level 3. Unlike countries categorised as Level 4, based on the advice of the U.S. C...
Rwanda report blames France for ‘enabling’ the 1994 genocide
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Rwanda report blames France for ‘enabling’ the 1994 genocide

The French government bears “significant” responsibility for “enabling a foreseeable genocide,” a report commissioned by the Rwandan government concludes about France’s role before and during the horror in which an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered in 1994. The report, which The Associated Press has read, comes amid efforts by Rwanda to document the role of French authorities before, during, and after the genocide, part of the steps taken by France’s President Emmanuel Macron to improve relations with the central African country. The 600-page report says that France “did nothing to stop” the massacres, in April and May 1994, and in the years after the genocide tried to cover up its role and even offered protection to some perpetrators. It is to be made public later on ...
You don’t know anything – Zidane attacks journalists over his Real Madrid’s future
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You don’t know anything – Zidane attacks journalists over his Real Madrid’s future

Zinedine Zidane has lambasted pressmen after the Frenchman was asked if he plans to stay at Real Madrid for several more years. The former France midfielder responded by telling the journalists in the Zoom call to beware of making assumptions. Zidane spoke during Saturday’s press conference ahead of the Real Madrid clash against Getafe this weekend. The press conference got a little tense when the coach was time and time again asked about his future. “You don’t know anything,” he said in response to one such question. “You’ve said there’s a need to get rid of Zidane in the past, but I’m here. You can have a contract of four or five years and be gone tomorrow. “Or the opposite could happen, where you have a contract that is about to expire and then you stay. There’s a ...
Hundreds Of Yoruba Women From Diaspora At Ooni Of Ife Palace Over Yoruba Nation
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Hundreds Of Yoruba Women From Diaspora At Ooni Of Ife Palace Over Yoruba Nation

Women from Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, United Kingdom, Papua Guinea, Venezuela, Spain, France, and other countries on Wednesday visited the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in his palace to canvass for the creation of Yoruba Nation. Clad in traditional rural attire including body wrappers and beads, the women, under the aegis of Obinrin Oodua Agbaye, stormed the palace of the Ooni of Ife on Sunday. Led by their worldwide Leader, Yeye Simisade Kuku-Onayemi and their Secretary-General, Owowunmi Babalola-Okocha, the women said the gods in Yorubaland had mandated them to commence spiritual measures that would lead to the prompt actualisation of Yoruba Nation without bloodshed, hence, their visit to their fatherland. Omowumi, a resident of the United States, who was flanked b...
Paul Pogba Signs Deal With Amazon Prime To Make Documentary About His Life Called ‘The Pogmentary’
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Paul Pogba Signs Deal With Amazon Prime To Make Documentary About His Life Called ‘The Pogmentary’

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba will be the subject of a brand new Amazon documentary series called 'The Pogmentary' - featuring unprecedented access into his life off the pitch. It has been confirmed that the 28-year-old has signed a deal with the tech giants, who will provide "a unique and intimate look at Pogba's life" set to release next year. The original series will likely focus on his departure and return to Manchester United, as well as France's World Cup win in 2018. The docu-series will also explore his influence on the game as well as interviews with family and friends - not to mention previously unreleased footage from his childhood. "Paul Pogba is one of the most prominents talents of his time, so we are thrilled to be collaborating with him ...
Dembele Scores His First Goal For France In A Competitive Game
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Dembele Scores His First Goal For France In A Competitive Game

Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring for France away to Kazakhstan with a powerful right footed shot. That was his third goal for the French side. Dembele has a smile back on his face and he is performing on the pitch. The Frenchman has been putting in very good performances for Barcelona and Didier Deschamps called him up for the international break in March. Against Kazakhstan, Dembele took 20 minutes to score after a good finish from inside the box after getting a pass from Martial. Dembele controlled the ball and then fired home with a right foot shot which went into Mokin‘s far corner. He was unable to get a hand to the shot which went across him. It was an important goal for Dembele because it is only the third he has got in France appearances. The goal was his first...
Griezmann on target as France draw with Ukraine in World Cup qualifying
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Griezmann on target as France draw with Ukraine in World Cup qualifying

Antoine Griezmann scored a superb goal but holders France were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ukraine on Wednesday as their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar got off to a stumbling start. Barcelona star Griezmann curled in the opener in the 19th minute before Andriy Shevchenko's Ukraine drew level courtesy of an own-goal by the unfortunate Presnel Kimpembe just before the hour mark at an empty Stade de France. It is a result that immediately puts the defending world champions on the back foot, with only the group winners automatically qualifying for next year's finals. France make the long trip to Central Asia to play Kazakhstan on Sunday before stopping off in Sarajevo for another game against Bosnia and Herzegovina next Wednesday. Les Bleus will also face...
Congo’s Main Opposition Candidate, Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, Dies Of COVID-19 A Day After Election
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Congo’s Main Opposition Candidate, Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, Dies Of COVID-19 A Day After Election

The Republic of Congo's main opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas died as he was being transferred to France for treatment for Covid-19, his campaign director told AFP Monday, a day after presidential elections were held. Kolelas "died in the medical aircraft which came to get him from Brazzaville on Sunday afternoon", said Christian Cyr Rodrigue Mayanda. Kolelas was being evacuated to France for treatment when he passed away. He first tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday and fell seriously ill. He spent election day in hospital. In a video that circulated on social media, 61-year-old Kolelas, who was diabetic, could be seen briefly removing an oxygen mask to tell his supporters that he is "fighting death". "Rise up as one person ... I'm fighting on my deathbed....
French government grants exemption after Depay’s plea for full quarantine waiver for international players
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French government grants exemption after Depay’s plea for full quarantine waiver for international players

The Lyon and Netherlands star had urged the powers that be in the country to allow international players to travel without requiring to self-isolate The French government and FFF (French Football Federation) will allow foreign players to join up with their international teams next week without having to quarantine upon their return but only if certain criteria is met, RMC reports. Memphis Depay had called upon the government in France to grant a waiver for all international footballers who play in Ligue 1 to be exempt from the mandatory period of self-isolation that would've been required after they arrived back in the country. That request came after the France national team, who will play away fixtures against Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina over the next two weeks, were given t...
Former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to jail for corruption
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Former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to jail for corruption

France's former president, Nicolas Sarkozy was on Monday, March 1 found guilty of corruption and influence-peddling and sentenced to three years in prison with two of them suspended. The 66-year-old, who was president from 2007 to 2012 was accused of forging a “corruption pact” with his lawyer and a senior magistrate. Judges said there was “serious evidence” of collaboration between the three men to break the law.   The case dates back to 2014 after investigators from the newly-created Parquet National Financier (National Financial Prosecutor's Office) tapped Sarkozy and his lawyer, Thierry Herzog's phones over allegations the former president had illegally received millions of euros from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi to fund his successful 2007 presidential campai...
FIFA Announces New World Rankings, Belgium Remains Top
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FIFA Announces New World Rankings, Belgium Remains Top

Belgium stay top of the FIFA rankings, marking 29 months leading the table. They are still ahead of France, Brazil, England and Portugal in the updated table released today. Source: https://twitter.com/FIFAcom/status/1362326084088430595?s=19 1 Like 1 Share  
France Seeks to Set Age of Sexual Consent to 15 Years
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France Seeks to Set Age of Sexual Consent to 15 Years

France’s government wants to set the age of sexual consent at 15 and make it easier to punish long-ago child sexual abuse. Victims of sexual abuse and child protection activists have long pushed for tougher laws and greater societal recognition of the problem of sexual abuse and this new development has been welcomed by them. France's lack of an age of consent have complicated efforts to prosecute alleged perpetrators. The Justice Ministry said systematic sexual abuse is "intolerable", adding that "the government is determined to act quickly to implement the changes that our society expects." "An act of sexual penetration by an adult on a minor under 15 will be considered a rape," Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti said Tuesday, Feb 9, on France-2 television. Perpetrat...
Barcelona boss Koeman slams Di Maria for ‘lack of respect’ over Messi comments
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Barcelona boss Koeman slams Di Maria for ‘lack of respect’ over Messi comments

The PSG star angered Barca's head coach by suggesting his international team-mate could join him in Paris next season Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has hit out at Angel Di Maria over the PSG forward's comments suggesting Lionel Messi could join him in Paris next season. Messi's contract at Camp Nou expires at the end of the season and PSG have been mentioned as a possible destination, in part because they are one of only a handful of clubs that could afford the Argentine star's massive wages. PSG’s sporting director Leonardo has opened the door to a move, telling France Football last month: “Great players like Messi will always be on PSG's list. But this is of course not the time to talk about it, or to dream about it."
‘Jose is right’ – Chelsea boss Tuchel responds to Mourinho jibes
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‘Jose is right’ – Chelsea boss Tuchel responds to Mourinho jibes

The Blues boss has explained what he expects from his team ahead of a London derby on Thursday night Thomas Tuchel has responded to Jose Mourinho's comments that the PSG job “cannot compare” with one in the Premier League ahead of Chelsea's trip to Tottenham on Thursday night. Mourinho appeared to play into the perception that coaching in the Premier League will be more challenging than in France with recent comments directed at the new Chelsea boss. As he takes charge of his first London derby, Tuchel will also face Mourinho for the first time as a manager and he responded to the remarks made by his opposite number.
Neymar Jnr Begs Mbappe to Stay at PSG
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Neymar Jnr Begs Mbappe to Stay at PSG

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has urged his fellow teammates, Kylian Mbappe, to remain at the French Ligue 1 champions amid transfer interests from Real Madrid and Liverpool. Neymar said he has a brotherly relationship with Mbbape, adding that he likes to play together with the France World Cup winner. Mbappe has 18 months remaining on his current contract with PSG and has drawn the interest of Real Madrid and Liverpool in the past few weeks. “I have adapted. I feel calmer, and I am very happy here,” Neymar told French television channel TF1. “I want to stay at PSG, and I hope Kylian [Mbappe] will stay too. “Of course, that is the wish of every PSG supporter. With Kylian, we have a relationship of brothers … We really like to play together. “We want PSG to be a...
Video: ”Some of the people who signed the anti-gay law are even gay themselves”- Bolu Okupe says
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Video: ”Some of the people who signed the anti-gay law are even gay themselves”- Bolu Okupe says

Bolu, son of former presidential spokesperson, Doyin Okupe, recently came out as a gay man. In a live video session, he had on Monday night January 25, Bolu kicked against the anti-gay law and stated that some of those who signed the law in 2014 are gay themselves. The anti-gay law was signed by former President Goodluck Jonathan in January 2014. The law bans same-sex marriages and relationships in Nigeria and prescribes a 14-year jail term for anyone caught in the act. Bolu's father, Doyin Okupe, was serving at the time as a spokesperson of the Jonathan administration. Speaking during the live session, Bolu said With the whole 14 year law, I bet you for a fact, some people who were signing or voting for that law are gay themselves. It's riduculous. If you look at it statist...
Lampard confirms when Kante will likely be back for Chelsea
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Lampard confirms when Kante will likely be back for Chelsea

The midfielder has not featured since picking up a hamstring injury against Manchester City Frank Lampard is hopeful N’Golo Kante will be fit for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Burnley next weekend. The France international picked up a hamstring injury during the Blues’ 3-1 loss to Manchester City on January 3. He sat out the win over Morecambe in the FA Cup, victory at Fulham in the Premier League and loss to Leicester City.  
‘I play with serenity’ – Giroud revelling in Chelsea form as he praises Leeds
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‘I play with serenity’ – Giroud revelling in Chelsea form as he praises Leeds

The Frenchman followed up his match-winning display in the Champions League with another goalscoring performance at Stamford Bridge Olivier Giroud says he is “playing with serenity” after he continued his fine goalscoring form in Chelsea’s 3-1 win against Leeds. The France striker now has six goals in his last four appearances for the Blues after his 27th-minute strike cancelled out Patrick Bamford’s early opener for Leeds at Stamford Bridge. It was his first Premier League start of the season having retained his place in the side after scoring all four goals in the midweek Champions League win at Sevilla.
Ronaldo To Make Portugal Return Against France, Croatia
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Ronaldo To Make Portugal Return Against France, Croatia

Cristiano Ronaldo was on Thursday named in the Portugal squad to play a friendly against Andorra and Nations League matches against France and Croatia. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner tested positive for coronavirus on October 13 when with the Portugal squad, going on to miss the 3-0 victory over Sweden. The 35-year-old finally tested negative 19 days later, returning to the pitch with a double for Juventus against Spezia in Serie A action on Sunday. The Portugal captain also played in Juve’s 4-1 victory over Ferencvaros in the Champions League on Wednesday. Reigning European champions Portugal take on Andorra on Wednesday before Nations League A3 matches at home against France on November 14 and away to Croatia three days later. The main absentee from Fernando Santos’ 25-man squad...
Muslim World Protests, Condemns Macron’s Support For Offensive Cartoons (Photos)
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Muslim World Protests, Condemns Macron’s Support For Offensive Cartoons (Photos)

The Islamic world's anger at France deepened today as Turkey condemned a Charlie Hebdo cartoon showing its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan lifting a woman's burka to look at her naked backside. Erdogan called the cartoonists 'scoundrels' and accused the West of wanting to 'relaunch the Crusades' by attacking Islam after the image appeared on the front of this week's magazine. 'I don't need to say anything to those scoundrels who insult my beloved prophet on such a scale,' Erdogan said, calling it a 'disgusting attack'. Showing Erdogan in a T-shirt and underpants, the caricature has Erdogan saying 'Ooh, the Prophet' as he looks at the woman's backside, and comes with the caption: 'Erdogan - in private he's very funny'. A Charlie Hebdo cartoon showing the naked Prophet's backside ...
WTO-DG: France, Germany, 104 Other Countries Back Okonjo-Iweala
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WTO-DG: France, Germany, 104 Other Countries Back Okonjo-Iweala

The 27 European Union member states have backed Nigeria’s former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in her bid to become the first African and first female director-general of the World Trade Organisation. The EU member states are France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. The latest support for Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy brings the number of countries officially endorsing her to 106 out of the 164 states that comprise the WTO. The 55-member African Union had earlier officially supported the former World Bank director over her sole remaining opponent, Yoo Myung-hee of South ...
Reports suggest Paul Pogba could quit France football team over comments made by president Macron
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Reports suggest Paul Pogba could quit France football team over comments made by president Macron

Paul Pogba has reportedly quit international football after French President Emmanuel Macron's comments on ‘Islamist terrorism’ The Manchester United midfielder, 27, allegedly made the decision after President Macron said on Friday October 23, that 'monstrosity of Islamist terrorism' must be dealt with strongly. The president was speaking in the wake of the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty, 47, who was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40km northwest of Paris. He was accused of showing his class two offensive cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Mr. Paty was posthumously awarded the French Legion d'honneur,  France’s highest honour, in recognition of the fact that he died for trying to explain the importance of freedo...
Griezmann ‘no longer knows how to play football with Barcelona’, says Lizarazu
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Griezmann ‘no longer knows how to play football with Barcelona’, says Lizarazu

The former France international has urged his fellow countryman to seek a transfer away from Camp Nou Antoine Griezmann "no longer knows how to play football" with Barcelona, according to Bixente Lizarazu. Griezmann's career trajectory has stalled since his €120 million (£109m/$142m) move to Barca from Atletico Madrid in July 2019. The Frenchman scored 133 goals in 257 games for Diego Simeone's side at Wanda Metropolitano, but has so far been unable to replicate that prolific form at Camp Nou.
I Didn’t Travel To France And I am Still The Jagaban – Tinubu
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I Didn’t Travel To France And I am Still The Jagaban – Tinubu

The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in a public appearance on Saturday, confirmed that he never travelled to France as rumoured earlier this week. POLITICS NIGERIA, in its support for media accountability, checked the veracity of the videos being circulated on social media platforms, claiming the former Lagos Governor had travelled to the French country. However, this paper, after a forensic examination of the three major video footages, concluded that the claim was false. Meanwhile, during a courtesy visit to the residence of the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-olu, Mr Tinubu also addressed the rumours when questioned by a journalist. "I didn't go nowhere. I'm a Lagosian and I still hold the title of the Asiwaju of Lagos an...
‘He’s not supposed to score all the goals’ – Coman backs Man Utd star Pogba & makes Thiago comparison
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‘He’s not supposed to score all the goals’ – Coman backs Man Utd star Pogba & makes Thiago comparison

The Bayern Munich man feels the France star is unfairly criticised and highlights his former team-mate as an example Kingsley Coman believes criticism of Paul Pogba at Manchester United is not justified, as he feels his France team-mate is there to provide balance rather than score all the goals. Pogba returned to Manchester from Juventus to widespread fanfare in the summer of 2016, with the Frenchman tipped to lead United back to the summit of the Premier League. There have been moments of brilliance and games where he has looked world class, but he has also struggled on occasions and last season he was beset by injuries.
Nigerian Embassy In France Calls Police On EndSARS Protesters
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Nigerian Embassy In France Calls Police On EndSARS Protesters

The  Nigerian Embassy in Paris, France, has called the police on young citizens demanding an end to police brutality and bad governance in Nigeria. Despite the presence of the French police, the demonstrators, who stormed the embassy at the Victor Hugo area of Paris in large numbers, insisted on seeing the ambassador of Nigeria to explain steps the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was taking to address the issues raised by protesters across Africa’s most populous country and beyond. The young Nigerians in the French capital also held prayers and a minute silence in honour of victims of extrajudicial killings by operatives of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. On Saturday, the demonstrators had marched on the popular Eiffel Tower...
‘You Can’t Question A Player Like Griezmann’ – Lloris Hits Back At Criticism
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‘You Can’t Question A Player Like Griezmann’ – Lloris Hits Back At Criticism

Hugo Lloris insists Antoine Griezmann's importance to France goes far beyond the goals he scores. Hugo Lloris has defended Antoine Griezmann from critics and insists the Barcelona forward remains a crucial player for France. Griezmann has been scrutinised for his form for much of the past 15 months since he completed a €120million move from Atletico Madrid to Barca. The 29-year-old has not looked fully at ease in the Catalans' forward line, his last goal in LaLiga – one of only nine he scored last season – coming in the 4-1 win at Villarreal on July 5. Griezmann, who got a goal in the 7-1 friendly thrashing of Ukraine, also scored in the 4-2 Nations League win over Croatia but, ahead of Wednesday's rematch in Zagreb, he again finds himself facing accusations of poor form ...
17-Year-Old Eduardo Camavinga Scores Insane Overhead Kick In First Start For France
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17-Year-Old Eduardo Camavinga Scores Insane Overhead Kick In First Start For France

Eduardo Camavinga wasted no time in making an instant impact on his first start for France after scoring a sensational overhead kick against Ukraine. The 17-year-old midfielder made his debut for France last month when he replaced N'Golo Kante in the second half of his side's 4-2 win against Croatia in the Nations League. And now Didier Deschamps handed the highly rated Camavinga his first start for France in their clash with Ukraine at the Stade de France. During the opening 10 minutes of the match, Olivier Giroud managed to connect with a cross and brought the ball down for an onrushing Camavinga. The Rennes star still had his work cut out for him as he managed to connect with a superb overhead kick to loft the ball over a Ukraine player on the line. According to OptaJ...
Bus-Stop In France Named After Super Falcons Star Oparanozie
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Bus-Stop In France Named After Super Falcons Star Oparanozie

Super Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie has a bus-stop in Guingamp, France, named after her, Completesports.com reports. This was confirmed in a photo published on Twitter. Oparanozie joined Guingamp in 2014 from Turkish club Ataşehir Belediyespor and had a memorable time there. The 26-year-old made 106 appearances and found the back of the net 45 times. Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Oparanozie was named club captain and began her reign with a win over Metz on the opening day of the season. And after six years at Guingamp Oparanozie signed a two-year contract with Dijon FCO on 30 June. Oparanozie started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women’s league and moved to Delta Queens in 2010. She then spent two months on loan at Düvenciler Lisesispor in the Tu...
Schwarzer explains ‘phenomenal’ Kante’s dip in form at Chelsea
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Schwarzer explains ‘phenomenal’ Kante’s dip in form at Chelsea

The Premier League veteran believes the France international can bounce back this season if he remains at Stamford Bridge N'Golo Kante can bounce back for Chelsea this season, with former team-mate Mark Schwarzer believing the midfielder has been in desperate need of a break from football. The 29-year-old was restricted to 28 appearances for the Blues last season with minor injuries keeping him sidelined after playing 53 matches the campaign before. Kante was criticised in some quarters for his performances over the past year, with Inter currently exploring the possibility of a transfer and the Blues reportedly open to cashing in on the Frenchman.
Lampard says Kante is ‘fundamental’ to Chelsea and won’t be sold amid Inter rumours
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Lampard says Kante is ‘fundamental’ to Chelsea and won’t be sold amid Inter rumours

The France midfielder has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, but the Blues boss isn't interested in such speculation Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante is ‘fundamental’ to Chelsea’s plans going forward and he has no intention of selling him. Inter have been among the teams linked with a move for Kante, amid rumours Chelsea were looking to sell him to fund a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. Chelsea have been heavily involved in this summer’s transfer dealings, but Lampard says Kante isn’t on the market.
Fulham sign Areola on loan from PSG after Real Madrid spell
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Fulham sign Areola on loan from PSG after Real Madrid spell

The 27-year-old made nine total appearances while serving as the back-up to Thibaut Courtois last term Fulham have announced the signing of France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. The 27-year-old will spend the 2020-21 season with the newly promoted side, who will hold an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. Areola joins the Cottagers after spending last season on loan with Real Madrid, where he made nine total appearances while serving as the back-up to Thibaut Courtois.
COVID-19: UK Prime minister, Boris Johnson to ban gatherings of more than six people from Monday
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COVID-19: UK Prime minister, Boris Johnson to ban gatherings of more than six people from Monday

UK prime minister, Boris Johnson will place a ban on groups of more than six people gathering in homes, parks, pubs, and restaurants in England in a bid to stop COVID-19 spike.   The 'rule of six' is a dramatic reduction on the limit of 30 which was first put in place on July 4.   The new rule, which comes into force on 14 September, will see first offenders fined £100, which will then double on each repeat offence up to £3,200.   The decision comes after the latest COVID-19 figures revealed there were a further 2,460 confirmed cases in the UK as of 9 am on Tuesday, following 2,948 on Monday and 2,988 on Sunday.   Announcing the new restrictions, Mr Johnson said: 'We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying and strengthe...
Arsenal told Guendouzi-Aouar deal won’t happen as Lyon have no interest in Gunners midfielder
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Arsenal told Guendouzi-Aouar deal won’t happen as Lyon have no interest in Gunners midfielder

Juninho, who is sporting director of the Ligue 1 outfit, says a French star in north London is “the wrong profile” for his side Arsenal have been informed that no deal involving Matteo Guendouzi and Houssem Aouar will be considered by Lyon, with the Ligue 1 club’s sporting director ruling out a player-plus-cash agreement. The Gunners are reported to have stepped up their interest in a highly-rated 22-year-old playmaker. Aouar continues to see his stock rise in France and, with Lyon set to be without European football in 2020-21, is expected to secure a high-profile switch at some stage in the near future.
‘Griezmann can be La Liga top-scorer if Barcelona use him correctly’
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‘Griezmann can be La Liga top-scorer if Barcelona use him correctly’

The France international struggled for consistency during his first season at Camp Nou, scoring just 15 goals across all competitions Antoine Griezmann is capable of being La Liga's top goal-scorer next season if he is played in the correct position, according to ex-Barcelona defender Andrea Orlandi. Despite scoring 15 goals in all competitions last term, Griezmann underwhelmed for much of his first campaign at Camp Nou following his €120 million (£107m/$134m) move from Atletico Madrid. That was illustrated by Quique Setien's decision to leave him on the bench for the entirety of Barca's 8-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.
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Mbappe: PSG have to buy players to fulfil Champions League ambition

The 21-year-old is determined to seal the European title with the club but says they need to sign the right players to make it happen Kylian Mbappe says Paris Saint-Germain must make smart decisions in the transfer market if they are to achieve their dream of winning the Champions League. After sealing a treble of trophies in France, Thomas Tuchel's men reached the Champions League final for the first time last season, but were bested by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, with PSG youth academy product Kingsley Coman netting the decisive goal. The Ligue 1 champions have seen the likes of Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, Eric Choupo-Moting and Thomas Meunier leave this summer, while their only signings have been striker Mauro Icardi and goalkeeper Sergio Rico, who joined on permanent...
‘Neymar has no reason to rejoin chaos at Barcelona’ – PSG stay is the right call, says Rivaldo
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‘Neymar has no reason to rejoin chaos at Barcelona’ – PSG stay is the right call, says Rivaldo

The ex-Blaugrana star is pleased to see his fellow Brazilian delivering on expectations in France after coming through a testing period in his career Neymar has no reason to rejoin the “chaos” at Barcelona, admits Rivaldo, with the Brazilian forward told he is making the right career call in sticking with Paris Saint-Germain. A possible return to Camp Nou for the South American superstar has been speculated on ever since he bid farewell to the Liga giants in 2017. At one stage, Neymar was very much open to the idea of heading back to familiar surroundings.
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Piers Morgan And Celia Walden Burgled In France While They Slept

Celia Morgan, wife to TV presenter and UK journalist Piers Morgan, has revealed how thieves invaded their bedroom while they were sleeping. Celia, who is a also a journalist, narrated her experience to the Daily Telegraph. In the article, she said she woke up on the very last day of their holiday in the South of France to discover that her money and jewelry had been robbed. The most terrifying part of the ordeal according to her, is whenever she thinks of the fact that the thieves must have leaned right by her side of the bed. She said the handbag was on a chair right next to her side of the bed, meaning the thief would have been just inches from her. The jewellery they stole with included a ring Piers bought Celia for their fifth wedding anniversary. According to polic...
Nicolas Anelka’s Feature-Length Documentary Finally Arrives On Netflix
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Nicolas Anelka’s Feature-Length Documentary Finally Arrives On Netflix

Nicolas Anelka's controversial legacy has been subject to an in-depth Netflix documentary that is now available on the streaming platform. The former Arsenal and Chelsea striker, who also played for Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and West Brom during a number of fascinating spells in England, has also played in France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, China and India throughout his career.And the 41-year-old's exploits will be under the microscope in this feature-length, two-hour documentary featuring interviews from those who knew him best. Check out the trailer for 'Anelka: Misunderstood' below. This is going to be good! Anelka will discuss his childhood, faith, his experience at the Real Madrid, his troubled history with the French coaches and his banning from the World Cup in Sou...
Serge Aurier’s Brother Shot Dead Outside Of A Nightclub In France
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Serge Aurier’s Brother Shot Dead Outside Of A Nightclub In France

Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier's brother was shot dead on Monday morning, outside of a nightclub in Toulouse. French outlets Le Point and Europe 1 reported that Christophe Aurier died in hospital this morning after being found outside of a nightclub in the French city in the early hours of this morning. The 26-year-old is believed to have been found with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to Toulouse University hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The killer is believed to still be at large as French authorities investigate the incident outside the nightclub. Aurier's brother was also a footballer and came through the ranks at RC Lens, like Serge, and has been playing in the fifth division, at amateur level, with Toulouse Rodeo. He had a trial at Pr...
Footballer, Farid Melali Arrested for Allegedly Masturbating in Public
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Footballer, Farid Melali Arrested for Allegedly Masturbating in Public

Algerian and Angers winger, Farid El Melali has been arrested for allegedly masturbating in public in France. This is reported to be the second time, the footballer will be questioned by the police for indecent exposure. The 22-year-old was arrested after his neighbour lodged a complaint of him displaying his genitals while peering into a female neighbour’s flat from the garden of his building. On interrogation, Melali admitted his inappropriate behavior but said he thought he was alone in the building. Daily Mail UK reports that the Ligue 1 player had only just signed a contract extension until 2023 with his club earlier in the day. El Melali’s lawyer, Sandra Chirac Kollarik, told Ouest-France that the footballer has apologized to the young women for his inappropriate a...
Super Falcons Home Kit Nominated For Best Jersey At 2019 Women’s World Cup
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Super Falcons Home Kit Nominated For Best Jersey At 2019 Women’s World Cup

The home kit of the Super Falcons at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France has been nominated for best jersey at the tournament. This was announced on FIFA’s Women’s World Cup verified Twitter handle on Sunday. The Super Falcons home kit was selected alongside that of Australia, Norway and Germany. FIFA Tweeted that the jerseys were mentioned the most during the World Cup and decided to ask fans to chose their favourite in a poll on their handle. After the conclusion of the votes the jersey with the highest per cent will be declared the winner. The Super Falcons made it to the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup where they lost 3-0 to German in the first knock out stage. Since sportswear giants nike unveiled it in 2018, the current Nigerian home kit has continued to r...
Lille coach, Christophe Galtier confirms Super Eagles Striker Victor Osimhen will Leave the Club this Summer
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Lille coach, Christophe Galtier confirms Super Eagles Striker Victor Osimhen will Leave the Club this Summer

Lille manager, Christophe Galtier has announced that Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen will be leaving the club this summer. The 21-year-old youngster has been in top form for the club, scoring 13 goals in 25 appearances as Lille finished the 2019/20 season in fourth place. Back in May, Lille owner Gerard Lopez revealed that 'multiple offers' have been made for the Nigerian star. Coach Galtier has now confirmed that Arsenal target Osimhen and one of his teammates, Gabriel will leave the club. Speaking at a press conference, the Lille manager said: 'Regarding Victor and Gabriel, yes, I've known for a long time that they're leaving.' 'They're working hard with us in the meantime. We're working on the players who are currently here and those likely to replace them. 'Of c...
Bedimo: Former Lyon and Marseille defender quits football at age 36
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Bedimo: Former Lyon and Marseille defender quits football at age 36

The ex-Cameroon international could not find a club since he left Marseille in 2018 Former Marseille and Lyon left-back Henri Bedimo has retired from professional football at the age of 36. Bedimo spent his entire career in France after leaving Douala at the age of 15, and he was part of the Montpellier squad that won the 2011-12 Ligue 1 title. He started his career at Grenoble in 2002 before moving to Toulouse a year later, where he spent three years and made his debut appearance in the French top-flight.
Travel Resumes Across Europe Amid Hopes Of Economic Recovery
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Travel Resumes Across Europe Amid Hopes Of Economic Recovery

France, Germany and Switzerland on Monday allowed travel to resume three months after unprecedented restrictions were imposed in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic. France reopened its borders with all EU countries except Spain, where restrictions would remain in place until June 21 in line with a similar decision on the Spanish side. Passengers arriving from Britain would also be asked to self-isolate for 14 days, in line with British restrictions on individuals arriving from France. Borders with non-EU countries remain closed to all but essential travel, except for incoming foreign students who can now head to France. Traffic was reported on a motorway leading to the German-Danish border on Monday, just hours after Copenhagen lifted entry restrictions for German, Norw...
‘It was tough I won’t lie’ – Cameroon’s Abam recounts Women’s World Cup debut experience
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‘It was tough I won’t lie’ – Cameroon’s Abam recounts Women’s World Cup debut experience

The US-born forward was part of Alain Djeumfa's squad to France and she has shared her experience with Goal Michaela Abam has opened up on what her experience was like in her first-ever Women's World Cup with Cameroon in France. Born and raised in the United States of America, Abam shot into prominence during her days at West Virginia University, scoring 42 goals in 95 games before being snapped up Sky Blue in 2018. Having being born to Cameroonian parents, she was eligible to suit up for the Central Africans and made her debut for the country in a 7–0 win against Zambia, scoring twice in November 2018.

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