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Chelsea’s new manager, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed why he fell out with the former club, Paris Saint-Germain over players’ transfers.

Chelsea boss warns stars he may block them from playing international games

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has echoed the concerns of several other high-profile managers as he discussed the potential problems associated with players leaving on international duty in March.
Italian club Torino's league game on Friday against Sassuolo has been postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak in the club, the Lega Serie A confirmed.

Coronavirus: Torino game against Sassuolo postponed

Italian club Torino’s league game on Friday against Sassuolo has been postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak in the club, the Lega Serie A confirmed.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane insists the club can push Liverpool for the Premier League title this season.

Manchester United hit by coronavirus outbreak hours before Newcastle clash

Nicky Butt and Mark Dempsey will join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the United bench for the game with some other members of the coaching staff in self-isolation, the club have announced.
A protester steps on an image of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha during a rally after he and nine ministers survived no-confidence debates, outside the Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, February 20, 2021. REUTERS-Athit Perawongmetha

Thai protests outside parliament after PM survives vote

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Thailand’s parliament after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a parliamentary no-confidence motion on Saturday after a four-day censure debate.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has blamed Carlos Vinicius after their loss to Chelsea, saying the player doesn’t press his opponents with great intensity.

Jose Mourinho reveals what Spurs fans could have done against Chelsea

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has blamed his side’s recent defeat to rivals Chelsea on the continued shutout of supporters.
South Africa is suspending its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after finding it offers limited protection against mild disease caused by the COVID-19 variant discovered there.

Nigeria set to receive 16 million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Nigeria is set to receive the largest allocation of 16 million doses out of the 88 million AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine doses allocated to African countries in the first phase by the end of February instead of the initial 100,000 Pfizer doses earlier expected, the World Health Organisation (WHO) hinted on Saturday.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, revealed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.

Nigeria welcomes AU’s coronavirus vaccine acquisition task team

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, lauded the establishment of the Coronavirus African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team to accelerate the financing and procurement of Coronavirus vaccines for the continent.
Security members keep watch outside Wuhan Institute of Virology as members of the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) arrive for a visit in Wuhan on Wednesday [Reuters]

WHO-led coronavirus probe team in China visits Wuhan virus lab

A team of investigators working on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) has visited a major virus research laboratory in China’s central city of Wuhan and is scheduled to meet a top virologist, as they continue to seek clues to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Africa’s health minister Zweli Mkhize

South Africa orders 20 million Pfizer vaccines

Africa’s worst virus-hit country has yet to begin vaccinating its population against Covid-19, stirring criticism over slow procurement and lack of strategy.
Medical workers in protective suits stand outside a quarantined building amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Hanoi, Vietnam, January 29, 2021. REUTERS-Thanh Hue

Vietnam approves AstraZeneca vaccine, cuts short Communist Party congress

Vietnam approved its first COVID-19 vaccine and cut short a key ruling Communist Party meeting, state media reported on Saturday, as the country battled its biggest coronavirus outbreak since the pandemic began.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State.

Lagos governor: We’re talking to coronavirus vaccine manufacturers

Nigeria’s commercial capital city of Lagos is the epicenter of the nation’s novel coronavirus outbreak; with over 44,000 of the nation’s total confirmed COVID-19 infections of 121, 566 as of January 24, 2021.
Pep Guardiola has addressed Sergio Aguero's contract situation at Manchester City, while admitting the Blues miss him a lot when he's not fit to play.

Cash-strapped Barcelona wants Sergio Aguero, David Alaba for free

Barcelona are hoping they can land Sergio Aguero and David Alaba on free transfers this summer after their contracts expire at Manchester City and Bayern Munich respectively.
Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully in January with the spread of the coronavirus and the World Health Organization (WHO) took too long to declare an international emergency, an independent panel reviewing the global handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has said.

COVID review panel critical of China, WHO delay

Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully in January with the spread of the coronavirus and the World Health Organization (WHO) took too long to declare an international emergency, an independent panel reviewing the global handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has said.
Image - The new claims centre around the Wuhan Institute of Virology

US claims Wuhan lab researchers had coronavirus symptoms before first reported cases

The US says it has intelligence that researchers in a Wuhan lab became sick with COVID-19-like symptoms in autumn 2019 - before the first identified case of the outbreak.
Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has insisted that Neymar returning to action before the winter break is not impossible.

Neymar set to sign new long term contract with PSG

Brazil superstar Neymar is reportedly close to penning a new deal with Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.
Image - Interim boss Wayne Rooney and the players met with club CEO Stephen Pearce to discuss the issue on Wednesday

Derby County unable to pay first team in full amid takeover doubts

Derby County's chief executive has told the first-team squad that the club is unable to currently afford to pay them their outstanding wages from December, but is working to address the problem.
Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, has said Fulham have little reason to complain about being told to play a Premier League game at short notice as his opposite number Scott Parker called the scheduling “scandalous”.

Jose Mourinho has no sympathy for Fulham over fixture switch

Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, has said Fulham have little reason to complain about being told to play a Premier League game at short notice as his opposite number Scott Parker called the scheduling “scandalous”.
Liverpool are joint-top at the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, following their 3-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday.

Premier League announces 36 new coronavirus cases

Results were released on Monday following two rounds of testing carried out between January 4 and 10; those found to be positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.
A Michigan judge Cynthia Stephens has dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign asking that vote count in the state be halted.

Allies warn Donald Trump not to run in 2024

After he lost his reelection bid in November, Donald Trump immediately told allies he planned to run for president again in 2024, preparing to announce as soon as Inauguration Day.

Coronavirus: Prof. Maurice Iwu restates efficacy of herbal medicine

Bioresources Development Group (BDG) chairman, Prof. Maurice Iwu has restated the efficacy of herbal medicine in the treatment of the COVID-19 cases as the virus enters variant stage globally.
Pep Guardiola has addressed Sergio Aguero's contract situation at Manchester City, while admitting the Blues miss him a lot when he's not fit to play.

Pep Guardiola eager to welcome back Sergio Aguero

In their most recent title-winning season, City averaged 2.6 goals per game in the Premier League with Aguero in the side. That has fallen to 1.6 in all matches this time around, with a win percentage of 53.9 per cent, set against 84.8 with Aguero in harness two seasons ago. Shots per 90 minutes are also down from 18.1 to 15.6 when the two data sets are compared.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk blamed his side’s Community Shield penalty shootout defeat to Arsenal on their profligate finishing.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool to go ahead despite coronavirus outbreak

The FA Cup third round clash was in doubt after a “significant coronavirus outbreak” forced Villa to close their training ground on Thursday.

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Sen. Bassey Ewa Henshaw (Cross River South 2003-2011) on Friday called for more equitable distribution of positions, responsibilities and opportunities irrespective of gender and social status to bring out the best in the citizens.
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Peter Obaseki retires as FCMB chief operating officer

The Board of Directors of FCMB Group Plc has announced the retirement of Peter Obaseki, the Chief Operating Officer of the financial institution, with effect from March 1, 2021. He was also an executive director of the group.
Arsenal have this evening revealed a late update on the fitness of Emile Smith Rowe, ahead of their showdown with Burnley.

Arsenal provide update on Smith Rowe ahead of Burnley clash

The Gunners will of course head into the Turf Moor clash with their tails up, on the back of a morale boosting pair of wins over the last couple of weeks.

Report: Many Delta residents not aware of ongoing council poll

Some residents of Asaba and its and environs on Saturday said they that they were not aware of the local government poll taking place across Delta State, according to a report by newsmen.
FILE PHOTO: Anthony Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, testifies during a U.S. Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing to examine COVID-19, focusing on an update on the federal response at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 23, 2020. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

White House chief medical advisor: US at risk of another coronavirus spike in coming...

White House chief medical advisor, Dr Anthony Fauci, warned Friday that the US may soon be hit with a spike in COVID-19 cases — even though the country has administered more vaccine shots than any other nation.

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Israel Adesanya delivered a perfect performance to knock out bitter rival Paulo Costa and retain his UFC middleweight championship.

Israel Adesanya: I want to be the greatest UFC fighter in history

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Anambra governor declares herdsmen carrying guns as criminals

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AfDB facility, Netherlands sign €6 million agreement

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