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Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone applauded and had tears in his eyes during the minute's silence for Diego Maradona at the Mestalla.

La Liga: Whoever is mentally strongest will win title – Atletico boss

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said the team with the most mental strength will prevail in La Liga’s title race, which remained on a knife edge after his side were beaten 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Kelechi Nwakali ended his lifelong wait for Alcorcon in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Real Oviedo.

Spanish Segunda: Kelechi Nwakali scores again as Alcorcon boost survival chance after away win

Kelechi Nwakali got on the score sheet again as he helped Alcorcon boost their survival chance with a 3-1 win at Lugo, in the Spanish second division on Saturday.
Time is running out for Atletico Madrid to reboot their La Liga title challenge, even as they still sit top of the table with eight games left to play.

La Liga: Atletico Madrid need Eibar win to resuscitate title challenge

Time is running out for Atletico Madrid to reboot their La Liga title challenge, even as they still sit top of the table with eight games left to play.
Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League group B football match between Real Madrid and Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas, northeast of Madrid, on December 9, 2020. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)

Crunch fortnight leaves creaking Real Madrid little margin for error

Real Madrid play Eibar on Saturday at the start of a definitive fortnight in their season that will stretch a creaking squad and test Zinedine Zidane’s dependence on his ageing stars.
Kelechi Nwakali ended his lifelong wait for Alcorcon in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Real Oviedo.

Kelechi Nwakali scores first Alcorcon goal as Umar extends scoring streak

Kelechi Nwakali ended his lifelong wait for Alcorcon in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Real Oviedo.
Jean-Clair Todibo has admitted that he would rather play in the French lower leagues than sit on the bench at Barcelona.

Jean-Clair Todibo: I’d rather play in French lower leagues than sit on the Barcelona...

Jean-Clair Todibo has admitted that he would rather play in the French lower leagues than sit on the bench at Barcelona.
Lionel Messi

Barcelona challenge for La Liga title built around record-setting Lionel Messi again

If Diego Simeone was not looking behind his back in the La Liga race to the finish line before, the new spring in the steps of the entire Barcelona lineup as they inch closer to his Atletico Madrid side at the top of the table should give him cause for concern. At this crucial business end of the 2020/21 La Liga campaign any slip-ups will be punished especially with only four points between first and second places.
Lionel Messi “might be thinking about” joining Paris Saint-Germain says Rivaldo, with the Barcelona legend conceding that an all-time great may have made his last Champions League appearance at Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi equals Xavi Hernandez’s Barcelona record

Lionel Messi who scored twice in Monday’s 4-1 win against Huesca equalled former teammate Xavi’s record for most Barcelona appearances.
Gerard Pique

Barcelona confirm Gerard Pique’s latest injury worries

The 2020/2021 season has been a rough ride for Catalan club Barcelona. They suffered an early bumpy start to the season coming from the attempts by the mercurial Argentine, Lionel Messi, to force through an exit from the club, a testy change of managers, the resignation of the entire Board and a slump in results that left them needing to struggle to climb back up.
FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will have to cut down the costs of their squads by more than 35 million euros ($42.14 million) following new salary limits imposed by La Liga on Tuesday to cope with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid ordered to further tighten belts by La Liga

FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will have to cut down the costs of their squads by more than 35 million euros ($42.14 million) following new salary limits imposed by La Liga on Tuesday to cope with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
First against sixth pitches Atletico against Villarreal on Sunday night before second-placed Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in fifth. Before both of those, Barcelona travel to Sevilla on Saturday in a contest of third against fourth.

Atletico seek reaction as La Liga contenders go head-to-head

First against sixth pitches Atletico against Villarreal on Sunday night before second-placed Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in fifth. Before both of those, Barcelona travel to Sevilla on Saturday in a contest of third against fourth.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane insists that star defender Raphael Varane is non-transferable amid links with Manchester United.

Raphael Varane brace seals Real Madrid comeback

Real Madrid came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over Huesca away. The Zinedine Zidane tutored side went into the game third, ten points behind Atletico Madrid and a point clear of fourth-placed Sevilla.
Nigeria winger, Samuel Chukwueze, just went through a successful surgery in Germany to remove a troublesome groin issue, his Spanish club, Villarreal confirmed.

Villarreal confirm Samuel Chukwueze’s successful surgery in Munich

Nigeria winger, Samuel Chukwueze, just went through a successful surgery in Germany to remove a troublesome groin issue, his Spanish club, Villarreal, confirmed.
Nigeria midfielder Kelechi Nwakali has joined Spanish Segunda club CD Alcorcon on loan for the rest of the campaign.

Kelechi Nwakali ready for new challenge at Spanish second division club AD Alcorcon

“I spoke with several colleagues and they spoke very well to me about the Club. The coach has asked me to be offensive and to be daring,” the former Golden Eaglets captain said at the unveiling ceremony.”
Nigeria midfielder Kelechi Nwakali has joined Spanish Segunda club CD Alcorcon on loan for the rest of the campaign.

Kelechi Nwakali joins Spanish Segunda division club CD Alcorcon on loan

“Kelechi Nwakali, a footballer for the Sociedad Deportiva Huesca, will play on loan at the Agrupación Deportiva Alcorcón until the end of the season. The Alto Aragonese club and the Madrid club have reached an agreement for the transfer of the young midfielder, international in the lower categories with Nigeria,” reads a statement on the Huesca website.
Manchester United’s 19-year-old winger Facu Pellistri is on his way to Spain, according to The Athletic.

Facundo Pellistri set to join Alaves on loan

With game time a concern for the Uruguayan following his October deadline day move from Penarol, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has agreed to loan his young star out for the rest of the season.
Lionel Messi did not take long to get back among the goals with Barcelona, scoring a right-footed beauty in Wednesday's friendly against Girona before later adding a second.

Barcelona would be less valuable without Leo Messi – presidential candidate

Lionel Messi is the only player who can ensure Barcelona's value, according to presidential candidate Lluis Fernandez.
Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho will undergo arthroscopic surgery to determine the severity of an injury to his left knee.

Philippe Coutinho could face several months out as Barcelona confirm meniscus surgery

Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho will undergo arthroscopic surgery to determine the severity of an injury to his left knee.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman admitted that the path to regaining La Liga appears very difficult for his charges after dropping more points at home to Eibar on Tuesday.

Ronald Koeman: Barcelona’s title chances ‘very difficult’

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman admitted that the path to regaining La Liga appears "very difficult" for his charges after dropping more points at home to Eibar on Tuesday.
Lionel Messi is still upset about Luis Suarez’s departure from Barcelona, describing it as a 'crazy' decision.

Leo Messi still irked by Luis Suarez’s Barca exit

His destination was Atletico Madrid, following a failed bid to join Juventus in Serie A, and the Uruguayan is playing his part as Diego Simeone’s side push for the La Liga title.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was happy to see Leo Messi have minutes in their friendly win against Nastic.

Leo Messi hints at future MLS switch from Barcelona

Lionel Messi won’t make a decision on his long-term future at Barcelona until the season is over, with the Argentine great raising the possibility of playing in the MLS.
Lionel Messi has hailed Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as the best coaches he has worked under during his career at Barcelona, stating that he was lucky to have both as mentors.

Leo Messi: Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique the ‘best’ Barcelona coaches

Lionel Messi has hailed Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as the best coaches he has worked under during his career at Barcelona, stating that he was "lucky" to have both as mentors.

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday, swore in three new Customary Court of Appeal Judges for the state.

SSG: Delta tackling insecurity through job, wealth creation

Delta State Government has stated that the increasing state of insecurity in the country is largely due to massive unemployment.

2023: NULGE threatens to mobilise against PDP over bill

President of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Hakeem Ambali, has threatened to mobilise Nigerians to vote against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023, if it fails to call its member Solomon Bob that sponsored the bill to delist local governments from the constitution to order.
The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

House asks federal government to suspend upcoming census exercise

Following the ravaging insecurity in the country, the House of Representatives yesterday called on the federal government to suspend the upcoming census exercise until security improved.

Hugo Broos takes over as Bafana Bafana manager

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9. The National Security Council (NSC) has reconvened at the State House, Abuja, with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

CDS, service chiefs to appear before Senate over insecurity

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Manchester United vs Liverpool postponed

Manchester United’s match against Liverpool has been postponed after fans’ Old Trafford invasion, the Premier League club said on Sunday.

ECOWAS Court orders Nigerian government to pay $200,000 to ex-NAF woman ‘raped, illegally dismissed’

The ECOWAS Court of Justice on Friday in Abuja ordered the Nigerian government to pay $200,000 in damages to an ex-air force woman who was illegally dismissed by the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) after being allegedly raped by a superior officer.
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Katsina governor’s wife urges Nigerian government, states to end malnutrition

The wife of the Katsina State Governor, Dr. Hadiza Bello Masari, has urged the federal and state governments to commit more funds to the prevention and treatment of malnutrition afflicting children in order to end the scourge in the country.
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi governor faults NNPC zero remittance to FAAC

Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, yesterday warned that Nigeria will be in chaos and financial hardship if the NNPC does not rethink its decision to make zero remittance to the Federation Account in April because of the need to defray the cost of petrol subsidy.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the Lagos East Senatorial District bye election, Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi, BOG, has condemned the results released so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the Saturday exercise, as being “manipulated.”

Lagos East by-election: Appeal Court throws out PDP’s appeal

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, Thursday, dismissed the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, appeal, seeking to disqualify Senator Adetokunbo Abiru of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from continuing to represent Lagos East senatorial district.