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Belgium's Thomas Meunier. Fatih Aktas-Anadolu Agency-Getty Images

Belgium claim third place in World Cup with victory over England

Thomas Meunier scored in the opening minutes and Eden Hazard added a goal late as Belgium defeated England 2-0 in the World Cup's third-place game in St. Petersburg.
Neymar

Gilberto Silva: Neymar has a lot to learn but criticism goes too far

Former Brazil international Julio Baptista admitted Neymar can go "too far" when on the receiving end of challenges, while Selecao legend Ronaldo acknowledged after their exit that more was expected of the world's most expensive player.
Russia 2018

Amaju Pinnick is match commissioner for England vs Belgium

The embattled President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, will be on duty again on Saturday afternoon as the Match Commissioner in-charge of the FIFA 2018 World Cup Third Place Match between England and Belgium at the Zenit Arena, St Petersburg Stadium, Russia.
England fans watch the team beat Sweden

FIFA warns English FA over fans’ chants during Croatia defeat

Fifa has warned the Football Association following "political chants" by English fans during their World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia.
Gareth Southgate, Manager of England looks on - Getty Images

England and Belgium battle for World Cup consolation prize

England face Belgium in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday with the tournament’s top scorer Harry Kane eyeing the chance to add to his six goals in the meeting of the beaten semi-finalists.
Antoine Griezmann finally responded to Thibaut Courtois' jibe on Friday. AFP

Antoine Griezmann happy if France win World Cup ‘ugly’

Belgium's players criticised the tactics France used in their 1-0 semi-final win as Didier Deschamps' team sat deep and Samuel Umtiti's headed goal came from a corner, but Griezmann dismissed the criticism.
Zlatko Dalic, Head coach of Croatia arrives during a Croatia press conference - Getty Images

Zlatko Dalic: Croatian players will sacrifice World Cup final places if unfit

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is prepared to make changes for Sunday’s World Cup final against France if some of his players have not recovered from their exertions in reaching football’s biggest game.
Nigerians in Russia

Stranded and cash-strapped Nigerian World Cup fans beg embassy for return tickets

No less than 400 Nigerian who were promised lucrative employment in Russia spent the night near the Nigerian Embassy in Mamontovsky Lane, Moscow, in the hope that they’ll get help with their return tickets.
Ivan Rakitic will play his 71st game of the season in the final against France. Jean Catuffe-Getty Images

Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic promises ‘excess energy’ for World Cup final

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic insisted fatigue will not be an issue for the biggest game of his career despite being pushed to three periods of extra-time to make Sunday’s World Cup final.
Roberto Martinez and Eden Hazard

Belgium’s Roberto Martinez lauds Eden Hazard as Real Madrid rumours swirl

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez praised the “winning mentality” of captain Eden Hazard, with Real Madrid reportedly mulling a move for the Chelsea star after the World Cup.
Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov

Stanislav Cherchesov: Russia ‘disappointed’ despite run to World Cup quarterfinals

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said his side was disappointed after exiting the World Cup at the quarterfinals despite having made the country's best run at the tournament.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez: No secrets between England and Belgium

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez says there are "no secrets" between his side and England ahead of their second meeting at this summer's World Cup.
Croatia players and staff members pose for a picture - Getty Images

FIFA fines Croatia, Sweden over World Cup equipment breaches

FIFA has fined the Swedish and Croatian Football Associations 50,000 Swiss francs each for equipment breaches by some of their players.
Gareth Southgate says England have disproved the old excuses for failure during the 2018 World Cup, insisting his team debunked the myths of fatigue and hotel location being factors in the chances of success

Gareth Southgate: England disproved ‘myth’ of fixture fatigue at World Cup

Gareth Southgate says England have disproved the old excuses for failure during the 2018 World Cup, insisting his team debunked the "myths" of fatigue and hotel location being factors in the chances of success. England...
Croatia players and staff members pose for a picture - Getty Images

France, Croatia to renew rivalry in World Cup final

After 62 spectacular matches spread over a period of 29 days, across 11 cities in Russia, Croatia and France have emerged as the two contenders for the FIFA trophy in the final match of the 2018 World Cup.

Gianni Infantino: VAR means end of offside goals

Goals scored from offside positions will be a thing of the past at least in competitions where Video Assistant Referees (VARs) are used, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Friday.
France manager Didier Deschamps

France focus on World Cup glory, spurred on by 2016 Euro pain

France fine-tuned their preparations for the World Cup final against Croatia on Friday, desperate to overcome the bitter disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final as FIFA declared Russia 2018 the best-ever tournament.
(L-R) England's defender Phil Jones, England's defender Harry Maguire, England's midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, England's defender Gary Cahill and England's forward Jamie Vardy take part in a training session in Repino near Saint Petersburg on July 13, 2018 on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup third place football match between Belgium and England. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

Dejected England, Belgium aim to leave World Cup on a high

England manager Gareth Southgate admits the World Cup third-place play-off is a game that no team wants to play, but Saturday's match against Belgium offers the chance to finish the tournament on a winning note.

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Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isah Pantami

FEC approves name change for Ministry of Communications

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the renaming of the Federal Ministry of Communications as Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, Wednesday approved funds to repay IAAF, for the excess fund the World Athletics body mistakenly transferred to Nigeria.

Sports minister approves fund to refund IAAF overpayments

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, Wednesday approved funds to repay IAAF, for the excess fund the World Athletics body mistakenly transferred to Nigeria.
The China Civil Engineering and Construction Company, contractors handling the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line, says it has made appreciable progress in Lagos section in spite of impediments.

Lagos-Ibadan rail: We’re overcoming impediments in Lagos section – CCECC

The China Civil Engineering and Construction Company, contractors handling the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line, says it has made appreciable progress in Lagos section in spite of impediments.

Police declare four cultists wanted in Lagos

This followed confessional statement of seven Eiye confraternity members who were recently charged to court after men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Iju base rounded them up.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has admitted to wearing brownface makeup during a 2001 event at a school where he was teaching, saying it is something he “regret[s] deeply”.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rules out coalition as he forms new Canadian government

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday ruled out forming a coalition government despite an election victory that left his Liberals short of a majority.