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Victor Osimhen Heavily Linked To 7-Year Long Chelsea Deal

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Nigerian international and Napoli star Victor Osimhen is set to sign a seven-year deal with English Premier League side Chelsea this summer, barring any last-minute changes.

According to TEAMtalk, Osimhen is focused on joining Chelsea despite the recent departure of manager Mauricio Pochetino. The Blues are currently leading the race for the striker, ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and several Saudi clubs.

Chelsea’s transfer strategy remains steadfast despite Pochettino’s exit, with club officials recognizing the need for a substantial investment to bolster their attack. The primary target remains Osimhen, who is set to leave Napoli this summer and is eager to play in the Premier League.

The Nigerian striker’s release clause is set at €130 million (£111 million). Multiple sources have confirmed that Osimhen has already given his informal approval for the move to Chelsea.

While certain aspects of his seven-year contract still need to be finalized, Chelsea is prepared to offer Victor Osimhen a salary exceeding his current earnings at Napoli.

Although nothing has been signed yet, months of negotiations between Chelsea and the 25-year-old have made his intentions clear—he wants to become a key player for Chelsea. Agreement on personal terms is reportedly close, with further discussions set to continue in the coming days.

However, negotiations between Chelsea and Napoli are ongoing. Chelsea is exploring Napoli’s financial demands through intermediaries and is planning meetings with the Italian club to discuss the economic details and the potential inclusion of talented young players in the deal to reduce the overall cost.

Napoli has so far remained firm, insisting on receiving the full transfer fee in cash. Concurrently, Chelsea must manage player exits before they can fully focus on securing Victor Osimhen and make a decisive push for his acquisition.

This transfer promises to be one of the most talked-about moves of the summer, with Chelsea fans eagerly anticipating the arrival of one of Europe’s top strikers to Stamford Bridge.

Ekong Still Captain – Finidi George Quashes Rumors Of Captaincy

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In a bid to clear the air surrounding the captaincy of the Super Eagles, newly appointed head coach Finidi George has firmly dismissed rumors of a potential change in leadership within the team. This comes in the wake of speculation that William Troost-Ekong might be stripped of his captaincy role.

During the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Ivory Coast, Ahmed Musa was Nigeria’s captain, despite Musa not playing a single minute of football. Alongside Musa, the other team captains were William Troost-Ekong and Kenneth Omeruo. Ekong was a pivotal figure, playing six games, while Omeruo made a single start and later came off the bench to help Nigeria hold onto their slender leads.

Reports had emerged suggesting that Finidi, who allegedly wasn’t a fan of Ekong before the tournament, might move on from the defender and assign the captain’s armband to someone else now that he is in charge. However, Finidi has strongly debunked these claims and emphasized his respect for the current leadership structure.

“Looking at the present squad, we have to see those that are older and capable. We’re not stripping Ekong of captaincy according to some reports. I cannot do that. Ekong is our captain, Omeruo also is our captain, as well as Musa,” Finidi stated.

Finidi went further to explain his stance on the captaincy matter, highlighting that the decision ultimately lies with the players. “If they’re not around, we’ll look at those that are available and the players will agree on their captain, not me as a coach. They have to be comfortable with that person. My duty is to make sure the team has a good frame of mind and good tactics,” the former Super Eagles captain added, quelling the rumours.

The clarification from Finidi George aims to instill stability and confidence within the team as they prepare for upcoming games against South Africa and Benin Republic.

Erik Ten Hag To Be Sacked Even If Man Utd’ Wins FA Cup

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Erik ten Hag  will see his two-year tenure at Old Trafford come to an end having only managed an eighth placed finish in the Premier League this season

He will be sacked by Manchester United whatever happens in Saturday’s FA Cup final

The Dutchman will see his two-year tenure at Old Trafford come to an end having only managed an eighth placed finish in the Premier League this season, the club’s lowest league finish since 1990

United need to win Saturday’s clash with neighbours Manchester City at Wembley if they are to play European football next season, but it is thought that will not be enough or the former Ajax boss to keep his job after a decision by new United minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochetino, Kieran McKenna, Graham Potter and Thomas Frank are on United’s shortlist of potential replacements, although Chelsea’s decision to part ways with Pochettino has muddied the waters somewhat, with McKenna and Frank also being considered by the Blues, who have already employed the other three on the list.

Ten Hag has been insistent that he is not going to walk away from Old Trafford this summer, and facing questions from the media on Thursday he baulked at suggestions that the FA Cup final will be his final game in charge.

When pressed, he said: “I have nothing to say. I’m just focusing on the job I have to do and that is first win the game on Saturday and then the project, to keep going with the project.”

The Dutchman then defended his record at United, adding: “There are some very good things, players coming through and on Saturday we have a big opportunity to win the next trophy.

“After every season you review it and we will see where we are in the project, things we have to change.

“I came here to win trophies. Saturday is the next opportunity. We earned this opportunity as a team and now we have to go for it.

“In the last ten years, not so many trophies in this club but we have an opportunity to win two trophies in two years.”

Man Of The Moment, Lookman Tops Finidi’s 23-man Squad Against South Africa, Benin Republic

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Nigeria’s Head Coach, Finidi George, has picked rave-of-the-moment Ademola Lookman, African Player of the Year Victor Osimhen and safe hands Stanley Nwabali among a crop of 23 players who will do battle with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and the Cheetahs of Benin Republic in upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

George also selected goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, England-based defenders Calvin Bassey and Semi Ajayi, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Alhassan Yusuf, and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Boniface and Terem Moffi.

Remo Stars’ hard-as-nails defender Sadiq Ismael is called for the first time, with Turkey-based midfielder Fisayo Bashiru, Bayer Leverkusen of Germany’s Nathan Tella and lanky forward Paul Onuachu also called.

Nigeria confront South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Friday, 7th June starting from 8pm, and then fly to Abidjan to tackle Benin Republic at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny on Monday, 10th June starting from 4pm CIV time (5pm Nigeria time).

EAGLES FOR BAFANA, CHEETAHS BATTLES

Goalkeepers: Stanley Nwabali (Chippa United, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Udinese FC, Italy); Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista FC, Portugal); Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Sadiq Ismael (Remo Stars FC); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC, England); Benjamin Tanimu (Ihefu SC, Tanzania)

Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge, Belgium); Alhassan Yusuf Abdullahi (Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC, England); Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Hatayspor, Turkey)

Forwards: Nathan Tella (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan, Italy); Paul Onuachu (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany); Terem Moffi (OGC Nice, France)  

Sanusi Reinstated as Emir of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law. The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

Idriss Deby Sworn In As Chad’s Elected President

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General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, who has led Chad’s military junta for three years, was sworn in as president on Thursday after an election victory contested by the opposition. Deby officially won 61 percent of the May 6 vote that international NGOs said was neither credible nor free and which his main rival called a “masquerade”.

Taking the oath of office, Deby said he swore “before the Chadian people… to fulfil the high functions that the nation has entrusted in us”.

Eight African heads of state as well as Constitutional Council members and hundreds of guests watched as the 40-year-old, dressed in his customary white boubou, was inaugurated as president at the Palace of Arts and Culture in the capital N’Djamena.

The presidential term runs for five years and can be renewed once. In a speech had earlier declared a “return to constitutional order” and pledged to be “the president of Chadians from all backgrounds and of all sensibilities”.

Deby was proclaimed transitional president in April 2021 by a junta of 15 generals after his father, iron-fisted president Idriss Deby Itno, was shot dead by rebels after 30 years in power.

The swearing-in marks the end of three years of military rule in a country crucial to the fight against jihadism across Africa’s restive Sahel region.

In 2021, Deby was quickly endorsed by an international community led by France, whose forces in recent years have been ousted by military regimes in its other former colonies Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

The investiture ceremony also officialises what the opposition has denounced as a Deby dynasty.

Prime Minister Succes Masra, one of Deby’s fiercest opponents before becoming prime minister, handed in his resignation on Wednesday in the wake of his party’s election defeat after just four months in office. Masra, an economist who won 18.5 percent of the vote, contested the results and did not attend the inauguration.

He had claimed victory after the first round of voting but faced accusations of being a junta stooge by the opposition, which has been violently repressed in Chad, with its top members barred from the election.

Senate Plenary: Bill Seeking Return To Old National Anthem Scales Second Reading

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A bill seeking to make provision for Nigeria to revert to its old national anthem has scaled through second reading at the Senate. The bill sponsored by the Leader of the Senate, Opeyemi Bamidele, enjoys overwhelming support from the lawmakers. It has been referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to report back to the house in two weeks.

The lawmakers, who appeared unanimous in support of the bill, argued that it would promote better symbol for unity, peace and prosperity, compared to the current one. After a closed door session to debate on the bill, the lawmakers asserted that the current national anthem is a product of the military junta, decreed by the military and therefore should be discarded to adequately capture the nations democratic values, integrity and principally foster commitment to nationhood.

The old anthem “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was replaced with the current one “Arise, O Compatriots in 1978. Meanwhile, the the House of Representatives has passed the bill to revert to the old national anthem “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”. The bill was quickly passed through first second and third reading at the lower chamber within minutes.

Kano Assembly Dissolves Ganduje’s Emirate Councils

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The Kano State House of Assembly has officially passed a bill dissolving all five emirate councils in the state. This decision followed deliberations on the floor of the house during a plenary session held on Thursday.

The significant move came as the Kano State Emirate Council Amendment Bill was considered and passed after successfully scaling its second and third readings. The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Muhammad Bello Butu Butu, articulated the rationale behind the dissolution.

He emphasized that repealing the law that divided the Kano Emirate into five separate entities would help “revive the lost glory of Kano.” He further stated, “The division of Kano Emirate into five reduced the capacity and dignity of the state at the national level.”

Echoing these sentiments, the Majority Leader, Alhaji Lawan Hussaini Dala, underscored the cultural implications of the previous division. “The emirate council served as a custodian of our culture, which was distorted by the creation of additional emirates,” Dala said. He elaborated that the amendment aims to restore the traditional prestige and unity of the Kano Emirate.

In a briefing with journalists, Dala explained that with the amendment of the law, all five emirate councils were now abolished. “The commissioner for local governments will serve as the overseer,” he added, highlighting the transitional governance structure that will be put in place.

Additionally, the House adopted a motion to create a new second-class emirate council in the state, signalling a restructuring of the traditional institutions to better align with the state’s cultural and administrative goals.

This legislative action marks a significant shift in the governance and cultural landscape of Kano State, aiming to restore the historical and cultural integrity of the region’s traditional institutions.

Damagun A Mole Planted to Weaken PDP Towards 2027- Ugochiyere

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The Member of the House of Representatives representing Ideato North South Federal Constituency of Imo State Hon. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, on Thursday accused the Acting National Chairman of the party, Umar Damagun, of acting out a script to destroy the party and render it incapable of contesting the 2027 elections.

In a news conference in his office at the National Assembly Complex, Ugochinyere informed governors, lawmakers, and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party to rise up now and speak out with a view to saving the party from those he called agents of the ruling All Progressive Congress.

Hon. Ugochiyere further stated that Damagun has gone against the tenets of the agreement reached at the last National Executive Council meeting of the PDP, which allowed him to remain in office until August, when a new chairman will be elected by desperately obtaining a court injection against his removal.

As if that was not enough, Damagun has further shown his support and preference for the APC by going to court to file a suit challenging the prayers by the River State governor Similaye Fubara to declare the seats of 27 lawmakers from Rivers State who defected to the APC vacant on the ground that it is only the party that can determine who its members are or not.

He called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to pay close attention to developments within the polity “lest Nigeria’s democracy slip off under his watch.

Councils Miss Education Plan Deadlines For Children With Complex Needs

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Thousands of children in England with complex needs are missing out on support as councils fail to meet care plan deadlines.

Councils have a legal time limit of 20 weeks, in most cases, to issue an education, health and care plan (EHCP), after a parent or school asks for one.

According to reports, eight councils have met the deadline in fewer than 5% of cases, from April to December last year.

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Councils have blamed growing demand and insufficient funding as cause of the delays.

An EHCP sets out the extra help a child needs to access education, on top of what is available through special education needs support.

Examples of extra support might include one-to-one lesson time, or help to learn at home for those with such complex needs that school is unsuitable.

Staffordshire County Council, who apologized to the family for the delays, said a significant increase in requests for EHCP assessments has been made worse by a shortage of educational psychologists and has now recruited more.