“Even If I Get Pregnant Again…” — Tiwa Savage Hints At Second Baby

In declaring her ambition to make the forthcoming year a quite ferocious one for her career, after winning her first AFRIMA, Tiwa Savage just might have hinted the potentiality of her having a second child.
 
The ‘Malo’ singer who won the award for Best Female (West Africa) declared that 2018 is going to be a savage year as she isn’t slowing down.
In making this declaration, she added sarcastically that she is resolved and not even getting pregnant again can stop her.

My first #Afrima … I don’t take it for granted. Thank you to everyone that keep supporting me First of many because believe me 2018 is going to be bloody #AintTakingNoPrisonersNoMore #AintGonnaSlowDown #EvenIfIGetPregnantAgain😜 #2018isGonnaBeSAVAGE #KeepUp
A post shared by Tiwa Savage (@tiwasavage) on Nov 14, 2017 at 6:34am PST
Her hashtag, “EvenIfIGetPregnantAgain” has had tongues wagging as many suggest that the Mavin first lady is hinting at a second pregnancy.

Even her label boss, Michael Collins, Don Jazzy couldn’t hide his shock.
 

Lol… what do you think? Is she on her way to welcome baby number two?!

Banky W Singer says he’s not selling ₦35k tickets for his traditional wedding

B​anky W and Adesua Etomi’s traditional wedding is just around the corner, with the pair ready to stunt at a highly-anticipated ceremony on November 19, 2017.

In the build up to what will hopefully be a yugely turnt celebration, there has been reports that the darling couple will be charging ₦35k to gain entry into the party.
— Banky Wellington (@) 2013-07-22 14:22:09.0
A claim Banky has now denied through social media.
With a post on Twitter on Monday, 13th November, 2017, the “Wedding Party” star says:
“Lol so I hear there are “tickets to the wedding” on sale for 35k.

play BankyW & Adesua Etomi have become darlings from their time together on “The Wedding Party” to their proposal announcement and now, upcoming wedding. (NET NG)
“Anyone who believes that, there are some people very ready to sell u other things like ‘your bvn is blocked’ and ‘I have an Uncle who will dash you $5 mill usd if u wire just 500k.’ Good luck!”
There you have it, people, Banky and Adesua are inviting their friends and family to come celebrate at no cost whatsoever.

play Adesua Etomi glowing at her bridal shower in the buildup to her traditional wedding with Banky W. (Instagram / #BAAD2017)
The pair already had an introduction ceremony and Adesua also had a lit, royal bridal shower just recently.
If you are lucky to get an invite to their traditional wedding, all you need worry about is how to get your agbada starched, how to put your antenna headgear in place and how to slay with an impeccable face-beat.
From all indications, that party will be off the hook!

5 Super Eagles players that impressed against Argentina

Super Eagles came from two goals down against a Argentina team to cruise to an impressive victory.
The South Americans were without Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain but started the game the brighter of the two sides.
Ever Banega and Aguero put Argentina ahead in the first half but Iheanacho pulled one back before half time with a curling freekick.
Iheanacho, Bryan Idowu and Iwobi completed the comeback for the Super Eagles with goals in the second half.
Nigeria had warriors on the pitch who helped secure victory against the two time World Cup winners and NAIJ.com looks at them;
1) Kelechi Iheanacho

Iheanacho gave a good account of himself against Argentina. Source: Mirror
The Leicester City forward struggled to impose himself in the first few minutes, but the former Manchester City star gave the Eagles a life line with a stunning freekick after Alex Iwobi was fouled.
He also provided the assists from Bryan Idowu and Alex Iwobi’s first goal
2) Alex Iwobi

Iwobi scored one goal and two assists against Argentina. Source: Fourfourtwo
The Arsenal player as other Nigeria players struggled in the early minutes of the game, but his drive towards the Argentine box won Nigeria freekick that Iheanacho scored.
Iwobi’s goal came early in the second half when he coolly slotted home the equalizer and also scored the fourth goal.
3) Wilfred Ndidi

Ndidi oozed class in midfield. Source: Dailymail
The Leicester City midfielder was the steel in the Nigerian midfield, he screened the back-line of the Nigerian defense, tho struggled early in the game, but he showed his class as the game went on and he oozed quality.
4) Brian Idowu

Brian Idowu made his debut and played well. Source: ScoreNigeria
The Krasnodar player who was making his debut for the Super Eagles came on as a second half sub and made an immediate impact with a well taken goal that gave the Eagles the lead, he was composed on the ball going forward and defending.
5) Mikel Obi

Mikel Obi marshaled Nigeria’s midfielder against Nigeria. Source: Espn
The former Chelsea star was composed in midfield as usual, he took him time to get going in the game, but his experience showed up at the end of the day and helped galvanize a comeback for the three times African champions.

UEFA charge Sporting Lisbon after fan kissed Messi’s boot

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Sporting Lisbon, after a fan ran onto the pitch, during Wednesday’s Champions League Group D game against Barcelona in Lisbon.

The supporter raced onto the Jose Alvalade stadium pitch late in the second half with the hosts 1-0 down and darted towards Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
He hugged Messi and kissed his boot, before being whisked away by a steward.
On Thursday, UEFA announced it had opened disciplinary proceedings.
The European football governing body, has brought three charges against the Portugese club: field invasions by supporters, improper conduct of the team and blocking of stairways.
UEFA, whose rules state that the host club is “responsible for order and security both inside and around the stadium before, during and after matches” said its disciplinary committee would deal with the case on October 19.

OFFICIAL: Barcelona sign Dembele from Dortmund for 105m euros plus add-ons

OFFICIAL: Barcelona sign Ousmane Dembele from Dortmund on a five-year contract. The transfer fee of Ousmane Dembélé is 105 million euros plus add-ons (40% of the amount of the fixed transfer fee). The player will sign a five year contract and his buy out-clause is set at 400 million euros, he will wear NO.11 shirt.

Announcement Official

FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ousmane Dembélé for 105 million euros plus add-ons. The player will sign a five year contract and his buy out-clause is set at 400 million euros.

Dembélé will arrive in Barcelona on Sunday and he will undergo a medical on Monday morning local time. 

Pace and versatility

Born in Vernon, France on 15 May 1997, Ousmane Dembélé is one of the best young players in the world. The French winger stands out for his pace, ability to beat men and versatility. He comes to FC Barcelona after having demonstrated his quality with Rennes and then Borussia Dortmund. He can play on either wing in attack and is known for his great dribbling (last season he carried 103 successful dribbles, more than anyone else in the Bundesliga).

At 20 years of age he has played a total of seven games with the French national side alongside Barça players Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne. Last season Dembélé scored 10 goals in 49 matches aside from being third on list of players with most assists in Europe with 20 in all competitions. Without doubt he is hugely talented player, one of the best on the continent. 

On 12 May 2016, Dembele signed a five-year contract with German club Borussia Dortmund,  and there is no release clause held within.

Dembele scored 10 goals and served up 21 assists in 49 games during his debut campaign in Germany, lifting silverware with DFB Pokal success. He was also in the Dortmund lineup for the Super Cup against Bayern on Saturday.

Barcelona general manager Oscar Grau has earmarked Dembele, 20, as the replacement for Neymar following his defection to Paris Saint-Germain. 

According to the earlier report: BVB have made clear that they want £135million for a player plucked from Rennes for an initial £13million last summer. That move was the culmination of an 18 month chase for BVB, who had watched the player at junior levels and kept track of his progress.

In addition, Dembele deleted BVB from his profiles on both Twitter and Instagram before.

On 10th August, New Dortmund boss Peter Bosz told reporters that the Frenchman skipped the session without informing any body at the club: “Dembele didn’t show up for training today. We don’t know where he is. We couldn’t reach him today.” Then, Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc announced that striker Ousmane Dembele has been punished for missing training. On the same day, Borussia Dortmund rejected an offer from Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele.

French Players Association backs Neymar in Barcelona lawsuit

The National Union of Professional Footballers in France has sided with the Paris Saint-Germain attacker after he was sued by the Catalan club Tuesday

The National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) in France has backed Neymar in his dispute with Barcelona, the organization announced Wednesday.

UNFP posted a statement of support via a tweet which linked to a full statement of support for the Brazil international.

Following Neymar’s €222 million transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, the Catalan club has decided to sue Neymar for €8.5m for a breach of contract, announcing the decision Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Neymar counter-sued Barca for failure to pay a €26m unpaid bonus.

Mbappé to join Neymar at PSG in the next few days

According to Le Parisien, the 18-year-old will leave Monaco for his home city as Paris Saint-Germain continue to spend big in the transfer market.

Mbappé to join Neymar at PSG

The French publication stated on Wednesday evening that the young jewel of French football will move north from Monaco, to the city of his birth, for €150m. In addition to that fee, an unnamed player will move in the opposite direction, from PSG to Monaco.

PSG have already parted with a world-record €222m fee this summer to bring Neymar to the banks of the Seine from Barcelona. The club intend to sell fringe players in order to adhere to Financial Fair Play and, according to Le Parisien, Aurier, Ben Arfa, Krychowiak, Guedes, Lucas, Draxler, and Di María are among those who may have to find a new club before the end of the transfer window.

Real Madrid, Barcelona among chasing pack

Mbappé has drawn admiring glances from the Europe’s most illustrious clubs, after he burst on to the scene for Monaco last season. The 18-year-old scored 15 goals in 29 Ligue 1 games as Leonardo Jardim’s team swaggered to the title.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester City are among the clubs to have shown interest. But it appears that PSG will win the race for the most sought-after player in Europe, and secure another symbolic victory for the club’s Qatari backers.

Africa’s richest man wants to buy Arsenal and shows his willing to sack Wenger

Africa’s richest man has expressed his desire to buy Arsenal and declared his first order of business would be to sack Arsene Wenger.

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote is a Gunners fan has never hidden his wish to purchase the club even though current owner Stan Kroenke has no plans to sell.

Dangote spoke hypothetically about what he would do if he was to take over at the Emirates. 

He told Bloomburg: ‘The first thing I would change is the coach. He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck.’

And the 60-year-old pledged to make his move for the club following the construction of an £8.5billion oil refinery in Lagos.

Kroenke owns 67 per cent of Arsenal with Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov in control of a 30 per cent stake. 

Dangote, who is worth £10bn, believes he could tempt both men to leave the club in his hands if a suitable deal was on the table.

He added: ‘If they get the right offer, I’m sure they would walk away. Someone will give them an offer that will make them seriously consider walking away.

‘And when we finish the refinery, I think we will be in a position to do that.’

Fortunately for Wenger, Kroenke is adamant he will not sell up, with the American backing his long-term manager to bring success back to the club this season.

Diving bans, ABBA penalties, more substitutes: The 2017/18 EFL rules

The start of the 2017/18 EFL season is here, with new players, new managers and new teams, but what about new rules?

The most notable change over the summer has been the introduction of a retrospective ban for diving, which could see players suspended for two matches if found guilty. But what are the rules that are being introduced this season, and the rules that are under discussion? We take a look…

  • Diving ban

Players who dive next season will face punishment. The Football Association passed a rule at their Annual General Meeting in May that will see two-match bans handed out for simulation.

The FA will also be able to rescind a yellow or red card given to the player who was deemed to have committed a foul, if the player was found guilty of diving. And players can be punished for “attempting to deceive the referee by feigning injury”. Footage will be reviewed each Monday by a three-man panel, consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player. Each panel member reviews the footage independently of the other members.

The FA will then act if there is “clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation.”

The panel must be unanimous in their decision and players can be banned for two matches if they are found guilty. The first players under the spotlight will be from Sunderland and Derby as they kick off the new Sky Bet Championship season at the Stadium of Light on Friday evening, live on Sky Sports.

Aston Villa v Hull City and Bolton v Leeds will also be live on Sky Football over the opening weekend.

  • Weakened teams

This rule has not yet been decided on, but could have significant implications towards the end of the season. It relates to teams heavily rotating their starting XI, as Huddersfield did towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign when they were assured of a play-off place and made 10 changes against relegation-threatened Birmingham, who won the match and avoided the drop by two points. The topic was discussed at the EFL Summer Conference in Portugal and a proposal will be considered in September.

The challenge appears to be what contributes a ‘weakened’ side. A statement from the EFL says they are “working up a policy to determine what constitutes a full strength team to remove any further potential reputational damage to the EFL and its competitions.” They also say “a significant number of clubs supported preliminary proposals that would require managers to include a yet to be defined number of outfield players who featured on the team sheet in the previous game”.

The requirement would take effect from the fourth Thursday in March, so would not impact league matches before or after the early rounds of the cup competitions, when teams might also make lots of changes.

  • ABBA’ penalties

Penalty shoot-outs are changing. The EFL will be trialling the new ‘ABBA’ method in the Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and EFL play-offs. While the traditional penalty shoot-out sees Team A take a penalty, then Team B, then Team A, then Team B, and so on, the ‘ABBA’ shootout is like a tennis tie-break. Team A takes the first penalty then Team B takes two successive penalties, before Team A takes two successive penalties and so on.

The EFL say it is being used to “reduce any apparent advantage the team taking the first kick may have.” It was used at the U20 World Cup this summer and also the Community Shield, with Arsenal beating Chelsea in shoot-out.

  • More substitutes?

Clubs were asked at the EFL Summer Conference about interest in increasing the number of substitutes that can be used in a match from three to five. The proposal is set to be considered and then discussed again at the next club meeting in September.

EFL teams are currently able to name seven substitutes for every league match, the same as in the Premier League. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola suggested last season that clubs should be able to make more changes. “It’s not just English football, it’s all around the world. We’re going to kill the players,” he said. “‘We are looking for the quantity and forget the quality. So the players don’t rest, they have a lot of pressure, more competitions, more games

“For that reason we have to have huge squads, more money for the clubs to spend. Just three substitutions right now… why can’t you make four, five or six? “That would mean all the players are involved more than they were before. The coaches can use different tactics, where you can change four or five players.”

  • More drug tests

The FA has announced a significant increase the amount of drug testing in English football for the new season.

A total of 5,000 tests will take place compared to 3,000 in 2016-17. The anti-doping operation will be weighted towards the Premier League and players who are playing regularly, with the unannounced spot-tests to be carried out at matches, at training, or at players’ homes.

  • Owner tests

Leyton Orient and Charlton fans were among those who protested against the owners of their clubs last season, and the EFL say they “will look at the current provisions in the regulations and whether they remain appropriate both prior to a purchase and once an owner is in control”. Changes have been made to the Owners’ and Directors’ Test regulations, including the addition that “false information” in a declaration can be a disqualifying factor. Also, a criminal offence abroad, whether it has resulted in a conviction or not, can now disqualify a potential owner.