EPL: Guardiola wants ref to explain VAR decision after Man City defeat

Pep Guardiola said he was “not a magician” when asked about Manchester City’s title chances after his side were beaten 3-1 by Premier League leaders Liverpool. The defeat was City’s second in five top-flight matches and left the champions nine points behind Liverpool, who remain unbeaten after 12 games this season, reports beinsports.com. Fourth-placed City will entertain third-placed Chelsea in their first game back after the international break and Guardiola said he hoped his side would maintain the level of performance they showed at Anfield. Asked whether Liverpool could be…

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Ref for Nigeria’s match against Croatia hospitalized

The Brazilian referee that officiated Nigeria’s opening World Cup match against Croatia has been hospitalized, according to reports.   Russian daily sports newspaper Sport Express says the main referee of the World Cup match between the national teams of Croatia and Nigeria, Sandro Meira Ricci, has been hospitalized.   The 43-year-old civil servant has ruptured his ligaments and is presently in the hospital.   Only yesterday, Ricci, who was the Video Assistant Referee for England’s clash with Tunisia, was embroiled in a fresh controversy after he failed to award a…

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Fuel theft: Senate calls for major shake-up in NNPC

The Senate has advised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to go beyond the sacking and redeployment of a few officials involved in fuel theft and other sharp practices in the industry. The upper legislative chamber gave the advice in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its spokesman and chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi. The Senate tasked the NNPC to initiate a comprehensive restructuring of its operations which currently allowed officials and other firms to appropriate national resources for their personal use, thereby contributing…

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Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

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Ndidi relishes Leicester’s winning mentality

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has exoressed excitement on the winning mentality of the team. The Nigeria international joined Leicester from Belgian club Genk midway through the current season and many have regarded him as N’Golo Kante’s replacement. Kante, who is a French international, left Leicester for Chelsea after helping them win the 2015/16 English Premier League (EPL) title. “I can only see myself as myself,” Ndidi told Own Goal Nigeria. “Whether people say I play like Kanté, or that he’s better than me, I don’t listen to them. “All…

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Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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Expect war in Rwanda, Amiesimaka tells Rivers

Nigerian football legend, Adokiye Amiesimaka, has warned Rivers United to be prepared for a stiff challenge when they face Rwandan club, Rayon Sports, in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff tie. The Nigerian club eased to a 2-0 win in the first leg at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on Sunday to put themselves in the box seat for qualification for the group stage of the competition. “First, I want to say congratulations to Rivers United FC of Nigeria for an encouraging performance (on Sunday),” Amiesimaka…

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