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APC Reconciliation : Badaru , Lalong Brief Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, received Governors Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa and Simon Lalong of Plateau in a bid to unite members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo, Ogun and Oyo States.
The APC recently inaugurated a five-member reconciliation committee chaired by Badaru, to reconcile aggrieved members of the party in Imo and Ogun States.
Other members of the committee are Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State and Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State.
Badaru spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with the vice president. “I met with the Vice President as a party leader to discuss the assignment that the party has given to me to see how best we can unite and make the party strong in Imo, Ogun and Oyo.
“I briefed him on what we have done so far and he gave us some suggestions on how to do the job very well.
“In addition to that, I briefed him today for the zero oil committee; we met today and we are charting our progress and a new agenda for the development of non-oil exports.
“It is just to make sure that the party is strong and is back again and if there are ripples among members of the party; bring them together and make sure we have one strong and powerful party,” he said.
For his part, Lalong said that the meeting with the Vice President was in continuation of the committee’s assignment to reconcile the parties.
According to the governor, the committee has started the reconciliation work concerning Imo, Ogun and Oyo states but the vice president’s input is needed.
“We need some information from him to also assist us in reconciling the parties; that was why we came here to consult him.
“As a very senior party man, he can always give advice; he gave his own advice on how to go about it because he is very much interested in reconciliation within the party; to guide us.
“So, we have taken the advice and we are going back; especially, one of the states is his state; he is from Ogun.
“And as part of the reconciliation, he is also from Ogun; you cannot do reconciliation without consulting him; he knows everybody that is there; he knows part of the problems that are there; so, he can always give us advice as to how to go about it,” he said.
Lalong said that as the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, consultations were being made to resolve the Southern Kaduna crisis.
He said he had issued a statement in respect to the crisis condemning the crisis and also calling for calm and proper investigation.
“What happened in Southern Kaduna also happened in Plateau State before. “In addition to that, on my own, I had a meeting with some Southern Kaduna people and I went back to the governor.
“Two days ago, I was in Kaduna to inform the governor that we are having meetings; that we will help him.
“After consultations, we will still come back and sit down with the governor because we must see the end of this crisis,” he said.

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Man City ready to win Champions League — Villas-Boas

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Marseille coach Andre Villas- Boas said on Monday Manchester City are “ a machine ready to win the Champions League ” , on the eve of the two teams ’ group -stage meeting .
City have never reached the Champions League final and are yet to even reach the semi- finals in four attempts under Pep Guardiola .
“( City) are a machine ready to win the Champions League ,” said Villas- Boas . “ They may not be at their best level , their coach admitted that .
“ That ’ s why I allow myself to say that , but they are still at a higher level than us and remain the favourites tomorrow ( Tuesday ) . ”
City , who relinquished their Premier League title last season to Liverpool , have only won twice in five league games this season.
Marseille , the only French club to win the European Cup , are playing their first Champions League campaign since 2013 -14 , when they were knocked out in the group stage .
They lost their Group C opener to Olympiakos last week but have made a solid start in Ligue 1 and are only three points behind the pace -setting Paris Saint -Germain and Lille.
Dimitri Payet has only scored once this season, and Villas-Boas admitted he needs his star winger to find form .
“ Dimitri ( Payet ) is a key player . We have spoken and we both know he can do better , ” said the former Chelsea and Tottenham coach .
“ But it does not only depend on him , also on the team , which must help raise his level . He needs to rediscover what he brought to the team last season. ”
City came from behind to beat Porto 3 -1 last week in Manchester, but Guardiola will likely make at least one change to that team , with Kevin De Bruyne fit again and Sergio Aguero struggling with a muscle problem .
Villas- Boas admitted he cannot know what to expect from Guardiola , who has been criticised for tinkering tactically in Europe .
“ Pep is able to create surprises , and the problem with City is that they have several dynamics and they can adapt . For us, however , this is not a game for experimenting . ”

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Pele Ranked The Greatest Footballer Of All Time By BBC Poll , Messi 2nd

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As Pele turned 80, BBC Sport asked it’s thousands of readers to rate his achievements among some of the other GOATs
The results have now been counted and Pele was ranked as the greatest, with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in second and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo in third.
We have put the players in order of the results below.
Note: The Ballon d’Or could only be won by a European player until 1995
1: Pele (Santos, NY Cosmos & Brazil)
World Cup wins: 1958, 1962, 1970 European Cup/Champions League wins: 0
Ballons d’Or: 0
League titles: 7
International caps/goals: 92/77
A teenage dream who was the highest-paid and highest-profile sports star in the world in his pomp, Pele was a phenomenon.
Breaking on to the global scene aged 17 with a hat-trick in the World Cup semi-final and two more in the final, Brazil’s leading goalscorer is one of just four players to have scored in four different World Cup tournaments (1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970).
He won three of those and was kicked out of the ’66 tournament in England through some brutal defending – the only way to stop him.
Not just a goalscorer, Pele had a hand in 53% of Brazil’s 19 goals as they won the 1970 World Cup (four goals, six assists) and was as adept at playing behind the main striker as he was leading the line.
The greatest? Or does the fact he never played club football in Europe hold him back in your eyes?
“Had he been playing now, Pele would surely have made the move to Europe,” says BBC Radio 5 Live football correspondent John Murray.
“It’s the difficulty with comparing generations. We can only judge him on the record he has and it is truly phenomenal.
“The achievements of Maradona, Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo make it a close call but, even now, Pele still has a strong claim to be considered the game’s greatest player.”
2: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 4
Ballons d’Or: 6
League titles: 10
International caps/goals: 140/71
“No-one else does the things he does, the way he does them – and no-one ever has done. He is simply the greatest to have ever played the game.”
The words of Gary Lineker no less.
Can you even mount an argument against Messi being number one on this list? We all know just how good he is. Perhaps a lack of international success with Argentina and ‘only’ winning things with Barcelona? But we’re splitting hairs there.
An absolute genius.
3: Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus & Portugal)
World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 5
Ballons d’Or: 5
League titles: 7
International caps/goals: 167/101
The Champions League’s all-time top goalscorer and scorer of 100 goals for Portugal – Cristiano Ronaldo is a remarkable player. Especially when you consider how he has reinvented himself from spindly winger to powerful number nine.
Whether you rank him ahead of Messi or not is the debate of our footballing time – unlike Messi, though, he has won titles in three countries. And won a major tournament with his national side.
4: Diego Maradona (Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys & Argentina)
World Cup wins: 1986
European Cup/Champions League wins: 0
Ballons d’Or: 0
League titles: 3
International caps/goals: 91/34
What a player. If you haven’t seen it, please go and watch the recent documentary about his time in Naples. It’s superb.
Single-handedly (pretty much) dragged his Argentina team to World Cup glory, and carried Napoli to two Serie A titles. Does that separate him from Lionel Messi? Up to you.
5: Johan Cruyff (Ajax, Barcelona, LA Aztecs, Washington Diplomats, Levante, Feyenoord & the Netherlands)
World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 3
Ballons d’Or: 3
League titles: 10
International caps/goals: 48/33
A supremely gifted individual who was also all about the team – not winning a World Cup with his band of ludicrously good Dutch brothers in the 1970s may be the only blot on his copybook.
Produced one of the World Cup’s most famous moments, had a turn named after him, and went on to inspire Pep Guardiola and countless others when coaching Barca’s so-called ‘dream team’ of the early 1990s.
Lost a lot of money with an unwise investment in pig farming – which is not a line you’re likely to ever read about Messi or Ronaldo…
6: Ronaldo de Lima (Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, Inter, Real Madrid, Milan, Corinthians & Brazil)
World Cup wins: 1994, 2002
European Cup/Champions League wins: 0
Ballons d’Or: 2
League titles: 1
International caps/goals: 98/62
Wherever you end up ranking Ronaldo, we can all agree he would be higher if it wasn’t for horrific injuries. At his peak, perhaps in his season at Barcelona or his first year at Inter before yet another setback, he was as close to unplayable as it gets. It’s no wonder he broke the world transfer record twice by the age of 21.
Take a look at his highlights reel and observe – the jaw-dropping close control, the trademark step-overs at speed that humiliated a decade of goalkeepers, the powerful finish with either foot – he really was something else.
It’s bordering on criminal that he only won one league title in his career. One!
7: Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich, NY Cosmos, Hamburg & West Germany)
World Cup wins: 1974
European Cup/Champions League wins: 3
Ballons d’Or: 2
League titles: 8
International caps/goals: 103/14
‘Der Kaiser’ won the World Cup as player and manager and is living proof you don’t have to be an attacker to rank among the very best.
A playmaker even from centre-back, Beckenbauer was equally at home in midfield or defence and made his debut on the left wing. What you call a total player.
He won three European Cups in a row for the dominant Bayern side of the mid-1970s.
8: Zinedine Zidane (Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid & France)
World Cup wins: 1998
European Cup/Champions League wins: 1
Ballons d’Or: 1
League titles: 3
International caps/goals: 108/31
Another player who didn’t win nearly enough honours, and much like Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane re-imagined a position.
Before ‘Zizou’ the stereotypical number 10 was your playmaker but could be kicked out of the game, was there to be shot at. Not a chance with Zidane, who combined the speed of thought and foot of a ballerina with the frame and menace of a cruiserweight.
At his best Zidane was so good I couldn’t even really tell you where he played. A number 10, sure, but he’d often end up on the left, drop deep to take the ball from the defence or goalkeeper, and yet somehow still pop up in the area as well.
Not an out-and-out goalscorer or a striker, but still won the World Cup for France with two headers and scored the best goal ever seen in a Champions League final.
A complete player, who even knew how to sign off in disgrace with a red card for a headbutt after scoring in his second World Cup final.
9: Ferenc Puskas (Budapest Honved, Real Madrid & Hungary & Spain)
World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 3
Ballons d’Or: 0
League titles: 10
International caps/goals: 89/87
There is a legitimate case for stating the ‘Magic Magyars’ Hungary team of the 1950s was the best in the world. They lost just one match in six years – which, unfortunately, happened to be the World Cup final.
That’s how good Ferenc Puskas was. He was 31 when he joined Real Madrid and still won five league titles, three European Cups and scored 242 goals.
He scored 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues. Ridiculous really, isn’t it?
10: Alfredo di Stefano (River Plate, Millionarios, Real Madrid, Espanyol & Argentina, Colombia & Spain)
World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 5
Ballons d’Or: 2
League titles: 13
International caps/goals: 41/29
Di Stefano won his fifth and final European Cup in 1960 – still only one player has more wins.
He scored in five finals in a row, and won them all.
And, yes, he played for three countries on the international scene. Beat that.

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Benin City To Host Super Eagles Vs Sierra Leone AFCON Qualifier

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Benin To Host Super Eagles Vs Sierra Leone AFCON Qualifier
The newly refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin will host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture between the Super Eagles and Sierra Leone, Completesports.com reports.
The encounter is scheduled for Saturday, November 13, with the the reverse fixture to take place four days later in Freetown.
Gernot Rohr’s side played their last home game in the qualifier against Benin Republic at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium last hosted a national team game on November 12, 2011 when the Super Eagles were held to a 0-0 draw in a friendly by the Zebras of Botswana.
The Super Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw in a friendly by the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in Austria this month.
The three-time African champions top Group L of 2021 AFCON qualifier with six points following victories in their opening two games against neighbours Benin and Lesotho.

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