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WAFU Tournament: The Baby Elephants Beat Eaglets 3-2 in Thrilling Final



Ivory Coast defeated defending champions Nigeria 3-2 to win the West African Football Union (WAFU) B competition at the Stade de Kégué, Togo on Monday.

Sindou Kone, Abdrumane Konate and Seydou Traore gave the Ivorian side a three-goal lead before two late goals from substitute Ahmed Abdulahi guaranteed a cheeky completion for Ivory Coast in Lome.

Ivory Coast, who had defeated the Golden Eaglets 1-0 in the group stage of the WAFU tournament, started the game on the front foot and were by far the better side of the teams from the kick-off.

Goalkeeper of the Nigerian side, Destiny Emuwahen, was forced to make a fine save in the 10th minute following a fine passing game from the Ivorians. After five minutes, he was beaten by a fine header from Sindou, who jumped highest to net in a fine cross from a corner kick via a nod.

The goal prodded the Eaglets to life and they began creating chances of their own began failed to convert any of them.

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Sindou messed up the Eaglets backline as he kept on tormenting the Nigerian defenders and nearly got the second however saw his shot impeded by Victor Udoh.

Abdrumane made it 2-0 for Ivory Coast 13 minutes into the restart, with Golden Eaglets coach Fatai Amoo reacting with three quick substitutions as he brought on Ahmed for Chijioke Osuji, Samson Ogunmola for Samuel Akere, with Emmanuel Papo, who got the champ against Burkina Faso in the semi-finals, replaced by Oluwatomiwa Kolawole.

Substitute Seydou scored the third goal of the night for Ivory Coast in the 84th minute to put the game out of the reach of the Eaglets.

Be that as it may, two late goals from Ahmed in added time gave the Eaglets a life saver, however it was short of what was needed as the Baby Elephants held on to claim the trophy.

Regardless of the loss, the Eaglets are through to the 2021 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Morocco in July, where the top four teams at the WAFU tournament will qualify for the 2021 U-17 World Cup in Peru, as Africa’s representatives

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Eid: Put politics aside, pray for Buhari, Tinubu urges Nigerians



All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to put politics aside and pray for the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for strength and wisdom to protect the nation.

He made this call on Wednesday in his Eid-el-Fitr message titled, ‘Let righteous acts, efforts of Ramadan continue to guide our actions’.

Tinubu, who joined Muslims in Nigeria and across the world to mark the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast, stressed that the fasting is a sign of complete devotion to God.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to remember the lessons of Ramadan.

He said, “We must never condone and tolerate the works and words of those who would do evil or who would pit brother against brother, Nigerian against Nigerian.”

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He also urged Nigerians to put politics aside and continue to pray for Buhari and his government.

“Let us put politics aside and continue to pray to Almighty Allah for our country and all its people.

“Let us remember President Muhammadu Buhari and his government in our prayers that they may be given the requisite strength and wisdom to protect the nation, defeat the challenges that confront us and help establish Nigeria as a more prosperous and just land,” he stressed.

Tinubu also emphasised that Nigerians should pray for soldiers and those that are in the frontline against the war on terrorism and coronavirus pandemic.

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FG careful with kidnappers not with #EndSARS protesters, Omokri slams Lai Mohammed



An ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has slammed the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for saying that the Federal Government and its security agencies know the whereabouts of kidnappers and bandits but only being careful.

According to Omokri, the government was not careful with #EndSARS protesters last October when soldiers allegedly opened fire on youths at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, injuring over 30 protesters and allegedly killing some youths.

It was reported that the minister at a briefing on Tuesday said the government indeed knew the locations of kidnappers, adding that security agencies were only being careful to avoid civilian casualties.

“One of the most difficult things to do, for a democratically-elected government, is to use the instruments of coercion against its own people. For example, while the nation’s military have superior firepower over the rag tag band of Boko Haram and ISWA, the terrorists most often than not operate among the populace, either in our villages or towns, hence the military, in tackling them, is usually careful to avoid collateral damage.

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“The same applies to the kidnappers who abduct our school children. Usually, the location of the kidnappers is not unknown to security forces, but they still have to exercise caution in order not to hurt the same children they are trying to rescue. Despite these inhibitions, the security forces have the wherewithal to decisively tackle the challenges,” Mohammed had said.

Reacting, Omokri, in a string of tweets on Wednesday, wrote, “Lai Mohammed says the Buhari government knows where kidnappers are, but are only being ‘careful’. But why was the Buhari administration not careful during #LekkiMassacre, or when they massacred Nigerian Shiites? Why is their mercy only reserved for kidnappers?

“Lai, why is your government now appealing to bandits and herdsmen? Did you ‘appeal’ to #EndSARS protesters before massacring them, or to the people of Orlu before slaughtering them? The Buhari administration is a useless embarrassment!”

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Eid: Buhari asks Nigerians to pray against banditry, kidnapping



The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday asked Nigerians to pray against kidnapping, banditry and blackmail.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President made the call in his Eid-il-Fitr message.

The statement was titled ‘On the occasion of Eid, President Buhari calls for unity and solidarity’.

Shehu quoted the President as saying, “On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst all.

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“Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion.”

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