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We will give Nigeria a tough game- South Africa coach

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Despite the  injury cloud hanging over  his team, South Africa coach  Stuart Baxter insists Bafana Bafana will be looking to pull off another terrific result in their Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Super Eagles  at the Godswill Akpabio  Stadium in Uyo on Saturday.

Key players Aubrey Ngoma, Tiyani Mabunda, Lebogang Manyama, Tokelo Rantie, Andile Jali, Rivaldo Coetzee and Eric Mathoho are nursing  injuries and look doubtful for the clash.

Englishman Baxter, 63,  is desperate to end Bafana’s  25-year-old winless run against the Eagles to prove his coaching credentials.

The Southern Africans have never won  in their 11  competitive games  against Nigeria  since  their 4-0 pounding by the  three-time  African champions  in their USA ’94 World Cup qualifier in Lagos on October 10, 1992.

Nigeria progressed to win six other competitive  fixtures against South Africa, with both sides settling for draws in four meetings. South Africa only defeated the Eagles 2-1 in a friendly affair in Johannesburg on November 17, 2004, with Baxter, who was their coach,     dishing out instructions from the dugout.

In both teams’ last meeting in a competitive affair, Bafana grabbed  a 2-2 draw  at the Godswill Akpabio  Stadium on  November 19,  2014  to end the Eagles’ Equatorial Guinea  2015 Africa Cup of Nations’ qualification dreams.

Baxter, who admitted  that  Saturday’s match would be a tough one for his side,  is backing the players for the game   to step up to the plate, in spite of the Eagles’ good run of form under their German manager Gernot Rohr.

“We need a positive result in Nigeria and we have capabilities to hurt them,” Baxter, who is expected to arrive in Uyo with  his troops on Wednesday, was quoted by the South Africa Football Association’s official website as saying on Tuesday.

“When we get there, we should be ready. There is no perfect world but I have positive belief. I would have loved to have a full fit squad ahead of travelling to Nigeria but you don’t get a perfect situation in football.”

He added, “We  are going to be a big nuisance to them (Nigeria); we want to be a nightmare they don’t want.”

Rohr also admitted that  the  match would  be a difficult game for  his team.

The former Gabon coach told reporters in Uyo on Tuesday,  “The game will be difficult. It will be a big challenge to beat the South Africans. It will be difficult with the young players that we have.

“Our captain Mikel Obi and our first choice goalkeeper (Carl Ikeme) are out of the match.”

Source: (Punch Newspaper )

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#EndSARS: Kwara Govt Relaxes Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew
#EndSARS: Kwara Govt Relaxes Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq

Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq on Sunday evening relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on Ilorin metropolis following the return of calm to the affected areas.

The curfew will now be observed between 6 p.m and 8 a.m daily until further notice.

This decision came after the Governor held a security council meeting with heads of the security agencies in the state.

This was announced in a statement in Ilorin, by the spokesman of the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye.

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He, however, stated that the government will continue to review the situation and take decisions that are in the best interest of the state.

The government had imposed a 24-hour curfew on Ilorin metropolis following last Friday’s wanton looting and destruction of public and private facilities in the State capital under the guise of End SARS protests allegedly hijacked by hoodlums.

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Lagos Govt Reviews Curfew Time

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Lagos Govt Reviews Curfew Time

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State government on Sunday further reduced the curfew time in the state.

Chief press secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile said the curfew will now run from 8 pm to 6 am while movement will be allowed between 6 am and 8 pm.

Also Read: Sanwo-Olu, South-West governors inspect Lekki toll gate

Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday imposed a 24-hour curfew due to the violence in different parts of Lagos State. The curfew was eased on Saturday from 6 pm to 8 am.

He said the curfew was necessary because the “peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society.

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If Nigeria Doesn’t Restructure, It Will Break Up – Gani Adams

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If Nigeria Doesn’t Restructure, It Will Break Up - Gani Adams
If Nigeria Doesn’t Restructure, It Will Break up, Says Social Activist Gani Adams

Gani Adams

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland and leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams has expressed that Nigeria is on a verge of a break up except there is a restructuring of the country.

Speaking to Arise TV on Sunday, Gani Adams stated that there is a need to get to the root cause of the problems that led to the #EndSARS protests by Nigerian youths.

According to Adams, the youths have sacrificed a lot to push positive change in Nigeria.

“After they were attacked by the military on Tuesday, a lot has happened,” Adams continued, explaining that the realisation that Nigeria’s constituent units are too dependent on the federal government for security hit hard, with the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu admitting he was not in charge of the situation.

Also Read: Fani-Kayode Condemns Video Asking Igbo Indigenes To Leave Yorubaland

“If we continue like this, the future of Nigeria is bleak,” he insisted. “That’s why I’ve clamoured for restructuring.”

Taling about the violence in different parts of Lagos in the past few days, Adams accused politicians of sponsoring the burning of the Orile police station in Lagos, stating that hoodlums attack across the state was carefully planned.

He stated that politicians orchestrated the violence so as to have an excuse to impose a 24-hour curfew in Lagos.

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