PLUS NG: Daily Media Summary, Tuesday 25, 2019

CBN Mulls Fresh Capital Base For Nigeria’s Banks – Guardian, Page 1

The disclosure yesterday of plans by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele to pursue, among other objectives, the recapitalisation of the banking sector, have triggered suspicions of distress in the industry. Pundits, who pursue this line of argument believe banks’ poor balance sheet, even as they declare huge profits, is responsible for their refusal to lend to the real sector, especially the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), mostly regarded as the engine of economic growth. Emefiele who unveiled his monetary policies for the next five years, specifically targeted price, exchange and inflation rates stability, to buoy economic activities through enhanced lending. He specifically said recapitalisation would also boost the ranking of Nigerian banks in the global financial market. He said: “In the next five years, we intend to pursue a programme of recapitalising the banking industry so as to position Nigerian banks among the top 500 in the world. Banks will therefore be required to maintain higher level of capital, as well as liquid assets in order to reduce the impact of an economic crisis on the financial system.” However, financial services operators were quick to deny the possibility of distress in the sector, saying that banks assets base and international ratings indicate that the sector is still stable and viable. The CBN governor, who was reappointed for a second term of five years, who based his argument for recapitalisation on current economic realities occasioned by high inflation and exchange rates, recalled that it was Governor Chukwuma Soludo in 2004, who did the last recapitalisation moving the capital base from N2 billion to N25 billion.

Oando, SEC Saga: Court Adjourns Case To July 22 – Punch, Page 35

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned to July 22 a case brought by Oando Plc to stop the Securities and Exchange Commission from replacing its chief executive officer and making changes to the management team. SEC’s action followed an investigation where it allegedly found evidence of financial infractions by the company. Oando dismissed the SEC charges as unsubstantiated and called for SEC to release the full audit on which it based its charges. SEC said in a statement on Monday that the court also fixed July 4, 2019, to hear arguments on the motion for consolidation. At the resumed hearing, Mr Yele Delano, announced appearance for Oando and expressed the company’s intention to be joined in the suit, as well as sought consolidation of similar suits pending before the court, according to the statement, Delano was said to have also sought an adjournment to enable him to file his processes in the suit.

Nigeria External Reserves Stand At $45bn As At June – CBN – Vanguard Online Page

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says the country’s external reserves now stand at 45 billion dollars as at June, 2019. The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this while reeling out the policy road map for his five years second term in Abuja on Monday. Emefiele said the bank put all necessary measure to ensure the steady growth of the country’s external reserves after the recession. “I am delighted to note that our external reserves have risen from 23 billion dollars in October 2016 to over 45 billion dollars by June. “Inflation has also dropped from 18.72 per cent in January 2017 to 11.40 per cent in May. “Our CBN purchasing manufacturers index has risen for 26 consecutive months since March 2017, indicating continuous growth in the manufacturing sector. “As a result of measures implemented by the CBN which improved access to raw materials and finance for manufacturing firms GDP growth has risen for seven consecutive quarters following the recession. “And, our exchange rate has appreciated from over N525/$1 in February 2017 at the Bureau De Change window to N360/$1. “With improved inflow of foreign exchange, the exchange rate has remained stable around N360/$1 for the past 27 months,” he said.

Five Years After, FG Inaugurates SEC Board – Thisday, Page 8

Almost five years after the expiration of the tenure of the last board of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the federal government yesterday reconstituted the board of the regulatory body for the country’s capital market. The commission has been without a board and is presently being run by an acting director general and acting executive commissioners, a situation, market watchers said had partially affected the effective regulation of the market. Following this development, the commission always relies on the Federal Ministry of Finance for direction in the absence of a board. Two weeks after THISDAY exclusively reported that the federal government would constitute the board to be chaired by a lawyer, Mr. Olufemi Lijadu, the federal government inaugurated him yesterday. Speaking during the inauguration, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, who is also overseeing the office of the Minister of Finance, urged listed companies in the capital market to imbibe good corporate governance and accountability in a bid to stimulate growth of the market and increase both domestic and foreign investors participation.

BDC Rates – BusinessDay  

USD              361

GBP              464

EUR              406

Stock Market Report – June 24

ALL SHARE INDEX           29,809.20

DEALS                             4,076.00

VOLUME                          573,674,369.00

VALUE                             N10,213,117,378.73

EQUITY CAP                    N13,136,061,138,839.96

BOND CAP                       N12,506,636,571,212.70

ETF CAP                          N5,796,747,794.58

First Bank Hits 27,000 Banking Agents, Deepens Financial Inclusion – Thisday, Page 30

First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced that it now has over 27,000 agents on its Firstmonie network. This feat, according to a statement from the bank yesterday, reinforces its steering role at promoting financial inclusion in the country. The over 27,000 Firstmonie agents are present in almost all Local Government Areas across the country, it explained. In line with the financial inclusion objectives of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to bring financial services closer to Nigerians, Firstmonie Agent Network is a channel designed by the bank to solve the challenge of access to financial services. Firstmonie agents are empowered with secured digital channels to provide basic financial services such as account opening, cash-in, cash-out, funds transfer, airtime top-up, and bill payments to customers across the country.

Sterling Bank Empowers Teachers – Thisday, Page 30

Sterling Bank Plc has said it is lending support to a programme organised by the Teaching Network Foundation (TTNF). The initiative is aimed at improving the quality of teachers in Nigeria’s education sector. The programme themed: “Introducing and Developing a Sustainable Assessment Strategy to Improve Teaching and Learning,” was held at the Scholars Crest International School, Ikeja in Lagos recently. The guest speaker was Nicholas Dunn, the International Assessment Resources Manager, Hodder Education, United Kingdom (UK). Speaking on the programme, the Education Sector Lead, Sterling Bank, Mrs Eniola Obe, in a statement said that the bank decided to support the programme as part of a deliberate effort to contribute to the welfare of teachers and improve them professionally because they are the most important factor in the school system.

Cadbury Shareholders Get N471m – Nation Online Page

The Board of Directors of Cadbury Nigeria Plc at the weekend assured shareholders that it would continue to work to create more value for investors. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos, the board reiterated its commitment to sustaining the company’s dividend policy as shareholders approved the distribution of N471 million as cash dividend for the 2018 business year. Shareholders will receive a dividend per share of 25 kobo for the 2018 business year as against 16 kobo paid for the 2017 business year. Chairman, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Mr. Atedo Peterside, said the company’s positive performance last year was driven by success of its cost-cutting measures, effective marketing strategy, and superlative performance of its various brands. He noted that the company re-launched its iconic cocoa beverage drink, Bournvita, with a new improved taste in 2018 in line with consumers’ tastes and preferences, pointing out that feedback from consumers indicated that the new Bournvita has gained wide acceptance.

Forte Oil Shares Rise As Adeosun Is Appointed Chief Operating Officer – Punch, Page 31

Shares in Forte Oil Plc rose further by 2.5 per cent to N32.00 per share as investors reacted positively to the appointment of Mr. Olumide Adeosun as the new chief executive officer(CEO) of the company and Mr. Moshood Olajide as chief financial officer(COO). Their appointment followed the acquisition of 74 per cent equity stake in Forte Oil Plc by Ignite Investments and Commodities Limited led by Prudent Energy Services Limited, divested by Femi Otedola. Adeosun has extensive knowledge developed over 18 years of experience encompassing oil and gas, renewable energy, power, and strategy both locally and internationally. The CEO began his career at Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) in London in 1998, where he provided advisory services to a range of multinational clients in the financial sector. In 2004, he worked as a consultant to British Petroleum (BP) Plc on a compliance program and eventually moved to join the company as Group Control Manager, BP Finance. At BP Plc, he helped to deliver a successful organisational transformation program, reducing complexity across the firm’s global financial business processes.

Power Generation Falls To 3,390MW, Seven Plants Idle – Punch, Page 33

The nation’s power generation dropped to 3,390.7 megawatts on Monday as seven plants, including three built under the National Integrated Power Project, sat idle. Electricity generation has been hovering around 2,600MW and 3,800MW as of 6.00 am every day since the start of this month, according to data obtained by our correspondent. It plunged to 2,692.7MW on June 7. Seven power plants, namely Afam IV&V, Alaoji NIPP, Olorunsogo NIPP, Gbarain NIPP, Okpai IPP, AES IPP and ASCO IPP, did not generate any megawatts of electricity as of 6.00 am on Monday. Total generation fell slightly to 3,429MW as of 6.00 am on Sunday from 3,461.7MW on Saturday, data from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, an arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, showed. The amount of electricity produced by the nation’s 27 power plants stood at 3,898.9MW as of 6.00 am on Friday, the highest level achieved so far this month at that time of the day. The plants generated 4,050MW as of 6.00 am on May 30 but their total output dropped to 3,161.6MW on June 1, according to the data. The system operator put the nation’s installed generation capacity at 12,910.40MW; available capacity at 7,652.60MW; transmission wheeling capacity at 8,100MW; and the peak generation ever attained at 5,375MW. The nation generates most of its electricity from gas-fired power plants, while output from hydropower plants makes up about 30 per cent of the total.

Protesting Youths To Buhari: Sack Kyari, Daura – Nation Online Page

Some youths in Kaduna on Monday staged a peaceful protest, asking President Muhannadu Buhari to sack his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and remove his uncle, Mamman Daura from the Presidency. The youths who said, they were protesting state of insecurity in northern Nigeria, blamed the president’s inability to adequately tackle the insecurity on Kyari and Daura whom they referred to as Presidency Cabal. They alleged that, the cabal was also responsible for what they described as low performance of President Muhammadu Buhari in his first four years ‎in office. The youths displayed banners and placards with inscription such as; ‘we need security in Northern Nigeria’, ‘Abba Kyari must go’ and ‘Mamman Daura must go’ among others. They however matched straight to the Kaduna residence of Mamman Daura, chanting and singing, ‘Abba Kyari must go’, ‘Mamman Daura must go’. Speaking to newsmen, the leader of the protesting youths, Auwal Suleiman lamented the increasing rate of insecurity in states like Zamfara, Kaduna State, Katsina and Adamawa among others.

Edo Lawmakers Reconvene Under Tight Security, Elect Principal Officers – Punch, Page 17

Despite the controversy trailing the recent inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly, the lawmakers reconvened on Monday to elect their principal officers and swear in two more members-elect. The Monday session, which was attended by nine members, held under tight security. Recall that nine of the 24 members-elect of the Assembly were inaugurated last Monday night behind closed doors. Shortly after the controversial inauguration, the Assembly adjourned till July 17 to enable other members-elect to complete their documentation. The two members sworn in by the Clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai, on Monday were Emmanuel Okoduwa (Esan North-East I) and Sunday Ojezele (Esan South-East) respectively. The inauguration of the two members brought the total number of lawmakers so far sworn in to 11. Those who were elected principal officers during the Monday session were Roland Asoro (Orhionmwon II) who was elected House Leader; Marcus Onobun (Esan West) elected as Deputy Leader; Henry Okhuarobo (Ikpoba Okha) emerged as the Chief Whip; while Nosayaba Okunbor was co-opted into the Principal Officers Council. The Assembly again adjourned till July 17.

New Nigerian Passport To Adopt 22 Security Features, Says CG – Punch, Page 9

The Nigeria Immigration Service has said the country’s new passport will adopt tough security features that will help to fight crimes. The Comptroller General, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, stated this on Monday while inspecting projects at Ikoyi Passport Office, ahead of the roll-out of the new passport in Lagos on Tuesday (today). Babandede said the new passport would have 22 security features, adding that it was part of measures to discourage criminal intentions. He said the era of multiple identities had ended as the new passport would be integrated with the National Identification Number and Biometric Verification Number. According to him, Nigerians with dubious intentions will now find it difficult to obtain the new 10-year validity passport with the new features. “Nigerians are meant to harmonise their identity and not travel out and start seeking change of name or identity for any frivolous reason that comes to mind. The new passport will harmonize one identity for Nigerians and this will help our social development, economic development and above all, it will be difficult to change the data now,” he added.

Atiku, PDP Head To S’Court Over INEC Server – Thisday, Page 1

The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate in the last general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his party are heading to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), sitting in Abuja, which yesterday denied them access to the server and data of smart card reader the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) allegedly used to compute the results of the 2019 presidential election. Atiku and the PDP signified their intention to challenge the tribunal ruling shortly after the presiding justice of the five-man panel, Justice Mohammed Garba, in a ruling, rejected their application to inspect the materials INEC reportedly deployed in the conduct of the February 23 election. The petitioners, through their counsel, held that section 151 of the Electoral Act allows them to inspect materials used by INEC for the election. But in his ruling, Justice Garba held that granting their application for access to the server and data of the smart card would imply that the court had delved into and resolved the contentious issue of the existence of a central server at INEC. He said doing so would further create the impression that the tribunal had concluded that there is a central server where results of the February 23 election were received and stored.

Troops Kill Bandits In Sokoto, Rescue 95 Boko Haram Captives – Punch, Page 3

Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have rescued 95 men, women and children abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists in Kobe, Boboshe, Dubula and Tafana villages of Borno State. The troops, attached to 112 Task Force Battalion and 22 Brigade in collaboration with members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, discovered the victims in some camps at Kobe and Boboshe villages on Saturday. According the army on Monday, the troops recovered four terrorist flags, two copies of the Quran, one generator and two bicycles from the villages. Meanwhile, in Dubula and Tafana villages, troops retrieved two boxes filled with Quran, five bicycles and assorted clothing materials. The military said 24 of the rescued children were administered with polio vaccines by the Nigerian Army Regimental Medical Officers and officials of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency. The villages had been previously unreached during polio vaccination exercise. The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Monday, said some of the terrorists fled the camps on sighting troops while a few others were shot dead.

Appointment Of Ministers Won’t Take Long – Presidency – Punch, Page 23

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said the President will form his cabinet faster than he did in 2015. Adesina was quoted as saying this by The Interview magazine. The President had in 2015 nominated ministers in October and inaugurated them on November 11, earning him the nickname, ‘Baba go slow’. However, Adesina said on Monday the circumstances today were different and that Nigerians would not have to wait too long before for the President’s ministers. He said, “How much longer will Nigerians wait before the President announces his cabinet? Nigerians will not have to wait a day longer than necessary before they have a cabinet. “And as the President himself has said the process won’t take as long as it did in 2015, because the circumstances are not the same.”

Billionaire Stranded In Ore-Benin Expressway Traffic Gets Helicopter To Lift Him Off – Vanguard, Page 6

A video has gone viral on social media of a Nigerian billionaire who was stuck in a traffic gridlock on Lagos-Benin Expressway for several hours on Sunday, and called an helicopter to pick him. The unnamed billionaire was subsequently airlifted out of a soul-cringing stressful environment owing to a bumper-to-bumper traffic snarl that lasted for more than two hours on the busy expressway. To everyone’s consternation, the helicopter landed right on the expressway, picked him up and flew away. Reacting to the billionaire’s action, Deyemi Okanlawon, who recently fulfilled his honeymoon promise of taking his wife to Paris, France, prayed that God should make him capable of giving his wife such a treatment. He, however, called the action of the helicopter landing in the middle of the expressway an act of lawlessness.

Wife Finds Husband, Another Woman’s Corpses In Lagos Residence – Punch, Page 4-5

Controversy has surrounded the death of one Rasaki Balogun and a yet-to-be-identified woman, whose remains were found at the former’s place of residence at No. 16 Taiwo Oke Street, Victory Estate, in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Monday that Balogun’s wife, Akorede, who discovered the corpses at her husband’s second home, informed the police about the development. He stated that detectives from the state police command, who were mobilised to the scene, found the corpses of Balogun and the woman lying on a knife in a pool of blood in the sitting room. Elkana added that the command had commenced investigation to unravel the actual cause of death. The PPRO said, “On Thursday, June 20, 2019, around 8am, one  Akorede Balogun of Area 2, Igbehandun Estate, New Heaven, Iba, reported at the Iba Police Station that her husband, Rasaki Balogun, 56, of No. 16 Taiwo Oke Street, Victory Estate, Ejigbo, was found dead with his mistress in his sitting room. “A team of detectives, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Ejigbo, visited the scene. The corpses of the man and his alleged mistress were found in the pool of their blood with the woman lying on a knife. The man was said to be living alone in the house, while his family live in a different place. The identity of the mistress has yet-to-be established as he was said to have picked her about two days earlier from an unknown location and brought her to the house.

Methodist Priest Who Faked Own Kidnap, Accomplice Remanded – Punch, Page 5

An Ado Ekiti Magistrates’ Court, on Monday, remanded a 30-year-old Methodist priest, Rev. Peter Adewuyi, in prison custody for allegedly faking his own kidnap in order to obtain ransom. The court also remanded Adewuyi’s accomplice, 25-year-old Oluwadare Ajewole, in prison pending their next appearance in court. The suspects, who were arrested by the police on June 11, are facing counts of aiding, arranging and abetting kidnapping. The police prosecutor, Inspector Monica Ikebuilo, alleged that the offences were contrary to and punishable under sections 5 and 7 of the Ekiti State Kidnap and Terrorism (Prohibition) Law, 2015. The prosecutor explained that the crime was committed within the Ado Ekiti Magisterial District. Adewuyi had claimed that he was kidnapped between Ijebu-Jesa in Osun State and Aramoko in Ekiti State while embarking on a journey. The priest allegedly hid himself in a hotel in Ado Ekiti and pretended that he had been abducted, claiming that his captors were demanding N3m as ransom from his church members and members of the public.

Police Kill Notorious Kidnap Kingpin, Pencil In Gun Battle – Guardian, Page 12

A suspected kidnap kingpin, Mufutau Timileyin Sulaimon, also known as ‘Pencil’, was on Sunday night shot dead in a gun-battle with the police at Odogunyan area of Ikorodu, Lagos State. The suspect allegedly died as a result of bullet wounds he sustained during the shootout. The death of Sulaimon, whom the police described as ‘a most wanted notorious kidnap ringleader’ brings to an end his reign of terror in Ikorodu and its environs. It was learnt that the suspect on March 14, led his gang in the kidnap and murder of two bureau de change operators at Ikorodu after collecting a ransom of N1.6 million. It was also gathered that the suspect and his gang were responsible for the recent mysterious disappearance of some people in Ikorodu. The Guardian learnt that the victims were usually kidnapped by the gang, after which they will demand ransom from the victim’s families before they are brutally murdered and their bodies dumped in septic tanks. The Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, described the gang members as serial killers, rapists and cultists. It would be recalled that three members of Mufutau’s gang were earlier arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and after their arrest, they led the operatives to their den at Ikorodu, where bodies of two bureau de change operators and two other victims were discovered.

Apprentice Found Dead In Sack – Nation Online Page

An 18-year-old apprentice has been found dead in Abraka Community in Ethiope East Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State. The girl, identified as Favour Ogheneyenrohwo, was found dead in a sack, was learning tailoring in Abraka. The deceased hailed from Ughere Community in Ethiope East LGA. A source said the victim may have been strangled as marks were visible on her neck. It was also gathered that the deceased pubic hairs were shaved off after she was murdered last Wednesday. It was learnt the deceased was found in a sack at the Police Station Junction near Bob Izua Motor Park, Abraka around 7:30pm. Delta State Police Commissioner (CP) Adeyinka Adeleke, said the police have begun a manhunt for her fleeing male acquaintance.  Adeleke said: “The lady in question was with her sister and she had a call. When she wanted to leave, she told her sister that she was going to visit her boyfriend. “But when her relatives waited for her after a while and couldn’t find her, they started searching around for her whereabouts. The next day they saw her dead body tied in a sack and her boyfriend whom she was said to have gone to visit fled the area.

JAMB Candidate Arrested For Upgrading Score To 290 – Guardian, Page 4

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) yesterday arrested one Adah Eche for fraudulently upgrading his scores in the recent Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) from 153 to 290. Eche, 19, allegedly engaged some fraudsters through Facebook and Whatsapp platforms, having come across an advertisement that claimed to upgrade 2019 JAMB results. The arrested candidate, who fell for the trick, quickly contacted the numbers and requested that his scores be upgraded from 153 to 200, but they later settled for 290.

After transferring some monies to the scammers, he then wrote a letter to JAMB informing them that they made a mistake in his scores earlier released and that he scored 290. He also sent copies of the forged result to JAMB office results, which upon investigation, was found to be fake.

27-Year-Old Man Hangs Self In Epe – Guardian, Page 12

The Lagos State police command has confirmed that a 27-year-old man, Omotola, also known as ‘Ola-brain’, on Monday, committed suicide over alleged frustration. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident happened in Epe Local Government Area of Lagos at about 5:30a.m. yesterday. Ademola Ogunjobi, Divisional Police Officer, Epe Branch confirmed the incident in an interview with NAN. According to him, the young man committed suicide by hanging in early hours of yesterday. “The body has been deposited in a mortuary at Epe General Hospital for further investigation,’’ the DPO said. An eyewitness, Mr. Tunde Badmus, told NAN that the incident happened at Idi-Aba area of Epe. He said the young man committed suicide by hanging himself, alleging that the deceased was once a yahoo-yahoo boy before his mother stopped him from acts of criminality. “The young man was found roaming around the streets and probably felt frustrated after leaving the yahoo-yahoo job and decided to hang himself.” NAN reports that the deceased mother, who is a widow, declined comments as she was still in shock.

The Young Man That Told 80 Year Old Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka To Get Up Is Disrespectful – Fani-Kayode – Vanguard Online Page

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has said that the young man that told 80 year old Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka to get up, move to the aisle and vacate the window seat for him on a commercial flight is disrespectful. Fani-Kayode reacting to a post by former group executive director of Sahara Group and Energy, All Progressive Congress governorship aspirant in Rivers State, Tonye Cole on his Instagram page on how Prof. Wole Soyinka was asked to vacate a seat by a passenger onboard by a young Nigerian said: ‘The young man that told 80 year old Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka to get up, move to the aisle and vacate the window seat for him on a commercial flight is disrespectful and irreverent. We know it is his right but it is not every right that u insist on exercising’ Cole, said “I met one of the greatest Nigerians walking on earth and as with other times, he was genteel, witty, forthright and humble. My smile gives me away as he permitted the picture whereas he would have preferred to get back to his newspapers,” he wrote.

Man Slashes Own Throat During Murder Trial – AFP

A man slashed his throat during his own trial for murder in a Nebraska court house on Monday, prompting his swift evacuation to hospital. Aubrey Trail, 52, is accused of suffocating and dismembering a young woman with the help of his female companion Bailey Boswell, who is to stand trial herself later in the year. During the hearing, Trail leapt to his feet and yelled “Bailey is innocent and I curse you all,” before stabbing himself in the neck with an unknown object, journalists in the audience said. He was transported unconscious on a stretcher out of the court room, local television reports showed. His condition was not immediately known. In December 2017, the body of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe was found cut up and wrapped in trash bags. She had disappeared 19 days earlier after meeting Boswell online. Trail told police investigating the case he had “accidentally” asphyxiated the young woman.

Shehu Abdullahi Doubtful For Guinea Game – Guardian Back Page

Super Eagles’ right back, Shehu Abdullahi may not be fit enough to play in tomorrow’s game against Guinea, officials have said. Abdullahi was taken off in the first half with what is suspected to be a calf injury in the game against Burundi and the officials are not sure he would have recovered before the game against the Syli Stars. According to an official, who pleaded anonymity, Abdullahi’s injury is a recurrence of the one that kept him out of action for so long last season and we thought everything was all right. “But he started feeling uncomfortable against during the game on Saturday. The doctor would decide if he would be ready for the game tomorrow,” he said. The Super Eagles spent Sunday resting and watching other teams’ matches, but they returned to training yesterday under closed doors. Also not fully fit are Jamilu Collins and Samuel Kalu, but Coach Rohr says he has enough personnel for the game against Guinea. The first 15 minutes of today’s training session will be opened to journalists before the doors are locked to allow them concentrate on tactics.

Rohr Not Ready To Take Risk On Kalu – Vanguard, Page 45

Super Eagles winger Samuel Kalu is yet to return to training with the rest of the team as he is still under observation after he collapsed on the eve of Nigeria’s opening game against Burundi. Samuel Kalu On Friday, the winger slumped during practice and was first feared to have suffered a heart attack. He was quickly taken to the hospital and the immediate examination showed he collapsed due to exhaustion caused by dehydration. However, after Saturday’s win over Burundi, Gernot Rohr still exempted the player from full team practice session. Kalu practiced on his own but under supervision of the Eagles coaches and doctors. Center half, Kenneth Omeruo revealed that Kalu was eager to return to practice and the team is “happy” to have him back. “He wanted to train fully, but he was asked to take it easy otherwise he’s good and we’re happy to have been back.”

Afcon 2019: Amuneke Builds Confidence In Taifa Stars – Samatta – Vanguard, Page 45

Tanzania captain Mbwana Samatta has spoken of Emmanuel Amuneke’s role in helping the Taifa Stars regain their confidence after their previous failures to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). Amuneke The former Nigeria international has been an inspiration to the young Tanzanian players since he took charge of the squad in August 2018. Amuneke helped the East Africans end their long wait of 39 years to qualify for the Afcon, having last played in the competition in 1980 when many of the current players were not born. On Sunday, the Taifa Stars lost 2-0 to Senegal in their opening Group C game of the competition at the 30 June Stadium. Genk forward, Samatta is delighted to have the 43-year-old, who won the 1994 African title with the Super Eagles, as their coach and admitted his side has benefited from his wealth of experience. “We are happy to have him as our coach. I think he is trying to help us. And he has experience in this competition,” he said.

Man Utd Say No To Pogba, Neymar Switch – Punch, Page 28

Manchester United have rejected Paris Saint-Germain’s offer to swap Neymar for Paul Pogba, according to reports. Pogba has made it clear that he wants to leave United this summer and is wanted by Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. Neymar, meanwhile, had told PSG’s hierarchy that he does not want to stay at the club, while reports claim that the Brazilian favours a return to Barcelona. According to The Independent, PSG have attempted to offload Neymar by offering him to United in a potential exchange deal with Pogba. But the report claims that United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has rejected PSG’s proposal for two main reasons. The first is that Neymar’s £900,000-a-week salary is too expensive for United, and could cause even more problems with the club’s wage structure. Woodward also declined the chance to sign Neymar as he wants to keep Pogba at Old Trafford. The World Cup winner has spent three seasons at United after returning in an £89 million deal from Juventus in 2016.

Superstar Salah Seeks First Goal At AFCON – AFP

Superstar Mohamed Salah gets a second chance to score his first goal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when hosts Egypt face the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group A on Wednesday. The recent Champions League winner with Liverpool was unable to convert several chances against Zimbabwe last Friday as Egypt won 1-0 in the opening match of the tournament. “Mohamed Salah was among those who missed chances, but I was satisfied with our performance,” admitted Mexican coach Javier Aguirre. Victory over the Congolese, who performed poorly when losing 2-0 to Uganda, could clinch a last-16 place for the Egyptians with one match to spare. Here, AFP Sport previews the Group A double-header with Uganda playing Zimbabwe in the first match in Cairo, and the Group B showdown between Nigeria and Guinea in Alexandria. After four days of small crowds, a capacity 75,000 crowd is expected in Cairo to cheer Egypt as they seek a third win in four Cup of Nations meetings with the DR Congo. There will be contrasting pressures on the teams with the Pharaohs eyeing a second-round place and the Leopards fighting for survival after a horror first outing.

Ivorian Elephants Trudge On Bafana Bafana – Thisday Online Page

Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia scored the only goal of the game as Ivory Coast’s Elephants edged past South Africa in their opening Group D encounter. Kodjia latched on to Max Gradel’s precise pass before side footing through the legs of goalkeeper Ronwen Williams. Nicolas Pepe struck the woodwork in the first half, while Thulani Hlatshwayo headed inches over the bar for South Africa with the score still goalless. Morocco defeated Namibia 1-0 in Sunday’s Group D opener. Ivory Coast – who left Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha on the bench in Cairo – enjoyed the better of the openings and would have been disappointed not to go into half-time with a narrow lead. Forward Pepe, who scored 23 goals in 41 appearances for Ligue 1 runners-up Lille last season, rattled the crossbar with a curling free-kick after being tripped on the edge of the penalty area. Kodjia should have put the Elephants ahead moments later after latching on to Hlatshwayo’s poor clearance, but the 29-year-old fired straight at Williams with the goal gaping.

Cameroon Withdraws Player Over Life-Threatening Heart Defect – Guardian, Page 61

Striker Joel Tagueu has been withdrawn from Cameroon’s squad at the Africa Cup of Nations after a medical examination revealed a possible life-threatening heart defect, the country’s soccer federation said in a statement yesterday, according to Reuters. The 25-year-old, who plays for Portuguese club Maritimo, had an “anomaly in his coronary artery detected by team doctor, William Ngatchou, which risks his life if he were to play,” the Cameroon Football Federation said. “On the advice of the doctor, the coach (Clarence Seedorf) has decided not to risk the player, who is leaving the tournament,” The doctor first detected the possible defect when Cameroon held a pre-tournament training camp in Qatar and subsequent examinations confirmed his suspicion. “The news was greeted with a lot of sadness in the camp. The staff and the players could not hold back their tears,” the statement added. As Cameroon have yet to play their first game at the tournament, they can still replace Tagueu. The holders begin the defence of their title against Guinea Bissau in Ismailia today.

Fifa Women’s World Cup 2019

Knockout phase Round of 16:

Saturday 22 June

38: Germany 3 Nigeria 0

37: Norway 1 Australia 1 (Nor win 4-1 on pens)

Sunday 23 June

39: England 3 Cameroon 0

40: France 2 Brazil 1 (AET)

Monday 24 June

41: Spain 1 USA 2

42: Sweden 1 Canada 0

Tuesday 25 June

43: Italy vs China (17:00, Montpellier)

44: Holland vs Japan (20:00, Rennes)


Thursday 27 June

45: Norway vs England (20:00, Le Havre)

Friday 28 June

46: France vs USA (20:00, Paris)

Saturday 29 June

47: W43 vs W44 (14:00, Valenciennes)

48: Germany vs Sweden (17:30, Rennes)


Tuesday 2 July

49: W45 vs W46 (20:00, Lyon)

Wednesday 3 July

50: W47 vs W48 (20:00, Lyon)

Third-place play-off:

Saturday 6 July (16:00, Nice)


Sunday 7 July (16:00, Lyon)

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