DBI: Over 54% Of Businesses Suffer Cyber Attacks – The Nation, Page 11
The Acting Administrator, Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Lagos, Campus, Viola Askia Usoro, yesterday said over 54 per cent of business organisations in the country suffer cyber-attacks. DBI is the manpower development arm of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Speaking during the closing ceremony of 2019 English West and Central Africa Instructor Event in Lagos, she said a huge percentage of the cyber breaches were due to human errors. She said: “It is quite commendable that school Cisco is focused on providing capacity and awareness in cybersecurity which is an unavoidable tussle in today’s world. The internet has become an essential part of our daily activities. Statistical indicators show that more than half of the world’s population uses the internet thereby generating about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data on a daily basis.” According to her, NCC industry statistics showed that the number of internet users is about 119.5 million as at April 2019. “Despite the slow start, internet use is growing exponentially in Nigeria. While huge amounts of data are useful in a number of fields such as banking, medicine, communications, government, education etc, it is it also poses unprecedented threats for users security and privacy. In Nigeria the vast majority of the communications infrastructure resides in private hands. The risks to national and economic security associated with the compromise of failure of these assets mean that their protection requires concerted public-private effort,” she added.
Power Distributors Owe Service Providers N263bn – Punch, Page 26
Power distribution companies owe service providers, including the Transmission Company of Nigeria, a total of N263bn, our correspondent has learnt. The service providers in the power sector are the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, the Transmission Service Provider, the System Operator and the Market Operator. The TSP, SO and MO are different arms of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, which manages the national grid. The Market Operator, Mr Edmund Eje, in a video interview posted on the Twitter handle of the TCN, noted that the Transitional Electricity Market started in 2015. He said, “One of the major conditions for TEM is that the distribution companies will post letters of credit or guarantee to the market operator and the market operator will rest on these letters of credit. Assuming a Disco short pays its invoice, the market operator will fall back on this letter of credit. From 2015, the transactions concerning energy and capacity were handed over to the NBET, and then what was left for the market operator, apart from all market administration processes, is services payment.’’ According to him, the service payment involves the service charge, which the market operator collects from the Discos. Eje said, “When TEM commenced, the Discos didn’t comply with this in the first and second months; an attempt was made to fall back or to have recourse to the letter of credit. The Discos went to court, obtained an injunction and stopped both NBET and the market operator from having their way.’’
CIS Inducts SEC’s Uduk Associate Member – The Nation, Online
The Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) yesterday inducted the Acting Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an associate member of the institute. At a brief ceremony to mark the conferment yesterday at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Uduk was honoured with the beating of the closing gong for the stock market. President, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), Mr. Dapo Adekoje said the institute takes the issue of professional standards and ethical behaviour of its members seriously warning that erring members are always investigated and disciplined as necessary. He explained that the principal activities of the institute include provision of examinations leading to qualifications as securities and investments professionals, organising seminars and continuing professional education courses for members and practitioners to improve standards of professional competence. In her remarks, Uduk expressed delight at becoming a member of CIS, a highly revered body of securities & investment experts, whose pivotal role it is to maintain high standards in the stockbroking profession in Nigeria. “I am also honoured to be inducted into this great institute and hereby pledge to abide by the ethics of this noble profession to further the development of the capital market. With the support of the Institute and other market stakeholders, I look forward to working with the Institute to move the Nigerian capital market to the next level where it would contribute positively to the growth of the economy,” Uduk said.
AAAN 46th AGM/Congress To Hold In Asaba – The Nation, Page 44
The Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) will hold its 46th Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Congress from July 11 to 13 at the Best Western Plus Elomaz Hotel, Asaba, Delta State. The AGM/Congress, themed: “War Within: Solutions for Survival”, will be opened by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. Captains of industry, top business leaders and policy makers within and outside the marketing communication industry are expected at the congress. AAAN President Ikechi Odigbo said the association aims to use the AGM as a platform to engage in intellectual and critical discourse on the challenges facing the business and practice of advertising in Nigeria, as well as advocate unorthodox solutions in rebuilding and rebranding the industry. Chairman of the Planning Committee Doyin Adewumi said the association decided to invite its distinguished senior members to lead the discussion, adding that the discourse will be beneficial to delegates and members of the Association. Dignitaries expected at the event include Vice Chairman of Troyka Holdings Jimi Awosika; Group CEO, X3M Ideas Steve Babaeko; CEO, Brandzone LLC Mrs. Chizor Malize and CEO, BBDO Igbo Amadi-Obi.
Asset Management Firms Increase Mutual Fund Offering – Thisday, Page 25
According to a report made available to THISDAY, these funds which are perceived to be low risk alternatives to other more traditional asset classes, account for over 70 per cent of collective investment schemes and 25 per cent of non- pension assets under management. The report noted that, MMFs offers comparable yields to short term government securities with annualised yield of about 13.2 per cent as at first quarter of 2019, higher than the 11.3 per cent on 90-day treasury bills as at the same date. “In managing these funds, asset managers have traditionally conformed to higher credit standards above the benchmarks, with most holding over 65 per cent of net assets in risk free securities and other highly rated securities resulting in a superior risk reward profile when compared with a number of investment vehicles. The company’s fund risk rating assesses exposure to loss of principal risk based on a portfolio’s investment strategy and guidelines which aids when assessing a Fund’s exposure to liquidity, credit, currency, pricing risks and interest rate,” it added. The company further noted that, “The MMFs are poised to continue dominating the collective investments schemes in the short to medium term, which will account for a projected 28 per cent of the total non -pension assets under management by the year 2021 (2018:25%), with three additional MMFs set to launch in 2019 alone.’’
Mark Nigerian Crude To End Theft, NOSDRA Tells FG – Punch, Page 26
The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency on Tuesday declared that crude oil theft in Nigeria could only be stopped through the application of stringent measures such as the marking of crude oil produced in Nigeria. NOSDRA charged the Federal Government to consider the option of marking Nigerian oil using the molecular fuel marker technology, stressing that it would be virtually impossible for oil thieves to detect. It further stated that the technology would enable regulators to track petroleum products that were derived from stolen crude. The agency’s Director-General, Idris Musa, who disclosed this at a stakeholders’ seminar in Abuja organised by New Nigeria Foundation on advocacy against crude oil theft, told participants that Ghana had applied the crude oil marking technique and had been tracking its petroleum products successfully. Musa said, “Marking Nigerian oil with covert molecular fuel markers will further help in the fight against crude oil theft. With this technology, it will be virtually impossible for thieves to detect and that’s what we are also proposing as an agency. This measure will allow regulators to know if the fuel sold at dispensing stations are from illegal sources or not. It might interest you to know that Ghana has successfully applied this approach.” The Managing Director, New Nigeria Foundation, Prof. Obafemi Ajibola, stated that findings from NNF researches conducted by reputable institutions had shown that the amount of crude stolen from the Niger Delta region was humongous.
5G: Ramaphosa Backs Huawei – The Nation, Page 3
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has described Chinese technology giant Huawei as the only company that can bring the 5G technology service to his country. He spoke at the first South African Digital Economy Summit in Johannesburg, where he outlined his government’s strategy to unlock economic opportunities in the digital era. The President said multilateral relations should also reflect an enabling posture for the global digital economy. He said the U.S. action against Huawei was an example of protectionism which would affect South Africa’s telecommunications sector. “This standoff between China and the US where the technology company Huawei is being used as a victim because of its successes is an example of protectionism that will affect our own telecommunications sector, particularly the efforts to roll out the 5G network, causing a setback on other networks as well,” he said. He said a number of telecommunication companies had written to him to express their concerns about trade restrictions that had been imposed on Huawei by the US government. “Telecom companies got together and wrote me a letter saying that this tussle between the US and China around the company called Huawei is going to hurt us because we can’t go to 5G and only Huawei can lead us to 5G,” he said. With the trade discussions between the US and China set to resume, Ramaphosa said the Chinese telecom giant was a victim. “We support a company that is going to take our country and indeed the world to better technologies, and that is 5G. We cannot afford to have our economy to be held back because of this fight. We are pleased that at the G20 Summit, China and US were able to meet and they said they will relax some of the constraints being imposed on Huawei so that it can continue to deal with other various companies.”
Nigeria Attracted $7bn Deals From African Investment Forum — Afdb – Punch, Page 25
Nigeria accounted for $7bn of the $38.7bn inflows that were secured for the African continent at the maiden edition of the African Investment Forum, which held in South Africa in November 2018, the African Development Bank has said. The Senior Country Director for Nigeria at AfDB, Mr Ebrima Faal, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday at a roadshow to promote the second edition of the forum coming up in South Africa in November. He disclosed that the AfDB would be increasing its average investment in Africa from about $600m every year to about $1bn per annum in the next three years. Faal said that transactions at the forum that were designated for Nigeria accounted for 14.9 per cent of the deals that were closed at the investment market, which the bank conceived to expose bankable projects on the continent to investors from across the globe. He said, “The Africa Investment Forum aims to change the face of investment in Africa by bringing together members with a vested interest in Africa’s growth and development through business transformation. It is a multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary collaborative platform for international business and social impact investors looking to invest on the continent. It is a highly-transactional marketplace dedicated to advancing projects to bankable stages, raising capital, and accelerating the financial closure of deals. Sufficient to say now that it convened over 2,000 participants representing 87 countries, including eight heads of governments in 2018. Deals worth a total of $46.9bn were discussed with 49 deals valued at $38.7bn secured.”
Group tasks Government On Prosecution, Recovery Of Assets Under PEF Investigations – Guardian, Page 23
Worried that corruption cases against public officials, especially those related to the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), may not be properly handled, a Civil Society Organisation, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), has called for conclusive investigation of cases and complete recovery of all monies and assets associated with corrupt enrichment. Furthermore, the Group urged the present administration to prosecute all those indicted by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property. Addressing journalists in Lagos, yesterday, the Chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, said the call for conclusive investigations became necessary due to what he described as President Muhammadu Buhari’s betrayal of trust of Nigerians in the government’s capacity to confront corruption without political consideration. Making reference to the recent compromise and ultimate withdrawal of corruption charges against Senator Danjuma Goje, Suraju said the fight against corruption is not a government franchise, but the responsibility and obligation of all Nigerians.
Nigeria Adds 3.1 Million New Internet Users In May – Punch, Page 26
Nigeria has gained 3.12 million Internet users in May 2019, the latest monthly Internet subscribers data obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission has shown. However, this is lower than the number of new Internet users recorded by mobile network operators in April in which operators gained 3.6 million new users. The statistics showed that overall Internet users rose to 122,624,417 in May from the 119,506,430 recorded in April, showing a 2.6 per cent growth in subscribers. According to the data, Airtel, MTN and Globacom gained more Internet subscribers during the month under review, while 9mobile was the big loser. Also, new Internet users were added on the 800 MHz spectrum owned by MTN. The breakdown of the statistics revealed that MTN gained the most with 2,406,627 new Internet users, increasing its subscription in May to 52,433,020 from 50,026,393 recorded in April. The data indicated that Airtel came second with 595,093 new Internet users in May, increasing its subscription to 31,932,750 in May as against 31,337,657 in April. Also, Globacom gained 198,142 new Internet users in the month under review, increasing its subscription to 28,825,533 in May as against 28,627,391 recorded in April. The NCC data further showed that 9mobile lost 90,866 Internet users in May and was left with 9,350,477 users in May as against 9,441,343 recorded in April. The data revealed that 800Hz spectrum MTN got from Visafone recorded 82,637 Internet users in May as against 73,646 in April.
Tax Tribunal Resolves 42 Cases Worth N288bn – Punch, Page 25
A total of 42 tax-related disputes worth N288.1bn have been resolved by the Tax Appeal Tribunal within a period of eight months. The Coordinating Secretary of TAT, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, gave the figure in Abuja at the opening session of a two-day retreat on effective and efficient tax dispute resolution in Nigeria. Apart from the N288.1bn, he said disputes worth $5.41bn had also been resolved by the Tribunal. The Tribunal is one of the windows provided in Nigeria’s tax administration system, which offers an aggrieved party the opportunity to explore other dispute resolution mechanisms before gaining access to the law courts. Among other things, it helps to reduce the caseload of the over-laden regular courts by providing less formal fora for quicker, cheaper and expert resolution of tax disputes in the public interest. The Tax Appeal Tribunal was established pursuant to Section 59 (I) and the Fifth Schedule of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act, 2007. Giving a summary of its activities from inauguration in November last year till date, Abubakar said the tribunal inherited 215 pending appeals with a disputed tax value of N607.53bn, $13.52bn and €1.48m.
Police Arrest Suspected Abductor Of OAU Lecturer – Punch, Page 4
The Osun State Police Command, on Tuesday, said one of the suspected abductors of Prof. Olayinka Adegbehingbe, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, had been arrested. Adegbehingbe, who was returning to Ile-Ife from Lagos on Sunday, May 5, 2019, was abducted by suspected Fulani herdsmen on the Ife-Ibadan Expressway and was released a day later after the payment of N5.45m ransom. Parading the suspect, Usman Ladan, from Sokoto State, at the command’s headquarters in Osogbo, the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Ige, said Adegbehingbe actually identified the man as one of those who abducted him. Ige said another of the alleged abductors was arrested while wandering aimlessly in Ikire, while two other suspects were arrested in the Iwo area for other crimes. The suspects are Samaila Gede from Katsina State; Kemu Rejuli from Niger Republic; and Jubril Mohammed from Katsina State, who were said to have been apprehended with assorted charms. The police boss added that four suspected members of the Eiye Confraternity had also been arrested, while planning the annual gathering of the group for July 7, in the Okuku area of the state. Ige warned that the command would not condone any act of lawlessness, adding that efforts by operatives of the Operation Puff Adder and the support of the various communities in the state had assisted the command in keeping the crime rate low.
We Have No Land For Ruga, South East Governors Insist – Guardian Online
SouthEast governors have denied allocating any portion of land in the region for the Ruga Fulani herdsmen settlement, even as they promised to tolerate herdsmen who carry out peaceful trade. In a statement, the director general of the South East Governors’ Forum, Prof. Uchenna Ortuanya, said: “The attention of the South East Governors’ Forum has been drawn to the various attacks and campaign of calumny by our people alleging that governors of the southeast have secretly donated land for the Ruga programme being promoted by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) as approved by the National Economic Council (NEC). The fact remains that no southeast governor has donated any land or intends to donate any land for any of the two programmes due to lack of enough land in the entire southeast.’’
Alleged Killer Accuses Woman Of Murdering Her Husband, Mistress – Punch, Page 4-5
The Lagos State Police Command, on Tuesday, announced the arrest of one Promise Oguegbu for allegedly killing an accountant, Rasaki Balogun, and his mistress, Muyibat Alabi, in the Ejigbo area of the state. PUNCH Metro had reported that Balogun’s wife, Akorede, who discovered the corpses of her husband and Alabi at his second home, reported the incident to the police. It was gathered that police investigation led to Oguegbu, who was arrested. While speaking with journalists during a parade by the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, on Tuesday, the 25-year-old Oguegbu, however, accused Akorede of killing her husband and his mistress. Oguegbu, one of Balogun’s tenants, stated that he saw when Akorede poured a substance into Balogun and Alabi’s mouths, adding that she pleaded with him (Oguegbu) not to expose her and bribed him with her husband’s car.
Kogi CJ Begs Judiciary Workers, Urges Bello To Honour Pact – Guardian, Page 8
Chief Judge (CJ) of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, has pleaded with the state’s branch of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to sheathe their swords, just as he urged the Governor Yahaya Bello to honour agreement reached with peace-brokers who intervened in the judiciary-executive face-off. A statement signed by Senior Information Officer, Kogi State Judiciary, Saqeeb Saeed, said the CJ made the appeal when he received the report of the meeting held between the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and the consultant appointed by the executive to join with the JSC on the conduct of the biometric data capturing of judiciary workers in the state. According to the statement, Justice Ajanah pleaded with JUSUN when told of the position held by the union during the two-day meeting held at the conference room of the judiciary headquarters in Lokoja. Saeed said JUSUN had insisted that judiciary workers in the state would not participate in the biometric data capturing exercise until all the outstanding 11 months salaries of its members were cleared or the N1.5 billion owed the judiciary that the National Industrial Court ordered the Executive to pay was paid. He, however, said that before making the appeal, the CJ sought to know the position of the consultant and the representative of government on the knotty issue of judiciary subvention and the payment of salaries to workers.
EFCC Nabs Native Doctor For Fraud In Ibadan – Punch, Page 5
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Tuesday, arrested a suspected fake native doctor, Fatai Aliu, for duping people on the pretext of possessing spiritual powers to solve their problems. Aliu was arrested by the operatives of the commission during a raid on his residence on Kisumu Estate, Odo-Ona Elewe, Ibadan. Before his eventual arrest, the commission said it had worked on several intelligence reports linking the suspect to a series of fraud allegations involving large sums of money. He was also accused of engaging in money doubling through which he allegedly collects money from his victims with the promise of using his spiritual powers to multiply the sums, but instead diverts the funds to his personal use. The raid led the EFCC operatives to Aliu’s shrines located in a thick forest around the Ibadan-Ijebu-Ode Road and Kobomoje area of the town, where many voodoo items were discovered.
APC Defends Sanwo-Olu’s N41m Donation To Super Eagles – Guardian Online
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has defended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the N41 million donation to the senior national football team, the Super Eagles, after they defeated Cameroon in the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt. Its publicity secretary, Joe Igbokwe, stated yesterday that “the governor has his eyes on the development of sports” in the country, especially football. Critics had argued that the money could have been used to fix some roads dotting the state’s landcape, renovate schools and equip security officials in the state. Some even said he was giving money to rich footballers who were paid in United States dollars. “Lagos APC will not join issues with those who complained about the donation because Sanwo-Olu holds Lagos in trust for more than 20 million citizens. The governor is also entitled to do what he did to encourage the players who defeated the defending champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. The action is not about whether the players are rich or not, but a normal thing.” The party added that Sanwo-Olu, as one of the delegates assigned by President Muhammadu Buhari to boost the morale of the players, had to play the politics of football. Meanwhile, Lagos is set to reduce child morbidity and mortality, as it marks the 2019 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Week, to provide health interventions on maternal and child healthcare in the state.
Police Arrest Four Katsina Vigilantes For Allegedly Killing 17 Persons – Punch, Page 4
The police in Katsina State have arrested four members of a vigilante group in Kwatawa village in the Safana Local Government Area of the state for the death of 17 civilians. The suspects are Abdullahi Abubakar, 30; Lawal Abubakar, 28; Abdusalam Sani, 35; and Salisu Isah, 38. Northern City News gathered on Tuesday that the suspects mobilised and invaded Fulani settlements to avenge the killing of three of their colleagues by bandits. Our correspondent learnt that the bandits, on June 7, wielded AK-47 rifles and stormed a farm at Illelain the same local government area and killed three members of the vigilante group, who were tilling the ground. The murdered vigilantes were named as Ashiru Mansir, Muddaha Mandir and Jabiru Mansir. The suspects were said to have carried out their revenge soon after burying their colleagues. At the end of hostilities, 17 people were reported to have lost their lives. Police investigation reportedly led to the arrest of the four vigilantes, who were suspected to be the brains behind the revenge attack. The suspects have since been charged to court for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide in contravention of sections 97 and 221 of the Penal Code.
The Other Side Of Egypt –Guardian, Page 44
Egypt’s forward Mohamed Salah reacts during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 football match between Egypt and South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium in the Egyptian Capital on July 6, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) It’S the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations today and tomorrow and the two biggest surprises are that Madagascar is still in the tournament and superstar Mohamed Salah and host Egypt are out, writes apnews.com. Madagascar is ranked 108th in the world by FIFA — below Haiti, Libya and even the Caribbean island of Curacao — and yet has beaten two former African champions and is into the last eight in a fairytale first appearance at a major tournament. Salah’s early exit after Egypt was shocked by South Africa means Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal takes over as the highest profile player at the cup. Senegal is now favorite to win although Nigeria, Algeria and Cote d’Ivoire will have other ideas. Watch out also for another debut: The always-contentious VAR system is being used at the African Cup for the first time from the quarters onwards. Magical Madagascar has done the hard yards. The journey began more than two years ago when, because of its lowly ranking, it had to play in the very first game in qualifying, a 1-0 win on the island of Sao Tome and Principe in March 2017. Who knew that would be the first step to being two games away from the African Cup final in Cairo?
Serena, Halep, Strycova, Svitolina For Wimbledon Semifinals – Guardian, Page 45
Serena Williams survived a determined challenge by compatriot Alison Riske with a 6/4, 4/6, 6/3 victory on Centre Court and moved closer to her quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title. On the day for the ladies’ quarterfinals, Simona Halep, the highest seeded player remaining in the draw, defeated China’s Shuai Zhang 7/6 (4), 6/1 and Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina defatted Karolina Muchova of Czech Republic 7/5, 6/4. Barbora Strycova ended home country hopeful Johanna Konta, 7/5, 6/1. Serena powered 19 aces with just two double faults in a demonstration of service prowess. She registered 60 per cent of first serves and won most of the games played after. The closeness of the encounter was evident in the many break opportunities each player had. Alison won all the five games on which she had a break point but Serena converted only six of sixteen. Had she won more games when she had break points, the match would not have lasted three sets.
Fireworks in Cairo as Nigeria, S’Africa Battle for S’final Ticket – Thisday, Page 54
The battle between Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana of South Africa tonight at 8pm Nigerian time for the semi final ticket of the on-going 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at the Cairo International Stadium was least predicted by book-makers. Against expectations of most fans, Super Eagles bundled out Cup holders and five-time winners Cameroon 3-2 in the Round of 16 in Alexandria on Saturday, while Bafana Bafana also did the unimaginable, shocking host nation and seven-time champions Egypt 1-0 in front of 75,000 fans at the Cairo International Stadium to set up tonight’s clash. It is this unlikely route to this mouth-watery pairing that makes the game a sort of an anti-climax. Going down memory lane, figures show that Nigeria has won the African title three times in 1980, 1994 and 2013, while South Africa have only one to show and that was when they hosted in 1996. Eagles were not at that edition to defend the title they won two years earlier in Tunisia due to political intrigues. The withdrawal led to a CAF suspension that accounted for another absence in 1998, where South Africa reached the final, losing to Egypt.
Nigeria, S’Africa Q’final Clash Live On Supersport – Thisday, Page 55
A semi-final spot at the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is up for grabs when the Super Eagles of Nigeria take on the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in one of the tournament’s quarter-final games today. The match between two past winners of the African Cup of Nations, billed for Cairo International Stadium, will be broadcast live at 8pm on SuperSport 7 and 10 on all DStv packages, and SuperSport Select 2 and 4 on GOtv Max and Plus packages. Both teams have met 13 times, with six Nigerian victories against South Africa’s two, the most recent being the 2 – 0 away victory over the Super Eagles in a 2019 AFCON Group E qualifier played in June 2017. The return leg last November in Johannesburg ended 1 – 1. Coach Gernot Rohr will once again look to Odion Ighalo for inspiration, with the China-based striker seeming to have rediscovered his scoring touch. The Super Eagles coach will also hope that his side’s defence, which has proved a source of worry, will enjoy better protection by hard-working midfielders, Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo. The Super Eagles can also count on midfielders Alex Iwobi and defender Ola Aina to provide attacking spark. The Bafana Bafana look very capable of ending the Super Eagles’ dream of adding to their three AFCON victories. The 1996 winners will take inspiration from the staggering counter-attacking performance against Egypt and their main offensive weapons, Percy Tau and Thembinkosi Lorch, the 2018/2019 ABSA Premiership Best Player. Both players showed how much menace they are capable of against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Junior D’Tigers Explore Cape Verde, Share Experiences – Guardian, Page 45
Nigerian players to the ongoing FIBA U-16 Africa Championship in Cape Verde have rated their experiences as awesome and life changing after four days on the coastal West African island. The Nigerian team, aiming for a first two finish at the championship, which will automatically qualify them for the U-17 FIBA World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2020, had their first free day on Monday since arriving in Praia, the capital city of Cape Verde on Friday. The boys, sponsored to the competition on the stables of Nestlé Milo, recorded their first win against the hosts on Sunday at the Vava Duarte stadium in front of a packed gymnasium cheering the home side. Taking a look at the first four days of their stay in the country, the boys say there have been more positives than negatives as they intend to enjoy more of the scenery also getting more wins on the scoreboard. Small forward, Precious Ikpe said, “They are loving and friendly people; it is also a developing country, and I have discovered that their population is not as much as Nigeria. They are all beautiful and they look like Brazilians and this country is a good tourist place because of their beautiful ocean. Some of the things I don’t like since coming is their food, it is way different from what we eat in Nigeria, they don’t eat pepper at all.”
Ighalo Dismisses Golden Boot Race – Thisday, Page 54
Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has said he will feel fulfilled winning the Africa Cup of Nations title rather than end up as the Golden Boot winner without the trophy. The Shenhua Shanghai forward told a pre-match press conference that he was looking forward to emulating his predecessors like Rashidi Yekini, Segun Odegbami and Austin Okocha who emerged top scorers in previous editions of the tournament. He insisted he was not keen on the top scorer prize at the expense of the ultimate trophy even though he is leading the chart alongside Sadio Mane of Senegal, Cedric Bekambu and Adam Ounas. ”It will be nice but first I’ll put the team ahead because if I don’t win the Golden Boot and we win the trophy I’ll be very happy because we are here to do that. ”I am a striker, I want to score goals but if the goal does not come and we win the game, I’ll be more satisfied,” he said. Ighalo said South Africa were a quality side who will give them a tough fight. “They a good opponents, we have to respect them for why they have achieved here. But we have our target, we want to win this tournament and we will go out tomorrow to do our best,” he said.