Day: November 14, 2017


ITALY has missed out on qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after being held to a 0-0 draw by Sweden at the San Siro in Milan.

After suffering a shock 1-0 loss in the first leg in Sweden, the men in blue couldn’t find the back of the net on Tuesday no matter how hard they tried. The scoreless draw meant Sweden won 1-0 on aggregate and the Azzurri will now be watching the 2018 World Cup from afar.

Before the match the prospect of Italy missing out on football’s showpiece event was described as the “apocalypse”, and that apocalypse has now arrived.


Italy will be watching the 2018 World Cup from home after it drew 0-0 with Sweden in their do-or-die World Cup qualifier on Tuesday morning.


Heading into the clash with a 1-0 deficit after suffering a shock loss to the Swedes in the first leg of the two-match tie, the Azzurri were unable to find a breakthrough at the San Siro in Milan and will now miss their first World Cup since 1958.

“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football. We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes,” Italian goalkeeper and captain Ginaluigi Buffon said.

“There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.

“I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and Mattia Perin. I want to give a hug to Chiello, Barza, Leo and Lele, who I had almost 10 years alongside. I thank the lads who were with us and, although it wasn’t enough, I hope that we gave them something.

“In football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide the credit and the blame. The coach is part of this entire group.”

Italy’s prayers went unanswered.

Italy’s prayers went unanswered.Source:AFP

It’s a crushing blow for a country that has won football’s most prestigious tournament four times. Despite finishing with 75 per cent of the possession after 90 minutes and taking 23 shots to Sweden’s four, luck deserted the home side and the scoreless draw crushed Italian hearts.


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Sweden has been a giant killer in qualifying as it surged towards a World Cup berth. It had already knocked out 2010 finalist The Netherlands before taking care of Italy on Tuesday.

The last major competitions Italy missed were the 1984 and 1992 European Championships.

It would be easy to lay the blame squarely on Gian Piero Ventura. The Italy coach will naturally take the lion’s share of the responsibility but his side’s problems run much deeper, the rot starting long before he took charge.

After winning the World Cup in 2006 for a fourth time, Italy went out at the group stage of the next two editions. It has fared somewhat better at the European Championships, reaching the final in 2012 and going out in the quarterfinals in 2008 and 2016.


King of the track Sir Mo Farah has officially received his knighthood today.

The four-time Olympic champion is being honoured at Buckingham Palace for his services to athletics.

Sir Mo, who called time on his track career at the end of the summer, is moving back to London from the United States to concentrate on running road marathons.

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On the news of the knighthood Sir Mo, who came to the UK from Somalia as a boy, said: “I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight.”


Also due to receive an honour at the palace on Tuesday is Delia Smith, who will become a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to cookery.

Rosa Monckton, a friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be made an MBE for voluntary and charitable services to people with learning difficulties and their families in the UK and abroad.

Model Erin O’Connor will be honoured with an MBE for services to fashion and charity, and actress Patricia Hodge will be given an OBE for services to drama.


The following Nigerians have also been honoured in the Queens Honours list this year

  • Ms Helen Folasade Adu, OBE. Singer, Songwriter and Composer. For services to Music. (London)
  • Mrs Tosanbanmi Efua Eva Williams has been appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) for her service as the Deputy Communications Secretary to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
  • Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, OBE. Formerly chief executive, The Place. For services to Dance. (London)
  • Miss Ogheneruona Mercy Iguyovwe. Senior Specialist Prosecutor International Justice and Organised Crime Division, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to Law and Order. (Loughton, Essex)
  • Miss Chinyere Adah (Chi-chi) Nwanoku, MBE. Musician. For services to Music. (London)
  • Ms Maureen Okoye MBE. Headteacher Davies Lane Primary School, Leytonstone, London. For services to Education. (London)
  • Ms Olufunke (Akindolie) Abimbola MBE. For services to Diversity in the Legal Profession and to Young People. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)
  • Ms Ndidi Ekubia MBE. For services to Silversmithing. (Camberley, Surrey)
  • Ms Adetola Kunle-Hassan MBE. Founder Nubian Skin. For services to Fashion. (London)
  • Miss Eunice Olumide MBE. For services to Broadcasting The Arts and charity. (Edinburgh)
  • Oladele Woye MBE. Executive Officer Department for Work and Pensions. For services to the Department for Work and Pensions and to the community in East London. (London)
  • Mrs Patricia Obiageli Aiyenuro. BEM For services to Sport in the London Borough of Camden.
  • Olayinka Idris Bada BEM. Designated Detention Officer Metropolitan Police. For services to Policing. (London)



The ertswhile leader of Igbo People pro-secession group, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has been accused of fleecing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

“Kanu embezzled donations and collections meant for the cause and privately used them for his personal use. He withdrew sums of £14 million and another $22 million to purchase landed properties abroad in his name and that of his father, Mr. Igwe Israel Kanu, in a clear case of monkey dey work baboon dey chop,’’ the accusation trailed.

“Kanu turned our collective struggle into a money-making enterprise for himself and his father,’’ Radio Biafra said.

Reports say he has been has since been dismissed and been replaced by Mr. Ezenwachukwu Sampson Okwudili

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The report came via the pirate radio BIafra which returned back on air. The report also said that Kanu has been dismissed as the Director of the Radio.

The radio programme which  started with the lady announcer who gave her name as Miss. Ifeoma Okorafor announcing  that the radio was back on air and IPOB was restructuring.

She also  announced the dismissal of Kanu who has not been seen publicly since he fled Abia State after the military raided his family compound some months back.

The reasons the Radio Biafra announcer gave for Kanu’s removal included his alleged personalization of the Biafran struggle and derailing from the core objectives of IPOB as a grassroots movement.

He was also accused of inciting members of IPOB towards violence leading to the death of many innocent young people in Onitsha, Aba and Umuahia, an action IPOB said was “totally unacceptable and grossly irresponsible’’. “Thus the monies contributed by enterprising and hard-working Igbo youths across the world are being collected and converted by one man and his father while pretending to be sacrificing for the cause.’’


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An igbo man was pictured kissing Kanu’s feet

Upon his release from detention in April 2017, IPOB explained that Kanu was expected to have moved for the release of his accomplices and co-detainees – Messers Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi. “These are our brothers who were arrested at the same time with him and they should not be forgotten. We hereby demand their release. “Kanu, since his release, has never spoken about them or appealed for the release of these our freedom fighters. Instead, he has been going about collecting chieftaincy titles and having a messianic swagger that even allowed full-blooded Igbomen to kneel down and kiss his feet.

“Kanu threw away the original meaning of our collective struggle for personal gain and vain glorification. IPOB believes in democracy as a solid base of any modern state, the rule of law, and will always reject violence in all its ramifications.’’ The action against Kanu is visible in the twitter pages. According to Jubril Gawat,

“Radio Biafra announces the dismissal of Nnamdi Kanu as Director accusing him of collecting £14m & another $22m to purchase landed properties abroad in the name of the movement.”


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Kayode was born on 2nd November 1993 in the Elephant and Castle district of London, the middle child in an Anglo-Nigerian family.

He read drama and theatre studies amongst other subjects at the City and Islington College before going on to Coventry University – initially to take the journalism course but switched to drama, graduating in 2015 with first class honours.

Whilst at school he had met Tyrell Williams who, in 2015, pitched to him the idea of the spoof documentary ‘Hood Drama’ in which he plays would-be rapper Reece Simpson, aka R.S.



In 2016 he joined the ensemble cast of the remake of sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?’

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