Senegal: Ex-Leader’s Son Tapped to Run for President

first_imgKarim Wade, the son of a former Senegalese president and currently on trial for corruption, was chosen Saturday to be the former ruling party’s candidate in the next presidential election. “Karim Wade was chosen by 257 of the 268 delegates” to be the Democratic Party of Senegal’s presidential candidate, leading party member Tafsir Thioye told AFP.No date has yet been set for the upcoming election.The announcement comes as Senegal’s anti-corruption court is expected to deliver its verdict in the case against Wade — son of the country’s longtime leader Abdoulaye Wade — on Monday.He is accused of corruption and illegally amassing a multi-million dollar fortune while a minister.Saturday’s decision was made at a party congress that was attended by 88-year-old Abdoulaye Wade, who is the secretary general of the opposition Democratic Party of Senegal (PDS).Senegal’s ex-preseident Abdoulaye Wade looks on during a meeting of the opposition Senegalese De …He later praised the transparency of the vote saying it had been “conducted publicly in front of party activists and even the press”.The younger Wade, who has been in custody since April 2013 and on trial since July last year, beat at least seven other candidates to become the PDS’s presidential hopeful.last_img read more

Capiz frontliners receive PPE

first_imgAccording to TESDA-Capiz director Engr.Abdel Bakhri Hajan, washable face masks and face shields were distributed tothe recipients yesterday. “Some of the materials for the PPEs camefrom TESDA while other materials are also donated,” Hajan said. In addition, they also started makingprotective suits for the province’s frontliners. ROXAS City – Various frontliners in thisprovince were the recipients of the personal protective equipment (PPE)distributed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)here in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019. TESDA-Capiz had so far made 792 facemasks and 852 face shields. They will continue to make more PPEs when materialsare once again available.(With a reportfrom PIA/PN) In the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019, various frontliners in this province receive personal protective equipment (PPE) made by the personnel of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). TESDA-Capiz vows to make more PPE when materials are once again available. PIA The facemasks were sewed for free by TESDA’strainers in Dumalag Technical Vocational School in Dumalag town, while the faceshields were fabricated by TESDA’s provincial staff. The provincial director added thatTESDA-Capiz were also able to give the same PPEs to personnel of the Roxas CityPolice Station the Saint Anthony College Hospital and the media, who are alsoamong the frontliners in the province. He said: “We have initially allocated 30face masks and 20 face shields per town and city.”last_img read more

Bergomi: ‘Inter should go for Pogba’

first_img “There are few players like him around. Pogba is 27 and would return to Italy in time for his last leap in quality.” The former defender is sure Antonio Conte would be the right man to bring the World Cup winner back to his old heights. “Conte can bring out the best in him, like in the past. For Inter, it would be a coup to help them challenge immediately, but I guess they will have to sacrifice something. read also:Rooney: Morrison better than Pogba “If they aim to build something for the long run, I remain convinced about the idea of investing in players like [Sandro] Tonali or [Manuel] Locatelli.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former Juventus star has been linked with a move away from Manchester United and Bergomi is convinced Inter should go for the French 27-year-old. “If you have the economic strength to go and get him, you have to do it immediately,” Bergomi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It’s true that he hasn’t been at his best in recent seasons, but he would return to a football he knows well. “He doesn’t need to adapt and could immediately leave a mark. Beyond his technical abilities, with the physique he has, he would still be dominant in Serie A.Advertisement Promoted ContentTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different Actors8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art Former hero, Giuseppe Bergomi, has claimed Inter should try to bring Paul Pogba to the Giuseppe Meazza: “If you can get him, you have to do it immediately”. Loading… last_img read more

Villa closing in on Holt deal

first_img However, he has not found the net since August and current manager Uwe Rosler recently stated he was keen to move some of his higher earners off the wage bill. Speaking on a potential move for Holt on Monday night after the 2-1 loss to Arsenal, Lambert was coy on a possible recruitment of Holt but also praised the forward. He said: “Holty was fantastic for me at Norwich. He is a proper guy. “I have just heard the rumours are everywhere but until something is concrete then I won’t say.” The 32-year-old is in the midlands to discuss potentially reuniting with his former Norwich boss Paul Lambert at Villa Park. Holt joined Latics from the Canaries in the summer and scored in the club’s first Championship game of the season, when they routed Barnsley 4-0. Wigan striker Grant Holt is undergoing a medical at Aston Villa ahead of a possible loan move, the Sky Bet Championship club have confirmed.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Toure and Aguero goals topple Villa

first_img Toure had endured another quiet game but underlined his class when he broke Villa’s spirited resistance with a superb long-range strike eight minutes from time at Villa Park. Aguero, who had earlier hit the post, then wrapped up three points for the Barclays Premier League champions with an equally classy finish after 88 minutes. Yaya Toure sent a message to his critics as he and Sergio Aguero struck late to secure a 2-0 win for Manchester City at Aston Villa. The result was probably what City deserved for their second-half dominance but Villa came close to frustrating Manuel Pellegrini’s men. Successive defeats to Arsenal, Chelsea and City may have taken the gloss of Villa’s bright start to the season but their defence offered plenty of encouragement, as did the return of Christian Benteke. The Belgium striker came off the bench in the second half for his first action since rupturing his Achilles six months ago. Villa had also been forced into a late reshuffle after captain Gabriel Agbonlahor was injured in the warm-up. Andreas Weimann had initially been left out for Charles N’Zogbia but the Austrian was quickly restored. City again tweaked their defence with £32million man Eliaquim Mangala, who struggled at Hull last weekend, coming back for Martin Demichelis and Aleksandar Kolarov starting at left-back. Former Villa midfielder James Milner was also included and he had an influence as City controlled a lot of the early play without seriously threatening Brad Guzan’s goal. Villa’s hard-working back line had much to do with that, with the tone set after five minutes when a long-range Toure shot was blocked by Nathan Baker. Kolarov had a fierce shot deflected onto the post by Alan Hutton and Ashley Westwood blocked an Aguero effort. Joe Hart snuffed out Villa’s first serious chance as he came out to prevent Weimann making clean contact with a dangerous N’Zogbia cross. N’Zogbia cut the City defence open himself with a strong run but drilled a shot across goal. City upped the tempo in the latter stages of the first half and Aguero glanced a good header narrowly wide. Edin Dzeko sliced over when well placed before having another attempt blocked by Philippe Senderos. Kolarov curled a free-kick wide before City won three corners in quick succession on the stroke of half-time. The third of them almost proved fruitful as it was taken short to David Silva and Dzeko’s header from the Spaniard’s cross looked goal-bound until Aly Cissokho hooked away. City carried that momentum into the second half and Aguero looked set to break the deadlock as he burst through within moments of the restart. He opted for placement and was unlucky as his shot struck the base of the post. That sparked a breathless end-to-end period as Hart denied Kieran Richardson seconds later, Guzan saved a deflected shot from Silva and Vincent Kompany slid across to prevent N’Zogbia shooting. Weimann then glanced a header wide and Silva shot over from a free-kick. Changes came as Frank Lampard replaced the limping Fernandinho and, to a huge roar, Benteke came on for Weimann. Fernando entered the fray for City, providing extra solidity as Dzeko left the action. City remained the most likely side but Guzan proved a solid wall, keeping out a Silva chance, grasping an Aguero shot and then saving well from a firm Mangala header. Milner created another opportunity for Lampard, but again Guzan was in the right place. Yet, as valiantly as Villa had held out, their resistance was broken by Toure as the game entered its final stages. Toure was almost nonchalant as he took as short pass from Fernando, jogged to the edge of the area and then side-footed a precise low finish inside the near post with his left boot. It was almost as if he had decided it was time to take charge of the game. His celebration was rather muted, but there was relief all round for City after a frustrating afternoon. Villa were broken, and Aguero grabbed the goal his efforts had probably deserved when he rifled home a shot from the edge of the area two minutes from time. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img February 8, 2020 Terps take conference leadCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ninth-ranked Maryland has taken over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten without a comeback win at Illinois.Anthony Cowan scored 20 points and the Terrapins improved to 19-4 by downing the Illinois, 75-66. Illinois led by as many as 14 points midway through the first half, but the Terrapins fought back and pulled to within 42-40 on a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.The Terps opened the second half with an 11-0 to go ahead for good.Darryl Morsell (mohr-SEHL’) finished with 18 points and Eric Ayala added 12 as Maryland improved to 9-3 in the conference. Update on the latest sports MLB-NEWSDodgers work out extension with TaylorUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers and utilityman Chris Taylor have avoided salary arbitration by working out a two-year, $13.4 million contract.Taylor batted .262 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs in 366 at-bats last season, overcoming a slow start in which he missed over a month with a broken wrist. He played every position last year except first baseman, pitcher and catcher.In other MLB news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULERaptors continue win streakUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have added another game to their team-record winning streak. Associated Press — Bradley Beal capped his 29-point performance by hitting a layup with 0.2 seconds left to give the Wizards a 119-118 victory over the Mavericks. Washington made 19 of 38 3-pointers, with Davis Bertans responsible for five of them while scoring 20 points. Seth Curry scored a team-high 20 points for the Mavs, who have dropped three of five without Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch).KOBE BRYANT-HELICOPTER CRASHInvestigators: No sign of engine failure for Bryant copterLOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators say wreckage from the helicopter that crashed last month, killing Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others did not show any evidence of engine failure. That’s according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board. The helicopter crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles on Jan. 26.The NTSB is investigating the accident, including any role heavy fog played, and a final report isn’t expected for at least a year. A witness told the NTSB that the helicopter was flying forward and downward through the fog before it crashed into the hill. KOBE BRYANT-MEMORIAL2/24: Bryant memorial reflects dad and daughter’s uniformsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s widow says there will be a “celebration of life” memorial on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor her late husband and 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Vanessa Bryant posted a graphic on Instagram Friday morning to announce the event. Her post only said the event will occur at 10 a.m. and there are “details to come.”The arena is where Bryant starred for the Lakers for most of his two-decade career and the date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna. They and seven others died in a helicopter crash last month.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Defending champion Phil Mickelson also got in the mix with a burst of four straight birdies after the turn at Monterey Peninsula. He made bogey on the long par-3 ninth to finish his round of 7-under. He was three shots behind.OBIT-ROGER KAHN‘Boys of Summer’ author dies at 92The author of “The Boys of Summer” has died.Roger Kahn wrote 20 books and hundreds of articles, but he was particularly noted for the 1972 best-seller that looked at his relationship with his father through their shared love of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Kahn’s writing hit on social issues, particularly race. He wrote at length about Jackie Robinson and his struggles in breaking baseball’s color line, and the two formed a long friendship.center_img It’s now a 13-game run after Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Raptors’ 115-106 victory against the Pacers. Fred VanVleet added 20 points for the Raptors, who haven’t lost since Jan. 15 and knocked off Indiana for the second time in three days.The Pacers got as close as 101-99 with 6:47 left, but Toronto pulled away with a 12-4 spurt.Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Pacers, who’ve lost four straight overall and three in a row at home.Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:— Furkan Korkmaz (FUR’-kahn KORHK’-mahs) poured in a career-high 34 points on 13 of 17 shooting as the 76ers downed the Grizzlies, 119-107. The Sixers were 14 of 25 from 3-point range, with Korkmaz hitting seven of his nine attempts from downtown. Ben Simmons added 22 points and 10 assists for the 76ers, who finished the game without Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) because of a stiff neck. NHL-SCHEDULEJackets stay hot, blank WingsUNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were expected to struggle after losing Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee), Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) and Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) through free agency. Instead, they’ve surged up the NHL’s Metropolitan Division standings following a 5-7-3 start.Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) stopped 16 shots and the Blue Jackets passed the New York Islanders for third place in their division by blanking the lowly Red Wings, 2-0. He is the first rookie goaltender to record five shutouts in an eight-game stretch since Boston’s Frank Brimsek in 1938.Merzlikins is 12-2-0 as a starter since Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) went down with a knee injury. Son Gordon Kahn said his father died Thursday at a nursing facility in in Mamaroneck (muh-MA’-ruh-nek), New York. He was 92.NHL-OBIT-GLENNIEEx-Leafs blueliner Glennie diesTORONTO (AP) — Former Toronto Maple Leafs hard-hitting defenseman Brian Glennie has died at age 73.Glennie played nine of his 10 NHL seasons with the Leafs and scored 14 goals and 114 points in 572 career games. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and helped the national team win Olympic bronze at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France, under Father David Bauer. — Major league teams are 3-0 in arbitration this winter after the Dodgers beat outfielder Joc Pederson. Pederson will be paid $7.75 million instead of the $9.5 million he sought. Pederson made $5 million last season while batting .249 with career highs of 36 home runs and 74 RBIs. He improved his defense and established personal bests in slugging and OPS.— Hunter Pence is returning to the Giants after accepting a package that will give the young club a veteran presence in both the outfield and clubhouse in a season of big change ahead. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Friday that Pence had reached agreement pending a physical. He batted .297 with 18 homers, 17 doubles and 59 RBIs over 83 games for the Rangers last year.— The Rangers have worked out a minor league deal with former Cleveland closer Cody Allen. The 31-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with four saves and a 6.26 ERA in 25 appearances for the Angels last season. Allen had at least 30 saves in three straight seasons with the Indians from 2015-17.— Jessica Mendoza will no longer be on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” or work for the Mets’ front office after signing a contract extension with the network. Commissioner Rob Manfred said during this week’s owners meetings that he was not comfortable with Mendoza and former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez being both team employees and broadcasters.— Brian Schneider has been shifted to major league quality control coach by the Mets, filling the opening created when Luis Rojas replaced Carlos Beltrán as manager. Schneider was Miami’s catching coach for the past four seasons and had been hired by the Mets as manager of Triple-A Syracuse. — Jayson Tatum nailed seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points in the Celtics’ sixth straight win, 112-107 against the Hawks. Enes Kanter added 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Boston win without injured starters Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis (tys). Atlanta was within 110-107 with 18.3 seconds left before Kevin Huerter (HUR’-tur) and Brandon Goodwin both came up empty from beyond the arc.— Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 23 points and hit six of the Kings’ 19 3-pointers in a 105-97 victory against the Heat. Buddy Hield (heeld) furnished five 3-pointers and 21 points in Sacramento’s fifth win in seven games. De’Aaron Fox had 16 points and eight assists for the Kings, and Nemanja Bjelica (neh-MAHN’-yah bee-ah-LEETS’-ah) added 15 points and eight assists.— The Thunder made it nine wins in their last 10 games as Chris Paul provided 22 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 21 in a 108-101 downing of the Pistons. Oklahoma City shot 54.3% in the first half to lead 52-47 at the break. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) had 18 and Steven Adams 16 for the Thunder.— Donovan Mitchell contributed a go-ahead layup with 19.5 seconds left to send the Jazz past the Trail Blazers, 117-114. Bojan (boy-AHN’) Bogdanovic scored 27 points and Mike Conley added 18 points as Utah ended a five-game losing streak. Damian Lillard poured in 42 points and C.J. McCollum added 27 to lead the Blazers.— Phoenix rolled to a 127-91 rout of the Rockets as Kelly Oubre (OO’-bray) Jr. delivered a career-high 39 points and Devin Booker added 33. The Suns poured in 46 points in the first quarter and led the rest of the way in their first win over Houston in 14 tries. James Harden had a team-high 32 points for the Rockets, who were without All-Star Russell Westbrook after playing the Lakers the previous night. PGA-PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AMTaylor keeps leadPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Canadian Nick Taylor is the leader through two rounds of the PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Taylor birdied four of his last five holes at Pebble Beach for a 66 to take his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. He is at 14-under 129.Jason Day is two shots back after an 8-under 64. Day made two long birdie putts across the green, holed a 40-yard wedge for eagle on the dangerous par-5 14th and made a couple of big par saves to move into contention. Zach Werenski’s second-period goal was his 17th of the season, breaking a single-season team record for defensemen. Boone Jenner added an empty-netter for the Jackets, who outshot Detroit, 44-16 and improved to 9-0-1 in their last 10 games.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— John Tavares furnished a power-play goal with 6.2 seconds showing in overtime to lift the Maple Leafs past the Ducks, 5-4. Auston Matthews buried his 40th goal of the season to tie Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead, while Jason Spezza and Andreas Johnsson provided the rest of the offense for Toronto. Matthews and Mitch Marner each had three assists to back Jack Campbell, who made 26 saves in his first start for the Leafs.— Joel Eriksson Ek scored twice, including the tiebreaker with 27 seconds left in the Wild’s comeback in a 3-2 triumph over the Stars. Dallas led 2-0 until Eriksson Ek tallied 8 ½ minutes into the second period. Ryan Donato also scored and Devan Dubnyk (DOOB’-nihk) turned back 31 shots in Minnesota’s third consecutive win.— Jimmy Vesey (VEE’-see) had a goal and an assist against his former team to help the Sabres down the Rangers, 3-2. Carter Hutton made 21 of his 37 saves in the third period while trying to protect Buffalo’s 3-0 lead. Zemgus Girgensons (ZEHM’-guhs) GUR’-gehn-suhnz) and Sam Reinhart also scored in the Sabres’ second win in seven games.last_img read more

Joshua stops Takam in 10th to retain heavyweight crowns

first_imgCARDIFF (Reuters) – Britain’s Anthony Joshua retained his IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles when he stopped bloodied challenger Carlos Takam in the 10th round in Cardiff on Saturday.Unbeaten champion Joshua opened up a dreadful cut above 36-year Takam’s right eye in the fourth round and although the durable France-based Cameroonian battled on the fight was halted after a series of heavy blows.It was far from a straightforward night for Joshua in the Principality Stadium, however, as the 28-year-old appeared to suffer a broken nose in the second round after an accidental clash of heads with his shorter and lighter opponent.Joshua’s victory in his first fight since his epic tussle with Wladimir Klitschko in April took his record to 20-0.last_img read more

Fulham to face Dnipro in play-off

first_imgFulham will take on Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League qualifying play-off stage.Craven Cottage will host the first leg on 18 August, with the return match at the Dnipro Arena – where England played Ukraine in 2009 – seven days later. The winner of the tie will qualify for the group stage proper, which gets underway on 15 SeptemberAdChoices广告Martin Jol’s men will face an emerging team that has been put together courtesy of a major cash injection.Dnipro’s signings this year have included highly-rated Ghana defender Samuel Inkoom and they are reported to have made a £6m bid for Blackburn target man Nikola Kalinic.Fulham’s progression to the play-offs was secured by Thursday’s 2-0 win against RNK Split in the third qualifying round.last_img read more

African champions Algeria get favourable draw in World Cup qualifiers

first_imgCAIRO, Egypt (Reutesr) -African champions Algeria will begin their bid for a place at the 2022 World Cup against tiny Djibouti in October after the draw was made for the qualifying group stage in Cairo on Tuesday.Only the top team in each of the 10 pools advance to the final knockout stages, where they will play home and away for a place in Qatar, and Algeria will be confident of advancing from Group A that also contains Burkina Faso and Niger.Senegal also have a favourable draw in Group H along with Congo-Brazzaville, Namibia and Togo, the latter a shadow of the side that qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.Nigeria are in Group C along with Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic and Liberia, which should cause few alarms.One of Cameroon and Ivory Coast will be eliminated at this stage after they were drawn together in Group D along with Mozambique and Malawi.Ghana and South Africa headline Group G, having also been paired together in the qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, so will be regular combatants over the next 18 months.They must also face Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, who are both tricky opponents.North African powerhouse Tunisia are in Group B with Zambia, Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea, while Egypt have been handed a difficult road in a pool with Gabon, Libya and Angola.The qualifiers will get under way in October, with the pool stage completed 12 months later.The 10 group winners will then face-off in November 2021, with the five victors of those knockout matches, sealing a place at the World Cup. The draw:Group A: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, DjiboutiGroup B: Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial GuineaGroup C: Nigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, LiberiaGroup D: Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, MalawiGroup E: Mali, Uganda, Kenya, RwandaGroup F: Egypt, Gabon, Libya, AngolaGroup G: Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, EthiopiaGroup H: Senegal, Congo Brazzaville, Namibia, TogoGroup I:Morocco, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, SudanGroup J: DR Congo, Benin, Madagascar, Tanzania. – Nampa-Reuterslast_img read more

Saraki: These Eagles Are Role Models, Best-organised Ever

first_imgOffers team $50,000 gift and ‘special package’ for every un-replied goal scored at Russia 2018President of the Senate of the Federal Republic, Distinguished Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki (CON) on Tuesday night described the present crop of Super Eagles as the best-organised ever, as he bade them farewell to the 21st FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.At a brief but gorgeous event inside the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria’s number three man and leading football enthusiast and financier also described the John Mikel Obi-led group as compelling role models, doing their job quietly on the pitch and accepting the rewards as and when such come without holding the nation to ransom.“I have been following the performances and general behaviour of this squad. I must confess that I am very impressed. We no longer have schisms and different camps in the same camp, and you sacrifice a lot for the country without demanding so much before you go to battle. “From the captain, Mikel Obi to the newest member of the squad, I assure you of the love of the entire country and the well-wishes of every Nigerian as you go to the FIFA World Cup and in fact, in all your endeavours.”He also praised Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr for the way he has adroitly managed the team and instilled discipline and sense of dedication.President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick lauded Saraki for his proven love for, and support and encouragement of the three –time African champions during the FIFA World Cup qualifying race and even before.“The Nigeria Football Federation and this team are indebted to you for your huge support all the time. Your love and keen interest has contributed much to keep this team going and reaching for higher heights.“I must note that we are lucky to have a manager like Rohr who himself is calm, focused and very dedicated to his job, as well as a captain like Mikel who is very humble and God-fearing. The sky will be the limit for this team.”Mikel responded on behalf of the team, thanking the Senate President and pledging that the Eagles are going to the World Cup in Russia to do Nigeria proud.Pinnick then announced Dr. Saraki’s gift of $50,000 to the team ahead of Saturday’s friendly with England’s Three Lions at Wembley Stadium in London, and yet-to-be-revealed ‘special package’ for the entire team “for every unreplied goal” scored at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.Also at the event were Senators Ahmed Misau and Baba Kaka Garbai; NFF 2nd Vice President, Mallam Shehu Dikko; NFF Executive Committee member, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau; NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi; Managing Director of Transcorp Hilton, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo and; players and officials of the Super Eagles currently in camp for the FIFA World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more