Verona fined €12,000 for Osimhen racist chants


After launching an investigation into the racial abuse hauled at Nigeria international Victor Osimhen by some fans of Hellas Verona, the Italian Serie A disciplinary commission has fined the club the sum of €12,000, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Napoli travelled to the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on Monday for their opening fixture of the 2022/23 Serie A season, in what was an entertaining goal thriller encounter.

The Gialloblu tried to match the Partenopeans but the gulf in class was glaring as the victors emerged winners 5-2.

The opening day fixture was however marred by racist chants aimed at Osimhen from some sections of the home fans.

A section of the home support launched monkey chants at the Super Eagles striker, the latest episode of racist chanting at Verona, who have a long history of far-right sympathies among their hardcore support.

The 23-year-old, who kept his cool throughout the game, however, had the last laugh after taunting the Verona fans on scoring his side’s second goal. The Nigerian also assisted the fifth, laying on for teammate Matteo Politano to poke home.

Osimhen mocked the fans by pretending to cry into the camera as he celebrated his goal with his teammates.

Meanwhile, according to an Italian publication, el grafico, the league’s disciplinary commission found the home side guilty and has hit them with a fine.

“Hellas Verona was fined €12,000 for considering that it allowed its fans to carry out racist chants against the player Victor Osimhen, from Napoli, during the match between the two teams for the first date of Serie A of Italian football.

“After the first day of Serie A 2022/23, an investigation into Hellas Verona-Naples was opened with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, which considers it necessary to clarify and identify those responsible for the first racial discrimination choirs against a Napoli player.”

Last season Verona were ordered to close a section of their stadium for one match after racist chants from a section of their supporters.



EPL: Fantastic, he’ll score goals - Wright-Phillips hails Man City striker


Former Manchester City forward, Shaun Wright-Phillips has hailed Manchester City’s new import, Erling Haaland, describing his start to the season as fantastic.

The Norwegian has scored two goals in two matches for Manchester City and also provided 2 assists.

But Wright-Phillips believes that the striker may not fire on all cylinders in home matches but would score more goals in away games this season.

The Norwegian goal-machine netted twice on his Premier League debut as City claimed a 2-0 win in a tough trip at West Ham.

He failed to score against newly-promoted Bournemouth, but provided an assist.

“It’s been a fantastic start for him,” Wright-Phillips told talkSPORT.com with Bet365.

“At the start of the Premier League, he’s managed to get two goals and one assist in two games. I think he’s been fantastic.

“I think he’s more likely to score more goals away from home because of the way teams play when they come to the Etihad,” he added. Dailypost


Boxing: Ramla Ali 'honoured' to be part of first female fight in Saudi Arabia


Already used to making history in a career that has taken her from becoming Somalia's first boxer to compete at an Olympic Games, a British Vogue cover model and UNICEF Ambassador, Ramla Ali will mark another major first in Jeddah on Saturday

Ali will feature on the undercard of the Oleksandr Usyk versus Anthony Joshua fight in the first professional female bout to take place in Saudi Arabia.

She'll face Crystal Garcia Nova of the Dominican Republic.

The event is not without controversy - critics of Saudi Arabia's Human Rights record and the nation's treatment of women in Saudi society have accused organisers of 'sportswashing'.

Saudi Arabia has also launched a military operation in Yemen that has caused a humanitarian crisis, attracting further criticism.

However, Ali defended her decision to go ahead with the fight.

"It's a huge honour," she said. "We'll be the first women to have competed here professionally in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

"I feel like the way the media portrays Saudi Arabia is not entirely accurate," Ali continued. "They are pushing female sport and the fact that they've allowed two girls to compete here for the first time shows how progressive the country is becoming."



Anthony Joshua speaks on retiring if he loses again to Usyk


British boxer, Anthony Joshua has rubbished speculation that he will retire if he loses his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday.

According to Joshua, he will continue fighting even if he fails to retrieve his world heavyweight titles from the Ukrainian.

The 32-year-old said: “I respect people’s opinion. But I don’t want to retire.

“I’ve got one of the biggest fights of my life coming up and if you were thinking about retiring, it would put massive doubt in your mind.

“People will always ask the question but I still want to continue. I love it.

“If I was losing to some has-been, then yes. But it’s crazy to talk about retiring because I lost to one of the best fighters in the world. What sort of nonsense is that?”

Usyk defeated Joshua the first time with a clear unanimous decision win. Dailypost 


Ooni Of Ife's Ex-wife, Zaynab Wuraola Welcomes Baby Girl With Arabian Prince


Olori Wuraola Zaynab Otiti-Obanor, the ex-queen of Ooni of Ife has now welcomed a bouncing baby girl with her new husband, an Arab prince.

The Princess who is from Edo State moved back to Doha in Qatar after the unceremonial end of her marriage to the monarch 5 years ago, where she started a brand new luxury life, running a good business and owning some of the biggest stores in Qatar.

She was shuttling Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates too.

While in Qatar, she gave love another trial and got married to a rich Arab prince.

Although Zaynab’s marriage to the Ooni did not produce any kids, she is now a proud mum. She gave birth to a bouncing baby girl to her Arab husband a few weeks ago, according to fresh gists.

An overwhelmed Zaynab could not hide her emotions when she welcomed her baby after years of waiting and has chosen to keep details about her new princess and the dad close to her chest.



30 children, 144 Libya returnees arrive Nigeria


The National Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday confirmed receiving 174 stranded Nigerian returnees from Libya at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos.

The Lagos Territorial Office Coordinator, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development in a statement made available to journalists.

Farinloye said the stranded returnees arrived Nigeria from Libya around 3.35pm, adding that 23 persons among the returnees had medical cases.

The state read, “NEMA has received a fresh batch of 174 stranded Nigerian returnees from Libya. The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, who was represented by the Lagos Territorial Office Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye, received the new batch on arrival.

“The returnees were brought back aboard Al Buraq Air Boeing 737-800 with registration number 5A-DMG. The Boeing landed at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammad International Airport around 3.35pm.

“The profiles of the returnees show that 69 female adults, five female children and 10 female infants were brought back. Also aboard the flight are 75 male adults, 12 male children and three male infants. Among the returnees are 23 with minor medical cases.”

Farinloye said the International Organisation of Migration in collaboration with European Union had been repatriating thousands of stranded Nigerians from various countries since 2017 through a special assisted voluntary repatriation programme.

He added, “This year alone, today’s flight makes the 12th flights recorded at the Lagos end of the exercise. Altogether, about 2,044 Nigerian returnees from Libya have been assisted back to the country through Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja.” Punchng 


Tunisia passes new constitution granting the president more powers


The final results of a controversial referendum granting unchecked powers to the office of Tunisia's President Kais Saied showed 94.6 percent of votes in favour, the electoral authority said Tuesday.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the new constitution, the electoral board said, officially announcing definitive results from the July 25 poll.

The charter was approved by just over 2.6 million people, the board's president Farouk Bouasker told reporters.

Turnout was considered very low at 30.5 percent.

The referendum came a year to the day after Saied sacked the government and froze parliament in what rivals have branded a coup.

Despite the low turnout, Saied's move against a system that emerged after the 2011 overthrow of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was welcomed by many Tunisians.

Many people were fed up with high inflation and unemployment, political turmoil and a system they felt had brought little improvement to their lives.

However, opposition politicians and human rights groups have warned of a return to dictatorship under the new constitution.

"The constitution comes into force with the announcement of the final results, its promulgation by the president and its publication in the official journal," Bouasker said on Tuesday.

He said the fact that appeals against the referendum process had been rejected "confirmed the integrity and transparency of ISIE", the North African country's electoral commission.

Bouasker said ISIE had been subjected to "an unprecedented wave of allegations by certain political parties and civil society groups".

The new text puts the president in command of the army, allows him to appoint a government without parliamentary approval and makes it virtually impossible to remove him from office.

He can also present draft laws to parliament, which will be obliged to give them priority.

A second chamber is created within parliament to represent the regions and counterbalance the assembly itself.

Tunisia is mired in crisis with growth of just three percent, nearly 40 percent of young people jobless and four million people out of a population of nearly 12 million in poverty.

For weeks the heavily indebted country has been negotiating a new loan with the International Monetary Fund, hoping to obtain $4 billion, and also the chance to open other avenues of foreign aid, mainly European.



See Full VIDEO Of Fireboy & Asake’s ‘Bandana’


Nigerian ace singer, songwriter & performer, Adedamola Adefolahan, popularly known as Fireboy DML, has released the official video for his Collab with Asake titled “Bandana“, and we bring you the full behind-the-scenes footage.

After delivering his third studio album, ‘Playboy‘, weeks ago, the YBNL signee forges ahead with the official music video for the chart-topping tune, released today, August 16th, 2022.

Produced by sensational Nigerian beat maker P. Prime, the thrilling and energetic video was shot and chopped by the buzzing Nigerian cinematographer, TG Omori. The video, which has racked up almost 200,000 views in six hours of release, saw a lot of thrilling scenes themed around religion, energy, and freedom.

Amidst the buzz of the official video, the behind-the-scenes footage, which shows the process of making this magic, has been shared.




NiMet predicts severe rainfall in Lagos, Kano, others


The prevailing weather pattern in Nigeria is going to cause above-normal rainfall in about 19 states between August and October this year, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency announced on Tuesday.

It stated that above-normal rainfall conditions were expected over the Northern states such as Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, much of Kebbi and Gombe, as well as northern Kaduna and Adamawa states.

“Normal to above normal rainfall conditions are expected over most parts of the South-Western states including Lagos, Ogun, Osun, much of Oyo, Ondo, parts of Ekiti, and Edo,” the Director-General, NiMet, Mansur Matazu, told journalists at a press briefing in Abuja.

He added, “Normal rainfall conditions are expected in the central states, most of Kaduna, Adamawa, Edo, Ekiti, Oyo, parts of Bauchi, Gombe and Ondo.

“Normal to below normal conditions are expected over the South-South and the inland states such as Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states.”

Matazu stated that the agency was aware of the recent devastations caused by heavy rainfall in some states, stressing that the high-intensity rainfall was due to the changing weather conditions as earlier predicted by NiMet.

He explained that the role of the agency in flood management, caused by heavy rains, was to ensure continuous observation and monitoring of rainfall events across the country.

The NiMet boss said the agency would also continue to carry out the forecasting of various rainfall events on different time scales and lead times.

“Our role is also to ensure the provision of early warning products and services, timely dissemination of vital information and advisory services on weather and climate-related events,” he stated.

He said the agency also embarks on constructive engagement with all relevant stakeholders for adequate uptake and utilisation of weather, water and climate information

“State and National Emergency Management Agencies should intensify adaptation, mitigation and response mechanisms,” Matazu said.

He added, “States that are expected to experience varying degrees of flood episodes are advised to begin their awareness campaigns through field extension workers for possible response activities, especially at the high-risk areas.

“Measures to prevent mudslide disasters by relevant authorities, especially in the South-East are advised to be put in place. People should heed other advisories by Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and National Emergency Management Agency.” Punchng


Ruto supporters celebrate his victory in the presidential race


One the day after the Kenyan presidential election results were announced many supporters of William Ruto in the town of Eldoret were celebrating his victory in the presidential race.

Observers claim that Ruto's victory marked a break with tradition in that he fought the campaign along economic terms and not ethnic lines.

Defeated candidate Raila Odinga announced that he would be challenging the results through the courts.

"I don’t think it (Ed. violence) will spread, because by now we have learned through the experience we had in 2007. It was a very bad experience so people have learned especially in this region of the Rift Valley because the place that was mostly affected during that time was in Rift Valley", said Eldoret resident, Judy Kosgei.

William Ruto's victory brought happiness to many in the town. 

Another Eldoret resident, Hamida Nyawira, could hardly contain her excitement.

"The atmosphere in Eldoret we are so happy. Because of the results of yesterday we are so happy for our fifth President William Samoei Ruto", she beamed. 

Any challenge must be made by Monday to the Supreme Court, which then has 14 days to issue a ruling.

If there is no court petition, Ruto will take the oath of office in two weeks' time, becoming Kenya's fifth president since independence. Africanews 


Monkeypox disease: Osun Assembly calls for urgent action


The Osun State House of Assembly Committee on health has brought before the floor of the House the matter of monkeypox disease discovered in the State.

The development was brought before the House under a matter of urgent public importance by Elizabeth Abioye, the Chairman, House Committee on Health, on Tuesday.

Abioye noted that the disease, if left unchecked in the State, could spread and result in a State-wide pandemic.

While calling for the attention of appropriate quarters across the State, she observed that the disease could be contracted in toilets and bathrooms.

She advised residents of the State to make use of their face masks and put on thick clothes for prevention.

Recall that on Monday, the Osun State Government confirmed the index case in Osun.

The index case was recorded in Iperindo, headquarters of Atakumosa East Local Government Area of the State.

DAILY POST also recalls that another suspected case of monkeypox was also reported in the State capital, Osogbo on Monday.

It was gathered that a 14-year-old boy with monkeypox symptoms was brought to the State Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo on Monday.

Hospital sources disclosed that the boy presented with a body full of rashes and sores and was subsequently admitted, while infectious disease experts and personnel from the Disease Surveillance Notification Unit attended to him.

The Commissioner, however, stated that it remained suspected until laboratory analysis confirmed that it is indeed a case of monkeypox.

The State government has not yet declared monkeypox a health emergency in the State. Dailypost 


EPL: How Man City star, Mendy allegedly raped three women in one night


Details have begun to emerge from the trial of Manchester City’s defender, Benjamin Mendy.

Mendy and his co-defendant, Louis Saha Matturie are currently on trial at Chester Crown Court in England.

They are facing an eight counts of rape and one sexual assault, said to have happened between 2018 and 2021.

Opening the case, Timothy Cray QC said that it had “very little to do with football” and more about men who “think they are powerful”, Marca reports.

Mendy is said to have committed the offences against seven young women at his isolated mansion between October 2018 and August 2021.

Some women told the court that the football star had their mobile phones taken away, while others said they were attacked in locked rooms.

According to Marca, the latest development is that the court heard that Mendy raped three women in the same night.

The women were allegedly raped following a pool party at the player’s mansion and a trip to Manchester’s China White nightclub. Dailypost 


Cameroonian forces invade Biafra separatist camp in Bakassi


Cameroonian forces have invaded the camp of separatist militants in Isangele sub-division of Bakassi Peninsula but with no casualty.

It was gathered that the invasion, which took place at the weekend, may not be unconnected with the attack by the Black Marine, a suspected armed wing of the Biafra Nations League (BnL), that reportedly killed four members of the Rapid D’intervention Battalion (BIR) about two weeks ago when they attempted to forcefully invade the camp.

Sources said the Cameroonian soldiers did not meet anybody in the camp as the separatist fighters were said to have relocated, leaving items such as Biafran flags on the trees.

They said the militant group moved inwards into the creek, leaving the military wondering about their position.

The BnL leader of Bakassi, Ita Bassey, in a statement, yesterday, confirmed the attack. He said: “Our members are not afraid of military reinforcement in Isangele as we are fighting a genuine course.”

He declined to comment if the Black Marine were working for the BnL, but warned that BnL commands large loyalists in the Gulf of Guinea. He added: “We are ready to die for our course.”

Meanwhile, the leader of BnL, Princewill Richards, was in Idabato sub-division for few days, following reinforcement of troops. It was gathered that he sneaked in at night on Wednesday last week to engage his members.

Recall that the Black Marine has been terrorising the Gulf of Guinea and threatening Cameroonian oil companies operating in the area. Guardianng 


Odinga's chief agent alleges electoral fraud


Kenya's presidential election contender Raila Odinga's chief agent alleged electoral offenses after Kenya’s electoral commission declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner on Monday.

According to the chairman of the commission, Ruto received 50.49% of the vote, while Odinga received 48.85%.

"We have intelligence and reports that their system was penetrated and hacked and that some of the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) officials actually committed electoral offences and some of them ought to have been arrested if they were not arrested", denounced Saitabao Ole Kanchory, Azimio la Umoja–One Kenya Coalition Party chief agent.

The announcement was preceded by a declaration from the vice chair and three other election officials who disowned the result due to what they described as the "opaque nature" of the final phase of the process.

"Because we cannot take ownership of the results that is going to be announced, because of the opaque nature with which this result has been handled. We will give details of this opaque nature very soon", promised IEBC commissioner, Irene Masit.

Candidates have now seven days to file any challenge over the election results. The Supreme Courtwill have 14 days to rule.  


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