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Congolese opposition candidate Kolelas dies of COVID-19

Congolese opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas died of Covid-19 as he was being transferred to France for treatment, his campaign director said Monday, the day after presidential elections in which he was the main challenger. Kolelas “died in the medical aircraft which came to get him from Brazzaville on Sunday afternoon,” Christian Cyr Rodrigue Mayanda...

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Real estate firm, Nollywood stars unveil housing scheme

Real estate and property development company, Meritabode, has collaborated with popular Nollywood stars, Mr Jide Kosoko and Mrs Shola Kosoko, to unveil a new housing product called Sapphire Courts. The General Manager of the company, Mrs Ofure Oseni, has also called on the government to help remove all bottlenecks affecting the acquisition of property documents...

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CBN junior tennis tourney begins

The annual CBN Junior Tennis Championship will kick off on Monday (today) at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos. The tournament will feature players competing in three age groups   – boys and girls 16s, 14s and 12s. The International Tennis Academy, organisers of the championship which last year celebrated an outstanding performance of the...

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Cricket: National men’s event starts in Benin

Eight teams will compete for honours at the National Cricket Men’s Championship scheduled for Edo Boys High School Cricket High Performance Centre, Benin City, Edo State from Monday (today) to March 31. Speaking on the event, Yahaya, Ukwenya, President,  Nigeria Cricket Federation, said, “The championship is the first on the list of activities that will...

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Niger Republic receives Sinopharm vaccine from China

Niger’s health ministry said Sunday that China has sent it 400,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to help stem the spread of Covid-19 in the African country. A cargo plane carrying the jabs, as well as 300,000 antigen tests, masks and protective equipment arrived at Niamey airport, the ministry said.  It would start rolling out...

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Mbappe nets 100th Ligue 1 goal as PSG edge Lyon

Kylian Mbappe warned he is “only just getting started” after scoring his 100th goal in France’s top flight as Paris Saint-Germain swept aside title rivals Lyon 4-2 on Sunday to move to the top of Ligue 1 following a shock defeat for previous leaders Lille earlier. Mbappe netted twice at the Groupama Stadium with Danilo...

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La Liga: Messi scores twice as Barcelona thrash Sociedad 6-1

Lionel Messi scored twice on Sunday as Barcelona trounced Real Sociedad 6-1 to keep the pressure on Atletico Madrid, who squeezed past Alaves thanks to a late penalty save from Jan Oblak. Oblak’s 86th-minute heroics denied Joselu and ensured Luis Suarez’s header was enough for a 1-0 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano, meaning the gap...

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Serie A: Ibrahimovic scores in AC Milan win, Atalanta, Lazio bounce back

Juventus’ hopes of winning a 10th consecutive Serie A title took another blow on Sunday with a 1-0 home loss to lowly Benevento as second-placed AC Milan closed the gap on leaders Inter with a hard-fought win at Fiorentina. Benevento forward Adolfo Gaich scored the game’s only goal in the 69th minute following a bad...

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I am willing to resign to solve govt crisis -Slovakia’s PM

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Igor Matovic on Sunday said he was willing to step down to save the coalition government led by his party as junior partners slammed his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Junior members of the four-party coalition have threatened to quit the government if the centrist Matovic does not step down by next...

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EPL: Tottenham move to sixth after win at Villa

Tottenham bounced back from a shock Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb with a 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday to rekindle their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish. One route back into the Champions League next season for Spurs disappeared on a miserable night in the Croatian capital in midweek as Mourinho’s...

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Serena Williams withdraws from Miami Open

Serena Williams became the latest high-profile player to pull out of the Miami Open on Sunday, saying she was withdrawing in order to concentrate on her recovery from recent oral surgery. The 23-time Grand Slam champion joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic among the stars to have pulled out of the event, which...

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Iheanacho goals help Leicester knock Man United out of FA Cup

Leicester sent Manchester United crashing out of the FA Cup as Kelechi Iheanacho’s double sealed a 3-1 win, while Chelsea will face Manchester City in the semi-finals after beating Sheffield United on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers’ side can look forward to meeting Southampton in their first FA Cup semi-final since 1982 thanks to Iheanacho’s predatory finishing...

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Rescued two-year-old child migrant dies in Spain

A two-year-old girl from Mali who had to be resuscitated after being rescued from a boat packed with migrants off Spain’s Canary Islands last week died on Sunday in hospital, local authorities said. The girl was one of 52 sub-Saharan Africans found onboard a vessel near the island of Gran Canaria on Tuesday who were...

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Serie A: Juventus title hopes dashed by Benevento defeat

Juventus’s hopes of winning a 10th consecutive Serie A title took a major blow on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat against lowly Benevento. Argentine forward Adolfo Gaich scored the only goal after 69 minutes following a bad backpass from Juventus midfielder Arthur. Andrea Pirlo’s side stay third, 10 points behind leaders Inter Milan whose match...

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Fish out sponsors of attack on Ortom, Northern govs tell security agencies

The Northern Governors Forum on Sunday condemned Saturday’s attack on Benue’s Governor Samuel Ortom’ motorcade by bandits as disturbing. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that bandits attacked Gov Ortom’s motorcade on Saturday at Tyo-Mu community near Makurdi. Chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, said the incident must be investigated thoroughly....

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Chelsea beat Sheffield 2-0 to reach FA Cup semi-finals

Chelsea moved into the FA Cup semi-finals as Oliver Norwood’s own goal and a late Hakim Ziyech strike sealed a 2-0 win against Sheffield United on Sunday. Thomas Tuchel’s much-changed side were below their best at Stamford Bridge, but Norwood’s first half mistake put them on course to win a hard-fought quarter-final.  Hakim Ziyech netted...

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2023: How PDP will determine presidential candidate’s choice —Orbih

Chief Dan Orbih, zonal leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, says that the choice of the party’s candidacy in the 2023 Presidential election will be determined by the political terrain prior to the general polls. He said that the clamour by its members for a South-South presidential endorsement showed their maturity as stakeholders but would...

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AFCON qualifier: Wanyama, Mandel absent as Kenya face Egypt, Togo

Kenya has dropped several star players from its starting lineup for two crucial Africa Cup of Nations matches this month including long-serving skipper Victor Wanyama, coach Jacob Mulee said on Sunday,  The shake-up comes as the Harambee Stars prepare to face Group G leaders Egypt in Nairobi on March 25 before an away match four days...

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Two Cameroonian soldiers killed in Nigeria

Two Cameroonian soldiers deployed to Nigeria were killed late Saturday in a Boko Haram attack in northeastern Borno state, two Nigerian military sources said Sunday. The insurgents, on foot and in several trucks fitted with machine guns, attacked Nigerian soldiers outside the town of Wulgo as well as Cameroonian soldiers deployed from across the border...

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Bayern CEO Rummenigge rules out Flick departure

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told German media Sunday he had made it “unmistakably clear” to Hansi Flick that the coach would not be freed from his contract to succeed Joachim Loew in charge of Germany. “This has nothing to do with probability, it’s a fact,” said Rummenigge in an interview with Welt am Sonntag...

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Watchout for original Astrazeneca vaccine labels, NAFDAC tells Nigerians

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has advised Nigerians to ensure the Astrazeneca vaccine being administered on them had the original label. The agency said the warning was imperative to ensure people did not risk being vaccinated with the fake Astrazeneca vaccine. The position of NAFDAC is contained in a statement...

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LeBron suffers injury as Lakers slump to Hawks defeat

LeBron James faces an indefinite layoff after suffering an ankle injury as the Los Angeles Lakers slumped to defeat against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Lakers superstar James collapsed to the Staples Center court in agony after a collision with Atlanta’s Solomon Hill in the second quarter of the Hawks’ 99-94 win. After writhing on the...

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Congo election: Internet, social media shut down as voting begins

Internet and social media access was cut in the Republic of Congo on Sunday as polls opened in a presidential election which veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso is expected to win. The internet went down just after midnight, several hours before the opening of polling stations at 7:00 am (0600 GMT), AFP correspondents said. Telephone...

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Congo holds presidential election today

The Republic of Congo on Sunday headed into a presidential election boycotted by the main opposition and attacked by critics as tilted towards veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso. The 77-year-old is widely expected to win against six contenders, led by economist and 2016 presidential runner-up Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, who revealed Saturday that he is gravely...

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