Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets are off the mark in the U17 AFCON as Nduka Ugbade looks to end the country’s first title since 2008.

The Eaglets kicked off the quest for a third AFCON title with a hard-fought win over Zambia in their opening game in Constantine.

Favour Daniel was the hero of the day for Nigeria after his late winner proved to be the difference between the teams.

The result saw Nigeria take control of Group B in the U17 AFCON before Morocco replaced them following 2-0 win over South Africa in the other group game.

U-17 AFCON: Nigeria knocked off the top by Morocco

The Golden Eaglets kicked off their U-17 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a win, but it was not enough to put them ahead on the table.

Golden Eaglets chase third title

Nigeria is in Algeria chasing for a third U17 AFCON crown after winning the last one 16 years ago.


Musa with Golden Eaglets

The journey to third started on a positive note but Ugbade’s boys had to work for their win.

Zambia made Nigeria work hard and despite controlling most of the game, the Eaglets found the young copper bullets a hard nut to crack.

U17 AFCON: Golden Eaglets

Golden Eaglets begin their AFCON journey with a win against Zambia

However, with 14 minutes to go, favour smiled on the Eaglets as Daniel fired the breakthrough which proved to be the winner.

Golden Eaglets begin their AFCON journey with a win against Zambia

Nigeria defeated Zambia 1-0 to begin their journey in Algeria on a promising note.

After the game, coach Ugbade told CAFonline.com that the win puts them in a good position to end the wait for a third win.

Winning the first game gives us a mental edge and psychologically, we are better than we started,” he said.

“We created lots of chances that we couldn’t finish, some passes were not correct and many more errors. But the good thing is that we keep improving.’’


Golden Eaglets are chasing a third U17 AFCON title.

“Of course, we have the targets to win, but we need to go a step at a time,” he added.

Golden Eaglets begin their quest for 3rd African title

The Golden Eaglets are among the five countries to have won the title two times.

“We focus on the next match and if we win we are in the quarters. We get to the quarters we win and we are in the World Cup.”

Nigeria to work on mistakes

Despite a positive start to the tournament in Algeria, coach Ugbade was not happy with his team’s play in the final third.

Nigeria created a number of good chances in both halves but were unable to convert before Favour’s decisive winner late on.


Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, Nduka Ugbade

Speaking further, the former Nigeria Super Eagles star rued the missed chances but promised to work on them.

“African football has really developed and all teams are strong now, especially in Youth football,” he added.


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“We played a very tough game against Zambia and anyone could have won. Of course, there were some mistakes and you will definitely have many of them at this stage of development.”

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Tammy Abraham has refused to rule out a potential transfer to Chelsea in the future, his boyhood club who he left in 2021 to sign for Roma

After coming through the youth ranks, Abraham scored 30 goals in 82 appearances at Chelsea. He fell out out of favour in Chelsea’s attack under previous manager Thomas Tuchel, though, causing Abraham to go in search of first-team minutes under Jose Mourinho in Serie A. 

Obi-Datti PCC condemns politically motivated attacks in Lagos

The Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council has condemned the alleged politically motivated attacks on some citizens in parts of Lagos State.

The party claimed those attacked were believed to have voted for the LP.

In a statement signed on Monday February 27, by the council’s Deputy Director General, Oseloka Obaze, the team decried the attack which it described as “most regrettable”.


The statement read, “It is most regrettable that political thugs would single out citizens who exercised their constitutional rights to vote for candidates or parties of their choice.


“In keeping with its core value of political decorum, Labour Party thanks its supporters and indeed all Nigerians living in Lagos who have exercised their fundamental rights to vote according to the dictates of their conscience.


“Labour Party is aware of some egregious irregularities in the elections in several states. The party will follow due process and must use constitutional means to address our grievances thus giving peace a chance. It will, however, remain resolute in its mission to change Nigeria, which is after all greater than all of us. We have to protect the peace while defending every vote.

“Governments at all levels must recommit to the constitutional responsibility to protect citizens within their territories regardless of their political leanings.”

By Andrew Powell (The Center Square)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Legislature to restrict politically motivated banking and investment policies with taxpayer funds and protect Floridians from discrimination from the banking industry in the upcoming session.

DeSantis held a news conference in Naples Monday to discuss legislative proposals to address environmental, social and governance investment policies. While ESG was prohibited in investment decisions for the state’s pension program through the State Board of Administration last year, DeSantis wants more restrictions.

New bills will be introduced during the regular session that are intended to safeguard Floridians from discrimination from large banks and financial institutions for their political, religious or social beliefs and ensure that fund managers invest solely on maximizing rates of return when investing taxpayer funds.

Under new bills that will be considered by the Legislature, banks will also be prohibited in Florida from using social credit scores when making banking and lending decisions. Monetary deposits from state and local governments will be prohibited with institutions that are pursuing the ESG agenda.

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State and local governments would also be prohibited from considering, giving preference to or requesting information about ESG as part of the procurement and contracting process.

“We believe that this is an elite driven phenomenon, it is not ultimately going to be a road that is going to be good for this country and it’s not going to be good for other industrialized countries.” DeSantis said.

According to DeSantis, ESG is a way to inject political ideologies into investment decisions, corporate governance and the every day economy.

“That is not ultimately something that is going to work out well for us here in Florida, or in the United States of America.” DeSantis said.

DeSantis noted that the average citizen does not want ESG, and that the ideas are coming from both within the U.S and internationally. DeSantis noted that most of these ideological governance programs come from places like the annual World Economic Forum meeting held in Davos, Switzerland.

“One of their big targets is energy production, they do not like us producing more oil and gas, they do not want us to be energy independent.” DeSantis said, adding that it’s a bad policy because it affects the amount that Floridians have to pay for energy to get to work and live.

“It affects our national security, when you have to go to foreign countries that are hostile to us to try to get energy, that is not a good place to be in.” DeSantis said. “Why does that affect our national security? Well one of the major things facing our country that we need to do is recapture all the supply chains and bring them out of China.”

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DeSantis pointed out that during the COVID-19 lockdowns, most consumer goods were produced in China and noted that China is not an ally of the United States and that ESG gives China a competitive advantage.

Constraints on personal investments would also be part of adopting ESG policies and DeSantis said that people should be able to invest their money where they want – like oil and gas companies. DeSantis added shareholder funds were being used to fund these ideological policies.

“That is not an appropriate use of corporate power.” DeSantis said.

DeSantis also said that banks were using procedures like social credit scores for companies, similar to what has been implemented under the Chinese Communist Party.

“That is not something that is acceptable here in the State of Florida.” DeSantis said, adding that those who are being targeted the most, are those who do not follow the same ideology held by the “jet setters in Davos.”

“They are not accountable to you, they are not accountable to us, and I think ultimately it does represent a threat, not just to a smooth and prosperous economy, but also our very freedom itself.” DeSantis said.

Syndicated with permission from The Center Square.

My imprisonment for misappropriation of funds was politically motivated ? Former Plateau state gov Joshua Dariye

Former Plateau state governor, Senator Joshua Dariye, has said his conviction on corruption charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was politically motivated.


Dariye was convicted of stealing N1.16 billion while serving as Plateau governor from 1999 to 2007 and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. But his term was eventually reduced to 10 years by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, while his conviction was affirmed by the Supreme Court. In April this year, President Buhari granted him and ex-Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame, a presidential pardon. They were released by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) on August 8.


In his interview with Channels TV, Dariye said


“My issue was political in the sense that the same charge was taken to Kaduna High Court, Justice Liman dismissed that case. They were not happy, they carried the same document to the Plateau State House of Assembly and the whole amount we are talking about is N1.1 billion.”


While giving a breakdown of the amount he was accused of stealing, Dariye said N800 million went into the Plateau State account, N100 million was disbursed to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-West, N100m went to the campaign organisation of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo among others. On the exact money missing, the ex-governor put the figure at just N4 million, describing the sum as the commission on turnover.


According to the former Plateau governor, he would have laundered the money in commission and turnover if he wanted to steal.


“The judge asked if Mr Dariye wanted to convert money into his personal use, will he use his letterhead and write the bank ‘Pls distribute as follows?’

I am a chartered accountant and I wouldn’t have been that foolish. If I wanted to steal, I would have lodged the money in Commission and turnover but that never happened.

But because it was politically motivated, the other vehicle of prosecution – EFCC – became the only veritable tool. I don’t think there was any sense of justice but I leave the rest to God. Time will tell.”

An 18-year-old white gunman has opened fire at a supermarket in a Black neighbourhood in the US city of Buffalo, killing ten people in what authorities called an act of “racially motivated violent extremism”.

Three others were wounded in the attack at the Tops Friendly Market on Saturday.

The gunman, who was armed with an assault-style rifle and wearing body armour, was arrested after the shooting spree. Officials said he drove to Buffalo from his home in a New York state county “hours away” to launch the attack, which he broadcast on the internet.

Eleven of the victims were Black and two were white.

Stephen Belongia, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo field office, told reporters that the shooting is being investigated as “both a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism”.

Joseph Gramaglia, the Buffalo Police Commissioner, said the suspect killed nine customers and a retired police officer working as an armed security guard.

The guard “engaged the suspect, fired multiple shots,” but the gunman shot him, he said.

Injured people lie on the ground following a mass shooting in the parking lot of TOPS supermarket,
Injured people lie on the ground following a mass shooting in the parking lot of TOPS supermarket, in this still image from a social media video in Buffalo, New York, U.S. May 14, 2022 [Courtesy of BigDawg/ via Reuters]

When confronted by police in a vestibule of the store, the suspect held a gun to his own neck but they talked him into dropping the weapon and surrendering, the police commissioner added.

The suspect was later identified as Payton Gendron, of Conklin, a New York state community about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Buffalo, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press news agency. The officials were not permitted to speak publicly on the matter and did so on the condition of anonymity.

Gendron has now been arraigned on a charge of first degree murder, which carries a sentence of life without parole. He is being held without bail.

‘Pure evil’

Witnesses to the attack described indiscriminate shooting at the scene.

Shonnell Harris, a manager at Tops, told the Buffalo News she thought she heard as many as 70 gunshots and that she fell several times as she ran through the store to a rear exit.

“He looked like he was in the army,” she told the newspaper, describing the camouflage-clad assailant.

Retired firefighter Katherine Crofton, who lives nearby, said she witnessed the start of the bloodshed from her porch.

“I saw him shoot this woman,” Crofton told the paper. “She was just going into the store. And then he shot another woman. She was putting groceries into her car. I got down because I did not know if he was going to shoot me.”

Bystanders gather under an umbrella as rain rolls in after a shooting at a supermarket on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y.
Bystanders gather under an umbrella as rain rolls in after a shooting at a supermarket on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, New York, US [Joshua Bessex/ AP]

Erie County Sheriff John Garcia described the attack as “pure evil.”

“It was straight up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community,” he said.

Tops Friendly Markets released a statement saying, “We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

At the White House, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden was receiving regular updates on the shooting and the investigation and had offered prayers with the first lady for the victims and their loved ones.

“The president has been briefed by his Homeland Security advisor on the horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York, this afternoon. He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow as further information develops,” she said.

Attorney General Merrick Garland was briefed on the shooting, according to a spokesperson for the Justice Department

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the US senator from New York, said “We are standing with the people of Buffalo”, while the Governor of New York Kathy Hochul described the killings as a “horrific white supremacist shooting”. She also praised the grocery store security guard as “a true hero”.

Saturday’s shooting comes little more than a year after a March 2021 attack at a King Soopers grocery in Boulder, Colorado, that killed 10 people.

The US suffered 19,350 firearm homicides in 2020, up nearly 35 percent as compared to 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its latest data.

But despite the recurring mass-casualty shootings and a nationwide wave of gun violence, multiple initiatives to reform gun regulations have failed in the US Congress, leaving states and local councils to enact their own restrictions.

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