Jonathan Akpoborie: Politics cost me World Cup shirt

Former Super Eagles striker, Jonathan Akpoborie, who was left out of the France 1998 World Cup finals despite playing five of the six qualifiers, has revealed the politics behind his exclusion. The former junior international said a cabal in the team agreed that he must not be part of the final squad for the Mundial. Speaking further, Akpoborie said the then Manager, Bora Milutinovic, was instructed not to pick some players while some must make the final list to France. “That was the first time I saw politics affecting good…

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Foreigners’ dominance: Need to expand local capacity

There is need for increased level of domestic participation in the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to improve the volume of trades and to encourage local brokers. Chris Ugwu writes The prevailing situation where only 10 brokers out of more than 200 have continuously controlled more than 70 per cent of total value of transactions in the nation’s local bourse raises a lot of concern If more dealing members especially the domestic ones are not expanded, the local bourse might face similar situation it witnessed during the global financial meltdown of…

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APC leaders lament Buhari govt’s neglect

…kick against marginalisation in appointments NWC members opt for governorship seats State chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some national officers yesterday registered their disappointment with the national leadership of the party over the inability of President Muhammadu Buhari to reward party members. The party officials lamented that members who worked for APC’s victory in the 2015 general elections have been neglected almost two years after the polls. The state chairmen and national officers, under the aegis of Non-National Working Committee (NWC) members, in their separate communications to…

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Bahama 2017: Beach Eagles battle ready – Olawale

Nigeria Beach Eagles captain, Isiaka Olawale, has said the team is ready to battle group opponents, Iran, Italy and Mexico when the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup begins in Bahamas on April 29. The 33-year-old in an interview with FIFA.com said the team was poised for a place in the knockout stages. “All the teams we will be facing are very good,” Olawale said. “However, and I say that with the utmost of respect to our opponents, we don’t have to overestimate anybody. “We will take each match as it…

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Kanu: Ohanaeze, IPOB, Igbo leaders reject bail conditions

Jubilation in Onitsha Reactions yesterday trailed the bail of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High court, Abuja. President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has picked holes on the bail conditions given by the court, describing it as funny. “I don’t understand how you can grant someone a bail and said he should not be seen with more than 10 people, and he cannot address a press conference. “Those things are fundamental human rights…

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Cashless policy threatened as PoS prices jump by 71%

With reactions still trailing the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s suspension last Friday of the cashless policy nationwide, fresh concerns over the policy may have emerged as investigations by New Telegraph revealed that prices of Point of Sale (PoS) terminals have soared by over 71 per cent. A key electronic device in the implementation of the cashless policy, a PoS terminal, accepts cards and it is used by banks and merchants to receive payment of goods and services as well as for transferring money from one account to another. According…

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Jonathan’s $5.8m: EFCC withdraws application for stay of execution

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has withdrew an application it filed seeking a stay of execution of a ruling by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos which unfreeze an account belonging to wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience, $5,842,316.66, which was domiciled with Skye bank Plc. The action of the EFCC might have paved the way for the former first lady to operate the account unhindered. The anti-graft agency had, in the aftermath of the ruling, lodged an appeal at the Court…

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