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Covid cases force Nagelsmann into a reshuffle at Bayern Munich

Bielefeld earned a 3-3 draw when the clubs met in Munich last February and have picked up four points from their last two league games.

Yet even with a host of stars sidelined, Bayern head coach Julian Nageslmann still has plenty of talent available against second-from-bottom Bielefeld.

“We are concentrating on the players who are there – the four World Cup winners and nine Champions League winners,” Bielefeld coach Frank Kramer quipped drily.

Bayern are missing midfielder Joshua Kimmich and back-up striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who also miss next weekend’s clash at second-placed Dortmund after both tested positive for Covid-19.

Midfielders Michael Cuisance, Serge Gabry and Jamal Musiala are also quarantining at home as contact cases, but defenders Niklas Suele and Josip Stanisic returned to training on Wednesday after previously testing positive. 

A shock defeat at Augsburg trimmed Bayern’s lead in the table to just a single point ahead of Dortmund.

Record numbers of coronavirus cases in Germany this week means a tightening of hygiene rules at Bundesliga stadiums.

Bayern’s Allianz Arena will be at 25 percent capacity – up to 18,745 — on Saturday.

A crowd of 13,000 is expected at Wolfsburg, who host a Dortmund side licking their wounds after their mid-week Champions League exit.

A 3-1 loss at Sporting Lisbon was Dortmund’s third straight European defeat, blocking their route to the knock-out stages and consigning them to the Europa League. 

Failing to reach the Champions League’s last 16 will cost Dortmund around 9.5 million euros ($11 million). 

“It’s not only a setback financially, but it also hurts from a sporting perspective and image,” said sports director Michael Zorc.

Dortmund still have star forward Erling Braut Haaland sidelined by a hip injury, but hope Youssoufa Moukoko, 17, can return after missing nine of their last ten games with knocks.

Belgium winger Thorgan Hazard is out after testing positive for Covid last Monday.

Fresh from thrashing Brugge 5-0 in the Champions League, RB Leipzig can break into the top six with a home win Sunday against fourth-placed Leverkusen.

Leizpig’s erratic form this season has not affected the 24-year-old whose 13 goals and 11 assists means he must soon be knocking on the door of selection for France.

Usually a winger, Nkunku, 24, shone with two goals and an assist in the thrashing of Brugge after moving across to attacking midfield. 

Expect to see him again form a three-man attack alongside Emil Forsberg and Andre Silva, who both also scored in Belgium.

12 – consecutive wins for Dortmund against Wolfsburg, who last beat Saturday’s opponents in the 2015 German Cup final.

Six – Leverkusen are winless in their last six league games against Leipzig, who have only lost once (back in 2018) in ten previous meetings.

Five – wins in all competitions for Bielefeld against Bayern – the last was five years ago – compared to the Munich giants’ 28 victories with five draws.

Fixtures (all times 1430GMT unless stated)

Stuttgart v Mainz (1930) 

VfL Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin v Augsburg, Cologne v Borussia Moenchengladbach, VfL Bochum v Freiburg, Greuther Fuerth v Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich v Arminia Bielefeld (1730)

Eintracht Frankfurt v Union Berlin, RB Leipzig v Bayer Leverkusen (1630)


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Championship leaders Fulham indebted to Adarabioyo for Bournemouth draw

Dominic Solanke put Bournemouth ahead just seconds after half-time and his goal looked it might be enough to take the visitors to the summit in what was manager Scott Parker’s first match at Craven Cottage since stepping down as manager of the London side in June.

But defender Adarabioyo headed in a cross from substitute Tom Cairney to ensure Fulham remained a point ahead of Bournemouth.

This was a third successive draw for Marco Silva’s Fulham, while the Cherries have won only one of their past six games following a fine start to the season.

A lively first half saw both sides create chances but, thanks to some fine defending and goalkeeping, the game was still scoreless at the interval.

Following a neat exchange of passes, Philip Billing’s ball over the top saw Solanke outpace Denis Odoi and lash a shot high past Marek Rodak for his 17th goal of the season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic twice went close for Fulham with a couple of headers until, six minutes from time, Adarabioyo powered in a header from seven yards out following a cross by Cairney.


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Ubi Franklin calls out some colleagues over silence following controversial death of Sylvester Oromoni

Oromoni was a student of Dowen College who died after allegedly suffering from injuries sustained after being attacked by his seniors.

In a series of tweets shared via his Twitter page on Friday, December 3, 2021, the father of four slammed those who have remained silent because of the identity of the owner of the school.

“She might see our rage on your page. We are talking about a 12 year old here, what if this boy were to be your son? This madness from schools need to STOP.”

Oromoni died after sustaining injuries following an alleged attack by seniors of the school.

He was admitted to a Lagos hospital on Friday, November 26, 2021, following the attack and confirmed dead on Tuesday.


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Moyes laments Lingard’s lack of game time at Manchester United

The 28-year-old Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Hammers last season, scoring nine goals in 16 appearances as the London club finished sixth in the Premier League.

Lingard, however, has not started a league game for United this season, making just eight substitute appearances, and has been repeatedly linked with a return to the Hammers.

“I can’t really talk about him because he’s a Manchester United player and it’s not for me to talk,” West Ham manager Moyes said Friday.

“He played a big part in our second half of last season. But you’d have to give credit to the players here, they’ve moved on without Jesse.”

The Hammers head into the weekend fourth in the table, a point ahead of Arsenal and three clear of United, ahead of Saturday’s clash with leaders Chelsea.

However, there were boos from some Hammers fans at the following their 1-1 draw with Brighton im midweek.

An unimpressed Moyes said: “I think really, the expectations of where the team have taken everybody to, there’s also got to be part of that where you say, ‘Wait a minute here, your team is doing really well. Don’t be so stupid’.

“There’s not a person at this club who deserved a boo. Not one person, because of what they’ve done at the club.”


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Dowen College: Atiku demands justice for Sylvester

Atiku, via his Twitter handle reacted to the controversial death of the 12-yr-old boy, who was said to have died from the injuries he sustained during an assault by his schoolmates, who wanted to initiate him into cultism

The ex-VP said, “We shall be failing in our duties as parents/ guardians, administrators, security agencies and government if we do not get to the bottom of the case of late Sylvester Oromoni. It is beholden upon us to enthrone a safe environment in our schools. #JusticeforSylvester.”

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Meanwhile, the management of Dowen College has denied the claim that Sylvester was assaulted by his schoolmates.

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The school said in a statement on Wednesday, that the deceased student was neither bullied nor beaten but only complained of hip pain after playing football.

The Lagos State Government has also ordered that Dowen College be shut down pending the outcome of investigations.


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Awoniyi fires Union Berlin past Leipzig

This was Awoniyi’s ninth Bundesliga goal this season while the result leaves Leipzig still looking for an away win in the the league.

Ahead of the rest of the weekend fixtures, Berlin climb to fourth on 23 points from 14 games.

Union then grabbed the winner just before the hour mark when a shot from Max Kruse was deflected off teammate Timo Baumgartl and into the goal.

The weekend’s major clash comes Saturday when Borussia Dortmund host Bayern Munich.

Star Bundesliga strikers Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski go head-to-head with one point between the sides.

Haaland has scored 10 Bundesliga goals for Dortmund so far this season while Lewandowski has 14 goals for Bayern.


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Under-pressure Benitez wants Everton to learn from Arteta example

The Toffees, who started the season brightly under new boss Benitez, are now winless in eight Premier League matches after their 4-1 drubbing on Wednesday — their worst sequence since 1999.

Everton are languishing in 14th place in the Premier League table, just five points above the relegation zone.

They face Arsenal at Goodison on Monday, with the Gunners having made a faltering start to the campaign. 

Arsenal lost their first three fixtures of the season, including a surprise defeat by Premier League newcomers Brentford, and did not make it out of the bottom half of the table until late October.

Benitez, a former Liverpool manager, believes there is no reason why given time, and a chance to overcome an injury crisis, Everton cannot regain the form that saw them take 13 points from their first six matches.

“I think he (Arteta) is doing well and could be an example of a new manager at a new club under pressure from the beginning last year, from the beginning this season,” said Benitez of the former Everton midfielder.

“Little by little he has continued working the way he wants to work and the team is getting better.

The Spaniard added: “He is an example of a manager at a new club who needed time and everyone was talking about ‘We need to give him time’ and now he is collecting the prize of that.”

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the leading scorer last season for Everton, has been sidelined since August with a thigh injury and as a result the club has struggled for goals, with Demarai Gray’s effort against Liverpool their first for a month.

“I was talking with the physio and fitness coach and he is getting better but still a couple of weeks minimum,” said Benitez of Calvert-Lewin.


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United States Government Funds Nine Social and Economic Small Grants across Malawi

The U.S. Embassy today awarded approximately $103,000 (MWK 92 million) to nine organizations working in six districts across Malawi through the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund, the Julia Taft Fund, and the Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund.

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Inside Johnny’s Room Live with Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker and Johnny Drille came together to make the third edition of the concert a magical one for fans and whisky lovers.

He was also joined on stage by other industry friends including Ayra Starr, Magixx, Temi Lion and veteran singer, Djinee.

The event is set to proceed to Abuja on the 5th of December, 2021 for the fans in Abuja. You know the drill, Keep Walking.

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Malta Guinness continues to lead malt category, bags 2 new awards

The African Brand Leadership Merit Awards is aimed at celebrating Leadership, innovation and creativity in Africa, the award has been acclaimed as one of the most credible brand recognition awards in Africa. Its independent and objective research into brand-related issues has gained it the attention and respect of industry leaders in recent years.

The Malta Guinness brand which is currently activating its “World of Good” campaign has been decorated with several other awards over the years, these awards further affirm the brand’s market leadership and innovations within the Malt category.

For more exciting details about Malta Guinness follow @maltaguinessng on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Thierry Henry questions Mikel Arteta for Aubameyang’s substitution against Manchester United

Aubameyang was hooked off in the 79th minute after failing to have an impact against the Red Devils. The Gabonese striker has gone five league games without a goal and was culpable for an inexplicable miss during Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.

However, Henry believes the skipper’s travails is not enough reason for Arteta to take him off while his team was chasing a result. The Gunners’ all-time leading goal scorer made these comments on Amazon Prime in the aftermath of the United game.

The ex-France international described Aubameyang as a symbolic part of the club, adding that things might not be right at the Emirates Stadium if the manager chooses to take out a goal threat at such a crucial time.

Aubameyang has scored only four goals this season with a solitary assist from 13 games. Despite the Gabonese poor run of form, Arsenal have been impressive of late, only losing twice (to Liverpool and United) in the last 13 games.

The Gunners have recovered well from an early-season stumble that saw them lose their first three matches in the Premier League. They now sit fifth on the log, just one point below fourth-placed West Ham United.


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Lagos CP orders immediate investigation into Sylvester’s death

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu made this known in a chat with Punch on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Sylvester, a Junior Secondary School 2 pupil was reported to have died from the injuries he sustained during an assault by his schoolmates, who wanted to initiate him into cultism.

However, the father of the deceased student, Sylvester Oromoni Snr, disagreed with the school’s position on his son’s death.

Oromoni said his son fingered five boys whom he said were allegedly involved in the bullying of his son.

“I am not aware but I am aware that the CP (Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu) has ordered immediate investigation into the incident even though it was not reported to the police,” Ajisebutu said.


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DRC-Uganda: Civilians must be protected during joint military operations

“The situation remains volatile in eastern DRC as both Congolese and Ugandan forces continue to fight armed groups. Past foreign military interventions in the DRC, including by Uganda, have resulted in the targeting or harming of civilians,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes.

“Military commanders in Uganda and DRC must take all required steps under international humanitarian law to protect and avoid harm to civilians during this operation. They must also avoid locating military facilities and soldiers near civilian homes, and where they have to do so, they must give adequate warning and evacuate people if necessary.”

Both the Congolese and the Ugandan armies have a track record of human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in the area and they have rarely been held to account. In 2005, the International Court of Justice ruled that the Ugandan army violated international humanitarian and human rights law during their military intervention in DRC between 1998 and 2003, including through failing to protect the civilian population, committing killings and torture of civilians and destroying villages.

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DRC has the obligation to investigate any reported violations of international humanitarian law and human rights on its territory, including by its own forces, while Uganda must investigate any allegations of violations by its forces. DRC and Uganda should ensure that there is a mechanism accessible to civilians in the area to safely report violations, should they occur.

Amnesty International is also concerned about the risk of retaliation against civilians by ADF combatants, which may arise as in the past if nothing is done to prevent such actions.

“Protection of civilians and the respect for human rights should be at the centre of their actions. Children, older people, people with disabilities and internally displaced people must be particularly protected from harm,” said Sarah Jackson.

“Authorities must also allow access for humanitarian actors, journalists and human rights defenders to continue to do their work unhindered, including in areas where joint operations are taking place.”


Since May 2021, a state of siege proclaimed by DRC President Tshisekedi in North Kivu and Ituri has given special powers to the army and the police to help stop attacks against civilians and “neutralize” armed groups, including the ADF. Yet such attacks have intensified in recent months, with over 1200 civilians killed according to the Kivu Security Tracker, and tens of thousands of others displaced according to the UN.

In recent years, the ADF has pledged allegiance to a group calling itself Islamic State (ISIS). ISIS has claimed responsibility for several attacks carried out in Uganda in October and November 2021 which the Ugandan authorities have attributed to the ADF. These include attacks on 16 November near the Central Police Station and Parliament in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, which killed four and injured 37 others according to a statement by the Uganda Police Force.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Amnesty International.


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Berhalter eyes newcomers as USA prepares for qualifiers

The camp, featuring domestic-based talent now in the Major League Soccer off-season, and match in Los Angeles will allow Berhalter to study newcomers ahead of next month’s resumption of qualifying for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

The Americans rank second in North American regional (CONCACAF) qualifying with 15 points and a 4-1 with three drawn record after eight matches. Canada leads the eight-team fight for three automatic berths on 16 points with Mexico third on 14.

“As we look towards 2022, this camp gives us the opportunity to see some new faces and allows our core domestic players to maintain their fitness levels.”

Top talent selected for the squad includes MLS Defender of the Year Walker Zimmerman of Nashville and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Turner of New England.

Also in the lineup is defender Jonathan Gomez, who is set to join Real Sociedad of La Liga next month. He has played for both US and Mexican youth teams but could seal himself into a US spot with an appearance against the Bosnian side.

The Americans, who have a win and a draw in the all-time rivalry against Bosnia and Herzegovina, return to World Cup qualifying with a January 27 home match against El Salvador, travel to Canada three days later and return home to play Honduras.


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The African Energy Chamber welcomes the ruling for Shell to proceed with its seismic surveys of the Eastern Cape

“South Africa needs energy. That’s the bottom line. The court’s refusal to stop Shell’s exploration activities on the basis that doing so will cause irreparable harm to the environment is seen as a victory for those who wish to see Africa pull itself out of energy poverty,” states NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber. “Africa deserves the opportunity to capitalize on its own oil and gas resources, and we must be able to exploit these resources in order to benefit from our continent’s full potential,” added Ayuk.

South Africa needs much more energy, and Shell’s investment in the country will help fix the country’s current energy crisis. South Africa’s population and its businesses need low-cost reliable energy that will enable millions of South Africans to benefit from the miracles of an industrialized economy that makes us productive and prosperous.

South Africa’s post covid future will depend on Coal, Oil, Natural Gas and Green Hydrogen industries. This is the industry that powers every other industry in Africa’s most industrialized nation. The lower cost and more reliable our energy is, the more competitive every African company is and the lower the cost of living is for every South African and Shell investment is going to contribute to that.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Energy Chamber.

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‘Amina’ becomes first Nollywood title to hit Netflix’s global top 10 list

The film which premiered exclusively on the streaming platform recently became the first Nigerian film to make the global top ten list.

Confirming the feat, director Izu Ojukwu shared a video of Netflix Director of Content for Africa, Ben Amadasun making the announcement at a press briefing.

“This stunning record-setting accomplishment was made possible by the sacrifices of both cast and crew, whom one can never thank enough”.

The film which is co-produced by ‘Living In Bondage’ producer, Okey Ogunjiofor also stars Clarion Chukwurah and Ali Nuhu.


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