Fans were given a treat in stunning goals when reigning Europa League champions, Atlético Madrid, faced a second string Super Eagles team at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
Arsenal midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali, put Nigeria ahead with a curling long-range effort past Jan Oblak but Angel Correa, who ended up being named man of the match, equalised for the Spanish guests to leave the game tied 1-1 at half time.
Atlético legend, Fernando Torres, put his team in front with a close range header off a corner-kick, only for Usman Mohammed to get Nigeria back on level terms in the 80th minute with the goal of the game.
But it would be Atlético to have the last hoorah as Borja scored the winner in the 85th minute to seal a 3-2 victory and earn the GoTV Cup for the Spanish side.
CATHOLIC CHURCH STAGE NATIONWIDE PROTEST OVER KILLING OF 2 PRIESTS IN BENUE
Clergy and members of the Catholic Church in Nigeria staged a protest across the country to coincide with the burial of two priests and 17 worshippers recently killed in a church in Benue allegedly by herdsmen.
The protests, held in Lagos, Ibadan, Uyo, Enugu, Abeokuta, Umuahia and other major cities, saw thousands of Catholic faithful make a procession to state houses at the various locations to register their displeasure and call for a way forward to bring such incidences to an end.
That sentiment was echoed by Cardinal Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, at the burial, with Nigeria’s vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo, expressing the government’s will to end the killings and bring the culprits to book.
$16B POWER PROJECT: BUHARI & OBASANJO GO AT EACH OTHER
Whether Atlético got the better of the Super Eagles or Catholics protested indiscriminate killings in the land, nothing was going to come between the ongoing love-hate relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.
That relationship is in hate mode at the moment after Buhari – who was meeting with a group which came to show their support for his re-election bid – took a swipe at ‘a former president’ (unmistakably Obasanjo) for wasting all of $16 billion (about ₦5 trillion only) meant for power projects, asking “where is the power? Where is the power?”
Well, Obasanjo wasn’t going to take that with arms folded and, rather than pen a letter per usual, released a statement instead, describing President Buhari’s comments as being based on ignorance and a misunderstanding of the issue on Buhari’s part.
Obasanjo’s statement went further to recommend that Buhari “and his co-travellers” peruse four chapters in Obasanjo’s three-volume book to gain a proper understanding of the issue, adding that Buhari could get his aides to summarise the chapters recommended “in a language that he (Buhari) will easily understand.”
Obasanjo and his people clearly have NO CHILL!
AIRPORT CLEANER RETURNS MISPLACED $6,000
What would you do if you found a nylon containing $6,000 (about ₦2 million) just lying around the floor near you and there was no one there watching you? A cleaner at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos did what Jesus would do and returned the money to customer care to deal with.
The attention of Charity Bassey, the cleaner, had been called to an item in the toilet area of the airport’s departure wing. The item turned out to be $6,000 made up of 60 $100 bills.
For her honesty, her employers have stated that the cleaner’s salary would be increased and she would also be given other compensation.
Recall that in 2014, another airport cleaner, Josephine Agwu, had discovered ₦12 million in a toilet and returned it to authorities.
It pays to be honest, guys.
HOUSTON ROCKETS STUN NBA CHAMPIONS ON HOME COURT TO TIE SERIES
James Harden scored 30 points to help Houston Rockets stun Golden State Warriors 95-92 in Oakland and tie the Western Conference Finals series 2-2 with Game 5 set for Houston on Thursday night.
The Warriors came into the game as big favourites to win having ripped the Rockets apart in Game 4 with a 41-point victory, only for the Rockets to put up a resilient display to mount several comebacks during Game 4 on the way to a hard-fought win.
The win ended a run of 16 successive home wins in the play-off series for the Warriors and sees the finals of both conferences in the NBA poised for a dramatic finish as the Eastern Conference Finals series is also tied 2-2 with Boston Celtics hosting Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 tonight.
PRE-MARITAL GENITAL TESTS IN CHURCH? RCCG SAY YES!
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has reportedly directed all branches of the church to henceforth include genital testing in the church’s pre-marital examination for all intending couples.
According to the church, this became necessary following a rise in incidences of marriage crises stemming from “falsehood, especially in the case of undeclared or un-confessed reproductive/genital status.”
Simply put, RCCG will carry out tests on intending couples and let them know if one of the couple is impotent, with the church adding that only government approved hospitals be used for the purpose.
ARSENAL CONFIRM UNAI EMERY AS NEW COACH TO REPLACE WENGER
Premier League club, Arsenal, have confirmed that Unai Emery will be the next coach of the club, replacing Arsène Wenger who left the post vacant at the end of the season following 22 years being at the helm.
Emery’s appointment comes after the Spaniard left his post at Paris Saint-Germain at the expiration of his two-year contract with the French champions.
In his time in Paris, Emery won a league title and four domestic Cup titles, but failed to make it past the last 16 stage of the UEFA Champions League in both years no thanks to losses against Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Before PSG, the 46-year-old Emery managed Sevilla to three successive Europa League titles and guided Valencia to three successive third place finishes in the Spanish league.
He is reported to have signed a five-year deal with Arsenal and was chosen ahead of Mikel Arteta, who had previously been speculated as most likely to be named as Wenger’s replacement.