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Saturday, September 23, 2017

'Aguero deserves more acclaim’

Pep Guardiola says Sergio Aguero is worthy of his place in Manchester City history, even if he continues to be ignored when it comes to individual honours.

Aguero is on the verge of becoming City's all-time record scorer as he looks to break the record of 177 set by Eric Brook in 1939.

The Argentina forward has been in fine form in recent weeks, most notably with a hat-trick in the recent 6-0 thrashing of Watford at Vicarage Road.

Yet personal recognition has eluded Aguero, despite his consistency – and two Premier League titles – since joining City from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Not only has he never won any of the English game's player of the year awards, he has also not been named in the Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Year once.

There was further personal disappointment this week as he was left off the 55-man shortlist for Fifpro's World XI.

Guardiola says that it does not matter if Aguero keeps on missing out on those honours, though, because he has respect where it matters.

"I always encourage my players to fight for the recognition of his teammates. That is the best way," he said.

"The best present you can have is the feeling that your teammates is when you have the feeling that your teammates love you and you feel you have helped them.

"Recognition in the media and prizes are OK for 10 minutes and then after that they disappear.

"So he's not in the Fifpro team this week. He will be in the next one. It doesn't matter."

EXPERIENCE

If Aguero's omission from every single one of the six PFA Teams of the Year selected during his time in England is baffling, his failure to make the Fifpro list is a little more understandable given that he has endured a tricky 12 months.

The forward faced something of a battle to prove his worth to Guardiola, who demanded that the striker increase his work off the ball, and also lost his place in the Argentina starting line-up, as they struggle to qualify for next year's World Cup.

Guardiola is happy Aguero has become a more complete forward in the 14 months they have worked together since the manager's arrival from Bayern Munich.

"I think every player gets better over the years because you have more experience, you handle situations better," Guardiola said.

"We tried to convince him to be involved in the way we want to play, to be not just like a striker heading the ball in the box and scoring a goal.

"But one who also makes a high press in the right moment to help to win the ball as quickly as possible, so we can attack as quickly as possible.

"I like the strikers who are involved in the process to play football. It's the same as the way that I don't just like the central defenders to defend, they have to be involved in the play."

Guardiola admits that Aguero does not always look the most enthusiastic player on the training ground, but always sees him come to life on a matchday.

"Sometimes his body language in training is like 'I'm tired, I don't like this, it's cold, it's freezing'. But he loves to play football.

"Sergio has the character to score goals. He had it in the past with Argentina, his mother and father gave him that talent. He will die scoring goals, there is no doubt about that."

Friday, September 22, 2017

Mr. Eazi featuring rapper Rhatti- Love

Just few Weeks after the Starboy signee released the international remix of “Leg Over“, he returns with a brand new single titled “Love”, featuring rapper Rhatti, produced by Mr Marz.

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Sosoliso air crash survivor, Kechi Okwuchi came sixth-America Got Talent.

The result of the America's Got Talent has been announced and Sosoliso air crash survivor, Kechi Okwuchi came in sixth.

Multi-talented 12-year-old ventriloquist, Darci Lynne Farmer took home the grand prize of $1 million and a chance to headline the AGT live show in Las Vegas, She's so talented, that every single time she performed, the audience and judges gave her a standing ovation while 10-year-old singer, Angelica Hale came in second.

Full list below;

1. Darci Lynne Farmer

2. Angelica Hale

3. Light Balance

4. Mandy Harvey

5. Sara and Hero

6. Kechi

7. Preacher Lawson

8. Diavolo

9. Evie Clair

10. Chase Goehring

Chelsea, Atletico reach terms on Costa

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid announced Thursday that they had reached an initial agreement that would see Diego Costa return to the Spanish club.

"Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa," the Spanish side said in a statement.

"The agreement is pending the formalisation of the contract between our club and the Spanish international forward.

"The English club has authorised Diego Costa to travel to Madrid in the coming days to undergo medical tests and settle his contract with our club."

Chelsea said they had "agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa".

"The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical."

Costa, 28, has been frozen out by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and spent the transfer window angling for a return to former club Atletico that never materialised.

Sports dailies Marca and Mundo Deportivo earlier said the two clubs had sealed a deal for the Brazil-born forward's return to Spain until 2021.

The deal was worth 60 million euros ($71.3m), according to AS, while Marca said Atletico will pay 55 million euros with a further 10 million euros in add-ons.

Costa will not, however, find himself straight back in action, with Atletico officially banned from registering new players until January.

Costa was not included in Chelsea's 25-man squad for the Champions League group phase, ironically drawn in Group C along with Atletico. That ensured he would not become cup-tied and therefore remains free to play in the competition for another team in the second part of the season.

ATLETICO TRANSFER FEE SMASHED

The reported transfer fee smashes Atletico's record of 40 million euros paid for Radamel Falcao in 2011.

Costa returns as a hero at Atletico having led Los Rojiblancos to their only La Liga title in the past two decades and the Champions League final by scoring 36 goals in the 2013/14 season.

His first stint at the club ended in injury and anguish as Costa limped off with a hamstring injury less than 10 minutes into the Champions League final against local rivals Real Madrid. Atletico went on to lose in extra time.

However, the fact coach Diego Simeone started the Brazilian-born striker in Lisbon despite his injury problems is testament to the Argentine's faith in Costa and Simeone has tried on several occasions to bring Costa back to the club since he left for Chelsea in 2014.

Indeed, according to Spanish media reports, Costa's return was one of the key demands from Simeone before extending his contract with Atletico to 2020 earlier this month.

Costa also had his mind set on a return after being told by Chelsea boss Conte that he was no longer part of his plans despite scoring 20 Premier League goals as Chelsea regained the title last season.

"I will only leave Chelsea for Atletico," Costa told reporters in June before returning to Brazil, where he spent all summer ignoring Chelsea's requests to return to training.

A grudge match when the two sides meet in the Champions League next week will be avoided as Costa can't be registered until January.

However, his return gives Atletico a huge boost in their quest to finally land the Champions League title come the new year after falling to Real in the latter stages in each of the last four seasons.

Moreover, next season Atletico have the chance to lift the trophy on home soil after their new 68 000-seater Wanda Metropolitano stadium was chosen as the venue for the 2019 Champions League final.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Korede Bello Bags Chieftaincy Title In Kano, Falalu Dorayi Kicks

A renowned Kannywood movie producer and director, Falalu Dorayi, has expressed reservations over the conferment of chieftaincy title of ‘’Sarkin waka’’ on southern musician Korede Bello by the Kano state emirate council. .
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Korede was conferred with the title in recognition to his contribution to the society through music. Dorayi who took to his IG page to express his opinion about the development said there are many indigenous Hausa singers in Kano who deserve the title instead. .
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He described the action of the emirate council as demoralizing to northern youth emphasizing that ‘’no matter how bad indigenous Hausa singers are, it is not fair to cross over to Lagos to pick Sarkin wakan Kano.
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He said though the award of the title has not been made official, ‘’It is not surprising, because northern elites have been like that, they look for us only when they are in need afterwards they short change us for Lagos chaps. .
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All sleepless nights our musicians have been having to bring our traditional leaders and northern politicians to the limelight all they get in return was to have the title shipped to Lagos’’ he lamented.
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Speaking further in a telephone chat with DailyTrust, Dorayi noted that since the current emir of Kano Mohammad Sanusi II ascended throne, Nazir Ahmad has never ceased from praising him in his songs and thus deserved the title. .
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‘’In fact, before Sanusi became the emir of Kano, Nazir had envisaged and fore told in his songs of Sanusi becoming Sarkin Kano and it came to pass. I am of the opinion that if justice should be done none deserves this title but Nazir Ahmad’’ he added.

Aguero back from brink to become City icon

On the verge of becoming Manchester City's all-time leading scorer, Sergio Aguero has won over Pep Guardiola to reestablish himself as one of the world's most feared strikers.

Just seven months ago, Aguero's Eastlands future appeared bleak after he lost the trust of City manager Guardiola.

While Aguero's goal-scoring heroics had made him a huge favourite of City fans, he found it much harder to convince Guardiola of his worth in the Spaniard's first season in charge.

Guardiola wanted a more mobile forward capable of contributing to his possession-based philosophy and he was quick to deploy Gabriel Jesus as City's central striker once the Brazilian sensation signed in January.

By the time Guardiola left out Aguero for a clash with Swansea in February – the fifth time he had been dropped that season – there seemed no way back for the Argentine.

Yet, aside from his prolific penalty box exploits, Aguero's most crucial characteristic might well be a bloody-minded determination to bend any narrative to his favour.

That tenacious attitude brings back memories of Eric Brook, whose City goal record Aguero is about to eclipse.

Brook was a blunt Yorkshireman who was so committed to the City cause he didn't miss a game for 11 seasons after joining from Barnsley in 1928.

It took a car crash that left him with a fractured skull to bring a premature end to the England international's career – but not before he helped City win the title in a triumph that carries echoes of Aguero's story.

On their way to being champions, City won 5-0 at Liverpool, with Brook claiming a hat-trick.

It was a scoreline City wouldn't repeat against Liverpool until Aguero started their demolition of the Reds earlier this month.

Having earned his way back into Guardiola's good graces by refusing to complain publicly about his treatment last term, Aguero has made himself indispensible with a barrage of goals.

Showing he can thrive alongside Jesus or as the sole fulcrum of Guardiola's attack, Aguero's goal against Liverpool made him the highest-scoring non-European in the history of England's top flight.

Not content with that landmark, Aguero hit his 10th City hat-trick in a 6-0 rout of Watford last weekend.

If he scores twice against Crystal Palace this Saturday, Aguero would equal Brook's 78-year-old City scoring record of 177 goals in 494 appearances.

Aguero's tally of 175 has taken only 259 games.

‘AMAZING’

Netting once against lowly Palace would also give Aguero 300 career club goals.

Given Aguero's current form – five goals in his last three games – both those milestones should fall sooner rather than later.

That will cap a remarkable renaissance from a player who hasn't been deterred by any challenge that has come his way.

"He's a legend, and it's a part of history in the club," Guardiola said.

"Aguero's numbers speak for themselves, he is amazing."

Signed from Atletico Madrid for £38 million ($51 million, 42 million euros) by then City boss Roberto Mancini in 2011, Aguero wasted little time announcing his arrival on the Premier League stage.

Aguero marked his City debut with two goals in a 30-minute substitute appearance against Swansea.

By the time City reached the final game of the season, Aguero had scored 29 times to leave his club on the brink of becoming champions for the first time in 44 years.

Fittingly, it was Aguero who produced one of the Premier League's most iconic moments.

He fired home in the closing seconds against QPR to clinch a dramatic come from behind 3-2 win that ensured City took the title at the expense of arch rivals Manchester United.

Aguero's goals were a key element of his side's second Premier League triumph two years later.

He has also won the League Cup twice and finished as the Premier League's top scorer in the 2014-15 season.

Incredibly, Aguero has never been included in the PFA Team of the Year voted for by his fellow professionals.

But, like Guardiola, Aguero's peers should be revising their opinions of his unique qualities now.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

City, United seize title spotlight

A year later than expected, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola appear set for a season-long fight for the Premier League title.

Having overseen successful close-season spending sprees after lacklustre first seasons in charge at Old Trafford and Eastlands, Mourinho and Guardiola have put United and City in pole position among the early pace-setters.

After five matches, Mourinho and Guardiola have led their teams to identical records, four wins, one draw, 16 goals scored, two conceded, and only alphabetical order is keeping leaders City above second-placed United.

There is little love lost between old rivals Mourinho and Guardiola and their close proximity in Manchester should make the title race an explosive affair.

Here we look at the key areas that transformed United and City:

LUKAKU POWER PLAY

Aware his most successful teams have always been built around a battering ram capable of combining power and poise at the focal point of his attack, Mourinho is reaping the rewards of splashing out £75 million ($101 million, 84 million euros) on Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

At Chelsea, it was Didier Drogba and then Diego Costa who fuelled Mourinho's title-winning teams, while at Inter Milan he used Diego Milito to bully defenders into submission.

Lukaku, prolific but sometimes lacking desire at Everton, is following in those footsteps, scoring seven goals in seven appearances for United to transform an attack that was often held in check too easily last term.

"If you play for a big club, then you have to act like a big player and perform, week in, week out, Lukaku said of his United excellence.

CITY MAKE CASE FOR DEFENCE

When Guardiola splurged £130 million on three full-backs over the summer, some critics suggested the Spaniard would have been better off using the money to strengthen other areas.

But Guardiola was convinced the additions of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, from Tottenham, Monaco and Real Madrid respectively, were essential for his purist principles to be successful in England.

Guardiola loves to retain possession as his teams build from the back, while putting stress on opponents by using over-lapping full-backs to outnumber them in the final third.

Walker, Mendy and Danilo have allowed City to do exactly that, with Liverpool, Feyenoord and Watford crushed by a combined score of 15-0 in their last three games.

"They are having a big impact. We create spaces in behind and you need players in those positions," Guardiola said.

"Without these signings it would have been more complicated."

MATIC BRINGS STABILITY

Asked how he felt about Chelsea sanctioning Nemanja Matic's £40 million move to United, Blues boss Antonio Conte gave a terse reply - "You should ask the club" - that left no doubt about his frustration at losing the Serbia midfielder.

Conte's loss has been Mourinho's gain as Matic's astute reading of the game and effective passing have provided the foundation for United's more creative talents to thrive.

Matic's presence in the midfield holding role had freed up Paul Pogba to take on the more attacking duties that suit his off-the-cuff style.

While Pogba will be sidelined with a hamstring injury for several weeks, Mourinho has no doubts United remain in good hands with Matic directing traffic.

AGUERO RISES TO JESUS CHALLENGE

Just nine months ago, Sergio Aguero appeared in danger of being the odd man out in Guardiola's forward line following the arrival of Brazilian sensation Gabriel Jesus, but the Argentine has made himself indispensable with a blistering start to the season.

Despite Aguero's impressive track record at City, it was the more mobile Jesus who fitted the bill as the prototypical Guardiola forward and the pair played together only three times last season as the youngster took centre stage until suffering a foot injury.

However, Guardiola has unleashed the pair to devastating effect this season, with Aguero scoring six goals in six appearances, while Jesus has netted five times in six games.

Guardiola was especially delighted Aguero showed his creative side by laying on a goal for Jesus at Watford last weekend.

"He's a guy I encourage to play, not just to score goals," Guardiola said.