England Beat Germany To Win Women Euro 2022 Trophy

England women players celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Euro 2022 final. AFP

 

England manager Sarina Wiegman said “the world will change” for her players after the Lionesses won Euro 2022 with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Germany at sold-out Wembley on Sunday.

In front of a record crowd of 87,192 for any match in the history of the European Championships, Chloe Kelly prodded home the winner in the 110th minute to deliver England women’s first ever major tournament win.

“The world will change, we know that,” said Wiegman, whose post-match press conference was interrupted by the England squad singing “football’s coming home!”.

“We change society and that’s what we want, that’s so much more than football.

“Winning is what we are here for, our job is to do as good as possible, but through football, you can make changes in society and that’s what we are here for.”

Kelly only just made Wiegman’s squad after fighting back from an anterior cruciate ligament tear to be fit in time for the tournament and made herself a national hero by being in the right place to pounce when Germany failed to clear a corner.

The Manchester City winger tore off her shirt in celebration in scenes reminiscent of Brandi Chastain’s famous reaction to scoring the winning penalty at the 1999 World Cup for the USA.

Dream Comes True

“This is what dreams are made of, as a young girl watching women’s football,” said Kelly, who broke off a post-match interview to join in a chorus of “Sweet Caroline” with the crowd and her teammates.

“Thank you for everyone who played a part in my rehab. I always believed I’d be here, but to be here and score the winner, wow. These girls are amazing.”

England looked set for victory in the 90 minutes when substitute Ella Toone’s sublime chip over Merle Frohms put the hosts in front.

Germany showed remarkable resilience to bounce back as Lina Magull levelled 11 minutes from time.

But 56 years on from England’s last major tournament win in either the men’s or women’s game, they were not to be denied a major tournament success.

Queen Elizabeth II led the tributes to the Lionesses, calling them “an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations”.

Germany’s Misfortune

Fortune did not favour Germany, who lost captain and top goalscorer Alexandra Popp to a muscle injury in the warm-up.

German boss Martina Voss-Tecklenburg was also furious that a penalty was not awarded in the first half for a handball by England captain Leah Williamson.

But England will feel their time for some luck was due as 12 months on from the Three Lions’ defeat on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 men’s final, the nation’s women went one better.

“I can’t stop crying. We talk and we talk and we’ve finally done it,” said Williamson.

“It’s the proudest moment of my life. I’m taking in every single second because I’ll want to relive this for a long time.”

Under Wiegman, England are unbeaten in 20 games but were pushed to the limit by the eight-time winners despite missing the massive presence of Popp, who had scored six goals in five games en route to the final.

Strength in depth has been one of the key features of England’s success under Wiegman and the Dutch coach turned to Alessia Russo and Toone to change the game as they did in the quarter-final win over Spain.

The changes worked to perfection once more as Toone timed her run through the heart of the German defence to latch onto Keira Walsh’s through ball, showing great composure to coolly lift the ball over Frohms.

Lesser sides than the eight-time champions would have been broken, but Germany immediately pushed forward in search of an equaliser.

The excellent Magull smashed a shot off the post and Popp’s replacement Lea Schueller should have converted the rebound rather than rolling the ball into the arms of the grateful Mary Earps.

Voss-Tecklenburg’s side were not to be denied, though, and fittingly it was Magull who sent the game to extra-time as the Bayern Munich midfielder slotted Tabea Wassmuth’s cross into the roof of the net.

Both sides felt the pace of a physical encounter in the extra 30 minutes.

England just had enough left in the tank to finally get the job done as Germany failed to deal with the second ball from a corner and Kelly’s telescopic right leg flicked the ball home.

“Enjoy the free rounds of pints and dinners for the rest of your life from all of England,” Chastain tweeted to Kelly.

After decades of disappointment, a major tournament trophy has come home for England fans.

Another Gold For Nigeria As Folashade Lawal Sets New Commonwealth Games Record

A screenshot taken on July 31, 2022, shows Folashade Lawal on the podium after winning gold for Nigeria in the women’s 59kg weightlifting event at the 22nd Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

 

Team Nigeria have won another gold at the ongoing 22nd Commonwealth Games ongoing in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

Folashade Lawal clinched the country’s second gold medal in the competition on Sunday evening in the UK’s second-largest city.

Besides the feat, she also set a new Commonwealth Games record of 206kg in the women’s 59kg weightlifting event.

Reacting to her victory, an excited Folashade said while she prepared hard for the challenge, winning a gold medal was not so close to her expectation.

With the latest feat, Team Nigeria have won a total of three medals – all from weightlifting as Folashade won gold hours after Edidiong Umoafia bagged a bronze medal in the men’s 67kg event.



 

Adijat Olarinoye put Nigeria on the medal table on Saturday after winning the country’s first gold at the games in the women’s 55kg weightlifting event.

In another event, the men’s table tennis team have qualified for the semi-finals of the commonwealth games after coming from behind to beat Malaysia 3-2.

Following their remarkable comeback which helped them advance to the next round of the event, Team Nigeria will have to beat their Indian counterparts to book a spot in the finals and guarantee another medal for the country.

 

Horror Smash

Elsewhere, English cyclist Matt Walls was involved in a horror crash at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday when he was catapulted over the barriers and into the crowds at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

The Olympic omnium champion, competing in the men’s 15km scratch qualifiers at the London venue, received treatment for more than 40 minutes before being taken away by ambulance.

Spectators were also hurt after Walls and his bike came over the top of the barriers on the high banking of a corner.

Medics tend to England’s Matt Walls (behind the barrier) injured during a massive crash during the men’s 15km scratch race qualifying round cycling event on day three of the Commonwealth Games, at the Lee Valley VeloPark in east London, on July 31, 2022. ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP

 

Two other riders — the Isle of Man’s Matt Bostock and Canada’s Derek Gee — were also taken to hospital, while two spectators were treated for minor injuries at the velodrome.

A statement from Team England said: “Following medical treatment in hospital, Matt Walls has been discharged with stitches in his forehead, scrapes, and bruises but thankfully no major injuries.”

The Isle of Man team said Bostock had a CT scan from which the initial prognosis was positive.

Witnesses said that because of the gradient of the banking, spectators in the front row had been unsighted for the crash.

APC Senator Decries Worsening Insecurity, Asks NSA To Resign

 

A senator elected on the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sani Musa, on Sunday called on Mr Babagana Monguno to resign as the National Security Adviser (NSA).

Senator Musa who hails from Niger – one of the worst-hit states by terrorists’ activities – decried the worsening security situation in the country.

He believes Monguno, a retired major general and former Chief of Defence Intelligence, has no reason to remain as the nation’s top security strategist with the continued killings of innocent people.

“What proactive action has the NSA taken? We have to call a spade a spade. If I was the NSA in this country, I will tender my resignation because I have failed,” the lawmaker who represents Niger East senatorial district in the National Assembly said during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics in Abuja.

“When they (terrorists) are creating cells, you do not wait until when you are attacked before acting. The intelligence that is being shared is a pre-information given to you at a stage where these culprits have not concluded their plans and you neutralise them. For me, I believe that we need to restrategise.”

Senator Sani Musa says to describe the issue of insecurity as disturbing is an understatement.

 

Armed non-state actors, including bandits and terrorists, have scaled up activities recently, extending their operations to attacks on security apparatus such as the correctional facility in Abuja and some security formations.

One of such is the attack on troops of the Presidential Guards Brigade which provides security for the seat of power and the nation’s capital where some soldiers were reportedly killed.

Amid the outcry over the deteriorating situation, Mr Monguno last week said the security agencies have adopted a new strategy to tackle the threat.

A file photo of the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno

 

But this is not enough for members of the opposition in the National Assembly who handed a two-week ultimatum to the President to resolve the nation’s security challenges and threatened to commence impeachment proceedings against him should he fail to act as demanded.

Although Senator Musa said the government collectively should not be blamed for the current situation, he admitted that it has gone from bad to worse.

“To say the issue of insecurity is disturbing is an understatement, Nigeria is a country that is evolving, and we have never seen it like this since after the civil war,” said the lawmaker.

“We used to have armed forces that are reckoned; they have fought wars in other countries in order to bring peace to those countries but today, the whole thing is different.”

Umahi Wins APC Ticket For Ebonyi South Senatorial District

A file photo of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi.

 

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has won the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Ebonyi South senatorial district.

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the governor polled 250 votes to emerge victorious at the fresh election for the senatorial zone held on Sunday.

The election which took place at the Afikpo North Local Government Headquarters witnessed the heavy presence of security operatives, APC supporters, and journalists, among others.

Announcing the results, the Chairman of the Electoral Panel for APC Ebonyi South Senatorial District Election, Professor Emmanuel Adebayo, declared Governor Umahi as the winner having scored the highest number of votes in the poll.

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Professor Adebayo explained that said five contestants participated in the fresh primary election of the party, while a total of 275 votes were cast out of which 268 were valid while the remaining seven were invalid.

In his reaction after he was declared winner, Governor Umahi thanked the entire people of Ebonyi State for the opportunity given to him to secure the party’s ticket.

The fresh election took place after the Abakaliki Division of the Federal High Court had struck out a suit by Governor Umahi seeking to be recognised as the APC candidate for Ebonyi South senatorial district.

Following that pronouncement, Justice Fatun Riman ordered a fresh primary election to produce the APC candidate for the senatorial zone within 14 days.

The governor was among several others who picked the presidential nomination and expression of interest forms of the APC sold at N100 million.

Among others who also pick the forms were the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.

Following the victory of a chieftain of the party, Bola Tinubu, in the primary, reports emerged that Governor Umahi had purchased the APC nomination and expression of interest forms for the Ebonyi South senatorial election.

Amid controversy that the Electoral Act does not allow for the purchase of such forms at the same time, he stressed that the presidential primary had concluded way before he joined the senatorial race.

Governor Umahi would later win the rerun primary election conduct in line with the order of the court.

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Tambuwal Holds Closed-Door Meeting With Obasanjo In Abeokuta

A photo taken on July 31, 2022, shows former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Aminu Tambuwal with others at the OOPL in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

 

Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in what was described as a national issues meeting.

A Special Assistant to the former president on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The meeting, he stated, took place at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Penthouse residence of the former Nigerian leader in Abeokuta.

He, however, said the discussions between former President Obasanjo and Governor Tambuwal held behind closed doors.

According to Akinyemi, the governor arrived at the residence of the elder statesman along with some of his key aides at about 1:30 pm.

The thereafter went straight into the meeting with the former president while the duo came out at about 2:40 pm.

At the end of the meeting, Akinyemi said, Governor Tambuwal briefly hinted that the discussions bordered on national issues.

He later took his launch with his entourage and headed for the mosque inside the elder statesman’s presidential library to observe salat (prayers) before leaving the complex.

Read the full statement issued by the former president’s spokesman below:

Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal on Sunday, visited former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in what was described as a national issues meeting.

The meeting held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Penthouse residence of the former President was however held behind closed doors.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, Tambuwal arrived at about 1.30pm with some of his key aides and he went straight into the meeting with the former President.

The duo came out at about 2.40pm and briefly he hinted that the meeting was on national issues.

He later took his launch with his entourage and headed for the mosque inside OOPL to observe salat (prayers) before leaving the complex.

Kehinde Akinyemi

Special Assistant on Media

July 31, 2022

Get Permission To Use Uniforms, Police Warn Skit Makers, Others

A file photo of a police officer wearing a beret displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Nigeria Police Force has expressed concern over the incessant and unauthorised possession and use of police uniforms and accoutrements by individuals, including movie makers and skit makers in the country.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He stated that the police were also worried about the illegal sale of police materials and accessories by traders in shops and open stores not approved nor recognised by authorities.

According to Adejobi, the Inspector General of Police has equally frowned at the ‘demeaning manner’ in which movie and skit makers portray the police institution in their productions.

He said such persons have continued to use the police uniform without recourse to the provision of Section 251 of the Criminal Code law, and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law which criminalise unauthorised use with accompanying necessary sanctions.

“The IGP, therefore, charged all commands and formations, the IGP Monitoring Unit, Provost marshals and X-Squad to arrest and immediately prosecute, in accordance with the law, all persons or groups of persons engaging in the illegal sales of police uniforms and accoutrements within their jurisdictions, while film or skit makers who portray the Nigeria Police Force officers in a bad light, without applying for and being duly issued a permit letter for such portrayals to desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law,” the police spokesman said.

“The IGP further reiterates the commitment of the force to guaranteeing compliance with the law, as the Force Public Relations Officer has been charged with the task of ensuring prompt authorisation for all applications for approvals of usage of police items in movies, in tandem with the extant laws and which will portray good values, impress positively on the Nigerian public, add value to our system, provide police officers with modern innovations to actively carry out policing duties and on-screen role models who would influence their lives and career, and consequently improve security mechanisms in Nigeria.

“The Inspector-General of Police strongly believes that such sanity in movie production, regulation of sales, possession, and usage of police uniforms and accoutrements will definitely impact positively on resuscitating moral values and correcting wrong perceptions and ideologies towards commissioning of crimes in our society.”

The move by the force, Adejobi stated, would curb the proliferation of police kits, uniforms, and accessories, as well as eventually reduce police impostors-induced crimes in the society.