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Papa Bouba Diop, Senegal’s World Cup hero and FA Cup winner, dies aged 42

Papa Bouba Diop, the former Senegal midfielder who scored the first goal of the 2002 World Cup against France, has died at the age of 42.

World football’s governing body posted a tribute to Diop on Twitter. “Fifa is saddened to learn of the passing of Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop,” Sunday’s statement read. “Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero.”

Diop began his European career in Switzerland, winning the title with Grasshoppers before moving to the French club Lens in January 2002. His most famous moment came four months later in the World Cup’s opening match, when his goal earned Senegal a shock win over defending champions France in Seoul.

The midfielder scored twice more in Senegal’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals, before joining Fulham for £6m in 2004. After three Premier League seasons at Craven Cottage, he moved to Portsmouth in August 2007, going on to win the FA Cup later that season and appearing at Wembley as a substitute in the final.

A tough central midfielder who earned the nickname “The Wardrobe” during his Premier League career, Diop could also play in central defence. Diop also played for West Ham, Birmingham and AEK Athens and earned 63 Senegal caps, scoring 11 goals. He retired in 2013 and had reportedly been suffering from a long illness.

Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mané posted a tribute to Diop on Instagram. “Pape Bouba, it was with a broken heart that we learned of your passing,” Mané wrote undeneath a picture of Diop celebrating his goal in 2002. “Know that you will remain in our hearts forever even if you left without saying goodbye to us. RIP.”

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who played against Diop’s Portsmouth for Cardiff in the 2008 FA Cup final, said on Sky Sports: “He was a good player, and it’s a sad, sad moment. We all feel for his family, and are thinking about them at this difficult time.”

Star footballer Diego Maradona dies aged 60

Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60.

The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.

He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency.

Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals.

In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend”, adding: “You will always be in our hearts.”

Maradona played for Barcelona and Napoli during his club career, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side.

He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them in four World Cups.

Maradona led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany, before captaining them again in the United States in 1994, but was sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.

During the second half of his career, Maradona struggled with cocaine addiction and was banned for 15 months after testing positive for the drug in 1991.

He retired from professional football in 1997, on his 37th birthday, during his second stint at Argentine giants Boca Juniors.

Having briefly managed two sides in Argentina during his playing career, Maradona was appointed head coach of the national team in 2008 and left after the 2010 World Cup, where his side were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.

He subsequently managed teams in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico and was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina’s top flight at the time of his death.

Trump Goes Golfing As US Media Declares Victory For Joe Biden

What does a president do when teetering on the verge of electoral defeat, with the entire world watching?

If you’re Donald Trump, you go golfing.

The president left the White House Saturday morning as the last crucial vote counts were about to come in from Pennsylvania and a few other battleground states.

Already trailing Democrat Joe Biden in the all-important, state-by-state Electoral College vote tally — the handwriting on the wall was becoming impossible to ignore.

So Trump, who is known for regularly hitting the links, headed across the Potomac River to the Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, Virginia.

Trump was there when the major US television networks — first CNN then NBC, CBS, ABC and finally Fox — declared that new results from Pennsylvania had pushed Biden over the top — and into the White House, come January.

He was also there when his office released a defiant statement saying Biden was “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

But Trump seemed determined to project a sense of serene unflappability when he finished his round in the afternoon. (No score was announced.)

Seeing a wedding couple posing for photos outside the clubhouse, the president offered to join them, videos posted on social media show.

Wearing dark gray slacks, a gray jacket and a white “Make America Great Again” basehall hat, he engaged in what seemed to be lighthearted banter.

As he stepped away, several people shouted after him: “We love you! We love you!”

Afterward, as thousands of exultant Biden supporters celebrated raucously in front of the White House and elsewhere in the US capital, the Trump motorcade made its way back to the White House.

The president had nothing else on his schedule Saturday.

One perhaps small consolation for the avid golfer: Golf Digest magazine once said Trump should be considered alongside John F. Kennedy as the “best golfing president in history.”

EDO: Independent Power Plant 24-hour electricity supply to Ogbemudia stadium’ll extend to neighbouring homes, businesses, others

The 55MW CCETC-Ossiomo Independent Power Plant in Edo State, which commenced power supply on Wednesday with the lighting up of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, will have its services extended to supply 24-hour electricity to residential homes, offices and businesses within the stadium vicinity.

Managing Director of the plant, Dr. Uwa Igiehon, gave the assurance while test running the lighting of facilities within the perimeters and inside the main bowl of the newly reconstructed Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.

Igiehon disclosed that the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium would henceforth enjoy 24-hour power supply, which will be extended to all homes and businesses around the facility.

According to him, “We have the 33KV line running from Ologbo to Palm House. That is about 33 kilometers of distance from Palm House to the stadium. It is a complete circuit and everything has been designed to run for 24/7.

“The state government has done a fantastic job by installing a 2.5KVA transformer in the stadium and I expect that this power will be extended to all the residential homes and commercial offices around the stadium.”

“The same should apply to the 11KV line by the state secretariat; all the houses and commercial entities around the roads should be powered up; we are connecting some new locations already,” he added.

Commending the Obaseki-led state government for the feat, Igiehon noted: “One of the things that Governor Godwin Obaseki has done continuously is to put everything on an economic path. Economics is a science and having power is critical to having industries. I am sure that with the 24/7 power at the main bowl, it’s going to attract a lot of socio-economic activities that will boost the economy of the state.

“My primary objective is to make sure that we do not only provide power but provide it on a sustainable and affordable basis. The difference between the tariff that we are supplying our power and the cost of using a generator is vast. So, it’s important, particularly for industries that power is supplied at a rate that is affordable.”

The Managing Director described the relationship between the firm and the state government, which led to the execution of the ongoing project, as a fantastic model, adding “there has never been a time when we needed the input of the state government and were denied such support.”

JUST IN: Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) admits Biafra as member

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) has admitted Biafra as on of its member states.

This was announced by Chef Ralph Uwazurike, leader of MASSOB-BIM in a video announcement monitored by MOBIN MEDIA.

Uwazurike, while announcing the development stated that the admission would enable Biafrans have an opportunity to participate in all the football tournaments of member states.

His words “We encourage our youths, both male and female to avail themselves of this great opportunity to showcase their talents and become known in the international community. I have briefed two strongline leaders of the Biafran struggle of this wonderful development.

“I just spoke with Ediabali, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, and I also spoke with Barrister Emeka Emekesiri. They are all happy with new development, and we encourage our people to continue in the path of non violence.

“It may interest you to know that UNPO admitted Biafra because of our stance in non violence, and CONIFA informed us that one of the reasons why they admitted us was because we are members of the UNPO. You can now appreciate the importance of non violence in our struggle.

“We have directed the Biafran Minister of Sports to do the needful. Money and influence has no role to play in the selection of people. What matters here is capability and talent. Every Biafran is allowed to participate. The country to be represented is Biafra. Nobody is the owner owner of Biafra. This achievement has been made by all Biafrrans, and all Biafrans will enjoy it”, Uwazurike stated.

CONIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA.

CONIFA a global acting non-profit organization that supports representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories.

CONIFA was founded on the 7th of June 2013, and organized it’s first World Football Cup in June 2014 in Ostersund, Sweden.

CONIFA has 54 member states before Biafra, and information available to MOBIN MEDIA indicates that the nation of Biafra is the 55th member of the global sports association.

It’s earlier scheduled 2020 World Cup, initially meant to hold in North Macedonia from June, was later cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It will now be held in Carreiras, in 2021. Biafra is expected to participate in the upcoming tournament.

President Buhari appoints former Super Eagles striker, Daniel Amokachi as Special Assistant on Sports

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed former Super Eagles striker and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi as the Special Assistant on Sports.

This was confirmed by Buhari’s Special Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmaad.

Ahmaad tweeted: “President Buhari has appointed former Super Eagles striker and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi as the Special Assistant on Sports.”

Nigerian entrepreneur becomes first African woman to own a European club

An entrepreneur, Dorothy Nneka Ede, has become the first Nigerian woman to own a European football club after purchasing Lusitano Ginasio Clube, a Portuguese third division side, for an undisclosed amount.According to a statement on Thursday, Ede has secured 100 per cent ownership of the 108-years-old club, which last played in the Portuguese top-flight division in 1966.Lusitano G. C which is fondly known as ‘Erbanários’ which means herbalists were recently promoted to Campeonato de Portugal having been on the brink of extinction in the past two decades.The 2019 Evora FA District Champions will be targeting promotion to higher tiers of the Portuguese championships next season.Lusitano most memorably finished as high as 5th place in the 1956/57 Primeira Liga and reached the semi-finals of the Taça de Portugal twice between 1950-1970 the most successful years in the history of the club.According to a press release, the club said, “After months of negotiations with different entities, an agreement has been reached with Mrs. Nneka Ede, a sports enthusiast and entrepreneur from Nigeria, a country filled with people as passionate and fiery about football as us and which incidentally share the same green and white in their flags, towards the transfer of the ownership of the SAD to the latter that will help us in our mission to take Lusitano to the next level.”Ede in her statement, expressed excitement and hopes this deal will foster the great sporting relationship between the two countries.She said, “I am excited about this opportunity and I hope that this new chapter will deepen the already great sporting relations between Nigeria and Portugal, continue with the rich history of Lusitano club and provide a pathway for young talent to develop and shine through.”