President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress.The meeting, whichcame barely 24 hours after the party lost the Bayelsa State governorship election, was also attended by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.The meeting, whichstarted at about 8.15pm, was held inside the First Lady’s Conference Hall.Those in attendance included the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; Deputy National Chairman,Lawali Shuaib; Zonal Vice Chairman, Segun Oni; the National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire; and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.The meeting was still in progress as at the time of filing this report.


Memunat, wife of Super Eagles midfielder, Fegor Ogude, who was kidnapped on Monday, has been freed by her abductors.This was revealed by the Media Officer of the National Under-23 Team, Timi Ebikagboro, on Sunday.Writing on his Twitter handle late on Sunday, Ebikagboro said: “To God be the glory, the wife of SE player Fegor Ogude, Memunat has been released, she was released minutes ago, and isnow with her family.”Memunat was kidnapped in Warri,Delta State on Monday night by gunmen who stormed her residence.Ogude, a member of the Super Eagles team that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, plies his trade in Russia with FK Amker Perm.

Kwara Tennis Association unveils 2016 activities, commend stakeholders

Kwara State Tennis Association has reiterated its resolve to focus on the discovery of more players from the grassroots, and also encourage the already discovered players to guide against poaching.

While unveiling their 2016 calendar during a stakeholders meeting yesterday (Sunday) at the Conference Room of the Kwara State Sports Council, the body expressed its readiness to partner schools sports officers and the Nigeria School Sports Federation to drive the game from the base.

Their resolve, which was contained in a communique drawn at the end of the deliberation said that the association will continue to design youth programmes to catch them young, especially from junior schools, and to encourage them to take their education serious.

The meeting also resolved to popularise tennis as a veritable ground for old and young to exercise themselves, and to introduce inter-club tennis competition in the state.

Part of the resolutions agreed upon was the revival of late Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki tennis competition.
To encourage total development of the sport, they called on government to absorb coaches and also send them to the National Institute for Sports (NIS) for training, and equally employ and place tennis players on stipends.

While commending the stakeholders and the government for their support, they reminded the government to re-introduce medical services at the stadium by provided well equipped clinic, and also stressed the need to upgrade all the facilities at the stadium complex, particularly the hostels, and make them available for use.

Among the programmes, which the Chairman, Mr Tope Daramola said the association will undertake this year is All-Kwara State Secondary School Tennis Championship, the Optiweb Tennis Tournament, Emirs’ Cup Tennis Competition, Club Tennis League and Summer Tennis Clinic.

The Director of Sports, Mallam Tunde Kazeem used the occasion to charge other associations to discover new talents, especially ahead of the National Youth Games (NYG) and the National Sports Festival, even as he called on well meaning Kwarans to support government in sports development.

The 28-year-old has signed a four-year contract and will wear the No.1 shirt for the Blues after leaving the Britannia Stadium

Chelsea have confirmed they have completed the signing of Asmir Begovic from Stoke City with the goalkeeper signing a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Goal revealed in June that the Blues were in talks to sign the 28-year-old as a replacement for Petr Cech as the club’s back-up goalkeeper.

Begovic has now made the move to Stamford Bridge and will join up with his new team-mates on their pre-season tour on Wednesday.

“I am very happy to be joining Chelsea FC,” he told the club’s official website. “After speaking at length to the manager, I feel like I can develop here and be an important part of this team.

“I am looking forward to meeting up with the team on Wednesday for the pre-season tour.”
.@ChelseaFC is delighted to announce the signing of Asmir Begovic from Stoke City…

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 13, 2015

The goalkeeper also expressed his gratitute to Stoke and revealed why he had taken the decision to leave after five years with the club.

“I would like to say thank you to everyone at Stoke football club, the chairman and Coates family, Mark Hughes and Tony Pulis, goalkeeper coach Andy Quy, all my team-mates and especially the fans who have made me and my family so welcome,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I have loved my time at Stoke, but I feel I had to take this opportunity for me to continue to develop and challenge myself as a player.

“I am very proud of what we have acheieved during my time at Stoke and it has been a great team of players to work with. I wish you all the best for the season ahead.”

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Arsenal have reportedly lodged a £24million bid for Sami Khedira with Real Madrid, but have been stunned by the player’s £153,000-a-week wage demands.

The Gunners, who are on the lookout for a new defensive midfielder this summer, are understood to have launched an offer for Khedira this morning following his starring role forGermany in their World Cup rout over Brazil.

However, Spanish outlet 25 Hour Sport claims the 27-year-old has thrown a spanner in the works of any potential deal by demanding a whopping £8m per year to move to the Emirates.

The report makes no mention of whether Arsenal’s initial bid has been accepted or not, but should Khedira’s salary expectations remain as they are, it’s unlikely a deal will ever get beyond the negotiating table.

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Plenty of Arsenal fans still can’t believe the deal is happening, but Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Arsenal has been confirmed… by his hairdresser.

The Gunners have agreed a £30million deal with Barcelona for the Chilean winger and his agents are now in London closing the move.

Sanchez has accepted a five-year contract worth around £150,000-a-week and while the final details of his move are sorted out, he’s visited his favourite hairdresser for a trim.

The 25-year-old’s barber Carlos Moles wrote on his Facebook page that Sanchez had popped in for a final cut – before moving for Arsenal.

Alexis Sanchez visited us to say goodbye. As reported, he’ll join Arsenal,’ he posted, along with a photo of the pair hugging.

Sanchez is due in London shortly to sign his contract.

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Luis Suarez is expected to complete his transfer to Barcelona in the next 48 hours with the Liverpool striker currently undertaking a medical with the La Liga club.

Barca were given permission to hold talks with Suarez late last week after their offer of about £63million was accepted by the Reds.

The striker’s agent has since travelled to Catalonia to thrash out personal terms on a five-year contract which will see him earn around £170,000-a-week.

Suarez will fly to Spain to formally sign his contract once a medical has been completed, which is being undertaken under the supervision of Barca doctors in Uruguay.

The transfer will be part-funded by Alexis Sanchez’s £30million switch to Arsenal, but AS reports that Liverpool will only receive about £54million of the Suarez fee up front.

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Manchester United are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Angel Di Maria and Mats Hummels as part of a stunning £75million double deal.

United have ramped up their transfer activity in the last two weeks, with new manager Louis van Gaal directing operations despite being at the World Cup in Brazil.

Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera are already on board and now the Guardian reports that Di Maria and Hummels could be next through the door.

Di Maria has apparently asked to leave Real Madrid this summer and despite interest from PSG, United are pushing to close a £45million deal for the winger.

he club also hope to wrap up a transfer for Germany star Hummels, with talks ongoing with Borussia Dortmund over a deal which could eventually be worth £30million.

The Red Devils want all new signings secure well in advance of the new season with Van Gaal keen to get his new-look squad working together quickly.

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Egypt international Ahmed Fathi is set to undergo a trial with Arsenal following the conclusion of the Egyptian Premier League this week, Al Ahly football director Alaa Abdel-Sadek confirmed.

Al Ahly’s Ahmed Fathi, a finalist for the 2013 CAF Player of the Year (Based in Africa) award, after winning the Champions League with the Red Devils for the second time consecutively last year, is set to undergo a 10-day trial with Arsenal.

The 29-year-old right-back, known as a ‘joker’ in Egypt for his versatility as he can fill in anywhere across the back-line or as a defensive midfielder, won’t depart for England until after Al Ahly’s final league game of the season – a title-deciding clash against Smouha on Monday –the club’s football department director Alaa Abdel-Sadek revealed in televised remarks.

“Fathi is staying with us till the last game of the league and we will not let him travel to England before the match against Smouha,” Abdel-Sadek stressed.

“Fathi did not ask to start his trial period at Arsenal before the matches against Zamalek or Petrojet.

“We have not yet guaranteed winning the league title so that we can allow Fathi to travel to England. We have a decisive match against Smouha which will decide who wins the league,” the club’s director concluded.

The veteran defender’s contract is set to expire this summer, and he has already been heavily linked to Saudi Arabian side Ittihad Jeddah, and previously to Nottingham Forest. understands Arsenal sent scouts to watch the Egyptian in action with the national team in Santiago, where the Pharaohs fell 3-2 against an Alexis Sanchez-inspired Chile – a player now heavily linked with a move to the Emirates.

This would be Fathi’s second trial with the Gunners, as he was previously tested as a 20-year-old by Wenger in 2004, and participated in a 2-1 friendly win against Grazer AK, before joining Sheffield United.

The Egypt international has gone one to be named CAF’s right-back of the year in 2010 and 2012, and played a crucial role in the national team’s historic three consecutive Africa Cup of Nations triumphs in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Fathi, who has been capped over 100 times by his country, had a frustrating spell at Hull City in the Championship during the 2012/2013, as he was only given one start in seven appearances for the Tigers.Fathi

The sportswear giant has been the Red Devils’ kit sponsors for 12 years but say the club’s offer to extend the agreement beyond next season “did not represent good value”

Nike have confirmed they will not sponsor Manchester United‘s kit after the 2014-15 season.

The sportswear giant has been kit sponsors of the Premier League club for the last 12 years – taking over from former suppliers Umbro – with the upcoming campaign scheduled to be the last of their current deal.

Recent reports had suggested that Nike and United had failed to reach an agreement over an extension, and the US company confirmed on Tuesday they did not feel the terms demanded by the club were acceptable.

“Manchester United is a great club with passionate fans,” Nike said in a statement released to Perform.

“We are proud to have partnered with them for the last 12 years and will continue to sponsor the club until the end of the 2014-15 season.

“Any partnership with a club or federation has to be mutually beneficial and the terms that were on offer for a renewed contract did not represent good value for Nike’s shareholders.

“We look forward to a successful final season with the club.”

United unveiled their kit for the 2014-15 campaign on Monday, complete with new shirt sponsor Chevrolet.rooney