Football fans will be treated to a bumper package this weekend as games from the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga will be aired on GOtv this weekend.
The games, scheduled to hold from 8-9 February, will be broadcast live on SuperSport Select 2 to GOtv Jolli and GOtv Max subscribers, and on SuperSport Select 4 and SuperSport Select 5 exclusive to GOtv Max subscribers.
The weekend’s broadcast begins with the Premier League encounter between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Saturday. The game kicks off at 1:30pm and will be aired live on SuperSport Select 2.
Everton, who were languishing at the bottom of the table in the early part of the season, have been resurgent since the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as manager. The Toffees – currently placed ninth – are now more attack-minded, the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi flourishing. They are also tighter at the back, with central defender, Yerry Mina, regaining his form. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, have struggled all season and are currently lie 14th, just six points above relegation places. The Eagles have drawn three and lost two of their last five games, leaving manager Roy Hodgson worried. But with the tricky pair of Wilfred Zaha and Jordan Ayew in attack, they carry offensive plenty of offensive menace
The Serie A will witness the fierce rivalry on Sunday when Inter Milan host AC Milan in the 296th Derby Della Madonnina (Milan Derby) at San Siro. The game, which kicks off at 8.45pm, will be aired live on SuperSport Select 5.
Inter, who won the first encounter 2-0 in September, will seek strengthen their chances of dislodging Juventus as the league champions. The Nerazzurri slid from the first position to the second following three draws in their last five games. But Antonio Conte’s men remain within touching distance of their rival and will continue their chase for their first Serie A title since the 2009/2010 season. The team will rely on the in-form strike partnership of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez. They will, however, meet a Milan team who have been in indifferent form. I Rossoneri are currently in eighth position and are in danger of not qualifying for a European competition. Manager Stefano Pioli knows that his team must start winning and will hope the likes of Ante Rebic, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and star signing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, deliver the goods.
Also on Sunday, reigning LaLiga champions, Barcelona, will travel to face Real Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarín. The game kicks off at 9pm and will be live on SuperSport Select 4.
Real Betis, currently placed 12th, have lost two and drawn two of their last five games, pushing them closer to the relegation battle. But coach Joan Francesc Ferrer, popularly known as Rubi, will hope that his charges – including striker Borja Iglesias Quintas, midfielder Nabil Fekir, and veteran winger Joaquin – will rise to the occasion against their more illustrious opponents. Second-placed Barcelona will aim to regain top spot. Los Blaugrana are three points behind their rivals, Real Madrid, and manager Quique Setién knows that another loss may hamper the team’s chances of retaining La Liga title. Although the team will miss injured striker, Luis Suarez, skipper Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann will provide sufficient threat upfront, Ivan Rakitic and Frenkie De Jong will provide depth in the middle of the park while Gerad Pique will be tasked to lead the team’s defence line.
Football fans on GOtv Value and Plus can take advantage of the ongoing Step Up offer by paying for their subscription to receive an upgrade to the next higher package, to watch these games and other matches in the LaLiga, Serie A and the Premier League.
DStv viewers will be in for a thrilling weekend of Mixed Martial Arts action as SuperSport features UFC 247 live from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas in the United States on Sunday 9 February 2020.
The headline bout for UFC 247, which you can see live on SuperSport, is a battle for the Light Heavyweight Championship between titleholder Jon Jones (25-1-0, 1 NC) and challenger Dominick Reyes (12-0-0).
Jones is widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of MMA and is looking to make a third successful defence of his title, having rebuffed Anthony Smith (unanimous decision) and Thiago Santos (split decision) in March and July last year respectively.
‘Bones’ stands on the verge of UFC history: defeating Reyes would give him the record for most title fight wins in the series. Jones is currently tied with former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Georges St-Pierre at 13 such victories.
Jones is hugely confident heading into the fight and even thinking of moving up to the Heavyweight division in the near future: “I feel as if I’ve cleared the [Light Heavyweight] division and I’m waiting around and I’m taking on new challenges,” he explained. “I’m not sitting on the title; I’m not hiding from anybody. I chose Dominick because he appears to be the best out of all of my contenders. And I’m just ready to take over the world, man. Really.”
Reyes, known as ‘The Devastator’ is unbeaten as an MMA professional and earned his title shot with an impressive first-round knockout of Chris Weidman in October 2019. The southpaw has played some mind-games in the lead-up to the fight, claiming he will point out any eye pokes from Jones to the referee.
“It’s something where it is what it is. Not much I can do about it except give the referee an advanced, ‘Hey man, please look out for this, he’s notorious for this,’” Reyes said. “It’s going to be hard for me to get in. I’m not going to run my face directly into fingers. It is what it is. It’s just another challenge that he presents.”
UFC fans will also be treated to the co-main event of the night, which is a Women’s Flyweight Championship match between champion Valentine Shevchenko (18-3-0) and challenger Katlyn Chookagian (13-2-0). Shevchenko will be chasing a fifth successive win and a third straight defence of her belt, while Chookagian will be in her first UFC Championship fight.
DStv viewers will also be able to see the following fights on the main card: Juan Adams (5-2-0) v Justin Tafa (3-1-0) in the Heavyweight division; a Featherweight bout between Mirsad Bektic (13-2-0) and Dane Ige (12-2-0); as well as Derrick Lewis (22-7-0, 1 NC) v Ilir Latifi (14-7-0, 1 NC) in another Heavyweight clash.
UFC 247 broadcast details
Sunday 9 February
05:00: UFC 247 – LIVE on SuperSport Maximo and SuperSport 11
UFC 247 – Main Card
Main event: Light Heavyweight Championship: Jon Jones (25-1-0, 1 NC) v Dominick Reyes (12-0-0)
Co-main event: Women’s Flyweight Championship: Valentine Shevchenko (18-3-0) v Katlyn Chookagian (13-2-0)
Heavyweight: Juan Adams (5-2-0) v Justin Tafa (3-1-0)
Featherweight: Mirsad Bektic (13-2-0) v Dane Ige (12-2-0)
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis (22-7-0, 1 NC) v Ilir Latifi (14-7-0, 1 NC)
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has branded President Muhammadu Buhari a liar for saying that 90 percent of Boko Haram’s victims are Muslim.
Buhari had on Tuesday said 90 per cent of all Boko Haram’s victims in the past years have been Muslims.
The president, in an article published in ‘Speaking Out,’ a guest opinion column for “Christianity Today”, said that the perception that members of the sect were always targeting Christians in Nigeria was not true.
“It is the reality that some 90 per cent of all Boko Haram’s victims have been Muslims,” Buhari said.
“They include a copycat abduction of over 100 Muslim schoolgirls, along with their single Christian classmate, shootings inside mosques; and the murder of two prominent imams.
“It is a simple fact that these now-failing terrorists have targeted the vulnerable, the religious, the non-religious, the young, and the old without discrimination, ” Buhari said.
Reacting to this development, Fani-Kayode said Buhari was lying about the matter as majority of communities being attacked were dominated by Christians.
“This is a lie.The overwhelming majority of communities that Boko Haram targets are Christian.The same with the Fulani militias.
“The killing of Christians in Nigeria is a common blood sport which shall continue as long as Buhari is President,” he stated.
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday announced the seizure of $8.061 million cash at the tarmac of Mutala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Alli (rtd.) Who displayed the raw cash at a press briefing in Lagos said the cash was concealed in a Toyota Hiace driven by a driver with the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company Plc.
Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, has asked the federal government to legalise marijuana.
Akeredolu made the demand on Tuesday when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.
He said his state intends to invest in marijuana solely for the production of drugs in the country.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, the governor said part of the purpose of his visit was to invite the president to inaugurate the newly constructed “N5 billion” Ore flyover and the Ondo state industrial hub as part of the activities marking his third year in office.
On the issue of Amotekun, Akeredolu said he did not support creation of the initiative because he wants to secure a second term in office.
“Ondo state has already done enough in terms of security and does not really need Amotekun to be re-elected for a second term as governor,” a statement by Ojo Oyewamide, his spokesman, quoted him as saying.
Akeredolu added that his administration has begun the payment of the N33,000 minimum wage to the state workers.
“Ondo Civil servants are the happiest in the country because their salaries are paid promptly and we have commenced the payment of the new minimum wage,” he said.
Manchester United have revealed Odion Ighalo’s squad number after his shock deadline day arrival at Old Trafford.
The former Watford striker arrived in Manchester from China on Sunday, following his six-month loan switch from Shanghai Shenhua.
The 30-year-old, who grew up as a United fan idolising Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole, joins the Old Trafford club for the remainder of the season.
Ighalo turned down the overtures of another Premier League club to join United, where he will help address a short-term injury issue for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
He scored 16 times in 55 Premier League appearances for Watford before moving to Changchun Yatai in January 2017, and then Shanghai Shenhua two years later.
“Odion is an experienced player. He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he’s staying with us,” Solskjaer said
President Muhammadu Buhari has once again appealed to Nigerians, especially religious leaders, not to allow terrorists escalate religious disharmony in the country.
He said contrary to the narrative being spread that insurgents target Christians, about 90 per cent of their victims are Muslims.
Buhari cited the 2014 kidnap of 276 Chibok girls, shooting inside mosques and murder of two prominent imams as proof that Muslims are the worst-hit by the insurgents, who he described as “now-failing” in their activities.
In the article titled: Pastor Andimi’s faith should inspire all Nigerians,’ Buhari charged all Nigerians, across all religious beliefs, to learn from the late CAN chief’s selflessness.
The President vowed that his administration would not relent in its efforts to free the country of all forms of religious disharmony.
He said: “We may not, yet, be completely winning the battle for the truth. Christianity in Nigeria is not—as some seem intent on believing—contracting under pressure, but expanding and growing in numbers approaching half of our population today.
“Perhaps, it makes for a better story should these truths, and more, be ignored in the telling. It is a simple fact that these now-failing terrorists have targeted the vulnerable, the religious, the non-religious, the young, and the old without discrimination.
“And at this point, when they are fractured, we cannot allow them to divide good Christians and good Muslims from those things that bind us all in the sight of God: faith, family, forgiveness, fidelity and friendship to each other.”
The President said that it was sad that a few vocal Christian and Muslim clerics were “prepared to take their bait and blame the opposite religious side” even as insurgents continue to sow seeds of acrimony in the country.
Presidency lauds CAN’s ‘Prayer rally’
The Presidency has lauded The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for rising to its duty of sensitising Nigerians to stand against killings and other evils being perpetrated by terrorists.
It expressed relief that CAN is unlike “some groups that rally against the government instead of the enemy.”
The Presidency added in a statement on Tuesday that the Prayer rally on Sunday by the umbrella body of Christian bodies in Nigeria was in order and an exercise of a civic right.
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye, led the prayer walk in Lagos while CAN President Supo Ayokunle led in in Ibadan,. All the RCCG parishes nationwide participated.
In the statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency said: “The actions of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in recent days represent the right of all Nigerians to protest and express their views on matters of religion, ethics, politics and society.
“The origination of their protests is the shocking, unacceptable death of Pastor Lawan Andimi in the hands of Boko Haram. The President feels their pain and that of his family for his loss.
“The President believes, as does every member of his administration, both Christians and Muslims in the words of CAN’s placards: ‘All life is sacred’.
“Whether you are a Christian or Muslim, all Nigerians and their beliefs must be respected. The duty of all of us is to uphold the rights of others to worship according their faith – and to respect the rights of each other to do so freely in the spirit of brotherhood and respect – and without interference.
“This means, however, that we must stop false claims that only serve to divide one community against the other. There is no place in Nigeria for those who politicise religion. This is the President’s message to both Muslim and Christian communities alike.
“In the light of this, the CAN-inspired prayers and street enlightenment in our cities are much welcome as sensitisers to the need for all citizens, irrespective of faith, religion or language, to accept their duty and role in law enforcement, to prevent crime in all its manifestations, be it corruption, theft, terrorism, banditry or kidnapping.
“Without citizen involvement, there is no miracle with which less than half-a-million policemen can effectively protect a population of 200 million.
“CAN is right to arouse popular consciousness to this duty to the state.
“One more thing is this: it is the added need for citizen-consciousness to stand up for nation. Nigerians, only Nigerians, can defend their nation against these abhorrent killings and all sorts of crimes worrying us as a nation.
“From the prayers and advocacy by CAN, citizens need to take an important lesson, which is, that our people must rally around the flag. Together, they rise to defeat the enemy and defend the state.
“In Nigeria, some groups rally against the government instead of the enemy. This is not right. It has the effect of playing into the hands of the enemy of the state.
“We will not defeat the terrorists, nor speed the return for those citizens, young and old taken by them by division in our own ranks. To pull apart is to play into the hands of the terrorists: this is what they want. (The Nation)
A man from Kawempe is on the brink of losing his long term relationship to his girlfriend as she threatens to leave him unless he pays her 40M.
The whole gist was narrated by a Twitter user (@Yemihazan), The man in question took his girlfriend’s money 10,000 when she visited him, she had forgotten the money on his shelf while leaving for the saloon.
After a thrilling round of football in the quarter finals, eight teams in the male and female categories have advanced to the semi final stages of the 2020 GTBank Masters Cup. All four games will be played at the Campos Stadium, Lagos Island, on Wednesday 5th February 2020, where the Semi Finalists will compete for a coveted spot in the grand finale.
Last season’s winners in the male and female category, Kings College and Lead-Forte Gate College, will hope to defend their title when they take on Eko Boys High School, Mushin and Queens College, Yaba respectively.
Coming off their five-goal rout of International School Lagos in the quarterfinals, Greensprings School, Lekki will be looking to keep up the momentum against last year’s male finalists, Anwar-Ul-Islam Model College, Agege who also completed a seven-goal rout of C.M.S Grammar School, Yaba. In the female category, Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School, Itire and Greensprings School, Lekki will battle it out for one of two spots in the final of the GTBank Masters Cup.
Since its commencement in 2012, the GTBank Masters Cup has become one of the most anticipated secondary school football competitions renowned for discovering and developing indigenous talents, some of whom have secured scholarships and trials with football academies around the world. Now in its 9th season, the competition hosts 50 teams from over 40 schools who come together to showcase their football talent, whilst promoting the values of sportsmanship, passion, and fair play.
The full schedule of the semi-finals is as follows:
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School, Itire vs Greensprings School, Lekki
Lead-Forte Gate College, Lekki vs Queens College, Yaba
Anwar-Ul-Islam Model College, Agege vs Greensprings School, Lekki
Eko Boys High School, Mushin vs Kings College, Lagos Island