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70 days after abduction, Siasia’s 80-year-old mom still in kidnappers’ den

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The abducted mother of former coach Samson Siasia had yet to regain her freedom about 70 days after she was kidnapped.

It was gathered on Sunday that the 80-year-old Mrs Beauty Ogere Siasia was still in the kidnappers’ den and clues about her whereabouts had reportedly remained vague.

She was whisked away on July 15 by heavily armed gunmen who invaded her Odoni country home in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

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The bandits were said to have escaped with the octogenarian through the River Nun in a speed boat.

It was the second time in four years Madam Siasia would be taken away from her sleepy community by a gang of armed men.

She was abducted in November 2015 by a gang of gunmen who released her after spending 12 days in their custody.

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Three days after the incident on July 15, the gunmen had reportedly contacted the Siasia family and demanded the sum of N70million as ransom to set her free.

But on July 30, they reduced the ransom from N70million to N50million despite pleas by Siasia that he was jobless and that they should release his mother on unconditionally.

A family source who confided in our reporter on Sunday said there was no information on Madam Siasia’s destination.

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When asked the last time her abductors contacted the family, he said, “I don’t have any information about her. There is no information.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, a Superintendent of Police, said the police were not relenting in the effort to rescue the victim.

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Pedro undergoes surgery for shoulder injury

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Chelsea’s Spanish winger Pedro has had surgery, following a shoulder injury he sustained during Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal.

Pedro had replaced forward Christian Pulisic in the game which Chelsea lost 2-1, after the American, who scored in the first half, pulled up with a hamstring problem.

“The surgery went well, I will be back soon. It was a pity not to win the FA Cup. Thank you all for your support,” the 33-year-old Pedro said on Instagram on Tuesday.

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Pedro, whose Chelsea deal expires at the end of the month, has reportedly agreed a move to Italian Serie A side AS Roma on a free transfer.

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Iker Casillas retires

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Spain’s World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced his retirement from the professional game at the age of 39 on Tuesday.

The former Real Madrid skipper had called time on his five-year spell with side Porto in July after his contract with the Portuguese club expired.

Casillas had suffered a heart attack during a training session last year and has not played any competitive football since April 2019.

“The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not where it takes you, because that comes with work and effort alone, and I think I can say, without hesitation, that the path I have taken is the one I dreamt about #Thanks,” Casillas said on Twitter.

Casillas was given a role on Porto’s technical staff at the start of last season and was included in the first-team squad, although he was never named in a matchday squad.

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Emmanuel Adebayor names ‘best coach in history of football’ but it’s not Wenger

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Former Arsenal striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, has named Tottenham Hotspur coach, Jose Mourinho, as the best manager in the world.

Adebayor, who played under Mourinho during their time together at Real Madrid, has also featured under different great managers including, Arsene Wenger, Didier Deschamps, Harry Redknapp, Roberto Mancini and Mauricio Pochettinho in the past.

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But the Togolese star believes Mourinho is the best in history, adding that he won his only trophy in his career under the Portuguese at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I love Mourinho, we had a great relationship, and he was the one who brought me to Madrid, although it wasn’t easy for him to find a place for me in the side,” Adebayor told AS.

“The only trophy I have ever won was at Madrid with him. Now he’s at Tottenham, and I wish him the best of luck. He is the best coach in the history of football.”

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