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Heartland players kidnapped in Ondo

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Gunmen on Sunday abducted two players of  Heartland Football Club of Owerri, Imo State on Benin-Akure Expressway, Ondo State.

The players, Dayo Ojo and Benjamin Francis, were on their way to their base in Akure from Owerri after a holiday was declared for the Heartland Football team following the Coronavirus issue in the country.

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The source said the duo, who were former players of the Sunshine Stars of Akure, were abducted at Ipele town on Benin-Akure Expressway in Owo Local Government Area of the state.

The details of how the duo were abducted were not clear as at the time of filing this report.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident and said the police were already on the trail of the hoodlums to secure the release of the victims.

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He also disclosed that one of the players have been rescued by the men of the state police command. But he did not give out the rescued player.

” We have been able to rescue one of the players and our men are already in the bush after the kidnappers. I will get the details of the incident as soon as I get the information from the DPO of Ipele Owo,” the police spokesman stated.

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My childhood friend who forgot me once he became famous- Man calls out Kelechi Iheanacho

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My childhood friend who forgot me once he became famous- Man calls out Kelechi Iheanacho

A social media user who seems to have been a childhood friend of Nigerian football star, Kelechi Iheanacho has disclosed how the football star forgot about him once he became famous.

The user identified as Godswill Uche revealed how they grew up together in the same neighbourhood in Owerri, Imo state.

He said, “We played the street balls together under the rain and scorching sun. We attended the same primary school; Unique Nursery and primary school Umualum Nekede No 4 b/stop as at then but has relocated to a new site now. We did almost everything together but today grace has found you and you’ve risen and clapped your way into the corridors of fame and stardom, you’re now a celebrity not just in Nigeria but all over the world.”

Bala towards the end of his story urged stars not to forget the people who were with them before they rose to stardom.

“Don’t call them lazy, poor or feel irritated when you see them coming to you. We all started from somewhere and grace found you,” he added.

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Lille to fly Osimhen home in private jet for father’s burial rites

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The Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] is among those who have condoled the Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen over the death of his father.

The Lille striker announced the passing of his father on his Twitter handle after reports emerged that Mr. Patrick Osimhen, 80, died in Lagos on Saturday night following a brief illness.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, in a press statement, said he had reached out to the player following the outbreak of the sad news, and he assured the former U-17 World Cup winner of the empathy and support of the country’s football family at this challenging moment for the youngster and his family.

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Pinncik revealed that his French side Lille had promised to provide a private jet that would convey the player home from Europe for the burial.

“I have spoken to Victor Osimhen and expressed the sorrow of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family. His club, Lille OSC of France have given him a private aircraft to come to Nigeria to be with his family and probably for the burial rites. We have applied for landing permit but we are yet to get this. However, we are still on it and hopeful for the sake of the young lad.

“The loss of either parent is usually a moment of heartbreak for anyone. We condole with Victor (Osimhen) at this moment and pray that God will grant his late father eternal rest, while also granting the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.”

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I wanted to leave Barca – Messi

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Lionel Messi has revealed how he ‘wanted to leave’ Barcelona in 2016 due to the scrutiny on him amid a tax row with the Spanish government.

Messi is the finest player in LaLiga and league chief Javier Tebas has previously admitted he was left ‘scared’ at the idea the Argentine could leave.

Speaking to radio station RAC1, Messi explained how along with his father Jorge he felt he was being ‘mistreated’.

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The pair were found guilty of tax fraud and handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence.

“At that time, with the mess of the treasury, I wanted to leave, not for wanting to leave Barca but wanting to leave Spain,” Messi told RAC1.

“I felt that I was being very mistreated and I didn’t want to stay here. I never had an official offer because everyone knew my idea to stay here.

“It was very difficult for me and my family because people don’t know much about what’s going on.

The truth is that it was hard for everything that happened but it is better that my children were small and did not know. It was very difficult for me and my family because people don’t know much about what’s going on.”

The case found that Messi, along with Jorge, was guilty of defrauding the Spanish government of €4.1m between 2007 and 2009.

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A ruling found them guilty of using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights, leading Messi to contemplate his footballing future in the country.

Messi subsequently appealed the verdict in 2017 and it was rejected by Spain’s Supreme Court – instead, it was changed to a £223,000 fine. Jorge’s sentence was also reduced from a 15-month sentence to a €180,000 fine.

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