Sunday, 22 July 2018

Neymar defends his diving for Brazil at World Cup


Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has hit back at critics of his World Cup theatrics, saying they "will never understand".

Criticism of Neymar was widespread, leading to memes of the player dominating social media sites and a TV advert poking fun at the Brazilian being broadcast in South Africa.

Neymar has taken the mockery in his stride but made it clear the treatment he receives is no laughing matter.

"Do you think I want to suffer tackles all of the time? No, it is painful, it hurts," he said.

"After the games I stay back for four or five hours putting on ice, it's complicated but if you haven't experienced that you will never understand. I saw [the jokes], but I took them with a humour.

"Even yesterday I posted on Instagram a joke with the children about it. My football is to dribble, to face the opponent, I can't stand in front of the opponent and say 'my dear, excuse me I want to score a goal', I can't do that.

"I have to dribble past him, I have to try to do something and he will not allow me to go past and he will try to foul me. A lot of time I'm faster and lighter than other players and they tackle me, and the referee is there for that."

Neymar, who has been widely linked with Real Madrid as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, insists he will be staying with French champions PSG.

The former Barcelona player has also backed Ronaldo to "change Italian football" after he joined champions Juventus from Real Madrid in a deal worth £105m.


by  Skysports.com

Bishop Akinola Says Why nobody can Islamise Nigeria


Bishop Taiwo Akinola, of the Rhema Christian Church, has spoken about the alleged plans by the government to Islamize Nigeria.

He spoke on Saturday at a conference organised the Christ Global Network, CGN.

Akinola who spoke with reporters after the programme stressed that fresh people with fresh ideas and innovations should be encouraged to participate in politics.

He said, “Younger people must be encouraged to get involved in governance to inject new thoughts, new ideas, new sensibility into our polity. We have been having recycled beings
all these while. ”

Asked if he believed that killings in different states of the federation mostly in the Middle Belt, were geared towards Islamising the country, he said, “I don’t like using that word. It has been bastardised.

“This is my conviction, Jesus said I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. So my position on that is that
even if it’s, at the last minute, heaven will sound and rescue its people because Jesus said the gates of hell SHALL NOT.

“So no matter the pessimism anybody can nurse, the devil cannot win. So nobody can islamise this country. There can only be a better tomorrow for Nigeria. That’s part of the game plan of our shouting and involvement, it’s to sensitize everybody that nobody can Islamize Nigeria,” he stated.

“The younger people are better than us in exposure and the rest. I think that it can go a long way if it is properly articulated but I also must remember that the President said the people should not contest against him in 2019.”

Talking about the President’s integrity, he added that some people fake integrity, arguing that, “Integrity which says you don’t steal money but you steal opportunities is fake integrity but a Christian won’t do that because the Bible says the Lord our God is one.

“Integrity is rooted in God. I believe children of God are the people who can really, truly, sincerely and honestly do that.

“I don’t believe that if a Christian goes into politics, he will be acting like a professional politician who will do all the things that politicians are known for but rather they will stand for the truth and their word will be their bond. So I think it’s high time that Christians get there,” he noted.



by Daily Post

Bonang Matheba gives the people what they want


Popular reality show Being Bonang has crept back into our Friday nights, despite its star Bonang Matheba, saying it wouldn’t return at the end of season one.

For Bonang, the show was created to celebrate a particular phase in her life as she was turning 30 – but things in pop culture change quickly, as we all know. As 31 approached, Bonang transitioned from being the glamorous TV star living the dream and dating one of the most popular rappers on the continent into an even bigger TV star with a rapper ex.

Put yourself in her heels. Why wouldn’t you want to show noisy Mzansi how you get over the guy who subtweets and subraps about you? In season two, Mo’ghel (a word that Bonang coined and will now feature on her limited edition T-shirt line with Spree) returns with even more vigour, confirming why South Africans are obsessed with anything she says and does.

The show is funny but unfortunately has cheesy themes like Bonang wanting a puppy and so, half the show is about this desire that we all know is unrealistic for someone like her and making the episode unimaginative and predictable.

Now if Bonang’s life and lifestyle aren’t something you particularly care for, that doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy Being Bonang.

The first season provided an interesting glimpse into the life of Queen B, the people around her and the things that inform her star power – it even launched the career (and I use that word loosely) of her cute baby cousin Pinky Girl. In the new season Pinky Girl is back as Bonang and her former management try to launch little her cuz’s entertainment career. For some reason – and let it be known I love Pinky Girl – she wants to be an actress, which is a terrible idea and no one seems to be talking her out of it. She’s great to watch but only on a reality TV show. And that’s not meant for everyone.

Then there’s Bonang’s other bestie Lorna Maseko, who has quite a prominent role in the show, but we really could do without her. Lorna’s persona flip-flops between being who we think Lorna is to almost being a carbon copy of Bonang. It’s really uncomfortable yet so fascinating to watch.
The show is riddled with humour and moments that portray Bonang as the girl next door who’s living an extraordinary life.

There’s a certain authenticity about how Bonang blends the glam that she loves and shows off with a consistent thread of a kasi girl. As Tumi Morake tweeted: “Say what you will about @bonang_m you can never bring her down because she has reached incredible heights in this industry.”


by News24

NPA has received new evidence against former president Jacob Zuma


The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has received new evidence to bolster its corruption case against former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales.

An affidavit signed by Thales’ South African lawyer, Ajay Sooklal, deposed on July 7, contains further details around the alleged €1m donation Thales paid the ANC in exchange for dropping the charges against it in October 2004, leaving Zuma’s former financial adviser Schabir Shaik to face the rap alone.

Sooklal also alleges former justice minister Penuell Maduna asked for “compensation” for his “services” in getting the charges dropped against the company, and was paid €50 000.

Sooklal is expected to testify in the corruption case for which Zuma and Thales will appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday. The case was postponed on June 8 to allow the state time to respond to Thales’ representations seeking to convince the prosecutors to withdraw charges.

In the affidavit handed to the Hawks’ lead investigator, Colonel Johan du Plooy, Sooklal alleges the company made a “thank you” payment to the ANC in April or May 2006 “for the withdrawal of the charges”.

“[Thales’ international head Jean-Paul] Perrier instructed [Thales South Africa’s boss Pierre] Moynot to facilitate a €1 000 000 donation to the African National Congress. This donation was made by cheque from a Dubai Bank, through the account of a ‘friend’ of the Thales Group,” the affidavit states.

“The cheque was made payable to a trust registered in South Africa, nominated by Mr [Mendi] Msimang, the then treasurer-general of the ANC, as the recipient of the donation.”

“Msimang, in my presence, received the cheque at his home in Pretoria,” Sooklal states.

Sooklal alleges that Maduna received €50 000 from the arms company in a London hotel in 2005, when he was no longer justice minister but a lawyer in private practice.

Sooklal alleges that in 2004, Maduna convinced the then national director of public prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, to drop the charges against Thint – the name by which Thales’ South African business used to be known – and withdraw the arrest warrants against two of its bosses.

“Maduna requested me to convey to Moynot that he wished to be compensated for his services, as he was now a practising attorney, in a private practice. In September 2005 and in my presence, Moynot paid Maduna €50 000 in cash at the Radisson Hampshire hotel in London,” Sooklal claims.

Sooklal alleges that after Maduna received the cash payment, “Perrier arrived at the hotel and we all then proceeded to a conference room within the hotel, where Perrier thanked Maduna for his assistance”.

Maduna denied all Sooklal’s allegations, saying “as far as I’m concerned, this is yet another instance of a man who says a lot that has no basis in fact”.

“The question really is why it took him so long to make such a startling claim,” he said.

In the 17-page affidavit, Sooklal also alleges that he “interacted” a “great deal” with Zuma. He has previously alleged that he arranged for Thales to pay for Zuma’s air travel, fancy clothes, legal fees and hotels in Europe. Zuma has consistently denied these claims.

In the affidavit, Sooklal also claims that he tried to secure Moynot a meeting with Maduna and then defence minister Mosioua Lekota while former president Thabo Mbeki and a large delegation of ministers were on an official visit to India in 2003.

“Moynot urged me to facilitate a meeting between him and Maduna ... I made contact with Maduna, who invited me over to his room,” he said, adding that they discussed the charges Shaik and Thint were facing.

Moynot was concerned about the possibility that the company could be prosecuted in the US in terms of its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Maduna’s reaction to Moynot’s request to meet with him “was that he was not prepared to meet ‘that rogue’”, the affidavit reads. But when Sooklal told Maduna and Lekota that Moynot “had two bottles of Blue Label whisky” – better that the Black Label they were enjoying – and offered to fetch them from Moynot, “both ministers ... readily acceded thereto”.

“We subsequently went to the dining room for dinner. Moynot advised me that evening that he intended to go to the table where the minister of justice and minister of public enterprises were seated to greet the ministers, which he did,” he said.

In March 2004, Sooklal claims, he discussed the arms deal with Maduna, who suggested Thales’ lawyers write a letter requesting a meeting, which was “convened to discuss the withdrawal of charges” against the company and the withdrawal of arrest warrants against Perrier and Moynot’s predecessor, Alain Thetard.

“Minister Maduna said that the Thint/Thales companies were regarded by the South African government as making a useful contribution to the development and improvement of the South African economy and in furthering the government’s policy of black economic empowerment,” the affidavit states, adding that Maduna agreed that bad publicity from the Shaik trial would impact negatively on the company and he was prepared to recommend to Ngcuka that the charges and the arrest warrants be withdrawn.

Ngcuka then allegedly agreed, but only on condition that Thetard depose an affidavit confirming that he wrote the so-called encrypted fax – which contained details of Zuma’s attempt to secure a bribe from Thales.

Maduna said this week that Sooklal had previously “made many other statements ... including a suggestion that I was even bribed with liquor in a hotel room in Mumbai, India, but has, to my knowledge, never before alluded to any cash payment made to me by any person”.

“I have absolutely no knowledge of any money that was allegedly paid, or donation made, to the ANC,” he said.

“I further deny that I ever asked anyone, and in particular Mr Sooklal, to help me get any compensation for any services for, in truth, I had rendered no services such as might have entitled me to any compensation whatsoever.

“I was never asked by any person to enquire from any person or official if Thint or any of its companies would be charged together with Mr Jacob Zuma in particular. Feel free to enquire from the NPA if I ever made any enquiries about the relevant matter in particular or, for that matter, any criminal matter under the sun.”

Thales group head of legal Christine Guerrier, who is representing the company in court, could not be reached for comment.

Pule Mabe, ANC spokesperson, did not respond to questions.



by News24

Chelsea WARN Real Madrid over Hazard


Chelsea have warned Real Madrid they will not sell star man Eden Hazard -- even for £170 million.

The Belgian enjoyed a superb World Cup and is seen as the ideal Galactico to appease Madrid's fan base following the £88m sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hazard has two years left on his contract though, which provides the Blues with some security ahead of the premature closure of this summer's transfer window at the start of the Premier League season.

The Blues would not even accept the second highest fee of all time -- the highest being £200m for Neymar. And they are even hoping Hazard can be convinced to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond 2020, according to the Mirror, with a new contract worth around £300,000 per week set to be offered.

by ESPN

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Neymar and Mbappe have a very good relationship, claims PSG president

Amid reports that one or both of the duo could end up at Real Madrid this summer, the PSG chief denied they have struggled to click personally

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have a very good relationship and reports the pair do not get on are untrue, according to Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Mbappe and Neymar have both said they will stay at PSG for the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season, with Real Madrid issuing statements denying they are moving for the duo.

PSG won a domestic treble last term under Unai Emery despite Neymar missing the end of the season with a fractured foot.

And Al-Khelaifi reiterated the attacking pair will be available for Emery's replacement as PSG coach Thomas Tuchel for the new campaign.

"Neymar and Mbappe have a very good relationship. They get on well with each other," the PSG president said.

"Everything else is just made up stories by journalists. It is impossible that there would be bad blood between them. They are happy to play together.

"The reintroduction of Mbappe and Neymar is scheduled for the start of the month. What is clear is neither of them will be going anywhere."

Mbappe won the World Cup's best young player award as France triumphed at Russia 2018, while Neymar could not help Brazil past the quarter-finals, where they lost to Belgium.

"My players were very good during the World Cup," Al-Khelaifi added.

"Brazil had a lot of pressure on them, but France had a fantastic World Cup and deserve to be the champions. Mbappe was incredible and Neymar was at his best despite the injury. He gave his all."


By Goal.com

UN, AU call for transfer of power in DRC


The top security bodies of the United Nations and the African Union on Thursday called for a peaceful transfer of power following elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year.

After meeting at UN headquarters in New York, the UN Security Council and the African Union's Peace and Security Council said in a joint statement that the December 23 elections "must lead to a peaceful and democratic transfer of power, in accordance with the constitution."

Hours earlier, President Joseph Kabila delivered a state of the union address in which he vowed to "unequivocally respect the constitution" but did not clearly state that he would not seek re-election.

In power since 2001, Kabila has faced calls from the United States, France and Britain for him to clearly state that he will step aside and not run in the December polls.

The joint UN-AU statement threatened "appropriate measures against all Congolese actors" who impede the organization of the elections.

Candidates have until August 8 to register for the presidential vote.

Kabila has kept power thanks to a constitutional clause enabling him to stay in office until a successor is elected.

Fresh elections should have been held in December 2016, but were then postponed until 2017 and are now scheduled to be held on December 23.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has postponed a visit to the DRC to allow Kabila to decide on his political future without the appearance that he is a target of international pressure.

The Security Council is also considering a visit to the DRC amid concerns that the country could slide into violence as it prepares for the vote.

The DRC hosts the UN's biggest peacekeeping mission, Monusco, with some 17 500 troops and police.


By News24

Barcelona have made a third bid to try and sign Willian from Chelsea

Barcelona have launched a third bid to sign Chelsea winger Willian which is in excess of £55m, Sky Sports News understands.

Sky Sports News reported last week that Barcelona had tabled a second offer believed to be worth up to £53m for the Brazil international, with talks still ongoing between the two clubs and representatives of the player.

Sky sources understand the La Liga champions first began efforts to lure Willian to the Nou Camp over three months ago.

Premier League rivals Manchester United were interested in a deal for the winger back in May, with the player himself wanting to leave the club during the tenure of former head coach Antonio Conte, who has since been replaced by Maurizo Sarri.

Willian, who was voted the Chelsea players' player of the season last term, was left out of the starting line-up for the 1-0 FA Cup final win over United.

He scored Chelsea's only goal in their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona last season.

Willian has scored 44 goals in 236 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club from Russian side Anzhi in 2013.



By Skysports.com

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Grace Mugabe ally under police 'radar' in wake of grenade attack


A former ally of Grace Mugabe has been placed on a "persons of interest" list by Zimbabwean police in the wake of last month’s grenade attack on a ruling party rally, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Unnamed police sources told the private Daily News that Saviour Kasukuwere had been "under their radar" since the June 23 attack that left two dead and dozens injured.

Feeling 'uneasy'

A family source said a police raid on Kasukuwere's home shortly after the grenade attack had left the former ruling party politician "very uneasy". Kasukuwere left for South Africa immediately afterwards.

"For now, it is still not clear if he will come back," the source told the paper.

Kasukuwere was last month cleared of charges of skipping the border illegally in the wake of Operation Restore Legacy, the army takeover that forced Robert Mugabe out of office, according to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

Armed attack

Harare Magistrate Josephine Sande said evidence of an armed attack on Kasukuwere's home during the army operation showed that Kasukuwere "did a reasonable thing by escaping to save his life", the Herald reported last month.

Kasukuwere had been charged with the immigration offence after he returned to Harare in May from six months of self-imposed exile in South Africa.

The former Zanu-PF political commissar was a key backer of Grace and the party's G40 faction that opposed Emmerson Mnangagwa's bid to succeed Mugabe.


by News24

Jose Mourinho challenges Paul Pogba to replicate World Cup form


Jose Mourinho has issued a challenge to Paul Pogba to recreate his World Cup form for Manchester United next season.

The midfielder was a key part of France's success in Russia and scored in the final against Croatia as Didier Deschamps' side lifted the trophy.

Mourinho confirmed the 25-year-old, who has often been criticised for his performances since arriving from Juventus in 2016, will miss the start of the season while he recovers from his exertions this summer.

But when he returns, the United manager says he wants to see Pogba use his "brilliant" tournament as a springboard for his form at Old Trafford.

"To win the World Cup can only be a positive thing," Mourinho told a news conference at UCLA on Tuesday.

"So many players didn't have the opportunity to win and help their team enough. For Paul it is the first World Cup he goes and to be world champion can only be fantastic.

"I hope he understands why he was very good. That's the point about his performance level and contribution to a winning team, is to understand why he was so good especially in the second part of the competition, where he was absolutely brilliant."

Pogba is on holiday and will not be in the United States for United's five-game summer tour. He is also set to miss the first game of the Premier League season against Leicester at Old Trafford on Aug. 10.

Mourinho confirmed that new signing Fred will link up with the squad in the U.S. next week but fellow new boy Diogo Dalot won't be available until September while he recovers from a knee injury suffered at the end of last season.

"Dalot is injured," Mourinho added. "A small injury, a small surgery. We didn't want to lose him because of that and he's recovering really well and we think he can start training back in England but not ready for start of the season."


by ESPN

Monday, 22 August 2016

Real Madrid are on the way of making even more history

Zinedine Zidane's team's 3-0 win over Real Sociedad means they have won their last 13 games in La Liga across the end of the 2015-16 season and the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign, and they need just three more wins to beat their previous record.

Real's 1961 vintage won 15 games straight and the current incumbents know that victory over Celta Vigo, Osasuna and Espanyol will see them set yet another record.

Mercy Johnson said those criticizing her for rushing to birth her children are people who do not have direction in life yet

Mercy Johnson said to those criticizing her for rushing to birth her children are people who do not have direction in life yet.

She bared it all in this interview with PUNCH:

I feel that when you haven’t gone through life and you don’t have a bearing in life, that’s when you see certain decisions as unreasonable. Most of these people who make these statements have not even realised what they want to do with their lives yet.

I had planned my life right from when I was growing up. I arranged my life the way I wanted it to go. And that is why even when I was at the peak of my career and marriage came, I grabbed it because I know age keeps going and time waits for no one.

It means that I can have all of my four kids and then still get back to shape and come back to what I love to do. So I am not going to say things like, ‘I don’t want to have kids yet’ or ‘I am not going to get married and I want to keep acting because the young shall always grow’, you are not going to be number one forever. That is why when it is time for you to do something, you do it. Yoruba will always say in their prayers that when the time for a child to talk has come, by the grace of God, she will talk. When it’s time to go to school, he will go to school. That’s what I’m trying to do. I want to define my life in a way my daughter will want to define her own life,” she said.

She further explained how she has been able to joggle her career, motherhood and marriage.

I think what has got me this far is placing my decisions on a scale of preference. I love what I do, I adore my husband, I adore my kids, so every time I have to make a decision, I pick which is more important, and I start from there. I understand the home front is more important so I manage my home and create time to do what I have to do. I think that has helped me get this far,” she said.

Neymar and Son Davi celebrate Rio 2016 Olympics Victory

Neymar and Son Davi celebrate Rio 2016 Olympics Victory. Neymar Jr carrying and kissing his cute son Davi Lucca have just been released after Neymar inspired the host nation to win Gold in the Football event at the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympics.

Neymar had his son 4 years ago with ex, Carolina Dantas. See more photos after the cut.

President Barack Obama and his sweet family back Home From Two Weeks Summer Vacation

President Barack Obama and his sweet family back Home From Two Weeks Summer Vacation. Obama's family returned to Washington DC, concluding their last trip to Martha’s Vineyard before the end of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Despite the 16 days of rest and relaxation, the president may have a lot on his mind in between Malia’s gap-year shenanigans and the catastrophic floods in Louisiana.

Obama is readying himself to visit Louisiana, where 13 people have already died in the catastrophic floods that damaged about 40,000 homes and displaced 4,000 people.

Despite the devastation, Obama refused to cut his vacation short as political opponents and the Louisiana press pressured him to acknowledge and confront the disaster.


Usain Bolt enjoying himself with 20-year-old Brazilian student(Photos)

Usain Bolt enjoying him self with 20-year-old Brazillian student. A 20-year-old Brazillian student, Jady Duarte, has shared pictures which suggest that she spent the night with Olympic legend Usain Bolt after he celebrated his 30th birthday on Saturday.


Tiwa Savage regretting about exposing her private life on social media

Tiwa Savage regretting about exposing her private life on social media. has expressed regrets over her failed marriage and why she ever made her marital challenges public.

Recall that Tiwa’s 2-year-old marriage to Tunji Balogun, aka Teebillz literally went sour after Teebillz’s rant on Instagram where she was accused of infidelity.

The mother of one had granted a 45 minutes tell-it-all interview in which she made shocking revelations about her husband.

Speaking with Elle South Africa magazine, the ‘Kele Kele love’ crooner talked about how her private life was recently subjected to public scrutiny.

She said “My biggest failure was exposing my private life too much

Japanese multi-millionaire has fulfilled his promise by donating $390,000 to Nigeria’s U-23 team (Photos)

Japanese multi-millionaire and plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu has fulfilled his promise by donating $390,000 to Nigeria’s U-23 team after they won bronze at Rio men’s football event.

He presented a $190,000 cheque to Mikel Obi and $200,000 cheque to coach Samson Siasia.


Rita Dominic will be among people representing Nigeria at the 2016 prestigious Toronto International Film Festival

Rita Dominic will be among people representing Nigeria at the 2016 prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.

According to a statement released by the actress, she will be taking part in the exclusive premiere of the historic Nigerian movie ’76. The movie which according to report was specially screened by former president Olusegun Obasanjo recently is a story inspired by true events; six years after the civil war in Nigeria.

Rita Dominic plays the role of a heavily pregnant woman whose life crumbles when the news of her husband’s involvement in a botched military coup hits the headlines.

The movie also stars Ramsey Nouah,  Chidi Mokeme, and others in the gripping drama set against the backdrop of the attempted 1976 military coup against the government of General Murtala Mohammed. ’76 is directed by Izu Ojukwu and produced by Adonijah Owiriwa and Prince Tonye Princewill.

Mr. Flavour Pays Surprise Visit To Professor Johnbull

Mr. Flavour Pays Surprise Visit To Professor Johnbull. The appearance of the star continued to surprise and shock members of Professor Johnbull’s household. Starting from his gateman, Abednego (who followed Flavour from the gate, praising him to high heavens), to Carol (Mercy Johnson Okojie), his house maid who fainted on seeing Flavour, his son, Churchill (Junior Pope) who said Flavour’s presence will boost his music career and Elizabeth (Queen Nwokoye), professor’s daughter, who was visibly shocked, the ‘Flavour fever’ engulfed the whole community and was the focal point throughout the episode.

Caro and Elizabeth were further shocked to discover that the Flavour visiting their house was not the same one they were used to on television. He was calm and comported himself well in a typical home-setting, answering their questions gently. The humility of the star surprised them greatly and they started comparing him to Churchill who at pre-star stage was already showing arrogant traits.

Professor Johnbull intervened in the altercation between Churchill who was with his girlfriend and the duo of Caro and Elizabeth who chided him for not tidying up the table he and his friend used. He immediately ordered Caro to give the mop stick to him and lambasted him saying, “I want to see some humility in you; it will help a lot.”

The professor subsequently sat down waiting for Churchill to clean up the place and said: “I await” after which Elizabeth humorously added ”Yes o, we await.” while Carol also added her own sarcastically: “I was watch.”

Diego Costa hangout with his friends on Saturday night after the Chelsea striker scored the winner in a 2-1 victory at Watford

Diego Costa hangout with his friends on Saturday night after the Chelsea striker scored the winner in a 2-1 victory at Watford.

The Spain international has made an impressive start to the Premier League season after scoring in back-to-back London derbies.

Costa netted an 89th-minute winner in Chelsea's 2-1 victory over West Ham United at Stamford Bridge last week.

The 27-year-old secured three points for Antonio Conte's side with three minutes remaining at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening.

And it was no surprise that the Spanish centre-forward was in good form with his friends as he wound down after the London derby.

Costa posted the above photo on his Instagram page and wrote the following caption:

"strong partnership @jaircosta19 and @jhenrique84 !!!

The Spain international moved to Chelsea in a £32m deal from La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid in 2014.

Costa won his first Premier League title in 2015 as he scored 20 times in 27 Premier League appearances.

The west London side will host promoted side Burnley at Stamford Bridge next Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Blue Ivy’s pictured on holiday with her mum and dad

Blue Ivy’s pictured on holiday with her mum and dad in Italy this week. They have since returned to the US


Minnie Dlamini in hottest bikini again (Photo)

                            Minnie Dlamini is the host of Tropika Island of Treasure

Mercy Johnson revealed that her family is more important than her career

Mercy Johnson reveled about her family more important than her career. Once upon a time, she was seen as a controversial actress but that perception changed as soon as she got married and settled in her home.

Now, accolades and admiration follow the young lady around save for the time some people criticised her for not spacing the birth of her children.

But the criticism didn’t get to her as she has told her fans and foes that they should “expect baby number 4” soon.

Talking about her not doing child-spacing, the serial award-winning actress said she had charted a course for her life even before she became famous and she is following her plans.

“I feel that when you haven’t gone through life and you don’t have a bearing in life, that’s when you see certain decisions as unreasonable. Most of these people who make these statements have not even realised what they want to do with their lives yet.

“I had planned my life right from when I was growing up. I arranged my life the way I wanted it to go. And that is why even when I was at the peak of my career and marriage came, I grabbed it because I know age keeps going and time waits for no one.

“It means that I can have all of my four kids and then still get back to shape and come back to what I love to do. So I am not going to say things like, ‘I don’t want to have kids yet’ or ‘I am not going to get married and I want to keep acting because the young shall always grow’, you are not going to be number one forever. That is why when it is time for you to do something, you do it. Yoruba will always say in their prayers that when the time for a child to talk has come, by the grace of God, she will talk. When it’s time to go to school, he will go to school. That’s what I’m trying to do. I want to define my life in a way my daughter will want to define her own life,” she said.

She further explained how she has been able to joggle her career, motherhood and marriage.

“I think what has got me this far is placing my decisions on a scale of preference. I love what I do, I adore my husband, I adore my kids, so every time I have to make a decision, I pick which is more important, and I start from there. I understand the home front is more important so I manage my home and create time to do what I have to do. I think that has helped me get this far,” she said.

Already, the actress is back to work after her vacation in the US and she is one of the cast of the movie, From Freetown, which is written, produced and directed by UK based director, FD Wuriee.

 ‘From Freetown’ is a story filled with passion and dreams towards achieving set goals as well as changing human perception towards life situation.

Arsenal and Wenger are already being criticised this season

Plenty of people said Hull were a shambles, losing their manager so close to the start of the season and not buying any players.

But they beat the champions. Look what happened to Arsenal. They let four in at home to Liverpool!

If Arsenal lose at Leicester today they’re already playing catch-up for the title. No-one backed them before. What chance do they have if they give their rivals a six-point head start?

It’s nowhere near good enough. This is Arsenal Football Club. This is a big club. They have millions in the bank and they can go out and buy virtually anyone.

But they have started the season without a proper centre back and they still look short of real quality up front.

I honestly think Arsene Wenger lives in his own little world sometimes.

He bought a player for £32m in Granit Xhaka and puts him sub. What’s all that about? Why was Laurent Koscielny not playing?

by  Dailystar.co.uk

Pele will not participate at the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday

Pele will not participate at the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday. organisers said on Friday, meaning Brazil's most famous sportsman has played no formal part in the Games.

The football great, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, turned down an offer to appear as the final torchbearer at the Games' opening party on Aug. 5, citing a health problem.

"Pele is not going to take part in the closing ceremony," Abel Gomes, executive producer of the ceremonies, told reporters.Pele, 75, underwent hip surgery at the end of last year and has said his rehabilitation has been difficult.

Games organisers said they had not been in contact with him since earlier this month when he turned down the invite to light the cauldron.

"We have not got in touch with him or he in touch with us since the opening," Games spokesman Mario Andrada said. "But if he wants to be there it will be our pleasure."

Pele caused some confusion before the start of the Olympics, revealing that he had been asked to light the cauldron, but adding that he needed to consult some commercial sponsors on whether he contractually would be able to do that.

Organisers had kept light-tipped about the details of the ceremony but after the opening confirmed he had been due to light the flame in the stadium.

Chelsea are now in negotiations for James who can leave for €70 milion

Chelsea are now in negotiations for James who can leave for €70 milion  a price which Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is willing to meet.

Chelsea have sensationally opened talks with Real Madrid for James Rodriguez.

Sport says the Blues have already kicked off talks with Real about a €70 million deal for the Colombian.

James was put up for sale by Real last weekend on the recommendation of coach Zinedine Zidane, though president Florentino Perez is reluctant to see him leave.

Jorge Mendes, the player's agent, has spent this week touting his client to major European clubs - and Chelsea have bitten.

Chelsea officials have told Mendes they intend to sign the attacker before the summer market closes.

Justin Bieber picked up the bar tab for a group of grieving friends

The 22-year-old singer was at Residuals Tavern in Studio City last week when he noticed some customers were crying and asked the barman what was going on.

According to TMZ, the bartender explained that a regular at the bar had died earlier in the day after falling from his fire escape and Justin was so moved by the story that he paid the tab for the grieving group, which came to a few hundred dollars.

Meanwhile, Justin is currently maintaining a low profile after a bitter online feud with his former girlfriend Selena Gomez.

The Good For You hitmaker publicly scolded Justin when he threatened to make his Instagram page private after fans lashed out over pictures he posted with his reported new girlfriend Sofia Richie, 17, but an irate Justin hit back and they ended up in a public war of words.

Both Selena, 24, and Justin each accused the other of cheating during their on/off romance and Justin also accused Selena of using him for fame.

And after threatening to make his Instagram account private, Justin has since deleted it.

The singer's fans - known as Beliebers - were left devastated after the star axed his social media account, which had 77.8 million followers

by channel24.co.za

Friday, 19 August 2016

Iheanacho sense to be the luckiest one under new manager Pep Guardiola

Manchester City’s new manager Pep Guardiola takes his team to Stoke City bolstered by the news that promising forward Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a long-term deal to stay with his club.

The 19-year-old Nigerian came off the bench in the opening-day victory over Sunderland, and is considered one of the game’s most exciting prospects with an excellent career record of eight goals in seven Premier League starts.

Iheanacho has agreed a two-year extension to his old deal which will keep him with City until at least 2021 and he is likely to see some action at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

I just need to keep working hard and express my feelings on the pitch,” said Iheanacho.

The situation regarding one of his team-mates, England goalkeeper Joe Hart, is more complex with the player seemingly at an impasse with the club over his short-term future.

Hart is reported to prefer a 12-month loan period away from City, where it has become apparent he does not figure in Guardiola’s plans, in order to explore his options at the end of the season.

But City are understood to prefer a permanent sale of a player they value in the £25 million ($ 33 million, 29 million euros) bracket, a fee which would cover the pending signing of Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo.

Everton and Sevilla are the only clubs with an apparent interest in signing Hart on a permanent basis and he may face a frustrating end to the transfer window.

In the meantime, Willy Caballero looks certain to remain in goal for the match at Stoke, with Hart again on the bench for the third consecutive time under Guardiola this season.

– Otamendi concern –
Hart is not the only big-name player to have come under pressure since the arrival of former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola, with defender Nicolas Otamendi the latest to face an uncomfortable spotlight.

Otamendi struggled to find his form with City last season and the arrival of £47.5 million England defender John Stones has added competition in that department.

Guardiola was scathing regarding Otamendi’s performance in his team’s 5-0 Champions League victory at Steaua Bucharest in midweek and was particularly angered by a reckless challenge he believed could have resulted in a conceded penalty.

“I don’t like it when central defenders go down on the pitch,” said Guardiola.

“I don’t know about last season because I wasn’t here, but we are here to get him better.

“After the two penalties for us, a little situation is going to give away a penalty against us and we have to avoid that.”

Stoke could again be without their own England goalkeeper, Jack Butland, for the meeting with one of the Premier League’s title favourites as he struggles to recover from the effects of the ankle injury he suffered on international duty.

His absence would mean England’s current top two goalkeepers sitting out the game.

“We need to be a little bit cautious, we’re not going to throw Jack back in unless he’s not feeling any pain whatsoever or if we feel it’s the right thing to do,” said Stoke manager Mark Hughes.

Meanwhile, Hughes believes Guardiola’s arrival in Manchester can only be good for the Premier League.

“He’s an accomplished manager who has been successful wherever he has been,” said Hughes.

“He’s had huge resources wherever he goes and they’ve been the top team in both countries he has been at.

“It’s about using those resources to the best advantage possible and he’s certainly done that, so I think it is good for the Premier League that he has come here.

Usain Bolt won the men's 200m Final his eighth Olympic gold

Usain Bolt won the men's 200m Final his eighth Olympic gold. Bolt adds the title to the 100m crown he claimed earlier in the Games and keeps alive his hopes of securing an historic ‘triple triple’.

The Jamaican will complete the achievement if he can win gold with his country’s 4x100m relay team.

Bolt stormed to victory in 19.78 seconds – considerably slower than the the 19.19 world record he was bidding to beat.