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Brazil looks to repeat Olympic men’s soccer gold, while Spain hopes to continue charmed run.

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Richarlison, center, has five goals for Brazil in the Olympic soccer tournament. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

Spain and Brazil entered this year’s Olympic men’s soccer competition as the pretournament favorites, and things have played out as predicted: The two global soccer stalwarts — here sporting rosters mainly filled with younger players — will meet in Saturday morning’s championship game. Here’s a look at what to expect.

How they got here:

Brazil finished atop Group D, defeating Germany and Saudi Arabia and playing to a scoreless draw with Ivory Coast. It then defeated Egypt, 1-0, in the quarterfinals before getting past Mexico on penalty kicks in the semifinals.

Spain defeated Australian and drew with Egypt and Argentina to win Group C. It then defeated Ivory Coast, 5-2, in the quarterfinals before knocking out host Japan with a 1-0 win in the semifinals.

Spain, the gold medalist in 1992 and twice a silver medalist, has needed a decent helping of late-game heroics to get to this point. Things looked bleak for La Rojita in the quarterfinals when Max-Alain Gradel scored in the first minute of second-half injury time to give Ivory Coast a 2-1 lead, but Rafa Mir evened things up two minutes later and then scored two more goals in extra time in a deceptively hard 5-2 win. In the semifinals against the host nation, things were scoreless until the 115th minute, when Marco Asensio curled in a shot to beat Japan, 1-0.

Asensio, who plays professionally for Real Madrid, is one of three permitted players over the age of 24 on Spain’s roster (the Olympic men’s tournament is primarily an under-23 competition), joining midfielder Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad) and captain Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid), who turns 25 on Saturday. Ceballos suffered an ankle injury in the opener against Egypt and hasn’t played since, but he reportedly will be healthy enough to play against Brazil.

Spain is coming with its maximum force,” Brazil Coach Andre Jardine said. “They’ve formed a strong team over the course of the tournament.


Brazil looks to repeat Olympic men’s soccer gold, while Spain hopes to continue charmed run
Spain and Brazil entered this year’s Olympic men’s soccer competition as the pretournament favorites, and things have played out as predicted: The two global soccer stalwarts — here sporting rosters mainly filled with younger players — will meet in Saturday morning’s championship game. Here’s a look at what to expect.

How they got here: Brazil finished atop Group D, defeating Germany and Saudi Arabia and playing to a scoreless draw with Ivory Coast. It then defeated Egypt, 1-0, in the quarterfinals before getting past Mexico on penalty kicks in the semifinals.


Spain defeated Australian and drew with Egypt and Argentina to win Group C. It then defeated Ivory Coast, 5-2, in the quarterfinals before knocking out host Japan with a 1-0 win in the semifinals.

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Spain, the gold medalist in 1992 and twice a silver medalist, has needed a decent helping of late-game heroics to get to this point. Things looked bleak for La Rojita in the quarterfinals when Max-Alain Gradel scored in the first minute of second-half injury time to give Ivory Coast a 2-1 lead, but Rafa Mir evened things up two minutes later and then scored two more goals in extra time in a deceptively hard 5-2 win. In the semifinals against the host nation, things were scoreless until the 115th minute, when Marco Asensio curled in a shot to beat Japan, 1-0.

Asensio, who plays professionally for Real Madrid, is one of three permitted players over the age of 24 on Spain’s roster (the Olympic men’s tournament is primarily an under-23 competition), joining midfielder Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad) and captain Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid), who turns 25 on Saturday. Ceballos suffered an ankle injury in the opener against Egypt and hasn’t played since, but he reportedly will be healthy enough to play against Brazil.


“Spain is coming with its maximum force,” Brazil Coach Andre Jardine said. “They’ve formed a strong team over the course of the tournament.”

Brazil is the defending Olympic gold medalist, having won the tournament five years ago on its home soil with a win over Germany in penalty kicks, and it will now play in the final for a record fifth time. Defender Dani Alves, the most decorated player in soccer history with 43 trophies, looks to end his storied career with an Olympic gold medal as one of Brazil’s overage players, joining goalkeeper Santos and defender Diego Carlos.

Richarlison has been Brazil’s motor, however, with a tournament-high five goals. It’s been a busy summer for the 24-year-old Everton forward, as he also featured on the Brazilian team that was Copa America runner-up.

Take away the five goals it scored against Ivory Coast and Spain has scored only three other times, which might spell trouble against a Brazilian team that has three shutouts in five Olympic games, including both its knockout-round matches.

Source:(Washington Post)


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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