Nunez upstages Haaland as Liverpool beat Manchester City to win Community Shield Shield Leicester (UK), July 30, 2022 Liverpool new boy Darwin Nunez drew the first blood in the battle of the super-signings with an encouraging 30-minute cameo on Saturday.
He capped it with the final goal in a 3-1 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield match played at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, UK.
Manchester City, last season’s English Premier League (EPL) champions, and Liverpool, the English FA and League Cup winners, both paraded their big-money acquisitions in this match.
But it was the Uruguay international who upstaged Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, after he came off the bench in the 59th minute with the score at 1-1. His aerial presence won the late penalty kick from which Mohamed Salah put Liverpool in front for a second time.
But the former Benfica striker, having earlier been denied a goal by Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, was not finished there.
He stooped to head home his first goal for the Reds in domestic competition in added time.
“I liked the game a lot, but most of the time Manchester City games against us are cool to watch,” Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp said later.
“We played the smart passes.
We saw Nunez in dangerous situations.
He used the spaces and finished well too.
” One new Manchester City signing did make his mark —- former River Plate forward Julian Alvarez —- climbing off the bench to cancel out Trent Alexander-Arnold’s opener.
But the focus was really on the big men upfront.
The traditional season curtain-raiser played out as expected with the country’s top two sides going at it once again.
But it was the nuance of what the new signings might bring which attracted the intrigue.
Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 matches for Borussia Dortmund before his move to the Manchester.
He is likely to add many more for Manchester City once he and they have adjusted to each other.
The Norway international had the fewest touches of any player in the first half —- eight —- and the service he received throughout was scant.
But that did not mean he was not a threat.
When Andy Robertson initially dispossessed him from Bernardo Silva’s cross, the 22-year-old reacted quickest to fire in a shot which third-choice goalkeeper Adrian batted away.
His next attempt moments later from another Silva cross did not go so well.
It came to him at an awkward height and he could not decide what to do with it and completely mis-kicked.
But he saved his worst for last when he blasted against the crossbar when faced with an open goal six yards out in added time.
Nunez, however, justified Klopp’s decision to continue his integration from the bench.
The 23-year-old scored four second-half goals in a pre-season friendly against RB Leipzig but that was not enough to persuade his manager to start him from the off.
But when he was introduced he was a bundle of energy and, unlike Manchester City with Haaland, Liverpool seemed to be better equipped to supplement his talents.
With virtually his first touch he was brought down by Ederson, who was spared by an offside flag.
Then the Manchester City goalkeeper had to race out to block Nunez’s shot with his chest after Jordan Henderson played him through.
Nunez is more a traditional number nine and less the multi-functional player Klopp usually prefers, but that can work to his advantage.
When he climbed highest to head down, the ball struck the arm of Ruben Dias. Referee Craig Pawson waved away handball claims but having been advised to consult the pitchside monitor he awarded a penalty kick and Salah swept past Ederson.
But Nunez was not finished there and his poacher’s instinct saw him stoop to head home Robertson’s knockdown in added time.
It was a pulsating finish to a game which had ebbed and flowed, with Alexander-Arnold putting Liverpool ahead in the 21st minute.
Thiago Alcantara’s cross was killed instantly under the foot of Salah, whose pass rolled invitingly into the path of the full-back.
He whipped a shot which just flicked off the head of Nathan Ake on its way in via the far post.
Manchester City improved in the second half and Alvarez, introduced at the same time as Nunez, equalised in the 70th minute.
That was after Adrian saved Phil Foden’s initial effort but fumbled the rebound.
VAR checked offside and, although the goalkeeper appeared to have two hands on the ball, after a lengthy delay the goal was ruled legitimate.
It meant the new signing followed in the exalted footsteps of Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez as only the third Argentinian to score in the Community Shield.
He will, however, still play second fiddle to Haaland while Nunez has begun the process of establishing himself as Liverpool’s long-term option upfront.
Nunez will also help in ensuring the sale of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich quickly becomes an OLAL(
Dr Iyorchia Ayu, PDP National Chairman, has called on the Muslim faithful to use the significant celebration of the new Islamic year to asses their conduct for a better future.
Ayu made the call in a fecilitation message signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Alhaji Yusuf Dingyadi on Saturday in Sokoto.
” I urge Muslim faithful to asses thier conducts, intensify on prayers for unity and cohesion of our nation.
” Prayers for devine intervention can assist towards producing leaders that can bring lasting peace and rapid development that will usher a greater nation.
“‘ We should not lose hope or allow anybody to use his failure to destroy this great and blessed nation.
We are a people united by a common destiny of greatness which we must bequeath to our upcoming generation.
” Nothing should change our determination and commitment to restore the lost glory of this great nation, ” Ayu said.
He rejoiced with Muslim faithful on behalf of PDP family nationwide and fecilitate with Nigerians on the celebration of the New Islamic Year 1444. Ayu further urged Muslims in the country to rekindle their faith which emphasised love of one another, forgiveness and greater dedication to peace and development.
The party chairman urged Nigerians to support the PDP as the only party that could reorganise Nigeria as a nation through unity, economic growth, security, education and true federalism.
He appreciated the role of all party members across the country for their support and determination to make Nigeria great.
The All-Progressives Congress Party Northern Christian Leaders have resolved to set up a committee to consult both Christian and Muslim stakeholders on the choice of APC candidate and his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.
This was disclosed in a communiqué issued after the APC Northern Christian leaders summit issued on Saturday in Abuja and jointly signed by Prof. Doknan Sheni (Plateau) North Central; Dr Ishaya Bauka (Taraba) North East and Prof. Saidu Ibrahim (Jigawa) North West. The leaders said the committee was to arrive at the best platform that would better galvanise and steer their patriotic spirits and resolve towards collectively building a united multi religious, multi-ethnic society as guaranteed by Nigeria constitution.
The leaders said that after careful considerations and deliberations, the summit resolved that the adoption of a Muslim–Muslim ticket by their party was divisive, unjust and insensitive.
It, however, stated that the Northern Christians in APC would not support or enable any attempt to divide Nigeria along religious lines.
“We resolved that we will set up a committee within us with a mandate to go round Nigeria and consult with both Christians and Muslim stakeholders, including other stakeholders.
It stated that stakeholders, not of the faith community but who shared the aspirations for a peaceful and united Nigeria would be galvanized.
It said this was to arrive at the best platform that will better galvanize and steer the patriotic spirits and resolve to build a united multi religious, multi-ethnic society as guaranteed by the constitution The faith based religion leaders said that they also resolved to summon an interfaith summit in no distant future after consultations were concluded across religious divide.
This, according to the communiqué, will be where notable Muslim and Christian and Islamic leaders will announce to the nation and the world the best Pan Nigerian platform that will better serve the collective interests of the people beyond 2023. “That all delegates will return to their communities and disseminate these resolutions and await the convocation of the next summit where a final decision would be taken on the ticket that we will collectively vote for in 2023.”
Bendel Insurance Football Club are using the ongoing Aiteo Federation Cup competition as a preparatory ground ahead of life in the 20222023 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), an official says.
Monday Odigie, the club’s Head Coach, told newsmen on Saturday in Abuja that the Cup competition would help them to correct lapses noted in the just-ended Nigeria National League (NNL).
He spoke after his team’s Round of 64 match against Nationwide League One (NLO) side Junior Katsina United, a game he said was very tough.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bendel Insurance defeated the Katsina United feeder team 2-0 in the match played at the FIFA Goal Project pitch.
Goals by Imade Oserenkhoe and Deputy Echeta in both halfs of the game ensured that the Benin-based clubside secured passage into the Round of 32. Oserenkhoe opened scoring in the 36th minute with a powerful header which met Echeta’s well-timed cross into the penalty area.
Echeta added the second goal in the 55th minute after he calmly utilised Zaidu Ayuba’s pin-point cross into the penalty area.
Odigie, though, noted that the standard of the game was very high and a good test for his side ahead of their campaign in the 20222023 NPFL season.
“The game was fair enough for this competition.
Every game comes with both its negatives and positives.
So, what we do is take the negatives from here and go back home to try to work on them.
“It was a keenly-contested game and there are no small or big teams in this competition.
But it still served as a good test for my team ahead of our campaign in the top-flight next season.
“Our opponents today were tough and resilient and, as far as I am concerned, the two goals were just the difference between both sides.
“You can play all the ball you want to play, but if you don’t score, you remain at par with your opponents in the field of play.
“We took our chances when we had them and that made all the difference,” he said.
On his target in the Cup competition, the coach said: “I don’t set targets.
I believe we will get to where God wants us to reach.
” On the team’s preparation for life in the NPFL, the coach said his team was for now glad to have already gained promotion into the NPFL.
”But we will still be taking part in the Super 4 to confirm the winners of the 20212022 NNL.
“Like every other team, we intend to strengthen our weak points and start preparations early, ahead of the 20222023 NPFL season.
“Moving from the NNL to the NPFL is a different ball game.
Having said that, we will surely cross the bridge when we get there,” he said.
Speaking also, Aminu Musa, Head Coach of Junior Katsina United, said his team lost to a more experienced side, adding that the game was a learning curve for his team.
“It was unfortunate my team lost, but I am happy we gave our best against a more experienced team.
“Our greatest undoing was that we missed some of our good and more experienced players through injuries.
So, we had no choice but to manage with the younger players available.
“But having said that, I must give credit to our opponents as they deserved to win.
“So, we will go back and correct all our mistakes and come back a better team in our next campaign,” he said.
The International Organisation for Migration ( IOM) has expressed concern over the use of technology to increase activity of human trafficking in Nigeria.
Prestage Murima, IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission, expressed the concern in a message to mark the 2022 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (WDATIP).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that WDATIP is the day set aside to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims and to promote and protect their rights.
Trafficking in Persons (TIP) is a crime and grave human rights violation of enormous scale, which is prevalent in situations of vulnerability.
Murima in a statement by IOM’s Senior Communications Assistant, Mrs Mariam Owoeye, and made available to NAN on Saturday in Benin, said the theme for this year’s celebrations was “Prevent, Protect and Prosecute to highlight the need for action and the importance of having an integrated approach in addressing trafficking”.
“The increasing use of technology post the COVID-19 pandemic has enabled human trafficking with numerous tricks deployed and with greater speed, accuracy, and anonymity; to recruit, exploit, and control victims.
“They also organise their transport and accommodation; advertise victims and reach out to potential clients; communicate among perpetrators; and hide criminal proceeds.
“Traffickers use social media to identify, groom and recruit victims, including children.
“E-mails and messaging services are used for the moral coercion of the victims; and online platforms allow traffickers to widely advertise services provided by victims.
” She said since technology was a tool that could both enable and impede human trafficking, hence, “IOM interprets this theme in terms of how technology can be harnessed as a preventive tool and for facilitating protection.
” She said IOM would take a comprehensive approach to addressing Trafficking in Persons, hence the organisation’s decision to join the United Nations System to raise awareness under the global theme “Use and abuse of technology.
” According to Murima, persons seeking better economic opportunities, asylum seekers and refugees fleeing crisis are vulnerable to the risk of trafficking with traffickers profiting from the desperation, and separation of people – particularly women and children – from support systems and family members.
“However, in the use of technology also lies great opportunity.
“Future success in eradicating human trafficking will depend on how law enforcement, the criminal justice systems and protection actors can leverage technology in their responses.
“By aiding investigations to shed light on the modus operandi of trafficking networks; enhancing prosecutions through digital evidence to alleviate the situation of victims in criminal proceedings; and providing support services to survivors.
“Only with a concerted effort by governments, the international community, and above all the local communities, can we fight back human trafficking,”she said.
She said: “On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, have a heart for the victims of human trafficking and join the campaign, we all have a role to play in ending human trafficking.
” Murima noted that advocating for rights, and protecting the physical, mental, and social well-being of individuals and their communities; and promoting sustainability through institutional capacity development and partnerships, were at the centre of the organisation’s counter-trafficking efforts.
She noted that ” This theme is at the centre of the institutional approach in combating trafficking and protecting the rights of migrants, through the ‘Theory of Change’.
According to her, Nigeria is an important locus as a source, transit, and destination country in the trafficking process.
Several push and pull factors have been identified as catalysts for TiP.
She further noted that ” the country’s current macro-economic environment, rapid population growth and limited investment in social services have had devastating effects and increased the vulnerability of most of its citizens”.
Murima, however, said: “IOM operates from the outset that trafficking in persons needs to be approached within the overall context of managing migration for the benefit of all with interventions centered on the needs of the victims.
“Since 2017, IOM Nigeria has coordinated the return of over 27,000 Nigerian migrants from 82 countries.
“Out of this number, 3,599 are victims of trafficking,while 1,726 victims of trafficking had received in-kind support to start businesses of their choice.
Enyimba International Football Club of Aba on Saturday in Benin survived a Cup scare by beating Ijebu United FC 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 ending.
But the former champions had goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo to thank for qualifying for the next stage of the 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup competition, after saving three penalty kicks.
Ijebu United, a Nigeria National League (NNL) side, first shocked Enyimba by scoring through Ogunleye Kazeem in the first half of the round of 64 match at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
Enyimba restored parity through Samuel Stone in the second stanza of the game which later witnessed a heavy downpour.
Ojo then stepped up to save the day for the former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions to go through to the round of 32. He saved three out of the four penalty kicks played by Ijebu United, while his teammates scored the three they played.
El-Kanemi Warriors Football Club of Maiduguri on Saturday defeated Kun Khalifat FC of Owerri 2-1 in an Cup round of 64 match played in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match played at the Area 10 pitch saw the two sides having to slug it out on a rainy evening.
Paul Obata gave the two-time Cup champions an early lead by scoring in the first minute of the match, after a mix-up in the Kun Khalifat defence.
On resumption of the second half, the Kun Khalifat players made dangerous forays into the El-Kanemi Warriors’ goal area but were stopped in their tracks.
Muktar Ismail extended their lead in the 71st minute, before Chijioke Ekpemadu pulled a goal back for the Owerri-based side who play in the Nationwide League One (NLO).
Hassan Abubakar, Head Coach of El-Kanemi Warriors, later commended his players for performing according to instructions in spite of the tough opposition.
The coach of Kun Khalifat FC, Obinna Uzoho, on his part attributed their loss to fatigue and poor traveling arrangements.
In another match of the competition, played earlier at the same venue, Doma United of Gombe defeated Apex Crane FC from Delta 4-3 in a nervy penalty shootout.
NAN reports that the game had ended in a barren draw after 90 minutes of play.
Bartholomew David, the coach of Doma United, lamented the goalscoring chances his players missed during the game, insisting his team could have won during regulation time.
“It was a tough match.
Maybe my players underrated the opponents a little bit, because we should have wrapped up the game during regulation time.
“But I am glad we won through penalty kicks.
“Now the next thing is to start planning for the next round and correct our lapses,” the coach whose team topped the Northern Conference A2 of the 20212022 Nigeria National League (NNL) said.
Maiduguri stood agog on Saturday as the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu led other dignitaries to attend the wedding ceremony of the daughter of his running mate Kashim Shettima.The presidency was represented at the wedding by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno.NAN reports that 12 gold coins were paid as dowry at the ceremony, witnessed by other dignitaries, including Senate President Amed Lawan, Aliko Dangote, Dahiru Mangal, Ahmed Indimi, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, and his Jigawa counterpart, Gov. Abubakar Badaru.Govs. Mai-Mala Buni of Yobe, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, I-GP Usman Baba Alkali, and APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu also graced the event.The marriage rites were conducted at the Shehu of Borno’s Palace where the bride, Fatima was represented by Gov. Zulum of Borno, while the bridegroom, Sadiq Ibrahim, the son of former Minister, Ibrahim Bunu, was represented by former Governor of Bauchi, Ahmadu Muazu.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Police Command in Lagos State on Saturday said no INEC official was arrested on Friday in connection with the ongoing Continuous Voter’s Registration (CVR) exercise in the state.
The command’s spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday , while reacting to the incident.
NAN reports that some online media on Friday reported that thugs invaded INEC CVR centre situated at St. Bridget Catholic Church, ljesha, in Surulere, and catered away INEC enrollment machines.
Hundeyin, however, said that Police got information about the presence of some INEC officials in a church, stressing that the DPO, police division in Ijeshatedo, swung into action and brought the INEC officials and materials to the station.
He said the DPO decided to bring the officials and others around to the station, because the church was not conducive for such investigation, to avoid break down of law and order.
The spokesman noted that after the DPO’s findings, there was a mix-up of address location and he requested the INEC officials to move to the correct address.
Hundeyin pointed out that the police carried INEC materials and officials out of the church, not hoodlums as being speculated on social media.
“The INEC officials were assigned to Imam Thani Street, by House No. 9A for the exercise.
They were, however, found within the church premises.
Residents raised concerns and informed the police.
“Preliminary findings show that a resident of the area who volunteered to transport the officials from their office to the center, was responsible for the mix-up, deliberate or not, further investigation will reveal.
“Meanwhile, the officials were immediately released to proceed to the correct center to continue their assignment,” he said.
A non-governmental organisation, Brodas Across Nigeria, has expressed its commitment to work with relevant government parastatals to reduce road accidents and fatalities in states.
This, it said, would enhance proactive measures to make Nigerian roads safer.
Chairman Brodas Across Nigeria, Northern States, Mr. Ikem Agboeze, made this known on Saturday while handing over traffic warden control stand to the Byazhin Police Station, Kubwa Abuja.
Agboeze said appropriate intervention could go a long way in preventing accidents and deaths.
He said the initiative of donating traffic control stand to the Nigeria Police in seven states across the country was necessitated by the number of accidents witnessed on Nigerian roads due to the absence of such facilities.
Agboeze, who noted that there was a high tendency of accidents in the area where the facility was donated in Abuja, said the aim also was to provide shelter for the policemen on duty.
“There is a high tendency of accidents in this area and it is very necessary there should be a traffic stand at least providing shelter for the policemen on duty.
“Our organisation has been partnering with different government parastatals in things like this; our chapter in Porthacourt is doing something like this with army to help the widows whose husbands lost their lives while combatting terrorism.
“We the northern state chapter decided to do this with the police by providing something like this, we have provided seven of this, we did one in Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, Bauchi, Kaduna and the Federal Capital Territory.
“This is our own way of encouraging government establishments, especially security outfits, the basic problem we have in Nigeria is security and economy.
Also, the Public Relations Officer of the organisation, Mr Emmanuel Oko, noted that the aim of providing the traffic facility was to enable the police officers on duty to carry out their duties effectively.