Tottenham Hotspur’s Lucas Moura says they must quickly overcome the disappointment of Sunday’s 1-0 English Premier League (EPL) defeat by Everton.
The Brazilian forward said they must therefore show their quality against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the UEFA Europa League this week.
Jose Mourinho’s side visit the Bulgarian Super Cup winners in Europe’s second-tier club competition on Thursday, with the winners of the one-off tie advancing to the third qualifying round.
“It’s only one game and if we lose, it’s bye-bye,” Moura told Spurs’ website.
“We need to go there with the right mentality, very strong in our minds and go there to qualify, because it’s a competition we want to win, and we have the quality to win.”
The Brazilian said the defeat by Everton had left his team mates feeling deflated.
“The players are upset because we know how important this game was,” he said. “The first game of the season and it’s so important to start well, to start with three points.
“We need to look forward now and try to do better.
“We don’t have time to cry. We have another important game … and we need to be ready.”
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Man City’s Gundogan tests positive for COVID-19
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League club said on Monday.
Gundogan is the third player in the squad to return a positive test in recent weeks.
City winger Riyad Mahrez and defender Aymeric Laporte previously tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this month.
“Gundogan is now observing a 10-day period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine,” the club said in a statement.
Gundogan is likely to miss three matches for City while he self-isolates, including Monday’s league clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Thursday’s League Cup tie against Bournemouth and Sunday’s league game against Leicester City.
Both Mahrez and Laporte returned to training last week but City boss Pep Guardiola said only the Algerian winger would be available against Wolves — City’s opening game of the season.
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Police arraign 2 over alleged unlawful possession of firearm
The police on Monday arraigned two persons – Joseph Adole and Samuel Ikoji – both aged 24, before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged unlawful possession of a gun and ammunition.
The defendants, whose addresses were not stated, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition.
They, however, pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, ASP Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that the defendants conspired to commit the offences on July 26, at 2.40p.m. at Odonia in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Ajayi said that the defendants possessed a pistol and ammunition without a licence, adding that they could not give a satisfactory account of them.
She said that the offences contravened Sections 330(d) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 330(d) provides for seven years jail term for unlawful possession of arms and ammunition.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Ajibade, granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
She directed that one of their respective sureties must be a blood relation.
Ajibade adjourned the case until Oct. 15 for substantive hearing.
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KDSG attracts 25 new business worth $500m – El-Rufai
Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, says his administration has attracted 25 new businesses worth over $500 million as it continues to open up the business space in the state.
El-Rufai made the disclosure on Monday at the opening of the 5th Kaduna Investments Summit.
He said that the over $500 million was invested by local and foreign companies.
The governor explained that the summit was one of the means through which the government showcase and market Kaduna State to national and international audiences as the prime investment destination in Africa.
This year’s theme is “Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation.”
According to him, the target of the government is to make Kaduna as the number one state for doing business and the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in the country.
He said among the recent investments were the setting up of a tomato processing plant by TomatoJos, an Agro company, and Damau Milk Farm by Arla, designed to transform livestock production from a culture into a business in the state.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, who joined the virtual summit as special guest, commended the efforts of the Kaduna State Government to establish its credentials as the investment destination of choice in Nigeria.”These efforts have received just recognition in the response of the business community which has put in new investments in the state.
“It is hardly a surprise that Kaduna State has emerged as the leading destination for foreign direct investment within Nigeria.
“This is a further affirmation of the ranking of the state as Number One for Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018.” the president said.
“It is a fitting statement of the resilience of the Kaduna State Government that it is able to host #KadInvest 5.0 amidst the severe disruptions caused by COVID-19.
“This is the sort of focus that can help the country to navigate the challenging consequences of the pandemic,” Buhari added.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that keynote speakers at the 2-day summit include President of African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, Mr. Bismark Rewane, Prof. Doyin Salami and Chinelo Anohu.
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Aston Villa sign forward Traore from Lyon for 18 million euros
Aston Villa have signed Burkina Faso international, l Bertrand Traore from Olympique Lyonnais for 18.4 million euros (16.88 million pounds) plus up to 2.2 million euros in incentives, the Ligue 1 club announced on Monday.
Traore, 25, made 126 appearances for Lyon and scored 33 goals after his arrival from Chelsea in 2017.
Lyon confirmed they would receive 15 per cent of the funds generated from any future transfer.
“Olympique Lyonnais wishes Bertrand the best of luck in the top flight of English football four years after his initial experience with a Premier League club,” Lyon said in a statement.
Traore began his professional career at Chelsea in 2014 but failed to cement a spot in the first team and was loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax Amsterdam before joining Lyon in 2017.
Capped 54 times by Burkina Faso, Traore was part of the side that won the bronze medal in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
He will add attacking firepower to an Aston Villa squad that finished 17th last season, narrowly avoiding relegation.
Lyon also confirmed the departure of Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu to AC Milan for 0.5 million euros, while German goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck arrives from Hamburg SV on a four-year deal for 0.25 million euros plus incentives.
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