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Ballon d’Or: Explain why he wasn’t nominated – Rudiger slams organizers for snubbing Chelsea player

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Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger has slammed Ballon d’Or organizers for not including his fellow teammate, Edouard Mendy, in their 30-man shortlist released last week.

Rudiger demanded an explanation for Mendy’s Ballon d’Or snub after his man of the match display against Brentford in Saturday’s Premier League 1-0 win.

Recall that the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or was announced some few days ago, with five Chelsea players included.

Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount all made the cut.

Mendy enjoyed a stunning debut season in the English Premier League and capped it off by winning the UEFA Champions League, as Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the final.

The Senegal goalkeeper also won the UEFA Super Cup with Thomas Tuchel’s side.

However, Rudiger believes Mendy deserved to be recognized for his impressive performance for Chelsea.

“Someone explain why he’s not nominated for the Ballon d’Or,” Rudiger wrote on Twitter.

“What a performance… EDOUARD MENDY.”

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PSG: You need to justify ‘nightmare trio’ – Berbatov to Messi, Neymar, Mbappe

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Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has urged Paris Saint-Germain stars, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, to justify their label as the “nightmare trio.”

Berbatov believes Messi, Neymar and Mbappe have not fulfilled their expectations yet at PSG.

DAILY POST reports that this is coming less than two days after PSG lost 2-1 to Manchester City in a Champions League tie on Wednesday.

“I don’t think PSG’s star-studded frontline is working at the moment. I think there is a glimpse of what it can be, but it’s not there yet. They are trying, I can see that. But at the same time, when they play big teams like Man City, you could sometimes see that they knew exactly how this trio was going to play, how they were going to pass – they were predictable – and the City players read the game and knew how to stop it.

“They [Messi, Neymar, Mbappe] need to do a lot of work to make it click.

“Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe need to justify that label of ‘the nightmare trio’ for the defence. They can produce a much better play and help the team produce good results,” Berbatov wrote in his Betfair column.

Messi has scored just four goals and registered two assists in 10 appearances across all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season.

Neymar has scored just three goals and provided three assists in 13 appearances across all competitions for PSG.

Mbappe, on the other hand, has scored nine goals and registered 12 assists.

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EPL: Rangnick makes Manchester Utd coaching staff request as Carrick, others await fate

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Incoming Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick, has requested to speak to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s old coaching staff, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, before deciding the make-up of his Red Devils coaching staff.

According to The Athletic, Rangnick will meet with Carrick and McKenna in the coming days as he has already requested at least one new coach to add to his coaching staff.

The report added that the 63-year-old would also be allowed to bring in two of his trusted assistants, with Lars Kornetka – who worked with him at Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig – set to join his long-time friend at Old Trafford as his right-hand man.

Rangnick is on the verge of becoming Man United’s interim manager until the end of the current season.

The former RB Leipzig manager has reached an agreement with Man United on a six-month contract and will then take up a two-year consultancy role.

The German has a history of developing coaches and Man United feel they have already invested a lot of time, resources and money into Carrick and McKenna and do not want to see that go to waste, with the pair potentially even joining the permanent manager’s staff next summer.

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Zamfara: Police arrest woman with 991 ammunition for bandits

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The Zamfara State Police has arrested a 30-year-old woman while trying to convey 991 ammunition to the camp of a notorious bandit leader on security agents wanted list.

The suspect identified as Fatima Lawali, was on her way from Sokoto to deliver the weapons to Ado Alero, a notorious bandit hibernating in the forest along Zamfara when she was arrested at Gada Biyu area in Bungudu LGA of Zamfara State.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Ayuba N. Elkanah, paraded the suspect along with other on Friday at the state command headquarters on Friday.

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Fatima, an indigene of Kaura Namuda, is said to specialise in supplying arms and ammunition to hoodlums operating within the northwestern states.

The Police boss while parading the suspect said: “Fatima Lawali, a native of K/Namoda LGA who specializes in supplying arms and ammunition to Bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger States respectively. was arrested at Gada Biyu area, under Bungudu LGA with nine hundred and ninety one (991) rounds of AK-47 live ammunition, conveying them from Dabagi Village in Sokoto State to be delivered to a notorious bandit’s kingpin called Ado Alero who has been terrorizing Zamfara and neighbouring states. Investigation in progress.”

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