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EPL: Usain Bolt names right manager to replace Solskjaer at Man Utd

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Former sprint king, Usain Bolt, has identified Antonio Conte as the right manager he wants Manchester United to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

Bolt, a United fan, believes the club should have acted quickly to replace Solskjaer with Conte after their poor start to the 2021/22 season, adding that the Italian would have been the perfect fit at the Red Devils given his track record as a title-winning manager.

The Jamaican also singled out Cristiano Ronaldo for praise, adding that the Portugal captain has been saving Man United in every game they have played so far this season.

Recall that Solskjaer is under immense pressure to turn things around at Man United but is being backed by the club board for the time being to get good results going forward.

Man United passed on Conte in the aftermath of their 5-0 defeat to Liverpool and the former Chelsea manager subsequently took charge of Tottenham Hotspur instead.

“I wanted Conte,” Bolt told The National.

“He is going to do so well at Spurs. He is going to get them organised.

“He has been at Chelsea – he won a title. He’s been at Inter Milan – he’s won a title. He’s been at Juve – he’s won a title.

“Everywhere he goes, he structures the team so well. In January, he is probably going to get one or two players, then at the end of the season he is probably going to find proper players and bring them in.”

He added: “We are going to struggle. Cristiano has saved us every game. One guy has to do all that work. We have not played good football in so long.

“It is so relaxing. We pass so slowly. When Alex Ferguson was manager, we had to win because he would demand that you win.”

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EPL: Schweinsteiger reveals what Rangnick will do for Man Utd

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Former Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has revealed that his German compatriot Ralf Rangnick would help the Red Devils ‘close the gap’ on Chelsea on the Premier League table.

Schweinsteiger stated this following Man United’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

Chelsea are currently on top of the Premier League table with 30 points from 13 games.

The Blues are currently 12 points ahead of 8th placed Man United on the log.

Man United are expected to officially confirm Rangnick’s appointment as interim manager ahead of their next Premier League clash with Arsenal on Thursday.

In a tweet after Man United’s draw with Chelsea, Schweinsteiger, “Chelsea’s game style has the quality to definitely win titles this season. @ManUtd is not yet there but with Ralf Rangnick, the gap will be closed.”

“Good luck for the next games @ChelseaFC and man utd!”

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Group advises politicians above 60 not to contest in 2023 election

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The leadership of the Concerned Northern Forum (CNF) has appealed to Nigerian politicians over 60 years of age to stay away from the 2023 presidency.

Spokesman of the forum, Comrade Abdulsalam Moh’d Kazeem, in a statement noted, “In Nigeria today, our civil service (rules) will not retain any individual above 60 years of age no matter his/her experience and value the said distinguished/accomplished individual will add to our system, this is enshrined in law.”

The statement explained that most renowned civil servants with an outstanding history of bravery, accountability, transparency, and fairness in service can later be engaged by the federal, state, or local government either as consultants, advisors, or committee members to help formulate and restructure policies that would bring about efficiency, and effectiveness in service delivery.

In developed nations, the forum noted that people of such age and experience are mostly engaged in charitable activities, free consultancy services, and all forms of selfless services to their nation and populace.

It lamented that in developing nations, the people in the age group are actively involved in all forms of forgeries, desperate moves in aspiring for the presidency to which they have no value to add, their aspiration for such office is wrongly motivated.

“Most of Nigeria’s political elites sources of wealth/ ideology is questionable, their state of health is unknown, primary, secondary and university/polytechnic attended is unknown while their age, name, parents and even state of origin are disputed,” the forum lamented.

According to the statement, research carried out by CNF proves that most of the country’s political elites inclinations to be Nigeria’s president are for reasons not beyond lust for power and affluence, with no blueprint on how to tackle the enormous challenges bedeviling us as a nation.

It observed that the time has come for Nigerians to give their mandate to candidates below 60 years, with good manifestos, stressing that the political will to help address the immediate, short term and long term problems that have made Nigeria the poverty headquarters of the world despite its population and abundant resources, which ordinarily should be advantageous to the country at any rate.

The forum noted that the country is faced with brain drain due to the effect of poor leadership caused by the so-called “Landlords of Nigeria” that sees nothing good in developing the nation but developing themselves at the detriment of over 200 million people.

According to the forum, “The time is now and 2023 Presidency for us should be based on an Individual’s personal competence, health status, integrity, and credibility will determine his marketability and electability”.

The group explained that it can not allow the recycling of old politicians who have been instrumental to the enormous problems facing the country from 1999 till date to still come and lead the country to more uncertainty, alleging that their achievements are looting, corruption, among others.

It called on progressive youths to take advantage of the not too young to rule to participate actively, not only in social media, since no polling unit exist here, rather they should help mobilize and sensitive their fellow youths on how to get permanent voters card, become a member of a particular political party, aspire for political offices, and equally encourage others with leadership potential with either finance, free consultancy services or soft words of encouragement, which will demonstrate that we are ready to lead our nation too.

“We are the trustees of this nation and the epoch of being spectators is over, we have to participate actively because available records show that out of the over 84 million registered voters, the youth represent over 51% and our nation with a fast-growing population of over 200 million, with more than 60% of the people under 25 years of age, we can and the time is now to unerring our past and have a nation that can stand tall among the comity of great nations against all we presently witness today,” the forum explained.

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Billionaire kidnapper Evans’s co-defendant dies in prison

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Chiemeka Arinze, one of the co-defendants in the alleged kidnap of trial of Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, has died in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

Recall that Arinze was charged alongside, Evans, Joseph Emeka, and Udeme Upong with the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors.

They were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

They were also charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap and sale and transfer of firearms.

According to his death certificate obtained by NAN on Monday, Arinze passed away at 9.08 pm on Nov. 26 as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest.

The death certificate which was issued by Ajeromi General Hospital, Ajegunle, signed by Dr. B.E Salisu indicated that the deceased, who died at the age of 45, was also suffering from complicated Advanced HIV.

According to officials of the correctional facilities who spoke under anonymity, Arinze, who was battling ill health, was rushed from the hospital of the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Center to a General Hospital on Friday where he passed away, NAN reports.

As at the time of the filing of this report, the counsel to Arinze, Mr Ogedi Ogu is in court for the hearing of the kidnapping case which is slated for hearing.

He disclosed to NAN that he intends to inform the court of Arinze’s demise and apply to withdraw from the case

Billionaire kidnapper Evans’s co-defendant dies in prison

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