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Norwich City Confirm Dean Smith As New Manager

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Norwich have appointed Dean Smith as their new head coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

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The 50-year-old has made a swift return to the dugout just a week after he was sacked by Aston Villa

Smith replaces Daniel Farke who was also axed last weekend despite overseeing Norwich’s first win of the season, at Brentford.

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Smith, who will be assisted by Craig Shakespeare at Carrow Road, told the club’s website: “It has been a whirlwind seven days, but I’m really pleased to be back and working for Norwich City in the Premier League.

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“Clearly, there has been some wonderful work that has gone into this football club over last four and a half years. It is now the job of myself and Craig to continue and improve on that work with the ultimate aim of surviving in the Premier League.

“Norwich City is a big club, with a massive hard core of supporters who are fully understanding in what it means to be part of the club and its community.

“I was brought up in an era when Norwich were competing in Europe – I remember those times well and whenever I’ve visited Carrow Road and Norwich you can really sense the connection between the fans, staff and players. Together, we all have to make Carrow Road a really tough place for visiting teams.

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“From the age of 16 I’ve been working in football. I think in that time I’ve had four months out and didn’t enjoy it. It’s great to get straight back in with a club that are determined to be progressive.”

Sporting director Stuart Webber revealed Smith had been a “long-term target”.

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“We are delighted to have appointed Dean as our new head coach,” he said. “I have admired his work for some time and he has been a long-term target in the event that we needed to appoint a new head coach.

“Dean has an outstanding track record and as soon as he made it clear that he was ready to go straight back into a managerial role we contacted him immediately.

“He shares the same values and vision as the club, has a proven track record of winning games in the Premier League as well as developing players and building a winning culture and mentality.”

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Farke’s spell in charge was ultimately ended by his side’s chastening 7-0 hammering at Chelsea on October 23, even though he remained in the job for a further two matches.

Norwich turned their attention to Smith after former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard withdrew from the running.

Smith lost his job at Villa after five straight Premier League defeats, with the Birmingham club’s last victory coming on September 25 at Manchester United.

Norwich lie bottom of the table, five points from safety after 11 matches.

Smith’s first game in charge will be against Southampton at Carrow Road on Saturday. Southampton were also the opponents for his last match in charge of Villa, losing 1-0 at St Mary’s.Daniel Farke Sacked by Norwich KOKO TV Nigeria

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Nnamdi Kanu, Late TB Joshua And Dasuki Sambo Tried To Help Save My Marriage To Fani-Kayode – Estranged Wife, Precious

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Precious Chikwendu, a Nigerian ex-Beauty Queen and model who is also the estranged wife of the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has again narrated her ordeal as the wife of the former minister. 

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She described the marriage as a violent one, adding that some persons including the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, the late T. B. Joshua and other prominent Nigerians tried to settle the rift between her and Fani-Kayode. 

She stated this during a new interview. Fani-Kayode and Precious have continued to make the headlines since their marriage of seven years collapsed last year with the pair currently in a battle for the custody of their four children.

The former beauty queen had accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain of having mental health challenges.

She claimed that Fani-Kayode was abusive to her during her pregnancy due to his mental health challenges.

Chikwendu said she could have walked out of the marriage earlier than she did but endured because of her children.FFK and Precious KOKO TV Nigeria

She said, “Even at the course of the embryo implanting in me, I had the most violent experience, beatings and punches and he would tell me that he would get rid of me. He would ask his bodyguards to take me and lock me up inside.

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“The Dasukis have been involved, both Colonel Dasuki Sambo and his wife have been involved. Nnamdi Kanu, even at some point, called me to plead with me. I got a call from the late T. B Joshua to at least come over to Lagos, that he wanted to settle the issue.

“The first thing he is going to ask is for a picture to debunk stories, that’s the first thing he does; whenever there’s a fight… He says it’s a cultural thing for the Igbo to be rude and that is why we don’t have a hierarchy. I heard all of that from him. Even the staff in the house, that you are an Igbo staff member is a problem. He says ‘that Igbo boy, I don’t like him, sack him.’”FFKs Ex Wife Precious Chikwendu KOKO TV Nigeria 1

Chikwendu lamented her inability to see her children since the union crashed over a year ago.

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“The children are with him, I haven’t seen them since August 2nd, 2020. The court didn’t grant him custody. I’m physically prevented from seeing them. Most times, I would agitate because my kids are in there, I can’t leave.

“I don’t know where my kids are, I don’t know the school he changed my sons to. I’m told they go to school. The last time I filed a suit in court, they said the children are in school and they are okay,” she said.Precious Chikwendu

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Man United 1-0 Crystal Palace: Fred’s Late Strike Gets Ralf Rangnick’s Reign Off To A Winning Start

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Fred’s brilliant second-half strike was enough to give Man United a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and Ralf Rangnick victory in his first match in charge.

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It looked like it could be a frustrating afternoon for the home side, as it remained goalless deep into the match and United seemingly appearing to tire.

But with 77 minutes on the clock, Fred broke the deadlock and proved to be the decisive moment in the match.

United were bright in the early stages, setting up in a 4-2-2-2 formation.

Cristiano Ronaldo fired over from a free-kick, before he headed over the bar and then saw a left-footed strike comfortably saved after good work from Marcus Rashford.

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James Tomkins headed a Fred strike over the bar brilliantly, while Jadon Sancho was also denied by good Palace defending.

Diogo Dalot cut inside and fired over with the final kick of the first-half, as the sides went in level at the break despite United’s dominance.

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It was a much slower start to the second-half, with United unable to produce the same intensity to their performance.

Rashford won a free-kick after cutting inside, and Alex Telles clipped the top of the bar as he whipped the set-piece towards the far corner from a tight angle.

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Jordan Ayew missed a huge chance to put Palace in front, as he somehow put his effort right across the face of goal from just a couple of yards out.

And United made him and Palace pay just a couple of minutes later. Mason Greenwood played the ball back to Fred on the edge of the box, and the Brazilian produced a lovely finish into the far corner to put his side in front.

Palace tried to pile men forward late on, but United held on comfortably enough to move back within three points of the top four.Man United 1 0 Crystal Palace KOKO TV Nigeria 3 scaled

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First Case Of Omicron Variant Detected In Senegal

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A first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been reported in Senegal, in a visitor who was leaving the country after an international meeting in capital Dakar, a research institute said. Omicron variant in Senegal

The IRESSEF health body said late Saturday that the 58-year-old patient arrived in Senegal by air from another West African country on November 22.
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He had been vaccinated earlier this year with the AstraZeneca and Pfizer shots and had no symptoms by Saturday.

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Although the man has now been quarantined in a medical centre, he stayed at a Dakar hotel and took part in an event with 300 people from different countries on November 24-25.
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Senegal has recorded more than 74,000 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

Launched in February, the country’s vaccination campaign has made slow progress, with 1.3 million people inoculated out of a total 17 million population. Indian COVID-19 Variant

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