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EPL: Mourinho names players that caused Man United’s 2-2 draw with Southampton


ByJohn Owen Nwachukwu

Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has blamed his midfielders for their 2-2 draw with Southampton on Saturday.

Mourinho was disappointed that his midfielders, including Paul Pogba, failed to get the ball to his attackers, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku, quick enough in the second half.

Man United came from two goals down in the first half following goals from Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares.

Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera recovered a point, but the Portuguese was disappointed his side didn’t kick on in the second period.

“I think because we lost so many balls in midfield,” he told BT Sport.

“We lost so many balls in our transition to the last third, that it was difficult to have that continuity. I think it’s the only reason [why we didn’t win].

“What we did so well in the last 15 or 20 minutes of the first half was connect with the attacking players by transporting the ball, delivering the ball on the right moment, the right choice of pass, playing simple, accelerating the game.

“In the second half we went back to that dynamic where we lose too many balls in midfield.

“And when the players don’t understand that simplicity is genius, especially in some parts of the pitch, and they keep and keep and keep going to complicated football, it’s difficult to have that continuity.

“The second goal was a direct free-kick, the first goal was because we don’t press the ball enough when our block is low which is something that we do wrong, doesn’t matter the system we play, it has to do with the characteristics of the players and we don’t have many, with all the respect I hope people know what I mean, we don’t have many mad dogs

“The ones that bite the ball all the time and press all the time. We don’t have many with that spirit.

“So nothing to do with the system. I think Scott and Matic did a very positive job for two midfield players and Phil Jones leads that group of three in a way we were totally in control.

“The only problem we had was that the two attacking players did not have enough continuity because in midfield we lost too many balls.”

Asked if he needed more aggression in his team, he said, “No. Choices, choices when they have the ball. Biting I would say in relation to the first goal, when the block is low.

“But what we needed to improve in this game is simplicity in midfield. Play one touch, play two touches.

“Make it simple, make the ball arrive fast to the two attacking players. By losing so many balls in midfield we broke that dynamic that normally leads to goals.”

Ekiti Head Of Service retires


By mr ben rory

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has approved the retirement of the Head of Service, Dr Gbenga Faseluka, from the State’s service,

The retirement which was conveyed in a letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Biodun Oyebanji and dated November 30, 2018, is with immediate effect.

Dr Faseluka is to hand over to the most senior Permanent Secretary, Mrs Peju Babafemi.

Mrs Babafemi is to function as Acting Head of Service pending the appointment of a substantive holder of the post.

Also, the Governor has approved the immediate redeployment of all Education Secretaries from the 16 Local Government Education Authorities.

The affected Education Secretaries are to hand over to the most senior officers in their respective local government education authorities.

A new set of Education Secretaries will be appointed in due course.

In a related development, Governor Fayemi has also approved the voluntary retirement of two of the newly reinstated Permanent Secretaries- Mr Akin Osho and Mrs Funke Falodun, following their letters of notification of voluntary retirement from the service.

The duo, in their letters of notification, appreciated Governor Fayemi for their reinstatement alongside four other colleagues earlier in the month. They described the development as a proof that Ekiti’s core values of fairness, equity and justice are being restored in the state.

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Fayemi mourns Frederick Fasehun, says pillar of democracy struggle gone


By mr ben rory

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has mourned the passing of the founder of Oodua Progressives Congress (OPC), Dr Fredrick Fasehun, saying that the country has lost a major pillar of her democratic struggle

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has mourned the passing of the founder of Oodua Progressives Congress (OPC), Dr Fredrick Fasehun, saying that the country has lost a major pillar of her democratic struggle.

Fayemi, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, described the late OPC leader as an accomplished professional and a committed patriot who devoted his life to the struggle for the enthronement of democracy and good governance as well as in defence of the people’s rights.

He recalled his relationship with the late OPC founder, describing him as a Yorubaman par excellence, a patriot who loved his race and country and did everything humanly possible to ensure that his people were free from tyranny and oppression.

The Governor said: “We have lost another strong pillar of our democratic struggles. Dr Fasehun would do anything to defend the rights of his people against any act of tyranny and oppression.

Dr Fasehun fought a good fight as a frontline leader in the struggle for the democracy we now enjoy. He challenged and encouraged many of the younger generation with the way he fought for democracy with all his energy and resources.

“We shall surely miss his amiable personality, simplicity, wisdom and courage.

“But we are encouraged by the fact that Dr Fasehun fought a good fight and left behind a good name and a legacy of selfless service that is worthy of emulation. This we believe should a source of consolation to the children and the entire family.

“Our prayer is that God grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and grant Baba eternal rest,” the statement added..

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Leicester City owner among five helicopter crash victims


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The owner of Leicester City FC died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium, the club has confirmed.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger died when the aircraft crashed at about 20:30 BST on Saturday.

Witnesses said the helicopter just cleared the King Power Stadium before it spiralled out of control and crashed in a fireball.

Thousands of bouquets and scarves have already been left outside the ground.

Leicestershire Police said it believed the dead to be:

  • Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
  • Two members of his staff Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare
  • Pilot Eric Swaffer
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In a statement, Leicester City FC said the club’s thoughts were with “the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss”.

The club described Mr Srivaddhanaprabha as “a man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led”.

“Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy,” it added.

A book of condolence will be opened at King Power Stadium from Tuesday morning and the team’s next fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup has been postponed.

The club added that it had been “truly touched” by the response of the football community, which included the arch above Wembley Stadium being lit in blue and white.IMG_20181029_000227

Club captain Wes Morgan tweeted : “Absolutely heartbroken and devastated regarding the news of our chairman.

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Lewis Hamilton equals Juan Manuel Fangio with fifth F1 title


By Andrew Benso

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Lewis Hamilton has won his fifth F1 world championship, making him the joint second most successful driver of all time.

The 33-year-old becomes only the third man in history to win five world titles. He matches the haul of the Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio and is two behind all-time record holder Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton needed only to finish seventh even if Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won the race to become champion – but the German could manage only second place behind the dominant Max Verstappen despite a valiant and strong race.

It was a difficult race for the Mercedes driver, who battled tyre problems throughout, but his finishing position just off the podium was more than enough to seal the biggest achievement of an illustrious career.

At the end of the race, Hamilton pushed his car through a series of celebratory “doughnut” spins in the track’s stadium section, before waving to the capacity 135,000 crowd.

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Hamilton said: “It is a very strange feeling right now. This was won through a lot of hard work through a lot of races. I am so grateful for all the hard work, for everyone who has been a part of it.

“To complete this, when Fangio has done it with Mercedes, it is an incredible moment.

“It was a horrible race. I got a great start and was working my way up and I really don’t know what happened after that. I was just trying to hold on and bring the car home.”

Vettel broke off from his post-race interview to congratulate Hamilton, as the two men embraced at the conclusion of a titanic battle.

Vettel said: “Well deserved. Congrats to him and his team. They did a superb job all year, we need to stand there and accept that, we would have loved to hang in there a bit longer but that wasn’t the case.”

Under-par Mercedes seal it in Mexico

The race was a reminder of what might have been for Vettel, as both Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas fell back with excessive tyre wear and his Ferrari moved up with an aggressive strategy to pressure the Red Bulls in the closing laps.

But it was too little too late for Vettel, whose season, once so promising, unravelled in the summer and early autumn with a series of errors from driver and team.

Hamilton and Mercedes were well below the high standards they set for themselves as they won six out of seven races from the German Grand Prix in late July to the Japanese race in early October.

But that run – and the consistent excellence that both pressured Vettel and Ferrari into their mistakes and won races through the highest quality driving and team work – had put Hamilton into a comfortable position.

And it was enough to seal the championship despite such a relatively lacklustre race, perhaps their poorest in terms of absolute performance of the entire season.


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A struggle throughout

Hamilton had started the race with hopes of clinching the title with a win, and he did challenge for the lead on the run to the first corner.

But Verstappen muscled him aside, as they left pole-sitter Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull behind following a poor start, and the Dutchman never looked back.

Verstappen was in control throughout, soon easing away from Hamilton into a comfortable lead as the Mercedes driver began to struggle with tyres.

Behind Verstappen, Hamilton never sounded comfortable, complaining soon after his first pit stop that the tyres he had been fitted with didn’t feel good.IMG_20181028_223140.png

As the stint went on, he fell further and further back as Mercedes tried to persuade him to manage his tyres.

Shortly after half-distance, Vettel, who started fourth, had passed Ricciardo for third and then took Hamilton on lap 39, with 32 to go.

Hamilton continued to drop back and on lap 47 he locked a wheel under pressure from Ricciardo and ran wide at Turn One, then pleading with his team that his tyres were finished.

He pitted for fresh ones and rejoined with 24 laps to go on a set of ultra-softs, and backed off to ensure he could get to the end without drama._104067309_f1_hamilton_fangio_v1

Vettel salvages some self-respect

As Hamilton was struggling, Vettel was beginning to think of a potential win. He made a second pit stop on lap 47, and when Verstappen stopped again himself a lap later, Vettel was four seconds behind Ricciardo, who was on old tyres, and five seconds behind his team-mate.

Vettel was quickly on Ricciardo’s tail, but the Australian appeared to be capable of holding the Ferrari off to the end, until his car failed for the eighth time this season and he retired on lap 62, promoting Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to the final podium position.

Ricciardo’s retirement caused some nerves at Red Bull, and Verstappen was on the radio pleading with the team to turn his engine down to reduce risks of a failure as much as possible.

But it held on for his second victory of the year in a race that, despite Verstappen’s impressive performance, was all about the man who finished fourth.

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What happens next?

Brazil in two weeks’ time. Red Bull are expected to slip back into a more normal level of competitiveness. But can Hamilton break a run that has seen him never win a race in a season after clinching the championship before the final event?IMG_20181028_223053

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Sri Lanka v England: Eoin Morgan’s form a good sign for World Cup – Michael Vaughan


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Captain Eoin Morgan’s return to form is a positive sign for England as they aim to win their first World Cup, says former captain Michael Vaughan.

England’s 18-run victory over Sri Lanka on Saturday sealed a 3-0 one-day series win with a game to spare.

Batsman Morgan, 32, said this month he would drop himself at the 2019 World Cup if it benefited the team, but he is averaging 195 in this series.

“Morgan looks in as good a form as I’ve seen him for many years,” Vaughan said.

Morgan made an unbeaten 31 before rain ended play early in the fourth one-day international in Pallekele on Saturday, giving England victory on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

The World Cup, which takes place from 30 May to 14 July, will be held in England and Wales.

England have lost in the final three times – in 1979, 1987 and 1992 – but are currently top of the International Cricket Council rankings.

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Speaking on the Test Match Special podcast, Vaughan said: “To win a World Cup you need quality players but also a captain that is sure of his place in the side.

“Morgan is a very clear talker and communicates well to his players. He’s very relaxed but very driven.

“England are in a position where they are ticking all the boxes that need ticking.”

England were knocked out of the 2015 World Cup in the group stage, three months after Morgan took over the captaincy from Alastair Cook.

However, since then they have won 51 of 76 one-day internationals, losing 20, with one tie and four no-results.

“England could have got rid of Morgan after the last World Cup but they stuck with him,” said Vaughan, who played 82 Tests and 86 ODIs between 1999 and 2007.

“He’s been the driving force behind this team. He has allowed the players to go out and play in this aggressive manner and be attacking.”

Alex Hales replaced Jonny Bairstow at the top of the order on Saturday after Bairstow twisted an ankle while playing football in training.

Hales, who was previously a regular in the side, scored 12 in his first ODI since June.

Liam Plunkett missed the first three one-day internationals because of his wedding, which allowed Warwickshire pace bowler Olly Stone making his debut.

“England are 90% sure of their starting XI for the World Cup,” Vaughan said.

“Consistent results come from having the same group of players over the years. Conditions might dictate one change but Morgan knows in the back of his mind what his best XI is.”,

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