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[BREAKING] Otukpo Massacre: Lobi Stars, Abia Warriors NPFL Clash Postponed

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The Nigerian Premier Football League, NPFL, match between Lobi Stars and Abia Warriors slated to hold today, Saturday 21st October 2023, at the Lafia township stadium has been postponed.

The postponement of the match which was slated to kick off at 4pm in Lafia town is said to be in honour those who lost their lives in Otukpo, Benue State during the deadly attacks on four banks yesterday afternoon by armed robbers in the area.

Recall that armed robbers invaded several banks in Otukpo at about 3 pm on Friday, shooting sporadically.

READ ALSO: Benue Bank Robbery Death Toll Rises As Police Confirm Otukpo DPO, 3 Officers Killed

Dominic Iorfa, Vice Chairman and CEO of Lobi Stars FC, announced the postponement on Saturday.

Iorfa, in a statement made available to DAILY POST said the postponement is to sympathize with the immediate families of those who were killed in the deadly attack.

The statement read: “We regret to inform you that, Lobi Stars NPFL matchday 4 tie against Abia Warriors has been postponed.

“The reason for the postponement is to sympathize with the immediate families who lost their loved ones in a deadly robbery attack on four banks in Otukpo, Benue State, yesterday.

“Otukpo, venue of the deadly incident is the Local Government of the Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Barr. Sam Ode, who is also the Chairman of Lobi Stars Football Club.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Scores Dead As Gunmen Invade Several Banks In Benue

“Following this ugly incident, the Management of Lobi Stars approached the league authorities and requested for a shift in date so as to mourn with the bereaved.

“Consequently, the league authorities have approved their request and shifted Lobi Stars’ encounter against visiting Abia Warriors to Sunday, 22nd October 2023 at the same venue in Lafia, Nasarawa State. Time remains 4pm.

“May God grant those who lost their lives during the incident eternal rest and console their families.”

 

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CAF Awards 2023: Osimhen Jets Off To Marrakech, Misses Napoli Training

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Victor Osimhen has travelled to Marrakech, Morocco to attend the CAF Awards 2023, missing out on Napoli’s training session on Monday morning.

La repubblica reports that the Nigerian striker didn’t train with his Napoli teammates at their training base at the Castel Volturno.

Instead, Osimhen took a a private flight from Capodichino Airport to Marrakech, Morocco, to be part of the award ceremony.

READ ALSO: EPL: Cascarino Slams Ten Hag For Starting Out-of-form Man United Attacker

The 24-year-old is nominated for the Men’s Player of the Year alongside Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and PSG defender Achraf Hakimi.

The forward is looking to become the first Nigerian to win the prestigious award since Nwankwo Kanu claimed the prize in 1999.

The CAF Awards 2023 will hold at Palais des Congrès, Movenpick, Marrakech, on Monday night (today).

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EPL: Lee Hendrie Gives Condition For Arsenal To Win Title Under Arteta

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Former Aston Villa midfielder, Lee Hendrie has said that Arsenal will win the Premier League title this season under their manager Mikel Arteta if they strengthen one key position – a striker- in the January transfer window.

Arsenal are currently in the second position on the Premier League table behind leaders Liverpool after 16 matches.

Arteta’s side lost 1-0 against Aston Villa over the weekend at Villa Park.

John McGinn scored the only goal of the game in the seventh minute as Unai Emery’s side won the Gunners at home.

READ ALSO: EPL: Cascarino Slams Ten Hag For Starting Out-of-form Man United Attacker

Speaking on Sky Sports: Hendrie said, “I think if they bring a striker in, Arsenal will win the league.”

Arsenal currently have the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel, Martinelli and Leandro Trossard leading the team’s attack.

The North London club have been linked with Brentford striker Ivan Toney and Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.

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‘I regretted It, I’m Sorry’ – Ex-Chelsea Defender Apologises To Di Maria

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Former Chelsea defender, Filipe Luis has issued a public apology to former Manchester United and Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria over an incident that occurred years ago.

Luis revealed the dirty tactics he used to subdue Di Maria in their first meeting in La Liga.

The Brazilian arrived in Spain ahead of the 2010-2011 season and became a key player for Atletico Madrid over two spells at the club.

In his debut campaign with Atletico Madrid, the left-back was up against Di Maria and Real Madrid for the first time.

READ ALSO: EPL: Cascarino Slams Ten Hag For Starting Out-of-form Man United Attacker

Prior to the match, Luis was approached by former Barcelona and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who told him that the only way to rile up Di Maria was to mention his wife’s name.

Speaking in the latest episode of the Charla podcast, Luis revealed that he did as he was told, and the effect was immediate on the former Paris Saint-Germain star.

Luis also admitted that he feels bad about what he did to the Argentine and extended an apology to him.

“My biggest regret was with Di María. Atléti vs Real, Agüero said ‘if you come and talk about his wife, he will get lost’.

“I spoke about his wife and he was lost. I beat him the whole game. I got home and regretted it so much. Di María, I’m sorry,” Luis said.

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