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Liverpool Beat Salzburg, Qualify For Champions League Knockout

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Liverpool struck twice in two minutes through Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah to avoid an embarrassing early Champions League exit by winning 2 – 0 in Salzburg on Tuesday .

The European champions needed to avoid defeat against the Austrian champions to book their place in the last 16 and victory ensured they did so as winners of Group E ahead of Napoli .

Salah had been guilty of missing a host of big chances as Liverpool walked a tightrope for nearly an hour , but made amends with a sumptuous finish from a narrow angle after Keita ’ s header had settled the holders ’ nerves.

Salzburg had scored 87 goals in 24 previous games this season , including three when Liverpool edged a seven -goal thriller between the two back in October .

But Norwegian wonder kid Erling Braut Haaland was thwarted as the Reds recorded their first clean sheet in the Champions League this season .

Liverpool needed goalkeeper Alisson Becker to be at his best early on as the Brazilian blocked from Takumi Minamino and Haaland .

However , the better chances were coming for the Premier League leaders at the other end.

Salah dragged his first big chance wide on his favoured left foot at the end of a brilliant Liverpool break from one end of the field to the other .

Keita had been rewarded for his goalscoring return to the team in Saturday’ s 3 – 0 win at Bournemouth and seemed keen to make a mark against his former side .

But the Guinea midfielder failed to beat Cican Stankovic when played in by Salah ’ s slick reverse pass in first half stoppage time .

Salah was the culprit of more missed opportunities at the start of the second half when he fired over from Sadio Mane ’ s brilliant through ball and seconds later he was denied by Stankovic as he tried to round the goalkeeper .

Liverpool ’ s profligacy could have been punished when Haaland had his big chance to live up to the hype linking him with a host of Europe ’ s top clubs , but the 19 – year – old hit the side- netting with just Alisson to beat .

Seconds later the visitors finally made the breakthrough when the two ex -Salzburg men in Mane and Keita combined .

Stankovic rashly rushed off his line as Mane sped onto Andy Robertson’ s pass and his dinked cross was headed into an unguarded net by Keita .

A minute later , any hope left for Salzburg to spring an upset evaporated when Salah implausibly scored from the most difficult chance he had all evening.

The Egyptian seemed to have been forced too far wide on his right foot as Stankovic raced from his goal once again , but Salah somehow bent the ball with unerring accuracy into the far corner.

In each of the last two seasons Liverpool have also needed to get points in their final group game before going onto reach the final and no one will want to face Klopp ’ s men again come the knockout stages .

A first Premier League title in 30 years may be the priority on Merseyside with an eight – point lead over Leicester at the top of the table .

(AFP.)

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Foundation Advocates Empowerment Of Women, Youth In Nigeria

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A non-governmental organisation known as Royal Ambassadors Family Enlightenment Foundation (RAFEF) has advocated for effective empowerment of women and youth in Nigeria.

Mr Jonathan Okwudiri, the Director General of the foundation made the call in Bauchi on Saturday during the official inauguration ceremony of the Northeast Region Executive Working Committee of the foundation.

Okwudiri said this was necessary because women and youth are the backbone of any nation who, if economically empowered, would have a great impact on both the security and economic aspect of the nation.

“It is quite unfortunate and very alarming that the women and youth are mostly neglected in the workspace of Nigeria today.

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“From our statistics, it is proven that Women and Youth of our nation are being used and dumped, and mostly not carried along for the positive impact on our Society and Governmental maximisation.

“This has made most of the women and youth lose their focus, talents, skills, potential and end up on the streets and become touts and hooligans and in the process lose their lives without fulfillment of their primary assignment on earth,” he said.

He affirmed that the foundation has come to serve humanity as a sign of hope, new beginning, transforming wealth, power, importance, faimess, impartiality, and transmitting wisdom and authority to Women and Youth in the Society.

The D:-G explained that this is because the foundation is a movement empowered with a mandate from God as a sign of covenant between Him and the citizens of Nigeria to bring an end to hardship, poverty and unemployment among the women and youth.

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“The principal activity of this nobel organisation is to create business opportunities, job employment through digital trainings in ICT, entrepreneur and assisting government institutions, private and corporate organisations to reduce unemployment in Nigeria.

“This would be done by ensuring that unemployed youths and women are gainfully employed in the society, hence duly registered and incorporated in Nigeria with Corporate Affairs Commission,” he said.

Earlier, Hafsat Bappa, the Foundation’s Director General, Media and Publicity, said that the organisation was determined to make positive impact on women and youth because they constituted a significant portion of the workforce, contributing to economic growth and development.

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She said investing in youth and women’s education, skills development and entrepreneurship fosters economic empowerment and ensures a prosperous future for the society.

“The youths and women are not just beneficiaries of societal progress but active agents driving it forward.

“Recognizing and nurturing their potential is essential for creating a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable society. Let us empower the youths and women today to secure a brighter tomorrow for all as our anthem signifies,” she said.

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Junior Pope: Delta Billionaire Clergy Gifts Late Sound Engineer’s Family N10m, Nigerians React

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Renowned philanthropist and General Overseer of Christ Mercy Land church, Warri, Delta State, Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin, has generously donated N10 million to the family of late Engr. Precious Ofurum, a sound engineer who lost his life in a boat mishap alongside Nollywood star, Junior Pope.

Fufeyin’s act of kindness has drawn widespread praise from Nigerians, commending him for his compassion and generosity as a true embodiment of humanity.

Recall that the Akwa Ibom state governor Pastor Umo Eno had on 13th April visited late Nollywood make-up Artist, Ms Abigail Edith Frederick’s family to console them over the demise of the 24-year-old girl.

Eno promised to assist her two undergraduate sisters in school. He equally approved the remodeling of the deceased family house in Eket.

Eno during the condolence visit offered automatic employment to the deceased elder sister in the state civil service and directed that their home be renovated.

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However, the tragic boat accident claimed the lives of Engr. Precious Ofurum, Ms Abigail Edith Frederick and Junior Pope, leaving the nation in mourning for the loss of these talented individuals.

Reacting on X, @Doris_Nkiruka tweeted “Prophet Jeremiah is a shining example of sympathy and compassion. I’m truly inspired by this gesture. May the soul of Engr. Precious rest in peace.”

@EmekaJohnson__ wrote, “Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin has gained another fan in me. This is true Christianity—showing love and support to those in need. I admire his good work. Instead of criticizing, let’s each do our part. God bless PapaJ!”

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Ondo Poll: Commissioner Punches Journalist, NUJ Calls For His Indefinite Suspension

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Ondo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, has physically assaulted a senior reporter with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), Mr Tayo Ikujuni, during the conduct of the All Progressives Congress(APC) governorship primary on Saturday.

The ugly incident occured at about 11.45 am at Eji-Oba High school, Oba-Ile, the venue of Ward 9 election in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Yusuf-Ogunleye reportedly punched the reporter, collected his cell phone and threw it away.

He ordered his political thugs to seize all the electronic gadgets belonging to the reporter.

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Eyewitness account said that trouble started at about 11.45 when the reporter inquire about when the election materials arrived since they have started counting.

The commissioner shouted that “who are you. You’re a useless journalist. You’re a stupid journalist. Go away from here.”

According to Vanguard, timely intervention of some party chieftains and security personnel prevented political thugs from further attack of the reporter.

Contacted, the commissioner, Ogunleye, said that the reporter failed to produce his identity cards when he was asked.

In a swift response, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State council, described the attack and physical assault on the senior journalist by the commissioner as “barbaric and unacceptable.”

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A statement by the state chairman of the union, Prince Leke Adegbite said the action of the Commissioner was uncivilized, and called on Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to immediately suspend Mr Saka Ogunleye and launch investigation into the incident.

“Ondo NUJ observes with sadness that Mr Ogunleye’s attitude to media professionals was unbecoming of a public office holder.

“We call on Mr Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa to place Mr Saka Ogunleye on indefinite suspension for his physical assault on a Senior journalist like Tayo Ikujunni while performing his constitutional roles of monitoring the APC primaries.

“We call on the Commissioner to place damaged handset of the journalist and tender unreserved apology to the victim and the media industry.

“We equally direct Media Houses and professionals to halt the coverage and activities of the Commissioner until our demands are met.”

 

 

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