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No player’s guaranteed shirt for Rio Olympics – Siasia

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Coach Samson Siasia has affirmed that no player is
guaranteed a shirt in his squad for the men’s football tournament of
this year’s Olyimpics, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The former
Super Eagles’ manager has also disclosed that the African champions
will commence preparations for the Rio Olympics in the first week of
February.

Speaking from his base in the United States of
America, where he is presently on vacation, Siasia disclosed that himself and
his assistants will use the February camping in Abuja to see any new player
could add value to the team that won the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal
last month. 
“Since we qualified for the football event of the Rio
Olympics, a lot of players both at home and abroad have been calling me that
they want to play for the country, so myself and my assistants intend to
use the first week of camping to see these players who will bear the cost of
their trip to the camp and accommodate themselves. Any of them selected will
now be added to the players who made us proud in Senegal for a full camping.
Mind you, no player is yet guaranteed a shirt in the team, as I have always
said only the best legs will make it to Rio deJaneiro.
“For now, time is not on our hands and as such, we need
to start work in a bid to present a team that will make Nigerians proud in
Brazil. For me, after winning silver at the 2008 Olympicsin Beijing, my
next target is to go all out for gold in Rio, and I strongly believe
we have the players that can achieve this.”
Siasia, who also led the U-20 boys to the African title and
runner-up position at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in The Netherlands in 2005,
stated that he intends to utilize all the FIFA windowsavailable to him and
his technical crew in seeing players at close range.
“For now my plans are to utilize fully all the FIFA windows beginning
with the one in March, with the hope of taking players selected to an
accessible country in Europe where all the overseas -based players
can come with ease, play one or two friendly games and then have them
return to their respective clubsides.”
The former Super Eagles’ captain added that for now, he has
not made up his mind on the issue of which over -aged player(s) to take to the
Olympics.

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Photos: XLR8 wins NIPR Presidential Award for Best Corporate PR Consultancy of the Year

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The 2017 NIPR Presidential Awards ceremony held in Lagos
recently, where XLR8, one of Nigeria’s leading communications management
consultancy was awarded as the Corporate PR Practitioner of the Year 2017 in
Lagos.

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Ex SGF, Gidado Idris dies at 82

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Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji
Gidado Idris (GCON), is dead. He died at the age of 82.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, confirmed the
news Facebook post on Saturday morning.
“From God we all came and to Him we shall all return. Just
learnt that former SGF Mallam Gidado Idris died on Friday. May Allah Grant his
soul Aljannah Firdaus. Amin,” el-Rufai wrote.
Born on March 15, 1935 in Zaria, Kaduna State, Idris was
trusted aide to the late Premier of Northern Nigeria and Sardauna of Sokoto,
Sir Ahmadu Bello.
When General Abacha took over on November 17, 1993, Idris became
the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance and a few months later, he
was appointed SGF, a post he held till he retired in 1999.

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Drake Bell & Josh Peck put their home for sale

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The abode Drake
Bell and Josh Peck called
home on their popular Nickelodeon show just hit the market.
The San Fernando Valley house, which show producers used for
exterior shots is up for sale for $1.85 million. It’s got 5 bedrooms, 5 baths,
a tennis court and a pool.
Drake and Josh shared a bedroom on TV, but the real crib has
enough space for both brothers, their parents and little sister played by Miranda Cosgrove to each have
their own room.

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