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Arteta vents frustration, anger after Arsenal stunned late by Leicester

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he could not understand why officials ruled out Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half goal in the 1-0 defeat to Leicester.

Arteta was left bemused as to why Alexandre Lacazette’s early goal was disallowed in Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester.

The Gunners suffered their first home defeat to the Foxes in 47 years as Jamie Vardy came off the bench to seal a late 1-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal were left to rue the fourth-minute decision where Lacazette’s glancing header off the post was ruled out after Granit Xhaka was adjudged to have interfered with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from an offside position.

Arteta was angry that this goal from Lacazette was disallowed after Granit Xhaka was deemed to be interfering with play when in an offside position

Speaking after the game, Arteta told Sky Sports: “I’m really disappointed. We had it in our hands in the first half and I don’t know how the hell the goal was disallowed.

“To be fair I was really pleased with the first half and the way we pressed and the aggression we showed against a team that are very capable of breaking that pressure and creating chances against you.

“In the second half and it was about being patient and waiting for the right moment against a team that wanted to defend really deep.

“They didn’t have any shots on target and they were just waiting for a mistake to go on the break, and the moment we had a minimal mistake with no pressure on the ball, trying to step in, they caught us with the space at our back and we lost the game.”

Asked if he’d received an explanation from referee Craig Pawson why Lacazette’s goal was disallowed, Arteta added: “No, I asked them [the officials] and they didn’t say anything.

“At the end of the day, if you cannot win it for any reason, you don’t lose it. We still had some moments after the goal, but we gave too many free-kicks away, we didn’t put the ball in the box enough and it’s something we have to improve for the future.”

To make the evening worse, Arsenal lost both David Luiz and Bukayo Saka to injury during the second half.

“We have lost a few players in the last week or so,” Arteta said. “David had a muscular problem and couldn’t carry on so we will have to assess him in the next 48 hours.”

Rodgers hails ‘world-class’ Vardy

Brendan Rodgers says his Leicester side executed their game plan perfectly, as they secured a 1-0 win away at Arsenal

Rodgers hailed the impact of Jamie Vardy as he came off the bench claim to clinch the victory while continuing his fine form against the Gunners.

It was Vardy’s 11th Premier League goal against Arsenal – only Wayne Rooney can boast more – and gave Leicester a win in a game where they had to soak up plenty of pressure from the hosts.

“Everyone talks about the goals he scores against Arsenal and the big teams but that’s why he’s a big player,” Rodgers said.

“He makes that big contribution in the biggest games and that shows you the level that he’s at. He’s a world-class striker and I’m very lucky to have him here.”

On the victory, which confirmed Leicester’s best start to a league campaign since 2001, Rodgers added, “I thought we deserved it [to win].

“We’re playing against a really good side whose movement is good, the set-up slightly different tonight as well, but I know they’ve got quality and the players that can run in behind. To come and keep a clean sheet and play with that quality and also calmness was really good.

“The boys were outstanding. Our idea is that you’re playing against top-quality players and you’ve got to deny them space.

“A lot of my teams always deny it at the top of the pitch, but you play against that quality and that speed, you’re set up slightly different. I thought the concentration, the ideas in the game from the players was executed it really well.”

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We’ll recover semester, session lost to strike – ASUU

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ASUU’s National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, AEFUNAI, Ebonyi chapter, says it will cover grounds lost to the eight-month called off in October.

The union, therefore, appealed to stakeholders to prevail upon the Federal Government to “avoid engaging in any activity that could plunge the nation’s public university system into another needless strike”.

The lecturers’ body disclosed this during a peaceful protest on Wednesday.

Dr Egwu Ogugua, the ASUU-AEFUNAI chairperson, while addressing newsmen, said that the lecturers were duty-bound to complete teaching for the backlog of academic semesters and sessions lost due to the strike.

He alleged that government, instead of working to find a permanent solution to the crises in the universities, had resorted to the implementation of policies that would worsen the situation.

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He recalled that the ASUU strike was suspended based on the intervention of Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the court order.

“Ladies and gentlemen, recall that on October 14, ASUU decided to suspend their eight-month strike following the intervention of Femi Gbajabiamila and the Appeal Court ruling ordering us to go back to work.

“It is important for the world to know that since the said intervention and the court order, the government has not paid lecturers for eight months and decided to casualise intellectuals by prorating our October salaries.

“We, the members of ASUU, AEFUNAI branch, therefore, reject in totality, this alien casualisation of intellectuals, demeaning the centrality of the ivory towers in Nigeria and insulting the sensibilities of the intelligentsia.

“Yes, we were in the trenches for eight months – February 14 to October 14, now that we are back, we are duty-bound to complete teaching for the backlog of academic semesters and sessions lost due to the strike.

“The word ‘lost’ does not entail a permanent loss because most officials of the federal government have consistently believed in the alternative truth that the lost semesters have been lost permanently.

“In AEFUNAI, following the suspension of the strike action, we have almost concluded the remaining first semester of the 2021/2022 academic session.

“We are under enormous pressure to complete the whole session before April and commence the 2022/2023 session.

“We use this opportunity to appeal to well-meaning Nigerians and various stakeholders – religious leaders, traditional rulers, parents, students – to prevail on government not to further desecrate the sanctity of the future of our children,” Mr Ogugua said.

He accused the federal government of not placing the education sector among high-priority areas.

He lamented that government’s decision to place university lecturers on pro-rata would deepen the crisis in the entire public university system.

“It is worthy to note that the recently released November salaries have recorded a high degree of deductions.

“As a people, we shall not keep quiet and we shall continue to scream like the voice in the wilderness for the survival of the public university system in Nigeria.

“If the body of intellects is shabbily treated, then we can sing to the rooftops that government has no regard for education,” he stated.

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Updated: Ghana lead 3-2 Vs Korea, Cameroun bounce back in six-goal thriller

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Ghana are currently playing 3-2 against Korea in the ongoing FIFA World Cup competition in Qatar.

The second half of the match just kicked off but Ghana leading 2-0 at half time, went to sleep and conceded two goals within two minutes.

As of half time, Ghana has reportedly erupted in jubilation as if the game was over.

But the Koreans mounted pressure as the second half resumed and it paid off in the 57th and 59th minute with two quick goals.

Ghana score a third a few minutes later to make it 3-2.

Earlier, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon kept their hopes of making the last 16 of the World Cup alive on Monday after fighting back from two goals down to draw a thrilling Group G encounter with Serbia 3-3.

Both Ghana and Korea are looking for their first win, with South Korea drawing 0-0 against Uruguay last Thursday, and Ghana losing 3-2 to Portugal.

Both Uruguay and Portugal are highly fancied, and the two teams need a win to keep their hopes of the knock-out stages alive.

South Korea were the better side in the opening stages and dominated the game and territory.

In the Cameroon Vs Serbia match, the Rigobert Song’s team looked almost dead and buried after goals from Strahinja Pavlovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia a 3-1 lead early in the second half.

But substitute Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting snatched a draw with two quick-fire strikes just after the hour mark to leave both Cameroon and Serbia on a single point, two behind group leaders Brazil and Switzerland.

Had they lost, Cameroon would have been relying on the Swiss beating Brazil in order to not be eliminated with a game to spare, but instead, the west Africans still have a chance of getting out of the group stage for the first time since 1990.

Cameroon have a tough task ahead as they play Brazil in their final match, which according to reports they will play without first-choice goalkeeper Andre Onana who was dropped from the matchday squad just hours before kick-off following an unspecified disciplinary issue.

Media reports suggest that Onana has been sent home from the World Cup after a disagreement with Song, but that pre-match turmoil did not stop Cameroon from putting in a fighting display against a Serbia team who probably deserved to win on the balance of play.

The AFP reports that neither side could find a winner in an end-to-end finish to the game and their bids to make the knockouts will go down to the final game.

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Lagos Fourth Mainland Bridge to have three tollgates, three bidders shortlisted

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Lagos State Government has shortlisted three bidders for the construction of the $2.5 billion Fourth Mainland Bridge project for the state.

The legacy bridge project will have three tollgates, according to the state government.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Public-Private Partnerships, Mr Ope George, said this while briefing newsmen in Ikeja.

He gave names of the three bidders shortlisted for the Request For Proposal, RFP Stage II as Mota-Engil (Nigeria and Africa) CCCC and CRBC consort; CGGC-CGC Joint Venture and CCECC and CRCCIG Consortium.

He said, “On completion, the bridge is expected to become the second longest in Africa, featuring three toll plazas, nine interchanges, a 4.5 kilometre Lagoon Bridge and an eco-friendly environment.

“The bridge is expected to span about 37 kilometres, starting from Abraham Adesanya in Ajah, on the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe corridor and transverse from the North-West towards the lagoon shoreline of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via Owutu/Isawo in Ikorodu.”

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