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Popular Nollywood Actress Tonto Dikeh spotted at Streams of Joy International Church (Pictures)

The popular Nollywood cum singer was spotted inside the church in Abuja. She attended their normal church service yesterday which was directed by Pastor Jerry Eze the head Pastor. Tonto Charity Dikeh is a Nigerian actress, singer, songwriter and humanitarian.[1] On 27 August 2000, Tonto Dikeh set up her foundation, the Tonto Dikeh Foundation.  The Foundation was established with clear vision and passion of making life better for all displaced and under privilege women, girls, youth, and children in Africa, in-respective of their Politically, Religious and Cultural differences.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out of Euro 2020

  Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not feature for Sweden at Euro 2020, head coach Janne Andersson has confirmed. Ibrahimovic made a return to the national team in March, playing in World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Kosovo. But a knee injury has ended his hopes of representing his country at the rescheduled European Championship, with Ibrahimovic ruled out after Milan confirmed a treatment plan that will take six weeks. Andersson: "It is sad for Zlatan, but for us too" "I spoke to Zlatan Ibrahimovic today, who unfortunately told me his injury will prevent his participation in the European Championship this summer,” said Andersson. "Of course, it is sad, especially for Zlatan, but for us too. I hope that he is back on the pitch again as soon as possible." Though injury has curtailed his season, Ibrahimovic has enjoyed an excellent campaign for Milan. He has scored 15 league goals for Rossoneri at a minutes per goal ratio of 99.87 that trails only Luis

Leicester City defeats Chelsea to win FA Cup final

  A magnificent long-range strike from Youri Tielemans gave Leicester City their first FA Cup triumph with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, in front of the biggest crowd in England since March 2020. Leicester had been beaten in all their four previous FA Cup final appearances, most recently in 1969, and they were on the back foot for most of the game. Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea dominated the first half but struggled to create major openings, even after Leicester lost their centre half Jonny Evans to injury in the 34th minute. Tielemans's goal will count among the finest to win this 149-year old competition. Collecting the ball centrally he pushed forward and as the Chelsea defence backed off he unleashed a perfectly struck drive which the diving Kepe Arrizabalaga could do nothing about. There was late drama when Chelsea thought they had levelled through a Wes Morgan own goal but VAR ruled that Ben Chilwell had been offside. The Foxes are FA Cup champion

Tuchel Reveals Costly mistake as Chelsea lose FA Cup final against Leicester City

  Thomas Tuchel made a mistake with his Chelsea team selection against Leicester City, according to Ian Wright. Youri Tielemans' wonder-strike was the difference between the two teams in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium as the Blues missed out on a piece of silverware. Tuchel made five changes to the Chelsea side that were beaten by Arsenal on Wednesday night with Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudiger, N'Golo Kante, Hakim Ziyech, and Timo Werner all coming into the team. Reece James was one of six players to keep his place in the side, but his role was slightly different in Tuchel's favoured 3-4-2-1 formation. Youri Tielemans stunner and VAR's biggest call sinks Chelsea and leads Leicester to first FA Cupfootballlondon Instead of operating as a right-wing back, the England international was part of the back three alongside Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva. That meant captain Cesar Azpilicueta played as the right-wing back. And despite James coping e

PSG: Neymar banned for Coupe de France final against Monaco

  Neymar has been ruled out of the Coupe de France final against Monaco at the Stade de France next Wednesday after being handed a one-game suspension by the France Football Federation (FFF) after the Paris Saint-Germain forward picked up a booking against Montpellier in PSG’s penalty shoot-out victory in the semi-finals. The FFF disciplinary committee convened on Friday to review Neymar’s file and decided to hand out the one-game ban. The punishment is not for accumulation of yellow cards but for a repeated offence, the FFF said. A month ago, Neymar received a two-game ban after squaring up to Lille’s Tiago Djaló during a Ligue 1 game. Although he was only cautioned against Montpellier and not sent off, the federation has stated it decided to issue the ban as it considered Neymar was playing under the threat of a sanction if he was caught up in a similar incident again. Neymar will not be the only absentee for Mauricio Pochettino’s side on 19 May. PSG vice-captain Presnel Kimpem

FA Cup Final: Chelsea Boss Provides Starting line-up update vs Leicester

  Thomas Tuchel was thrilled to report at his press conference ahead of the FA Cup final that Mateo Kovacic is fit again and available for selection. The Croatian has not featured since picking up a hamstring injury in Seville before the second leg of our Champions League quarter-final tie against Porto last month. ‘Kova is with us again,’ reported the boss. ‘It’s huge. Mateo has everything we need in midfield. He has experience, power, acceleration, deceleration, he can dribble with the ball and beat players, he is fast and has physical ability. ‘You could see when we missed Mateo and N’Golo in the same match we lacked quality and energy and experience. Billy [Gilmour] did a huge job in both games, but it’s still not fair to compare him to these players because they have more experience and they are a step ahead in their development. ‘It’s what we need in the key moments of the season at the end of the season. It’s big news for us Kova is back. He has a huge impact in the dr

Laporte switches international allegiance from France to Spain

Aymeric Laporte is set to represent Spain at Euro 2020 after switching his allegiance from France. Manchester City centre-back Laporte has represented Les Bleus 51 times in total across the under-17 and under-21 age groups. However, the 26-year-old was never handed his senior debut, despite being called up three times by Didier Deschamps. Laporte came through the youth ranks at Athletic Bilbao and made 222 appearances for the Basque club until joining City in January 2018. He was granted Spanish citizenship earlier this week and FIFA has confirmed he can play for Spain with "immediate effect". Luis Enrique reportedly lobbied the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to look into the possibility of Laporte changing allegiance, so it feels safe to assume he will be a key part of the former Barcelona head coach's plans for Euro 2020.  

Real Madrid coach Zidane to leave club

Zidane will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. The Frenchman has made this decision. More details soon...

Team mates fumes as Ronaldo skip training to go shopping for a Ferrari

Cristiano is more and more isolated at Juventus. For the past three months, it has been reporting that the player wants to leave the Italian club and the latest episode at the club suggests that even his own team mates wouldn't be sorry to see him go. On Monday, the day after the team's defeat to AC Milan, Cristiano didn't train with the rest of the squad. He had been granted permission to skip the session and instead, went to Maranello, with  Agnelli and Elkann, to buy a new Ferrari. The images of the ex-madridista smiling after one of Juve's most humiliating defeats of the past few years did not go down at all well with the fans, or his team mates. At Juve, Cristiano takes home 30 million euros a year, and in spite of the amount of goals he contributes (99 in 130 games), the team has been in a steady decline since he joined. That is obviously not his fault, (the club has changed coach three times in three years), but now things have deteriorated to a level where

Virgil van Dijk to miss Euro 2020

  Virgil van Dijk has confirmed he will not be taking part in Euro 2020 for Netherlands due to fitness concerns. The Dutch captain will miss the tournament and complete his recovery with the aim of being ready to start pre-season training with Liverpool. The 29-year-old has missed much of the season having suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Everton in October, ruling him out ever since. And Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp recently dented fans' hopes of seeing Van Dijk in action again this season by saying he is still "quite a way" from returning to training despite footage of the player running. Van Dijk has now confirmed he will not risk his recovery by playing at the Euros, though he is disappointed to miss out. The defender told Liverpool's website: "In this latest stage for myself, I have come to a decision that I had to make: would I be involved in the Euros, yes or no? With everything that is going on, I feel physically it is the right

Klopp congratulates Pep on Manchester City success

  Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has congratulated Manchester City after the Reds were officially dethroned as Premier League champions. Defeat for Manchester United at Leicester City on Tuesday meant Pep Guardiola's side sealed their third title in four years without playing. Klopp revealed he had texted Guardiola and his former Borussia Dortmund player Ilkay Gündogan to congratulate them. And he recognised their accomplishment as he addressed reporters for the first time since City were crowned ahead of Liverpool's trip to Old Trafford to play United on Thursday.   He insists City are beatable, but the combination of Guardiola and an expensive squad makes it the toughest of challenges. "It is a great achievement, congratulations," said Klopp. "I texted Pep last night and already texted Ilkay obviously. Really well done after a very difficult year for the whole world, not just in football, and what they achieved so far this season is exceptional. If you ha

Champions League final to be played in Wembley stadium

The Champions League final between Man City and Chelsea will now be played at Wembley stadium, England.  The final was scheduled to take place at Istanbul but has been ruled out because of the rising cases of COVID-19 in Turkey. The final will be played by two premium league clubs Chelsea and Manchester City. 

Arsenal win to ease pressure on Arteta

  Mikel Arteta will have been relieved to edge past West Brom unscathed but the pressure is still very much on. However, Mikel Arteta must have breathed a huge sigh of relief when his players held out to scrape a win of any kind at the end of another volatile week. Of course it doesn't make up for a calamitous league campaign or even put a sticking plaster on the gaping wound caused by crashing out of the Europa League to Villarreal on Thursday. But any recovery has to start somewhere. And Arteta will be happy to have negotiated this potential banana skin without adding more injury to insult. When the kids are united Arsenal look less likely to be defeated. And once again Arteta had his baby-faced assassins to thank for setting up a deserved win. Bukayo Saka (19) - the best player on the park - played in Emile Smith Rowe (20) who notched his first Premier League goal after a nervy start. Nicolas Pepe thought he had floored them with a screamer six minutes later to fin

West Brom relegated from EPL with defeat at Arsenal

  West Brom join Sheffield United in next season’s Championship as their 3-1 defeat at Arsenal confirmed their relegation from the Premier League. Sam Allardyce’s men gave themselves a lot of work to do as they found themselves 2-0 down at half time. West Brom gave themselves too much work to do at Arsenal and this season The first Gunners goal was a well-crafted move as Emile Smith Rowe volleyed home Bukayo Saka’s cute cross from the left. Nicolas Pepe doubled Arsenal’s advantage in stunning style, cutting in from the right before firing the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out. Smith Rowe gave Arsenal the lead just shy of the half hour mark And six minutes later it was 2-0 with this stunner from Pepe And six minutes later it was 2-0 with this stunner from Pepe Mathues Pereira’s fine effort gave the Baggies hope midway through the second half – the Brazilian getting the ball on the halfway line and running through the heart of the Arsenal midfield before finding

Bayern Munich win ninth consecutive Bundesliga title

  Bayern Munich claimed a record-breaking ninth consecutive Bundesliga title thanks to Borussia Dortmund's 3-2 win over RB Leipzig. Last season's treble winners missed out on Champions League glory this season, but they remain far ahead of their closest rivals in German football. Bayern were set to have the chance to seal glory when hosting Borussia Mönchengladbach later on Saturday but goals from Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho, who struck twice after half-time, gave Dortmund victory over second-placed Leipzig at Signal Iduna Park to complete the formalities. Bayern have now matched deposed Serie A kings Juventus for the longest streak of domestic championships won by teams from Europe's top five leagues. The latest championship success for Bayern means they have won the Bundesliga 30 times since the league was founded in 1963, with Dortmund and Gladbach next on the list with five titles each. Bayern have a 16th title since 2000, underlining their growing domestic domina

Manchester United boss happy with Reds’ Response At Villa, gives verdict on team's performance

  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted to see Manchester United once again come from behind to take all three points on the road. This week, it was Aston Villa who suffered at the hands of Ole’s men, with goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani ensuring United head back home with a 3-1 win from the Midlands. However, the boss was even more thrilled given our heavy fixture schedule, which he discussed in detail after the game. The boss also gave his thoughts on the match’s key moments, looked ahead to Leicester and shared his opinion on the Premier League standings. Below is what he had to say at Villa Park, when speaking to MUTV, Sky Sports and in his post-match press conference. “Yeah, sometimes, you know, you want to up the tempo a bit. I was confident. I was very confident. I felt we played okay in the first half, we created chances but didn’t take them. They didn’t have too much, Dean [Henderson] didn’t have too much to do but it was a very good goal. Y

United Secure Champions League Qualification

  Everton's victory at West Ham United means Manchester United have secured Champions League qualification for the 2021/22 season with four games remaining in the Premier League campaign. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side came from behind to beat Aston Villa away from home on Sunday afternoon with goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani. Everton's win, through a Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal, a couple of hours later, means that United are assured of a top-four finish in this season's Premier League. Much still remains to play for. United have two more games before league leaders Manchester City are in action again, giving the Reds an opportunity to put some pressure on our local rivals, who had hoped to clinch the title this weekend. Having beaten Roma in the Europa League semi-finals last week, United also have the opportunity to lift a trophy this season. Solskjaer will already be making preparations for his side to take on Villarreal in Gdansk, Po

Liverpool win at Anfield, close in on top four finish

Liverpool closed the gap on the Premier League top four with a 2-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield on Saturday night. Sadio Mane headed the Reds into the lead on 31 minutes after Mohamed Salah had stood up a cross towards the back post. Thiago Alcantara struck his first goal for the club as the game entered added time when he swept in from just outside of the area to make certain of the outcome. The result moves Jürgen Klopp’s side to within six points of fourth-placed Leicester City, with a game in hand.

Chelsea’s Ziyech and Alonso keep wasteful Manchester City waiting

  Chelsea takes a big step towards securing a top-four finish and Manchester City must wait a little longer to be crowned champions. Marcos Alonso's late, late winner lifts Chelsea up into third, one point ahead of Leicester City - and means the Blues have laid down quite the marker ahead of their Champions League final clash with City in three weeks' time. City could still end the weekend as Premier League winners, but they now require Manchester United to lose to Aston Villa tomorrow for that to happen.

Pep 'sad' after defeat to Chelsea, calls for focus in the next game

  Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must focus on our next game against Newcastle United and not dwell on missing out on the chance to win the Premier League title after our defeat to Chelsea. City needed to win against Thomas Tuchel’s side in order to be crowned champions, but fell to a 2-1 loss against the team we will face in the Champions League final at the end of the month. Raheem Sterling gave City a 1-0 lead at the break and it might have been greater but Sergio Aguero saw his Panenka penalty saved by Edouard Mendy and the visitors took full advantage of the reprieve Hakim Ziyech equalised with a smart finish on the hour mark and Marcos Alonso netted a 90th minute winner to complete a frustrating evening for City, but Guardiola insists his players must move on. “In general, the performance was good,” the boss said at his post-match press conference. “We are sad because we lose - we wanted to close the Premier League today - but we have to be focused. Football is unpr

PSG confirm star has signed new contract until 2025

  Paris Saint-Germain foward Neymar has committed his future to the Ligue 1 champions by signing a new contract running until 2025. The Brazil forward joined PSG from Barcelona on a five-year deal at a world-record cost of 222 million euros in August 2017. Neymar had been linked with a return to Barça, but the 29-year-old has now firmly committed to PSG, who announced his new deal on Saturday afternoon. Neymar will reportedly earn annual 30m euros as part of new PSG contract L'Équipe reported that the former Santos star's new terms will see him earn 30m euros per season in the French capital. Neymar said: "I'm very happy, very happy to be extending my contract with Paris until 2025. The truth is that I'm very happy to be staying here for four more years, to be a part of the club's project, to try and win titles, to try and achieve our biggest dream which is the Champions League." #NeymarJr2025 — Paris Saint-Germain