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Neymar Set To Deliver PSG On The Biggest Stage.

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Paris Saint-Germain’s fortunes in the Champions League in recent years have been inextricably linked to those of Neymar, even before they bought the Brazilian for a world record fee, and if he maintains his recent form in Sunday’s final it may make the difference against formidable Bayern Munich.

At 28, Neymar is desperate to get his hands on another Champions League winner’s medal, five years after he won the competition with Barcelona.

If he can play the starring role in a PSG victory — while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus were absent altogether from the ‘Final Eight’ and Lionel Messi and Barcelona went home in disarray — he will perhaps be accepted as the best player in the world, even with no Ballon d’Or in this pandemic year.

It would be good timing for Netflix too, with the streaming service currently working on a documentary series about his season in Paris according to reports in Brazil.

And for PSG and their Qatari owners, it would validate their decision to pay 222 million euros ($264 million) to take him from Barcelona three years ago, after his first two seasons in the French capital were overshadowed by injury and constant reports that he was unsettled.

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When Paris signed him in August 2017, they were still reeling in the wake of their spectacular Champions League exit against Barcelona a few months earlier.

After a stunning 4-0 win in the first leg of that last-16 tie, PSG collapsed in the return at the Camp Nou. Barcelona scored three times after the 88th minute, with Neymar hitting two of them, as Barcelona won 6-1. PSG went out, humiliated.

It was not the first time PSG had been stung by Neymar — when the sides met in the quarter-finals in 2015, he scored the first goal as Barca won 3-1 in France and then scored both in a 2-0 second-leg win.

– Melodrama –

But Neymar’s first two years at the Parc des Princes were one long melodrama.

A brilliant player who was happy at Barcelona but had been eager to step out of Messi’s shadow, he never appeared at ease in his new surroundings.

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By the summer of 2019 it was no secret he wanted to leave. The move had been a mistake, but then it became clear the transfer back to Barcelona would not happen.

His first campaign in Paris was ruined by a fractured metatarsal which meant he could not help PSG try to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit in their Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid.

Fast forward to 2019 and a new foot injury forced him to miss both legs of the last-16 defeat by Manchester United.

PSG lost on away goals after conceding a late penalty at home in the second leg. Neymar, watching on, took to Instagram to insult the referee and received a three-match ban.

He did not appear again in a Champions League game for PSG until a 2-2 draw against Real last November. By which time he had accepted his situation and knuckled down.

Now he is central to everything PSG are doing. He is happy too, especially alongside Kylian Mbappe.

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“We are more or less the same age and we have a laugh together off the pitch. We hit it off straight away,” says Mbappe, who is 21.

“We respect each other, we have a lot of fun. We are also less focused on ourselves now and more worried about the other guys around us, because we understand that we need everyone else to be able to win. We can’t do it with just the two of us.”

Neymar scored in both legs against Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 and cried afterwards. He was excellent against Atalanta in the quarter-finals and magnificent against RB Leipzig in the semi-finals, even if he did not score in either game.

PSG will hope Neymar — who has scored 70 times altogether in 84 matches for them — has been saving his next goal for the final.

“I hope that the good lord will help him to score on Sunday and us to win,” said his compatriot Thiago Silva.

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Chairman Diaspora Congratulates Nigerian Who Emerged First Nigerian WWB Head Coach

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The Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe K has congratulated a Diasporan, Dr. Ganiyat Adedutan, who was recently named WWB head coach at Colgate University, New York. This makes her the ninth women’s basketball head coach in the history of Division 1.

The Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe K

The Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe K

In a statement issued by her Media Aide, Akande-Sadipe, who Chairs the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs revealed how proud the Committee is in the achievement of another Nigerian in Diaspora.

Dr. Ganiyat Adeduntan, is the daughter of Dr. Azeez Popoola Adeduntan, a former Commissioner for Health and Guber-aspirant in the State.

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In the summer of 2020, Dr. Ganiyat Adedutan was named among the top-50 impactful mid-major assistants by silver waves and was invited to attend the prestigious top connect virtual seminar.

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Adeduntan’s emergence comes after three seasons as the top assistant coach and four seasons overall on the staff of Jennifer Rizzotti at George Washington University. She helped the Colonials win an Atlantic-10 Conference championship and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

The chairman in a statement issued on Thursday, described Dr. Ganiyat as a representation of her pedigree, with an impeccable track record, adding that her selection was based on merit after a rigorous review process by a credible search committee.

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“Adeduntan has distinguished herself in her field of practice, a dedicated woman with an impeccable track record who has been appointed on merit as head coach at Colgate University, New York, Congratulations on your new appointment,” she said.

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Akande-Sadipe has said the House of Representatives, through the Diaspora Committee, would continue to recognise hard-working Nigerians all over the world making the Motherland Proud.

 

 

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Nasarawa Assembly Expresses Total Commitment To Support Home Based Football Club, Nasarawa United FC Through Passage Of Favorable Legislative Bills

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Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and Chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi
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Nasarawa Assembly Expresses Total Commitment To Support Home Based Football Club, Nasarawa United FC Through Passage Of Favorable Legislative Bills.

In their collective bid to rally round the home based football club to succeed, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, Wednesday said the State legislative arm will continue to support Nasarawa United Football Club to succeed in both domestic and continental football Club.

The Speaker stated this when the chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi, presented him with replica jerseys of the Club at his residence in Lafia today.

While commending the giant efforts of the club enjoined them to keep the flag flying and build on the solid foundation the club have put place and assured that the assembly under his leadership will support the club through passage of favourable legislative bills.

“I feel truly honoured for this august visit to present kits of our darling Club, Nasarawa United, to me.

“I have been following the club events within and outside the state, and I can confidently said i am proud of you guys.

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“I want to tell you that both members of the Assembly and myself truly appreciate the efforts you are putting in place to uplift the status of the club to an enviable heights.

“Nasarawa United is a household name, not only here in Nasarawa State, but the whole country. So, I want to single you (Barr. Danladi) out for commendation because you have actually demonstrated professionalism in your responsibility and I want to urge you to continue in that spirit.”

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Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi assured the Chairman and members of the Solid Miners of the Assembly’s continuous support to attain its set goals.

Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and Chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi

Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and Chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi

“As an Assembly, consider us as partners in progress, and we won’t hesitate to give you and the club all the necessary legislative backup for the purpose of taking the state to greater heights, including picking up another Continental ticket this term, because you have given us hope”, he added.

On his part, Barr. Isaac Danladi told the Speaker that the visit was to appreciate him for all the wonderful support and kindness the Club has been enjoying from him.

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He added that the visit was also to appreciate the Assembly members support to the club and the attention the club always get from the house during it’s budget defence.

“As a token of appreciation for all that you have been doing, we are here to present to you replica jerseys of our club so that you can use it to support us the more.

“Aside that, you have been an ardent supporter of Nasarawa United and this goes down to when you accompanied the Club during its Continental engagements in Algeria and Senegal respectively, some years ago.”

Barr. Danladi who is the Chairman, Nigeria Professional Football League Club Owners’ Association, assured the Speaker that the club would do everything within its powers to pick one of the available Continental tickets before the 2020/2021 NPFL Season comes to an end .

“I want to assure you this time around, that by the special grace of God, and with the support of the administration of Governor Abdullahi Sule, coupled with the support of your members, Nasarawa United shall get a Continental ticket again.”

Recalled that after the end of the first stanza of the 2020/2021Nigeria Professional Football League Season, Nasarawa United was placed 6th on the league log, with 30 points from nineteen matches, six points behind table-topping Kwara United.

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However,the second stanza of the league will Kickstart on 9th May, 2021, with the Solid Miners hosting Kwara United at the Lafia City Stadium.

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