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Crisis Never Far Away For Zidane As Real Madrid Doubts Linger

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Real Madrid have released the pressure on Zinedine Zidane temporarily, with the next job to fix their dismal start in the Champions League.

Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the Clasico on Saturday swerved a third consecutive defeat after losses to Cadiz in La Liga and Shakhtar Donetsk.

“There are always bad spells,” said Sergio Ramos. “Hopefully this one has only lasted a week.”

But the effects of the implosion against Shakhtar, who had 10 first team players missing due to coronavirus infections, still linger, with Madrid sitting bottom of Group B.

A win away to Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday would limit the damage, especially after Monchengladbach’s draw with Inter Milan kept the group tight.

And Zidane will know a convincing performance in Germany should suspend talk of a crisis and dispel doubts about his future, at least for now.

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Even for Real Madrid, two defeats seemed scant ammunition for the uncertainty around their coach that followed.

Some reports in the Spanish press were even discussing the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino if mistakes were not rectified at Camp Nou.

“I have always been critical of myself, it is what drives you to improve,” said Zidane. “After a loss, as a coach, most of the criticism comes at me and that’s normal.”

The quickness to question the Frenchman has become a regular feature of his tenure, even while the players sing his praises and the trophies have poured in.

It was only three months ago Real Madrid were winning their second La Liga title of his three full seasons in charge, to go with three triumphs in the Champions League.

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Success, though, has never been enough for Zidane. His reputation as a man-manager has always been a back-handed compliment, even if getting the best out of good players is surely the key to being the coach of a team like Real Madrid.

Barcelona wanted a return to the club’s DNA by putting Quique Setien and now Ronald Koeman in charge – but few could argue they are not worse off now than under the more pragmatic Ernesto Valverde.

The decision to sack Valverde was “not coherent or logical”, Gerard Pique told Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia on Friday.

If capitulation has become Barca’s recurring flaw, it is inconsistency that undermines Zidane’s Madrid.

When they stormed to the title during the 11-game run-in last season, it was with no other distractions and a trophy in sight.

With a less immediate prize and against lesser opponents, like Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, the suspicion is those players Zidane trusts completely become unreliable.

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“I have won many things with these players,” Zidane said. “I will always be with them until the end.”

Zidane routinely sidesteps the issue of his future, which creates a nervousness after he resigned so unexpectedly after winning the Champions League in 2018.

And perhaps that contributes to the sense of short-termism, an ageing team managed by a coach that seemingly refuses to look beyond the end of the week.

Every slip-up is projected as a slump and any doubts feed the idea Zidane might suddenly depart.

“Nothing changes,” he said. “Last year? The same. In my first spell? The same. What I have to do is do my job.”

Anything but a win on Tuesday and the cycle begins again.

 

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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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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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