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Road to Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup: Ghana dumps Nigeria on away advantage

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Ghana secured their place at the 2022 World Cup, at the expense of Nigeria, after an away goals victory at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Tuesday night.

Thomas Partey’s strike was enough to upset the home fans in Abuja, after a goalless draw in the first leg last week, to end the Black Stars’ brief stint away from World Cups.

After only 11 minutes, goalkeeping errors came back to haunt Nigeria.

Maduka Okoye had allowed Youssef Msakni’s shot to beat him too easily as the Super Eagles were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Tunisia in January, and this time it was Francis Uzoho in between the sticks for a true howler.

Arsenal Thomas Partey lined up a fairly powerless shot from outside the box and right at the keeper, Uzoho made an awful mess of his save and suddenly Ghana had the vital away goal.

Unperturbed, Nigeria almost replied instantly when Victor Osimhen fired wide from a narrow angle.

While it was the Tunisians who wrecked the Super Eagles’ AFCON hopes, Sadok Selmi, the Tunisian referee on this occasion, reignited their World Cup dreams after Denis Odoi fouled Ademola Lookman in the penalty area.

A tight call, Selmi reversed his decision via VAR and William Troost-Ekong converted his penalty.

Osimhen thought he had completed the turnaround before the break until VAR once again intervened, correctly calling the Napoli striker’s goal back for offside after he had rounded the goalkeeper.

There was a sense that Osimhen was the Nigerian hero in waiting, as shown by his expertly-improvised flick towards goal as a cross bounced up awkwardly, which nonetheless flashed only a touch wide.

But, just as in Cameroon two months ago, Augustine Eguavoen’s side began to run out of steam. Odion Ighalo and Ahmed Musa provided the experience and goalscoring prowess off the bench yet proved toothless. Osimhen remained the primary threat, firing an acrobatic half-volley off-target.

Ghana, head to their fourth World Cup in five attempts later this year, while Nigeria sit out their first since 2006.

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2022 Ekiti Guber Poll: Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji is now the Governor Elect

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Breaking: APC Governorship candidate Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji has emerged the winner of Ekiti Guber Poll with 187,057

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Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has paid a surprise visit to one of the aspirants in the just concluded presidential primary ,Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at his Abuja residence on Thursday night.

A source in the presidency said Tinubu had earlier visited the President at his residence in the Presidential Villa and afterward decided to make a surprise call on Osinbajo alongside Lagos State Governor Sanwo-Olu.

According to the source, Osinbajo was in a meeting with Senator Kabiru Gaya, former Defense Minister Rtd Major General Dan Ali, and other associates.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo came third with 235 votes in the just concluded presidential primary in Abuja.

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Two years after, CBN jack up interest rate to 13%

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The Central Bank of Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee has jacked up benchmark interest to 13 per cent, 150 basis points above the previous rate.

It is the first change since September 2020.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday after the committee’s142nd and third meeting for the year at the CBN headquarters in Abuja, CBN, Emefiele said the action was to tame the rising inflation rate in the country.

He said the committee voted to maintain the CRR at 27 percent and the Liquidity Ratio at 30 percent while the asymmetric corridor of +200 and -700 basis points around the MPR was also adopted.

He was concern that the impact of the CBN development finance initiatives was being threatened by an astronomic rise in inflation rate and explained that the MPC was faced with the dilemma of managing two parallel trends at the same time.

The CBN governor, however, said the rate on development finance loans will remain at 5 percent till 2023.

“Six members voted to raise the MPR by 150 basis points, four members by 100 basis points and one member, by 50 basis points.

“Members expressed deep concern about the continued uptrend of inflationary pressure in spite of the gradual improvement in output growth.

“Committee notes that the current rise in inflation is inimical to growth and the full recovery of the Nigerian economy,” he said.

The committee urged the federal government to do more to provide a safe and secure environment for economic activities to stimulate growth.

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