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OFFICIAL: Xavi, tested positive for COVID-19

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Al Sadd manager Xavi confirms he has tested positive for COVID19 and will be in self-isolation. The Spaniard will miss his side’s return to competitive action against Al Khor tonight.

A few days ago, following the @qsl” >@qsl protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID19 test. Fortunately, I’m feeling ok, but I will be isolated until I am given the all clear. When the health services allow it, I will be very eager to return to my daily routine and to work.

Court Dismisses Charges Against Madonna Students Over Facebook Post

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Charges brought against six students and a lecturer of Madonna University, Okija, in Anambra State who were arrested over a Facebook post has been dismissed by a Federal High Court sitting in Awka.

The defendants identified as Opara Harmelson, Owhonda Badaziri, Abuno Jonathan, Chijioke Nnamani, Amaechi Benedict, Blackson Nwokeoma, and Tony Ezeimo had spent five months in prison custody over Facebook posts which the management of the school said portrayed the school ”in a bad light”.

On Friday July 24, the lawyer representing the defendants, Chinedu Igwe told Premium Times that the prosecutor presented some documents from the office of the AGF on the grounds of a peaceful settlement.

Obasanjo Mourns Late Tanzania’s Ex-president

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condoled with the President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, on the death of the country’s ex-President, Benjamin Mkapa, who passed away on Thursday at age 81.

Obasanjo, who described the late Mkapa as brother and friend, said he was a passionate leader, particularly about the Great Lakes Region.

In a condolence letter by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said Mkapa would be missed for his exemplary leadership across Africa.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, has said Obasanjo became Nigeria’s military Head of State and civilian President because of his humility.

According to a statement from his media office on Friday titled, ‘Omo-Agege tasks political leaders on humility,’ the Deputy Senate President stated this in Abuja on Thursday at the public presentation of a book, ‘How I became a Senator in 30 days,’ written by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Sadiq Umah.

A.Y: I’m the most followed comedian, actor in Nigeria

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Comedian actor, Ayo AY Makun, has heaped accolades on his fans and followers on social media for being the most followed comedian and actor in Nigeria.

AY expressed his joy saying it feels good to be the most followed standup comedian in Africa and most followed male actor in Nigeria

Thanking his fans for the achievement, AY wrote, “Thanks to my 9million followers on Instagram, 5.7million on Facebook, 1.5million on Twitter and 680k subscribers on YouTube, making it over 16million followers across boars. God bless you guys for always supporting the AY brand.”

To celebrate the feat, the ‘Merry Men’ actor decided to give out the sum of N10,000 to 20 of his followers on social media.

“Now the Igbo man in me is telling me to start charging for business promotions, and the same way I know that someone will be asking me for a giveaway to celebrate the new feat today.

”Okay 10k each for 20 lucky followers of the At brand across all my social media platforms and free advertising on my story for 30 people,’ he stated.

Kwara cancels 2020 Eid prayers over COVID-19

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Kwara State Government has cancelled congregational Eid prayers for 2020 eid-el Kabir celebrations in the state.

The government said its decision was borne out of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.

Kwara state Chairman, Technical Committee on COVID-19 Kayode Alabi told reporters in Ilorin, the decision was arrived at after due consultation with council of Ulama and Emir of Ilorin.

Alabi, who is also the Deputy Governor, said: “There will be Friday prayers as have been restored but in strict compliance with the rules of physical distancing and the use of face mask.

“The Kwara Mall (ShopRite), the Amusement Park, all shops and markets are to be shut on the Eid Day and the day after it. The Unilorin Zoological Garden should also be closed for those two days.

“Following consultation with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, the government hereby announces the suspension of vigils until further notice.

“Church services should also not exceed 2 hours with full compliance with the safety measures in place.

“The ban on concerts, clubbing, beer parlours and bars and related activities remains in full force. Guests at any wedding programme or reception must not exceed 50 at one time.”

Source: Nation

Nothing Can Stop Tinubu From Becoming Nigeria’s President In 2023” – Arewa Youths

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A group has vowed that it will not allow anybody to be in the way of Tinubu becoming Nigeria’s next President.

A group, the Arewa Youths for Peace and Security (AYPS) has said that nothing will stop the All Progressives Congress national leader, Bola Tinubu from becoming President in 2023.

The group made this clear in a statement on Thursday, July 23. It said no one can stop Tinubu’s presidential ambition if it is destined by God

The AYPS made the statement when reacting to remarks by the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, about the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader.

The Arewa group accused Ngige of making uncomplimentary remarks about Tinubu before a House of Representatives adhoc committee.

It said the minister’s reference to Tinubu as his mate while exchanging words with a member of the committee, James Faleke, was in bad taste

The group alleged that Ngige’s comments showed that some people in the present administration were opposed to Tinubu becoming the next president of Nigeria and are ready to stop him.

AYPS asked Ngige to apologise to Tinubu over his comments and advised those it perceived as working against the purported aspiration of the APC leader to refrain from speaking bad about him.

Iconic Barcelona photographer will not have contract renewed

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Despite having worked in Barcelona for a number of years, iconic photographer, Santiago Garces, will not have his contract renewed and will no longer be present at Barcelona matches.

Garces is best known in the sporting photography circles for his incredible action shot in the aftermath of Barcelona’s 6-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

As Sergi Roberto scored a memorable injury time winning goal to complete the greatest comeback the Camp Nou has seen in the modern era, Garces was on hand to photograph the celebrations at point-blank range.

According to El Periodico, the photographer will not have his contract renewed to work in Barcelona, despite the image he took of Messi.

“Everyone says that it is the best photo that has ever been taken of Leo, and they compare it with that of Pele in 1958 and Maradona at the Azteca stadium, it’s really amazing,” Garces explained.

OFFICIAL: 2020-21 PL season starting date revealed

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The 2020/2021 EPL season will start on 12 September 2020 and end on 23 May 2021

Only 20 days after the 2019-20 Champions League Final in Lisbon next month, the Premier League will start again.

The current campaign will end on Sunday after having suspended the season for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

BBC has confirmed that the English League will resume on September 12, the same days as the reported hypothesis for the upcoming Serie A season.

The Europa League Final will be played on August 21 in Germany, with the Champions League scheduled for August 23, leaving only a three-week break for the teams competing in the Finals of the European tournaments.

We need women in Powerful Positions, Men has failed us – Edochie

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Popular Nollywood actor and director, Yul Edochie has shared what Nigeria needs to go to the next level.

The actor in a new social media post, pointed out that the lot of men in politics has failed the country.

Yul went further to proffer a solution as he shares that women need to start being given the opportunity to hold powerful positions.

Read what he wrote below:-

“Children Who Watch Cartoons Will Go To Hell” – Nigerian Pastor Says

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A Nigerian pastor has in one of his social media posts, stated that children who indulge in watching animated are bound for hell fire.
The said clergyman, in his post, talked about how Television programmes negatively influence kids with many of them ending up practicing or re-enacting what they watched whether the things are wrong or right.

Speaking further, the pastor claimed that secular TV also goes a long way in throwing people to hell as he claimed to have seen an 8-year-old girl in hell because she used makeup and fixed artificial hair.

In his own words:-

“I saw a boy who looked 10 who was there for insulting. He had learnt these insults from what he was watching on Television. I also noticed that he was wearing a shirt that had a demonic drawing of a Spiderman cartoon, but the Lord said this cartoon had been drawn in the image of a real demon in hell.

“The Lord had previously told Rachael and I that He doesn’t want His children wearing clothes with demonic drawings. There is a spirit in that drawing which controls their behavior when they wear that. The Lord had also told us that people should get rid of clothes with drawings such as skeletons and skulls and other demonic drawings because they have evil spirits.

“You can only pray for clothes WITHOUT demonic drawings and they get purified from any spells that were cast on them while making them. The Lord said that for clothes with demonic drawings, these must be burnt. “The Lord has several times warned that secular Tv is leading people to hell. Secular Tv is any non-Christian program for example, all worldly movies including family movies, soap operas, wrestling, worldly cartoons for example like those found on Disney jnr, jimjam, nickelodeon etc and talk shows that don’t glorify God for example the Tyra Banks show and other worldly things even those which are called Christian movies or any other entertainment which if Jesus came to your house, you wouldn’t watch in His presence.

“Secular music is also any non-Christian song and even songs that are called Christian by people and yet have worldly beats such as rhumba; reggae, rap etc are unholy to the Lord. 1 John 2:15-17, James 4:4. “I saw a young girl of about 8 who was in hell for using artificial hair and makeup! I also noticed that she was wearing a string top and the Lord said this is indecent. Dressing your female children in indecent clothes such as bare backs, trousers, string tops and other indecent clothes will land them in hell! The Lord said,

“This is what the parents are teaching their children. Even girls as young as this are putting on makeup. The young children also see this makeup from cartoons like Barbie and they want to dress like those cartoons. They want to dress in the short skirts and trousers they see on those cartoons. Tell their parents to teach them the way of the Lord and to dress decently because they are coming to this place! If a child knows right from wrong and does not do right they are coming to this place! Many times in cartoons, they portray as though dressing that way is being ladylike. But it’s all a trap.”

Jordan Henderson named the FWA Footballer of the Year

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Jordan Henderson has been crowned Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year for the 2019/20 season.

The Liverpool captain saw off stiff competition from Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, as well as team-mates Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane, to claim the honour.

Liverpool’s dominance in the league was reflected in the voting as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alisson Becker also received votes, but it was Henderson – with more than a quarter of the votes – who was the clear winner.

Reflecting on his win, Henderson said: “I’d like to say how appreciative I am of the support of those who voted for me and the Football Writers’ Association in general.

“You only have to look at the past winners of it, a number of whom I’ve been blessed to play with here at Liverpool, like Stevie (Gerrard), Luis (Suarez) and Mo (Salah) to know how prestigious it is.

“But as grateful as I am I don’t feel like I can accept this on my own.

“I don’t feel like anything I’ve achieved this season or in fact during my whole career has been done on my own.

“I owe a lot to so many different people – but none more so than my current teammates – who have just been incredible and deserve this every bit as much as I do.

“We’ve only achieved what we’ve achieved because every single member of our squad has been brilliant. And not just in matches. Not just in producing the moments that make the headlines and the back pages but every day in training.”

Henderson became the first Liverpool captain to lift the Premier League trophy, as the Reds ended a 30-year wait for a top-flight title.

It has been a standout year for club and country for the 30-year-old, as Henderson captained Liverpool to the Champions League title in 2019, while the club also claimed the Club World Cup in December.

He was also named the England national team’s Player of the Year in January 2020.

Henderson has registered four goals and five assists in a league campaign in which Liverpool have only tasted defeat on three occasions and his instrumental contribution has now been recognised by football writers across the country.

Ten other players received votes from FWA members including last year’s winner Raheem Sterling, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Sergio Aguero, Adama Traore, Danny Ings, Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Jonny Evans.

Henderson joins Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema, who was named the FWA Women’s Player of the Year earlier this month.

A year ago it was a Manchester City double as Sterling claimed the FWA’s men’s prize and Nikita Parris was named FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year.

The Footballer of the Year trophy has been awarded since 1948 when Sir Stanley Matthews was its first recipient.

CAC prohibits customers from visiting its Lagos, Abuja offices

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In line with current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Corporate Affairs Commission has barred customers from physically visiting its office premises in Abuja and Lagos to carry out official transactions.

According to a public notice released through its verified Twitter accounts on Thursday, the CAC said customers would be required to send and receive documents from the commission through designated courier companies from August 10 to August 31, 2020.

The commission said this would help it control the number of persons in its offices while ensuring a convenient process for the accessibility of its services.

It promised to set up a mechanism to allow customers send and receive documents via email.

The statement said, “With this, the physical submission of original documents before collection of pre-incorporation certificates will be dispensed with.

“The documents uploaded online by the customer and approved for the registration would suffice.”

It said this new order would place a responsibility on customers to make sure that their documents were signed by the person’s name appearing in any transaction they were seeking.

650 LASTMA, 250 FRSC to monitor traffic on Lagos 3rd Mainland Bridge

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The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appealed to residents of the state to exercise patience and bear the discomfort that will be experienced during the six-month partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge, which starts today.

Sanwo-Olu said the closure of the 11.8km bridge – the busiest in the state – was inevitable, following the physical deterioration observed on the structure after an integrity test.

He noted that while the closure would bring pain, it was a necessary development to prevent any disaster that might result from the collapse of the infrastructure.

The governor spoke on Thursday while receiving the new Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Lagos, Commodore Olusegun Ogungbemide, at the State House, Marina.

He said, “For emphasis, the traffic disruption is only about 25 per cent of the regular traffic on the bridge. The 75 per cent of vehicles that normally ply the route will still have access to move on the bridge during the period of repair.

“We have furnished and improved the design of the alternative routes, and we are still working on other arterial routes so that our people can have seamless journey times to and from their places of work. We will be deploying over 650 LASTMA officers on the road to control the traffic.”

In the period of closure, the governor said a lane of the bridge would be opened to traffic for vehicles driving inward Lagos Island in the morning, while the other lane would be shut.

The reverse would be done for vehicles driving inward Mainland in the afternoon.

He urged residents to use ferry services, adding that the state had strengthened the Lagos Ferry Service by doubling its capacity for mass movement.

Ogungbemide told the governor that  250 FRSC operatives would be deployed to work with LASTMA to maintain traffic on the bridge and alternative routes.

‘‘Nigerians Are Taking Over Our Economy” – Kenyan Professor says

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XN Iraki, an Associate Professor at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, has expressed concerns over Nigeria’s growing influence on the Kenyan economy.

Professor Iraki, in an article titled, ‘Nigerians Are Not Coming, They’ve Already Arrived,’ published in The Standard, raised the alarm over the influence of Nigerian churches, movies and banks in the country.

He said the entry of Nigerian lenders into the Kenyan market was well planned.

Iraki was reacting to the recent sale of Kenya’s Transnational Bank to Access Bank of Nigeria, noting that Access was not the first Nigerian bank to get a foothold in Kenya.

“Guaranty Trust (GT) and UBA already have a presence here,” he says. The professor also said many Nigerians marrying Kenyan women was another grand strategy to get into the country’s market.

The article partly read:

Why is the buyout so significant to the banking sector and the Kenyan economy? Why didn’t we notice it? Is that the last Nigerian purchase? First, the entry of Nigerian lenders into the Kenyan market was well planned. It started by softening the Kenyan mind with Nigerian churches and Afrosinema movies. That changed the hardened image of Nigerians as corrupt and happy-go-lucky—an outdated image.

“From my interactions, Nigerians are serious and focused. That focus and single-mindedness are often mistaken for pride and arrogance. Once they set their goals on something, they usually get it. The means can be contested, excluding juju. For every Nigerian caught on the wrong side of the law, nine others are doing the right thing, not just in their country, but somewhere in the world. One of them supervised my dissertation.

“I recently met a Nigerian who was a member of parliament in South Africa. In America, they are top administrators in universities, medical doctors, engineers, financial analysts and other lucrative jobs. It has been predicted that Nigeria will soon be Africa’s superpower. And why not? The country has gone through thick and thin, from coups and anti-coups and even a civil war, like the other superpower – USA.”

“For the Nigerians, marrying our girls seems to be part of their grand strategy to get into the Kenyan market; through genes, across generations. What else will Nigerians go for after our banks? Are banks their Trojan horse into our economy? And, more curiously, why is Kenya on sale? Not that I am an economic nationalist, but what are we buying ourselves?

We Spend N1m Daily On Each COVID-19 Patient With Severe Illness —Lagos Government

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According to him, the government spends averagely about N100,000 daily to treat a mild patient while it costs about N500,000 to N1,000,000 to treat a patient with a serious case

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, has said that the government spends up to N1m daily on each COVID-19 patient in critical condition.

Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, Abayomi said the state may experience the peak of Coronavirus by August.

According to him, the government spends averagely about N100,000 daily to treat a mild patient while it costs about N500,000 to N1,000,000 to treat a patient with a serious case.

He said, “To treat mild to moderate case patients in our isolation centre is somewhere in the region of N100,000 per day.

“That gives you an idea of the amount of money the government is spending on COVID-19 isolation facilities and COVID-19 care.

“If you require high care or intensive care, that amount can go up to anything from N500,000 to even a million naira per day, depending on the complications of the case.

“Do you need ventilation, dialysis, intravenous antibiotics; every case is different, so it is difficult to calculate exactly how much a patient in high care or intensive care would cost.”

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Lagos currently has 13,806 confirmed cases of the deadly virus.

Source; SaharaReporters

Pep Guardiola had €330 million City summer signing budget

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The priorities for the Manchester club are two central defenders, a substitute for Leroy Sané, and another attacking player.

Manchester City are now planning the structure of the squad for the 2020/2021 season with added clarity following the recent CAS ruling which lifted the UEFA ban which would have ruled them out of Champions League action for two seasons.

According to Catalan sports daily Sport, Pep Guardiola will have access to a budget of 300 million pounds (approximately 330 million euro) with the club targeting four major summer acquisitions.

Both Pep Guardiola and sporting director Aitor “Txiki” Begiristain have identified the areas of the squad that need to be strengthened with two central defenders, a replacement for Bayern Munich bound Sané and another attacking option on the City summer shopping list.

Defensive options

A right-footed central defender to accompany Laporte along with another left-footed player who can also play at left-back are imperative to the 2020/21 City defence with the likes of Napoli’s  Kalidou KoulibalySevilla’s Diego Carlos and Inter Milan’s Skrinniar all featuring on the wanted list.

Sport single out David Alaba, who has yet to renew with Bayern with Guardiola an admirer of the Austrian international despite reports in Germany that his intention is to stay with the Bavarian outfit.

Ferrán Torres has been cited as a potential replacement for the departing Leroy Sané with Valencia set to request a fee of 30-40 million euro for his signature. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) has been targeted as an attacking option n but it would now appear that the German player is edging closer to a move to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea.

Cancelling this year Ballon d’Or Award is the right decision – Rivaldo

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No Ballon d’Or will be given out for 2020 and Rivaldo believes that Robert Lewandowski is especially unlucky because he was in a good position to challenge for it.

Rivaldo, who won the prize back in 1999, spoke about the Polish striker’s excellent campaign.

“It was right to decide not to award a Ballon d’Or this year,” the Brazilian explained, in his latest column for Betfair.

“It’s been a weird season in the European leagues, with many matches played behind closed doors and some players – such as those in France’s Ligue 1 – seeing their campaigns ending prematurely.

“A few players might feel a bit disappointed with the decision and Lewandowski of Bayern Munich is certainly one of them.

“The Polish striker was magnificent as Bayern won their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title and there is still the Champions League to come, so he was well placed to fight with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the trophy.

“For Messi and Ronaldo, it’s a lost chance to win another Ballon d’Or at a time when their careers are approaching their ending.

“But, it was the right decision to cancel the award this year.”

So sad! Nigeria’s 1st Female Combat Pilot, Tolulope Buried With Full Military Honours

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Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile Of The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Has Been Buried In The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Arotile was winged as the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on October 15, 2019, after completing her flying training in South Africa.

She died from head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base, Kaduna on July 14, 2020.

The deceased pilot was buried in a ceremony which took place at the National Military Cemetery in the capital city on Thursday, July 23.

The deceased’s family members were in attendance at the burial alongside the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal, Abubakar Sadique.

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, was also present at the burial in honour of the 24-year-old Kogi native who has been hailed as a national hero.

The true nature of Arotile’s death has been debated in public with some suggesting NAF’s official account is not convincing.

NAF recently released a statement to chastise those using her death to push ‘meritless, misguided ethnic, and religious agendas’.

Force spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the deceased was killed in an accident when three of her former classmates, all civilians, spotted her walking on the base and accidentally knocked her down while trying to get her attention.

“The vehicle struck Flying Officer Arotile from the rear, knocking her down with significant force and causing her to hit her head on the pavement.

“The vehicle then ran over parts of her body as it veered off the road beyond the kerb and onto the pavement, causing her further injuries,” preliminary investigations revealed.

NAF ruled that Arotile’s death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head, and significant bleeding resulting from being struck by the vehicle.

The three involved in the accident have been identified as Nehemiah Adejoh, who drove the car, Igbekele Folorunsho, and Festus Gbayegun.

Adejoh, it has been revealed, was driving without a licence at the time of the accident.

NAF said during the weekend the case will be handed over to the Police.

The deceased pilot flew several combat missions under Operation Gama Aiki in Minna, Niger State.

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BREAKING: Senate Committee Recommends Dissolution Of NDDC Management

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Senate Committee investigating the alleged financial recklessness in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has recommended the dissolution of the agency’s Interim Management Committee.

In a detailed report which was submitted to the Senate plenary on Thursday by the Chairman, Senator Olubunmi Adetukunmbi, it was revealed that the NDDC spent N1.334 trillion in five years.

He said the IMC was involved in reckless spending where they spent based on “cash accounting”, and not based on the “budget”.

According to him, the mode of “running the accounting system” by the IMC was an aberration to the act establishing the agency.

He said the IMC spent a whooping sum of N81.5 billion in three months, lamenting that the money was not spent on development-oriented infrastructure in line with the mandate of the NDDC.

The report also recommended that the NDDC be returned to the presidency for supervision with the setting of the supervisory board by governors of the nine Niger Delta States.

More Details later….

Official: Villarreal Appoints Unai Emery As Club New head coach

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La Liga club Villarreal have appointed former Arsenal manager Unai Emery as their new boss. This is the Spaniard’s first managerial role since his dismissal from Arsenal last November.