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Finals take domestic rivalries to international stage




The 2012/13 UEFA Champions League final will be the fourth European Cup showpiece between clubs from the same country, as Borussia Dortmund take on FC Bayern München in London.  The Octopus revisits the first three finals.

1999/2000 Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia CF
Although neither Madrid nor Valencia were Spanish champions, respective knockout victories against Manchester United FC and FC Bayern München, and S.S. Lazio and FC Barcelona, set up the first UEFA Champions League final between domestic rivals. It was Madrid’s 11th final – and second in three years, a side coached by Jupp Heynckes having ended a 32-year wait to reclaim the trophy in 1998 – and Valencia’s first, and that gulf in experience told at the Stade de France. Vicente del Bosque’s Madrid took the lead through Fernando Morientes shortly before half-time and, with Héctor Cúper’s Valencia unable to recapture the attacking brio that had taken them to Paris, second-half strikes from Steve McManaman and Raúl González confirmed the eighth of Madrid’s nine European Cup successes.

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2002/03 AC Milan 0-0 Juventus (Milan win 3-2 on penalties)
Italy provided three of the four semi-finalists, FC Internazionale Milano the team to miss out on the final at Old Trafford after losing to their neighbours in the last four. With Milan and Juve knowing each other inside out, it proved a tense affair of few chances – even the competition’s top scorer that season, Rossoneri striker Filippo Inzaghi, was unable to deliver a breakthrough in Manchester. Clarence Seedorf and Kakha Kaladze failed for Milan in the resulting shoot-out, but David Trezeguet, Marcelo Zalayeta and Paolo Montero did likewise for Juve, leaving Andriy Shevchenko to take the trophy to Milan for the sixth time.

2007/08 Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea FC (United win 6-5 on penalties)
Again three of the last four came from the same country, Chelsea avenging their defeats by Liverpool FC at the same stage in 2005 and 2007 to get to their maiden showpiece. United struck first at Moscow’s Stadion Luzhniki as Cristiano Ronaldo nodded them in front, yet Frank Lampard levelled before half-time. With no further goals, the game headed to extra time and then, with penalties looming, Chelsea lost Didier Drogba to a red card. They seemed to have shrugged off that setback when Petr Čech saved from Ronaldo in the shoot-out, giving John Terry the chance to clinch victory; instead the Chelsea captain slipped and sent his kick against the post. When Edwin van der Sar subsequently denied Nicolas Anelka, the silverware was bound for Old Trafford.

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1979/80 UEFA Cup final
The only time two German sides have previously met in a European final came 33 years ago – and Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes will need no reminding of the outcome. His VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach team were 3-2 winners at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Cup final first leg, having twice come from behind. However, a 1-0 away loss in Frankfurt meant Mönchengladbach missed out on the trophy on away goals.


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Court Sentence Olisa Metuh To Jail



Olisa Metuh

Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), spokesman Olisa Metuh, will spend the next seven years in jail.

Metuh was sentenced to seven years imprisonment having been found guilty of money laundering in the N400 million money laundering charges slammed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was also asked by the court to pay the sum of N375m to the federal government.

Justice Okon Abang gave the verdict on Tuesday, February 25, as Metuh was found guilty on all the seven charges slammed against him by the EFCC.

Justice Abang held that Metuh was aware that the N400 million paid into his company, Destra Investment Ltd, was a proceed of unlawful activities of the former National Security Adviser, Col Mohammed Sambo Dasuki. The judge also held that Metuh did not have any evidence to show that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan authorised the release of the fund purportedly for security reasons without a contractual agreement as he claimed.

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He, therefore, sentenced Metuh to seven years on counts 1, 2, 4 and 7 of the charge, the count handed him five years on count 3, three years on count 5 and 6, while ordering Destra Investment Ltd to pay N25m with respect to both counts 5 and 6 of the charge. The court also reportedly ordered Metuh to pay N375million to the federal government.

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Justice Abang directed that his firm should be wound up with all funds standing to its credit forfeited to the government. The court held that the sentence would run concurrently starting from Tuesday, February 25.

Recall that the high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja on Thursday, October 17, 2019, nullified Metuh’s bid to stop his trial. The presiding judge, Justice Ishaq Bello, in his verdict, nullified Metuh’s the no-case application on the grounds that it lacks merit.

Justice Bello, therefore, ordered the former PDP spokesman to enter defence in prima facie case instituted against him by the EFCC.


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Dear Affy is the Number One Nollywood Movie at the Box Office



Dear Affy
Nollywood’s talk of the town romantic comedy, Dear Affy which debuted at the cinemas on Valentine’s Day wasted no time in taking the number one spot at the end of sales on Sunday.
The movie which is Samuel Olatunji’s first directorial debut took the shine off Sugar Rush, Birds of Prey, Fantasy Island, Queen and Slim, Small Chops, The Perfect Picture and The Legend of Inikpi.
‘Dear Affy’ is a romantic comedy film that tells the story of a beautiful career lady on her to getting married to the man of her dream who is on the verge of sealing millions of Naira worth of contract. However, he is faced with the devil and the deep blue sea as sealing the contract is hinged on him having an intimate affair with the female billionaire contractor by all means just few weeks to his wedding.
The hilarious movie starring Kehinde Bankole, Toyin. Abraham, Enyinna Ewigwe, Chinedu Ikedieze, Odunlade Adekola, Hafeez Oyetoro, Bimbo Ademoye and a host of others is still showing at the cinemas nationwide.
“One of the most spectacular Nollywood movie I have seen. You cannot guess the end” – this is how someone described ‘Dear Affy’.


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In deep appreciation of its socio-economic impact on young people and the continent, the African Union commission has reinstated its continuous support and commitment to the partnership with All Africa
Music Awards, AFRIMA at a strategic meeting held at the African Union
headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last week, Wednesday, February 12,
2020 after The 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State
and Government of the African Union.

In attendance at the strategic Meeting for the advancement of creative
industry in Africa and preparation for AFRIMA 2020 were Commissioner for
Social Affairs, African Union Commission, Her Excellency, Amira Mohammed
Elfadil; Minister of Information and Culture, Nigeria, Alhaji Lai
Muhammed; Director, Department of Social Affairs, AUC, Mme Cisse Mariama
Mohamed; Head of Culture, AUC, Angela Martins; President/Executive
Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada and Country Director-Designate,
AFRIMA-Ethiopia, Eyob Alemayehu among others.

The Commissioner for Social Affairs in her remark expressed appreciation
to the International Committee of AFRIMA for consistently striving
towards achieving the shared objectives of an integrated, peaceful and
prosperous Africa through the platform of AFRIMA. She also thanked the
Nigerian government for always giving support to the successful hosting
of the AFRIMA pan-African initiative. ”The African Union will continue
to support and partner AFRIMA on this journey of leveraging the platform
of music, art and culture to engage young people as well as unite and
promote Africa positively to the world” she concluded.

The honorable Minister of Information and Culture of Nigeria could not
hide his gratitude to the African Union for partnering the AFRIMA, a
pan-African initiative with its root from Nigeria right from inception
and urge the AU to continue to do more. ‘The Nigerian government has
been instrumental to the success of AFRIMA over the years by providing
strategic partnership and institutional support” The Minister affirmed.

On his part at the meeting, The President and Executive Producer of
AFRIMA, Mr, Mike Dada, A Public Relations/Brand management Consultant
and a lawyer, thanked the African Union and the Nigerian Government for
their selfless support and partnership over the years. ”The planning
and preparation for AFRIMA 2020 is in top gear and we are ready to wow
and bring Africa together again in an atmosphere of love, unity,
celebration and forward-thinking that will act as the growth engine for
intra-Africa trade and development”.

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Meanwhile, Twelve Heads of State have committed themselves to play the
role of leadership, advocacy and facilitation for Arts, Culture and
Heritage in Africa at the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads
of State and Government of the African Union and adopted a draft
resolution that will be tabled with a view to declaring 2021 as the year
of culture to develop creative industries as a generating economic
development and outreach.

The AU Arts, Culture and Heritage was at its climax when His Excellency,
President of Republic of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was designated as
African Union Leader for Arts, Culture and Heritage with the
establishment of a presidential-level structure of additional twelve
African Heads of State; Presidents of Cape Verde, Congo, Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea,
Ghana,Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, and South Africa as a council of
peers to carry out his mission.

The All African Music Awards, AFRIMA in partnership with the African
Union is in its 7th edition. AFRIMA is a youth-focused music property
that celebrates Africa, recognizes and rewards the work and talents of
myriad of African artists across generations. AFRIMA is committed to the
stimulation of conversations among Africans and between Africa and the
rest of the world about the potentials of the cultural and creative
economy for real enterprise on the continent, contributing significantly
to social cohesion and continental integration as well as sustainable
economic growth and development in Africa by lending its voice to
promotion of education and campaign against extreme poverty and
preventable diseases. AFRIMA is broadcast to over 84 countries around
the world as the 6thedition last year was sponsored by Ecobank, MTN,
Coca-Cola and DAAR Communications PLC.


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