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Thomas Partey told to reject Arsenal move by Ghana coach CK Akonnor

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 15 Aug 2020 2:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Comment Partey is reportedly Arteta’s top target (Picture: Getty Images)‘With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join the Gunners].‘I hope that, and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWith Matteo Guendouzi rumoured to be on his way out of the club, Arsenal legend Alan Smith suggested the Frenchman could be used as part of a deal to bring Partey to the Emirates.‘Midfield would further benefit if Matteo Guendouzi can be used in a deal to recruit someone like Thomas Partey, the much-admired lynchpin from Atletico Madrid,’ he told Sky Sports.MORE: Tony Cascarino slams Mesut Ozil for not seeking a move away from ArsenalMORE: Arsenal legend Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to sign two more players after Willian transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Thomas Partey told to reject Arsenal move by Ghana coach CK Akonnor Advertisement Partey should avoid moving to Arsenal, according to his international boss (Picture: Getty Images)Thomas Partey has been advised by Ghana coach CK Akonnor to turn down a move to Arsenal and instead remain at Atletico Madrid.The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates and is believed to be the Gunners’ top transfer target after wrapping up a deal for free agent Willian.The Ghanaian midfielder is keen on a move to Arsenal and reportedly demanding £200,000-a-week to make the switch to north London.However, Atletico will accept nothing less than his £45 million release clause to let him go.ADVERTISEMENTWith the Gunners finishing outside of the top six for the first time in 25 years last season and no Champions League football since the 2016-17 campaign, Partey’s international coach Akonnor told him to stay put.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play,’ Akonnor told Starr FM. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Owolabi Extols Ogunjobi’s Virtue

first_img*Recalls how he led Shooting Stars to Africa Cup of Champions finalDuro IkhazuagbeAs funeral rites begin tomorrow for former General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Taiwo Ogunjobi who died on February 11, his former teammate at IICC Shooting Stars, Felix Owolabi has described the late football administrator as a true leader that will be hard to replace. Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi Speaking on FUBS yesterday, a Wattsapp platform of eminent sports administrators, former sports men and women and sports journalists in the country, Owolabi said as Captain of IICC, “Ogunjobi possessed all the qualities of a true leader. He had charisma and aroma of a gentleman.”He recalled playing in the final of the 1984 Africa Cup of Champions Club against Zamalek of Egypt with the late Ogunjobi.“Of course, we played together in IICC Shooting Stars till the end of 1984 after we had lost in the finals of African Champions Club.”Even though Ogunjobi did not play in the return leg of the final at the National Stadium in Lagos, which the Oluyole Warriors lost 1-0 through an Ogbein Fawole’s own goal, the memories of that game stayed with the players and their legions of supporters. IICC had lost the first leg 2-0 in Cairo before the debacle of an own goal at the Sports-city in Lagos.Owolabi gave an insight into how Ogunjobi who did not play for any big team in the country before travelling to the United States of America for further studies returned to become star of the Ibadan lords.“He returned from the US towards the end of 1982. He came for the compulsory one-year youth service. In fact, I facilitated his absorption into the Shooting Stars Team“In1983, Shooting Stars had just assembled young players from school after the exit of Muda Lawal, Best Ogedegbe, Segun Odegbami and other top players when we lost a Challenge Cup quarter final match to Niger Tornadoes of Minna at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.“I was the only known player left in the club. A group of young, school boys from Oyo State who had just won the then Schools Sports Tournament were selected into the team. Those boys were the only option for the state to absorb into Shooting Stars in 1983 with me to compete in the 1983 National League.“I was the only big boy left then and was holding the position of the captainship which fell on me as the most senior player. So, when Ogunjobi came to join us on youth service, I was relieved and asked our coach at that time, Coach Niyi Akande to make Ogunjobi the captain of the team.“Shooting Stars won the National League and were so hot that we qualified to play in the 1984 CAF Club Champions which we lost in that final to Zamalek. Our qualification brought back all the players who had earlier left the club except Best Ogedegbe,” Owolabi recalled with nostalgia.Ogunjobi later as General Manager led the Shooting Stars to win the inaugural edition of the now rested CAF Cup which trophy was donated by Bashorun MKO Abiola in 1992.He used his success as administrator as launch pad to higher terrain as he was appointed the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Association in 2002. Ogunjobi held on to the position till 2005 before becoming board member from 2006 to 2010. The former Shooting Stars legend was the chairman of Osun State FA till he passed on last month after a brief illness.Tomorrow in Ibadan, a Symposium put together to celebrate the life and time of Ogunjobi by the South Western Nigeria Football Forum led by NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi will hold before the football match between FUBS and Ibadan All Stars on Thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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ScienceShot: How Ants Avoid Eviction

first_imgFor ant larvae and pupae, getting sick is a death sentence. When adult ants spot an infirm individual in their spotlessly clean nest, they simply chuck it out and leave it to die. This extreme “hygienic behavior,” as it’s technically called, is an effective way of containing disease outbreaks in crowded insect colonies. But some pupae have worked out a way to avoid nest eviction—by growing inside bug-proof cocoons and dodging disease, reports a study published this week in BMC Evolutionary Biology. Scientists have long wondered why in some ant species the pupae spin silk cocoons around their bodies, whereas in others the pupae are “naked.” In a few odd cases, ants can even swing both ways: In the same species, some pupae build cocoons, but others live happily without one. Or maybe not. When researchers infected different ant species (with cocooned, naked, or indecisive pupae) with a deadly fungus, the adults swiftly removed the diseased brood from the nest. However, cocooned pupae were often left behind, and even though they remained exposed to the fungus, they didn’t get sick. The authors conclude that cocoons act as shields against fungal invasion. It’s a win-win situation for the ants: The pupae don’t get sacrificed and the colony stays safe from an epidemic.See more ScienceShots. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more