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Leicester City FC Owner, 4 Others Confirmed Dead In Helicopter Accident

Gbemileke Ajayi

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Tearful Leicester City fans gathered to lay flowers at the King Power Stadium Sunday after the owner’s helicopter came crashing down to earth and burst into flames shortly after taking off from the ground on Saturday night.

The helicopter was carrying 60-year-old popular Leicester city owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two crew members and two passengers when it took off from the center circle after Leicester’s draw with West Ham yesterday evening.

Police and the club are yet to release an official statement on the tragedy, but the BBC have reported a source close to the Thai billionaire’s family said he and the four others died in the crash.

Fans outside Leicester’s ground were still desperate for news on the crash today, as detectives insisted they are ‘working with a number of other agencies’ to release a statement on fatalities.

Supporters branded it ‘darkest day’, of Leicester City paying tribute to the much-loved owner who helped them to a miracle Premier League victory in 2016.

As matches took place across the country yesterday,, fans fell silent in solidarity with Leicester.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter was heading for Luton Airport where he was due to catch a flight to Thailand, Leicester sources said yesterday.

But witnesses say they heard the ‘engine stop’ in mid-air just after take-off before the aircraft plummeted to the ground in the club’s car park at around 8.30pm.

As Premier League fixtures resume yesterday, there was a minute’s applause held at Crystal Palace in solidarity with Leicester City, and a minute’s silence at Manchester United and Burnley, even with fans still in the dark over the outcome of the crash.

Initial reports claimed Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s daughter was on board the aircraft last night, but these have been denied by sources at Leicester City

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Amaju Pinnick In Trouble As FG Slams N4bn, $8,400 Fraud Charges On NFF President

Gbemileke Ajayi

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The Federal Government has charged the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and four others with alleged misappropriation of $8,400 belonging to the football body.

In a 17-count charge, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, the money was said to have been paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees in the group state of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Named with Pinnick in the charge, are NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh.

The defendants were also accused of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4bn” belonging to the NFF without the consent of the NFF.

The five are also accused, in the charge filed by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), led by Okoi Obono-Obla, of failing and neglecting to declare their assets.

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AFCON 2019: Nigeria Draws Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi [Full Fixtures]

Gbemileke Ajayi

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn against Guinea, Madagascar, and Burundi in Group B of the African Cup of Nations, Egypt 2019.

The Gernot Rohr lads will begin their campaign at the the championship they won in South Africa i. 2013 against Burundi in the group opener.

In other groups, host Egypt will battle DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in Group A, former champions Senegal and Algeria will have Kenya and giant killers Tanzania to slug it with in Group C.

Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire South Africa and Namibia were drawn in Group D which tagged as the competition Group of Death.

North African champions, Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania and Angola are up for Group E qualifying tickets.

Cameroon will also have Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau to contend with Group F of the tournament.

Group A

Egypt
DR Congo
Uganda
Zimbabwe

Group B

Nigeria
Guinea
Madagascar
Burundi

Group C

Senegal
Algeria
Kenya
Tanzania

Group D

Morocco
Cote d’Ivoire
South Africa
Namibia

Group E

Tunisia
Mali
Mauritania
Angola

Group F

Cameroon
Ghana
Benin
Guinea-Bissau

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Give Me £500,000-A-Week And I’ll Snub Real Madrid —- Pogba Tells Man Utd

Peter Okunoren

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Manchester United are reportedly ready to open talks with Paul Pogba over a new contract, the UK Sun reports.

But the French midfielder is going to test Old Trafford chiefs desire to keep him, by demanding a total wage packet of £500,000-a-week.

It is believed Pogba wants parity as the club’s highest paid player with Alexis Sanchez, as the eye-watering deal handed to Sanchez 15 months ago, is coming back to bite executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward once again.

Sanchez’s huge contract has changed the game at United, especially given the struggles suffered by the South American since joining last January.

Pogba’s demands will be strengthened by public admissions from Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, that he would like his compatriot at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Pogba has two years left on his current £300,000-a-week deal, with a further 12-month option.

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