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Stranded Nigerian fans storm embassy

A combination of strict asylum policy for migrants and excruciating hardship have forced a number of Nigerians trafficked to Russia as Super Eagles fans to storm the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow to seek help to return home.

Our correspondent learnt they were made to part with N350, 000 each to enable them to travel to the transcontinental country by some agents using the visa-free FAN ID for the 2018 World Cup.

It was learnt that while some of them were told that there are job opportunities for Africans in Russia, others were told that they could cross the borders into Poland and Finland on arrival in the country to seek asylum .

Sources said they were also told that they could seek asylum in Russia if they failed to cross the borders into Western Europe.

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Our correspondent learnt some of the ‘ fans’ ( including others from Africa) succeeded in crossing into Poland at the early stages of the World Cup .

But when the Polish authorities discovered , they tightened security around their borders to stop more ‘fans’ using their country to hit Germany and Denmark .

The Russian media reported that some Africans had been detained trying to cross the Finnish border during the tournament .

After many Nigerian ‘ fans’ failed to cross the borders , they decided to seek political asylum in Russia, citing fears of political persecution in their country.

However, they discovered that it is difficult for asylum seekers to obtain refugee status in Russia, with only 582 people admitted as refugees in 2017 .
With biting hardship after they ran out of money , the ‘ fans’ decided to seek help from the Nigerian Embassy.
No fewer than 70 of them stormed the Nigerian Embassy calling for Nigerian Ambassador Steve Ugbah to help them.

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Ugbah promised to provide them with food and shelter while he looks for a way to get them home, according to AP .

Crime Russia quoted Telegram channel Mash as reporting that 23 Nigerian citizens stayed at Vnukovo Airport for almost two weeks begging , pestering other passengers , washing in sinks and sleeping in armchairs.

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I regained form after I stopped eating jollof rice – Footballer Isaac Success

Footballer, Isaac Success has revealed how he regained his form in the English Premier League.

Isaac says his change of diet, including a stop in eating his favorite Jollof rice, helped him. The 22-year-old injury prone Nigerian footballer, in a chat with DailyMail said:

“I was eating a lot of African food [Jollof rice inclusive]and it was a little bit heavy but I’ve cut that out and I’m on the team diet, eating with the team.

Eating earlier at night, it’s really helped. I wasn’t fit and wasn’t working. I made mistakes because I wasn’t working hard and needed to concentrate more. I stuck to my plan.

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When you’re fit it’s more difficult to get injured, and if you’re injured you recover on time. So, this season is going well because physically I’m fine. I lost a couple of kilos and that made me faster and stronger. I feel sharper.”

According to reports, Isaac has already played more minutes this season than he played in the two before.

He has also scored again in the EPL, something he last did in 2016. Has also added three Super Eagles caps to the single cap he had before October.

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Former Liverpool star, Michael Owen, has identified one player Chelsea must replace in their squad.

Owen said Alvaro Morata was no longer needed in the team having failed to establish himself since arriving last season.

Morata was not even on the bench on Saturday as Maurizio Sarri decided to play Eden Hazard as false nine.

The Spaniard has failed to live up to expectations after arriving from Real Madrid for a club-record £60million in the summer of 2017.

“Chelsea need to replace Morata,” Owen told BT Sport.

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Pep Guardiola reveals why Manchester City lost 2-0 to Chelsea 

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has revealed why they were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

City suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday with goals from N’golo Kante and David Luiz in each half.

Maurizio Sarri’s side rose from the disappointment of losing at Wolves in midweek to end City’s 21-game unbeaten league run.

Guardiola’s side was struck in the first half as N’Golo Kante fired high past Ederson from Eden Hazard’s pass.

Chelsea returned from the break stronger and much improved, securing the win with 12 minutes left when David Luiz’s glancing header following a corner bounced in off the far post

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“We came here with an idea, we had a great first half but conceded the goal.

“They are so strong, the first half and last 25 we were fantastic and it was a joy to see my players and they showed incredible personality to play here.

“We created enough chances to score, unfortunately, it didn’t happen. The way we played today was incredible.”

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