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Ten richest African Footballers





1.Samuel Eto’o($90m). He is the richest player in Africa. He earns about $25m a year. The Everton player has also played for Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Chelsea and was in Anzhi-Makhachakala between 2011 and 2013. He is involved in charity and his Fundacion Privada Samuel Eto’o in Cameroon provides citizens with basic health care.


2.Didier Drogba ($70m). He has retired from international duties for his country Cote D’Ivoire. The former Ivorian national team captain was a member of what has been regarded as Cote D’Ivoire’s ‘Golden Generation.’ He joined Chelsea at 26 and earned $170,000 a week. He transferred to Galatasaray of Turkey for $5.2m and he is back to Chelsea. He is Chelsea 4th highest goal scorer. His sensational header in the Uefa champions league final game Chelsea the cup in what was a parting gift for the club. That is perhaps why he was recalled back to the club as he is seen as a hero by the club’s fans.

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3.Yaya Toure ($65m) Yaya took over as captain of the Cote D’Ivoire national team after Didier Drogba retired from international engagement. The former Barcelona mid fielder signed a 5year deal with Manchester City fc for around $40m. His combined earnings are about $15m a year.

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4.Emmanuel Adebayo ($65m) The Togolese playmaker and captain of the national team plays for Tottenham Hotspurs and on loan to Real Madrid. He is generous and reported to have donated a lot of money to charity. He earned about $268,000 a week with Manchester United.


5.Michael Essien ($25m) the former Ghanaian national team captain was at a time the richest footballer in Africa, when he signed for Chelsea for $40.5m from Lyon of France. He signed a one and half year contract with AC Milan in January 2014.

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6.Kolo Toure ($18m) Kolo seem to be in the twilight of his career. He has played for Arsenal, Manchester City and now Liverpool. He has a sponsorship deal with Adidas. He is one of the long serving players in the Cote D’Ivoire national team.

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7.John Obi Mikel ($15m) after the sterling performance in the 2005 under 20 world cup in the Holland, he was enmeshed in a transfer controversy between Chelsea and Manchester United. He finally settled for Chelsea. His career in Europe started with Lyn of Oslo, Norway. He has a contract with Chelsea till 2017.

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8.Federic Kanoute ($12m) a devout Muslim, who spent $700,000 to buy a mosque that, was to be sold in Spain. The Malian who currently plays in China for the Beijing Guoan has played for Lyon of France, West Ham in England and Sevilla in Spain.


9.Seydou Keita($10m) The Malian national team captain and former Barcelona mid fielder earned $16m before tax playing for the Dalian  Aerbin fc in the Chinese super league from where he move to Valencia in Spain. In June, 2014 he signed a one year contract with Roma of Italy.


10.Christopher Samba ($8m) The Congolese defender made $160,000 a week when he signed for Anzhi- Makhachkala and he earned the same amount in Queens Park Rangers. He now plays for Dynamo Moscow.]]>

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Many trapped as building collapses in Ikoyi



Many artisans were Friday evening feared killed after a building under construction collapsed in Lagos.

The incident occurred at 4:10pm around Glover Court Ikoyi.

It was gathered that the two-storey building caved in the course of decking the second floor.

Although the cause of the collapse was yet to be ascertained, sources said it could be as a result of substandard materials.

Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu said the number of persons trapped was yet to be ascertained.

“LASEMA has already activated the Lagos Emergency Response Plan for all first responders to move to the site of the collapsed building. Lagosians within the vicinity of the incident have been enjoined to stay calm and allow emergency responders to do their job.

“We are yet to know the number of persons trapped but I can tell you it was an uncompleted building and workers were on-site,” he said.

Oke-Osayintolu also said that LASEMA and the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) have evacuated and disposed of the rotten edible items found in five containers at Sifax, off Dock Nigeria Limited in Apapa.

He said the evacuation followed inspection of the containers after residents raised an alarm of a stench and release of toxic gas into the environment.

The LASEMA boss said: “A joint action team comprising the DG/CEO LASEMA and GM LASEPA has conducted an on the site inspection of the containers. The joint team discovered edibles including fish which had become rotten due to faulty refrigerators.

“The absence of emergency action preparedness plan and appropriate safety measures in place to curtail such incidence and guard against reoccurrence was observed.

“A total of 25 containers were located. Five containers laden with edibles have faulty refrigerators. The edibles have therefore defrosted and have become rotten causing severe health hazards to the environment.

“Thirteen houses are located on the street where the containers are located, leaving a huge impact on house numbers 2, 4, 6 and 8 Trinity Close Apapa. LASEMA and LASEPA have evacuated and disposed of the rotten items.”

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Jilted 25-year-old man drinks sniper, dies



A 25-year-old man, Kehinde Muse, has committed suicide after his girlfriend, Rasheedat Animashaun, broke up with him.

The PUNCH learned that the deceased had sent a text message to 21-year-old Animashaun, informing her of his decision to kill himself.

The girlfriend was said to have informed his family members, as they all rushed to his house on Modele Street, Surulere.

However, by the time they arrived at the house, Muse had been unconscious.

He was rushed to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

The police spokesman, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident.

He said, “On Wednesday, around 6.30pm, Surulere Police Station received information that one Kehinde Muse locked himself in his room and drank poisonous substance known as sniper. He was rushed to the hospital, but died on arrival. ”

Preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased had earlier sent a text message to his ex-girlfriend, Rasheedat Animashaun, informing her that he will take his life since she decided to quit the relationship.

“The ex-girlfriend promptly informed his family about the text message he sent to her and they rushed to his house, broke down the door and found him unconscious.

“He was rushed to the hospital, but was unable to make it. His corpse has been deposited in the mortuary for autopsy.”

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Troops frustrate terrorists attack on Gubio and Magumeri markets



The attention of the Nigerian Army in the Theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole has been drawn to reports on various media platforms indicating an attack on Gubio and Magumeri communities in Borno State at about 1735hrs of Wednesday the 21st of August, 2019.

To avoid further misinformation that could create unnecessary tension, the Theatre Command wishes to state that the attack was targeted at Nigerian Army troops deployed in the areas to enable the terrorists to gain access shops in the market in the towns to loot food items and other logistics. The attack was however repelled by the troops.

Consequently, due to the fierce exchange of fire, the terrorists were forced to withdraw in disarray from the town resulting in damages on buildings and property along their route of withdrawal.

There were no casualty on the security force (troops) and no loss or damage to own equipment as wrongly insinuated on social media. However, a vigilante sadly lost his life in a crossfire. Also, some civilians in the area reportedly sustained various degrees of injuries.

Peace has so far been restored in the communities with residents going about their lawful businesses.

The Nigerian Army once again call on all well-meaning members of the public to collaborate with the military and other security agencies in the area of sharing of information and suspicious movement of criminals in their communities to proactively deal with criminal activities.

Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 7 Division
22 Aug 2019

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