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Pep Guardiola Could Return To Barcelona – Father

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Pep Guardiola’s father, Valenti Guardiola, has suggested his son might one day return to Barcelona for a second coaching spell. 

Guardiola Sr. said as much while accepting an award on the Manchester City boss’ behalf on Tuesday.

Per Marca, he said: “It could be a yes, that he returns to Barcelona, but it would be to coach. Since he left home, he has always made his own decisions. I’ve never advised him.”

The 48-year-old was named coach of the year by the Catalan FA but could not collect the award himself as City played Burnley on Tuesday evening, winning 4-1 at Turf Moor.

Guardiola spent the bulk of his playing days at the Camp Nou, where he won six La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey and the European Cup, among other honours.

When he retired, he became coach of Barcelona B in 2007. The following year he took charge of the first team, and in four seasons he guided them to a great deal of silverware, including three La Liga titles, two UEFA Champions Leagues and two Copas del Rey.

The manager recently discussed how coming through the ranks at Barca’s La Masia academy shaped his approach to the game

His use of tiki-taka football with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi in their primes made Barcelona one of the most attractive and imperious teams in European football in that era.

ESPN FC’s Andrew Cesare and Bleacher Report’s Alex McGovern discussed his impact on Twitter

Given his age, Guardiola could easily manage for another two decades or more, so it would be of little surprise if he did revisit his boyhood club in that time.

Barca have continued to enjoy success since his departure in 2012, winning five more domestic titles, four more Copas and another Champions League, but Messi, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique are the only players remaining from Guardiola’s era and they’re in need of a rebuild.

Guardiola may have been a little fortunate to have an incredible generation of talent come through the academy at the right time for him during his first spell in charge.

However, his experience of transforming a slightly underperforming Barca side—they had finished second and third in the two seasons before he took over—into a European powerhouse is exactly what they could do with again in the coming years.

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Nine-Year Old Boy Passes University-Level Maths Exam [VIDEO]

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The Mathematics Certification Institute of Japan on Tuesday said a 9-year-old boy from the Western Japanese province of Hyogo has passed a university-level maths exam.

According to the Kyodo news agency, the institute said Shogo Ando had been studying for the exam for two years and intended to use his mathematical skills for the betterment of society.

The report said the boy was cited as saying that he would like to use his skills to combat climate change.

Testing and achievement are central to Japan’s highly competitive school system.

However, according to the latest data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Japan has fallen from fifth to sixth place in the ranking of countries by their school pupils’ maths abilities.

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Sowore Vs DSS: National Assembly May One Day Be Invaded, Says Reps Member

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Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu from Delta State said if the invasion of the federal high court allegedly by the DSS is not properly put to check, the National Assembly may one day be invaded.

It will be recalled that some operatives of the DSS broke into the court while in session to rearrest the convener of #Revolution Now protest, Omoyele Sowere barely 24 hours after his release from their detention facility last week Thursday in Abuja.

But the DSS had since denied swooping in on Sowore in the court. Miffed by the alleged invasion, the House at plenary on Tuesday resolved to probe the matter to unravel the circumstances.

“Worried further that if this action is not properly put to check, the National Assembly may one day be invaded and the relevant security agencies will claim not knowing who the offenders are,” Elumelu said.

Elumelu in the motion canvassed for adherence and respect to the concept of separation of powers as enshrined in the laws of Nigeria, fearing that if the invasion was not checked and offenders punished, it might degenerate to National Assembly someday.

He said: “The House notes with dismay, the exhibition of thuggery, brute force, lawlessness, contempt and disregard for the rule of law by yet to be identified persons within the precinct of the Federal high court, Abuja on the 6th day of December, 2019.

“Further Notes that the videos emerging in public domain shows these unidentified person trying to bundle Omoleye Sowore and his co-accused Olawale Bakare away from the courtroom, while Sowore’s supporters were resisting them, which is an abuse to the sanctity of the courtroom.

Concerned that the men of the civil society claims that the unidentified masked man are agents of the Department of the state services (D.S.S).

“The Department of State Services has denied through their spokesman Peter Afunanya that its personnel were never involved in the incident

“Concerned further that section 4,5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution as amended guarantees the separation of powers and the independence of every arm of Government.

“A situation where one arm is seen to be overpowering another in the course of dispensing her duties, will definitely spell doom for the separation of powers as enshrined in the Constitution.

“Worried that the actions of these unidentified persons disrupted judicial proceedings on the 6th day of December 2019 and made the presiding judge to abandon her duty post because of safety concerns.

This is a complete desecration of the temple of justice and such an action should be completely discouraged. “Worried further that if this action is not properly put to check, the National Assembly may one day be invaded and the relevant security agencies will claim not knowing who the offenders are. “

Aware that the invasion of the Federal high court Abuja runs contrary to the avowed assurances of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria “Further Aware that physically assaulting Mr. Omoleye Sowore and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare by the yet to be identified persons inside the court room is the highest act of sacrilege against the judicial arm of government and a complete disrespect to the rule of law.”

Adopting the motion, the House mandated its committees on National Security and Intelligence, Judiciary and Human Rights respectively to investigate the event and report back to the House within two weeks.

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Two Ex-Govs In War Of Words At Airport

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A report by Daily Trust indicate that two former governors of Sokoto state, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa and Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko engaged in a war of words at the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto on Monday, December 9.

Bafarawa was said to have shunned Wamakko who stood to greet him at the VIP lodge of the airport on his arrival.

According to the report, Bafarawa’s action was the recent statement made by his predecessor, which termed him as a seasonal migrant to Sokoto state.

“You said I am a seasonal visitor to Sokoto, why are you greeting me. I know my father and grand father were born and died here, I can even show you their graves. Can you show me the grave of your grand father?,” he allegedly asked Wamakko.

Wamakko was said to have responded by saying: “I don’t want to know where your father and grant father are buried. All I know is that you are a seasonal migrant in Sokoto, that is all.

“There are other people whose parents and grant parents have been buried here but you called them seasonal migrants as well. So just go and face your businesses.”

The duo, however, boarded the same flight to Abuja after the hot exchange of words. Wamakko, now a senator, deputized Bafarawa for almost eight years before he voluntarily resigned to avoid impeachment.

The senator later succeeded Bafarawa after defeating his anointed candidate who is now the minister of police affairs, Alhaji Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi in the Sokoto state 2007 governorship election. Meanwhile, a recent media report revealed that former governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, paid himself and his former deputy N525 million two days before they left office.

According to the report, official documents and a bank statement show that Yari was paid N350 million two days before he left office. The money was paid from the state government’s gratuity funds under the pension sub-account with a new generation bank branch in Gusau, the state capital on Monday, May 27.

Also, the then outgoing deputy governor, Ibrahim Wakkala, was paid N175 million from the same account.

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