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Chiesa, Danilo on target as wasteful Juventus win at Empoli



Chiesa, Danilo on target as wasteful Juventus win at Empoli

Goals from Danilo and Federico Chiesa earned Juventus a 2-0 victory at Empoli in Serie A on Sunday, with the visitors squandering several other chances, having two efforts disallowed and missing a penalty.

The victory maintains Juventus’s unbeaten start to the season, having earned seven points from their opening three games to sit two points behind leaders Inter Milan and AC Milan.

“It was a good performance against an Empoli side that is not easy to play against,” Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri told reporters.

“We allowed practically nothing at the back, but need to be calmer in the final third or with the final ball, as we were a bit too frenetic.”

Juventus captain Danilo thought he had given them an early advantage with a close-range header.

This was following a corner but the goal was ruled out due to a collision with keeper Etrit Berisha just before the strike.

He did not have to wait long for a goal however as he put the visitors ahead after 24 minutes, deftly sweeping the ball into the net following a scramble after a corner.

Dusan Vlahovic missed a penalty around the half-hour mark, after Youssef Maleh fouled Federico Gatti.
Juventus maintained their dominance in the second half, with Chiesa going close to scoring, sending the ball inches wide of the far post.

They had a second goal chalked off in the 66th minute when Paul Pogba found the net with an elegant volley.

The effort was however ruled out because Vlahovic, who had chested the ball down to him, was offside.

They did manage to double their lead, however, when Arkadiusz Milik’s pass sent Chiesa clear on goal.

Milik then skipped around Berisha’s challenge to slide the ball home and seal the win in the 82nd minute.

Milik nearly scored a third for Juventus in stoppage time, as his header struck the woodwork, while team mate Moise Kean also hit the post shortly after.

After the match, Pogba seemed to be in discomfort, touching the back of his thigh.

“We don’t know anything yet, he felt a twinge at the back, so we’ll see what the tests say,” said Allegri who praised Pogba for his performance.

When asked about Juventus’s ambitions the season, Allegri denied they were favourites for the league title.

“There are teams out there better equipped to win the Scudetto, such as Inter, Napoli and Milan,” he said.

“We must do well to stay as close to them as possible and finish in the top four.”


LUTH denies late doctor worked 72-hour call duty



The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, has denied allegations that one of its house officers, Dr Michael Umoh, died after a 72-hour call.

This is contained in a statement issued by LUTH management team in Lagos on Thursday.

“LUTH management understands the fact that the family of Dr Umoh is presently mourning the death of their beloved son and requested the foreclosure of any media engagement regarding the death of their son. It is important for us as a management to make clarifications regarding the circumstances surrounding his death.

“Dr Umoh died on Sept 17 while in church with his parents. The management was informed, and the death was later confirmed by one of the Consultants in his unit (Neurosurgery).

“The death of Dr Umoh is unfortunate but the narrative of a 72 hours non-stop shift is false.

“The record from Neurosurgery unit shows that the last time he was on call was 13th and 14th September, 2023.

“He was not on call on the 15th, 16th and 17th (the day he died), contrary to the insinuations on social media. He was at home with his parents on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17,” the management said.

Prior to this time, the management said, he was on call on the Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.

”This shows that Dr Umoh was on call for a total number of four days in September, 2023.

“A delegation from LUTH visited the family on Wednesday to commiserate with the family and to get more details of the circumstances surrounding his death.

“The parents gave the details of what they thought must have contributed to his death but pleaded that the wish of the family be respected and that the narrative is not for public consumption,” it said.

The management described Dr Umoh as a hardworking and diligent house-officer, and a very promising young man.

It said he will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues.

“May his soul rest in peace, and may the Almighty give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss” LUTH said.

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Gov Sule charges real sector conference to proffer practical solutions to economy



Abdullahi Sule

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has charged participants at the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) 1st International Real Sector Conference to proffer practical solutions to rejuvenate the economy.

He gave the charge on the first day of the two days conference on real sector productivity held at the University in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.

The theme of the conference is “Rejuvenating the sector productivity in Nigeria”.

Sule challenged participants to get real and proffer workable and practical solutions that would rejuvenate the real sector in Nigeria for optimal productivity which in turn would impact on the economy of the country positively.

“The question we should be asking ourselves here is that why are we not getting it right in the real sector in Nigeria?

“So let us proffer practical solutions so that we don’t just end up having an event and having all the communique and all that and then they end up in our offices. Let us ask ourselves what is that is possible and how do we contribute,” he said.

He said their recommendations should also be useful in shaping a better future for the real sector in Nigeria so that future Nigerians could build on that.

“So we must sit down and deliberate on what exactly is our problems in this sector. Are we ready to make sacrifices? And we must make sacrifices because that is the only way we can move forward.

“I want to assure you that in Nigeria we can change the narratives but it will take all of you here to convince the rest,” he said.

Prof. Suleiman Bala-Mohammed, Vice Chancellor, NSUK, commended the university’s Department of Business Administration for organizing the conference and urged the department to sustain it as it would be a platform for cross fertilisation of ideas and wider conversations on local and international issues.

He also urged participants to brainstorm and come up with policy recommendations on how to rejuvenate the real sector in Nigeria.

Mr John Mamman, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Education, however, told NAN that he expected the outcome of the conference would change the narratives because the real sector, according to him, is the driver of the economy.

“The manufacturing, construction, engineering and others are the real movers of the economy. Once we get it right from the drivers of the economy, other sectors will also be impacted positively,” he said.

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