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Antoine Griezmann admits he lacks confidence playing for Barca and finally addresses his poor relationship with Lionel Messi

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France star, Antoine Griezmann has finally spoken about his relationship with Lionel Messi after reports emanated that both strikers don’t get along with each other.


Griezmann, signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer for €120million, has lacked chemistry with Lionel Messi, even stating in an interview that they hardly talk to each other during training.

Griezmann has scored four LaLiga goals and supplied three assists for Barca, however, his performances have been underwhelming with Spanish press claiming Barca might sell him to resign Neymar next summer.

Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, Griezmann told UEFA.com: “I’m in the process of learning and understanding how my team-mates play as everything is new to me.

“I’m still trying to read the runs and off the ball movement from the likes of Luis Suarez, Leo Messi and Ousmane Dembele along with the midfielders. It’s my intention to get to grips with this as soon as possible so I can offer my all to the team but at times it’s tricky’

“At present when I get the ball I have a certain lack of confidence in when to pass or when to shoot on goal, this I’m sure is something that will change with the passing of time.”

Last month, Griezmann admitted to finding it “difficult” to connect with Messi as neither of them are naturally big talkers.

“I’m pretty shy and sometimes have problems talking to others,” Griezmann said.

 “It’s rare that I strike up a conversation. Luis [Suarez], Leo and myself have had meals together and the relationship can only improve over time.”

“He’s (Messi) the type of player that we’re not going to see again for at least 40 years and it’s a joy to watch him in action. It really is a privilege to play alongside him.”

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We don’t owe you – Amaju Pinnick replies Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr

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Amaju Pinnick, the president of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has berated the action of the Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr to have accused the federation of owing him salary.

The German tactician had in a recent interview claimed that the NFF is currently owing him $100,000 in bonuses and allowances, a report that has been debunked by the federation.  

Pinnick has cleared the air on the federation bill with Rohr in terms of payment of salaries. According to him,

“We don’t owe you (Rohr), you cannot come out to say that we owe you salary. We pay you, an employee, and you must respect the employer because we pay you salary religiously.”

Pinnick further advised the technical adviser to be mindful of his utterances in the media.

‘’If they pay you, you don’t come out to say they pay you. There are some things you don’t say.”  

Rohr’s present contract is set to expire in June 2020.

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Former Arsenal and England footballer, Benik Afobe loses 2-year old daughter

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Footballer Benik Afobe is “heartbroken” after the death of his two-year-old daughter.  

The striker, who plays for Championship club Bristol City on loan from Stoke, announced today December 1, that his daughter Amora had died on Friday evening after “unexpectedly developing a severe infection”.

A statement issued by his family said: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that the Afobe family have today confirmed the devastating news that their first child, their beloved daughter Amora, 2, passed away late on Friday evening.

“Amora was taken to hospital for treatment after unexpectedly developing a severe infection.

“Unfortunately she then suffered a number of serious complications and despite doctors doing absolutely everything they possibly could, Amora passed away peacefully with the love of her family by her side.

“The entire family have been left totally devastated and heartbroken, and would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time.”

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Gunmen kill FRSC officer on Lokoja road — 20 minutes after FC Ifeanyi Ubah was attacked

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, on Friday, attacked some officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), killing one, and leaving other critically wounded.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Bisi Kazeem, spokesman of the corps, said the two officers who were on their way to Lagos on an official assignment were ambushed by the gunmen about 1:50pm.

”Two personnel who were travelling in a Toyota Hilux pick-up van with registration number; PILOT 01A were ambushed by the gunmen after Zariagi on Lokoja – Okene road precisely at  Oshawa, a town close to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital,” he said.

Kazeem said the gunmen opened fire on sighting the marked vehicle and shot the driver in the head, killing him instantly.

“The vehicle subsequently lost control and veered off the road.  It took hours before the rescue team could locate the vehicle in the bush and evacuate the victims,” he said.

He said Boboye Oyeyemi, the corps marshal, expressed his sympathy to the family of the bereaved, the entire management and staff of the corps, and the country for the death of the officer who lost his life in active service.

The attack on the officers happened 20 minutes after gunmen opened fire on a bus conveying the players and crew of FC Ifeanyi Ubah from Anambra to Kano for a match against Jigawa Golden Stars.

The onslaught on the team bus happened at 1:30pm at Kabba junction, near Lokoja.

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