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Swans braced for absent Ki and Bony

Garry Monk says Swansea will not sign
replacements to fill in for Ki Sung-yueng and
Wilfried Bony in January.
Ki will captain South Korea at the Asian Cup
whilst Bony will play for the Ivory Coast at the
African Cup of Nations.
The pair could miss as many as six games
after the game at QPR on New Year’s Day.
“When Bony and Ki are out for that period it’s
for someone to step up to that level,” Monk
“We’ve got a very good squad and I’m not
going to be making wholesale changes at all.
“There are certain positions we will look to
strengthen and if we can get the right player
to fit into the squad that’s the only time I’ll do
“Other than that we’ll go with what we’ve got.
“I’ve got full confidence in the squad right now
and it’s just adding quality to accompany
what we’ve got.”
Midfielder Ki, who spent last season on loan
at Sunderland, has been an ever-present in the
Premier League this campaign.
Wilfried Bony scored twice for the Ivory Coast
at the 2014 World Cup
Striker Bony is top scorer with eight goals so
far this season and signed a one-year
contract extension with the Swans in
Swansea go into Saturday’s Premier League
game at Hull City having lost their previous
two games against West Ham away and at
home to Tottenham.
Monk’s side lost 1-0 at Hull in April and they
have failed to score on their three previous
visits to the KC Stadium.
Hull have won only once at home all season
go into Saturday’s game against ninth-placed
Swansea, having not won a Premier League
match since their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace
on 4 October.
“Every team in this league is a different
challenge, the way they set up and the
different personnel and styles they have,”
Monk said.
“It’s getting your team to concentrate on
themselves but adjust enough to know where
the threats are from the other team.
“I would imagine they’re looking at this game
to turn around their form.
“They’ve got a very experienced manager who
will be looking at how to get them back to
winning ways and we expect a very difficult
“Hull will be different to what we’ve played
before, so the challenge for us is to perform
well enough to take the points.”

Amokachi Invites 24 players

Super Eagles Assistant Coach Daniel
Amokachi has named 24 players from the
domestic scene for the upcoming friendly
games between Nigeria and Ivory Coast as
well as Mali in Abu Dubai.
Top on the list are Gombe United goalkeeper
Chigozie Agbim, Kingsley Sokari, Emem Uduok
and Gambo Mohammed.
Others are Daniel Akpeyi (Warri Wolves);
Theophilus Afelokhai (Kano Pillars), Solomon
Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Idris Aloma (El-
Kanemi FC); Chimma Akas (Sharks FC);
Nelson Ogbonna (Heartland FC); Azubuike
Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Erhun Obanor
(Bendel Insurance); Bright Esieme (Enyimba
FC) and Umar Zango (Kano Pillars).
Also on the list are Ammel Angel Wilfred (Kogi
United); Joseph Nathaniel (Sharks FC);
Charles Henlong (Giwa FC); Stanley Dimgba
(Warri Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars);
Chinedu Udeaga (Enugu Rangers); Emem
Eduok (Dolphins FC); Kingsley Sokari
(Enyimba FC)
Forwards: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Gbolahan
Salami (Warri Wolves); Osaguona Christian
(Enugu Rangers); Gambo Muhammad (Kano
Pillars) and Christian Obiozor (Enugu
Meanwhile, all the players invited are expected
to report at the Bolton White Apartments,
Abuja on Sunday, 28th December with their
international passports and four passport

I will proudly serve Nigeria with Buhari –Osinbajo

APC Presidential Candidate, Gen. Mohammed
Buhari with his running mate Prof. Yemi
Osinbajo SAN in Abuja. Photo: Gbemiga
Osinbajo made this statement in his
acceptance speech at the national secretariat
of APC in Abuja, Wednesday. He pledged to
work with Buhari and the party if elected into
office to restore the hope of Nigerians.
He said: “I am deeply honoured and grateful
to have been nominated as the Vice-
Presidential candidate of our party, APC and
especially the Presidential candidate, General
Muhammadu Buhari.
“I also thank the leaders and elders of our
great party, APC for the trust reposed in me.
“The task of rebuilding this nation is one to
which I am fully committed. There can be no
other President, Leader and commander that
can lead that common sense revolution
Nigeria urgently needs than General
Muhammadu Buhari. I will proudly serve this
country with him.
“General Buhari’s uprightness and fierce
commitment to good governance is well
known. It will be a privilege to work with him.
I come to this assignment with lots of hope
and a resolve to be a part of this movement to
bring Nigeria back to its lost glory. With the
support of all Nigerians and the help of God,
we shall make Nigeria work again.
“I will work with him and the party to restore
hope and confidence in millions of our youth
and provide comfort and security for millions
of our country men and women.
I thank you all”.

Walking in Love Benefit 3

Walking in Love Benefit 3

You can live without Strife
(Mat 5:23,24 ) Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
This morning we continue to wind down our series, “You think you know what Love is?” We are closing out the series with a few benefits of walking in God’s love. Let’s look at another great benefit of walking in love: when you love God you don’t live a life full of strife.
The word strife means: violent conflict, contention, discord. We all know people that live this way; people that are always looking for ways to get upset, to argue, to get offended, and to stay offended. It is sad to say, but there are believers that live this way. This is why this series was about teaching believers to walk and abide in love. When we learn to walk in the love of God we are not easily offended. Offense is a choice and we simply choose not to get offended and if we ever get to the point where we get upset, we quickly deal with the matter and move on. Believers who walk in love are people that are quick to forgive, slow to take offense, and never looking to cause problems. Let me give you three reasons why those of us that walk in love can live strife-free lives:
1.  We deal with issues quickly: Jesus said, “But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Mat 5:22-24). When we walk in love we don’t go around calling people names, we are not looking for ways to cause trouble, and if we ever realize that there is an issue between us and another, we are quick to go to that person and make every effort to fix the situation.
2.  We treat others the way we want to be treated: Jesus said, “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behaviour: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them…” (Mat 7:12). When you walk with God you quickly learn that the Kingdom of God operates by the principle of sowing and reaping. If you sow discord, trouble, and strife you will reap discord, trouble, and strife. However, if you sow forgiveness, peace, and harmony you will reap forgiveness, peace, and harmony. The same is true with anything else. We will reap whatever we sow. Those of us that walk in love have learned to treat others – even those that are hard to deal with – the way that we want to be treated.
3.  We keep our focus on God: Isaiah said, “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You” (Isaiah 26:3). The person that walks in love keeps his trust and focus completely on God. We must all realize that humans are finite and flawed beings. People will fail you, but God never will. When you walk in love and you keep your focus on Him you can treat others well – even those that are difficult to love – because your focus is on God and not them.
So what does this mean to you today? It means that when you walk in love you can literally live a life that is free from strife, bitterness, resentment, and unnecessary stress. Isn’t that a better way to live? Start walking in love today!
Confession for this day: Lord God, I love You with all my heart and my love for You propels me to love others. I don’t live a life of strife and bitterness. I live a strife-free life. I am quick to forgive and slow to take offense. I am always looking for ways to be a blessing and not a burden. I enjoy my life and I walk around with a smile on my face, a song in my heart, and a spring in my step.
In Jesus’ name.