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Jones: Martial only needs one chance

Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes Anthony Martial showed he only needs one chance to make the difference with his winner at Burnley.

The Frenchman delivered the perfect finish, via the underside of the bar, to secure another three points for Jose Mourinho’s men but another resolute defensive performance, and a fifth successive clean sheet, also played a major role.

“It’s a difficult place to come,” Jones told MUTV. “They throw a lot of bodies in the box, they cross a lot of balls from a wide area, they are a physical team and you have to stand up to it. I think, today, we did that.

Martial needs one chance and he scores and that is why he is so crucial for us at the moment. He doesn’t need a second chance, his finish was terrific as well.

“When the game is 1-0, you feel strong, you feel good but there is always that vulnerability in the back of your mind,” he added. “They could score at any minute or get a little ricochet and it goes in, but thankfully it wasn’t to be.

“The character, the determination, the fight, the willingness to close down from us was terrific and, when you come to places like this, that is exactly what you have to do. I am pleased for the lads.”

Mourinho reacts to Turf Moor triumph

Jose Mourinho was pleased with his Manchester United team’s efforts in Saturday’s Premier League win at Burnley.

The Reds made it four straight wins in all competitions in 2018 as Anthony Martial scored a second-half winner to sink the Clarets at Turf Moor.

Read what the boss had to say in his interviews with MUTV and BBC Sport after the game and also in his post-match press conference…

“It’s never easy. It’s always difficult here. If we score a second goal then you are in control but when they are alive, they are alive and they go until the end. They are a brave, physical team with a direct approach and pressing a lot around the box is really difficult to play against. Season after season, they are doing what they are doing. If you don’t score you are in trouble, they go direct, they are consistent in their approach it is really difficult. We defended very well, and it is fair to say Mike Dean and his team were very good. There was a lot of first ball, second ball and the physicality.”

“It was amazing but sometimes people look at strikers and analyse just the number of goals, which is not fair because he [Lukaku] is a team player and today the quality, the vision, the pass to make Martial face the one against one was fantastic.”

“We know that when we can put him in the one-on-one situation with the full-back [Phil Bardsley], it’s difficult for the full-back because he has so many attributes – he can go inside, he can go outside, he can shoot to the far post and he can shoot like he did today to the front post. He has lots of attributes, so it’s one more reason to be happy with Romelu because Romelu knew that if we put Anthony into the one-on-one situation, it’s difficult for the right-back.”

“We had chances to kill the game because we knew what was going to happen – that [Sam] Vokes was coming [off the bench], the direct football was becoming more intense and then we had to defend in a very brave way in the minutes of extra-time.”

“We look at the team and we can say [Chris] Smalling and [Phil] Jones were giants – yes, they were – but the team was very good. I think [Marouane] Fellaini was fundamental in the final 20 minutes for us so I thank him for that. Sometimes players on the bench can get frustrated and when they come on, it doesn’t bring the best out of them but it doesn’t happen in my team – the players who come off the bench come to help.”

“I expect soon or never [to sign Alexis Sanchez]. I think it’s so close, so close, so close that if it doesn’t happen, it’s not going to happen, so I am positive. I know that my people are doing absolutely everything they can – the owners with the green light and Mr [Ed] Woodward working hard. I think everybody is giving everything they can and I think we’re going to be successful.”

Martial is Man of the Match

Anthony Martial was voted Manchester United’s Man of the Match by fans on Twitter after scoring the winner against Burnley on Saturday.

The Frenchman capped a fine personal and team display with the decisive moment against the Clarets – a sublime strike which found the net via the crossbar in the 54th minute – as the Reds secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Turf Moor.

He picked up 65 per cent of the final vote from supporters, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling also nominated for their solid displays in defence which helped Jose Mourinho’s men keep a fifth successive clean sheet.

It was his 11th goal of the season in all competitions and the 22-year-old has now scored in three successive Premier League games for the first time, after also notching in the Reds’ wins against Everton and Stoke City in 2018.

Reacting to the win, Martial told MUTV: “I think we played good, it was a good game and the most important thing was to get the win, so everyone is happy. He [Romelu Lukaku] did good work [in the build-up to the goal] and I did a good shot, so I am happy.”

It’s the fifth time that Martial has picked up the star man award this season after also topping the poll in the Reds’ 4-1 wins over Burton Albion and CSKA Moscow respectively in September and victories over Tottenham and Benfica in October.

Burnley 0 Manchester United 1

Premier League | Turf Moor | Attendance: 21,841 | Scorer: Martial 54

Manchester United secured three points from a tight affair at Burnley, thanks to Anthony Martial’s winner, as Jose Mourinho’s men maintained our good form in 2018 with another victory and clean sheet.

Despite a positive opening, the Reds endured a largely unproductive first half as the opening 45 minutes yielded precious few efforts on goal for either side. Paul Pogba was at the heart of most of anything positive and hooked a volley over the top from an Ashley Young pass when offered a rare sight of Nick Pope’s goal.

The Clarets looked capable of producing moments of danger from set-pieces with James Tarkowski left worryingly clear to waste a headed chance from a free-kick and Ben Mee also meeting a corner with no real reward.

Romelu Lukaku did well when involved, even if he was having to drop deep, but Pope remained untroubled for the entire half. Young supplied some class when a neat trick allowed him to get past Johann Berg Gudmundsson and ex-Red Phil Bardsley, only to bend his attempt the wrong side of the far post.

Martial fired well wide after a link-up with Pogba in stoppage time to suggest better would follow the break from United. Indeed, that was case as Jose’s teamtalk had the desired impact.

Nine minutes into the second half, the decisive moment arrived. Lukaku showed great perseverance in winning the ball and advancing forward to spot Martial in space with an inviting pass. Martial deceived Pope with a clinical finish that crashed home off the underside of the bar in front of the delighted travelling fans.

Burnley’s response was a good one, with Gudmundsson hitting the top of the bar from a free-kick in a promising position just outside the box. With the Clarets fans optimistically appealing for every decision, including a shout for handball by Chris Smalling when it appeared to hit his chest, it was never going to be an easy ride for the Reds.

David De Gea helped over a Mee header and a dangerous centre by Gudmundsson clipped off Smalling with the visitors at full stretch. United had chances to add a second but, too often, shots were delayed by the likes of Lukaku, Pogba and Jesse Lingard and desperate blocks were made.

Ashley Barnes and substitute Sam Vokes nodded headers off target but Pope was the busier of the keepers late on, with a one-handed stop to deny Martial a second. In five minutes of stoppage time, Vokes sent another effort over the bar as the Reds closed the game out.

United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young; Matic, Pogba; Mata (Fellaini 72), Lingard (Rashford 80), Martial (Herrera 90), Lukaku.

Subs not used: Romero, Rojo, Shaw, McTominay.

Booked: Pogba, Matic, Valencia.

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Cork, Hendrick (Vokes 82), Defour, Arfield (Nkoudou 81); Barnes (Wells 89).

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Lowton, Westwood, Long.

Booked: Mee, Bardsley, Defour.


United are in Emirates FA Cup fourth-round action at Yeovil Town on Friday night, which is also Mourinho’s birthday and his 100th game in charge of the Reds.

Saheed Osupa Sheds Light On Controversial Fuji

Fuji ‎singer, Saheed Okunola, who is popularly known as Saheed Osupa has said that all musicians that performed before late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister only sang ‘were’ and not fuji.

Osupa was reacting to a widely publicised comment by K1 that it was not the late fuji maestro, Barrister, who created fuji‎.

The Ibadan-born musician said he contacted K1 immediately he got wind of the statement “but when it got to a level where the conversation was degenerating to an argument, I backed off because he is an elderly person that I respect. I had to be mature about it but I was able to express my mind,” he noted.

Hear him: ‎”When I heard about the statement credited to Wasiu Ayinde, I contacted him and told him that after watching the interview, I was not happy with his utterances about Barrister. I told him that he (Ultimate) once told me that he was a servant of the fuji creator. I asked him why he would be profaning the personality of his master. I also told him that what he had done amounted to sacrilege.

‎”If you are debasing your oracle, that is sacrilege. Barrister is still too important to be disrespected in fuji music. I made attempt to tell him the real history of fuji music as told by my father. I also told him how important Barrister was in the creation of fuji music. The people he was quoting as the creators of fuji only sang were.

‎”If Wasiu Ayinde is saying that Barrister did not start fuji, he is probably saying so because fuji is an adaptation of several kinds of music genres that began a long time ago. But the name fuji and the combination of series of music adapted from several types of music were the initiative of Barrister. If anyone says he did not create fuji, that person is wrong,” he remarked.

According to him, since the late musician created fuji out of ‎some music genres and others did the same from other music, starting from kiriboto. Why has no one created a new music from fuji instead of singing same old fuji?

He went further: ‎”That is what has been causing the controversy in the fuji music industry. Kuti started awurebe while Epo Akara modernised it. People have forgotten that Kuti was the creator but they gave Epo Akara the credit.

“The late Ayinde Barrister was an Ibadan man who lived in Ibadan and Lagos at the time of all the creations. In Lagos, part of were music was adapted to sakara music. Because he was familiar with awurebe in Ibadan and sakara in Lagos, Barrister then thought of a way to modernise awurebe and sakara. It was from there that he created fuji music.

“Barrister is the progenitor of fuji music. After he started fuji music, Lagos and Yoruba people accepted it and it became the most popular music.

“Wasiu Ayinde (Ultimate) tried to do the same by introducing classical system into it but people still prefer to call his music fuji. He even tried to call it Talazo but people called it Talazo fuji, meaning that whatever name you give it, it remains fuji music.

“My music is Saridon P fuji, Alabi Pasuma calls his own Pasuma fuji, Shina Akanni calls his own Skopido fuji while Adewale Ayuba’s own is called Bubble fuji. Abass Akande Obesere says his own music is Omorapala fuji but we are all singing fuji music.

“Wasiu Ayinde (Ultimate) did a lot of alteration to fuji but the name has not changed. He modernised it in such a way that anyone can wake up and sing his own kind of fuji music but I brought back the original flavour of fuji music.

“Despite the fact that I am not using the old voice, I brought back the old content which includes moral messages. Fuji must preach moral and good messages. This is what is causing problems among fuji musicians,” he submitted.‎

Opinion: Oke Ogun For Governor: Civilization and Development Instead By Yusuff Alade Integrity

Commendation and sincere appreciation on a good deed they say it encourages the good advocate. Thus, I wish to commend and appreciate the Presidents and members of various groups that deem it fit to take the struggle for OKe Ogun development upon themselves for the previous job well done on behalf of OKe Ogun people.

The dream of Oke  Ogun to produce next chief security officer of the state come 2019 is visible provided if we can humbly request for the tremendous support of other areas and if only Oke Ogun can produce a marketable candidate that is acceptable by all and sundry

Concept of democracy got us astray in the quest for political will. However, over time, the simplicity, logic and social inclusiveness implied by this statement has proven the quote irresistible to all. Thus, the concept of democracy has automatically enjoyed a pride of place in the socio-political consciousness of people of different eras and ages.

This is so even in societies such as ours where monarchies and oligarchies have been traditionally favoured, the idea of democracy has been found fascinating.

Democracy has therefore acquired so much patronage and wide acceptance that it’s now taken seriously as a precondition to receive cooperation by developing societies from the developed ones.

However, it seems that we all cry out for democracy mainly due to a supposition that it must brings good governance and economic development in its wake. While many democratic societies are working and have attained some enviable level of good governance, others are not.

What the above means is that, while democracy is one thing, good governance is another thing entirely, in other words, democracy does not necessary guarantee good governance and good governance is not restricted to a democracy. The integrity of those who are at the helm of affairs determines the enjoyment of such administration.

The quest of South to produce the number one citizen of Nigeria had came to reality through mutual understanding between the people that decide who should paddle the affairs of the country and with God on their back. I doubt if Oke Ogun people can unanimously agreed on a candidate come 2019, as broad daylight is drastically turning inky dark atmosphere half of the day. To realise this dream, it binds us to endeavor with due respect to our existing obligations to further the struggle for enjoyment and equality in order to have conducive atmosphere for development and civilization. The greatest danger is that we fail to face up to the nature of the threat we are dealing with.

We cry for political will instead of civilization and development. Political office is not the birth right of anybody rather, it’s a privileged given to those who are opportune to serve and lead in any given society. Must Oke Ogun indigene govern this state come 2019? Even though, I am an advocate of Oke Ogun indigene as the next governor of Oyo state. It’s certain that until the crushing burden of ornaments throughout the nation is lifted from the back of the people, they cannot enjoy the maximum social being which is possible. We cannot build the city of our desire under the constant menace of disappointment. Freedom from fear and freedom from want must be sought together.

Marginalization is our lamentation in OKe Ogun. Marginalization in what sense if I may ask? All the proposed agendas can be achieved with or without haven Oke Ogun indigene as a governor of Oyo state. During the reign of Obasanjo as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, an indigene of Oke Ogun to be precised Sepeteri, Bamidele Dada, was appointed as honourable minister of agriculture, four bonafide indigenes of Oke Ogun have represented us at the Senate level, while green chamber were/are many, Deputy Governors,  Commissioners and many permanent secretaries in various ministries, Minister of communication currently, Inspite of all these profitable and notable positions, what civilization or development does it foster to Oke Ogun. This is a national struggle and it is a battle of ideas, hearts, and minds, both within politics and outside it. This is a battle that must be won, a battle not just about the politician promises, but their views. Not just their barbaric acts, but their barbaric ideas. Not only what they do but what they think and the thinking they would impose on others.

Though, political will can fast track the agendas. But to win governorship election, we must humbly seek the tremendous support of other areas, as it’s a game of number provided there is a unity in the house. To foster peaceful co-existence with the other communities, we must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principle.

Let’s stand  to gain unity of purpose for the quest…


By Yusuff Alade Integrity

He is an advocate of Integrity and a Human Rights Activist. He writes from Saki West LG Area of Oyo State. He can be reached via moshoodyusuffalade@gmail.com

FUJI NOTES: Dissecting Sikiru Ayinde Barrister’s Arts, Seven Years On By Oladeinde Olawoyin

FUJI NOTES: Dissecting Sikiru Ayinde Barrister’s Arts, Seven Years On


On December 16, friends and fans marked the seventh year anniversary of the death of Fuji icon, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.

As expected, there were variegated perceptions about his arts. The consensus, however, was that he was an enigmatic artiste whose works would continue to be subjected to different shades of interpretations.

It’s quite tempting to approach much of Sikiru Ayinde Barrister’s arts as by-products of introspection. In his immensely popular album, REALITY, he painted a rather pitiful picture of the fratricidal forces he had to contend with, far far away from the klieg lights.

Decades earlier, in AIYE! we had an insight into his troubled, challenging beginnings and in FANTASIA FUJI, he expressed worries over the prolonged presence of military men in our administrative space. In QUESTIONNAIRE, he threw up an avalanche of posers, many of them rhetorical, striking at the heart of the dynamics around our socio-political concerns as a nation.

So whether the subject is biographical or otherwise, it becomes plausible to conceive his art as one permanently stuck in the past: if he wasn’t offering anecdotal exposé on his humble background as a Nigerian Breweries’ motor-boy in Obalende, or a melancholic take on how he literally binged on poverty while growing up with his beloved Odere Subuola Sifau, he would be dissecting Nigeria’s tortuous democratic journey from the 50’s through the 90’s and beyond.

Yet, this artiste who was overly reflective could sometime be clairvoyant, or more appropriately now, prophetic. And like many great artistes, whom, as clichés go, are prophets (the singular criterion for obtaining a space in the pantheon, it appears, is ownership of crystal ball), Barry was no less prognostic.

In essence, Barry was a socially conscious thinker through and through, capable of dissecting the future with insights of the past and variables of the present.

If we choose to embrace some mischief and stretch the imagination a little further, even, we could as well build some mysticism around his arts.

For instance at some point in his 2007 ouvre, ‘Image & Gratitude’, released three years before his eventual death in 2010, we could safely imagine Barry as one conducting his very own burial rites, eulogising those present at the Fidau prayers, singing their praises in tens and hundreds. And the rationale for this, too, although mischief-laden, could narrrowly pass the logic test: because no one could satisfactorily entertain and appreciate visitors like Barry, the master rancoteur himself, it follows that he would deliver his words of gratitude ahead of time, even while still alive.

Only that we would have to expunge the context, for effect.

“Gbogbo yin pata eseun, gbogbo yin pata eseun… eyin to duro tiwa o… gbogbo yin pata eseun,” (thanks, everyone who stood by us) he sings, before reeling out a super-long list of names.

Barry wasn’t talking about death or funeral in those lines, to be sure, even though a few lines away, he offered some touching, melodious tributes to Lamidi Adedibu, Toto Abuga, Wahab Folawiyo, Sunny Okosun, Alade Aromire, among others, all deceased.

Yet, quite interestingly, footage would emerge shortly after his death, depicting these very words as his messages of gratitude to those who were at his funeral.

For an artiste who in his lifetime spoke fearlessly about death, with deep philosophical lines on how he was ready for the Grim reaper whenever it was time, this depiction, although mischievous and done largely for commercial intent, might not be overly inapt.

And what’s more, three years after, every of the characters who got a mention in those verses played prominent roles in his burial rites: Lati Alagbada, media owners, Buhari Oloto, Eko Remix, carpenters, vulcanisers, fashion designers. Talk about the artiste as, er, soothsayer!

So beyond the heavy percussion and the melodious saxophone tunes, Barry’s ‘Image & Gratitude’ was in many ways a tribute to self, an elegy written before transition, a picture of the artiste as, er, prophet.

The quest to dissect this enigma, this wonder among wonders, is never-ending; and as I type these lines, one of Sikiru’s most enduring oeuvres, ‘E sinmi Rascality’, is on auto-replay, situating me right in the heart of Ayeye, Ibadan—-literally almost.

And as I listen now to Sikiru’s, I choose to approximate Chris Abani (who on his part, too, appropriated Turkish poet Orhan Veli Kanik): And I am listening to Ibadan with my eyes closed.


Oladeinde Olawoyin, a PREMIUM TIMES journalist, tweets at @Ola_deinde and dwells on Facebook as Oladeinde Olawoyin.