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Argentina outclass Poland to advance, in spite of Messi’s penalty kick miss

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 Lionel Messi missed a first-half penalty kick but Argentina’s Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez scored in a 2-0 victory over Poland at Stadium 974 on Wednesday in Qatar.

The result however ensured that both teams booked their places in the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Argentina’s victory moved Lionel Scaloni’s side to the top of Group C and they will face Australia in the last 16.

Second-placed Poland, who qualified on goals difference after Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1, will take on reigning champions France.

Argentina took the lead just one minute into the second half when Mac Allister got on the end of Nahuel Molina’s cross.

In spite of making weak contact, he saw his shot creep over the line with Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny beaten.

The goal was just a reward for Argentina who had dominated possession while Poland had barely managed to get out of their own half.

The South American side’s goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was a mere spectator for the majority of the game.

The second goal was the result of some patient build-up, where Argentina knocked the ball around before Enzo Fernandez unlocked the defence with a through-ball for Alvarez.

He found space in the penalty box and smashed the ball into the top corner.

Earlier, Poland was up in arms when Argentina was awarded a controversial penalty kick after a VAR check for a foul on Messi.

That was when Szczesny’s glove brushed his face as the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward rose up for a header at the far post.

But Szczesny was up to the task and in spite of the thousands of Argentina fans raising the decibel levels inside the arena, he kept his composure and guessed correctly.

He dived to his left and used one hand to swat aside Messi’s effort from the spot.

In spite of the miss, Messi ran the show for Argentina in a match where the two skippers represented FC Barcelona’s past and present.

With a last-16 spot and potential elimination both on the cards in a close group, it was Barca’s record goalscorer Messi who was at the heart of Argentina’s attacks.

He dictated play by dropping deep and tormented the Polish defence.

Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, who has 18 goals in 19 games for Barca this season, did not have a single attempt on goal.

At the other end, Szczesny had been kept busy the entire half with the Poland defence breached time and again.

But the Juventus goalkeeper stood firm to deny Argentina who grew more confident with every attack.

He first denied Alvarez when the Manchester City forward broke through the offside trap.

Then, he tipped Angel Di Maria’s cross over the bar when his Juve teammate attempted to score directly from a corner kick.

But Szczesny could do nothing but scramble when Mac Allister took his shot even before Poland could settle down after the restart.

Alvarez’s shot for the second goal was too good for any goalkeeper.

“It’s so emotional for me, for the whole squad. It’s a dream come true,” Mac Allister told reporters.

“I debuted with this team, I’m so proud of that. And now managing to score in a World Cup —- I’m so happy.

“(After Messi’s penalty kick) we tried to stay positive, to stay calm. We did not feel down. We tried to be optimistic…Fortunately, we managed to win and go through.”

Argentina nearly made it 3-0 in second-half added time when Nicolas Tagliafico was released down the left and he chipped the ball over Szczesny.

But he saw Jakub Kiwior track back to make a timely intervention and head the ball off the line.

However, Argentina got what they wanted — leapfrogging Poland to take top spot in the group and avoid an early knockout fixture against mighty France.

Poland, meanwhile, will be relieved to reach the last 16 for the first time since 1986.

How They Finished in Group C

Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Argentina 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6

Poland 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4

Mexico 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 4

Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 3 5 -2 3

* Argentina and Poland advance to the second round

– Reuters

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CUSTOMS: Oyo/Osun Command Rakes In N6.3bn, Records 21.6% Of Annual Revenue Target

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CUSTOMS: Oyo/Osun Command Rakes In N6.3bn, Records 21.6% Of Annual Revenue Target

…Oramalugo showcases Command’s 5 Month’s milestones in anti-smuggling activities and revenue generation

The Nigeria Customs Service NCS, Oyo/ Osun Command has generated ₦6,335,842,600.28 in revenue, despite the prevailing economic headwinds encountered in most parts of the second quarter of 2024.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Dr Ben Oramalugo stated this while showcasing the Command’s significant milestones in terms of revenue generation and anti-smuggling activities spanning Wednesday 17th April 2024, to Thursday 13th June 2024.

Addressing newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday, 13 June 2024, an elated Oramalugo expressed his delight that his officers had demonstrated commendable resilience, against intimidating odds.

“Despite the economic headwinds encountered for most parts of the second quarter of 2024, I am delighted to announce that the Oyo/Osun Area Command has demonstrated much resilience and has successfully generated the sum of ₦6,335,842,600.28k, for May 2024”, Oramalugo said, while looking at the cumulative figures.

“Cumulatively, when added to the revenue generated for January to April 2024, the sum of ₦30,664,247,939.15k has been generated as revenue from January to May 2024.

“This represents a 5.2 % increase when compared to the sum of ₦29,154,853,722.73k; generated during the same period of the year 2023. The increase is a testament to the dedication and efficiency of our Officers in ensuring compliance and maximizing revenue collection.

“However, I would like to point out that the command still has a herculean task ahead, as the command’s revenue target is set at ₦141,682,012,396.84 

IMPROVED COMPLIANCE 

“Our efforts to educate various stakeholders within the Commands Area of Responsibility (AoR) on the importance of adhering to Customs regulations have paid off. We have seen a significant reduction in under-declarations, contributing to the overall increase in revenue.

TECHNOLOGICAL INTEGRATION: 

He revealed that the introduction of advanced technology solutions, such as the Nigeria Customs Service Modernization Project, had streamlined our processes and enhanced transparency, which had further boosted the Command’s revenue collection capabilities.

ANTI-SMUGGLING MILESTONES

“In tandem with our revenue generation efforts, the Oyo/Osun Area Command has maintained a robust stance against smuggling activities within our jurisdiction. 

“Despite the economic hardships that often exacerbate smuggling tendencies, Command Officers have remained vigilant and proactive in intercepting illicit goods and apprehending perpetrators.

“The months of April, May and some parts of June, witnessed numerous successful operations resulting in the seizure of contraband items and for the period covering 17th April to 13th June 2024 the Command has made the following interceptions and seizures: viz-

1. Cannabis Sativa 504 Wraps (Weighing 391.9kg) N15,814,600:00

2. Foreign Parboiled Rice, 600 (50Kg) Bags

(One Trailer Load) N50,280,000:00

3. Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), 274 (25 Litre Kegs), (Totaling: 6,850 Litres), N5,521,500:00

4. Pieces of Used Tyres, 123 Pieces, N15,648,000:00

5. Used Mercedes Truck, 01, N30,000,000:00

6. Used Nissan Caravan

01, N12,590,000:00; thereby attaining a total figure of N129,854,100:00

He highlighted that in line with the policy thrust of the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) BA Adeniyi MFR and in the spirit of interagency collaboration, the Command has received approval to hand over some 546 wraps; and another 33 sacks of Cannabis Sativa worth ₦21,128,260:00 to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Oyo State Command. 

“In the same vein, I would like to mention that approval was also received before this press briefing to auction the seizures of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) listed as part of our seizures due to their inflammable nature.  

“I would like to reassure all stakeholders within the Command Area of Responsibility (AoR), that we recognize the grave implications of smuggling on national security, economic stability, and public health and we remain resolute in our determination to combat this menace. 

“Through collaboration with relevant stakeholders, intelligence-driven operations coupled with enhanced surveillance along our borders and the deployment of advanced technology, we will continue to demonstrate exemplary professionalism, to ensure a safer and more prosperous future for all Nigerians. 

“In conclusion, I would like to extend my appreciation to His Excellency the Executive Governor of Oyo State Engr. Seyi Makinde FNSE, Sister Security Agencies, and other stakeholders, thank you for your continued support and collaboration. 

“I would also like to commend the unwavering dedication and tireless efforts of the Officers and Men of the Oyo/Osun Area Command in achieving commendable results during the period under review in the year 2024. Their commitment to duty and professionalism amidst challenging circumstances is truly commendable.

“As we navigate the complexities of the current economic landscape, all stakeholders can be assured that the Oyo/Osun Area Command remains steadfast in its commitment to fulfilling its mandate under the Nigeria Customs Service Act.

“We will continue to adapt and innovate, ensuring that our operations remain effective in the face of evolving challenges”, Dr Oramalugo further indicated.

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Rigorous Training, Competences- Uniqueness of Customs’ Senior Course 10- CGC

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….ACG Egwuh confers beneficiaries with PSC titles 

When you properly combine six months of rigorous training, discipline and ambassadorial skills with anti-smuggling and revenue-generating competencies, the result may be nothing short of the unique Senior Course 10.

The Comptroller-General of Customs CGC, Adewale Adeniyi stated this recently, at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja, while congratulating officers who partook in the rigorous Senior Course 10 training to understand why they must mandatorily add value to the Service.

“It is without a doubt that you have spent six months, having rigorous training that will equip you to add value to the Service. I congratulate you for your commitment, which has led us to today’s occasion,” the CGC, Adeniyi stressed, imploring the beneficiaries to be “more committed and be good ambassadors of the College”.

“You are now as strong as eagles. You are, therefore, expected to keep soaring higher.”

He said he considered it a great honour and privilege to be back in the prestigious institution and even as a significant part of the graduation ceremony.

“It is a great honour and privilege to be back in this prestigious institution and to be part of this graduation ceremony of Senior Course 10 today… I congratulate you for your commitment, which has led us to today’s occasion”, the Customs Arrowhead stated.

He tasked them to put to work all they have learned during their training at the college as the country awaits their positive contributions in maximising the security at the borders, suppressing smuggling and generating revenue.

Also Read: Echoes From Customs’ Senior Course 10

CGC Adeniyi equally used the opportunity to assure the college management and members of his unflinching efforts to enhance the welfare of officers and members directing staff – which, according to him, will improve efficiency in the Service. 

On his part, the Commandant of the College, Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Kingsley Egwuh, in an opening remark, congratulated the graduating students and conferred them with the title of Pass Senior Course (PSC).

ACG Kingsley said, “With permission of the Special Guest of Honour, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, I stand here before you with joy to confer you all with this title, and I want to implore you to practice what you have learned as you go back to your respective Commands.”

On her part, Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies of the College, Comptroller Oluyomi Adebakin, highlighted that the students had been duly trained in various fields in accordance with the curriculum of the Senior Course to enhance officers’ skills and abilities with a high level of moral standards.

“I have no doubts in my mind that considering the quality of training you have received, you all will be good ambassadors of the College and the Service at large – and I wish to implore you to exhibit your competence to your subordinates when you go back to your places of work.” Comptroller Adebakin said.

Similarly, the management of the college had, on Wednesday, 5 June 2024, hosted a regimental dinner night to honour the graduates of Senior Course 10, where the CGC was represented by DCG Beatrice Nwafor, the Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs in-charge of Excise, Free-Trade Zone and Industrial Incentives. 

Addressing the graduates during the regimental dinner night, DCG Nwafor tasked them to consider the opportunity of attending a month’s course at the college as a means to improve their performance as Customs officers, “You are now as strong as eagles. You are, therefore, expected to keep soaring higher.”

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