Malanda played against Everton twice in the Europa League this season
Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda has died aged 20 in a car crash in Germany.
The Belgium Under-21 midfielder had made 15 appearances for the German Bundesliga side this season, including against Everton in the Europa League.
He was linked to Fulham and Crystal Palace when he left Zulte Waregem in 2013 but instead joined Wolfsburg, before going back on loan to the Belgian side.
His last game was a 2-1 win over Cologne on 20 December.
Wolfsburg police confirmed the crash happened near the German city of Bielefeld.

Kevin de Bruyne tweeted a picture of himself and Junior Malanda
Wolfsburg team-mate Kevin de Bruyne tweeted: (external)”So strange to hear your friend in the morning and then hear this news. Lost a great friend way too early. RIP my friend. You will always be around.”
Another team-mate, Nicklas Bendtner, said on Instagram: (external)”Not only a great player, but a great person. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your family brother. Your kind heart was rare and special. You will always be remembered.”
Chelsea’s Thorgan Hazard, who played with Malanda at Zulte Waregem, said: “Whyyyyy??? I love you brooo.”
Everton and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku said: “I love you my brother.”
Malanda’s fellow Belgian Thibaut Courtois, the Chelsea goalkeeper, said: “RIP @JuniorMalanda!! We lose a huge talent and a great person!!”
The Royal Belgian Football Association tweeted: “The world of football has lost a great talent today. URBSFA sends its condolences to his family & friends #ripmalanda.”
Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Mario Gotze said: “RIP Junior #Malanda – sooo sad! My thoughts are with your family and friends…!”
Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and Paris St-Germain left-back Lucas Digne ‏were also among the other players to tweet their condolences

Advertisements

Messi only at Barcelona because he promised Vilanova, says Ten Cate

Messi only at Barcelona because he promised Vilanova, says Ten Cate

The Dutchman claims a transfer would be in the best interests of all parties despite the Argentine’s commitment to the former coach

Former Barcelona assistant coach Henk Ten Cate believes Lionel Messi would already have left the club were it not for a promise he made to Tito Vilanova.

Speculation has resurfaced that Messi is considering his future at Camp Nou due to a clash with head coach Luis Enrique and a turbulent few days for the club, which has seen Andoni Zubizarreta and Carles Puyol leave and the presidential elections brought forward to this summer.

The Argentina international enjoyed a close relationship with Vilanova – who passed away in April 2014 after a long battle against cancer – and Ten Cate has claims Messi is only still at Camp Nou after he told his old boss he would stay.

Nevertheless, the Dutchman feels it would be in everybody’s best interest if Messi left the club.

“As far as I know, these problems all started about two years ago. Messi is only still at Barcelona because he promised it to Tito Vilanova at his deathbed,” Ten Cate told De Telegraaf.

“But I think a transfer would be in everybody’s best interest. Lionel has been at Barcelona for quite a while and he needs a new challenge. He’s still worth a lot of money now, but his value will only go down from here on.

“I really want to be supportive, because he has been on another level for 10 years. But I’m not sure he will get back to his best.

“It isn’t normal to shine for 10 years like he has done. Most of the big names can only keep it up for seven or eight years. And to be honest, he wasn’t at his best either last season, even if his statistics were still great.”

Ten Cate was Frank Rijkaard’s assistant at the Catalans when Messi made his debut in the 2004-05 season.

Thousands remain without power after storms

SHEPD technical staff at Balmaha near Loch Lomond

Thousands of homes remain without power following the storms that have been battering Scotland.

A total of 32,000 Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) customers in the north and 1,500 supplied by Scottish Power further south of the country are affected.

SSE said engineers worked through the night to try to restore power to homes.

Heavy snowfalls and ice overnight have made some roads impassable and access to the network difficult.

Alan Broadbent, SSE’s director of engineering said: “Our electricity network was battered continuously by hurricane winds for eight hours on Thursday night and during much of Friday.

“This has weakened it in places, which caused more power cuts overnight.

Gavin Steel, Scottish and Southern Energy: ”We would like to apologise to customers who have been without power overnight”

“I know an apology may not be much comfort for our customers who have been without power, but I would like to reassure them that we are doing all we possibly can during extremely treacherous, challenging and severe weather conditions.”

By lunchtime on Saturday, engineers from SSE-owned Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution had restored supplies to 73,000 customers, following hurricane winds of up to 113mph in places.

Orkney and Shetland were warned they could experience gusts of up to 100mph (160km/h). A gust of 101mph was later recorded in Shetland.

A Met Office yellow “be aware” warning for wind is in force for the Highlands and Northern and Western Isles until 18:00 on Saturday.

Another yellow warning for snow and ice is in force for most of the country until midday on Sunday.

The warning comes after hurricane-force gusts left tens of thousands of homes without power across Scotland on Friday.

Robert Pigott reports: ”The ferocious onslaught brought down power lines”

The bad weather has toppled power lines and uprooted trees and on Friday caused the suspension of all ScotRail trains, although some limited services later resumed.

The train operator reported more than a dozen route issues on Saturday, particularly on northern and coastal services.

A number of train services have been suspended.

Waves crash against the sea wall on the Ayrshire coast Waves crash against the sea wall on the Ayrshire coast

Some services from Inverness to the North, and Kyle, as well as those between Dumbarton Central and Helensburgh Central and from Glasgow to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig will not resume until late on Sunday afternoon.

Full updates are available on the ScotRail website.

National Rail said trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central via Carstairs would divert and not call at Motherwell.

There are also warnings on Scotland’s road bridges and some ferry services have been cancelled.

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has listed about two dozen services facing weather-related disruption or cancellation.

Numerous flood alerts and warnings remain in place for much of Scotland.

Warnings are alerts are also in place in England and Wales.

A powerful jet stream is pushing a deep area of low pressure towards the UK. But why is the jet stream so strong? Chris Fawkes explains.

In England, two men were reported lost at sea after getting into trouble in the water off the coast of Brighton in “severe weather” in the early hours.

Strong winds also caused severe problems on roads in Yorkshire and the north-east of England as a number of lorries were blown over, blocking carriageways.

Tree on road at Dalry, Ayrshire
A tree narrowly missed several parked vehicles in Dalry, Ayrshire
network rail engineersEngineers are working to restore rail services and electricity supplies

SSE had mobilised 1,000 technical and support staff ahead of Friday’s storm, with engineers working in “extremely challenging and potentially dangerous conditions” to reconnect electricity.

The company said about 1,200 engineers and support staff would be deployed on Saturday.

Eleven catering stations have been set up where people can get a hot meal.

Rural areas were the worst hit, especially around Dingwall and in Inverness-shire, the Western Isles and Skye.

Other areas affected included parts of Aberdeenshire and rural areas around Wick, Oban and Fort William, as well as Buchan, Dunblane, Dunoon, Elgin and Huntly.

Scottish Power Energy Networks said it had managed to reconnect 20,000 homes, with a further 800 still affected by “pockets of faults mainly across the central belt, from Ayrshire to Lanarkshire and across to the Lothians”.

On Friday, BBC Weather said gusts reached 113mph in Stornoway, 110mph at Loch Glascarnoch, and 97mph at Altnaharra. Speeds of 61mph have been recorded overnight at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.

A gust of 140mph was recorded at the summit of Cairngorm and the BBC Winterwatch studio, in a cabin on the Mar Lodge Estate in the Cairngorms, was destroyed by the winds.

Tonto Dikeh: Actress gets more gold bling from her mystery boo

Tonto Dikeh gets gold bling from boyfriend

Tonto Dikeh‘s mystery boyfriend ‘Mr X’ is the gift that keeps on giving.

He has been known to spoil his actress girlfriend with expensive gifts ranging from Chanel bags, iPhone 6’s, expensive jewelry. Earlier today the ‘sugar rush’ singer shared yet another picture of the kind of gifts her new lover man showers upon her; expensive bling, one of them including a Jesus piece.

Tonto Dikeh was recently revealed to have been dumped by her ex-boyfriend Malivelihood. The actress took no time moving on to a new man whose identity she has kept secret for over 3 months now.

To appreciate her new lover who she code names ‘Mr X’ she posted an old poem which says “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love with a passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. #MRX”

The Duchess of DB Records seems to be really in love with her man as she always proclaims it on social media, what’s not to love about a man who always buys you fancy jewelry

Babatunde Fashola: Governor criticizes Jonathan’s campaign speech

Fashola spoke on Thursday, January 8, during the mobilization visit of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign held at Imaguero College in Benin, Edo State.

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola.

he Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola has criticized President Goodluck Jonathan for the speech he gave during the launch of his campaign in the state.

Fashola spoke on Thursday, January 8, during the mobilization visit of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign held at Imaguero College in Benin, Edo State.

Fashola accused Jonathan of blaming everybody but himself for Nigeria’s problems and advised the president to “get out of the kitchen, if it is becoming too hot for him.”

“I spent about an hour this afternoon listening to the President in my state and, for almost the same period, I saw a very angry president. I saw a president who was recriminating ab‎out people criticising his job performance and was blaming all those who ruled before him, forgetting that he had been on this job for six years. And he kept saying that, ‘They say we don’t have a plan.’‎ But for 25 minutes, he did not reveal a plan on power; he did not reveal a plan on security; he did not reveal a plan on corruption,” Fashola said.

“Now, after six years, without being able to articulate what he is doing and what he will do and he keeps blaming everybody, forgetting that he is the Commander-in-Chief, if the kitchen is too hot, as it is becoming of late, you must get out of the kitchen,” he added.

Fashola also used the opportunity to assure Nigerians that the progress made in APC-controlled states showed that the party could manage the country properly if elected into power.

Goodluck Jonathan: President says Buhari can’t remember his own phone number

President Goodluck Jonathan is said to have stated this on Friday, January 9, during a rally in Enugu State.

President Goodluck Jonathan and APC Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly said that the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari can’t possibly change the country if he can’t remember his own mobile phone number.

Jonathan is said to have stated this on Friday, January 9, during a rally in Enugu State.

The president made the statement in response to Buhari’s promise to revive the economy of Nigeria.

“Is it now that Buhari cannot even remember his own phone number that he can change the economy of the country?” Jonathan reportedly asked.

The president stated that Buhari had a chance to change the lot of the country when he was in power from 1983 to 1985 but failed.

Jonathan also read parts of a speech made by former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida on August 27, 1985 after the latter overthrew Buhari’s regime to buttress his point that the APC candidate does not keep his promises.

Boko Haram: 10 things you should know about the terrorist attack in Baga

The attack is said to have lasted six days and about 3,000 residents of the town are said to have escaped to Chad.

A scene of destruction in Baga after 185 people were killed and over 2000 homes destroyed in April 2013.

Boko Haram insurgents have gone on a killing spree in Baga, Borno State and have reportedly killed thousands of people.

The attack is said to have lasted six days and about 3,000 residents of the town are said to have escaped to Chad.

Here are 10 things you should know about the attack:

  1. It started on Saturday, January 3

  2. Boko Haram initially attacked the military base in Baga which hosts the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), made up of troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger.

  3. The terrorists engaged the troops in a fierce gun battle in the town.

  4. The soldiers attached to the base fled and the facility was taken over by the insurgents.

  5. The terrorists began a killing spree and are said to have killed 2,000 people in the community. Others are said to have drowned while trying to cross into Chad.

  6. The Boko Haram members also burnt houses and levelled the town. Officials say the town of Baga is “virtually non-existent”

  7. The surviving residents of Baga are said to have fled the town leaving it totally empty.

  8. The streets of Baga are said to be littered with corpses as there’s no one left to bury the dead.

  9. The terrorists are also said to have burnt down 16 communities in the area.

  10. Amnesty international has described the attack as the deadliest massacre in Boko Haram’s history.