Andrea Pirlo's Players Are Struggling To Adapt Without Ronaldo

Italian outlet Corriere via SunSport is claiming that the manager’s honeymoon period is over as players are finding it difficult to adapt with the tactician’s strategy without striker Ronaldo. The Portuguese star was missing in their 1-1 draw away at Benevento as the reigning champions failed to hold onto their lead. Juventus dropped points yet again on the night the side was deeply frustrated with Alvaro Morata also receiving a red card after full time of the encounter for verbally insulting the referee. Top football manager attacks Messi, claims he has no passion for football when compared to Maradona After the match, Pirlo said there was the urgent need to rest Ronaldo as the player is exhausted with the number of matches he played in recent times. He said: "Already Wednesday in the Champions League he had a problem, but he had decided to play, It’s normal for someone to get tired and rest. "This time it was Ronaldo’s turn, others next. Ronaldo is an added value, but when

Economist Advises Govt to Be Wary of IMF Loan Conditions

An economist, Prof. Akpan Ekpo has advised the Federal Government to critically examine loan conditions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) before consenting to the offer.

Ekpo, the Director-General, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.

He said that the interest-free loan offer of the IMF usuallyhad conditions which needed to be scrutinised.

According to him, ìf there are no hidden catches, the country should take advantage of the attractive concessionary rates and long term repayment period.

"I think Nigeria should take advantage of it if she is still allowed to borrow as a low-income country.

"President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that the country can borrow externally to fund capital projects to either get the country out of the recession or minimise the adverse impact of the crisis.

"I hope Nigeria as a middle-income country is still within the grace period as a low-income country."

NAN reports that the IMF had, in a declaration under the theme 'We Can End Poverty Together, Global Problem and Global Solutions,' announced low interest rate on all its concessional facilities until 2018.

Christine Largarde, Managing Director of the IMF had stated: "If we want to address the inequality issues around the world, we need to have a strong international safety net.

"In this context, I am pleased to note that our board has approved zero interest rates on all fund concessional facilities until 2018.

"This is really important for low-income countries to be able to actually absorb the shocks without necessarily going to the international markets or relying on bilateral lending that can be far expensive," she said.