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

"Nigeria Has No Intention Of Leaving Court"

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The Nigerian government has restated its commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at a time when other African countries have left the tribunal. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Nigeria has no intention to leave the court, which it said represents the hope and aspirations of millions of people.

Jane Adams, spokesperson for the ministry, made the remarks days after the Gambia, South Africa and Burundi announced their withdrawal, claiming, among other things, that the court was biased towards African countries.

"Nigeria remains a signatory to .........
the Rome Statute adopted on 17 July 1998 and which entered into force in July 1, 2002. Nigeria deposited its instrument on 27 September, 2001," Adams was quoted by the Vanguard newspaper as saying.

She also called on United Nations members states that are not yet signatories to the Rome Statute to sign the document.

"It is only by working together that we can ensure that the court effectively performs its functions and serves humanity faithfully," she said.

"A strengthened, reinvigorated and fine-tuned ICC as a symbol of the International Criminal system has an important role to play to offer solace to victims of heinous despicable and dastardly crimes. It will also make the perpetrators of those crimes know that there is no rest for the wicked. We collectively, owe it as a duty to this and future generations, to give voice to the voiceless."

Earlier this year, Botswana made similar remarks, urging countries not to leave "the only permanent international criminal tribunal."

"The best defense is not to abuse, stick to the law... We would never allow our president to get away with murder. We are not being prescriptive, we are just asking that we up the game," Botswana's vice-president Mokgweetsi Masisi was quoted as saying at an African Union summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

However, the decision of the three African countries to quit the ICC has been praised by some nations, such as Uganda.

Kenya, which the ICC is currently investigating, said it was watching the the withdrawals "with very keen interest."