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Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo, has defended his decision to substitute forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, during his side’s Coppa Italia semi-final first leg 2-1 victory against Inter Milan on Tuesday night.

Pirlo explained that there is no contract clause that says Ronaldo can’t be substituted during a match.

Ronaldo was visibly unhappy to be replaced by Alvaro Morata with 14 minutes remaining, but Pirlo is now saying that he wanted to keep the 35-year-old fresh for Sunday’s Serie A match against Roma.

Two goals from Ronaldo gave Pirlo’s men the victory against Inter Milan at San Siro.

Lautaro Martinez did score a goal for Antonio Conte’s side.

Juventus will face Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg tie next week Tuesday in Turin.

“It’s normal that when you go out in a match like this, you want to play to help the team,” Pirlo told Rai Sport.

“There is no contract clause that says he [Cristiano Ronaldo] can’t be subbed off. He knows he is a fundamental player for us but to get his breath back, he must always be at the top.

“He proved it with his performances after some criticism. He couldn’t have done better than that.

“I said [to him] that he had to rest, we have an important match on Saturday. He has played many consecutive games, every now and then a little rest is good for him.”

Pastor Tunde Bakare reveals details of conversation with Sunday Igboho

Pastor Tunde Bakare reveals details of conversation with Sunday Igboho

Pastor Tunde Bakare, the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos, has revealed that he spoke with Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho, amid the Fulani herdsmen crisis rocking the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

Bakare, during an Instagram Live Chat with media mogul, Dele Momodu, on Tuesday, claimed he pleaded with Igboho to avoid a bloodbath.

Igboho had issued a seven-day quit notice to the herdsmen in Ibarapa and enforced same. There have been reprisals since the incident.

Bakare said, “Immediately, Sunday Igboho gave that ultimatum, I knew there was trouble if nothing was done immediately. And he carried out what he said he would carry out.

“What did I do? As an individual, I found a way of reaching out to him (Igboho). I have never met him before, never spoken to him before but I reached out to him and after a while, he called me and I said, I appeal to you by the mercies of God, two wrongs cannot make a right, you have proved your point, let us find alternative solution so that there would be no bloodbath.

“He promised to come and see me in Lagos and I had made preparations for him to come but unfortunately, his father took ill and he had to take him to the hospital.

“I also followed to ensure I prayed for the father. I told him, I am not saying you are right or you are wrong, that is not the issue but please, if you carry out this threat, it would lead to something bigger than you and you do not want to go down in history as someone who had good intention of defending the rights of his people but ended up bringing them a bloodbath.

“He thanked me and then he said he would find time to come to Lagos.”