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Tottenham target sees future at PSG

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Germany midfielder Julian Draxler has played down rumours linking him to Tottenham Hotspur and said he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.

“I feel very happy here, I am playing for a great coach at a great club,” Draxler, 25, told Kicker magazine on Tuesday.

Draxler, who earned his 50th cap in Germany’s 2-0 win over Belarus last Saturday, has been in and out of the PSG first eleven since joining the club in 2017.

He has recently been linked with Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur, but the midfielder told Kicker that he was keen to extend his contract in Paris, which runs until 2021.

“PSG is a crazy club in a positive way, things can happen from one day to the next, but I don’t think anybody is looking to kick me out here,” he said.

“I will prepare for next season just like the last, and if I am offered a new contract, I will listen.”

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Asked directly about rumours of a move to Tottenham or Bayern last Saturday, Draxler told Bild newspaper that he had “no intention” of leaving PSG.

“I can’t say anything about the rumours. I haven’t heard anything about it from the club, and I haven’t spoken with anyone,” he said.

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Senator Sakaja arrested for violating curfew order

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Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja spent the night in a police cell after he was arrested for violating night time curfew imposed to fight the spread of Covid-19.

Mr Sakaja was arrested alongside three others after they were caught drinking at Ladies Lounge in Kilimani shortly after 1am.

Police said they went to the lounge after they received a report of that the restaurant was open late in the night.

They found at least 10 people drinking including the senator. 

“They were advised to leave but the senator declined and became violent, inciting others not to go” police said in a report. 

The senator and three other revelers were arrested. Police said others escaped. 

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Mr Sakaja was released on Saturday morning on free bond.

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Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja spent the night in a police cell after he was seized for violating night time curfew imposed to fight the spread of Covid-19.

Mr Sakaja was seized alongside three others after they were caught drinking at Ladies Lounge in Kilimani shortly after 1am.

Police said they went to the lounge after they received a report of that the restaurant was open late in the night.

They found at least 10 people drinking including the senator. 

“They were advised to leave but the senator declined and became violent, inciting others not to go” police said in a report. 

The senator and three other revelers were seized. Police said others escaped. 

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Mr Sakaja was released on Saturday morning on free bond.

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Two more South African ministers test positive for Covid-19

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Two more South African ministers have tested positive for the new coronavirus as the pandemic continues to attack what seemed to be an invisible part of the society.

Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe and his wife were confirmed to have contracted the virus, before Thulas Nxesi, who is responsible for the Employment and Labour portfolio, was on Friday announced to have been infected as well.

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According to the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on Mr Mantashe; “This was the minister’s third round of tests to be conducted since the outbreak of this virus. Minister Mantashe and Mrs Mantashe are currently in isolation and the minister will continue to work from home.”

On Mr Nxesi, cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said he “remains in high spirits and confident that he will beat the virus.”

“Minister Nxesi is in self-isolation and will continue to work from home. All members of the office of the Minister, who have come in contact with him will also undergo testing.,” added Ms Williams.

The latest infections come just as it was announced by the government that Defence and Military Veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has recovered from Covid-19.

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Ms Mapisa-Nqakula’s husband Charles, who is the national security advisor to South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, has also recovered.

South Africa is now experiencing a runaway surge in coronavirus cases which now stand at 337,594 and 4,804 deaths.

Daily new infections are now averaging 12,000 for a country with the sixth-highest cases in the world as of Friday.

High profile individuals like government officials are headlining the continued rise in the number of people contracting the virus.

Deputy minister of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu is recovering in isolation after testing positive while Nkosi Holomisa, the deputy minister of Justice and Correctional Services has recovered.

Other notable government officials to have tested recently positive for coronavirus include Gauteng Province Premier David Makhura as well as his North West and Western Cape Provinces counterparts Job Mokgoro and Alan Winde respectively.

The trio is recovering and currently working from their respective homes.

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