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Twitter lost it when Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata missed a sitter before he went on to score the winner for Chelsea in their Europa League win over Videoton on Thursday, October 4.

Alvaro Morata this season

It was turning out to be a frustrating evening for Morata before he managed to score the 70th winner at Stamford Bridge.

But before his goal, the striker was having a mare as Twitter tore him apart for his series of missed chances.


‘Worse than Torres’

Real Madrid giving Chelsea Mateo Kovačić was probably our way of saying sorry for Morata,” Twitter user with the handle @XavsFutbol said.


Morata. Morata. Morata. Folks, he’s single handedly the least confident person in the world right now,” @AlexG oldberg_ said.

Morata, throw him in the bin. He should be ashamed to call himself a striker. How the hell did he miss that? Off target completely! If he plays for Chelsea I should play for Real Madrid! Shocking,” @youneshh wrote.


I never thought I’d see something so surreal at Chelsea again, but there are more than shades of Torres about Morata right now #cfc,@liam_twomey said comparing Morata to former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres who was a big money signing at Chelsea but failed to deliver during his stay at the club.


Morata is actually worse than Torres, I never thought I’d see it,” @KingOfKorriban added another Torres comparison.

Chelsea paid £58 million for Morata, £40 million for Bakayoko, and £35 million for Danny Drinkwater,@jawnbrown said including Morata in his list of big money flops.


I have come to the realization that Morata can never be more than what he currently is. A ludicrous, lazy, lowly, lackadaisical, lumbering looney with a like for losing and a love for lethargy,@frankedoho said.


Morata is allergic to scoring goals, Giroud actually looked sorry for him after he missed that opportunity, It’s honestly that bad if you can’t score against Vidi,” @CFCMod_ said

“Morata needs to just stay at home & be a stay at home dad tbh. Let his wife play instead, probably do better,” @CarvalhoJTElite said.


Really don’t know how Florentino Pérez managed to get €70m for Morata. All I know is that uncle Flo is an absolute unit when it comes to business,@XavsFutbol said.


After 186,532 misses Alvaro Morata has finally scored a goal. Never give up lads,” @dheMechanic said.



The chiefs at Real Madrid should be arrested. Robbing Chelsea of £70m in return for nothing. They gave us nothing. They took £70m and ran. We’ve been robbed. Real Madrid, enjoy Courtois! I hope you suffer together. In all fairness, £70m for Morata is astonishing business!@youneshh wrote.


And for the millionth time im done with Morata! He is beyond help. Not even Jesus can help this guy #CFC,” @ChelsLee86 said.


I’m sorry but if one more person tells me to give Morata more of a chance after the shot he just took I will go mad    how tf did he not score ,” @RachelRitchie_ said.


Morata was mentioned so much that he became the number one trending topic on Twitter Nigeria.

Alvaro Morata top Twitter Nigeria trendplay

Alvaro Morata top Twitter Nigeria trend



Chelsea’s and Arsenal’s Europa League games dominated Twitter Nigeria conversations as reflected on the trend.

Arsenal recorded a 3-0 win over Qarabag on Wednesday.

‘Chelsea’, ‘Willian’, ‘Sarri’, ‘Arsenal’, ‘COYG’ and ‘Hazard’ were all the trending items from Wednesday’s Europa League games.


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Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard




Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.


However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard




President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health




Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.


Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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