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Wolverhampton Wanderers’ impressive season continued as they moved into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with Ivan Cavaleiro’s first-half goal sealing a 1-0 victory at Championship (second-tier) club Bristol City on Sunday.


Portuguese Cavaleiro slotted home clinically in the 28th minute after great work by Matt Doherty and it was enough for Wolves to reach the last eight for the first time since 2003.

After a mass exodus of Premier League clubs in the previous two rounds, Wolves continued a good weekend for the big boys which saw Manchester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Watford and Crystal Palace all send lower-league opposition packing.

Palace were far too good on Sunday for third-tier Doncaster Rovers, with first-half goals by Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer securing a 2-0 win to send Roy Hodgson’s side into the last eight for only the second time in 24 years.

Schlupp ran through to fire home in the eighth minute and Meyer’s effort on the stroke of halftime deflated the hosts who had hoped for a first-ever run to the last eight.


In the day’s other fifth-round tie, Swansea City recovered from a halftime deficit at home to fellow Championship outfit Brentford to win 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Bersant Celina’s free kick rebounded off the post and in off keeper Luke Daniel to level it up before a wonderful solo goal by Daniel James put the Welsh club ahead.

With Brentford down to 10 men after a red card for Ezri Konsa, Celina made it 3-1 and George Byers added a late fourth goal to seal a second successive quarter-final appearance for the Swans.

DARK HORSES


Comfortably placed in the Premier League and with Liverpool’s scalp in the FA Cup already, Wolves have emerged as dark horses to go all the way this season.

In the first half at Bristol City they certainly had the look of a side who fancy their chances.

Doherty was a constant menace for the Bristol defence and he was unlucky not to score when his shot hit the woodwork after a flowing move down the right.

It was his trickery that opened up the home defence again before his cut back picked out Cavaleiro to fire home.

The second half was a different story as City, sixth in the second tier, improved dramatically and forced Wolves keeper John Ruddy into several sharp saves.


Substitute Matty Taylor was twice denied and in stoppage time, with City throwing the kitchen sink at Wolves, Ruddy reacted well to stop opposite number Frank Fielding equalising after he had gone up for a corner.

“I’m very happy, it was very tough, but I’m happy for fans and it was a moment of joy,” said Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who has guided his team to seventh on their top-flight return. “In the first half they gave us space but then they changed it and they are a tough team.”

Only seven of the 16 teams to reach the fifth round were from the Premier League but with Chelsea hosting Manchester United on Monday in a repeat of last season’s final, six of the teams in the last eight will be from the top flight.
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The Ministry of Basic Education in Anambra State has reviewed the state school calendar following the adjustments on the election dates.


A statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Basic Education, Mr. Linus Nwankwo, directed all public and private schools in the state to resume on Monday, February 18, and close on Thursday, February 21.

According to the ministry, schools will be expected to resume again on Monday,February 25, and close on Friday, March 8, to resume on Monday, March 11.

The statement urged all principals and head teachers of both public and private schools to take note of the new dates and adhere strictly to the changes.
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The National Electoral Commission in Lagos State, on Sunday, said it has retrieved all sensitive materials for the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections earlier distributed to the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.


INEC Spokesman in Lagos State, Mr. Femi Akinbiyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that all sensitive materials had been retrieved and kept in the Central Bank of Nigeria under security watch.

He said that the sensitive materials, which comprised ballot papers and result sheets, had been distributed at the three senatorial districts before they were later moved to the 20 LGAs.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had attributed the postponement of the elections to logistic and operational problems.

Akinbiyi said that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police had monitored the exercise in some local governments.

“The instruction from the INEC headquarters was that all sensitive materials should be moved back to the CBN and the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State was in Ikeja today to supervise such movement.


“The movement across the state was done under tight security,” he said.

According to him, all card readers earlier deployed to each local government area have been returned to the INEC office in Yaba for reconfiguration.

The INEC Public Relations Officer added that all ad hoc staff had been paid their training allowances for the postponed elections.

The Governorship, State Houses of Assembly, and FCT Area Council elections were also shifted from March 2 to March 9.

The INEC state chairman said that the postponement would afford the electoral body the opportunity to address the identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of Nigeria’s election.
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Eight people died in three shootings in Goma, eastern DR Congo, the town mayor said Sunday, while others complained authorities were slow to react to violence in North Kivu province.


“In Mugunga (district), there was shooting last night. Five people were killed and more injured. In Katoy, one was killed near a petrol station and further north towards Buhene two people were killed,” Timothee Muissa Kiense told AFP, adding that investigations were under way.

Benin Butatunda, vice-chairman of a Mugunga youth association charged meanwhile that “assailants fired on passers-by. Authorities did not intervene in time to save human lives.

“There is much tension here in Mugunga. The population is angry at the authorities’ lethargy,” Butatunda said.

The shootings came as Martin Fayulu, controversially beaten by fellow opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi in the December 30 presidential election, was in the province for a meeting at Butembo, 266 km (165 miles) from Goma.