Sunday, October 21, 2018

Published in local Written by July 10 2018 0

Attention has returned to the Federal High Court in Jos where the Amaju Pinnick group has taken the case asking that the order which for Chris Giwa to take office should be vacated.

 

Our man Bello Zech went to the streets to sample the thoughts of football fans on who they think should be the President of the NFF. Let’s take a listen.

 

Published in Foreign Written by July 05 2018 0

Egyptian tennis player, Karim Hossam, has been banned from the sports for life after being convicted of multiple match-fixing offences.

 

Twenty-four-year-old Hossam was also ordered to pay a fine of fifteen thousand dollars after he was found guilty of sixteen counts of corruption.

 

In addition to match-fixing and betting, HOSSAM was also alleged to have provided inside information and failed to report corrupt approaches between 2013 and 2017.

Published in Foreign Written by June 29 2018 0

 

 All five African teams have crashed out of the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

 

The last to leave the tournament are Senegal, who lost against Colombia one-nil in their last Group H match played yesterday.

 

However; Senegal finished with equal points and goal tally with Japan, but were eliminate based on FIFA’s fair play rule, having picked up more Yellow cards than Japan.

 

The President of Egypt Football Association, Hany Abo Rida, says the Ramadan fasting affected the Pharaoh's preparations for the World Cup in Russia.

 

Rida said his squad chose to fast during the Muslim holy month that ended the day before Egypt's opening game against Uruguay, as well as the subsequent ties with the hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Published in Foreign Written by June 21 2018 0

A newly published book has claimed that Osama Bin Laden drew up plans to take out the England national team in a terror attack at the 1998 World Cup.

 

Middle East-based journalist Adam Robinson and former US terror chief Yossef Bodansky believe that the al-Qaeda warlord plotted to kill members of the Three Lions squad during a group match against Tunisia.

 

In their book Terror on the Pitch, the authors claim that Bin Laden devised the attack with Algerian Islamist terrorist organisation the Armed Islamic Group.

 

The plan is said to have involved taking down goalkeeper David Seaman via a suicide bomber, shooting Alan Shearer dead on the pitch and tossing a grenade at the bench where then-manager Glen Hoddle would have been sitting, according to The Mirror.

 

David Beckham and Michael Owen are also said to have been earmarked for execution.

 

Bin Laden, who was killed by US Special Forces in May 2011, allegedly spent time in London on a fact-finding mission while plotting the attack and developed "an affinity" for Arsenal during his time there.

Published in local Written by June 17 2018 0

Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr has said the team’s two nil loss to Croatia in their opening match of Russia 2018 was due to many mistakes.

 

Rohr, while speaking at the post-match conference of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D fixture, said he and his players were aware they made some important mistakes during the game.

 

He said the entire team was disappointed at the result, adding that they needed to work on being professional with the set-pieces.

 

Rohr, however, assured that he and his assistants would go on to ensure the team was improved upon before their June 22 date with Iceland in Volgograd.

Published in local Written by June 17 2018 0

 

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has admitted that it is difficult to play as the only striker upfront in the Super Eagles team.

 

Ighalo in his reaction to the loss against Croatia said there is more pressure from the defenders if a striker plays alone.

 

He however believed the Eagles will correct mistakes made and agreed that Croatia deserve the win against Nigeria.

 

In the match played in Kalinin-grad, the Eagles lost through an own goal by Nigeria’s mid-field sensation, Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modrić.

Published in Foreign Written by June 11 2018 0

Rafael Nadal claimed an eleventh French Open title with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Dominic Thiem despite a worrying injury scare in the closing stages of the final.

 

The thirty-two year-old world number one now has seventeen Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer.

 

Nadal endured a nervous conclusion to the final, however, when he needed treatment in the fourth game of the third set for a finger injury before sealing victory on a fifth match point when Thiem fired a backhand long.

Published in Foreign Written by June 08 2018 0

 

The Ghanaian government has ordered the dissolution of its national football association.

 

This followed the filming of the president of the Ghanaian Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, apparently accepting a cash gift of sixty-five thousand dollars from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.

 

Ghana's Information Minister, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, said the government decided to take immediate steps to address widespread rot in the system, adding that interim measures to govern Ghanaian football would be announced soon.

 

Nyantakyi, who is Vice-President of the Confederation of African Football and a member of the FIFA Council, has not commented on the allegations.

 

Similarly; football's world governing body, FIFA is yet to react to the decision to dissolve the Ghanaian FA and the alleged cash gift claims exposed in a documentary by Ghana’s celebrated undercover reporter Anas Aremayaw Anas.

 

This is because FIFA laws prevent government interference in football administration, and it had previously banned countries that breached the rules.

Published in local Written by June 06 2018 0

Seven years after his maiden visit to Nigeria, top Britain chess Grand Master and former World Champion Challenger, Nigel Short is set to arrive in Nigeria for chess related programme.

 

According to the President of Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), Mr Lekan Adeyemi, the visit to Nigeria is coming under the auspices of Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa whom over the years, have had chess developmental projects on the continent of Africa.

 

During the four-day visit to Lagos, the grand master will have training, exhibition programmes with chess players and stakeholders and general promotion of the game in the country.

 

Grand Master Short, at the peak of his career, was ranked third-rated player in the world and is currently the only active chess player over the age of 50. As a global ambassador of the game, he has visited more than 100 countries, both playing and promoting the game.

 

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