FIFA Announces Issa Hayatou As Acting President

FIFA said on Thursday morning that Sepp Blatter had been relieved of his duties and that Issa Hayatou, the head of African football from Cameroon, would be acting president.

The FIFA statement said, “Today, in accordance with FIFA’s code of ethics, Joseph S. Blatter was relieved of all his duties as FIFA president following the decision to provisionally ban him from all football activities on a national and international level.

“Joseph S. Blatter, for the duration of the 90-day ban, is not allowed to represent FIFA in any capacity, act on the organisation’s behalf, or communicate to media or other stakeholders as a FIFA representative.

“Issa Hayatou, as the longest-serving vice-president on FIFA’s executive committee, will serve as acting president of FIFA.”

Blatter is disappointed that FIFA‘s ethics committee did not speak with him before provisionally suspending him, lawyers for the world soccer body‘s president said on Thursday.

“President Blatter was disappointed that the Ethics Committee did not follow the Code of Ethics and Disciplinary Code, both of which provide for an opportunity to be heard,” Blatter‘s lawyers said in an emailed statement.

“Further, the Ethics Committee based its decision on a misunderstanding of the actions of the Attorney General in Switzerland, which has opened an investigation but brought no charge against the President.”

Blatter’s lawyers said he was looking forward to presenting evidence that will prove he did not engage in any misconduct.

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Tottenham Spanks Manchester City 4-1

Tottenham Hotspur pummelled Manchester City 4-1 on Saturday to condemn Manuel Pellegrini’s team to a third defeat in four games and leave them exposed at the Premier League summit.

City took a 25th-minute lead at White Hart Lane through Kevin De Bruyne, but Eric Dier drove home an equaliser on the stroke of half-time before Toby Alderweireld’s header early in the first half put the hosts in front.

Harry Kane claimed his first club goal of the season and Erik Lamela added a fourth for Spurs as Mauricio Pochettino’s side followed Juventus and West Ham United in inflicting defeat on the season’s early pace-setters.

For City, who arrived at White Hart Lane at the head of the table, the manner of defeat was alarming, with goalkeeper Willy Caballero — in for the injured Joe Hart — enduring a troubled afternoon.

This defeat came on the back of last weekend’s home loss to West Ham United –- their first league defeat of the season –- and the Champions League loss to Juventus, with only the mid-week League Cup win at struggling Sunderland punctuating that worrying run.

Having appeared so dominant in the opening five games of the league campaign, when they did not concede a goal, Pellegrini’s side suddenly appear vulnerable, casting doubt over their title credentials.

 

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Arsenal Wins Appeal Against Gabriel’s Red Card

Arsenal have won an appeal against Brazilian defender Gabriel’s sending-off in Saturday’s Premier League defeat to Chelsea, the Football Association confirmed on Tuesday.

Gabriel was dismissed following an off-the-ball clash with Chelsea striker Diego Costa late in the first half of the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge and was facing a three-match ban for violent conduct.

“Arsenal’s claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Gabriel has been upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,” read a statement from the FA.

“The player’s three-match suspension has, therefore, been withdrawn with immediate effect.”

However, Gabriel still faces a separate charge of improper conduct for his reaction after being shown the red card by referee Mike Dean.

He and Arsenal have until 1700 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge.

Costa has also been charged with violent conduct after apparently swinging his arm at Laurent Koscielny during Saturday’s game and faces a three-match ban.

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African Games: Adesokan Wins Gold, Sets New World Record In Powerlifting

Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan has won a Para-powerlifting gold medal and in the process set a new world record with a lift of 182.5kg in the 49kg weight class.

On Tuesday at the ongoing 11th African Games in Brazzaville, Congo, Adesokan lifted the 182.5 kg in his third attempt to win the gold medal.

Adesokan had set a world record at the 2012 paralympic games in London with a lift of 177 kg, but a Vietnamese subsequently erased that record with a lift of 181kg.

Adesokan, who won silver medal at a recent Open Asia Championship held in Kazakhstan, has now reclaimed his world record.

“I am excited, I can’t thank God enough for this. It is the result of hard work and focus,’’ NAN quoted him as saying after the lift.

“After the Asian championship at which I won silver medal, I gave myself a personal target of gold medal at the Africa Games, and with God, I have now been able to reach my target.”

He said that his next target will be to win gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games next year. Adesokan commended the National Sports Commission (NSC) for the preparation ahead of the Games, saying:

“I must thank my coach, Feyisetan Are, for believing in me and training me toward achieving this feat; he has been like a father to all us.

“I want to call on the NSC to allow us start the preparations for the 2016 Paralympic Games early, because with good preparation, the sky will be the limit for us. We have all what it takes to be world champions.”

In the 45kg category, another Nigerian, Latifat Tijani, lifted 98kg to also win a gold medal and set a new African record.

Ben Isini won silver 41kg 90, losing the gold medal to an Egyptian who lifted 92kg. Feyisetan Are, national para-powerlifting coach, told NAN in Brazzaville that the athletes were just keeping to their promise of good performances at the games.

“I am happy at the result. We are just taking part in three events this morning and we won two gold and silver; this is a sign of good things to happen to us in the competition,” he said.

“We promised Nigerians good outing and the athletes are living up to that promise they made to the nation. We are aiming to win at least 11 gold medals. It is just two now; more are still coming.”

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Pennetta Wins First Grand Slam Title, Retires From Tennis

Italian Flavia Pennetta won her first grand slam singles title over Roberta Vinci in U.S. Open final on Saturday against all odds and further decided to retire from the game which shocked all present watching the all Italian game.

With the 7-6(4) 6-2 win, the 33-year-old Pennetta becomes the fourth oldest grand slam winner in the Open Era and joins 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone as the only Italian women to win a major singles title.

But as the celebrations kicked into high gear, Pennetta dropped a bombshell that provided a dramatic finish to the year’s final grand slam and her career.

After embracing childhood friend and Fed Cup team mate Vinci at the net a smiling Pennetta stood at centre court during the trophy presentation and told a capacity crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium that included Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi that she would retire.

“This is the way I would like to say goodbye to tennis,” she said before hoisting the trophy and accepting the $3.3 million (£2.14 million) winner’s cheque. “I’m really happy. It’s what all the players seem to want to do, to go out with this big trophy.

“And so this one was my last match at the U.S. Open and I couldn’t think to finish a better way.”

Pennetta’s surprise announcement provided a jaw-dropping finish to a grand slam packed with surprises.

She said it was a decision she made a month ago when a grand slam triumph would have seemed improbable and suggested fate may have played a part in her grand slam goodbye.

“Maybe that is why I am here today,” Pennetta said while embracing the trophy. “I was trying to play every match like it was my last one. Trying to play best all the time. For me it is easy to practise and stay in this life but sometimes it is hard to compete.

“It will be a new life for me, I played tennis since I was young.”

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Floyd Mayweather Bows Out of Boxing after Beating Andre Berto [Photos]

In what he says is the final fight of his career, Floyd Mayweather once again used his speed and legs last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to win his fight against Andre Berto.

Back in the ring for the first time since May when he beat Manny Pacquiao in a “mega-fight” that became the richest bout in boxing, Mayweather landed 232 of 410 punches while Berto connected with just 83 of 495.

This made him an undefeated champ at 49-0 with 26 KOs, equaling the mark of heavyweight
champion Rocky Marciano, who also retired as an unbeaten champion.

As of now, Floyd insists he won’t come back for a 50th fight. He completed his six-fight deal with Showtime that earned him more than $300 million.

“You got to know when to hang it up,” Mayweather said. “I think it’s my time to hang it up. I’m close to 40 years old. I broke all records. There’s nothing else to prove in the sport of boxing. Now I just want to spend time with my family and children and take Mayweather Promotions to the next level.”

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Tennis: Vinci Ends Serena William’s Quest To Win Calendar Grand Slam

The quest by Tennis World No. 1, Serena William to win the first calendar Grand Slam since 1988 has come to an end with an  upset by unseeded Roberta Vinci of Italy.

Vinci lost the first set by 2-6 in favour of Williams, but came back to win the two other sets by 6-4, 6-4, giving her a place at the final of the 2015 US open championship.

She will now meet Flavia Pennetta, who also defeated tournament no. 2 seed, Simona Halep  in an all Italian final.

Both players who reached Saturday afternoon’s final will be on shorter rest than they might have expected, following the rescheduling of the semi-final match for Friday after heavy rains hit New York City Thursday night.

Vinci was all smiles and credited her win to being able not to “think about that [it was] Serena on the other court.”

“So many things in my mind, this was an incredible match, I lost the first set, I tried to stay in every single point. At the end when I served I was like [mimes being incredibly shaky]. I think it’s the best moment of my life.”

“Today is my day. Sorry guys!” They applaud heartily. What will make this moment feel real, she’s asked. “I don’t know,” she grins. “Ask another question please.”

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ABS FC storms Abuja for Maximum victory against FRSC! … set to Entertain FCT soccer Fans!

ABS FC of Ilorin will tomorrow Sunday at the Area 3 playing ground Garki Abuja be a guest to FRSC Football Club of Abuja in the week 12 fixture of the Nigeria National League.

Under the new chairmanship of Mr Seni Saraki, the former NPL giant killers will entertain Abuja fans with their digital style of play that earned them the Arsenal of Nigeria League.

The Saraki Boys who are 2nd on the NNL group A2 table with 15 points will aim at a total victory to brighten it’s chances of promotion to the NPFL.

Club’s new boss and son of the Senate president Mr Seni Saraki has given a marching order to the Ilorin young lads to go all out and secure the maximum points in Abuja.

Reports say the Nigeria National League have deployed match assesors and monitors to observe the match in Abuja and other matches across all the centres as the league moves into the crucial stages.

NNL boss High chief Emeka Inyama confirmed the deployment of Assessors and monitors in the Abuja match and other centre’s, while speaking on a live television programme on channels television on Friday.

He said the issue of officiating becomes more crucial at this stage of the League, hence the deployment of assessors and Monitors.

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Chelsea Suffer 7-Points Decline In Nigerian Fan Base; Favoured To Win 2015/2016 EPL – NOIPolls

The Annual Football Special Edition poll results released by NOIPolls revealed that there has been a decline in the Nigerian fan base of Chelsea FC, the defending champions of the English Premier League (EPL) by 7-points from 2014 to 2015; although it still records the highest support (35 percent) from Nigerian football fans in 2015, followed by‘Arsenal FC’ (27 percent) and ‘Manchester United’ (23 percent).  There was also a slight 1-point decline in the Nigerian fan base of Manchester United FC from 2014 to 2015, with a corresponding 3-point increase in the fan base of Arsenal FC within the same period; an increase that has steadily risen within the period 2012 to 2015.

Likely reasons for the decline in the fan base of Chelsea FC could be attributed to the sale of Pete Cech to Arsenal (which could also have been a reason for the increase in the fan base of this club) and the move of Didier Drogba (top striker and fan favorite) to Canadian Club – Montreal Impact. Similarly, the increase in the fan base of Arsenal may be as a result of the shift in the fan base of Chelsea and Manchester United FCs, also possibly because it won the 2015 Community Shield Cup on the 1st of August, 2015.  Moreover, ‘Chelsea FC’ (39 percent) topped the prediction chart as the FC selected to win the 2015/2016 EPL. This club has consistently been the top choice for Nigerian EPL fans over three years (2013 to 2015); although this vote was highest in 2014 with 54 percent. In addition, ‘Arsenal FC’ (28 percent) and ‘Manchester United FC’ (24 percent) came second and third on the prediction chart.

Furthermore, an assessment of the Nigerian Premier League (NPL) revealed a lower followership compared with the EPL as only30 percent of Nigerian football fans, especially from the South-East zone confirmed they follow the NPL; although this figure becomes encouraging with a 5-point increase in the followership in 2015 from 25 percent in 2014. Still on the NPL, poll results revealed that ‘Enyimba’ (26 percent) records the largest fan base in the Nigerian Premier League and closely followed by ‘Kano Pillars’ with 22 percent. Moreover the NPL fans tip Enyimba (30 percent) to win the 2015 Nigerian Premier League title.

Brief Background

The 24th Season (2015/2016) of the English Premier League began on the 8th of August 2015 and ends on the 15th of May 2016. With this new season, once again hopes, fears and expectations are widespread in the hearts and conversations of football fans far and wide. Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City entered as the three newly promoted teams from the 2014/2015 Football League Championship, while Hull City, Burnley and Queens Park Rangers were relegated to the Championship League.

As the 2015/2016 English Premier League season progresses, the table will definitely reflect which club has brought the best standards to the competition. While the 2015/2016 EPL season is still young with  37 matches to play out, it is noteworthy to state that the first set of matches have proven to be unpredictable and have set the tone of what promises to be an exciting season. Nonetheless, the current league table is likely to change when the season reaches its finale in May 2016.[1]

On the other hand, the 44th season of Nigerian Premier League which started on the 7th of March 2015 and is scheduled to end on the 15th of November 2015, welcomed the Kano Pillars as the defending champions of the 2014 season. The Shooting Stars, Garbros, Wikki Tourists and Kwara United entered the NPL as the newly promoted teams, while Gombe United, Crown, Kaduna United and Nembe City were all relegated to the lower division league.[2] Enyimba is currently topping the table with 41 points after playing 22 matches. The league table is likely to witness changes as the competition reaches its conclusions in a few months’ time.[3]

Against this background, NOIPolls conducted its yearly Football Special Edition Poll to gauge the perceptions of Nigerians regarding the English Premier League (EPL) and the Nigerian Premier League (NPL). The poll was conducted before the commencement of the season. The first annual Football Special Edition Poll was conducted in August 2012.

The key objectives of the survey were to determine football fan base in Nigeria, measure the proportion of Nigerian football fans who follow the English Premier League, ascertain the support of Nigerians for the English Premier League clubs and assess the prediction(s) on the EPL club to win the 2015/2016 EPL. The poll also sought to measure the Nigerian Premier League (NPL) followership and rationale for followership, gauge the support for NPL clubs and assess the prediction(s) of the NPL club to win the 2015 title

Key Findings

Respondents were asked nine specific questions and 5 of these questions would be discussed in this release.

To ascertain the proportion of Nigerians who follow the English Premier League, respondents were asked: Do you follow the English Premier Football League? Findings revealed that Nigeria has a very large proportion (74 percent) of football lovers who follow the English Premier League, while 26 percent who watch football do not follow the EPL league.

Analysis based on geo-political zones revealed that the South-West zone (81 percent) has the highest proportion of respondents who follow the English Premier League, while analysis by gender revealed that more male (85 percent) than female (63 percent)football fans follow the EPL. In addition, the largest proportion of respondents who follow the EPL were aged between 26 – 35 years.

Comparing current results with the poll conducted in 2014 revealed an increased followership of the EPL in Nigeria in 2015 when compared to 2014. This is evident in the 4-point increase in the proportion of football fans that follow the EPL. This increase may be attributed to the participation of Nigerians on social media where various topics such as football are discussed especially among teenagers and young adults. In order words, football fans who do not have access to watching live matches may as well follow the live updates on social media. In addition, the EPL experienced its highest followership in Nigeria in 2013 and experienced a huge decline of 19 points in 2014.

In order to determine the current fan base of the EPL clubs, respondents were asked: Which Premier League club do you support?‘Chelsea FC’ records the highest support by Nigerian football fans as indicated by 35 percent of the respondents. This is followed by ‘Arsenal FC’ and ‘Manchester United’ with 27 percent and 23 percent respectively.

Analysis across geo-political zones revealed that the South-East zone accounted for the highest proportion (45 percent) of respondents who support Chelsea FC. The North-West zone and the South-South zone accounted for the larger share of respondents who support Arsenal FC and Manchester United FC with 37 percent and 33 percent respectively. Also, evaluation based on gender revealed that more female than male football fans support Chelsea FC (40 percent) and Arsenal FC (28 percent)than Manchester United FC.

Yearly trend analysis from 2012 to 2015 revealed that the highest support (33 percent) for Manchester United FC from the Nigerian football fan base was obtained in 2013 when they won the EPL. Chelsea FC experienced its highest support (42 percent)from the Nigerian fan base in 2014 when Jose Mourinho returned to the club as head coach, while Arsenal FC recorded its highest support in 2015, probably due to the addition of new players to the team most notable Pete Cech as the new goal keeper and also possibly due to its winning of the 2015 Community Shield Cup on the 1st August 2015.

Furthermore, there has been a decline in the fan base of Chelsea FC by 7-points and Manchester United FC slightly by 1-point from 2014 to 2015, with a corresponding 3-point increase in the fan base of Arsenal FC within the same period; an increase that has steadily risen within the period 2012 to 2015. This increase in the fan base of Arsenal may be as a result of the shift in the fan base of Chelsea and Manchester United FCs or the club may have just attracted new fans.

Subsequently, respondents were asked: Which English Premiership club would you pick to win the 2014/2015 season? ‘Chelsea FC’ topped the prediction chart as the FC selected to win the 2015/2016 EPL as disclosed by 39 percent of the EPL followers. This finding therefore suggests that some supporters of other clubs also share this same view given the fact that Chelsea has 35 percent support from the total EPL followers.  Furthermore, Chelsea FC supporters also hope that Jose Mourinho will lead “the Blues” to victory as he did in 2005 and 2006. In addition, ‘Arsenal FC’ and ‘Manchester United FC’ came second and third on the prediction chart with 28 percent and 24 percent respectively.

Yearly trend analysis revealed that Chelsea has consistently been the top choice for Nigerian EPL fans selected over other EPL clubs to win the EPL title for three years (2013 to 2015) despite a 15 point decline from it’s 54 percent in 2014. Furthermore, Manchester United which held the second position in this vote both in 2013 (35 percent) and 2014 (21 percent) became the third choice in 2015, while Arsenal which was the third choice in 2013 (17 percent) and 2014 (19 percent) is currently the second choice the Nigerian EPL fans selected to win the 2015/2016 EPL season.

Most notably, there was a significant 15-point drop in the proportion of Nigerian EPL fans who selected Chelsea FC to win the season from 2014 to 2015; this is surprising considering the club’s title as defending champions of the EPL.

To determine the percentage of Nigerians who follow the Nigerian Premier League (NPL), respondents were asked: Do you follow the Nigerian Premier League? The outcome revealed that 70 percent of Nigerian football fans surveyed claimed that they do not follow the NPL whereas; only 30 percent confirmed that they follow the NPL.

Analysis by geo-political zone revealed that the South-East zone has the highest followership (42 percent) of the Nigerian Premier League. In addition, more male (40 percent) than female (20 percent) football fans follow the NPL.

Yearly trend evaluation revealed a significant 5-points increase in the number of Nigerians who follow the NPL in 2015 compared with  2014, although this is low compared to previous years where about half (2012: 48 percent; 2013: 51 percent) of Nigerian football fans were followers of the NPL. In 2012, the Nigerian telecommunication company Globacom signed a 3 years sponsorship contract with the Nigeria Premier League.[1] Hence, bringing more excitement to the NPL therefore, resulting in a 3-points increase in 2013.

Conversely, in 2014, there was a drastic 26-points decline in the proportion of Nigerians who followed the NPL. This may be linked to the ‘win-at-home’ Syndrome and bad officiating which rocked the NPL within this period. Statistics revealed that in the 2012/2013 NPL season, out of 380 matches played, only 18 away wins were recorded which is less than 5 percent.[2]

Respondents who follow the NPL (30 percent of the total Nigerian football fan base) were further asked: Which Nigerian Premier League club do you support? The result disclosed that ‘Enyimba’ (26 percent) has the largest fanbase in the Nigerian Premier League, closely followed by ‘Kano Pillars’ with 22 percent. 16 percent of respondents indicated that they do not follow any of the NPL clubs.

Analysis by geo-political zone revealed that the larger proportion of Enyimba fans are residents of  South-West zone (50 percent), while the North-West zone accounted for the larger proportion of football fans who support Kano Pillars (51 percent). The South-East zone accounted for the largest proportion of respondents who support Enugu Rangers FC (25 percent) and Heartland FC (23 percent).

Trend analysis indicates a 5-point increase in the proportion of Nigerians who support Enyimba in 2015 when compared to 2014. On the other hand, Kano Pillars suffered a huge 18-point decline in its fan base in 2015 from 2014 (40 percent) even though it won the 2014 Nigerian Premier League.

In conclusion, more than 7 in 10 Nigerians follow the English Premier League. More findings revealed that Chelsea FC’ records the highest support by Nigerian football fans as indicated by 35 percent of the respondents. This is followed by ‘Arsenal FC’ and‘Manchester United’ with 27 percent and 23 percent respectively.  Moreover EPL fans picked ‘Chelsea FC’ to win the 2015/2016, while ‘Arsenal FC’ came second on the prediction chart with 28 percent, and ‘Manchester United FC’ came third (24 percent). Furthermore, only 3 in 10 Nigerians indicated that they follow the Nigerian Premier League; and this is mainly  due to ‘Patriotism’(65 percent), while other fans (23 percent) admitted  “they enjoy it” and that the ‘players play well’ (8 percent) amongst other reasons. Additionally, ‘Enyimba’ (26 percent) has the largest fan base in the Nigerian Premier League followed by ‘Kano Pillars’with 22 percent. Finally, most Nigerians (30 percent) picked Enyimba to win the 2015 Nigerian Premier League                             

Survey Methods

The opinion poll was conducted in the week of 3rd of August 2015. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample of 1000 phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country. With a sample of this size, we can say with 95% confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise – within a range of plus or minus 3%.

NOIPolls Limited, No1 for country specific polling services in West Africa.  We conduct periodic opinion polls and studies on various socio-economic and political issues in Nigeria. More information is available at www.noi-polls.com

Disclaimer

This press release has been produced by NOIPolls Limited to provide information on all issues which form the subject matter of the document. Kindly note that while we are willing to share results from our polls with the general public, we only request that NOIPolls be acknowledged as author whenever and wherever our poll results are used, cited or published.

NOIPolls hereby certifies that all the views expressed in this document accurately reflect its views of respondents surveyed for the poll, and background information is based on information from various sources that it believes are reliable; however, no representation is made that it is accurate or complete. Whilst reasonable care has been taken in preparing this document, no responsibility or liability is accepted for errors or fact or for any views expressed herein by NOIPolls for actions taken as a result of information provided in this report. Any ratings, forecasts, estimates, opinions or views herein constitute a judgment as at the date of this document. If the date of this document is not current, the views and content may not reflect NOIPolls’ current findings and/or thinking.

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The English Premier League Kicks Off On BBC Africa

From Saturday 8 August, football fans in Africa can follow the exciting live action of the new season of the Barclays Premier League in four languages.  BBC Africa will bring commentary from matches of the world-famous league to football fans across the continent – in French, Hausa, Somali and Swahili.

Broadcasts are available on BBC FM stations and partner radio networks. The programmes provide live match commentary and also interaction with pundits and fans across the continent via satellite links, telephone, SMS and social-media channels. Live updates from matches will also offered via live pages for each of these services on bbc.com, giving fans the chance to keep up with the matches wherever they are.

Solomon Mugera, BBC Africa Editor, says: “We know that the English Premier League has millions of supporters from all across Africa and are very happy to be launching the season once again. Our commentary brings the thrill of these matches directly to fans, and there is more to come. In response to our audience’s growing interest in all things English Premier League, we want to give them an all access pass to players and clubs as well featuring the people who are the league’s heartbeat: its fans. Look out for our new and exciting online extras to support this season.”

Details of Services:

BBC Hausa

Weekly on Sharhin Gasar Premier League, commentators are Aminu Kado and Aliyu Tanko.

BBC Hausa reaches an audience of 18. 1million every week across Nigeria, Niger, and parts of Ghana and Benin. It is broadcast via 14 local FM stations.

BBC Hausa has over 872,000 fans on Facebook and over 110,000 followers on Twitter (as of July 2015). 

Hausa-speakers anywhere in the world can access BBC Hausa multimedia content at bbchausa.com.

BBC Afrique (French)

Weekly on Samedi Foot, commentator is Emmanuel Coste.

BBC Afrique reaches an audience of 12.7million every week and provides content for 23 countries across Africa. It is broadcast via eight local FM stations.

BBC Afrique has over 382,000 fans on Facebook and over 124,000 followers on Twitter (as of July 2015).

French-speakers anywhere in the world can access BBC Afrique multimedia content at bbcafrique.com.

BBC Somali     

Weekly on Tabinta Tooska ah ee Tartanka Premier League-ga Ingiriiska ee Sabtida, commentators are Ahmed Abdinur and Mohamed Deysane.

BBC Somali reaches an audience of 3.5 million every week across Kenya, Somali, Djibouti and parts of Ethiopia. It is broadcast via four local FM stations.

BBC Somali has over 299,700 fans on Facebook and over 32,000 followers on Twitter (as of July 2015).

Somali-speakers anywhere in the world can access BBC Somali multimedia content at bbcsomali.com.

 BBC Swahili

Weekly on Ulimwengu wa Soka, commentators are Salim Kikeke and Hamisi Kizigo.

BBC Swahili reaches an audience of 16.6 million every week across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and parts of Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. It is broadcast via 21 local FM stations.

BBC Swahili has over 973,000 fans on Facebook and over 55,000 followers on Twitter (as of July 2015).

Swahili-speakers anywhere in the world can access BBC Swahili multimedia content at bbcswahili.com.

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Buhari Approves Funds For All African Games

The Director General of the National Sports Commission, Alhassan Yakmut,has revealed that President Muhammadu buhari, has released funds to ensure timely and adequate preparations ahead of the 2015 the All African Games.

He said this on Monday at the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium, Abuja, while addressing athletes who turned up for training.

The All African Games is holding in Congo Brazzaville from September 4 to 19, 2015. This is a clear departure from the usual practice of releasing funds two weeks to a major international event.

An excited Yakmut promised to release the approved figure to the public in line with ‘Change Agenda’ which promotes transparency in governance.

“Mr. President has just approved the funds for the All African Games and I understand we shall be formally informed on Tuesday.

“So, as soon as we get the information about the exact figure approved from the budget we submitted, we will make it open to the public because we intend to run a very transparent administration.

” And i think by the time we finish computing all what we have done in the last three months, we are going to say how much has been spent on each item of the projects that we have executed including the Federations.

“And am sure that you have noticed that the Federations are beginning to feel the public funding scheme especially the ones regarding the All African Games,” Yakmut told Prompt News.

According to him, apart from the 19 sports that Nigeria will participate in, two other sports namely swimming and gymnastics have been placed on standby in the event that there would be athletes that are exceptionally good to represent the country in the two sports.

To ensure that athletes have the best preparations, Yakmut said that the Federations that have requested for foreign technical support would have them.

The Director General spoke further on this, “We are taking part in 19 events and two other events that are actually on standby. If we have pockets of athletes that are exceptionally good like gymnastic and swimming, we will carry the on their merit.

“Regarding technical aid, in fact we are in global technical business and we cannot reduce ourselves to a situation that no matter how bad our coaches are, we must sustain and retain them.

“What we have done is to support the four federations that have requested that they will need technical back-ups from foreign countries.

“So, wrestling has requested for two back-ups either from Europe, the United States or Canada. Table tennis has also requested fat technical support from Sweden, China or Japan.

“Already, South Korea is supporting us on taekwondo and basketball has already recruited transparently.

“All these we are doing to make sure that we don’t leave technical opportunities unattended to,” Mr. Yakmut assured.

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NFF Unveils Oliseh As Super Eagles Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), in the early hours of Wednesday, officially unveiled Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh as the new coach of the country’s senior national team, the Super Eagles.

Mr. Oliseh, a former Super Eagles captain, signed a three-year contract with his new employer, the NFF, at a press conference at the Abuja National Stadium.

During the ceremony, NFF President Amaju Pinnick handed Mr. Oliseh jersey number 15, the same jersey number he wore during his playing career with the Super Eagles, and described him as the “Pep Guardiola” of African football, referring to the successful FC Bayern Munich manager.

“This is a great moment in Nigerian football. The NFF is excited about the choice of Oliseh as Eagles Coach,” Mr. Pinnick said, urging his countrymen’s support for the new coach.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Mr. Oliseh said, “It’s a great honor to be a coach. I am not coming as a messiah but as a man who is ready to serve my country and do my best to move Nigerian football forward.”

Mr. Oliseh was born in Delta State and played for clubs such as Julius Berger of Lagos, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus FC, and Borussia Dortmund, among others. He played for Nigeria between 1993 and 2002.

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