Kwara Utd Suspends Tunde Abdulrahman As Tecnhnical Adviser

The Technical Adviser of Kwara United FC of Ilorin, Tunde Abdulrahman has been suspended indefinitely.

The Permanent Secretary of the state ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Mrs Rhoda Ajiboye, announced the suspension on Monday in Ilorin after a brief meeting with the management and technical crew of the club.

She said the team’s Chief Coach, Tunde Sanni will now take over the affairs of the team.

She noted that the suspension become necessary in view of the present poor run of form of the team.

She also noted that all the coaches have been placed on half salaries, while charging the management to rise to the occasion as no any act of negligence will be entertained from them henceforth.

Ajiboye pledged the state government’s resolve to reinforce the areas needed to be reinforced during the next transfer window.

She charged the players to give their best as she maintained that the government is working round the clock to ensure they don’t lack anything to make them succeed as the season progresses.

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Former Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Clemens Westerhof Says Sunday Oliseh Not Fit To Coach Nigeria

Former Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Clemens Westerhof has condemned the move by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to offer untested Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh the coaching reins of the country’s senior national team.

According to the Dutchman, Oliseh, his former player lacks the technical capability to lead the team, especially in this crucial time giving the sack of former coach, Stephen Keshi. He also maintained the NFF is committing a blunder by hiring a greenhorn coach who has not gotten the requisite experience to handle the team.

“No, no, that cannot be, he can’t be Super Eagles coach. Oliseh cannot, no, he can’t,” Westerhof said.

“If the Nigeria Football Federation is bringing Oliseh to handle the Super Eagles, then that is too bad because it is not right. It is not proper, he is not the right man for the job.”

“Before I took over the Super Eagles in 1989, I was the head coach of Feyenoord and we were champions after many years. I coached other top teams in the first division, Vitesse, MVV and came back to Vitesse again.

“Keshi was a top quality player in Belgium with Lokeren, Anderlecht, RC Strasbourg in France, Sacramento Scorpions and all that. He coached several other teams including Togo and Mali”, he exclaimed.

Apart from being known to have played professional football in clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Juventus, Standard Liege and others, Oliseh has only managed a third division Belgian side, Vervietois, as well as  TV pundit experience, and a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group for the 2014 World Cup. The 75-year-old former manager continued by questioning Oliseh’s coaching technical know-how.

“Where did Oliseh coach? What is his coaching experience? Do you want to start learning how to coach with the senior national team? Coaching amateur teams is not enough to get the experience of handling top teams like the Super Eagles.

“Players won’t respect him, you know, he can’t command their respect and influence as they loved and respected me, more so, as they also respected and loved Keshi.

“What the players need is a coach who they will love to respect, who has a positive influence on the players, and I don’t think Oliseh has these qualities,” Westerhof concluded.

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NFF Confirms Oliseh As Eagles Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that former Nigeria international Sunday Oliseh will coach the Super Eagles with a team that will include a Dutch as an assistant.

On Wednesday, the NFF confirmed they were in talks with the Belgium-based Nigerian to replace Stephen Keshi, who was kicked out as Eagles coach on Saturday. Oliseh met with NFF president Amaju Pinnick and Austin Jay Jay Okocha in London on Tuesday.

“An offer has been made, and there is an understanding, but we have to work out the final details of the agreement in a few days. Of course, the Executive Board has to give approval for his appointment based on the final terms to be agreed,” Felix Anyansi-Agwu, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee said on Wednesday.

The NFF added that Oliseh would come with a “foreign technical assistant, whose job description will centre around development programmes, and working with clubs’ youth teams and certified academies towards developing the game from the grassroots.

“Current stand-in coach Salisu Yusuf will also be in the new team, but with greater devotion to the home-based team, otherwise known as Super Eagles B, and will be the interface between the technical crew and the home boys.”

From the details of the package being finalised, Oliseh is expected to come up with a five-year developmental plan “to fashion a unique playing and coaching philosophy for all the national teams, and will for this purpose, interface regularly with coaches of those teams.

“We are also looking at how he will periodically organise clinics and seminars for coaches of clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League, probably once in a month, so as to strengthen the playing philosophy across board. A robust youth development programme, elite player development strategy and performance programmes to drive higher standards, among other core sustainable development programmes, are also part of the proposal,” Anyansi-Agwu said.

NFF President Pinnick said, “Sunday Oliseh has vast experience and immense knowledge of the game, and will certainly add value to what we are doing. He has bought into our vision and objectives towards the development of Nigeria football. He will command the respect of the players and we trust he has the temperament to work harmoniously with the Technical and Development Committee, the Technical Directorate and the Technical Study Group.

“On our part at the NFF, we will give him all the support to succeed as we have been giving to all our coaches. Subject to the approval of the NFF Executive Committee, we will conclude negotiations by weekend and he will be unveiled next week.”

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NFF Terminates Keshi’s Appointment

The Nigeria Football Federation on Saturday terminated its contract with Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi.

 

Details of the sack were not made available as at press time, but sources said his sack may not be unconnected with Keshi’s application for a coaching job with the Ivory Coast national team.

 

The NFF had said the coach would be sacked if it was established that he actually applied for the job, a claim Keshi had consistently denied.

 

Both the NFF spokesman, Ademola Olajire and Keshi’s manager, Emmanuel Ado confirmed the development which took most Nigerians by surprise.

 

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Corruption in FIFA: Former Senior Official Admits Taking Bribe

  • I will open up, says Jack Warner
    • England ready to host 2022 World Cup if Qatar is stripped

The on-going crisis rocking the world football governing body, FIFA, continues to throw up new insight into the extent of rot in the body.

Yesterday, former Fifa vice-president, Jack Warner, said in a TV address that he would reveal all he knows about corruption in the football governing body.

That was shortly after another former top Fifa official and key witness, America’s Chuck Blazer, admitted accepting bribes.

Warner, who said he feared for his life, also said he could link Fifa officials to general elections in his native Trinidad and Tobago in 2010.

He is one of the 14 people charged by the US over alleged corruption at Fifa.

The admissions came in a newly released transcript of Mr Blazer’s guilty plea from 2013, as part of a wide-ranging US criminal case that has engulfed Fifa and led president Sepp Blatter to resign.

The US justice department alleges the 14 people charged worldwide accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period. Four others have already been charged, including Blazer.

Warner, 72, resigned from all football activities in 2011 amid bribery allegations and later stepped down as Trinidad and Tobago’s security minister amid a fraud inquiry.

A key figure in the deepening scandal, he said he had given lawyers documents outlining the links between Fifa, its funding, himself and the 2010 election in Trinidad and Tobago. He said the transactions also included Blatter.

“I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country,” he said in an address on Trinidadian TV on Wednesday evening entitled “The gloves are off”.

He promised an “avalanche” of revelations to come, speaking to his supporters at a rally later the same day.

Warner, who denies the charges against him and faces extradition to the US, was released on bail after handing himself in to police in the Trinidad and Tobago capital of Port of Spain last week.

He resigned from Fifa’s executive committee in 2011 amid allegations he had bribed his Caribbean associates.

His address came hours after the details of Blazer’s 2013 plea bargain came to light, including the admission that he and other officials had accepted bribes in connection with the 2010 World Cup bid, which saw the tournament awarded to South Africa.

Separately yesterday, South African police said they had opened a preliminary investigation into allegations that its national football association paid a $10m bribe to host the tournament – a claim the authorities deny.

Blazer was the second highest official in Fifa’s North and Central American and Caribbean region (Concacaf) from 1990 to 2011 – serving as general secretary, while Warner was president – and also served on Fifa’s executive committee between 1997 and 2013.

Seven of the 14 charged are top Fifa officials who were arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, as they awaited the Fifa congress last week. Two are vice-presidents.

In addition to the US case, Swiss authorities have launched a criminal investigation into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated.

A law enforcement official quoted by Reuters news agency said the FBI, in addition to examining events during Blazer’s time at the helm of Concacaf, was also looking into how Fifa awarded Russia and Qatar the hosting rights for 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Both countries have denied any wrongdoing in the bidding process.

The authorities in Qatar say they are confident they will not be stripped of their right to host the 2022 tournament.

Meanwhile, UK Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, has said England is ready to host the 2022 World Cup if Qatar is stripped of the tournament. There was a “strong case” for re-running the 2018 and 2022 bids if there is evidence of corruption, he added.

Blatter resigned earlier this week in a surprise move, saying it appeared that the mandate he had been given to continue as president by the Fifa congress vote last Friday did “not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football”.

In his first comments since announcing he would step down as Fifa president, Blatter – writing in Fifa’s magazine The Weekly – said: “What matters to me more than anything is that when all of this is over, football is the winner.”

-NewsIntel

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FIFA Corruption Scandal: Sepp Blatter Agrees To Resign Days After Winning 5th Term Election

Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s long-time president, announced on Tuesday that he will be resigning as soon as an extraordinary FIFA congress has elected a successor. Blatter had won a fifth term as president just last Friday and seemed to feel vindicated in two victory speeches, after yet another round of bribery scandals had beset him and his organization. A recent indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice had led to the arrest of nine of his close associates last week, and ABC News reported Tuesday that Blatter is, in fact, a subject of that continuing investigation.

The sudden relinquishing of his iron grip on FIFA comes as a total shock to the soccer world, which had assumed Blatter would remain in power through the end of his new four-year term, extending his reign to 21 years. After defeating Prince Ali Bin Hussein 133-73 in the first round of Friday’s election, the Jordanian challenger withdrew from the run-off vote. Blatter seemed to have once again consolidated his vast power, acquired over some four decades at the world’s most popular sport’s governing body.

Blatter didn’t explain what triggered his resignation. Part of the FBI investigation that led to the DoJ’s indictment, however, had accused South Africa of buying votes from the CONCACAF region, which includes the United States, that ultimately landed it the 2010 World Cup. Subsequent reports out of South Africa in the last 24 hours then produced a letter seeming to show that the $10 million payment had been funneled through FIFA directly, and that secretary general Jerome Valcke, Blatter’s right-hand man, had personally overseen the transaction.

“I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the 40 years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football,” Blatter said in his address Tuesday. “I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football.

“I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organization,” he continued. “That election is over but FIFA’s challenges are not. FIFA needs a profound overhaul. While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football – the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at FIFA. Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as FIFA president until that election.”

Blatter urged FIFA’s executive committee to put on the extraordinary congress “at the earliest opportunity.” The next one on the regular schedule is slated for Mexico City on May 13, 2016, but Blatter argued that waiting that long would “create unnecessary delay.” Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, said a special election could be held between December and March of 2016.

“Since I shall not be a candidate, and am therefore now free from the constraints that elections inevitably impose, I shall be able to focus on driving far-reaching, fundamental reforms that transcend our previous efforts,” Blatter added. “For years, we have worked hard to put in place administrative reforms, but it is plain to me that while these must continue, they are not enough. I have fought for these changes before and, as everyone knows, my efforts have been blocked. This time, I will succeed.” Scala will oversee the electoral committee and assist in Blatter’s promised reforms.

“The decision that he has made today was difficult and courageous,” Scala said in his own address. “In the current circumstances, this is the most responsible way to ensure an orderly transition. I know that he has truly acted with the best interests of FIFA and football in his heart.” Scala indicated that FIFA’s statutes require a four-month notice for presidential elections and, also requiring time to vet candidates.

“For years, FIFA has worked hard to put in place governance reforms, but as the president has stated, this must go further to implement deep-rooted structural change,” Scala said. “The president has outlined a number of specific recommendations to achieve this. A number of these steps have previously been proposed but have been rejected by members.

“Today more than ever, FIFA is committed to ensuring that these changes are implemented and upheld. As part of FIFA’s work, the organization will re-examine the way in which it is structured. While it would be premature to speculate on the outcomes of this work, nothing will be off the table.” Blatter, in closing, claimed that he had made his decision in the best interest of soccer.

“It is my deep care for FIFA and its interests, which I hold very dear, that has led me to take this decision,” he said. “I would like to thank those who have always supported me in a constructive and loyal manner as president of FIFA and who have done so much for the game that we all love. What matters to me more than anything is that when all of this is over, football is the winner.”

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Why I Want To Buy Arsenal — Aliko Dangote

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has said he still wants to buy Arsenal despite failing in a 2010 bid to acquire a stake in the club.

The Nigerian billionaire is now worth nearly eight times as much as when he tried to buy into the Gunners, and the passionate Gooners has not given up on his dream of getting involved with the north London club.

“I still hope, one day at the right price, that I’ll buy the team,” Dangote, 58, told Bloomberg.
“I might buy it, not at a ridiculous price but a price that the owners won’t want to resist,” he continued, before ominously adding, “I know my strategy.

Interestingly, Dangote has publically stated that Arsene Wenger “needs to change his style a bit,” claiming the team “need new direction.”

Dangote – valued at over US$15billion – is worth more than both Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and Uzbek Billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who have been fighting for control at the Emirates in recent years.

But his bid to take over the club won’t be coming immediately, with the cement and commodities tycoon wanting to get his portfolio of businesses in order first.

“We have $16 billion-worth of investments in the next few years,” he said. “Right now I want to take my own business to a certain level. Once I finish on that trajectory, then maybe”

Majority owner Kroenke recently bought more shares in Arsenal, and is not believed to have any interest in selling the club.

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“I Thought I Won The Fight” – Manny Pacquiao

After 12 rounds of heavy punches and jabs, Floyd Mayweather was unanimously announced winner of the fight between him and Manny Pacquiao, scoring 116 points to the Pacman’s 114.

Pacquiao has however insisted he believed he’d beaten Floyd Mayweather after his unanimous points defeat here Saturday.

“I thought I won the fight, he didn’t do nothing,” Pacquiao said after the defeat.

Most judges and experts had Mayweather a comfortable points victor.

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Mayweather Defeats Pacquiao In Fight Of The Century

After months of preparation, and years of indecision, the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao finally happened!

Floyd Mayweather shaded the incongruously named “fight of the century” with Manny Pacquiao; defending his way out of punches for most of the bout.

After 12 rounds of boxing,  Mayweather defeated Pacquiao by only 4 points. Pacquiao was very aggressive during the bout but was unlucky to have lost by 4 mere points.

Mayweather scored 116 points to the Pacman’s 114 on the Judges’ score-card to win a fight that a lot of boxing fans have said didn’t live up to its hype.

Pacquiao started slowly but gained more confidence from the third round. However, most of his flurry of punches never made it as points and a technically more astute Mayweather rode the rest of the fight on points.

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Blessing Okagbare Wins 100M In Monaco Diamond League

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare set a new personal best of 10.96 secs at the Monaco diamond league on friday, 2oth July 2012.

Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart was defeated in the 100m at the Samsung Diamond League meet in Monaco today.
Stewart placed fourth in 11.11 in the race won by Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare in 10.96 seconds.
Americans Tiana Madison and Jeneba Tarmoth finished second and third respectively.

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Manchester United Tops Forbes’ List of Worlds Most Valuable Team

Manchester United have once again been named as the world’s most valuable team according to Forbes, with Spanish champions Real Madrid ranking second in the annual top 50 list.

The 19-time champions of England, who are preparing to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, were valued at $2.23 billion [£1.42 billion], up from $1.86 billion [£1.19m] last year and 19 per cent above second-place Los Blancos at $1.88 billion [£1.2 billion].
The top 50 list, which is collectively worth $53 billion [£33.9 billion], included seven football teams, with Arsenal falling three places to 10th and Barcelona rising 18 spots to eighth.

own the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, can thanks the many lucrative global sponsorship deals in their arsenal for their top ranking. Insurer Aon are currently paying £19.8 million a year until 2014 to have their name on the team’s shirts.
DHL Express also recently signed a four-year deal with the club worth a reported £40 million to sponsor United’s training shirts, in a first for a practice kit sponsorship deal for football in the UK, while sports brand Nike manages the team’s merchandise sales in and agreement worth approximately £25 million annually.

The rest of the top ten is comprised of American sports franchises, with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees tied for third place.
Bayern Munich were placed just outside of the top ten at eleventh, while AC Milan featured 27th on the list, with Chelsea the final football representative at number 45.

 

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Three Nigerian Athletes Test Positive to Drug

Three Nigeria athletes already in London preparing for the Olympics have tested positive to banned drugs.

Although the Athletics Federation of Nigeri (AFN), declined to name the affected athletes yesterday, independent sources confirmed that Vivian Chukwuemeka, Lauretta Ozoh and Regina George were those who samples tested positive to banned substances.
The informed National Sports Commission source also revealed that already, the leadership of Team Nigeria camp in Surrey, England has been informed and ordered to decamp the affected athletes immediately.

“Team Nigeria officials in Surrey, England have been informed to decamp the affected athletes immediately,” revealed the source.
But one of the affected athletes, Chukwuemeka who is just returning from a two-year ban for a similar offence has called for the result of the test carried out on her at the African Championship in Port Novo, Benin Republic to ascertain if there was no attempt to implicate her with the result of the Nigeria Olympic trials a week earlier in Calabar.
“Chukwuemeka who knows that if this result is true, she will get a life ban from IAAF has called for the result of her dope test at the African Champion. If that one is negative then, it means something is wrong somewhere. But if it also tests positive, that is automatic life ban for her, ” revealed the informed the top NSC source.
Ozoh may also share Chukwuemeka’s fate as a second offender. Only George may get a lighter ban as a first time dope offender

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