FG Excited About Nigeria’s Prospect Of Hosting Next FIFA U20 Women World Cup

The Federal Government is excited about the prospect of Nigeria hosting the next FIFA U-20 Women World Cup in 2020.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN dropped the hint today while receiving a delegation of FIFA Inspection Team at the Presidential Villa, adding that the government is actively supporting the bid of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, to host the female soccer competition.

“Going round this country you will have noticed that practically every Nigerian is a football fan. We are excited about the prospect of hosting the competition,” the VP told the FIFA delegation, while also noting that Nigeria has indeed participated in all FIFA’s female competition and that the country has the number to effectively host the sporting event next year.

According to the Vice President, “the Federal Government is backing Nigeria’s bid fully and we are prepared to do all that is required for the adequate comfort of our guests and fans.”

Prof. Osinbajo added that the Federal Government is not just interested in the business of hosting the sporting event satisfying the needs of the people who have over the years, demonstrated uncommon love for football.

“Nigeria’s love for football is a mark of well-being, and it is also culturally important to us. It is a unifying force for the people… We politicians don’t even compete with footballers, they are far more famous than us,” the Vice President stated.

Speaking earlier, the head of the FIFA Inspection team, Mr Kaj Heyral observed that the team was impressed with the facilities they have seen and expressed appreciation for the hospitality shown by Nigeria during their two-week stay.

A decision on Nigeria’s bid to host the event will be taken next month.

Mr Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, who noted that hosting the competition will further boost Nigeria’s positive image, said the FIFA team inspected six stadia, 13 training sites, nine hospitals and about 10 hotels in the country.

He added that Nigeria’s hosting of the sporting event “is about the future of Nigerian football; it is about the future of our youths; it is about the future of our female players.”

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Super Eagles Move To 44th In FIFA Ranking

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved up by four spots to the 44th in the world in the October FIFA – Coca Cola Ranking.

In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1431 points as against 1415 it had in September.

The movement has now placed Nigeria as the third in Africa behind Tunisia and Senegal.

It could be recalled that it was during this period that the Eagles thrashed Libya 4-0 (home) and 3-2 (away) in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Tunisia is ranked 22nd in the world and Senegal 25th. Congo DR (ranked 46th and Morocco (47th) are the other African countries among the top 50.

On the global scene, Belgium are now ranked world number one, ahead of France with the narrowest of margin–just one point in the new the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking published on Thursday. The Belgians have 1733 points to France’s 1732 points.

In September, the two countries were tied on the first spot.

The top two remain out in front after a month in which each of them enjoyed a win and a draw, with Belgium and France beating Switzerland (8th, unchanged) and Germany (14th, down two) respectively in the UEFA Nations League. Brazil are third with 1669 points, Croatia fourth with 1635 and England fifth with 1619 points. Leo Messi’s Argentina are ranked 12th in the world.

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World Cup: Finalists To Share $66m FIFA Prize Money

Fifa will award the winners of the 2018 World Cup final France $38m in prize money while Croatia, the runners-up in Sunday’s showpiece at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium will receive $28m. Both amounts are a $3m increase on those awarded to the finalists of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, in which Germany beat Argentina.

Belgium will receive $24m for their victory on Saturday in the third-place playoff in St Petersburg, $2m more than fourth-placed England.

In total the pot of prize money for the 2018 finals in Russia has increased by almost $50m, up to $400m this year compared to $358m four years ago.

France competed in their third World Cup final of the last 20 years, having won the trophy for the first time ever on home soil in 1998 and then losing the 2006 final in Germany to Italy in a penalty shootout.

Croatia, playing in their first ever major international final, were beaten in the 1998 semifinals by France.

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Nigeria And FIFA – Everything There Is To Know!

There is no arguing the fact that football is one of the most popular sports around the globe, with millions of people playing or cheering their favorite teams. There are millions and millions of soccer fans in Europe, the US, and of course – Africa.

The sheer amount of available soccer-themed products and activities you can put your hands on serves to prove how popular the sport is worldwide. From various computer games to online Vegas casino games and sports betting venues, every soccer fan can have fun with soccer-related activities if that’s what he desires to do.

Soccer is a big deal in various countries all around Africa, but not many countries can compete with Nigeria when it comes to the love for this competitive sport. Nigeria has a strong national team, one of the best in the entire continent, and that serves to show just how much energy, time, and effort the Nigerian people put into this kind of sport.

With the Nickname ‘Super Eagles’, Nigeria’s national team makes headlines all around the globe from time to time, and recently the name of the team came up when experts discussed the upcoming FIFA competitions in Russia.

If you are a big fan of soccer and you are interested in the upcoming FIFA games, it is time you take a look at the Nigerian team and find out how close the team is to winning the World Cup!

The Games and What They Mean

Soccer has a special spot in the hearts of the Nigerian people for various reasons. Not only does it provide them with an outstanding source of entertainment, it also opens up doors for players and businessmen alike.

Right now, the ‘Super Eagles’ are ranked 9th in Africa and 47th on the FIFA list. Although the team, and the entire Nigerian population, hoped for a better ranking – there is nothing wrong with those numbers. It is a known fact that the FIFA ranking system is somewhat flawed, and although the ranking is not fair – there is no use crying over spilled milk.

In fact, the team should feel proud that they qualify to participate in the 2018 FIFA tournament in Moscow, no matter what their ranking might be. They can prove their own worth once the competition begins.

Apart from proving to the world how serious Nigeria is when it comes to competitive sports, the upcoming games also means great things for the Nigerian market and economic state.

Can you imagine how many people are going to watch the games? We are talking about millions of people all around the globe. All this exposure can mean one thing – advertising! Clothing companies and other types of major businesses in Nigeria fight for the chance to promote their product in the games. Whether by sponsoring the teams’ uniform or striking some kind of deal with the football association – companies have a chance to advertise their product on an international platform.

That is a rare opportunity for the Nigerian market, and it should not be taken for g ranted. Even if the team doesn’t win, the dedicated soccer players did something magnificent: they put Nigeria on the map.

Only time will tell how the games will affect the Nigerian people, but hopefully it will be for the better!

In Conclusion

There is no wonder why soccer is so popular around the globe. It is exciting, unexpected, and it has the ability to bring people together, which is a rare thing indeed. If you are a fan of the game, you probably keep track of all the current stats, and you are not alone in this!

The FIFA games always manage to catch the attention of people all around the globe, and it is a great time for teams from all over to try and prove how good they are.

Later this year, many people are going to cheer for the Nigerian ‘Super Eagles’ in the Moscow games. Are you one of them?

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President Buhari Receives FIFA World Cup Trophy In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, received the FIFA World Cup trophy which is currently on a tour of 91 cities in 51 countries across the globe.

Buhari, while receiving the trophy, said his administration will partner with the private sector to harness the sporting potentials of the country’s teeming youth population.

According to him, Nigeria will enjoy the special consideration of hosting the trophy for four days in two cities of Lagos and Abuja.

The President noted that football was a passion shared by millions of Nigerians even beyond the country’s borders .

He promised that government would invest adequately in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup competition to ensure that the cup made a victorious return to Nigeria in July this year.

Representative of FIFA at the event , Peter Njonjo, expressed hope that the tour of the trophy to Nigeria would heighten the patriotic  fervour in millions of Nigerians in the quest to bring home the world cup trophy this year.

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Russia 2018: FIFA Insists No Security Threat

World football body, FIFA, has insisted there is no security threat to the forthcoming World football competition scheduled to hold in June this year in Russia.

This assurance follows the wake of violent incidents involving Spartak Moscow supporters on Thursday in which a policeman died of a heart attack.

The street battles had occured before their UEFA Europa League last 32 second leg tie at the San Mames stadium.

Nine people were arrested following the clashes.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo said two Russian ultras were taken to hospital with injuries, one with stab wounds.

The 2018 World Cup begins on June 14 in Russia and local authorities are putting strict security procedures in place to control hooligans, including Russian fans.

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FG Set To Host FIFA Executive Summit In Lagos

Twelve presidents from African and six from the Caribbean are scheduled to report on their experiences and country-specific issues and bring themselves up to date on the global game in the summit that will provide all of the delegates with an opportunity to share their knowledge and coordinate next steps.

This was confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick in an address to the press.

Also expected is CAF President , Ahmad Ahmad  together with FIFA General Secretary, Fatima Samba Samoura, President of the Dutch FA, Michael Van Praag and Slavisa Ikokezia, who is current President of Serbia Federation

“Gianni Infantino will be in Nigeria on Monday for the FIFA Executive Summit which will be a three-day event and this will bring all international media down to Nigeria,” Pinnick said.

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Blatter Regrets Overstaying As FIFA Executive

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, forced out as head of world football’s governing body amid a corruption scandal in 2015, admitted on Sunday he regretted not stepping down earlier.

The 81-year-old was banned over ethics breaches, bringing an end to his 17-year reign as FIFA chief, following a suspect two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euro) payment to ex-UEFA president Michel Platini.

“I should have stopped myself earlier,” Blatter said in an interview published by Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick, adding that his ousting as FIFA boss was “a relief”.

Blatter, who was re-elected for a fifth term in May 2015 before promptly announcing his plans to resign, recalled the editor-in-chief of a Swiss magazine warning him the role of FIFA president had an expiration date.

“‘At your place the date is 2014’, he told me, and I said to him that sometimes it’s written that the product can be consumed beyond this date if it’s stored in a cool place,” Blatter said.

Blatter was also asked about a report in German newspaper Der Spiegel that current FIFA chief Gianni Infantino had feared being dismissed as the subject of another ethics committee investigation.

Infantino was cleared last year by FIFA of ethics violations after investigating him over his use of private jets, personal expenses, hiring methods and a contract dispute.

But FIFA assured last month “no investigation” had been opened into Infantino after sources said his role in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections was being looked into.

“I don’t know about that, I only know that former FIFA colleagues addressed themselves because of him to the ethics committee and that three or four weeks later, they were thrown out of FIFA,” Blatter said.

Ethics chiefs Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbely were replaced in May at the annual FIFA Congress, with Borbely calling the decision “a setback in the fight against corruption”.

Blatter also spoke out against the introduction of the video assistant review (VAR) system, currently being trialled at the Confederations Cup in Russia.

“The game loses attractiveness… You have to leave referees to make mistakes, what FIFA are doing is delicate and dangerous,” he said.

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Super Eagles Secures Victory Against Togo, Gets FIFA’s Boost

Super Eagles team on Thursday secured a 3-0 victory against Togo in their friendly football match in Paris, France.

Ahmed Musa scored twice, while Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored the third goal for the Super Eagles.

This is their second warm-up match ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in Uyo on June 10.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have moved two places up  in the monthly FIFA world rankings released yesterday, as the team now occupy 38th position in the world.

Yesterday’s ranking is an improvement from the 40th spot they were the last term, and are now rated the fourth best team in Africa behind Egypt, Senegal and Cameroon.

The three-time African champions are yet to lose a game since German coach Gernot Rohr took charge, and the last time they suffered a defeat was in March last year, when they were beaten 1-0 by Egypt in a 2017 AFCON qualifier in Alexandria.

In the African rankings, Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon and Congo DR are among the continent’s best five teams in the order, with the Indomitable Lions better placed than their next World Cup opponents, the Super Eagles.

Nigeria’s two other 2018 World Cup World Cup qualifying rivals – Algeria and Zambia – sit in the 53rd and 99th place respectively in the updated ranking.

Meanwhile, South Africa, who the Super Eagles face this month in an AFCON qualifier, occupy the 65th position in the global ranking.

In the world rankings, Brazil, Argentina and Germany are the top three teams in the world, followed by Chile and Colombia.

The next FIFA Ranking is set for July 6.

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FIFA Threatens Sanction Against Nigeria Over Pinnick’s Sack

The World Soccer Ruling Body, Fifa, has again written to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on the renewed leadership crisis, noting that implementing the Jos Court ruling would amount to interference in the internal affairs of the NFF.

Last Friday, the Federal High Court sitting in Jos, had ruled in favour of the 2014 ruling by Justice Ambrose Allagoa, annulling the Warri Elective Congress that produced the Amaju Pinnick-led Board of the NFF.

Reacting, Fifa in a letter emailed to President Amaju Pinnick, dated April 11, 2016, and made available to Prompt News Online, noted that Chris Giwa’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS, had since been dismissed.

The letter signed by the Acting Secretary General of Fifa, Markus Kattner, warned that appropriate Fifa authorities might invoke relevant sanctions which may include suspension of NFF from Fifa activities should the Nigerian Government go ahead to implement the Jos Court ruling.

We reproduce the Fifa letter below:

Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick

President

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)

E-mail: nigeria_fa@yahoo.com

Zurich, 11 April 2016

ASG/pco

Verdict of the Jos Federal High Court

Dear President,

We acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated 8 April 2016 with regard to the ruling of the Federal High Court in Jos which apparently nullified the elections of 30 September 2014 of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

In this respect, and first of all, we would like to remind you that according t0 articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes, all members associations have t0 manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.

In addition and according to article 68 of the FIFA Statutes, recourse to ordinary courts of Law is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations.

Furthermore, it is the duty of each member association to ensure that these provisions are implemented by its members and possibly take sanctions against those which fail to respect these obligations.

In view of the above, the decision of the Federal High Court in Jos, if implemented, would likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF and the case would be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF.

Lastly, we would like to Stress that the plaintiff in question already filed an appeal in relation to the same matter with the highest judicial Sport authorities, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and that said appeal was dismissed by the CAS on 18 May 2015.

We thank you for taking note of the above and kindly ask you to keep us informed of any development.

Yours sincerely,

FIFA

  1. (l Markus Kattner

Acting Secretary General

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Messi Beats Ronaldo To Win 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has won the 2015 FIFA World Player of the Year after he was announced as the award recipient at the Ballon D’Or ceremony in Zurich.

Messi saw off Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona team-mate Neymar to win the award for the 5th time having won in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

The 28-year-old forward received 41.33% of the votes ahead of Ronaldo(27.76%) and Neymar(7.86%).

Also, United States midfielder Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final, won the women’s award. England coach Mark Sampson was beaten to the women’s football coach of the year award by USA boss Jill Ellis.

AWARD RECIPIENTS IN FULL:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR(WOMEN): CARLI LLOYD(USA)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR(MEN)?: LIONEL MESSI(ARGENTINA)

COACH OF THE YEAR(WOMEN): JILL ELLIS(USA)

COACH OF THE YEAR(MEN): LUIS ENRIQUE(BARCELONA)

PUSKAS AWARD: WENDELL LIRA(BRAZIL)

FAIRPLAY AWARD: ALL CLUBS AND ASSOCIATION HELPING REFUGEES

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FIFA U-17: Eaglets Thrash Australia 6-0 To Advance To Quarter-finals,

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets early Thursday advanced to the quarter-finals of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

The Eaglets defeated their Australian counterparts 6-0 at the 23, 000 capacity Estadio Sausalito, Vina Del Mar.

It was a tough first half that saw three Eaglets players – Michael, Bamgboye and Enogela being cautioned.

However, a hat-trick by Victor Osimhen boosted the morale of fellow teammates when he scored the first goal in the 22 minutes shortly after Bamgboye was cautioned.

In the 24 minutes, an Australian player committed a foul inside their box thus earning Nigeria a penalty that was converted to a goal in the 25 minutes by Kelechi Nwakali.

To put smile on the faces of football loving Nigerians, Osimhen, again, scored the third goal in the 73 minutes.

Again, in the 79 minutes, Osimhen, scored the fourth goal thus, making the Eaglets dream of advancing to the quarter-finals a reality.

Michael Essien scored the fifth goal in the 86 minutes while Samuel Chukwueze added another goal in the 88 minutes to confirm the Eaglets supremacy over the Aussies.

The Eaglets will now battle Brazil for a place in the semi-finals.

Nigeria’s Eaglets are the defending Champions of the U-17 World Cup having won the last edition held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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