Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Gyan in big trouble for his haircut

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan could be in trouble with the United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA) as he is is among a group of more than 40 players deemed to have "unethical hair".

Some match officials in the United Arab Emirates enforce the rules because they are concerned about children copying the styles.

Some set of Islamic teachings ban 'Qaza' hairstyles, where only part of the head is shaved.

Gyan is on loan at Dubai-based Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli from Shanghai SIPG.

The UAEFA sends a player's club a warning letter in the first instance, with punishments escalating to a fine and then a suspension if he does not comply.

Gyan, who captained the Black Stars of Ghana in the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, is one of 46 players at the warning letter stage.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

"Oliver Twist" Uefa to ask for more slots for 2026 World Cup

Uefa President Akeksander Ceferin revealed on Thursday that Europe will formally ask World Football governing body FIFA for at least 16 places in the expanded 48-team World Cup lineup.

Ceferin, speaking after the UEFA executive committee meeting, said: "We think it's realistic to ask for 16 slots plus another condition that each European [team] is in a different group.

"I think all 16 can qualify for the second round."

Percentage-wise, 16 of 48 teams would be a decrease from UEFA's 13 spots -- over 40 percent -- under the current 32-team World Cup format.

With hosts Russia, Europe will have 14 teams at the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA decided to add 16 teams to the 2026 tournament two teams advancing into the knockout round from each three-nation group

And they plan to confirm continental entry quotas for the 2026 World Cup at meetings in Bahrain in May.

If UEFA's requests are accepted by FIFA, it will ensure no all-European matches in the 12-day group stage at the 2026 tournament.

Allegri quiet about Arsenal Speculation

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri would not "deny or confirm" speculation he is in discussion with Arsenal to take over from Arsene Wenger at the end of the season.

Wenger's current contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign, and the longtime Gunners boss has yet to put pen to paper on a deal.

Reports have suggested Allegri and Arsenal are in advanced talks to bring the Italian manager to the Emirates.

The Italian, however, refused to give legs to the speculation following Juve's 2-0 defeat of Crotone on Wednesday.

"I won't deny or confirm anything," Allegri told Mediaset Premium. "I am in sync with the club, now we have to focus on winning.

"At this time of the season the media always says I'm leaving, even when things are going really well."

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta, speaking before Wednesday's win, reiterated his belief that Allegri will stay at the Juventus Stadium beyond this season.

"Aside from the fact we have a contract with Allegri, I think there are still great targets we need to achieve together and our rapport is very good.

"There is no reason for him to leave Juventus as there is great mutual admiration and affection."

Arsenal Can Still Win The League - Mustafi

Defender Shkodran Mustafi believes Arsenal can still win the Premier League title, despite trailing leaders Chelsea by 12 points.

The Gunners are 12 points behind league leaders Chelsea with 14 games to play after back-to-back defeats against Watford and the Blues.

The Germany international admitted that not winning those games was "really disappointing" but insist Arsenal will start doing fine with Hull's visit to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday,

"As long as it's possible we're going to fight for it, and in the end we will see and if we're lucky enough and good enough to go for it or not.
"The first game we lost at home [to Watford] was really disappointing. We woke up a bit late, conceded two quick goals and it was difficult to come back.

"We were disappointed as well with losing at Chelsea, which was a completely different game. We knew it would be difficult at Stamford Bridge, but we knew as well it's possible to win. I think in the end we didn't do enough."

Thursday, November 03, 2016

MFM FC Get New Administrator To Replace Godwin Enakhena

Mountain of Fire Ministries, owners of Nigeria Professional Football League club, MFM FC have reshuffled its Sports cabinet.

Ace journalist, Godwin Enakhena, who served as the chairman of the Lagos church club last season, is now the Sports Administrator of MFM worldwide. 

The General overseer of the church, Dr Daniel Olukoya, who is now the chairman of MFM FC  has appointed Mr Emmanuel Adeyemi as the Director of the club.

The new Director will henceforth be representing the General overseer at League Management Company meetings replacing Godwin Enakhena

With this new structure, Olukoya is now MFM FC chairman, Emmanuel Adeyemi is club Administrator while Godwin Enakhena is Worldwide Sports Administrator of the church.

His responsibility is to nurture budding talents in athletics, basketball, table tennis, tennis and and facilitate the rebirth of the annual DKO Football competition for churches under the ministry.

Adeyemi who has been charged by Dr. Olukoya to take full responsibility of running the club's activities described the new appointment as a great opportunity to discover more lost souls and bring them back to Christ as he revealed the vision of the General Overseer for the football club.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Brazil Football Legend Carlos Alberto Dies Of Heart Attack

​Brazil football legend, Carlos Alberto has died aged 72.

The World Cup-winning Brazil captain died after suffering a heart attack in Rio de Janeiro, according to his former club, Santos. 

Alberto, who played 53 times for Brazil, scored a fierce low strike to cap off a wonderful move in the 4-1 victory over Italy in the 1970 final. The strike is considered as one of the best goal in World Cup history. 

He made over 400 league appearances in eight years with Santos between 1966 and 1974, winning the Paulistao championship four times as well as the Recopa Sul-Americana and Taca de Prata in 1968.

He had begun his career at Fluminense, where he returned in 1974 and spent three more years before a short spell with Flamengo.

Alberto was one of a number of high-profile Brazilian players recruited by a rebranded North American Soccer League (NASL) in the USA, signing for the New York Cosmos and reunited with Pele in 1977, joining on the day of the historic New York City blackout.

Alberto won two consecutive NASL titles in 1977 and 1978 and then spent a season with California Surf before returning to the Cosmos in 1982, where he won his third league title.

The Rio de Janeiro-born defender retired in 1982, after an illustrious 21-year senior career spanning over 700 appearances and 64 goals, and he immediately went to manage former club Flamengo for two seasons before spells in charge of Corinthians and Nautico.

Alberto continued his managerial career right up until 2005 when he had a short spell in charge of the Azerbaijani national team. To his death, he had retained the nickname 'the captain' in his home nation of Brazil.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Rigobert Song is dead

Former Cameroon international Rigobert Song is dead.

Song was rushed to the hospital  after suffering from cerebral attack

The 40-year-old former defender  was taken to Yaounde Central Hospital where he passed away, a family member confirmed.
Song played 137 times for his country and had spells with English clubs Liverpool and West Ham.

Until is death, we was working as a coach for Cameroon’s football federation following his departure as Chad coach.

His death is shocking despite assurances by Cameron’s health minister, Andre Mama Fouda that he was recovering. “He leaves conscious. His life is no longer in danger, but he is not out of the woods yet. We hope he gets well soon, and comes back in full form, as we know him to be".

Former Cameroon team-mate Samuel Eto’o who had wished Song quick recovery when he was first rushed to the hospital, tweeted after hearing the sad news again “sad to hear the demise of my big brother, RIP”.

Known for his defensive skills, Song usually plays as a centre back but could also operate at right back.

Internationally, he played at a record eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and served as captain in five (the ones he was not captain for were South Africa 1996, Burkina Faso 1998 and Angola 2010), a record, and holds the record of most consecutive games played in the tournament with 35 first team games.

He has won two CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 (in Lagos against Nigeria) and 2002 (in Mali against Senegal) as well as coming second in 2008 against Egypt in Ghana.

He was the first player from Cameroon to play for Liverpool FC as well as clubs in France, Turkey and England.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

South African Tennis Player banned For Life

Tennis player from South Africa Joshua Cherry has been banned for life from professional tennis fot match-fixing offences.

Chetty, according to the Tennis Integrity Unit, approached and offered a player $2,000 to underperform in a singles match and $600 in a doubles match during a Futures event in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in November 2015.

The player who was approached and in turn rejected the offer, (his identity remains confidential) reported to the TIU and an investigation was conducted.

The 21 year old admitted to the charge and an independent anti-corruption officer imposed a lifetime ban on Chetty, who is ranked No. 1,857 in singles.

"The findings of a resultant TIU investigation were referred to independent anti-corruption hearing officer, Ian Mill QC, who considered the case and imposed the lifetime ban from all professional tennis," said a TIU statement.

"The lifetime ban from all professional tennis applies with immediate effect and means the player is not allowed to compete in, or attend, any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport."

Chetty is currently ranked 1,857th in the world, with a career high of 1,370.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Afghan Athlete Banned For Doping

​Mohammad Naiem Durani of Afghanistan has been banned for four years for doping offences at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil.

Durani tested positive for 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of banned anabolic steroids, following an out-of-competition test in Rio on 8 September.

Despite being his country's sole representative in Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, he tested positive for a substance that is prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition.

The 42-year old, who finished 16th in the men's javelin F44 and was disqualified, will remain banned until 13 September 2020.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

LMC Appeal Jos High Court Ruling; Says It Won't Be Intimidated

​​The League Management Company (LMC), the body in charge of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) have appealed and also filed for a stay of execution the ruling of a High Court of Jos, Plateau State which committed the Chairman, Shehu Dikko and the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Salihu Abubakar to prison for alleged contempt on Friday.

Justice Kunda had in his ruling on Friday ordered that the two officials be committed to prison for 14 days for disobeying his earlier order that the league should be suspended if Giwa is not reinstated.

Reacting to the ruling, the LMC, in a statement expressed shock that the Judge who had earlier admitted that he lacked the jurisdiction to continue hearing the matter following LMC’s appeal of his two earlier rulings could issue such an order.

While stating that the Court of Appeal has set Monday, September 19 for hearing of the motion for stay of execution of the order, LMC insisted that the company and "its officials are law-abiding and will continue to seek the protection of the laws of our land in carrying on their lawful business. LMC will not be browbeaten or intimidated into abandoning this resolve or to act outside the laws of the land”.

The statement traced the genesis of the case at the Jos High Court and made reference to a public statement it issued recently. “In the notice we informed the public that the LMC had appealed against the order of Justice I.I. Kunda made on ex parte application of the plaintiff directing that Giwa FC be reinstated to the league. Along with the appeal LMC also filed a motion before the Court of Appeal, Jos for a stay of proceedings pending determination of the appeal. Based on that, LMC indicated that the league would continue”.

The statement continued, “The LMC authoritatively confirms that the Court of Appeal has fixed the motion filed by LMC for stay of proceedings in the Jos High Court for Monday 19th September, 2016. In his ruling on another motion filed by Mustapha Abubakar before the High Court notwithstanding LMC’s motion for stay of execution fixed for hearing on Monday 19th September, 2016, Justice Kunda agreed that having regard to the motion pending before the Court of Appeal, he had no jurisdiction to hear Mustapha’s motion and he struck it out. But surprisingly, notwithstanding his concession that he had no jurisdiction to entertain Mustapha’s motion, the judge still went ahead to make an order to stop the league even when there was no motion before him for same. LMC appealed against that order and filed a motion before the Court of Appeal for stay of the order”.

The LMC also faulted the ruling citing the failure to personally serve the Forms 48 and 49 on the Chairman and the COO. It pointed out that having failed to personally serve the two officials, Mustapha Abubakar served the hearing notice to the counsels to the LMC.

“Of course, counsel to LMC went to Jos High court to raise objection based on lack of personal service of forms 48 and 49 on the Chairman and the Chief Operating Officer of LMC. However shockingly, the judge said that service on the company was sufficient and he rejected the objection. He then proceeded to make an order committing the Chairman and the Chief Operating Officer to Prison, notwithstanding that there was no motion before him for that purpose”.

The LMC said it had learned of the possibility of this ruling in the media over a week ago but did not believe that any court would make an order to commit anybody to prison without an application for the purpose.

The League body disclosed that it has briefed its attorney, Chief Akin Olujinmi, CON, SAN and noted that “the way the judge had handled the matter raises issues of judicial integrity. The LMC along with its Chairman and Chief Operating Officer will, apart from the appeal against the said orders, exercise their right to address a petition against the judge to the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appropriate intervention”.

Source: LMC Press Release

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Rio 2016 Paralympic: Ugwunwa Shatters World Record To Win Gold

​On a day that began with disappointment for Team Nigeria in the Rio 2016 Paralympic, Flora Ugwunwa became a succour for the country with a breathtaking win, setting a World Record of 20.25m mark and inspiring a total medal win for the African continent in the women’s F54 Javelin throw on Day 6.

Ugwunwa went on to erase Tunisian Hania Aidi’s World Record (WR) of 18.86m set at the IPC World Championships in Doha last year.

The 32 year old surpassed the mark by almost 2m, throwing an impressive 20.25m in her third attempt to also shatter Liwan Yang’s Paralympic Record (PR) of 17.89m set at the London Games four years ago.

Aidi set a Personal Best (PB) of 18.88m to take Silver, while South Africa’s Ntombizanele Situ won the Bronze medal with a PB of 17.90m in what was an Africa haul of the medal. 

Ugwunwa was a GOLD medallist at the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville, and her feat in Rio earned Nigeria its second medal in Track and Field, following Laurrita Onye’s GOLD medal run in the women’s Shot put on Sunday.

Her win takes Nigeria’s tally of GOLD medals to seven, and is the country’s tenth medal overall at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Earlier, Commonwealth Gold medallist, Ibrahim Abdulazeez missed out on a medal in powerlifting Men's 97kg, finishing 6th after he suffered an injury while, Opeyemi Jegede, competing in the Men's powerlifting 88kg category, could only finish 5th. 

Source: Making Of Champions 

Friday, September 09, 2016

'Real Madrid Transfer Ban Absurd

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has slammed world football governing body FIFA for imposing a one-year transfer ban on irregularities in the signing of foreign players under 18 on the club.

FIFA dismissed Real and city rivals Atletico Madrid’s appeals against a two transfer window ban on Thursday, meaning they won’t be able to register any new players until January 2018 unless further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport are successful.

While very confident that the team’s results will not suffer from the transfer ban imposed by FIFA, Zidane is not happy with the football body and describe their move as "absurd".

He is also concerned at how the ban will affect the youth section of Real as two of his four sons who play in the Madrid academy were among 39 players investigated by FIFA with the club eventually sanctioned for breaking the rules regarding the signing of foreign nationals under 18 in eight cases.

Under international football rules, players under 18 cannot be transferred to another country, except in limited circumstances, and all transfers need the approval of a special FIFA committee.

However, Zidane’s sons appear to meet that criteria as the former World Player of the Year’s family has largely been based in the Spanish capital since he signed for Real as a player in 2001.

“I don’t understand it at all and it bothers me,” Zidane said on Friday ahead of Madrid’s clash with Osasuna.

“I can talk about my (sons) that have been born and lived their whole lives here. It is absurd that they can’t play football.

“What we are going to do now is wait and hope that this subject is fixed as quickly as possible".

Zidane’s primary focus is on Saturday’s home game against Osasuna and the expected return of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema from injury.

Without the two, Real won their opening two league games, a 3-0 triumph at Real Sociedad and a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo.

Zidane did not reveal if Ronaldo, who got hurt in Portugal Euro 2016 final victory over France, will start on Saturday.

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