• Frazzled Nigerian Dream Team finally lands Manaus after agonizing delays, Mikel Obi beams with contended smiles

    04/Aug/2016 // 1007 Viewers

     

    PARIS, AUGUST 4, 2016: (DGW) Nigeria's dream team Under-23 finally arrived Manaus.

    The confirmation was made by officials of the Nigerian Football Federation, (NFF).

    In an email message to DailyglobeWatch here in the French capital tonight, the message read that the team arrived at about 20:30 p.m. CET that is 7:00 pm Nigerian time and the players were at the conveyor belt identifying and collecting their luggage as of the time the email message got to our newsroom.

    In a tweet message posted on the NFF website Mikel Obi was seen beaming with contented smiles.

    DailyGlobeWatch also gathered Nigeria's first match is billed to hold on Friday at 14:00 hrs Nigerian time.


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  • Jamie Vardy set to have medical with Arsenal

    04/Jun/2016 // 808 Viewers

     

    Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy is due to undergo a medical with Arsenal on Sunday, a source close to the club told ESPN.

    Sources confirmed on Friday that Arsenal have triggered Vardy’s release clause at Leicester as they look to bring the 29-year-old to the Emirates Stadium ahead of next season.

    Arsenal are looking to speed up a move for Vardy before Euro 2016 starts next week and have scheduled a medical for Vardy before the player flies to France on Monday for the tournament.

    Vardy’s release clause is £22 million for teams playing in the Champions League, and Arsenal have moved to try and tie up a move for the striker by activating the clause.

    Arsenal are also ready to offer Vardy lucrative personal terms to persuade him to leave this season’s Premier League title-winners.

    Leicester are reluctant to lose Vardy but are powerless to him talking to Arsenal once they triggered the release clause.

    If Arsenal seal the signing of Vardy he will become Arsene Wenger’s second big-money signing of the summer following the £30m arrival of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach last month, as Wenger looks to build a side capable of challenging for the title next season.

    Vardy scored 24 goals for Leicester last season to spearhead their stunning Premier League title success and he was named Football Writers and Barclays Player of the Season.

    The former Fleetwood Town man is also set to feature for England at Euro 2016 after establishing himself as a key man in Roy Hodgson’s plans. - today.ng


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  • Former world athletics chief under investigation in French corruption probe

    04/Nov/2015 // 428 Viewers

    The former head of the international athletics federation, the IAAF, has been placed under formal investigation as part of a French probe into suspected corruption in covering up doping cases, France’s financial prosecutor’s office said Wednesday.

    In a statement sent to Reuters, the prosecutor’s office said magistrates had placed Lamine Diack, the 82-year-old Senegalese who stood down as IAAF president in August, under formal inquiry along with his legal adviser Habib Cissé.

    A doctor in charge of anti-doping affairs at the IAAF has been taken into custody also as part of the inquiry, which was prompted by a complaint from the World Anti-Doping Agency, the statement said.

    The IAAF confirmed an investigation was underway by French authorities and said it would fully cooperate.

    A source in the French judiciary said the formal inquiry followed a police swoop at the organisation’s headquarters on Tuesday and that “it concerns money movements and goes beyond doping”.

    French news channel iTELE reported that the investigation is focused on suspicions that payments were made in return for not revealing the doping of Russian athletes.

    “The IAAF is fully cooperating with all investigations as it has been from the beginning of the process,” the IAAF said in a statement.

    “As part of the French investigation, police visited the IAAF HQ offices yesterday to carry out interviews and to access documentation. The IAAF will make no further comment at this time.”

    Diack, a former long jumper who was born in June 1933, headed the athletics body for the best part of a decade from 1999, before being replaced this year by Sebastian Coe.

    His son, Papa Massata Diack, was forced to resign as a marketing executive with the IAAF last year after being accused of involvement in corruption aimed at covering up doping scandals in Russia.

    IAAF treasurer and president of the Russian Federation, Valentin Balakhnishev, was also implicated and stripped of his functions by the IAAF.

    (FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP)


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  • Rio 2016: Nigeria suffers epic embarrassment at Olympics over wrong National Anthem [Video]

    05/Aug/2016 // 1183 Viewers

     

    Nigeria’s Dream Team VI failed to respond as a wrong anthem was played as they filed out for the preliminary pleasantries against Japan, in their opening Group B fixture of the Olympic Games.
     
    The tune played supposedly as Nigeria’s anthem was definitely not that of the most populous black nation, as the players looked with awe, wondering ‘if that was actually for them.’
     
    Barely minutes into the game, an announcer apologized for the mix-up in Nigeria’s anthem. This will continue to be a major talking point as Nigeria’s preparation before the games has been shrouded in controversy.
     
    Meanwhile, the organizing committee has not come out to explain or tender apology over the mix up.



    However, some Nigerians believe that the error might not be unconnected with the late arrival of the players to the city before the match.

    Reacting to the drama, one Cynthia said, “It would have been better if they played Fela’s song or Sunny Obe’s hit song than switching to a Venezuelan crap.”

    Another disappointed fan, Man Sam said, “When ambassadorial nominees can’t recite the national anthem or pledge na Rio want get am?”

    Another online fan said, “I heard they won the match. If the wrong national anthem connotes winning then, no problem. Besides, who the national anthem don epp?”


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  • Former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, sells AC Milan to Chinese consortium for 740 million euros

    05/Aug/2016 // 493 Viewers

     

    PARIS, AUGUST 5, 2016: (DGW) FORMER Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi has sold  99.93% stake in AC Milan to a Chinese consortium for a whopping 740 million euros, TG5 news monitored in Turin, Italy has reported.

    The club, a seven-time Euro cup winners is saddled with 220 million euros debt.

    AC Milan, DailyGlobeWatch gathered, which finished seventh in Serie A last season was sold to a Sino-Europe Sports Investment Management Changxing, will gulp 350 million euros in the next three seasons.


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  • : Breaking: Former Super Eagles star dies

    06/Dec/2016 // 928 Viewers

     

    It is tears and sorrow as former Super Eagles and Shooting Stars star  passes  away .  The former striker  died on Friday morning at his residence situated at Odo-Ona Elewe, Ibadan thus making it the second ex-Super Eagle player this year after Steve Keshi.

    According to reports, Dejo Fayemi, aged 83, is the first Nigerian to play at the old Highbury Stadium of Arsenal Football Club of England.

    Former Super Eagles star Dejo Fayemi dies

    The Oyo State Government has also paid a tribute to the Ibadan native.  In a telephone interview with the Punch, Oyo state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Abayomi Oke said: “I knew the late Fayemi personally. From my meeting with him, I realised what Nigeria was missing in our legends.

    "We need the experience of such a committed legend who selflessly laid the foundation of football in this country. Oyo State will continue to mourn him for his contribution to the development of the game in the state and in Nigeria.

    “I have directed that the NFF should be notified of his demise. We appreciate him but we have to submit to the will of God.”

    He was part of the National team when they were referred to as the Red Devils, and was among the first set of Nigerians who travelled to England to play football just after Independence.

    He had seven goals to show after his last international cap against Morocco in 1964 where Nigeria lost 2-1.

    Pa Fayemi inspired the Ibadan Lions to win the then Challenge Cup in 1959 and 1961 after losing in the 1960 final.

    Credit: Syndicated from NAIJ


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  • Uganda’s Museveni boosts cash-strapped SC Villa

    07/Apr/2016 // 218 Viewers

     

    (AFP) A financial pledge from President Yoweri Museveni will help Uganda football club SC Villa fulfil a CAF Confederation Cup fixture against FUS Rabat in Morocco on Friday.
    The long-serving head of state has promised the cash-strapped Kampala club $120 000 (105 000 euros) toward the costs of the two-leg, round-of-16 tie.
    Villa are taking only 16 players, two coaches and three officials to the Moroccan capital for the first leg as they attempt to become the first Ugandan qualifiers for the mid-competition play-offs.
    In the previous qualifying round of the secondary African club competition, the Ugandan outfit slashed costs by making a 25-hour bus and ferry journey to Zanzibar.
    Travelling by road from Central Africa to Morocco in the north west of the continent was not practical, though, and club president Ben Misagga has hailed the assistance of Museveni.
    “I thank President Museveni for coming to our rescue with his financial offer,” the official told reporters in Kampala. “We are flying the Ugandan flag in Africa.
    “The kindness of the head of state is a massive morale boost and makes us even more determined to achieve a good result in Rabat.”
    Seventeen of 56 football associations eligible to enter the Confederation Cup this year declined, largely due to financial constraints, and two clubs withdrew after the draw was made.
    Debutants Villa are the only last 16 team boasting a perfect four-match record after home and away wins over Al Khartoum of Sudan and JKU of 
     
    Midfielder Godfrey Lwesibawa scored twice and five team-mates also contributed to a 7-0 goal record.
    After a preliminary round bye, 2010 Confederation Cup winners FUS battled to oust modest UMS Loum of Cameroon 3-2 overall with Mourad Batna scoring the tie clincher.
    Villa coach Ibrahim Kirya is unconcerned that the Rabat club are favoured to reach the play-off stage, where CAF Champions League last 16 losers join the competition.
    “We will not tremble at all and I believe my team can achieve a respectable away result,” he promised.
    Azam of Tanzania and Al Ahly Shendy of Sudan, the other East African survivors, enjoy home advantage first against Esperance of Tunisia and Medeama of Ghana respectively.
    Ivorian Kipre Tchetche, part of a multi-national Azam squad coached by Briton Stewart Hall, scored the only hat-trick of the previous round in a 7-3 triumph over South African side Wits.
    Esperance also struck seven goals in eliminating Renassance of Chad and two came from Taha Yassine Khenissi, who is injured and misses the trip to Dar es Salaam.
    Shendy, making a fifth consecutive appearance, should be wary of Abass Mohammed, whose two goals took Medeama past Al Ittihad of Libya.
    Winners Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko featured in an all-Ghana first Confederation Cup final 12 years ago, but no club from the West African nation has come close to glory since.
    North African sides have dominated, winning nine of 11 finals, and there are two each from Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia among the 16 survivors.


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  • Tears as CRISTIANO RONALDO heads for jail over over €150m fraud

    07/Dec/2016 // 854 Viewers

     

    Cristiano Ronaldo could face a minimum of six years in jail, the secretary general of the union at Spain’s tax authority (GESTHA) has claimed.

    Jose Maria Mollinedo of GESTHA was speaking to Spanish radio station RAC1 when he revealed the sheer scale of the trouble Ronaldo could find himself in.

    Newspaper El Mundo reported this week that the Real Madrid star has directed at least €150million in income through tax havens, including the British Virgin Islands, since 2009.

    Ronaldo’s agency, Gestifute, issued a strong denial and published documents that they believe prove Ronaldo is innocent.

    But Mollinedo, one of the tax workers’ union’s most senior figures, suggested Ronaldo may well be facing a prison sentence.

    “The information about Cristiano Ronaldo makes it look like he could have defrauded more than €150million,” he said.

    “We’d be looking at a major fiscal crime. This would fit a minimum prison sentence for each tax year of the fraud. If the open inspection is for three years, [then it would be] a minimum of six years in prison.”


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  • Breaking News: Popular Nigerian footballer jailed abroad! [See photo!]

    07/Jul/2016 // 6432 Viewers

     

    (Daily Mail) -  A 30-year-old Nigerian footballer has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment and to pay  an additional fine of 40 million riel  which is about ($10,000) for drug trafficking, Daily Mail has reported. 

    In the report   , Francis Ihenwe Oderah was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Choam Chao commune in January with about 100 grams of meth in his possession.
    The accused on June 7 during his hearing by Judge Svay Tonh in Phnom Penh Municipal Court, reportedly admitted to have acted as a delivery man, insisting he was not a drug dealer.
     
    In his ruling on Tuesday, Tonh ordered that the accused carry out his sentence in Prey Sar prison, where he had been detained since his arrest in January.
     
    “Three phones and a passport taken from the defendant upon his arrest would be returned”, he judge said


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  • Oliseh Expels Enyeama From Super Eagles Camp

    07/Oct/2015 // 202 Viewers

    Vincent Enyeama has been kicked out of the Super Eagles’s camp in Belgium by coach Sunday Oliseh.

    The goalkeeper showed up after Monday’s deadline, having been permitted to report late, following the burial of his mother last weekend.

    However, after he arrived, he met Oliseh and other officials and tried to apologize for coming late, but security officials were called in and he was bundled out of Hotel Verviers.

    According to the team officials, Ahmed Musa has now been named captain of the Eagles, ahead of Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi.

    Oliseh is also understood to be furious over the decision of Victor Moses to pull out of the friendly matches and might not call up the winger in future.

    Source: Daily Post


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