• What Really Happened Between Oliseh And Enyeama In Belgium

    07/Oct/2015 // 1134 Viewers

    Former Nigeria international, Nduka Ugbade, has stated that the rift between Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama could cause division in the team.

    Enyeama and Oliseh clashed in Belgium on Tuesday night but the Lille keeper escaped being thrown out of the team's Verviers Hotel camp following the intervention of Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinick, and senior players in the team.

    In a chat with completesportsnigeria.com, Ugbade, who is a former team-mate of Oliseh in the Eagles, said: "Whenever there is rift between players, it will affect the team negatively.

    "And whenever there is a rift between a player and a coach, it affects the player negatively, it will impact on the player's performance. But no matter what, the coach will always think of what is best for him as regards the team."

    The former Flying Eagles assistant coach also pointed out that there is not much the NFF can do especially when key decisions about the team rest squarely on the coach.

    "There is no role the NFF can play when the coach has absolute authority to make decisions. The best they can do is just try to know the heart of the coach," Ugbade told completesportsnigeria.com.

    Source: Complete Sports


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  • Why I Dropped Enyeama As Captain - Sunday Oliseh

    07/Oct/2015 // 206 Viewers

    Sunday Oliseh

    Super Eagles Gaffer Sunday Oliseh has described the altercation between him and former captain of the team, Vincent Enyeama as a normal disagreement in a family.

    Speaking on Brila radio, Oliseh said that the storm was over but insisted that Musa, the man who takes over as captain of Eagles have all the qualities of a good captain.

    ”I want a captain who is disciplined. A leader who can motivate other players. A player who comes to camp early. I want a young player not a retiring player as captain. And Ahmed Musa is that player. He is my captain”, Oliseh said.

    When you have a new government like our honourable president just came in, he’s picked his ministers. And you have your philosophy and you have your way of working.

    “As a coach I have looked at the team and I have looked at Nigeria going forward. We need a captain who will think of staying with Nigeria for several years to come, who is regularly in the front. Ahmed Musa did a great job for us in Tanzania under very difficult circumstance. He is a very responsible player and he is the captain of the team. So he is the captain of the team, there is no question of a tussle.

    He explained that the camp was in good mood ahead of today’s match. ”The players have shown their desire and we are working on stringing them together. It is unfortunate that the home-based players are yet to be given visas but we are hopeful that they will be here for the second match against Cameroon on Sunday”

    Source: Vanguard


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  • FIFA chief Sepp Blatter faces 90 day suspension, confidant says

    07/Oct/2015 // 217 Viewers

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter faces an imminent 90 day suspension from football if the governing body’s ethics judge backs a prosecutor’s recommendation, a close friend and former advisor to Blatter told Reuters on Wednesday.

    Blatter’s long-term confidant Klaus Stoehlker said the decision by judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on the provisional suspension was expected by Friday.

    “There is no final decision, this is a recommendation from the lower part of the Ethics Committee to the upper part,” said Stoehlker, who added that Blatter had been informed of the development.

    “President Blatter will be in his office at FIFA tomorrow,” he said.

    FIFA’s ethics code provides for a representative of the Investigatory Chamber to look into a case and make a request to Eckert’s Adjudicatory Chamber to take action.

    While Stoehlker said Blatter was “very calm”, a suspension would be a humiliating outcome for the 79-year-old who has been at FIFA for 40 years.

    Even after the arrests of FIFA officials in May, which plunged the organisation into crisis, Blatter promised to lead a reform process before standing down in February.

    If Eckert does opt for a suspension it would also leave the strife-ridden body without either of its top two officials.

    Secretary general Jerome Valcke, Blatter’s right-hand man for the past eight years, was suspended last month after allegations he was involved in a scheme to sell 2014 World Cup tickets at a marked-up price. Valcke denied the charges.

    Stoehlker’s comments were not able to be verified by FIFA bodies and FIFA’s media department directed inquiries to Blatter’s lawyers who said he had not been informed of any decision.

    “President Blatter has not been notified of any action taken by the FIFA Ethics Committee. We would expect that the Ethics Committee would want to hear from the President and his counsel, and conduct a thorough review of the evidence, before making any recommendation to take disciplinary action,” said a joint statement from Swiss lawyer Lorenz Erni and Blatter’s U.S lawyer Richard Cullen.

    A spokesman for Eckert declined to comment. A spokesman for the Investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee declined to comment citing FIFA’s rules which prohibit them discussing cases.

    If Blatter is suspended then under FIFA’s statutes the most senior vice-president, currently African football head Issa Hayatou from Cameroon, would become interim president until an election to choose Blatter’s replacement on February 26.

    The 79-year-old Swiss has been president of FIFA since 1998 and has worked for the organisation for 40 years, starting as a technical director before becoming secretary general under former president Joao Havelange in 1981.

    Swiss prosecutors last month opened a criminal investigation into Blatter over a Caribbean World Cup TV rights contract he signed, and a 2011 payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) to Platini, whose status the Swiss attorney general has described as being between a witness and an accused person.

    Both have denied any wrongdoing.

    Media reports have suggested that Platini is also being investigated by the Ethics Committee.

    Bound by confidentiality rules, FIFA’s Ethics Committee has not commented on whether Platini is under investigation. Platini’s spokesman declined to comment.

    (REUTERS)

    Date created : 2015-10-08FIFA president Sepp Blatter faces an imminent 90 day suspension from football if the governing body’s ethics judge backs a prosecutor’s recommendation, a close friend and former advisor to Blatter told Reuters on Wednesday.

    Blatter’s long-term confidant Klaus Stoehlker said the decision by judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on the provisional suspension was expected by Friday.

    “There is no final decision, this is a recommendation from the lower part of the Ethics Committee to the upper part,” said Stoehlker, who added that Blatter had been informed of the development.

    “President Blatter will be in his office at FIFA tomorrow,” he said.

    FIFA’s ethics code provides for a representative of the Investigatory Chamber to look into a case and make a request to Eckert’s Adjudicatory Chamber to take action.

    While Stoehlker said Blatter was “very calm”, a suspension would be a humiliating outcome for the 79-year-old who has been at FIFA for 40 years.

    Even after the arrests of FIFA officials in May, which plunged the organisation into crisis, Blatter promised to lead a reform process before standing down in February.

    If Eckert does opt for a suspension it would also leave the strife-ridden body without either of its top two officials.

    Secretary general Jerome Valcke, Blatter’s right-hand man for the past eight years, was suspended last month after allegations he was involved in a scheme to sell 2014 World Cup tickets at a marked-up price. Valcke denied the charges.

    Stoehlker’s comments were not able to be verified by FIFA bodies and FIFA’s media department directed inquiries to Blatter’s lawyers who said he had not been informed of any decision.

    “President Blatter has not been notified of any action taken by the FIFA Ethics Committee. We would expect that the Ethics Committee would want to hear from the President and his counsel, and conduct a thorough review of the evidence, before making any recommendation to take disciplinary action,” said a joint statement from Swiss lawyer Lorenz Erni and Blatter’s U.S lawyer Richard Cullen.

    A spokesman for Eckert declined to comment. A spokesman for the Investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee declined to comment citing FIFA’s rules which prohibit them discussing cases.

    If Blatter is suspended then under FIFA’s statutes the most senior vice-president, currently African football head Issa Hayatou from Cameroon, would become interim president until an election to choose Blatter’s replacement on February 26.

    The 79-year-old Swiss has been president of FIFA since 1998 and has worked for the organisation for 40 years, starting as a technical director before becoming secretary general under former president Joao Havelange in 1981.

    Swiss prosecutors last month opened a criminal investigation into Blatter over a Caribbean World Cup TV rights contract he signed, and a 2011 payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) to Platini, whose status the Swiss attorney general has described as being between a witness and an accused person.

    Both have denied any wrongdoing.

    Media reports have suggested that Platini is also being investigated by the Ethics Committee.

    Bound by confidentiality rules, FIFA’s Ethics Committee has not commented on whether Platini is under investigation. Platini’s spokesman declined to comment.

    (REUTERS)


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  • 2016 Olympics: Nigeria beats Sweden 1-0, moves to quarter-finals

    08/Aug/2016 // 485 Viewers

     

    The Nigeria U-23 football team on Monday qualified for the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games football event after a 1-0 victory over Sweden.

    Determined to dictate the pace of the match, the Dream Team VI went on an early rampage with Umar Sadiq and Mikel Obi forcing saves from Sweden’s goalkeeper, Linde Andreas, in the 9th and 10th minutes respectively.

    Oghenekaro Etebo, who banged four goals past Japan’s goalkeeper in their first game of the competition,  was denied time after time by Andreas.

    Sadiq finally broke the deadlock at the 39th minute when he nodded home a looping cross from Stanley Amuzie.
     
    Both sides had chances throughout the game but could not find the back of the net.

    Nigeria top the Group B table with six points  ahead of Colombia; who have a game in hand and a point, Sweden are third with one point, while Japan are bottom of the log with no point and a game in hand.


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  • Economic recession our inability to reward Super Falcons - Lai Mohammed

    08/Dec/2016 // 527 Viewers

     

    The Falcons last weekend defeated hosts, Cameroon to lift the coveted trophy a record a eight times. The Florence Omagbemi tutored girls who are being owed bonuses running into millions of dollars have been left in the lush since returning home.

    The Minister of Information, Culture and Touris, Lai Mohammed, who spoke yesterday on the plight of the girls said the girls are victims of recession.

    In his words: “Over time, it has become tradition to reward victorious athletes, but in the case of Falcons, I think this is caused by the biting economic situation.”

    Mohammed was however quick to add that sports minister, Solomon Dalung has raised the issue at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) assuring that there would be bail out for the girls.

    “The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung raised the issue  at FEC and the issue is being looked into. It was reported under other matters today (yesterday) at the Council,” Mohammed stated.


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  • : FIFA hammers Nigeria over huge corruption scandal

    08/Jan/2017 // 485 Viewers

     

    Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have been dealt yet another huge financial blow as world football governing body FIFA announced they have stopped their annual $1.5 development grant after they found “traces of corruption” in how previous monies have been spent by the NFF.

    AfricanFootball.com also learnt FIFA went further to issue the NFF a FINAL warning “to straighten their financial records”.

    The Nigerian government is now expected to quickly step into this latest international embarrassment caused by the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF after sports minister Solomon Dalung first expressed serious misgivings on the back of a FIFA query on how NFF used grants paid them.

    NFF received the damning letter by FIFA this week and it was signed from the office in charge of the national associations.

    FIFA member-associations including Nigeria began to receive increased annual grants under new president Gianni Infantino.

    Previously the associations were paid $250,000 per annum.

    But this has since been increased to between $1.2 million and $1.5 million to each FA.

    The FIFA hammer comes at a time anti-corruption agency EFCC are also investigating a petition against the NFF and auditors questioned the handling of the federation’s finances for the past fiscal year. 


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  • Amuneke mourns Keshi says no one cares to know what happens to players on retirement

    08/Jun/2016 // 848 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JUNE 8, 2016: (DGW) FLYING EAGLES' coach Emmanuel Amuneke expresses shock over the death of his former teammate Steve Okechukwu Keshi.

    Both of them were members of Nigeria's ''Best 11'' which won the 1994 Nation's Cup and also played together in one's Nigeria's best World Cup Finals in the USA in 1994.

    His words:

    “Words can’t describe the moment. It’s a huge loss, we have lost a great leader, brother, a father and a great personality that represented Nigeria well and someone who has put smiles on the faces of millions of Nigerians around the world,” Amuneke said.

    “We’ve lost someone that inspired us, someone we have watched grow up as a player, we have lost someone we were privileged to have shared the dressing room with and great impact in Nigerian football. At the Lord give us all the strength to with stand this huge loss.
     
    “He achieved the 1994 triumph in Tunisia being honest, dedicated and knowing so well that every journey has its challenges.

    “As a player Stephen Keshi made Nigerians proud and he came back years after to coach. He was a leader with passion and discipline.

    “It’s painful that we are losing great men who can do more for the next generation but we all know that we were born and are meant to die one day but what defines us is what we’ve done on earth.

    “Unfortunately, we came from a peculiar country where people rarely recognise you when you are alive. No one cares to know what’s happening to players after they retire.

    “A gift is being given to every human by God and you can impact positively with that same gift. It’s a sad moment.”


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  • BREAKING: Fresh tension in Enugu community as herdsmen return

    08/Jun/2016 // 773 Viewers

     

    As members of Ukpabi Nimbo community, Uzouwani Council, Enugu state prepare to bury their relatives slaughtered on April 25 by Fulani herdsmen, fresh tension gripped the town following the return of herdsmen to the area.

    The burial of the 20 natives killed in an early morning invasion of the community by herdsmen has been fixed for June 17.

    It was, however, gathered yesterday that herdsmen had returned and occupied some farmlands in the community since Monday.

    Farmers were said to have sighted them on Monday morning on their way to their farms and had run back and reported to the community.

    The development has raised fresh fears and tension in the community as many residents have reportedly fled, despite the presence of security personnel at strategic places in the community.

    An alert was said was sent to the Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and state commissioner of police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, yesterday on the development. 

    Ojukwu had mobilized the Area Commander for Nsukka M. B Kuryas who along with the Divisional Police Officer combed various farmlands in the area yesterday apparently in search of the herdsmen.

    Confirming the development at his palace yesterday, traditional ruler of the community, Igwe John Akor said: “There is fresh fear in our community .My people have not gone to the farms since Monday. Some even fled the community on receiving the information. We have contacted the relevant authorities to report this latest development.

    “Nothing is as offensive and hurting as the fact that people who were killed few weeks ago are still in the mortuary and those injured still recuperating only for the killers to return here for grazing. My people are still mourning and we have let the president to know how pained we are”, he said

    Igwe Akor demanded that herdsmen should leave their territory, stressing that the economic potentials of the community had been seriously hampered since the incident.

     


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  • African football ruler becomes FIFA chief under 'extraordinary circumstances

    09/Oct/2015 // 306 Viewers

    AFP file photo | Issa Hayatou, 69, has been at the helm of African football for the past 27 years.

    Sepp Blatter’s suspension amidst a corruption scandal means FIFA’s top job falls to Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou, a long-time head of African football with his own history of controversies.

    Hayatou was appointed interim president of football’s governing body on Thursday after FIFA’s Ethics Committee handed Blatter and his would-be successor, France's Michel Platini, a provisional 90-day ban.

    FIFA's statutes say that the most senior vice-president will stand in for the president of the organization if the latter can no longer fulfill the role.

    That position is currently held by Hayatou, who has been president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since 1988 and a member of FIFA's executive committee since 1990.

    Hayatou, 69, said in a statement published by FIFA that he had taken over "amid extraordinary circumstances".

    "I pledge that I will dedicate my best efforts to the organisation, the member associations, our employees, our valued partners, and football fans everywhere," he said.

    The Cameroonian will have to steer the organisation towards an election next February to replace Blatter, while Swiss and US authorities continue their investigations into corruption at the highest levels of the sport.

    "FIFA remains committed to the reform process, which is critical to reclaiming public trust. We will also continue to cooperate fully with authorities and follow the internal investigation wherever it leads," Hayatou said.

    "Football has never enjoyed greater support throughout the world, and that is something everyone associated with FIFA should be proud of."

    ‘Nothing to fear’

    The son of a sultan from northern Cameroon, Hayatou has been credited with raising the profile of African football during his 27-year tenure as CAF president.

    He played a key role in the decision to award South Africa the first World Cup staged on African soil in 2010.

    A veteran of FIFA affairs, he has so far avoided association with the sprawling scandal that has rattled the organisation’s leadership.

    But he has faced his own set of controversies over the years, including accusations that he changed CAF rules to hold on to power.

    In 2011, Hayatou was reprimanded by the International Olympics Committee's ethics commission after he confirmed that he was paid by FIFA's former marketing agency International Sport and Leisure in 1995.

    In that same year, he was accused by the British press of accepting a $1.5m bribe from the ultimately successful Qatar bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

    Hayatou denied taking the money and he is yet to be questioned by investigators over the allegations.

    Shortly after his appointment on Thursday, FIFA’s interim boss told FRANCE 24’s sister radio RFI that he had nothing to hide.

    “Why should I fear the hand of justice?” he asked. “Despite all that the press stirs up, I have never been linked to these [corruption] cases. Never.”


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  • What Happened Between Me And Sunday Oliseh - Vincent Enyeama

    09/Oct/2015 // 702 Viewers

    Ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has explained told his own side of the story following the clash with coach Sunday Oliseh which ultimately led to the Lille star’s premature international retirement.

    Enyeama called it quits with the Super Eagles after 13 years with the Nigerian senior national team.

    Enyeama revealed that he lost faith in the coach whom he highly regarded but told him that he longer could count and trust him.

    In a tell-all video interview with Muveeztv Entertainment, the Lille goalkeeper said he deserves a chance to know why he was treated the way he was.

    Completesportsnigeria.com can reveal that the Lille shot-stopper stormed out of the Eagles camp immediately former junior goalkeeper Dele Alampasu joined up the squad and when it was obvious Enyeama wasn’t in the starting line-up for Thursday’s friendly with DR Congo.

    “I think it’s not the best way to treat a player who has served the country with so much passion, enthusiasm, so much dedication and commitment. I’ve honoured almost every invitation I have received and the way I have been treated these past few days personally I won’t accept that,” Enyeama began.

    “I arrived in camp and with no issues with the coach. The coach being a big part of me fought for me when I had issues with the Nigerian Football Federation, the coach defended me all the way. I never knew him and he didn’t know me either. We never shared the football pitch together, we never trained together but I had so much respect for him. He even visited me in Lille.

    “I watched the team train and after that there was a meeting where he talked about how the team trained and he ended it up saying he invited four goalkeepers because he never expected me to come to the camp.

    “And secondly, that I was no more the captain of the team. That he decides and calls the shot. That was before we had dinner and he said enjoy your dinner.

    “To me it was a little bit shocking because during my mother’s burial I was with the NFF President and was trying to excuse myself from the games but he insisted that I have to be in camp which I respected. He pushed me to go to Belgium. I abandoned every thanksgiving service and the family meetings in the village to report to camp.

    “So for me to get my first welcome message in camp like being stripped of the captaincy was not good for me. After I had my meal, I insisted I wanted to talk and he said I can’t talk that if I talk he will order the team out so I can talk alone or I have go out but I insisted and he said ‘get out. Vincent if you don’t leave I will call the security to throw you out.’

    “And he went to open the door to leave. For me to lose my mother and get stripped of the captaincy and you calling the security was the height of it. In other countries like Brazil, they never treated Thiago Silva or Javier Mascherano like that.

    “Nigerians can say whatever they want to say but now I want to just be with my family. Why I said that was because the coach came into the bus and said he doesn’t know me, he doesn’t care about me and that he doesn’t want to have anything to do with me and I didn’t say anything. That he can’t count on me. So, that part people don’t know. I waited because the NFF President Amaju Pinnick told me to wait.

    “I shouldn’t be forced to play with such coach. I don’t have any problem with him because he’s a great guy but I want to be with my family.

    “This moment that I’m mourning my mum I don’t want more issues to it. I just want to be with my family. I think I deserve to know why I was stripped of the captaincy, moreso I was invited, I didn’t come through the back door. I have been playing for this country for 13 years and deserve such respect.

    “In my club and I’m sure that happens everywhere, If you’re not playing, the coach comes to your room to tell you reasons why you are left out of the squad. If I have been part of the success story of our football and to be treated like that isn’t fair.

    “I’m feeling so sad because I would have quit after the World Cup last year but I love Nigeria so much. It hurts me that Nigeria is struggling right now and I want to help bring back the good days.

    “If the coach and the people don’t want me you can call me and take me out. You don’t have invite me to humiliate me in the midst of the players.

    “This will only make me trust God and not man. What he did will discourage young players from giving their best. I never tried to fight with him but I insisted to talk.”

    Source: Complete Sports


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