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Showing posts with label African football. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Land in the Middle of Nowhere Which Successfully Made Young Sunday Mba Conquer Africa

 The Land in the Middle of Nowhere Which Successfully Made Young Sunday Mba Conquer Africa

Football always presents surprises. One of the biggest surprises that happened in the 21st century was the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament when a team of rookies became champions.

In organizing the event, CAF entrusted South Africa to hold the 2013 AFCON in its country. 

This time, Nigeria, gave a big surprise because they came out as the champion after defeating the Burkina Faso, 1-0 in the final match.

Nigeria's journey to win the African throne was not easy as they had to go through the qualifying round. Nigeria was included in a Group that had Burkina Faso, Zambia and Ethiopia. 

However, coming as the underdog team’s predicate, the Nigeria national team played carefreely and seemed relaxed when facing their opponents. This was proven through the opening match against Burkina Faso. It ended 1-1.

In the second match, Nigeria again impressed the eyes of football lovers. Troops of the “land of oil” were able to withstand a 1-1 draw against Zambia which was strengthened by famous names such as Christopher Katongo, Rainsford Kalaba and Kennedy Mweene.

After two glorious matches, Nigeria managed to beat Ethiopia in the final group match. 

Five points were enough to make Vincent Enyeama and friends advanced to the quarter-finals as group runners-up under Burkina Faso who also packed five points.

In the quarterfinals, Nigeria faced Cote d'Ivoire, the favourites of the competition. Elephants, reinforced by famous names like Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Cheikh Tiote, Salomon Kalou, Gervinho and Didier Zokora were tipped to win. Goals from Emmanuel Emenike and Sunday Mba was enough to get rid of Cote d'Ivoire 2-1.

This suddenly became the first surprise made by Nigeria at the tournament. Their win over Cote d'Ivoire, made the public surprised. This further made Nigeria was no longer underestimated in the competition.

In the semi-finals, Nigeria then faced Mali, another dark horse team with a high goal record. The Malians, were strengthened by Seydou Keita.

In the semi-finals, both teams played relaxed. Nigeria prevailed 4-1. 

Nigeria again met Burkina Faso in the final.

But the truth is: the game was flowing and interesting. Both teams reciprocated attacks. Although at the beginning of the match the Stallions dominated and bombarded the Super Eagles defense with attacks, Nigeria appeared powerful and was able to block any threat given by the host.

Midfielder Sunday Mba popped up with a beautiful goal to put Nigeria in the lead, the strength of Nigeria was proven. The 1-0 score lasted until the referee blew a long whistle.

Suddenly Nigeria players and coaches ran to the middle of the field as joy, and sorrow became one in the stadium. Young Playmaker, Sunday Mba couldn't hide his joy after becoming the saviour for Nigeria. 

The third trophy for Nigeria shocked everyone’s predictions. Armed with less popular players such as Ahmed Musa, Godfrey Oboabona, Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo and Ejike Uzoenyi, Nigeria was surprising Africa and even the world.

Nigeria indeed managed to make new history. They achieved it by applying high pressure football tactics; piling up players in defense, making the opponents frustrated and giving quick counterattacks. This tactic was quite successful when they faced Cote d'ivoire and the Burkina Faso which implemented an attacking strategy.

And all this, of course, thanks to the magic hand of Stephen Keshi, the coach who was a fearless figure. 

This history created by Nigeria seemed to give us a message that big names give no guarantee. After all, every success in football cannot be achieved as easily as turning a hand. It takes a struggle and the right strategy so that all the abilities of the players can be optimized and let God do the rest.

Friday, March 12, 2021



Few hours after NFF president Amaju Melvin Pinnick emerged as Anglophone elected member of the FIFA council, friends, associates and well wishers have started sending congratulatory messages.

First on this list, is the Nigeria minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare. He was emphatic with his words as he saluted Amaju for making Nigeria proud before the committee of Nations. He also used the opportunity to once again appeal to him to use his influence and connections and his new office to help promote, project and propel Africa and Nigeria football

"This is an opportunity to use your new position  to make  Nigerian,  African  and World  football   great again and  make it better than you met it. This is the reward of hardwork  and unity  of purpose. We are better  off when we support  our  collective aspirations  for the development  of our great country. This is an honour  well deserved"

A strong member of the Amaju inner caucus, Bukola Olopade, a former commissioner of sports in Ogun state and one man who labored day and night to see this dream turn a reality, also joined in the celebration after Amaju defeated his opponent Malawi's Walter Nyamilandu by 43 to 8 votes on Friday in Morocco, 

Olopade described the victory as a victory for football and victory for Nigeria. He saluted the courage and doggedness of Amaju Melvin Pinnick and appealed to all Nigerians to rally round him in his new assignment of repostioning world football. 

Nigeria 'Pillar of Sports', Donatus Ejidike on his part said, Amaju has displayed the never say die Nigerian spirit. He described the NFF president as a resilient and hardworking man who is always at the top of his game. He used the opportunity to wish him the very best in his new assignment. 

LMC chairman Shehu Dikko who also doubles as second vice president of the NFF, was full of joy. Dikko witnessed the voting live and endured the gripping tension. At the end, he said this...

    " God has done it for all of us. We are grateful that he has given us cause to celebrate.  Let's join hands and make this our project. Amaju is a Nigerian project, we must unite in our support. I am indeed very happy today". 

NWFL chairperson Aisha Falode became a journalist in Morocco. She dropped her files to interview Amaju after the victory. To her, this is not a journey that started yesterday. Aisha has been a strong promoter of the 'Amaju Pinnick project' and today she went a step further to declare her undying support to the cause by becoming a journalist after many years of partial retirement. 

An elated Amaju Melvin Pinnick stood tall and walked majestically to the podium as Africa stood up to salute a deserving son. A great man who has labored so hard to lift his head above waters. He traveled over twenty countries in one month as he hoped to make a statement of fact. That statement, he made in grandstyle on Friday after emerging FIFA Council member with a 43-8 victory


Today he applied humility and calmness in his thank you message. He thanked president Mohammedu Buharri, the honorable sports minister Sunday Dare, his board members and all other key stakeholders for their support. He promised to use his new position to move world, Africa and Nigeria football to the next level.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Nigerian Coaches Urged To Be Role Models As NLO Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Ends In Bauchi State

 Nigerian Coaches Urged To Be Role Models As NLO Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Ends In Bauchi State

Gian Marco, an Italian certified goalkeeper trainer has urged Nigerian coaches to improve the standard of the game through a structural and systemic approach.


Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic in Bauchi on Friday,the 27-years-old football instructor stressed the need to prioritize ideals and values in coaching noting that they are ambassadors who should be a good role model to others and reference of modesty.


Marco who was one of the resource persons at the programme in his words described the participants at the clinic as farmers who must always ensure the growth of seeds planted by every acceptable means.


"Your words are the seed and your players are the soil. You can't see the result immediately because it will take a while, Marco quipped.


In his own remarks, the Chairman of Bauchi State Football Association, Patrick Pascal (MON) commended the organisers of the programme for the initiative which he said will improve the standard of the game.


A total of 96 coaches from the NLO and grassroot teams participated in the 5-days clinic which was aimed at developing the capacity and improving their competency.


With Berackiah/Abigol football coaching clinic now ended in Bauchi, the programme which started in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State in January has now covered all the geo-political zones of the country training 488 football coaches.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Picking up the pieces from Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic in Ijebu-Ode, As Clinic Train Move To Asaba

 Picking up the pieces from Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic in Ijebu-Ode, As Clinic Train Move To Asaba

We have made constructive efforts at providing you with  all the bit  that made the lot of the just concluded South West Zone phase of the Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic.

Featuring about 12 sessions of training which includes Theory and Practical, the clinic provided a great opportunity for Nigerian Coaches to learn, re-learn and un-learn football concepts of various ideology.

Gian Marco as a Goalkeeper Trainee is one of the resource person from Italy. He was able to share his knowledge with Nigerian Coaches on the fundamentals of coaching and getting the best out of goalkeepers.

Speaking to Berackiah/Abigol Media Team at the sideline of the event he said:

"I feel honored to be here and I want to thank all the people who have worked to make this project happen and make it possible for me to come"

Marco believes he is just privileged to impact on the coaches and not  a 'teacher' who wants to teach what has not been taught before.

"What I want to do is to exchange my knowledge with the locals. I have found very   prepared coaches in this course and so I am finding my self comfortable. So it's just a first step and every journey begins with a step and we are to start.

Marco spoke highly of Nigerian Coaches for keeping the passion alive despite the myriad of socio-economic challenges and difficulties they have got to deal with.

"I admire their passion because in Europe where I came from ,we have plenty of infrastructure which are lacking here in Africa and despite that they didn't quit and they are working in situation that we in Europe can't even imagine,if we find such a situation with the lack of materials, infrastructure,most of the people in Europe would  have quit".

"I am not teaching anything it is a win to win project,I learn something they learn something we are exchanging Knowledge so I am feeling better with that Marco said. 

From NLO to NPFL : Marco has a dream

"I want this project to reach the top most especially as we are starting with the lower tier of the league,we want to reach the second tier and the top division of the league and even all over Africa. 

Roberto Bassi is another resource person who have taken the participants through the dynamism of the game .

He said in his words: "I am very happy to be here.

The last few days we have spent, the level of Nigerian Coaches concentration to the programme is good and they are willing to learn so I hope this programme will in the future be a point of reckoning"

Mathew Olorunleke is the CEO of Abigol Football Management and a co - facilitator of the clinic. As one of the brain behind the project, he believes the potential of Nigerian Coaches will help them scale the height coupled with what the clinic has offered. 

"It is not easy this is the first time, we are trying to cope to make it better and I must say from what I have seen, the Coaches are able to learn and are trying to cope as well.

Bridging the Gap and hopes

For Mathew, there is always the need to do more. He expressed the need to bridge the gap between talents and those who tend to develop them.

If Nigeria can have one of the expensive players in the market and we have players that are doing well in Europe, It will be very wrong to say Nigeria Coaches are not good. For us, we have discovered the missing link and now keen to bridge the gap.

He argued that if Nigeria players are doing well in abroad,that means Nigerian Coaches are good just that there is need to keep developing themselves in tune with what is obtainable in the advanced world.

Coach Siji Lagunju is the Assistant Director of Training and Development at the NFF and as veteran Coach himself, he preached  the significance for Coaches to develop themselves taking in to cognisance the principles of intellectuality, technicality, tactically , medically and physically.

High Chief Festus Adegboye Onigbinde was the cynosure of all eyes at the 5-day clinic.

An 'encyclopedia many will call him. The CAF/FIFA instructor urged all the participants to be inquisitive, impactful and be selfless in the course of their duty saying that integrity is another integral part of the job.

While noting the parallels between football administrators and coaches, the octogenarian appealed to all the participants not to lose focus and continue to do their best for the country adding that there must be unity of purpose in their ranks across the country.

116 coaches who attended the coaching clinic have now been given their certificates with the hope that the effects of their new acquired knowledge will bear positive impact on Nigeria football.

The clinic train will now move to South South and South East Zone where schedules will be held from 1st-5th of February in Asaba, Delta State.

The North Central and North East Zone programme will also holds in Lafia, Nasarawa State from 8th-12th February.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

NWFL Premiership Team Of Week Two: Omini, Njoku, Ajadi, Gift Show Class.

 NWFL Premiership Team Of Week Two: Omini, Njoku, Ajadi, Gift Show Class. 

The second week of the NWFL Premiership was packed with entertaining games and of course alot of goals. 

Twenty-One goals was recorded, two away wins, four home wins and a draw between Pelican Stars and Ibom Angels in Calabar rounded off a mid-week of fun and excitement.

Bayelsa Queens are the best represented Club in this week's team, with a precious away 2-1 win at the Lafia City Stadium on Wednesday and they are being rewarded with three selections. 

Here is the NWFL Premiership team for week two.

#Monle Omini, Bayelsa Queens (Goalkeeper)

The former Tokas Queens, Abia Angels and Confluence Queens goalkeeper enjoyed a very impressive debut for Bayelsa Queens. She was commanding in her box and was also key to helping her side build up from the back. 

The 'Restoration Ladies' manager, Moses Aduku decided to use Monle ahead of number one goalkeeper Onyinyechi Okeke and it really did pay off. 

#Glory Edet, Confluence Queens, (Right Back).

Edet put in another outstanding display for Confluence Queens against Sunshine Queens in Akure. Though Edet ended up on the losing side, but everything good went through her as far as the 'New Direction' Ladies' are concerned. She played a crucial role in her side conceding less goals and was a constant threat with her energy and reading of the game. A real talent. 

#Miracle Joseph, Bayelsa Queens (Left Back)

The former Ibom Angels defender did excellently well in the absence of regular Uzoamaka Igwe. She acted well making sure Nasarawa Amazons forwards had no much breathing space upfront and also linking up well with those ahead of her to great effect. 

#Onyebuchi Goodness, Sunshine Queens (Defensive Midfielder)

The Sunshine Queens Captain brought stability to the midfield, supporting Suliat Abideen, while she also looked to carry the ball forward and continually acted as the link between the Midfield and the attack. She finally got rewarded in the game, as she doubled Sunshine Queens lead in the 59th minute.

#Ugo Njoku, Rivers Angels (Centre Back)

Ugo Njoku finally got off the mark in the NWFL Premiership for Rivers Angels for the first time in almost two seasons and she did so in style. 

When the teams were announced and Njoku was included by Edwin Okon to play at the Centre-back against Delta Queens, many thought the 'Okowa Ladies' would target her and potentially get a fair amount of success doing so, but it wasn't really the case, as she was calm on the ball and showed alot of experience and didn't look like someone who hasn't played in like two years because of injury. 

#Becky Ajadi, Royal Queens (Centre Back). 

Ajadi was everywhere on wednesday as Royal Queens defeated Abia Angels 1-0 at the Warri Township Stadium. She was firm at the back and often didn't allow Jane Abraham and others to go past her. The former Saadatu Koko Amazons Captain was voted player of the match. 

# Brume Ikhekua, Rivers Angels (Forward).

Rivers Angels talisman was everywhere against her former side Delta Queens, the striker scored a brace and assisted Maryann Ezeanagu to score another. The young striker was topscorer for Delta Queens in 2019 and has started well in her new abode, Rivers Angels. 

#Anjor Mary, Bayelsa Queens (Forward)

Anjor Mary is outrageously a good footballer, the 2019 NWFL Premiership player of the season gave a good account of herself against Nasarawa Amazons in Lafia and scored the first goal, just as she did a year ago at the same venue. 

#Dominance Odubanjo, Delta Queens (Forward). 

Three goals in two games put the young striker ahead of others in this position. She scored against Rivers Angels in the 24th minute. Though her side lost by 6-2, the former Jokodolu Babes striker has found form and time will tell if she is going to continue that way. Great talent. 

#Anuoluwapo Salisu, DreamStar Ladies (Central Midfielder).

Two games, two losses, but Anuoluwapo Salisu has been the shining light in her side this season. The young midfielder produced arguably the standout individual performance in the game against Edo Queens at the Agege Township Stadium. 

She would be looking forward to getting it right this time around, when they visit Abia Angels in Umuahia on matchday three. 

#Monday Gift , FC Robo Queens, (Forward)

The former C.O.D Ladies striker grabbed herself a hat-trick against familiar foe Osun Babes at the Legacy Football Pitch, Surulere, Lagos. 

Gift is reaping the rewards for the hard work she continues to put in to improve on her finishing and positioning. Staying more centrally, the striker poses a much greater threat and this showed against Osun Babes as she netted the first hat-trick of the 2021 NWFL Premiership season.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Villarreal sign 36 Lion wonderkid Quadri Liameed on loan

 Villarreal sign 36 Lion wonderkid Quadri Liameed on loan

Villarreal have completed the signing of Nigerian teenager Quadri Liameed on a one year loan from 36 Lion.

As reported by Futbalgalore.com.ng, an agreement has been reached between the two clubs which will see the 18-year-old spend the next one year in Spain.

Speaking about the move, the Nigeria U20 international told Futbalgalore.com.ng: “I am happy to be with Villarreal now. The club is known for relying on young players and making them better.

“I want to learn a lot at the club, play a lot and help the team to be successful. I hope that we will have many happy moments together.”

Primarily a deep-lying midfielder, the 18-year-old is physically not the most dominating of players. However, standing at 1.80m, he is taller than some central defenders.

The youngster doesn’t rely on his height, though, and instead bases his game around intelligence and technique.

In possession, Quadri is a subtle but penetrative influence from the base of midfield. He likes to drop deep between the centre-backs to act as a first receiver before turning and looking to play vertical passes through the opposition’s defensive block.

He is comfortable receiving the ball with his back to goal and doesn’t falter easily under pressure, showcasing composure beyond his years along with graceful ball control and an ability to resist pressure using his awareness of space and positioning.

Quadri stay deep at all times, however. He does enjoy venturing further forward when appropriate, settling in a higher space to support his team’s possession game as it progresses up the pitch.

He will hold back slightly, as opposed to making forward forays beyond the opposition’s defensive line.

Taking up more of a back-seat, quarter-back role, he will look to take the ball and scan the opposition’s structure in search of holes for through balls to be played.

Defensively, Quadri again makes use of brain rather than brawn to win out. He doesn’t dive into tackles, remaining calm even in dangerous one-on-one situations in which he finds himself up against an attacker without nearby support from defensive team-mates.

Monday, November 30, 2020



On Turning 50


I give all glory to God Almighty. It is a milestone and one must look back and reflect on how the journey has been. I am very happy about my journey, which has been mainly about football and business. I am fulfilled with the tremendous success I have achieved in both, and I pray that God will continue to guide my path so that I can accomplish even greater things in all areas. There is nothing that I have achieved of my own power, strength, wisdom or intellect. Everything has been down to God Almighty.


On Journey So Far With NFF Exco


It has been illuminating and educative. In the past six years and three months, we have all worked at not only steering the ship, but doing things differently. We have looked at the strategies, methods and processes and we have tried to make positive changes that would make things easier for those coming into the organization in the years to come. We have planned, toiled, ploughed, planted and prayed, and we still earnestly pray that all will end in praise. Nigerian football has so much potential; we believe the work we have been doing will begin to manifest very soon.


Challenges and Obstacles


There have been quite a number of challenges, odds, hurdles and obstacles. The important thing is we have remained indivisible, united and committed to the larger cause of the interest of the Nigeria game. Our focus has kept us all on the same page: Congress, the Executive Committee, Management and Staff. There have been tribulations and simulated slippery ground here and there, but we have managed to weather it all and stand tall. These trials have not been of our making, but the sincerity of our desire to improve the way things are done for the good of the game has never been in doubt.  


AFCON 2022


At the beginning of November, our expectation was that by now, we would have the ticket to the AFCON 2022 stuck in our pocket. Unfortunately, it did not work out that way. Against Sierra Leone, we scored four goals in 30 minutes and everyone thought it was a done deal.

It was not, and I believe that after that match and then going to Freetown to play another draw with the Leone Stars, the Super Eagles have learnt a big lesson.

Every game deserves not only your best output, but your best output throughout and until the referee’s final whistle. We have had a few conversations with the players and technical crew since then and I am confident this kind of complacency will not rear its head again. Having said that, I believe that we still have the ticket in our hands. We are still top of the group and all we need do is go to Cotonou to pick up three points against the Squirrels in March.


FIFA World Cup 2022


The lessons we learnt against Sierra Leone came at the right time, and will stand us in good stead in the World Cup qualifying series. If we had thrashed the Leone Stars, there would have been the temptation to take Liberia, Cape Verde and Central Africa Republic for granted in the World Cup qualifiers. Now, we know we cannot do anything like that. Every game, from the first one, must be approached with the best legs, mind and best attitude. Each of the six qualifying matches will be war and the knock-out games will be greater war.


Below-par Outing Of Nigerian Clubs In The Continent


I am very disappointed. In as much as we can point to the fact that the League has not started, there is something called the ‘Nigeria spirit’ and we expect teams flying Nigeria’s colours to have that in them. I am at a loss as to how Kano Pillars could be playing away from home, and they led their hosts, only to collapse to a 3-1 defeat. Nigerian teams should be made of sterner stuff. I commend Enyimba FC that won away against their opponents in Ouqgadougou; that is the way to do it. My challenge to the other clubs is to turn things around in the return legs and qualify for the next rounds of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup competitions.


Strengthening The Domestic League


 This is something we talk about among ourselves everyday. I mean, myself and colleagues on the NFF Board talk and toil on this but hurdles always come up. I believe we are getting out of the morass and there is light at the end of the tunnel that we can even see. Our prayer is that everything holds firm and we get things going smoothly as planned. The importance of the league being virile and attractive is not lost on any of us.


Vision for the Nigeria Game

Our vision remains building a sustainable football culture for our dear country. It is non-negotiable. We also are determined to improve football infrastructure and facilities both at national and regional levels, as can be seen in our passionate drive for FIFA projects across the country. We are equally committed to training and re-training, and enabling greater mass participation in the game of football, which is the single biggest unifier of all our peoples across several mental and physical divides, and also serves as robust lure for boys and girls away from all manner of social vices, not to talk of the international image-building component. We are also extremely passionate about developing the game at the grassroots.


FIFA Council Aspiration


I have consulted wide and this is the route I feel comfortable to take for now. Membership of the FIFA Council also confers a lot of responsibility on one and you have the opportunity to make crucial contributions to the running of world football. Things may change in a couple of years, but for now, I am going for the FIFA Council based on the consultations I have had and the plan that is on ground. For the CAF Presidency, we are supporting the aspiration of Dr Patrice Motsepe of South Africa. We believe he has the clout, means and organizational savvy to take CAF from its present low level to a place of regard and respect among the six confederations of FIFA.


NFF Presidency Third Term?


No way! I made my decision even before earning the second mandate on 20th September 2018. I will not be running for the NFF Presidency again. I want to thank the Members of the Congress, my colleagues on the Executive Committee, Management and Staff, and stakeholders of the game for their support. I will be stepping off in 2022 to give another person the opportunity to lead Nigeria Football. That is the truth

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

African football tainted again!

 African football tainted again!

By Bassey Ibiatisuho

FIFA's pronouncement of a five-year ban from all football related activity on the President of CAF, Africa's football governing body, Ahmad Ahmad did not come to many as a surprise, but rather left millions of football loving Africans wondering to what extent the beautiful game has been betrayed, battered and looted by those entrusted to develop football in the continent.

When Ahmad Ahmad took over the presidency of CAF in March 2017, he pledged to develop the game of football on the continent and reform the scandal-tainted organisation. He also promised to introduce a new code of ethics and extend ethics checks on African football officials. His vision was seen to be consistent and attractive to that of newly elected FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, who was on a mission to salvage the reputation of the football governing body.

Unfortunately, two years later Ahmad became a subject of a FIFA ethics investigation after his former Secretary-General Amr Fahmy made various allegations to football’s world governing body against the Malagasy which led to his ban for five years from all football related activity on November 23, 2020 following the report of the independent Ethics Committee which found him guilty of corruption and abuse of office. A ban which came four months before the expiration of his tenure in March 2021.

The latest ban which is also the biggest for the African continent is one out of many imposed by Infantino's led FIFA on CAF officials found guilty of various extra-curricula activities.

In 2016, FIFA banned Bootun Balkrishna from Mauritania for four years from all football related activity for match manipulation incident. In that same year, three former officials of the South African Football Association, Leslie Sedibe, a former SAFA chief executive, was banned for five years by Fifa’s ethics committee. Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse, both former heads of the SAFA’s refereeing department, were each banned for two years. The cases were linked to that of the former SAFA executive member and head of referees Lindile Kika, who was banned for six years by Fifa in October of the previous year.

In 2017, Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey was banned for life by FIFA after being found guilty of influencing the result of a World Cup qualifying match.

In 2018, Ghanaian undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas released a documentary showing African officials allegedly engaging in acts of corruption.

The documentary prompted the Ghanaian government to dissolve the country's FA and forced its football chief Kwesi Nyantakyi to resign from the top positions he held with FIFA as a council member and CAF as a Vice President.

Assistant referee David Laryea was banned for life while six other Ghanaian referees and assistant referees as well as a CAF technical instructor, Wellington Joseph were banned for 10 years for corruption. Fourteen other referees and assistants from Benin, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Congo, Madagascar, Ghana and Liberia, including Hamada Nampiandraza, who was a referee at the 2013 African Cup of Nations were also provisionally suspended following a meeting of CAF's disciplinary board.

Adel Range Marwa, a Kenyan World Cup-bound referee who was filmed accepting a cash gift, was banned for life and removed by Fifa from its list of officials for Russia 2018 while Nigeria's chief coach Salisu Yusuf was another victim of Anas's investigations, as he was caught on camera accepting cash from undercover journalists posing as football agents who wanted him to select two players for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Match-fixing, sexual misconduct, bribery, financial misappropriation, deal-swapping, votes buying, unilateral decisions by FA, unsporting bargaining, match manipulation, league mismanagement and many other underhand dealings and corrupt practices from member countries to the confederation have perpetually kept African football undeveloped, unattractive and untrusted.

Its been a-free-for-all corruption in CAF the last three years, it is now time for FIFA to redeem the image of football in the continent. The FIFA General Delegate for Africa led by General Secretary Fatma Samoura must see to it that their task of improving the professionalism of the organisation and supporting growth and development of football in all African countries is comprehensive and the forensic audit of CAF should be extended to various national FAs.

This is the time to win back the trust of football fans and reform CAF, which has become a symbol of corruption following years of scandals. National governments must collaborate with FIFA to liberate the beautiful game of football from corrupted individuals who have tainted the objective and role football plays in national and continental development.

Monday, November 23, 2020

ANFSC Endorses China Acheru's Book

 ANFSC Endorses China Acheru's Book

Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters club (ANFSC) have come out to endorse A Thousand Times On The Same Road a book, by Veteran sports journalist, China Acheru.

President of Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi while receiving copies of the book on behalf of the club stated that he always appreciates innovative ideas and likes to support progressive thinking people.

"I have known China Acheru for quite sometime albeit from afar but I have always loved his storytelling style, I recommend this book for lovers of Nigerian football as it tells us about a lot of behind the scenes happenings in Nigerian football" Prince Abayomi stated. 

Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi also present Mr China Acheru with the club's branded nose mask while stating that the club supports  the government's Covid-19 guidelines and urges citizens to adher to the protocols and he also stressed that the club in its own little way supports the community by giving out Hand sanitizers and Nose masks.

A thousand times on the same road is a book about the adventures of China Acheru while covering football at sixty-one stadiums across 49 Nigerian towns, seventeen stadiums across sixteen African cities and stadiums in Europe and South America spanning three decades.

Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club is proud to endorse this book and has bought copies to be shared to its members.



BREAKING: CAF President Banned By FIFA

 Confederation of African football president Ahmad Ahmad was banned for five years by FIFA on Monday for financial misconduct.

The ban was announced during the Madagascan official’s campaign to be re-elected for four more years as the head of African soccer. His position also makes him a FIFA vice president.

The FIFA ethics committee found “Ahmad had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President.”

Ahmad’s first four-year term was clouded with allegations of financial wrongdoing and misconduct at the Confederation of African Football headquarters in Cairo.

The CAF election is scheduled for March 12 in Rabat, Morocco.

The Land in the Middle of Nowhere Which Successfully Made Young Sunday Mba Conquer Africa

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