Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tag "FIFA"

    Again, Nigerian referees overlooked by FIFA

Again, Nigerian referees overlooked by FIFA

Nigeria referees failed to make the cut for the 2018 FIFA U20 women's World Cup in France.FIFA Referees Committee in a statement on Wednesday said 15 referees and 30 assistants have been shortlisted for the U20 women's World Cup.The list, however, has two referees and four assistants from Africa.The African referees are Lidya Tafesse Abebe of Ethiopia and Zambian Gladys Lengwe.Bernadetta Kwimbira [...]

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    Supreme court refuses to sack Pinnick, NFF board

Supreme court refuses to sack Pinnick, NFF board

Amaju Pinnick, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, has not been removed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.According to a statement signed by Festus Ukpe and Arinze Egbo, lawyers at Festus Keyamo's chambers, the supreme court of Nigeria ordered the retrial of Chris Giwa's case at the high court in Jos."Just this morning, the Supreme Court of Nigeria delivered judgment in [...]

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    Nigerian firm appointed sales agent of World Cup hospitality programme

Nigerian firm appointed sales agent of World Cup hospitality programme

The 2018 FIFA World Cup hospitality packages are now on sale in Nigeria courtesy of Integral, a sports marketing company.Integral is the exclusive sales agent of FIFA's official partner, Match Hospitality. The partnership was sealed in Lagos on Wednesday.Match Hospitality is the exclusive rights holder of the World Cup hospitality programme.Abimbola Ilo, the managing director of Integral, said the company's [...]

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    Why Nigeria fielded ineligible player against Algeria, Pinnick explains

Why Nigeria fielded ineligible player against Algeria, Pinnick explains

Amaju Pinnick, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, has apologised over the fielding of an ineligible player in the World Cup qualifier against Algeria.Shehu Abdullahi, the player in question, had received two yellow cards prior to the Algeria match, thereby making him ineligible — but he went ahead to play.FIFA fined Nigeria N2m and deducted the point secured from the match while [...]

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    Pinnick on FIFA fine: Somebody must be punished for this grave error

Pinnick on FIFA fine: Somebody must be punished for this grave error

Amaju Pinnick has said "somebody must be punished" for the error that caused the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to be fined N2,162, 923 by FIFA.The world football governing body sanctioned Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player — Shehu Abdullahi — for the clash against Algeria.The match was declared forfeited and awarded in favour of Algeria, with three points deducted from Nigeria's total tally [...]

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    FIFA fines Nigeria for fielding ineligible player in World Cup qualifier

FIFA fines Nigeria for fielding ineligible player in World Cup qualifier

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been sanctioned by FIFA for fielding an "ineligible" Shehu Abdullahi in the match against Algeria on November 10, 2017.This sanction is a result of Abdullahi's failure to serve the automatic one-match ban imposed on him.Abdullahi had received two yellow cards during the World Cup qualification.FIFA fined the NFF the sum of CHF 6,000 (N2,162, 923), [...]

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    FIFA gives nod for Nigeria, Argentina game

FIFA gives nod for Nigeria, Argentina game

World football governing body, FIFA, has given approval for the international friendly between Nigeria and Argentina to take place in Krasnodar, Russia on Tuesday, November 14.According to a statement released by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Friday, the approval was contained in a letter addressed to Aleksandr Alaev, general secretary of Football Union of Russia, and signed by Christian [...]

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    FIFA: Fans have applied for 3.5m World Cup tickets

FIFA: Fans have applied for 3.5m World Cup tickets

FIFA says football fans have already requested for 3,496,204 World Cup tickets.The world football governing body made the announcement as the first sales period ends on Thursday.According to FIFA, around 70 percent of the applications came from the host nation, Russia.The remaining 30 percent are from Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, US, Egypt, China and Poland.150,000 tickets have been requested for [...]

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    EXTRA: Senator says recovered loot should be used to fund Super Eagles

EXTRA: Senator says recovered loot should be used to fund Super Eagles

Sam Anyanwu, senator representing Imo east, says all monies found in cupboards and holes should be used to fund Super Eagles' outing at the Russia 2018 World Cup.In the last two years, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered monies from unusual places. -- like the case of Andrew Yakubu, a former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [...]

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    FIFA fines Nigeria for pitch invasion during World Cup qualifier

FIFA fines Nigeria for pitch invasion during World Cup qualifier

World soccer ruling body FIFA has fined Nigeria 30,000 Swiss Francs (N11,049,557) for its fans' breach of security during a World Cup qualifying match.The game took place on September 1 at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom where Nigeria defeated Cameroon 4-0.According to the information on the FIFA website, Nigeria violated article 65 and 67 of the FBC FIFA [...]

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    Okocha: Why it is very difficult for an African player to become world’s best

Okocha: Why it is very difficult for an African player to become world’s best

Former Super Eagles captain Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha has said it is "twice difficult" for an African to emerge as the best player in the world.The retired midfielder said this on Friday while being interviewed on CNN shortly after Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar were shortlisted for the 2017 FIFA Men Best Footballer award.Okocha, who twice came close to [...]

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    FIFA world rankings: Nigeria drop six places to 44th

FIFA world rankings: Nigeria drop six places to 44th

The Super Eagles of Nigeria dropped six spots from 38th to 44th in the latest FIFA world rankings published on Thursday.But the Eagles moved up two spots on the continent, going from sixth to fourth.Egypt, who remain first in Africa, dropped from 25th position to 30th in the world. The North African country remains the highest ranked African team.Cameroon, whom [...]

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    FIFA probes Dele Alli’s offensive gesture

FIFA probes Dele Alli’s offensive gesture

World football governing body FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against England midfielder Dele Alli after he gestured with his middle finger during England's 2-1 win against Slovakia on Monday.The 21-year-old was caught making the offensive gesture during the World Cup qualifying victory at Wembley, England.At the time it looked like the Tottenham star directed the gesture at Clement Turpin, the [...]

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    Omagbemi nominated for Best FIFA Women’s Coach award

Omagbemi nominated for Best FIFA Women’s Coach award

Former Super Falcons coach Florence Omagbemi has been nominated for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2017.Omagbemi was nominated alongside Danish national team coach Nil Nielsen, Rolf Kellerman of Vfl Wolfsburg, Olivier Echouafni of France.The winner, and those from other categories, will be chosen by national team coaches, captains, selected media and the fans.The final list of three nominees will be released mid-September.Omagbemi [...]

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    Nigeria move up one spot on FIFA world ranking

Nigeria move up one spot on FIFA world ranking

The Super Eagles moved up from 39 to 38 in the latest FIFA world rankings published on Thursday.But the Eagles dropped two spots on the continent from fourth to sixth.Egypt, who remain first, retained 25th position in the world - the highest ranked African team.Cameroon, Nigeria's next World Cup qualifier opponent, moved from 36th to 35th, and a spot above [...]

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    London to host second edition of Best FIFA Football Awards

London to host second edition of Best FIFA Football Awards

World football ruling body FIFA has announced that the second edition of the Best FIFA Football Awards will take place in London, UK, on October 23.Real Madrid and Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo and the United States' Carli Lloyd won the top prizes in the male and female categories at the first edition in Zurich, Switzerland.For the second edition, which promises [...]

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