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    COVID-19: FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup shifted to January 2021

COVID-19: FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup shifted to January 2021

FIFA has confirmed that the Women's U-20 World Cup, initially scheduled for August 2020, has now been shifted to January 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The world football governing body also announced in a statement on Tuesday that its 70th congress, slated to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will now be done online on September 18, 2020. The U-20 tournament, which [...]

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    COVID-19: IFAB approves use of five substitutes per match

COVID-19: IFAB approves use of five substitutes per match

International Football Association Board (IFAB) has approved use of five substitutions per match to enable teams cope when they return from the coronavirus-enforced break. The temporary amendment comes into force with immediate effect. The amendment was made as matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on players health and welfare. In a [...]

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    COVID-19: FIFA proposes five substitutions per game once football returns

COVID-19: FIFA proposes five substitutions per game once football returns

FIFA, world football governing body, has proposed allowing teams to make up to five substitutions per game to help players cope with the return to action after the COVID-19 crisis. If approved, FIFA's proposal would also apply to competitions due to start in 2020/2021 season, as well as the current campaign, according to Sky Sports. How it works? Teams will be granted certain [...]

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    Siasia: I’ve raised only $275 on GoFundMe to appeal FIFA ban

Siasia: I’ve raised only $275 on GoFundMe to appeal FIFA ban

Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles player and coach, says he has been able to raise only $275 (about N100,000) on GoFundMe to appeal the life ban imposed on him by FIFA. He needs at least N90 million (about $249,000) in legal costs to fight the ban but he has raised just N269,000 from all sources. Siasia was banned from footballing activities for life following [...]

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    I won’t be distracted by blackmail, says Dare

I won’t be distracted by blackmail, says Dare

Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports, says he will not be distracted by the unfounded allegations and blackmail that have now become a "cancer" in the country's sports administration. The minister spoke on Tuesday at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in Benin, Edo state. Dare, who was represented by Olusade Adesola, permanent secretary of the ministry, [...]

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    Dangote will renovate parts of MKO Abiola Stadium, says Dare

Dangote will renovate parts of MKO Abiola Stadium, says Dare

Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports development, says Aliko Dangote, billionaire businessmen, has agreed to renovate some parts of the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja. In June, TheCable reported how the 60,000 capacity stadium had morphed into a shadow of its former self, with dilapidated facilities, grass and refuse littering virtually at every spot. But on Thursday, Dare told journalists that the renovation [...]

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    Dare to NFF: Clean up your acts, I won’t interfere with corruption probe

Dare to NFF: Clean up your acts, I won’t interfere with corruption probe

Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports development, says he will not interfere in the ongoing corruption investigation being carried out on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Dare, in a meeting with NFF's fifteen executive members on Friday, asked the NFF to clean up its acts. TheCable had previously reported that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) placed [...]

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    ‘This is the most trying period of my life’ — Siasia writes CAS, appeals FIFA ban

‘This is the most trying period of my life’ — Siasia writes CAS, appeals FIFA ban

Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles coach, has appealed the life ban slammed on him by world football governing body FIFA. In a statement seen by TheCable on Thursday, Siasia's lawyer filed the appeal to FIFA on August 27, 2019. The statement also said that another appeal was sent to the Court of Arbitration for Sports on August 29, 2019. Siasia however denied involvement [...]

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    Siasia cannot speak on FIFA ban… he’s still dealing with his mother’s kidnap, says aide

Siasia cannot speak on FIFA ban… he’s still dealing with his mother’s kidnap, says aide

Opukiri Jones Ere, media aide to Samson Siasia, says the embattled former Super Eagles coach's lawyer will look into the recent FIFA's life ban handed to him. Siasia who expressed shock over his ban by FIFA and called for a press conference was unavoidably absent on Saturday to clear the air surrounding the issue. Ere said the Olympic silver and bronze medal-winning [...]

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    FIFA bans Siasia for life over bribe, match manipulation

FIFA bans Siasia for life over bribe, match manipulation

Samson Siasia has been banned for life by FIFA after being found guilty over bribery and manipulation of matches. The former Super Eagles of Nigeria coach has been banned from all football-related activities over attempts to rig matches at international level. The world football's governing body said it opened disciplinary proceedings after a vast investigation into various international matches that Singaporean Wilson [...]

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    ICYMI: Ceferin accuses Infantino of plot to take over African football

ICYMI: Ceferin accuses Infantino of plot to take over African football

Aleksander Ceferin, Uefa president, has accused Gianni Infantino, Fifa president, of a plot to take over African football with the appointment of Fatma Samoura as "general delegate for Africa". He also accused Infantino of reducing the Fifa's  Bureau of Council to a "rubber stamp" function. Ceferin's accusation is coming on the heels of the recent development of Fifa appointing a "General Delegate [...]

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    Fatma Samoura to be ‘high commissioner for Africa’ as CAF begs FIFA for reforms

Fatma Samoura to be ‘high commissioner for Africa’ as CAF begs FIFA for reforms

Emergency Executive Committee of Confederation of African Football (CAF) has pleaded with Fifa to help conduct a forensic and administrative review of the body. The emergency ExCo of Caf met on Wednesday at the Marriot Hotel in Cairo which is the base of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to finalise the decision. This is the first time a Confederation will ask [...]

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    Infantino re-elected as Fifa president

Infantino re-elected as Fifa president

Gianni Infantino has been re-elected as the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) until 2023. The 49-year-old Swiss-Italian lawyer, who was picked to lead Fifa out of the crisis that bedevilled the organisation, secured a second term in office, on Wednesday, by acclamation after running unopposed for the sport’s top job. The soccer governing body took to its Twitter [...]

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    Flying Eagles refuse to leave Poland hotel over non-payment of allowances

Flying Eagles refuse to leave Poland hotel over non-payment of allowances

The Flying Eagles have refused to leave their hotel in Poland over the non-payment of their allowances by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), an insider tells TheCable. The Nigerian team had crashed out of the Fifa U-20 World Cup tournament in Lodz on Monday. Success Makanjuola’s 50th minute goal only appeared to be a consolation after Amadou Sagna and Niane, fellow African [...]

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    NFF denies alleged misappropriation of World Cup fund

NFF denies alleged misappropriation of World Cup fund

The leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied allegations of misappropriating $8.4 million. The money was said to have been paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees for the 2014 World Cup that held in Brazil. Amaju Pinnick,  NFF president, and four other executive members of the federation have been accused of [...]

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    FG charges Pinnick with ‘$8.4m fraud’

FG charges Pinnick with ‘$8.4m fraud’

The federal government has charged Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), and four others with alleged misappropriation of $8.4 million belonging to the federation. The money was said to have been paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Okoi Obono-Obla, the special presidential investigative panel [...]

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