Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Nigeria to host FIFA Executive Summit

Nigeria President with FIFA President, NFF President and Sports Minister, Dalung
World football–ruling body, FIFA will hold its FIFA Executive Football Summit (EFS) meeting in Lagos, Nigeria in February next year, the NFF has confirmed. “Nigeria has been selected as a Member Association to host one of the 12 FIFA Executive Football Summit meetings happening between November 2017 and March 2018, as part of FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s vision of ‘bringing...

NFF launches short code *1945# to drive Russia 2018 campaigns

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The NFF on Monday in Lagos launched a short code - *1945# - which will be used for all campaigns that are geared towards Nigeria’s preparation and participation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. NFF President Amaju Pinnick and 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi also spoke at the event, just as STA’s Managing Director Biodun Jagun and a clutch of...

Egypt’s Amr Fahmy appointed new CAF Secretary General

CAF
A new appointee to the vacant CAF Secretary General position has been announced on Thursday by the African football governing body. The position was previously held by Hisham El Amrani, who resigned in May. Another Egyptian, Essam El-Din Ahmed took over the CAF Secretary General role in an acting capacity. That was until Thursday when Amr Fahmy was announced the new Secretary General following approval by...

France ‘98 recall situation totally different from Enyeama’ – Rufai

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Ex-Super Eagles goaltender, Peter Rufai has opened up on the latest comparison of his France 1998 call-up after retirement with the recent Vincent Enyeama’s probable recall. The former Deportivo La Coruna of Spain goalkeeper, Rufai spoke to brila.net’s Anthony Bekederemo and expressed his mind on the recent comparison blowing across the media. Rufai, popularly known as ‘Dodo Mayana’ explained that the 1998...

Tennis: Andy Murray, Djokovic, fall out of ATP Top 10

Andy Murray
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic dropped outside the ATP top 10 for the first time in years in the latest rankings released on Monday. The 30-year-old Murray plummeted from third to 16th after not playing since July with a hip injury. The Scot’s last appearance outside the top 10 was in October 2014. The three-time Grand Slam winner last appeared on the...

Tragic: Royal Antwerp confirms youth player, Joel Lobanzo is dead

Joel Lobanzo
Royal Antwerp youngster Joel Lobanzo has died aged 17 after suffering a cardiac arrest, the club has confirmed.  The Belgian side announced the Joel Lobanzo news on Thursday via their official website (h/t The Sun's Andrew Richardson). Lobanzo suffered the cardiac arrest while training with the under-19 side on Tuesday night and was subsequently transferred to a hospital, where he remained in critical condition before...

FIFA Chief, Gianni Infantino wants VAR technology at 2018 World Cup

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants VAR technology at next summer’s World Cup in Russia and hopes to sanction such a move in the spring.  The world football chief told Marca that trials have proven the need for video assistance for match officials and that the FIFA Chief feared a major tournament being decided by a refereeing error. “We need it,” he said at Fifa...

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lieke Martens clinch Best FIFA Player Awards

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Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA player award of the year while Lieke Martens was named the women's player of the year. Ronaldo retained the Fifa player award prize after scoring 44 goals in 48 appearances in 2017, including 33 for Real Madrid and 11 for Portugal. The forward collected his FIFA player award at a ceremony held at the London...

Kylian Mbappe wins Golden Boy award ahead of Dembele, Rashford and Jesus

Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe has been confirmed as the winner of the Golden Boy award for the best playing under the age of 21 in Europe, although there is confusion about who came third. The France forward Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boy award for the best young player in Europe, fending off competition from Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. The...

NFF scraps match bonuses for U17, U20, U23 teams

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Six arms of the national teams have been dealt a huge blow after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced on Thursday that they were no longer entitled to match bonuses. In its communiqué after a  board meeting  presided over by the president of the federation Amaju Pinnick in Jos on Wednesday, the NFF also stated that only the Super Eagles...