RelatedPosts If we don’t have Tokyo Games, we’re unlikely to have Beijing 2022 — IOC member Tokyo 2020: Olympics will be ‘simplified’ in 2021 COVID-19: IOC to bear $800m cost of Tokyo 2020 postponement Team Nigeria may participate in 11 sporting events at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.Without football, since both men and female national teams failed to qualify for the games in the Asian country, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has expressed its resolve to ensure that Team Nigeria will take part in at least 11 sports in Japan.The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has taken steps to further consolidate the chances of athletes and teams at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by prioritising 11 sports and six para sports for Nigeria’s qualifying pathway to the Games.A Ministerial Advisory Committee on Tokyo 2020 Games, which set this priority, also recommended an early start to pre-games camping towards ensuring maximum success.The Ministerial Advisory Committee on Tokyo 2020 Games, chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Olusola Adesola, proposed 120 days of camping as it agreed to fast track the process of securing the services of highly skilled technical personnel to complement local coaches.Tags: Team NigeriaTokyo 2020
RelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland World football ruling body FIFA banned the former president of Panamanian football federation Ariel Alvarado for life on Thursday after finding him guilty of bribery. FIFA also and fined him 500,000 Swiss francs (390,821.19 pounds). Alvarado was investigated in relation to matches organised by the Panamanian Football Association. The investigation was also related to contracts for Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football media and marketing rights between 2009 and 2011. The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee said it had imposed the ban on Alvarado with immediate effect. He was a former FIFA standing committee member.Tags: Ariel AlvaradoFIFAPanamanian Football Association
RelatedPosts Joe Aribo out of Super Eagles friendlies Celtic given tricky tie in UEFA Champions League qualifiers, Red Star drawn away Joe Aribo scoops Young Player, Goal of the season awards Efe Ambrose is on the verge of returning to Scottish Football after it was reported that the Nigerian defender had held discussions with Livingston about a potential move to West Lothian. Ambrose has been without a club following his release from Derby County in the summer and a move to Gary Holt’s Livi could suit Efe, who is a well decorated player in the league after his triumphs with Celtic. Ambrose has kept fit by training with his local team back in Nigeria and is now looking for a move back to Scotland. Another defender that is trying to find a new club is Celtic’s Jack Hendry. Neil Lennon has given 11 minutes to Hendry since taking the job on a permanent basis and it is clear that he has no future at Celtic Park. Whilst a transfer may be too much to hope for, it would appear that a loan is most likely with Blackpool and Lincoln in contention to sign the Scotland Internationalist. Hendry joined Celtic from Dundee in January 2018 in a record deal for the Dens Park side but has failed to impress in his outings for the Scottish Champions.Tags: CelticEfe AmbroseScotlandWest Lothian
RelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has called a meeting with Eric Abidal to discuss the sporting director’s future at the club following a public disagreement with Lionel Messi. On Tuesday, Messi asked Abidal to “give names” after the latter criticised the club’s players over their work ethic. Abidal – a former teammate of Messi at Barcelona – suggested players in the current team were unhappy and had not been working hard enough under former coach Ernesto Valverde. Valverde was dismissed in January and subsequently replaced by Quique Setien. “A lot of players were not happy and did not work much and there was also a problem with internal communication,” Abidal told Spanish newspaper Sport. “The relationship between the coach and dressing room was always good, but there are things that as an ex-player I can sense. I told the club what I thought and we had to make a decision.” Messi responded to the comments on social media telling the club’s senior officials to take responsibility for their own actions and warned them against tainting the entire squad with criticism which may be directed at certain individuals. “I honestly do not like to do this kind of thing but I think that everyone has to be responsible for their job and take responsibility for their decisions,” Messi said on Instagram. “Players for what happens on the field, we are also the first to acknowledge when we don’t play well. “Those in charge of sporting direction should also face up to their responsibilities and above all take charge of their own decisions. “Lastly, I think that when you talk about players, you should give names because otherwise you are tainting everyone’s name and feeding rumours that spread and are not true.”Tags: Eric AbidalErnesto ValverdeJosef Maria BartomeuLionel MessiQuique Setien
RelatedPosts Court okays Okorocha’s plea to amend suit against EFCC, Imo probe panels SWAN begs Gov. Uzodinma to save Heartland FC from extinction EFCC arrests 22 suspected Internet fraudsters in Imo The Imo State Football Association on Thursday said it has slammed a five-match ban on a staff of Heartland Football Club of Owerri, Osita Udemba. Godfrey Ndudu, the Secretary of Imo FA, in a statement in Owerri, said Udemba was banned over what it considered a conduct capable of inciting fans against match officials. The statement said: “Udemba openly challenged the decision of the match referee during a match between Heartland FC and Adamawa United FC of Yola during a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) week 20 match at the Okigwe Township Stadium on Sunday. “He also attacked the FA Chief Security Officer, Teddy Isiadinso who tried to call him to order.” The FA secretary said further that the decision was taken during the association’s board meeting held in Owerri on the issue. He said the FA acted on the existing rule governing football in Nigeria, which prescribed such ban on people who went contrary to match rules. Ndudu added that the Imo FA would not stand by to see Heartland FC being sanctioned by the Nigeria Football Federation or the League Management Company because of “the action of uninformed people. “The decision will serve as a deterrent to other mischief-makers.” He however advised football lovers in Imo to always be of good conduct during and after Heartland FC matches.Tags: Godfrey NduduHeartland FCImo StateOsita
Press Association There was much speculation the full-back was returning to South America after he was photographed arriving in Brazil on Sunday. And Gremio have announced the 29-year-old will be unveiled as their latest recruit at 2pm local time following a medical beforehand. “I came to be a champion with the club,” Santos told Gremio’s official website. Arsenal signed Santos from Fenerbahce for £6.8million in August 2011. However, the Brazil international has fallen down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium behind England left-back Kieran Gibbs and, following the deadline day arrival of Spaniard Nacho Monreal, is now surplus to requirements. A picture of Santos arriving in his homeland, where he last played for Corinthians in 2008/2009, greeted by cheering fans was posted on Twitter. Meanwhile, Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski put a post on his official Twitter account which read: “@Andre_santos27 We will miss you man, I wish u all the very best #Gunner God bless you”. Santos made 26 appearances for Arsenal, scoring four goals. Gremio have confirmed Arsenal defender Andre Santos will officially complete his loan move to the Brazilian club on Monday.
The Toffees manager added: “Everybody wants to kick him (Messi) because it is the only way to stop him, but all he ever does is sort of smile, get up and get on with it, and then does it again. So I have told him (Fellaini) he has to copy that. “I don’t think he’ll ever be as good as that, but certainly in his temperament, he should try to be similar to Lionel Messi, who looks as if he just gets on and accepts that people have to try to stop him some way.” Earlier this season, Fellaini was handed a three-game ban by the Football Association after headbutting Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross as the pair jostled for position – something he issued an apology for but also said he felt he had not been given any protection from the match officials. Moyes said: “You trust them (officials) and expect them to go about their job the same for everybody. But if you look at him (Fellaini), you know he has to take as many challenges as anybody. He will give as many out, but I don’t think he gets protected as well as what there is when he is challenging somebody.” Moyes was speaking ahead of Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth-round replay against npower League One Oldham at Goodison Park, in which his team will be looking to contain the threat of 6ft 6in striker Matt Smith, who netted a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser for the Latics to ensure the original tie finished 2-2 on February 16. “That type of centre-forward was probably more prevalent in my day – we had one of them every week,” Moyes, a former centre-back, said. “I think it is less and less so the case now in the Premier League, so that is what makes it a little bit more unusual. “I don’t think there are quite as many teams using a big man the way Oldham do. But it is part of football and there is no right or wrong way to play. The job is to win, and whatever way you choose to do it, as long as it is within the rules, that is okay.” Everton boss David Moyes has advised Marouane Fellaini to take a leaf out of Lionel Messi’s book when it comes to being on the receiving end of rough-house tactics from opponents. Press Association Toffees midfielder Fellaini was left with a bleeding knee on Saturday by a tackle from Norwich’s Bradley Johnson, with no action being taken by referee Lee Mason. The Belgium international subsequently took retribution by barging Johnson over, which resulted in a free-kick and a stern talking-to. Moyes has no doubt referees could do more to protect Fellaini, but has told the 25-year-old to follow the lead of Barcelona’s superstar Messi. Moyes said: “I keep saying to him ‘look at Lionel Messi’ – he gets kicked every week.”
He added: “We are champing at the bit for Sunday now. They are probably the best games I have been involved in. It just means so much to everyone. You can feel it. They are very special and I have been fortunate to have won a couple and drawn a couple. “We have had a good week – we beat Fulham and had a good performance on Thursday night and were unfortunate not to go through. We have set ourselves up nicely for Sunday now to give it a right go and I am sure the fans will be up for it as well.” Meanwhile, Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits he cannot believe Sunderland will head into Sunday’s derby facing a desperate fight against relegation. The 24-year-old Belgium international has been arguably the Black Cats’ stand-out player during a difficult campaign, but even his heroics have not been able to prevent the club from slipping into the thick of the scrap for top-flight survival. Defeat at St James’ Park would leave Paolo di Canio’s men in deep trouble with just five games in which to save themselves, and when Mignolet looks around the dressing room, he finds that situation difficult to fathom. Asked if he was surprised at their league position, he said: “Yes, if you see the individual qualities of every single player. “Obviously, we didn’t hope to be where we are now. With the qualities we have, we shouldn’t be there.” The 26-year-old and his team-mates came agonisingly close to clawing their way past Benfica and into the semi-finals on Thursday evening before a last-gasp Eduardo Salvio goal halted their late charge. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash with Sunderland, Simpson said: “That’s just going to give us a big lift for Sunday, in all honesty. We have got a couple of days to recover now, but our performance and the fans and the energy and the effort we put in, it’s just got us ready.” Newcastle full-back Danny Simpson has prescribed a dose of derby day glory as the perfect antidote to their Europa League heartache. Press Association
David Moyes: A persistent contender, who shares Ferguson’s Scottish working-class roots. Moyes has plenty of admirers at Old Trafford due to the work he has done at Everton and his preference for the passing style United favour. Speculation has been intense of late that he is in his last season at Goodison Park, but has no real experience at the very highest level. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: A host of former United players have been linked with the job in the past yet all have fallen by the wayside. The latest is Solskjaer, who has made a successful start to his managerial career at Molde. He lacks experience, though, and will benefit from Ferguson remaining at the club as a director. Jurgen Klopp: The Borussia Dortmund boss has made a big impression during his club’s impressive run to the Champions League final. With a style of football that seems tailor-made for the English football and an at-times eccentric manner in his post-match interviews, he would be an intriguing addition to the Premier League. Laurent Blanc: Blanc had a brief stint with the Red Devils at the end of his career, so knows the club well. Caught the eye as manager of Bordeaux, where he won the French league title, then stabilised a France team that collapsed into chaos at the last World Cup before stepping down following their quarter-final loss to Spain at Euro 2012. Press Association Jose Mourinho: Many had believed it was all but a done deal that the Real Madrid boss would return to Chelsea at the end of the season. But the Portuguese, while clearly hinting he is keen to manage in England once again, has never explicitly mentioned his old club. Despite a lukewarm endorsement from United legend Sir Bobby Charlton, Mourinho is the one man guaranteed not to be overwhelmed by taking on the challenge of following Ferguson. With Sir Alex Ferguson retiring at the end of the season, we take a look at the men who might be in the frame to take over.
Di Canio, appointed as successor to the sacked Martin O’Neill in March, says there is a poor environment in terms of discipline at the Wearside club that needs changing, with the Italian fining seven members of his squad last week. Phil Bardsley and Matt Kilgallon were dropped from the matchday squad for the game at Tottenham after they were pictured celebrating on a night out in a casino earlier in the week. Reports have suggested that some Sunderland players have complained to the Professional Footballers’ Association about Di Canio. But Johnson has spoken in support of the 44-year-old, telling the Northern Echo: “He’s come in and managers have new things that they want to do.” Press Association He added: “The gaffer is big on discipline and if it means us getting more wins, I’m all for it. There’s nothing worse than losing game after game after game after game all season. I haven’t been used to that in my career, so it’s been difficult. “It’s been poor, very poor, I think. The table doesn’t lie. I think the only thing that we can say is that the only way is up for us now. We can’t get any lower to be honest. We survived and now next season all we can do is progress. That’s the positive way of looking at it.” Johnson – recruited from Manchester City last summer – has been disappointed not only by how Sunderland have fared as a whole in 2012-13 but also with regard to his individual performances over the campaign. On the future, the 25-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to next season and I want to improve. As far as I’m aware, I’ll be here. Over the summer you never know, it’s always up to the manager. Time will tell what happens.” He added: “It’s been the worst season of my career as a whole, I think. I actually haven’t been that bad on the stats side of things, but performances haven’t been what I’ve wanted. “If you go through goals and assists, I haven’t done that bad but performances have been sometimes. “As a whole you look at yourself and you’re honest with yourself. I think in general, everything hasn’t gone well. We’ve got to look forward to next season now. It’s all we can do.” Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is in favour of manager Paolo Di Canio’s hardline approach to the job if it brings about an improvement in results.