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Nff Bans, Fines Salisu Yusuf

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The Nigeria Football Federation’s ethics committee on fair play has banned the Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf from all football –related activities for one year.

This is due to a video documentary in which he was seen collecting the sum of $1,000 from an undercover reporter posing as a player’s agent.
In its report submitted to the NFF secretariat on Tuesday the committee found as a fact that it was not an error of judgment on the part of coach Salisu Yusuf but a self and confident decision to have received the cash gift of $1,000 from the decoy player agent and undercover reporter purportedly acting on behalf of players Osas Okoro And Rabiu Ali.

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Nine-year-old Nigerian boy signs to Arsenal

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A 9-YEAR-OLD Nigerian boy has signed to Arsenal after impressing the football club during a five-week trial.
Jayden Adetiba has been living in South Africa and has also spent time living in the UK.
Adetiba has been a fan of the team his whole life. He spoke about how he felt about the news.
“I thank God and my parents for this. I am very happy.
“I train three times a week at the academy and we have a match at the weekend,” he told The Sun.

NEW SIGNING: Jayden Adetiba (Image: John Adetiba/Twitter)

John, Jayden’s father, tweeted a picture of his son signing documents at the club with the caption: “The little man joins the big club!!”
Brent Sanders, Adetiba’s former coach at SuperSport United Soccer School in Cape Town, told KweséESPN: “Jayden worked with me for two years from the age of seven, and from his first practice session I could see that he was an exceptional talent that stood out in the group.
“You could see he had something special, but what was also so impressive was the way he progressed almost with every training session. He had a real hunger to learn and was able to put that into practice quickly.”

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Arsenal’s Nwakali called up by Nigeria

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Arsenal youngster Kelechi Nwakali has been included in an official Nigeria squad for the first time.
The 20-year-old midfielder is on the books of Arsenal but has been loaned to Portuguese side Porto, where he is set to play with their B team.
Nwakali did play for a Nigeria XI in a friendly against Spanish club Atletico Madrid in May.
The Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr has named a 24-man squad for the 7 September Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Seychelles and his first since the World Cup.
Nigeria failed to get past the group stage of the World Cup in Russia as they lost 2-0 to Croatia before beating Iceland by the same scoreline and finally losing 2-1 to Argentina.
Nigeria will be without two of their most experienced players for the tie with captain John Mikel Obi recovering from injury while Victor Moses has retired from international duty.
“Mikel only has only just returned from a knock and needs to be allowed to regain his full fitness at his club,” Rohr explained.
In total 18 of the World Cup squad have been recalled by Rohr – the others to miss out are Elderson Echeijile, Shehu Abdullahi and Tyronne Ebuehi.
There are also first-time call-ups for new Bordeaux signing Samuel Kalu as well as defenders Jamilu Collins, who plays in the German third tier for Paderborn, and Semi Ajayi of English Championship side Rotherham United.
Rohr is also hoping to play a friendly against Saudi Arabia after the Seychelles qualifier.
He confirmed that assistant coach Salisu Yusuf is not part of his team as he faces a bribery investigation.
The German also announced that former international goalkeeper Carl Ikeme will be part of his coaching team in the future but will not be in place for the Seychelles tie.
The former Wolverhampton keeper decided in July to end his playing career after a battle with acute leukaemia, he announced June that he was in “complete remission”.
Nigeria began their campaign to qualify for the 2019 Nations Cup in Cameroon with surprise 2-0 loss to visiting South Africa in June last year.
Libya are currently top of Group E on goal difference thanks to their 5-1 win over Seychelles, the top two from the four-team pool will qualify for next year’s finals.
Nigeria squad:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)
Defenders: William Troost-Ekong (Udinese, Italy), Leon Balogun (Brighton, England), Chidozie Awaziem (Porto, Portugal), Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia), Ola Aina (Torino, Italy), Jamilu Colllins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany), Semi Ajayi (Rotherham, England), Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain)
Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey), Joel Obi (Chievo, Italy), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Isreal), Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England) Kelechi Nwakali (Porto B, Portugal)
Strikers: Ahmed Musa (Al-Nassr, Saudi Arabia), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China) Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone, Italy) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England), Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray, Turkey) Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France) Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
Standby: Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium), Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria); Musa Muhammed (HNK Gorica, Croatia); Blessing Eleke (FC Luzern, Switzerland)

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Premier league legends face off African all stars

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The Kanu Foundation have announced a charity football match.

THE KANU Heart Foundation is a heart non-governmental charity, specialising in providing life-saving heart treatments for children and adults patients in Nigeria and across Africa, and have announced a one-off legends football game to raise money for a new cardiac centre and treatment of patients on the waiting list.
The charity, founded by Arsenal and Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu, is aiming to raise money to build the new cardiac centre in Abuja, Nigeria, and reduce costly travel and accommodation fees for sick children and their families.
Kicking off on Sunday 30 September 2018 at the HIVE stadium in Barnet, the Petrolex Kanu Cup in association with Masters FootballTM will see fan favourites take to the pitch once more in order to promote the Kanu Heart Foundation.
Having suffered from heart problems throughout his career as a professional footballer, Kanu has first-hand experience of the devastating impact heart disease can have on lives. He will be joined by Sol Campbell, Lauren and Robert Pirès, with more big names to be announced in the coming weeks.
His foundation seeks to raise the profile of heart diseases in Africa and increase awareness through education, improving the quality of physical and psychological care for patients and their families and undertaking vital research.
Kanu commented, “If I wasn’t lucky enough to have access to such an amazing medical team when I experienced a serious heart defect, I might not be here today. I set up the Kanu Heart Foundation to help others in the same position who are less fortunate.
“The new cardiac centre in Abuja will help hundreds of people get access to vital heart treatment without having to travel abroad. I am proud that so many amazing ex-pros will be joining me in the Petrolex Masters Cup in association with Masters FootballTM – it will be an amazing day and great help for the charity.”

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Victor Moses dumps Nigeria for Chelsea

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Nigeria’s midfielder Victor Moses has announced a stunning decision to quit international football, choosing his club Chelsea over answering duty calls from Nigeria.
Moses, who is just 27, announced his decision on Wednesday on his Instagram page.
He said he made this decision to focus on his club career and family.
Moses was part of the Nigerian squad to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and paid pivotal role in Nigeria’s victory over Iceland at the Group stage.
He was born in Lagos on 12 December 1990 and his parents later took him to Kaduna. After surviving a religious riot, in which his parents were killed, he was taken to England, where he has had a flourishing football career.
He represented England at youth tournaments, playing for the Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21, but he thereafter opted to play for Nigeria.
He began his professional career in the Championship with Crystal Palace, before his performances caught the eye of Wigan Athletic, where he made his Premier League debut in 2010.
After two years, his game had improved to the extent that European champions Chelsea were interested, and he signed for them in the summer of 2012.
Despite ten goals in all competitions during his first season, he spent his second season on loan to Liverpool, his third on loan at Stoke City and his fourth on loan at West Ham United.
He has been capped more than 20 times for Nigeria since his debut in 2012 and was part of the winning squad at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the campaign in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Here is the full message that he posted on Twitter and his Instagram account:

 

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Nigerian forward heads to Saudi Arabia

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AHMED MUSA has left Leicester City for Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.
Musa has signed a four-year contract with the team for an undisclosed fee which is reported around £17 million.
Al Nassr beat several European clubs to sign the 25-year-old who impressed at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
Musa featured for Nigeria at the recent World Cup finals in Russia, scoring both goals in a win over Iceland.

The 25-year-old was Leicester’s record signing when he joined them for about £16m from CSKA Moscow in 2016.
But after just two goals in 21 games he was loaned back to the Russian side last season.

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GOV Willie Obiano Arrives Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba, Delta State Ahead of the flag off of the 21st African Senior Athletic Championship holding in Delta State, Nigeria

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GOV Willie Obiano has arrived  Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba, Delta State ahead of the flag off of the 21st African Senior Atletic Championship holding in Delta State, Nigeria.

His Excellency was welcomed by his Delta State counterpart Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur, Okowa, Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Bar. Solomon Dalong amongst others.

The competion is expected to last for 5 days.

Details soon….

Harrison Madubueze
Asaba, Delta State.

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Osakue attacked, racism was the motive says athlete

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Turin – Italian athlete Daisy Osakue said Monday she was attacked at Moncalieri, near Turin, overnight because she is black. Osakue, who holds the Italian under-23 record for the discus and was born in Turin to Nigerian parents, was hit in the face by an egg hurled from a car at Moncalieri. She was taken with Turin’s Oftalmico eye hospital with an injured cornea.
“They did it on purpose,” Osakue said.
“They didn’t want to hit me, as Daisy, they wanted to hit me as a young woman of colour.
“There are several prostitutes in that area and they will have mistook me for one of them.
“I have been the victim of episodes of racism before, but only verbal ones. “When you go from words to action if means another wall has been breached”. At first it was feared the eye injury Osakue suffered could put her participation in the European championships at risk.
But the 22-year-old said she should be OK.
“Luckily it’s only an abrasion,” she said.
“With a few days rest and some drops I should be all right”.

 

 

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Tyronne Ebuehi has no regrets about playing for Nigeria

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Benfica’s Tyronne Ebuehi insists he has no regrets about choosing to play for Nigeria rather than the Netherlands.
The 22-year-old was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch mother and Nigerian father, making him eligible for both countries.
Ebuehi was part of Nigeria’s squad at the World Cup but only played as substitute in the 2-0 win over Iceland.
“There’s absolutely no regrets, it was a big choice and one I can happily live with,” the defender told BBC Sport.
“My father was born in Nigeria and he is from Benin City, which makes me half Nigerian. My mother is from Holland, so I’m half Nigerian and half Dutch.
“Nigeria is one of the biggest football countries in Africa. I think it was a great opportunity for me to play for Nigeria.
“So I’m happy that I made this decision. I think it’s the best decision I have made in my football career.”
Ebuehi began his professional career at ADO Den Haag and scored once in 82 appearances for the club.
He signed a five-year deal to join Portuguese giants Benfica before the start of the tournament in Russia.
He also revealed that fellow Dutch-born defender William Troost-Ekong had played a ‘big role’ in his decision to fly in the colours of Nigeria.
“Born in the same city [Haarlem] as me, Troost-Ekong gave me some advice and told me about the benefits of playing for Nigeria,” he said.
“As a big brother he had played for the Netherlands at junior levels before choosing Nigeria, so he also had a big role to play in my decision.”
Despite taking his time before making a commitment, Ebuehi made his debut against Togo in June 2017.
He has played eight times for the Super Eagles and produced some eye-catching performances for the three-time African champions in the friendlies against Argentina, Poland, Serbia, England and Czech Republic.

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The national debate over French identity

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France’s last World Cup win in 1998 triggered a national debate over French identity, after the slogan Black-Blanc-Beur (Black, White, Arab) was coined to describe the multi-ethnic team.
It was a striking development, because discussing race or religion is officially considered irrelevant to French identity – even frowned upon.
The French state collects no data on the ethnic origins of its citizens; a way of underlining the principle that all are equal, and equally French.
The reality is somewhat less “colour-blind”, though, according to many of those who come from immigrant backgrounds, and especially from France’s former colonies in Africa. They say many areas of French life – such as getting a job – are more difficult with an immigrant name or a non-white face.
France’s colonial past has left uncomfortable divisions here; divisions which have been exacerbated by city planning around its major cities, and – some would say – a Republican ideal that is often seen as rooted in France’s white Christian history. The recent debate around the place of Islam has highlighted these tensions again.
The national squad is still a rare symbol of multicultural France, but 20 years on from their last World Cup win, the image of a team from many different backgrounds has triggered less focus on French identity here and more wry comment on the country’s current stance on immigration.

The feud comes after Khaled Beydoun, a US author on Islamophobia, called in a Twitter post for “justice” for Africans and Muslims in France because they “delivered you a second World Cup”.
The tweet was widely shared and garnered criticism and praise. Some were worried it would hamper race relations in a country that had witnessed its political discourse become inflamed following a migration crisis and a number of terrorist attacks.

In a related report ,US-based South African comedian Trevor Noah has defended himself after being criticised by a French diplomat for saying “Africa won the World Cup”.
The Daily Show host made the comments on his satirical show a day after France beat Croatia to win football’s most coveted prize on Sunday.
More than half of the French squad can trace their heritage back to Africa.
The French ambassador to the US said the comedian was denying their “Frenchness” by calling them African.
“This, even in jest, legitimises the ideology which claims whiteness as the only definition of being French,” Gérard Araud said in a stern letter to Noah.
“They were educated in France, they learned to play soccer in France, and they are French citizens. They are proud of their country, France.”
The Daily Show posted a video of the South African comic reading out the letter on Wednesday (later tweeted by the French embassy in the US) – and going on to argue that the players’ African identity should be celebrated.

Noah said he understood where the ambassador was coming from and how his comment could be perceived as “joining the attack” with France’s far right.
But he said his statement should be put in context: “When I am saying, ‘They are African’, I am not saying it as a way to exclude them from their Frenchness, but using it as a way to include them in my Africanness.”
To deny that duality was something he “vehemently” disagreed with.

Earlier in the week, Noah had also posted to his Instagram account a cartoon by M Rifai showing a boat full of migrants handing the World Cup trophy to France.

Artwork by M.Rifaï

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Mr Noah expanded on the concept, using as an example Malian migrant of Mamoudou Gassama, who was recently given French citizenship after climbing a building to rescue a child dangling from a balcony.
“They said, ‘You are now French.’ So now I am going, ‘Is he now no longer African?'” Mr Noah asked.
Former US President Barack Obama has also waded into the debate about the identity of the French football squad.
During his Nelson Mandela lecture in Johannesburg earlier this week, he pointed to the positive side of immigration: “Just look at the French football team. Not all of those folks looked like Gauls to me, but they are French – they are French.”

In his letter, Mr Araud stressed that the players “rich and varied backgrounds is a reflection of France’s diversity”, to which Mr Noah replied: “Now I am not trying to be an asshole but I think it is more of a reflection of France’s colonialism.”
France’s founding principles and universal values means it does not collect data or statistics on its racial, ethnic or religious backgrounds.

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Iwobi: Nigeria must learn from 2018 World Cup

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ARSENAL and Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi, hopes that the Super Eagles can learn from its 2018 World Cup and build for the future.
Speaking to BBC Sport, the Arsenal forward said: “The squad is young and we picked important lessons that will hopefully help us going forward. Attention will soon shift to the Nations Cup and we must make our World Cup lessons count.”
Nigeria finished third in Group D after defeats by Croatia and Argentina either side of a 2-0 win over Iceland.
The victory over Iceland had kept Nigeria in contention but their campaign ended just four minutes from the end of their final match against Argentina, only for Marcos Rojo’s late strike to knock them out.
“We had a lot of hopes and believe that we could do well. We are very proud of ourselves and are going to take the positives of course,” Iwobi said.
“We are just unfortunate about the last minute goal that came against Argentina led to a defeat that knocked us out of the group. We are taking positives but we are very happy with what we did.
“It’s not just me or my tournament, it’s Nigeria’s tournament,” he added. “The coach didn’t put me in that position because he wanted to try something new, try something else, so I had no problems because at the end of the day it is what the manager decides is what goes.”

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Book Review : The Morning Sunset By Joy Chinwe Aguguo Duru

 

By Joy Chinwe Aguguo Duru
The Morning Sunset is a book written to sensitize our people over the issue of engaging in a perilous journey to Europe via Libya. It is a story written for everyone: the youths; kids; fathers and mothers. The continuing migration of people into Europe across the Mediterranean is unnecessary. People are not born to waste their future that way.
The Morning Sunset is simply passing a message to people in Africa. Those that have not been opportuned to visit western world think that it is a bed of roses. In fact a paradise . Where as it is not like that. Many chose to come in search of greener pastures. They believe that Europe is the only place they will have the opportunity to get a better life for themselves and that of their families.

My messages to Nigerians and Africans are that our people should not abandon any tangible thing they have or their education just to embark on this long and dangerous journey through road and desert because the life in Europe does not worth such risk . Also let some parents and relatives be aware especially those that are anxiously waiting for the day their beloved children will come back from Europe but they never knew that the bones of their children have been rotten in Sahara deserts and in the seas of foreign land.

 


Joy Chinwe Aguguo Duru is originally from Nigeria but lived in Italy for several years before moving to Leicester , UK.

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