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NFF Mum On Corruption Claims By Senate

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The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, will not comment on remarks made within the Senate which labelled it the country’s ‘most corrupt government agency’.

Recently, the President of the Senate, David Mark, said the corruption within the NFF was responsible for the Super Eagles’ dwindling fortunes.

“The NFF is the centre of corruption in the country, there is no running away from the fact,” said Mark.

Meanwhile, he said the NFF it does not comment on matters debated by Senate.

“We have failed woefully,” said Mark, who presides over the Senate.

“Corruption is not just financial corruption alone, even the way the players were brought in is another form of corruption.”

“There is confusion and the government must put its foot down to get it right.”

In a statement which may further worry supporters, Mark suggested that there may be a need for the government to pull Nigeria out of international football to allow for reconstruction.

Millions of Nigerians reacted with extreme anger when President Goodluck Jonathan suspended the Super Eagles for two years in June 2010 following their poor World Cup showing.

The decision was taken to ‘enable Nigeria to reorganise its football’, even if Jonathan lifted the ban after world governing body Fifa said it infringed its rules barring governmental intervention in football.

However, Mark has raised the issue of disbanding the country’s football team once again – with two-time African champions Nigeria having failed to qualify for this year’s 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

“That Fifa says we cannot touch the NFF does not mean we cannot disband football … for many years so as to get it right,” he said.

Senator Aduma Gumba, who moved the motion in the senate, added: “The Senate is concerned with the sorry state of Nigerian football, the game that unites all Nigerians together in spite of her diversity.

“Nigerian football over the years has continued to slide despite the huge resources the Federal Government is investing in the game.”

Another senator, Heineken Lokpobiri, said corruption is the bane of football in Nigeria as he slammed the NFF’s ‘inexcusable’ inability to account for both Fifa and governmental funding.

“The level of maladministration in Nigerian football today is too high. We have a crop of very incompetent leaders managing our football today,” Lokpobiri told the house.

“There is no way we can make progress with this crop of leaders. There is no organisation in Nigeria that is as corrupt as NFA.

“Nigeria got $8 million for participating in World Cup and another $5.5 million for participating in a junior World Cup. I have been asking for the money without any answer.”

When concluding its debate on the motion last week, the senate resolved to hold a public hearing to address the problems in sport.

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Tokyo 2020: Naomi Osaka Beats China’s Saisai In Straight Sets

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns a shot to China’s Zheng Saisai, during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women’s singles, first round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo .
Japan’s Naomi Osaka won in straight sets on her highly-anticipated return to court at the Tokyo Olympics yesterday, while world number one Ashleigh Barty crashed out in the first round.
Osaka, the star of the opening ceremony, defeated China’s Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4 in her first match since taking an eight-week break for mental health reasons.
“I feel like more than anything I’m just focused on playing tennis. Playing the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” said Osaka, chosen as the first tennis player to light the Olympic cauldron on Friday.
“I feel like the break that I took was very needed, but I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and happy again.”
The Australian Open champion had not played since May, when she walked out of Roland Garros, saying that media commitments were harming her mental health.
Osaka showed few signs of rust as she reeled off the opening five games on the Ariake Coliseum centre court, which likely would have been packed to capacity if not for a spectator ban because of coronavirus restrictions.
The second seed broke the 52nd-ranked Zheng for a 2-1 lead in the second set and closed out an 87-minute victory on her third match point.
The 23-year-old Osaka is attempting to become Japan’s first Olympic tennis champion. She will play Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in the last 32.

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Insurance FC Records Second NNL Win On Return

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Bendel Insurance recorded their second win in a row since returning to the second tier of Nigeria National League with a 1-0 win over Abia Comets on Saturday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
Defender Tanimu Benjamin scored the only goal of the encounter in the 26th minute to hand the hosts the maximum points.
Both results have brightened their chances of qualifying for the Super 8.
According to Tidesports source, the Edo State Government in June withdrew the team from the competition after several of their players were injured by home fans during their game against Remo Stars in Ikenne, Ogun State.
On their return, Insurance pulled off an away win over Holy Arrows in Enugu before the win at the weekend 
“I am happy with the goal and the overall performance from the boys. Our aim is to return to the topflight and we are working hard to achieve it,” goal scorer Benjamin, who was injured in the violence at Ikenne, said

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Karagumruk To Pay Musa N1bn Annually

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Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa was on Thursday unveiled by Turkish Lig 1 side, Fatih Karagumruk, having signed the winger on a two-year deal with an option to extend the deal for another year.
Tidesports source gathered that the financial details of the deal were undisclosed by both club and player, Musa will earn about$2.5million (N1.02billion) annually with a weekly pay of $40,000, with bonuses.
Karagumruk were promoted to the Turkish topflight in the 2019/2020 campaign, ending a 35-year wait for a return to the Super Lig and want to remain there, thus, the acquisition of star players like Musa.
“It’s a good deal no doubt, the club wanted Musa because of his wealth of experience, having played at the World Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Since they were promoted to the topflight two seasons ago, their major aim is to remain in the Turkish topflight and also win games against the big sides like Galatasary, Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor and they believe Musa can help them achieve their goals. That’s why they signed him for $2.5million annual salary, besides bonuses and allowances,” a close friend of Musa said.
It was also reliably learnt that there were financial incentives for Musa, if the club qualified for European competitions, and if he ended up as their highest scorer at the end of the season.
Musa, in an interview with newsmen said Karagumruk’s ambition was a major reason he joined them.
“I was very impressed with the team’s philosophy, style of play and it’s clearly an ambitious club.

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