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2014 W/Cup: E’Guinea Faces Sanction Over Ineligible Player

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Equatorial Guinea may be stripped of a 4-3 win over Cape Verde in 2014 World Cup qualifying for fielding an ineligible player.

Fifa says it has opened a disciplinary case against the Equatorial Guinea FA after last month’s victory in Malabo.

Football’s world governing body has not specified which player’s eligibility they are investigating.

While none of the Equatorial Guinea starting line-up was born there, there are regulations that allow players to represent a country.

According to Article 17 of football’s world governing body’s statutes,  a player wishing to acquire a new nationality must fulfil at least one of the following conditions. He was born on the territory of the relevant Association.

His biological mother or biological father was born on the territory of the relevant Association  His grandmother or grandfather was born on the territory of the relevant Association.

He has lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant Association.

Fifa insists “member associations are responsible to verify if all requirements are fulfilled.”  Burkina Faso , Gabon and Sudan have all been docked points during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers for using players deemed to be ineligible for various reasons.

Equatorial Guinea are currently third in Group B of 2014 qualifying five points behind group leader Tunisia, who have won all three of their matches so far.

In a similar case in 2011, Fifa disqualified the Equatorial Guinea women’s team from the London Olympics qualifying phase and suspended forward Jade Boho Sayo for two months over her disputed nationality.

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Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach

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National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.

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Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach

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Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

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B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers

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Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.

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