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LMC Fines Ex-Eagles Star, Officials

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The League Management
Company (LMC) last week said it had sanctioned two senior club officials, a coach and 12 match officials, including four referees and eight assistant referees.
In a statement, LMC said the 15 of them were charged under the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rules for various acts considered inimical to the good of the game.
“The General Manager of FC Taraba of Jalingo, Tijani Babangida, and that of Heartland FC of Owerri, Okechukwu Ibe who is also a Director of LMC, have been fined N50,000 and N200,000 respectively.
“They were sanctioned for comments and behaviour which were in breach of some sections of the Code of Conduct for club officials under the NPFL rules,’’ the league organising body said.
LMC similarly said Abia Warriors’ Head Coach Ladan Bosso was fined N50,000 for comments it ruled to be in breach of regulations.
It said this was in line with Article 14 of the Code of Conduct for coaches and managers and Article C1 of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL.
“Babangida and Bosso were punished for public comments against referees, comments considered capable of bringing the league to disrepute, while Ibe was charged for acts capable of bringing the league to disrepute.
“This included excessive complaints against the referee during Heartland FC’s Match Day 11 fixture against Enyimba International.
“Babangida’s charge followed his comments to the media on the Match Day 11 fixture between El-Kanemi Warriors and FC Taraba, even after he had followed the official channels to lay a complaint about the officiating.
“This was even after he was aware that his complaint was being dealt with.
“Bosso’s charge is in relation to comments he made to the media against the referee after the Match Day 12 fixture between Rangers and Abia Warriors.
“The LMC believes he failed to act in an ethical and professional manner, in the best interest of the game, and he made statements capable of bringing the game to disrepute,” the statement said.
The LMC then asked all those sanctioned to within 48 hours accept the respective sanctions imposed or elect to defend themselves before a commission.
“They have all accepted the charges and apologised,’’ it said in the statement.
The LMC said it had also forwarded the cases of the match officials to the Referees Appointment Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“We have requested that the listed officials’ performances be reviewed and they should be dropped from further officiating NPFL games, pending the conclusion of the review of their performance in some matches.
“In referring the case to the Committee, the LMC expressed dissatisfaction with their performances in some fixtures of Match Days 11 and 12,’’ the statement said.
It said referee Jerry Akure from Benue and his assistants, Aliyu Jingi of Bauchi State and Garba Musa from Yobe, were charged for below par handling of a match.
The match was the Match Day 11 fixture in Umuahia between Abia Warriors and Sunshine Stars.
“Referee Maaji Mohammed and his assistants Abbas J. and Alfa Gimba, all of Niger Referees Council, were charged for poor officiating in the fixture between El-Kanemi Warriors and FC Taraba, also on Match Day 11.

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W’Cup Qualifiers: Will Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal Qualify?

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The African World Cup qualifier draw was held in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday night, which Nigeria fell into group C with Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic and Liberia.
Feelers from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) say jubilations are on following Nigeria pair with countries in the group.
The group seems to be an easy ride for Super Eagles to qualify at this preliminary group stage looking at the countries drawn with Nigeria, but football being what it is in recent times has no underdogs.
Generally, Football powers in Africa are celebrating as they were drawn with countries they felt they can overrun.
Defending Champions, Algeria, also see themselves as lucky as they are to lock horns with Burkina Faso, Niger and Djibouti in group A.
But group G and H seem to be the toughest groups as been speculated by football followers. Group G, comprise Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, while group H, have Senegal the country home of the reigning African best footballer, Sadio Mane, Congo, Namibia and Togo.
I have no doubt that there will be surprises as some of the football powers in Africa continent will be eliminated in this preliminary stage.
I want to say football has gone beyond winning on mass media and   mere big names; we are no longer living in past glories.
Liberia is not known as a football nation in Africa, but George Weah, now President of Liberia was the only African that has won world footballer of the year, same year Europe and African best.
The author is skeptical that some football nations will not see the light of the day if they did not prepare well.

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2022 W’Cup: Super Eagles Drawn Against Tricky Teams – Rohr

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Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said that his team has been drawn against tricky teams, in the second round of Africa’s World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
Last Tuesday, Nigeria was paired with Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia in Group C.
“We have three tricky opponents in Group C. A few years ago, Cape Verde were Africa’s best FIFA ranked team, CAR have some good players in Europe.
“We played a friendly in Liberia recently that wasn’t easy…we’ve to be at our best against them,” Rohr said, according to the team’s official.
The Eagles are seeking to reach the global tournament for the seventh time.

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Rumuodomaya Unity Cup Gets Accolades

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The just concluded Rumuodomaya in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State Unity Cup has continued to receive commendation. The recent one came from Chief Stanley Ichegbo, as he expressed satisfaction with the competition.
Chief Ichegbo made the commendation at the finals of the tournament, at Model Secondary School Rumodomaya, over the weekend.
He stated that the Unity Cup has brought unity and harmonious living in the area, adding that it has given everybody sense of belonging.
“Indeed our 2019 Unity Cup Competition has brought the people of Rumuodomaya much more together. This tournament has advanced the cause of peace in our area. In fact, if not for anything it has kept the youths busy during the period,” Chief Ichegbo said.
According to him, Rumuodomaya is one of the most peaceful communities in the Niger Delta.
“Rumuodomaya is about the most peaceful community in the Niger Delta. Besides, I must tell you that the people of Rumuodomaya are peace loving and hard working,” he added.
The prominent Chief in the area further lauded the organisers for the success recorded.
Speaking, the sponsor of the competition, Apostle Samuel Nsirim, disclosed that he was motivated and inspired to organise the competition with the intention to discover hidden talents to enable him form a formidable football team.
“This competition is aimed at discovering budding talents as well as to select or chose good players that will be exposed to the world,” Apostle Nsirim said.
Also speaking, Barrister Samson Worlu said that Rumuodomaya Council of Chiefs are passionate about the activities of the youth.
“We are passionate about sports development at Rumuodomaya. Infact, what we are doing today is to develop our youths through sports” Worlu said.
At the end of competition, Rumukpokwu emerged winners as they won Rumuohomachi 8-7 in a penalty shootout after playing one all draw in regulation time.
David Amadi won the Most Valuable Player( MVP) of the tournament while Kingsley Worlu emerged the highest goal scorer with 5 goals.

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