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Can’t FIFA Ban Egypt?

SO amazed am I seeing that world soccer governing body, FIFA were quick to issue a warning at Nigeria, over the recent court ruling that interdicted Melvin Amaju Pinnick’s executive committee at The Glasshouse, but the global lords failed to take similar action in the earlier case of Egypt. Why did FIFA not react to the ruling in Egypt, which ...

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FANNING THE FLAMES

Addison was a member in the British House of Commons decades ago. In his maiden speech in the House of Commons, he repeated ‘I conceive’ three times, and when he could proceed no further, a wag stood up and said, ‘the gentleman conceived thrice but brought forth nothing’. But same cannot be said about Chris Giwa. Three times has he ...

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CHARACTER ASSASINATION OR CONFIRMATION

It was not only shocking but mouth watering and heart breaking the allegation made by the Minister of Youth and Sports development, Mr. Solomon Dalung against the immediate past Director-General of the then National Sports Commission, Mr. Alhassan Yakmut. The Minister was recently quoted as saying that Mr. Alhassan Yakmut was unable to account for over N2.9billion naira within a ...

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MONTH FOR VICTORY, COMFORT AND JOY

As we start the second quarter of the year 2016, the message of hope for you this month is God’s promise of victory in every battle and comfort during any storm. It is an assurance joy that comes with each morning. Remember, the Word tells us weeping my last but one night, joy comes in the morning.’ By reason of ...

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INTEGRITY AND COMMON SENSE

The embarrassing defeat of the Super Eagles by the Pharaoh of Egypt is currently the talk in most gatherings of football faithful. It is not unexpected. Indeed, it should be the norm otherwise, something fundamental should be amiss somewhere. The pains inflicted on the psyche of ardent football followers in the country had been enormously huge. It is therefore understandably ...

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RAYMOND MOORE GIVES US MORE

Equal pay in tennis was a long time struggle, and the progress actually began over 46years ago when Billie Jean King created the Women’s Tennis Association practically out of a hotel room in London. In June 1973, during Wimbledon, King was the leader –a reluctant leader, as she tagged herself —of 63 women who met behind locked doors in London’s ...

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Eagles’ Missing Links

Friday’s match between Nigeria and Egypt ended in an anti-climax for the Super Eagles, as they gave away their lead to settle for a 1-1 draw at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna; not for want of effort or lack of trying by the boys selected by interim coach, Samson Yebowei Siasia, but that is not to suggest that they were good, ...

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NSC, SCRAPPING OR RESTRUCTURING

The news of the scrapping of the National Sports Commission has become an issue for discussion, particularly among its major stake holders since its announcement about a week ago. There are two identifiable schools of thought on the issue, each trying to convince the other on why it should be or why it should not be. Certainly, it would be ...

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WILL LAGOS FANS OWN THEIR CLUBS?

What is happening to our Nigerian Professional Football followers? This is a very difficult question for me to answer straight-away. It requires a serious mental work that could take forever, if possible, to proffer solutions to the down turn of events in this regard. But in an effort to do so squarely and truthfully, it is important that we journey ...

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Siasia’s Second Chance…

Only three days now separate us from the much-expected first leg game of the back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers between Nigeria and Egypt. As the countdown gets tighter, my mind goes back to October 2011, when the Super Eagles toiled to a 2-2 draw against Guinea at Abuja National Stadium. That match marked the end of accolades that rained ...

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