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Nigeria’s Billionaire, IFEANYI UBAH Get 10-Game Ban for slapping Mikel Obi’s brother

Entrepreneur and Billionaire Ifeanyi Ubah is in the spotlight for his role in the melee that erupted during a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match between his club, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, and Heartland FC.

The LMC had on Wednesday sanctioned all parties involved, with Ifeanyi Ubah “charged for the encroachment of their supporters on the technical area immediately after the match against Heartland and acting in a manner capable of bringing the league to disrepute contrary to Rule 13.8 of the Rules and Framework”.

The club was also sanctioned for failure to ensure “adequate security, crowd control and for granting access to unauthorized persons to restricted areas, contrary to Rule B13.52.”

But the LMC has said it would review the sanctions earlier meted out against Ubah and Heartland goalkeeper, Ebele Obi, after a video showed more details of the roles played by the two actors.

The Nnewi-based FC Ifeanyi Ubah was accordingly fined N500, 000 on each of the two breaches and allowed 48 hours to appeal the ruling in writing or submit to the decision of the LMC.

Their chairman, Ifeanyi Ubah, merely got a slap on the wrist by the LMC for failing to show positive example by encroaching on the pitch and fueling the disturbances, while Heartland goalkeeper was banned from all NPFL activities and matches for six matches.

The video showed that Ubah actually slapped the Heartland goalkeeper, and the LMC is on the spot as Nigerians eagerly await the mogul’s punishment.

You can view the video below

Mikel Obi Blasts ‘cheating’ Egyptian players over Last Minute goal

Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi has said the Pharaohs should have applied the rules of fair play when a Super Eagles defender fell on the pitch in Friday’s 1-1 draw in Kaduna.

The hosts were leading via Oghenekaro Etebo’s goal until very late when Mohamed Salah pounced on a ball behind the Nigeria backline after defender Godfrey Oboabona had fallen on the pitch.

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While the Eagles were hoping for the Egyptians to play it out, Salah slotted home after receiving a pass from Ramadan Sobhy. “I think we played very well but we lost a lot of chances that we created that could have fetched us total victory in today’s match against Egypt,”

Mikel told media:-

Everybody is saying we lost the game in the last three minutes but all I can say is that fair play is fair play, it doesn’t matter, fair play is fair play. “Okay you can say we should have concentrated a little more, but Fair Play is Fair Play. This is cheating, that is all I can say. It happens in Egypt, it happens everywhere. It doesn’t matter how many minutes it is, you have to allow it. It is the referee that controls the game.”

However, the Chelsea midfielder who captained the Nigerians for the first time on Friday assured that with their form, the Eagles can surprise the Egyptians in Tuesday’s return leg in Alexandria. “I am very optimistic like the coach Samson Siasia that the way we played today we have a very good chance of getting a win in Egypt,” Mikel assured.

The Eagles remain two points behind the Pharaohs who have seven points atop Group G with Tanzania lying in third place with four points and Chad yet to earn any.

Oliseh Show Proof of No payment from NFF,Predicts More Trouble For New Coach

Ex-Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has come out to make a detailed statement about his failed relationship with the Nigeria Football Federatiom, NFF, and his consequent resignation as Super Eagles coach.

He warns tough times awaits whoever succeeds him as head coach of the team, for obvious reasons.

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Speaking ahead of his planned presentation to the Honorable House of Representatives on Thursday March 17th, 2016, Oliseh, on his blog, sundayoliseh.tv, explains how the welfare of the players and the coaches of the national team were ignored for unimportant issues.

Following the resignation of Oliseh, the Nigeria Football Federation appointed U-23 Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, as an interim Super Eagles manager. The NFF have shortlisted some foreign coaches, as they continue to look for an expatriate coach to make a substantive replacement for Oliseh.

He disclosed how NFF officials tried to influence who gets invited to the Super Eagles, also reiterated why he decided to finally call it quits.

“But I also believe that Nigerians deserve to know the truth. I feel that it is important to know that my position as regards Nigeria coming first was a hindrance to the personal interest of certain vested interest in the NFF. And for that reason, anybody who is going to come in and be in my position as chief coach and who puts Nigeria first will always have problems. That is for sure.

“Now, this also explains why important or very necessary expenditures that are important for the progression of our country, like wages of the players, the coaches are always placed secondary. Whereas other expenditures that have very little bearing to the progression of our country, will always be catered for first.

“I also feel in order not to let Nigerians get the true picture, they are hell-bent on tarnishing my credibility. And that is why they’ve come up with this story like they’ve paid me and then I left. I have attached underneath here, since I am no longer going with the lawsuit, the statement of my account, of the bank which the NFF deals with in the few occasions that I have been paid. I have attached it underneath here and you can see that there is no payment that was made by the NFF to me. Up till the time I resigned on the 25th and even after that, up to the 29th that the month ended, you can see that.”

Oliseh said certain interest in the NFF tried to influence who plays for Nigeria and who gets invited. And obviously he refused because they are not the coach. “Since I do not want to be a part of this, of putting Nigeria secondary, and personal interest first, there was no way this could continue. And I felt it was time to let it be, that was why I resigned, nothing else.”

Samson Siasia Reappointed as Super Eagles coach after Oliseh 7months Exist

The Nigeria Football Federation has re-appointed Samson Siasia as coach of the Super Eagles following the resignation of Sunday Oliseh on Friday.

Siasia, whose contract as Eagles coach was terminated in October 2011 following the failure of the team to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, will be assisted by Salisu Yusuf, who was assistant coach to Oliseh, Emmanuel Amuneke, who coached the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winners, and a former Eagles goalkeeper, Alloy Agu, with their first assignment being the two-legged 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Egypt.

The appointment was announced after the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, and other top members of the board of the federation, who were in Zurich, Switzerland for the FIFA congress, approved the recommendation of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, who held an emergency meeting on Friday.

A statement by the NFF noted that Yusuf and Agu, who worked with Oliseh, are expected to serve as the bridge between the new coach and the team.

Siasia and Amuneke are among few ex-Nigeria internationals, who boast impressive track record in coaching.

Amuneke, who has a UEFA Pro Licence, was assistant to Manu Garba when the Nigeria U-17 squad won a fourth FIFA World Cup title in 2013, and then headed the crew that successfully defended the trophy last year.

Siasia on the other hand, steered the Nigeria U-20 team to the African title in 2005 and led the team to finish runners-up at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in The Netherlands the same year.

He also led the U-23 team to win silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and in 2015 he led the U-23 to win the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal and qualified Nigeria for the Olympics.

The Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Chris Green, said the new coaching crew has the mandate to “reach out to the very best Nigerian players anywhere. The matches against Egypt would not be picnics and we need our very best for those contests.”

Spokesman of the NFF, Ademola Olajire, said that the federation was shocked and disappointed by Oliseh’s resignation and had decided to install a new coaching crew immediately to continue the Eagles’ preparations for the games against Egypt.

Olajire said, “We were shocked and disappointment like other Nigerians when we heard of Oliseh’s resignation. He opted to disappoint us at a most crucial period but we cannot be crying over spilled milk. We have two matches at hand and it is important that we go ahead with the arrangement that we have made and put somebody in place to oversee that double header.

“We were shocked that the person we expected to understand the financial challenges we are facing failed to do so. It’s a shame that Oliseh went to social media to announce his resignation and also did so in such a critical period as this. It calls to question his sense of responsibility and his patriotism.”

Contrary to claims by Oliseh that he was being owed wages and did not receive support from the NFF, officials of the federation stated on Friday that Oliseh was paid the sum of N20m this week as his salaries for three months (December 2015, January and February) and half-year house rent for July, when he was appointed, to December 2015.

The only money he is being owed is the match bonus for the World Cup qualifier against Swaziland in Port Harcourt in November 2015, which the NFF had promised to pay players and officials on resumption of camping for the matches against Egypt,” Olajire said.