10 things you need to know about new FIFA President, Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino is 34 years younger than his predecessor, Sepp Blatter, who is 79. But while both men share nothing in common in terms of age they are natives of the Valais region in the Swiss Alps. Mr Infantino is from Brig which is barely six miles from Visp, Blatter’s home town.

2.     He defeated the favourite in the election, Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, by 27 votes in the second ballot to emerge President. Mr Infantino scored 115 of the 207 eligible votes while Mr. Salman got 88 votes.

3.     Mr Infantino is a polyglot who speaks at least six international languages – English Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish and German. He was also not shy to show off his language skills during Friday’s election. According to the ESPN, he spoke five different languages in the first 75 seconds of his speech.

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International basketball players arrive Nigeria for ABL debut season

All is set for the debut of the African Basketball League as top International Basketballers who will be featured throughout the season have arrived Nigeria for the league which tips off on 5th of March 2016 at the Landmark event centre. Four cities in West Africa will play host to a hundred and twenty games in the first season; Lagos, Abijan, Dakar and Libreville. Lagos Islanders, Lagos Warriors and Stallions are the participating Nigerian teams.

The other Africa clubs that will participate in the league are Dakar Rapids from Senegal, Abidjan Ramblers from the Cote d’Ivoire and Izobe Basketball Club from Libreville.

The first game will see the Stallions playing at home against Dakar Rapids of Senegal on Saturday March 5th , the game will commence by 6.30pm at Landmark Event Centre.

Some key players to look out for during the season are Mark Hill, Kelechi Anuna, Melvin Baker, Akintunde Moses, amongst others.

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‘No more home based coaches for Nigeria’ – NFF President says as they plan to sue Sunday Oliseh

Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has vowed not to employ a foreign coach to take charge of the Super Eagles again after Sunday Oliseh’s handling of the job and resignation on social media while he was away at Zurich for FIFA’s elections.

Amaju, who christened Sunday Oliseh ‘Africa’s Pep Guardiola’ upon his appointment last year says the era of giving indigenious coaches a chance to head the Super Eagles is over, saying Samson Siasia will take over the team temporarily while the NFF look for the perfect ‘foreign’ replacement.
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Unpaid Salary: Sunday Oliseh Spits Fire, Threatens to Sue NFF

Former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh has threatened to sue the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over defamation surrounding the controversial ₦20 million for salaries and rent for his time as the national team head Coach.

He stressed that neither him nor his Assistant; Jean Francois Losciuto, had received any payments.

The appointment of Sunday Oliseh as Super Eagles Head Coach in July 2015 split opinions from Nigerians far and wide, some questioned his experience as a coach despite his UEFA Pro License; while others were worried about his temper.

Here are the top controversial decisions of his short reign as Super Eagles boss:

1. Leaving Ighalo, Mikel and Moses out

Oliseh’s first task was to assemble a team for Nigeria’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Tanzania. The Eagles had struggled to beat Chad 2-0 at home in their first match of the series — under Stephen Keshi – and expectations were high ahead of the Dar es Salam clash.
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Gianni Infantino Elected New FIFA President

He defeated Sheikh Salman, Priince Ali al-Hussein and Jerome Champagne. He will be the FIFA President for the period of 2016 to 2019.

The final results for the ExtraOrdinary FIFA congress and election which took place in Switzerland this afternoon are as follows:

Gianni Infantino – 115 votes
Sheikh Salman – 88 votes
Prince Ali al-Hussein – 4
Jerome Champagne – 0

Gianni Infantino is the new President of FIFA.

Samson Siasia Replaces Oliseh as Super Eagles Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation has replaced Sunday Oliseh with Samson Siasia as coach of the Super Eagles following his resignation on Friday.

Siasia, whose contract as Eagles coach was terminated in October 2011 following the team’s failure to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, will be assisted by Salisu Yusuf, who assisted Oliseh, 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner, Emmanuel Amuneke, and Alloy Agu for the upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt.
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Fifa presidential election starts: Key day for world football

Voting has begun in Fifa’s presidential election, with 207 delegates from around the world in Zurich to elect Sepp Blatter’s successor.

Blatter, who led world football’s governing body since 1998, stood down last year amid a corruption crisis.

Four candidates remain in the running after Tokyo Sexwale withdrew at the extraordinary congress.

They are Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Jerome Champagne.

The new president is expected to be announced around 17:30 GMT, although more than one round of voting may be required before a winner is known.

Before voting began, a raft of reforms was passed at the extraordinary congress, including the future disclosure of Fifa salaries, limits on a president’s term and the introduction of a new council to replace the current executive committee, featuring a female representative from each confederation.

How does voting work?

There are 209 Fifa nations but Kuwait and Indonesia are currently barred from taking part, meaning there are 207 eligible voters.

To become president after the first round of voting, a candidate must secure two-thirds of the available votes. If no candidate achieves that mark, a simple majority is required in the second round.

If there is still no winner, a third round will take place, minus the candidate with the fewest votes in round two.

Fifa says a winner must be declared on Friday because an ice hockey rink is due to be installed at the Hallenstadion venue at midnight.

It has also spent £500,000 converting its headquarters into a back-up venue.

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NFF Replies Sunday Oliseh Over Resignation Letter

The Nigeria Football Federation has responded to the sudden resignation of Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh.

The spokesperson for the Federation, Ademola Olajire, described the development as ‘good riddance to bad rubbish’, saying with Oliseh’s departure, the country would have to immediately get a new set of technical leadership for the national team.

“Oliseh is gone and we have to move forward,” Olajire said in an interview in Abuja with the Nigeria Television Authority.

The NFF spokesperson said he has discussed with the President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, and other top officials of the Federation, who are currently in Zurich for FIFA special congress about the matter .

 

Cristiano Ronaldo: Why I Want To Become A Hollywood Star

Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world’s greatest footballers of all time, says he will become a Hollywood star “sooner or later”.

The 31-year-old player said in an interview with “Sacoor Brothers”: “Becoming a Hollywood star? Why not? This is not my objective for the time being. I had some offers but my agenda is actually full. I will not close the door, I like this field”.

Cristiano added: “For now, my primary objective is to make Cristiano Ronaldo’s name eternal for my sons. The players who were able to stay in the top for many years like me are really few. I feel special for being able to reach that level”.

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Sunday Oliseh Resigns as Super Eagles Coach

Sunday Oliseh has resigned his position as Super Eagles coach.

He took to his official Twitter handle to announce his resignation, stating that unpaid salaries, lack of cooperation, among other factors, were responsible for his action.

There was a recent controversy surrounding the coach, where he stated that he does not feel safe doing his job,. He says he feels some individuals within the sport ministry are trying to hinder his work as the Super Eagles head coach

Here are 4 reasons he gave for resigning:

  • Contract violations
  • lack of Support
  • Unpaid wages
  •   Unpaid benefits to Super Eagles players, Asst.Coaches & himself

READ SUNDAY OLISEH’S RESIGNATION LETTER BELOW

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