Heartland FC Ejected From Hotel Accommodation

<SUNBIGHT>~Football~Nkwo~24th April,2022 @18:10 WAT

Report by Amaogudu Nwanokpo

NIGERIA League side Heartland FC of Owerri were ejected out of their hotel rooms with the club’s players and management refused entry or exit from the hotel premises located along MCC Uratta Road, Owerri North in Imo State.

The hotel management stated that the club is owing them approximately seven hundred thousand naira (N700,000) for room and meal charges, including over one million naira (N1,000,000) owed previous months.

This disgraceful incident which occurred yesterday saw the players and staff of the football club stranded under lock and keys.

28 years later, Nigeria 1994 Squad receives government’s promises

<SUNBIGHT>~Football~Orie~12th April,2022 @ 06:24 WAT~OJBSport

THE 1994 squad of the Super Eagles of Nigeria received Certificates of Occupancy (C of Os) of three-bedroom bungalows yesterday at the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja.

Nigeria won its second Championship in 1994, it was the 19th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, hosted by Tunisia. Super Eagles defeated Zambia by 2-1 in the final.

President Buhari, last year, approved the allocation of 3-bedroom houses to the Super Eagles Squad that won the African Cup of Nations, making real a promise by the Federal Government.

Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola in an event yesterday, mentioned that his counterpart at the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare played a vital role in them fulfilling the promise.

The former Governor of Lagos state, explained that because it would be almost impossible to give the entire team and some crew members houses in Abuja, it was decided that the beneficiaries will pick a state of their choice where they wanted their buildings.

“This promise is late enough and we want to ensure that it does not delay any further,” the minister stated, adding that once the beneficiaries get to the site, the keys to their houses will be handed over to them.

Some of the beneficiaries who were presented the documents at the ministry included: Austin Eguavoen; Peter Rufai; Victor Ikpeba; Sunday Oliseh; Isaac Semitoje; Col. A. Asielue (team leader); Stephen Edema and Uche Okafor (now deceased).

The Super Eagles erstwhile coach used the opportunity to apologise to Nigerians for not qualifying the team for the Mundial event in Qatar later this year.

“As you all know, I was saddled with the responsibility of qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup tournament coming up in Qatar, but it wasn’t to be. So I want to use this opportunity to apologise to the entire Nigerians,” he said.■

Music Superstar Davido to Feature in Official 2022 FIFA World Cup Single Titled “Hayya Hayya”

<SUNBIGHT>~Entertainment~Eke~11th April, 2022 @ 02:31 WAT~SportsBrief.

AFROBEAT music act Davido will feature in the first official 2022 FIFA World Cup single “Hayya Hayya” (Better Together) alongside Qatari sensation Aisha.

The 2022 World Cup will hold in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, however, the Super Eagles of Nigeria failed to qualify as Davido’s home country misses out.

Having played a 0-0 draw with Ghana in the first leg of their play-off, the Black Stars held the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw in Nigeria to go through to the competition.

Davido and Aisha will feature in a single for the World Cup which was put together by FIFA entertainment director @redone.

The combination of breakthrough US star Trinidad Cardona, Afrobeats icon Davido and Qatari sensation Aisha captures the spirit of the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Sound strategy by bringing together inspiration from across the globe.

Meanwhile, the music rave of the moment Davido has reacted after the official Twitter account of German club Borussia Dortmund used the ‘E Choke’ slang.

Hours before their away game at FC Cologne, Dortmund tweeted photos of their players celebrating goals and then tagged the Nigerian music star in tweets. The club further added “Dortmund fall on you” to scare their opponents in an ‘OBO’ way as one of his music titles – ‘fall on you’ says.

Super Eagles legends Victor Ikpeba and Sunday Oliseh also had stints with the Bundesliga outfit as their photos in Dortmund colours were also shared.

Sports Brief earlier reported that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has teamed up with Nigerian singer Davido in the United Kingdom.

The Nigerian-born MMA fighter was in attendance to support Nigerian boxer Lawrence Okolie who clashed in the ring with Michal Cieslak in a WBO cruiserweight title fight.

Davido also showed up to back Okolie who defeated Michal Cieslak via unanimous decision to retain his WBO cruiserweight belt at the O2 Arena in London.■

FIFA bans MKO Abiola Stadium Abuja

<SUNBIGHT>~Football ~Afor~1st April, 2022 @ 00:19 WAT

Report By Okwuchi Sampson Ezeh

WORLD’S Football Governing Association, FIFA, has placed an indefinite ban on the MKO Abiola International Stadium Abuja.

Aftermath of the violence that occurred after the Nigerian Senior Football Men’s Team, Super Eagles, were ousted out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in their last qualification match against the Black Stars of Ghana.⁶

Man Utd 3-2 Spurs: HATRICK from C.Ronaldo

<SUNBIGHT>~Premiership~Nkwo~13th March,2022 @ 00:09 WAT

Report By Aduruze Onyekachi

Man Utd 3 – 2 Tottenham

Ronaldo ⚽️ (11′) ⚽️ (34′ PEN)

Ronaldo ⚽️ (37′) Maguire ⚽️ (71′ OG)

Ronaldo ⚽️ (80′)

Line-ups

Man Utd XI: Ronaldo, Matic, De Gea, Alex Telles, Varane, Pogba, Maguire, Fred, Dalot, Rashford, Sancho

Subs: Cavani, Mata, Jones, Lindelof, Lingard, Bailly, Dean Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, A. Elanga

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Son, Kane, Doherty, Hojbjerg, Ben Davies, Dier, Reguilon, Bentancur, Romero, Kulusevski

Subs: Lucas, Winks, Sanchez, Gollini, Bergwijn, J. Rodon, Aparecido, H. White, D. Scarlett■

Martial Artist, Conor McGregor explores buying Chelsea FC for £3 billion

<SUNBIGHT>~Sports~Nkwo~5th March,2022 @ 04:40 WAT

Report By Emmanuel Iheme

IRISH professional mixed martial artist, Conor McGregor, has expressed interest in the acquisition of English Premiership club Chelsea FC.

According to Forbes, the super star is currently worth €170 million, it is however not clear how McGregor hopes to raise the £3 billion price tag for Chelsea.

He announced his intention for the purchase of the London club on Wednesday via twitter.

“I wish to explore this,” McGregor said in a tweet, posting a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation in which he was told that Chelsea will be sold for £3 billion. 

McGregor made much fortune from his whiskey brand Proper Twelve, raking in €131 million last summer after divesting from the company.

UK government had proposed ban on Chelsea owner, Russian Roman Abramovich, to protest his country’s invasion of Ukraine.■

Former captain Song named new Cameroon coach

<SUNBIGHT>~Football~Afor~4th March, 2022 @ 01:02 WAT

FORMER captain Rigobert Song was named Cameroon’s new coach on Tuesday in place of Toni Conceicao just three weeks before a crucial World Cup playoff.

Song earned 137 caps for Cameroon during an international career spanning almost 17 years, competing at four World Cups and eight Africa Cup of Nations finals.

He played club football in England at Liverpool and West Ham United, and also had stints in France, Germany, Italy and Turkey. The 45-year-old has been serving as coach of Cameroon’s under-23 team.

Conceicao led Cameroon to third place at the Africa Cup of Nations finals last month but the Portuguese-born coach has been told his contract will not be renewed.

“The upcoming assignments for our national team require a new orientation and a new breath,” said Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) President Samuel Eto’o in a statement.

A separate statement from Fecafoot did not give details of Song’s term of contract but said, “Rigobert Song and his team don’t have time to pop the champagne corks as their first big challenge is in a few weeks”.

Cameroon host Algeria in Yaounde on March 25 and then play a return game in Blida on March 29 with the winner of the playoff tie qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.■

[Culled from SuperSports]

Russia to appeal to sports court over World Cup ban

<SUNBIGHT>~Football~Afor~4th March, 2022 @00:50 WAT

The Russian football federation (RFU) said on Thursday that it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against its expulsion from the 2022 World Cup and all international competitions.

RUSSIA was due to face Poland on March 24 in a World Cup play-off. But on February 28, FIFA and UEFA banned the country from all competitions in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

In a statement in Russian, the RFU said it planned to launch a single lawsuit against the global and European governing bodies to “demand the restoration of all men’s and women’s national teams of Russia for all types of football.” It added that it planned to seek “compensation for damage.”

On Monday, FIFA and UEFA announced the expulsion of Russia from all international football. “FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” read a joint statement.

The RFU responded on Monday by denouncing the suspension as “discriminatory”. The RFU statement complained that they had been unfairly treated, saying it believed “FIFA and UEFA did not have a legal basis when deciding on the suspension of Russian teams. It violated the fundamental rights of the RFU as a member of FIFA and UEFA, including the right to take part in competitions.”

“The Russian Football Union was also not granted the right to present its position, which violated the fundamental right to defence.” It said “FIFA and UEFA did not take into account other possible options”. The RFU said it “will insist on an accelerated procedure for considering the case.”

Russia were scheduled to play Poland in a qualifying play-off semi-final on March 24, and might have faced Sweden or the Czech Republic on March 29 for a place in the World Cup finals in Qatar later this year.

FIFA originally announced that Russian teams would be allowed to continue under the name of the Football Union of Russia, playing home games on neutral territory and behind closed doors, and with the Russian flag and anthem banned.

Those measures were dismissed as “totally unacceptable” by Polish FA president Cezary Kulesza, who added that Poland would not play against Russia, “no matter what the name of the team is.”

The Swedes and Czechs also said they would not face the Russian team. The RFU questioned their motives. “The decision to withdraw the national team from qualification for the 2022 World Cup was made under pressure from direct rivals in the play-offs, which violated the sporting principle and the rules of fair play.”

Russia were supposed to play the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland in their group at the women’s European championships in England in July.■

[Culled from BeSoccer]