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.

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■

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]

Angry Fans attempts arson at Home of Sierra Leone Striker

<SUNBIGHT>~Sierra Leone~Nkwo~24th January,2022.

ANGRY Sierra Leonean fans attempted burning House of Striker Kei Kamara in Sierra Leone, after he missed a penalty in their game against Equatorial Guinea.

Security operatives were quick to respond. His house is currently under police protection

The Lone Stars lost 1-0 to Equatorial Guinea in their final group game on Thursday night, forcing them to return home.

Victory would have seen the team qualify for the knockout phase of the tournament, but they missed out as Pablo Ganet’s goal sealed the win for Equatorial Guinea.■

[Courtesy: PanAfricanDailyTV]

HISTORICAL FACT: First Woman Referee in AFCON 2022

<SUNBIGHT>~Cameroon~ Nkwo~20th January,2022.


RWANDAN Salima MUKANSANGA becomes the first woman in history to referee an AFCON match.

The 35-year-old on Tuesday, 18th Jan, officiated the match between Guinea and Zimbabwe.

Mukansanga’s first real involvement came when she brandished her first yellow card, booking Ibrahima Cisse for a raised elbow.

Mukansanga showed six yellow cards in total but, having previously refereed at the Tokyo Olympics last year, looked assured throughout her landmark outing in the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo.

Congratulations to Amazon from SUNBIGHT MEDIA■

[Courtesy: PanAfricanDailyTV]