LMC Dismisses Dolphins Request for Postponement of Rescheduled Pillars Game | INFORMATION NIGERIA

LMC Dismisses Dolphins Request for Postponement of Rescheduled Pillars Game

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 11, 2014

The League Management Company has urged the management of Dolphins FC to honour Match Day 19 rescheduled fixture against Kano Pillars, warning that failure to do so attracts three points forfeit and three goal loss as well as other additional sanctions.

The league body have slated Saturday, June 14 for the clash between Pillars and Dolphins, and El-Kanemi Warriors and Enugu Rangers, both of which were moved in tribute to the late Emir of Kano who died on Friday on request by the affected host team.

However, the Porth-Harcourt based outfit earlier wrote to the LMC to notify them of some excuses- such as hectic travel schedule, unavailability of coaches and players and, even citation of a purported Fifa rule which implies that league matches mustn’t go on during the World Cup- requesting for a further shift in date.

The Glo Premier League Resumes Match Day 20 Fixtures After the World Cup.

The rescheduled matches will go on as earlier scheduled, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the LMC, Salihu Abubakar, disclosed in a letter to Dolphins FC and Rangers International, adding that the LMC Board will refund costs incurred by both clubs in the course of their trip to Kano for the June 8 fixtures which couldn’t hold.

“…all the excuses offered for a possible postponement of the match now scheduled for Saturday, June 14 are not supported by known facts both in the Nigeria Professional Football League rules and FIFA Regulations alluded to in your letter,” Abubakar wrote.

“You may wish to read Article 13.8 of the Rules and Framework for the 2013/14 League season again to acquaint yourself with the provision that empowers the LMC to change the date of league fixtures at any time.”

He warned Dolphins to desist from any act that will undermine the league including issuing public statements on matters already receiving attention.

Abubakar warned: “Further issuance of such public statements will lead to serious sanctions on the club and the officer.”

The COO insists that the excuses offered by the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club are not in concordance with the Registration requirements of the 2013/14 league season.

“The League has this season run fixtures that held three days apart and Dolphins duly participated and honoured all such fixtures. It is therefore begging the point to count distance covered for a match that you have clear seven days to honour,” he continued.

“Dolphins are one of the 20 Clubs that were required by regulation to provide Financial Guarantee, a requirement that would have put the club in a position to have all the money required to fund its activities throughout the season”

He further challenged officials of Dolphins to provide the portion of the FIFA regulation that barred league matches during the World Cup period.

“It will be interesting to know from Dolphins which section of the FIFA rule says league matches cannot hold during the World Cup. We know for sure that the FIFA directive is that players involved in the 2014 World Cup are to be excluded from Club duties during the period of the World Cup,” Abubakar added.

“Dolphins reserve the right to ask its coaching crew to alter their travel plans so as to perform their primary assignments”.

Ejike Uzoenyi Links Up With Eagles In Brazil | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Ejike Uzoenyi Links Up With Eagles In Brazil

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 11, 2014

Replacement winger, Chrisantus Ejike Uzoenyi, is expected to link up with the rest of the Super Eagles squad, which flew out of the USA on Tuesday morning (American time), in Brazil.

Uzoenyi, 22, was named as a replacement for injured Monaco FC defender Elderson Echiejile, on Sunday, after initially missing coach Stephen Keshis final cut from his provisional 30-man squad.

The on-loan Enugu Rangers playmaker trained with his team-mates at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium ground of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club on Tuesday morning before catching a flight to Lagos.

Chrisantus Ejike Uzoenyi in Action for the Super Eagles Against Mali.

Uzoenyi was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in February and featured in Nigerias warm-up match against Scotland at Craven Cottage, London, before getting to know about his previous exclusion hours to the kick-off of the goalless draw with Greece.

He reportedly wept inside the coach conveying the team back to their hotel base in Philadelphia, USA.

Uzoenyi signed a three-year contract with South Africas Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Mamelodi Sundown after the 2014 CHAN, and was immediately loaned back to Rangers until after the World Cup.

Arsenal need a striker; Chelsea fans must criticize Mou’s tactics; City must keep Toure [Femi’s Column] | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Arsenal need a striker; Chelsea fans must criticize Mou’s tactics; City must keep Toure [Femi’s Column]

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 11, 2014

The Special fluke?

Arsenal fans suffered the loss of Robin Vanpersie to Manchester United- He was their talisman- His goals decided the outcome of games; in entirely difficult encounters; call Robin maybe to change it in splits of seconds.

And no wonder many Arsenal fans fumed when Alex Ferguson landed the striker.

If he had opted to travel abroad, big deal, he wouldn’t have received the harsh treatment from the faithful.

But the Arsenal fans knew what he’s capable of, amid why they are still expressing their anger on why he ditched them for a rival club.

He replicated that feat in United though; singlehandedly won the English Premier League for his new club with breathtaking goals that you begin to doubt if he’s human.

Wenger did not hesitate to display his parsimony stance after Robins departure.

Instead of combing the Transfer market for a world class striker, he bought Giroud.

Olivier Giroud, unfortunately, became the scapegoat to many criticism in his maiden season. Not that the Arsenal supporters hated him, they were just not accustomed to him. And if you are a vivid reader of my column, I have always stressed the fact that new players need time to settle down.

Olivier Giroud determination however saw him improve the following season. His reward? An FA Cup trophy.

Due to lack of options on the bench, the tall Frenchman played more games than he should. At some point, Arsene Wenger expressed concerns about burn out, and was forced to play raw Yaya Sanogo more often.

The challenge of next season is an uphill task. Many clubs are fighting for the top four berth and it would be a major blow if the NorthLondon club fails to secure Champions League Football.

Sanogo is inexperienced and still has a lot to learn. Giroud would not play every game next season, so its logically compulsory for a new forward at Arsenal.

Balotelli has been strongly linked to Arsenal. His aggressive nature and eye for goal would be vital for Arsenal next season. If he’s signed, and there’s improvement in the RB and DM position, the Gunners are title contenders for next season. Anything short of that would be fatal. The repercussion? Eh, 5th place finish; Ozil moving to Manchester United; Wilshere signing for Barcelona, you name it.

Chelsea fans must be wild next season

Jose Mourinho ostensibly feels more relaxed at Chelsea. Maybe it’s down to his past success. Or Chelsea fans are so deluded.

It was to my bewilderment that the Portuguese did not get the hairdryer treatment from the faithful the previous season- Chelsea looked toothless, weak, and poor- and you wonder why they ended trophyless

Juan Mata, once Chelsea’s influential player, was sold to a rival club for reasons beyond me. The blues supporters painfully digested the transfer. Probably down to the fact that Jose is a demi-god and must never be criticized.

His sale was made to create more space and time for Oscar? Well it made no difference. The fulcrum of Chelsea’s attacking prowess was eventually drafted to Eden Hazard. The Belgium, sensing the workload, eventually spilled when the London club crashed out of the semis of the Uefa Champions League.

Mourinho’s side were easy to defend against- Making Hazard isolated, doing your defensive duties, add a tiny bit of luck- guarantees an opposing team positives against Chelsea.

With the amount of money splashed in the transfer market at his disposal, if we witness such nonsense tactical football next season, and the blues can’t find a trophy, Mourinho should be fired.

City must please Yaya Toure

His agent told the press last month that they are appalled by the club’s lackadaisical attitude to Toure’s birthday.

Despite being on a huge weekly wages, I find it ludicrous that the agent feels it’s compulsory for the club show love to the Ivorian, especially on his birthday.

With that, below are a list of things Manchester City must do to keep Yaya.

1- Buy him a jet2- Buy him a new house3- Buy him a big birthday cake next season4- Give him a position in the board room despite being a player5- Take him to mars for his next birthday6- Build a house for him on the moon7- A statue of him must be erected outside the Ethiad

2014 W/Cup: Super Eagles Arrive In Brazil (PHOTO) | INFORMATION NIGERIA

2014 W/Cup: Super Eagles Arrive In Brazil (PHOTO)

Posted by: Deolu on June 11, 2014

Nigerias Super Eagles have finally arrived Brazil for the 2014 World Cup starting on Thursday, 12 June, 2014.

The coach Stephen Keshi led team had left their camp venue in Florida, United States on Tuesday, 10 June, 2014.

The Nigeria Football Federation had said in a statement that the team would fly aboard an American Airline flight from the Miami International Airport and would land at the Guarulhos International Airport, Sao Paolo, Brazil 9pm local time.

The team are expected to move to their base, Hotel Campiness, on the outskirts of Sao Paolo.

The statement added that NFF president Aminu Maigari was already in Sao Paolo, for the 64th FIFA Congress scheduled to hold on June 10 and 11.

The congress precedes the 20th FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday with hosts Brazil confronting Croatia in the opening match.

“I want to assure Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora that the Super Eagles will not disappoint in Brazil,” Maigari said in the statement.

“Our people would have wanted the team to win the matches against Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Greece and USA, but we drew the first four and lost the last one.

“Coach Stephen Keshi is optimistic that the team will be ready for the finals.

“The earlier draws and the loss to USA have afforded our boys some lessons which will be useful against Iran in the first match and the subsequent games.”

Meanwhile, Kenneth Omeruo was once again on the side-lines as the Eagles rounded off their training in the United States.

Omeruo, who was injured in a training ground tackle with Victor Moses, did not join the rest of group when they trained Monday evening.

It was gathered he did a light session with the team physiotherapist, walking round the field.

However, Ahmed Musa, who took a knee to the thigh against Greece, came through his third full training session unscathed, and is ready to play a part in the opening game against Iran on June 16.

Nigeria will play Argentina, Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina in group stage of the Mundial.

Saha: Deschamps wrong to leave out Nasri | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Saha: Deschamps wrong to leave out Nasri

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 11, 2014

Nasri and Deschamp

Former France striker Louis Saha believes Didier Deschamps has made the wrong decision in leaving Samir Nasri out of his World Cup squad.

The Manchester City midfielder was overlooked for the initial squad and was not handed a call-up even when Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery pulled out due to injury.

Deschamps made the controversial call due to fears over Nasri’s previous disciplinary issues with the national side at the 2010 World Cup a decision Saha says is wrong.

“It’s difficult because he’s a great player, you should pick the best players in the team,” Saha said.

“Nasri proved over the years that sometimes he could be difficult to manage but it’s never been the case for Man City for some reason, he always behaves and always performs.

“Deschamps made a decision, and for me, it’s the wrong decision because Nasri could help France achieve things.”

Despite Ribery and Nasri’s absence in Brazil, Saha believes his nation should reach the quarter-finals at the very least, but admits winning the World Cup without a real leader in the side will be difficult.

If France fail to win, though, Saha says he wants hosts Brazil to clinch a record sixth title for the fans – although he admits Roy Hodgson’s young England team could make a real impact at the tournament.

“Definitely, they [England] have the quality to do that. It’s a tough group but it’s all about performing,” said the former Manchester United attacker.

“Now he [Hodgson] has brought a younger side with some very experienced players like [Frank] Lampard. Hopefully they can do the job.”

One player who Saha predicts could enjoy a successful World Cup campaign is former United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 35-year-old has been astonished at his rise from the teenager he first met at Old Trafford into a two-time Ballon dOr winner.

When asked about the Portugal international, Saha said: “I’m just a big fan.

“Cristiano proved it was always possible to improve and show there are no limits.

“He knew he wanted to be the best player and he knew that he had to work really hard but with all of his qualities he proved that he was right.

“Sometimes we have to not forget that it’s about the team, Real Madrid or Portugal. What he did in qualification is exactly what we expect from a good player.”

Portugal will face Germany in their Group G opener on June 16 – a side featuring veteran striker Miroslav Klose in their ranks.

The 35-year-old needs two more goals to overtake Brazi legend Ronaldos 15-goal haul and become the World Cups all-time leading goalscorer.

Saha played alongside Klose during a six-month stint at Lazio and labelled the Germany star a top player{GOAL}

Majeed Waris Struggles for Fitness Ahead of Ghana-USA Match | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Majeed Waris Struggles for Fitness Ahead of Ghana-USA Match

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 11, 2014

Ghana striker Majeed Waris has emerged an injury doubt for the World Cup, after a scan revealed he has a torn quadricep.

The 22-year-old Spartak Moscow marksman sustained the injury in the fourth minute of the countrys 4-0 thrashing of South Korea in their final warm-up match.

The Black Starss team doctor Adam Baba revealed Waris is improving and can now bend his knee with little pain.

Majeed Waris Faces Late Fitness Test for Ghanas Opening Clash With USA.

Ghana, who are making their third appearance at the Fifa World Cup, have until the eve of June 15, to name a replacement for Waris, should they deem him unfit for the campaign.

The West Africans begin their appearance against the USA on June 16, before playing Germany and Portugal in Group G.

Pirlo Pens Two-Year Juve Contract Renewal | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Pirlo Pens Two-Year Juve Contract Renewal

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 11, 2014

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has signed a new two-year contract with Juventus.

Since joining the Turin-based outfit from AC Milan in 2011, Pirlo has been an integral part of the Old Lady, which won three successive league titles and two Super Cups.

For 131 games Andrea Pirlo has been the fulcrum of the side, the itersection through which every move passes, Juves official website puts it.

Andrea Pirlo Will Remain a Juventus Player Until June 2016.

In three years hes played his team-mates through on goal 30 times, touching the ball at least once for every minute hes spent on the pitch (11,551 balls played versus his 11,344 minutes in action), with a pass completion rate of over 90%.

After scoring six league goals for the champions this season, Pirlo will now be most concerned about Italys World Cup ambitions, where they open their Group D journey against coach Roy Hodgsons England on Saturday.

Costa Rica and Uruguay completes the group- tagged Group of Death.

Uefa Rejects Blatter’s Intent to Continue as Fifa President | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Uefa Rejects Blatters Intent to Continue as Fifa President

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 11, 2014

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been urged to stand down in next years election, after notifying the Uefa football confederation about his intentions to continue serving in the same position he has occupied since 1998.

Blatters statement to the European delegates during the feisty meeting in Brazil met retributions, most especially from the president of the Dutch FA, Michael van Praag, who reportedly challenged the 78-year-old directly.

Few people still take Fifa seriously and, however you look at it, Blatter is mainly responsible, said Van Praag

Sepp Blatter Urged Not to Contest in the 2015 Presidential Election By European Football Confederation.

The English FA chairman, Greg Dyke, challenged Mr Blatter on his claims to African delegates on Monday that allegations made against Qatar 2022 were motivated by racism and discrimination.

A Sunday Times report alleges banned Qatari football official Mohammed Bin Hammam made illegal payments to football officials in return for their support for Qatars successful World Cup bid.

Dyke reportedly told Blatter during Tuesdays meeting that his remarks were totally unacceptable.

These allegations need to be properly investigated and properly answered, said Dyke.

Mr Blatter, many of us are deeply troubled by your reaction to these allegations.

The allegation been made are nothing to do with racism. They are allegations about corruption.

Van Praag added on the damages done by plaques of corruption allegations leveled against the governing body: Fifas image has deteriorated because of everything thats happened in recent years.

People link Fifa to corruption and bribery and all kinds of old boys networks.

World Cup: Brazil Ready for the World, Says Dilma Rousseff | INFORMATION NIGERIA

World Cup: Brazil Ready for the World, Says Dilma Rousseff

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 11, 2014

Brazil is ready, on and off the pitch, for the 20th edition of the Fifa World Cup, according to president Dilma Rousseff.

The 2014 World Cup kicks off on Thursday, with the hosts nation involved in an opening day clash with Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in the outskirt of Sao Paulo.

In a TV address, President Rousseff said the pessimists had been defeated by the determination of the Brazilian people.

Sepp Blatter and President Dilma Rousseff During the Opening Ceremony of Last Years Confederations Cup.

The country has witnessed torrents of protest from its citizens over claims of mismanagement of public funds for the hosting of the tournament, a notion she rejected, stressing that the showpiece will leave a lasting legacy of infrastructure.

She defended the $11bn expenditure on the tournament, calling it a false dilemma that World Cup spending somehow diminished investments in health and education.

According to Mrs. President, Brazils budget between 2010 and 2013 exceeds the investment in stadiums in the excess.

However, works at the Itaquerao Stadium, venue of the opening ceremony/match are currently ongoing with less than 24 hours to kick-off.

Local resident had criticised government for failing to deliver development projects on time, while some never materialised.

Meanwhile, union leaders are threatening to resume strike in Sao Paulos metro lines to disrupt the opening game if their demands are not met.

They are calling for staff threatened with dismissal for their involvement in strike-related disturbances to be reinstated.

A five-day warning strike, which was suspended on Monday, caused widescale traffic chaos, leading to fears that a repeat of such industrial demonstration could prevent fans and employees from reaching match venues during group games.

Rousseff promises she wont allow demonstration to disrupt the tournament.

Mancini Quits Galatasaray | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Mancini Quits Galatasaray

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 11, 2014

Galataray have confirmed that Roberto Mancini has left the club by mutual consent, eight months after his appointment.

The Italian, 49, led the Istanbul club to a second-place finish behind champions Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super Lig and won the Turkish Cup in his first season in charge.

Our relationship with the coach Roberto Mancini and his contract of employment, which was signed on 1 October, 2013, has been terminated by mutual agreement, Galatasaray said.

Roberto Mancini Leaves Galatasaray By Mutual Consent.

We wholeheartedly thank him for his success and achievements and wish him happiness in his next mission.

Media speculations have linked the former Manchester City boss with a move back to the Serie A, as a prospective replacement for Edy Reja at his former club Lazio.

Lazio finished eighth in the Italian championship last season.

It is with sadness that I leave Istanbul and the clubs fantastic supporters, Mancini is quoted as saying on Gazzetta dello Sport.

Mancini won three successive Italian league titles during his time with Inter Milan from 2004 to 2008.

He guided Manchester City to their first Premier League title in 44 years in the 2011-12 season, before being sacked last summer.