CAF Fines Nigeria For Overcrowded Stadium

CAFThe Confederation Of African Football (CAF) has fined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 5,000 dollars for overcrowding and lack of security during the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna in March.

On March 29, the gates to the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, venue of the match was thrown open for football fans causing over 50, 000 spectators to cram into the 15, 000-capacity stadium.

Rising from their disciplinary board meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, the African football governing body handed down the fine, while threatening further sanctions if there was a similar incident in future games.

The game ended in a 1-1 with Mohammed Salah scoring a late equaliser for the Pharaohs.

Meanwhile, the CAF disciplinary committee has also fined Egypt’s FA 5,000 dollars because of the excessive use of lasers during the return leg fixture against Nigeria.

The incident occurred during their African Cup of Nations qualification return leg clash in Alexandria.

The Pharaohs won the game 1-0 and ended Nigeria’s hopes of a place at the next Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Civil Servants In Northern Nigeria Celebrate Workers Day

Workers Day-Northern NigeriaState governments and civil servants in northern Nigeria have joined the rest of the world to mark the 2016 edition of the Workers Day.

In Kaduna State, the government called on both Federal and state governments to address some of the socio-economic challenges facing the nation.

The civil servants demanded for an upward review of the current minimum wage to at least 100,000 Naira in line with the present economic realities.

At separate rallies to mark the May Day, the workers called on the Federal Government to tackle the epileptic electricity supply, fuel scarcity, insecurity, unemployment and casualisation of workers among other challenges.

They also warned the Kaduna State government to shun any plan to retrench its workforce, threatening a showdown against government if any civil servant is sacked.

While a faction of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna State, led by Mr Adamu Ango, marked the Workers Day with a rally held at the Kaduna Township stadium, the other faction held a road procession near the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.

Kano

In Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, said that his government has recently established the salary and wages directorate as part of efforts to ensure transparent salary administration for the state’s civil servants.

Addressing workers to mark the 2016 Workers Day celebration, Governor Ganduje noted that the welfare of workers has been one of the major priority of his administration since inception.

Channels Television correspondent reports that hundreds of workers turned out during the colorful match pass held at the Sani Abacha indoor stadium.

While expressing happiness with the cordial relationships between his government and labour unions in the state, the Governor promised that his government would not leave a stone upturned in ensuring the state civil servants are catered for.

He added that various policy frameworks had been put in place to ensure that workers in Kano State benefit from his government’s welfare packages for the civil servants.

Although the NLC Chairman in Kano State, Dr. Kabiru Minjibir, commended the Governor’s civil service initiatives, he disagreed with some policies the workers considered injurious to them.

He stressed the need for government to fully study the report of the just concluded workers’ biometric data exercise, to avoid further complications that might result to confrontation between government and workers.

Other issues highlighted by the workers were the issue of labour casualisation and scarce job opportunities for teaming youths in Kano State.

Borno

In the northeast, civil servants in Borno State demanded a total implementation of the 18,000 Naira minimum wage.

Pensioners who joined in the celebration also called for an upward review of their pension, which is still on a minimum of 4,400 Naira.

The anniversary was marked with an elaborate rally under heavy security in the Ramat Square in Maiduguri, the first rally in five years, owing to the insurgency problem.

In line with the 2016 theme “The Working Class and the Quest for Economic Revival”, the civil servants lamented that their income was no longer sufficient, considering the economic reality of the country.

The Borno State NLC Chairman, Comrade Titus Abana, said that the theme was symbolic as people of the state were faced with two fundamental problems of insurgency and dwindling resources.

Super Eagles To Miss AFCON 2017 After Egypt Loss

Super EaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria will miss the 2017 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after losing by a lone goal to the Pharaohs of Egypt on Monday in Alexandria.

Although, it was 0-0 at half time, the Egyptians always looked more likely to win the match having rattled the Nigerian defence on many occasions in the first half.

The Nigerians were limited to short passes, unable to convert their possession into attempts on goal.

The second half saw the Pharaohs maintaining the momentum and finally got their goal in the 65th minute.

Ramadan Sobhy shot towards the Nigerian goal and the ball rolled under goalkeeper Akpeyi’s arm thinking his defence line would clear it.

The Eagles’ introduction of Alex Iwobi failed to produce the spark seen in the reverse leg in Kaduna and the Egyptians saw out the match to seal their qualification for the AFCON.

The Eagles went into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket but the resilient Pharaohs ensured that the 3-time champions miss out for the second consecutive edition.

Nigeria’s chances became slimmer following Chad’s withdrawal from the AFCON qualifiers, as Egypt topped the group, leading Nigeria with two points and Tanzania on one point.

The win has now created an insurmountable 5-point lead for Egypt as only the match against Tanzania is left to play.

Siasia Starts Moses, Umar In Super Eagles Game

SiasiaSuper Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has made three changes to his starting line-up against Egypt in Alexandra.

Victor moss and Aminu Umar start for the Super Eagles while Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho returns to the bench.

South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi will be in goal after Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who was ruled out due to illness.

Siasia will also stick with Stanley Amuzie at left back and Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi will not start despite serving out his suspension.

The coach had said ahead of the battle of supremacy against Egypt in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier that there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.

He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.

The coach added that all players were aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.

AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Ready For Egypt – Siasia

Super eaglesSuper Eagles Interim Coach, Samson Siasia, says there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.

Siasia’s statement is coming as the Eagles get set to take on the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday evening in a battle of supremacy in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier.

He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.

The coach added that all players are aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.

The game has been scheduled for 5.35PM Nigerian time.

The Egyptians forced the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw first leg of the AFCON qualifier, which was played before a massive crowd of supporters inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

Following Chad’s withdrawal from the race, Egypt top the group with four points, with Nigeria second on two points and Tanzania on one point.

The Eagles go into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been ruled out of the match due to illness.

Eagles Keeper Carl Ikeme Out Of Egypt Match

carl ikemeSuper Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, is out of Tuesday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Alexandria.

Super Eagles medical crew confirmed that the goalkeeper has stomach upset which has kept him out of training since Friday’s game in Kaduna.

Reacting, Head Coach Samson Siasia allayed fears that the absence of the goalkeeper would hamper the team’s chances of victory on Tuesday.

Coach Siasia said that one of his reserves goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa could get the job done in Alexandria.

Nigeria go into the Alexandria game two points behind Egypt and are in dire need of a win to give the Eagles a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria conceded a late goal against the Pharaohs of Egypt to draw their AFCON qualifier 1-1 in Kaduna.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi says the team will have to fight like never before in the second leg match.

Mikel called on his teammates to give more than 100% to ensure Nigeria gets all three points in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Players and officials will leave the country for the game on Monday to Alexandria and train at the match venue in the evening.

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holds in Gabon.

Mikel Says Super Eagles Must Fight

Super EaglesSuper Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi says the team will have to fight like never before in the second leg match against the Pharaohs of Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

With the first leg ending in a draw in Kaduna, Mikel called on his team mates to give more than 100 percent to ensure Nigeria gets all three points in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Players and officials will leave the country for the game on Monday to Alexandria and train at the match venue in the evening.

Nigeria are two points behind Egypt and a win will give the Eagles a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria conceded a late goal against the Pharaohs of Egypt to draw their AFCON qualifier 1-1 in Kaduna.

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holds in Gabon.

Chad Pull Out Of AFCON Qualifier

ChadSuper Eagles’ group opponent, Chad has withdrawn from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers citing financial constraints.

The team were scheduled to take on Tanzania in the return leg of the qualifier on March 28 in Dar Es Salaam.

Chad were sitting at the bottom of group G with no point from three losses to Egypt, Nigeria and Tanzania.

These results will therefore be nullified according to CAF rules and regulations.

That leaves table leaders Egypt with four points, ahead of Nigeria in second with two and Tanzania with one.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is yet to react to the recent development.

AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles, Pharaohs Draw 1-1 In Kaduna

Super Eagles2The Super Eagles of Nigeria conceded a late goal against the Pharaohs of Egypt to draw their AFCON qualifier 1-1 in Kaduna.

With the draw, the Eagles failed to boost their chances of featuring at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holding in Gabon.

The first half of the AFCON qualifier, which was played before a massive crowd of supporters inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, had ended goalless with Nigeria taking a while to settle in the game.

Samson Siasia’s men eventually became dominant, but lost key battles in the midfield, giving the Egyptians some confidence.

The second half started with the Super Eagles maintaining the pressure as they needed an outright win to overtake Egypt who led the qualifying group by two points.super Eagles 3

Minutes after goalkeeper Carl Ikeme rescued Captain Mikel Obi from scoring an own goal, Nigeria got the lead.

Oghenekaro Etebo gave Nigeria the hard-fought lead in the 59th minute, tucking in a rebound from Kelechi Iheanacho that rattled the cross bar.

Egypt’s El-Shenawy produced the masterclass defending in the 81st minute with a touchline clearance from second half substitute, Victor Moses’ well taken attempt at goal off a layoff from another substitute, Alex Iwobi.

The introduction of Moses and Iwobi seemed a perfect one sure to secure the match for the Eagles but it was heartbreak for Nigerians as Mohammed Salah leveled for Egypt after a moment of poor defending by Nigeria in the 90th minute.

The Eagles travel to Egypt in few days for the return leg.

Nigeria, Egypt Tie: Match Officials To Arrive On Wednesday

Nigeria super EaglesOfficials for Friday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Egypt in Kaduna are scheduled to arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday.

Referee Janny Sikazwe, Assistant Referee two, Romeo Kasengele and Reserve Referee Wisdom Chewe are all expected to arrive in Abuja aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa, alongside the match commissioner, Abbasi Ssendyowa from Uganda.

Assistant referee one, Arsenio Chadreque Marengula, from Mozambique, will arrive on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has appealed to fans, who will be at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Friday, to ensure they are law abiding and orderly.

The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, made the appeal in Abuja on Tuesday, as the NFF continued the countdown to the big match.

“We are specially appealing to our football fans not to come with any item that might be seen as a weapon, because security will be very tight on the day. We also appeal passionately to the fans to co-operate fully with the security agents to make for hitch-free entry into the venue.

“Similarly, we are appealing to the fans to come to the stadium wearing green and white colours. We want the venue proudly adorned in our national colours,” he said.

Players and officials of the Super Eagles arrived in Kaduna on Tuesday afternoon, led by Head Coach Samson Siasia.

The Super Eagles will clash with the Pharaohs of Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Friday, from 5:00pm local time and both teams will battle again in Alexandria on Tuesday, March 29.

Nigeria at 55: El-Rufai Pardons 5 Prisoners Awaiting Execution

Kaduna

Governor Nasir El-Rufai  of Kaduna State on Thursday granted pardon to five  prisoners  awaiting execution as an exercise of his executive powers to mark Nigeria’s 55th Independence Day celebrations.

The governor also pardoned six other prisoners, who were serving  various jail terms at the Kaduna Convict prison.

Speaking at the Independence Anniversary parade held at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in the state capital, El-Rufai said he pardoned the prisoners based on recommendations from the State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, and also based on their good behaviour, while others were released due to ill health.

He advise the pardoned prisoners to be of good behaviour as they re-integrate into the society, warning that government will not tolerate any form of crime and threats to security in the state.

Governor El-Rufai urged Nigerians to always support the present administration at both the state and federal levels and to also pray for those who were staking their lives for the unity and progress of the country.

He also noted that the provision of free basic education and reviving the sector will be one of the priorities of his administration in its four-year term.

The 55th Independence Day celebration witnessed the presence of traditional rulers, religious leaders and heads of security agencies in the state.

For over four years, Kaduna has not marked previous Independence Anniversaries due to the Boko Haram security challenge.

AFCON 2017: Chad Game, A Must Win – Keshi

keshiNigeria’s Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, says the team must win the Chadians in Saturday’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match to make progress in its quest to be in Gabon for the tournament in 2017.     

Coach Keshi, who spoke ahead of the match against the Les Sao of Chad at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, explained that despite the fact that the team parades a complete set of new players, the Eagles had all it takes to qualify at the group stage to book a place in Gabon.

During a news conference at the Eagles Intercontinental Hotel base in Kaduna, Nigeria’s north-west on Wednesday, the Eagles coach said the Chadian team parade quite a number of professional players and therefore should not be underrated.

He also described Nigeria’s absence at the last Nations Cup as a disaster which must not be allowed to happen again.

Mr Keshi had earlier expressed optimism that the re-branded Super Eagles would fly over the Chadian side.

Captain of the team, Vincent Enyeama and Odion Ighalo of the newly promoted Watford FC of England also expressed confidence that the team had all it takes to defeat the Chadians on Saturday.