Sunshine Stars Protest Over Unpaid Wages

Sunshine Stars Protest Over Unpaid WagesPlayers of the Sunshine Stars and staff of the Ondo State Football Agency, have protested over non-payment of salary arrears as well as sign-on fees.

According to the protesters, the government is owing them up to 13 months and 6 months salary arrears for the staff and players as well as sign on fees for the players.

Sunshine Stars are currently 15th on the Nigeria Professional League (NPL) table with just two victories from nine league games.

Coach Rohr To Call New Faces For Int’l Friendlies

Gernot-RohrThe Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, hopes to use next month’s international friendlies to test some new players.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is lining up Grade A friendlies, as the former African champions begin preparations for the African Cup of Nation (AFCON) 2019 qualifier, at home against South Africa as well as World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon in August.

Nigeria has already agreed a friendly against Senegal on March 23 in London, while the country is discussing with Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Morocco for another test game.

There are strong indications that Tyronne Ebuehi, who plays for Dutch League side and Ado Den Haag will get another call up for the game.

In 2016, Ebuehi turned down the Super Eagles call-up, but Rohr has now received assurances that the player will honour the next invitation by Nigeria.

Tiger Woods Says He Will Never Feel Great Again

Tiger-WoodsFourteen-time major winner, Tiger Woods, says he will “never feel great” again because of the number of injuries suffered during his career.

The 41-year-old, pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic before the second round this month, because of a back spasm.

Woods’ first return to competitive action after a 15-month lay-off came in December, at the Hero World Challenge, an 18-man tournament in the Bahamas and finished 15th at the PGA tour event.

“I feel good, not great. I don’t think I will ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations.

“I’m always going to be a little bit sore. As long as I can function, I’m fine with that.” He said.

Woods has not won a tournament anywhere since 2013.

“There is a change of guard,” he said. “My generation is getting older but if I’m teeing up, then the goal is to win.” He added.

Giwa, Effiong, Adama Recieve FIFA Ban Extension

Fifa, World Cup DrawFIFA has confirmed the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed by the Nigerian Football Federation’s (NFF), Disciplinary Committee on May, 12, 2016 against Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong, for breaches of the NFF Statutes and the FIFA Code of Ethics.

In accordance with Art. 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed on the five officials to have worldwide effect.

The quintet were suspended on Thursday in relation to the contest for the leadership of Nigerian football.

After reviewing the charges, available facts and evidence, the NFF Disciplinary Committee found the officials guilty of illegally representing the NFF in breach of Art. 40 of the NFF Statutes, when they without due authorization and mandate purported to contract a Law Firm, Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates of Illovo Law Chambers, 4 Fricker Road, Ground Floor, South Africa in the name of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and refused to pay for services whereby the said Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates commenced proceedings against the NFF for the sum of  one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) being legal fees for professional services rendered in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg.

The officials were also found guilty of breaching Art. 69(1) of the NFF Statutes by taking football matters to the ordinary court and failing to submit to the jurisdiction of FIFA and the NFF.

In addition, Christopher Giwa was charged for breaching the general rules of conduct as contained in Art. 13 of the FIFA Code of Ethics when he invaded the premises of the Nigeria Football Federation and falsely presented himself as President of the NFF on 6th May, 2016.

Nevertheless, the relevant member associations as well as CAF have been duly notified of the chairman’s decision.

Simeone Charges Atletico Madrid Ahead Of King’s Cup Semi-Final

Atletico Madrid Coach, Diego Simeone says his side would have to be at its best to beat Barcelona in tonight’s second leg of the king’s Cup semi-final.

Coach Diego Simeone’s side are aiming for their first Cup final appearance since the 2012-13 campaign title win.

“The only result that would satisfy me is to reach the final,” Simeone said.

Atletico, who have not won at Barcelona since a 3-1 victory on February the 5th, 2006, need to score at least two goals to progress.

Goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 2-0 lead in the first leg in Madrid, though a strong second-half display and an Antoine Griezmann strike gave Simeone’s side a glimmer of hope.

Atletico will not have midfielder Gabi on board against Barcelona due to suspension.

UEFA Pays Clubs For Players’ Euro 2016 Release

UEFA Pays Clubs For Players' Euro 2016 ReleaseUnion of European Football Associations (UEFA), has handed out a total of 150 million euros ($162.18 million) to clubs who released players for the Euro 2016 qualifying matches.

UEFA said that, 641 clubs benefited from solidarity payments meant to appease clubs who often complain about the amount of time their players spend with their national teams.

For the qualifying matches, 3,536 Euros was paid to a club each time one of their players was included in the 23-man squad of a national team.

For Euro 2016 itself, 7,321 Euros was paid to a club each time one of their players was included in the final squad.

According to the UEFA figures, Juventus received the biggest handout of 3.48 million Euros, followed by Liverpool 3.39 million Euros and Tottenham Hotspur 3.07 million Euros.

Bolt Rules Out 2018 Commonwealth Games Appearance

Bolt Rules Out 2018 Commonwealth Games AppearanceJamaican sprint great, Usain Bolt, has no plans to extend his career beyond the 2017 World Championships in London and has ruled out a return to Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The 30 year old will lead an international team of “All Stars” in the Nitro Athletics series against four other teams representing England, China, New Zealand and Japan.

The first meeting is on February 4, with the other races on February 9 and 11.

“It is going to be something different, not going to be normal and a lot more exciting. I feel personally, it is a great idea. This is why I am a part of it.” Bolt said.

Lampard Retires From Professional Football

Lampard Retires From Professional FootballThe former Chelsea and England midfielder, Frank Lampard, has retired from professional football after 21 years in the game.

The 38-year-old, who spent 2016 with New York City in Major League Soccer in the US, announced his decision on social media on Thursday.

Lampard made more than 600 appearances for Chelsea and won 106 caps for the Three Lions.

He scored more than 300 career goals with 211 of them for Chelsea during a 13-year spell that saw him become the club’s record scorer.

According to his retirement statement, He said: “While I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing, at 38, I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life.

“I’m grateful to the Football Association (FA), for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.”

AFCON 2017: Egypt Defeat Burkina Faso In Penalty Shootout To Reach Final

AFCON 2017: Egypt Defeat Burkina Faso In Penalty Shootout To Reach FinalEgypt has reached a record-equaling Ninth Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final, defeating Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw.

Egypt Coach, Hector Cuper, has expressed excitement with his side’s performance after edging out a tough Burkina Faso in the semifinal of the AFCON.

Mohamed Salah, opened the scoring for Egypt when he curled a superb shot into the top left corner.

Burkina Faso leveled when Aristide Bance chested down Charles Kabore’s cross and volleyed in making the Francophone country the first side to score against Egypt in the 2017 edition of this tournament.

However, the Pharoahs advanced 4-3 on penalties to set up a mouthwatering final clash between Egypt and the winner between Ghana and Cameroon, this was after exhausting the extra time.

However Coach Cuper admitted it was one of his toughest match as Burkina Faso pushed his team beyond his expectation.

With the Egypt’s victory, the Pharaohs continue their remarkable success rate in Nations Cup, proceeding to the 2017 AFCON finals with the hope of lifting the Nations Cup trophy for the 12th time.