No Threat Of Terrorism In Russia Ahead Of Confederations Cup – FSB

Russian President, Vladimir Putin

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Tuesday there were no immediate threats of terror in the country ahead of the Confederations Cup.

Deputy head of the FSB Alexei Lavrishchev said security measures would be appropriately tightened during the soccer tournament that will be held in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi between June 17 and July 2.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law introducing special security measures in the host cities during the Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup. The measures include a ban on carrying of weapons and obligatory registration for those staying in a host city for longer than three days.

Russian security officials said they are working closely with colleagues from other countries to prevent any potential security incidents – including information sharing on suspected hooligans and those that have violated the law during past sporting events.

Deputy head of major sports events security at the interior ministry, Anton Gusev, said almost 200 people were on a list of those banned by court orders from attending any matches in Russia.

Gusev said it included people accused of setting off fireworks, damaging stadium property or displaying racist behaviour.

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Russia’s FSB Says No Terrorism Threat Ahead Of Confederations Cup

AFCON 2017: Egypt Defeat Burkina Faso In Penalty Shootout To Reach FinalRussia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said there are no immediate threats of terror in the country ahead of the Confederations Cup.

The deputy head of FSB, Alexei Lavrishchev, noted on Tuesday that security measures would be appropriately tightened during the soccer tournament that will be held in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi between June 17 and July 2.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law introducing special security measures in the host cities during the Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup.

The measures include a ban on carrying of weapons and obligatory registration for those staying in a host city for longer than three days.

Russian security officials said they are working closely with colleagues from other countries to prevent any potential security incidents, including information sharing on suspected hooligans and those that have violated the law during past sporting events.

The deputy head of major sports events security at the interior ministry, Anton Gusev, said almost 200 people were on a list of those banned by court orders from attending any matches in Russia.

Gusev said it included people accused of setting off fireworks, damaging stadium property or displaying racist behaviour.

FIFA Confident St. Petersburg Pitch Will Be Ready

fifaWorld football’s governing body, FIFA has expressed confidence that the mobile pitch at St. Petersburg will be ready on time for the Confederations Cup in June, after being plagued by safety concerns.

The construction of the 68,000-seat stadium in St. Petersburg, which is one of the 12 venues selected for the 2018 World Cup, has been faced with a number of problems since its beginning in 2007.

The Zenit Arena is scheduled to host one of the world cup semi-finals, as well as six other matches in the tournament.

It would also host four matches in the 2017 Confederations Cup tournament next summer, including the final.

Akwa United Wins 2016 NPFL Super 4

akwa unitedAkwa United have emerged champions of the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) pre-season tournament.

The Nigeria Federation Cup winners played out a nil-nil draw with league champions, Enyimba on the final day of the 5-day event held at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo.

Akwa United thus finished top of the table with 9 points, while Enyimba came second with 8 points.

Nasarawa United also earned 8 points but with superior goal difference.

Coaches of both teams who spoke to Channels Television after the match expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the game.

They also said that preparations are on for the CAF Champions League and the Confederations Cup.

World Cup 2014: Brazil’s Most Expensive Stadium Has Leaking Roof

Reports from stadium operators in Brazil have revealed that the most expensive of the 12 stadiums built or renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has a leaking roof, less than eight months after it was finished.

SECOPA, the local government agency that runs the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia, will ask the company that rebuilt it to explain why parts of the roof let in rain during the women’s match between Brazil and Chile.

Local media reported that almost the entire lower ring of the stands was soaked. SECOPA however played down the problem, saying the leaks were not serious and would not affect any of the matches being played there during next year’s World Cup.

“Because it is a new, grandiose and complex stadium, some small points are still being corrected and tested but there is nothing that compromises the running of the stadium or the holding of events there,” SECOPA said in a statement.

The stadium comes with a five-year guarantee and any repair work will be paid for by the builders, SECOPA added.

The national stadium in the capital Brasilia cost more than 1.2 billion Real ($508.99 million). It will stage six World Cup matches including a quarter-final and the third-place playoff.

The venue was inaugurated in May and it hosted the opening match of the Confederations Cup between Brazil and Japan in June. It has held 17 major events since then, including several first division football matches, stadium officials said.

At least three of the six World Cup stadiums still to be finished before the tournament kicks off in June will be handed over behind schedule. A total of five people have died while working on the 12 venues, including one man in Brasilia.

Super Eagles Squad For Confederations Cup

Nigeria’s squad list for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup has been released by Coach Stephen Keshi.

Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Chigozie Agbim are the goal keepers that made the team.

In defence line up are; Godfrey Oboabona, Uwa Echiejile, Efe Ambrose, Azubuike Egwueke, Solomom Kwambe and Kenneth Omeruo are also in.

John Ogu, Chelsea’s Mikel Obi, Fegor Ogude, Oenyi Onazi, Emeka Eze and African Nation’s Cup hero; Sunday Mba.

Five strikers picked are Ahmed Musa, Brown Ideye, Joseph Akpala, Kano Pillars forward Gambo Mohammed, Anthony Ujah,  Babatunde Micheal and Nnamdi Oduamadi.

Nigeria To Play Mexico, Jamaica Ahead Of Kenya Return Leg Clash

The Super Eagles will train in Germany ahead of a return leg World Cup clash against Kenya with warm-up games against Mexico and Jamaica confirmed.

The Super Eagles will be hosted by Kenya in Nairobi on June 5 in a crunch World Cup qualifier return leg after the Harambee Stars snatched a draw in Calabar at the weekend. They will also face hosts Namibia a week later in continuation of the qualifying series.

The Nigeria Football Federation have now concluded plans for the African champions to set up a training camp in Germany ahead of a hectic month of June, when they are also to feature at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Super Eagles spokesman, Ben Alaiya, says the team will regroup at the Adidas camp site in Germany in the middle of May to prepare for  the two crucial World Cup qualifiers and the friendlies against Mexico and Jamaica.

The Eagles must win their next two World Cup qualifiers away to Kenya and Namibia to stay in contention for a place in the final round of the qualifying tournament for Brazil 2014 after they laboured to a 1 all draw with Kenya at home.

FIFA Confed Cup Our Next Challenge — Eagles

Nigeria’s Super Eagles players are basking in the euphoria of their victory at the just concluded Afcon 2013 in South Africa where the Coach Stephen Keshi led squad lifted the African Cup of Nations trophy a record third time since 1994.

The players spearheaded by their captain veteran player Joseph Yobo who has been wearing the Super Eagles jersey as a defender for 11/12 years now saluted the head coach Stephen Keshi who has now won the African title as a player in Tunisia 1994 and as a coach in 2013 for the victory as he gave and showed some level of confidence in the squad.

Looking ahead, the players say they are moving forward and their next target now is the Fifa Confederations Cup which will taking place in Brazil come June 2013, they see it as a bigger event than the AFCON 2013 because it is a ‘Festival of Champions’ as it is also called and they hope to make Nigeria and Africa proud.

As African champions, Nigeria’s Super Eagles has been grouped with World Champions Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti in Group B of the Confederations Cup in Brazil.