Alleged N924m Debt: Court To Hear AMCON’s Suit Against Kanu Nwankwo In January

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The Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned till January 16, a suit by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) seeking to recover an alleged N924 million debt owed by Hardley Apartments, owned by former Nigeria international, Nwankwo Kanu.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke on Wednesday fixed the date for the hearing of all pending applications.

AMCON had filed the suit in 2015 with Hardley Apartments and its Director, Ayoola Gam-Ikon as first and second defendants.

The case was assigned to Justice Okon Abang, but, following his transfer out of Lagos, it was reassigned to Justice Aneke.

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In December 2015, following AMCON’s application, Justice Abang granted an order freezing the accounts of the former Super Eagles’ captain and Hardley Apartments.

The order, which was to subsist pending the determination of the suit, followed AMCON’s bid to recover the debt.

In an affidavit by a Credit Officer, Victor Igabor, AMCON said between May 2008 and January 2011, Skye Bank offered Hardley Apartments a loan of N520,457,000.

It alleged that the hospitality firm based in Victoria Island, Lagos, and Gam-Ikon, could not repay the loan.

The defendants’ indebtedness as at October 15 was said to be N924,788,754.56, representing principal and interest.

AMCON, which bought over the loan, told the court that if the restraining order was not granted, Kanu’s and the company’s assets could be dissipated.
It sought an order attaching the debt due from Hardley Apartments as well as debts accruing from the defendants jointly and severally.

AMCON prayed for an order freezing all accounts belonging to the defendants jointly and severally in any bank or financial institution in Nigeria.

Granting the order, Justice Abang said AMCON could, in the interim, possess all the movable and immovable properties known as Plot 46, Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos belonging to Kanu.

The court also froze all accounts belonging to the defendants jointly and severally anywhere and in any bank and any financial institution in Nigeria pending the hearing of the suit.

The case again came up on June 17, 2015, but was adjourned till October 15, 2019, due to vacation in the judiciary, after which it was adjourned to January 28, 2020, and assigned to Justice Aneke.

Kanu Asks Nigeria To ‘Move On; After Missing Out On Abraham, Tomori

Former Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu has told the Super Eagles to shrug off the disappointment of seeing Chelsea stars Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori called up by England.

Gareth Southgate rewarded the pair for their fine start to the season by naming them in his squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria later this month.

Kanu insisted that Nigeria should “move on” and still had enough top players to cope with missing out on the two Premier League stars.

“That’s football and I think we have enough quality and we can win matches without them,” he said.

“We can’t continue to beg one player to play for us. Nigeria cannot beg, players have to beg Nigeria.”

Abraham, 22, who has won two caps for the Three Lions in friendlies against Brazil and Germany in 2017, had flirted with switching his international allegiance to the country who he qualifies for through his father.

Centre-back Tomori, 21, is also eligible to represent Nigeria and Canada at the international level.

Nigeria Football Federation officials had repeatedly tried to convince Abraham to change his international allegiance but he looks set to slip through their grasp by playing a competitive match for England.

In the past the Super Eagles have convinced players like Victor Moses and Sone Aluko, who played for England at youth level, to represent the West African nation.

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Salah Retains BBC African Footballer Of The Year Award

Liverpool and Egypt striker Mohamed Salah has capped a sparkling 2018 for club and country by winning the prestigious BBC African Footballer of the Year Award for the second time in a row.

“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” said Salah.

The 26-year-old, who beat Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Thomas Partey to the award, is just the second player after Jay-Jay Okocha to win it two years running.

Yaya Toure is the only other player to have twice won the award in its current form while Nwankwo Kanu won it twice when it was a broader African Sports Personality award.

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Salah scored 44 goals in 52 games for Liverpool last season, his first on Merseyside after joining them from Roma, and helped them to reach the Champions League final.

His club form has continued this season with his winner against Napoli on Tuesday that saw the Reds into the Champions League last 16 taking his tally to 13.

“There have been many good moments in 2018,” he added.

“I’m scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the league. That’s always a great feeling.”

Salah also scored twice for Egypt at the World Cup in Russia.

Earlier in 2018, Salah won the English double — the Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Player of the Year.

Salah also won the 2017 CAF Player of the Year and is one of 10 nominees for the 2018 award which will be announced in January.

Kanu Nwankwo Robbed Of $11,000 At Moscow Airport

 

Former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu had $11,000 (9,300 euros) stolen from his suitcase at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport while he was on his way to playing in a friendly match organised by FIFA.

Kanu, 41, who captained the Nigerian national team and played for Arsenal and Inter Milan, was robbed as he transferred to a flight to Kaliningrad at the airport after arriving from London, TASS, the state news agency reported on Sunday.

TASS quoted Russian police as saying that they detained two baggage handlers who were unloading luggage from the London flight and stole the money from checked-in luggage.

“The stolen money has been confiscated and will shortly be returned to its owner,” police spokeswoman Irina Volk said.

Police confirmed to TASS that the luggage belonged to Kanu.

Moscow and Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave, will both host World Cup matches in a tournament that will see thousands of international fans travelling between the 11 host cities. Starting Monday, fans with tickets can travel to Russia visa-free. The first teams will also arrive in Russia this week.

Kanu played in Kaliningrad in a special “Relive the Legends” friendly match on Sunday as part of a team of FIFA Legends against a team of Russian veterans. Kanu’s team won 6-4.

Sheremetyevo saw a similar crime in March when a baggage handler was arrested and admitted to stealing 56,000 euros from a package belonging to a Moscow bank.

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Sports Development: Ikpeazu Promises To Support NFF

Gov. Ikpeazu Says Christmas Is Season Of GivingThe Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has described football as big business and promised that the state will pay adequate attention to support the sector.

He said this when Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinick and officials of the NFF visited him at the Government House, Umuahia.

He expressed the hope that football in the country will witness great transformation and growth under Pinick’s administration.

Governor Ikpeazu, who said Abia is the only state that sponsors three teams, disclosed that the Nsulu Games Village will soon be open for all forms of sporting activities in the state.

He said “I have no doubt that football will begin to record giant strides and Nigeria will begin to return to her glory days and even surpass her past records,

“I want to assure the NFF President of the support of Abia state to move Nigerian football forward and I want to say that this administration is committed to pay adequate attention to the sector.

“I want you to know that Abia State has world class footballers in the likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Uche Okechukwu among many other great football in the country,

“My promise to you is that the state will remain a repository of soccer stars both at the amateur and professional levels to do the country proud.”

The NFF President told journalists that the federation’s recent resolve to limit the government, corporate bodies and individuals from sponsoring more than one club in the league from next football season was in line with best international practices that would enhance the game in the country.

Rio Olympics: Dalung Drums More Support For Team Nigeria

Team Nigeria, Solomon Dalung, Rio OlympicsThe Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, has called on Nigerians to keep supporting their team at the Olympics.

With hopes of winning a medal looking bleak, Mr Dalung said Nigerian athletes have not done badly at the games.

The Minister drummed support for Team Nigeria during an interview with Channels Television in Rio.

He said that the event has brought lessons that would be useful in the development of sports in Nigeria.

The appeal comes as the Dream Team VI prepare for the semi-final clash against Germany, to contend for a place in the finals of the football competition at the Olympic Games.

The U-23 team finished first in Group B despite their 2 – 0 loss to Colombia, but beat Japan and Sweden 5 – 4; 1 – 0 respectively.

They proceeded to the semi final of the competition after defeating Denmark 2 – 0 in the quarter final.

The Semi-Final match is expected to take place by 8PM Nigerian time.

The Nigerian team, led by John Mikel, are playing with high-spirits with the hope of replicating the Atlanta ’96 feat, led by the legendary Nwankwo Kanu.

Yaya Toure Wins BBC African Footballer Of The Year

ToureManchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, has been voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2015.

The 32-year-old midfielder becomes only the third player, after Nigeria’s Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha, to receive the honour twice.

Football fans voted for Toure, who first won in 2013, beating off competition from Andre Ayew (Ghana and Swansea), Sadio Mane (Senegal and Southampton), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon and Borussia Dortmund) and Yacine Brahimi (Algeria and Porto) to win the latest honour.

He thanked his fans for their support and promised to keep giving his best.

“I am very proud to be named BBC African Footballer of the Year and would like to thank everyone that voted. I work hard every day to be the best I can be, so to be nominated seven consecutive times and win this award for a second time means a lot to me.

“I would also like to pay tribute to my fellow nominees and this fantastic initiative, which celebrates African footballers – shining a light on our wonderful continent.

“We have so much talent in Africa, so I am determined to continue to achieve on the pitch and use my success to help lead the way for the next generation,” Toure told BBC Sport.

Two of the beaten nominees have won the award before, Algeria’s Brahimi in 2014 and Ghanaian Ayew in 2011. Gabon’s Aubameyang was on the shortlist for the third year running, while Senegalese Mane made it for the first time.

Kanu’s Pompey Wages Deferred

Kanu Nwankwo the former Super Eagles Captain and other ex-international players who has played for English Championship side Portsmouth wll have to wait weeks to draw out their wages due to the club going into administration.

The Nigerian who joined Portsmouth in the 2006 summer will always be remebered for his key performances for the club during his period of lacing boots for the club

This will be the second time in three years the club will go into administration as the club’s financier, Vladimir Antonov, was charged in Lithuania for asset-stripping.

PKF Accountants & business advisers’ partner and joint administrator of the club; Trevor Birch announced that wages of certian employees of the club are to be defered on an on-going basis and are asking several members of staff to move from a full-time to a part-time role.

The move is to see to the redundacies in the club’s administration and to see to the survival of Portsmouth as a club.

It is not known when the players will be able to collect their full wages.

The club is currently in the 22nd spot on the 24-team log after they were deducted 10 points on account of entering into administration.