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FIFA Corruption Scandal: Warner’s Extradition Case Adjourned

The extradition case against scandal-tainted former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner was adjourned for one month on Monday after state and defence lawyers requested more time to study US corruption allegations.

fifa logoWarner, a former chief of the governing body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), is battling against extradition to the United States after being named in the FIFA corruption probe rocking world football.

The 72-year-old appeared at Port-of-Spain Magistrates court in the Trinidadian capital yesterday as government and defense lawyers discussed the proceedings.

The case was adjourned until August 28 when a date for the start of the full extradition case will be set.

Warner said outside court he has instructed his team to file for a judicial review of the extradition proceedingson the grounds that Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s government had “prosecuted” the case against him and made it impossible for him to get a fair trial.

Warner was arrested by Trinidad authorities after the United States indicted him and 13 other football officials and marketing executives for corruption.

He claimed that the US case against him is politically motivated and that America is trying to exact revenge because it lost out to Qatar in the vote to host the 2022 World Cup.

Defamation Of Character: Keshi Demands $5m From NFF

stephen-keshi-sad-300x267Former Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has asked for a $5m (N1.2bn) compensation from the Nigeria Football Federation for claiming that his sack earlier this month resulted from a breach of contract on his part.

The 53-year-old was sacked by the NFF who claimed he put in an application to coach Ivory Coast, contrary to the spirit of his contract.

Keshi, who was in his third spell in charge of the team that he led to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, has written through his lawyers for compensation.

He was sacked a few weeks after leading the Super Eagles to a 2-0 victory over Chad as they opened their AFCON 2017 qualifying campaign in Kaduna.

He has since been replaced by former team mate Sunday Oliseh.

Oliseh Soft-pedals On Players’ Invitation

Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has further amended his earlier stance that only Nigerians who play in first division clubs will be welcomed to the Nigeria senior male national team.

Sunday OlisheSpeaking via his personal blog, sundayolisehtv.com, the newly appointed coach of the Super Eagles affirmed that lower division goalkeepers will be allowed to play for Nigeria because they fall into a different category.

“Of course, this applies to field players because goalkeepers are a different breed as we call them,” Oliseh said yesterday, as he tried to clarify his earlier remark which seemed to have knocked out any player not in the top division in the respective countries they play.

“Also, there could be some exception for players who are excelling in the second division.

“The players in the first division are used to a certain level, tempo and competition standards because of what the first division entails.

“For this reason, we need the best who are already used to playing at this tempo to serve and play for Nigeria.

“Also players that are already in the national fold – from the U-17 to the U-23 are also exempted from the first division rules,” he said.

Gabon is mad at Lionel Messi for wearing jorts

MessiLionel Messi is on vacation after a tough Copa America, and he decided to visit Gabon. Because he’s on vacation, he dressed like he was on vacation, and Gabonese politicians are pissed.

“When you’re called Lionel Messi and you’re a multi-billionaire, you don’t have the right to present yourself to officials of a republic, even a banana one, with your hands in the pockets of a ripped, tattered pair of shorts,” read a statement from the UPG party. “Gabon isn’t a zoo. We don’t know what the Argentine came to Gabon for, but we at least have the right to denounce his negligence and his lack of respect for standards and principles.”

Messi’s t-shirt and sneakers were fine, but these jorts? Nah. Extremely wack.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola backs Catalan independence push

Madrid – Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has thrown his support behind a push for Catalonia’s independence from Spain by taking a symbolic place on a list of pro-secession candidates.

Guardiola, 44, told reporters on Wednesday in China, where his team is on a pre-season tour, that he had been asked to do so by the region’s two man parties as they prepare for Sept. 27 regional elections.

Pep Guardiola (Supplied)

Guardiola, a native of Catalonia, was a star player and coach of Barcelona, a team symbolic of Catalan nationalism. Ironically, he was also a key player for the Spain’s international side for many years.

Catalonia’s Convergence and the Republican Left parties want the elections to be a vote on independence and say they will unilaterally leave Spain if they obtain a majority.

Spain has ruled out any possibility of secession.

The region, whose capital is Barcelona, accounts for about one-fifth of Spain’s gross domestic product.

Guardiola’s move is symbolic as he is not expected to take a seat regardless of the election result.

News of his decision was welcomed by the pro-independence camp, but criticized by others.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said it was regrettable to mix sports with politics, and accused Guardiola of having played for Spain for the money.

– AP

Barca beat LA Galaxy 2-1

Luis Enrique (Supplied)
Luis Enrique (Supplied)

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was pleased they got straight back into their stride with Tuesday’s 2-1 friendly win over the Los Angeles Galaxy but saw plenty of room for improvement before the season begins next month.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and Spanish midfielder Sergi Roberto struck either side of halftime at a packed Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena in the Spanish and European champions’ opening match of their pre-season tour.

“Considering it was the first pre-season game, after seven days of training with some double sessions, I have good feelings,” Luis Enrique told a news conference after the International Champions Cup clash.

“I liked the team a lot because we played with intensity and we did not make any serious errors but we can still improve in everything,” added the former Barca and Spain midfielder.

“Without doubt, we are going to be the team to beat and we have to keep improving every aspect of our play. We did things well today but we have to do it again and better. And we are working on that.”

 

Luis Enrique and his LA Galaxy counterpart Bruce Arena made a host of changes at halftime to give some of their younger players a chance to impress, with Tommy Meyer scoring late on for the Galaxy.

The Barca coach admitted his knowledge of the MLS was patchy but said it was clear the quality of soccer in the United States was improving.

“A lot of European players are coming with the idea of contributing and I liked what I saw here,” he said.

“Teams that play us usually sit back and defend and the Galaxy I think did some great defensive work which stopped us from creating many chances.”

Barca’s next Champions Cup game is against Manchester United in Santa Clara on Saturday and they play Chelsea in Landover on July 28 before returning to Europe to take on Serie A club Fiorentina in Florence on Aug. 2.

Their first official match of the 2015-16 season is the European Super Cup against Europa League winners and La Liga rivals Sevilla on Aug. 11.

They then play Athletic Bilbao over two legs for the Spanish Super Cup before starting their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years against the Basque club on the Aug. 22-23 weekend.

Nigeria beat Congo 2-1

Nigeria beat Congo 2-1 to leave this CAF U23 Championship qualifier wide open with the second leg in Pointe-Noire in a fortnight.unnamed (1)
After a scoreless first half completely dominated by home team Nigeria, Junior Ajayi finally opened scoring in the 48th minute after Congo goalkeeper Christoffer Mafoumbi failed to hold on to an acute-angled shot by Godwin Saviour.
Shooting Stars striker Ajayi completed his brace in the 54thminute, when he headed home a low cross from the left by Etor Daniel.
But just when Dream Team VI were cruising to a comfortable home win, Congo pulled a goal back through Moise Nkonkou in the 66th minute.
A penalty appeal by Nigeria in the 59th minute was overlooked by the Kenyan referee, but television replays later showed it should have been given as Etebo Oghenekaro’s shot was handled by a Congo defender inside the box.

Bartomeu wins Barcelona poll

Josep Maria Bartomeu has been re-elected as Barcelona president for a second term, beating former president Joan Laporta in Saturday’s election.barca

Barcelona said on its television channel that Bartomeu received 54.63 per cent of the votes cast by club members.

The 52-year-old will now lead the club for the next six years, the BBC reports.

Bartomeu endured a turbulent spell having taken over in January 2014 from Sandro Rosell, who stood down following the Neymar transfer scandal.

Buoyed by Barcelona’s victory in the Champions League, along with triumphs in La Liga and the Copa del Rey, Bartomeu saw off the challenge from Laporta, president of the Catalan club from 2003 to 2010

Why I walked out on Ifeanyi Ubah – Sani Kaita

The former Sparta Rotterdam midfielder said he had an agreement with the club management on some payments, but they failed to go by this and that all efforts by him to make them to respect his contract failed, prompting him to walk away.unnamed

“I had an agreement with the team. I agreed terms with the club chairman, he promised I will get what we agreed in two days. I played four matches for the team, but they failed to fulfill their own part of the agreement,” Sani Kaita informed AfricanFootball.com

“I made several efforts to make them respect the contract, but the chairman never responded. I have all the conversations I had with him. I gave them a time frame to do what they needed to do, but they also failed, so I was left with no choice than to leave the team.”

The Nigeria international further disclosed he has formally complained to the League Management Company (LMC), Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and FC Ifeanyi Ubah that he won’t go back to the club.

“I won’t go back to the club, I already sent letters to the LMC, NFF and the club, stating what actually happened,” he said.

“I won’t blame John Obuh for saying I am nowhere to be found because he does not know what happened because he wasn’t there when I joined the team and no one will tell him what happened.

“I thank the club owner, Ifeanyi Ubah, for the opportunity given me to play for his club. He has good plans and vision for the team. If many other wealthy Nigerians could do same for Nigerian football, it will be better for our country.”

Stoke City Completes Deal For Moha El Ouriachi

Premier League club, Stoke City, have signed a teenage winger, Moha El Ouriachi, from Barcelona.

According to the Stoke’s website, “Moha turned down Barcelona’s offer of a new contract in favour of a move to the Potters, where he links-up with ex-Barca players Bojan and Marc Muniesa”.

mohaMoha is now clear to figure in the Asia Trophy game against Everton in Singapore, which kicks-off 6pm local time, it added

Moha, who links up with ex-Barca players, Bojan and Marc Muniesa, played for Spain at youth level, but has also been selected by Morocco in its Under-23 team.

Stoke’s Chief Executive, Tony Scholes, said: “Moha is excited about joining a Premier League club, especially one that already has two former Barcelona players in their squad.

“Moha has seen the progress made by Bojan and Marc and wants to try to do likewise”.

Stoke is yet to reveal the fee they have paid for the teenage winger, or his contract length.

The Potters, who finished ninth in the Premier League last season, have now made seven summer signings.

Moha joins striker Joselu; goalkeepers, Shay Given and Jakob Haugaard; defenders Glen Johnson and Philipp Wollscheid, plus midfielder Marco van Ginkel in joining the club.