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FIFA Ban: I’ve done nothing wrong – Siasia

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Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has expressed shock over his ban by FIFA and accused the world soccer ruling body of dishing out punishment without contacting him.

The former U-23 coach, in a swift reaction on social media following news of his ban, vowed to fight to clear his name.

He wondered how a person can be charged and found guilty of an allegation without being heard from.

He also dismissed claims by FIFA that a letter to that effect has been dispatched to him while re-echoing that he has not done anything wrong.

“I am shocked with FIFA ban, I was never questioned by FIFA.

“I don’t know anything about this. I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA,” he said.

Siasia, who led Nigeria’s Olympic team to Silver Medal finish in 2016, insisted he was hearing about the allegation and the said decision for the first time.

There are strong indications that the former Super Eagles star who scored 16 goals in 51 appearances for the national team will appeal the decision.

Some say the 52 -year- old former Lokeren of Belgium striker may drag FIFA to Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

The court has recently been inundated by cases involving fIFA and other stakeholders including Presidents of Football federations.

 

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FCMB excites Nigerians at COPA Lagos Beach Soccer tournament

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The 2019 edition of the COPA Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament, sponsored by First City Monument Bank (FCMB) came to an exciting end on Sunday, November 3, with a commitment by the Bank to sustain its support to initiatives that promote youths, sports and overall national development. This marks the eighth consecutive year that FCMB has sponsored the tournament.

The assurance was given by the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Bank, Mr. Adam Nuru, at the closing ceremony. According to him, the Bank’s intervention in the area of sports using COPA as a vehicle is aimed at developing the minds, body and abilities of the populace, especially youths to contribute significantly to the growth of the country’s sports and tourism sectors.

The FCMB MD said, “the COPA Lagos Beach soccer tournament provides a platform to bring our customers, Nigerians, soccer fans, families, local and international soccer beach players and other stakeholders together in an atmosphere of relaxation, excitement and bonding, very important factors for healthy living and nation building. This tournament has become one of the most exciting events towards the end of every year. We will continue to remain a strong supporter of initiatives that will create opportunities and equip our youths for a bright future’’, Mr. Nuru, said.

The 3-day soccer, music and other entertainment fiesta, organised by Kinetic Sports Limited, was held at Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos and featured the national beach soccer teams of Nigeria, Brazil, Senegal and England. There was also a Club Challenge involving three Nigerian Clubs, namely Pepsi Football Academy, Kebbi Beach Soccer Club, Gidi Sharks of Lagos and Ghana-based Sunset Sports Club. In the national teams’ category, Senegal emerged champions after winning all three matches to secure nine points. Nigeria came second with six points, Brazil was third with three points, while England was fourth with no point. In the club challenge, Sunset Stars of Keta, Ghana, took home the trophy. The Most Valuable Player of the tournament was Lansana Diassy of Senegal.

Also speaking on the tournament, the Group Head, Corporate Affairs, FCMB, Mr. Diran Olojo, stated that, ‘’beach Soccer has become more popular in Nigeria, riding on the Copa Lagos tournament. We believe that our sponsorship of the event in the last eight years, has helped to raise the profile of the game going by the large turnout of spectators and dignitaries that watched the football matches and participated in other lifestyle events associated with it’’.

Apart from the excitement FCMB built around the football matches, which went a long way to make the tournament fun-filled and memorable, spectators and other guests had the opportunity to experience the unique banking services of the Bank. The fan zone of FCMB was a beehive of activities with various games and rewards for winners, courtesy of the Bank. There was a music concert organised by FCMB that featured popular hip-hop musician, Mayorkun (real name Adewale Emmanuel), and other top-rated entertainers.

Commenting on this year’s tournament, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos state, expressed excitement at the growing status of beach soccer in Nigeria and the support provided by corporate bodies like FCMB.

Also speaking, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Kinetic Sports, Mr. Sola Aiyepeku, commended FCMB for its role in the promotion of sports development. He noted that the involvement of FCMB over the years in COPA Lagos has made the tournament more glamorous.

FCMB has consistently supported sporting activities that have wide appeal across demographic and socio-economic classes in line with its core values as a simple, reliable and helpful financial institution.

For more information about FCMB, please visit www.fcmb.com.

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Messi, Ronaldo, Van Dijk, others battle for 2019 Ballon d’Or award

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Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been named in a 30-man shortlist for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

The trio were among the nominees revealed by France Football on Monday evening.

Also in the list are premier League stars Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane and Hugo Lloris.

They were joined by Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and Ajax’s former Southampton schemer Dusan Tadic.

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold have also been included in the 30-strong list, as have Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre terStegen and Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.

There is a place too for Paris St Germain’s World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe.

Also included are Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, Spurs striker Son Heung-min and Bayern Munich’s Poland international frontman Robert Lewandowski.

Five-times winner Cristiano Ronaldo is also included on the list, as is his former Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema and current club colleague Matthijs de Ligt.

Liverpool pair Alisson Becker and Georginio Wijnaldum join fellow Champions League winner Mane among the candidates.

 

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Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero, Frenkie de Jong, Hugo Lloris, Dusan Tadic, Kylian Mbappe, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Donny van de Beek, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alisson Becker, Matthijs de Ligt, Karim Benzema, Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk, Bernardo Silva, Heung-min Son, Robert Lewandowski, Roberto Firmino, Lionel Messi, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Kalidou Koulibaly, Antoine Griezmann, Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Marquinhos, Raheem Sterling, Joao Felix.

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Lekki Feeder emerges victorious at Eko Disco Tennis Championship

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 Lekki feeder has emerged winners of Eko Disco Open, the tennis competition sponsored by Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) at the prestigious Ikoyi Club 1938. The championship, which started on Friday 4th October, came to a close on Friday 11th October.
The tournament played host to tennis professionals and enthusiasts at the club. The winners treated the audience to a great display of passion, resilience and skill to defeat their opponents, Ijora 33KA feeder in the finals after their skill was put to test on the day. The teams were named after the 33KVA feeders of the event sponsors; EKEDC.
In attendance at the finals were the Chairman of Ikoyi Club 1938, Yomi Orenuga, Vice Chairman of the club Tafa Zibiri-Aliu, Chairman of Tennis section, Abimbola Okubena, wife of the Chairman, Board of Directors of Eko Disco, Sharon Momoh, Chief Legal Officer of Eko Disco, Wola Joseph, General Manager, Corporate Communications of Eko Disco, Godwin Idemudia, other management and staff of the company and tennis lovers.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of EKEDC, Engr Adeoye Fadeyibi who was represented by the Chief Finance Officer of the company, Joseph Esenwa thanked the audience and players for taking out time to enjoy the beautiful game. He said “the tournament was borne out of our love and support for sports and recreation. At EKEDC we support sports development and recreation as they help in the work-life balance. We are delighted that the maiden edition is successful and we look forward to having more of this”.
Reacting to the sponsors of the tournament, Chairman of Ikoyi club 1938, Yomi Orenuga showed his delight at the company’s initiative to sponsor the championship. He mentioned that the club will always be ready to receive the company and suggested that the staff of the company should participate in the next edition of the championship.
The tournament came to a great close as the guests who had been treated to a great display of tennis roared as Lekki Feeder, the winners were presented their trophies and certificates. Ijora 33KVA feeder who came second was also presented their trophies.
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