Deadline looms as Nigeria face football ban

Nigeria has less than 24 hours to sort out the running of their football federation if they want to avoid the possibility of being banned by FIFA .

Nigeria has less than 24 hours to sort out the running of their football federation if they want to avoid the possibility of being banned by FIFA from international soccer, including exclusion from next month’s African Nations Cup qualifiers.



Soccer’s governing body issued the country with a final warning due to alleged state interference in the running of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).



FIFA’s leadership were kicked out of the NFF and a rival faction has taken control.



FIFA do not accept third-party interference in its member federations and said the NFF must be led by its elected president, voted in 2014. If that does not happen, FIFA says it would suspend Nigeria.



President Amaju Pinnick long-standing rival Chris Giwa took control after a recent court case him as the NFF President at the end of a protracted legal protest of the 2014 election results.



However, a Nigerian sports analyst, Godwin Ahigbe said Nigerians should wait for the ban adding that FIFA should desist from supporting the actions of the former head of the NFF, Amaju Pinnic.



He reiterated that even if the ban comes and last for ten years, Giwa will still be president depending on how people look at the case.



According to Ahigbe, since the crisis began, Nigeria has taken part in about two competitions, including the undergoing female world cup in France, while the under 13 National team defeated Mauritius in the African cup of nations qualifying game. He noted that the crisis is not disturbing anybody at all.



Nigeria is due to play a qualifier for the 2019 African Nations Cup on September 8, but a ban could lead to an expulsion from the preliminaries.



Nigeria has a long history of being threatened with FIFA sanctions for government or court interference in NFF affairs but have previously always backed down.



Ghana was also warned on Tuesday, but their government has quickly climbed down over a proposed legal bid to wind up the country’s football association (GFA) over corruption allegations.

Tennis player Rafael Nadal opens tennis academy in Mexico

The sports facility has eight tennis courts with surface of clay and lightning. It also comes with a paddle court, a gymnasium and a shop for sports clothing and other items.

World’s number two tennis player, Rafael Nadal on Monday opened a summer academy of tennis in an exclusive resort of Cancun in Mexico.

This new academy is an extension of Nadal’s tennis academy in his native Mallorca, the largest Balearic Islands in Spain.

“There is no better place than Mexico, it is a place where we feel good, we have been here for years and we know the region well. We had the opportunity to create here the first Rafa Nadal Tennis Center outside Mallorca, in this totally innovative complex’‘, Nadal said.

The sports facility has eight tennis courts with surface of clay and lightning. It also comes with a paddle court, a gymnasium and a shop for sports clothing and other items.

Nadal said one of the long term goals of the facility is to contribute to the development to tennis in Mexico.

The 32 year old Spanish tennis player will take part in the Mexican Tennis Open in the southern resort of Acapulco next week.

AFP

Ethiopian runner, 19, shocked he smashed Guerrouj's 22-year record

He beat fellow country man Yomif Kejelcha, who Tefera said he expected to win the race having come close to the the mile world record last week.

Aged 19, Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera raced across the line in Birmingham to break a world indoor record over 1,500m but he says he did not even originally plan to partake in the event let alone break the record.

The record is one that dates back to 1997 when Moroccan middle-distance great Hicham El-Guerrouj ran the distance of 3:31.18, set in Stuttgart.

He told the BBC: ‘‘Let alone breaking the world record. I had not planned to participate before,’’ but he relishes the moment, ‘‘I am very happy. Words can’t express my happiness.’’

He beat fellow country man Yomif Kejelcha, who Tefera said he expected to win the race having come close to the the mile world record last week.

Tefera overtook his compatriot with 200m to go and finished in three minutes 31.04 seconds.
‘‘I was expecting Yomif [to win] too,” Samuel said. Kejelcha, who was undefeated indoors this year, clocked 3:31.58.

AFCON U-20: Mali crowned champions

Mali beats Senegal at the finals of the U- 20 AFCON in Niger to back home her first continental title for the category.

Mali beats Senegal at the finals of the U- 20 AFCON in Niger
to back home her first continental title for the category.

Liverpool, Juventus, Barcelona and Fc Bayern all take center stage as the journey to unseat Real Madrid as Europe’s best continues with the 16th finals of the Uefa Champions League.

Ahead of the 2019 Afcon Yannick Bolasie of the DR Congo seeks play time in Belgian top flight, we shall be getting his reaction at the end of his first game with his new employers.

Uganda's Kiplimo eyes slot at IAAF Championships in Denmark

« I cannot fear anyone, » says Uganda’s teenage star, Jacob Kiplimo ahead of World Cross-country Championships in Denmark.

Uganda is looking to their in-form teenage star Jacob Kiplimo to challenge for the World Cross-country Championships title in Denmark on March 30.

After beating his experienced counterparts like Joshua Cheptegei and Stephen Kiprotich at national level, Kiplimo is going for the title at the World Cross-Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark next month.

Kiplimo was unmatched over the 10km race in Tororo Eastern Uganda, beating his seniors to take the national cross-country title.

“The race was very fantastic. It was good,” Kiplimo enthused after the race.

In 2017, Kiplimo won the nation’s first-ever individual World cross-country gold on home soil. He recently won five races on the IAAF World Cross Country Permit and has matured into a world beater.

“I cannot fear anyone. It is how you prepare yourself for training. I cannot fear anyone as long as you are prepared.”

Beppe Picotti, Kiplimo’s Manager believes that he can do “really good things.”
“Also (the) Uganda team will be very strong and has a big challenge to win something important as a team at World Cross-country,” said Picottti.
From Tororo, 30 runners will enter residential camp and work with the national coaches to hit the desired grade for Denmark.

“We are going to work on more endurance, the stamina and the speed and flexibility. Once we get the speed, and you combine all those, you will see them flying,” Uganda Athletics Coach, Nalis Bugingo said.

While Uganda fine-tunes its stars, powerhouses Kenya and Ethiopia remain the teams to beat at the global stage.

Kaepernick reaches deal with NFL - Lawyer

He was unsigned as a free agent through the fall of the season after he opted out of a contract with the San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick, one of the most visible players to protest against racial injustice during the U.S. national anthem, has resolved grievances with the National Football League.

His attorney, Mark Geragos said via Twitter on Friday that the resolution was subject to a confidentiality agreement and so the team said there would be no further comment by either party.

Kaepernick, 31, filed a collusion grievance against NFL owners in October 2017.

He was unsigned as a free agent through the fall of the season after he opted out of a contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Since then, the former NFL quarterback has been unable to find a team to play for.

Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl game in 2013.

Reuters