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NFF Executive Committee to Decide Salisu Yusuf’s Future after Ban Expiration

The executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will decide whether Salisu Yusuf will return as assistant coach of Nigeria and manager of the country’s U-23 team after serving a one-year ban.The 57-year-old was handed the ban and fined US$5000 last September after he was caught on camera taking cash from men posing as football agents.The NFF confirmed the end of his ban and its executive committee will now decide Yusuf’s future.“Salisu Yusuf’s one-year ban ended on September 5, and he’s now free to return to management again,” Olajire told BBC Sport.“I must reiterate that Mr. Yusuf has not been reinstated as an assistant to Gernot Rohr, nor has he taken charge as head coach of the Super Eagles B team or the under-23 side.“A decision about his return or not will be decided by the NFF executive committee.“We understand the public interest in this, but communication to that effect will be made available at the appropriate time.”Olajire was clarifying an earlier statement from the NFF about end of Yusuf’s ban.“The Federation thanked Coach Imama Amapakabo for his sterling efforts while in charge of the U-23 National Team in the absence…

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Super Falcons regroup in Abuja for battle against Cote d’Ivoire

Ahead of the second round of the African qualifying series of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament, a total of 30 home-based professionals will arrive at the Super Falcons’ hotel camp in Abuja tomorrow to kick-start preparations for the clash with the Senior Women National Team of Cote d’Ivoire.Seven overseas-based professionals will join the group before the trip to Abidjan for the first leg.Already, world football –governing body, FIFA has directed that both legs of the qualifying fixture must be concluded between 30th September and 8th October 2019.The Nigeria Football Federation has already picked Sunday, 6th October for the return leg match, slated for the Agege Stadium, Lagos. The venue hosted the return leg of Nigeria/Algeria in the earlier round, with the Falcons winning by a lone goal to push out the Algerians on a 3-0 aggregate.Cote d’Ivoire also emerged 3-0 aggregate winners, eliminating Mali from the series to set up a clash with nine-time African champions Nigeria.Asisat Oshoala, scorer of the lone goal against Algeria in Lagos on 3rd September, heads the list of the overseas-based professionals that also includes defenders Osinachi Ohale and Chidinma Okeke, midfielders Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene and Chinaza Uchendu, and…

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ICPC marks Pinnick, Dikko’s properties

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), yesterday, confirmed that the properties of Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation located in Parkview Estate Lagos and that of the Second Vice President of the football Federation, Shehu Dikko, located in Abuja have been marked for further investigation.Contrary to reports in some medium that the properties of the two high ranking officials of the football governing body in Nigeria were sealed by the ICPC, Rashidat Okoduwa, ICPC spokesperson informed The Guardian that the “properties were marked for investigation.”Dikko, who is also Chairman of the Nigeria League Management Committee (NLMC), has his property located at the high brow Maitama area on River Benue Street.The action of the ICPC followed a Federal High Court order granted yesterday in Abuja.

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Super Eagles star Victor Osimhen scores again for Lille, equals 3-year-old record

Two goals from Victor Osimhen and Araujo helped put Lille back to winning ways as the hosts edged Angers 2-1 at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Friday night.Victor Osimhen found the back of the net yet again for Lille against high flying Angers to make it six goals in six matches for club and country to confirm his ratings as one of the best young talents in Europe at the moment.The Nigeria international scored his fifth goal of the Ligue 1 season in the 38th minute to hand Lille a precious lead, a few days after netting his first goal for the Super Eagles in a friendly tie with Ukraine.The 20-year-old forward was the quickest to react as the Angers goalkeeper spilled a fierce drive from Jonathan Bamba, leaving the Nigeria international to bundle home the loose ballLuiz Araujo extended Lille’s lead early in the second half to ensure that Stephane Bahoken’s strike three minutes from time was nothing but consolation for the away side.The win is Lille’s third of the season with all the victories coming in the familiar surroundings of their home ground. Le Dogues two away games have ended in defeats.Lille switch…

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Our 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame Eligibles are up

It is onward and upward for us here at Notinhalloffame.com as we have added to one of our existing sections, the Baseball Futures. Today, we are pleased to unveil our section of former baseball players who will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2023. The entire section can be found here, but below is the complete list of those whom we are profiling. They are: Aaron Hill:  An All-Star in 2009 with the Toronto Blue Jays, Hill retired with just over 1,500 Hits.  He would also be named a Silver Slugger twice. Adam Lind:  Lind would have 200 Home Runs and as a Blue Jay in 2009, he would win both the Silver Slugger and Edgar Martinez Award. Andre Ethier:  A career Los Angeles Dodger, Andre Ethier was a two-time All-Star and would win the Silver Slugger in 2009. Bronson Arroyo:  A member of the Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Championship Team, Bronson Arroyo had his best seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.  He would retire with 148 Wins and was an All-Star in 2006. Carlos Beltran:  Beltran retires with a strong Hall of Fame resume as he retired with 2,725 Hits and 435 Home Runs.  Beltran went to nine All-Star Games, won two Silver Sluggers, three Gold Gloves and was a World Series Champion in his last season in Baseball. Carlos Ruiz:  Ruiz was a light hitting Catcher, but he was an All-Star in 2012 and a two-time Wilson Defensive Player.  He has a World Series Ring with Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. Chad Qualls:  Qualls pitched mostly in middle and long relief and would pitch in 844 Games. Erick Aybar:  Aybar was an All-Star in 2014 and was a Gold Glove winner in 2011. Francisco Rodriguez: “K-Rod” won the World Series with the Anaheim Angels in 2002 and would go on to six All-Star Games. Rodriguez led the AL in Saves three times and collected 437 in total. Glen Perkins:  Perkins secured 120 Saves over a career that was spen

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Shaun Livingston Retires

We have another retirement to talk about as Shaun Livingston has announced that his NBA career is coming to an end at the age of 34. The 4th Overall Pick from the 2004 Draft, Livingston played his first three seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers before suffering a knee injury that would take him out of the 2007-08 season.  He would go into full journeyman mode after that, playing for Miami, Oklahoma City, Washington, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Brooklyn before signing with the Golden State Warriors before the 2014-15 season.   Livingston found a home in Golden State coming off of the bench for the Warriors for five years and he would appear in the finals in every one of them.  He would win three Championship Rings with the Dubs, making him one of the few players who can make that claim. Livingston retires with a 6.3 Points per Game Average over an 833 Game career. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Shaun Livingston for his on-court memories and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.

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RIP: Eddie Money

Blue Collar Rock and Roll took a tumble today as Eddie Money died at the age of 70 due to esophageal cancer. From New York City, Money (born Eddie Mahoney) followed his father’s footsteps as a New York City cop, though he pursued a musical career at night.  He gave up law enforcement and moved to California where he was discovered and signed by promoter, Bill Graham.  His debut album (eponymously named) was released in 1977 and it yielded radio-friendly hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise”.  His gruff voice and relatable songs made him an everyman star and he would continue to have success until the early 80s but fell off the radar when drugs, alcohol and typical rock and roll excess.   Money made a comeback in 1986, with his album, “Can’t Hold Back”, that had one of his most enduring hits, “Take Me Home Tonight”, a song where musical legend, Ronnie Spector reprised the “Be My Little Baby” line from the early 60s hit of the same name.  He would have a few minor hits until the early 90s and would regress into the oldies circuit after. Money is ranked #281on our latest Notinhalloffame.com Rock List. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the fans, friends and family of Eddie Money at this time. 

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their Preliminary Nominees for 2020

For us at Notinhalloffame.com, this is our march toward our Christmas.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the Modern-Era Preliminary Nominees for the Class of 2020, a total of 122 former players.   To qualify, a player must have retired less than 25 years ago and at least 5 years ago: The nominees are: Quarterbacks: Randall Cunningham: 1985-2001, PHI, MIN, DAL, BAL. Cunningham is a three-time Bert Bell Award winner a four-time Pro Bowl Selection.  Ranked #33 on Notinhalloffame.com. Jake Delhomme: 1999-11, NOR, CAR, HOU. Delhomme went to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and he would throw for over 20,000 Yards. Boomer Esiason:  1984-97, CIN, NYJ, ARI.  Esiason went to four Pro Bowls and in 1988 he was named the AP MVP.  He would take the Bengals to a Super Bowl appearance and threw for over 37,000 Yards with 247 TDs.  Ranked #74 on Notinhalloffame.com. Jeff Garcia:  1999-09, SFO, CLE, DET, PHI, TAM.  Garcia was a four-time Pro Bowler and would throw for over 25,000 Passing Yards. Jeff Hostetler:  1985-97, NYG, RAI, OAK, WAS.  Hostetler won two Super Bowls and was the winning Quarterback in Super Bowl XXV. He would later be a Pro Bowl in 1994 with the Raiders. Dave Krieg:  1980-98, SEA, KAN, DET, ARI, CHI, TEN.  Krieg went to three Pro Bowls with the Seahawks and threw for 38,147 Yards and 261 Touchdowns over a 19-year career.  Ranked #89 on Notinhalloffame.com. Donovan McNabb:  1999-01, PHI, WAS, MIN.  McNabb took the Eagles to the Super Bowl and was a six-time Pro Bowler.  He threw for 37,276 Yards with 234 Touchdowns and ran for another 3,459 Yards and 29 TDs.  Ranked #67 on Notinhalloffame.com. Running Backs: Shaun Alexander:  2000-08, SEA, PHI.  Alexander went to three straight Pro Bowls and in the last one he won the Rushing Title and was named the AP MVP.&n

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Taribo West Blames One Super Eagles Player After 2-2 Draw With Ukraine

Atalanta 1996 Olympic Games gold medalist Taribo West has questioned the ability of Troost-Ekong in the wake of the Super Eagles 2-2 draw with Ukraine in an international friendly on Tuesday. The Gernot Rohr-led side had taken a comfortable 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Joe Aribo and Victor Osimhen but threw away their their advantage after conceding twice in the space of one minute in the second half.While there was nothing Troost-Ekong could do to stop Oleksandr Zinchenko from making it 2-1 in the 78th minute, he has to take full responsibility for the second goal conceded.'The defence has problems especially with Troost-Ekong, I don't know whether he's losing his form,'' West told Brila FM.''Few matches he has been playing for Nigeria, he hasn't been the Troost-Ekong that came into the national team with a lot of determination in the beginning. It's like he has been relaxed since he came into the starting XI.''I have not seen that Troost-Ekong that I used to see. Somebody should talk to him, somebody should call him back to his senses, the coaches should speak to him properly''.Troost-Ekong could not complete the match against Ukraine after suffering…

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Enugu Ranger’s Olusesi confident Flying Antelopes will fly in Libreville

Enugu Rangers midfielder Tope Olusesi has stated confidently that the Nigerian club side will fly high in Libreville ahead of Saturday’s CAF Confederation cup first leg first round tie against Gabonese side AS Pelican.Olusesi speaking in a chat with www.brila.net said Rangers experience of playing on the continent will equally come in handy for the Flying Antelopes who got to the group stage of the CAF Confederation cup last season. He also added that they are not under any form of  pressure.“Actually we’re set for this game, we know what is involved in this game and we know we are the only flag bearer in Nigeria in the CAF Confederation cup so we are ready to take on everything we know there and by the grace of God we’re going to make the country proud. I don’t think we are under any pressure because we are not new to the continent so we know what we have to do win and bring out good result from Gabon.”