Breaking: CAF Denies Claims Of NFF $500k Payment To Attend 2015 Congress

Confederation of African Football, CAF, has denied receiving the sum of $500, 000 from the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to attend it’s Congress held in Cairo, Egypt, on April 7, 2015, reports.CAF also made it clear that attending it’s Congresses is free for all eligible members association representatives with the confederation bearing all the costs.It made the clarification in a memo dated June 30, 2019, and addressed to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel, SPIP, headed by Chief Okoi Obono-Obla.The document was signed by Mouad Hajji, the African football ruling body’s General Secretary.The document, conveying the clarification, which is in possession of, followed an earlier one dated June 6 by the SPIP requesting for clarification by the continental football body in view of NFF alleged claims it paid CAF $500, 000 to attend the 2015 General Congress.“It appears that CAF did not receive any payment from the Nigeria Football Federation,” CAF letter to SPIP, reads in part.“The participation of all the National Associations in the Congress is free and requires no contribution from the later to the holding of these General Assemblies and the expenses are borne by CAF for all the representatives…


Amaju Pinnick, Shehu Dikko, Mohammed Sanusi pump up Super Eagles’ spirit

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, alongside his 2nd Vice President, Shehu Dikko and General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, were on Monday at the Le Meridien Cairo Airport hotel camp of the Super Eagles to ginger the players ahead of Wednesday’s third place match against Tunisia.A last-gasp goal by Riyad Mahrez took Algeria to their first AFCON Final in 29 years and meant the Eagles will have to battle for the bronze medals with Tunisia, who lost to Senegal also on Sunday.“I must start by acknowledging that you gave your best out there against Algeria as you have done since the beginning of the competition. It is important that you put the loss behind you as the third place match is just two days away. The message from the NFF is simple: Let us not leave this championship empty –handed. This is the biggest and toughest AFCON ever and we must win on Wednesday to make Nigerians happy again.“It is good for us to win laurel here that we can present to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) back home. The Government and the people of Nigeria have supported this campaign in a…


Idah Peterside urges NFF to sack Gernot Rohr

Former Nigeria goalkeeper Peterside Idah has called for the immediate sack of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, following the team’s defeat to Algeria in a semifinal match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt on Sunday.Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez scored a last minute winner via a free-kick to send the Desert Foxes through to the final with a 2-1 win.Speaking in an interview on Channels TV on Monday morning, Idah expresses his dismay that Rohr seems to be learning on the national team job, insisting the German lacks the capacity to take the Eagles to greater heights.“For the Eagles to soar to greater heights, the coach should be sacked, let him go. Rohr was not prepared for this job. You don’t learn in the national team, you must come prepared to do the job,” Idah begins his critique of Rohr’s tactics.“At some point during the Algeria game, he did not know what to do next. He played most of the players out of position which affected the balance of the team. Iwobi was clearly tired against the Algerians and he did not change him.“The coach kept chopping and changing the team which…


Belmadi Wants More African Coaches To Take Charge Of National Teams

Desert Foxes of Algeria head coach Djamel Belmadi has tasked football federations in Africa to put more trust in indigenous coaches, reports.Belmadi’s side edged out the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday to secure a spot in the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.The North Africans will face the Teranga Lions of Senegal managed by another African Aliou Cisse in the final of the competition on Sunday.The Senegalese saw off the challenge of Tunisia 1-0 after extra time to reach the final.Belmadi believes that the impressive performances of the two finalists is a strong message to soccer authorities on the continent who have so much belief in expatriate coaches.“It’s a great message that we have sent to those responsible for football in all countries in Africa, it’s amazing,” Belmadi told the media after the win against Nigeria.“I’ve known Cisse for a very long time, we used to play against each other when we were both in France. The only difference between us is that he’s been with his team for four years and I have been here for just one year.“To play…


Inexperience and individual mistakes cost young Nigerian side

On the eve of Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Algeria, defender Kenneth Omeruo warned his team mates not to give away free kicks on the edge of the penalty area.Four minutes into stoppage time of Sunday's match, with the score at 1-1 and Nigeria looking in better shape to face extra-time, they did exactly that, giving Riyad Mahrez a pot at goal from his favourite position just to the right of the centre.There was a sense of inevitability as the winger curled the ball around the wall and into the net to give Algeria a 2-1 win and end Nigeria's dream of a fourth title.Throughout the tournament, Nigeria's inexperienced team have been plagued by individual mistakes and carelessness.They nearly gifted minnows Burundi the lead in their opening match, lost their final group game to Madagascar 2-0 after an awful mix-up in their defence gave their opponents an early goal and had to come from behind to beat Cameroon after more mishaps.”We have to avoid these mistakes,” said coach Gernot Rohr ahead of the quarter-final against South Africa.Even so, there are plenty of reasons for optimism. Rohr has brought stability to a team…


Ahmed Musa wants Super Eagles to end campaign on high by winning third-place

Super Eagles winger Ahmed Musa says the team must move on quickly from their disappointing AFCON 2019 semifinal loss to Algeria and end the competition on a high by winning their third-place (bronze medal) match against Tunisia on Wednesday.The three-time champions’ hopes of making it to the final was dashed by the Desert Foxes of Algeria who handed them a 2-1 defeat at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday.A William Troost-Ekong’s own goal and Riyad Mahrez’s sublime free-kick was enough for the Algerians to seal a place in the final where they will face the Teranga Lions of Senegal, while Odion Ighalo scored Nigeria’s only goal of the game from spot-kick.The Super Eagles have a chance to take something home from the competition when they take on the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the third placed match on Wednesday.Super Eagles winger Ahmed Musa says the team must move on quickly from their disappointing AFCON 2019 semifinal loss to Algeria and end the competition on a high by winning their third-place (bronze medal) match against Tunisia on Wednesday.The three-time champions’ hopes of making it to the final was dashed by the Desert Foxes of Algeria who…


Gernot Rohr reflects on last-gasp defeat

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr says his team took their foot off the throttle in anticipation of extra time in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nation semifinal against Algeria last night.The score was locked at 1-1 at the end of the regulation 90 minutes and seemingly headed for an extra half hour, but the Fennec Foxes struck in the fifth minute of added time through a brilliant free kick from Riyad Mahrez, securing a 2-1 win and a place in Friday’s final.Earlier, an own goal from William Troost-Ekong had put the North Africans ahead, only for the Super Eagles to strike back via an Odion Ighalo penalty (awarded through VAR).“It was a big fight until the last minute, it was a wonderful match, I think my players wanted it to go to extra time thinking Algeria were more tired,” Rohr was quoted as saying by Reuters.“We scored an own goal, unlucky, but we have come back every time in this tournament and this time we came back on a penalty. But a wonderful free kick from a football genius made the difference.”The Super Eagles will now face Tunisia in the third-place playoff in Cairo on Wednesday…


Chad Finally Lifts Social Media Ban after More than a Year

Chad has finally lifted its ban on Social media usage after banning the practice over a year ago. The ban was implemented in March 2018 and has been in place for the past 16 months. The Chadian government cracked down on some social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp to curb the rising anti-government […] The post Chad Finally Lifts Social Media Ban after More than a Year appeared first on TechTrendsKE.


Mahrez's late winner takes Algeria to African Cup final

Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez curled in a free kick in stoppage time to give Algeria a 2-1 win over Nigeria in a tense Africa Cup of Nations semi-final played in a volatile atmosphere.The Algerians went ahead when William Troost Ekong turned a Mahrez cross into his own net five minutes before halftime.Nigeria equalised midway through the second half with a penalty awarded for handball and converted by Odion Ighalo following a lengthy VAR review.There were ugly scenes as bottles were thrown after the equaliserAlgeria will face Senegal in Friday's final after the latter sealed a 1-0 win over Tunisia in Sunday's first semi-final.Senegal won with an own-goal in the 100th minute when goalkeeper Mouez Hassen pushed a free kick onto the head of defender Dylan Bronn and the ball bounced back into the Tunisian goal.In a game of high drama, both teams missed penalties within a few minutes of each other in regulation time at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo.


Rohr Presents Unchanged Starting Lineup Against Algeria

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has named an unchanged lineup for today’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semifinal clash against the Desert Foxes of Algeria, reports maintains the same starting lineup that defeated the Bafana Bafana of South Africa 2-1 in the quarterfinal on Wednesday.Daniel Akpeyi keeps his position in goal for his fifth appearance in the competition and will hope his goal is not breached after letting in three goals in the team’ last two games.Jamilu Collins will start his second game of the competition where he is expected to have a busy evening against Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez.Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo and William Troost-Ekong complete the four-man defence.The trio of Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi will marshall the midfield.The competition’s top scorer Odion Ighalo will lead the attack and will be flanked by Samuel Chukwueze and Ahmed Musa.Super Eagles Lineup Vs Algeria:Akpeyi, Awaziem, Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, Collins, Ndidi, Etebo, Iwobi, Chukwueze, Musa, Ighalo