FIFA to pick 2023 Women’s World Cup host next month

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The 2023 Women’s World Cup host will be picked by FIFA’s ruling council on June 25. The contest is between Brazil, Japan, Colombia, and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand. In an open vote of the 37-member FIFA Council, the result of each round of balloting and each voter’s choice will be made public. FIFA inspection teams visited the four bid candidates in January and February before international travel was restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic. “FIFA is now finalizing the evaluation report, which will be published in…

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Nigeria escapes FIFA ban

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FG endorses Pinnick as NFF President World football body to monitor situation   Nigeria on Monday escaped the big hammer of the Federation of International Football Association after the Federal Government met all the conditions of the world football body. FIFA in a statement on its website acknowledged that Nigeria had met the condition given to it on August 13 when the six-day ultimatum to resolve the leadership crisis was issued. The statement from the media office of FIFA read: “Following the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council…

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FIFA rankings: Nigeria drop, tie with Russia

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria dropped one place from 48th to 49th position in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday by the world football body. The new ranking formula, which takes effect from this month, saw Nigeria tied with World Cup hosts, Russia, who were quarterfinalists at the Mundial. The Super Eagles on their part failed to go beyond the group stage losing to Croatia and Argentina and triumphed over Iceland. The Super Eagles, who are billed to take on Seychelles in a 2019 AFCON qualifier next month, amassed…

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FIFA to work with Ghana’s govt to reform FA

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World soccer’s ruling body FIFA says the Ghanaian government has pledged to stop the process to wind up the country’s football association (GFA) over corruption allegations. FIFA, which earlier this week threatened to suspend Ghana from international football, said the two sides had on Thursday agreed to work together “to offer leadership in reforming football administration in Ghana and in Africa”. FIFA will also work with the Ghanaian government “to eradicate corruption and malfeasance and other associated criminal conduct from the administration of football in Ghana”, it said in a…

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FIFA can’t ban Nigeria, Giwa’s lawyer says

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A lawyer, Ardzard Habilla, has said that the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) cannot ban Nigeria over the lingering leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which needed to be sorted out internally by the country’s judiciary. Habilla, who is counsel to Chris Giwa, an NFF factional President, said this in Abuja on Thursday while addressing newsmen on the threat by FIFA to ban Nigeria from all football activities following intervention by the court. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Giwa had dragged the Pinnick-led board…

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FIFA Gives Nigeria Final Deadline Or Face Suspension From International Competitions

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The World football governing body, FIFA, has given Nigeria final deadline to avoid international suspensions due to the interference in the Nigeria Football Federation. In a letter issued on Tuesday, FIFA said that the Nigerian soccer federation headquarters must be handed back to the elected leadership by Monday, August 20, 2018 or the country will be suspended from international competitions. This comes after the Federal Government of Nigeria ordered the current board of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to vacate their office in respect to a ruling by the Supreme…

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FIFA bans Kalusha Bwalya for two years

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Zambia’s former African Footballer of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, has been banned for two years by world governing body FIFA. It follows a FIFA investigation into his links to banned Qatari official Mohammed Bin Hammam. FIFA’s Ethics Committee said Bwalya, a Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee member, was banned for two years from “all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level”. FIFA said in a statement it had been investigating the 54-year-old since February 2017 “focused principally on benefits that Mr Bwalya…

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Green wants Nigerian law enforced against FIFA statutes

Nigeria Football Federation executive committee member, Chris Green, has opened a can of worm saying the country’s law should not be subjective to FIFA statute. “There is a conflict between the Nigerian law and that of FIFA. “And no matter how you look at it, our national law must take precedence”, Green, who identified conflict between the Nigerian law and the statutes of FIFA as the root cause of the leadership crisis that has been rocking the sport, told SCORENigeria If this is to be interpreted, Green, a lawyer, seems…

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Sports, Western media and propaganda

Since a couple of years, I was saying that this will be the best World Cup ever. Today I can say it even more, with more conviction… It is the best World Cup ever. The Russian people, a big, big thank you to Russia. A big thank you to the Russian government, President Vladimir Putin, of course, the organising committee, the Russian Football Union, everyone who was involved in this country to make sure this World Cup would be the best ever. The World Cup has changed the perception of…

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Fraudsters scam Nigerians with World Cup passes

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With barely 24 hours to the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup, the woes of Nigerian football fans in Russia continue as it is reported that fraudsters have tricked scores of the country’s citizens by selling them World Cup 2018 fan passes to travel to Russia, leaving them stranded and penniless, victims and anti-trafficking campaigners say. Before the latest report, New Telegraph had exclusively reported the ordeal of Nigerians in the European nation with some sent to jail after they were apprehended by the Russia authorities for trying to…

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