Still an attorney stood in for Pinnick. â€œIt is strange that the NFF, an interested party, only got to hear of the court session on Friday from a third party. People should think of the countryâ€™s interest in all these,â€ a NFF source told THISDAY at the weekend.Before the case got to the Supreme Court, Giwa had lost at various levels from High Court to the Appeal Court. Similarly, both FIFA and the Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) based in Switzerland had dismissed his petitions. He was subsequently banned by FIFA from all football-related matters for a couple of years for taking football matters to civil courts.If Nigeria gets banned, Cameroon or Algeria is likely to profit from it. Eagles are currently topping the Russia 2018 group on maximum six points from two matches won against Zambia and Algeria. A win against Cameroon in Uyo and a possible draw in Yaounde will guarantee Nigeriaâ€™s qualification for the Mundial in Russia with two games to spare.In closely related scenario, Sudanâ€™s three clubs have been thrown out of CAF competitions due to the FIFA ban slammed on the country following government intervention.Khartoum’s two most popular clubs, Al Hilal and Al Merreikh, have been thrown out of the CAF Champions League while Al Hilal Obayed, the surprise package of the CAF Confederation Cup 2017 and already in the last eight stage has also been sacked from the competition.The indefinite ban on the Sudan FA comes over alleged government interference in its affairs and after the forcible eviction of the FIFA-recognised leadership from the association’s headquarters in Khartoum. FIFA wants the SFA leadership of Mutasim Gaafar restored to office.Last month, Sudan’s Ministry of Justice had him removed, with police violently evicting members of his executive, and replaced by Abdel Rahman Elkatim.“The suspension would be lifted once the decree of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice of 2 June is declared null or void and the Board of Directors of the SFA with its President, Dr Mutasim Gaafar, is reinstated,” said a FIFA statement after the ban last week.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeThe respite enjoyed by Nigerian football following the cessation of hostilities by parties involved in the leadership tussle over the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) appears over as the countryâ€™s highest court, the Supreme Court, is set to give the final judgment on the matter before it.This development has now put Super Eagles’ qualification for the FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Russia next year under threat as the world football governing body, FIFA, is likely going to come down hard on Nigeria with a ban.Eagles are scheduled to play a double header World Cup 2018 qualifier with Cameroon later this month and first week of September. Anything contrary to FIFAâ€™s position could be disastrous for Nigeria.Last Monday, the Supreme Court asked both the NFF board led by Amaju Melvin Pinnick and claimant to the same post, Chris Giwa, to await further directives on when judgment would be delivered on the leadership tussle suit instituted by the Jos-based club owner. Mondayâ€™s decision of the Supreme Court was earlier listed for December 2017. How the matter was brought earlier baffled chiefs of the Glass House in Abuja who were not even aware that the case was coming up that day.
Junior forward Chimezie Metu squares up to a Cal State Fullerton defender in a game at the Galen Center. Photo by Katie Chin | Daily TrojanBoth senior guard Jordan McLaughlin and junior forward Chimezie Metu took spots on a list of the 50 top candidates for the 2018 John Wooden Award. The list, which was released on Tuesday, was based on a preseason poll of the national NCAA basketball experts who will vote on the award at the end of the season.McLaughlin has been a captain for the Trojans for three years, and he is expected to strongly lead the No. 10 ranked squad this season. He is currently ranked second on the program’s all-time assists list with 457 and is well on track to set the record this year. Last season, McLaughlin averaged 12.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists. He ranks first in career assists and career steals, second in career points and third in career 3-pointers made among all players returning to the Pac-12 for this season.Metu is an equally vital player for the Trojans, starting all 36 games last season while averaging 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds. He came alive in the final 13 games of the season, spiking to an average of 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds and starring in the Trojans’ postseason run.The Wooden Award recognizes the top player in men’s college basketball every year. Last year’s recipient was Frank Mason III, an All-American guard for the Kansas Jayhawks who also picked up AP Player of the Year, the Naismith Award and the USA Today Player of the Year Award.Polling for this year’s award will continue throughout the season, and players not selected for the preseason list can still make their way into finalist contention. The organization will release a midseason list and late season list before releasing the top 15 players in the National Ballot during postseason play.
Government denies casinos a July reopening July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Share John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 David Williams – Rank GroupLondon-listed gambling operator The Rank Group Plc (Rank) continues the restructuring of its senior executive management team, confirming the appointment of industry communications expert David Williams as new Director of Public Affairs. Williams the former long-term Media & PR Director of Ladbrokes UK (2004-2017) joins Rank Group leadership, from newly formed racecourse pool-betting operator, Britbet, where he formerly served as Director of Communications.As new public affairs director, Williams will be tasked with leading communications and external media relationships for Rank UK brands, as the company continues to undertake its group transformation programme.“The opportunity to join John at such an exciting time for the Group has proved irresistible. Ensuring that our public affairs, social positioning and industry relations are compelling and in-tune with wider regulatory affairs has never been so significant. I’ve been struck by just how much attention John and the Rank Board wish to put on this area of the business.”The chance to work alongside a very talented and focused management team, with some great betting and gaming brands, is something that excites me enormously” David Williams commented on joining Rank Group leadership.Updating investors, John O’Reilly, Rank’s Chief Executive backed the appointment of David Williams, detailing that the company had recruited the industry’s best media communications director for a crucial transition period.“David brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to the Group and I am delighted that we have secured him to fulfil what will be a pivotal role as we reposition Rank for success. His energy and passion for our industry, coupled with a track record of delivering successful results will stand us in good stead for the regulatory challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I am looking forward to welcoming him to the management team next month.” Submit Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Related Articles Share