Archive for July 8th, 2014

(Sports) When Keshi Lied @tj_shetade

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Would you agree Steven Keshi lie on the speculation that he has entered agreement to coash South Africa Football Team?

South Africa Football Association (SAFA) on Monday said it has not offered job to Stephen Keshi, as the Head Coach of the Bafana Bafana.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja last week, Keshi said he already had offer from South Africa, but said he would stay with the Super Eagles if the new package is attractive.

But speaking from Brazil, SAFA President Danny Jordan said they have not entered into discussion with any coach or representative of any coach regarding coaching job.

His words, “Reports coming through and carried out by several media outlets are quoting Mr Keshi alleging he has an offer on the table from SAFA,” read a SAFA statement released on Monday.

“There is no iota of truth in this statement.

“SAFA has not offered any coach the Bafana Bafana coaching job and we don’t take kindly to such rumours.

“It is not true because SAFA has not entered into a discussion with any coach or a representative of any coach”.

(Sports) Maigari Was Arrested on Corruption, NFF Writes FIFA

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Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Monday dispatched a letter to Zurich, the headquarters of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to keep the leadership abreast of the recent development in Nigerian football.

We gathered that the letter was dispatched ahead of FIFA’s deadline. The world soccer ruling body had threatened to refer Nigeria’s case to its disciplinary committee for appropriate sanction should Nigeria fail to reinstate the Aminu Maigari-led Executive Board latest by Tuesday, June 8, 2014.

The letter sent to FIFA detailed the process leading to the convening of the Extra-Ordinary Congress that dissolved the Maigari-led Board last Saturday.

According to the letter, NFF posited that the Congress was summoned in line with its Statues.

It was also learnt that another letter was written, detailing corruption charges being levelled against the NFF President, Aminu Maigari that compelled the operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) to invite him for questioning on arrival from Brazil.

Specifically, Nigerian Government wants Maigari to account for N2. 6 billion released to him for the 2014 World Cup, the N2.8 billion left in the Federation coffers by his predecessor, Sani Lulu Abdullahi, as well as hundreds of million naira he receives as monthly as allocation from government.

The letter also reminded FIFA bosses that the tenure of Maigari’s board expires in August, assuring that the NFF would conduct fresh election in line with the NFF and FIFA statues to usher in new Executive Board.

Apart from the letter a powerful Federal Government delegation is also billed to meet with the leadership of FIFA to reassure that government would not interfere in the running of football but only concerns with gross misappropriation of funds.

Prompt News recalls that FIFA had in a letter signed by Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, described the recent development in Nigerian football as “very worrisome and an undue interference”.

Valcke, said the World football ruling body noted the court order restraining him and the executive from running Nigerian football; the appointment of an acting Secretary General; as well as an Extra-Ordinary congress conveyed for Saturday.

FIFA reiterated its resolve not to recognise “any person or organ not elected in compliance with the NFF Statues (Article 17, par 2 and 3 of FIFA Statues) and therefore will not consider the appointment made by the Minister of Sports.

The letter reads in part, “Additionally, we will not recognise any decision taken by the above mentioned Extra-Ordinary Congress which will be considered null and void.

“An elective congress has been duly conveyed by the NFF for 26 August, 2014 and only decisions, persons elected then will be considered legitimate.

“We ask that you respectfully inform the relevant authorities that if the aforementioned NFF officials are not fully reinstated by Tuesday, July 8, 2014, we will have no choice but to refer the case to the appropriate FIFA organ for sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF”.

Meanwhile, a member of the dissolved Executive Board who attended the Extra-Ordinary Congress allayed the fears that the Congress contravened FIFA Statues, saying it was convened and conducted in line with the NFF Statues.

According to the source who is also chairman of a State Football Association, “some of my colleagues who are State Chairmen made terrible mistakes by keeping away from the Congress that was properly conveyed.

“Some of them sent their secretaries some sent representatives forgetting that once a State FA send representative, he or she automatically becomes a delegate and any decision taken will be bidding on such State that sent representative.

“So, it is funny that some of them are now saying they were not part of the meeting when they actually sent representatives”.

It will be recalled that the Extra-Ordinary Congress in dissolving the NFF Executive Board, accused Maigari, of secrecy in the finances of the Federation.

Delegates present also “bemoaned the unfortunate incident of the international embarrassment caused the Nigeria nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, by failure of the Aminu Maigari-led NFF to fully and firmly resolve issues of finance with the Super Eagles ahead of the championship.
“Congress accused the Maigari administration of abuse of NFF Statues in its constitution of the NFF Electoral Committee, by altering the list of persons approved by the Congress at the 2013 General Assembly.

“The Extra-Ordinary Congress unanimously endorsed the dissolution of the Aminu Maigari-led NFF Executive Committee, and immediate termination of the employment of all management staff.
“The Congress also endorsed the dissolution of the Boards of the Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women League ans the Nigeria Nationwide League.
“The Vice Chairmen are to take over the running of the Leagues and report to the Acting General Secretary of NFF.
“Congress approved the appointment of Mr. Lawrence Katken as Acting Secretary General of the NFFF, pending the appointment of a substantive General Secretary.

Prompt News reports

(Entertainment News) Davido Wines & Dines With Rwanda President @tj_shetade

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On July 4th, Rwandans celebrated their annual Liberation Day celebrations at Amahoro national stadium in Kigali. Davido was the headline act for this year and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda welcomed the BET winner with his wife and children at the airport.

The concert which started that night was headlined by Africa’s biggest act Davido. The 21 year old hit maker performed to 60, 000 excited fans. When it was time for his back to back hits Gobe, ‘Skelewu’ and ‘Aye’, the crowd went ballistic. There were 9 East African presidents at the show that night; Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta were among the presidents at the show.

After the show Davido was invited to perform Aye at the President’s home, however, no cameras were allowed during that time

(Nollywood) Star Actress, Mimi Wins Best New Face Award In Tanzania @tj_shetade

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Fast rising movie star, Miram “Mimi” Orjiekwe has won the award for the Best New Face in Nollywood at the annual African Film Development awards.
The award ceremony held on June 19th 2014, during the 17th edition of Zanzibar International Film festival in Tanzania.
According to the organizers of the awards/festival, Mr Mykel Parish, Mimi was bestowed with the award based on her extraordinary display of talent in the movie, Mission to Grave. Veteran movie producer, Andy Boyo also won the award for best Africa movie producer with his latest effort, Cobra. Peace Anyiam, the organiser of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) was honoured with a special recognition awards for her contribution to the growth of African Cinema while Richard Mofe Damijo got a lifetime achievement awards.
Africa Films Developemt awards is a project of Africa Film Development foundation aimed at celebrating and recognising outstanding individuals and bodies who have contributed towards the development of African movies. Speaking on her new award Mimi, a business administration graduate of Carista University says “ I am excited about it. I have won couple of awards but this feels special. I am challenged to do better and want to say a big thank you to my fans for their support”

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