Archive for March 25th, 2016

Football Trending Gist! Johan Cruyff dies of cancer

Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff has died at the age of 68 following a battle with cancer.

Cruyff was diagnosed with lung cancer in October, subsequently undergoing a programme of treatment and describing the recovery process as being “all hands on deck”.

However, Cruyff passed away in Barcelona on Thursday.

A statement on the World of Johan Cruyff website read: “On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer. It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Cruyff is firmly established as one of the greats of the game following an esteemed career with the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands national team.

The stylish playmaker spent 11 years across two spells with Ajax, winning eight Eredivisie titles as well as the European Cup on three successive occasions in the early 1970s.

ruyff lifted one La Liga title during a five-year stint at Barca, and, after a spell in charge of Ajax, he returned to Camp Nou to manage the Catalan giants, where he won four successive Liga crowns while also leading what became known as ‘The Dream Team’ to European glory for the first time in the club’s history in 1992.

A World Cup finalist in 1974, Cruyff was the main playing protagonist of the ‘Total Football’ style employed by both Ajax and the Netherlands national team in their prime in the 1970s.

Cruyff was also a three-time winner of the Ballon d’Or as Fujiipop findings revealed.

Mikel praises Musa for handling captain band to him

New Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has  praised Ahmed Musa for being matured on the issue of Super Eagles captaincy .

Super Eagles interim coach, Samson Siasia, picked midfielder, Mikel Obi as the new captain of the team ahead of Friday’s qualifiers against the Pharaohs of Egypt.

Mikel, who is one of the longest serving players in the Eagles’ squad replaced Ahmed Musa who was named captain of the team under former Eagles handler, Sunday Oliseh.assured Nigerians that the team would beat the Egyptians make the day truly a Good Friday.

He spoke confidently of the tasks ahead soon after he was publicly presented as the new captain of the team in Kaduna.

As the Eagles leader, he said, “I will not let you all down.”

On his first task leading the team Mikel said the Egyptians would be tough but noted that the Eagles would grab the full points.

“The game is going to be a tough one; but we know we have to win. We don’t need to spend more time thinking about Egypt,” he said.

“We need to spend more time on our tactics. We just need to make sure we play to our strengths and win here and also in Egypt.”

Mikel became the captain on Thursday after Ahmed Musa relinquished the position at a press briefing in Kaduna. Musa, who was named captain by former Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh in controversial circumstance, said he stepped aside to “right the wrong” previously done.

Mikel was the vice-captain to the former Eagles skipper Vincent Enyeama. He first played for the Eagles in 2005, while CSKA Moscow winger Ahmed Musa made his first  appearance for Nigeria years later.

On Thursday Musa said, “Something happened before I was made the captain of the Super Eagles then. There was a mix-up. But right now, we have a new administration. Mikel is my senior and a big brother. So, Mikel is the captain, not me.”

Mikel hailed him as a “wonderful professional” and exhaustively commended his courage.

Nigeria coach Samson Siasia then named Musa the vice-captain.

“I want to thank Ahmed Musa for being a wonderful professional,” he remarked.

“It takes a man to come out and do what Ahmed Musa has done today. So, I commend him a lot for doing that.”

And later on Thursday the Nigeria Football Federation boss, Amaju Pinnick, praised Kaduna fans for their patriotism.

Pinnick, leading a delegation of NFF officials to Sir Kashim Ibrahim House to meet Kaduna Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, said the support the Eagles had in Kaduna in the past was dogmatic.

“Kaduna fans will cheer you from the beginning to the end of the match,” Pinnick told el-Rufai, adding “Kaduna turf is the best in Africa now.”

The governor, in response said sports, football in particular, remained the only unifying factor in the country.

He disclosed the state’s preparedness to introduce schools sports as a way of discovering talents. The governor remains optimistic that Nigeria will beat Egypt.

“By coming to Kaduna, Egypt have made a mistake because they are going to lose,” he said



Why Saraki lose at CCT

All eyes is really on Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki as you read.On Thursday,the Code of Conduct Tribunal dismissed the motion by Saraki, seeking to quash the 13 counts of false and anticipatory asset declaration preferred against him.

The Danladi Umar-led tribunal resolved all the issues raised by the Senate President against him and affirmed that it had jurisdiction to hear the case.

Umar, who read the ruling, directed that the next thing was for the prosecution to open its case.

Thursday made the second time the tribunal would be affirming its jurisdiction to preside over Saraki’s trial, the Senate President having earlier challenged it up till when the Supreme Court validated his trial in its judgment delivered on February 5, 2016.

In its ruling on Thursday, Umar ruled that contrary to Saraki’s contention, the Attorney-General of the Federation was competent to institute charges before the CCT.

The tribunal ruled that Saraki’s contention that he was being prosecuted for offences allegedly committed about 13 years ago was out of place.

The CCT chairman agreed with the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) that, that the argument by Saraki that there must be official complaint against him within a reasonable time of his submitting the declaration, was baseless.

The tribunal chairman held that there could be no clearance by implication, unless it was expressly stated by the statutes and time never ran against the state.

“It is not out of place to charge the accused person now and ask him to answer to the charges against him as there is no statute of limitation in relation to his case,” Umar said.

The CCT chairman rejected Saraki’s contention that the Attorney General of the Federation was without powers to initiate and prosecute cases before the tribunal.

It also faulted  Saraki’s reliance on its (CCT’s) earlier ruling dismissing the charges against a former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu.

Saraki had argued that under section 3(d) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act,  the Code  Code of Conduct Bureau ought to have confronted him with the alleged infractions in his asset declaration forms before charges were instituted against him.

The Senate President is being prosecuted by the Federal Government for the alleged breaches in the four forms which he submitted to the CCB as  Governor of Kwara State between 1999 and 2007.

He contended in his motion that the CCB’s failure to confront him with the alleged infractions had rendered the charges incompetent.

The CCT held on Thursday that it had since realised that the ruling discharging Tinubu on that grounds was made in error.

It ruled, “The accused persons relied on the decision of this tribunal in the Federal Republic of Nigerian versus Bola Tinubu that was delivered on November 30, 2011. That decision was given per incuriam (given without following principles of law).”

He held that the provision of Paragraph 3(e) of Part I of the 3rd Schedule to the 1999 Constitution had removed  and omitted the proviso relied on by the Senate President.

“That proviso that is repeated in Section 3(d) of the CCB/T Act cannot be sustained any longer under the 1999 Constitution. The decision in Tinubu’s case was given per incuriam and the tribunal should not follow such a decision,” he said.

The tribunal chairman dismissed Saraki’s claim that he was denied a fair hearing because he was not invited to make a written statement before the filing of the charges.

He held that the argument was premature and could be raised during the hearing of the substantive case.

“The motion by the defendant to quash the charge against him is refused. In the final analysis, the tribunal assumes jurisdiction in this case. The prosecution is to invite its witness,” he ruled.

After the ruling, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said he was ready to go on with the case as his first prosecution witness was in court.

But the lead defence counsel, Mr. Kanu Agabi (SAN), asked for an adjournment to prepare for trial.

The tribunal chairman agreed with the defence counsel, insisting that criminal cases must not be rushed.

He noted that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, was though aimed at achieving expeditious hearing of criminal cases, the CCT recognised  the need for the accused person to be given adequate time to prepare its defence.

He said, “We do not need to rush. We need to proceed carefully in the interest of justice and to ensure that justice is done to all parties.

“The ACJ Act did not say the defendants should not be given adequate time to prepare its defence.”

The trial was adjourned till April 5.

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