Monday, July 16, 2018

LMC stands by its Governance Regulations


Refutes allegations against its Directors

The attention of the League Management Company Ltd (LMC) has been drawn to a statement by a group claiming to be the “Board of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF)” in clear contravention of the known football governance statutes and regulations and also purporting to direct the Chairman of LMC Shehu Dikko and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salihu Abubakar to step aside on grounds of an alleged committal to prison of the two officers by a Jos High Court in 2016  for contempt of court in the case involving one Mustapha Abubakar  (suing for Giwa FC) and LMC.

The LMC has so far maintained a studied silence since the contrived crisis in the NFF took root as we always believed the extant football rules, regulations and statutes would ultimately prevail and the company would want to, in line with its own governance rules, maintain this stance.

It needs to be stated, however, that the so-called committal which was done ex-parte (in the absence of the officers) was appealed in 2016 and quashed by the Court of Appeal, Jos Division, in April 2017. Given the shocking violation of the rules of fair hearing in the proceedings and conduct of the case at first instance, the Lower Court  Judge was reported to the Nigeria Judicial Commission (NJC) for misconduct, by LMC.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Of Russian babies (again), missing journalist and home cooking.

Even Tuface wasn't impressed.
I haven’t been able to pen down my diaries for almost three days because I've been mentally exhausted for that period.

Nigeria’s loss to Argentina made things worse and then I suffered food poisoning because I ate some local Naija rice and topped it up with some chicken wings from KFC.

Omo, I no fit sleep. Na shit wey I shit no be here sha. Feel free to laugh but I wish you same per what you are laughing at right now. I had to go get fluids to replace what I had lost.

Ademola Olajire was very helpful and linked me up with a doctor but by then I was feeling better and elected not to take any other drugs again.

No be for Russia I go come sick.

Back to the matter.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Russia Diaries: Ahmed Musa Issa goal, more eba and future Nigerian-Russians.

I've been really tired and stressed out of recent so penning a diary was kinda difficult. I'm sorry again this is coming late. A kinda summary but I do hope you enjoy reading this piece.

So we did the fan fest thing with Tobi Adepoju, Deji Adegbenro and Aro Olaoluwa and it was a massive hit.

I wonder why we didn’t think of going for such events in the first place. It was all fun as we met with a lotta folks from different countries.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Inside Russia 2018: Nigeria Senate Minority Leader ecstatic over Musa brace

Former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Senator Goodwill Akpabio is excited with the performance of Super Eagles of Nigeria, even as he revealed what happened to him in   Volgograd arena, where super eagles recorded their first Group D victory at the ongoing Russia 2018 FIFA world. caught up with the distinguished senator of the federal republic of Nigeria at Volgograd international airport as he was leaving for another city in Russia,  Moscow.

"I feel very excited witnessing the first victory of super eagles in Russia. although the first half was flooded with errors coming back from the first half Recess I saw a new super eagles who were  more purposeful to make Nigeria proud as good ambassadors" says Akpabio 

Akpabio also revealed that he was so enthralled by the goals that he fell off his seat.

" Out of excitement, I actually  fell on the floor and I had to be supported back to my feet immediately I knew the two goals from Ahmed  Musa were  enough for us to keep our hope alive in the quest to qualify for the next stage of this prestigious tourney"  Akpabio Articulated

Goodwill Akpabio who is the Senate minority leader further described super eagles as Spartans due to massive support gathered by  Iceland fans, at Volgograd arena.

" We were playing against over 47,000 people and not 11 players from Iceland, but the entirety of Iceland as a country is very small and that somehow prompted their moves into Volgograd Arena to show uncommon support for their players as the country is not far from Russia.  

"Despite that the Eagle's commitment level was high, It would have been an easier for Iceland to truncate it.   I believed one goal would keep the Iceland fans quite even as Nigeria extended it to two goals.

" Africa is obviously elevated so also the  spirit of  Nigerians will rise  with the great  performance of our darling team Super Eagles, as I even lost my voice due to the uncommon victory" Akpabio disclosed 

 Earlier before the match against Iceland Senate president Bukola Saraki, Senator Goodwill Akpabio and some selected Distinguished Senators of The Republic of Nigeria, who  were invited by Russia Parliament / Council of Russian Federation,  on   a parliamentary mission ( inter-parliamentary visit) used the opportunity to visit  the  super eagles camp, in Volgograd  to give them moral supports as patriotic Citizens even as they joined other spectators to witness eagles victory over Iceland.     

The super eagles of Nigeria are placed 2nd in group D below Croatia as Iceland and Argentina are 3rd and 4th respectively going into the last group matches of Russia 2018 World Cup.

By Aro Olaoluwa

Emeka Ezeibe's Player Ratings: Nigeria vs Iceland.

FRANCIS UZOHO: Showed composure for the entire duration of the match. 
Charged at his defence and co-ordinated them properly. Kept us in the game especially
 in the first half. 7
LEON BALOGUN: Played with maturity and seems to improve with each game. 
Surged forward on some occasions. 6

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Eight thousand naira for Semo & Egusi, dumped by a Mexican and other stories..

Recording and then the wind messed up things
The past few days has been one of fun and anguish all mixed in one bowl of Russian cold and wind.

I’ve managed to explore the areas around my hotel so right now I know where to go to get what I need. I managed to also show some folks where they can do their shopping and get the nearest thing to jollof rice which is our stable meal for now.

A very wise Nigerian in St. Petersburg decided to start cooking for Nigerians which I thought was a good gesture but here is the catch.

A plate of semovita and egusi soup costs the equivalent of N8,000.

No, I’m not joking. 8 taaasannd!!!.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

My thoughts on Nigeria and Africa at Russia 2018 -So far.

Sorry this is coming a bit late.

A video chronicling Nigeria's loss to Croatia and how the other African countries have fared in the World Cup. Since I recorded, Morocco lost 1-0 to Portugal and before that Egypt were roasted 3-1 by hosts Russia.

The result meant both sides are effectively out of the tournament.

Senegal were able to restore some African pride by defeating Poland 2-1 on Tuesday. Nigeria will be up against Iceland on Friday in a must win game and I'll be there to work and also cheer them.

Do take a listen and don't forget to drop your thoughts on Nigeria so far at Russia 2018.

Follow me on Twitter @RandaAndrew and let's take the conversation there.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Jennifer Okoye on Nigeria's 2-0 loss to Croatia.

Jennifer Okoye obviously wasn't happy with Nigeria's 2-0 loss to Croatia.She explains what she thinks went wrong and what should be done.

Post match reaction- Jane Nweze on Nigeria's loss to Croatia

Jane Nweze, who is in Russia and was at the Super Eagles game against Russia drops her 20 kobo on the loss, what she thinks went wrong and what the Eagles need to do to get back on track.

Agree or disagree?

You can follow her on Twitter @JaneONweze

Monday, June 18, 2018

Russia Diaries II - Eagles downed, Visa/Mastercard wahala and more

Touch down Kalinigrad
 Match Day was cool, had to wake up early to do some interviews with a few Nigeria stations ( I go soon begin charge, Russia expensive) breakfast and then a dash to the airport for the flight to Kalinigrad where the Eagles were due to play Croatia.

Oh! I promised to tell y’all about how one of us almost got deported yeah?….

Well turns out that her FAN ID read her gender as ‘male’ instead of ‘female’. The guys at the Russian Immigration were threatening to put her back on the plane.

Wasn’t a nice sight at all but kudos to the representative of the Nigerian Immigration Service who was able to sort the issue out and she was able to join us at the bus park.

How dem go say you fly half way across the world and then you go begin go house? No be her portion lai lai.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Russia Diaries 1- Of jet-lag, DM sliding and more

I should have done this two days ago but a whole lotta factors militated against my daily Russia diary. 
Flying halfway across the world to Russia is a challenge and then there is the stress of connecting flights, navigating airports, time zones and jet-lag.

Typing this is a struggle but I promised a few folks I was gonna do this so here we go.

Two weeks ago I had given up on coming to Russia to cover the tournament. My sponsors started giving me excuses. Las las rug was pulled under my feet. I was disappointed and started making arrangements to follow the game at home.

I missed the 2014 edition in Brazil due to ill-health and other personal reasons and I was sad that 2018 was going to pass me by.

Nigeria vs Croatia: Player ratings

I had a very long day yesterday. The logistics to cover this World Cup na die....Wait this isn't about that.
My man Emeka Ezeibe came up with his player ratings for the Nigeria v Croatia game. If you done with church and have calmed down a bit then please read this.
Do you agree or disagree?
Hit him up on Twitter -@emekaezeibe and continue the convo there.
FRANCIS UZOHO: Was decent and composed through out the game. Couldn't do much to prevent the goals and was barely tested. 6.
ABDULLAHI SHEHU:Didn’t improve much from his last two games and seems to be the weakest link at the back. One wonders why Tyrone didn’t get to start the match. 4
BRYAN IDOWU: Was solid and pushed forward at times. Wasn’t really disturbed by the Croatians. 5
LEON BALOGUN:Had a much more improved game compared to the friendlies. Was solid and composed at the back. His best game from the last two he played. 6
WILLIAM TROOST: A below par performance.The low point of his game was wrestling down Mandzukic for the resultant penalty kick.Flop of the match in my opinion. 2

WILFRED NDIDI: Moved back and fort with timely interceptions. 
An invaluable asset to the team. Provided enough shield for the two center backs. 7.

OGHENEKARO ETEBO:Was outstanding,tackled and dribbled with finesse. Was the most inspiring and motivated pushing forward. Lifted his game after the own goal but was let down by his team mates.Man of the match. 8.5
ALEX IWOBI: Did well to control the ball on few occasions he pushed forward. Not one of his best matches but should have finished the match in his preferred role. 6
MIKEL OBI: Played out of position and was not able to distribute his trademark long ball upfront. Seems lethargic at times. 5

VICTOR MOSES:Was more of a falling spree for him.Lacked his usual ball control and intelligence.His final touch was awful to say the least. 3.5
ODION IGHALO:Was isolated through out the game save for a weak header in the second half. 4
IHEANACHO, NWANKWO & MUSA:Didn’t see much of the ball or make an impact as the team had already become downcast from the goals conceded. 6

EXTRA NOTES: Mikel shouldn’t play upfront again as he was ineffectual.

Ighalo should be dropped for Iheanacho.
Croatia not that superb after all;but we lost.
Gernot Rohrs inability to define midfield duo or trio caused us the match.
We are Height disadvantaged.

FINAL NOTE:Our next match is a must win and loosing this match is either a Kiss of Death or we've finally Kissed the competition good bye.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Nigeria v Czech Republic- Player Ratings 2

Alex Iwobi was Nigeria star of the show as Husbauer, Sourcek and Barak struggled to stifle him and Abdullahi had a day to forget for Nigeria.


Uzoho Francis- Preferred to Daniel Akpeyi, he had a lot to do in the first half of the game, making a lot brilliant save to keep the score even as he denied Patrik Schick from a close range. There was little he could do to prevent the opening goal as he once again showed his brilliant reflexes and pull off a glorious save from Tomas Soucek header but Tomas Kalas was in position to hit home the rebound. 7/10

Troost-Ekong- Marshalled the back three impeccably and made a couple of important blocks and clearance, but a bit shaky when contesting for aerial balls. 6

Leon Balogun- Not best of a display expected from the Mainz defender, he was uneasy, shaky and frequently rushed off his feet; was not comfortable with what was thrown at him but manage to win some duels against Schick. 6/10

John Oguh- Though he was slotted to the left-hand side of the 3man defence which Rohr employed in the first half. Though some clumsy passes from him he was rarely troubled and looked assured when needed; he formed a crucial part of the defence and was a threat in the Czech box. He was unlucky not to have scored from a set piece as he floats his header just over the bar and a call for a penalty as he was hauled down in the box. 6.5/10

Abdullahi Shehu- Never really got into his stride; was always found wanting in his position and also lacks the pace going forward.
Was kept on the back foot until he was replaced by Tryonne. 4/10

Bryan Idowu- Quiet going forward and a little clumsy defensively. Presented with the chance to assist Ighalo for Nigeria's equaliser but he rather took the chance himself and his effort on goal was over the crossbar. 5/10

Wilfred Ndidi: Was asked to stifle and break-up play which he ultimately tried to do. There were some wayward passes from which can be excused for the fact he is returning from injury. he was unlucky not to have gotten the equaliser when his ferocious shot from the edge of the box was blocked by Tomas Vaclik. 6/10

Mikel Obi- Tried to dictate the midfield tempo with some busting run down the middle of the park. He linked up well with Iwobi and later Tyronne but was unfortunate that Idowu couldn't get anything out of his run into the box with the ball. Sometime slow in decision making and holding too much on the ball. 5.5/10

Victor Moses- Showed glimpses of quality and, occasionally, nimble footwork but was sloppy in possession. He tends to do the most simple things in a difficult way. Another frustrating outing for the Nigerian wide man. 4/10

Alex Iwobi- The best player on the pitch. Displayed guile and class, typified by his willingness to collect the ball from the defence to start attacks and also creating space. Was still running when everybody else was walking.  7.5/10

Odion Ighalo- Hard the most difficult job on the pitch to play as a lone striker but he did linked-up well with Iwobi on few occasions and gave Nigeria constant attacking threat. could have scored had Idowu layed a pass to him. 7/10


Tyronne Ebuehi (Abdullahi 46) Was a constant threat down the flank. Had few chances to push forward with good link-up play with Mikel and Ndidi. 6.5/10

Elderson (for Idowu 69);
Had little to offer in the game and barely went forward. His pace was put into test when a pass meant for him was intercepted. 3/10

 Simi Nwankwo (Ighalo 69). Had little to offer as the advantage of his hight was well snuff out by the Czech defenders. 3/10

Ahmed Musa (Moses 79) Had little to offer but his only contribution was when he timed his run too early and was flagged offside by the linesman. NA

Kelechi Iheanacho (Mikel 80) prefered Ighalo over him to start and was ineffective off the bench. NA

Gernot Rohr.
Preferred a 3-4-3/3-5-2 in the first half with little or no effect of his tactical master plan working on the game as his side lacks urgency and quick transition from defence to attack. He quickly changed things up in the 2nd half but was unfortunate not to have gone home with a draw. 5/10

by Guest Writer