The Super Eagles team has shunned today’s press conference ahead of their next Group B clash against the Syli Nationale of Guinea billed for the Alexandria Stadium on Wednesday because they were locked in a meeting to deliberate on the non – payment of their bonuses and allowances.
The media representative of the team had announced that the team’s official press conference will hold 11 am today at the press centre of Alexandria Stadium and it will begin training 4.30pm at The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport which is open for the press for the first 15 minutes only.
“Media Alert. Our official press conference holds 11am tomorrow, Tuesday. Venue: Alexandria Stadium. Our official training starts at 4.30pm at The Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport and is open for FIRST 15 MINUTES ONLY.”
Al Nassir striker and vice-captain of the team, Ahmed Musa was expected to attend the pre-match conference along with the team’s coach, Gernot Rohr, but stayed back at the hotel with the rest of his teammates to discuss the issue.
Completesports.com reports that the players who have kept silent on the issue since they started preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt are now ready to take the matter up with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Recall that a few days ago, a vice president of the NFF, had in a statement said allowances for the team have been sorted before the tournament.
Such was the same with the Flying Eagles, who also protested over the non-payment of their bonuses refusing to leave their hotel following their elimination at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.
The Super Falcons, who just got knocked out of the FIFA Women World Cup in France staged a similar protest on Saturday.
Gernot Rohr’s men will take on Guinea on Wednesday at the Alexandria Stadium.
Ruiz hit me so hard that I couldn’t remember where he was – Anthony Joshua
Former world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has revealed that his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr had been predicted five years ago by his uncle.
The Mexican boxer caused an upset king by knocking out the Nigerian-born boxer four times New York on June 1 before referee Mike Griffin eventually waved the fight off before the end of the seventh round.
Joshua who had vowed to bounce back after he was dethroned by the 25-1 outsider which was described as the biggest shocks in boxing history.
It could be recalled that in 2014, AJ’s uncle predicted that Ruiz Jr would cause a stir in the heavyweight division.
“I remember years ago my uncle wrote out a list of all the heavyweights and next to Andy Ruiz Jr he wrote ‘upset king’ believe it or not.
“This was around 2014 he gave me that list,” He said on his YouTube channel.
The British boxer also claimed that he got hit so hard during the fight that he did not know where he was.
“I couldn’t even really remember where I was at the time but I just knew that I was in for a fight.
“I knew that I should be here [on the canvas], so I just got to my feet and we went again.
“Ruiz done well, hit me with a good shot and I just couldn’t recover from it and that was it.”
Pinnick’s tenure as CAF 1st vice president was not renewed – NFF
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has stated that the tenure of its president, Amaju Pinnick, as CAF 1st vice president was not renewed.
Congolese Omari Constant has reportedly replaced Pinnick as the Confederation of African Football 1st vice president while Mauritania FA boss, Fouzi Lekjaa and South Africa’s Danny Jordaan are now the 2nd and 3rd vice presidents of the continent’s football governing body respectively.
A statement from the NFF Communications Department said Pinnick’s tenure as CAF 1st vice president was not renewed by Ahmad after it expired on Thursday, due to “fundamental differences on focus and direction.”
“The term of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick as the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football along with that of the 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents expired today,” the statement read.
“In line with Article 22(4) of the CAF Statutes, every two years when elections are held at the CAF Congress (as took place on Thursday), the CAF Executive Committee on the proposal of the CAF president, elects a 1st, 2nd and 3rd vice president respectively from among its members.
This means that the renewal of Pinnick’s tenure was not proposed by the CAF president because of fundamental differences on focus and direction.
“It has however been an excellent opportunity to serve as the number two football administrator in the entire African continent and my commitment to the game is perpetual while my support for my colleagues in the Executive Committee remains steadfast. I congratulate, Omari, Lekja and Danny on the assumption of their new roles as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice CAF Presidents respectively,” Pinnick was quoted as saying in the statement.
Recall that the NFF president replaced former Ghana FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, as CAF’s 1st Vice President in June 2018, following a FIFA ban to Nyantakyi, over a corruption case.
It was gathered that the decision not to renew Pinnick’s tenure was reportedly taken at the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Cairo on Thursday, on the eve of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
According to reports, CAF president Ahmad Ahmad, who replaced longest-serving Issa Hayatou in 2017, no longer have the support of Pinnick, who played a key role in his emergence as the new head of the continental football body.
The relationship of the duo had been frosty since the Nigerian became the vice president, with Pinnick’s decision to walk out of a controversial vote to order for a replay of the 2019 CAF Champions League final, believed to be the final straw that broke the camel’s back.
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