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Maradona sacked as coach of UAE club

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Diego Maradona had only been in charge of the UAE club for 11 months Diego Maradona resigned as coach of United Arab Emirat

Diego Maradona had only been in charge of the UAE club for 11 months
Diego Maradona resigned as coach of United Arab Emirat

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona was sacked at United Arab Emirates (UAE) first division club Fujairah SC on Friday, his lawyer Matias Morla confirmed on Saturday.

After Fujairah SC failed to gain automatic promotion to the Arabian Gulf League (AGL) on Friday, Maradona lost his job at the UAE league.

Fujairah SC had a 1-1 draw with Khorfakkan in their last domestic league match of the season, which meant that Maradona’s team landed third in the UAE table and therefore missed the chance of direct entry into the Arabian Gulf League, reported Dubai’s daily Sports 360 degrees.

However, Fujairah SC still has an opportunity to reach the AGL if they can beat AGL bottom club Hatta in a two-legged playoff next month scheduled on May 9 and May 13, according to the Abu Dhabi daily The National.

The 57-year-old Argentinean took over the UAE’s club in May 2017.

He also coached Dubai’s Al Wasl soccer club from May 2011 to July 2012.

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NFF charges Lobi Stars, Rangers to do more on the continent

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has praised Nigeria’s two representatives in this season’s African club continental competitions, Lobi Stars of Makurdi playing at the CAF Champions League and Rangers International of Enugu who are taking part at the Confederations Cup for their efforts so far.

Lobi Stars are playing at the group stage of the championship alongside Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, ASEC Mimosas of Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco’s Wydad Athletic Club, while Rangers are paired alongside Etoile Sahel FC, CS Sfaxien (both of Tunisia) and Salitas FC of Burkina Faso.

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said while he commends the efforts of the team, they must raise their game so as to qualify from their groups.

“I want to commend the Clubs for their efforts so far in the continent. Both Lobi Stars and Rangers International have been doing well and the NFF and indeed Nigerian ball fans are proud of them.

“However, the road ahead is much rougher. Rangers will be playing two experienced campaigners from Tunisia in the group stage, and we know how tough a challenge the North African teams can pose. It means that Rangers must raise their game against these two and against the Burkinabes to reach the quarter finals.

“Lobi Stars put up a commendable performance in Abidjan against ASEC Mimosas though they lost by the odd goal. Now, they must lift their morale to pick the three points against Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco in order to boost their chances of a place in the quarter finals.”

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NFF expresses shock, mourns Ayodeji Alabi

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The Nigeria Football Federation at the weekend said it was still in rude shock over the death of the Chairman of the Ekiti State Football Association, Mr. Ayodeji Desmond Alabi.

Alabi, who was also the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Ekiti State, was said to have died in Canada on Thursday.

“We are short of words. The Board of the NFF remembers Ayodeji Alabi as one of the strong pillars of the Congress who stood firm in support of association football at all times. The news of his death came as a big shock to the NFF Board, Members of the Congress and other members of the Nigerian Football family.

“We can only pray fervently for the repose of his soul. We pray that God grants his immediate and extended family, the Ekiti State Football Association and the generality of the people of Ondo State, as well as the NFF Congress the fortitude to bear the loss,” Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the South West Football Forum, said on Sunday.

The 41 –year old had been ill for the past six months and travelled to Canada for medical attention, before he passed on Thursday last week.

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The Paralympic Committee Nigeria (PCN) has elected new set of officials for the Executive Board committee of the body.

The election which was held at on January 15, 2019, at the Media Centre of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos, saw the President of the Wheelchair Basketball Federation, Brigadier General Emico Eruwa emerged as the new President after he pulled 8 votes to beat President of the Nigeria Para Powerlifting Federation, Queen Uboh Moses, who had 6 votes and David Anyaele of the Nigeria Sitting Volleyball Federation who pulled 2 votes respectively.

The post of the 1st Vice President went to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Bankole Anderson Abiodun, who emerged unopposed while Akindoju Ifedayo Olaloye of the Wheelchair Tennis Federation was equally elected as the 2nd Vice President unopposed.

Another keenly contested position was the post of the Secretary General where President of the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation Suleiman Isa pulled 9 votes to defeat, the President of the Nigeria Para-Swimming Federation, Otunba Sylvester Ikuejamoye and President of Nigeria Para Athletics Federation, Geoffrey Ogu who scored 4 and 3 votes respectively to emerge as the new Secretary General.

Mr. Odior Sunday Ketu was elected as the assistant Secretary unopposed and same goes to Madam Lawale Modupe Abosede who was elected as Treasurer of the body unopposed.

Other positions include, the Athletes representatives on the board were Ruel Ishaku (male) and Flora Ugwunwa (Female) were earlier elected while 6 zonal representatives were equally elected.

They include, Oyaderin Felix (North Central, Salawu Yekini (North West), Audu Maina (North East), Asaba Pius Idowu (South West), Agbado Douglas (South South) and Sliver Chinedu Ezeikpe (South East).

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