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NFF Saga: Pinnick fails to stop Giwa as court adjourns case to Sept. 25

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Mr Amaju Pinnick on Tuesday failed to stop Chris Giwa from operating in the Glass House as NFF President following the inability of his counsel to raise a motion challenging the Jos Federal High Court’s ex-parte order which installed Giwa in office.

Justice Musa Kurya, the Presiding Judge in the case between Yahaya Adama and Alhaji Aminu Maigari and three others had, on June 5, made an ex-perte order asking Pinnick’s NFF leadership to vacate the Glass House for Giwa-led executive.

But Pinnick, through his counsel, Festus Keyamo (SAN) on July 5, stormed the court with two motions, demanding for the vacation of the order pending the determination of an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.

Unfortunately, the motions could not be heard, due to objection by counsel to Adama and others, Mr Ardzard, which led to the adjournment of the case until Tuesday.

When the case came up again on Tuesday, Keyamo announced his representation for Maigari and Ahmadu, the first and second defendants, as well as Pinnick.

In the course of the appearance, Keyamo was challenged by a new counsel, Mr Shangyula Samuel, who told the court that he was the representative of the defendants.

After much argument before the court over representation of the defendants, Keyamo withdraw his appearance and was left to represent only Pinnick.

Keyamo, however, withdrew his earlier motion filed on May 28, asking Justice Kurya to excuse himself from the case, to enable the Chief Justice of the Federation to assign it to another judge.

That attempt created another argument as Samuel and Adama’s counsel, Mr Patrick Ikwueto (SAN), raised objections.

Consequently, Samuel told the court that he could not continue with the case because he knew little about it.

“My Lord, I am just coming into the matter for the first time and would need more time to enable me to study it very well before making any meaningful submission, ‘’ Samuel told the court.

Although Keyamo objected to the statement, the judge adjourned the case to Sept. 25 for continuation of hearing.

Keyamo informed the court of the danger of not addressing the NFF saga with urgency, warning that FIFA by its letter to Nigeria, had warned of sanction against Nigeria if the proper thing was not done.

The judge said the parties could write to the authorities for a fiat for him to continue if there was anything serious about the case because “I am already on vacation’’.

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Barcelona takes final decision on Suarez to Arsenal

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La Liga champions, Barcelona have finally decided to offer midfielder, Denis Suarez to join Premier League club, Arsenal when the transfer window opens in January.

According to The Independent, Suarez has been told by Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde that he was not in his plans this season at Camp Nou.

The report claimed that Arsenal manager, Unai Emery is eager to get a replacement for the Gunners midfielder, Aaron Ramsey, who is due to leave Emirates at the end of the season when his contract expires in the summer.

The report also claimed that Arsenal will have to battle Valencia who are also interested in signing Suarez.

Suarez has not been a regular starter so far this season under Valverde.

The 24-year-old has only featured once in the Spanish topflight league so far this term as a substitute.

He will hope to feature for Barca when they tackle Levante in the La Liga fixture on Sunday.

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Manchester United players told to ignore Mourinho’s instructions

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Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has told Manchester United players to ignore instructions from manager Jose Mourinho and take matters into their own hands.

The Red Devils travel to Anfield on Sunday to take on title-chasing Liverpool, 16 points behind their bitter rivals.

A much-changed United side slipped to another demoralising defeat against Valencia in midweek and Keown believes Mourinho’s men are turning in the worst performances he has seen in 25 years.

“These performances are some of the worst we’ve seen from United in 25 years,” Keown told Football Focus.

“They are there for the taking – these United players almost need to stop listening to their manager now.

“If this is how they’re being told to play, the players are on their own – I don’t know the identity of this United team.

“They’re almost dreading games. Whether they change the manager is another thing but every game feels like a crisis now.

“Mourinho has an incredible job there but the ‘special one’ has become the ‘lonely one’.

“He’s almost enjoying the process of it coming to an end.”

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2018 Ballon d’Or: Modric slams Ronaldo, Messi; names two best players in the world

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2018 Ballon d’Or winner, Luka Modric has slammed Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona ace, Lionel Messi for not attending this year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony.

Modric ended Messi and Ronaldo’s 10-year stronghold on the award.

After helping Real Madrid win the Champions League, the Croatian also helped his nation reach a World Cup final.

These achievements helped him secure the prestigious award with Ronaldo finishing second and Antoine Griezmann third.

Neither Messi nor Ronaldo attended the ceremony in Paris when the Croatian picked up the Ballon d’Or earlier this month.

“I cannot say why someone did not attend – that’s their choice,” Modric told Sportske Novosti.

“That is logical, is it not? It turns out these choice and trophies only have value when they [Ronaldo and Messi] get them.

“It is not fair to their playing colleagues, or to the voters who have nominated them for the past 10 years – nor for football or supporters.

“But I repeat, everyone behaves the way they think they need to.”

While Modric announced his disappointment at Ronaldo and Messi for choosing to shun the award ceremony, he admitted that they both are still the best two players in the world.

“Here we are talking about seasonal performance,” Modric added.

“And it probably means that all the coaches, players, football legends and journalists have voted the same.

“Or are they all mistaken at the same time?

“If we vote on the quality of the player, then the only thing left is to distribute all the trophies for Messi and Ronaldo as long as they are actively playing and to abandon any vote.”

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