FIFA Organizes Summit In Lagos

The FIFA Executive Football Summit holds in Lagos at the Eko Hotels and Suites on Tuesday.

According to the Nigeria Football Federation, will presiding over the meeting is FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CAF President Ahmad and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura will also be in attendance.

Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland and  Dominican Republic football associations’  leaders  arealso expected to grace the summit.

Others are the presidents of Grenada, Guyana, Turkey and Caicos Islands, Denmark, Macedonia, Lithuania, San Marino, Sweden and Nigeria’s football associations.

“The summit, one of only 12 being staged across the universe between November 2017 and March 2018, is part of FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s vision of bringing FIFA back to football and football back to FIFA,”  the NFF said on their official website on Monday.

“ It comes less than 24 hours after the inaugural edition of the Aiteo-NFF Football Awards that shook the same facility to its foundation on Monday night.”

 

 

FIFA Congratulates Moses On Aiteo/NFF Player of the Year Award

Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has congratulated Nigeria and Chelsea star Victor Moses for blinching the NFF Player of the year Award for men at the inaugural 2018 Aiteo/NFF Awards held on Monday.

The event was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Moses was won the award beating  his national team mate and Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, and Home-based Eagles striker, Anthony Okpotu.

“Congratulations, Victor Moses! How far do you think Victor and Nigeria Super Eagles will go at the WorldCup this summer?” FIFA tweeted on their official World Cup Twitter handle on Tuesday.

Other recipient at the awards included Asisat Oshoala who was crowned Player of the Year for Women, Kennedy Boboye and Ann Chiejine won Coach of the Year for Men and Women respectively.

Super Falcons up and coming star, Rasheedat Ajiboye, was presented with Young Player of the Year with Home-based Eagles defender, Ikouwem Udoh was picked in the men’s category.

Other awards saw MFM’s Sikiru Olatunbosun awarded Goal of the Season, El Kanemi Warriors won Fans of the Season, Remo Stars were awarded with the Fair Play award and FIFA President, Gianni Infantino went home with the Platinum award.

Also, there was awards for Nigeria’s eleven greatest players which had Ann Chiejine, Austin Eguavoen, Christian Chukwu, Okechukwu Uche, Felix Owolabi, Segun Odegbami, Adokiye Amiesimaka, Thompson Usiyen, Mercy Akide, Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu.

FIFA Congratulates Moses On Aiteo/NFF Player of the Year Award

Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has congratulated Nigeria and Chelsea star Victor Moses for blinching the NFF Player of the year Award for men at the inaugural 2018 Aiteo/NFF Awards held on Monday.

The event was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Moses was won the award beating  his national team mate and Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, and Home-based Eagles striker, Anthony Okpotu.

“Congratulations, Victor Moses! How far do you think Victor and Nigeria Super Eagles will go at the WorldCup this summer?” FIFA tweeted on their official World Cup Twitter handle on Tuesday.

Other recipient at the awards included Asisat Oshoala who was crowned Player of the Year for Women, Kennedy Boboye and Ann Chiejine won Coach of the Year for Men and Women respectively.

Super Falcons up and coming star, Rasheedat Ajiboye, was presented with Young Player of the Year with Home-based Eagles defender, Ikouwem Udoh was picked in the men’s category.

Other awards saw MFM’s Sikiru Olatunbosun awarded Goal of the Season, El Kanemi Warriors won Fans of the Season, Remo Stars were awarded with the Fair Play award and FIFA President, Gianni Infantino went home with the Platinum award.

Also, there was awards for Nigeria’s eleven greatest players which had Ann Chiejine, Austin Eguavoen, Christian Chukwu, Okechukwu Uche, Felix Owolabi, Segun Odegbami, Adokiye Amiesimaka, Thompson Usiyen, Mercy Akide, Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu.

Infantino Says FIFA Will Decide VAR Endorsement In March

FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday said football’s governing body will decide next month whether to officially endorse the video assistant referee, a move that could see the controversial technology used at the World Cup.

VAR, so far trialled in nearly 1,000 matches, reviews key moments linked to goals, penalty decisions, straight red card decisions and cases of mistaken identity.

Its merits have been vigorously debated by football fans and pundits across the world, with some criticising the introduction of tech for slowing down the game.

Speaking in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, Infantino raised the prospect of VAR being co-opted into the rules of the global game well in time for the World Cup in Russia.

“On the 3rd of March, we will decide whether the video assistant refereeing will be part of the laws of the game and will become an official help for referees or not,” the FIFA chief told reporters.

Infantino, who has previously endorsed the system, said he is “confident and positive” ahead of next month’s meeting.

“In 2018 we cannot anymore afford that everyone in the stadium and everyone in front of a TV screen can see within a few minutes on his phone whether the referee has made a big mistake or not, and the only one who cannot see it is the referee.

“So if we can help the referee then we should do it,” he said.

Infantino heads to Cambodia after his one-day trip to Vietnam, where he congratulated the country’s Under-23 squad for making it to the the finals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship last month.

Though the team lost to Uzbekistan, the tournament sparked fervour in football-mad Vietnam, which has yet to clinch any major global titles.

Infantino raised the prospect of Asian nations joining the World Cup in 2026 when the number of eligible teams will jump to 48.

He also lavished praise on the next World Cup hosts, Russia, saying the tournament in June would be the best yet.

“Preparations in Russia are very, very well on track, the stadiums are beautiful, the infrastructure is there, the airports are operational, hotels are there,” he said.

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New York Jury Finds 2 Ex-FIFA Chiefs Guilty Of Corruption

A jury in New York has found two South American ex-FIFA chiefs guilty of corruption. They are Jose Maria Marin, former head of Brazil’s Football Confederation and Juan Angel Napout, former head of Paraguayan football.

And promptly, the once-powerful pair were remanded into custody.

The panel will return after Christmas to deliberate on the fate of a third defendant, former Peru boss Manuel Burga.

The seven-week trial in a Brooklyn federal court exposed endemic criminal activity at the heart of the world’s most popular sport, two and a half years after the United States unveiled the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer.

On the sixth day of deliberations, Marin, 85, was convicted on six of seven counts, and Napout, 59, on three out of five, in connection with bestowing television and marketing rights to soccer matches.

They were quickly remanded into custody, as marshals in plain clothes burst into the room to surround the men. Napout had just enough time to hand a watch, neck chain and belt to his wife, who sat in the gallery for the verdict with their children.

“The defendants are facing very significant potential sentences,” said Judge Pamela Chen, dismissing pleas from defense lawyers against immediate incarceration. Marin takes medication for depression and hypertension, his lawyer said.

Under federal regulations, Marin and Napout each face at least 10 years in prison. Each conviction carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

“I don’t think there are real reasons for appeal,” said Chen.

Manuel Burga: to know fate next week
But the jury said they had not yet reached consensus on Burga, 60, who faces one count of racketeering conspiracy. They will return to resume deliberations on Tuesday.

Government prosecutors indicted 42 officials and marketing executives, as well as the sports company Traffic, and detailed 92 alleged crimes to the tune of more than $200 million, but so far only these three defendants have faced trial.

Marin and Napout betrayed no emotion as they heard the verdicts.

2018 FIFA World Cup: 1.3m Tickets Requested In 24 Hours

Less than 24 hours of resumption of sales of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets, a total of 1,318,109 tickets have been ordered.

Ticket sales for the world football tournament in Russia resumed on Wednesday exclusively on FIFA website and the excitement sparked by Friday’s final draw brought another wave of worldwide interest.

As the random selection draw sales period goes on until January 31, 2018, fans are able to apply for individual match tickets for all matches (except for the opening and the final), venue-specific tickets and supporter tickets.

In the event that the number of tickets requested exceeds the available inventory, allocation will be based on a random selection draw procedure.

Fans are advised that during the current sales period, ticket applications could be submitted at any time until midday (Moscow time) on January 31, 2018.

No preference was given in respect of the date of submission (i.e. earlier submissions would not be preferred or have better chances of success than later submissions).

Currently, most applications have come from Russia, while international demand remains high and accounts for 34 per cent.

Fans from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, USA, Colombia, Brazil, Morocco, Egypt, China and Poland all currently rank in the top 10.

Tickets could be purchased online using Visa payment cards or Visa Checkout.

Visa is the official payment services partner of FIFA.

More details related to the sales timeline, ticket products, prices, payment methods and other important information would be available on FIFA website. (NAN)

FIFA Executive Summit Holds In Lagos In February

FIFA will hold its Executive Football Summit meeting in Lagos, Nigeria in February next year, the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed.

“Nigeria has been selected as a Member Association to host one of the 12 FIFA Executive Football Summit meetings happening between November 2017 and March 2018, as part of FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s vision of ‘bringing FIFA back to football and football back to FIFA’,” NFF President Amaju Pinnick said on Monday.

Already, the NFF has selected Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island as the venue and hotel accommodation for the big event, slated for 20th February 2018.

Pinnick added: “This is a very important event on the FIFA calendar. That Nigeria is deemed good enough to be among the 12 countries to host the FIFA Executive Football Summit meetings is no mean feat. It is another marker of our global acceptability, visibility and reckoning.

“The NFF opted for Eko Hotels and Suites because FIFA officials are familiar with that facility and its services. It hosted FIFA teams during the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U17 World Cup. Also important is the fact that the hotel has a new facility named The Signature, and which is of 5-Star quality and rating.

“The entire project, including the expenses of all the participants, such as their accommodation, feeding and transportation and all other logistics having to do with the programme, will be bankrolled by FIFA.”

A FIFA official was in Lagos during the week to check out on accommodation and other facilities listed for the event.

FIFA Confirms Super Eagles As Youngest Squad During 2018 W/Cup Qualifiers

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) says Nigeria paraded the youngest players during the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

This was announced on FIFA’s official website on Tuesday by a Switzerland-based independent study Centre International d’Étude du Sport (CIES) in it’s issue number 30 of Observatory Monthly Report.

The CIES Football Observatory is a research group founded in 1995 by FIFA in partnership with the canton and town of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

World Cup champions Germany emerged as the second country that had the youngest squad, while England were third.

A statement on FIFA’s website reads: “The CIES Football Observatory and FIFA have joined forces to analyse the profiles of the players who were fielded by the 32 qualified teams on the road to Russia. The analysis highlights the diversity of the squads in terms of both age and height, as well as the importance of migration with almost two thirds of players currently playing for clubs outside of the association they represent.

“While Nigeria fielded the youngest players (with an average age of 24.9 years) in the qualifiers, followed by title-holders Germany (25.7) and by U-17 and U-20 world champions England (25.9), at the opposite end of the spectrum were two newcomers Panama (29.4 years) and Iceland (29.0), as well as 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica (29.0).

“There were also considerable differences among the teams in terms of the average height of players. At one extreme, seven associations fielded players with an average height of less than 180cm: Peru, Argentina and Uruguay (CONMEBOL), Saudi Arabia and Japan (AFC), Mexico (CONCACAF), and Spain (UEFA). At the other extreme, the average height of the players fielded by four European nations – Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Serbia – was at least 185cm.

“The study also revealed that about 9% of players were born outside of the association they represent. Only seven of the 32 teams did not field any players born abroad. The number of footballers playing for clubs outside of the association they represent also revealed the importance of migration in football. In total, 64.6% of footballers play abroad: from 0% for England and Saudi Arabia, to 100% for Croatia, Sweden and Iceland.”

The Super Eagles who are in Pot 4, will know their group stage opponents when the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup holds on Friday, December 1st, in Russia.

Three Ex-Football Officials Get Life Sanctions From FIFA

FIFA’s ethics watchdogs have banned three former football officials from Guam, Nicaragua, and Venezuela for life as part of efforts to address widespread corruption in the sport, the world football governing body said on Tuesday.

The latest officials to be hit by FIFA bans are Richard Lai, the former Guam Football Association president and a former member of the FIFA audit and compliance committee.

Others are Julio Rocha, the former Nicaraguan Football Association president and a former FIFA development officer; and Rafael Esquivel, former Venezuelan Football Association president.

All three men had pleaded guilty in the United States to separate federal charges ranging from wire fraud to racketeering and money laundering.

Lai pleaded guilty to taking one million dollars from officials looking to buy influence, with powerful International Olympic Committee member Ahmad Al-Sabah of Kuwait implicated.

Rocha and Esquivel pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for the awarding of media and marketing rights of matches including World Cup qualifiers and regional tournaments such as the Copa America.

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FIFA Extends Media Rights With China TV Till 2022

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has extended its rights deal with China’s state broadcaster which has run since the 1978 World Cup.

The global soccer body said on Wednesday that it has agreed to grant China Central Television (CCTV) the exclusive media rights in China for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which will be held in Russia and Qatar respectively.

The deal with the state broadcaster includes all its other major international competitions until 2022, including the women’s World Cup in 2019.

It covered all media rights across all platforms including life, delayed and highlights rights, FIFA said in a statement that gave no financial terms. FIFA said that CCTV, which has broadcast the World Cup in China since the 1978 edition in Argentina, reaches 99 percent of the population throughout the country and that “the partnership will help FIFA to reach the widest possible audience in China”.

“China has an important role to play in FIFA’s global development strategy,” FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said. “Our close partnership with CCTV, reinforced by this new two-cycle deal, will make the FIFA World Cup even more accessible to the Chinese audience, increase further the popularity of the game in the country, and support the development of Chinese football.” China’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament.

C’Ronaldo Emerges Best FIFA Men’s Player

Cristiano Ronaldo has been declared as the Best FIFA Men’s Player in London.

Elated Ronaldo received the award from ‘Original’ Ronaldo and Diego Maradona who jointly presented the Best Men’s Award

In his acceptance speech Ronaldo said;

“I want to mention Leo and Neymar to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they support all the year so I have to say thank you to them.

“I’m really glad. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thank you for the support. I appreciate that.

“And I think I say everything. It’s great to be here around these great players, this amazing player and I’m so happy guys. Thank you everybody and good night.”