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FIFA investigating Nigeria win over Argentina
Category: African Sports
Tags: Nigeria News African Sports Nigeria Sports

BERNE (Reuters) - Argentina's 4-1 friendly defeat to Nigeria is being investigated for possible match-fixing, by far the highest-profile game to come under the microscope so far, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Saturday.

"FIFA can confirm that this match between Nigeria and Argentina was one that we had an active interest in, and forms part of a wider ongoing FIFA investigation," said FIFA in a statement.

"In particular, FIFA will be working closely with colleagues at the FIFA early warning system."

Refereree Ibrahim Chaibou of Niger awarded two controversial penalties in the match, Victor Obinna converting for Nigeria in the 27th minute and Mauro Boselli scoring for Argentina deep into stoppage time with the last kick of the match.

Manipulation of matches by gambling rings has become a major concern for world soccer's governing body FIFA and its European counterpart UEFA and both monitor thousands of matches for unusual betting patterns.

Last month, FIFA set up a partnership with Interpol and announced it would donate 20 million euros over the next 10 years to fight the problem.

FIFA is currently investigating two international friendlies played in Turkey in which seven penalties were awarded, one of them taken twice. The six match officials involved have been suspended pending the outcome.

FIFA has already tightened the rules around the arrangement of international friendlies.

Both FIFA and UEFA say that match-fixers tend to target lower-profile matches - often in the early qualifying rounds of European competition, lower division of national leagues or obscure international friendlies - to avoid attracting attention.

Wednesday's match was played on the same day as Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president in Zurich and emphasised a "zero tolerance" policy towards corruption.

Argentina sent a B team to the match in the Nigerian capital Abuja and the outcome also prompted Argentine FA president Julio Grondona to criticise his national team coach Sergio Batista.

"Batista asks for these matches, you can't (take) a risk like that," said Grondona, referring to Batista's decision to take a second-string team.

"One level is not the same as the other, Nigeria picked their best players."

Source: Reuters Africa

U20 draw pits Ghana against Nigeria at Libya 2011 Tags: Ghana News Sport News Soccer Nigeria News Ghana Sports Nigeria Sports Africa U20 Football
Defending champions Ghana have been paired with Nigeria, Cameroon and The Gambia in Group B of the upcoming African U20 championship in March. Hosts Libya are in Group A, along with Mali, Egypt and Lesotho.

The tournament takes place from 18 March to 1 April and the four semi-finalists will qualify for the U20 World Cup later in 2011.
 
Ghana are also defending World champions and the Black Satellites are determined to hold on to both crowns.
 
"It's very important for us," coach Orlando Wellington told the BBC before the draw was made.
 
"It's a big challenge for me and the players - we have to work very hard to go to the World Cup. It's not easy but financially and physically we are prepared."
 
Wellington insisted that his crop of youngsters have even more potential than their double-winning predecessors.
 
"When you talk about technique this team is far ahead of the past champions," he told the BBC's African sports programme Fast Track.
"These people are tactically and technically [more] sound than the other team. The others play more aggressively but this team can play very good football."
 
The four teams in each group will meet in a round robin format, with group winners and runners-up progressing to the semi-finals - and a place at the World Cup in Colombia in July.
 
 
 
Source: BBC Sport
Samson Siasia is appointed Nigeria's new coach
Category: African Sports
Tags: Samson Siasia Nigeria Sports Nigeria News
Nigeria have named Samson Siasia as their new manager subject to a contract being formalised in the next 48 hours. The 43-year-old former Super Eagles striker was chosen ahead of Stephen Keshi by the Nigeria Football Federation's technical committee.

Siasia, who has worked with Nigeria's under-20 and Olympic teams, is to succeed interim coach Austin Eguavoen.
 
Siasia is due to start on 1 December with qualification for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations his goal.
 
On Thursday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) issued a communiqué explaining why they chose Siasia over the former Mali coach.
 
"After careful deliberation, the NFF has accepted the recommendation of the technical committee that Samson Siasia be appointed as head coach of the Super Eagles," the communiqué read.
 
"Importantly, this is subject to a contract to be executed in a couple of days."
The appointment of Siasia brings to an end a long wait for the 43-year-old to becoming manager of Nigeria's Super Eagles.
 
Nigeria have been searching for a permanent coach since Swede Lars Lagerback left after the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, where Nigeria failed to make it out of the group stages.
 
Lagerback received nearly a million dollars for just over five months' work.
Siasia had already been in talks with the NFF over succeeding Lagerback before the body chose to advertise the position last month, which saw Keshi emerge in a two-horse race.
 
Having won the 2005 African Youth Championship, Siasia - a former Lokeren and Nantes striker - took his team to the Fifa Under-20 World Cup final in 2005 where they were undone by Lionel Messi's Argentina.
A former assistant coach for the senior team, Siasia also took Nigeria to the 2008 Olympic Games final where Argentina (and Messi) once again proved too strong.
 
Ironically, Keshi enjoyed support from former colleagues who thought he deserved the job having worked wonders when qualifying Togo for the 2006 World Cup, even though he was dismissed before the finals.
 
The 48-year-old, who has also been a Super Eagles assistant coach, led Mali at this year's Nations Cup but failed to steer the West Africans out of the group stages.
 
Keshi captained Siasia at Nigeria's maiden World Cup finals in 1994, a year when the pair also won the 1994 Nations Cup.
 
Popularly referred to as the "Big Boss", Keshi had said before the interview that he would remain good friends with Siasia no matter what decision the NFF ultimately took.
 
Source: BBC Sport
Hollywood Honours Jay Jay Okocha
Category: African Sports
Tags: Jay-Jay Okocha Nigeria Sports
Since Nollywood has ignored the need to celebrate our living heroes through the medium of the tube, Hollywood has risen to the occasion to do so.

It recently concluded the shooting of a movie in honour of one of the nation's solid ambassadors, skilful player extraordinary and former captain of the Super Eagles, Austin Jay Jay Okocha.

The movie titled "Feet of Destiny" according to our source star Emeka Ike as Jay-Jay . It centres on the life of the ex-international footballer and his exploits in the field of play.

Emeka while confirming this revelation said, the movie is receiving finishing touches as it features some Hollywood stars.

Also featuring in the movie are Jimmy Jean Luis, Nigerian born Hollywood Hakeem Kae Kazim, Kira Obyron and many others. Kudos to Hollywood for this initiative.

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