Chairman of Warri Wolves and Delta State Sports Commission, Amaju Pinnick, has asked his lawyers to institute a N1 billion libel suit against online publication, Goal.com, for allegedly reporting that he (Amaju) and Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi wanted to share €150,000 from Sunday Mba’s failed transfer to French side CA Bastia.
Mba’s move to Bastia was called off after Wolves confirmed they have rejected the offer from the Ligue 2 side, which had stipulated to pay €250,000 in three installments, spread between 2014 and 2015.
The day after, Goal.com publicised a report that “Stephen Keshi allegedly demanded for €50,000 from the (€150,000 involved as transfer fee from the) deal which Pinnick perceived was too much and believed that the remaining €100,000 won’t be enough for him and Emmanuel Ibru, who was also involved in the sale of the player, to share.”
But an enraged Pinnick described the report as “baseless and only directed at maligning my reputation. I will not let it go without redress.”
On his own account, the failed French deal for the Afcon 2013 revelation was the best option for the 24-year-old midfielder.
“While am not prepared to join issues with Goal.com, I want to say that no sane club chairman will take the offer Bastia was offering Warri Wolves and Sunday Mba. It was a slave contract that may have ruined the career of the player. As responsible club, we rejected it in its entirety. So, I do not know where Goal.com got their scoop that the deal was scuttled because I and Stephen Keshi could not agree on the formula to share their contrived sum,” he said.
“Bastia officials agreed to pay Warri Wolves the sum of €250,000 according to the following schedule: €50,000 to be paid in January 31, 2014 while €100,000 is to be remitted to the Warri club by July 31, 2014. The balance €100,000 was not going to be due for payment until January 31, 2015.”
The chairman further clarified that there was an aspect in the contract which stated that in the case of injury to the player, involving a four months hiatus, his contract will be terminated and wouldn’t earn any money for the period of the injury.
“Which player will deliberately get himself injured? Injuries are part of the business of football and when it happens solutions are sought,” added Pinnick.
“To say the player will not be paid is not a good deal for me.”
However, Goal.com further revealed the terms of the contract, which they said; Bastia had offered for “the right to buy Sunday Mba at a preferential price of €800,000 minus the amount they have already paid while a bonus of €100,000 will be given to Warri Wolves, Mba’s club” if the player’s suitor gains promotion to French Ligue 1.
“Also a partnership deal of 2 years will be agreed between the two clubs (Bastia and Warri Wolves) to organise friendly games and trials at Bastia for the best players of Warri Wolves. This agreement will work at the moment they maintain their place in the league or get promoted and the contract can be renewed every 2 years.”
And “In case Bastia get relegated, Sunday Mba will go back to Warri Wolves.”
Mba, who has since returned to the Metropolitan Hotel, Calabar- Super Eagles’ home for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Malawi- on finding out his deal had fallen through on transfer deadline day, was not happy as he couldn’t help the circumstances but to seek solace in shedding some few tears.
Diego Maradona: Biography And Facts (Video)
The news of the death of Diego Maradona has sent shock waves to football lovers around the world.
The 60-year-old football legend died on Wednesday, November 25, after suffering from cardiac arrest in his home country.
The country of Argentina is currently grief-stricken over the demise of the 1986 World Cup winner. His body arrived at the presidential palace in the country to lie in state.
Maradona, who was born on 30 October 1960, holds a record that is nearly unmatched. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.
The footballer came from humble beginnings and he received his first soccer ball as a gift at age 3 and he developed a soft spot for the game.
At age eight, Maradona was discovered by a talent scout while he was playing in his neighbourhood club, Estrella Roja.
The footballer, at age 12, thrilled spectators with his mastery of the art of football during the halftime intermissions of first division games.
He started his career with Argentinos Juniors before joining Boca Juniors and went on to play for Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys before returning to Boca in 1995.
Sadly, his life wasn’t always all sunshine and rainbows as he was addicted to cocaine from the mid-1980s until 2004.
Maradona married long-time fiancée, Claudia Villafañe, on 7 November 1984, and they had two daughters. The couple later went their separate ways in 2004.
He listed Brazilian playmaker, Rivelino and Manchester United winger George Best among his inspirations growing up.
Maradona made 91 appearances for Argentina between 1977 and 1994 and he scored 34 goals at international level before ending his career.
He had the best years of his club career in Italy, as he played a massive role in Napoli winning the Serie A title in the 1986-87 and 1989-90 seasons.
He was the all-time leading goalscorer for Napoli, with 115 goals, until his record was broken by Marek Hamšík in 2017.
Maradona also lifted the UEFA Cup with Napoli in 1989 and he won three trophies during his time at Barca – including the Copa del Rey in 1983.
As a coach, Maradona also had stints in charge of Textil Mandiyu, Racing Club, Al-Wasl, Fujairah and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico before being appointed by Gimnasia de La Plata.
Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack
Argentina and Napoli legend, Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 following a heart attack.
The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.
Recall that some weeks ago, it was reported that the football legend had a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.
Two weeks after being discharged from the hospital and recovering at home, he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning.
The Argentine national team’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Wednesday.
The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria
Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.
This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.
However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.
Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.
The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.
Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?
The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.
Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.
Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.
Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.
As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.
Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.
With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.
Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.
Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:
One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.
Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.
This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.
It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.
The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:
As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.
The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.
The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.
This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.
With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.
If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.
Wrapping It Up:
We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.
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