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Pinnick Moves to Bury the Hatchet, Says Keshi Remains a Hero



Newly elected president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick says building an environment of peace and stability are his watchwords in his bid to propel the nation to greater heights in the next four years.

Nigeria football look to have heaved a sigh of relief from the administrative hullabaloo which beclouded its progress since it managed to advance into the round of 16 of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, but deem it rather brash to have forgotten its accompanying damages and the need for a better governance in the present dispensation.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick.

First, Nigeria internationals boycotted training as a means to press home their demands for payment of wages on the eve of the nation’s ouster to France in the second round of the World Cup in Brazil, after which Fifa suspended the African champions following an unlawful court injunction for the removal of ex-NFF President Aminu Maigari. Further threats of impending bans and executive congresses parading juggernauts keen on fulfilling personal ambitions instead of complying with status-quo are just but a brief highlight of Nigeria football’s road to recovery.

Repairing Nigerian Football is a major task… Amaju Melvin Pinnick.

And when the NFF finally decided to dance to Fifa’s recommendations for an “all-inclusive” poll in line with the “rule of law”, Pinnick won by two-third of votes in a run-off elections in Warri- yet amidst accusations of irregularities.

Saddled with the responsibility of mending broken fences, the new FA chief refuses to claim anonymity to the challenges ahead.

“I came at a time when there is so much turbulence, bickering, animosity, hatred in the system. So its not going to be something very rosy or easy, but prayerfully, tactfully we are going to do what we want to do,” Pinnick told Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.

He confirmed that the new administration has set off on a healthy ground noting that notable personnel in the football hierarchy have moved to bury the era of politics of exclusion with the past.

NFF has, in its past, been disappointed by Co-operate sponsors who ought to be the back-bone of football in the country. Just over a month to the start of the World Cup in the summer, the Nigeria FA accused its major sponsor Globacom Nigeria Limited of backtracking on their contractual terms by refusing to remit nearly two years of sponsorship fee.

Pinnick also noted the importance of building trust among corporate organisations, adding: “We (NFF) are going to create a platform for them to see that we are very serious.”

NFF will help Keshi if he will stay

Pinnick had before now said national team coach “(Stephen) Keshi has reached his limit and needs to build his capacity.”

Talks on the renewal of the 52-year-coach’s contract was suspended pending the conclusion of the NFF executive congress.

The new NFF Executive Committee (ExCo) board are very much expected to foster a fresh path- in the shortest possible while- for the leadership of the Super Eagles, who presently are walking a tightrope in qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Pinnick moreover concedes that the future of coach Stephen Keshi depends on recommendations by the NFF technical committee.

“I believe in due diligence, going through a due process. The technical department will come up with a comprehensive report about Keshi, submit it to the technical committee, they look at it and give it to the board,” he said.

“The board will now make a decision based on those reports, but I can assure you we are not going to do anything that is against the interest of Nigerians.”

He would rather not disclose more than necessary on the future of Keshi with the Super Eagles, but hinted that “if Keshi is going to stay we will help him”.

The NFF president reiterates that the coach, nonetheless, need be revered as a national hero after guiding the Eagles to a third Afcon title last year, becoming only the second person, along with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the title both as a player and as a coach.

Pinnick said: “Keshi is a hero and must be accorded his respect.

(Additional content from Channels TV Repairing Nigerian Football Is A Major Task – Pinnick used in this report)


Diego Maradona: Biography And Facts (Video)



Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

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.


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Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack



BREAKING: Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack

Diego Maradona

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.

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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.



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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
the article.

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 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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