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How juju disrupted Rangers, ASC Kara’s CAF Confederation Cup match

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There was a mild drama in the second half of the CAF Confederation Cup return leg fixture of the playoff round between Rangers and ASC Kara of Togo at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu over claims that ‘juju’ was found in the goalpost of the visiting team.

This is as both Rangers and Enyimba will be representing Nigeria in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.

While Enyimba qualified 4-1 on aggregate, Rangers reached the group stage with superior away goal.

The drama started about two minutes to the commencement of the second half of the game when a ball boy went to the goalpost to pick up a substance believed to be a charm dropped at the Lome side.

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One of our correspondents, who was at the venue of the match, reported that goalkeeper Noble John received the alleged charm, while team captain, Yendoutie Richard Nane, gave it to him.

One of the players, who prefer anonymity, confirmed the incidence on the telephone.

He said,

“When they substituted a player, we noticed that the player that replaced him came in with something and gave it to their captain. The captain then passed it to their central defender and to the goalkeeper.

“I was even telling my teammate that it could be a note so that they can change tactics. Not until the goalkeeper now went and put it beside the net.

“So, some officials also noticed it and told a ball boy that was behind the goal post to pick it. After the boy picked it, they said it was a long needle tied with different things.”

When contacted, the media officer of Rangers, Okonkwo Okolie, said pictures of the alleged charms were also sent to him.

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Enyimba booked a spot in the group stage of the Confederation Cup following a 2-1 away win against South African side TS Galaxy on Sunday at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, South Africa.

The Peoples’ Elephant won the contest 4-1 on aggregate having edged out the South African Division One club 2-0 in the first leg a week earlier at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba.

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Also, Rangers edged past Kara of Togo 1-0 to go through on the away goals rule.

The Togolese champions won the first leg playoff 2-1, before Rangers rallied back to win 1-0 in Enugu on Sunday.

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Rohr must win trophies, not just qualifying for tournaments – Akanni

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I will accept a pay cut to coach Eagles- Rohr

An ex-international footballer, Wahidi Akanni, on Tuesday said with the re-appointment of Gernot Rohr as the manager of the Super Eagles, winning trophies should be his major focus rather than qualifying for major tournaments.

Akanni said this in an interview with Newsmen in Lagos.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) recently renewed  Rorh’s contract as coach of the Super Eagles for another two and half years.

“Well, having been on the job now for sometime, he’s got a good knowledge of the players in the team, I will expect to see a certain play pattern for the team that can make him achieve what NFF has set for him.

“Nigerians will expect better results than just qualifying for tournaments. Nigeria needs to win trophies.

“It is no longer enough that we qualify for major tournaments, we ought to have moved passed that and set new goals,” Akanni said.

Recently, the minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, stated that the NFF could terminate the appointment of Rohr whenever they felt he was falling short.

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But Akanni wondered whether Rohr needed such reminders at this time.

“My opinion will be that, he’s just renewed his contract, he should be allowed to work.

“Dangling harsh or sack tunes on him now is not good for the super eagles, in as much as I am not a fan of foreign coaches.

“He was employed as the coach, he should be allowed to work and until he doesn’t perform, then he can be relieved of his job,” the former Lagos FA boss said.

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George Floyd killing: FIFA asks leagues to use ‘common sense’ over protest

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George Floyd killing: FIFA asks leagues to use ‘common sense’ over protest

World soccer governing body,  FIFA,  has asked competition organisers to use “common sense” with players who display messages of protest over the death of George Floyd.

Recall that George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by the police in the United States.

FIFA regulations barred players from displaying any “political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images” on their kit.

Since 2014, this ban had included undershirts — a response to players lifting up their shirts to display a message when scoring.

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However, several players protested during matches in Germany’s Bundesliga at the weekend, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi displaying undershirts with the message, “Justice for George Floyd” on Sunday.

Schalke 04 defender Weston McKennie, displayed the same message on his armband in another game while Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram knelt to honour Floyd after scoring against Union Berlin.

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The German Football Association said it was reviewing the incidents where the message was shown.

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In a statement on Tuesday, FIFA said it “fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case.

It added that applying the laws of the game was the responsibility of competition organisers, such as domestic leagues, who FIFA said “should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events.

“FIFA had repeatedly expressed itself to be resolutely against racism and discrimination of any kind and recently strengthened its own disciplinary rules with a view to helping to eradicate such behaviours.

“FIFA itself has promoted many anti-racism campaigns which frequently carry the anti-racism message at matches organised under its own auspices,” it added in the statement.

 

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Mayweather offers to cover funeral costs for George Floyd

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Boxing great Floyd Mayweather has offered to cover the funeral expenses for George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American man whose death while in police custody in Minneapolis prompted protests across the United States.

The former five-division world champion’s promotional company, Mayweather Productions, confirmed on Twitter that he had made the offer, and several local media reports have said the family have accepted.

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Mayweather Productions and the boxer’s agency have yet to respond to a request for comment.

Derek Chauvin, the 44-year-old Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd, has been arrested on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. Three other officers involved in the arrest have not been charged.

The incident has prompted an outcry across the United States and abroad, with numerous pro athletes and leagues speaking out, including NBA great Michael Jordan and golf’s 15-times major champion Tiger Woods.

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Steve Bisciotti, the owner of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, pledged $1 million for social justice reform and said a group of former and current players would decide which organisations benefit.

“We must all discover new ways to unite. We must all work to break the cycle of systematic racial injustice,” Bisciotti said in a statement.

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