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U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup: FIFA Inspects Facilities at Akpabio Int’l Stadium

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August 8, 2019 12:24 am by  dianabasi.effiong – Nigeria – 

U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup: FIFA inspects facilities at Akpabio Int’l stadium
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By Isaiah Eka
Uyo, Aug. 7, 2019 (NAN) A delegation of the world football governing body, FIFA, on Wednesday, visited Akwa Ibom to inspect facilities at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.


News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the FIFA team was in Uyo to inspect the facilities ahead of the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup billed to take place in Nigeria.
The team included the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, and NFF Secretary-General, Mohammed Sanusi.
The delegation was received on arrival at Uyo by the state FA Chairman, Emmanuel Iba, along with top government functionaries in the state.

NAN reports that journalists and officials of the state Ministry of Sports were not allowed into the stadium during the inspection.
It was, however, learnt that the team inspected the dressing rooms, massaging rooms, training pitch, conference room and the pitch, among others, to ascertain their standard.
The team was also billed to visit Ikot Ekpene Stadium and Godswill Akpabio training pitch.
It was also expected to visit the Ibom Specialist Hospital, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital and Gov. Udom Emmanuel before leaving the state.
NAN recalls that the team had earlier inspected facilities at the Asaba Township Stadium. (NAN)

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Husband of Slain Kenyan Runner Tirop Seeks Plea Bargain

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The husband of slain Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop is seeking a plea bargain after initially denying a charge of murder, his lawyer said yesterday.

Tirop, a rising star in the world of athletics, was killed last October in her home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub in western Kenya for top runners.

Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich was arrested after a dramatic late-night chase the day after Tirop’s body was found with stab wounds, and has been in custody ever since.

The 41-year-old denied a charge of murder at a November court appearance.

But in the latest twist in the legal saga, his lawyer Ngigi Mbugua told the Eldoret High Court that Rotich was willing to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the hope of attracting a more lenient sentence.

The prosecution said it was not against the idea of a plea bargain but wanted Tirop’s family to be involved in the process.

A hearing on Rotich’s request will take place on 22 September.

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Ganduje Appoints Galadima Acting Kano Pillars Chair

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has appointed Ibrahim Galadima as acting Chairman of Kano Pillars Football Club.

The appointment is with immediate effect, the governor said.

Surajo Shuaibu Yahaya who had chaired the club was relieved of the job.

The appointment of Galadima who is Chairman of Kano State Sports Commission to oversee activities of Kano Pillars is part of routine exercise in sports administration of Ganduje, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Abba Anwar said yesterday.

“As Kano Pillars is facing more competition in National Premier League (NPL) it will be good to have a leadership that will perfectly lead the Club.

“Ibrahim Galadima, Chairman of Kano State Sports Commission, will now replace the current Chairman of Kano Pillars FC, Surajo Shu’aibu Yahaya.

“Galadima will serve in acting capacity, before the appointment of a substantive Chairman,” Ganduje said.

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FIFA Emerges Best Global Sports Federation on Governance Standards

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By Eze Okechukwu, Abuja

FIFA has been rated among the international sporting federations with the best standards of governance following a review conducted by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.


FIFA was among seven out of 33 international federations who achieved a score of 175 points or more out of 200 and were placed in the top group, A1, which the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations described as “an exclusive group”.

The federations were divided into five groups according to their score, with the target score, regarded as satisfactory, set at 130 for full members of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.


It was the fourth such review conducted by by the association, with FIFA also placed among the leading international federations and the previous was in the year 2020.

The aim of the project, led by ASOIF’s Governance Task Force, is to promote and ensure a culture of good governance within the international federations and help drive continuous progress.


The review looked at five aspects of governance – transparency, integrity, democracy, development and control mechanisms – and these were further divided into ten sub-sections, with a score of zero to four awarded for each.
The review began with a self assessment in January and February this year where international federations were asked to complete a questionnaire and determine a score for each question, providing explanatory evidence for their decision. These assessments were then independently moderated by an external sports governance consultancy.

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The assessment took place in the context of the ongoing global pandemic, which has severely affected sport, but was conducted before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has caused more uncertainty in the sporting world.

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