I46 goals scandal: Players, officials, referees get life bans, clubs receive 10 years

first_imgTHE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Monday came down heavily on the players and officials of the four Nigeria Nation Wide League Division 3 clubs that were involved in the 146 goal scandal.The players and officials, as well as, the referees got life ban for their part in the disgraceful act, while the clubs- Plateau United Feeders FC of Jos, Police Machine FC of Adamawa, Akurba FC of Lafia and Bubayaro FC of Gombe, which qualified for the NNWL Division 3 play off in Bauchi were accused of been involved in a match fixing scandal that led to the record of a total of 146 goals in two separate matches, where Plateau United defeated Akurba FC 79-0, while police machine team recorded a scandalous 67-0 margin against Bubayaro FC of Gombe.Briefing the press yesterday on the reports of the NFF investigative committee on the scandal, vice chairman of the NFF, Mike Umeh, who is also the committee chairman disclosed that evidence that was made available to the committee proved that both Plateau United feeders and Police Machine teams were involved in fraudulent activities with their opponents, which was aimed at outwitting each other in order to top the zone and gain promotion to the upper division of the league.Umeh also noted that the Bauchi zone coordinator of the play offs, Tanko Bawa Maiyaki, a board member of the NNWL was found wanting in the discharge of his responsibilities, adding that the federation has recommended to the NNWL board to take action against him.The committee also urged the board of the NNWL to adjust its programme to replace the four clubs for the zonal play off with adequate supervision, as well as, to provide a comprehensive list of all the players, officials and referees involved in the scandal for proper documentation by the NFF for effective implementation of the ban.“From the evidence before the panel, there is no doubt that there was a conspiracy among the teams, so as to ensure topping the table, through fraudulent means. The teams did not dispute this. Conversely, the intentional loss by Bubayaro to Police Machine team as well as the loss of Akurba to Plateau United feeders was also not disputed by the teams.” “It is therefore clear to the committee that the question of who tops the table at the Bauchi centre to qualify was responsible for match fixing. While the winners were desperate to win, the losers were desperate to lose. Even though the committee could not establish any exchange of money or material inducement, circumstantial evidence was overwhelmingly high and points to only one conclusion of match fixing,” the committee noted in its report.last_img read more

Mensur Peljto is teaching boxing free of charge

first_imgBoxing school ”Peljto”, every day has more and more students, and so far more than hundred young men attended it, and their teacher is former boxing champion Mensur Peljto.Trainings are being held in Skenderija, and they are free for everyone, and all beginners will receive gloves and other equipment.Mensur Peljto said that he hopes that some of those young men will achieve results in boxing, and added that trainings are being held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He noted that he’s convinced that among them there are Olympic hopes, and said that once a week he talks about nourishment, discipline, and way of life of a boxer.last_img

RORY KAVANAGH: I BACKED McGUINNESS OVER CASSIDY EXCLUSION – BUT I’M NOT SURE NOW

first_imgFORMER Donegal county star Rory Kavanagh has revealed how he and other senior players backed Jim McGuinness over the exclusion of Kevin Cassidy from the squad in 2011.But writing in his biography – Winning: How Donegal Changed The Game Forever – the Letterkenny man says he might have a different view now.Kavanagh reveals how players that year DID put their signature to a piece of paper – but there was NO CONTRACT. The St Eunan’s captain said Cass ‘was an animal of a man’ who could have played on for another ten years at the top level. He had disciplinary issues with previous Donegal managers “but there was not a man who looked ready to bleed for Donegal as heavily as Cass”.Cassidy had cooperated with the production of a book called ‘This Is Our Year’ – which left McGuinness fuming.“He had broken the team’s code by doing so,” says Kavanagh in his book.“In the weeks and months after McGuinness told him to go, there were stories in the newspapers about Kevin Cassidy and every last man on the squad signing contracts. Some people even claimed they were legally-binding documents……But that was total nonsense.” Kavanagh says at the start of each season, each player – starting with Michael Murphy – simply signed their names to a piece of paper. It was part of the bonding process.“McGuinness did make a big deal out of it. It was no blank sheet of paper in our eyes….he told us that no-one could break the bond once they had signed,” writes Kavanagh.“Cas had signed the sheet and Cass had broken the bond with every one of us by working with a journalist behind our backs.”Kavanagh says at the time he wanted nothing more to do with Cassidy at the time, and would have crossed the street to avoid him.He said he backed McGuinness 100 per cent as did Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher. “It was treachery….at the time I was delighted,” says Kavanagh.But now – looking back – he says he has some sympathy with the Gaoth Dobhair man. Now, says Kavanagh, he would cross the street to talk to Cassidy.“I ask myself now if Jim McGuinness was right to cut him as he did without hesitation and with absolutely no mercy?” says Rory.“I have softened since the end of 2011. I’m no longer one of them, one of the men in the dressing room and I ask myself also that if I was Donegal manager in 2011 would I have done that to Cass? WINNING is out now priced €17.99RORY KAVANAGH: I BACKED McGUINNESS OVER CASSIDY EXCLUSION – BUT I’M NOT SURE NOW was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bookJim McGuinnessKevin CassidyRory KavanaghWinninglast_img read more

DONEGAL COMPUTER GAME COMPANY OWNER HAS A VIRUS OF A HIT ON HIS HANDS!

first_imgAn exciting new computer game set up by a Co Donegal man has become a huge hit amongst gamers.Jellyflug is the brains of Lifford man Jim Murray who has set up a agames company in Derry. Jellyflug is the first game produced by Troll Inc.Jellyflug, which reached number 10 in the games rankings in Ireland, bring gamers into the wonderful world of micro organisms.Gamers can experience hours adventure exploring the microscopic world through the eyes of bacterium.It’s just the first game which Troll Inc and Donegal man Jim hope to bring to the market.  DONEGAL COMPUTER GAME COMPANY OWNER HAS A VIRUS OF A HIT ON HIS HANDS! was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Jim MurrayTroll Inclast_img read more