NFF: Abba Kyari was a colossus

first_imgRelatedPosts Buhari to Okorocha @ 58: Your large heart will always stand you out Buhari to Kaduna indigenes: Without peace there can’t be development Buhari mourns Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed profound shock and a sense of deep sorrow at the passage on Friday of Mallam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. “Mallam Abba Kyari’s death is a big loss to the NFF, Nigerian Football family and the entire country as a whole,” NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, said in a statement on Sunday. “Nigeria’s football industry has lost a friend and a great man who showed tremendous interest in the progress of the country’s game. He was, indeed, a colossus.” Olajire said the NFF retains abiding fond memories of Kyari’s love and support for the various National Teams, accentuated by the passion, energy and resolve with which the Cambridge-educated lawyer and former banking titan attended to and presented to President Buhari matters concerning the teams. He said: “The NFF never had reason, even for one day, to doubt Mallam Kyari’s commitment to the development of Nigerian football and the National Teams. He had keen interest in the teams and treated matters concerning them and Nigerian football generally with his well-known empathy and utmost sense of duty. “In his interactions with the leadership of NFF and even the teams, Mallam Kyari was an embodiment of simplicity, humanity and integrity. His personal presence at the airport in Abuja to receive the victorious Super Falcons’ contingent to the Women Africa Cup of Nations competition in Ghana in December 2018 only underscored his passion and keen interest in matters of the National Teams and Nigeria football. “We loved him, but Almighty God loves him more. We can only pray that God grants his soul eternal rest and also grants his immediate family, President Buhari, top officials of Government, his friends and indeed the Nigerian Football family the fortitude to bear the big loss.”Tags: Abba KyariNFFNigeria Football FederationPresident Muhammadu Buharilast_img read more

FIFA Dismisses Concern Over Cameroon

first_imgWorld football governing body, FIFA, has said that Cameroon’s participation at the Confederations Cup in Russia this month is in order despite complaints to the contrary.A written submission from Cameroonian club Etoile Filante de Garoua argues that Cameroon’s football federation (FECAFOOT) led by Tombi A Roko Sidiki has no authority to send a team to the tournament.FIFA has acknowledged there are problems in Cameroon football administration but insist no one should rock the boat for the time being. Football’s world governing body issued a statement which read: “FIFA is in contact with the football stakeholders in Cameroon to try and find a solution to the dispute that has been affecting the federation for some time.“While discussions are ongoing to resolve these governance issues football continues and the status of the national representative teams is not in question.”Cameroon were banned from global football in July 2013 before the establishment of a FIFA-approved Normalisation Committee.Sidiki and his executive committee then assumed office after elections held in September 2015.But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) subsequently backed a ruling made in Cameroon nullifying the polls.Sidiki’s win was contested by several clubs including Etoile Filante who claimed that the composition of the voting delegates was illegal.The Chamber of Conciliation and Arbitration of the National Olympic Committee and Cameroonian Sport upheld that appeal in November 2015.That ruling was ignored and Sidiki continued to run FECAFOOT with the full backing of FIFA.A month later local club Etoile Filante took a case against FECAFOOT to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Although the Swiss-based court declined to intervene in the matter, it confirmed November’s ruling by the chamber in Cameroon.That response from CAS was communicated to both parties in February but the situation remained unchanged.In March the Association of Amateur Football Clubs in Cameroon received a letter from FIFA saying Veron Mosengo-Omba, it’s director of African and Caribbean Member Associations would be discussing the issue with FECAFOOT.That visit is due to take place in August having been postponed from June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

3rd set comeback propels Syracuse to win in ACC opener

first_imgWith the match tied at one set apiece, Syracuse found itself down 23-18 in the third set. To win and go up two sets to one, Boston College needed just two more points. The Eagles never got one.A 7-0 run by the Orange — thanks in part to five of Kendra Lukacs career-high 18 kills on the match — not only won the set for Syracuse, but it tipped the rest of the match as well. Lukacs’ dominance paired with two timely substitutions keyed the Orange run, and SU (9-5, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat BC (3-8, 0-1), three sets to one, on Wednesday night in the Women’s Building. Syracuse changed its setter and one of its middle blockers in the midst of a third set run by the Eagles and immediately saw results. The new setter was Jalissa Trotter, Syracuse’s opening-day starter at the position. Trotter had been injured for the past couple weeks and Annie Bozzo replaced her for the last few non-conference games.“We just felt, with the tempo of the game, we have to change,” said head coach Leonid Yelin. “We didn’t (plan) this … it just happened. We have to make these kind of changes, because the whole goal is winning.”Trotter tallied 20 assists in just two sets on Wednesday, good for second on the team, but wasn’t the only change to the Orange rotation in the third set. Freshman middle blocker Dana Gardner, having only played 14 total sets in Syracuse’s first 13 games, was thrust into the spotlight to play in the biggest match of her career. The Knoxville, Tennessee native only had one kill in three sets, but Yelin thought her production went further than the box score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Dana, she did exactly what we asked,” he said. “We know she’s not gonna jump through the roof, but she does a solid job.”If not for Lukacs’ heroics, though, the surprise effectiveness by Trotter and Gardner would’ve been all for naught. Lukacs’ five kills during the pivotal Orange comeback included three in a row to end the third set. And she wasn’t done. The sophomore added four more kills in the fourth set, two of which came consecutively to break a 22-all tie and give Syracuse two match points. “One of the hardest things is coming back after a break or after a timeout and coming back with that same mentality,” Lukacs said. “A huge part of whether you’re up or down is just making sure you maintain that momentum and bring it into the next set.”Anastasiya Gorelina also set a career-high in kills with 20, and for her, a deficit like the one the Orange faced against BC changes how she plays.“I start playing with my heart,” she said. “Like I jump higher. I don’t know exactly what changed inside, but it’s something like…” Gorelina snapped her fingers. “… and (then) I (know I) need to be more aggressive.”Whatever happened inside Syracuse on Wednesday, it translated into the first conference win of the season for the Orange. “It’s a two-part season,” Yelin said. “Hopefully three parts.” He smiled. “It’s the preseason, then there’s the conference. It’s the second part. “Winning today was very important.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 20, 2017 at 10:02 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more