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World Cup Bonus Probe: NFF To Re-appear Before House of Representatives Thursday

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will have to appear two times in just 24 hours before the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on Investigation on Dispute between Super Falcons and the federation.

The Committee was assigned with responsibility to investigate the unpaid bonuses and allowances of the Super Falcons.

The Committee chaired by Honourable Blessing Onuh Onyeche expressed disappointment and described it as an affront to the House of Representatives as the NFF’s President, Ibrahim Gusau and other Executive Members failed to come with the General Secretary, Sanusi Mohammed.

According to the Chairman of the Committee, Gusau cited ill health as an excuse not to appear before the House but was strong enough to go on jamboree to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final when his house is on fire.

The Committee warned the NFF that the sitting cannot be possible without the presence of Gusau, hence, the adjournment to Thursday morning at the National Assembly in Abuja.

The federation is expected to provide details of how the monies given to them by the Federal Government were used regarding the Super Falcons’ preparation and participation at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The NFF has assured that the Super Falcons will get their prize money from the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and other monies they are owed.
The Super Falcons are owed several bonuses from 2021 and there has been an argument on who will pay their World Cup prize money.
The football body had said in a statement that it has no issues with the players, adding that it had assured them before the World Cup they would be paid all the monies owed them.
The football house promised to pay the players once the World Cup money is paid to them by the Federation of International Football Federation (FIFA).

The players are guaranteed $60,000 each for reaching the Round of 16 of the World Cup besides win bonuses and allowances for qualifying matches yet to be paid by the NFF.

The Super Falcons bowed out of the competition after losing 4-2 on penalties to the Three Lionesses of England.

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EPL: 11 Chelsea players miss training ahead of Everton clash

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EPL: 11 Chelsea players miss training ahead of Everton clash

At least 11 Chelsea players were absent in training ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash against Everton.

According to Standard Sport, Axel Disasi and Enzo Fernandez have joined the injury list.

Raheem Sterling and Robert Sanchez are listed as ill.

Already unavailable are Levi Colwill, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Romeo Lavia, Christopher Nkunku and Lesley Ugochukwu all on the club’s injury report.

But there is a positive update for Chelsea with defender Ben Chilwell returning to partial training.

The Blues go into the game sitting in 9th place with 44 points.

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EPL: Man City cannot drop points – Guardiola

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EPL: Man City cannot drop points – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted his team cannot afford to drop more points in the Premier League title race.

The champions are looking to win the trophy for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season.

However, they are currently in third place, behind rivals Arsenal and Liverpool on the table.

City will play Luton Town first, before Liverpool host Crystal Palace and Aston Villa travel to Arsenal on Sunday.

“The Premier League is so important. I expect a game similar to the Premier League when we won 2-1 at the end of the FA Cup. We have to be ready.

“We’re fighting for the title, we cannot drop points,” Guardiola told reporters today.

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Fenerbahce fined over Turkish Super Cup walk-out

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Fenerbahce fined over Turkish Super Cup walk-out

Fenerbahce were fined 115,000 euros ($123,175) on Thursday over their Turkish Super Cup protest at the weekend.

Fenerbahce walked off the field in the opening minutes of the fixture against Galatasaray on Sunday as a protest against alleged unfair treatment.

Fenerbahce fielded an Under-19 team for the game against their Istanbul rivals. Galatasaray went ahead after three minutes with Fenerbahce then walking off in a pre-planned protest.

The Turkish Football Federation awarded Galatasaray a 3-0 win and issued Fenerbahce with the six-figure fine.

“It’s time for Turkish football to be reset,” Fenerbahce president Ali Koc had told a press conference before the match.

Fenerbahce are chasing their first Turkish title since 2014 and are two points behind champions Galatasaray with seven rounds to go. Fenerbahce claim they are being picked on.

They had asked for the Super Cup to be postponed ahead of their Europa League quarter-final against Olympiakos on Thursday.

And the club had also demanded that a foreign referee take charge of the Super Cup, citing unfavourable treatment from Turkish referees.

Both demands were denied by the Turkish federation.

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