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Safety: World Cup Qualifiers Move to Peaceful Countries

World soccer body FIFA has moved a World Cup preliminary round tie from the Central African Republic to Madagascar for safety reasons due to clashes in Bangui that led to around 40 deaths last week.

The Central African Republic were to host Madagascar in Bangui next Saturday in the first of a two-legged tie with the return in the Malagasy capital Antananarivo on Oct. 13.

FIFA said both matches will now be played in Madagascar, Reuters reports.

Qualifiers in Africa for the 2018 World Cup begin on Wednesday.

FIFA Sponsors Want Sepp Blatter to Quit

Sepp Blatter survived a round of calls to resign as president of FIFA after some of his closest compatriots were slapped with corruption charges by the United States government earlier this year, Forbes reports.

Last week, authorities in Switzerland placed Blatter under criminal investigation. Will he survive this time? Not if Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Visa, and Budweiser have a say in it.

FIFA Executive Warner Gets Life Ban

FIFA's ethics committee yesterday banned former vice-president Jack Warner from football-related activities for life.

Warner, who left FIFA in 2011 after being implicated in a bribery scandal, was investigated by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee following its report on the inquiry into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.

Yusuf Confirmed As Assistant to Super Eagles Coach

Salisu Yusuf has been appointed as the assistant to Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi. The confirmation was released in a report published on the Nigeria Football Federation website.  Though there were wide speculations that Yusuf had been chosen as the Eagles’ assistant coach, the NFF refused to comment on the subject until Thursday.
Yusuf is a former Kano Pillars and Enyimba coach. He took over from Daniel Amokachi who was Keshi’s deputy during his first tenure with the Eagles which last from November 2011 to July 2014.

Mayweather Pockets $100m as He Defeats Pacquiao

The check was for $100 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn't help but  show  his check  to a few reporters when the night was done after beating Manny Pacquiao on Saturday (Sunday, Nigerian time).
“For my team to hand me a $100m check is remarkable,” said Mayweather, whose take from the long-awaited mega-fight with Pacquiao could ultimately puff up to as high as $200m once all the record-breaking revenue is counted.
The man who has named himself “Money” stated that the payout was all part of a “brilliant game plan” for his career.

Mikel Bags EPL Title with Chelsea

Mikel Obi, on Sunday won his second English Premier League title with Chelsea after a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea won the match to emerge league winners with three matches to spare as they have cumulative 83 points from 35 matches. The next team to them, Manchester City, have 70 points from their 35 matches played but prove to be no threat to Chelsea as they cannot catch up even if Chelsea loses the remaining three matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins World Footballer of the Year

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named world footballer of the year after winning the Ballon d’Or for the second year in a row.
 Nadine Kessler, Germany midfielder was named women’s player of the year, while Colombia’s James Rodriguez won goal of the year.
 Germany's World Cup winner Joachim Low won men's coach of the year.
 Wolfsburg Women’s boss Ralf Kellermann was equally named FIFA female Coach of the Year after a successful defence of the Champions League

Aruna Quadri, Others Bag NTTF Awards

African champion Aruna Quadri and veteran female player, Funke Oshonaike, has been named by the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation as Players of the Year in 2014 player.
NTTF secretary general, Chinedu Ezeala-Ogundare, said that they were given the awards to motivate the players as well as to inspire the up and coming players to aspire high in their career.
Quadri, who ranked 31st in the world, was highly praised for his exploits this year particularly for his remarkable efforts in repositioning Nigeria on global map of world table tennis.

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