‘Giwa’s Group Should Wait Till 2018’

first_imgThe first university graduate to play for the senior national team of Nigeria, Dr. John Oganwu, has advised aggrieved members of the Nigeria football family to sheathe their sword in the interest of the nation, and wait to contest elections in September 2018, when the tenure of the Amaju Pinnick –led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) would be over.Speaking at the weekend, Oganwu was of the view that “since the highest court in sports, the Court of Arbitration for Sports, has dealt conclusively with this matter, and dismissed it, any other discussion or deliberation on it is ill-advised.”He was referring to the case by Chris Giwa and group against the election of the Pinnick executive committee. Oganwu earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Ibadan in 1971 before turning out for the then Green Eagles in 1972.He was in the Nigeria team for the football event of the 2nd All-Africa Games but had to leave the camp for his graduate work few months before the competition.“I dare say that the resurrection of this unwholesome matter has to do with the non-familiarity of the present Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, with the principles of association football. If he were acquainted with the FIFA rules and regulations, he would simply have dismissed the case from the first time it was brought to his notice.“As a member of FIFA, we are bound by the FIFA rules and regulations, as captured in the FIFA Statutes. You don’t take football matters to ordinary courts. It is there, clearly spelt out,” stressed the ex international.Oganwu, who got his doctorate degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Cornell University, USA, advised that the agitators be brought up to speed with the dictates of FIFA and trends in modern football administration.“The responsibility rests with those of us who are familiar with the FIFA rules to advise Giwa and his group to wait for the next elections, after the four-year tenure of Amaju Pinnick and his board. Football unites the country, more than the entertainment purpose it serves. Anything that will lead to exclusion of our country from the international football community should be discouraged, even vehemently opposed,” concludes Oganwu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jose Antonio Reyes’ funeral held in hometown of Utrera

first_imgFans remained outside the stadium on Sunday night as the coffin was taken to Utrera Reyes’ coffin is carried into the church Francisco Reyes (centre) is helped as he attends the funeral for his son Thousands of fans queued at Sevilla’s stadium to pay tribute to their former captain Relatives and friends march behind a hearse carrying Reyes’ coffin Reyes’ coffin spent four hours at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium on Sunday afternoon The funeral of former Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes has been held in his home town of Utrera, Seville.The former Sevilla captain died in a car crash aged 35 on Saturday, while a relative was also killed.The ex-Spain international’s coffin was taken to Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium on Sunday where it was visited by more than 11,000 fans.Later that night, thousands outside the stadium paid their respects as the coffin made its journey to Utrera.His coffin spent Sunday night in Utrera’s town hall, where according to Sevilla, “he spent the whole night accompanied by family and friends”.The funeral took place at the nearby Santa Maria de Mesa and his coffin was draped in the Sevilla flag.He started his career at the La Liga side as a youth player in 1994, making his first-team debut in the 1999-2000 season.Reyes joined the Gunners from Sevilla in January 2004 and was part of the ‘Invincibles’ side that went through the 2003-04 season unbeaten, winning the Premier League.He later spent a season on loan at Real Madrid in 2006-07, winning the Spanish title. After leaving Arsenal in 2007 he joined Atletico Madrid and then returned to Sevilla for a second spell in 2016.The five-time Europa League winner had been playing for Spanish second division side Extremadura this season.last_img read more

Are you a New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc fan?

first_imgThe team at Castle Grove Country House Hotel, outside Letterkenny, share an exciting look ahead to their much-anticipated New Zealand Wine Pairing Dinner, with a very special guest:Next week on Thursday evening, we are delighted to welcome James Leary all the way from New Zealand vineyard Snapper Rock, to Castle Grove.Snapper Rock is famous for their wines produced using the grapes from the world-famous Marlborough, at the top of the South Island and Hawkes Bay in the North East of the North Island. James is responsible for production and export, and he will be at Castle Grove, sharing the story of Snapper Rock, introducing their wines and sharing his knowledge an expertise.Paul Brady, Castle Grove Head Chef and passionate Donegal food ambassador, has prepared a wonderful seven course feast to pair with the selected wines.We are looking forward to hosting James, giving him a warm Donegal welcome and pairing his knowledge and love with our love and passion for fine dining. from New Zealand vineyard Snapper RockStarting at 7pm with sparkling wines on arrival, followed by this feast and all the delicious wines.When: Thursday, May 24TH – 7PM till lateWhere: Castle Grove Country House Hotel, Letterkenny, DonegalCost : €65 per person – 7 Course Tasting Menu€110 per person including 4-star B&B accommodationBook Now to avoid disappointment: Call +353 74 9151118 or DM on FB @castlegrove1695 now! Snapper RockCOMPETITION WINNER REVEALED!Donegal Daily hosted a wonderful competition this week to celebrate the New Zealand Wine Pairing Gourmet Dinner at Castle Grove Country House Hotel on Thursday May 24th.We had two places to giveaway to a lucky reader, and we can now reveal that Facebook user Josephine Ellis is the winner!Congratulations Josephine, you and a friend are invited to join this wonderful night of food and wine.Don’t worry if you haven’t won this time, there are a limited number of places left at this event. To book, call +353749151118 or DM on Facebook @castlegrove1695 now! Are you a New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc fan? was last modified: May 18th, 2018 by Castle GroveShare 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:castle grove country house hotelcompetitionNew Zealandwine pairingwinnerlast_img read more