The 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:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A 63-year-old former policeman was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment Thursday on a charge of raping a woman at his home in 2010.Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas imposed the sentence on Andy Allan, after he was found guilty of the offence by a nine-member jury at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain last December. The judge had initially considered a15-year sentence but in weighing the both the aggravating and mitigating factors, he increased the sentence by two years.St Clair-Douglas said there were no mitigating factor to consider. The judge said there were a number of aggravating factors including the convict’s former profession, and the fact that he put her through the trauma of testifying at the trial.Allan, who represented himself was charged with raping the woman at his home on March 27, 2010. The prosecution argued that at the time of the incident, he was a netball coach and that the victim was a member of the team. On the day in question, the woman had gone to Allan’s home to collect uniforms she and her teammates needed to take part in a competition that was to take place the next day.During the trial, the woman testified that Allan told her she could go to his bedroom and try on the uniform but while doing so, he entered the room and proceeded to rape her.In his defence, Allan claimed that he and the woman shared a close relationship and that on a monthly basis, he would deposit money into her bank account. He admitted having intercourse with the woman on the day in question but denied he had forced her into doing so and that he even dropped her off at her home afterwards.Allan also contended that it was only after the woman’s boyfriend found out about their secret relationship that she went on to report to incident to police. All of these claims were denied by the woman.
Ex-Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah has cautioned the Black Stars ahead of the group phase of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.The Al Khartoum coach noted that the group stage will comprise of the big teams on the continent which will require great effort from the team should they make their fourth successive World Cup appearance.However, Appiah was optimistic the team will overcome all obstacles and make the tournament in Russia.“I think the next stage, that’s the group stage will be a little difficult unlike the preliminary rounds,” Appiah said.“This stage is where you face all the big and good teams in Africa but not withstanding I know and believe the Black Stars can make it.”“They should just keep up their form and try as much as possible to get good results in the games, and I strongly believe they can qualify for Russia 2018.” Appiah is the first ever Ghanaian to qualify and lead the Black Stars to the FIFA World Cup.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports