The tea towel burns between UEFA and the top European clubs.
This is the information that is on everyone’s lips: this Sunday, some superpowers of continental football are preparing to announce the creation of a Super League.
Faced with swelling rumors and speculations on the subject, UEFA has stepped up to reject this “cynical” format. The instance also raised the threat of legal action.
The statement issued on Sunday afternoon is categorical: “UEFA, the English Football Federation and the Premier League, the Spanish Football Federation, La Liga, the Italian Football Federation and Serie A have learned that some English clubs, Spaniards and Italians plan to announce their creation of a closed Super League. “
“If this is true, we would like to remind you that we – UEFA, the English FA, the RFEF, the FIGC, the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations – will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project based on the personal interest of certain clubs at a time when our society needs solidarity more than ever. “
“We will study all possible remedies, both judicial and sporting, to prevent this project from materializing. Football is based on open competition and sporting merit. It can not be otherwise. “
The remainder of the press release indicates that players entered in the Super League may not be eligible for the World Cup, Euro and all other international competitions governed by FIFA: “As previously announced by FIFA and the six Federations, the affected clubs will be prohibited from participating in any other competition at national, European or world level, and their players may be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams. “
In conclusion, UEFA underlines: “We thank the clubs from other countries, in particular the French and German clubs, who refused to register. We call on all football fans, supporters and politicians to join us in fighting against such a project should it be announced. This lingering self-interest of a few has gone on for too long. Enough is enough. “
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OFFA VC, Nigeria Customs Service emerge 2022 champions
OFFA volleyball club (OFFA VC) have emerged champions of the 2022 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League (NVPL) after defeating Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.
It was a close encounter between the two sides in Akure, the capital city of Ondo state.
OFFA VC dominated the first set of the game, winning it 25-16 before NCS came back to grab a slim 23-25 win in the second set.
OFFA VC went ahead with a 25-17 win in the 3rd set, NCS won 4th set 17-25 to once again levelled the game for the second time.
It was a close tie in the final set of the game but OFFA VC came out victorious with a 15-11 win to clinch this year’s Men’s Nigeria Volleyball Premier League title.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Customs Service are the champions of the Women’s category of the competition. They thrashed Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps 3-0 to clinch the title on Sunday also.
We can only expect intensity when two government agencies meet but that wasn’t the case on the final day of the league in Akure.
Nigeria Customs Service won the 25-23, 27-25, 25-21 in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd sets respectively to become the latest champions of the Nigeria Volleyball Premier League.
The tournament began at the Ondo State Sports Council Indoor Hall on Wednesday, 14th September, 2022 and will end on Monday, 26th, 2022.
Kenya’s Kipchoge sets new marathon record in Berlin
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge shattered his own marathon world record on Sunday, winning the Berlin race with a time of 2:01.09 seconds.
The result meant he shaved half a minute off his previous world best set in the German capital four years ago.
The 37-year-old, who has now won 15 of his 17 career marathons, including two Olympic triumphs and 10 major titles, was in a class of his own.
This was after he set a blistering pace along the flat inner-city course on an overcast day to cement his status as the greatest ever marathon runner.
“I am happy with my preparation and I think I was so fast because of the teamwork,” Kipchoge said. “Everything is down to teamwork.
“I planned to go out fast in the first half. It was a marvellous performance. My legs and my body still feel young.
“But the most important thing is my mind, and that also feels fresh and young. I am so happy to break the world record.”
Only a handful of runners could keep up with his sub-three minute kilometre split times in the early stages, along with the group of pacemakers.
He gradually shook off last year’s winner Guye Adola but fellow Ethiopian Andamlak Belihu refused to buckle, even as they raced through the halfway mark in under an hour.
Belihu finally dropped back around the 27 kilometre-mark as Kipchoge pushed on for the record.
The Kenyan, who retained his Olympic title at the Tokyo Games last year, had fallen short of his world mark by just over a minute at the Tokyo Marathon in March.
But he was not to be denied in Berlin.
Having slowed slightly in the second half of the race he still powered through the final 500-metre sprint.
Passing through the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate just as the sun started to emerge, a beaming Kipchoge crossed the finish line to set another record.
Kipchoge is the only man to run a sub-two hour marathon when he clocked 1:59.40 on a specially designed track in Vienna in 2019.
However, the time is not officially recognised as it was not set in competition.
Asked whether he would attempt a sub-two hour run in Berlin next year, Kipchoge said: “Let us plan for another day.
“I need to celebrate this record and have to realise what happens. Just roll and see what happens.”
“There is still more in my legs. I hope the future is still great. My mind is still moving, the body still absorbing the training.”
Fellow Kenyan Mark Korir completed a one-two finish for the African nation, four minutes and 49 seconds behind, with Ethiopian Tadu Abate third.
Ethiopian Tigist Assefa stunned the field in the women’s race, winning in 2:15:37 seconds, the third-fastest time in history.
Only record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya and Briton Paula Radcliffe have run faster marathons.
Kenyan Rosemary Wanjiru was second ahead of Ethiopian Tigist Abayechew.
KSU Steelers thrash FUOYE Dazzlers 3-1 to win championship –
The Kogi State University (KSU) Steelers are champions of the 2022 Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) championship after defeating FUOYE Dazzlers of the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti 2-1 in the final on Saturday.
FUOYE Dazzlers followed the footpath of AAUA Luminaries from Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba, who became the first South-west institution to qualify for the final of the championship (excluding eFootball season).
AAUA Luminaries reached the final in the 2021 edition of the championship but were defeated 1-0 by UNIMAID Desert Warriors from University of Maiduguri.
KSU Steelers are also debutant in the final having defeated UNILORIN Warriors from University of Ilorin 1-0 in the other semi final.
Just 13 seconds into the game, FUOYE Dazzlers were awarded a penalty for an infringement on their player by Adah Fidelis. However, Dolapo Kolawole slotted it into the net to give the Ekiti contingents a 1-0 lead.
It was long when KSU Steelers responded when Samuel Odutola scored in the fourth minute to equalise to bring his team back into the game.
FUOYE Dazzlers found the back of the net once again in the 25th minute but it was ruled out as the assistant referee raised the flag after the ball went off the line before Dazzlers’ player took the cross.
Three minutes before the halftime whistle, FUOYE Dazzlers goalkeeper Lawani Clinton made a good save to deny KSU Steelers the lead.
The first half ended 1-1 at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Pavilion in Lagos.
After several attempts from both sides for the first twenty-three minutes of the second half, KSU Steelers finally found the back of the to take the lead for the first time in the encounter.
Few minutes later, Odutola grabbed his brace of the evening to double KSU Steelers lead and sealed the victory for the Kogi State institution.
There were more goals in the match as KSU Steelers won 3-1 to become the first State University to win the annual football tournament.
Their captain Suleiman Mohamed scored the goal from a well-played through pass.
Meanwhile, UNN Lions from University of Nigeria Nsukka defeated UNILORIN Warriors 1-0 in the third place match to clinch the Bronze medal.
Lawrence Echere scored the only goal of the encounter in the second half.
HiFL is an annual football tournament involving higher education institutions across Nigeria. It was founded in 2017 and institutions partake in a preliminary round to qualify for the knockout stage.
UAM Tillers from University of Agriculture Makurdi won the inaugural edition of the championship in 2018.
Thereafter, UNICAL Malabites from University of Calabar, LEADCITY Gladiators from Lead University (e-sports edition) and UNIMAID Deserts Warriors have all gone ahead to win the tournament.
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