Archive for June, 2013

Italian source CalcioMercato claim that Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis will meet with Chelsea this week to complete the sale of Edinson Cavani to the West London club.

A deal is reportedly all but agreed, one that will cost the Blues around €58m (£49m), but could also include additional bonuses to benefit the Serie A side should the 26 year old’s time at Stamford Bridge prove to be a productive one.

There has been a great deal of speculation as to Cavani’s future at the San Paolo and talk of such an exit has only magnified since Rafa Benitez took over at the Naples club and De Laurentiis appears ready to cash in on the Uruguayan international.

The former Palermo ace has netted 104 goals in 138 appearances for the Partenopei and is perhaps one of the best additions Jose Mourinho could look to make in order to boost his side’s fire-power, and there is no denying such a boost is necessary.

Fernando Torres managed just eight goals in 36 Premier League appearances last term and such was his low ebb that this return was actually considered something of a return to form, chiefly because the Spaniard appeared to have little problem finding the back of the net in Cup action.

Demba Ba managed just two Premier League goals since his January move to the club and Mourinho has already set about improving matters in the final third by completing the long awaited signing of Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle.

Edinson Cavani is currently on international duty at the Confederations Cup so one would imagine that if a deal is struck by the two sides then the powerful forward would discuss personal terms and undergo any potential medical later in the month.

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The Nigeria Football Federation has debunked comments by Chairman of
the House of Reps’ Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Ali Gaiya on the
bonus issue of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity
Committee, Chief Emeka Inyama said Gaiya’s attacks on the Football House were unwarranted, and should not have come from someone like him who is highly informed about the operations and constraints of the football-governing body.

“The NFF can only operate with the funds made available to it. We are taken aback by the attacks because Hon. Gaiya knows everything that’s going on, including the reasons why we have to slash bonus and downsize technical/backroom staff,” began Inyama.

Giving an insight into efforts made by the NFF to carry the players and officials along in the bonus slash, Inyama said he was aware of meetings convened by NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari with Coach Stephen Keshi and other members of the team’s Management in Abuja, and with Keshi and some of the senior players in Nairobi and Windhoek.

“The NFF President was very transparent in explaining to the Coach and the players why the bonus had to be slashed.

The NFF was allocated the sum of N1.8 billion for this year, out of which N1.5 billion is for sporting activities, and we have been told that the sum of N790 million given to us to prosecute the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa would be deducted from that sum.

“In the event, we are left with the sum of N710 million for our sporting activities for the whole of this year.

We have to service our different National Teams (Super Eagles, U-23 Men, U-20 Men, U-17 Boys, Super Falcons, U-20 girls, U-17 girls, Beach Soccer, Home-based Eagles, U-13 boys) from this amount, for the rest of the year.

“The NFF President explained all this, and why we had to be pragmatic.
He pleaded for their understanding and they agreed. But we are shocked
at what later transpired.”

“Gaiya also talked about sponsorship.

The truth is, it would have been difficult to carry out our major activities as we do without funds from sponsors. But he showed his lack of understanding again by saying that sponsors pay players’ bonuses. They do not.”

Inyama lashed out at other commentators and so-called analysts who have been having a go at the NFF over the matter.

“For some people, it is just fashionable to blame the NFF for anything and for everything. People should try to be rational and be logical.

I am surprised that a former NFF Secretary General, Hon. Sani Ahmed Toro, was blaming the NFF. He ought to know better.

“The NFF Executive Committee thought deeply about this bonus issue before taking a decision to slash, and also to downsize the technical/backroom staff. It is the best option in the circumstances and we would not go back on our decision.”

Following the recent recall of the suspended vice chairman of Warri Wolves Fc Hon. Alex Amudo by the management of the Delta state owned team, the Club owners Association have responded by lifting the suspension earlier placed on the south-south team from participating in its meetings and activities.

Speaking to Newsmen in Kaduna Tuesday, Acting Secretary of the club owners Alloy Chukwuemeka said the Association have received the information about the recall of Hon.

Amudo with Joy and thereby reciprocated the gesture by lifting the suspension earlier placed on the premier league club with immediate effect.

He commended the management of Warri Wolves for their maturity by listening to the pleas and interventions by several stakeholders on the issue just as he said the reunion by all the concerned parties was done in the true spirit of Sportsmanship.

Chukwuemeka who is the general Manager of ABS FC Ilorin called on all the relevant stakeholders in sports to join hands and fashion out the best way to revamp the sector which according to him remains a strong and viable tool for the unity and cooperate existence of the country.

The club owners scribe added that the Association would soon meet before the end of June to review the first stanza of the league.