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Why I will not marry Nigerian woman – Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Roh

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Super Eagles’ manager, Gernot Rohr, has given reasons he will not marry a Nigerian woman.

Just like former Nigerian manager, Clemens Westerhof got hooked to a Zimbabwean lady during his sojourn in Africa, Rohr, when asked in an interview with the Sun if he would consider marrying a Nigerian lady, said it would be difficult.

He cited cultural background and language difference as main reasons he won’t marry a Nigerian.

Rohr, a Franco-German replaced former Nigerian international, Sunday Oliseh as Super Eagles coach.

Asked if he would likely take a second wife in Nigeria just as Clemens Westerhof did in Africa, he said, “My president (Amaju Pinnick) joked about it recently.

“He said he was going to hand me a Nigerian woman and we all laughed about it.

“To be sincere, Nigerian ladies are very beautiful and tempting but it is going to be very difficult to marry one. Language and cultural background will be a serious barrier.”

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UK court sentences Ex-Super Eagles star for embezzling charity fund

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Ex-footballers, Efe Sodje, 46, and Stephen Sodje, 43, and ex-rugby player Bright Sodje, 52, were found guilty and jailed for siphoning-off cash from their own charity set up to help African children, BBC reports.

This was made known on Monday following the conclusion of a separate trial involving former Reading and Nigeria footballer Sam Sodje, 39.

Sam was cleared of money laundering charges.

The fraud trial, which began in 2017 had heard how the family set up the Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF) in 2009, ostensibly to help provide facilities in Nigeria.

However, cash raised at black-tie dinners, auctions, charity football matches and a clay pigeon shoot went into Sodje bank accounts, prosecutor Julian Christopher QC said.

In once instance, in 2011, there was a gala dinner at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester for the SSF and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The £150-a-head black-tie event raised almost £11,500, but Mr Christopher said “not a penny” went to the hospital.

Judge Michael Topolski QC told the defendants: “You have brought shame to your family. At least £63,000 can been shown to have been received by the fund.”

He added that the £63,000 did not include cash donations.

“The defendants went out of their way to ensure that proper records were not kept. Any good works done in the past would be forever tainted by their dishonest and disreputable conduct,” the Judge added.

Stephen Sodje, of Bexley, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for receiving £30,000 in charity funds.

Efe Sodje, of Cheadle in Greater Manchester, who was “the face” of the charity, was given 18 months in jail for receiving £7,500 from the SSF and an unknown amount from a clay pigeon shooting event.

Bright Sodje, of Sale in Greater Manchester, was jailed for 21 months for receiving £3,000 from the charity and signing cheques to other family members totalling £18,000.

Efe Sodje was cleared of money laundering at the Old Bailey in January 2018 but Emmanuel Ehikhamen, 53, of south-east London, and Andrew Oruma, 50, of Bexley, south London, were convicted.

The case against Sam Sodje collapsed and his retrial began on 7 January 2019.

Mr Sodje, who also played for Charlton Athletic, Brentford and Leeds United during his career, was charged with four counts of taking part in a fraud in which bank accounts were used to channel money from companies around the world.

He was found not guilty of two of the charges on 14 January and cleared of the remaining two counts earlier on Monday.

Another of the brothers, Akpo Sodje, 37, was implicated but moved to Dubai and refused to return to Britain for questioning.

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Remo 1 vs 1 Insurance: I will charge referee to FIFA – Bet9ja Owner

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By: Hassan Abdulsalam


The owner of Nigeria’s leading sports bet, Bet9ja and Chairman of Remo Stars of sagamu, Kunle Soname, has threatened that, he will charge the referee, Bethel Nwanesi who was in charge of Remo Stars and Insurance game to FIFA for his misconducts in the match, uniquesports reports.

Speaking with pundits after Remo Stars drew against Bendel Insurance 1-1 in Sagamu on Sunday.

Bendel Insurance takes the lead in the 54th minutes with a goal from Charles Omokaro. While the Remo stars levelled the score line in the 76th minutes courtesy of Victor Mbaoma goal.

The center referee Bethel Nwanesi denied Remo Stars’ Ekene Awazie goal in the 82nd minutes to offside.

Soname said that the center referee was incompetent to handle a league match and this is the worst he had witnessed in the league.

He said “It was a hard fought game but the referee was completely incompetent, this was worst have seen in the history of Nigerian football, this is very worst, this is a referee that doesn’t look at his assistant referees (AR) for anything, nothing less than five instances, The AR will raise up his flags and he wouldn’t look at them at all”

“The second goal, this guy must come and tell me why the second goal is not a goal, he must come and interpret the game on his own way why the winning goal was scored was disallowed, this is bad for football, LMC had a lot of work to do, this extremely poor”

Remo Stars chairman also said that the action of the referee will be taken to Federation Internationale De football Association,FIFA and Confederation of African Football, CAF if the League management Company, LMC did not take crucial action.

“Am going to take a step on the referee decision because am going to write to Nigeria Referee Association complaining about today’s officiating, they must take the tape and review it and they must sanction the referee if he has done things that are wrong because this are things that make fans go bizarre, look this causes things, if not for the fact we had enough policeman on ground what would have happen today they would have injured him exactly what happened in plateau, they must review the tape because I will fight this till the very end, I won’t agree I will write to any where including FIFA and other” he said

Speaking on the performance of the team, Soname said Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance displayed good artistry football.

“Honestly we played very well and I just give kudos to other teams as well because they came out they played very well, both teams were good they displayed very good artistry of football” he said

He said further that football is game that is full of emotion and the referee rubbed the joys of the fans. He also assure the fans that Remo Stars will not be relegated after the end of the season.

“Football is just a game, is a very emotional one. In my own opinion the fans has been robbed of there joy today but football continues, we must let out emotion rules us, is very painful but we must know that next week we are playing another game”

“I have every house of confidence that we are going to stay in NPFL after the end of the season” he said

However, he spoke about the new technical Adviser, Keneddy Boboye that he his satisfied with him

“The new coach did not actually inject any player is only training the players he met and am completely satisfied with the way the team has played today compare to how they play normally”NPFL19: This is worst Nigeria league match I will witness – Bet9ja Owner

Hassan Abdulsalam

The owner of Nigeria’s leading sports bet, Bet9ja and Chairman of Remo Stars of sagamu, Kunle Soname, has cried out that Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance game at the gateway international stadium in the match day three of Nigeria professional football league is the first worst game he had witnessed in the local league.

Speaking with PLATFORM TIMES after Remo Stars drew against Bendel Insurance 1-1 in Sagamu on Sunday.

Bendel Insurance takes the lead in the 54th minutes with a goal from Charles Omokaro. While the Remo stars levelled the score line in the 76th minutes courtesy of Victor Mbaoma goal.

The center referee Bethel Nwanesi denied Remo Stars’ Ekene Awazie goal in the 82nd minutes to offside.

Soname said that the center referee was incompetent to handle a league match and this is the worst he had witnessed in the league.

He said “It was a hard fought game but the referee was completely incompetent, this was worst have seen in the history of Nigerian football, this is very worst, this is a referee that doesn’t look at his assistant referees (AR) for anything, nothing less than five instances, The AR will raise up his flags and he wouldn’t look at them at all”

“The second goal, this guy must come and tell me why the second goal is not a goal, he must come and interpret the game on his own way why the winning goal was scored was disallowed, this is bad for football, LMC had a lot of work to do, this extremely poor”

Remo Stars chairman also said that the action of the referee will be taken to Federation Internationale De football Association,FIFA and Confederation of African Football, CAF if the League management Company, LMC did not take crucial action.

“Am going to take a step on the referee decision because am going to write to Nigeria Referee Association complaining about today’s officiating, they must take the tape and review it and they must sanction the referee if he has done things that are wrong because this are things that make fans go bizarre, look this causes things, if not for the fact we had enough policeman on ground what would have happen today they would have injured him exactly what happened in plateau, they must review the tape because I will fight this till the very end, I won’t agree I will write to any where including FIFA and other” he said

Speaking on the performance of the team, Soname said Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance displayed good artistry football.

“Honestly we played very well and I just give kudos to other teams as well because they came out they played very well, both teams were good they displayed very good artistry of football” he said

He said further that football is game that is full of emotion and the referee rubbed the joys of the fans. He also assure the fans that Remo Stars will not be relegated after the end of the season.

“Football is just a game, is a very emotional one. In my own opinion the fans has been robbed of there joy today but football continues, we must let out emotion rules us, is very painful but we must know that next week we are playing another game”

“I have every house of confidence that we are going to stay in NPFL after the end of the season” he said

However, he spoke about the new technical Adviser, Keneddy Boboye that he his satisfied with him

“The new coach did not actually inject any player is only training the players he met and am completely satisfied with the way the team has played today compare to how they play normally”

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NPFL 19: Remo Stars regrets Violence

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Hassan Abdulsalam

Remo Stars Football Club has regretted the unfortunate incident that happened after the Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day three game against Bendel Insurance at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu on Sunday.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw, as the away team Bendel Insurance takes the lead in the 54th minutes with a goal from Charles Omokaro. While the Remo stars levelled the score line in the 76th minutes courtesy of Victor Mbaoma goal.

The center referee Bethel Nwanesi denied Remo Stars’ Ekene Awazie goal in the 82nd minutes.

After the final whistle of the game,an intruder gained access to the match officials and unfortunately injured one of the officials.

In a release signed by the media officer of Remo Stars, Oladimeji Oshode claimed that the management regrets the incident and promised to fish out the intruder.

Part of the release read:

“A manhunt has started immediately as the management of the club and the Nigeria Police Force Sagamu division are working closely to ensure that the intruder is brought to book to face the consequences of his actions.”

“We totally regret and condemn this act as we don’t encourage violence in football.”

“In the same vein of condeming this act we would also like to indicate that the centre referee Bethel Nwanesi calls all through the game were questionable and in the 88th minute a good goal was scored, which would have been the winning goal, was ruled offside and disallowed by the referee which caused an uproar among the fans.”

“This of course is no reason why anyone should get hurt, we have lost games at home in the past against Plateau United, Enyimba FC, MFM FC, Rivers United without witnessing such violence”

“We also want to make a staunch warming to supporters or individuals who come with the intention of disrupting or causing violence in the stadium as the club will severely deal with anyone found guilty of such behaviour” he said

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