Giwa’s NFF Appoints Dead Referee to Officiate NPFL Game

first_imgRejects Dalung’s Reconciliation movesDuro IkhazuagbeIn a clear case of absurdity, the Chris Giwa group laying claim to the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) wednesday listed a Nigerian referee who died since January 22, 2016 as one of the arbiters to officiate a Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) this weekend.The said late referee, Wale Akinsanya passed on during the mandatory FIFA Cooper Test for match officials in Ibadan.In a statement sent to the League Management Company (LMC) and signed by one Yahaya Adama, the late referee was listed to officiate as the centre referee of the clash between Warri Wolves and Giwa FC at the Warri City Stadium this weekend. The late Ibadan-based referee was listed to be assisted by Tope .O from Osun State and Adeleke M of Oyo State in the game.Earlier yesterday, the Giwa group had rejected the peace move by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung to end the crisis in the administration of the game in the country by setting up a reconciliation Committee headed by former NFA President, Ibrahim Galadima.In a statement signed by the group’s self christened Chairman of Chairmen, Effiong Johnson, it urged Nigerians to disregard the action of the minister, as it was to hoodwink football followers.“In the first place, the minister is a party to the case in court as the fourth defendant and when the court by an Order made on April 8 2016 restored all its previous orders, including the order which nullified and set aside the election which purportedly produced Amaju Pinnick et al. The minister betrayed his partisanship in the dispute by wasting no time to hold brief for the Amaju Pinnick group in his erroneous and flawed public statement that the group was entitled to 30 days to appeal against the ruling of the court.“The minister has thus lost the moral podium to midwife any settlement of the dispute. Secondly, the composition of the membership of the so-called reconciliation committee leaves no one in doubt that it was constituted only for a hatchet job for the Amaju Pinnick group,” he said.Effiong added: “virtually all members of the committee are associates of the Amaju Pinnick group. For instance, Musa Amadu is not only a co-defendant with the minister in the case but is also the chairman of the Organising & Disciplinary Committee of the Amaju Pinnick group. Barrister Okey Obi has made statements in many fora on behalf of the Amaju Pinnick group and has also appeared in court as counsel to the defendants, while Paul Bassey is known to be an avowed supporter of the Amaju Pinnick group.”Dalung inaugurated the reconciliation committee at the conference room of the National Stadium in Abuja, and charged them with the mandate of restoring peace to the crisis ridden Nigeria Football Federation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Oshae Brissett settles in, other notes from Syracuse’s 71-62 win over Iona

first_img Published on November 14, 2017 at 10:59 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ During a timeout, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim told freshman forward Oshae Brissett a screen would come his way from the weak side.“OK, coach,” Boeheim recalled Brissett saying in the team huddle.“He ran right into the screen,” Boeheim said later. “He said, ‘Well, I tried.’ I said it’s not good enough to try. You have to go around the screen and be there. But that’s what happens when you have freshmen. They’re not going to be able to do some of those things.”Brissett, Syracuse’s 6-foot-8 freshman forward represents the youth of SU this season, Boeheim said. Brissett has said he is nervous in the beginning of games, which contributes to why many of his first shots are too strong. In Syracuse’s (2-0) 71-62 victory over Iona (0-2) Tuesday night inside the Carrier Dome, Brissett did not work around the screen Boeheim warned about, nor did he knock down any of his first three shots.“Still learning,” Brissett said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe progressed in the game, hitting on four of his next six shots for 12 points across 37 minutes on the floor. Given that redshirt freshman forward Matthew Moyer has not contributed much offensively — he scored zero points in 18 minutes Tuesday — Brissett provides the bulk of Syracuse’s scoring at the forward position.Boeheim said Brissett’s next step is attacking the basket with more effectiveness and crashing the boards. He lost possession of the ball on his first drive attempt of the second half, going left on the baseline. A few possessions later, he knocked down a pull-up jumper around the free-throw line. He finished with two assists and three rebounds.Marek Dolezaj’s weight not an issueDolezaj, a 6-foot-9, 180-pound forward, played 22 minutes off the bench. He scored seven points on 3-for-5 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. He entered the game about six and half minutes in.He allowed Iona forward TK Edogi behind him on the left side of the zone, and Edogi delivered. He caught an alley-oop over Dolezaj and dunked the ball despite a foul. Later, Dolezaj traveled on his first catch near the rim, but he picked up a steal and hustled on a transition play to receive a feed from Tyus Battle and score two points.“Dolezaj goes after the ball, he really hustles,” Boeheim said. “His shooting … it’s a long ways away. Everybody talks about strength. (Syracuse 2005 first-round NBA Draft pick) Hakim Warrick weighed 160 pounds when he came in here as a freshman. He was pretty good. Never weighed more than 180. Everybody talks about weight and they want to be negative. That has nothing to do with it. He’ll be fine. He’s thin so he can move faster.”Battle, Howard play bulk of minutes at guardBattle and Howard played 35 and 40 minutes, respectively, as fellow guard Howard Washington did not play. Graduate transfer Geno Thorpe played only eight minutes because “he was terrible,” Boeheim said. Thorpe had one turnover and shot 1-for-3.Battle scored a career-high 28 points and Howard added a career-high in points of his own, 15, to go along with four rebounds and three assists.“Frank got to the basket,” Boeheim said. “I thought he had a few places where he could have played up. He never really played the point in high school … it will take him a little while to get used to it. Tonight was a good step, really good step.”Fast break defenseIona scored 10 fast-break points. The up-tempo-minded Gaels beat SU up the floor several other times but did not convert. Boeheim said after the game that SU needs to get back quicker to prevent transition baskets, which came from both long rebounds and made baskets.“Their forwards leaked out right when we got a basket,” Syracuse junior center Paschal Chukwu said. “So the centers, when we went for rebounds, they were leaking out. We just need to recognize that and definitely try and get back.” Commentslast_img read more