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

NYX hails ‘positive group momentum’ as revenues surge whilst reducing losses

first_imgShare Submit Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Royal Ascot generates ‘record number of transactions’ for SG’s OpenSports June 18, 2020 Driven by new ‘client launches’ and the continued strengthening of its commercial pipeline, Toronto TSX-listed industry technology and platform provider NYX Gaming Group has reported a strong set of H1 2017 interim results.Updating investors, NYX has doubled its like-for-like group revenues to CAD $119 million (H1 2016: CAD $54 million), driven by the successful integration of its acquired OpenBet sports betting division.Closing a busy Q2 operating period, in which the company signed 18 new systems agreements and launched a further 13 new content clients including Soft Swiss, JAXX, Sekabet, Casino Gran Madrid and Goldbet. NYX would double group H1 2017 gross profits to CAD $103 million (H1 2016: CAD $47 million).Detailing highlights, NYX governance would point to strong KPI gains across its core divisions, which saw a doubling in revenues for its ‘Royalty & Licenses’ as well as revenue growth for ‘Professional Services’ division.Despite facing increased operational costs of CAD $36 million, NYX governance has managed to reduce H1 2017 period corporate net losses to CAD $18 million.“We saw positive momentum in the second quarter with sequential improvement in revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin from the prior quarter,” commented Matt Davey, CEO of NYX Gaming Group.“Our development pipeline remains strong and we continue to sign new customers at a steady rate, as our sportsbook, gaming, and content offerings are resonating with customers and driving scale and operating leverage in our business.”NYX Gaming H1 2017 Performance Overview Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020last_img read more