Shooting Stars coach Fatai Amoo says his team needs to improve their performance ahead of the second stanza of the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League, Completesportsnigeriacom reports. Shooting Stars are currently 19th in the league with 22 points after 19 games. "Our performance in the first half of the season was not too good," Amoo told Completesportsnigeria.com. "Our major problem was not being able to win more home games, rather we drew games we should have won.
"Looking ahead to the second half of the season, we need to win more games and also put more efforts in the field so we can be part of the top teams in the league at the end of the season." Shooting Stars lost 2-1 away to FC IfeanyiUbah in their last league game before the league went on break.
Sunshine stars will unveil Augustine Eguavoen as their new coach today, the media officer of the club, Wahab Bankole has revealed to Completesportsnigeria.com. Eguavoen takes over from interim coach, Kayode Olujohungbe who was relieved of his duties after Sunshine Stars' 3-1 defeat to Lobi Stars last week in Makurdi. The former Super Eagles coach will sign a short term contract till the end of the season with an option of an extension at the conclusion of the 2016/2017 NPFL campaign based on performance and acceptance by all.
The 51 year old will be assisted by his former Nigeria teammate, Ike Shorunmu, it was also gathered. "Eguavoen will be unveiled as the new coach of Sunshine Stars today (Tuesday)," Bankole told Completesportsnigeria.com. Meanwhile, the management of Sunshine Stars have recruited 15 players for the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League. Sunshine Stars are 17th in the NPFL table with 31 points from 18 matches.
Skipper of Iran's national beach soccer team, Mohammed Ahmadzadeh, has tipped his country to finish top of Group B which has Nigeria, Italy and Mexico at this year's FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas. The 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup kicks off on Thursday, April 27 and will end on May 7. On the opening day of the tournament – in Group B, Nigeria will face Italy, while Iran and Mexico will do battle. Ahmadzadeh, 30, says that their knowledge of Italy and Mexico especially in past meetings will be to their advantage. “I think we’re going to win the group," Ahmadzadeh tells FIFA.com. "We’re going to do everything we can to beat Italy and Mexico. We know both of them well because we’ve played them before in competitions and friendlies.”
A veteran of five Beach Soccer World Cups, Ahmadzadeh tips Iran to make it to the semi-finals in Bahamas, pointing out that the experience he garnered in past World Cups and some of his teammates will be a factor for the team. He states: “Iran are one of the top teams in the world and we’re not inferior to anyone. I’m convinced that if we can make the second round, then we’ll go on to the last four. “There are five or six of us who’ve played at five World Cups. That’s half a team with a lot of experience.” “I’ve played in a lot of Beach Soccer World Cup matches and I’ve seen the highs and lows. The team has pulled together whenever things have gone against us, and I’m going to draw on all my experience to help my team-mates and make sure we can go as far as we can.”
After the net had seemingly closed in on him once and for all, former FIFA Executive Committee member Worawi Makudi could be about to stage a shock comeback. The one-time strongman of Thai football, one of those who voted in the controversial ballot for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, is determined to get his five-year FIFA ban for election forgery quashed following the lifting of his conviction in his homeland. Makudi, a longtime ally of disgraced former Asian football chief and one-time FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam, was a FIFA executive committtee member for 18 years until being voted off by Asian federations in April 2015.
He has faced multiple allegations of wrongdoing and was found guilty in July last year by a Thai court of forgery relating to his 2013 re-election as head of his national FA and handed a suspended 16-month jail term. FIFA’s ethics committee subsequently opened a case as a result of Makudi being convicted of forgery by the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court and ended up banning him for “forgery and falsification” as well as failing to co-operate and fining him CHF10,000 in the process. FIFA said at the time that Makudi “made alterations to the FAT statutes” without approval and it was assumed he had little hope of regaining power either domestically or on the world stage. But like the proverbial cat with nine lives, he has now won an appeal at domestic level which he believes must result in FIFA clearing his name.
“FIFA must accept the decision of the (Thai) Court of Appeals,” Makudi was quoted as saying by AFP. “I do not know why they (FIFA) were so anxious to make a decision at that time, because I told them ‘Wait for the end of the legal proceedings’.” His lawyer Narinpong Jinapak told local media: “It has been proven that Worawi Makudi, the former president of the Football Association of Thailand, is not guilty as charged. He is clean. He told me after learning of the court ruling that he is very happy.”
Jinapak said his client would now insist that FIFA lift his ban and, if world football’s governing body refuse, he would go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In its judgement, the court of appeal in Thailand ruled Makudi was not guilty as he acted according to the Local Administration Department and did not have any intention of commit wrongdoing. Asked if Makudi would be making a comeback, Narinpong said: “He needs time to heal his ‘mental wounds’ before making a decision.”