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The the world football ruling body, FIFA, has disqualified Uwa Echiejile as the first goal scorer of the match between Nigeria and Tahiti.

Echiejile was initially thought to have scored the first goal which led to a 6-1 drubbing of the tiny Oceania country yesterday.

However, FIFA technical committee says the goal was in fact an own goal scored by one of tahiti's amateur soccer player, Nicolas Valler.

FIFA released a statement today clarifying the status of the first goal

See full FIFA statement below:

"Following further studies of the video of the match between Tahiti and Nigeria on June 17 in Belo Horizonte, FIFA's Technical Study Group has decided the first goal of Nigeria, scored in the fifth minute, was an own goal by Tahiti number 10 player, Nicolas Valler'

'The goal was initially awarded to Nigeria's Uwa Echiejile but after careful review was credited as an own goal'.

A second player Jonathan Tehau also scored an own goal for Tahiti after scoring the first goal ever in a FIFA tournament for Tahiti, making him the first player in the history of Confederations Cup to score a goal and an own goal.

Nigeria tops Group 'B' of the FIFA Confederations Cup with 3 points, the same as Spain but ahead on goals' difference.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play against the national team of Uruguay tomorrow Wednesday in Salvador, Brazil.
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The embarrassment of players holding the Aminu Maigari-led Nigeria Football Federation to ransom over their match bonuses is no longer news but the fact that the football managers left the team and went on their merry way to Brazil should be news and it should be of extreme concern to all football lovers in the country.
That it also took the intervention of Fifa to get a commitment from the players that they will be in Brazil is additionally laughable. So Fifa is in control of the Super Eagles now and will be paying their bonuses?

But the first shock is that our football officials left the team in Windhoek for Brazil. What are they going to do there if the team does not go? Will they pull on the Nigerian jersey and confront Tahiti on Monday? The attitude and character of these officials has been exposed to the entire world to see they simply do not understand their roles as football administrators and leaders they are in it for personal gain and glory, put simply.

When the house is on fire, the father abandons his family to go take some shots of rum is not the attitude that needs to be reflected here. While the football authorities laid off some of the backroom staff of the Super Eagles after the Nations Cup win, they followed that up with the employment of the likes of James Peters, Amodu Shuaibu and Kashimawo Laloko on higher salaries than those that were asked to go. So how does that tally with being broke?

The Eagles have also been on a win bonus of $10,000 for over five years and the reward they get for winning the Nations Cup is a cutting of that bonus how does that make sense?

As they are also complaining of being broke, they sponsor the trip to match venues for hangers-on, journalists, family and friends how does this tally to being broke?

The NFF officials should seriously look at the mirror and not at a prism so that they get the image of what they actually look like. Yes, nobody is perfect but the mark of great minds is that they are always striving to get better.

Without the Super Eagles, there wont be any need to be junketing around the place. They should ask the football officials of countries like Benin Republic, Eritrea and the likes what they do the year round as their teams never get to qualify for any tournaments then they will know.

Source: Goal.com
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Heartland players are not happy with the Imo State Government and have vowed that they will look for new clubs when the transfer window opens next week.

The players are owed allowances and sign-on fees since last season and the state government is not bothered about doing something for the players to get their money.

The recent N60 million that the State Government announced which they are yet to see has also spurred them in making the decision to leave.

Some of the players told Goal in anonymity that they have suffered untold hardship since the season started, even though they have made the state proud in recent times.

"There is no need wasting our time, praying and thinking that all will be well when everyday it gets worse. We cannot feed our families.

"The owners of the club also make sure they cajole us to play and win matches. We don't look forward to anything because we don't know where our next meal will come from.

"That is why we have decided that the best thing to do is to look for a club that will appreciate our efforts. Nobody is happy. Nobody wants to remain with the team.

"Already some of the players have started negotiating with other clubs and before the end of next week, they would have moved.

"We learnt the state government approved N60 million recently, but up till now nobody has told us anything about the money.

"Somebody in govenment wants a cut from the money before it is released, but would that same person come and help us receive tackles and score goals in matches?

"Inspite of what we are going through, we have done well in the first half of the season. All we need is the state govenment to know that we need motivation to work," the players said.

Heartland are placed fourth on the table with 28 points.
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Jose Mourinho has won multiple league titles (across 4 countries), the Champions League twice, and many other honours that would accumulate to suggest he's one of the best football managers of his generation.

However, his plain arrogance and decision making has prevented him from being placed up there with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Matt Busby and Bob Paisley.

Mourinho busted onto the stage in an eccentric interview after becoming Chelsea manager in 2004, and after referring to himself as 'The Special One', his arrogance was plain to see.

After talking the talk, everybody in football was intrigued to see whether he was capable of walking the walk. And initially, he did just that- winning Chelsea their first league title in 50 years. However his complete lack of class soon soured his Chelsea success, eventually seeing him leave the club a few years later.

After Chelsea's Champions League tie against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in 2005, Mourinho accused the then Barcelona manager, Frank Rijkaard, of making a suspicious visit to the dressing room of referee, Anders Frisk. Something which was thoroughly denied. In the aftermath, Frisk received so many death threats that he saw fit to retire. Mourinho was branded an 'enemy of football' and handed a two match ban. And so the discourtesy began. Although not confirmed, it's been implied that Mourinho got around this two-match ban by delivering messages to his fitness coach via an earpiece. Whether true or not, Mourinho displayed a complete unprofessionalism in the entire saga, which simply cannot see him as one of the best managers of his generation.

Frank Arnesen, and coupled with the on-going friction with Roman Abramovich, he eventually left Chelsea in 2007. Mourinho became engaged in a power struggle between himself and sporting director,

After a brief spell in Italy, Jose moved onto to manage Real Madrid, where his managerial short-comings were truly exposed. He walked into the Bernabeu with the usual 'Special One' talk, however they needed more convincing. They wanted to see proof. Real Madrid are traditionally a class football club, and Jose Mourinho simply didn't fit that fold, hence his brief stay.

Inheriting a squad including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso, all things considered, he failed. He was handed the platform to achieve greatness, yet his obsession with beating Barcelona got in the way of what could have been. The first El Clasico of Mourinho's reign ended in a 5-0 defeat. Being an icredibly egotistical man, this crushed him. From then on, he put every effort into beating Barcelona, perhaps refusing to look at the bigger picture, resulting in points being dropped in relatively easy matches, and a complete failure in Europe.

Winning the league in 2012 was enough to convince most that the 'Special One' was as good as he proclaimed to be. However, this was his only real success at Madrid, and so for me the short-comings inevitably overlook this one achievement.

His idiocy continued to prevail. Poking the eye of Tito Vilanova and being sent-off in the 2013 Copa del Rey final for, once again, showing a lack of respect towards officials, serve as two examples.

His fall out with club legend Iker Casillas proved the last straw for Real Madrid fans, making his eventual exit in the summer inevitable. And I'm sure he won't be missed.

Jose Mourinho looks set to return to Chelsea to the utter joy of their fans. And after failing to compete for the league title for a few years now, that's understandable. With Mourinho, immediate success seems inevitable.

However it's only a matter of time before he presses the self-destruct button once more, and leaves the west London club in a worsened state to what they were in beforehand.
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Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo was like the rock of Gibraltar for his Turkish side, Fenerbahce Wednesday night in their Turkish Cup final game against Trabzonspor at the Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Yobo was on for all 90 minutes as Fenerbahce relied on a Moussa Sow's 9th minute goal to emerge Turkish Cup kings, thereby making up for the disappointment of losing the Turkish League title to Galatassaray.

Meanwhile Yobo, who has been declared surplus to requirement by Eagles gaffer, Stephen Keshi, has been named as one of the four best centre-backs in the Turkish Super League in the 2012/2013 season.

Yobo is up for the centre-back honour along with Galatasarays Semih Kaya, 22; Diego Angelo of Eskisehispor, 27; and Aykut Demir of Gençlerbirliği, 24.

In describing the Nigeria captain, who is the oldest nominee at 32, the website writes: The experienced Nigerian international installed confidence into the back four. When Yobo played Fenerbahçe looked a lot more sturdy in defense. The stats speak for themselves, the Yellow Canaries conceded 19 goals in the 20 games Yobo played in however, conceded 18 goals in the 14 games which he missed. The African Cup of Nations winner also helped guide the Istanbul giants to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Yobo has had a successful season, captaining the Super Eagles to their first African title in 19 years and playing a key role in his clubs unlikely run to the Europa League semi-finals. Fenerbahce also finished second in the Turkish top flight.

He made 30 appearances for Fenerbahce in all competitions in the just concluded season.
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The Spanish elite will meet the top two in Germany in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals after today's draw paired FC Bayern München with FC Barcelona and pitted Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid CF.


2013 final: Wembley Stadium


Both first legs will take place in Germany on 23 and 24 April, with the returns in Spain on 30 April and 1 May after the open draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and former Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The Bayern v Barcelona tie is a mouth-watering prospect: newly crowned German title holders take on Spanish champions-elect. They have met surprisingly little on the European stage, though their six encounters encompass the 1995/96 UEFA Cup semi-finals which Bayern edged and most recently the last eight of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League. There a first-half double from Lionel Messi in the first leg meant there was only ever going to be one winner.

Both teams have had their scares this season. Arsenal FC pushed Bayern all the way in a stirring round of 16 comeback while Barcelona were 19 minutes from elimination on Wednesday before Pedro Rodríguez struck against Paris Saint-Germain FC to seal progress to a record sixth straight semi on away goals. Dortmund left it somewhat later against Málaga CF, needing two added-time goals to complete their Lazarus act in a turnaround up there with the best in the UEFA Champions League's 21-year history.

Their reward is a tie with Madrid, who were also their opponents 15 years ago in the last of their three European Cup semi-finals to date. The Merengues proved too powerful, a 2-0 home victory preceding a 0-0 second-leg draw. The Schwarzgelben can take heart from the fact that in the group stage they claimed a 2-2 draw and 2-1 win against Madrid yet the Merengues present a real hurdle.

They may trail Barcelona by 13 points in the Liga with eight games to go but they have measured up with everyone in this competition. Earlier this week José Mourinho spoke of his side having a 25% chance of claiming a tenth European Cup next month, and for many those odds have shortened. It will be a record-equalling seventh semi-final for the Portuguese coach: he has won two out of six so far, though tellingly he has triumphed both times he has made the final.

The draw means there may be a final between two clubs from the same country for the fourth time in UEFA Champions League history and the first since 2008. Madrid were victorious in the first of those, defeating Valencia CF in the 2000 Paris showpiece. AC Milan sneaked past Juventus on penalties three years later and Manchester United FC also needed spot kicks to beat Chelsea FC in 2008.

Semi-finals
FC Bayern München (GER) v FC Barcelona (ESP) 23 April, 1 May
Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Real Madrid CF (ESP) 24 April, 30 April

Final (25 May, Wembley Stadium)
For administrative purposes, a draw was made to determine who will be the designated home team for the final. The winners of the Dortmund v Madrid tie were selected first.

Head-to-head records
Bayern v Barcelona
Bayern W3, D2, Barcelona W1
Bayern's European Cup semi-final record: W9 L5
Barcelona's European Cup semi-final record: W6 A7

Dortmund v Madrid
Dortmund W1, D3, Madrid W2
Dortmund's European Cup semi-final record: W1 L2
Madrid's European Cup semi-final record: W12 L11
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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo returning to England, the transfer take place at the end of the season. /Chelsea Transfer News.

According to sources close to the self-anointed Special One, Real Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho is once again the chosen one. He is the man Roman Abramovich wants to succeed interim manager Rafa Benitez and a deal, say those sources, is as good as done.

This is not something anyone can confirm. Not when Jose Mourinho remains the manager of Real Madrid, and the Spaniards remain in the hunt for the Champions League championship this season. But Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to return to England and the pouting Portuguese coach rarely speaks without an agenda.

I cannot deny what is clear in my mind, Mourinho said recently. After Real Madrid, England, thats for sure. I keep saying the same, I know clearly.

He said he could manage everyone. That he is a professional who would have to consider offers from other English clubs should they come.

Manchester City have been linked with a move for Mourinho, while Sir Alex Ferguson has made no secret of his admiration for his close friend.

When Ferguson does eventually retire, Mourinho would certainly be among the leading candidates to replace him, but a move to Manchester now looks extremely unlikely.

The only area in which Roman Abramovich has shown any consistency since taking over at Chelsea is in his ability to surprise.

Initially, the billionaire owner did want someone else this summer. But when Pep Guardiola resisted Abramovichs advances and opted to take charge at Bayern Munich for next season , the Russian oligarch was forced to think again.

Mourinho, he now realises, is his best option. A manager who is as close as it gets to someone who can guarantee success. He is a serial winner, having lifted the league title in all four countries he has worked Portugal, England, Italy and Spain and led Porto and Inter Milan to the Champions League crown.

Chelsea Boss Roman Abramovich knows Mourinho is capable of rebuilding a squad boasting some tremendous talent in players such as Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard, but which still requires an overhaul.

And the Portuguese has dropped the biggest hint yet hes keen on a return to Stamford Bridge when his time at the Bernabeu comes to an end.

I have an adventurous spirit and do not know what will happen next season, Mourinho said. Its not easy to choose a new destination after working in England, Portugal, Italy and Spain.

Maybe I could return to somewhere Ive already been. Watch out for surprises.

Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will not be staying beyond the end of this season, with Mourinho and a number of other high-profile managers continuously linked with the role.

The 50-year-old could yet remain in Madrid, particularly if he guides the Spanish giants to an unprecedented 10th European Cup crown.

The old guard, players who served Mourinho with such distinction when they won back-to-back Premier League titles, needs replacing, even if there would probably be a renewed desire to see Frank Lampard extend his stay at the club. But what of the problems of the past? What of the clash of egos namely between Abramovich and Mourinho that led to their split in 2007?

According to those same sources, Abramovich and Mourinho have settled their differences. Chelseas owner speaks fondly of his former manager in the company of friends and associates and stories of gifts that the Russian has sent to Mourinho are presented as further evidence.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co are among the favourites for the title after knocking out Manchester United to reach the quarter-finals, where theyll face Galatasaray.

Mourinho was spotted house-hunting in London last week and he has already stated his his intention to return to the Premier League.
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THe Zambian government has put an attractive package on the table for the national soccer team to take if it retains the African Cup of Nations.

Zambia is in Group C with Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Nigeria and the countrys Minister of Sports and Youth Chishimba Kambwili said Nigerias offer of US$100,000 each to the Super Eagles players is a sign of panic.

Nigerian players have been promised US$100,000 (about N1.6m)) each if they win the championship slated for January 19 to February 10 in South Africa. This is the same amount the Zambian government gave the Chipolopolo players for winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

The stage has been set for our team and I can assure the nation that the players have been given good bonuses. For Nigeria, they are just playing mind games with the money strategy because they are scared, he said.

Kambwili said the government is confident the championship will return to Zambia and the players will get the cash bonanza, whose value he declined to state.

He also disclosed that through the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), the players have already been told the monetary gain if they win.

He however stated that Zambia would not make public what each player would get because the government and FAZ do not want to put undue pressure on the team.

Kambwili is confident that Zambia will retain the Africa Cup.

He said he sees no reason why the Chipolopolo cannot follow in the footsteps of Egypt who won the Africa Cup in 2006, 2008 and 2010, Cameroon who won it back-to-back in 2000 and 2002 and Ghana who were champions in 1963 and 1965.

Our expectations are high and we do not expect anything short of retaining the title. What can stop us if Egypt managed? Kambwili asked.

The Chipolopolo boys who will be based in Nelspruit will play their opening game on January 21 against Ethiopia.
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