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There was confusion at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, yesterday, after a plain cloth policeman attempted to open fire on Super Eagles’ players while trying to arrest Chairman of the League Management Committee, Shehu Dikko.

The players just touched down in the country after their last weekend’s match against Zambia where they won by 2 goals to one.

It was gathered that as soon as the Eagles and their officials filed out from the arrival hall to the beating of drums and songs, two plain-cloth policemen accosted Chairman of the LMC, Dikko, claiming that Abuja Police Commissioner wanted to see him.

According to Vanguard, they had no arrest warrants.

As officials and players came to the scene to know what was going on, one of the officers pulled out his gun and fired some shots.

Pandemonium ensued as the Eagles scampered for safety.

Both officials and fans resisted the arrest as they asked for their warrant of arrest.

The Police official was adamant to pleas as he threatened to shoot anybody that stood on his way. NFF President, Amaju Pinnick pleaded that they should not turn the joy of victory to sadness from the 2-1 win of Zambia in the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Cameramen who were clicking for pictures were threatened by the adamant officer who said that he cared less over the victory of the Eagles. By this time, Policemen at the Airport joined and persuaded the officer to put away his gun.

Dikko had been declared wanted by a Federal High Court sitting in Jos who ordered the LMC to suspend the Nigerian League and reinstate Giwa FC which filed the suit pending the determination of the suit before it.

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One Dead, Another Nabbed As Ghana’s ‘Paralympic Team’ Absconds In Norway

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A group of 11 individuals, purportedly representing Ghana’s Paralympic team, allegedly absconded after arriving in Norway to participate in the Fjordkraft Bergen city marathon in April.

The team had obtained visas from the Norwegian embassy in Accra and was scheduled to compete in the tournament in Oslo on April 27. However, according to a letter from Albert Kan-Dapaah, Ghana’s National Security Minister, nine members of the contingent are currently on the run and facing accusations of impersonation.

The letter, which was copied to the Youth and Sports Minister and the Foreign Minister, revealed that upon arrival in Oslo on April 25, the team failed to register for the tournament. Furthermore, a team member identified as Nana Antwi was arrested on April 26 for attempting to depart Norway for Sweden on a one-way train ticket.

It appears that the individuals may not have been genuine athletes, and their true intentions for traveling to Norway are now under investigation.

The letter revealed that George Gyamfi Gyasi, their coach, collapsed on April 28 and died on May 17 at the Oslo University Hospital. The cause of death was not disclosed.

It added that security alerts have been issued for the nine members on the run.

“Consequently, the Norwegian Embassy in Accra has issued an alert to other Schengen and Western Diplomatic Missions in Accra, and the European Border Coast Guard Agency as part of efforts to apprehend and repatriate the team members,” it reads in part.

A letter from Ghana’s security minister on members of the so-called Paralympic team who absconded in Norway

Kan-Dapaah also cautioned that the incident could impact the chances of the country’s athletes seeking visas for future competitions.

Addressing the matter, Samson Deen, who is in charge of Ghana’s Paralympic Committee, alleged that his signature was forged to procure the visas. He also denied knowledge of the 11-member team.

“The Ghana Paralympic team has not sent anybody, written a letter, and has never applied for a visa at the Norwegian embassy,” he said in an interview.

“The Ghana Paralympics committee has not sent anybody to the Norwegian embassy or even to get a visa to travel to Norway. The Ghana paralympics committee has no intention and has never had the intention of trying to participate in an Olympic qualifier in Oslo.

“Upon receiving these documents from the ministry of sports, we checked and realized that the letter was written and my signature was forged and used to apply for the visa for individuals who are not athletes.

“Upon reaching out to them [Theodore Mawuli Viwotor, former Secretary General of the Ghana Paralympic Football Association, and Ernest Ayisi, founder of Ernestay Foundation] I asked how they got my signature, and they indicated that one Adongo, based in Europe, is the one who forged my letter and all the signatures.”

Ghana will send only one representative to the 2024 Paralympics to be held from August 28 to September 8 in Paris, France.

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Southgate Resigns As England Coach After Euro 2024 Final Loss

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Gareth Southgate has stepped down as the head coach of the England men’s national football team, aged 53.

He made the announcement in a statement released on Tuesday, just days after England’s 2-1 defeat to Spain in the Euro 2024 final.

Southgate’s resignation brings an end to his tenure as the Three Lions’ boss, following a disappointing finish to the European Championship.

“As a proud Englishman, it has been the honour of my life to play for England and to manage England. It has meant everything to me, and I have given it my all,” the statement reads.

“But it’s time for change, and for a new chapter. Sunday’s final in Berlin against Spain was my final game as England manager.”

England’s loss to Spain was the country’s second consecutive Euro final under Southgate. The Three Lions lost to Italy on penalties in the final of the previous Euro at the Wembley Stadium.

Although England progressed to the final of the just-concluded Euro, Southgate and his team were heavily criticised for their performance throughout the competition.

The team won just one game and drew two others in a group with Serbia, Slovenia and Denmark. England’s tournament was rescued in the second round by a late acrobatic equaliser from Jude Bellingham against Slovakia before Harry Kane scored the winner in extra time.

The Three Lions’ defeat of Switzerland required the panic of a penalty shootout, and only Ollie Watkins’ late winner helped them struggle past the Netherlands in the semi-final.

The coach was criticised for his pragmatic approach to games despite having a wealth of attacking talents that shone brilliantly for their respective club last season.

Southgate took charge of England in 2016 after initially replacing Sam Allardyce as an interim head coach. He managed England at four major tournaments, reaching the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 and quarter-finals in 2022.

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BREAKING: Finidi George Reportedly Quits As Super Eagles Coach

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Finidi George has reportedly quit as coach of the Super Eagles.

This followed the decision of the NFF to appoint a foreign coach to boss him after the national team failed to win 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin.

The 53-year-old coach was appointed new Super Eagles coach in May to succeed the Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro, who left the post after his contract ended in February.

He was an assistant to Peseiro for 20 months.

His demotion meant his year’s contract will be downgraded and his reported monthly salary of 15 Million Naira will be reviewed downwards to five Million Naira.

His handpicked assistants, who he worked with for the recent games against South Africa and Benin, would also not be part of the team as the new foreign coach will come with his own staff.

This past week in a meeting with Sports Minister John Enoh, Finidi said he did not enjoy the support of his employers the NFF.

He also faulted the commitment of the country’s top stars for the crucial World Cup qualifiers this month.

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