Katsina Kicks National League for Postponed League Opener

first_imgBalele said that the decision to cancel the match contravened the Nigeria National League law that stipulated that teams be given two-week notice in advance before a game can be postponed. He said they were only notified of the postponement of the league 48-hours to the game.Balele vowed that Katsina who are in Group A 1, would defy the order by going to Gombe to play Gombe United in A 2 for the match even if there is nobody in the stadium.He said he could not approach Governor Aminu Masari for money again to honour a replay after tax payers’ money had already been released for the match.“My players are already in Abuja after leaving Katsina. We planned to sleep in Jos on our way to Gombe, and they are saying there is no match because the league is on hold. Why are they changing the rule? We have asked Katsina Government to provide us money to go to Gombe and can’t now go back and ask for another money because the match is cancelled. There will be a day of reckoning, “he raged.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Special Adviser on Sports to Katsina State Governor, Aminu Balele Kurfi, has joined issues with the Nigeria National League for putting off the league till May 28. The action resulted in the cancelling a scheduled fixture between Katsina United and Gombe United.Katsina United were already on transit in Abuja en-route Gombe, when they were told that the fixture billed for this Saturday had been put off.The short notice enraged Balele, who in a fit of anger described the decision as ‘unacceptable’.last_img read more

World Cup preview: Portugal vs Morocco

first_imgPortugal will edge closer to the knockouts should they beat Morocco in their second Group B game in Moscow.Portugal defender Pepe said it was a “privilege” for the country to have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star’s dazzling display against Spain on Friday.Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, including an 88th-minute free-kick, as the European champions rescued a point late on in a pulsating 3-3 draw in their opening Group B match last weekend.”The most important thing for our team is for Cristiano Ronaldo to be well,” Pepe told reporters at the Luzhniki Stadium ahead of Wednesday’s clash. “He’s very happy to be here with us and every match it’s a privilege for us Portuguese to have a player such as him.”Morocco manager Herve Renard admits it could be difficult for his side to contain Ronaldo as the North African nation look to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Iran. He said: “Even if you want to draw up plans for Ronaldo, he always finds a way out or makes a difference or puts his team back on the right track.”He’s absolutely exceptional. Perhaps that word isn’t even strong enough but you have to do everything to stop him.”Team newsAll 23 players took part in Portugal’s final training session ahead of their clash at the Luzhniki Stadium. Andre Silva is expected to take the place of Goncalo Guedes up front, while Joao Mario could be in line to start.Morocco boss Renard is expected to name an unchanged side to the one that faced Iran on Friday.Match stats  Morocco beat Portugal 3-1 in their only previous encounter, in the group stages of the 1986 World Cup. It was Morocco’s first win at the tournament.Portugal’s only defeat against African opposition at the World Cup came against Morocco in 1986 (1-3) – they’ve won two and drawn one of their subsequent three games against them.Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Spain in their opening match, making him just the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments, after Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose.Cristiano Ronaldo has also scored in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America) for Portugal, the first player in history to do this – the previous record holder was Zizinho, who scored in seven consecutively.Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own-goal against Iran in their opening match, becoming just the third substitute to score an own-goal in a World Cup match, after Laszlo Dajka in 1986 (Hungary v USSR) and Petit in 2006 (Portugal v Germany).last_img read more