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Senegalese Defender Receives Two-Year Ban For Doping2 minutes read



The English Football Association (FA) has banned Senegalese defender Bambo Diaby for two years after he pleaded guilty to the use of a prohibited substance.

The 22-year-old plays for Barnsley in the Championship. Already, the club has terminated – by mutual consent – his contract.

UK Anti-Doping officials found traces of Higenamine in a urine sample provided by Diaby after Barnsley’s match against Blackburn on 23 November 2019.

“Bambo Diaby has been suspended from all football and football-related activity for two years following a breach of The FA’s Anti-Doping Regulations,” the FA said in a statement.

“The Barnsley FC defender provided an in-competition urine sample to The FA and UK Anti-Doping officials on 23 November 2019 that was found to contain Higenamine once analysed.

“The World Anti-Doping Agency classifies Higenamine as a prohibited substance at all times and he was subsequently charged by The FA for a breach of its Anti-Doping Regulations.

“While Bambo Diaby admitted the charge, he did not establish how the Higenamine entered his system. As such, an independent Regulatory Commission imposed the mandatory two-year ban.

“The suspension is effective from the date of the player’s provisional suspension on 17 January 2020 and will run up to and including 16 January 2022.”

Diaby took to Twitter immediately after the announcement, where he maintained his innocence and insisted he would fulfil his “dream”.

“I am devastated with the news that I have received which means I cannot return to play football until 2022,” he wrote on the microblogging platform.

“This has been such a long process but I had remained upbeat and inspired by the support and backing from the club.

“They supported me from day one of my charge and I am so grateful for that.”

He added: “I maintain my innocence, something the FA have acknowledged themselves but I must handle this decision with my family and look forward to a brighter future.”


Akpeyi recalled by Nigeria for Sierra Leone games



Akpeyi recalled by Nigeria for Sierra Leone games

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has been recalled to the Nigeria national team for November’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying double-header against Sierra Leone.

Akpeyi’s last game for the Super Eagles of Nigeria was in November 17, 2019 against Lesotho at the Setsoto Satium, Maseru where Nigeria won by 4-2.

Injury to the Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper led to his exclusion from the Nigerian squad that faced African Champions Algeria and later Tunisia in October’s international friendlies.

Akpeyi has now been invited to the Super Eagles squad and is set to compete for a starters spot when Nigeria faces Sierra Leone in the 2022 AFCON qualifier.

“Daniel Akpeyi returns to the Nigerian team for their upcoming Group L home and away games against Sierra Leone,” a statement from Chiefs read.

“Akpeyi who has already played in the Super Eagles’ opening two games of the qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho, will face Sierra Leone at home in Benin City on 13 November and in Free Town on 17 November.”

The shot-stopper missed out on Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 defeat by Mamelodi Sundowns, but made a return to the team when his side got a 1-0 away victory against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Sierra Leone are looking to qualify for the AFCON tournament for the third time, but the are at the bottom of Group L having started their qualification campaign poorly.

The first leg of the double-header will be played on November 13 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Nigeria, while the return leg will be held four days later at the National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have featured at the biennial showpiece 17 times, emerging victorious on three occasions, finishing as runners-up four times and third for a record eight times.

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Nigeria’s Defender Sanusi Shines In Porto’s 2-0 Win Over Olympiakos Piraeus



Super Eagles defender, Zaidu Sanusi, was one of the standout players in Porto’s 2-0 win over Olympiakos Piraeus in the UEFA Champions League Group C clash on Tuesday.

Sanusi, who recently debuted for the Nigerian national team, featured for all 90 minutes.

The defender put in a good shift to help the Portuguese side to their first win in the group phase of the Champions League.

The match played at the Estadio do Dragao saw Fabio Vieira open scoring with an early goal for the hosts.

The win was a first in the pool for FC Porto and moved them into second place after two rounds of matches.

They are three points behind leaders Manchester City, who have a full haul of six following their 3-0 victory at Olympique Marseille.

The open contest swung in the home side’s favour when they went ahead in the 11th minute.

This was after Olympiakos captain Andreas Bouchalakis misplaced a pass and Porto were able to swarm into the box.

The 20-year-old Vieira then provided the finishing touch for his first Champions League goal.

Olympiakos had their moments; winger Lazar Randjelovic forced a good save from Agustin Marchesin.

He then wasted a golden chance when he shot tamely at the goalkeeper with the goal at his mercy.

Sergio Oliveira made the points safe with a second goal for FC Porto five minutes from time as he converted Moussa Marega’s cross.

The Greek side next face home and away games against Manchester City next month.

This means that could go a long way to determining their knockout-stage chances, while FC Porto will want to build on this win when they face Marseille.

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Raji Replaces Ibitoye As Nigeria’s Super Eagles Media Officer



The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the appointment of Mr. Babafemi Raji as the new Media Officer of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles.

He takes over from Mr Toyin Ibitoye who has been in the post for five-and-half years.

Raji, presently the Group Manager, Programmes and Contents in Brila Media Group, started sports journalism as a freelancer with NTA Ile-Ife between 2003 – 2006 while studying at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. On graduation with Bachelor of Arts in English, he joined Radio Brila, Nigeria’s first all-sport radio station in 2008. He was a member of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Media Committee set up by the tournament sponsors, and is a certified management consultant and a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants.

Also on Tuesday, the NFF announced the appointment of Mrs Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu as the Media Officer of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons. She takes over from Miss Jane Onyinye Nweze.

Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu, popularly known as tobexSports, is an astute women football advocate and a writer with passion for domestic women’s league. A Federal Government scholar as the second best graduating student in mass communication at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, she holds a master’s degree in the same discipline from the Lagos State University. She’s a former footballer herself, having played for clubs like Hamza Queens, Flamming Flamingos and Ibom Angels before pursuing her education further.

NFF’s Director of Media and Communications, Ademola Olajire, praised Mr Ibitoye and Miss Nweze for excellent services rendered while they were with the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons respectively, and wished both of them good fortune in their future endeavours. “Mr Ibitoye and Miss Nweze were superb to work with. They demonstrated excellent people skills and acuity, and were diligent, energetic and knowledgeable. We wish them the very best in their endeavours going forward.”

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