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Rohr To Decide Super Eagles Future In January

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Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr says he will have a meeting with the president of Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick in January to decide his future.

“The President of the Nigeria Football Federation has told me that we will sit down in January 2020 for a discussion and the conclusion of the extension of my contract, which runs out on the 30th of June,” Rohr told Insideworldfootball.

“To be very honest, I have enjoyed the last three years with the national team of Nigeria, because I can see the progress that I have made with the players over this period.”

“I think that I have the chance to do something with this group for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The players are young, disciplined and willing to learn. I am very happy with them and my staff. We have formed a strong team, a strong unit,” he said.

“But I am surprised that the federation is taking their time to conclude a contract. And to be honest, I am also surprised that when I was given a contract extension after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, it was only extended until July 2020, which is right in the middle of qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. That is not normal and it is only the federation that can explain the reason for this.”

“According to the provisions of my current contract with Nigeria, I am free, from January 1st 2020, to enter into a pre-contract agreement with any club or national team, to start work with them on the first of July 2020. That is my right.

“After the AFCON in Egypt, I was approached by some national teams but I made it clear that I was still under contract with Nigeria and was happy to continue with my work here.

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“I will wait for my conversation with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation in January, when he says that we shall arrange a time to sit down and talk. We shall see what happens.

“While I have had a good time with my players and staff over the last three years, I have to say that relations with the administration have not been very easy, especially when it comes to the payment of my wages and that of the bonuses and allowances of my players and staff. There needs to be a lot more respect in this regard.

Rohr claims that he is owed close to $100,000 in bonuses and allowances by the NFF.

Jean-Jacques Bertrand, who served as the lawyer of Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, has been negotiating with the NFF on Rohr’s behalf to get the arrears paid.

“I preferred to get Jean-Jacques involved because it got to a stage that I didn’t want to be speaking to the federation about money all the time. It got tiring… I wanted to take my mind away from money and simply focus on my job and let him deal with the issues off the field,” Rohr said.

Nigeria, under Rohr, won a bronze medal at the last Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and have made a strong start in the 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign, winning their first two matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho.

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Ruiz Promises Return To Top Of Heavyweight Division After Losing Titles To Joshua

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Andy Ruiz Jr has vowed he will be a champion again after losing his world heavyweight titles to Anthony Joshua last week in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

The Mexican- American was beaten by the British fighter on a unanimous points decision after a cagey rematch between the pair.

With other challenges ahead for Joshua, it remains to be seen where Ruiz will go next but he has promised to return to the top of the heavyweight division sooner rather than later.

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In a tweet posted on Thursday night, Ruiz said: ‘I’ll be back stronger. I WILL be a champion once again.

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‘I appreciate all the love and support from my true fans. I appreciate the haters as well and can’t wait to prove the haters wrong once again.

‘Back to the gym. Let’s start this journey to the belts.’

Joshua was officially ordered by the World Boxing Organisation to defend his WBO title against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk on Thursday night.

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Don’t Miss Marcus Morris Sr. Facing Kings At Golden 1 Center

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Don’t Miss Marcus Morris Sr. Facing Kings at Golden 1 Center. Get all Sacramento Kings tickets with no fees at TickPick. Tix to Sacramento Kings vs. New York Knicks at Golden 1 Center starting from $31.

Will Buddy Hield be able to replicate his monstrous 23-point performance in last night’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder? New York Knicks are coming off a 124-122 home win over the Golden State Warriors. Marcus Morris Sr. came up big with 36 points (10-of-18 FG), 10 rebounds and 5 threes.

RJ Barrett Jr. contributed 22 points (8-of-16 FG) and 10 rebounds. Julius Randle was solid with 24 points (7-of-16 shooting), 5 assists and 13 rebounds.

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Kings won the last head-to-head matchup between the teams on the road. NY has just one win in their last 5 games. Both teams are expected to be at full strength today with no notable injuries.

Knicks are much better rebounding squad; ranked 16th overall while Sacramento is just 29th.

Kings will be playing their second game in two nights. They have 4-road games to go till coming home.

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Sports Minister Dare Threatens to Sue Radio Presenter, Seek N10bn for Defamation

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The Founder and main presenter of the Human Rights Radio, Mr. Ahmed Isah, has been asked to retract his unfounded accusations against the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, and apologise within seven days or face a civil suit of N10,000,000,000.00 in damages.

This was contained in a letter dated Thursday, December 12, 2019, sent by the Sports Minister’s lawyers, Okechukwu C. Uju-Azorji, Esq. and Festus Ukpe, Esq.

The letter was titled “DEMAND TO RETRACT BRIBERY ALLEGATION PUBLISHED AGAINST THE PERSON OF MR. SUNDAY DARE AND TO CEASE FROM MAKING ANY FURTHER DEFAMATORY PUBLICATIONS AGAINST HIM.”

It reads in part: ‘Our attention has been drawn to a programme popularly known as “Brekete Family Programme” aired on your station on the mornings of 11th & 12th December, 2019. In the course of the said programme, you made defamatory statements against our client. Specifically, on 11th December, 2019, in the course of the said programme, you made the following statement:
“Any minister wey just land, the first thing wey this people go do na to give you 200 million naira. So if it be say this Dare don collect 200 million naira, if no be so why him no put mouth”
Additionally, on 12th December, 2019, in the course of the programme, you also made the following statement:
“As soon as dem appoint you minister, dem dey give the person 200 million naira so wetin me I dey suspect be say, no be say this present minister of sports no get the capacity, e be like say monkey hand don resemble human being hand, maybe he collect the 200 million naira and him neck don dey deep, if he try to dig, maybe him leg go show.

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“We have our client’s [Sports minister] instructions to demand an unreserved apology and a retraction of the defamatory publication in favour of our client to be broadcast in your programme and published in two (2) newspapers with nationwide coverage within seven (7) days of your receipt of this letter. Kindly note that in the event that you refuse to comply with the above requests, we will be left with no options than to seek redress for our client through the instrumentality of the judicial process and thereby seek injunctive reliefs and Ten Billion Naira (N10,000,000,000.00) in damages for the embarrassment which your publication has occasioned our client.”

It is unclear if the recipient has responded to the letter.

Full text of the letter below:

Thursday, December 12, 2019
The Founder/Chief Executive Officer,
Human Rights Radio,
Abuja.

Dear Sir,
DEMAND TO RETRACT BRIBERY ALLEGATION PUBLISHED AGAINST THE PERSON OF MR. SUNDAY DARE AND TO CEASE FROM MAKING ANY FURTHER DEFAMATORY PUBLICATIONS AGAINST HIM
We are solicitors to Mr. Sunday Dare, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development (hereinafter referred to as ‘our client’) and on whose behalf we write you this letter.
Our attention has been drawn to a programme popularly known as “Brekete Family Programme” aired on your station on the mornings of 11th &12th December, 2019. In the course of the said programme, you made defamatory statements against our client. Specifically, on 11th December, 2019, in the course of the said programme, you made the following statement:
“Any minister wey just land, the first thing wey this people go do na to give you 200 million naira. So if it be say this Dare don collect 200 million naira, if no be so why him no put mouth”
Additionally, on 12th December, 2019, in the course of the programme, you also made the following statement:
“As soon as dem appoint you minister, dem dey give the person 200 million naira so wetin me I dey suspect be say, no be say this present minister of sports no get the capacity, e be like say monkey hand don resemble human being hand, maybe he collect the 200 million naira and him neck don dey deep, if he try to dig, maybe him leg go show.”

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Further to the foregoing, you provided your programme as a platform from which one Tunde Aderibigbe and Harrison Jalla made similar defamatory statements through direct reference and innuendo.
The ordinary meaning of the above statements suggests that our client is a corrupt and fraudulent public officer who collects bribes for the purposes of perverting justice. Curiously, all the aforementioned defamatory statements were unfounded, baseless and made without any scintilla of evidence but for the purpose of disparaging our client and denigrating the excellent work he is doing at the Ministry of Sports.

If your outfit had toed the path of responsible journalism and had investigated the activities of our client in public service before the mad dash for the defamatory publication, you would have discovered that our client is a responsible public officer who has maintained a high reputation for integrity both in public office and in his private dealings. The damage which your embarrassing broadcast has caused our client is unimaginable and totally unacceptable to him.

We have our client’s instructions to demand an unreserved apology and a retraction of the defamatory publication in favour of our client to be broadcast in your programme and published in two (2) newspapers with nationwide coverage within seven (7) days of your receipt of this letter. Kindly note that in the event that you refuse to comply with the above requests, we will be left with no options than to seek redress for our client through the instrumentality of the judicial process and thereby seek injunctive reliefs and Ten Billion Naira (N10,000,000,000.00) in damages for the embarrassment which your publication has occasioned our client. Thank you.
Yours sincerely,

For: Festus Keyamo Chambers

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