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Old Girls congratulate Queen’s College students for winning football tourney

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Old Girls congratulate Queen’s College students for winning football tourney

Former students of Queen’s College, Lagos, under the aegis of Queen’s College Old Girls Association (QCOGA) have felicitated with the football team of their alma mater for winning the maiden edition of the Federal Government Colleges (FEDCOL) Football Tournament.

The Queen’s College Yaba, (QC) Football Team emerged 1st place winner (Girls) during the competition which took place at the Federal Government Academy, Suleja from November 28 to December 1, 2018.

The closing ceremony was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education (FME), Sonny Echono, who represented the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

The event was also graced by the Principal of Queen’s College, T.F.O. Yakubu-Oyinloye and other principals from the 104 Federal Government Colleges and other Directors of the Federal Ministry of Education.

The football team had earlier on, in the zonal stage of the competition (8th-18th November), clinched the South-West Zonal ticket, after defeating FGC Ijanikin 2 -1.

They set off for the finals of the tournament at Suleja to battle it out with winners from the other five geopolitical zones. Not new to winning football matches, it was smooth sailing until the finals, when they battled it out via penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie with FGGC Abaji. They won 3-1.

A striker, Chioma Nnajiofor, of the QC football team was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament for scoring a total of 14 goals in the zonal and final stages of the tournament.

The trophy, medals and certificates for first place winners were presented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Echono.

A trophy and a cash prize of N50,000 were presented to the MVP by the Director of Basic Education and former Principal of Queen’s College, Lami Amodu.

All team members were presented with Medals and Certificates of Participation. The Vice Principal Student Affairs, C.M. Okeke, Head of Sports, O.A. Adeyinka, M. Fatunde Omotoke, Coach Hassan, the Public Relations Officer of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), Ify Nwoye and other representatives of the PTA were physically present with the team throughout the tournament to cater for their welfare, render support, encourage and cheer the team to victory.

The newly elected President of the QCOGA, Ifueko Okauru was in Suleja to congratulate them on their victory.

FGGC Abaji and FGC Wukari went home with the 2nd & 3rd place trophies (for Girls) respectively.

The Boys tournament was won by FGC Minna, who defeated FGC Sokoto, 2-0 to clinch the 1st place for Boys.

The QC football team will in a couple of weeks compete in the GT Bank Lagos State Football Competition of which they are the current champions having won the cup a record seven times.

QCOGA said it is very proud of the QC football team, present and past, the principals, teachers, parents and administrative staff.

As one of the old girls, Yinka Osoba put it, “being part of a sports team exposes the girls to invaluable life skills that come in handy later in life – teamwork, leadership, competitiveness, resilience.”

The association also congratulated Nigeria’s Super Falcons who beat South Africa to win the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) for the ninth time on the same day, December 1

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Chelsea banned from signing players for two transfer windows

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Chelsea has been banned from signing players for two transfer windows after being found guilty of breaching rules about signing minors by FIFA.

The Premier League club has also been fined more than £460,000, while the FA face a £390,000 sanction. The FA will appeal the fine, citing “concerns” with FIFA’s disciplinary processes.

The club were found guilty of 29 incidences of breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18.

FIFA have given the club 90 days to rectify the situation concerning the players signed.

Chelsea say they “categorically refute the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will therefore be appealing the decision”.

The appeal will be heard by FIFA Appeal Committee, while the club can also appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Sky Sports News understands the punishments are a result of a three-year FIFA investigation related to the signing of more than a dozen players by Chelsea.

One of the main contentious signings was that of Bertrand Traore in 2013. Chelsea also twice breached regulations relating to third-party influence, article 18bis, FIFA said.

Chelsea will be able to sell players, but not register any new signings.

“This ban applies to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and does not prevent the release of players,” FIFA said in a statement.

The transfer of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea should not be in danger as the player was registered in FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) in January, according to Sky Germany.

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FIFA slams transfer ban, heavy fine on Chelsea

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FIFA slams transfer ban, heavy fine on Chelsea

The world football governing body, FIFA, has placed a ban on Chelsea Football Club from signing players for the next two transfer windows.

The English club has also been slammed with a fine of £400,000.

It is understood that Chelsea are being punished having been found guilty by FIFA of breaching rules about signing minors.

FIFA also fined England FA £391,000 and Chelsea have been given 90 days to rectify the situation concerning the players signed.

As reported by Sky Sports News, these punishments are a result of a three-year FIFA investigation related to the signing of more than a dozen players by Chelsea.

One of the main contentious signings was that of Bertrand Traore in 2013. Chelsea also twice breached regulations relating to third-party influence, article 18bis, FIFA said.

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Chelsea will be able to sell players, but not register any new signings.

“This ban applies to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and does not prevent the release of players,” FIFA said in a statement.

The transfer of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea should not be in danger as the player was registered in FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) in January, according to Sky Germany.

Previous instances of similar infractions involving other clubs have seen the clubs involved appeal against the penalties, delaying the implementation of a registration ban and allowing them to sign players.

Chelsea were given a transfer ban in 2009 after there was a complaint about the youth player Gael Kakuta joining illegally two years earlier.
Chelsea appealed that and had the ban reduced

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Court orders Jay Jay Okocha’s arrest

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Court orders Jay Jay Okocha's arrest

A Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of former Super Eagles star, Austin Okocha, over tax evasion charges.

Mr Okocha – or Jay Jay Okocha as he is popularly known – has repeatedly failed to appear before the court to answer why he allegedly failed to pay his income taxes.

Adedayo Akintoye, the judge, issued the warrant for the arrest of the former Eagles captain on January 29 and thereafter adjourned until February 19.

However, on February 19, the prosecution had not effected the arrest forcing the judge to, again, adjourn till April 15 and ordering that the warrant be executed by then.

The football star is facing a three-count charge instituted by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice bordering on failure to furnish his income returns and nonpayment of tax.

The state filed the charges through its prosecutor, Jide Martins, in June 2017 and the suit began four months later.

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The defendant, however, had failed to appear in court.

After several adjournments without Mr Okocha appearing despite having been served the court papers, Mr Martins prayed the court to issue a bench warrant for his arrest.

According to the prosecutor, Mr Okocha had failed to furnish his income returns for tax purposes to the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service.

Mr Martins also said that the defendant had failed to pay his income taxes.

He said the offences contravened Sections 56 (a) and (b) of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law No. 8, 2006 and Section 94 (1) of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

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