FIFA and UEFA have announced that Russian clubs and national teams are suspended in all their football competitions until further notice over the invasion of Ukraine.
This comes after Poland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic refused to play against Russia.
Football’s world and European governing bodies, UEFA and FIFA, said on Monday that they had frozen all Russian club and national teams out of competitive fixtures until further notice.
“FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” a joint statement published on UEFA’s website said.
Russia were scheduled to host Poland in a World Cup qualifying playoff on March 24 and if they remain suspended at that time, they will be out of the men’s World Cup, which kicks off in Qatar in November.
The suspension would cover all Russian national teams – including the women’s team, who are due to play in the Women’s Euros in England in July.
The news comes a day after FIFA announced that in light of the Russian invasion, no international football matches would be played in the country in the forseeable future. On Sunday, though, FIFA had said that Russia would still be allowed to continue with their World Cup qualifying campaign.
FIFA had also said Russia would have to compete in under the name “Football Union of Russia (RFU).” No flag or anthem of Russia was to be used in matches featuring the Russian team. FIFA had made that announcement a day after Poland became the first country to act.
“We can’t pretend that nothing is happening,” the country’s star striker Robert Lewandowski posted on Twitter.
FG empowers women in sanitary items production
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About 30 women were trained over the weekend by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Bauchi State on the production of sanitary items for home management.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria the training was done in collaboration with QUB Resources Limited, Abuja, which provided the training.
The women were trained on how to make liquid soaps, hand sanitisers, and other disinfectants.
The training was done under the ministry’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Workshop.
Representative of QUB Resources Limited, Mrs. Lydia Shehu, said the theme of the one-day training is, ‘Building women’s economic resilience for inclusive recovery’.
Shehu said that the aim was for the attainment of personal and family hygiene and from bacteria, and viruses, among others, and to improve their means of livelihood.
She lauded the Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen for organising the programme, especially during this period of COVID-19 and other diseases.
The representative explained that the skills taught were not capital-intensive, adding that the trainees could start up the business with little income and train other women on the products.
Mr Macaroni Knocks Critics Over Sabinus AMVCA Win
Nigerian comedian, skit maker, actor and philanthropist Debo Adedayo popularly known as Mr Macaroni, has bashed those criticising his colleague, Sabinus’ win at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards on Saturday.
Emmanuel Ejekwu aka Oga Sabinus had won the award for Best Online Content Creator at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) and he expressed his joy for being honoured in such a way.
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Following this, many have come out to argue that Mr Macaroni should have won the award. Reacting, Mr Macaroni tweeted, “Sabinus winning the AMVCA Award is very well deserved!! He has brought joy and laughter to the faces of millions including mine.
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I have also had the pleasure of featuring him in about 3 of my contents. I share in his win.
Please let us not ruin this beautiful moment.”
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2023 elections: APC fortunate, in control of 22 states – Adamu
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The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Adamu, has stated that the ruling party is fortunate to be in control of 22 states ahead of the 2023 general elections.
This is as he promised that the party will field its finest candidates ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Adamu made the statement at the inauguration and screening of the party’s governorship, senatorial and House of Representatives aspirants in Abuja on Sunday.
The party chairman, who was represented by the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Abubakar Kyari, urged the aspirants to stick to party rules as they jostle for the APC tickets.
“We have been very fortunate as a party that we have produced the best. Today we have 22 states and at the last count before myself (Kyari) and the national chairman and one of our colleagues resigned from the Senate we had 70 senators out of 109, which is just three shy of the two-third majority needed in the Senate. Also we have almost two-third of the House of Representatives membership.
“And even after we had left we had one senator who decamped into the APC from Sokoto and we’re expecting another one from Oyo to officially cross the aisle to the APC. All of us here in the National Working Committee, on behalf of the national chairman, would like to welcome you here,” he said.
According to him, APC is a strong party that is committed to delivering the right candidates for the forthcoming elections.
The national chairman added that he has no doubt that all the aspirants assembled at Fraser Suites in Central Business District area of Abuja can achieve the feat.
“I know there’s a long, long huddle ahead of all of us. I would like to at this point plead with you to be patient, screen thoroughly so that we can have the best of the best,” he said.
The APC National Organising Secretary, Suleiman Argungu, had on Saturday, disclosed that 1,693 politicians comprising 145 governorship, 351 senatorial and 1,197 for the House of Representatives aspirants were screened at the two-day exercise.
Argungu disclosed that “we have 28 presidential aspirants so far. They will be screened on May 23, 2022.”