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Dikko Deserves FIFA Job, Says Egbe Â

first_imgChief Executive Officer (CEO) of Monimichelle, a sports facility construction outfit, Ebi Egbe, has declared that the appointment of Shehu Dikko into FIFA’s Football Stakeholders Committee as deserving.Egbe stated that Dikko who is the chairman of the nation’s league organising outfit, LMC, is a knowledgeable football buff that deserves to be in FIFA.“I am happy Dikko has joined the league of the few Nigerians in FIFA. Just like Amaju Pinnick, Dikko is doing a good job here at home. It is good they are getting the recognition they deserve out there at the global level,” Egbe said.Egbe stressed that FIFA’s recognition would motivate Dikko into doing more, even as he noted that the nation’s domestic league has been getting better under Dikko’s leadership.It is recalled that Dikko was also last month appointed into CAF’s CHAN Championship organizing committee. Back home, the Kaduna state born football administrator is the chairman of NFF Marketing, Television and Sponsorship Advisory committee.Dikko’s FIFA appointment makes him the third Nigerian in the world soccer governing body.NFF president, Amaju Pinnick and Justice Ayotunde Phillips are the other two Nigerians in FIFA at the moment. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Winks strikes late to hand Spurs vital victory

first_img0Shares0000Harry Winks scored Tottenham’s winner in a 2-1 win at Fulham© AFP Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 20 – Harry Winks headed home a 93rd minute winner to give Tottenham’s chances of securing a top-four Premier League finish a huge boost and deal another blow to Fulham’s hopes of survival with a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage.Tottenham looked set to fail their first test without the injured Harry Kane as his deputy Fernando Llorente made an unwanted impact at the other end with an own goal to hand Fulham an early lead. Dele Alli levelled six minutes into the second-half, but later hobbled off having appeared to pull his hamstring in another devastating injury blow to Spurs’ challenge on four fronts.However, after Winks burst into the box to meet substitute Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s cross with virtually the last touch of the game, Spurs tightened their grip on third. They have the cushion of a seven-point advantage over fifth-placed Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for a top-four finish.Fulham on the other hand are seven points off safety and look set to return to the Championship after just one season back in the top flight.After splashing over £100 million in transfer fees to little success in the summer, Fulham added Dutch international Ryan Babel till to the end of the season from Besiktas on Tuesday.The former Liverpool winger’s pace and strength made an instant impact against an unsettled Spurs defence as Pochettino switched to a back three.Babel brushed aside Davinson Sanchez for the first big chance of a bitterly cold afternoon by the Thames, but Hugo Lloris made the first of a series of fine saves to bail out the visitors.Fulham’s bright start was rewarded 17 minutes in, courtesy of a stray Tottenham leg, as Llorente, starting for the first time in the league this season in Kane’s absence, miscued a Jean Michael Serri corner into his own net.Spurs dominated possession, but shorn of Kane and Son Heung-min in attack were going largely nowhere with it and Fulham will live to regret not making more of chances to extend a slender lead before the break.Babel headed over from close range before Lloris produced an incredible stop to parry Andre Schurrle’s volley.Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home the rebound, but the offside flag was raised against the Serbian striker.As so often this season, those wasted opportunities allied to some slack defending cost Claudio Ranieri’s men.Spurs were level soon after the break as Christian Eriksen’s dinked cross to the back post picked out Alli to power home a header.With Fulham no longer able to sit back and counter, the game swung from end to end. Lloris again did well to clear a dangerous through ball ahead of Mitrovic, while a desperate block from Maxime Le Marchand denied Eriksen.Spurs enjoyed more control of the final quarter and came close when left-back Danny Rose cut inside and saw his shot crash against the crossbar via a deflection off Denis Odoi.A devastated Alli then limped off to make way for N’Koudou and looks certain to at least miss Thursday’s League Cup semi-final, second leg away to Chelsea.However, the French substitute was to have a telling impact when his wicked swinging cross was met by Winks’ run and header at the back post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more