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  • Breaking News: Messi sentenced to 21 months imprisonment

    – A court in Spain has found Lionel Messi and his father guilty of tax invasion – The duo have been sentenced to 21 months behind bars – The Barcelona player and his father Jorge do not have any criminal record Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, Eurosport reports. The Messi’s however won’t spent any time behind bars due to their clean criminal record.

    The Messis were found to have evaded tax on Lionel’s image rights, owing more than €4m in back payments.
    The Court of Catalonia has now taken action and now sentenced the pair to just under two years in prison.

    However, as the sentence is short of two years, and neither Lionel nor Jorge have a criminal record, they won’t be required to serve any jail time. Leo Messi had argued that he wasn’t aware of the tax arrangements set in place by his father and other advisors. The state attorney, Mario Maza however compared the player to a mafia boss, who denies knowing any the illegal operations were going on in his name.

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    quicksellers@foofan.com is organizing a special Discount Market / Exhibition every weekend (Friday – Sunday) at The Vineyard Shopping Centre, 88 Woji road, GRA, Port Harcourt. This special market intends to create a platform for Quick-sales and Quick-Buys at all discounted rates and hopes to attract amongst others, sellers of Home Wares, Wine, Automobiles, Fashion and other Luxury goods.

    The Port Harcourt Weekend Discount Market will create opportunities for the right target market for sellers who are looking for Quick-sales of any Luxury goods. It will also create good buying opportunities for all buyers. This one of a kind market will add economic value to both the Buyers and Sellers.

    Are you looking for the Best Shopping Deals in Port Harcourt? Up to 90% discount on items ranging from Automobiles, Executive Furniture, Electronics, Champagne, Household items, Clothing, Children items and other luxury goods. This market affords Buyers and Sellers the opportunity for Quick-sales and Quick-Buys in a very serene / secure environment.

    Call 08099692540, 08173866006 or 0909887890 to book your space at the Weekend Discount Market.

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  • Port Harcourt International marathon


    Marathon is a medieval sport that has its root in ancient Greece, and spread to the Roman Empire and other parts of Europe. The sport was a pastime, and attracts energetic young men to flaunt their athletic prowess.

    The sport soared in popularity over time, and later evolved into an Olympic event after apparent modifications/control by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

    WHAT IS MARATHON RACE? - Long distances sports races

    Standard Marathons:  (1) 21kms    (2) 42kms


    • International
    • National /Local

    International Marathon – Participation is by foreign and local athletes, professional and amateur marathoners on invitation by organizers. Race is approved, supervised, monitored and officiated by International and local regulatory bodies e.g. IAAF and AFN.

    National/ Local Marathon

    No invitational for foreign marathoners but national and local athletes only, and officiated by national and local regulatory bodies.


    • Association of International Marathons (AIMS).
    • International Association of Athletes Federations (IAAF).
    • Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN)





    The first edition of the Port Harcourt International Marathon took place precisely on the 6th of June, 2009 and was aptly tagged “RUN FOR PEACE” in consonance with societal realities still relevant today.

    The event recorded over 10,000.00 participants from both local and foreign athletes across different continents of the world in a serene atmosphere with top notch security/logistic provisions, and was adjudged the best marathon ever organized in Nigeria by the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN. The impressive success, ultimately led to other marathon platforms in Nigeria.

    Total prize package for the first edition was $55,000.00 US dollars, with top prize winners (male/female) pocketing a handsome $10,000.00 US dollars each, while the first/second runner ups (male/female) carted home $7,500.00 and $5,000.00 respectively, with lots of consolation prizes. Also, national/local athletes were awarded mount watering cash prizes with special emphasis on local talents.  

    Prize money for PHIM 2016 edition is increased to a whopping $100,000.00 US dollars. This was consciously planned to expand/elevate the event to attract wider participation and endorsement.



    The role of sports in human endeavor cannot be over emphasized. In general terms, sports have opened vistas of opportunities in most economies of the world, particularly amongst youths in developing countries.

    Marathon as a sport is the only event with capacity to accommodate multiple thousands of athletes, professional/non professionals at a single swoop competing for laurels at the same space and time. Several talents has been discovered in such exercise and developed to become world stars.

    Also, Marathon is non gender sensitive as both male and female enthusiasts can participate, neither is it age selective, as the young and old are attracted to it globally. In fact, the sport has become a major economic vehicle for countries and participants (Athletes/sponsors) and Nigeria is fast catching up with the trend.


    The Port Harcourt Marathon and Football fans Tournament- 2016 shall be beneficial thus:

    1. Be a very strong integrative platform for Athletes, Football Fans, Footballers, Football Managers and other Stakeholders from across the World.
    2. Build stronger relationships, beneficial for Sports tourism and human capital development.
    3. Give opportunities for the discovery of new and developing talents that could be signed up by scouting athletics and football managers.
    4. Offer inexhaustible opportunities for active minds engagements, particularly of the youths and fanatical football fans, Foster a more harmonious game spirit of Fair Play, No Racism, No Hooliganism among Fans, Players, Administrators, Managers and all Stakeholders.
    5.  Development of Sports Tourism and Sports Infrastructure.
    6. Youth Capacity Development and Talent Discoveries, Youth engagement and better future offer.
    7. Increase financial earnings for Local Professionals.
    8. Boost Economic Activities and financial earnings for direct and indirect participants.
    9. Uncommon broad opportunities for corporate Brand visibility, positioning and strengthening.
    10.  Unusual corporate image builder at National and International levels.
    11.  Opportunity to attract more global interest on investment, showcase investment windows, reposition state and increase rating in the committee of states.
    12.  Bringing world class sport activity, world class people, and world interest to Local environment.



    The multiplier effects of marathon events are unquantifiable. Apart from specific benefits outlined, the Port Harcourt International Marathon shall be a veritable platform to rebrand Rivers State as a peaceful haven for sports and business tourism in Nigeria.

    We are convinced that with synergy and commitment, the second edition of PHIM 2016 will be a huge success. I therefore implore you to give it all it takes and partner us to reignite “the spirit of Port Harcourt”.



    Sponsorship is categorized into (1) DIAMOND (2) GOLD (3) SILVER (4) BRONZE & (5) SINGLE WINDOW PARTNERS, and intending sponsors are expected to make contributions on or before forty (40) days to event and fully maximize benefits attached to their categories.  

  • Madrid considering sale of star midfielder

    Real Madrid are considering selling James Rodriguez to fund future transfers, according to Sky Sports.

    Rodriguez, 24, has endured a frustrating campaign so far after first falling out of favour under Rafa Benitez and then having several off-field distractions call into question his future at the club.

    The Colombia international has been heavily linked with a move to United in the past and they could be successful in their pursuit with Madrid weighing up whether to sell the star midfielder after failing to find any suitors for Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Since the start of last season, no player to have featured in more than 20 league games has created a chance more often than Rodriguez (27.3 mins) in La Liga.

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    Sir Alex Ferguson was at the Manchester United helm for 26 years. David Moyes was at the helm for less than one year, with disastrous consequences, as United's title defence failed miserably. Dutch coach Louis van Gaal was brought in to get the Red Devils back on track, but a poor run in late 2015 meant mounting pressure as he risk losing his job to Morinho.

    Currently Former Chelsea boss Mourinho is not prepared to succeed Van Gaal mid-season, despite having a £15m-a-year deal waiting for him.

    Louis van Gaal is set to survive at Manchester United until the end of the season - because Jose Mourinho doesn’t want to take over until then.

    Mirror Sport revealed earlier this month that the Special One has a three-year deal worth around £15million-a-year waiting for him at Old Trafford.

    United are also prepared to pay Mourinho - said to have already found a property in Manchester - a £4million bonus for winning the Premier League.

    The former Chelsea boss, however, is not prepared to succeed Van Gaal mid-season and would prefer to start work in June.

    It would allow him the opportunity to overhaul the squad and to embark on a pre-season with his new players.

    It would also enable United chief executive Ed Woodward to give Van Gaal every chance of turning around the ailing club’s current campaign.

    The Dutchman’s position is felt among fans to be untenable after a season characterised by underachievement.

    Despite an outlay of around £90million last summer, United failed to get out of their Champions League group.

    They also suffered a humiliating Europa League first leg defeat to FC Midtjylland last Thursday night.

    They responded with victory at Shrewsbury on Monday night, however, to move into the FA Cup quarter-finals. United also sit fifth in the Premier League, six points off the top four.

    But in total they have won just six of their last 19 games in all competitions.

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  • Samson Siasia becomes New Super Eagles coach

    Former Super Eagles striker, Samson Siasia, has been re-appointed coach of the team.

    Siasia was appointed Friday as replacement for his former colleague, Sunday Oliseh, who resigned hours earlier.

    Siasia will work with respected tactician Salisu Yusuf, FIFA U-17 World Cup – winner Emmanuel Amuneke and Alloy Agu for the upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt, thenff.com, the official website of the Nigeria Football Federation, reported Friday.

    Siasia worked as Super Eagles’ Head Coach between December 2010 and October 2011, before his contract was terminated following the team’s failure to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

    Amuneke led the Nigeria U-17 male to a fifth FIFA World Cup title in Chile in 2015.

    Salisu Yusuf and Alloy Agu were in the immediate past crew led by Oliseh.

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  • Sunday Oliseh: shocking resignation

    Sunday Oliseh has thrown more light on the series of events that led to his resignation.

    The former Super Eagles coach made public his resignation in the early hours of Friday via Twitter.

    In his Twitter message Oliseh said he was quitting, “Due to contract violations, lack of support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players, assistant coaches and myself, I resign as Super Eagles chief coach. I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having had the honour to play, captain and coach this great nation of ours, Nigeria.”

    In a letter the 41-year-old wrote to the NFF subsequently, he gave a few more details:

    “Due to incessant Violations of our signed agreement (Contract) I am hereby informing you of my decision to terminate our working collaboration signed in July 2015.

    “The most important objective is for the Super Eagles Of Nigeria to qualify to the next AFCON and the World Cup 2018.

    “Since so little help is being rendered me in getting the players to give their best and very vital conditions and advantages to the team play are also being sacrificed coupled with non-redress of the aforementioned despite my several e-mails and others, seeking your aid to effectively carry out my duties were ignored.

    “These unconducive working conditions that my coaching crew and myself have to live with, your contractual violations and the interest of the nation necessitates that I tender my resignation and recourse to the termination of our working agreement,” he concluded.

    With top officials of the NFF attending the Fifa Elections in Zurich, it is not yet known who they will select as coach ahead of next month’s qualifiers.

    Oliseh was a former captain of the Nigerian national team and won the 1994 Afcon as well as Olympic gold in 1996.

    He was appointed replacement for Stephen Keshi in July 2015 despite not having coached a top team previously.

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  • Gianni Infantino New Fifa presidential

    Gianni Infantino has succeeded fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter as president of world football's governing body Fifa.

    The Uefa secretary general polled 115 votes, 27 more than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa.

    Prince Ali bin al-Hussein (four votes) and Jerome Champagne (0) were third and fourth respectively.

    Blatter, who had led Fifa since 1998, stood down last year and was latersuspended from football for six years for breaching ethics guidelines.

    Infantino is a 45-year-old lawyer from Brig in the Valais region of Switzerland, less than six miles from Blatter's home town of Visp.

    He entered the presidential race when it became clear that Michel Platini, boss of European football's governing body Uefa, could not stand.

    "I will work tirelessly to bring football back to Fifa and Fifa back to football," he said. "This is what we want to do."

    He added: "I feel a lot of emotion and have not realised yet what has happened today. It is still very fresh and it's been a long and exciting journey and I probably need some time to chill out and see what has happened."

    The election was due to be fought between five candidates, but South African Tokyo Sexwale withdrew before voting began in Zurich.

    The first round of voting failed to determine an outright winner, though Infantino led with 88, three more than pre-vote favourite Sheikh Salman.

    A simple majority of more than 50% - 104 of 207 available votes - was sufficient for victory in round two.

    Not since 1974, when Joao Havelange of Brazil beat 13-year incumbent Stanley Rous of England, has a second round been needed.

    An emotional Infantino told delegates that together they would "restore the image of Fifa and the respect of Fifa".

    He added: "I want to work with all of you together in order to restore and rebuild a new era of Fifa where we can again put football at the centre of the stage.

    "Fifa has gone through sad times, moments of crisis, but those times are over. We need to implement the reform and implement good governance and transparency. We also need to have respect.

    "We're going to win back this respect through hard work, commitment and we're going to make sure we can finally focus on this wonderful game."

    Gary Lineker, an outspoken critic of Fifa and former president Blatter, wished Infantino "all the best" following his appointment.

    The former England striker added on Twitter: "He's got one hell of a job on his hands but seems a decent chap. Needs a sizeable new broom."

    The television presenter then joked: "Have this weird feeling that Gianni Infantino will pull off his mask to reveal Sepp Blatter."

    Portuguese great Luis Figo added his congratulations, tweeting: "Finally the change arrived. It's time for a new era in Fifa."

    English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said: "He is not a politician and he is not an ego. Fifa has been dominated by egos for a very long time. He is the type of person who will just get on with the job."

    Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said: "I am happy. We supported him from the start. World football needs such a pragmatist."

    German football federation interim president Rainer Koch said: "We are happy and relieved with Gianni Infantino's victory and the fact that European football will continue to have a strong influence."

    Norway's Karen Espelund, a member of Uefa's executive committee, added: "We needed someone credible, we needed a clean winner, a clean man. I believe we have that in Gianni."

    International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said he was looking forward to working with Infantino for "the sake of sport".

    US Soccer president Sunil Gulati tweeted: "Congratulations. We look forward to working together to embrace reform and good governance."

    Beaten opponent Sheikh Salman said that the Asian Football Confederation would look forward to working with the new-look Fifa and its president to reform world football's governing body and to "reinstate football's credibility globally".

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  • Barcelona 2 : 0 Arsenal: Messi nets two big away goals

    Barcelona, the Champions League favorites, stormed into London and beat the Arsenal 2-0 on Tuesday in their Round of 16 first leg tie, as Lionel Messi scored twice. Entering the match, Messi had never scored against Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, formerly of Chelsea. And while it took a while, Messi managed to do it twice in a span of 12 minutes in the second half, as his goalless streak against the shot-stopper ended at 544 minutes.

    With Arsenal looking sharp early on and creating some chances, Barcelona lacked its normal flair for much of the match. But after the break, the club really got going. Luis Suarez sent Neymar through before the Brazilian found Messi open in front of goal for the opener 71 minutes in.

    Then, after Messi won a penalty kick, he put it away calmly to the Cech's right.


    With the result, Barca can taste the quarterfinals. Though Arsenal is a good team with the potential to score plenty of goals, going to the Camp Nou down 0-2 and asking for a comeback may just be something this team isn't capable of.

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  • NFF orders Oliseh to appear before Technical Committee

    The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has ordered Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, to appear before its technical committee on Friday, to defend his call-ups for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt.

    Oliseh will also be grilled on his game plan for the double header against the North Africans.

    Nigeria will host group leaders Egypt on March 25 in Kaduna, before travelling for the reverse fixture in Cairo two days later.

    The Eagles training camp is expected to open in two weeks times, with Oliseh working with players from the domestic league.

    He had planned to monitor some of the country’s stars in European Leagues, but the NFF is yet to approve it.


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