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🇬🇧 🇳🇬 ex-@BBC. African ⚽️ junkie. Lawyer. @blzzrd & @guardian writer. @TimesRadio pundit. Ex- FIFA Anti-Racism Task Force. @AlJazeera Africa analyst.
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May 4 4 tweets 3 min read
On Thursday evening, in #Lagos, #Nigeria, @Mathematical7 - Segun Odegbami, former @NGSuperEagles winger - and I drove, at his suggestion, to Oniru. He told me that a friend of his was putting up an a state-of-the-art photography exhibition centre there.

I didn’t realise that… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… ImageImage Dayo has been to all 774 local governments in #Nigeria, to get amazing photographs of the country. This is just one of them. Image
May 2 4 tweets 3 min read
Breaking: @AAhmad_CAF, the former @CAF_Online President, is being questioned by BIANCO, #Madagascar’s anti-corruption commission, in Mahajanga, his hometown, right now. ImageImage These are pictures taken outside BIANCO’s offices in Mahajanga, Madagascar on Tuesday. He is being accused of abuse of office.

I will update this thread as soon as I get more information. ImageImage
May 1 5 tweets 5 min read
Former @AFCAjax & @juventusfc player SundayOOliseh, the ex-@NGSuperEagles defender and captain, says in his autobiography, “Audacity to Refuse”, that former #Belgium @BelRedDevils captain, Eric Gerets (pictured), treated him and @V_Ikpeba with disdain, often making a mockery of… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… ImageImageImageImage According to @SundayOOliseh, it got to a stage that he & @V_Ikpeba had to stand up for themselves, after yet another league defeat and Gerets began to abuse them again.

You can read the book excerpts below to read what happened.

Racism in #Belgian football has been going on… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… ImageImage
Mar 24 4 tweets 4 min read
Breaking: The return #AFCON 2024 qualifier between the @AmavubiStars and #Benin’s Cheetahs, scheduled for Monday 27th March, hangs in the balance, over a venue dispute. @RChipenda, @CAF_Online’s Development Director, told @FERWAFA that as a result of inadequate facilities at the venue chosen in Rwanda for the return leg, the Amavubi will have to play their return leg game in Cotonou on Monday.
Mar 22 15 tweets 10 min read
On 14th March, in #Kigali, #Rwanda, @MosengoOmba, the General Secretary of @CAF_Online, called me a “mercenaire” (mercenary) because of my journalism, which criticises, FACTUALLY, what is going wrong in CAF. I am going to ask him who the real mercenary in African football is. For the first time in the history of @CAF_Online, we have a General Secretary that is NOT the LEGAL national of any African country. Yes, he is of #DRC descent. But he has no legal citizenship of any country in #Africa. I will explain…
Mar 8 5 tweets 2 min read
A history lesson for the people of #Lagos, as taught by Oba Rilwan Akiolu, about how Lagos came to be. Pay attention! Oba Akiolu: “Modern day Lagos was founded by Prince Ado, the son of the Oba of Benin, Prince Ado was the first Oba of Lagos, the son of the Bini King, Prince Ado, named the town Eko until the Portuguese explorer Ruy de Segueira changed the Maritime town to Lagos.”
Mar 7 4 tweets 2 min read
An informed fan of @SheffieldUnited says @Dozymmobuosi is about to be named as the new owner of the club. “Announcement imminent”, he says. Hmmmmm. I have just spoken with a colleague that spent two hours with Dozy at a London hotel last week. He says he is yet to be convinced by the defence that Dozy gave to him.
Jan 15 8 tweets 4 min read
It’s a big shame that #Rwanda, a smaller and far less resourced country than #Nigeria @Nigeria, the so-called “giant of Africa” 😂😏 has better, more sophisticated security checks at their major airport. I’ll explain… Before getting to the main #Kigali airport terminal, the major security checks are done. Cars taking passengers to the airport are put through an automatic car scanner, while the driver of the car and passengers go through their own checks, within the same zone.
Dec 13, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
A life lesson: About a week and half ago, at @PrinceEbeano supermarket in Lekki, I picked this up during my shop. It cost just over 4k Naija. Instead of putting in my shopping basket, I put it in my pocket & forgot it was there… Image I paid for everything else I picked up, except the key holder. When I went back to shop today & bought yet more stuff, I took a replica key-holder to the cashier & told them to use the barcode to charge me for the key-holder I took last time and didn’t pay for. She did just that.
Dec 13, 2022 7 tweets 3 min read
This Tuesday, I spoke to a @CAF_Online executive committee member about the precarious financial situation hanging over the confederation, in which they must pay $50m to @Lagardere_SE_fr for breaking their marketing contract. This is what he said. ⬇️ “Osasu, I really want to avoid talking on these issues. But I really appreciate your concern. You have very good points and I personally want to talk to the @CAF_Online administration, about these very serious matters you’ve raised.”
Dec 11, 2022 6 tweets 9 min read
There is no #Qatar2022  #FIFAWorldCup  radio programme coming out of #Africa like the @eagle7fm.com & Eagle 103.7FM Special that I, @osasuo, am anchoring from 1800 GMT on Monday, December 12th. Here’s my stellar panel of coaches, former players, renowned writers & broadcasters… Current @UgandaCranes coach, @michocoach; long-time @FranceFootball_ African expert, @frank_simon, now a commentator and analyst for @CANALPLUS_SPORT; @OtiAdjei of @tv3_ghana and @filippomricci of @Gazzetta_it. And that’s not all…
Dec 10, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
An account, from @KeirRadnedge, former @WorldSoccerMag editor & @AIPSmedia football commission chair: “Late in the match at Lusail, colleagues up to the left of me started shouting for medical aid. Journos moved chairs so @GrantWahl could be laid down… “… A medical team was quickly on hand and must have spent up to half an hour of treatment, including perpetual CPR, before he was placed on a stretcher and carried out… It is very upsetting (this tragedy) particularly for those who were around him.”
Dec 8, 2022 6 tweets 5 min read
As we have a second #Qatar2022 #FIFAWorldCup rest day, before the start of the QFs, it's a good time to provide a bit more details on the @CAF_Online #AfricaSuperLeague saga and what some CAF exco members thought about the plan, when it was presented to them... Image What I am reporting is based entirely on an eye-witness account of a @CAF_Online executive committee member, who was in the room, when the #AfricaSuperLeague presentation was made…
Dec 7, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Well, after hearing from a @CAF_Online exco member on the deal, I have spoken to a source close to @Lagardere_SE_fr, with knowledge of the settlement and he had some interesting things of his own to say... "Have you seen the settlement documents? If you have not, don't take the figures that you have been told for granted." He insists that the settlement figures are higher than the $25 million I have been told, even though he refused to give me the exact figure.
Dec 5, 2022 10 tweets 6 min read
.@CAF_Online #AfricaSuperLeague Exclusive: The planning and management of this new event, to start in August 2023, are in the hands of the THREE ITALIAN men you see below. Who are they and what are their roles? Keep reading, as I make my posts, on this thread. This is former Italian tennis player Eno Polo. A consultant to @FIFAcom, he is the CEO-designate of the company that will be formed to manage the #AfricaSuperLeague, outside @CAF_Online. The company is to be based in #Kigali, #Rwanda. Image
Oct 25, 2022 5 tweets 5 min read
Just had a chat with former @NGSuperEagles @VfB_int @VfLWolfsburg_EN & @HansaRostock forward @akpoborie, about Monday’s free surgeries in #Ozoro, Delta State, #Nigeria, by the team of doctors from Belgian NGO reVIVE, whom he brought to help the sick, who can’t afford treatment. Image .@akpoborie: “I watched some of the surgeries on Monday. It was really an experience. One young boy got rid of a hernia. It was good to see him him cured. I was really touched by that,” he said. ImageImage
Oct 7, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
Breaking: A top source in #Guinean football says the country's government will not allow them travel to #Uganda, to play in a @CAF_Online U-23 qualifier there, as a result of the #EbolaOutbreakUG. (Will add more details shortly, to make a thread...) "We have asked @CAF_Online about the concerns of the health services of our country, for our match in #Uganda. Our government strongly advises us not to go to #Kampala, at the end of the month, for the match. We have unofficially informed CAF of the situation...
Sep 30, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
.@MySoccerAfrica pundit @IdahPeterside, who is contesting for @thenff presidency, has described Friday’s Benin City congress venue as a “vast crime scene”, where the votes of congress members are being bought, by his rivals, for thousands of US Dollars. .@IdahPeterside: "The @officialEFCC must be here, the police must be here, to arrest some people. Economic crimes are happening here. People are carrying bags, full of dollars, in front of you and distributing it, with no shame..."
Sep 29, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
LEGAL NOTE: The claim @thenff can organise Friday's elections, because the Federal High Court injunction has been revoked, is dubious. NO ORDER, by any Appeal Court Judge, revoking the injunction, has been produced. ONLY a "Notice of Appeal" was filed on Wednesday. I have read the legal documents being circulated, as evidence of the revocation. As said, a "Notice of Appeal" and a request for a "Stay of Execution" was filed in the Federal High Court in Abuja, on 28th September. No Judge has heard this appeal or given any ruling.
Sep 13, 2022 8 tweets 3 min read
From what I see, from the list of candidates for the presidency, first vice-presidency & other executive committee positions in @thenff, it is clear that political deals have been done underground, by Nigerian football’s principalities and powers. I will explain… (a thread) 1. They have clearly zoned the 1st Vice-Presidency of @thenff to the South-Eastern Zone, to ensure that no Southern candidate in the race can become president. In Nigeria’s geopolitics, the president and 1st VP cannot both come from South or North.
Aug 14, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
This is what a top @thenff official says: “@Aiteo_Group has not paid. Under the contract, it’s the sponsor that pays the prize monies. The sponsor has not made available both the prize monies and other sponsorships funds due to @thenff.” He continued: “This is the reason @thenff refused to start the 2022 @AiteoCupNgr, until the sponsor commited some payments and guaranteed to settle the [outstanding] balance…