Tunisia’s jailed presidential candidate demands elections postponed



 Tunisia’s jailed presidential candidate, Nabil Karoui, called for postponing the run-off vote, to be held on Oct. 13, until he is released from prison, according to a statement released Tuesday by his campaign.

Karoui was arrested on Aug. 23 on charges of money laundering and tax evasion. He has not been convicted, and a Tunisian court rejected a request to release him.

The media magnate came second in the first round of Tunisia’s presidential elections last month with 15.58 per cent of the vote against 18.4 per cent for his rival, independent law professor Kais Saied.

“Rumours about his withdrawal from the race are unfounded,” the statement said, describing his imprisonment as politically motivated.

The campaign said it had asked the electoral commission on Sept. 30 to allow Karoui to campaign by travelling around the country’s 24 provinces and hold direct interviews with media outlets.

As the demands were not met, “we have demanded postponing the run-off” until his release, the statement said.

Since the first round, Karoui has been absent from campaigning and TV debates.

His detention casts doubts on the results of the election, as it denies him an equal opportunity in electioneering.

Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring revolts, is widely seen as the sole democratic success story of the 2010-11 uprisings.


Edited by Emmanuel Yashim


Sports analyst cautions Rohr on Super Eagles’ upcoming friendly matches



A renowned sports analyst, Tayo Balogun, says Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, should be wary of the team’s opponents in their upcoming friendly matches.

Balogun told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Tuesday that both Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia are formidable teams and the matches would be tough.

“He, of course, knows that Nigerians are sore losers and expect his team to perform well against Tunisia and Cote D’ivoire.

“Rohr has formidable opposition in these two opponents. So, there is the need for us to be serious and maximise this opportunity.

“It is important to note that this is the only FIFA window that allows the Super Eagles to play friendly matches. So, we have to take the matches serious.

“From the next one in November through to next year November, all available international windows will be for playing qualifiers either for the Cup of Nations or the World Cup.

“So, there may not be another opportunity to assess as many players as possible,’’ he said.

Balogun, while analysing the list of invited players, said Nigerians should expect the benefit of the main value derivable from inviting four new players to the team.

“This is for us to see who amongst them will have a chance to break into the main team.

“In this regard, I see Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto who enjoys some current positive reviews and Cyril Dessers of Genk as two players who may be able to force a way in.

“It will  be a big plus if either Chidera Ejuke or our former national under-17 player Samson Tijani snatches a break in.

“Also, Dele Alampasu and Maduka Okoye have a rare chance to seek a regular place in the Eagles,” he said.

Balogun pointed out that he expected Rohr to rest more of the team’s older players.

“But then, in a  situation of playing two top-ranked teams in four days,  you must be mindful of ensuring you use a team capable of getting results.

“All in all, the  coach will have the privilege of having his players train together for five days,” he added.

The sports analyst advised Rohr to keep on injecting new players into the team and also seek out ways of discovering local talents who abound in the local league.



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Rohr calls up 21 old faces, 4 new faces for Super Eagles’ 2 friendlies



Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has called up 25 players ahead of October’s friendly matches against the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, scheduled for Austria.

Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), disclosed in a statement on Monday in Abuja that five other players have been put on standby.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the friendlies are the three-times African champions’ first games this year, as a result of the prolonged global coronavirus pandemic.

Rohr has listed the team’s top names such as Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo, William Ekong and Wilfred Ndidi, as well as new brooms Frank Onyeka and Chidera Ejuke.

Former FIFA Under-17 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Dele Alampasu returns to the group, as well as midfielder Mikel Agu.

Captain of the most recent Nigeria under-17 squad, Samson Tijani, will join up with the elite, as well as Portugal-based exciting wing-back Zaidu Sanusi.

Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, now in The Netherlands, is heading to Austria for the games, just as England-based forward Kelechi Iheanacho also returns.

Victor Osimhen, now in Italy with Napoli, and another former U17 World Cup winner Samuel Chukwueze are also called up.

The Super Eagles, now ranked 29th in the world and third in Africa, will take on the Elephants on Oct. 9.

They will four days later engage the Carthage Eagles, who are second in Africa in the rankings.

Both games have been arranged by the NFF to prepare the Super Eagles for the next rounds of 2022 AFCON qualifiers, home and away against Sierra Leone in November.      


Goalkeepers: Dele Alampasu (FK Ventspils, Latvia); Matthew Yakubu (SKF Sered, Slovakia); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders: Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasary SK, Turkey); Samson Tijani (TSV Hartberg, Austria)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (KRC Genk, Belgium)

Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)

Standby: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Ramon Azeez (Granada CF, Spain); Joshua Maja (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Henry Onyekuru (AS Monaco, France); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente, Netherlands)


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Laloko wants 25% of local players in Super Eagles



A former Technical Director of then Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Kashimawo Laloko, has called for 25 per cent inclusion of local league players in the various national teams if the country must go beyond its current FIFA rankings.

Laloko made the call on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in reaction to Nigeria’s latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday.

Nigeria is placed on the 29th spot in the world and third in Africa, behind Senegal and Tunisia, in current FIFA ranking.

Laloko said it was wrong for the current team handler Gernot Rohr to constantly feature foreign-based players while home-based players were left to their fate.

According to him, such situation has negatively affected Nigeria’s previous rankings.

“It is not proper for us to go and select players from Europe and play all of them when we have players at home.

“We need a policy that will allow 25 per cent of the players in the national teams to come from our local leagues.

“Do Rohr and his assistants watch the leagues? They don’t; they do what they like at the expense of the country, and the way the coach is assembling only foreign players, I can only wish him well.

“Nobody is playing football now, otherwise how can we be 29th. Our friendly matches and preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), will determine the actual position where we are.

“I will suggest that we wait until we play friendly matches and proceed to the AFCON; for me, our current ranking is fake, so let us play first because no country is playing now.

AFCON and UEFA Champions League have not started, the league is just starting in England and Nigeria does not know where it wants to be in terms of the league.

“So how did we arrive at 29th? Time will tell,” Laloko said.

He urged the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to regularly monitor the activities of the coach, noting that gone were the days when coaches folded their hands and watched players train.

He explained that football had gone scientific and not the usual running round the field with players.

“How long are we going to do that? There are new ways of coaching and I have never seen that during Super Eagles training,” he said.

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Former Adamawa Acting Governor returns to PDP



Former Adamawa Acting Governor, Mr James Barka, has left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).

Barka officially announced his return to the PDP on Thursday in Yola.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Barka was the acting governor of Adamawa under the platform of PDP from February 2008 to April 2008.

He was a former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Tunisia, under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, but dumped PDP for APC in 2014.

“I only veered off into the APC, leaving my teeming supporters behind; and as you can see, I’ve returned home,” he said.

Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, who received the former acting governor, said that the doors of the PDP-led administration were wide open to well-meaning individuals.

“Our doors are open to well-meaning individuals and groups of peoples who would support the development of our dear party, state and country,” Fintiri said. ( NAN)

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