Epunchng - Most read newspaper in Nigeria 13th-September-2017 - Page 43

sports WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 43 S’Africa agree to Senegal replay T hE South Africa Football Association has said it will accept the decision that the World Cup qualifier against Senegal should be replayed after referee Joseph Lamptey’s lifetime ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Skysports reports. lamptey has been expelled by FIFA over match-fixing allegations, and the world governing body announced the match must be replayed after the decision from CAS last week. R The encounter last November saw referee lamptey award 2-1 winners South Africa a penalty in a move FIFA ruled amounted to “match manipulation”, later resulting in the lifetime ban for the Ghanaian. SAFA did not immediately accept FIFA’s decision for it to be replayed but have now changed course. A statement on Tuesday said, “Following additional information SAFA received from world governing body FIFA, the Association NSF: Rowing, others become scoring events OWING, canoeing and sailing have been listed among the scoring events at the next National Sports Festival. The Nigeria Rowing, Canoe and Sailing Federation has long been pushing for the three sports to be scoring events at the national festival. The federation won the fight after the three sports featured as demonstration events for the second time at the ongoing National Youth Games in Ilorin. President of the federation Rear Admiral Festus Porbeni (retd.) said 18 states took part in the exercise that featured 13 events. According to the Secretary-General of the federation, Bunmi Oluode, Osun State came first with three gold, two silver and one bronze while Ogun State finished second with two gold and one bronze. Oyo State placed third after winning one gold, two silver and one bronze. Porbeni promised that the federation would focus on the riverine areas across the country in its bid to develop the sports. He said, “We’ll redouble our efforts to increase the profile of our sports. But we will pay attention to the grassroots, especially