“Only a Degree Holder Qualifies for LFA Presidency”

first_imgIn an effort to encourage football players, coaches and administrators in the country to seek higher education, the world football governing body, FIFA, has amended the Statutes of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) with a prerequisite of a college degree to be eligible to contest the helm of Liberia’s governing football body. The amendment is expected to be adopted on Saturday, January 25 in an Extraordinary Congress.According to a reliable source at the LFA, the educational requirement for executive committee members, except the President, is a high school diploma with a certificate from the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC). Additional amendments for the presidential and the two vice presidential candidatures include becoming a president of a club for at least three years, while for executive members; one must be a secretary, vice president or president of a club.Also amongst key amendments to be made are the settings up of several vital committees that would be nominated by the Executive Committee and approved by FIFA’s Congress. Some of the Committees include Election, Appeals, Disciplinary, Ethics and Elections appeals.Meanwhile, over 400 stakeholders of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) will adopt the newly FIFA Approved statutes, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on Saturday, January 25.It can be recalled, two senior officials of the World governing body FIFA had met with the president of the Liberia Football Association Musa Bility and other officials of the LFA to harmonize the Statutes in agreement with FIFA’s standardization drive.Mr. Primo Servgio Corvaro, head of Administration and Ms. Salome Stahli, of the Legal Department had brainstorming exchanges with the LFA officials at the RLJ Resort; they disagreed to agree on the amendments of the LFA Statutes.A recent communication from the LFA Secretary General, Alphonso Armah, to Stakeholders reads: ……the extraordinary congress will be held on January 25, 2014 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium beginning at 9am.According to the communication, the extraordinary congress will discuss the following agenda items: The adoption of the LFA Statutes, which has been approved by FIFA; the endorsement of the nomination of judiciary Bodies and Electoral Committee Members nominated by the Executive Committee, amongst others.The communication also assured the Stakeholders that upon receipt of the reversed Statutes from the Legal Department of FIFA, copies will be sent to them in 15 days before the Congress.In a mobile interview with the LFA Chief Scribe yesterday, the revised Statutes are expected to be sent to stakeholders, beginning Monday, the 6th of January.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana Annual Magazine launched

first_imgThe Guyana Annual Magazine 2018, dubbed the only magazine which offers a platform for emerging Guyanese writers and artists, was on Thursday evening launched in a ceremony that saw many versed and skilled writers and photographers being awarded for their contributions.Copies of the new edition of the Guyana Annual Magazine 2018Prizes distributed to the winners of the various categories included essay, photography, poetry, short stories, visual art and drama. Their works have been featured in the newest edition of the magazine.The keynote speaker, editor of the magazine, Danielle Swain, in her address, revealed that it has been two decades since the magazine was revived, and that categories have been modified by renaming them after Guyanese artistes. These included Hawley Harris, Stephanie Correia, Bertram Charles, David de Caires, and Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh.Guyana Times senior journalist Jarryl Bryan receiving his award for his entry in the photography categoryShe also noted that this is a strong platform for promoting Guyanese talents, and the graduates from this programme have in the past ventured to win other highly recognised awards for their gift in the literary field.Many past successful alumni have, through promotion by the magazine, gone on to win the Guyana Prize for Literature and competitions such as the Immersion Pitch Prize and the Code Burt Award.“This edition is particularly important because not only does it mark 20 years since the magazine was resuscitated, it also marks the return of the competition aspect of the magazine. The Annual has come home. She has returned to her roots, which was and is to sustain and nurture emerging talents whilst honouring those who have come before,” Swain declared.Chairman of the National Library, Petamber Persaud, in his opening remarks, highlighted that over the years, scores of literary pieces were published and regarded as wonderful art works. Additionally, the materialization of the magazine was made possible by the main benefactor, Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh.“Within the last 15 issues, there are over 150 articles, 300 poems, 150 stories, and scores of wonderful artworks. This issue (relies) heavily on teamwork, and all of these things were made possible through the indomitable share giver Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh.”Some of the winners this year included Guyana Times journalist Jarryl Bryan, Amanda Richards, Scott Ting-A-Kee, Abike Barker, Jermana DeFrietas and Chabilall Persaud. The Guyana Annual Magazine is available at the cost of $1000 locally and also at the online shop Amazon.last_img read more

Wanted bulletin issued for another suspect

first_imgA wanted bulletin was issued on Thursday for another suspect in the April murder of Bartica miner Perion Bobb at Kurubrang, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).Wanted is Jamal Bazillio, also known as “Jammings”.Wanted: Farouk KhanAnyone with information that may lead to Bazillio’s arrest is asked to contact the Police on telephone numbers 225-3650, 225-8196, 226-2870, 226-6978, 455-2238, 911 or to make a report to the nearest Police Station. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence.Wanted: JJamal BazillioIn August, Police had issued a bulletin for 25-year-old Farouk Khan, whose last known address is Byderabo Road, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), who is also wanted for the said murder, which occurred on April 21.Bobb was killed after he was confronted by a group of men, who he reportedly saw stripping a miner’s vehicle. The vehicle’s owner and the Police were subsequently informed.Dead: Perion BobbGuyana Times previously reported that Bobb and a co-worker identified as 60-year-old Emmanuel Jeffrey of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) were at the time of the murder transporting dredging equipment from Kuribrong to the backdam.Jeffrey told Police that while proceeding through the trail, they were passed by a truck which was reportedly proceeding at a slow rate from the opposite direction.Bobb, who was reportedly driving the pick-up, stopped in order for the truck to pass. As the truck passed, two loud explosions were heard.Jeffrey relayed that he exited the vehicle and lay on the ground. However, by that time, Bobb had already been shot once to his stomach.Jeffrey reported that he was abducted by eight men who were in the truck, but later managed to escape by jumping off the lorry.After allegedly escaping, Jeffrey returned to the scene of the shooting, where he discovered Bobb’s motionless body slumped over the steering wheel of the pick-up.The Police were called and the matter was reported.last_img read more

Lakers get cut down to size

first_imgIt was the 10th loss in 13games for the Lakers, who had only nine players available for the game. “It’s just disappointing that we didn’t give the type of effort that we needed to compete in this basketball game for 48 minutes,” forward Maurice Evans said. The Bucks led from start to finish and shot 59.5 percent, even as guard Michael Redd – who scored 45 points in a November victory over the Lakers at Staples Center – made just 3 of 11 shots and finished with only 10 points. With one game left on this road trip, the Lakers also must consider they face an uphill climb just to match last season’s 45-37 record. They would need to win 12 of their final 20 games to reach what seemed like a modest goal entering this season. “All the teams are jockeying for position right now,” Evans said, “and we have to figure out what our identity is going to be and what we want to accomplish out of this season. “You just don’t go on a 10-out-of-13 slide with little or no resistance. It’s frustrating. We started off too good and we showed too much potential at home to give it up like this.” With Ronny Turiaf out with back spasms, the Lakers were left with six guards and three big men for Wednesday’s game. Jackson opted to start Sasha Vujacic in a lineup with Smush Parker, Brian Cook, Andrew Bynum and Evans. Jackson tried various combinations, playing zone defense at times, pairing Bynum and Kwame Brown in a lineup, and starting the second half with rookie Jordan Farmar on the floor after not playing him in the first half. “It looked like we only had one half in us,” Jackson said about his four-man bench, “I was just looking down there for help and there was nothing there.” The Lakers “collapsed,” as Jackson put it, in the third quarter, turning what had been a four-point game into an 18-point runaway. Charlie Villanueva made six3-pointers on the way to 26points, Andrew Bogut added 22 points and Charlie Bell had 20 points. With Bryant, Lamar Odom and Luke Walton all out of the lineup, the Lakers were missing three of their four double-figure scorers, who average more than 57 points between them. Evans led the Lakers with 22 points while Cook added 20. “Certainly, when a guy like Kobe’s not going to be on the court, either subconsciously or consciously, it’s going to have an effect,” Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img MILWAUKEE – The Lakers could have blamed Kobe Bryant’s one-game suspension, the 58 minutes of basketball they played the night before or the injuries that left them with a team that could have squeezed into a minivan for the ride to Bradley Center. They refused to make any of those excuses, however, after a 110-90 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that coach Phil Jackson described as “embarrassing.” last_img read more

DORRIAN CONFIDENT HIS SIDE CAN MAKE AN IMPACT IN OSCAR TRAYNOR COMPETITION

first_imgBrian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian is hoping his side can get off to a winning start on Sunday when they play Cavan/Monaghan select team at Ballyare.Brian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian is confident the squad he has assembled is good enough to get his Donegal League select side into the knockout stages of the Oscar Traynor competition. The former Sligo Rovers reserve and U20 manager, is the current boss at St Catherine’s, and has established himself as one of the top coaches in Donegal over the last decade.He unearthed the likes of Shaun Kelly (Derry City) and Seamus Coleman (Everton) during his time as manager of the underage sides at the Killybegs club. His focus now however, is to prepare the Donegal League side for their forthcoming Oscar Traynor campaign, which gets underway this Sunday.Dorrian’s side face a Cavan/Monaghan select side, who have returned to the competition after a number of years out of it and are something of an unknown entity.However, Dorrian has used his extensive contacts in the game to find out as much as he possibly can about the side he’s facing on Sunday.In the lead up to the match this Sunday, Dorrian spoke to Donegal Daily about his side’s prospects in the competition. Dorrian said, “We’ve assembled a good side, and we’ve a good mixture of experience and quality.“We’ve got both Matthew Crossan and Gary Crossan in the side, and those two have a wealth of experience at a very high level.“Shane O’Rourke who played in the League Of Ireland with Salthill is on-board, and Benny McLaughlin is also involved, so we’ve got a lot of quality and experience in the side.Dorrian admits his side need to give a good account of themselves in this year’s competition after a number of disappointing years in the competition in the last while.Dorrian has adopted an ultra professional approach to the competition, and his side have been preparing for the competition for over six weeks now, he’s hoping their approach pays dividends. “We’ve approached it as professionally as we can, and the players have responded to that really well.“They realise it’s an honour to represent your county at any level, and they’re looking forward to the competition.“We’ve played a number of matches, and we’ve performed well in them, we’ve met up collectively twice-a-week and the commitment the players have given so far has been top class.“We want to give a good account of ourselves, as players and as a management set-up, so we’re leaving no stone unturned in our preparation for the match. Dorrian admitted that neighbours and bitter rivals Inishowen are the benchmark his team are aiming to match.Inishowen reached the final of the competition two years ago, and made a semi-final appearance last year.“They’re a quality outfit, and they’ve shown that over the last number of years, they’ve raised the bar, and we need to get to that level.“But as I’ve said, I’m more than happy with the squad I have, and I believe we can have a good run in the competition.“Our aim is to get out of the group, and then see where that takes us, it’s going to be difficult, but we’re up for the challenge as a group, and are really looking forward to it.First up for Dorrian is that tricky assignment against Cavan/Monaghan on Sunday in Ballyare, kick-off is at 2.30pm.DORRIAN CONFIDENT HIS SIDE CAN MAKE AN IMPACT IN OSCAR TRAYNOR COMPETITION was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian ‘Dinky’ DorrianDonegal LeagueHome-page SportnewsOscar Traynor Teamlast_img read more

To lease or to buy?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Equipment is the lifeblood of any farming operation. Luckily, there are many different ways for farmers to obtain the machinery they need, with an operating lease and purchasing being two of the most popular options. But which option is right for you? There are pros and cons associated with each route and here we take a look at just a few of them. Pros for operating leasesLess cost. You can acquire the equipment you need with little to no initial investment. Once the lease begins, your payments will most likely be lower than they would be if you were purchasing the equipment. These are positive things if cash flow is a current concern.Balance sheet bonus: an operating equipment lease does not show up on your balance sheet and consequent leases do not impact your balance sheet ratio.Flexibility: you enter into the lease, typically for three to five years, and when it ends, you can upgrade and have access to the most current technology. Cons for operating leasesNo Equity: with a lease, you are not building equity and won’t have the option to sell and receive any of your money back when you done using the equipment.Limitations: often, the lease will limit the number of hours/miles you can use the equipment and you could be penalized when the lease is up for using it more than contractually permitted.Commitment: what if the equipment you have leased no longer serves its purpose on the farm? Depending on the terms of your lease, you could be stuck making the payments until the lease is up. Even if an option to cancel the lease is in place, you could be facing large termination fees to do so. Pros to buyingYou own it: with each payment you could build equity, which looks good on a balance sheet. Owning opens the doors to other financial gains down the line. For example, selling the equipment when it is no longer needed and recouping some of your investment or using it as collateral against other loans would be options.Service as needed: you won’t have to follow a lease company’s service schedule and can maintain the machine as you see fit. Needed repairs can be made immediately.Long term relationship: if you are investing in a piece of equipment that will be a mainstay on the farm, purchasing is the way to go. There are fewer boundaries than leasing it, and you have the peace of mind that it’s there to stay. Cons to buyingUpfront funds: putting the money down that is needed up front can be bothersome. Even with financing in place, you could be looking at needing 10% to 20% as a down payment.Cash flow impact: while the first year depreciation (Section 179 or potential 50% bonus depreciation) is a pro to buying, subsequent years could create a cash flow pinch. That is, depreciation will primarily be claimed in the first year of ownership and depreciation amounts are not available in subsequent years to reduce taxes. Thus if you finance equipment, in the subsequent years you will be paying on the loan and may also need cash to pay for increased taxes (due to less depreciation expense). You’ll want to budget cash flow accordingly.Old equipment: if a new way of performing a certain farm task comes to pass, or new equipment/technology hits the market, you could be stuck working with an aging piece of machinery. Sure, you can sell it and upgrade to something new, but will the timing be right for maximum return on investment? Also be aware that selling a piece of depreciated equipment will generate depreciation recapture at ordinary tax rates and not capital gain rates.The above lists don’t even begin to touch on how tax benefits play into each option. While we don’t have enough space to cover all the elements, here are some general key points to consider.Consider Section 179 expense or bonus depreciation, especially for higher tax brackets. Remember Ohio does not allow for full accelerated depreciation (179/Bonus) benefits.You’ll want to see how the Ohio Small Business Deduction (75% of first $250,000 in pass-through or schedule C or F income) will come into play for you precise situation.You’ll want to maximize the Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD)Make sure to fully maximize fuel tax credits.Plan for potential section 1411 tax impact (Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT) of 3.8% to fund the Affordable Care Act).Partnering with an accounting firm with experience in Agribusiness will be your best bet when it comes to making decisions about how to obtain equipment. And, whether you lease or buy, an accountant can help you reap the most tax benefits once you make the equipment a part of your operation.Robert has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1979. His areas of expertise include agribusiness and encompasses corporate strategy, corporate finance, business planning, personal financial planning, corporate tax planning, compliance as well as estate and trust planning. Robert works with a variety of farmers and other agribusiness professionals, including those that have enjoyed long-term success and those who have decided to start new ventures. Robert can be reached at (614) 494-5300 or HolbrookManter.com. Holbrook & Manter originated in 1919 and has offices in Columbus, Dublin, Marion and Marysville.last_img read more

11 stunning EarthCaches and how to find them

first_img11. GC1JY47 at Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, WyomingRainbow’s End: Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, GC1JY47 2. GC20010 at Lake Baikal, RussiaLake Baikal, Russia GC20010 4.  GC25643 at the Blue Lagoon, IcelandBláa lónið – Blue lagoon – Blaue Lagunem, Iceland GC25643 3. GC14W63 in Namib Desert, NamibiaNamib Desert, Namibia GC14W63 Share with your Friends:More 10. GC23HNZ near Darvaza, TurkmenistanThe Door to Hell, Turkmenistan, GC23HNZ 6. GC2PFGZ at Iguazu Falls, ArgentinaFallas do Iguaçu / IGUAZU Fault, Argentina GC2PFGZ Which EarthCaches are on your bucket list? 7. GC4CNMG in Western AustraliaKooling off in Karijini, Australia GC4CNMG Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63EarthCaching is the magical combination of geocaching and geological discovery. EarthCaches are meant to teach geocachers about particular (and typically jaw-dropping) geological features. EarthCaches do not contain physical containers like most geocaches. They do, however, carry a piece of geological history that can date back millions and millions of years… which is certainly a treasure of sorts.How to Find an EarthCacheCustomize your geocache search. Select Filters to see advanced search options. Under Geocache Types, select EarthCache only.Premium Members can search for EarthCaches using the Geocaching® app.Navigate to the posted coordinates of the EarthCache site. Bring a camera since EarthCaches tend to be photogenic!Once at the EarthCache site, take in the scenery, the geological marvels or oddities, and read the cache description. The cache owner will likely ask you to answer some questions about the site. You can email the cache owner or use the Message Center to send answers to the required questions.Now that you know how to find an EarthCache, check out these 11 stunning EarthCache locations to add to your geocaching bucket list.  1. GC111XM in Pamukkale, TurkeyPamukkale, Turkey GC111XM 8. GC13D90 near Monsanto, PortugalCruziana [Penha Garcia], Portugal GC13D909. GCPCPX in Northern IrelandThe Giant’s Causeway Earthcache, Ireland GCPCPX 5. GC11A56 at Jellyfish Lake, Ongeim’l Tketau, in PalauJellyfish Lake – Ongeim’l Tketau, Palau GC11A56 SharePrint RelatedDiscover EarthCaching and 11 Stunning LocationsAugust 5, 2014In “Community”Geocaching Bucket List: Greatest Hits EditionMarch 6, 2016In “Community”Tips on Developing EarthCaches in U.S. National ParksSeptember 14, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

17:00 56TH NATIONAL INTER STATE ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP-2016

first_imgTO BE HELD AT GMC BALYOGI STADIUM, HYDERABAD 17:30WOMEN HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE ROUND-2 (THA Vs ?IND)HELD AT MDC STADIUM, NEW DELHI EP-19 19:00NATIONAL GAMES 2015 HELD AT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 19:30″INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN TENT PAGGICHAMPIONSHIP-2015″ 20:00WORLD OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP-2015 HELD ATWASHINGTON (USA) EP-4 20:30Sports Hour (E/H) 21:30INDIAN KHEL LEAGUE (YE INDIA KA KHEL HAI) 22:30POLISH JR. & CADET OPEN ITTF GLOBAL JR. CIRCUIT-2014HELD AT WLASDSLAWOWO, POLAND (EP-1) 23:0012TH SOUTH ASIAN GAMES-2016 Saturday 2nd July, 2016 AM 00:00NATIONAL GAMES 2015 HELD AT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 01:30″DAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP -2015 (MEN?S SINGLE TENNIS)HELD AT R. K. KHANNA STADIUIM, NEW DELHI EP-01″ 03:3012TH SOUTH ASIAN GAMES-2016 05:00HIGHLIGHTS OF WORLD ARCHERY CHAMPIONSHIP-2016 EP-5 (MORE) PTI DL DLlast_img read more

TVS joins hand with MASESA to enter Central America; export 13 products

first_imgTVS Motor Company globally announced on Thursday its alliance with MASESA (Mayor Servicios Socieda Anonima), a Guatemala based company that is a leader in the commercialization of motorcycles and Tuk Tuks in the Central American region. This alliance is in line with the company’s plan to expand and strengthen its presence in Central America, LATAM, South East Asia and Middle East.TVS products to be marketed throughout Central America are listed below:  From India     From Indonesia Scooter     Scooty Zest 110 and Wego 110    Max 125 and Neo 110 Motorcycle     StaR HLX 100/125, Sport 100 ES, Phoenix 125, Stryker 125, Apache 160/180/200    NA 3-wheeler     TVS King DLX    NAIn this alliance, MASESA will develop exclusive TVS Motor Company concessionaires in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.MASESA currently operates through a network of 500 touch points throughout the region, which are managed by an extraordinary team, who will manage a wide catalogue of parts and service centres duly equipped, guaranteeing the adequate support of the brand and making this alliance one of the most important ones of the industry in recent years in the region.R. Dilip, Sr. Vice President- International Business of TVS Motor Company, said, “We are very pleased to partner with a well-known company such as MASESA, which has a rich experience and immense knowledge of the market and the needs of customers in this region. The unique network of distribution that MASESA has developed makes them the best strategic ally for TVS Motor Company. With this alliance we will be able to personalize our value offers and provide the right products for our future clients throughout Central America and consolidate our presence in the area.”advertisement”We at MASESA will represent TVS Motor Company with great passion and pride, with the objective of satisfying the demanding needs of our current and potential clients, and we will work hard to successfully consolidate our new strategic alliance. In MASESA we will distribute, with the responsibility that characterizes us, all the products that TVS Motor Company provides us and we will be the best bridge between the best technology available in India and our important clients throughout Central America,” said Samuel Espina, Regional Manager of Public Relations at MASESA.In the first phase of this association, 5 emblematic exhibition and sales rooms will be installed in the region, which will also offer the entire range of spare parts and technical service, in turn the products of TVS Motor Company will be available in the 500 dealers MASESA has throughout Central America.last_img read more

Fifa examining claims of sexual and physical abuse on Afghanistan women’s team

first_imgShare on Messenger Afghanistan captain Shabnam Mobarez on a footballing mission in Denmark Share on Pinterest Twitter Facebook Senior figures associated with the Afghanistan women’s team have told the Guardian that abuse took place inside the country, including at the federation’s headquarters, and at a training camp in Jordan last February.Khalida Popal, a former head of the women’s football department at the AFF, who was forced to flee the country in 2016 and seek asylum in Denmark, has spoken to the Guardian, together with the players Shabnam Mobarez and Mina Ahmadi and the head coach, Kelly Lindsey, about the ordeal of players within the country and their frustrations with a system that, they feel, has failed to protect them.The AFF said in a statement that it “vigorously rejects the false accusations made with regard to the AFF’s women’s national team”. It added that it has a “zero-tolerance policy towards any such type of behaviour”.Fifa confirmed it was investigating the claims and a source at world football’s governing body told the Guardian it had been working with the United Nations on some players’ safety.The source said: “Fifa has been fully aware of the situation in Afghanistan and has been working hard to secure the safety of the girls. They have been working very discreetly with those involved – given the sensitive nature of the accusations and danger to life posed – since March to pull together evidence for a formal investigation and have brought in the UN. Such is the extent of their concern for the girls still in the country and the need to bring in an organisation that can make political and legal interventions outside of Fifa’s abilities.”In its statement Fifa said: “The serious subjects mentioned are being looked into by Fifa. As some aspects of these allegations involve sensitive topics linked to the protection of those involved, we have sought support from relevant parties who willingly offered their support to Fifa.”Popal said that, in the course of an investigation she has carried out into the allegations, she heard claims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, death threats and rape. She said: “It was very difficult for us, living in the country, to talk about these things because these are very powerful guys. If a player from Afghanistan raised a voice they can get killed.”Having fled the country two years ago, Popal organised national team training camps in Jordan, Japan and the UAE which have brought together players from inside and outside Afghanistan.She told the Guardian that for the first such gathering, in Jordan in February, the players arriving from Afghanistan were accompanied by two men.“They sent two male representatives, going under the title of ‘head of women’s football’ and ‘assistant coach’,” she said. “They were bullying and harassing the girls, particularly the ones from Afghanistan because they knew they wouldn’t speak up. I confronted them, told them they can’t do that and I’d make a complaint.“It continued. These guys were calling on the rooms of the players and sleeping with the girls. AFF staff members would say to girls that they could get them on the team list and would pay them £100 a month if they would say yes to everything. They were pushing and forcing the girls. Coercing them.”She said players reported to her what was going on and told her she needed to get it stopped. Popal said: “I phoned the president and said: ‘You should stop this. If you don’t stop it I cannot stop the girls from going to the media with their stories.’ He was promising that he would take serious action.“He said to just keep playing football and we should keep it quiet until they come back and then they [the men] will be punished.”According to the American Lindsey, the two male officials alleged to have abused players in Jordan “were promoted and moved to other areas within the AFF”. Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Read more Afghanistan’s Shabnam Mobarez has said a contract she was asked to sign by the FA is ‘taking away my basic human rights away from me, and my rights as a female’. Photograph: Haris Rahimi/Cloud 9 Productions An AFC spokesperson told the Guardian: “The AFC is looking into the various media reports which have been published and the complaints that some Afghanistan players have made on social media. There have been no reports of any sexual abuse to the AFC from any Afghanistan player.”The Afghan federation said it would fight to support and protect all its players and that “these very serious allegations seem to come from former employees, without ever having directly contacted the AFF and/or provided any specific information to help the AFF to investigate”.It added: “Should the AFF receive specific factual information and/or evidence, it will not hesitate to initiate further investigations immediately and to take all appropriate steps to prevent such actions and prosecute those responsible for them.”A further development was the arrival of women’s national team contracts that those involved describe as “aggressive”, “one-way” and about “silencing” players.Those that did not sign were kicked off the team. Mobarez tweeted that the contract prevented her from being paid for playing, limited their ability to get sponsorship elsewhere or pursue other promotional ventures, and removed mediation in disciplinary proceedings.“I think this contract is very inhumane because it’s taking away my basic human rights away from me, and my rights as a female,” Mobarez, the captain, who plays in Denmark, said. Ahmadi said: “It empowers us more and makes us more motivated to spread the message and accomplish great things. We all still have the same goal. They can’t break us.”Hummel said it had “clear documentation of breach of contract as well as the fact that AFF leadership has been aware of the allegations since February this year without taking actions or informing sponsors. The documentation of unacceptable behaviour includes, but is not limited to, a new contract stripping player of several basic human rights.” Popal said that shortly after the camp in Jordan ended “nine players, who are based in Afghanistan, some of our best players, were kicked off the national team, accused of being lesbians”. It was, she claimed: “Because some of them were going to talk to the media. The president [privately] labelled them lesbians to silence them from speaking out about the sexual abuse in Jordan and abuses by coaches. He beat one of the girls with a snooker cue. He beat the player and said she was a lesbian and she was kicked out of the federation.“If they spoke out, no one would listen to them because being accused of being lesbian or gay in Afghanistan is a topic you don’t speak about and puts you and your family in a lot of danger.”Popal said that when she learned nine players had been sidelined she started an investigation and multiple allegations were made regarding Karim, a former governor of Panjshir province and chief of staff in the ministry of defence before he took over the presidency of the AFF in 2004. She said: “While I was doing the investigation with these players I found out the huge extent of the abuse, sexually, mentally, physically, happening from the president himself.”She claimed: “Not only that, he has a room inside his office that is a bedroom with a bed. The doors of his office [use] fingerprint recognition, so when players go in they can’t get out without the fingerprint of the president.“I tried to search for the girls. I found some of the girls that were sexually abused, and physically abused if they said no. The federation would make an excuse to get rid of the player so that if they came out [and spoke publicly], it would look like they were just upset about being kicked off the team. That investigation took me half a year and there was physical abuse, sexual abuse, death threats and rape cases.”Lindsey said they tried to raise the issue with the Asian Football Confederation. “They basically said: ‘We can’t speak to you about this because you’re not a member association, we need your president or your general secretary to speak with us.’”center_img Share on Twitter news Afghanistan Khalida Popal, Afghanistan football pioneer: ‘If the haters couldn’t stop me, Trump can’t’ Topics Share on LinkedIn Football Share via Email Read more Fifa is examining allegations that members of the Afghanistan national women’s team were sexually and physically abused by men from the country’s football federation, including its president, Keramuudin Karim.The claims have prompted the team’s principal sponsor, Hummel, to cut ties with the Afghan federation (AFF) and call for new leadership. The Danish sportswear manufacturer said it was “presented with strong allegations of severe mental, physical, sexual and equal-rights abuse of the female players by male AFF officials”. Reuse this contentlast_img read more