Accounting roundup: FRC ‘not clear enough’ on voluntary levy

first_imgSome companies regulated by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) may have been unaware that its annual levy is voluntary, according to documents obtained by IPE using the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) considered the issue of the FRC’s levy as part of its assessment of whether or not the accounting watchdog was under central government control.The FRC requests annual levies from UK entities including listed and private companies (known as “preparers”), insurers and pension schemes. Schemes with more than 5,000 members are asked to contribute £3.12 (€3.52) per 100 members.In a document compiled in 2010, the ONS stated: “Excerpts from the FRC guidance relating to the three main levies are set out below. “These guides could be read to indicate that the FRC has or is using statutory powers under the Companies Act 2004 to require payment of the preparers and insurance levy, (i.e. the levy here is not voluntary).”In early 2010, the ONS quizzed the FRC about the voluntary nature of the levy and called for proof that companies knew they were under no obligation to pay. The FRC replied: “The entities falling within the levy group are sent requests for payment.“The requests do not specifically state that the payment is voluntary given the information on the FRC website, its practice of consulting on the levy annually and the capability of each recipient of a request to raise queries.“Where any recipient queries whether they must pay the levy requested they are told very clearly that there is no obligation to pay. In the event that a recipient of a request does not pay, the FRC has no right to require payment.”The ONS also established that some firms refused to pay.It concluded: “Technically the levy does appear to be voluntary, although it does not seem unreasonable to assume that some companies could be under the impression that the levy is compulsory.In a statement, the FRC told IPE that it explained the voluntary nature of the levy in a series of factsheets posted on its website.The FRC added that the factsheets accompanied its requests for payment.Although the FRC warned that it could ask the government to put the levy on a statutory footing, sources familiar with the issue have told IPE this might be difficult to achieve in practice.Government questioned over FRC statusMeanwhile, pressure is mounting for the UK government to come clean over its handling of the FRC’s status as a publicly accountable body.Baroness Sharon Bowles, a Liberal Democrat member of the UK upper house of parliament, tabled nine parliamentary questions on the topic last week.The former chair of the European Parliament’s Economic Affairs Committee asked the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to clarify why it described the FRC as a private sector body in its memorandum of understanding with the watchdog.Other questions touched on the FRC’s application of the FoI Act and whether the government had guaranteed its legal costs in actions brought against the major accounting firms.Documents released to IPE under FoI laws detailed the lengths to which the FRC, HM Treasury and BEIS went in order to dodge classification as a public body.Regulator consults on strategy and budgetThe FRC has launched a consultation on its proposed strategy for “business and public trust” covering the next three years and its budget for the next 12 months.The FRC said in a statement that its strategy was centred on delivering “increased confidence and public trust in UK companies in line with its mission to promote transparency and integrity in business”.The audit watchdog also pledged to “enhance the speed and effectiveness of its enforcement activities and has committed to increased transparency when closing enforcement cases”.last_img read more

Hernandez closing in on record-breaking LA Galaxy transfer

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live InWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future LA Galaxy have revealed they are “serious” about signing former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. Loading… Following his £6.5million move from West Ham in the summer, the striker has scored just three goals for them, including one in LaLiga and two in the UEFA Europa League. The signing of Hernandez could, however, offer Galaxy the Ibrahimovic replacement they have been looking for. The Swedish center-forward scored 52 goals in 56 games for the US team but left at the end of last season to try his hand again in Europe. Hernandez won the Premier League twice with United and is Mexico’s all-time leading scorer with 52 goals. While he will face a hard task replicating Ibrahimovic’s incredible goalscoring record, he will arguably be the biggest ticket seller in Major League Soccer. Read Also:Zlatan exit: Javier Hernandez ‘considers LA Galaxy switch’ Playing for the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 156 goals in his club career and making 109 appearances for Mexico, Hernandez would bring top-flight experience to the LA Galaxy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Club manager Dennis te Kloese is looking for a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he headed back to AC Milan. He told Spanish outlet MARCA that the Sevilla forward could be the man. Kloese said: “We are going to try seriously to sign him, it would be a good deal for us.” Having previously mentioned his desire to play in the MLS, the 5ft 7in Mexican is said to be in “advanced negotiations” after meeting with a representative of Galaxy on Monday to discuss an offer over the potential move. Sevilla are said to want £8million for Hernandez, which would force the MLS side to smash the club record £5million they paid Villareal for Giovani dos Santos in 2015. Despite being said to have a good relationship with manager Lopetegui, Hernandez has been struggling for games at Sevilla, having made just 14 appearances in all competitions.last_img read more

Ma, son yield P34-K ‘shabu’ in buy-bust

first_imgThe suspects were detained in the custodial facility of the Himamaylan City police station. Esmeralda and Ben – all residents of the village – were nabbed after they sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 around 3:15 p.m. on July 21, the police added. Ma. Esmeralda Laroya, 51, and her son Ben, 19, yielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them./PN BACOLOD City – Eight sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P34,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Aguisan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental.last_img

Abedi Pele, Eto’o were my best players – Pfister

first_img Loading… Former Ghana and Cameroon coach, Otto Pfister, has named Olympique Marseille legend, Abedi Ayew Pele and former Barcelona ace Samuel Eto’o as the biggest players he had managed. Abedi also won the French league twice with Marseille as well as the UAE Pro-League and President’s Cup with Al Ain. At an individual level, he claimed the Africa Footballer of the Year award on three occasions, one of his many personal honours. Abedi rated fifth in the Top 30 African Footballers in the last 50 years released by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) in 2007. Eto’o won the Afcon title in 2000 and 2002 in addition to clinching gold at the 2000 Olympic Games. At club level, the striker’s first major success was winning the Spanish Copa del Rey with Real Mallorca in 2002-03, having cut ties with Real Madrid who brought him from Cameroon as a youth team player. While with Real, he also had loan stints with Leganes and Espanyol. Eto’o joined Barcelona in 2004 and would go on to win the Spanish league title on three occasions, the Copa del Rey in 2009, the Spanish Super Cup twice and the Champions League in 2005-06 and 2008-09. read also:Afcon 1992: Eagles thought they were unbeatable–Abedi Pele In 2009, the 39-year-old transferred to Italian fold Inter Milan, with whom he won a quintuple of trophies (Serie A title, Coppa Italia, Italian Super Cup, Champions League and Fifa Club World Cup) in 2010. On an individual level, Eto’o, who stands as the all-time top scorer at Afcon with 18 goals, and also as the all-time top scorer for Cameroon and Real Mallorca, won the African Footballer of the Year awards in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. He finished third in the race for the 2005 Fifa World Best Player award. These are only a few of his many individual accolades. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The German tactician spent two years with the Black Stars, guiding the team to the final of the of the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Senegal. He also led the Indomitable Lions from 2007 and 2009, helping the outfit to make the 2008 Afcon climax. Abedi, an Afcon winner with Ghana, is highly celebrated for inspiring Marseille to win the Champions League in 1993 while Eto’o twice won Afcon and thrice lifted the Champions League. “Samuel Eto’o and Abedi Pele absolutely on top,” Pfister, who also coached Senegal, Togo, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Zaire and Saudi Arabia, told Citi FM. “But you cannot say Abedi is better than Eto’o or Eto’o is better than Abedi because [they don’t play in] the same position. “Samuel Eto’o was a top striker, at his time he was one of the best strikers in the world. “But Abedi Pele for me in his position was a genius. He was so strong, he had skills, he had anticipation, he can score. “He was truly at the time one of the best playmakers in the world. Abedi was to me a wonder player.” Abedi indeed has an illustrious career as he won the Afcon with Ghana in 1982 and the Champions League with French side Olympique Marseille in 1992-1993.last_img read more

Battling McIlroy retains lead

first_img Press Association Rory McIlroy will take a narrow lead over Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger into the final round of the US PGA Championship as he looks to claim a second major title in four weeks and third tournament win in a row. McIlroy took a one-shot advantage into the third round at a soggy Valhalla and held onto it thanks to a second successive 67 to lie 13 under par, but the identity of his nearest challenger came as something of a surprise. Wiesberger was a total of 12 over for his last two appearances in the US PGA before this week and had only made one halfway cut in five previous majors, but carded a flawless 65 which was completed in stunning fashion. “I just knew I needed to make a couple (of birdies) coming down the back nine to keep the lead or at least be tied. The two birdies on 15 and 16 were huge. “It’s where I want to be, it’s the best place to be in a tournament. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” McIlroy’s Ryder Cup team-mate Graeme McDowell felt the course was playing more like a regular PGA Tour event than a major championship, but the final pairing of McIlroy and Day began their rounds scrambling for dramatic pars. Day hooked his tee shot on the second so badly that it cleared Floyd’s Fork, the creek running down the left-hand side of the hole, and into deep grass on the far side. Television commentator David Feherty initially looked to be searching for the ball in order for Day to work out where he could take a penalty drop, but the Australian then sent his caddie Colin Swatton to wade through the creek to assist. When the ball was found in a good enough lie for Day to be able to play it, the 26-year-old then took his shoes and socks off as well and made the journey across to the other side. Instructing Swatton to throw a pitching wedge, Day duly hacked out of the rough, pitched onto the green and holed from 12 feet for a remarkable par. Two holes later it was McIlroy’s turn to escape without losing a stroke after pulling his drive into a hazard on the par-four fourth, which had been reduced to 292 yards to allow players to try to drive the green. After taking a drop McIlroy pitched to 11 feet and holed the putt, although he was joined in the lead by Day who was left with a tap-in birdie after missing from close range for an eagle. Both players then made birdie on the fifth but McIlroy reclaimed the lead when Day bogeyed the sixth after a wild drive and the world number one was two clear when he holed from five feet on the par-five seventh for birdie. However, McIlroy duffed his chip from the edge of the eighth green and a repeat on the 12th meant he was briefly a shot behind Wiesberger when the world number 70 birdied the 16th and almost holed his approach to the 17th. However, McIlroy responded in stunning style, holing from 20 feet on the 15th and then reducing the 505-yard 16th to a drive and a nine-iron which stopped two feet from the hole. It impressed Luke Donald, who wrote on Twitter: “Hmmm, drive and a 9 iron into 16 #wow.” After Wiesberger had birdied the last there was another massive drive from McIlroy on the same hole to set up a closing birdie from a greenside bunker which secured the outright lead. The 28-year-old world number 70 holed from inside three feet for birdie on the 505-yard 16th, almost holed his second shot to the par-four 17th and then left an eagle pitch just inches short on the 18th. “It was a dream come true really, going out there with Phil (Mickelson), one of my heroes,” said Wiesberger, who lost a play-off for the Lyoness Open in his native Vienna in June, the event he won in 2012 for his second European Tour title. “I played beautifully today, I didn’t miss a lot of shots, set up a few nice opportunities on the last few holes especially. I’m very proud of myself the way I played. “It’s a completely new situation for me, only my second cut in a major in six attempts, so I am quite a rookie in this particularly situation. I have driven it really nicely this week and if I can do it again it will settle down the nerves and I am going to have fun tomorrow.” American Rickie Fowler, who has finished in a tie for fifth, second and second in this year’s majors, was a shot behind Wiesberger on 11 under with Mickelson another stroke back after both shot 67. Australian Jason Day was alongside Mickelson after a 69. McIlroy, who won the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and a first World Golf Championship event in the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, is aiming to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back majors. The 25-year-old won his first two by eight shots and was six ahead after 54 holes at Hoylake but was happy simply to still be in the lead here. “The guys got pretty close to me at the Open and today and I was able to respond on the back nine,” McIlroy said. “It’s not the biggest lead I’ve ever had but I am still in control of this tournament and it’s still a good position to be in. last_img read more

Lee Westwood rediscovers form at Turkish Airlines Open

first_img Press Association Lee Westwood believes something has “finally clicked” after shooting his lowest score for 14 months, although that was still not enough to claim the lead on the opening day of the Turkish Airlines Open. Westwood carded eight birdies in a flawless 64, despite suffering from a heavy cold and only being one under for the five par fives at Montgomerie Maxx Royal, which South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl played in six under in a stunning 61. England’s Chris Wood took his opportunity to impress playing partner and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke with a 66, with Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy is part of a seven-strong group a shot further back after a 67 which featured a chip in and a left-handed recovery shot. Westwood has given up his PGA Tour membership as he goes through a divorce from his wife of 16 years, Laurae, moving back to the UK from their home in Florida to be close to their two children. The 42-year-old won the Indonesian Masters in April but has slipped down the world rankings to his current position of 46th, with a place in the top 50 vital to secure entry to majors and World Golf Championship events next season. “I’ve had an idea of what’s been wrong for a while and I’ve been working hard with Mike Walker (his coach) and also with Kevin Duffy in the gym and I think something has finally clicked,” the former world number one said. ” It’s stuff I’ve worked on before, but just a slightly different idea to give myself the same feeling as I got when I was playing well. ” I’m no spring chicken any more. I’ve been training my hips to work in a certain way the last couple of years, but not playing very well and with not a great hip and leg action. I’m trying to train my way out of it now and get it back to where it was. “I have six big tournaments before the end of the year. I’ve dropped down the world rankings, so I want to earn as many points as I can to solidify my spot in the top 50 in the world. It’s not been a completely disastrous year by any means but I want next year to obviously be better.” Van Zyl, who was granted a medical exemption for this season after undergoing knee surgery in 2014, put himself in pole position to claim a first European Tour title thanks to an eagle and nine birdies, five of them coming in the last six holes. “I honestly thought four under par around here was a good score,” the 36-year-old said. “I got it going early in the round and just kept it going. It was really good fun. “I’ve been hitting it really nicely for months now. Been really struggling on the short game, putting in particular. I put a little bit more effort and time into it this week and I think I’ve found the key. ” McIlroy has a lead of 271,214 points over England’s Danny Willett – who carded a 69 – as he looks to win the Race to Dubai for the third time in four years, but cannot afford to relax with each of the four Final Series events worth more than 1.3million points to the winner. The 26-year-old is playing three of the four and has targeted at least one victory to end an injury-affected season in style, his last win coming six weeks before suffering the ankle injury which ruled him out of the Scottish Open and the defence of his Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational titles. After starting from the 10th, McIlroy chipped in for a birdie on the par-five 11th and then made a crucial par save after a poor drive on the 18th, turning his sand wedge around to play a left-handed pitch back on to the fairway from the base of a tree. “I feel like my game came together a lot more on the back nine,” McIlroy said. “I was trying to find my rhythm for the first few holes and made a good par save on 18 which gave me some momentum going into the back nine, so overall I’m pretty pleased. “I had a few putts that just missed due to maybe lacking a little bit of pace, but for the most part I felt like my putting was a lot better than it has been. “It would be nice to go to Dubai with another win under my belt, whether it’s this week or in China next week. I feel like I’ve set myself up for a good three days to have a run at it this week.” last_img read more

Ellsworth twins compete in YMCA diving nationals in Florida

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Two Ellsworth divers spent the latter half of April break in South Florida over the weekend competing in the YMCA’s national diving championships in Fort Lauderdale.Twelve-year-old twins Kiera and Kaela Springer competed in 1-meter division of the girls’ 12-13 age group Thursday through Sunday against some of the nation’s top youth divers. The two represented the Bangor YMCA as the first Ellsworth natives to ever participate in the competition.The twins are daughters of Ellsworth’s Doug and Kristel Springer, who opened Springers Gymnastics Center on the Bucksport Road back in 2005. Diving and gymnastics, their father said, are two sports that go hand in hand with one another.“It’s a natural transition because of the aerobic aspect of it,” said Doug Springer, who also coaches the gymnastics team at Springers. “If you’re talented at one and enjoy it, you’re probably going to feel the same about the other. Many of the gymnasts here are also divers.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlthough the twins were faced with some of the country’s most talented youth divers, the two were still able to hold their own. Kiera finished 15th with a final score of 211.65, and Kaela finished the competition in 17th with a final score of 206.95.“Our girls had their best meet of the season with their best scores so far,” Doug Springer said “It was a very positive experience for them.”Despite swimming’s popularity throughout Ellsworth and Hancock County, the same chances on the diving board are much harder to find than they are elsewhere in the state. The twins had to compete with the Bangor YMCA because the Down East Family YMCA does not have a diving platform.Yet that hasn’t hindered the Springer twins so far, and the two plan on going even further. Doug Springer said his daughters want to be the first divers on the Ellsworth swim team when they reach the high school level in less than three years’ time.“They just love the sport and everything about it,” Springer said. “We’re excited to see where it takes them from here.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

We Will Make Tyson v Joshua Happen, Says Frank Warren

first_imgTyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has said if fans want to see a unification fight with Anthony Joshua “we will make it happen”.The British heavyweights now hold all of the division’s belts between them, after Fury, 31, beat Deontay Wilder, 34, to claim the WBC title.Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said “let’s give the fans what they want”. “Of course we want to see the fight,” Warren told BBC Sport. “We’ve been trying to make it for two years.”“Hearn kept saying was it’s got to be 70/30 (the purse) in favour of AJ and so on and so forth.“The tables have turned now. I have no problem with 50/50. I think Tyson would deserve more but 50/50, no problem.“This is about the boxers and more importantly the fans. If they want to see the fight we will make it happen.“In the meantime, Eddie Hearn is acting like the guy standing outside your house with his nose pressed up against the window and keeps spouting off about Tyson.”The immediate prospect of the fight hinges on the fact Wilder has the option of a rematch with Fury and has 30 days to invoke a clause in his contract.Hearn says if that happens then Joshua, 30, will face Kubrat Pulev in a mandatory IBF bout, with the promoter in talks to hold the fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 20 June.Hearn told BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday: “The fight we want more than anything is the undisputed fight. The person that holds the key to that is Tyson Fury. If we can get that next we are all in on that fight.“I think 50/50 is a very straightforward deal. Frank’s going to have his views but it’s a pretty straightforward deal. Joshua is the bigger commercial draw.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ritu Phogat called ‘Female Khabib’, says she’s humbled with Khabib Nurmagomedov comparison

first_img 9 months ago UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov says McGregor needs 10 wins before rematch Written By Also Read- Over In Minutes! Ritu Phogat Knocks Out South Korea’s Kim Nam-hee On Her MMA Debut; WATCHRitu Phogat: ‘The Female Khabib’Before taking a step into MMA, Ritu Phogat has achieved the sky in the wrestling universe. The gold medallist of Commonwealth 2016 games is a world-class wrestler and her wrestling abilities helped her to get a victory in MMA debut. It was one-sided show, as Ritu took down Nam Hee Kim in the first round with a superb clinch and ended the match by landing bombs over the South Korean’s face. Ritu’s superior wrestling skills have made a lot of fans call her as the ‘Female Khabib’ and Ritu Phogat is humbled to be compared with the UFC lightweight champion. In a recent interview with MMA India, Ritu Phogat said that Khabib Nurmagomedov is a great fighter and being compared to him will motivate her to work hard and bring a One Championship belt in India. Also Read- UFC News: Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Ready To Fight Georges St-Pierre After Tony FergusonRitu Phogat: One Championship JourneyMiss Phogat is just one fight old in MMA and she already eyes towards a title shot. According to Ritu, she wants to be the first Indian to get her hands on an MMA gold, since a lot of Indians expect a lot from her and she hopes to live up to the expectation of Indian fans. 9 months ago Ritu Phogat to make mixed martial arts debut on Nov 16 First Published: 20th November, 2019 19:38 IST Ritu Phogat set the Cadillac Arena alight in Beijing by blowing out South Korea’s Nam Hee Kim a.k.a Captain Marvel in her MMA debut. The Indian finished the fight within three minutes and she looked absolutely comfortable with her punches that forced the referee to intervene and stop the fight. Ritu Phogat was successful with her MMA debut and the Indian is already being called ‘The Female Khabib’ of the sport. 9 months ago Over in Minutes! Ritu Phogat knocks out South Korea’s Kim Nam-hee on her MMA debut; WATCH “I don’t take the pressure negatively, I always think positive and hope to live up to their expectations,” said Ritu Phogat. WE RECOMMEND COMMENT 9 months ago UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov considers Mohamed Salah as perfect role model Last Updated: 20th November, 2019 19:38 IST Ritu Phogat Called ‘Female Khabib’, Says She’s Humbled With Khabib Nurmagomedov Comparison Indian wrestler and martial artist Ritu Phogat is being compared with the Dagestani UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov after a successful MMA debut. Know more Also Read- Ritu Phogat To Make Mixed Martial Arts Debut On Nov 16Also Read- UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Considers Mohamed Salah As Perfect Role Model FOLLOW US LIVE TV Raj Sarkar WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US 🇮🇳 DOMINANT DEBUT 🇮🇳Indian phenom Ritu Phogat scores a Round 1 TKO against Nam Hee Kim to pick up her first victory in mixed martial arts! @PhogatRitu#WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #AgeOfDragons pic.twitter.com/J2WCjwAhBT— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) November 16, 2019 9 months ago UFC news: Khabib Nurmagomedov is ready to fight Georges St-Pierre after Tony Fergusonlast_img read more

Contest for Enyimba’s First Team Gloves Start Here

first_imgNPFL PRE-SEASONClement Nwankpa JrThe fight for first team goalkeeper in the camp of former champions, Enyimba International promises to be a matter of interest at the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Pre-season Invitational which kicks off at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano from Monday, December 11. In his return to the club, coach Paul Aigbogun is faced with a headache many coaches would pray for. For the season, the club has listed three keepers with potentials to lay claim to the number one spot.It is no longer news that the club has recruited national team keeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa. The question on many lips has been; will Ezenwa be the undisputed first choice at the Confederation Cup campaigners?This question becomes pertinent taking into cognizance the presence of Theophilus Afelokhai and Ghanaian, Fatau Dauda. It will be recalled that there was no clear-cut first choice among the duo last season with former coach, Gbenga Ogunbote doing more of rotation.There was little or nothing to pick between the two and with each passing training session, Ogubbote’s task got more difficult. The club then instituted a type of incentive which saw whoever had more clean sheets between the two get some reward. Any keeper who had three consecutive clean sheets home and away got what was called the chairman’s bonus.This even made the competition fiercer. Not conceding goals meant more to the keepers. This writer got wind of the bonus after seeing Dauda’s reaction to Stephen Odey’s goal when Enyimba engaged MFM in Calabar. That goal in his first home game, jolted his quest for the chairman’s bonus. Afelokhai went ahead to pocket the bonus once last season but never got a breathing space from Dauda.After stints at Chippa United, Orlando Pirates and Ashanti Gold, Dauda came highly rated. Currently Ghana’s third choice keeper, he commands a pedigree that could easily install him as a first choice in any NPFL club. The desire to keep his national team place has heightened his quest to be Enyimba’s first choice.But he has to contend with Afelokhai, a colossal figure between the sticks. Afelokhai moved to Enyimba after a 10 year stint at Kano Pillars which heralded the golden era of Sai Masu Gida. He was in charge as Pillars won the title three consecutive times. This was the intimidating reputation he brought to Enyimba, Nigeria’s most successful team.So whatever high ratings Dauda brought from Ghana was dwarfed by the serial winner, Afelokhai. Just as Afelokhai cannot dismiss Dauda’s credentials with a wave of the hand. It is therefore understandable if a coach has difficulties picking one ahead of the other.If Ogunbote had this headache last season, Aigbogun will even be faced with a tougher task next term with Ezenwa’s addition. With Vincent Enyeama stalling on returning to the national team, Ezenwa is primed to be Nigeria’s first choice at the World Cup thus the need to get more playing time.Not a few attributed his poor showing against Algeria in Constantine to inactivity due to the NPFL season being on break. For him to excel at football’s showpiece event, he must get regular competitive action. To do so, he must upstage Afelokhai and Dauda at Enyimba.Was Enyimba the right choice for Ezenwa? Shouldn’t he have opted for a club where he will be a clear-cut first choice?Enyimba Sporting Director, Jude Anyadufu was at the center of the Ezenwa’s deal and thinks it was the best for the player and the nation.His words; “Ezenwa needs a big club like Enyimba that is also on the continent. He is going to the World Cup and could be Nigeria’s first choice so he needs to play actively both in the league and on the continent. He needs to face quality oppositions that should give some idea about what he will see at the World Cup”.But would the presence of Afelokhai and Dauda guarantee the regular football Ezenwa would crave for?Anyadufu replied; “He does not need any guarantee. He has to fight for his place. These two keepers will make him work hard both in training and in the matches. He doesn’t need to be sure that he must start. That will make him feel relaxed. If Ezenwa must play for a club in the NPFL, it should be Enyimba. We will do our best in the club to ensure he is ready for the World Cup”.“We still have the chairman’s bonus in place for this season. He has to battle it out with the other keepers. Before he gets the opportunity to keep clean sheets, he must play. And he has to prove to the coaches in training that he is better than Dauda and Afelokhai. We are happy to have three quality keepers in the team. You will also know that we are playing in three competitions. There will be enough matches for all of them to show what they can do. What it means is that whatever happens, we must have somebody solid in goal in every match”The audition for Enyimba’s number one spot this season starts with the NPFL Pre-season Invitational. While Dauda and Afelokhai will be on parade for Enyimba, Ezenwa will file out for CHAN Eagles. Interestingly, Enyimba and CHAN Eagles are in the same group. A scenario having Ezenwa on one end and the duo on the other is in the offing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more