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Showing posts with label Nigerian sports. Show all posts

Saturday, May 8, 2021

German Bundesliga Side, FSV Mainz 05 Partners With Mees Palace Of Jos

German Bundesliga club 1.FSV Mainz 05 is launching another big event in Nigeria in cooperation with MPFA this coming Sunday. The event will take place at the academy’s premises in Jos, Plateau State, May 9th.




It will feature digital milestones like a digital coaching and training session with Coaches from Mainz 05, a Q&A about the philosophy in their youth department and what it takes to become a player at their club as well as a friendly game between our Kids in Mainz 05 Kits and others in Mees Palace Kits at D’Cathedral.



Mees Palace Football Academy (MPFA) Founder and president, Emmanuel Adukwu, termed Mainz 05 as the 'perfect partner' for such great initiatives.



“We are delighted to have Mainz 05 as our partner for such a unique event, especially in such challenging times. The world recognizes how consistent the club has been over the years with its performances in the German Bundesliga. Its renowned knack for developing young players is unparalleled and is something we at Mees Palace resonate with.“



“ Our goal is to develop Nigerian footballers for the world stage and such initiatives helps us and especially our kids and coaches. We have a long way to go, but these steps help build a strong foundation," said Adukwu.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Ilaji Hotels And Sports Resort To Hold Scouting And Coaching Programme

 Extra: Ilaji Hotels And Sports Resort To Hold Scouting And Coaching Programme





All is set for the Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort Scouting and Coaching programme to go down from Saturday 1st of May through Friday 7th.


According to the organisers, the initiative was borne out of the corporate vision in nurturing football talents to the stardom and in fulfillment of its contractual agreement with Malaga CF of Spain.


The twin-packed project will be centered around scouting excercise for talented footballers and coaching clinic for coaches who want to give their careers a giant leap.


Malaga CF Academy Head Coach Martinez Trueba Marcus Antonio and Diego Martin; a FIFA certified football agent are expected to oversee the 7-day event.


While Monday 3rd of May to Tuesday 4th has been set aside for the Coaching Education Programme, the scouting programme has been scheduled to come up between Wednesday May 5th and Thursday 6th at Ilaji Hotels and Resort, Akanran, Ibadan, Oyo State.


Other notable instructors billed for the event are the former Super Eagles Coach; Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, ex- internationals like, Nduka Ugbade, Mutiu Adepoju and Gateway United Gaffer, Akeem Busari.


A sum amount of N10,500 is expected to be paid by interested players to register for the programme while intending coaches are to pay N20,000 as their commitment fee. 


According to the organiser feeding and accommodation will be made free for the coaches for the two days, while accommodation alone will be free for players for the two screening days. 



It's instructive to know that Ilaji Hotels and Resort will be responsible for sponsorship of successful players and will also be providing  certificate of participation for coaches. 


Participants have been advised to pay into this Bank Account:6669682012 of First City Monument Bank with the name Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

NSF: Main Organizing Committee Strips Bayelsa Athlete Off Six Medals

 NSF: Main Organizing Committee Strips Bayelsa Athlete Off Six Medals



The Main organizing committe of the National Sports Festival in Edo State has disqualified Dino Ebarakumo, thereby stripping him off the medals he has won so far.


Ebarakumo according to reports registered for team Rivers heading into the festival, but eventually, fraudulently turned up for team Bayelsa without a proper clearance by the MOC.


With the development, the organizers say the four gold and two silver medals he has so far won have been cancelled.


Meanwhile, there are insinuations from different quarters that team Bayelsa has other athletes it poached right at the venue without proper documentation.


It remains to be seen if more of Team Bayelsa athletes will suffer the same fate in the next couple of days

"We Won't Be Cajoled To End The League Abruptly" - Club Owners Fire Warning To NWFL

"We Won't Be Cajoled To End The League Abruptly" - Club Owners Fire Warning To NWFL



While the dust is gradually settling on the sudden change in the format of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) from straight format to abridged version, with the top six clubs on the log proceeding to the Super Six playoff, club owners have come with another twist to the whole drama by rejecting the idea to end the regular season after matchday 13.


In a 360 degree turn, the club owners who had earlier voted, in a virtual meeting with the league board for the super six and relegation play offs have rejected the decision and rather want the league to continue with match day 14 games.


This stems from the virtual meeting held by the club owners and managers on Friday, running through Saturday afternoon.



In the communique released by the club owners after the meeting, they want the season to continue with with the initial straight format and resume with Matchday 14 matches instead of going ahead with the Super Six and Survival Play-Offs.


They also proposed finalists at the last NWFL season should represent Nigeria in the CAF Women's Champions League zonal qualifiers, thus putting to rest the need to end the abruptly.


According to the club owners, since the league didn't end due to the need to meet up with next season's continental commitment, it was logical to hand the tickets to those who reached the final of the last NWFL women's play off in 2019.


It will be recalled that Rivers Angels pipped Confluence Queens 1-0 at the 2019 playoffs final in Lagos.


The owners also elected to have no relegation of teams, rather proposed for the restoration of the league to its original 16-team format of which two promoted teams will complete the number if no teams are relegated.


This is due to the fact that Heartland Queens and Adamawa Queens were expelled by the NWFL due to non compliance with club licensing.


According to feelers from the meeting, only three clubs disagreed with decision of the Club Owners.


The NWFL Super Six is scheduled to hold in Ijebu Ode starting from the 19th of April, 2021 of which the winner will be crowned the league champions and qualify automatically for the CAF Women's Champions League while the runner up will proceed to the WAFU Zonal qualifiers scheduled for May.



Bayelsa Queens, Delta Queens, Rivers Angels, Edo Queens, FC Robo Queens and Sunshine Queens have qualified for the Super Six.

Friday, April 9, 2021

NSF: Grace Ayemoba Delivers 100m Hurdles Gold For Team Rivers

 NSF: Grace Ayemoba Delivers 100m Gold For Team Rivers

By Kingsley Oyero 



Grace Ayemoba showed class this Friday evening while competing in the 100 meters female event at the ongoing 2020 National Sports Festival in Edo State.


Participating in her fifth National Sports Festival, Ayemoba edged athletes from other states to emerge victorious.


Prior to the Festival, she had won two gold and three silver medals in past events and she promised to ink Rivers state's name in Gold at this edition.


She won gold in the 2011 event in hurdles and heptathlon, and after winning gold today, she said her plan is to catapult herself to the top an become one of the best athletes in Nigeria.


Ayemoba appreciated the Rivers state government for the unwavering support she and other Athletes are getting to have a good outing at the National Sports Festival.


Event will continue on Saturday and team Rivers will hope to continue having a fine run.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

NSF: Team Rivers Clinch Scrabble Masters' Singles Gold

 NSF: Team Rivers Clinch Scrabble Masters' Singles Gold



Nsikak Etim Solomon added to the medal haul of team Rivers today at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Edo State after winning a gold in scrabble.


Nsikak Etim Solomon defeated favourite and first African to be crowned World scrabble champion Jighere Wellington to the top podium prize in the Masters singles event.


Wellington who is representing team Delta settled for Silver, while George Ezinore of Edo State won bronze.


In the female singles, team Delta's Tuoyo Mayuku won the gold, while Sule Success and Bukunmi Afolayan of Edo and Ogun State in that order won Silver and bronze.


Delta also dominated the open singles category with Godsfavour Whiskey beating Sunday Ituah (Lagos) and Itiemo Brigeni (Bayelsa) to the Gold medal.



Events continue at the multi sports festival after the Edo State government and the Federal ministry of sports reached an agreement to continue with the event.


There were initial plans to bring the festival to an end by the Local organizing committe after the federal government was not forthcoming with the funds it promised to support the event.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Why Taraba, Oyo States Are Disqualified From Participating In Edo 2020 – Director NCDC

 Why Taraba, Oyo States Are Disqualified From Participating In Edo 2020 – Director NCDC

By Niyi Busari




Director Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Edo State, Dr. Bruce Osha has explained why Team Taraba and Team Oyo will not participate in the 20th National Sports Festival, BSNSports.com.ng reports.

According to him,  this is because both states failed  to conduct Covid-19 and Vaccination tests for athletes and officials before traveling to the venue of the competition.

Bruce added that the two states and others who failed to follow the laid down procedures will be readmitted if they can go back to their states and conduct the two tests for athletes and officials.

“Oyo State and Taraba State will be sent packing because they did not follow the rules. The rules states that before each state depart their state, they should have their PCR results which they’re expected to bring with them and also vaccinate all their athletes but yesterday, Taraba and Oyo State did not come with their results and we cannot bend the rules, the rules must be followed so they have to go back, do their test and bring the results before we can allow them to take part in the competition.” Osha told BSN Sports.

He added, “The two states can still be admitted when they come with their results and PCR is Polymerase Chain Reaction, it’s a test that we use to detect Covid-19 virus. We use it to know whether or not someone is having Covid-19.

“You know this is the first time to country is organising sports festival in this pandemic so the rules were made by the authorities and it must be followed by all states that are competing in the sports festival.

“And the rules concerning Covid-19 PCR test is that each athletes before they leave their state must do the Covid-19 test to ascertain whether they are positive or negative and coming to the games village, they will present it for us to clear them but unfortunately Taraba State and Oyo State did not do that so that is why they will be sent back to go do their test, they can come back as they will be admitted.”

Sporting activities at the Edo 2020 will commence on Sunday 4th April and end 14th April.

National Sports Festival: Team Rivers Arrive Edo

The Rivers state contingent to the forthcoming Edo National Sports Festival arrived in Benin City, the state capital on Friday, April 2, 2021.



Up next for the team as expected is to sort out registration processes for the multi sports event.


Before their departure, the state government promised them mouth watering rewards if they win the 20th edition of the games .

 

Team Rivers are competing in 29 sports events and are expected to perform creditably following the quality and level of preparations as well as the support the team got from the state government.



The athletes and officials will receive their festival kits this weekend ahead of Tuesday's opening ceremony.


The Vice president Professor Yemi Osinbajo is expected to declare open the National Sports Festival alongside the Sports Minister Sunday Dare

Naija Ratels Players Visit Benue IDP Camp, Donates Menstrual Hygiene Kits, Relief Materials And Others

Naija Ratels Players Visit Benue IDP Camp, Donates Menstrual Hygiene Kits, Relief Materials And Others. 




Players of Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Championship side, Naija Ratels FC on Friday donated Menstrual hygiene kits, relief materials and football kits to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Abagena Camp in Benue State. 


The players, technical crew and staff of the NWFL Championship team carried out the visit to the IDPs as part of it's charity outreach activities and were all seen in a happy mood as they interacted with the Internally Displaced Persons.


Menstrual hygiene is one of the neglected health and hygiene issues surrounding the rights of vulnerable girls and women in camps built for internally displaced Persons (IDPs) and for hundreds of these women and girls living in the IDP camps, this natural monthly occurrence could be very disruptive. 



For these reasons, the players of the Nigeria Women Football League side, Naija Ratels deemed it fit to donate relief materials and sanitary pads to the under privileged females in the internally displaced People's Camp. 


Donating the items, Team Manager of the side, Iorsue Kuhwa and Captain, Paulina Ali said the reason behind the gesture was to support young girls in the camp who cannot afford to buy pad for their monthly period.


According to them, it was observed that young girls and women in IDP Camps resort to the use of pieces of cloths or tissues for their monthly periods. 


"We learnt how young girls and women in this IDPs Camp go through alot during their monthly periods and how some girls stay away from school going into isolation when they menstruating because of stigmatisation by their male peers''; Paulina Ali said. 



Also reacting, the team manager said; "So as a team, we thought and decided we could help out in our own little way, so today we donated about 15 Cartons of Sanitary Pads, four bags of rice and some kits for the girls and women here. 


"I believe it's high time we teach young girls and women in IDP Camps about Menstrual health and hygiene. This awareness will create more confidence amongst these girls and there will be no shame when experiencing their Menstrual period, which is natural for every woman." He concluded.


The assistant Camp Commandant, Solomon Azulo expressed appreciation for the gesture on behalf of the girls and women in the camp. 


"It is a great honour to receive these menstrual hygiene kits and other relief materials on behalf of the young girls in the camp.


"This is a great gesture and am sure Naija Ratels did this just because they care about the Girl-Child. 


"We are grateful and hope other teams, groups and bodies will always remember us here." He concluded.



Naija Ratels is an NWFL Championship team based in Abuja and owned by renowned Philanthropist, Barrister Paul Edeh.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Win The National Sports Festival, Millions Will Flow- Rivers State Government To Athletes

 Win The National Sports Festival, Millions Will Flow- Rivers State Government To Athletes



The Rivers State government has assured its athletes to the National Sports Festival in Edo State of juicy rewards if they come out tops at the multi sports event.


Commissioner for sports Boma Iyaye while addressing the contingent this morning as they converged for departure to Edo State, brought to the fore the need to do Rivers State proud, adding that the athletes will be the biggest beneficiary if they win.



He boasted that the state government under the watchful eye of Governor Nyesom Wike will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that they are adequately rewarded for their outing.


In his words "If you come out first and the governor doesn't bless you, don't call my name again".


"Do well, I assure you that this team will be well rewarded"



Boma Iyaye charged the team to go for victory, make the state proud and be fearless.



Team Rivers is scheduled to arrive Edo later this evening, it was also confirmed in the commisioner's address that the team uniforms and equipment are ready, he said the Athletes will get it on arrival in Benin, Edo State

Thursday, April 1, 2021

NSF: Otonye Iworima Salutes Team Rivers On Adequate Preparation, Says Rivers State Is A Contender

 NSF: Otonye Iworima Salutes Team Rivers On Adequate Preparation, Says Rivers State Is A Contender



Nigeria's commonwealth games Bronze Medalist, Otonye Iworima says she was extremely happy when she visited the camp of team Rivers as they put finishing touches to their preparations for the National Sports Festival.


Iworima, a long and triple jumper said the level at which Rivers state has invested heavily in athletes and officials for the 20th National Sports Festival which is billed for Edo State starting from April 4 is laudable, adding that it will spur the athletes to give their all at the multi sports event.





She said "This is a befitting preparation, the standard is beyond what I have seen over the years, things have been taken to another level, it's highly encouraging"


"Obviously the Rivers state government under Governor Nyesom Wike has spent a lot of money, it will be golden and priceless for the athletes to also make him proud, and with what I have seen as per preparations, just watch out for team Rivers".



The beautiful Iworima who has represented Nigeria in different events is a graduate of Applied Arts from the University of Nigeria, NSUKKA, Enugu State and she has a Masters in Sports administration from switzerland.


In 2006, she finished second at the Commonwealth Games and third at the African Championships, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN subsequently chose her as the Nigerian Female Athlete of the Year for that feat.


In 2007, she won another bronze medal, at the All-Africa Games, now known as the Africa Games.



Rivers State will be at the festival with 435 athletes and 144 officials competing for laurels in 29 Sports

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Nominees For NWFL Premiership Player And Manager Of February Revealed

 Nominees For NWFL Premiership Player And Manager Of February Revealed. 



The Naija Women Football League Awards have revealed nominees for the Player and Manager of the month award for February with Edo Queen's Elizabeth Zirike and Bayelsa Queen's Charity Reuben among the contenders for the first gong of 2021 following the suspension of the league in January due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Other nominees for player of the month awards include Adejoke Ejalonibu who had a great month of February, scoring important goals for the Christopher Danjuma's tutored side and Damilola Koku, whose high work rate upfront and goals helped Rivers Angels remain second in the month of February. 


Charity Reuben and Elizabeth Zirike both netted thrice in February with both scoring a brace each when Bayelsa Queens and Edo Queens met at the Samson Siasia Stadium on match-day 6. 


In the Manager's category, Delta Queens David Ochei, Bayelsa Queens Moses Aduku, who won the Naija Women Football League manager of December and Rivers Angels Edwin Okon all made the shortlist for February Manager of the month Award. 



Edwin Okon whose side won all their three matches in the month of February, including two away victories against Ibom Angels and Pelican Stars respectively. 


Moses Aduku's side Bayelsa Queens won two and drew one in February, including a difficult home win against Edo Queens and an away win against Abia Angels. 


David Ochei's side Delta Queens won two and drew one in the month of February, a big win against Bayelsa Queens and FC Robo Queens at home and an away draw in Lokoja against Confluence Queens. 



FC Robo Queens forward Gift Monday and Bayelsa Queens Gaffer Moses Aduku swept up the December player and Manager of the Month Award respectively. 


The winners will be announced on Monday the 15th of March 2021.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Kogi Basketball Fiesta: Ex-basketball International Thanks Governor Yahaya Bello

 Kogi Basketball Fiesta: Ex-basketball International Thanks Governor Yahaya Bello.



By Akin Bolarinwa 


The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has thrown his weight behind the much anticipated grassroots basketball camp due to hold in Kogi State any time from now.


Ex- basketball international Samuel Oguche has noted that, hosting a grassroots basketball camp in Kogi State is a welcomed development.


According to the basketball aficionado, the move by the sports-loving Governor to sponsor basketball camp at the grassroots will further enrich the culture of basketball and other sports in the Confluence State.


Samuel Oguche commended Governor Yahaya Bello for his foresight and initiative while also encouraging sports stakeholders in the state to support the government of the day.


“I will like to commend the Governor of Kogi State for this smart move because that is the best legacy any government can give to the youth.


Going back home and being part of history is a big thing for me. I will like to thank His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello for his continuous support to sports and youth development".


The Kogi State Basketball Fiesta will be held in conjunction with the Sam Oguche Basketball Foundation.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

NFF: Beckhariah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Will Develop Our Youth Football As Programme Begins In Style

 NFF: Beckhariah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Will Develop Our Youth Football As Programme Begins In Style 






Nigeria Football Association (NFF) says the country's youth football will get to greater heights as our local coaches will tap in from the expertise shared at the football coaching clinic organised by Berackiah International and Abigol Football Management.


The Clinic which has been Integrated by the Nationwide League One (NLO) and aim to train, educate and develop Nigeria Coaches commenced at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium in Ijebu-Ode,Ogun State.



Chairman Ogun State Football Association and NFF Executive Committee Member, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi who spoke on behalf of NFF First Vice-President Barrister Seyi and Chairman Nationwide League One, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, pointed out the importance of the coaching clinic while stressing that gaining more knowledge should be paramount on the minds of the participants.


According to Majekodunmi: "We are very proud to have partnered with Nigeria Football Coaches Association and Berackiah/Abigol on this coaching clinic. The clinic is very good for Nigeria’s football. The NLO as a body is very committed to improving the league and as such will go the extra mile to ensuring capacity-building events like this holds regularly with support from Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Department.



"The coaching clinic will be on technical football session to facilitate knowledge for our local coaches and to develop the quality of the Nationwide League One. We are confident that this will significantly improve the technical expertise of our local coaches.


"The clinic will equip our football coaches with the tactical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the game and improve the overall quality of the Nationwide League One. I'm proud to say that the course content is very rich and encompassing and the resource persons are top notch from Italy and local content will be handled by Nigerian best instructors.



"Youth development is the future of football. We are committed to developing capacity at the grassroots level, with the Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic, we'll get the desired results. We will continue to collaborate with our partners, in ways to develop our football and our league."



The clinic was boosted with the arrival of UEFA accredited top Italian football coaches, Roberto Bassi, Gian Marco Duina and Nigeria's Matthew Olorunleke, who are the foreign resource persons while the local content will be handled by Nigeria's best instructors, Chief Adegboyega Onigbinde, Siji Olagunju.



The Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic is scheduled to hold across the country as thus; South West Zone began in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State from 25-29th of January.


South South and South East Zone holds in Asaba, Delta State from 1st-5th of February.



North Central and North East Zone holds in Lafia, Nasarawa State from 8th-12th February.

Monday, January 11, 2021

NWFL Championship: Barrister Edeh, Olowookeere Satisfied As Naija Ratels Ends Screening Exercise In Lagos

 NWFL Championship: Barrister Edeh, Olowookeere Satisfied As Naija Ratels Ends Screening Exercise In Lagos. 



NWFL Championship side, Naija Ratels FC on Saturday at the Agege Township Stadium, Lagos concluded a 5 day Open Screening Exercise themed 'Find Your Way To Naija Ratels' which is aimed at discovering young and technically gifted players. 


The screening exercise which is part of the NWFL Championship side's effort to fortify the team ahead of the new season, had players from the nooks and crannies of Lagos State and it's environs in attendance. 



Speaking during the final day screening exercise, the Chairman of the Club Barrister Paul Edeh described the exercise as largely successful with the climax being the friendly match between some of the newly discovered talented players and the Lagos State women National Sports Festival team and three other teams.


" Truly, I am satisfied with what I saw today as these young girls played their hearts out to seek for a shirt in Naija Ratels. At Naija Ratels, our dream is to ensure that this young players achieve their dreams through sports and education. 


" We shall continue to give them that platform to excel and pursue their dreams. Talent is something that cannot be hidden and I am satisfied with what I have seen here today."



"Our focus for 2021 is to continue to scout for young talents at the grassroots and support club owners who have continued to feed the bigger clubs in the league with great talents."  


"Today, we are donating these few balls with the 4 teams that played with us and we pledge to always stand with you as much as we can." He concluded. 


The Abuja based legal luminary also thanked Lagos State F.A Member and Chairman Technical Committee, Mr Dotun Coker for finding out time to grace the event. Mr Coker who fell in love with the initiative heaped encomiums and expressed delight over what he called 'special'. 



"I would love to express the fact that Naija Ratels is fast becoming a household name in women's football and I will urge Barrister Paul Edeh to keep doing what he is doing. I am indeed impressed with what I have seen so far and I hope we will have more Naija Ratels programmes in Lagos. 


Finally, the Head Coach of Naija Ratels FC Bankole Oloowokere experessed satisfaction over the exercise and told the Media that over 50 players made the screening exercise which started at the Alade Stadium, before finally rounding up at the Agege Township Stadium. 


" As a team, we know what we want and I can boldly say we have gotten that. The screening exercise is an effort for Naija Ratels to discover, nurture and groom talents that will become great in the nearest future. 



 "We believe in the younger ones and I want to commend Barrister Paul Edeh for his vision and capabilities to make things happen. He is certainly a man who uses his visionary and intellectual capacity to turn things around. 


" We are fully prepared for the NWFL Premiership and look forward to a favourable outing." He concluded.


Naija Ratels played four matches, won one, drew one and lost two. The team was made up of the newly recruited players. Goalless draw against S.D.H, 3-0 loss to team Lagos, won 3-2 against Victory Queens and lost 3-1 to Lakeside Queens.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

774k Jobs: Youth Minister hails President Buhari’s commitment to youth development

 *774k Jobs: Youth Minister hails President Buhari’s commitment to youth development*



The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the 774,000 jobs under the Special Public Works Programme (SPWP) noting that flag-off of the project on Tuesday signposts a Government committed to the upliftment and improvement of the lives of the mass of Nigeria’s most productive population, which is the youth. 


In his speech at the start-off of the Special Public Works Programme in Ibadan, Oyo State, Mr Dare noted the programme, designed along other similar ones being implemented by more developed nations, is a validation that President Buhari’s Government has focus and purpose and is a government that is bold in its actions and committed to programmes that will deal with socio-economic problems. 

The Minister, who was represented by the Zonal Coordinator of the Ministry, Mr Ajao Olufemi, stated that, “Across the nation, beginning today, 774,000 Nigerian youth mostly unskilled and semi -skilled, will participate in this Special Public Works Programme (SPWP) for 3 months. The engagement of this large group by the Federal Government in productive ventures, I believe, is the beginning of a more robust engagement of our youth in national development. 


“Undoubtedly, this novel initiative joins a slew of numerous youth programmes already put in place by the Buhari-led administration. This administration’s commitment to youth engagement and development is unparalleled. Yet, it intends to do more partnering with the private sector in a bid to increase the number of the youth population provided with life-changing opportunities. 


“We have received the greatest assurances from Mr President, who only a few days ago, on January 1st said this,


“Our young people are our most valuable natural resource, at home and abroad. Their ingenuity, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit is evident to all. Many of our young people are excelling in various spheres of life including sports, entertainment, information and communication technology, commerce and are globally recognized as achievers. As a Government, we are committed to actively engaging with the creative energies of our young people. In this regard, we will partner with the legislature to develop an enabling environment to turn their passions into ideas that can be supported, groomed and scaled across regions. This will create vast opportunities in fintech, agriculture, business process startups and in the entertainment industry.”” 


Mr. Dare asserted that Nigerian youth could take Mr. President’s commitment to the bank and that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD), aligns and commit itself fully to the youth of the country. 


According to him, “Our commitment is evidently emphasized by the FMYSD-driven Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF), which has successfully completed its pilot disbursement of loans totaling N165,700,000.00 to 239 beneficiaries ahead of the processing of the over 3,000,000 applications so far received. 


“The Fund, approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on July 22, 2020, is being implemented in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP) and disbursed through the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) Microfinance Bank (NMFB). 


“For all that has been mentioned above, the youth and the good people of Oyo State thank Mr. President for this great opportunity that the Special Public Works Programme (SPWP) provides and look forward to benefiting from similar laudable national projects,” he said.


Signed


*Media Office to the  Minister of  Youth and Sports Development*

Sunday, January 3, 2021

National Sports Festival February Date Sacrosanct- Minister

 *February Festival Date Remains Sacrosanct.    Minister*





The Minister of youth and sports Development Mr. *Sunday Dare* has reassured that the February  14th 2021 kick off date for the National  Sports Festival  remains Sacrosanct.



According to the Minister,  "After the  National Sports Festival in February this year, we will move to the National Youth Games and  continue the build up to the Olympic Games ".



Building quality facilities and engaging good coaches, which are keys to producing World- class athletes, require heavy investment. 


"We have asked for  25 percent of the Lottery Fund to come to sports. Jamaica and England give between 31 to 38 Percent of their Lottery Funds to sports, but right now we are getting nothing from the fund.



We hope to get the approval for the Lottery Fund money in the first quarter of  the year."

On the adopt-an-athlete initiative, which was  introduced to cater for athletes' welfare, *Dare* said it has been  successful so far, assuring that this year,  it would  accommodate more athletes.

"The initiative provides $10, 000 training Funds for home-based athletes, while the  foreign-based  get $20, 000.The money's goes directly to the athletes, who are expected to use it for  their training, medicals and travels for competitions. 




The benefiting athletes sign MOUs with the adopting companies or individuals so that all the parties are protected.

"The initiative was stalled by the COVID-19 outbreak last year, but more companies have lined up to be part of it. We are looking at an initial 48 athletes benefiting "


Signed 


*Media Office To The  Minister Of Youth And Sports Development*

Saturday, December 19, 2020

SJF Holds Annual Award Ceremony

 Nigerian journalists under the umbrella of Sports Journalists Forum (SJF) will on Sunday, 20th December, 2020 hold its annual award ceremony. 



Undettered by the challenges of the year under review as occassioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, the group will be recognising outstanding members during it's virtual award ceremony. 


According to the Chief Convener and seasoned journalist, Godwin Enakhena, all plans have been concluded to hold the second edition of the annual event. 


"It is expedient that as professionals that we celebrate ourselves after a tough year with its challenges. We need to celebrate our small wins.

"On Sunday, we will be recognizing our members. Some of the categories include Reporter of the year, Member of the year (men and women),  Most Resourceful member, amongst others",  he continued.

Meanwhile, 30th,  December, 2020 has been announced as date for the SJF End of the Year Party after weeks of consultation. 

The event will hold at LASCOFIS, Ikeja with members of the group expected to converge on Lagos in what promises to be a colorful end to 2020. 


Organisers have promised that the event will be organised in line with all Covid-19 protocol.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Otunba Isiaka Adeleke Memorial Football Championship Kicks Off On Sunday

 Otunba Isiaka Adeleke Memorial Football Championship Kicks Off On Sunday. 





The first edition of the Otunba Isiaka Adeleke Memorial Football Championship will officially commence on Sunday at the Community High School, Ido-Osun from 4pm. 



The tournament which is sponsored by Hon. Bamidele Salam, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Ede North/South/Egbedore/Ejigbo constituency as a mark of tribute to the first executive Governor of Osun State, the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke.



According to an official release from the organisers, 16 teams across Ede, Egbedore and Ejigbo Federal constituency will participate in the competition with Awo United and Ofatedo United playing the opening match this Sunday by 4pm.



On his own part, the initiator of the Championship, Barrister Bamidele Salam disclosed that the championship is a key part of the BS-E4 initiative which was launched about a year ago. 


" The competition is dedicated in honour of Otunba Isiaka Adeleke, who was the first executive Governor of Osun State. He was known to be honest, transparent, selfless and contributed immensely to the growth and development of Osun State and Nigeria as a whole. 



"Apart from remembering the legacies of Otunba Isiaka Adeleke, the competition which will involve 16 teams in our constituency will bring up various soccer opportunities for talented young footballers across the state.



The opening ceremony of the competition will start by 3pm, while official kick off is 4pm, special guest of honour is Yeye Dupe Adeleke-Sanni.

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