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Relocating NISports To Abuja, Needless – Ali

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Former national long jump champion Yusuf Ali has criticised the proposed relocation of the National Institute of Sports (NISports), Lagos, to Abuja by the government, saying it is needless.

Ali, who made the assertion in Lagos at the weekend  while reacting to the proposal, said the location of an educational institution did not matter but its course content and its products.

It will be recalled that the Minister of Sports, Taoheed Adedoja, had earlier this month outlined plans to relocate NISports to Abuja and convert its structure in Lagos to a hotel.

He said, however, that the government’s planned review of the institution’s course content to make it more viable was in the right direction.

He said the committee constituted by Adedoja for the review was unnecessary as the institution had a blueprint when it was established.

“The government should revert to the original blueprint of the institute rather than setting up a committee to review the course content.

“The efficiency of an institution has nothing to do with its location. Must every organisation be located in Abuja? Surely not!

“We have seen the negative effect of the incessant relocation of sports federations to Abuja. I need not inundate you with how it quickened the decline in our sports,” Ali said.

He said the institute’s potential had not been fully realised because it had deviated from its original vision.

He said that the training programmes at NISports should be upgraded and that emphasis should be on practical work rather than theory alone.

The 1990 Auckland Commonwealth long jump gold medalist called for the engagement of qualified coaches to improve on the quality of its course content and graduates.

“NISports is too theory-oriented in its programmes; the operators of the institute must endeavour to balance their training schedule to include practical work the way it is originally envisioned.

“Classroom work should run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., while practical work should commence from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“That was how the institute ran its training programmes in those days and practical work was paramount in the scheme of things,” he said.

Ali added that the lack of a succession plan after the departure of the erstwhile expatriate trainers led to the dearth of teaching personnel with the requisite expertise.

“What we have in place today leaves much to be desired as it is not befitting for an institution of NISports stature,” Ali said.

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Iyalo D King Cup: Obidianso FC Emerges Champions

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Obidianso Street FC of Port Harcourt has emerged winners of this year’s edition of Iyalo D King, 4 Aside football tournaments at the Amanakana football Stadium, Diobu, on Sunday, in Port Harcourt.
Speaking with journalists, after the finals match, the Chief sponsor of the competition, Victor Fubara, said the tournament was to sustain the existing peace and unity among the youths in Diobu axis of Port Harcourt.
He noted that there were a lot of talents  in the area which needed help, saying that, with the competition a lot of hidden talents has been discovered and they will be  exposed to the world of football. 
“I want to use this competition to change the narrative about the youths of Diobu in Port Harcourt.
I want to tell you that there is peace and unity among the youths in the area.
You can see joy and happiness on the faces of the people watching the game.
My   main purpose of organizing this tournament is to foster the existing peace and unity, also to pass a massage to the outside world that what they think about Diobu is different, “ Fubara stated.
Fubara who is popularly known as Diayo, revealed that he brought  some scouts to select some good players. 
“I personally just want to do it for them,” he said.
He used the medium to call on the Government to support his agenda and programme in terms of youth empowerment in different areas.  
“My message to the youths is to stop violence and embrace peace,” he stated. 
 At the end of the finals, Obidianso Street FC defeated Awgu Street FC 2-1 on penalty shootout after playing goalless draw in regulation time.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Kano Pillars To Pay N5m Fine Over Covid-19 Protocol

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Kano Pillars have been charged for breaching the NPFL Framework and Rules, following the infraction in their Matchday 27 fixture vs Akwa Utd at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna last Sunday.
The Kano club has been charged for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol by admitting and/or permitting spectators and supporters into the venue.
Pillars are also charged for encroachment after their supporters encroached onto the field of play, thereby disrupting the match.
The club is further charged for failing to provide adequate security leading to failure in crowd control and restriction of access by unauthorised persons to restricted areas.
In line with The Nigeria Football Federation directives, Kano Pillars are hereby sanctioned with a fine of N5 million for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol. 
A fine of N2.5 million is also imposed on Kano Pillars for encroachment by their supporters, which led to a discontinuation of the match.
There is also an imposed sanction of a deduction of 3 points, which shall be suspended for the duration of the remainder of the season, subject to good conduct.
The club also faces a venue sanction of being banned from their Kaduna home ground and subsequently moved to another venue if there is a recurring event.
Kano Pillars have been directed to submit a revised security plan within 7 days and ensure they comply strictly with Covid-19 Protocol. All subject to approval by the LMC.
The club, however, has 48 hours from the date of notice to appeal these sanctions.

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Super Falcons Have So Much To Offer – Oshoala

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Asisat Oshoala is proud of Super Falcons’ spirited second-half performance against the Portuguese last Monday.
The African women’s champions came back twice to force the Europeans to a 3-3 draw at their second Group game in the ongoing National 2021 WNT Summer Series at the BBVA Stadium.
Reacting to the result, the Barcelona Femino striker, hailed the fighting spirit and said the team had so much potential.
  I am proud of everyone. We were two goals down and then 3-2 in the 88th minute and we did it. I want to say this is just the beginning.
“We have so much in this team. We don’t even know what we have, people out there kept cheering us when we had the ball because we kept on pushing. That’s the spirit!” she said.
Following the thrilling six-goal match, the Super Falcons will head to Austin yesterday for today’s final match against the United States at the Q2 Stadium as Jamaica and Portugal bid the Summer Series farewell after two games.

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