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Sports Minister Joins Sokoto Guber Race

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Minister of Sports, Yusuf Suleiman has joined the race for the Sokoto Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket.

Suleiman picked the expression of interest and nomination form from the party’s National Headquarters last Wednesday in Abuja.

Suleiman’s entry brought the total number of aspirants to three.

Other aspirants who had collected nomination forms earlier were the incumbent Gov. Aliyu Wamakko and Sen. Umar Gada.

Suleiman told newsmen that his mission was to develop the state.

“I am here to answer the call of my people, to pick nomination form for the governorship of Sokoto State.”

The former Minister of Transport explained that it took him time to pick the form.

“I am still a serving cabinet member of this administration and to take such a step requires not only my personal judgment and conviction but everybody that is involved in this process,’’ Suleiman said.

“And today we are here because we believe we can heal and reconcile the good people of Sokoto state.

“We are here because we believe that our participation in this race will be for the good and in the best interest of the people of Sokoto State”.

“Sokoto State needs development and I think any good thinking person from Sokoto state who has the capacity, no matter how small, needs to join hands to make sure that we realize the potential that we believe our state has.

“Sokoto can be one of the best states if properly guided; if properly managed and I know of my competence, and I know of my skills and I know of what I can bring and am sure that with the support of Allah, we can make Sokoto a model state,” Suleiman said.

On Nigeria’s recent woeful performance in sporting activities, he said there was need to develop the culture of grooming young athletes to replace the ageing ones.

“Every Nigerian is bordered, every Nigerian is worried but I have always said it. The degeneration in Nigerian football is not just in football, it is general in Nigerian sports as a result of some kind of neglect in terms of athlete replacement policy.

“ We are having ageing athletes and we have not done anything properly to replace them and I think the sports environment in Nigeria generally needs to be improved if we are going to genuinely be competitive globally,’’ Suleiman added.

He said that small countries were investing more in sporting programmes and activities and Nigeria needed to wake up and do commensurate investment “if we are to continue to excel globally in terms of sports”.

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Finidi George Begins  Tenure On A Winning Note

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Super Eagles legend Finidi George began his tenure as the coach of Enyimba Football Club of Aba on a winning note.
The former Nigerian international was appointed as the coach of Nigeria’s most successful club, Enyimna FC last month, and he could not have hoped for a better start.
Finidi had revealed in his press conference that he was at the club to win, and that was what he did in his first match in charge.
The former Real Betis winger led his boys to a 1-0 win over ASC Diambars in the first leg of their second round qualifying match of the CAF Confederations Cup in Senegal.
It was not an easy victory, though, as Enyimba had their goalkeeper to thank for making vital saves to keep the away side in the game.
Substitute Cyril Olisema’s late penalty ensures the Peoples Elephants go into the second leg in Aba with a slight advantage.
It was Enyimba’s first game in the competition after they were drawn in the first qualifying round. Finidi will now hope his side can finish the job at home and seal a place in the playoff round.

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‘I Remain One Of Africa’s Best Strikers’

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Former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni believes he ranks among the best strikers out of Africa.
Tidesports source reports that Aiyegbeni sits fifth on the list of all-time African goalscorers in the Premier League with 95 goals, just behind Togolese striker, Emmanuel Adebayor’s 97 for Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
The Nigerian featured for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers over a nine-year period, and believes his record stacks up favourably considering his club’s comparatively lower standings.
“I’ll still remain one of the top strikers from Africa, no matter if those guys score more than 100 goals,” he said. “Don’t forget they played for some of the biggest clubs in England.
“To score 15, 17 goals in Portsmouth, Middleborough, Everton and Blackburn is big as well. If you can get 15 goals in a season as a striker in England, it’s a great season for you.
“For me, it’s an honour to score that many goals. I got injured and didn’t play for one year. If I had, I would have scored more than 100. I had chances to do it, but the time was right for me to leave, so I went to China.”
As for current players, Manchester City’s Algeria international, Riyad Mahrez (67), sixth on the list, and Arsenal’s Gabonese striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (66), seventh, still have some way to go to trouble the top five.

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Whyte Ogbonda Satisfied With Team’s Performance

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Manager of Osun Babes Whyte Ogbonda has commended his players’ performance at the on going 2021 edition of the Flying Officers Cup Tour name ng and tasked them to be more determined when they face Royal Queens in their next encounter.
Ogbonda made the commendation during a telephone chat with Tidesports at the weekend.
The Ogbonda led side played a goalless draw against Bayelsa Queens on Fridau to book a place in the quarters finale of the major Women Football preseason Championship in Africa.
According to the former Ibom Angels manager, rhe game against Bayelsa Queens was a great test and it really helped them(Osun Babes FC), as they continue to build a team for the new season.
“Truly, our preparation was not ideal before now, but I told my players before the match that it is very important that we go past the first round and qualify for the next round.
‘It was very tough out there and you could see that we needed to work together more because at times we were pushed beyond limits.
‘We are happy to be in the next round of this tournament and with more hard work, I believe we will get better as a team.”
Osun Babes will play in the quarter-finals against Royal Queens Today at the Area 10 Sports Complex, Abuja.

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