The National Sports Commission (NSC) is liaising with the
Presidential Committee on Sports Restructuring for private sector takeover of
major sporting facilities in Nigeria, the Director-General, Chief Patrick
Ekeji made the disclosure to newsmen in Abuja while reacting
to the suggestion that NSC should no longer be allowed to manage major sporting
The facilities include the six national stadia.
“President Jonathan set up the committee to see how we can
sustain these edifices with emphasis on maintenance and provision of funding
for sports development.
“I have always been an advocate of Public Private
“Indeed, I was first, the chairman of the Technical
Committee that started the construction of the Abuja Stadium when I was the
Director of Facilities in 2002.
“Then, I had proposed that we engage private sports facility
managers because I know the challenges.
“I know that government will not always have enough funds to
manage these facilities.
“The plan which went through due process was for both the
package A and B of the Abuja National Stadium as well as the Games Village but
they did not go beyond that point,” Ekeji said.
According to him, factors, including gimmicks at higher
political level, contributed to the collapse of the initial takeover plan by
corporate individuals and organisations.
He said that his meeting with the Bureau of Public
Enterprise and other government privatising agencies was an indication of
President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to restructure sports in the country.
The director-general said that very soon, the stadia would
be in good condition for private sector takeover.
CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad
Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.
Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach
Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.
CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency
Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
“We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.
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