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Milo Moves To Promote Grassroots Sports Dev

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Manager, Ms. Funmi Osineye, has said that the company was totally committed to grassroots sports development in Nigeria.
Osineye, who said this at the end of Milo Football Clinic, said that the programme was part of Nestle Nigeria Plc.’s commitment to grassroots sports development in the country.
The four-day annual clinic, which took place at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja, was the fourth edition.
The clinic was organised by Staruf Sports Development, a Lagos-based sports development company managed by ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai, in collaboration with the Nestle Plc., makers of Milo drink.
More than 2,000 children, drawn from 200 schools across the FCT, participated in the event, whose screening exercise began on October 2.
Osineye said that the company’s goal was to take the programme to all the 36 states of the country.
“We are committed to this cause; this is something we have been sponsoring for four years now and we will continue to do so by the grace of God.
“Last year, we were in Calabar, Owerri, Ijebu-Ode and Ibadan. But, this year, we will be going from Abuja to Benin, Port-Harcourt, Akure, Enugu, Abeokuta and Lagos,’’ she said.
Out of 2,000 children who participated in the clinic, 32 players were selected and divided into two teams to play against each other at the clinic’s grand finale.
They were grouped into “Team White’’ and “Team Green’’.
After an exciting and gruelling encounter, the match ended 2-2 at full-time and went straight into penalty shootouts. “Team White’’ won 3-2.
The players of the winning team were given N40,000 each as well as boots, jerseys, footballs and school bags, while the losing team players received N20,000 each and football kits too.
Certificates of participation signed by Peter Rufai and Milo-branded gift items were also given to all the 2,000 participants.
A cross-section of children, who spoke to newsmen after the clinic’s finale, expressed joy for participating in the programme.
Arinze Adumekwe said that he was lucky to be one of the 32 players chosen to take part in the final match.
“I feel very happy, having been selected to take part in the finale, and for winning the match.
“I am sure my parents will be really proud of me today,’’ he said.
Mishark Thomas said that he still felt fulfilled, even though he did not receive any cash prize.
“Although, I wasn’t among the lucky few selected to take part in the clinic’s final game but I am still excited to have participated all the same.
“I have my certificate and lots of gift items to show for it after all,’’ he said.
On his part, Idi Shetima said that he learnt a lot from the clinic and hoped that such training would be organised from time to time.
“I will put all I have learnt into practice, as I hope to pursue a football career after schooling,’’ he added.
The grassroots football clinic, meant for children with ages ranging between nine to 13 years, ended last weekend.

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Tokyo 2020: Naomi Osaka Beats China’s Saisai In Straight Sets

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns a shot to China’s Zheng Saisai, during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women’s singles, first round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo .
Japan’s Naomi Osaka won in straight sets on her highly-anticipated return to court at the Tokyo Olympics yesterday, while world number one Ashleigh Barty crashed out in the first round.
Osaka, the star of the opening ceremony, defeated China’s Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4 in her first match since taking an eight-week break for mental health reasons.
“I feel like more than anything I’m just focused on playing tennis. Playing the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” said Osaka, chosen as the first tennis player to light the Olympic cauldron on Friday.
“I feel like the break that I took was very needed, but I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and happy again.”
The Australian Open champion had not played since May, when she walked out of Roland Garros, saying that media commitments were harming her mental health.
Osaka showed few signs of rust as she reeled off the opening five games on the Ariake Coliseum centre court, which likely would have been packed to capacity if not for a spectator ban because of coronavirus restrictions.
The second seed broke the 52nd-ranked Zheng for a 2-1 lead in the second set and closed out an 87-minute victory on her third match point.
The 23-year-old Osaka is attempting to become Japan’s first Olympic tennis champion. She will play Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in the last 32.

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Insurance FC Records Second NNL Win On Return

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Bendel Insurance recorded their second win in a row since returning to the second tier of Nigeria National League with a 1-0 win over Abia Comets on Saturday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
Defender Tanimu Benjamin scored the only goal of the encounter in the 26th minute to hand the hosts the maximum points.
Both results have brightened their chances of qualifying for the Super 8.
According to Tidesports source, the Edo State Government in June withdrew the team from the competition after several of their players were injured by home fans during their game against Remo Stars in Ikenne, Ogun State.
On their return, Insurance pulled off an away win over Holy Arrows in Enugu before the win at the weekend 
“I am happy with the goal and the overall performance from the boys. Our aim is to return to the topflight and we are working hard to achieve it,” goal scorer Benjamin, who was injured in the violence at Ikenne, said

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Karagumruk To Pay Musa N1bn Annually

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Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa was on Thursday unveiled by Turkish Lig 1 side, Fatih Karagumruk, having signed the winger on a two-year deal with an option to extend the deal for another year.
Tidesports source gathered that the financial details of the deal were undisclosed by both club and player, Musa will earn about$2.5million (N1.02billion) annually with a weekly pay of $40,000, with bonuses.
Karagumruk were promoted to the Turkish topflight in the 2019/2020 campaign, ending a 35-year wait for a return to the Super Lig and want to remain there, thus, the acquisition of star players like Musa.
“It’s a good deal no doubt, the club wanted Musa because of his wealth of experience, having played at the World Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Since they were promoted to the topflight two seasons ago, their major aim is to remain in the Turkish topflight and also win games against the big sides like Galatasary, Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor and they believe Musa can help them achieve their goals. That’s why they signed him for $2.5million annual salary, besides bonuses and allowances,” a close friend of Musa said.
It was also reliably learnt that there were financial incentives for Musa, if the club qualified for European competitions, and if he ended up as their highest scorer at the end of the season.
Musa, in an interview with newsmen said Karagumruk’s ambition was a major reason he joined them.
“I was very impressed with the team’s philosophy, style of play and it’s clearly an ambitious club.

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