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Sports Lovers Hail Miagari’s Sack

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Some sports enthusiasts
have in Abuja said the impeachment of Aminu Maigari as the Chairman of Nigeria Football Association (NFA) was a welcome development.
NFA board had on July 24 accused Maigari of financial maladministration and misapplication, and subsequently impeached him.
The association’s First Vice-Chairman, Mike Umeh, was consequently mandated to preside over the affairs of the NFA pending the composition of a new board after their forthcoming August 26 elections.
In reaction to the development, the sports enthusiasts told newsmen in separate interviews that corruption should be effectively tackled if the NFA was to take the country’s football to greater heights.
Kola Daniel, a sports broadcaster, said it was high time embezzlement and misapplication of funds were treated as serious offences.
“When the level of financial misappropriation is revealed, it must not be treated with levity and I am indeed pleased with the recent development in the Glass House.
“It is alarming to hear that some group of people have formed a cartel to rape our football to its last breath with impunity.
“We have not heard the last of this matter yet as more secrets of their shenanigans will be revealed as the days go by,’’ he said.
Godwin Bamigboye, the Chairman of Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA), FCT Chapter, said everyone found wanting must be brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others.
“We need to take the necessary steps to get it right for once in the NFA as Nigerian football is in dire need of professionalism,’’ he said.
Mansur Abdullahi, the Secretary, Organising and Disciplinary Committee, FCT Football Association, said the move by the NFA board was a sign of better things ahead for Nigerian football.
“It was obvious that the Aminu Maigari-led administration got drunk from the chalice it brewed.
“For me, I think it was not just the Chairman that should go, but the whole board should go also. This is because there is no way that they (all the other board members) will be innocent of the same crime,’’ he said.
Taofeek Lawal, a sports analyst, told newsmen  that it was worrisome that it had become a practice in the NFA for those who take over the helm of affairs to see it as an avenue to enrich themselves.
“I recall that Sani Lulu (the NFA Chairman from 2006 to 2010) was also allegedly impeached on the basis of the same offences in 2010.
“All those who helped to ease out Lulu and called Maigari to come and take the NFA chairmanship were effectively shut out by Maigari,” he said.
Bala Shehu, the Head Coach of Adamawa United Football Club of Yola, said the move was a step in the right direction. He told newsmen  that Maigari’s administration should be made to account for all the monies it collected during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
“ Nigeria, through the NFA, got eight million dollars for participating in the group stages of the World Cup, just like the other 31 participating teams.
“This is aside from the 1.5 million dollars initially given to the NFA to prepare the team for the competition.
“For getting to the Round of 16 they also raked in another 9 million dollars. So, Maigari must be able to tell Nigerians how these monies were spent,’’ the coach claimed.
He, however, said he never had any blames for the Super Eagles players who asked to be paid their bonuses.
Shehu said it was embarrassing that NFA had to hold meetings with the players over matters of bonuses during the competition.
“ In the past, when the players weren’t aware of their rights, the NFA used to collect such monies from FIFA after the World Cup and then deny receipt of it.
“This is not going to be any more. Times have changed and everyone is more enlightened, including FIFA who now knows how corrupt some of the Football Associations are,’’ he said.

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Athletics: Okagbare Begins Preparation For Tokyo 2020

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Blessing Okagbare, yesterday started her preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the National Trials.
The opening day of the Tokyo 2020 National Trials will see Okagbare competing in the 100m against highly rated Grace Nwokocha
Okagbare, the 8th time national champions is the favourite to win the event again, but Grace Nwokocha remains one of her biggest threats.
The American-based track queen won the championship from 2009 to 2014 and returned to win the 2016 edition after missing out in 2015.
Despite her qualification for the Olympics, Okagbare will be hoping to continue her winning streak and go to the Olympics in high spirits.
Apart from the 100m finals expected to take place in the afternoon, there will be shotput men final with all eyes on  Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.

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LAA Holds Lucrative Track Meet, Next Week

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The Lagos State Athletics Association has announced it would be holding a lucrative Athletics Meet on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli, who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship, made the disclosure on Wednes-day even as he revealed that arrangements were in top gear to have an elite cast of athletes in the one-day meet.
According to Alli, the Lagos Open Athletics Championship will simultaneously serve as a qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
“This is another fantastic window for those seeking to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics as well as those seeking quality competition to stay in shape for the Olympics,” Alli said.
“The Lagos State Athletics Association, which is one of the most vibrant in the country, is out to organise a world-class event that would be the talk of the town as we count down to Tokyo,”  he added.
The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship include, the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters and 100 meters.
There would also be quality action in the 4×100 meters open, 4×100 meters open and 4×400 meters mixed relay.
Long jump, High jump, Triple jump, Shot put as well as  4×100 secondary schools relay and 4×100 secondary schools relay have all been pencilled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Champion-ship.
Organisers have assured that the top three finishers across all the events will receive handsome prizes for their efforts.

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S’ Falcons Bow To World Champions

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost 2-0 to world champions, USA, in their final Group game at the 2021 Summer Series in Texas, USA.
The result means the African champions failed to win any of their three matches at the invitational tourna-ment, drawing one and losing the other two.
Kristen Press gave the Americans the lead on the stroke of half time, and before Lyn Williams killed Falcons hope of getting a draw with the second goal on the dot of 90 minutes.
With the victory, the world number one has now gone 42 games without tasting a defeat .As for the Falcons, the aim of participating in the Summer Series was to prepare them for a crucial 2022 African Women’s Champion-ship eliminator against perennial rivals, Ghana in October.
The African Women’s Championship will serve as qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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