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Badminton Boss Predicts Better Years Ahead

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The President, Badminton
Federation of Nigeria (BFN),Justice Danlami Senchi, on Monday in Abuja said he was optimistic the sport would witness another great year in 2015.
BFN, a member of Africa Badminton Federation (ABF), is charged with the responsibility of taking badminton to an enviable height in Nigeria.
Senchi told newsmen that the past few years had been rewarding for the sport in the country, even though they have not been without enormous challenges as well.
At the last All-Africa Games (AAG) in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011, Nigeria bagged nine medals, comprising of three gold, one silver and five bronze.
Nigeria placed second on the sport’s medals table, with South Africa topping with one silver medal extra.
“Going into the AAG competition this year and ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, we are therefore expected to produce badminton athletes who can stand the test of time.
“A better outing at this year’s event will also cancel out a not-too-impressive performance which our athletes put up at last year’s Thomas and Uber Cup tournament held in New Delhi, India.
“We could not go beyond the group stage and therefore finished in the 16th position, in spite of being the only African nation at the championship held in May,’’ the BFN president said.
The 11th AAG are scheduled for September 4 to September 19 in Brazzaville, Congo.
Senchi also said the decision to hold the third edition of the Nigeria International Badminton Championships last year was to create awareness and strengthen the performance of the country’s badminton players.
“The championships have been a huge success and we decided to organise the international event in a bid to ensure that our players compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
“However, due to the challenge of funding, knowing fully that government cannot be left to do everything, we are seriously in talk with private sponsors and they have been responding.
“We hope to get more of them on board to expand the frontiers of what we do,’’ he said.
The championships was well attended by countries such as Uganda, Switzerland, France, Egypt, the Czech Republic, among others.
It attracted sponsorship from many lovers of the badminton game, including the Sokoto State Government.
Team Nigeria’s representatives at the event, Jinkam Bulus and Ola Fagbemi, gave a good account of themselves to take all points in the men’s doubles finals to emerge winners.
Their performance went further to confirm Nigeria as the leading light in the continent, ahead of South Africa, Uganda, Seychelles, Ghana and Mauritius.

Dolphin FC player trying to outsmart opponent during premier match recently.

Dolphin FC player trying to outsmart opponent during premier match recently.

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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.

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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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