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‘Ogbemudia Stadium Will Be Rebuilt To Host International Competitions’

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki says plans are being made to remodel the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin to meet international standards.
Obaseki made the announcement while receiving executive committee members of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, Edo Council at Government House in Benin.
The governor said his administration was hopeful of repositioning sports in the state through investment in sports facilities which would then attract global competitions to the state.
He assured that before the end of the year the state would host at least an international event or competition in the stadium.
“Our plan is to rebuild facilities in the stadium to host international events which will cut across sports like football, track and field, swimming, lawn tennis and indoor sports.
“We will improve on what we have as a state and ensure we revive sports to enhance its development in the state and the country at large.’’
Obaseki also said plans were being made to ensure that every local government area in the state had a sports arena.
Earlier, the Edo Council Chairman of the union, Julius Erharuyi, had expressed appreciation at the commitment of the Obaseki administration in repositioning sports in the state.
He also commended the state government for its financial commitment to Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin.
Erharuyi, however, requested that an institution that will improve the academic knowledge of sportsmen and women be created in the state.
“There is the need for the provision of more medical facilities, personnel, drugs, computers in the stadium, as well as provision of utility vehicles to convey sports men and women to venues of competitions,’’ he said.
The union leader added that sports activities should be revived at the Afuze Games Village.
“We also suggest that the state government should acquire the Etete Indoor Sports Hall from the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports for a more effective usage,’’ he said.

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Panther, Aladumo School Sign Football Academy Deal

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Panther Football Academy has signed partnership deal with Aladumo International Schools, on Friday, at the school premises, Aba road, in Port Harcourt.
Speaking with sports journalists, shortly after putting pen on paper, the Chairman of the school, Hon. Soberekon Dikibo said the school is poised to create a career for its students.
According to him, the football academy will not reduce the educational standard of the school, but will give students the opportunity to make a career for themselves.
“I believed that the Managing Director of Panther Football Academy made sense, otherwise I wouldn’t have signed the partnership.
The football academy will not take away education career; it will rather give the students opportunity to make a career through the school.
I also believed that parents will take this opportunity for their children “Hon. Dikibo said.
Earlier the Managing Director of Panther Football Academy Mr. K  Ukwen said the school would benefit a lot from the partnership, as the academy can help acquire sports scholarship with less payment, mostly in United States for students  that prove themselves in the game.
He explained that whatever contract signed by any player from the academy the school will benefit from it.
“This partnership will benefit the school enormously, as the students will be a role model to other students. The school Aladumo will be more attractive and help to make students independent.
The academy can also help to develop their skill fast and the school will become more attractive. Ukwen said.
Also speaking, Head of technical instruction of the academy, Coach Monday Sinclair, said he will ensure that coaches are doing their job right, in the area of skills, technical and techniques.

 

Tonye Orabere

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SWAN Congratulates New Sports Minister …Reels Out Expectatios

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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has congratulated the newly appointed Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, describing his appointment as well-deserved.
“His appointment as Minister for Youth and Sports represents a new frontier in the administration of sports in Nigeria and one that is expected to usher in dynamism, resourcefulness and focused leadership.
“As the umbrella body of all sports journalists in Nigeria, affiliated to the Association Internationale de la Presse sportive (AIPS) and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), SWAN calls on the new Minister to give every Sport adequate attention, unlike some of his predecessors that focused mainly on football to the detriment of others.
A statement issued by the National Secretariat of SWAN and signed by the Deputy Secretary General, Babafemi Raji, noted that over the years, the fortune of Nigeria in international championships had continued to dwindle due largely to lack of concerted effort to discover budding talents that abound in the length and breadth of the country.
“SWAN believes that Nigeria deserves more than what the country is getting from sports in view of the abundance of natural talents in practically every field; hence our hope that you will give priority to grassroots sports.
“Equally of importance to SWAN is the regrettable state of  federal government-owned sports facilities; we make bold to say that they are mostly in dire need of rehabilitation, especially the pitch of the now Moshood Abiola National Stadium, where it is evident that anthills are freely springing up due to lack of maintenance.
“The recent embarrassment the country faced after the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) allegedly diverted about $135,000 the world Athletics body mistakenly paid to it, is yet to abate, just as athletes representing the country at international championships were thrown out of their hotel accommodation; amidst cases of unpaid allowances and corruption in the sector.
“SWAN equally expects that the yearly allocation to the sports sector from the federation account will significantly improve, because sports is a huge industry, that if well programmed has the potential to meaningfully engage a lot of the teeming youths.
“SWAN will be ready to support you push for an increase in the allocation that comes to the ministry, by engaging relevant government agencies both at the executive and legislative arms,’’it added.

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Enyimba Sure To Thrash Rahimo FC, Sunday

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Enyimba FC’s midfielder, Austin Oladapo, has expressed confidence in the ability of the team to overturn the loss into a landslide victory against Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso come Sunday,  despite Enyimba’s 0- 1 loss about a fortnight ago in the first leg of the CAF Champions League in Ouagadougou.
Oladapo stated that the team was in form as preparations for the reverse fixture have been impressive, having thrashed Destiny FC 6-1 on Tuesday and secured wins against Diamond Stars, Wilbros FC and NPFL side Delta Force in preceding friendlies.
“I know we can come out as winners on Sunday and make everyone proud come Sunday and we are going to qualify to the next round”, Oladapo said.
It should be noted that the two-time CAF Champions League winners, Enyimba will host the Burkinabes on Sunday in a closed-door match in Aba even though Coach Usman Abdallah said they have not received a formal letter from CAF.
The People’s Elephants must gain a 2-0 win to qualify for the next stage of the competition.

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