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School Sports, Bedrock Of National Unity – NSSF President

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School sports are the bedrock of national unity, so all efforts must be geared towards protecting it for national development”, the President of Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), Ibraheem Muhammad, has said.
Muhammad told newsmen at the final 19th NNPC / Shell played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, that school sports could help children to imbibe tolerance.
He said that school sports beyond competitions were a unifying factor that could engender boarding among various tribes in Nigeria.
“It is an opportunity for the young school children in primary and secondary schools to showcase their talents and also get supports educationally.
“It is therefore more than all these because the children at the same time get the opportunity to travel across Nigeria and get to know other states and their culture.
“The school sports are organised in all the states of the federation, including Abuja, so the children have the opportunity of travelling wide which brings more unity,” he said.
Muhammad said that with the opportunity of travelling across the country opened to the children, they would learn to appreciate other people’s culture and respect them.
“The children are not conscripted to their environment alone; but they have the opportunity of meeting others at their young age. At that young age, they are already learning how to respect others.
“Having a competition that can foster unity among all nationalities in Nigeria is such a wonderful heritage we must strive to protect.
“The children will not be narrow-minded because as they are pursing their education, they are also travelling wide which is also part of learning what they should know about the country.
“Schools sports widen the horizon of the children and they also learn about competitiveness and the spirit of fairness”, he said.
To protect school  sports and ensure its sustenance, Muhammad called on the government to ensure that the sponsors of the various school sports were encouraged.
“To underscore the importance of this school sports to our country, I am calling on the government to provide more support to the sponsors of the various competitions.
“Government should assist them because they cannot do it alone. This is one of the avenues to foster more unity among Nigerians, so we must protect it.
“We can see that unity is exemplified here with all the tribes in Nigeria present in the stadium without any rancour.
The tournament preaches tolerance and fairness which are the main ingredients Nigeria needs to further ensure unity among all,” he said.

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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.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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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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