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Featuring Overage Athletes Amounts To Killing Talents – LSSC Boss

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The Director-General of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Oluwatoyin Gafar, has described those featuring overage athletes at age-group events as talent killers.
Gafar said this in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin on Monday.
He said that no athletes from Lagos State that participated at the 5th National Youth Games in Ilorin was outside the primary or secondary school age bracket.
“I sat with my people during the screening to ensure that we present athletes within the stipulated age bracket.
“Those that brought overage athletes to the National Youth Games are telling us that their youths cannot compete effectively with their contemporaries from other states,” Gafar said.
The Lagos Sports Commission boss said that in Lagos State, they discovered talents and nurtured them.
“LSSC does not just discover them only to abandon them.’’
He said the vision of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State is to make Lagos the sports’ hub of Africa.
“That is the mission statement that we are targeting and following; and we will follow it to the letter,” he said.
He debunked claims that Lagos State came to the Youth Games to dethrone Delta which had dominated the competition for the past years.
“We came in to put in the best that we have, and we also hope to get good results.
“The little results we have had so far are due to hard work and I am most grateful to the athletes for believing in themselves,” Gafar said.
He said the state would continue to improve yearly as it could boast now of athletes who had got national invitations.

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SWAN Lauds NFF On COVID-19 Palliatives

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The President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo, has applauded the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on the transparent manner it disbursed the COVID-19 palliative package from FIFA, CAF and other sponsors.
Sirawoo, who expressed delight in the N 11,580,000 (eleven million, five hundred and eighty thousand) Naira that was earmarked for SWAN said the NFF was meticulous in ensuring that all the stakeholders in Nigerian football were duly captured.
He further noted that the gesture will in no small way enhance the cordial working relationship between the NFF and other stakeholders especially SWAN, even as he urged all the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant.
“The leadership of the NFF has displayed a very high degree of transparency in the manner it handled the COVID-19 palliatives from its various sponsors by ensuring that all the stakeholders in the football development chain were captured.
“We in SWAN are particularly happy because this recognition will go a long way in alleviating the impact of the pandemic which has slowed down the economic activities of the country.”
“We thank the President of the NFF, AmajuPinnick and members of his Board for this well-thought and timely gesture; our members have gone through various degrees of pains following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, we say thank you NFF,” he declared.
The SWAN President also assured that he will ensure that all the members of the association in its 37 state chapters were given their due from the amount.

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Opara Dumps Enyimba

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Defender, Austin Opara has parted ways with Enyimba International of Aba, despite joining the club twelve months ago.
Opara reached an agreement to terminate his contract despite having two more years on his contract he signed last year.
Opara joined the 2019 Nigeria professional football league Champions after ending his successful spell with the MFM Football Club of Lagos, where he captained the team for several seasons.
Opara arrived Aba giants with much promise but he found first-team opportunities difficult to come by, no thanks to the solid partnership of Anaemena and Adebayo at the back.
The hard-tackling defender is also behind Nelson Ogbonnaya down the pecking order, which only makes him Fatai Osho’s fourth choice.
Opara is however free to join any team of his choice ahead of 2020-2021 campaign.

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COVID-19, Setback To League Players – Mbaoma

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Enyimba player, Victor Mbaoma, has stated that league players at this rate have been put at a disadvantaged position with the current COVID-19 situation and the level of things with regard to when football will return.
Mbaoma, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, said the current situation with regard to waiting for government approval, whereas their counterparts abroad are able to play behind closed doors, means league players are worst affected and may not be ready to be in the scheme of things until next year, career-wise and even with regard to movement abroad.

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