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Ike Uche In Charity Pledge

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Nigerian footballer playing in the Spanish La Liga is spending his high salary not on fast cars and big houses, but on the less privileged children in the community where he grew up.

Ikechukwu Uche, who plays at Getafe, was born in Aba, Abia State, south-eastern Nigeria

Aba, arguably the commercial nerve of Nigeria has also produced international footballers like Obinna Nwaneri, Kalu Uche, Onyekachi Apam and Onyekachi Okonkwo, as well is home to double African Champions Enyimba.

Beset by several challenges like bad roads and lack of electricity, Aba remains the best city in the world for the soft-spoken Uche.

For him, deprivation appears in clear context after a tough childhood and each day he steps back into a little piece of his past and considers himself lucky to have made fame and fortune from football.

Recently, the 25-year-old continued a five-year trend by visiting the Ngwa Road Motherless Babies Home, in Aba.

The soft-spoken Uche presented food and cash donations there as the kids sprawled and swarmed around him.

This Motherless home is one of all ‘Nine Homes’ the Super Eagle regularly donates to in his hometown state of Abia, donations he often makes in an anonymous position.

“I consider myself to be very lucky in life and where else to spend my holiday than with people who are not as fortunate as myself,” says Ikechukwu Uche.

“The truth is these kids don’t have parents, so who cares? I guess we need to put ourselves in their shoes for a day. “The government has done what they can but each individual needs to make an impact and contribution as well, we must not always wait for the authorities.

“This place, like thousands across the country, need a fresh water supply that will prevent disease from spreading. They also need other things, and I will look into one or two of those while am still around.”

Uche admits he could feel a sense of de javu there and the pulse of these kids.

The year 2003 turned out to be a dark one in his life as he and his older brother Kalu Uche lost both parents in the space of three months, to the cold hands of death.

It’s been six years now but the ugly event continues to live in his head.

Now a famous footballer, the 25-year-old has never forgotten how fortunate he is to be where he is today without his parents.

“That dark moment lingers but life goes on and I will have to live with it.”

“Life out there and the one here (in the homes) is totally different so let us reach out to the less privileged ones. I know they also do similar things but I urge fellow professionals to always reach out to vulnerable children.”

Since he became a professional footballer in Europe, Ikechukwu Uche has often made anonymous contributions to ‘School of the Deaf, Ngwa Road Motherless Babies Home, the SDA Motherless Babies Home and the Nwamaka Motherless Babies Home, all in Aba

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Eagles May Play Home Games In Abuja

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Plans are underway to have the Super Eagles move their home games to Abuja after Dangote Group handed over the rehabilitated MoshoodAbiola National Stadium, Abuja to the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
Contractors, Aron Nigeria Limited, handed over the rehabilitated stadium to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Friday.
The rehabilitation work was carried out on the main bowl pitch and scoreboard.
Tidesports source reports that Dare had clamoured for the return of the Eagles to Abuja on several occasions, stating the need to have a permanent home stadium.
The Eagles last played at the Abuja stadium in 2012
“It is my wish that the Super Eagles and indeed the national teams of Nigeria, like elsewhere, have a permanent venue to play their matches rather than playing from one place to another,” Dare said last month while speaking to State House correspondents.
“There are great benefits for countries’ national teams to have a particular venue where the players understand very well. I believe very soon the Super Eagles will be playing their matches in Abuja or Lagos if the national stadium is fully ready too.”
In the last 10 years, the Eagles have played their home games at the GodswillAkpabio Stadium Uyo, Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin and AdokiyeAmiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
They, however, made a return to Lagos after 10 years and for the first time for a competitive match in 20 years when they played Lesotho in the 2022 World Cup qualifier at the TeslimBalogun Stadium on March 30.
They ended up playing their remaining World Cup qualifiers and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Lagos.
While the Eagles were hoping to make the TeslimBalogun Stadium their new home, news emerged last week that the Confederation of African Football had banned the stadium from hosting matches.
In a letter dated October 17, which was sent to the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mohammed Sanusi,CAF said the stadium “lacks the CAF criteria and requirements in order to properly host international competitions”.
The letter signed by CAF Development Director Raul Chipenda said the stadium failed to implement the recommendations addressed to the NFF after the previous inspection.

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Court Bars Bash Ali From Defaming Minister

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Justice O.C. Agbaza of the High Court of the Federal  Capital Territory (FCT) has issued a restraining order, barring Bash Ali from further making or publishing any denigrating or defamatory material against the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.
Tidesports source reports that the Minister had far back as June 25, 2021, approached the Federal High Court, Abuja division seeking a restraining order and charging Bash Ali with libel and defamation of character.
The lawyers to the minister from the Keyamo Chambers spent months unable to serve Bash and the judicial workers strike. Upon resumption and with the serial defamation by Bash Ali continuing, the lawyers approached the court. This time, the Keyamo team and Wole Olanipekun team as counsels secured the restraining order.
It would be recalled that sometime in April 2021, Bash Ali had in a letter, which he made available to the public, made several allegations against the Minister.
The Minister denied those allegations and to assert his innocence, the Minister filed Suit No. FCT/HC/CV/1269/2021seeking injunctive reliefs and pecuniary damages from Bash Ali on account of the defamatory publication.
Despite the pendency of this suit, Bash Ali recently published a video on social media in which he repeated those false allegations against the Minister and also issued several threats against the Minister and the Ministry.

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Nigeria’s Saidu Elected As Commonwealth Handball Scribe

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Nigeria’s Jibril Saidu has been elected the new secretary of the Commonwealth Handball Association.
The election, which took place via zoom on Monday, saw Saidu emerging unopposed but still polled 100 percent of the available votes.
Saidu,a former player became the second Nigerian to be elected as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Handball Association succeeding General Ishola Williams who held the same position for almost three decades.
Also, Ruth Saunders, former President of South Africa Handball Federation defeated Steve Neilson of Scotland to become the first woman president of the Association.

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