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NOA donates to Eagles’ Campaign 2010 W/Cup

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The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has donated 10,000 support materials to the Super Eagles, according to a statement issued in Abuja early in the week.

The donation is to support the Eagles in their bid to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

 In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Fidel Agu and made available to newsmen, NOA said the materials included copies of the Nigerian National Flag and Nigerian map lapel pins.

 Others are Nigerian rally flags,the National Anthem in Compact Disc format and several NOA publications.

In addition,NOA had dispatched individual letters of goodwill to all the 23 players on the Nigerian contingent to the 2010 mundial.

The statement also said that the Agency’s Director-General, Alhaji Idi Farouk, disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Sani Lulu.

The NOA boss said the gesture was to challenge and encourage the NFF in its drive to ensure a hitch-free participation of the Super Eagles in the World Cup.

He expressed optimism and confidence in the Super Eagles’ ability to lift the FIFA 2010 World Cup trophy.

“We have confidence in the NFF and the Super Eagles,and given the historic African resilience and the Nigerian ‘can-do it’ spirit, no level of victory would come to us as a surprise.

“The name of Nigeria could decorate the World Cup, and I therefore, enjoin the NFF not to relent in its efforts to ensure that our truly beloved Super Eagles perform remarkably,” the NOA Director-General said.

Farouk also commended President Goodluck Jonathan’s support and encouragement of football and the Super Eagles in particular, describing it as an inspiration that “re-ignites the Nigerian fighting spirit” for success at various levels of the sport.

In his response, NFF President, Lulu said his administration had built on the foundation of its predecessors to lift the standard of football in Nigeria by partnering with well- meaning Nigerians.

“Here in NFF, we have the willing mind to go for the highest trophy. Since the inception of this administration,we have participated in all FIFA events and have qualified for almost all tournaments.

“We worry at all times whether we are satisfying the expectations of Nigerians because of the nature of media reports about football and the NFF. “But we are consoled by this visit, and the comments of the NOA Director-General.

“We see it as the mind of government toward us and we are very grateful,” he added.

He also prayed God to honour Nigeria with winning the World Cup as a gift to celebrate the nation’s 50th Independence Anniversary.

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2021/2022 NPFL Season  Starts, Dec 17

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The 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season  is expected to  kick off on December 17th across 10 centres.
Defending champions, Akwa United, will start their title defence  at home in a Match Day 1 fixture against Kano Pillar at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo
Elsewhere,  Gombe United hosts Shooting Stars Sports Club to the Pantami stadium in Gombe in both teams’ first game of their returned season to the top flight.
The Pride of Benue, Lobi Stars, will host Rivers United at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi with the club’s Manager, Eddy Dombraye, leading his side against his state for the first time in many years.
The first oriental derby match of the new season is among the opening fixtures with Enyimba FC playing host to their arch-rivals Abia Warriors in Aba, while Enugu Rangers travel to Katsina to face the Changi boys, Katsina United.
Niger Tornadoes will welcome Plateau United at their temporary home ground in Kaduna while there will be a reunion, sort of in Akure when Sunshine Stars face their former manager, Kabiru Dogo and Fuad Ekelojuoti who are now with Wikki Tourists at the Ondo Sports Complex, Akure.
Another matchday one fixture will see Kwara United host Dakkada in Ilorin. Kwara United almost won the league title last season, before Akwa United secured the title with seven points gap, while the Olukoya boys, MFM FC, will host regional rivals, Remo Stars, at the Agege Stadium.
The Solid Miners, Nasarawa United will travel to Owerri to face Heartland in another opening day tie.

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Delta Principals Cup: Sponsor Splashes Goodies On Finalists

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The sponsor of the on-going Delta State Principals’ Cup football competition, Zenith Bank, has promised that loads of goodies will be given to the finalists of the annual event.
The competition,  now in its 5th edition, is a developmental football competition organised for all secondary schools in the state.
Zenith Bank’s Group Managing Director, Ebenezer Onyeagwu,  said that the last four teams will be rewarded with various ranges of gift items as part of the final day activities.
“We are very committed to developmental pro-grammes in various ways. For sports, we believe in our catch them young initiatives, of which the Delta Principals’ Cup is one of them.
“I congratulate all the finalists for the 2021 event and wish to show that they are all winners, all of them will go home with attractive gift items on final day next week,” Onyeagwu said.
Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, will host the final match between Osadenis Mixed Secondary School and  School of Com-merce  on November 30.
Alaka Grammar School, Ozoro and Ovwor Mixed Secondary School will clash in the Third Place match billed to be the curtain raiser before the final match involving the defending champions, School of Commerce and Osadenis Mixed School.

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US-Based Okorie Plans Maiden South-East Sports Festival

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United States-based Nigerian former athlete, Victor Okorie, is planning to stage a maiden Southeast Sports Festival in 2022 to prepare athletes in the region for the national sports festival billed to hold in Asaba, Delta State.
Okorie, who is the Performance Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), said he would meet with governors and some stakeholders in the region soon, as part of his arrangements for the event.
Before his emergence as the Southeast zonal representative on the AFN board during the elective congress held in Abuja on June 14, Okorie had sponsored a competition for track and field athletes through his pet project, the South East Sports Foundation.
The competition, which held in Enugu, saw athletes from Abia, Anambra, Imo, Enugu and Ebonyi compete for prizes in sprint events, throw and jump.
The foundation also plans to organise competitions for the physically challenged athletes in the zone in line with Okorie’s view of taking physically challenged athletes in Southeast away from the streets, as well as integrate athletes in volleyball, handball, wrestling, and other sports on the same level with their foreign-based counterparts.
Speaking with newsmen, from his base in Tennessee, USA, Wednesday, Okorie, who won a silver medal for Nigeria at COJA 2003 All Africa Games in Abuja, said that the maiden Southeast Sports Festival would give the states chance to raise formidable squad for Asaba 2022.
“Sports are one major avenue governors in the southeast states can use to empower youths in the region,” Okorie said.
“I will meet with them and other stakeholders soon, on how we will stage a successful Southeast Sports Festival, which will serve as selection ground ahead of Asaba 2022 National Sports Festival. There is the need to re-awake sports campaign in the Southeast zone. Maybe, the next host of the national sSports festival will come from the Southeast after Asaba 2022,” he added.

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