The Chairman, Lagos State Football Association, (LSFA), Seyi Akinwunmi, yesterday said that the state government and the FA would not relent in their support to MFM FC’s continental campaign.
Akinwunmi made the pledge in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.
Tide sports source reports that as part of Gov. Akinwumi Ambode’s policies of driving the state economy through sports and creating enabling environment for sports to thrive, the government remodeled Agege Township Stadium.
The stadium which is the base of MFM was refurbished to meet international standard for CAF competitions.
The stadium’s VIP Lounge, Media Tribune, Dressing Room (Players and Officials), Conveniences and a brand new cover area was put up within a short notice.
On the commitment of the state government at creating enabling environment for sports to thrive, Akinwunmi said that the administration would provide more to the yearnings of the sports-loving people of the state.
“I am very happy with the development of sports in Lagos and football in particular which is my constituency. We have been having it good and the people are happy for it.
“This edifice is part of the effort of the government at creating enabling environment for sports to thrive and football in particular, thanks to the sports-loving Gov. Ambode.
“Lagos is the commercial nerve centre of the country, hence we should be talking about the best that can come out of it. In Nigeria, in all contexts, football is the most commercialised commodity.
“Even, all over the world, football is seen as a rallying point, so Lagos will not shy away from that, we will continue to satisfy the yearnings of the people by providing the necessary,” he said.
Akinwunmi said that the government’s support to MFM FC was important as it wanted the team to excel in their continental pursuits.
“The support to MFM is commendable and we are ready to provide more support. The club has made us proud and we will also grant any wish they have within the government’s capacity.
“Government is giving the supports and we give kudos to them, Agege Stadium renovation is one of the many that we will see in Lagos in times to come.
“MFM is a club in Lagos and presently in the continental football championships, so we will ensure that the campaign is done in an enabling environment,” he said.
The Tide source reports that Lagos-based MFM FC are currently campaigning in the CAF Champions League and has qualified for the second round after beating AS Bamako 2-1 on aggregate.
Organisers Explain 2021 NSF Postponement
The 21st edition of National Sports Festival earlier scheduled for November 2 to 15, 2022, in Asaba, Delta State, will now hold from November 28 to December 10, 2022.
According to a statement by the Festival Secretary, Peter Nelson, and addressed to all Commissioners of Sports and Directors of Sports, the postponement was at the request of the host, Delta State.
“I wish to convey the request of Delta State Government to shift the date of the 21st National Sports Festival earlier scheduled to hold from November 2 to 15, 2022.
“It is now shifted to start on November 28 to December 10, 2022.
“The reason for the postponement is to give Delta State more time to complete some of the facilities needed for the festival,” the statement reads.
It will be recalled that the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival held in Benin City, Edo State, which was tagged: “Edo 2020,” also suffered several postponements until it finally held from April 2 to 14.
Nigeria Must Embrace Grassroots Sports Dev – Amusan
Women’S 100 metres hurdles world record holder, Tobi Amusan, believes that grassroots development programmes and top-notch training will help the country discover more athletics world champions.
Speaking in Lagos at a dinner organised in her honour by The Plug, an entertainment firm, tagged ‘Tobi Amusan’s Homecoming,’ she blamed the exodus of the Nigeria’s top athletes to other countries to what such nations offer the athletes.
“Grassroots sports development is something we lack here and the reason we often lose our top athletes to other countries of the world.
“From my experience training in the United States, if we can have such development here, we can groom young talents and unearth more Tobi Amusans,” she said.
On the recent ratification of her record by World Athletics, Amusan said: “That my world record was ratified by the world body means that I am drug free and that I am clean. I feel great about it. Every time I am on the track, my eyes are always set on how to win and I execute it by winning.”
She also spoke on the recent reception by the Federal Government, saying, “It is great feeling that we were recognised by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In as much as we did the work, it was an honour that they took into account and they recognised the fact that we did the nation proud. It is such a great feeling getting the national honour.”
She acknowledged the support she got after her world record feat, with her followers on Twitter rising from 3000 to 150,000 under 24 hours, saying it showed that people appreciate what she is doing.
On the criticism by men’s 400 metres world record holder, Michael Johnson, after her record breaking race in Oregon, U.S, Amusan said she was not bothered. “Honestly, I kept doing my thing because after the World Championships, I had other competitions to attend. I don’t dwell on negativity… I look on the bright side of the sport.”
At the event, Flutterwave, which used the occasion to declare it has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Amusan, said: “It is very difficult to find athletes who embody our core values the way Tobi does.”
YSFON : Academy Coach Begs For Assistance
The Head coach of the De Kings International Football Academy (DKIFA) of Port Harcourt Okpaleke Chika King is begging the Rivers State ministry of Sports, private and corporate individuals and all lovers of football for financial support to assist his team represent the state in Youth Sports Federation Of Nigeria (YSFON) competition.
He said that his team was representing Rivers state at the ongoing Chief of Naval Staff National (YSFON) Competition in Ilorin, Kwara State. He said he had written a letter to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals for assistance.
King made the assertion on Saturday in an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt before leaving for Kwara state.
According to him he had nothing to do than to borrow money for the journey believing that when the State’s Commissioner for Sports sees the letter he would not fail to respond to it.
“ As you can see, my boys are ready for the competition but we lack support.
“ I have written to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals to assist us but I have not gotten any reply, yet.
By: Kiadum Edookor
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