The Super Eagles may still play their Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Teslim Balogun Stadium
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said there is no ban on Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. Media reports earlier this week indicated that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) banned Teslim Balogun Stadium from hosting senior national team international games and men’s interclub competitions over lack of proper medical equipment and poor playing surface.
Other issues raised in a letter purportedly written by CAF to the NFF include, poor floodlights at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
It was stated that CAF suggested the playing surface gets a complete ‘redo’ after a report on its standard shows it was a mix of “many grass species and others are just weeds.”
However, a top official of the NFF told newsmen on Tuesday that there wasno ban on Teslim Balogun Stadium.
“There is no ban. The government of Lagos State started work on the highlighted areas even before the match against Cape Verde,” the NFF official said.
The official was reacting to a message from The Guardian on if the NFF had picked a new venue to host Super Eagles’ World Cup playoff match next year.
The Teslim Balogun in Surulere, Lagose, host a coupleof Nigeria’s AFCON 2022 qualifying matches, and all home legs of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Sports Development Subject to Economic Performance – Consultant
A golf consultant, Sam Emetelu, has said that golf like any other sport cannot thrive when a nation’s economy is unstable.
Emetelu said this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.
According to him, the state of a country’s economy plays a vital role in the development of other sectors.
In view of this, he said, there had been little activities for golfers in both the amateur and professional categories.
“Sports in recent time has been struggling, it’s not just peculiar to golf. So, the backlash is that activities have been slow, because it is an election year.
“When the economy thrives, other sectors thrive too; it’s not rocket science.
“The only thing that has been sustaining golf is committed individuals who are lovers of the game who invest their money in because of their love for the sport,” he said.
He, however, predicted that the last quarter of the year would take a more positive turn as companies and individuals would have started regaining momentum.
“With the ember months, most corporate organisations are taking stock and probably thinking of how to structure their Corporate Social Responsibility, maybe then they’d think of sponsoring golf tournaments.
MTN To Co-Sponsor Nigerian Football League
MTN Nigeria has entered into a partnership with the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), GTI Investment Ltd. and Propel Sports Africa to sponsor the Nigerian league.
Media Officer of GTI Investment Ltd., Andrew Ekejiuba, said this in a statement this week in Lagos.
He said following the recent announcement of the joint venture between the NPFL, GTI and Propel Sports Africa to stream NPFL games live, Propel Sports was delighted to announce that it had entered into a deal with MTN Nigeria for the exclusive broadcast of the league.
He said the sponsorship would cover eight live games each weekend, which would translate to over 300 games per season.
Chairman of Propel Sports Africa, Basil Kabbani stated: “The engagement with MTN has been amazing, from the Digital VAS, to the Marketing and Commercial team, their approach has been consistently professional.
“The enthusiasm for the NPFL content has been infectious. From the very start of our negotiations, we knew MTN was the right partner to give our great content, the platform it deserves.”
The deal, concluded by Propel Sports Africa president, Edward Simons, and MTN Chief Operating Officer, Hassan Jabar, would include in-and-post-game highlights delivered in real time to MTN subscribers through the NPFL Live OTT platform.
Osimhen Can Win Ballon d’Or – Peseiro
Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro believes Napoli forward Victor Osimhen can win the Ballon d’Or in the future.
Osimhen is among the 30 players nominated for the 2023 Men’s Ballon d’Or as well as one of the 12 nominees for the 2023 FIFA The Best Men’s Player Award.
He is the first Nigerian male footballer in 24 years to get nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or.
Peseiro believes the 24-year-old has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or award in future even if it seems unlikely for him to achieve the feat in 2023 as he is set to compete with a star-studded cast of nominees.
Pesiero is optimistic that Osimhen can claim the award in future as he does not lack any potential to do it.
“He (Osimhen) can surely win the Ballon d’Or in the future. He’s not lacking anything to do it,” Peseiro said in an interview with Tidesports source.
“He has different characteristics than other players that are at the top at this moment, but he scores a lot as well.”
Osimhen had a stellar 2022–23 season with Napoli, leading the club to their first Serie A title in 33 years, and also won the golden boot.
The Napoli striker scored 26 Serie A goals last season to guide the Partenopei to the Scudetto for the first time in more than three decades.
He also becomes the 7th Nigerian male footballer and 8th Nigerian player to earn a Ballon D’Or award nomination after Finidi George (1995), Austin Jay-Jay Okocha (1995), Daniel Amokachi (1995), Nwankwo Kanu (1996, 1999), Victor Ikpeba (1997), Sunday Oliseh (1998), and Asisat Oshoala (2022, 2023).
SMEs2 days ago
IHS Trains Youths On SMEs Management
Featured2 days ago
We’ll Give Attention To Dev Of Satellite Towns -Wike
Politics7 hours ago
Ondo Assembly Moves To Impeach Dep Gov
Agriculture6 hours ago
Experts Chide Residents On Embracing Urban Farming
Opinion2 days ago
Cost Of Women Emancipation
Rivers2 days ago
PHCCIMA Tasks Registered Exporters On Ease Of Doing Business
News8 hours ago
Come Back Home, Tinubu Begs Nigerians In US …Says Nigerians Have No Reasons To Be Poor
Opinion7 hours ago
Southeast: Epicentre Of Insecurity?