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Oregon 22: Amusan, Brume Under FG Sponsorship – NOC President

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The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, has revealed that the two athletes who excelled at the just concluded World Athletics Championships-Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume were on the sponsorship of the NOC.
Gumel noted that the NOC as an organ of the federal government has placed Amusan and Ese on a scholarship programme since 2018 with annual stipends till date.
Working in concert with the Ministry of sports and the AFN, the duo of Amusan and Brume are among 14 Nigerian athletes that have and will continue to receive NOC support till Paris 2024 Olympics.
The Nigerian Olympics Committee (NOC) revealed the details of these scholarships in financial terms sourced from the IOC solidarity fund.
“We have 14 of our notable grade A athletes under this scheme and we have never failed to give them the training and school grants,” Gumel said. “There is need to pay for all the staff members of each top athletes and that is why grants are essential.”
In addition, the Minister of Sports Sunday Dare came up with the Adopt-an Athlete initiative in which the Delta State Government adopted Brume while Ogun State adopted Amusan.
It was also learnt that the two athletes are among the beneficiaries of monthly grants for the Olympic Solidarity scheme and the money for seven months have been paid so far as part of preparations for the 2024 Olympic Games slated for France.
Investigations revealed that Amusan and Brume have received about 36,000 dollars in recent time apart from what they enjoy as adopted athletes of Ogun and Delta states.
They have also collected monthly daily up keep since January till date.
“These are facts but we don’t have to roll it out at all times but it is important to note that the AFN, NOC and the FG are working round the clock to boost the fortunes of the country’s athletes who are our ambassadors,” Gumel added.

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Winning Of Competition Excites Coach

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The Head Coach of De Kings International Football Academy of Port Harcourt, Okpaleke Chika King has expressed joy over his boys (players) victory in this year’s edition of Summer Kings Football Competition for Under 14.
He said that it was overwhelming for his players to keep to their words before the kick off of the competition, having promised that they will win the tournament.
King made the expression early in the week in a chat with Tidesports, shortly after his players saw off Covenant Pacific FC 1-0 in the final match of the under 14 of the Kings Summer Football Competition for Under 14 and 16 at the Okoloma Community Secondary School, Afam in Oyigbo LGA of Rivers State.
He said that he was proud of his players for reaching the final of the competition and going a step further to winning the trophy.
“ I am proud of my boys for making me feel happy for reaching  the final stage of the competition and also by winning the trophy,” King said.
He gave them kudos, saying that it was not easy to achieve what they did in the tournament. He charged them to keep it up.
He thanked all the parents and guardians of his players for allowing their children to participate in the competition.
The highest goal scorer of the competition was Bright Kiadum, who scored a total of six goals, while Banigo Tonye emerged the best goalkeeper, having kept clean sheet throughout the tournament.
For the Under 16 teams, Oscar FC emerged champion after beating De Kings International Football Academy 2-1 in  the final match.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Aiteo Cup: NFF Yet To Pay Bayelsa Utd N25m Prize Money

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The Chairman of Bayelsa United, Ebiki Timitimi, has confirmed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is yet to pay the club the N25m prize money after winning the Aiteo Cup last year.
In a statement signed by the club’s Head of media, Hananeel Jackson, Timitimi debunked reports that the club has refused to return the trophy due to the failure of the NFF to pay the prize money.
It will be recalled that the Yenagoa-based Nigeria National League, NNL side won the 2021 Aiteo Cup on August 8, after defeating NPFL side, Nasarawa United via penalty shoot-out following a 2-2 draw at the end of extra-time.
Bayelsa United won the penalty shootout 4-3 to lift the trophy for the first time ever in their history at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State.
In a statement signed by the club’s Head of Media, Hananeel Jackson, the club had written to the NFF to demand the payment of the twenty five million naira but the federation has failed to keep to its promise
He noted that the team is focused on its quest to return to the elite division and does not want to be distracted with two games to go, starting from Nnewi United this weekend and Cynosure FC of Abakaliki at home. While thanking Governor  Douye Diri and his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo for the unending support given to the club, they assured them of imminent return to the NPFL.

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Aspirants Queue To Succeed Pinnick

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More than seven candidates have indicated interest to succeed Amaju Melvin Pinnick as the President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, the post, which will become vacant later this year as the Federation holds its elective congress.
Among such contestants are former Super Eagles players, including Benedict Akwuegbu, Peterside Idah and Jonathan Akpoborie. Others are top Confederation of African Football (CAF) official, Dr. Christian Emeruwa, Imo State FA Chairman, Amanze Uchegbulam and former SWAN President, Fan Ndubuoke.
There are indications that the election would hold in September and aspirants have since commenced moves to take over from Pinnick, who has reportedly jettisoned his ambition for a third term in office.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that some influential Nigerians have called on former Gombe State Football Association Chairman, Ahmed Shaibu Gara-Gombe, to contest for the exalted position.
Among those mounting pressure on Gombe are Nigerians, who contend that the major challenges bedeviling Nigerian football over the years require a new direction through visionary leadership of the astute football administrator who is renowned as courageous, fearless, passionate and sincere.
The pressure group, which contends that the legal framework for Nigerian football and the serious distrust between the football federation and Corporate Nigeria that has militated against the country’s football development for several years need urgent redress, also believes that the football community must unite for a common purpose to return the country to where it should belong in the comity of nations, particularly to reassume its long-held leadership in West Africa, Africa and the world.

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