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NSF WITHDRAWN FROM CROSS RIVER STATE AS NATIONAL SPORTS COUNCIL MEETING ENDS IN KADUNA

The 19th National Sports Festival has been officially withdrawn from Cross River state. The decision was taken at the National Council on Sports meeting which ended on Thursday at the General Hassan Katsina House, Kaduna. A voting process was thrown open on the floor of the meeting by the Chairman of the meeting and Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung, with state Commissioners of sports, Directors of sports, Chairmen of state sports councils, sports policy facilitators and other representatives in the…

Ekofootball Preseason Tournament Kicks Off Monday February 5, 2018.

Ikorodu United put in a spirited performance to win their Ekofootball Preseason opening match 3-2 against Gbagada FC on Monday. Oga Boys came from behind twice to secure the victory against the Nigeria League One outfit at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Gbagada FC got the curtain raiser ten minutes before the interval. Three minutes later, Theo De Jong’s side were afforded a chance to equalise from the spot but Henry Emmanuel miscued his effort. However, the Oga Boys levelled proceedings after Stephen Adodo converted right-back…

Lagos, SWAN form strategic partnership

The Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Lagos State Chapter have concluded plans to form a strategic partnership aimed at developing sports in the state. The Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, described SWAN as a critical stakeholder in sports development.  Tandoh, who led other top functionaries of the commission on a courtesy visit to the SWAN secretariat on Friday, said that the commission and SWAN needed to have a good working relationship that…

DALUNG TO CHEER CHAN EAGLES

Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung will be in Casablanca on Sunday February 4, 2018 to cheer the Super Eagles to victory when they meet the hosts Morocco in the final of the 2018 African Nations Cup. Nigeria defeated Sudan by a lone goal in one of the semifinals while their opponents Morocco thrashed Libya 3-1 to advance to the final. Barrister Dalung expressed excitement over the Super Eagles' qualification, stating that this will be another 'first' in football under his watch. "This is historic because…

DALUNG MOURNS DEJI TINUBU

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has expressed deep shock following the sudden demise of the first Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr Deji Tinubu. Dalung described the death as too shocking and sudden to be true that Tinubu who was until his death bubbling with life could just slump and die while playing ‘leisure football’ with his friends. He described the late board member of the Nigeria Football Federation as a progressive Nigerian who realized and pursued the dream of a greater…

Falconets supercharged for South African challenge

Nigeria’s U20 girls, Falconets, will on Saturday take on their South African counterparts in the first leg of the final round of African qualifying race for this year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals. The 9th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals will hold in five cities in France 7th – 26th August 2018. To reach this stage, the Falconets overwhelmed their counterparts from Tanzania 9-0 on aggregate, before sending Morocco’s impressive U20 girls packing 6-2 after two legs. The South African girls shot past Namibia and…

Moroccan ambassador tips Eagles for CHAN glory

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Nigeria, His Excellency Moha Ou Ali Tagma has rated the Super Eagles as good enough to overhaul the opposition at every stage and emerge champions of the 5th African Nations Championship starting in Casablanca on Sunday. Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, during a courtesy call by an NFF delegation led by the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, the envoy expressed his view that the Moroccan B team may not be as strong as the A team that has (like Nigeria’s A team) qualified to be…

NFF wants match commissioners to enhance capacity

The Nigeria Football Federation has called on match commissioners of the elite division of the domestic game to improve their capacity and delivery in order to help attract corporate interest and support. NFF President Amaju Pinnick made this point in Abuja on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of a three –day seminar for match commissioners of the Nigeria Professional Football League, Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League and Nigeria Nationwide League One. Speaking on Pinnick’s behalf, NFF 2nd Vice…

Premier League club sack their coach after embarrassing defeat in the FA Cup

Stoke City have sacked Mark Hughes as their manager - The Welshman was sacked on Saturday night, January 6, 2018 - He was sacked following the club's defeat in the FA Cup against Coventry City Welsh football manager Mark Hughes has been sacked as the coach of Premier League club Stoke City following the club's shock exit in the 2018 FA Cup. Stoke City were on Saturday, January 6 defeated by League Two side Coventry City 2-1 in the third round of the English FA Cup. A run of five defeats in seven Premier League games this…

NFF holds seminar for match commissioners

The Nigeria Football Federation has perfected arrangements to organize its annual seminar for match commissioners of the various Leagues, 9th -11th January 2018. Chairman of the Match Commissioners Appointment Committee and NFF Executive Committee member, Alhaji Babagana Kalli confirmed to thenff.com at the weekend that while match commissioners of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will take the stage on the first day of the three –day programme (Tuesday, 9th January), match commissioners of the Nigeria…

Again, PDP loses another senator to APC

- Senator Sonni Ogbuoji has decamped from PDP to APC - He claimed that PDP is currently riddled with crisis - He added that the level of governance offered by PDP is detrimental to the party and Ndigbo Senator Sonni Ogbuoji representing Ebonyi South senatorial district, on December 31, decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The senator showed up at the APC Southeast Caucus meeting, which held at the Uburu, Ohaozara country home of the Science and Technology minister, Dr.…

FCT FA sets 2018 Football Agenda

The Board of the FCT Football Association has approved the creation of an elite Football League in the Territory to be known as the FCT SUPER LEAGUE, with only 12 teams participating in the inaugural edition. Rising from its 2017 End of the year Board meeting held in Abuja, the Board said that the League will be played on weekly basis to keep participating teams busy all through the season, with the Champions representing FCT in the Nigeria Nation Wide League Division 3 play off. In a Communique release at end of the meeting…

GOVT CLEARS AIR ON NFF BOARD APPOINTMENTS

The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has called on football stakeholders to remain calm as efforts were being made to correct an oversight made following the recent appointments into the board of the Nigeria Football Federation. The Federal government announced the appointment yesterday of over 1,000 members including 209 board Chairmen to fill boards and government parastatal positions including the Nigeria Football Federation, the National Youth Service Corps, the National Institute for Sports and the…

MFM FC stroll past 36Lion in Western Nigeria Preseason final

Mountain Of Fire and Miracles Ministries Footbal Club strolled past 36Lion with a 3-1 victory and emerged the champion of the maiden edition of Western Nigeria Pre Season Football tourney earlier today in Lagos. The Olukoya Boys defeated 36 Lions 3-1 in the final decided Friday at the Agege Stadium courtesy of goals from two new recruits, Victor Mbaoma, Oche Salefu and Monsuru Bashiru while Bakare Emmanuel netted his team's only goal of the entertaining match. The national chairman, Western Nigeria Football Forum Seyi…

2018 FOSLA ACADEMY TOURNAMENT : IDAH LGA EMERGE KOGI STATE CHAMPIONS

Idah Local Government Area on Monday defeated Omala Local Government Area by two goals to one to emerge champions of the Kogi State version of the 2018 edition of the FOSLA Academy U. 13 Football Competition. The match which was played at Qua Iboe Primary School Idah, saw the goals scored in both half of the game. The tournament which is basically for the 9 LGAs of Kogi East and 2 LGAs from Lokoja. 22 of the players selected from the tournament will jostle for the ten scholarship slots available for naturally endowed players…