COVID-19 Pandemic: Athletes receive relief funds

COVID-19 Pandemic: Athletes receive relief funds

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare has directed the onward payment of funds into the accounts of Nigerian athletes to provide some relief in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The payments which commenced Wednesday, is part of the 10 million Naira donated by Remo Star Chairman Kunle Soname and 1 million Naira from an unnamed patriotic Nigerian as take-off of the athletes relief fund. The sum of fifty thousand Naira is being paid into the direct accounts of each of the athletes from the Central…

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Ajibade Babalade says Ekong, Ajayi, Aina, Collins are Eagles best defenders

Ajibade Babalade says Ekong, Ajayi, Aina, Collins are Eagles best defenders

Former Super Eagles hard tackling defender Ajibade Babalade has picked William Troost Ekong,  Semi Ajayi, Olaoluwa Aina and Jamilu Collins as Eagles best defenders for now. Babalade who disclosed this to SPORTINGLIFE from his base in Ibadan said that he has been passionately following the developments and progress of these Eagles defenders and others in their clubs abroad and as well in Eagles’ matches and was impressed with their performances so far. In his assessment, ‘my preferred Super Eagles’ back Four include Jamilu Collins for the left back position. The…

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Sports Ministry launches I choose life campaign

Sports Ministry launches I choose life campaign

The Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports is set to launch its “I choose life campaign” to address the mental and emotional pressures that could push youth into substance abuse during the lockdown put in place to arrest the spread of COVID-19. Deeply concerned about the effects of the social distancing measures for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and the possible consequential economic hardships that may follow on the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of Nigerians, the Ministry is launching the campaign to support young people in making…

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Aftermath of COVID -19: FIFA proposes up to 5 substitutions per match on a temporary basis

Aftermath of COVID -19: FIFA proposes up to 5 substitutions per match on a temporary basis

FIFA has proposed that teams should be allowed to make up to five substitutions per match, instead of the usual three, as a temporary measure to help cope with potential fixture congestion in the aftermath of the novel Coronavirus outbreak. Football has been at a standstill since mid-March but many leagues and federations are still hoping to complete the season but to do so they would have to cram fixtures into a shorter period than usual once play re-starts. The proposal for more substitutes would have to be approved by…

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Rohr says atmosphere in Eagles is like a  big family

Rohr says atmosphere in Eagles is like a  big family

Super Eagles’ Chief Coach Gernot Rohr has come out boldly to say that there is a cordial relationship between him and his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation. The Franco-German tactician loved the atmosphere in the Eagles which he described as a family and doesn’t want to end his relationship with the team now. “The atmosphere in the team is like a family. We now know each other very well and I think this should not be the end of my my mission. We will see what will happen. The future…

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COVID-19 is a blessing to NPFL says Christopher Green

COVID-19 is a blessing to NPFL says Christopher Green

Mallam Shehu Dikko, Chairman League Management Company  Former Chairman of Nigeria Football Federation Technical Committee, Barrister Christopher Green has described the on going Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the whole world as a blessing to the Nigerian league. The Rivers State FA Chairman who spoke on an online Whatsapp Personality Interview organized by FCT Football Update said the period of the pandemic should give the LMC the opportunity to tidy up every sponsorship deals before the resumption of league football again . The former NFF Executive Board member frowned at the inability…

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COVID-19: Sports Ministry expands digital training, innovation opportunities for Youth

COVID-19: Sports Ministry expands digital training, innovation opportunities for Youth

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has launched a slew of online training initiatives and programmes to keep youth engaged during the COVID-19 lockdown. Through its digital skills online training, its Youth Innovation Series, Webinars and E-Sports initiatives the Youth and Sports Ministry is delivering opportunities to the youth and Nigerians. The IBM in partnership with the Ministry three weeks ago commenced the online digital skills training with over 7,000 youth participating with the chance to get IBM badges. The new addition is the Webinars set to start next…

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Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria must top the group- Rohr

Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria must top the group- Rohr

Super Eagles’ Chief Coach Gernot Rohr has told SPORTINGLIFE that his ambition and target is to top the Group C of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers consisting of Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia The Eagles Coach has already  mapped out his plans and ways to achieve this and he is confident that the array of good and quality young players he has can deliver. He is also targeting qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and this time around wants to surpass the bronze medal feat he…

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Sports Minister eulogizes Akinjide

Sports Minister eulogizes Akinjide

Youth and Sports Development Minister Mr Sunday Dare has described the death of the late Chief Richard Akinjide as a huge loss to Nigeria, his family and the legal profession, even as he declared that his place is already assured in Nigeria’s contemporary political history. According to Dare ” Chief Akinjide was a man of many parts; a legal icon , luminary , great administrator and outstanding politician. “He was meticulous and a shining armour in our chequered political history. He was just not a force to reckon with in Nigeria,…

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Pascal hails Rohr for bringing stability into Eagles, .Says Coach deserves a new contract

Pascal hails Rohr for bringing stability into Eagles, .Says Coach deserves a new contract

Super Eagles Coordinator Patrick Pascal has hailed the Super Eagles’ Chief Coach Gernot Rohr for bringing stability into the Nigeria’s national  team. The former International revealed this in an online interview with FCT Football Update whatsapp platform. Pascal said that era of being put under unnecessary panic and undue pressure when a notable Super Eagles’ star is not available  for an important match is gone because all the young but very talented players that Rohr had assembled can perform well in the absence of others. “What we have in the Super…

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