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ASSOCIATION FOR FORMER FEMALE ATHLETES TO BE LAUNCHED IN OCTOBER

The Association of Former Female Athletes of Nigeria AFFAN is to be formally inaugurated on October 18-20, 2019.

The Chairperson of the association Dr (Mrs) Esther Oluwatoyin Aluko made this known on Thursday July 11, 2019 at a press conference held at the Nigeria Institute for Sports in Lagos to announce the establishment of the Association and sensitise the society of the aims and objectives of the body.

Dr Aluko called on all former female athletes to come on board and contribute their quota to the welfare of active and retired sports women in Nigeria and in the diaspora.

ASSOCIATION FOR FORMER FEMALE ATHLETES TO BE LAUNCHED IN OCTOBER
photo credit: Oluchi Tobex Tobe-Chukwu

“I am delighted to officially introduce to you the Association of Former Female Athletes of Nigeria (AFFAN).
AFFAN was established in response to the yearnings of thousands of former female athletes across the federation and in the diaspora who have distinguished themselves in various spheres of life.

“The primary objective of the Association is to give back to the society by serving as role models to female athletes and ensuring academic, moral and sports excellence required for a complete female athlete during and after participation in sports”

AFFAN plans to establish a scholarship scheme to encourage female athletes to successfully combine sports with academics. Consequently, Dr Aluko said that the Association will partner with sports institutions, federations and associations to bring this to fruition.

ASSOCIATION FOR FORMER FEMALE ATHLETES TO BE LAUNCHED IN OCTOBER
photo credit: Oluchi Tobex Tobe-Chukwu

“Sports women will no longer be called school drop outs. AFFAN will partner with corporate bodies to encourage and support female athletes’ education through the award of scholarships. Education makes an athlete to be relevant at decision-making levels after active sports participation, therefore, AFFAN will collaborate with media organisations to ensure a comprehensive and accurate portrayal of the image of female athletes.

“We want to create an awareness that will motivate retired female athletes to continually contribute meaningfully to sports development in Nigeria by taking up positions locally and internationally in the administrative, technical (officiating & Coaching) and in politics.”

AFFAN is registered as an autonomous organisation with activities linked to the promotion of active and retired female athletes.

Nigeria’s Players Union Sends Appreciation Letter To Otedola…

Nigeria Players Union sends appreciation letter to Otedola on ex players’ treatment

The National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers, NANPF, affiliated to NFF and TUC, ably led by its President , Nigeria ex international Tijani Babaginda (MON), has sent a letter of appreciation on behalf of all Nigeria Footballers, home and abroad to express its unreserved gratitude to business mogul, Femi Otedola for intervening and by taking care of the medical bills and other logistics associated with the ongoing treatment of former Nigeria internationals, Christian Chukwu and Peter Fregene.

In the letter signed by the union’s General Secretary, Austin Popo, it described the philanthropist’s actions as timely and life saving.

Christian Chukwu
photo credit: Sola Orelaja

” We recall the visit your representatives made to Peter Fregene’s house in Sapele, on the 23rd of May 2019, following media reports of his ailing condition.

“It gladdens our hearts that you also instructed that he be airlifted from the airport in Benin to Lagos on Friday, June 14th where he is currently receiving medical attention at the Reddington hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

“This is not the first time you would be extending your generosity to footballers. We recall your swift reaction and intervention when the ailing health condition of former Captain of the National Team, the Green Eagles, Chairman Christian Chukwu was also widely reported in the media. Its on record that in April, you donated $50,000 for the medical treatment of ex-footballer and coach, Christian Chukwu in a UK hospital, ” the letter read in parts.

Femi Otedola

Continuing, it went ahead to inform the boss of Forte Oil Company, of the union’s plans , in conjunction with other major stakeholders in the industry, is to launch the “Nigeria Footballers Welfare Trust Fund” as part of its Social Security Mechanism to guarantee the lives and future of both current and former Nigeria Players.

Adding that the union earnestly look forward to receiving maximum support from the business mogul, when the time comes.

Akeem Busari

Ahead of AFCON, William Ekong Launches Campaign Against NTDs

William Ekong leads campaign against neglected tropical diseases that affect over 120 million Nigerians
…the Super Eagles defender is campaigning in partnership with the END Fund and Common Goal

Nigeria national team defender William Ekong has started a campaign to draw attention to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect more than 120 million Nigerians. In partnership with the END Fund and Common Goal, William appears in a 48 seconds public service announcement where he calls on affected Nigerians to seek free treatment.

Neglected tropical diseases are a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases that affects more than 1.5 billion of the world’s most impoverished people, including 869 million children. They include intestinal worms, schistosomiasis (bilharzia), river blindness, trachoma, and lymphatic filariasis.

Preparing to represent the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, William is hoping that every Nigerian will participate in the free treatment campaigns from several END Fund partners across the country.

“Like the rest of the team, I joined Common Goal because I wanted to use football as a tool to make a difference. I’m proud that we’re partnering with the END Fund to challenge every Nigerian to tackle neglected tropical diseases or NTDs,” said William.

“600 million people in Africa need treatment for these diseases with over 120 million living in Nigeria alone.

“Football is a powerful force in Nigeria and as a footballer and parent, I believe we should do everything we can to end these preventable and treatable diseases that stand between you and your goals.

‘So the next time a health worker comes to your school, community or place of worship make sure you take the free medicine that they are giving out. Keep the ball rolling – spread the word to your family and friends and let’s be the generation to beat NTDs,” he concluded.

Dr. Chukwuma Anyaike, Director and National Coordinator of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Elimination Programme, Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria, described the campaign as an important opportunity to bring attention to NTDs in the country.

“We are very delighted to have William join the Federal Ministry of Health and our partners in Nigeria’s fight against neglected tropical diseases, we hope that this campaign helps to highlight the importance of the fight against NTDs in Nigeria and across the continent,” Dr. Anyaike said.

The campaign will run on local radio and television stations during the months of June and July across the following states: Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Gombe, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. It will also feature on digital platforms nationwide as well and include targeted SMS messaging.

For more information about William Ekong’s campaign, visit: http://bit.ly/WTEkong

Remo Stars FC Donates New Building To Orphanage in Ogun State

As part of It’s Corporate Social Responsibility, Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) has donated a new building to Blessed Assurance Orphanage in Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State.

Remo Stars FC Donates New Building To Orphanage in Ogun State

President of the Club, Honourable Kunle Soname who was represented by his wife, Mrs. Oluwakemi Soname maintains that creating an enabling environment for the less privileged people in the society will give them an assurance of a better future and help the society to a large extent.

While expressing concern over the plight of the underprivileged people especially youths and children, she assured that the club would not relent in it’s efforts towards giving care to the needy and also help rekindle their hope for the future regardless of their condition.

The Secretary of Blessed Assurance Orphanage (BOA), Mrs Gold Edouard while speaking at the handing over ceremony stated that the Orphanage’s goal is to care for the less privileged, abandoned babies and children by giving them a decent upbringing, infusing in them a sense of belonging, security and above all giving them sound educational values.

Remo Stars FC Donates New Building To Orphanage in Ogun State

“We also want to use the opportunity to appreciate Remo Stars FC for putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged and we would also like to plead with general public to help meet the needs of the orphans in our society with a view to ensuring they live and function better.

Betway Hoping For 147 Or 100 Centuries To Trigger Charity Donation

UK Championship title sponsor Betway are hoping for a centuries blitz or a maximum break at this year’s tournament, with a £10,000 donation to Jessie May Children’s Hospice At Home on the line.

The tournament at the York Barbican starts today and runs until December 9th, with 128 players battling for one of snooker’s Triple Crown titles.

Star names in the field include Judd Trump, Mark Selby, Mark Williams, John Higgins, Shaun Murphy, Neil Robertson, Ding Junhui and defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.

And a 147 maximum break OR a total of 100 centuries in the whole tournament would trigger the £10,000 donation to World Snooker’s official charity Jessie May.

Since 2015, Betway has donated a total of £48,788 to World Snooker’s charity partners.

Alan Alger, PR Manager at Betway, said: “We’re looking forward to a fantastic two weeks of action in York. The best 128 players in the world are in the field and so there is no doubt the standard of play will be incredibly high.

“There have been five 147s made in the UK Championship since 2012 so there’s a good chance of another this year. And on the century count, last year there were 99 and in each of the previous two years there were 105 so we’re confident the players we’ll get to 100 this time.

“We’d love to make this donation to a wonderful cause in Jessie May so it’s over to the players to show their skills on the table!”

Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home, based in Bristol, provides a hospice at home service for terminally ill children, offering care to families in the Bristol area.

Lindsey Horton, Corporate Partnerships Officer for Jessie May, added: “We can’t believe this amazing and generous offer from Betway and on behalf of all our families and Nurses we send a HUGE thank you for your ongoing support. We’re always cheering on the players and we know that they’ll do us proud! Bring on the centuries.”

Legends’ Charity Match: Kanu Lauds Petrolex, Other Sponsors For Successful Event

Nigerian football legend, Nwankwo Kanu has heaped plaudits on Petrolex Oil and Gas and other sponsors of the Legends’ Charity Football game, which took place at The Hive Stadium in London for their support in making the programme a huge success.

Speaking about the event which was tagged the Petrolex Kanu Cup, the former Arsenal striker said, “We appreciate Petrolex for what the company did to make the event happen as the main sponsor. When we called them, they didn’t say ‘no’, they said ‘yes’ because they were convinced it is for a good cause. And from Day 1, they have been supporting us till now.”

The charity game pitched former African players tagged African Masters against their European counterparts dubbed the Premier League Masters and at the end of proceedings, the African Masters succumbed to a 9 – 4 drubbing by their opponents.

Kanu had initially revealed that proceeds from the Petrolex Kanu Cup which was in association with Masters Football will be used to help African children access life-saving heart operations through the Kanu Heart Foundation.

It will also be invested in the construction of a modern Cardiac Centre in Africa to reduce travelling overseas for treatment.

He said: “The Kanu Heart Foundation has done 542 operations since inception, and there are about 200 children on the waiting list for heart surgeries. The more we can raise funds, the more we can save more lives. Our dream is to build hospitals in Africa, starting from Nigeria. The pressure is on us to make sure that we can help more.

“The Petrolex Kanu Cup is an opportunity to bring people together to see some amazing players – and my great friends – play the beautiful game once more, whilst also raising money for a good cause.”

Some of the African stars present were Lomana LuaLua, Michael Essien, Lauren Kolo Toure, Christopher Kanu, Rami Shaaban, George Boateng, Emmanuel Eboue, Eric Djemba Djemba, Quinton Fortune, Mido, Danny Shittu, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Daniel Amokachi and Peter Odemwingie.

The Premier League team comprised had Sol Campbell, Steve McManaman (Captain), Louis Saha, Robert Pires, William Gallas, Wes Brown, Phil Babb, Jens Lehmann, Pascal Chimbonda and David Thompson among others.

Aruna Quadri Lifts Less Privileged in Lagos

Away from his regular training ahead of the 2018 ITTF African Championships, Aruna Quadri on Tuesday August 28, 2018 put smiles on the faces of students of SOS Children’s Village International in Isolo, a suburb in Lagos, Nigeria.

Accompanied by his wife – Ganiat Aruna, the 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open champion said he decided to show his compassion for the less privileged as he had to go through thick and thin to become what he is today.

Gboyega Fadowole-Aje (left), Ganiat Aruna; Quadri Aruna and Lawrence Agbaegbu during the visit in Lagos on Tuesday Aug 28, 2018

Aruna Quadri and his spouse were received at the SOS Children’s Village by the National Fund Development and Communication Coordinator, Gboyega Fadowole-Aje who described Aruna’s gesture as commendable while hoping that other sports stars in Nigeria would take a cue from the athlete.

“We want to first of all congratulate you on your victory at the just concluded Nigeria Open and wish you well in your endeavours. We were indeed touched by this your singular gesture and we believe your presence in the Village would surely inspire the children to aim high like you in their endeavours. On behalf of the Country Director, we are grateful and we wish well in your endeavours,” Gboyega Fadowole-Aje said.

For Aruna Quadri, the gesture has been part of his plans to support the disadvantaged people in the society. “This is another way to show love to those who are not privilege and I believe this small gesture will augment what others have been doing for them. I am doing this to also give back to the society where I emerged from and this will not be a one-off thing as I hope to make it a regular in my plans whenever I am home in Nigeria,” the world number 18 said.

Aruna Quadri

Also, the National Store Coordinator of SOS Children’s Villages, Lawrence Agbaegbu believes the efforts of the table tennis star is a welcome development while urging other well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to support the centre which is an international home for the less privilege.

Aside the mini table donated by Aruna Quadri, food items valued at thousands of dollars was given to the home.

Aruna Quadri also took time out to play table tennis with some of the children in the centre.