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WNBA Star, “Chiney” Ogwumike Storms Nigeria

WNBA star and Nigerian-American basketball star, Chinenye “Chiney” Ogwumike has traced passion and purpose as one of the main ingredients for her success as a professional basketball player.

The Los Angeles Sparks player who is one of the fastest rising basketball analysts in the world was a guest at Avi-Cenna International School in Ikeja as part of her give back initiative.

WNBA Star, “Chiney” Ogwumike Storms Nigeria
WNBA Star, “Chiney” Ogwumike Storms Nigeria

While addressing the students, Chiney said that as young and aspiring sportsmen and women, there is more to basketball than having the regular skills set.

The ESPN analyst related her experience as a kid who grew up in Houston and emphasised on the need for kids to be focused, in a society where they can easily get distracted.

WNBA Star, “Chiney” Ogwumike Storms Nigeria
WNBA Star, “Chiney” Ogwumike Storms Nigeria

On Tuesday, “Chiney” Ogwumike will unveil the renovated basketball court at Queens College, Yaba after which she will distribute basketball kits to students who are aspiring to play basketball.

Ogwumike who holds the record for the most rebounds in the history of Stanford Women’s Basketball and the Pac-12 Conference will also meet with young female professional basketball players at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium Complex.

WNBA Star, “Chiney” Ogwumike Storms Nigeria

The current WNBA Players Association Vice President will round off her visit on Wednesday after meeting over 300 kids at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium

WNBA Star, “Chiney” Ogwumike Storms Nigeria
WNBA Star, “Chiney” Ogwumike Storms Nigeria

Nigeria Players’ Union Appoints Canada Based Nigerian Football Expert As Consultant

The National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers (NANPF), is its continued drive towards delivering a better footballers union with the attendant benefits for all members, on Friday, last week, appointed Canada based Nigerian football expert, Chinedu Amadi, as a consultant on marketing, preparation and players management.

The letter of appointment letter signed by Comrade Austin Popo, the General Secretary on behalf of the players’ union president, Tijani Babangida, MON stated that the appointment of Amadi which is with immediate effect, was premised on his rich knowledge and experience in sports marketing and players management over the past years.

Chinedu Amadi, National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers, NANPF, Austin Popo,
Chinedu Amadi

Chinedu Amadi, a former footballer and top rated Canadian sprinter, is a world renowned sports management expert with vast experiences spanning over two decades. Born in Sadbury, Canada, but originally hails from Owerri, Imo State. At 4 years old, he moved back to Nigeria on a cultural exchange programme. And at age 15, he was a Personal Assistant to the Imo State Commissioner of Commerce, Industry, Works and Transport.

He is a seasoned management consultant with a special focus on Sports Development and Management. Amadi attended the University of Guelph, Canada, where he studied Economics, and was a First Team All Canadian Student Athlete. He is a dynamic and proven inspirational leader with a innovative and refreshing perspective on how to propel socio-economic development in Africa through sports.

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Nigeria Football Supporters Club Chairman Rev. Samuel Ikpea Calls For Peace, Unity In Nigerian Football

The National Chairman of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Rev. Samuel Ikpea has charged all stakeholders and concerned football lovers to sheath their swords and come together for the benefits of Nigerian football.

Speaking with journalists in his Lagos office, Ikpea lamented the misfortunes that befell Nigerian in 2019. He particularly berated the leadership of Nigerian football for causing disaffection and mistrust amongst lovers of the game, including the Nigeria Football Supporters Club and other potential investors.

Rev. Samuel Ikpea President Nigeria Football Supporters Club

“We remember the way members of Nigeria Football Supporters Club used to storm different stadia within and outside Nigeria to support the various Nigerian club-sides and national teams to success. And this were phenomenal,” Ikpea remarked.

“Today, it is painful and unfortunate that the present leadership of Nigerian football could not see the roles of a united supporters club in inspiring our national team since 1955. Several past leaders of the NFF, recognised and appreciated the positive impacts of our massive and united presence during the national team matches with records of success.

“That we now have about six noise making groups masquerading as supporters club, is a failure of the present NFF, who have failed in its mindless attempts to have total control of Nigerian football, including the NFSC, which remains a non governmental organisation with no financial supports from the government over the years,” Ikpea stated.

Rev. Samuel Ikpea, President Nigeria football supporters club, (NFSC)

Ikpea went on to advise the present Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, to continue in his positive and all inclusive strides that portends progress for the future of sports in Nigeria.

“The new Minister of sports is a blessing to Nigerian sports. However, he should continue to consult widely, and of course, act wisely, without fear or favour, “said the NFSC boss, whose passion for Nigerian football is infectious.

“This year 2020, is the beginning of another series of qualifying matches towards major tournaments. All stakeholders should be brought together and given due recognition, if this country’s football must move forward and shed its cloak of failure. And redeem its battered image in the world of football,” he added.

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Red-hot Nigerian Striker Celebrates Birthday With Goal For Israeli Club

Nigeria’s James Adeniyi continued his red hot form for his Israeli club, Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona, with a goal in a cup tie Friday against Maccabi Petach Tikva in a 2-3 away loss.

The fast paced, strong and skilful forward whose birthday coincidentally,was yesterday, and has been enjoying a rich vein of form scored the equaliser for his side, to take the gruelling encounter into extra time, before his team eventually lost 2-3 on penalties.

James Adeniyi of Israeli club, Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona,
Photo credit: Akeem Busari

In recent times the, Adeniyi who is on loan to the Israeli club from FK Qabala, has continued to attract the attentions and interests of some top European clubs who are eyeing his services in the next transfer window.

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Ojo promises goals, promotion with Insurance

Highly rated striker Tolulope Ojo has promised to score goals that would help propel his new team, Bendel Insurance of Benin to the elite league of Nigerian football.

The former Lobi Stars and Ekiti United forward put in impressive display during the NNL league for the Edo Gunners in the 2-0 win over J. Atete, before he was substituted in the 75th minutes of the encounter to warm applause from the crowds.

Speaking after the game, Ojo, who revealed that he modelled his game after the famous Athletico Madrid forward Diego Costa, was upbeat about the chances of his new team to pick a promotion ticket to the top flight of Nigerian football.

” Thank God, we’ve started on a good note. The victory over J. Atete is a morale booster for us, as the three points is very important, ” he remarked.

Tolulope Ojo

Despite his impressive display during the match, the fast paced 20 years old striker was not happy that he couldn’t put his name on the scorers chart in the game.

Last season, Ojo, who is fondly called OT9 by his growing admirers scored eight goals in as many matches to help his former club Ekiti United escape relegation by whiskers.

” I am never happy if I don’t score during matches. It is my job as a striker to score and help my team win matches. I won’t relent because I have set a target of 15 goals for myself this season and hope it would help my team get the needed promotion to the NPFL at the end of the season, ” he stated.

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SUNDAY DARE TAKES A HUGE STEP FURTHER ON AGENDA FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A VIBRANT SPORTS INDUSTRY

Concerned with the declining attention paid to the needs of the Sports Sector the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports sought partnership with the NESG on the need to reposition sports as a business and no longer a social service sector in order to make it more attractive to the Organised Private Sector.

Following a Consultative Meeting between the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sport Development Dr. Sunday Dare and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group after the just concluded National Economic Summit, NES #25, the Ministry and the NESG resolved to escalate the conversation on the need to institutionalise Sports as
a Private Sector led Industry in line with global best practices and the agenda to
develop youth-based vibrant sectors to drive the Nigerian economy.

Consequently, the Ministry consented to the plan to host the First Inter-Ministerial Technical Session on Sports Industry Development, scheduled to hold on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of November 2019 at the VIP Lounge of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja FCT, but for other logistical considerations, venue has now shifted to the NESG Office at Unity Tower, Herbert Macaulay Way, Abuja.

This Technical session will for the very first time ever, bring together Seven (7) Ministers from selected key Ministries (Education, Information & Culture, Women Affairs, Industry, Trade & Investment, Finance, Budget & National Planning, Youth & Sports Development and Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development) to brainstorm in Sector-specific Breakout Sessions, and harmonise cross-cutting, cross-sectoral issues with Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development significant impact on the development of a reformed and repositioned Sports Industry in the country.

The goal of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Session is to develop a pathway for constant dialogue and engagement between the private and public sectors to chart a sustainable course for unlocking the potentials of the Sports Industry and enabling the development of the whole gamut of the value chain of sports.

Through this pathway, it is expected that the reform of the Sports Industry will contribute to the socio-economic indices of the Nigerian economy by increasing participation in sport, enabling the creation of jobs, promoting greater employment of youth, generating revenues from sport-related activities and targeting a GDP contribution of 2-3% to the Nigerian Economy within 5-10 years.

The outcome of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Session and the proceedings of the breakout sessions will form an integral part of the ongoing reform process towards a new National Sports Industry Policy that will accommodate objectives of all stakeholders in the Public, Social Enterprise and Private Sectors for a vibrant Sport Industry, capable of contributing to the growth of the socio-economic indices of the
Nigeria Economy.

Federal Minister of Youth and Sports Mr Sunday Dare
photo credit: Sunday Dare FB

In addition to the Honourable Ministers of the Seven (7) Ministries identified above, the event is to also have in attendance, heads of their relevant departments and agencies as well as selected chieftains from various economic sectors, multilateral agencies, social enterprise organisations and experts in both academic and practice of Sports.

The Inter-Ministerial Technical Session is jointly hosted by the Ministry and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and is a part of the NESG’s Sports Industry Thematic Group 2019/2020 Work Plan. This is expected to dovetail into the National Sports Industry Policy Dialogue, which will be held next year as part of the events marking the National Sports Festival (Edo 2020).

Joint Statement from CGF President Dame Louise Martin and IOA President Dr Narinder Batra

Discussions between the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport, the Government of India, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) have been very positive.

We are confident that our important visits to Delhi and Punjab will significantly strengthen our relationship as we move forwards.

The CGF and the IOA recognise the significant positive sporting legacies created from the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games in terms of both sport participation and high performance across the country. The CGF commends the leadership of the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport Kiren Rijiju for championing the open and inclusive free use of Delhi 2010 venues for sport development and competition.

The CGF appreciates the concerns expressed by India about the non-inclusion of shooting as a competitive event at Birmingham 2022 and we are committed to working together for finding a solution to this.

CGF President Dame Louise Martin and IOA President Dr Narinder Batra

We have also agreed to work closely to help strengthen India’s voice and presence across the Commonwealth Sport Movement.

Following our discussions, the CGF are increasingly hopeful that the athletes of India will compete at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. We acknowledge and respect that this decision will ultimately be taken by the sports community of India but have been delighted with the opportunity to discuss the refreshed vision of the Commonwealth Sport Movement and India’s important role in achieving it.

An important part of the CGF visit has been to witness and celebrate the continuing positive legacies of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. The CGF are also convening with athletes and officials across Indian sport to discuss the future of Commonwealth Sport.