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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.

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.

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.

Referee Stéphanie Frappart: “FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Role A Huge Source Of Pride”

Stéphanie Frappart was appointed as match referee for the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, which will be contested between USA and the Netherlands at 17.00 CET on Sunday in Lyon.

Stéphanie Frappart will referee the final of France 2019

She has already officiated games in Ligue 1
Frappart: “VAR has had a positive impact on this World Cup”
The French official has already officiated three games so far at the tournament: the 0-0 group stage draw between Argentina and Japan, the Netherlands’ 2-1 defeat of Canada in the same round, and Sweden’s 2-1 quarter-final win against Germany.

Frappart is widely known in France for having become the first woman to referee a professional men’s game, in Ligue 2, before subsequently taking charge of matches at Ligue 1 level.

She spoke about her pride at having been selected, and gave her thoughts on the tournament as a whole.

Stephanie, what does it mean to you to have been appointed referee for the final of France 2019?

It’s a huge source of pride to be appointed for this match because I represent all of the referees at this World Cup. It’s a major recognition. It’s impossible to describe my emotions because we’ve all been working for several years to get here, a bit like the players.

What is your take on the groundbreaking use of video assistant referees at this Women’s World Cup?

VAR has had a positive impact on this World Cup. We’ve been working for the past year on how to apply the system. It’s a great tool for us. We’re here to referee and make decisions on the pitch, and VAR is like a parachute for us in case we’re unsure or get something wrong, because it allows us to make the right decision in the end.

What are your general thoughts on the tournament so far?

This World Cup has been a huge success for women’s football. The stadiums are full, there’s a lot of enthusiasm and everyone has been following the competition as closely as a men’s World Cup, so it’s a real success for us.

Stéphanie Frappart
Photo credit: FIFA

How did you prepare for this tournament?

Our preparations began just after Canada 2015. We had seminars, training courses and a preparation programme focusing on fitness, tactics and technique. In terms of fitness, we had trainers working with us throughout the year and even during the tournament. We also went through all the preparations for the use of VAR.

You have already refereed men’s top-flight matches in France. What did that mean to you?

I started refereeing in Ligue 1 last season, taking charge of two games. It was a huge recognition of my abilities and hard work. It was also a way of showing every young girl that it’s possible to reach that level if you work hard and give yourself the means to get there.

2019 SWAN Cup Gets August 9 Date As Forms Go On Sale

The 2019 edition of the Lagos SWAN Cup will hold from Friday, August 9 to 16 2019.

This decision was taken by the 2019 Lagos SWAN Cup Committee after its meeting chaired by Wale Joseph.

The Committee after due consultation with Lagos SWAN Executives approved the calendar for the 2019 edition of the Lagos SWAN Cup which is part of the weeklong annual Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (Lagos State Chapter) Week.

Participation forms for the 2019 edition will go on sale from July 8 and can be purchased at the Lagos SWAN secretariat located inside the National Stadium, Lagos by all affiliated media organisations.

The Lagos SWAN Cup Chairman, Wale Joseph said, “The annual event is targeted at fostering unity amongst members of the association as well as creating that unique opportunity for members to take time out from their busy schedule to exercise and live healthy”.

Joseph said that the one-week period will also provide an opportunity for members of the public to relate with those faces and voices they see and hear on Television and Radio.

Sales and return of completed forms will end on July 22 while screening of registered players will take place between July 29 and 31.

Press conference and draws will take centre stage on Tuesday, August 6 ahead of the Lagos SWAN Cup starting on August 9.

Complete Sports won the 2018 edition after defeating Community Watch by a lone goal while SportVision finished third.

Edo State Sports Commission Chairman and Staff salute Governor Obaseki on his 60th birthday.

The Chairman of the Edo State Sports Commission, Godwin Dudu-Orumen and staff of the Commission have felicitated with Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki on his diamond birthday.

In a message to the Governor on Monday, Dudu-Orumen described him as a man of destiny and bridge builder. The Edo State Sports Commission boss said the arrival of Godwin Obaseki as Governor at this time in the history of Edo State was not fortuitous but a divinely ordained step to turn around the fortunes of the state.

“You are a man of destiny Your Excellency and your coming to Edo State has brought a new lease of life and freshness to the people particularly members of the sports family. The creation of the Sports Commission is a testament to your vision, passion and commitment to repositioning the state in Nigeria’s sporting firmament.

“We are grateful to you for your leadership and support, which have seen our beloved state begin to excel in national competitions, and its sons and daughters blazing the trail in international sporting events.

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki

“As you celebrate today, we join the people of Edo State and millions of Nigerians proud of the leadership and direction you are providing for Edo State, and the bridges you are building across tribal and religious divides, to honour you. Happy Birthday sir and may God continue to strengthen you for the good work you are doing for our dear state and Nigeria. God bless you always Mr Governor.

Telecoming To Exclusively Distribute Digital contents of Real Madrid Through Mobile Operators In Africa

The alliance means the arrival in Africa of the official Real Madrid mobile offer: The famous Spanish club chooses a partner with extensive experience in technologies to distribute and monetize digital content in the African mobile environment.

Telecoming, the European technology company specialised in digital services monetisation, has signed an agreement with Real Madrid to become the exclusive distributor through mobile operators of its digital content in Africa. This agreement will allow Telecoming to enhance its presence across the African market in which it operates since 2015.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid, the most valued football club in the world (€1.646M according to Brand Finance), relies on Telecoming to offer through mobile operators in Africa, a better and unique digital experience. Telecoming also provides the technology needed to monetize this service through carrier billing and will promote it through its internal AdTech agency.

Cyrille Thivat Telecoming

Cyrille Thivat, CEO of Telecoming, explains “we are happy to be the exclusive partner of Real Madrid C.F. that has relied on Telecoming for our know-how in terms of distribution, production and monetisation of mobile entertainment services. We will rely on the extraordinary dynamism of the African market and its maturity towards mobile payments to successfully promote Real Madrid’s digital content offer “.

Telecoming has the exclusive license of the club’s mobile content in other European countries and will intend to develop with success its collaboration with Real Madrid among the African fans.

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.

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FIFA and UN Women Sign First-Ever Memorandum Of Understanding

FIFA, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Gianni Infantino, Phumzile Mlambo‑Ngcuka, FIFA Women’s Football Convention,

The first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between FIFA and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo‑Ngcuka at the FIFA Women’s Football Convention, a few hours before the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™.

“This is a significant moment for FIFA as we combine forces with UN Women to realise gender equality for women both on and off the pitch.” said Infantino. “Together, we will raise awareness about women’s football and its impact in terms of health, empowerment and positive role models for women and girls around the world.”

The MoU will provide a strong framework for strengthening and further developing synergies between FIFA and UN Women. Both organisations will work closely with public authorities, international organisations, the private sector, and media and sports organisations to make football more accessible to women and girls and to disseminate diverse sports content to promote gender equality.

FIFA and UN Women Sign First-Ever Memorandum Of Understanding
Photo credit: FIFA

Major sporting events will also be leveraged to deliver a legacy of positive change at social, political and economic levels to challenge persistent forms of discrimination and stereotypes that hold back progress for all.

“UN Women and FIFA are committed to levelling the playing field for women and girls, leveraging football’s mass appeal to bring positive change around the world. We are confident that this partnership will make a real difference to the gender inequality that we currently see in all sports, and that we are working to end throughout society, knowing that the benefits are for everyone,”said UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The three key joint areas of work in the MoU are sports policy development, the promotion and support of sustainable projects that will help create a lasting legacy, cultural change and empowerment of women and girls around the world, and communications to raise awareness around gender equality through sport, for example through the support of the FIFA Legends and UN Women Goodwill Ambassadors, as well as major tournaments.

The FIFA Women’s Football Convention, where the MoU signing took place, saw leaders from the world of sport and politics assemble to discuss key issues related to the development of women’s football and the societal benefits of football on women and girls around the world.