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Lagos SWAN, CANON Plan Big For Sports Journalists

Canon, a leading provider of Consumer, business-to-business and industrial digital imaging solutions is proposing a partnership with the Lagos State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria
in the area of capacity building.

During a courtesy call by the Channel Account Manager, Canon Central and North Africa, Obembe Oluwaseyi John on the leadership of the association led by its Chairman, Debo Oshundun, both parties agreed to forge a lasting partnership.

Obembe said that with Lagos being the home of sports journalism in Sub-Sahara Africa, CANON deemed it necessary to invest in members of the fourth estate of the realm to enable them to attain their full
potential.

“We wanted to start something before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but we could not conclude on time and we missed out of that window. 2018 is already gone. If we want to do well in 2019, the time
to start is now,” he said.

Obembe said CANON is ready to bring in experts from Dubai and Japan to train Lagos SWAN members on a regular basis.

“Right now, we are looking at organising trainings four times in a year which will be segmented into beginners, intermediate and advanced targeted at photographers, cinematographers and video editors”, he
said.

According to him, for every engagement, there will be accessibility to equipment and on the spot sale to Lagos SWAN members at discounted rates so that interested members can purchase.

in his remarks, chairman of Lagos SWAN said the world is going digital and it is expedient for members of Lagos SWAN to key into this unique opportunity with CANON.

Debo Oshundun, Chairman Lagos SWAN

“It is a blessing for us in Lagos SWAN. The training is coming at a right time because for us in the newsprint, pictures tell half of the story. For those in Television, online and other multimedia platforms,
good pictures and videos tell the story,” Oshundun said.

He thanked CANON for realising the vital role of Lagos SWAN in sports development and nation building.
Oshundun, said the partnership may not primarily be in the areas of purchase but assured of maximum visibility for CANON and its products.

Meanwhile, a four-man committee has been set up to draw out roadmaps for the capacity building proposed to start in January, 2019. Lagos SWAN ex-officio member, Adetula Phemmy will chair the committee
with Ganiyu Yusuf (Complete Sports), Enitan Obadina (Master Sports International) and Oni Afolabi (NBBF board member, Media) as members.

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Nigerian Women in Sports Demands Establishment of Sports Academy For Person’s With Special Needs

The President of Nigerian Women in Sports (NAWIS), Professor Florence Adeyanju has called on the three tiers of government to establish a sports academy for people living with disabilities.

The call was made at the 10th National Conference of the Association of Nigerian Women in Sports (NAWIS) held at CBN Centre of Excellence, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

The Theme of the Conference is “Promoting the wellbeing of persons living with disability through sports”.

In a communique signed by the reelected President, Professor Florence Adeyanju and her board members said more awareness should be created about para sports in Nigeria for people living with disabilities to partake.

The association frowned at street begging, calling on institutions to consider persons with disabilities in the admission into institutions of learning when qualified.

“Para athletes should be well taken care of with good welfare packages including scholarship and others that can empower them to be independent. Every building facilities and equipment should consider the need of those living with disabilities.

“Programmes of institutions of learning should include courses with enabling environment for people living with disabilities. There should be no discrimination in the employment of sports men and women living with disabilities”, it ended.

15 Teams Pick Form For Bet9ja 2018 Lagos SWAN Cup

Fifteen media houses have signified their readiness to vie for honours in the fast approaching 2018 Lagos SWAN Cup.

Chairman of Sports Committee, Lagos SWAN, Mr. Wale Joseph disclosed this on Wednesday in Lagos.

Joseph assured that this year’s edition of the tournament promises to be an exciting one as all logistics have been put in place.

According to him, “At the moment, fifteen teams have picked the forms and we are hoping that more media houses would turn up before today’s deadline as no delay will be tolerated.

“Aside that, the committee is working to ensure that members have some fun when the competition finally kicks off on Friday.”

Lagos SWAN week credit: Afolabi Oni

The listed teams are; Complete Sports, TVC, Unilag FM, The Nation Newspaper, Sports Compass, Top Radio, Pooja Media, Voice of Nigeria (VON), SMA FM, Sportsville, Goal.com, Rave TV, Community Watch, Hotsport TV and The Sun newspaper.

The SWAN Cup kicks off with a novelty match between SWAN Chesters, the Lagos female SWAN team and Female coaches this Friday at the Legacy Pitch, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Lagos SWAN Unveils Bet9ja as Title Sponsors for Lagos SWAN Cup 2018

Foremost betting company Bet9ja has taken over the sponsorship of the Lagos state Sports Writers Association of Nigeria annual SWAN cup competition.

According to the Brands and Communications Manager of Bet9ja Tunji Mesh,” We have decided to take over the sponsorship of the Lagos State SWAN cup in recognition of the crucial role of the body in sports development.

Debo Oshundun, Chairman Lagos SWAN

Moreover as partners in progress we have a duty to ensure that the SWAN members enjoy sound health by keeping fit through the competition and also have fun.

This is in furtherance of our commitment to healthy living and to support sports writers to practice what they preach every day.”

Mesh assured that Bet9ja would give every financial and material support to SWAN to sustain the competition.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Lagos State SWAN, Mr Debo Oshundun has commended the betting company for taking up the sponsorship of Lagos SWAN Cup.

“We are delighted that Bet9ja has decided to partner with Lagos State SWAN by taking up this sponsorship.

This is a milestone for Bet9ja and SWAN and we are determined to make the partnership work,” Oshundun said.

He, however, said that a press conference to herald the competition and the sponsorship package would take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18, Time is 11am at the Lagos SWAN media centre, National Stadium Lagos.

Ejidike Reveals Big Plans For Nigerian Sports…Congratulates Boxing Champion Larry Ekundayo

Nigeria’s Pillar Of Sports, Chief Donatus Agu-Ejidike has disclosed his plans to help lift Nigerian sports, particularly, at the grassroots level.

In a chat with the press, the businessman cum philanthropist was upbeat about the potentials of the average Nigerian athlete, which he describes as immense.

Donatus Agu Ejidike

Ejidike who is also a board member of the Nigeria Karate Federation revealed that the office of the Nigeria Pillar Of Sports is set to organise a national karate championship that would be spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“I understand that sports in Nigeria is yet to hit the desired heights. Therefore, I am determined to continue to contribute my quota to the growth of Nigerian sports,” Ejidike stated.

“The next Olympics is just around the corners. We need to have our athletes ready and well motivated. My office is bent on ensuring that this country is well represented at continental and global sports events. As we shall soon roll out plans to help uplift our sports,” he said.

Ejidike went on to express his happiness on the impressive strides of Nigerian athletes in various sporting events. He was particularly, effusive in praises for Nigerian born, UK based IBF welterweight boxing champion Larry Ekundayo, on his recent achievements.

IBF Champion Larry Ekundayo

“I have always maintained that our country is blessed in all of its ramifications. And the recent achievements of Larry Ekundayo as a boxer, further attests to what we can achieve as a people.

“We must rally to encourage such Nigerians to achieve their dreams. I want to implore well meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies to to support our athletes. We shouldn’t leave the development of our sports and athletes to government alone,” Ejidike further stated.

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Liberian President, Weah, says Nigerian Football is a model

President of the Republic of Liberia, Mr. George Oppong Weah has hailed Nigeria as a great and worthy ally in national development, while describing Nigerian Football as a model that he wants his country to follow.

Speaking after Tuesday night’s exhibition match between the Lone Star and the Super Eagles at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, which the Eagles edged 2-1, Weah, a former World Footballer of the Year, revealed that Nigerian Football has always inspired him.

Super Eagles in Liberia,

“As a young, upcoming footballer, I was always fascinated by Nigeria’s football stars. I looked up to the likes of Stephen Keshi, Rashidi Yekini, Friday Ekpo and others and believed that the African footballer can also get to the very top. I believe that in Africa, somewhere, there is another Ballon D’Or winner. We have to find him, expose him to the world and give him the opportunity to actualize his dream,” Weah, who was named African, European and World Footballer of the Year in 1995, said.

While commending the Government of Nigeria, the Nigeria Football Federation and the Super Eagles for the honour done him on the occasion which was to celebrate his contributions to Liberian Football, Weah revealed that as a people, Liberians look up to Nigeria’s pedigree in the round leather game and will work hard to get there.

President Weah (fourth from left) flanked by Dikko (third from left) and Gusau (fourth from right) alongside officials of the Liberian Government and High Commission of Nigeria in Monrovia.

Weah and former national team mate, James Debbah led out the Lone Star against the Super Eagles in a game played in an ambience of warmth, mutual respect and good spirit. Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo scored for Nigeria in the first half while Liberia reduced the deficit through a penalty kick in the second half when Oluwasemilogo Ajayi handled in the box.

NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko and Executive Committee member Ibrahim Musa Gusau led the Nigerian delegation to Monrovia.

I Will Not Be Fulfilled Until I Win a Trophy With The Super Eagles – William Ekong

Ahead of the Super Eagles’ crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Pirates of Seychelles in Victoria on Saturday, thenff.com spoke to defender William Ekong on how life has been at his new club in Italy, Udinese FC, and what to expect from the three–time African champions when they regroup in the western Indian Ocean archipelago, for the first time since the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. Excerpts:

Thenff.com: It’s good to see you making remarkable progress in your career and at good pace as well. What can you attribute this development to?

Skipper Mikel Obi (right) with William Ekong, Kelechi Iheanacho, Oghenekaro Etebo, Chidozie Awaziem and a flight crew member during the World Cup Build-up.

Ekong: It has been hard work, persistence and the help of God. I’m grateful for where I am now but definitely not satisfied yet; I’m looking forward to the next challenge.

Thenff.com: With just few games so far, would you say your arrival in Italy is helping you to become the defender you want to be?

Ekong: It has pulled me out of my comfort zone again and I feel like I’m already making some good progress since my arrival, but I’m only just getting started.

Thenff.com: Now to the national team. The Super Eagles have to quickly get back on track after the disappointment at the FIFA World Cup in Russia. How determined are you and your team to qualify for, and do well at the 2019 AFCON?

Ekong: Yeah it was hard for all of us not to make progress from the group stage at the World Cup. But I still look back with pride about the team because our outing in Russia has definitely made us hungrier to qualify for the 2019 AFCON and to go all the way there.

Thenff.com: You appeared to have gained so much confidence playing with the Super Eagles. How good does this make you feel and what do you think the future holds for you in the team?

Ekong: It has been amazing being able to represent Nigeria for some years now, putting on the green-white-green with pride. I am proud of the medal we brought home to Nigeria from the Olympics Football Tournament in Brazil in 2016, but my big aim is to win something with the Super Eagles. I am really looking forward to that

William Troost-Ekong

Thenff.com: We play Seychelles this week and then Libya in October in back-to-back games. Are you optimistic of the team’s chances in these matches?

Ekong: I think we have demonstrated now that when Nigeria plays at its best there aren’t many teams we have to fear. But it will be a hard job in the next two months and I know the boys and staff are taking these games very serious. But of course, I believe if we perform at our optimum, we will garner the points from the remaining matches and qualify for the final tournament.