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COVID-19: Nwankwo Kanu Prays For Better and Healthier World…Cautions Nigerians Not To Panic

Nigerian and African football legend, Nwankwo Kanu, has expressed optimism that the world would come out better and stronger from the deadly Corona virus pandemic currently ravaging the world.

The former Super Eagles captain and Arsenal star, while speaking with journalists remarked that the present health situation in the world is a phase that would soon fade away. According to the ex- Inter Milan striker, the Covid-19 pandemic is another opportunity for people of the world to become closer to God, be more humane and also appreciate each other.

“This is the first time in recent decades that the whole world is experiencing a near total shutdown not for warfare, but due to health issues. It shows how feeble and panicky we are as human beings.

“Did you ever thought that sports could be shutdown all over the world? That we won’t be able to play or watch the beautiful game of football? This is a time for sober reflections and of course, a reapraisal our lives as human beings,” he admonished.

Nwankwo Kanu
Nwankwo Kanu

Nwankwo Kanu, who is also the president of the fast spreading and biggest football academy in West Africa, the Kanu International Football Academy (KIFA), went ahead to advise Nigerians not to panic and rush into heating up the atmosphere with panicky actions.

“We should not panic. Let’s take things easy and cautiously, by following the health tips on how to avoid or treat the virus. By the grace of God, we shall surely overcome this challenge,” Kanu advised.

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G-Innovation Boss Plans Big For Grassroots Football

Grassroots football has once again been described as the bedrock of any country’s football development. This assertion was reiterated by the President of G-Innovation football club, Chigozie Edwin Nwagwu.

In a chat with journalists in Lagos, the young but very resourceful club owner remarked that in line with name of his club, he has lined up several innovative programmes aimed at further developing grassroots football in the country.

He lamented the dearth of properly organised and well structured football clubs in the country. According to him, to achieve the desired standard in football development, football clubs should be business and profit oriented.

According to him, G- Innovation football club which was founded in 2014, has an enviable record of 30 wins, four draws and two losses across competitive and friendly games played in the 2019/2020 season.

G-Innovation football club, Chigozie Edwin Nwagwu,
G-Innovation football club President Chigozie Edwin Nwagwu

“We have plans to dominate Nigerian football, beginning from Lagos, which is our base. In line with our name, we are bringing hitherto unknown innovations and creativity to change the narratives as it concerns grassroots football in Nigeria,” he enthused confidently.

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Football Intermediaries Association of Nigeria Repositions To Develop Nigerian Football

Football Intermediaries Association of Nigeria, FIAN, European Football Agents Association, EFAA Congress, Reviewing proposed FIFA regulatory laws,The Football Intermediaries Association of Nigeria (FIAN) has revealed plans to help the development of Nigerian football. This newly found zeal came on the background of its participation at the European Football Agents Association’s (EFAA) Congress held 13th February,2020, at Zurich, Switzerland.

The EFAA congress was a gathering of elite European football agents, including top executives of national associations of major football powers of England, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy and other affiliate associations representing the interests of over 2000 professional agents from 18 countries, across the world.

The congress deliberated and adopted motions on enhancing the economic viability and professional conducts of associate intermediaries. And with special emphasis of the congress on resisting recent FIFA’s policy direction at restricting the role and financial rights of intermediaries at the local and international football sectors.

Reviewing some of the proposed FIFA regulatory laws on the conference floor, the FIAN delegation which comprised of Jideofor Obidike, Hilary Elezie, Michael China and Oyeyemi Taiwo Joshua, spoke in unison with other international participants to unanimously resist the proposed capping of Intermediaries’ Commission at 3% by the apex football authority; stopping of dual representation, and recertification of all Intermediaries registered after 2015.

Football Intermediaries Association of Nigeria Repositions To Develop Nigerian Football
Football Intermediaries Association of Nigeria Repositions To Develop Nigerian Football

According to the Public Relations Officer of FIAN, Kelvin Irikefe, the body is buoyed by renewed collaborations and synergy with EFAA President, Ron Jansen and the executives, as well as other affiliate associations.

Irikefe remarked that FIAN will be deploying the experience garnered from the conference to bear on its vision aimed at improving and sanitising the football intermediary sector from rogue operators soiling the body’s image.
He went onto restate the desires of FIAN to continue to work in harmony with Nigeria Football Federation and other concerned stakeholders to develop the Nigerian football industry.

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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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