Kanu International Football Academy in a statement released Wednesday from its ongoing national camp in Ibadan, have disclosed its discovery of a rare gem in youngster Mamman Sani Musa.
According to the obviously elated head coach of KIFA, Babatunde Odubola, the 17 years old lad from Potiskum local government in Yobe state is immensely gifted and possesses untold qualities rarely seen in players his age.
“I am proud to announce to the world that KIFA has discovered ‘gold’ in Yobe state. Who would ever believe that such a talented lad could be discovered in that part of Nigeria. And credits to KIFA because it is in line with our mantra that ‘a ball can change our world’.
” Mamman, is a young, strong and gifted midfielder with commanding presence in the middle of the park. As an experienced youth coach with credits of discoveries of top quality players from the grassroots, I am confident that this lad would go on to do great things in football,” Odubola, a former coach of 3SC enthused confidently.
There is so much buzz and unprecedented excitement among football fans and stakeholders in Ekiti state, as the state FA conclude plans for the final phase of 2019 Ekiti State Bet9ja Football League.
Addressing a well attended press conference at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium Ado Ekiti, Chairman, Organising committee, who doubles as representative of the sponsor, Mr Olabayo Badmos said everything has been put in place to ensure a successful final phase.
He explained that some innovations have been added to the finals, including filing out of kids with the players as escorts and the presence of notable personalities that will include the Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye amongst others.
Answering questions from Sportswriters, Mr. Badmos said the total prize money of one million Naira is intact as he also gave assurance that the sponsor would continue to foot the bills of the league for many years to come.
Also speaking, Chairman Ekiti State Football Association, Mr Bayo Olanlege thanked members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Ekiti State Chapter for their support so far and he solicited their continued assistance in publicizing activities of the FA.
Mr Olanlege went ahead to disclose that budding talents identified from the competition would be integrated into the winning club, with a view to making sure that Ekiti presents a formidable side at the NLO Division 3 play-offs.
In his contributions, a member of the FA board, Chief Amos Ariyo expressed gladness on the performance of match officials so far in the competition. While he also promised that they would continue to offer commendable services.
Earlier, another FA board member, Mr. Fatukasi expressed delight over the rapport between the FA and the sponsor on one hand, as well as the FA and Sportswriters, saying such would improve football in the State.
On Friday, the 11th of this month, four clubs, Moyero FC, Ifaki United FC, Soccer Academy, Igede and EKSU Galacticos would contest in the semi finals of the 2019 Bet9ja Ekiti Football league starting from 1pm.
The 3rd place and final matches would hold on Sunday 13th October by 1pm and 3pm respectively, all at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium Ado Ekiti.
Kanu International Football Academy received a morale booster with the arrival of top rated foreign football scouts at its Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort camp, Ibadan.
According to the national coordinator of the high brow football academy, Prince Dapo Ajibade, the football scouts are in the country to witness the 8 teams national championship organised by KIFA and ostensibly, pick fresher and talented youngsters in the mould of legendary Nwankwo Kanu and other great players.
“Our national camp is buzzing with exciting and talented youngsters who are determined to take world football by the storm. And we’re sure to discover great players in the mould of Kanu, Okocha, Keshi and others.
According to the former boss of Sunshine Stars football club, the championship which begins today, is a prelude to its international scouting tournament slated for 15th – 20th, October, in Lagos.
The Cerebra Palsy football association of Nigeria has concluded plans to hold a sensitisation walk this Sunday, 6th October, 2019 to commemorate the special day for people suffering from this ailment.
Speaking with the media, the Secretary- General of CPFA, Deborah Okediadi, disclosed that the walk is to further sensitive members of the public that people with this mental and physical challenges can live a healthy life by actively participating in sporting activities.
“The significance of every 6th October, is to continue the awareness movement that we should continue to love people with cerebral palsy. And to also notify the world that with their involvement in sport activities, they will surely improve mentally and physically,” the hardworking scribe, remarked.
She went further to reveal the immediate plans of the body towards further creating awareness and also helping to further integrate those with the sickness into the larger society.
“Our immediate plans for Cerebral Palsy Football Association of Nigeria, include holding a national tournament later this year in December.
” That would help us organise the Cerebral PaIsy football league, as well as, form a national team that would go ahead to represent Nigeria in international games, beginning with a friendly match against Ghana,” she added.
Hosts, Les Femelles Elephantes of Cote d’Ivoire battled African champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria to a 0-0 draw in their Tokyo 2020 women’s football tournament African second round, first leg qualifying match in Abidjan on Thursday.
The encounter at the Parc des Sports de Treichville saw both teams creating several opportunities but failing to put the ball in the net, with Nigeria captain Asisat Oshoala spurning two excellent chances to win the game for the Falcons.
Super Falcons’ youthful goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was again in superb form, thwarting the Ivorians and ensuring a respectable result for Nigeria ahead of the return leg at the Agege Stadium in Lagos on Monday.
Nigeria’s midfielder Amarachi Okoronkwo was given the marching order in added time of the second half of the match.
The Falcons’ delegation will return to Nigeria on Friday and the team will immediately begin preparation for the return leg encounter.
Cup holders Nigeria will battle Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia and South Africa at the group stage of the 3rd U23 Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt next month, following the draw held in Alexandria on Wednesday night. All Group B matches will hold at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo – one of the venues for last summer’s 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Host nation Egypt will be up against Ghana, Cameroon and Mali in a hard-as-nails Group A with matches at the Cairo International Stadium.
A simple but elegant ceremony, with the Montaza Palace at the foreground and the Mediterranean Sea at the background, and rocked by occasional interventions of firecrackers over the sea, was compered by former Egyptian international Ahmed Hosny (now a movie star) and model Lama Gebreil.
Egypt’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Dr. Ashraf Sobhy; CAF Executive Committee Member Ahmed Yahya; Members of the Normalization Committee of the Egyptian FA; Members of the local organizing committee for the U23 AFCON; Egyptian legends Mohamed Barakat and Ahmed Fathi and; representatives of the qualified nations witnessed the event in the 127 –year old Montaza grounds, built by King Farouk, before Gamal Abdel Nasser led a revolution that overthrew the monarchy in 1952 and established constitutional rule.
The draw was conducted by CAF’s Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu who kept it simple yet sophisticated, and former Egyptian international Emad Meteab.
Cup holders Nigeria will play their first game against Cote d’Ivoire, before further matches against Zambia and South Africa in the group stage. Only the top three teams at the tournament will qualify to represent Africa at the men’s football tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Coach of South Africa, David Notone, told thenff.com: “The truth is that whatever group you fall into would always be tough. We have eight very strong teams here and any team could have fallen anywhere, except Egypt and Nigeria that headed the groups.
“I call Group B a pool of derbies, with two West African teams and two Southern African teams. Group A is the pool of death, no doubt about it. It is going to be fight-to-finish in both groups.”
Former Ghanaian international midfielder Ibrahim Tanko, who is coach of Ghana and whose team shocked bookmakers by defeating Algeria away after both teams drew 1-1 in Ghana in the final qualifying round, said: “Everyone is saying it is tough, but I think it is impressive. This simply means that you have to prepare very hard, play each match like the final and take your chances.
“Any team having illusions of recovering after a false start will be sorely disappointed. I think we are going to have tough, spectacular games all the way in the tournament.”
Members of Nigeria Football Supporters Club will tomorrow converge on the National stadium, Lagos for a series of sports activities to commemorate Nigeria’s 59th Independence anniversary.
According to the National Chairman of NFSC, Rev. Samuel Ikpea, the club members, as well as, family members will be involved in endurance walk from the club’s secretariat at Ayinde Giwa, Surulere to the National stadium also in Surulere.
Thereafter, at the stadium, members of the club will engage the executives in a novelty football match.
” We have arranged a series of sports activities to commemorate and celebrate our country’s 59th independence anniversary, ” the amiable football enthusiast disclosed.
” There would endurance walk from our headquarters in Surulere to the national stadium where we shall have a novelty football match. We want members of the public to come out and watch us display our football skills learned over several years,” he added.
The endurance walk begins 2pm, while the football match is scheduled for 4 pm.