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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos lifts the trophy after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on June 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO
Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo falls to his knees as he celebrates their victory on the final whistle of the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on June 3, 2017.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.
The Portugal superstar’s opener was cancelled out by an astonishing Mario Mandzukic strike, but goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio secured Madrid’s third Champions League triumph in four years and 12th in total.
Now a four-time Champions League winner, Ronaldo finished as the competition’s top scorer for the fifth season running, substantially enhancing his chances of matching eternal rival Lionel Messi’s tally of five Ballons d’Or.
Zinedine Zidane, a head coach for only 17 months, became the first manager to oversee back-to-back European Cup successes since Arrigo Sacchi’s fabled AC Milan team won the tournament in 1989 and 1990.
It crowns a glorious season for Madrid, who have pulled off a La Liga and European Cup double for the first time since 1958, having also won the Club World Cup and European Super Cup.
Zidane’s triumph was his former club Juve’s misery, Massimiliano Allegri’s side crashing to a fifth successive defeat in Champions League finals and seventh in total, extending their own desperately unwanted record.
The first Champions League final to be played beneath a closed roof saw Juve hit their heads against a familiar ceiling as they missed out on a chance to complete the first Treble in their history.
The Italian champions also had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off after he was shown a second yellow card for a gentle push on Sergio Ramos that drew a comical overreaction from the Madrid skipper.
Kick-off at the Principality Stadium was delayed by two minutes due to an elaborate pre-match ceremony involving American pop act the Black Eyed Peas and when play got under way, Juve settled first.
Gonzalo Higuain worked Keylor Navas twice, while Miralem Pjanic’s snappy half-volley forced the Madrid goalkeeper to produce a smart one-handed save.
Madrid drew first blood in the 20th minute when Ronaldo flicked the ball wide to Dani Carvajal before artfully sweeping the Spaniard’s return pass into the bottom-left corner via a nick off Leonardo Bonucci.

It was a fine strike, and it made Ronaldo the first player to have scored in three finals in the Champions League era, but it was cancelled out by Mandzukic’s masterpiece, one of the great European Cup final goals.
Bonucci’s flighted pass from deep was volleyed into the box by Alex Sandro and Higuain chested the ball down before teeing it up for Mandzukic.
The Croatian forward took a touch with his chest and then, as he fell, hooked a sublime volley over Navas’s despairing dive and beneath the crossbar.
After the break it was Zidane’s men who set the tempo.
Luka Modric had a 25-yard effort caught by Gianluigi Buffon and Marcelo narrowly failed to pick out Ronaldo with a cross from the left before Casemiro put Madrid ahead in the 61st minute.
A loose ball broke to him on the edge of the box and the Brazilian midfielder unleashed a right-foot shot that flicked off the heels of Madrid old boy Sami Khedira before spinning past the helpless Buffon.

hree minutes later it was game over as Ronaldo netted his 12th goal in the tournament, moving a goal clear of Messi.
Modric sped to the byline on the right and crossed and Ronaldo darted ahead of Bonucci at the near post to guide a shot past Buffon.
Cardiff native Gareth Bale made an appearance as a late replacement for Karim Benzema, having been out since April 23 with a calf injury.
Alex Sandro headed wide from a Dani Alves free-kick, but Juve’s fire went out when Cuadrado was given his marching orders and substitute Asensio added to their grief with a late tap-in from Marcelo’s cut-back.

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Professional Golfer relishes victory as Army promises to sustain tourney

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Professional Golfer, Michael Ubi of Python Golf Club, Port-Harcourt in Rivers State has promised to work harder next year to defend the Chief of Army Staff Pro Am Golf Tournament trophy won at the inaugural TYB -lnternational Golf Resorts and Country Club, Abuja.

Ubi grossed 139 over 36 holes to emerge the 2020  winner of the Chief of Army Staff Golf Tournament in an event that saw his arch chsllenger, Bala Abdullahi of Ashaka Cement Golf Club trailied with the same score margin but ended with plus one.

S. Okpe of Minna Cantonment Golf Club and J. Okoromi of Ilorin Golf Club both scored 140 gross over 36 holes to jointly placed in third position.

In the senior tour Pros, M. Liman of IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja was adjudged the winner while Tina Micah of Rhyno Golf Club, Jos in Plateau State won the Lady Pros with 166 gross over 36 holes.

The Over-all Best Gross trophy went to John Alex of Otukpo Golf Club in Benue State after playing 70 while Captain of Kaduna Golf Club, H.Adamu took away Over-all Best Nett with 62. The Best Gross of Category 1 went to David Ali while Best Nett of category 2 and 3 won by S. Icha and Osarenren J.N

While declaring the week-long tournament closed , the elated patron of the TYB-International Golf Resorts and Country Club, Abuja, the Chief of Army Staff,  LT General Tukur Yusuf Buratai promised to support the game of golf in Nigeria

“I have noted the effort at groomy young and talented players for the future through the Caddy tour. We must continue to constructively engage our energetic youth both male and female and to continue support them. Am also glad to note that this Pro Am tournament has set the record as the first time that a lady professional golfer participated in the professional tour in the country.  This affirm that Nigeria has talents to compete at global levels with appropriate exposure and support”.  Lt  General Buratai said

The Chief of Army Staff directed that the Pro Am Golf tournament be made an annual event of the Nigerian Army and be capture in the budget of 2021 Army Sporting events.

Highlights of the week- long COAS Pro Am Golf tournament include ground breaking and launching of TYB – International Golf Resorts and Country Club, at Shehu Musa Yar’adua Barrack, Asokoro,  Abuja, Presentation of trophies to deserving winners and appreciating award to the President of Nigeria Golf Federation, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola who was represented at the occasion by the NGF’S  Media and Publicity Director, Mrs Ekanem Ekwueme, the immediate Past President of the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria, LGAN.

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Eid-el-kabir: YSFON Boss Felicitates With Muslims

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The president of Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Dr Nasir Yusuf Gawuna has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah and Nigerian sportsmen and women on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

In his Sallah message to all the state chapters, members and friends of the foremost grassroots sports body in the country, Gawuna urged Nigerian youths to keep their spirits up in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the deadly virus, which caught the world off guard, has put a damper on what would otherwise have been a time of celebration for the Muslim faithful.

Gawuna, who also doubles as Deputy Governor of Kano State, enjoined the Muslims to embark on low key celebration and maintain proper hygiene, wash hands regularly with soap and running water, use sanitizers, as well as observe social distancing as a way of fighting the deadly virus.

He assured that YSFON numerous programmes will bounce back after COVID-19 scourge to avail the opportunities to develop their talents, saying with concerted efforts they would be gainfully employed and crime will be reduced to its barest minimum.

Gawuna appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies to support YSFON in its quest to return the country to the leading role it played in world youth football in the 80s and 90s.

He also appealed to sportsmen and women whose means of livelihood were badly affected by the prolonged lockdown on sporting activities as part of measures to curtail the global pandemic for their understanding and cooperation with government.

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Sani Lulu Awards scholarship to 25 students

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The founder and proprietor of fosla Academy, karshi Abuja, Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, has awarded Scholarship to 25 Students drawn from both Kogi State and the Federal capital Territory, to undertake their Secondary Education with special skills training in Football for the 2019 Academic sesssion.

The annual event which took place recently in the institutions premises attracted dignitaries from all works of life including Fifa agents, NFF officials and Football enthusiasts.

The event comprised the written Exams, followed by the Novelty marches between Under 13 Teams from Kogi state and The Federal Capital Territory, in both male and female categories.

Applicants were required to pass the written Examination and also pass the Talent Screening during the Novelty marches under carefull scrutiny of a number of proffessional football coaches.

The principal of the Academy, Mrs Josephine Eboadeghe lamented the failure of parents and even Some Football Coaches in determining and declaring the true ages of Student intakes into the institution.

She said that “as a school that combines both knowledge and skills for empowerment, we are working round the clock inclusive of making investigations to ensure that the right students with the Best Academic and football skills are selected and given Admission into the Academy”

The Fosla Academy runs a special secondary school curriculum that is combined with special training in football skills at FIFA rated international standards.

The Founder and Proprietor of the Academy and former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, (August 2006 to July 2010) Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi Founded the School with the vision to establish a unique and foremost Secondary School that will help talented indigent youths develop their football skills while receiving comprehensive world class Secondary Education.

Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, a kogi state Governorship aspirant and Chieftain of APC, further reiterated that Fosla Academy emerged to provide an avenue for the youths that are naturally endowed in football to have congenial platform to develop tbeir talents and receive comprehensive secondary Education, with the aim of moulding the students into “leaders and legends in the game of football, patriotic and ingenious world citizens who will be unbounded in their desire to excell”

The Academy started in 2010 with 25 boys and 7 girls drawn from amongst the indigent, orphans and abandoned football skilled students.

The Academy avails Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, the opportunity of serving Nigeria in the capacity of training the Under 13 young football talents as a way of giving back to society.

He revealed that the school is partnering with the Nassarawa state University to enable the students continue in the line of knowledge and football skills in their tertiary Education.

The Challenges the school is currently facing is that of poachers who are waiting around the corner to snatch the students, but the dream of the school for the students is to be football star graduates.

In his goodwill remarks, he prayed that Nigerian players would excell and compete favourably with their peers globally.

“we are proud to be Nigerians, that is what Fosla Academy stands for, Our dream is to use fosla Academy to make Nigeria better”

The FOSLA ACADEMY is located on a six hectre property in the Karshi Surburb of the Federal capital territory FCT. Plans are underway to buld an international stadium facility in the premise.

The School is open to all students with football talents whose parents and guardians can afford their fees.

The school is also willing to partner with high networth individuals, corporate bodies and football enthusiasts who are willing to sponsor the training of talented young football students to develop their skills while pursuing their secondary Education.

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