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Boxing legend, Mohammed Ali, passes on

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Boxing legend, Mohammed Ali, passes on

Muhammad Ali, the record-setting world heavyweight champion whose personality transcended sports, has died at the age of 74.

Ali’s death was confirmed in a statement issued by family spokesman Bob Gunnell late on Friday evening, a day after he was admitted to a Phoenix-area hospital with a respiratory ailment.

The cause of death or the name of the hospital where he died were not immediately disclosed.

Ali had long suffered from Parkinson’s syndrome, which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body.

Nevertheless, Ali’s youthful proclamation of himself as “the Greatest” rang true until the end for the millions of people worldwide who admired him for his courage both inside and outside the ring.
“A part of me slipped away, the greatest piece,” George Foreman, a former heavyweight boxer and one of Ali’s most formidable opponents in the ring, said on Twitter after the news of Ali’s death.

Roy Jones Jr, a former champion boxer who grew up during Ali’s prime, also said on Twitter: “My heart is deeply saddened yet both appreciative and relieved that the greatest is now resting in the greatest place.”

Few could argue with his athletic prowess at his peak in the 1960s.

With his dancing feet and quick fists, he could, as he put it, “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”.

He finished with a record of 56-5 with 37 knockouts and was the first man to win heavyweight titles three times.

Al Jazeera

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FCT Correspondents’ Chapel in a fight to finish with FRSC FC In Novelty Football Match

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FCT Correspondents’ Chapel in a fight to finish with FRSC FC In Novelty Football Match

The Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ )  Correspondents’ Chapel ,FCT Council will on Saturday April 17th slug it out with the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC ) in a  novelty football match to mark the end of the 2021 Press Week of the chapel.

The encounter will take place today, Saturday,  at Area 10 Old Parade Ground Garki Abuja by 9:00am. 

The Chairman of NUJ, Philip Nyam expressed optimism over the FCT Chapel’s team’s ability to overcome FRSC FC just as he assured members and fans of victory. 

He also charged the team  to go all out and make the chapel proud.

Nyam said ” I believe our team is in good shape and ready for the encounter  and our players are ready to face any opposition that comes our way” 

He urged members to come out enmasse to cheer the team to victory..

In preparation for the encounter team Correspondents’ has engaged in series of training session ahead of the match.

The football match will be the climax of a week long press week with series of activities.

Recalled that Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom had on Thursday delivered a lecture titled ” Insecurity In Nigeria : Restoring Peace, Unity and Progress  organised by the chapel and attended by prominent Nigerians.

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Edo 2020: Kogi Commissioner boosts athletes moral with visit to camp

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*As DOS reaffirms athletes dedication

By Aturu Bishop

Poised to supporting and encouraging the Kogi State contingent at the ongoing National Sports Festival holding in Benin, Edo State, the Kogi State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Idris Musa made a surprise visit to the camp of the state contingent.

The commissioner who was accompanied by administrative members of the ministry and Sports council thanked the contingent for enduring all the challenges faced so far.

Musa who addressed athletes and official welfare made known that the State government under the leadership of His Excellency, Yahaya Bello is working round the clock to ensure the state contingent are comfortable and well motivated.

He urged all athletes to be focus and not be distracted by any circumstances, adding that theer is always reward for hardwork.

While assuring that the state government will recognise and reward all medalist, he added that he would personally give cash gifts to outstanding athletes.

Similarly, the Director of Sports, Onipe Obakachi in his remark at the meeting thanked the Commissioner for his visit, stressing that his visit has changed the mood in the camp of Kogi.

He further disclosed that prior to his arrival, their was serious unrest as regards internal issues and some of the challenges faced by the athletes and officials as regards the festival organisation.

Onipe however promised the state athletes and officials unflinching resolve to perform well and deliver beyond expectations.

Speaking on behalf of the athletes, one of Kogi boxing medalist, Ekele thanked ths State government and the Commissioner while assuring the State of athletes dedication to deliver medals.

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Omo-Agege describes Pinnick’s Election as victory for Nigeria, glory to Delta

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Omo-Agege describes Pinnick’s Election as victory for Nigeria, glory to Delta

Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has described the election of Mr Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) into the FIFA’s highest decision-making organ in global football is a victory worth celebrating by Nigeria,

This contained is a statement issued by his media office in Abuja, Friday.
He noted that Pinnick is yet another Deltan rising further in prominence, Senator Omo-Agege also described his victory as an additional glory for the people of Delta state.

“Amaju Pinnick ably reflects our people’s traditional values such as resilience, commitment to duty and fairness; it is no wonder that his acknowledged competency in football administration has further culminated into his election into FIFA’s Executive Council along with new responsibilities as one of the Vice Presidents of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

“As we all continue to pray for his success and that of all our sports administrators and sports people, we must continue to inspire our young ones in Delta state and all other parts of Nigeria towards true greatness in various endeavours,” Senator Omo-Agege stated.

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