Gov Bello Mourns Stephen Keshi
As tributes continue to pour in for the late football legend, Governor Yahaya Bello has joined the long list of personalities world over in expressing grief over the untimely death of the former Super Eagles player and coach Stephen Keshi.
Keshi passed on to the great beyond at the age of 54 due to cardiac arrest.
This was contained in a statement that was signed by Comrade Adeola Eseyin, Special Adviser to the Governor on Sports, Youth Empowerment and Student Affairs that was made availlable to Confluence Update in Lokoja.
Bello in the statement, commiserated with the family of the late ‘Big Boss’ and the football family.
The statement rwads,
“His demise came as a shock to us in the early hours of this morning and we pray for his immediate family, NFF and the country at large that the almighty God would grant everyone the needed fortitude to bear this painful and irreparable loss.
“The Late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi paid and played his own worthy part in shaping and moulding a future for youths of this country. His Leadership prowess and capacity to bring out the best out of those around him, earned him the name “Big Boss”.
“He was a patriotic Nigerian, many times working for the success of the Super Eagles without payment. His patriotism remained unmatched among all the coaches that have etched their names in the annals of coaching in Nigeria.”
continuing he said Keshi won many laurels as an individual and for the country, winning the African cup of Nations as a player in 1994 and as a coach in 2013 for the country, a fit he said no one has matched in the history of soccer in Nigeria.
“On this note, we enjoined all youths across Kogi State and Nigeria at large to imbibe the spirit of patriotism Stephen Okechukwu Keshi embraced. His willingness to give his best at all times no matter the difficulty and odds should be a progressive hallmark for everyone.
“Once again, we the good people of Kogi State pray for eternal rest on his soul. We will miss your technical inputs on the growth of soccer in Nigeria,”
The remains of former Super Eagle’s coach, Stephen Keshi, had been deposited in a mortuary in Benin, a privately-owned mortuary, Faith Mediplex is located on the Benin Airport road in the Edo capital.
Why sports can be utilised as a vital tool for national Integration by Ogbonaya Onu
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has indicated that participation in sporting activities can be an important ingredient for national integration and unity.
Dr. Onu stated this when he received the president of the board of Organisation of Military Sports in Africa, (OSMA) Brig. Gen Mohammed Abdullahi in his office in Abuja recently.
The Minister said that sporting activities especially by Military personnel in the Sahel region will create peace in the region and foster regional socio-economic development.
He said; “Sporting activities will place emphasis on factors uniting these countries and downplay factors dividing us”.
The Minister indicated that the Ministry is contributing to the development of sports in Nigeria, adding that the National Research Institute of Chemical Technology (NARICT), one of the Ministry’s agencies, is involved in the production of world class footballs.
He reminded Nigerian youths to always bear in mind that they are the nation’s greatest asset and treasure, adding that youths must have immense faith in the country.
He urged youths to contribute their quota to national development.He said the Ministry will continue to support and conduct further research on sports development in the country.
Earlier the president of the board of Organisation of Military Sports in Africa, Brig. Gen Mohammed Abdullahi, said that his organisation has made the Minister its patron for the forthcoming Sahel Military games in October.
He added that Nigeria is the host nation of the forthcoming Sahel Military games, with 16 nations participating in the forthcoming games.
FG tasks NFF on 10 year Sports Development Plan
The Federal Government has given the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), ultimatum to provide a 10 year Master Plan for sports development in the country.
A statement by the director, Press and Public Relations quoted the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare as having given the mandate on Monday in his office at Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, during a reception in honour of Fosla Academy, winners of the Maiden Edition of the National Principal Cup competition.
According to the statement the minister infucated that in less than one week, the ministry will be unveiling the members of the Committee that will develop the master plan, which will be on youth development, using sports to create a funding pathway, thus, transforming Nigerian Sports into a business industry, amongst others.
Dare pointed out further that President Muhammadu Buhari has reclassified sports from mere entertainment to business, adding that Private Academies will have a place in the master plan hence, they will receive due attention.
“Fosla Academy is grooming leaders in sports, and we hope it realizes her dreams. We will review and see how to support Fosla Academy”, he said.
The Minister who opined that grassroots sports would never have been a reality without the resuscitation of the Principal’s Cup by the Ministry, expressed optimism that with adequate training, some of the talents discovered during the tournament can make up the National Football Team.
He assured that in the next 45 days, another edition of the National Principal’s Cup will commence on a larger scale, with the introduction of more sporting events as well as partnership with the private sector.
Dare commended the Principal of the Academy for his consistency and investment in the youth as he called on other Nigerians to emulate the efforts being made by the Institution to groom talents from their tender age.
Earlier in his remarks, the Principal of Fosla Academy, Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, said that the Academy was established 10 years ago, with the aim of developing talents, not only in academics, but also in the field of sports.
Abdullahi who appealed for speedy removal of grey areas hindering the development of Sports in the country, promised to continue to give his best to the discovery of young talents in the field.
Buhari fulfills FG’s promise of 3 bedroom flat each to 1994 victorious supper Eagles
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the allocation of a 3-bedroom flat each to members of the Super Eagles Squad that lifted the African Cup of Nations in Tunis, Tunisia, in 1994, fulfilling the promise by the Federal Government.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media &and Publicity
Garba Shehu in a statement said the President approved the allocations to the players in their states of preference following a memo by Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola,
He explained that six players and three technical crews received their houses already.
He listed the players to include Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu, Ike Shorounmu, Uche Okechukwu, Samson Siasia, Efan Ekoku, Sunday Oliseh, Benedict Iroha, Isaac Semitoje, Mutiu Adepoju, Emmanuel Amunike, Victor Ikpeba, Austin Eguavoen and Wilfred Agbonavbare (Deceased).
Others are: Uche Okafor (Deceased), Thompson Oliha (Deceased), Stephen Keshi (Deceased), Christian Chukwu, Dr Akin Amao, Stephen Edema, Col. A Asielue and B. Aromasodun.
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