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Kogi FA chair Congratulates Gallant Qua Iboe school at under 13 cup

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Kogi FA chair Congratulates Gallant Qua Iboe school
…..Hails Gov Bello, Hon Buba Jibril’s for support

The chairman of Kogi Football Association, Sulieman Isah Umarr, has congratulated Qua Iboe Primary School, Idah for making the state proud finishing second at the just concluded Channels National Kids Cup in Lagos.

Impressive Kogi’s Qua Iboe lost 3-0 to the LGA Mohammed Kabir from Kaduna to settle for the silver medal and one million naira cash reward as runners-up.

A statement by the secretary, state FA, Augustine Ogunmola, quoted the chairman as saying that the pupils have demonstrated unisim and true team spirit of the confluence state, part of which are handwork, dedication and cooperation.

The chairman commended the organisers and winners LGA of the Kids Cup for their achievement at the competition, adding that the feat was a testament of potentials in the northern region.‎

Mallam Umarr stated: “I congratulate the representatives of the state at the Channels National Kids Cup tournament for coming out second position in the competition. We salute their diligence and industry.

“Throughout the tournament, these youngsters demonstrated the ethics of decency, forbearance, healthy competition and dedication which resulted in their incredible triumph as the silver medalists.

“We are very proud of them, their managers, all facilitators of this victory, their parents and friends. ‎With this accomplishment, they must not rest on their oars both in sports and academics. This certainly is the beginning of great achievements for them and the children of Osun.”

He further applauded the support from the state governor Yahaya Bello and Honorable Umar Buba Jibril, House of Representative member for Lokoja/Koto constituency who sponsored the state U13 championship which produced Qua-Iboe School.

“I’m very happy with the team’s success and must appreciate our governor and Honorable Buba for their support to the team. Their little efforts motivated the kids to success.

“We hope more of this supports for the kids will come from various individuals and organisations to help catch this talents young,” he concluded.

Qua Iboe are the reigning champions of the Kogi FA U13 Football championship that was launched in 2015 by Mallam Umarr upon assumption of office.

They are the second to participate in the TV’s national age-grade championship from Kogi State but first to reach the finals.

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Nasarawa govt pledges to boost sporting competition

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From Daniel Abel , Lafia

The Nasarawa State Government says it would reinvigorate sporting competition in the state with the view to giving platforms to athletes to excel in their chosen carriers.

Nasarawa State Deputy Governor Dr Emmanuel Akabe, made the disclosure on Thursday in Lafia while playing host to Nasarawa State Council of Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).

Akabe noted that importance of sports cannot be overemphasise, hence the need for all hands to be on deck to revive it in the state to enable athletes move up to the peak in sports.

Dr Akabe said he would collaborate with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to ensure that all moribund sporting competition were reinvigorated and played annually or quarterly.

The Deputy Governor also promised to collaborate with SWAN towards promoting sporting activitied in the state by improving the welfare of sports writers.

Earlier, SWAN Chairman, Isa Mohammed, in the state who led other members on a courtesy call said the visit was aimed at partnering with the state government towards sports development.

Muhammed appealed to the government to reintroduce sports competition in schools as well as governor’s cup among others.

He also appealed that the association is been faced with logistics challenges and appealed that the state Deputy Governor should assist them.

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SWAN FCT grieves over demise of Segun Ogunjimi

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SWAN FCT grieves over demise of Segun Ogunjimi

The entire members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter, are still in shock amidst mixed feelings hours after their colleague Segun Ogunjimi died.
This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja Thursday by Secretary, SWAN FCT, Ikenna Okonkwo.

Ogunjimi, a staff of the Nation and Sporting Life Newspapers who was full of life was said to have slumped inside his house on Wednesday morning, and was later confirmed dead at a hospital in Mararaba, a bubbling suburb outside FCT.

One after the other, members of the association have been expressing deep sadness in torrents of tributes from Wednesday night.

SWAN FCT Chairman Comrade Ndubueze Chidoka who is still visibly shattered said he lacked words to pour out his feelings.

Comrade Chidoka who received the news of Ogunjimi’s demise immediately called off his routine activity on Wednesday and has remained sober.

“This is a very sad development. I can’t believe that Segun is no more. I don’t just what to say again. My only prayer is that God almighty should remove any form of grief from us.

“Why must it be Segun, a jovial, loyal and dedicated fellow, full of life and excitement all the time.

“May God grant him eternal rest. May God also give us, family members and all that are close to him the fortitude to bear this huge loss.”

Ogunjimi had served as the Treasurer SWAN FCT.

Until his death, he was the liaison assistant (FCT) to Sir Honour Sirawoo, National President SWAN.

The burial arrangement will soon be announced by the family.

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Again NCS reschedules 20th Sports festival’s date

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The National Council of Sports has announced another postponement for the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF) till April 2021.

The festival which was billed to hold from February 14 to 28 in Benin City, the Edo State capital, has been shifted to April.

This latest date was announced at the end of the National Council of Sports meeting held via Zoom on Monday.

The sports festival, which should have held initially from March 22 to April 2, 2020, has witnessed several shift in date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival after the March date in 2020 was shifted to December 2020 before it was rescheduled fir February 14 to 28.

About 11,000 athletes are expected to participate in the annual sports festival.

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