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Club tennis came to its best on Saturday at the weekend inside the Lagos Country Club (LCC) Ikeja, where finalists in the two-week event that saw players in different categories filing out to compete for honours and trophies.
It was a day that saw the men’s single ending in an upset, when unseeded Matt Holmes, defeated the seeded Akin Akirinmisi, former captain of the section, who had been winner of many tournaments within and outside the club and eventually lifted the trophy, in a sweaty, tension-soaked encounter.  
At first, the game appeared to be going towards the expected, when Akirinmisi took the first set 6:1.
Homes came back to win the second set at 6:4, setting the stage for the third and final set, where both players gave all they got to win.
Full of intrigues, a combination of power serves and strokes, the third set, took the game into the night, just as it got the spectators on the edge of their seats, as they cheered and clapped.
With the display of resilience, surprise moves and return of almost impossible shots, Holmes eventually subdued Akirinmisi 6:4, to emerge winner.
He later told the audience that the victory was the climax of the great work he had put in his tennis over the years to improve his game, adding that he particularly trained for the tournament and was happy that his efforts had been crowned with victory.
He also said he would continue to work hard to ensure that he improved by the day in order to win more tournaments, within the club and outside.
Akirinmisi, who was full of praises for the winner, said he did not expect it, but was happy that it went to a better player of the day and that spectators were not treated to low quality tennis.
“Matt was a determined underdog and was not expected to win. But it is great he won and I congratulate him. I am also quite happy that we were able to give our best and did not disappoint the spectators. It is not all about winning, but playing to enjoy ourselves. This is a family club and the emphasis is getting together, letting of the heat and generally enjoying ourselves,” he said.
The women doubles was also very competitive. The pair of Dolapo Holmes and Tosin Oshikoya won the first set 7;5. But the Mrs. Lola Aluko and Ayo Odia took the second set in a superb fashion at 6:2, which took game to a Super Tie-break for the third set and eventually taken by Holmes and Oshikoya at 10:6. Overall there was suspense and excitement with the entire club filled with spectators and lots of cheering. Sponsors and tournament partners where very satisfied and pleased with the tournament.  
Captain of the club, Mr. Segun Aluko, was quite happy, saying a lot would be invested to make the tournament better. “I am quite happy at what happened today. It was the climax of a two-weeks of very competitive tennis and funfair. I don’t think that anybody would be disappointed at what happened today. It is a championship for players in the Tennis section participating in events which include men’s singles, men’s doubles, ladies doubles and veterans doubles for over 60 years and above.

“This is the flagship annual tournament of the tennis section, which features the best players on the ladder and the one with the biggest prizes from the other competitions held all year round at Lagos Country Club Tennis section. Apart from the competitiveness of the tournament, the major goal of fitness and bonding amongst members remains the ultimate aim of the championship, in a fun and friendly environment. There are over 80 players participating in this two-week activity with great display of skills and experience. 

“The Chairman of the section, Dr. Arinze Onubogu corroborated that all members of the section look forward to the annual tournament due to upsets and comebacks with members showing determination to raise their game and take on any challenge. Each  edition is becoming bigger and better with more participants, sponsors and spectators.

“Lagos Country Club is a recreation club which encourages its members to stay healthy by being active in an inclusive environment.”

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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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