President Buhari mourns with Sports Minister Solomon Dalung

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on the death of his wife, Briskila Dalung.


Mrs. Dalung died after a brief illness in the early hours of January 29, 2017 in Jos.


A statement issued by Nneka Anibeze, the media aide to Mr. Dalung, said President Buhari telephoned Mr. Dalung on Monday night from London where he is currently on vacation.


The statement said the president prayed God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest.


“President Buhari regretted the death of Mrs. Dalung which came at such an unripe age and prayed that God will forgive her sins and give the family she left behind the fortitude to bear the loss,” the statement said.


The president promised his support to the family of Mr. Dalung in their moment of grief.


Mrs. Dalung is survived by her husband and 5 children.


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Amaju Pinnick slams Minister Dalung for claiming NFF mismanaged $0.8m FIFA grant.

The Nigeria Football Federation has denied that it diverted $802, 000 grant received from the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) after Nigeria’s sports minister Solomon Dalung called for a ‘reputable audit’ of the federation’s books.


Dalung claimed FIFA had suspended giving development grants to Nigeria over financial irregularities.


“According to the report, FIFA has withheld all development funds to Nigeria for lack of proper documentation of $802,000 out of the funds released to NFF,” Dalung told NFF’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos.


“This is a very serious issue that must be given urgent attention to avoid another international embarrassment, more so that the present administration under the leadership of Mr President Muhammadu Buhari has zero tolerance for any act of misappropriation, misapplication, embezzlement or fraud in any guise.”


But the federation insisted its accounts have already been audited and there were no discrepancies. It also claimed the minister submitted was misinformed about the activities of NFF’s board.


“The audited account of the Federation for the year, as audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, an internationally reputable audit firm, was presented and adopted at the General Assembly,” NFF said in a communique issued after its general assembly on Sunday.

BREAKING: FG releases N471.8 million for payment of Super Eagles, Falcons.

The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has released the mandate to Central Bank of Nigeria for payment of naira equivalent of US$1,173,820.00 at N305/$  to Nigeria Football Federation to pay outstanding winning bonuses for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Matches and for the Super Falcons’ participation in the 10th Women’s Africa nations Cup.


This is in furtherance of the approval from Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, for the said amount to be paid.


The mandate, which is a sum of N358 million, was paid by Central bank of Nigeria on Thursday, a statement signed Kenechukwu N, on behalf of the Accountant General, said.


Similarly, another mandate for N113.8 million has also been released by Office of Accountant General of the Federation for the payment of wining bonus for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches; and for the Super Falcon’s participation in the 10th Women’s Africa Nation’s Cup.


This amount has also been paid to Nigeria Football Federation and is equally sequel to the approval of the minister of finance.


The payment came after members of Super Falcons demonstrated in Abuja demanding payment of their outstanding bonuses.


President Muhammadu Buhari later authorised the payment within 24 hours.

Falcons: Reps Berate Dalung, NFF

Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the “unsavoury treatment” meted out  to the Super Falcons by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, and the Nigerian Football Federation by failing to pay their bonuses and allowances.

The team defeated hosts Cameroon 1-0 in the final of the 2016  African Women’s  Cup of Nations  in Yaounde on December 3 to win the title for the eighth  time.

However, the players  were not paid their allowances, a development which forced them to resort to  protests in Abuja.

The team also refused to vacate their hotel, insisting that they would not leave until they had been paid.

Only on Wednesday, they stormed the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly to protest against the non-payment of their entitlements.

This prompted the Presidency to direct that the allowances of the players should be paid without further delay.

At its sitting on Thursday, the House condemned Dalung and the NFF, saying that their actions  had brought shame upon Nigeria.

A former Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Sports, Mrs. Ayo Omidiran,  sponsored a motion on the burning issue.

Describing the players  as “patriotic”, she said they answered the national call on the belief that they would be paid after the championship, but were disappointed.

Omidiran, who is from Osun State, spoke more, “For the past two weeks, the space has been filled with the cries of these ladies.

“Has it become a crime to make your country proud? What makes it more painful is the fact that the Cameroonian girls, who came second, were celebrated by their President (Paul Biya).

“These girls are not asking for anything extraordinary, but the allowances owed them from the qualifiers till they won the trophy.”

Another member from Edo State, Mr. Sergius Ose-Ogun, noted that there was something wrong with the Nigerian attitude to things.

He said, “It is not only in sports, Mr. Speaker. Even in the civil service, workers retire after 35 years and they are not paid their dues.

“Why did they have to subject these girls to so much pain?There is an evil spirit in this country, which must die.”

The Deputy House Minority Leader, Mr. Chukwuka Onyeama, told the House that Nigeria would have been saved from the disgrace by simply declining to participate in the championship.

“This is a major disgrace and I don’t know how to explain it,” Onyeama observed.

A member from Borno State, Mr. Mohammed Nur-Sheriff, revealed that there was more rot in the sports ministry than Nigerians knew.

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UPDATE: Super Falcons protest at the National Assembly

Super Falcons of Nigeria, champions of Africa for a record eighth time are currently protesting on the streets of Abuja, the federal capital territory, against the non-payment of their allowances and bonuses.


The aggrieved players, who have now laid siege on the national assembly, won the 8th edition of the African Women’s Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon, and have vowed not to hand over the trophy to the Nigerian Football Federation NFF until they are paid.


The African champions have also refused to leave their Agura hotel?, Abuja.


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Speaking to TheCable at the protest ground at the national assembly entrance, one of the players said:”We are not protesting to embarrass the nation but to beg the government to help us to get what we worked and suffered for.


“We, as women, should not be treated differently from the men. If it were to be the? Super Eagles, I am sure that they would have found a solution to the issue of unpaid allowances owed.


“We went to Cameroon without any complaint. We did the nation proud. We are only appealing to the government to get our dues. We are their daughters; they should hear our cry and come to our aid. We have aged parents to take care of and other responsibilities too.”


The Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) is owing the Super Falcons team a cumulative sum of $819,000 from the qualification games tothe  gold medal win against hosts Cameroon in the final.


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Breakdown of the total money owed ?is below:


Total money owed per player is $25,400


Total money owed the head coach is $50,800 (head coach gets twice what the players get)


Total money for each assistant coach is $33,600 ( 2 assistant coaches and one goalkeeper trainer)


Total money owed each back room staff? is $33,600 (the team medical doctor, physiotherapist, media officer, team secretary and coordinator)


The curator gets half of what the back room staffs get, which is $16,800.

Unpaid Nigeria’s Super Falcons withhold Nations Cup trophy in protest.

The Nigeria national women’s football team, the Super Falcons, are still holding on to the Africa Women’s Nations Cup won last weekend in Cameroon in protest against the government’s failure to pay them.

Though the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Thursday reassured the African champions that they will receive all their entitlements, the team has not relinquished the trophy.

The minister, who was in the company of the NFF’s General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, met with the players and officials at their Agura Hotel, Abuja, on Thursday.

“I had to make time out to meet with you ladies again after receiving you on arrival in Lagos. In the past few days I have heard so much about the team’s grievances, challenges and issues here and there,” he said.

“I have also discussed with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation but I felt it is necessary for me to come and sit to discuss with you in order for us to understand ourselves better. The issues with the team date back to the All-Africa Games, bothering on allowances and bonuses. We are also aware that the coaches are also being owed.

“The point I want to make clear is that for this competition which this team have participated in and won, we are indeed overwhelmed by the performance of the team,” he stated in a press statement issued by the NFF’s Ademola Olajire.

The minister urged the players and officials to be patient with the government so that their laudable achievement can be appreciated.

“Personally, I don’t want this achievement to be rubbished with whatever challenges we are facing because one thing that will stand to the end is our achievements,” he said.

Mr. Dalung concluded by promising the Falcons that the process to sort out their money was in process, and would be sorted out eventually.

“But one thing I want you all to know is that there are procedures for getting such monies from the Federal Government. It is not like an ATM that you will just go to and bring out cash. Government has processes on how things are done. We are still processing and pursuing the entitlements of the team.

As it stands, the Falcons say only blank alerts can appease them.

Late Ifedolapo Oladepo’s body may be ‘exhumed’ for autopsy – FG

Following the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that an independent investigation be carried out as to the cause of death of a youth corps member, Ifedolapo Oladepo, who died recently at the Kano State NYSC Orientation Camp, her corpse may be exhumed to carry out an autopsy.


According to Daily Trust the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, gave the hint on Thursday while addressing State House correspondents.


The National Youths Service Corps had on Tuesday in its report, said the girl, a first-class graduate of Transportation Management from Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho, died of an untreated kidney infection.


Speaking on the issue on Thursday Dalung said since no autopsy was carried out by the NYSC, the Independent investigation ordered by the president may require an autopsy.


“The report given by NYSC is normal and it’s natural that after investigation, they must present their own report on what has happened. But in view of the fact that there are many versions on what led to the death of the NYSC member, it would be fair to look at another version of what happened to be sure of what actually transpired. It doesn’t have to do with (President Buhari) not trusting the process; but gauge the report alongside other opinion; then, we’ll now be able to tell Nigerians that there were the circumstances on how she died.


“Don’t forget that the report of the NYSC has no autopsy and an independent investigation will require an autopsy. And now, the autopsy, alongside the report, will balance and it will fortify the conclusion the government will make,” Dalung said.

Dalung, Pinnick Ignore Super Falcons, Fly To London

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), have left the country for the UK, where they are expected to sign a new contract with kit manufacturing giants, Nike.

Their trip comes amid the rancour with the senior national women’s team, the Super Falcons, who are still on a sit-in protest in an Abuja hotel, over unpaid bonuses and allowances.

The Falcons have been holed up in the hotel since they arrived in the country from the competition and have vowed not to release the trophy, until they receive their entitlements.

Although the NFF promised to pay off the outstanding debts, they also admitted they currently don’t have the funds to.

One of the players told BBC Sport that they are owed as much as US$23,650 (about N11.5 million) per player.

“We are not leaving this hotel and we have not been told exactly when we are going to get paid,” the player, who insisted on anonymity, said.

“The plan is to stay here until we all receive the money because the moment we leave there will be no opportunity to get it again.”

Pinnick, Dalung ignore Super Falcons, jet to London.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), have left the country for the UK, where they are expected to sign a new contract with kit manufacturing giants, Nike.

Their trip comes amid the rancour with the senior national women’s team, the Super Falcons, who are still on a sit-in protest in an Abuja hotel, over unpaid bonuses and allowances.

The Falcons have been holed up in the hotel since they arrived in the country from the competition and have vowed not to release the trophy, until they receive their entitlements.

Although the NFF promised to pay off the outstanding debts, they also admitted they currently don’t have the funds to.

One of the players told BBC Sport that they are owed as much as US$23,650 (about N11.5 million) per player.

“We are not leaving this hotel and we have not been told exactly when we are going to get paid,” the player, who insisted on anonymity, said.

“The plan is to stay here until we all receive the money because the moment we leave there will be no opportunity to get it again.”

No date yet for Falcons reception – NFF

Another waiting game is on the cards for the victorious Super Falcons team who last weekend won the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The Nigeria Football Federation, through its secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, confirmed that no date has been picked to host the women team that secured a record eighth title, beating host, Cameroon in last Saturday’s final.

Mr. Sanusi, in a press statement, confirmed that the NFF was waiting for word from the government to know when the African champions would be hosted to a state reception.

“The reception is out of our hands. We are waiting on the Federal Government, and as soon as we have confirmation of the date, we will inform the players and officials to regroup in Abuja.

In 2014 when the Falcons won their seventh African title, they never got the attention they deserved and while fears of a repeat is already being nursed in some quarters, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has offered some words of assurance.

The minister promised to step up the reward system for sportsmen and women who make the nation proud.

“We must revisit our reward system. If this country must succeed then our reward system must be revisited. We must also de-emphasize materialism and begin to say thank you to people who have done well. Thank you must not always be material things. There is nothing wrong in giving this team National Honours having emerged champions several times. I will discuss this with the President and see what he will do for the team. I believe he will have something very unique for this team,” Mr. Dalung said.

Over two months since returning from the Paralympic Games in Rio, the Special Athletes that did Nigeria proud with a record medals haul are still waiting to be hosted by the President.

Sports ministry yet to refund my money for Morocco trip – Oshonaike

emulate her, Segun Toriola, Aruna Quadri after their feats in Morocco.

The sports ministry, in a statement after their achievements in Agadir, Morocco, said the performance of the trio was remarkable and a pride to the nation.

Speaking on a live programme from her base in Germany, Oshonaike revealed how the nation’s President of the Table Tennis Federation, Wahid Oshodi, encouraged her to be at the championship in Morocco.

“Barrister Wahid Oshodi was the one who told me that I should come to Morocco, that I should not be worried that the federation was going to do something as regards my ticket fares. I have not actually heard anything from the ministry up till now. But I do not think that the ministry has done something as regards refunding my money back to me.

“Mr. Oshodi keeps promising me that the federation is still on it and that the ministry will definitely do something about this matter. But for me, I am still enjoying myself, still basking in the euphoria of my victory in Egypt. But my regret was still the fact that we were worked over in the women’s double event. I could not believe that my teammates could not be there with me for the double event. I was actually alone in Morocco; the consolation was the fact that I won the single title. Even the boys who came over, just like me, had to pay for their tickets to Morocco,” she said.

Commenting on the latest ranking where she moved up from 256 to 206, Oshonaike described it as not a fair rating of the nation’s table tennis stars.

“The reason why the Nigerian table tennis athletes receive low rating in the ITTF is because a lot of us do not participate in ITTF rated competitions. The ITTF ranking is just a number, I still believe we have a lot of talented athletes but the problem has always been funding to allow attend some of these competition for us to get better ranking.

“I still believe that the sports ministry cannot do this alone, because there are many corporate bodies and individuals who can come to our aid. These people can actually take us back to where we used to be on the continent. I am begging them if they can just come back in sponsoring table tennis so that younger athletes can take over then I can now give up. But for now, there are no athletes ready to take over from us,” she stated.

WCQ: We are not intimidated by any ranking – Dalung

Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports, says the Super Eagles will make Nigerians proud in the forthcoming Russia 2018 qualifier against Algeria.

Dalung told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that in spite of Algeria’s position in the current FIFA ranking, Nigeria’s Super Eagles would defeat them.

Algeria is placed 36 in the current FIFA world ranking.

Dalung said: “We have never, in the history of football, played with Zambia and won, but we defeated Zambia in their home.

“So, that has set the tone of how determined we are to go and we are not at all intimidated by any ranking.

“As far as this particular competition is concerned, we are determined to face anybody irrespective of ranking; let the match determine the ranking.”

According to Dalung, the players have demonstrated that they are determined to win and make the nation proud.

He said: “I believe that they will still make us proud but we will need to ensure that their welfare is catered for.

“We won’t leave room for excuses because one of the problems we had in the past is players not being paid their bonuses or allowances.

“There is a change from this particular tradition; the team will be given all allowances as we did the last time.”

The minister urged Nigerians to support the team to succeed, adding: “We cannot afford to lose the ticket.”

The Technical Committee of Nigeria Football Federation said that all ground work and logistics needed by Coach Gernot Rohr to ensure success of the Eagles had been provided.

The NFF had also said the team’s quest to secure the maximum three points in the encounter depended on the player’s commitment and doggedness to fly over their opponent at home.

The NFF had also said that it had settled all grey areas that could hinder the Eagles from coming out victorious in the encounter.

The Super Eagles will host the Algerian team on November 7 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom for the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Private Sector To Take Over Abuja And Lagos Stadia Soon – Dalung

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, on Tuesday in Abuja, said arrangements had been concluded to engage private sector in the management of Abuja and Lagos national stadia.

The minister, who made this known while fielding questions from State House correspondents, said the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the concession of the stadia in 2012.

He said that the concession of the facilities had become necessary in view of the fact that government could not sustain their maintenance, in addition to the fact that the Abuja stadium was being under utilised.

He added that “I agree that there is under utilisation of sports facilities in Abuja. That has taken us to the issue of concession.

“The facilities cannot be managed effectively by government, looking at the budgetary allocation for even the maintenance.

“Government cannot maintain those facilities. So what we intend to do is to proceed with the concession process which we met on ground. FEC in 2012 had approved concession of Abuja and Lagos stadia.’’

The minister explained that the Federal Government had appointed consultants for the concession arrangements of the facilities.

According to him, the ministry is at the stage of getting the approval of Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE).

He said, “from there, we can now proceed to call for bids and engage the private sector so that we can run the concession arrangement with them.”

He further disclosed that the ministry had received the design on the proposed ?transformation of the Abuja and Lagos stadia.

Dalung said that the proposal included the creation of artificial lake in the Abuja stadium that would provide for 12 water sports and the building of a five-star hotel in Abuja.

He said that similar five-star hotel would be constructed at the national stadium in Lagos.

The minister added that “once these two edifices are put into proper shape, sports in Nigerian will receive a boost and our economic status will be uplifted because we will begin to see more foreign athletes coming in.’’

Why Team Nigeria Performed Poorly In Rio – Dalung

What appears another major controversy over the employment of German tactician, Gernot Rohr, to manage the Super Eagles cropped up yesterday following a declaration by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, that he knew nothing about the deal.

Recall that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) recently selected Rohr to manage the Super Eagles despite the minister’s preference for a local coach.


Dalung was at the State House yesterday, Abuja to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the nation’s outing at the ?just concluded Olympics in Rio, Brazil, where Nigeria could only get a bronze medal in football.


He also appealed to the president for an official reception for the team.


The minister who told State House correspondents that he was yet to be communicated by the NFF of Rohr’s appointment, said ?the Samson Siasia-led Dream VI that won the football bronze medal at the Olympics, has not resigned, contrary to media reports, although his contract with the NFF had lapsed.


The minister also faulted the treatment meted to the coach and the decision of the NFF to withdraw the official car given to him while on assignment at the Olympics.


Dalung, who earlier met with Siasia, said Nigeria still needed him ?to facilitate football development in the country, explaining that even if the NFF would not re-engage him, the Federation should at least, give him some peace of mind to enable him make his contributions in a personal capacity.

He said it would be sad to have someone like Siasia frustrated and forced him to leave Nigeria to go and represent another country, as witnessed during the Rio Olympics, where many athletes were seen donning the jerseys of other countries.


Dalung further cleared the air on the $390, 000 donation to Siasia and his team by a Japanese surgeon, saying that after he met the donor in Rio, he was convinced there were no strings like match-fixing, attached to the donation.


The Minister who also cleared the air on the poor outing of Team Nigeria in Rio, attributed the development to late release of funds and inability to churn out home-grown talents, especially as many in the continent that performed relatively better were home-trained.


He said it was high time Nigeria revisited the basic architecture of sports in the country, stressing that “we need to go back to grassroots” and groom talents for future competitions.


Dalung also took a swipe at his critics, saying that he was not the problem of Nigerian sports as being portrayed, adding that abysmal performance predates his appointment.


He argued that the National Sports Commission (NSC) was necessary, but was unfortunately scrapped by a government committee that recommended merger of ministries.

I Am Not The Problem Of Nigerian Sports – Dalung

Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has fired back at those calling for his sack following the country’s poor outing at the 2016 Olympic Games and says he is not the problem.


Dalung was speaking to State House correspondents, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to review the Olympics, where Nigeria finished with only one bronze medal.


He argued that poor performances have always been the case with Nigeria, even before he was appointed.

I am not the problem of Nigerian sports. Abysmal performance has been happening before me,” Dalung said.


The Minister also called for a return to the grassroots, to groom talents for future competitions.

Saisia: Nigeria Should Pay Me My Money And Let Me Go

Former coach of Nigeria U23 Eagles who won bronze at the just concluded 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil, Samson Siasia, has blasted the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and Sports Ministry over the non payment of his salary.

Speaking on his quitting as coach of the team, Siasia said today:

“This is not really resignation; my contract was arranged to end with the Olympics. And so the contract has ended.

“What is very important is that I get every kobo that I am owed. I need the money now than ever and I believe I have really endured and I have been cooperative.

“I spoke with a reporter but I guess the one who are referring to was extracted from the interview I granted somebody else. What I was asked was my entire story at the Olympics and this included Atlanta camping.

“Of course a lot of things happened that I can’t be really happy about especially the way the team was portrayed. But that is over as my contract has also actually ended. What is left now is my cash and that is very, very important.”

#Rio2016: Senate Probes Dalung, Others

Less than one week after the end of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil, where Nigeria won only a Bronze Medal in male soccer game, the Senate has revealed plans to probe the roles of the of Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung and the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), over the poor performance of the country’s contingent to the global event.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Joe Obinna Ogba made the disclosure during an interview with journalists in Abuja yesterday.
Ogba, who was part of the official delegation to Brazil, said a lot of factors ranging from poor funding to logistics, contributed to Nigeria’s abysmal performance at the Olympics Games, saying that the Senate will look into the circumstances when it resumes from recess next month. “My committee intends to invite the NOC to come and brief us on the Olympics. Apart from the late arrival of our athletes’ kits, you can see even our national anthem at the opening ceremony was the wrong one. So, all these, we are going to find out what happened when we resume,” Ogba said.
On the donation of $390,000 to the Dream Team VI by a Japanese plastic surgeon and football enthusiast, Dr. Katsuya Takasu, the lawmaker said it was wrong of the team to receive the money because, its source was unknown.

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RIO 2016: “Stay Away From Us”, Dream Team Tells Dalung.

The Nigerian U-23 team at the Olympics holding in Brazil has warned the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung to stay away from the team.

The players whose next match puts them up against Germany in the Semi-Finals of the competition noted that the Sports Minister is a distraction to the team and hence his visits to the camp is unnecessary.

According to reports, the team warned the Sports Minister and his delegation against coming anywhere close to the dressing room before and during the match.

One of the top players in the team on Monday night said: “We are set for the semi final clash with Germany.

“We have perfected our game plan to qualify for the final and win the gold medal for Nigeria like our 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games colleagues”.

Dalung Apologizes To Dream Team

Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has on Monday apologised to Nigeria’s players and officials of the Olympic football team over issues surrounding the contingent’s late arrival in Brazil.

The minister tendered his apologies to the dream team in the dressing room after they defeated and progressed to the quarter-finals at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 with a 1-0 victory over Sweden. His words “I want to apologise for all the circumstances that led to your late arrival here.

“I apologise because I am the head and as such I must take responsibility for anything that happen under my watch.

“I am happy you all have put the unfortunate incident behind you and have shown that you are true heroes by making the country proud with your qualification for the quarterfinals.

“This qualification is unique as you guys are the first team to do so in the football event. I want to assure you that we appreciate your efforts, and I want to say that it’s when a man faces challenges that his true ability is tested.

“I am sure we all have learnt our lessons and will take the lessons to heart going forward.” Dalung recalled that the team faced similar challenges on the way to winning the Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Senegal last year, where they qualified for the Olympics.

He then assured the players and officials that all bonuses and allowances due to them will be paid.

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Rio Olympics: Sports Minister, Dalung Hails Dream Team For Beating Japan

Youths & Sports Development Minister, Barr. Solomon Dalung has hailed the U-23 Eagles for their victory against Japan in their first Group B match of men’s football event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Eagles despite arriving Manaus from Atlanta, USA, few hours before the game put up a strong showing in their win against the Asians.

Dalung, who took to microblogging site, Twitter to heap plaudits on the Samson Siasia tutored lads for their fighting spirit and patriotism, said: “I heartily congratulate the national U-23 football team for their outstanding 5-4 victory over Japan in their opening Group B game.”

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I Am Yet To Receive Any Court Order – Dalung

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said on Wednesday he was yet to receive any court order nullifying Amaju Pinnick’s Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) presidency.

Dalung said this at the NFF Extra-Ordinary General Assembly in Abuja that he has not been informed of any court decision.


“As a lawyer and a Minister of Sports, till today, I have not received any court order. The court orders served on me were all dated 2014. I have never received any court order dated 2016. The court order that was served on me was dated 2014; there is not even 2015 court order; so I am even worried, this news of Jos High court.

I have not seen any court order, but I am not saying there is none, if there is any court order, I am the minister bring the court order to me, I have not seen it.

I want to appeal to all of you seated here, that you must be sincere to yourself. For me in the government, government deals with establishments.

We came into office and we inherited a government in the Nigeria Football Federation.

If the government is replaced, we will also be informed as to how it has been replaced and as a government we will change our position.

The football family must go back and put itself in order.’’


It will be recalled that on April 7, a Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State, had nullified the election that brought NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and his board into office.

Dalung said he was not in a position to elect or impose a president on the federation, hence the need for the football house to find a way to resolve its issues.

He said that the Pinnick-led board had 30 days within which to appeal after which the court order would be enforced.

Dalung urged the NFF board to remain focus to the cause of football adding that the Chris Giwa led board should allow Pinnick to exercise his right.

He also urged the media not to destroy football in the country with stories that do not exist.

Earlier, Pinnick called on the minister to use his good office to bring on end to the battled in the glass house adding that it was not good for the development of football in the country.

Pinnick said that in the past two to three days the federation had lost sponsors for many games.

It will be recalled that the Chris Giwa led board addressing a news conference said that the court order had been made available to the minister.

Unemployment: Exercise Patience Till 2016 Budget Is passed, Dalung Urges Youths

The Federal Government has admonished Nigerian youths, who are yearning for employment and developmental programmes to exercise patience till the passage of the 2016 appropriation bill by the National Assembly.


The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung also urged the young generation to engage their mind gainfully in order to actualize God-given potentials and make meaningful impact.


To assist them in realising their dreams, the minister disclosed the government’s readiness to partner the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Nigeria to train young people for leadership responsibility. Dalung, who stated this, when the delegation from the Duke of Edinburgh International Award for youths paid him a visit in Abuja, identified leadership problem as one of the challenges facing the country.


He decried lack of value orientation among youths and faulted previous leadership style that couldn’t bridge the gap of gainful transmission of core societal values, insisting that the collaboration became imperative as the government set standard for the development of leadership and ethics in the country.

National Stadium In Lagos To Get Face Lift, Dalung Assures

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Tuesday in Abuja assured that the National Stadium in Lagos would be given a facelift.


Dalung gave the assurance at a news conference while receiving the drawings of the new concept for the stadium.


“We are here to receive drawings of the new concept of the National Stadium in Lagos. When we assumed responsibility, our determination was to invest our energies more on trying to complete all uncompleted projects.


“At the end of our tenure, if that is what we are able to achieve, we will want posterity to ascribe that to us. I have vowed not to contribute to increasing the catalogue of abandoned projects.

“We are not interested in making names in abandoned projects, but will want to be remembered for giving our modest contributions to complete those projects that were abandoned,’’ he said.


The Sports Minister noted that the stadium was very critical to the country’s sports development.


“No country can maintain its image in the face of neglect. Therefore, we are here to try to rewrite history,’’ he said.


Dalung however pointed out that one major problem in Nigeria was the absence of a culture of maintenance.


“I think one major problem is the absence of the maintenance culture and, as part of the change agenda, we are going to reinforce the maintenance culture in Nigeria.

“We should spend what we have to maintain what we have. It is better than going on the adventure of creating so many things we are not going to maintain,’’ he said.

The minister said the drawings would be discussed with the ministry’s management and the most viable option would be adopted to realise the desired dream.

“We will discuss at the ministry level to know whether we are going to concession it or lease it or go for the Public Private Partnership (PPP),’’ he said.


Dalung said this would however take place after approval and unveiling of the drawings and analyses of the cost implication.


He promised to leave the stadium better than it was, adding that attention would also be given to other sports facilities which have been abandoned across the country.


Displaying the drawings, Hart Bankat, the Managing Director, Mayus Construction, who are the project’s consultants, said the 30-year-old stadium needed rehabilitation.


“The present state of the stadium is worrisome and it needs urgent attention,’’ he said.



Dalung To Meet Pinnick, Giwa Over Tussle

In a move to bring to an end the struggle for who is the legitimate occupant of the seat of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, the Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung in a surprise move after denying backing the move of Chris Giwa to reclaim his alleged mandate as head of the NFF, has scheduled a peace meeting for January 20, 2016.

In a press statement issued by the Minister’s Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the minister is expected to meet with the gladiators in the scramble for the NFF position, Giwa and the current holder of the position, who was elected at the rescheduled Congress held in Warri in 2014, Amaju Melvin Pinnick.

The statement which did not indicate the venue of the meeting, said that Barrister Dalung has called on the Giwa and Pinnick groups to be calm while quoting him to have said that “after a comprehensive study of submissions from both sides, I have fixed January 20, 2016 to meet with the leaders of the two groups to resolve the issue. In the light of the above, the leaders of the two warring groups are hereby advised to refrain from acts capable of jeopardizing the peace process.

“They should therefore maintain calm while the issue is being resolved. All should note that any act contrary to my appeal will continue to tarnish the image and integrity of the country and further scare would-be investors from our sports “.

This minister’s move is aimed at forestalling any crisis that could result in an attempt by the Giwa group to forcefully resume at the Abuja office of the NFF on January 12, 2016 in a surprised renewed claim to the leadership of the NFF which mandate they claim they allegedly got in the controversial election of August 26, 2015 that resulted in the temporary suspension of the NFF by FIFA.