NFF Chiefs Dikko, Abubakar Not Wanted – Police


He assured the LMC helmsmen that the IGP places the great premium on his officers and men being law-abiding and that his Command will be guided by this position and refrain from interfering with this case and the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal.

The FCT Police boss further directed the DCP Operations to beef up security within the LMC offices and around the person of the LMC Chairman to ensure the safety of all.

Dikko expressed LMC’s appreciation to the IGP Ibrahim Idris for instilling in his officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force the positive quality of being law-abiding law enforcement officers, which he said will contribute in great measure to the maintenance of public peace and order in our country and endear the IGP and the police to all Nigerians.

Commenting at the sidelines of the meeting, Dikko described the Jos High Court order against his person and Abubakar as oppressive and unjustifiable.

He argued that the Court made the order of committal for contempt of court order without any application whatsoever filed before it for that purpose and, despite the fact that the same court had previously adjourned the suit sine die or indefinitely pending the hearing of the appeal of LMC against the ex parte order of the Court directing that Giwa FC be reinstated to the League, three months after the Club’s expulsion.

He continued by pointing out that the injustice of the ruling was compounded by the fact that a false affidavit of service of Forms 48 and 49 was procured.

He insisted that the order of committal for contempt was made in the circumstances he has described in order to intimidate the LMC from pursuing the appeal at the Court of Appeal so that the many injustices committed in the handling of the case will not be exposed.

Dikko said further steps has been taken in addition to the appeal filed by LMC to report the questionable judicial conduct of the Judge of the Jos High Court to the National Judicial Council, while the matter of the false affidavit of service procured by the Jos High Court bailiffs has been reported to the Chief Justice of Plateau State.

The LMC has also filed another petition to the Chief Justice of Plateau State reporting the Abuja Airport incidence, which was all as a result of the unfair court orders issued under his jurisdiction, which is now being used to mischievously mislead the Police, despite the pendency of the appeal.

He urged all Nigerians to see this case as a grand design and conspiracy to cause unnecessary confusion in the minds of the public and derail the impressive and positive developments in the league in Nigeria under LMC.

He reminded all that the Jos High Court made its orders to ground the Nigeria League at the request of a single individual, the plaintiff in the suit, who claims to be a supporter of Giwa FC.

He further wondered: “How can football be properly organized and played if the millions of football fans in Nigeria were similarly to secure such far-reaching orders from the Courts all over Nigeria regarding the different Clubs they support or follow.

“In that case, for instance, an individual with the flimsiest of reason could have obtained a court order to stop Rangers International FC from playing and winning the League title and the government and people of Enugu State from experiencing and celebrating the victory of their team after 32 long years of patiently planning and toiling to lift the League trophy. This would be the biggest tragedy in football development in Nigeria for which all stakeholders should be outraged and stand up to collectively defend the integrity of the game we all support.”

Dikko went on to assure football loving Nigerians that neither the LMC nor its officials have broken any Law as they only acted to defend and preserve the integrity of the public trust (NPFL) they are privileged to be managing and ensure its stability and growth within the Laws.

He concluded by declaring: “LMC will continue to follow all the right legal steps to respond to any orchestrated attack on the LMC, NPFL, the participating clubs and its officers and, we will never be distracted.”

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.’’

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.

Niger Govt To Incorporate Sports In School Curriculum

The Niger State Government on Wednesday said it would incorporate sports into the curriculum of its primary and secondary schools.

Mamman Bosso, the State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna that this would encourage talented youths to get acquainted at the early stage of their lives.

“We are making arrangements to include sports into our primary and secondary education curriculum in order to develop grassroots sports. The state government will also rehabilitate sporting facilities across the state to ensure that the policy succeeds,” Bosso said.

He said the ministry would continue to discuss with its education counterpart for a full implementation of the programme.

According to the commissioner, the state governor is passionate about the plan and has given directives to that effect.

NAN reports that the state government has already commenced rehabilitation work on the two major sport facilities in Minna to boost sporting activities.

Olympic Flag Arrives In Tokyo For 2020 Games

The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday as Japan’s capital gears up to host the 2020 Games, with officials promising smooth sailing after Rio’s sometimes shaky 2016 instalment.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike carried the flag during a ceremony at Haneda airport after stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city, accompanied by a delegation who picked up a record 41 medals in Rio.

“I feel the full weight of the responsibility that this (flag) brings,” Koike told the crowd.

“I’m very happy that we’re able to bring the flag back after more than 50 years.”

Tokyo last hosted the summer Olympics in 1964, highlighting Japan’s post-war coming out party as it grew into a global economic powerhouse.

“I hope we can revive the same emotion we felt in Rio at the Tokyo Olympics,” said Saori Yoshida, a silver medallist wrestler and captain of the Rio delegation.

A kimono-clad Koike on Sunday received the flag at the closing ceremony in Rio where thousands of fans and athletes donned ponchos on a wet and windy night for a colourful festival of Brazilian culture and music with bursts of fireworks.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a comical cameo as Nintendo video game character Super Mario as Tokyo set a light-hearted tone for its hosting of the Games in four years.

Abe came out from a pipe after a video showed plumber Mario drilling down from Tokyo into the earth to reach Brazil.

“I wanted to show Japan’s soft power to the world with the help of Japanese characters,” Abe told reporters.

– ‘Peaceful, reliable’ –

Japan sold itself as a safe pair of hands to host the event and Abe pledged in Rio he would try to make it the best Games yet.

But Tokyo’s Olympic preparations have suffered high-profile setbacks including soaring costs and having to redesign the Games logo after accusations of plagiarism.

French prosecutors have also launched an investigation into alleged bribes linked to Tokyo’s winning Olympic bid, which organisers have denied.

Koike, who was elected in July as Tokyo’s first female governor, has ordered officials to rein in ballooning costs and pledged a formal review.

That came as concerns grow over soaring costs which could potentially double or even triple from the reported original forecast of $7.14 billion.

The Games were awarded to Tokyo in 2013, with expectations that they would be a model of efficiency with the city touting itself as “peaceful, reliable, safe, and stable”.

Tokyo’s metropolitan conurbation is the world’s largest with more than 35 million people, but streets are safe, trains run on time and the air is clean.

And with strict gun control and a public honesty visitors find disarming, few people ever experience serious crime.

The country is prone to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, but strict building codes means they often pass with little or no damage.

The games in Brazil — which is embroiled in a political crisis over the impeachment of suspended president Dilma Rousseff — suffered its own series of setbacks.

Tourists, officials and athletes have had to dodge the scenic city’s notorious street crime, structural problems inside the Olympic Village were a challenge and the Olympic diving pool turned green.

Couple Caught ‘Having Sex’ In The Background Of Live Rio Broadcast

British people are known for being incredibly awkward when it comes to sex. It’s pretty true, except for the occasional nan who doesn’t give a fuck and shouts stuff over the dinner table. Is that just my family? Okay then.

BBC Olympics presenter Dan Walker responded to the fact that a couple behind him were getting down and dirty on a beach in Rio in possibly the most British way ever.

Once he realised what was going on he said that they were ‘having a hug’. Or ‘reading a book… in a strange pose’. Come on, Dan. We’re not five.

Sadly, he confirmed that they wouldn’t be zooming in any closer. Spoilsport.

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The people of Twitter couldn’t contain their glee.
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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Can’t Believe Manchester United Treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge can’t believe Manchester United have frozen Bastian Schweinsteiger out in a bid to get him to leave the club.

The Bayern Munich president knows the German midfielder well from his 17-year stay at the Bundesliga champions.

Schweinsteiger only left Bayern last year in a £6.5million move, signing a three-year deal as Louis van Gaal attempted to strengthen his United squad.

He did struggle to stay consistently fit in his first season at Old Trafford and could do nothing to stop van Gaal leaving the club after a disappointing campaign in charge.

But Schweinsteiger is a Champions League and World Cup winner and, despite being 32, is still a quality player when healthy.

Jose Mourinho obviously disagrees, exiling Schweini from the first team, forcing him to train with the youth team, according to reports.

He’s been linked with a return to Bayern – something new Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has denied.

And despite ignoring talk of going after Schweinsteiger, Rummenigge has criticised United for their treatment of the German legend.

Speaking in an interview with, Rummenigge said: “I could hardly believe when I read it. This never happened before at Bayern Munich and never will happen.”

“In the future players will think twice before joining such clubs, who treat them more radically when they want to get rid of a player than a club like Borussia Dortmund or Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga would do.

“It seems like this is the price players have to pay if they join these clubs.”

That’s a pretty robust attack from Rummenigge on Mourinho and United when neither Schweinsteiger or the club have confirmed that he’s been frozen out.

Ondo Unveils Plans For Goalkeepers’ Academy, Female League

The Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA) on Thursday said that plans had been concluded to begin the first female league and a goalkeepers’ academy in the state.
Dapo Ajibade, Executive Director of the agency, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Akure.
The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for March 8, at the Cultural Centre, Adegbemile, Akure.
Ajibade revealed that five progammes would be unveiled on the day, which are: the ODSFA goalkeepers’ academy, an U-15 Secondary School, the ODSFA / Ondo FA Female Football League, the ODSFA Beach Soccer League and the vODSFA Talent Discovery Tournament.
The goalkeepers’ academy would be set up to discover and nurture goalkeepers to world-class level, while the U-15 Secondary School Tournament would promote Education through Football.
The female football league would positively engage and empower the girl child, to safeguard the family.
The beach soccer idea will develop football in the riverine areas and channel the energies of the youths in the area to productive activities.
According to him, the NFF 1st Vice President, Mr Seyi Akinwunmi, the Technical Director of the NFF, Amodu Shuaibu, and former Super Eagles Goalkeeper and Coach, Ike Shorunmu, will grace the occasion.
Dr Rafiu Ladipo, President-General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club is also expected at the occasion.
“Gov. Olusegun Mimiko will grace the occasion with political office holders, footballers, football administrators, coaches and many others. The Talent Discovery Tournament is to discover talented players at the grassroots, in a bid to discover the next Rising Stars,’’ Ajibade added.



Dalung Inaugurates NOC Women In Sport Commission

Mr Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports on Friday in Abuja inaugurated the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Women in Sport Commission to address low women representation in sports administration.


At the inauguration, Dalung, who was represented by Hauwa-Kulu Akinyemi, Director, Federations and Elite Athletes in the ministry, said female athletes had won more medals for the nation in the history of sports in Nigeria.


He added that “women are major stakeholders in sports and a good number of them now occupy important positions. This has empowered them to support female involvement and participation in sports both technically and administratively.

“But this is not enough as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) objective for NOCs, international and national federation affiliated to the Olympic Movement stipulates 25 per cent decision making positions for women.

“The Olympic Charter states that one of the roles of the IOC is to encourage and support the promotion of women in sports at all levels.”


This, the minister said, was to implement the principle of equality between men and women in sports administration.


He noted that “this commitment extends beyond concerted efforts to increase women’s participation in the Olympic Games to ensuring equity in the involvement of women in the general administration of sports.


“Gender equality is considered a critical component for effective and inclusive sports for the promotion of women and girls in sports at all levels.”


Earlier, the NOC President, Habu Gumel, had said that the occasion marked another landmark in the Olympics Movement in Nigeria.


He said “we are privileged to set in place one of the vital pillars of the Olympic Movement, the NOC Women Commission.”


Gumel said that for decades, the IOC had been keen on issues relating to women in sports worldwide.


“The IOC being desirous of ensuring the graduation of women involvement in sports, set criteria for NOCs on minimal requirement for women participation in sports as athletes and administrators is not optional but mandated, he said.


He expressed optimism that with the Commission’s individual and collective efforts, it would have all that was required to affect women positively in Nigeria.


“The NOC has a lot of confidence in members of the Commission and the members are capable of the challenges ahead.

“I urged you to cooperate with the chairperson in the collective task of moving sports forward in the country.”


Mary Onyali, the Chairperson of the Commission said she was encouraged by the calibre of women in the commission and with the support of the NOC she hoped to deliver on its mandate.


She described the women in the commission as “women of notable character,” adding that she hoped they would bring it to bear in the commission.


Onyali thanked the NOC for the confidence reposed in them and promised to work in harmony to move sports forward.




Giwa Versus NFF : Court Adjourns Hearing To March 10

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos on Wednesday adjourned the case filed by Chris Giwa to relist his case against Amaju Pinnick, President, Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), to March 10, 2016.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that Giwa had approached the court to declare him the President of the NFF and, the election of Aug. 26, 2014 that brought him, be upheld.


The case was withdrawn following pressures from major football stakeholders and threat by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), to sanction the country.


But Giwa, through his counsel, Mr Habila Ardzard, filed a request that the case be relisted.


Counsel to NFF and the Ministry of Sports, Mr Damon Dashe, filed an affidavit and requested for more time to prepare for the defense.


The defense counsel also requested for an adjournment to enable the lead counsel Festus Keyamo who was absent in court on Wednesday, to appear in the next hearing.


The judge, Justice Musa Kurya, accepted the request and adjourned the case to March 10 for hearing.




Buhari Honours Sports Men, Women At Statehouse

President Mohammadu Buhari recognizes victorious men and women of sports in Nigeria at the Statehouse Banquet Hall.

His official photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo, shared this photo of the president in honor of victorious men and women of Sports in Nigeria. Below is a picture of the President and the Minister of Sports and two female athletes.

Presidential Reception in Honor of Victorious Men and Women of Sports in Nigeria at the Statehouse Banquet Hall on 21st Jan 2016


Ex-Senate President David Mark Pledges Undying Love For Sports

The former Senate President, Sen. David Mark, has said that his love for sports would outlive his presence in the Senate.


Mark told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Otukpo that his love for sports predated his foray into politics.


He said that his love for sports manifested in the establishment of a Golf Academy and sponsorship of the annual Mark d’ ball basketball competition, which had attracted local and international athletes to Otukpo.


According to Mark, the establishment of Mark Mentors, a DSTV Premier League Basketball team and APA United Football Club, a pro league team, speak volumes for his love and support for sports.


He said that these sports outfits would continue to exist through the Mark Scholarship and Sports Foundation whether he was dead or alive.


“Nigerians are always united in sports, so this is my own way of lifting sports in Nigeria; my promise to you is that, even the Mark d’ ball competition will outlive me.


We have sent five young boys to Scotland to represent Nigeria in golf competition and today, the golf academy is training over 300 boys.


Our team, Mark Mentors, won the 2015 DSTV Premier Basketball League; and now in Otukpo, we have been able to raise a national champion in basketball.


I assure you that in my lifetime, Otukpo people will play at the International level and at the National Basketball Association (NBA) league in the United States.


I will continue to support sports because it has kept us together and has provided opportunities for our young boys and girls to be useful to themselves and the nation,” Mark said.


The former Senate President dismissed doubts on the hosting of the 2015 Mark d’ ball competition, saying that the event had come to stay, whether he was in the Senate or not.


He said: “There were lot of doubts whether we will sponsor this year’s event or not.


Whether I am in the Senate or not, it makes no difference to me as far as encouraging young boys and girls are concerned.


More players will be sponsored abroad through the foundation; it is a foundation which after I have completely gone will still be there.


This is not a political arrangement because I was awarding scholarships to people before I joined politics and I am still doing it.’’




First Nigeria National Team Goalkeeper, Sam Ibiam, Dies at 90

Sam Ibiam, the first Nigerian national team goalkeeper has died at the age of 90.
Fondly called ‘The Black Magnet’ or ‘The Cat’, Ibiam played as a goalkeeper for the pioneer Nigerian national football team, the Red Devils. Although the cause of his death has not been made known, the retired goaltender died yesterday, Wednesday, December 2, as confirmed by family sources.
Speaking in a telephone interview, the general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr Sanusi Mohammed said, “we heard from third party source, pulled a call through and his son confirmed it. For us, we thank God for a worthy life he lived.

His records in the first national team remains sterling and excellent. Certainly, we shall participate in the burial arrangements by the time the family comes up with the programme of activities. It is our prayer that God will grant him eternal rest. We also send our condolences to his family.”


Ibiam, who was born in 1925 in Ebonyi State was the Nigerian goalkeeper for the UK selected team that toured the United Kingdom in 1949.
The legendary goal keeper only conceded just five goals in his nine years of representing Nigeria till he retired from international football in 1958.


As Nigeria’s first national goalkeeper, Pa Sam Ibiam dazzled millions with his wizardry on the field of play and brought immense honour to the country. But in his old age, he was said to have been abandoned.


Buhari Deserves A Place In Guinness Book Of Records – Pinnick

President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) is worthy of a bold mention in the Guinness Book of Records, according to NFF President Amaju Pinnick.
Pinnick spoke in Santiago on Monday morning as he boarded a flight to Buenos Aires on the way back home from a success story at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
“Yes, it is a success story as you just mentioned, but it would not have ended that way without the great support that the Nigeria Football Federation continues to receive from the President Muhammadu Buhari –led Federal Government.
“In fact, the Nigeria Football Federation is dedicating this triumph to President Buhari. He is a man of history. He was there when the first set won the trophy in 1985 as military Head of State; now he is here as civilian President when the Class of 2015 emerged victorious. Seriously speaking, I don’t think there is any Head of State or Government in the entire universe who has this honour, and for this, our PMB deserves a place in the Guinness Book of Records.”
Pinnick, whose one –year administration can now point to successes at the African Women Championship (Namibia 2014), African Youth Championship (Senegal 2015) and now the Eaglets’ triumph (aside qualifications for several major tournaments), insisted on Monday that the masterstroke for the Eaglets’ confident and determined approach was President Buhari’s call to the team a day earlier.
“We appreciate the President for sparing time out of his very tight schedule to talk to each and every player and official. That was a massive motivation. At the end of the conversation, the players told me they would go all out and give whatever it would take to win, having been inspired by the country’s leader.
“Football is a potent and huge tool for national unity and the focus of the present NFF administration is to build a sustainable football culture for our country. Triumphs are good, but we must not overlook the sustainable culture.”
The NFF President assured that his administration would be strongly involved in the players’ development, unlike what happened in the past. “People have talked about monitoring the players. We would do more than that. We would be part of their developmental programs and seamless transition to senior categories.
“We are very happy with this victory because it gives us the opportunity to present to our dear PMB his first global crown on his return as civilian President.”
Pinnick, a member of the Organizing Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and who joined the dignitaries to hand out the medals in Vina del Mar on Sunday, hinted that the NFF already has other targets in its immediate radar.


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Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp first choice to replace Brendan Rodgers

Official talks between Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp will take place this week with the club confident of appointing a new manager ahead of their next fixture away at Tottenham on October 17.

Jurgen Klopp is Liverpool’s number one choice of replacement for Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked on Sunday.

Klopp won two Bundesliga titles during seven years with Borussia Dortmund and is considered by Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group as an ideal fit to take over at Anfield.

The club sounded out the 48-year-old over the summer but kept faith with Rodgers after being told that Klopp was not yet ready for a new job after leaving Dortmund at the end of last season.

Now Klopp is ready to return to management and is attracted by the prospect of fulfilling his ambition to manage in the Premier League at a historic club like Liverpool.

Why I shunned Nigeria – Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe confirmed on Tuesday he had decided   to play football for England rather than Nigeria.

The 19-year-old, who was approached by Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh to switch his international allegiance to his father’s country, is qualified to play for the Super Eagles until he has made a competitive senior appearance for England.

“It was my choice and it feels the right choice,” Ibe told Liverpool’s website.

“I was born here and have played in the younger age groups. I want to take it up to the first team one day.”

The London-born forward played for England Under-21 team against USA Under-23s side and then against Norway , alongside his Liverpool teammate colleague Joe Gomez.

“It was great and I enjoyed myself,” Ibe said.

“I felt as though Joe and I did well. It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the coming games.

“You want to represent your country well. Even at times when you’ve not got games for Liverpool, doing well with England is vital.”

Ibe, who spent time on loan with Derby County last season, has played at least some part in all five of Liverpool’s Premier League games in 2015-16, starting two of them.

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Sergio Ramos signs new five-year deal with Real Madrid

29-year-old Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos, has shut down speculations of moving to Manchester United this summer  after signing a deal to stay with the club until 2020.


In a statement,  he said…

“I know this renewal has taken a while but my heart and head have always been with Real Madrid so I couldn’t be happier,” explained Ramos at a press conference on Monday, standing alongside Perez.

“Whatever the press want to say I respect but the reality is a bit different.

“I have never said I wanted to leave Real Madrid, my idea was to always be here and I always wanted to retire here.

“Honestly, if it was an economic decision I wouldn’t have stayed. It wasn’t a question of money.

“I was quiet. I never said anything out of respect for my team-mates. I want to stay here for the rest of my career.”

Ramos joined Madrid from Sevilla in 2005 and has won La Liga three times, the Copa del Rey twice and the 2014 Champions League during his time at the Bernabeu.

Serena Williams Stuns In Cream Dress At Wimbledon Champions’ Dinner

Wimbledon women’s 2015 winner, Serena Williams dazzle in a show-stopping gown at the Champions’ Dinner tonight with jewels embellished across her front, the gown hung tightly showing off her incredible figure, as she walked the red carpet at the Guidlhall in London.

The tennis ace took the 2015 title with a straight-sets win over Garbine Muguruza.

Produce Talents That Can Compete Internationally, Atiku Tells Kano Sports Institute

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday in Kano called on the Kano Institute of Sport to produce sports men and women to attain international repute

Atiku made the call while inaugurating the institute in Karfi, Kura Local Government Area.

He urged the management of the institute to ensure that it trained and harnessed youths to participate in sports.

“The country is endowed with abundant talents that can be trained in the institute to produce sports men and women to attain international repute,” he said.

The former vice-president commended Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso for his developmental achievements in the state in the last four years.

He also commended the governor for his strides in sports development and youth empowerment.

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso said the state government spent over N1billion to build the institute.

He reiterated his government’s resolve to continue to provide the enabling environment that would stimulate grassroots sports development for young people to achieve excellence in life.

Kwankwaso also said that the government placed high premium on harnessing sports talents at the grassroots level in the state.

El-Rufai Pledges To Reactivate Sports In Kaduna State If Elected

The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has said that if elected governor in March, he will reactivate sporting activities in state.

El-Rufai, a former Federal Capital Territory minister, made the remark at a football competition organised in his honour by Kaduna youths under the auspices of Rescue Kaduna Group.

Sabon-Garin Local Government Area of the state, emerged winners of the competition tagged ‘el-Rufai Unity Cup’ aimed at shifting the focus of youths away from violence.

At the event, el-Rufai promised that when he gets to the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House through the people’s mandate, he would also ensure that all sportsmen and women were encouraged monetarily.

The governorship candidate, who commended the youths for organising the competition, said his government would give the desired attention to youth and sport development in the state.

He said, “When elected we will reactivate all sporting activities in the state and ensure that Kaduna sportsmen and women are encouraged monetarily.

“You don’t neglect your athletes and expect them to perform and represent the state well during competitions. Therefore, we will consider monetary rewards for them to boost their morale.”

In his remarks, the spokesperson for the Rescue Kaduna Group, Mohammed Tijjani, said the aim of the tournament was to bring together youths from the 23 local government areas of the state and make them understand that there was no alternative to unity.

Breaking: Amaju Pinnick Elected New NFF President

At the end of the second round of voting, Delta FC chairman Amaju Pinnick has been elected as the new president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

In the first round, Pinnick took the lead with 25 votes, while Taiwo Ogunjobi from Osun polled 9 votes. Dominic Iorfa from Benue State was able to get 6 votes. while Shehu Diko from Kaduna had 4 votes.

Amanze Uchegbulam, Imo and Mike Umeh Anambra had no vote.

Pinnick, Iorfa and Ogunjobi then went head-to-head in the second round, to determine the winner of the election via simple majority.

After the second round, Pinnick polled 32 votes, Iorfa got 8 votes, while Ogunjobi had 4 votes.

Breaking : Ace Sports Journalist, Godwin Spiff-Sagbama Is Dead

Versatile sports journalists, Godwin Spiff Sagbama is dead.

His death was confirmed Tuesday by his colleague and prominent sports journalist, Ade Ojeikere.

Reports gathered that Spiff who used to present the popular programme, Sports Business on AIT network as an independent producer was down with a brain related disease.

He had undergone two different surgeries on the brain and things got worst for the University of Ilorin graduate.

More to follow …………

Carpe Scrotum.

Desiree Henry was one of the seven young athletes who lit the cauldron during the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. Desiree and I attended the same secondary school, so I was very pleased to see how far she has come. She is a sprinter and she hopes to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic games. She visited the school again on Friday, as she likes to remember where her dream started. I spoke to her about her experience during the Olympic games and she was very interesting. I then asked her for a mini photoshoot, which she was happy to do. We went around the school and outside the school for about ten minutes and below are the pictures I got. Hope you like them!

I was extremely glad to have bumped into Desiree that day. It reminded me of the reason I carry my camera with me everywhere I go…there’s always an opportunity waiting to be grabbed.

Comfort then jumped in front of the camera and here’s what we came up with:

Sometimes she thinks she’s Michael Jackson.