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World Cup: Dalung urges Nigerians to support Eagles, warns NFF against distraction





Minister of Youth and Sport, Solomon Dalung has appealed to Nigerians to show solidarity and support to ensure the success of Nigeria team at the FIFA World Cup in Russia

Dalung in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by his Special Assistant, Media, Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, thanked the team for their commitment, patriotism and unity of purpose as the World Cup approaches.

He urged the team and other stakeholders to continue to produce the desired results in their friendly games and aspire to win the cup.

According to him, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should not be distracted with the award of slots to prospective supporters to Russia.

“I sincerely commend the Federal Government and Nigerians for their unflinching support and solidarity to the team and officials.

“As we look forward to playing our remaining friendly matches with DR Congo, England and the Czech Republic, government assures that every step will be taken to ensure a smooth operation of the matches.

“I also appeal to Nigerians to show their solidarity and support to see the team to victory,’’ he said.

The minister commended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical and coaching crew and urged them to remain focussed in their preparations for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Dalung, however, emphasised that priority would be given to the team including officials before considering issues of sponsoring individuals.

“We appreciate the desire of Nigerians to travel to Russia and support the team but it is worthy of note that every plan on ground will focus on the welfare of the team and officials.

“The team having qualified for the World Cup is a Nigerian team, therefore, preparation of delegations and mobilisation of support is the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government of Nigeria,’’ he said.

Dalung, however, said that the NFF was preoccupied with preparation of the team and its officials for the competition and should not be distracted with the award of slots to prospective supporters to Russia.

“I urge the Federation to concentrate on its mandate and avoid the distraction of allocation of slots to people interested in traveling to Russia for the World Cup.

“However, any Nigerian with the capacity to travel to Russia to support the Super Eagles is not limited by this advice.

“I wish the Super Eagles of Nigeria the best and look forward to an amazing performance in Russia 2018,” Dalung said.

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NFF charges Lobi Stars, Rangers to do more on the continent



The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has praised Nigeria’s two representatives in this season’s African club continental competitions, Lobi Stars of Makurdi playing at the CAF Champions League and Rangers International of Enugu who are taking part at the Confederations Cup for their efforts so far.

Lobi Stars are playing at the group stage of the championship alongside Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, ASEC Mimosas of Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco’s Wydad Athletic Club, while Rangers are paired alongside Etoile Sahel FC, CS Sfaxien (both of Tunisia) and Salitas FC of Burkina Faso.

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said while he commends the efforts of the team, they must raise their game so as to qualify from their groups.

“I want to commend the Clubs for their efforts so far in the continent. Both Lobi Stars and Rangers International have been doing well and the NFF and indeed Nigerian ball fans are proud of them.

“However, the road ahead is much rougher. Rangers will be playing two experienced campaigners from Tunisia in the group stage, and we know how tough a challenge the North African teams can pose. It means that Rangers must raise their game against these two and against the Burkinabes to reach the quarter finals.

“Lobi Stars put up a commendable performance in Abidjan against ASEC Mimosas though they lost by the odd goal. Now, they must lift their morale to pick the three points against Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco in order to boost their chances of a place in the quarter finals.”

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NFF expresses shock, mourns Ayodeji Alabi



The Nigeria Football Federation at the weekend said it was still in rude shock over the death of the Chairman of the Ekiti State Football Association, Mr. Ayodeji Desmond Alabi.

Alabi, who was also the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Ekiti State, was said to have died in Canada on Thursday.

“We are short of words. The Board of the NFF remembers Ayodeji Alabi as one of the strong pillars of the Congress who stood firm in support of association football at all times. The news of his death came as a big shock to the NFF Board, Members of the Congress and other members of the Nigerian Football family.

“We can only pray fervently for the repose of his soul. We pray that God grants his immediate and extended family, the Ekiti State Football Association and the generality of the people of Ondo State, as well as the NFF Congress the fortitude to bear the loss,” Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the South West Football Forum, said on Sunday.

The 41 –year old had been ill for the past six months and travelled to Canada for medical attention, before he passed on Thursday last week.

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PCN elects new exco board



The Paralympic Committee Nigeria (PCN) has elected new set of officials for the Executive Board committee of the body.

The election which was held at on January 15, 2019, at the Media Centre of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos, saw the President of the Wheelchair Basketball Federation, Brigadier General Emico Eruwa emerged as the new President after he pulled 8 votes to beat President of the Nigeria Para Powerlifting Federation, Queen Uboh Moses, who had 6 votes and David Anyaele of the Nigeria Sitting Volleyball Federation who pulled 2 votes respectively.

The post of the 1st Vice President went to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Bankole Anderson Abiodun, who emerged unopposed while Akindoju Ifedayo Olaloye of the Wheelchair Tennis Federation was equally elected as the 2nd Vice President unopposed.

Another keenly contested position was the post of the Secretary General where President of the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation Suleiman Isa pulled 9 votes to defeat, the President of the Nigeria Para-Swimming Federation, Otunba Sylvester Ikuejamoye and President of Nigeria Para Athletics Federation, Geoffrey Ogu who scored 4 and 3 votes respectively to emerge as the new Secretary General.

Mr. Odior Sunday Ketu was elected as the assistant Secretary unopposed and same goes to Madam Lawale Modupe Abosede who was elected as Treasurer of the body unopposed.

Other positions include, the Athletes representatives on the board were Ruel Ishaku (male) and Flora Ugwunwa (Female) were earlier elected while 6 zonal representatives were equally elected.

They include, Oyaderin Felix (North Central, Salawu Yekini (North West), Audu Maina (North East), Asaba Pius Idowu (South West), Agbado Douglas (South South) and Sliver Chinedu Ezeikpe (South East).

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