Louis van Gaal Retires From Coaching

Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal Retires From CoachingEx-Manchester United and Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal says he has retired from coaching after a 26-year career.

He made the announcement on Monday after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Dutch government for his contribution to football.

He cited family issues for his decision, with De Telegraaf saying it was partly motivated by the sudden death of his daughter’s husband last month.

“So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts,” he said.

Van Gaal, 65, has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United hours after winning the FA Cup in May 2016.

“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

The Dutchman also revealed he turned down lucrative offers to continue his coaching career in the Far East. “I could go there, but I’m still here,” Van Gaal said.

Ezekwesili Advocates More Attention To Girl Child Education

girl childThe federal government has been advised to reprioritise its policy on girl child education to achieve the much needed development in the country.

The advice was given by a co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, at an event to mark the Global Week of Action for the abducted Chibok girls.

The event is part of the activities put together by the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners to mark the two years anniversary of the abduction of 219  schoolgirls in Chibok.

The activity looked at the nation’s endangered education system following the wave of abduction and killings of school children in the northeast by members of the Boko Haram sect.

Dr Ezekwesili was of the view that government at all levels must have a strategic plan of action to remove the impediments to the ‎education of girls in Nigeria.

There were also words of encouragement from members of the international community.

The Ambassador of Netherlands to Nigeria, John Groffen and his Canadian counterpart, Perry Calderwood both expressed hope to see more enrolment of girls in school, backed by adequate security in the days ahead.

The consensus at the event was that education remains key to the socio economic development of any nation and investing in this key area should be the top priority on the minds of government and key players.