Channels Kids Cup Recognised At  Nigeria Pitch Awards


The Channels International Kids Cup has received a special recognition award for football development for the fifth year in a row at the Nigeria Pitch Awards.

At the 7th edition of the longest football awards ceremony in Nigeria, the organisers, MatchMakers Consult commended the station for staying committed to the objective of developing and nurturing talents at the grassroots.

Channels TV’s sports correspondent, Austin Okon-Akpan won the Football Journalist of the Year award to make it a record 4th time he will be clinching the award.

Johnny Edwards of The Punch won the Football Journalist of the Year – Print category, Olawale Adigun of Top Radio FM emerged winner of the Radio category while Samuel Ahmadu won the online category.

Super Eagles and Leicester City FC midfield sensation, Wilfred Ndidi and Super Falcons and FC Barcelona Femeni forward, Asisat Oshoala emerged the King and the Queen of the Pitch for the year 2019.

Daniel Akpeyi of Kaizer Chiefs and Watford defender, William Troost-Ekong emerged Goalkeeper and Defender of the Year in their different categories. Wilfred Ndidi confirmed his position as the Super Eagles’ midfield maestro by dusting off competition from Joe Aribo of Rangers FC and Oghenekaro Etebo of Stoke City FC to retain the Midfielder of the Year award.

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In the Striker of the Year Category, Super Eagles and Napoli FC striker, Victor Osimhen starved off competition from Odion Ighalo of Manchester United and Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal FC. Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, NFF First Vice President won the Sam Okwaraji Award for Commitment to Nigeria Football; Gernot Rohr emerged 2019 Coach of the Year; Enyimba International emerged Team of the Year and AITEO Group carted home the coveted Corporate Sponsor of Football Award for 2019.

The maiden Sportsmanship Award was presented to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu for his use of sports in the fight against crime and his sportsman’s attributes in the discharge of his duties as Nigeria’s Police Chief.

Delta State Governor, His Excellency Ifeanyi Okowa won the Football Friendly Governor for the second year while Lagos State emerged winner of the State with the Best Grassroots Football Development Programme.

Highlights include the appearance of two top Nollywood celebrities Chioma Omeruwa popularly known as Chigul and Segun Arinze.

The organizers noted that the 7th Award Ceremony initially scheduled to hold in March 2020 was put off in line with the guidelines of the COVID-19 Protocol as outlined by the Presidential Task Force set up by the Federal Government.

Voting on the platform of the Nigeria Pitch Awards is done by over 100 sports editors and journalists across the 36 states of the country. Votes cast are collated and audited by a professional accounting body.

Channels Track & Field Ready For Action


The stage is now set for the second edition of the Channels Track and Field Classics scheduled to kick off at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Wednesday, November 13.

The U-17 athletics development competition will feature over fifty secondary schools in Lagos competing in 10 events.

Action will commence by 9:30am with girls and boys 200M heats.

The opening day will also feature the 400M heats, 100M hurdles (girls), 110M hurdles (boys) long jump and shot put.

At a press briefing ceremony in Lagos to herald this year’s event, the organisers confirmed that the main objective is to discover and nurture the talents in secondary schools.

Channels Television also explained that the long term plan is to have some of the talents to represent Nigeria at international competition.


Last Year’s Success Story

The first edition produced admirable talents and top of the list is Alimot Alowonle from Tindip College, Ikorodu.

Alowonle won the girls 100 and 200 metres with ease.

She executed the 100M event like a pro. For a 16-year old secondary school student, finishing in a time 12.66 seconds was commendable.

When she crossed the line, she looked at the timer and gave a look that suggested she hoped to be quicker. She was business-oriented from start to finish.

Alowonle has progressed to compete in national and continental athletics events.

Alimot Alowonle from Tindip College poses with her record after participating in an event at the maiden edition of the Channels Track and Field in November 2018.


Fatola Adedoyin of Oreyo Grammar School, Ikorodu is also an admirable talent and definitely one for the future.

Nicknamed the “Nigerian Usain Bolt”, Adedoyin ran so well to win the Boys 200m with a time of 23.02 seconds and clinched the 400m gold in a time of 50.08 seconds.

The long-term aspiration of the youngster is to win an Olympic gold medal and also give back to society by being a role model to upcoming athletes.

Fatola Adedoyin of Oreyo Grammar School, Ikorodu poses after participating in an event at the maiden edition of the Channels Track and Field in November 2018.






























Channels Kids Cup: Edo Player Gets N100,000 Reward For Returning Missing Phone


In a rare show of honesty, a player participating in the Channels International Kids Cup (Season 11) returned a missing phone he found at the Campos Square in Lagos.

The boy identified as Goodluck Destiny is part of the Edo State Team partaking in the final of the tournament that coincides with the Children’s Day celebration.

Destiny was said to have returned the purse containing N2,000 and a phone to his coach for the owner to be found.

Moved by the gesture, the Nigeria Football Federation rewarded him with a cash price of N100,000.

14 Schools Participate In Day Two Of Channels Int’l Kids Cup

Ansar-Ud-Deen from Ogun and Sheikh Abubakar Gunmi from Kaduna


Season 11 of the Channels International Kids Cup finals entered its second day on Tuesday as 14 schools participated in the football tournament at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.

Although 16 schools were expected to participate, 14 schools were present at the venue as the matches began.

The 14 schools that participated in Wednesday games were divided into three groups of A, B and C

In Group A, African Church are paired with Holy Saviour, Army Children Vs Adetunji and African Church Vs Army Children.

In Group B, Eghaguere tie Samfra while Qua-Iboe will battle Model.

Similarly, Banham Vs Afuaman and Ansar-Ud-Deen Vs Sheik both appear in the Group C category.

Below are the results of the games played today:

                 GROUP A

African Church Pry Sch (Lagos)  1  –   0    St Williams Pry Sch, (Oyo)

Adetunji Pry Sch (Kwara)   2  – 1  Saint Williams Basic Sch, Oyo

                 GROUP B

Qua Iboe Pry Sch (Kogi)     1 – 0    Model Pry Sch (Bayelsa)

Eghaguere     0 – 0 Samfra

                   GROUP C

Ansar-Ud-Deen Pry Sch (Ogun) 0 – 5 Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Pry Sch (Kaduna)

Umunaga    1 – 1    Holy Trinity


Nosiere Pry Sch (Delta)        2 – 1 Holy Trinity Nur/Pry Sch (Ekiti)

Umunaga Community Pry Sch (Ebonyi)     1 – 1  Holy Trinity (Ekiti)

See photos below:

Samfra boys in brown jersey and the Eghaguere boys from Edo in light green
Team Ekiti
Team Ebonyi.
Model Pry Yenagoa and Qua Iboe from Kogi

Channels Kids Cup: Two Schools Advance To Round Of 16


The Lagos preliminaries for season 11 of the Channels International Kids Cup gathered momentum on Wednesday as two schools out of the 32 schools participating in the competition advanced to Round 16.

First among them is Abina Omololu primary school in Surulere that advanced to the round of 16 in the event that held at the Campos Square, Lagos Island.

The school made it after triumphantly beating Anifowose Primary School, Ikeja in a match that ended 2-1.

Joining Abina Omololu in the round of 16 is Debutant, Kith and Kin primary school.

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The Ikorodu based school defeated Muslim Association by a lone goal to progress to the next round.

It was an easy ride fo Dee Jewel primary school, Gowon Estate, who thrashed Mbari Mbayo primary school in Yaba by five goals.

See photos below:

Top Photos From The Channels International Kids Cup Final

Chairman/Chief Executive of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh (L), and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in a group photograph with the victorious LGEA Central Primary School from Kwara State


The 2018 edition of the Channels International Kids Cup came to a close in Lagos State on Sunday with an intriguing final.

LGEA Central Primary School from Kwara State built on their impressive display from the knockout stages to emerge winner of the keenly competitive tournament.

The team smiled home with the cash prize of N2 million after beating Baptist Primary School from Osun state by 3 goals to 1.

Of the 16 primary schools that began the journey, only the teams from Kwara, Osun and Ekiti made it to top three.

Thrilled by their outstanding performance, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, rewarded the teams with a sum of N5 million.

Baptist Primary School, which took second place were given N1.5 million while Emmanuel Anglican Primary School in third place received one million Naira.

X-planter Private School from Lagos who finished 4th position were not left out as the governor donated a sum of N500,000 to them.


See Photos Below:

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd Left) gestures with the Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh (L) as other officials watch.


Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Vice Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mrs Olusola Momoh, and others at the Channels Kids Cup Final at Campos Square on Sunday.
Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick; former Super Eagles Captain Joseph Yobo; Former Coaches of Super Eagles, Samson Siasia and Austin Eguavon; Former Super Eagles Midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju and others at the Channels Kids Cup Final at Campos Square on Sunday.


Governor Akinwunmi Ambode kicks the ball to commence the match.


Winner of the Channels International Kids Cup, LGEA Central Primary School from Kwara State, pose with their Two Million Naira open cheque awarded them by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Second winner, Baptist Primary School, Osun State, pose with their 1.5 million Naira on Sunday
Hakeem Bashir of Ekiti wins goalkeeper of the tournament
Victorious LGEA Central Primary School from Kwara State in a group photograph with their certificates.

Chairman/Chief Executive of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh (L), Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in a group photograph with the victorious LGEA Central Primary School from Kwara State

Channels Television Wins Maiden AITEO/NFF Award

Channels Television on Monday hit another milestone by becoming the first television station to win an award at the maiden edition of the AITEO/NFF Awards.

The 12-time TV Station of the year was handed the NFF Development Award in recognition of its corporate social responsibility initiative, the Channels International Kids Cup – for U-13 school kids.

President of world football governing body FIFA, Gianni Infantino; CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, and several ex-internationals were present at the event which was held in Lagos.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh (OON), received the award which was presented to him by the Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Channels Kids Cup Draw: Organisers Expect Stiffer Competition This Year

Kids cupThe draw for the 2017 Channels National Kids Cup Lagos preliminaries has been concluded with 32 schools drawn into four groups of eight teams.

The organisers of the tournament promised that the ninth edition of the competition would be competitive and entertaining.

Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr Steve Judo, stressed the importance of unity among participating schools while on camp, saying the tournament is not a do-or-die affair.

“I have to emphasise again that this tournament is not a do-or-die affair; no, at all. If you have that notion, please remove it right away.

“It’s for you to come in here, camp with other children, have fun, get to know them and learn about them so that tomorrow when you all grow up, you’ll become friends. That is the essence of this tournament.

“I have to pass this on to the coaches too, please let the children have fun, especially when they camp together. That’s the idea of this tournament,” he said.

The Vice Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, Mr Tade Azeez, also called for fair play among the schools and warn the coaches against the use of unqualified players.

“Those of you that employed those coaches should warn them, the coaches that tell you to bring unqualified players to play for you school. We will not only deal with the school this time, those coaches will equally be sanctioned,” he noted.

The tournament will be played on knockout basis with the last two teams qualifying for the national finals.

The matches will begin on May 2 at the Campos Square and Onikan stadiums in Lagos State, South-West Nigeria.

Group A – Has Bols International School, Badore Nursery and Primary School, Maryland Convent, Kith and Kin Educational, Green Haven, Troika, Community Primary School and Infant Jesus.

Group B – St Jude’s, Araromi, Revival, Kolebest, St Paul Anglican, Army Children, Xplanter and Abina Omololu.

Group C – Donmen, Gem Private School, CMS Primary School, Roshallom, Muslim Association, Lyncrest, Methodist Primary School and Rolex Children.

Group D – Noble Winners, National Primary School, Ajiran Community, Crown, Beautiful Path, Corona, Mao Children’s and Mas Mas.

Osinbajo Asks Nigerians To Love, Support One Another

We Hear You, Loud And Clear, Osinbajo Tells ProtestersLove and hope were at the heart of the Easter message delivered by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in Abuja on Sunday.

After leading the service at the Villa Chapel to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Professor Osinbajo encouraged all Nigerians to shelve tribe or religion and embrace the love of Christ.

The Vice President told worshippers that as God loved all mankind, Nigerians should commit to supporting each other, regardless of ethnic groups to ensure the growth and development of all.

Unions Clash With Arik Air Staff Over Airline’s Management

Arik Air Operations Grounded Over Union Protest It’s been a day of protests at the Arik Air office in Lagos, as Aviation Unions and staff of the airline have clashed over differences in the operations of the airline.

Aviation Union Workers earlier on Thursday trooped out to demonstrate against the current management which they described as intolerant of unionism, particularly concerning the sack of its members.

However, the staff of the airline also staged a protest denouncing the action of the Aviation Workers Unions, which they described as detrimental to the fortunes of Arik.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is said to have stepped into the matter and is holding a peace meeting with the parties, to resolve the dispute.

The protests have obstructed the airline’s flight operations and free movement of traffic on the airport road.

Earlier, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria in February announced the takeover of Arik as a result of the airline’s bad debt.


Trump Fires Acting Attorney General For Defying Immigration Order

trump-banU.S. President Donald Trump fired top federal government lawyer Sally Yates on Monday after she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House and refused to defend new travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations.

It was another dramatic twist in the unusually raucous roll-out of Trump’s directive that put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Friday night ban prompted protests and chaos at airports on the weekend as customs officials struggled to put the order into practise, and the fallout spread to U.S. markets on Monday, where stocks suffered their biggest drop of 2017 and companies affected by the change spoke out against it.

Yates said late on Monday that the Justice Department would not defend the order against court challenges, saying that she did not believe it would be “consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.”

Hours later, she was fired. The White House said Yates “has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States” and portrayed her actions as political.

Trump has argued tougher vetting of immigrants is needed to protect America from terror attacks but critics complain that his order unfairly singles out Muslims and defiles America’s historic reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants.

Yates, an appointee of former Democratic President Barack Obama, was days away from being replaced by Trump’s pick for the top spot at the Justice Department, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, who is awaiting Senate confirmation.

“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” the White House said in a statement.


Kogi State Set To Become Hub Of Industrial Activities

Yahaya-Bello-Governor-Kogi-StateThe Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, has expressed the determination of his administration to make the state a hub of industrial activities, because of its strategic location in Lokoja, the state capital.

Bello, made this known to journalists during his maiden visit to the Nigeria-Korean friendship Institute of Vocational and Advanced Technology (NKFI) in Lokoja.

The institute which is a technical/vocational school, is committed wholly to the training of youths, middle and skilled man power.

It was established in Lokoja in 2010, by the South Korean government in partnership with the government of Kogi state, aimed at deepening the bond of friendship between Nigeria and South Korea.

The Principal of the Institute, Gabriel Okewu, in his address of welcome, gave a rundown of the institute, including the challenges it has experienced; one of which he identified as land disputes with the state polytechnic.

“I wish to express the profound gratitude of the management and members of staff of this institute to your Excellency for the prompt response in granting the needed fund for the take-off of the institute.

“We remain deeply grateful for the noble gesture which will go a long way in paving way for eventual commencement of academics programme in the institute.

He further stated: “We have commenced the process of registration of the institute with the corporate affairs commission and as demanded by the note.

“Hopefully and by the grace of god, we shall collect the certificate soonest for onward transmission to note the head office for scheduling of the date for the resource inspection and accreditation of the Institute.

The governor in his reply lauded the Korean government initiative leading to the establishment of the institute, while he assured the management of his readiness to take the institute seriously.

“Kogi State is set to overtake every other states in Nigeria, we are ready to take our destiny into our hands, we have the political will to ensure that this Institute works well.

“We will make judicious use of it to impact knowledge and skills into our teeming youths to better their lives and contribute meaningfully to the development of the state and Nigeria at large.” Yahaya said.

At the end of the speeches the governor and some of his cabinet members present, were taken round each department of the institute.

Furthermore, Yahaya promised to resolve the lingering land dispute, and promised to fund the institute.

“Before our second year anniversary this institute is going to be assembling vehicles here and we shall have ‘Made in Kogi’ vehicles, machines, shoes, and ‘Made in Kogi’ almost everything.”

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the Governor, on Multilateral Donor Agencies and special projects/focal person on social investment programmes, Adoga Ibrahim, told journalists that the institute would be used as a foundation for industrialization in the state.

“Part of the initiative is to invite automobile plant companies to see how they can establish a plant In Kogi state and begin to assemble vehicles.

“Kogi state has about 100 million in the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), which you have graciously approved and given directive for the establishment of cassava processing plant at Egbeda-Ega in Ijumu local Government Area.

“We have also brought Kogi indigenes who invented cassava processing plant which you are going to see in action today, and fish-drying machine fabricated by this institute.

“We have direct talk with Korean government through their embassy and we have gotten an invitation to host them in a couple of weeks in Abuja.

“To whom much is given much is expected,” Adoga Ibrahim added.