Channels National Kids Cup: 32 Schools Cleared For Lagos Preliminaries

kids cupThe Technical Committee of the Channels National Kids Cup have cleared 32 primary schools that will feature at the Lagos Preliminaries.

According to the committee, the selected schools adhered to the rules and regulations of the competition and provided the requirements needed to participate in Season 7 of the football tournament.

Defending champions, Toyibat Nursery and Primary School have a chance of retaining the trophy they won last year after being cleared. But first, they will need to go through the preliminaries. Last year losing finalist, Ebute-Metta Primary School also got the approval of the committee.

Former champions, Unilag Staff School and Ladi-Lak are making a return to the competition while Excel Immaculate, Ipaja are making their debut at the grassroots football competition. Eunifrance, Highscope, St. Paul’s Anglican, CMS primary school, Dr. Teslim Elias and Army Children School, Abule-Egba received clearance to participate in the preliminaries.

Chairman of the committee, Ken Ochonogor confirmed that this is the first part of the screening, adding that the proper examination of players will be done before a game is played.

The draw for the Lagos preliminaries will be done on Thursday, March 12th 2015 at Channels Television headquarters, Isheri North and each school can attend with an official and a player.

TEAMS CLEARED FOR LAGOS PRELIMINARIES

1. ABJOEL PRIMARY SCHOOL, IKORODU

2. AJELOGO PRIMARY SCHOOL, MILE 12

3. AL-FARUQ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, EJIGBO

4. ANWAR-UL ISLAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

5. ARMY CHILDREN SCHOOL, ABULE-EGBA

6. CMS PRIMARY SCHOOL, BARIGA

7. DAEMM SCHOOLS

8. DARMAN FOUNDATION SCHOOL, AGEGE

9. DONMEN SCHOOLS, IKORODU

10. DORCAS MEMORIAL SCHOOL APAPA

11. DR. TESLIM ELIAS PRIMARY SCHOOL

12. EBUTE-METTA PRIMARY SCHOOL, LAGOS ISLAND

13. EBUTE-ELEFUN PRIMARY SCHOOL

14. EUNIFRANCE PRIMARY SCHOOL, IKORODU

15. EXCEL IMMACULATE, IPAJA

16. GREAT HAKEEMSON SCHOOL, AGEGE

17. GREEN HAVEN MONTESSORI SCHOOL, ISHERI

18. HIGHSCOPE SCHOOLS, IKOSI KETU

19. HOPELAND PRIMARY SCHOOL

20. INNERCITY MISSION PRIMARY SCHOOL, OREGUN

21. LADI-LAK PRIMARY SCHOOL, BARIGA

22. NATIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOL, YABA

23. PAMPERS GROUP OF SCHOOLS, SURULERE

24. ROCKFORD PRIVATE SCHOOL, IKORODU

25. ROYALBELLS PRIMARY SCHOOL, GBAGADA

26. ST. PAUL’S ANGLICAN SCHOOL, LAGOS ISLAND

27. ST. FRANCIS PRIMARY SCHOOL, MARYLAND

28. THE TENETS SCHOOLS, IKORODU

29. TOYDAM CHILDREN SCHOOL, GBAGADA

30. TOYIBAT, PRIMARY SCHOOL, GBAGADA

31. UNCLE BAYUS PRIMARY SCHOOL, IKORODU

32. UNILAG STAFF SCHOOL, AKOKA

Sports Palava: Is It Time To Break The Benfica Curse?

vlcsnap-2014-05-14-17h24m15s230Sevilla will be Benfica’s opponents in today’s (Wednesday) Europa League final, yet many of the Portuguese Team’s fans believe that other forces will be at work as they attempt to win their first continental cup in 52 years.

After winning the old European Cup in 1961 and 1962, Benfica have played in seven European Cup finals and lost all, with many blaming the failure on the so –called curse of Bela Guttman.

Gutmann, a Hungarian, led Benfica to their two European titles but left the club in acrimonious circumstances after a pay dispute, swore that “Benfica will not win another European final without me”.

Since then, Benfica has played in seven finals and lost all.

The Portuguese side lost to AC Milan (1965), Inter Milan (1965), and Manchester United (1968) before Gutman died in 1981.

After his death, the club continued in the losing spree and lost to Anderlecht (1983), PSV Eindhoven (1988), AC Milan (1990) and Chelsea (2013).

However to break the curse, late club legend, Eusebio, famously prayed at Guttman’s grave in Vienna asking for the curse to be broken and the club unveiled a statue of Guttmann in front of the Stadium of Light.

Benfica have bounced back this season from a disastrous end to last season when they the Europa League, Portuguese Cup fianls and were pipped to the Portuguese league by FC Porto.

Eagles’ Bonus Row: Maigari Lied, NFF Is Not Broke, Pundits Say

Few months after winning the African Nations Cup, the Nigerian Football governing body has said that it is broke and will need to cut down its spending.

The Confederations Cup-bound Super Eagles had refused to take a $2,500-a-man bonus for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Namibia in Windhoek.
The members of the team had insisted on being paid the full win bonus of $5,000 each.

The African champions failed to fly to South Africa from Namibia on Thursday due to a row over win bonus for a World Cup qualifier as they were all held up in their hotel rooms in Namibia an hour to departure to Johannesburg.

The Super Eagles ought to have flown out of Windhoek to Johannesburg on Thursday afternoon, and be on their way to Sao Paulo, Brazil, minutes before 6pm South African time.

And they would have been in Sao Paulo by midnight and connect immediately to Belo Horizonte, venue of their opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup against Tahiti on Monday.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Aminu Maigari met with the team Wednesday night to explain to them that the organisation is broke and so the need to be prudent in their spending.

However, panellists on Channels Sport on Sunday including the Weekend Editor of SportsDay, Desmond Ekwueme, Jimmy Ogunlana and Yemi Bakara disagree with Mr Maigari’s position that the NFF is broke.

Mr Ekwueme described the disagreement between the Super Eagles’ players and the NFF as scandalous insisting that the purpose of winning the nation cup is to make money.

“Football is business. So if you are saying that after winning the nations cup, you don’t know that you have a brand – the trophy is a brand; the players are brand in their rights, even the NFF is a brand – so if you’re saying you don’t know you have a brand, somebody should just leave,” he said.

For Mr Bakare, the NFF is being dishonest.

“You say there’s no money and these boys are seeing you junketing around spending money lavishly,” he said.

Watch the video below for more.

Debate: Return Of Special One, Good or Bad For Chelsea?

Please, do not call me arrogant because what I say is true; I am European Champion, I am not one out of the bottom. I think I am a special one – Jose Mourinho

On Monday, Chelsea Football Club announced the appointment of Jose Mourinho as First Team Manager.

Mourinho signed a four-year contract and will return to the club where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007.

Many football analysts have argued that while Jose Mourinho rebuilt the side that had finished second under Claudio Ranieri, and turned Chelsea into the best side in England, it may be different this time round.

Mourinho wants to call the shots but the 2013 version of the Blues is not the same beast as the 2004 incarnation.

What is evident, unquestioned, is that Mourinho inherits a small and unbalanced squad, which must be significantly replenished.

In this debate, two sport analysts examine the significance of Mourinho’s return to Chelsea.

Debate: Who Wins Champions League Final Borussia Dortmund Or Bayern Munich?

As the footballing world gears up for the biggest and last game of the season – the Champions League finals at Wembley, there are many things we can look forward to which will make the match as interesting and pulsating as it is billed to be.

The might of Bundesliga will be on full display and the stadium could be mistaken for one in Germany. Legions of German fans are expected to make the atmosphere quite electric and lively.

This week’s episode of Sport Palava takes a look at a few aspects of the match that will be in spotlight on the big day.

Debate: Is Ferguson’s Retirement Good For Manchester United

“The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time.

“It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so. The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one.”

With these words, Manchester United Coach, Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from the English Premier League side he has managed for over 26 years.

Ferguson took over from Ron Atkinson on November 6, 1986 and won two Champions League crowns, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, 13 league titles, five FA Cups and four League Cups to make him the most successful manager in British football history.

In the video below, sport analysts on Channels Television’s Sport Palava debate if the retirement of Ferguson is good for Manchester United.

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