FIFA Threatens To Ban Sierra Leone From Football

fifa- sierra leoneWorld’s football governing body, FIFA, has demanded that the Sierra Leone Government rescind its decision to disband the country’s Football Association.

FIFA gave authorities in Freetown until Wednesday, December 16 to comply with the directive or risk Sierra Leone being banned from all international competition immediately.

This came after the National Sports Council (NSC) announced the dissolution of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Executive Committee on Thursday.

The decisions of the NSC appear to amount to government interference in the internal affairs of the SLFA.

Adekuoroye To Feature In Indian League

Adekuoroye To Feature In Indian LeagueThe Nigeria Wrestling Federation has confirmed that two-time African Champion, Odunayo Adekuoroye, will be participating at the highly rated Indian league which kicks off from December 10 to December 27.

The 2014 Commonwealth Gold medalist has also signed a two year deal with an Indian-based wrestling club, Mumbai team.

The Coach of the Female National Team, Purity Akuh, said that Adekuoroye needed to wrestle with international athletes to have a chance of securing a medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

Coach Purity who guided Adekuroye to win bronze at the 2015 World Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas in USA, expressed confidence that with good international exposure, the wrestler would become competitive and understand different techniques that would enable her excel in the sport.

Corroborating his opinion, the Technical Director, Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Damien Ohaike, advised the National Sport Commission (NSC) to invest heavily in Adekuoroye, as she had the quality to do the nation proud at world class competitions.

The 21-year old competes in the Women’s freestyle 53kg event.

NSC Promises To Develop Taekwondo In Nigeria

TaekwondoThe National Sports Commission (NSC) has promised to support the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation in a four-year strategic partnership geared towards the development and promotion of taekwondo in Nigeria.

The 3rd CCSF International Taekwondo Open witnessed a large turnout of athletes across Africa with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) dominating the eight events competed for at the two-day championship.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the championship which took place at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Director-General of the NSC, Alhassan Yakmut said that with what CCSF has been doing in terms of its programmes, it was clear that the foundation has been able to champion the ideals of the commission.

“I am convinced beyond any doubt that CCSF has done a lot to promote and development taekwondo in Nigeria.

“For us at NSC, we want to partner organization like this because they are doing things that are in line with our vision. The atmosphere at this year’s tournament is what obtained globally in terms of international standard and I don’t think any reasonable person will not be impressed with what we have seen here tonight.

“Apart from the tournament, they have done workshop and other developmental activities to support the upcoming athletes. With this, NSC will be entering into four-year strategic partnership with CCSF to champion the development and promotion of taekwondo which is an Olympic sport in Nigeria. So from 2016, the collaboration will take off with NSC fully supporting the foundation in all its activities,” Alhassan said.

After two days of competitive action, the NSCDC confirmed why it is committed to sports in Nigeria when its athletes dominated the medal table at the 3rd CCSF Open concluded at the weekend.

NSCDC recorded four gold, one silver and four bronze medals to beat Mali and Niger Republic to second and third places on the medal table.

Mali again showed why it remains one of the taekwondo power houses in Africa when inspired by Soumare Karamoko, they won two gold and two bronze medals while Niger Republic won same number of gold with one silver and one bronze medals.

From the 284 athletes that featured in the competition which has the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)-certified referees handling proceedings, Mali’s Karamoko was voted the best male athlete while NSCDC’s Chinazum Nwosu won the best female diadem.

Cameroun’s sole representative who fought his way into the final in the men’s -80kg to clinch silver medal won the fair play award for his sportsmanship during the final match, which he eventually lost to NSCDC’s Segun Olushola.

NSC Releases Funds For All Africa Games

NSCThe National Sports Commission (NSC) has finally released funds for Nigeria’s participation at the 2015 All Africa Games (AAG) in Congo Republic but with conditions that the various sporting federations must account for every money spent.

The NSC Director-General, Al-Hassan Yakmut, hinted that about 2.9 billion naira was released to the commission to persecute this year’s games.

Yakmut also advised that only athletes with medal prospects should participate at Congo 2015.

Apart from the 19 sports that Nigeria would participate in, swimming and gymnastics have been placed on standby in the event.

The AAG 2015 is expected to hold in Brazzaville, Congo, between September 4 and 15, 2015.

Government Bans Paramilitary Agencies From Use Of Camouflage Uniforms

Major-General Chris Olukolade

The Nigerian Government has banned the use of camouflage uniforms by various security agencies other than the Armed Forces namely; Army, Navy and the Air Force.

The Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, made this known in a statement on Friday.

The Nigerian Police will, however, use the uniform when in Joint Operation with the military or on special operation such as specific anti-riot missions.

This followed the directive of the National Security Council, as it approved the recommendations of a committee on measures to streamline the use of camouflage uniforms, in view of the security implications and concerns raised on the clamour, duplicity and proliferation of camouflage uniforms in the country.

The use of camouflage/fatigue is therefore restricted to the military and for occasional use by the police henceforth.

The directive also stipulates that the military is to adopt only two types of camouflage for the three arms of the Armed Forces.

All para-military agencies using various camouflage/fatigues uniforms have up to January 2016 to withdraw such materials currently in their inventory.

With this development, the Ministry of Justice along with law enforcement agencies have been tasked to ensure that extant laws guiding the use of uniforms in Nigeria are strictly enforced.

In the same vein, the Office of the National Security Adviser has been vested with the authority to vet and clear any production and supply of camouflage uniforms in Nigeria.

The proliferation and imitation by criminals and impostors using uniforms especially the camouflage have been generating some concern in national security circles.

The development has been communicated to all the agencies by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Table Tennis: NSC Assures Players Of Development Plan

table tennisThe Acting Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Mr Alhassan Yakmut, has assured lovers and players of Table Tennis in Nigeria that the Commission will contribute its quota to the development of the game by partnering with the Aso Table Tennis Club to groom future international champions.

Speaking in Abuja at the closing ceremony of the 11th Aso National Table Tennis Championship won by Ojo Onaolapo of Lagos State, Mr Yakmut expressed optimism that the new partnership would produce a bigger championship come 2016.

Chairman of the Aso Table Tennis Club, Dr Olusegun Ajuwon, commended the players who participated in the 2015 edition of the Championship, saying the quality of games has improved tremendously.

Ojo Onaolapo, in a keenly contested final match emerged the Men’s Champion, beating Segun Ajetumobi of Taraba State by four games to three, while Bose Odusanya of Lagos State dethroned the Defending Champion, Eitoro Akpan of Cross River State to emerge the Women’s Champion.

Lawmakers Urge Sport Minister, Sports Commission To Resolve NFF Crisis

House-of-Rep-The House of Representatives has urged the minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission to resolve the crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation which led to its suspension by world football governing body, FIFA.

The Aminu Tambuwal led House of representatives, on Wednesday, specifically told the minister and the Director General of the NSC, Gbenga Elegbeleye to meet with those involved in the dispute to save Nigeria from further sanctions by FIFA.

Mr Muhammad Ali-Wudil, a lawmaker from Kano State, who raised the issue during plenary, asked the House to urge the Minister of Sports and the DG, National Sports Commission, to as a matter of urgency, summon all the parties involved with a view to resolving the matter to avoid the suspension lingering.

Ali-Wudil recalled that FIFA had extended the earlier deadline of July 15 to July 17 to give Nigeria more time to reverse the court judgement that sacked the Aminu Maigari-led board of the NFF.

With just 24 hours to the expiration of the deadline, the House expressed hope that inviting the parties to iron out their differences could possibly lead to the withdrawal of court cases already filed by some of them.

Ali-Wudil’s motion read: “The House regrets that the decision, if not reversed, will mean that no teams or club sides from Nigeria can have any international sporting contact with teams or club sides from any other country.

“The House is worried that the suspension will deprive Nigeria of representation in any regional, continental or international competitions.

“Aware that the immediate result of the suspension is that Nigeria will no longer participate in the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women World Cup coming up in Canada between August 5 and 24 if the suspension order is not lifted by July 17.

“The House is also worried that neither the NFF nor any of its members or officials will benefit from any FIFA or Confederation of African Football development programmes, including courses and training programmes during the the period of the suspension”.

The lawmakers are concerned about the adverse effects the suspension could have on the careers of Nigerian footballers and the consequent loss by the nation generally.

FIFA had suspended Nigeria from football activities on July 9, for what the World Football governing body termed as government’s interference in the affairs of the NFF


Keshi Has Not Resigned, His Contract Expired- Minister of Sports

KESHI!Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commision, (NSC),  Dr. Tammy Danagogo has described as false the reported resignation of Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi.

In a statement released by the commission, the minister said ” It is not true that Keshi has resigned. He told me that he never said so, that his contract only expired. I expect the NFF to the needful.”

According to the minister, Keshi should be treated with some respect by the football administrators, who should first discuss the matter of his contract with him before making it a press issue.

Meanwhile, Keshi has also refuted the story, stressing that he only told the players that the match against France may be his last with them as his contract had expired with the World Cup.

Keshi, who became the coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria in 2011, led the team to win the 2013 African Cup of Nations in  South Africa and also became the first African coach to lead an African side to the second round of the World Cup.


Nigeria already late for Rio 2016 Olympics — Sports DG

 Nigeria is already late in beginning its preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to be hosted by Brazil, an official of the National Sports Commission (NSC) has said.

Patrick Ekeji, the NSC Director-General, said this at a reception hosted by Dr Dalhatu Tafida, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, on Saturday in London.

The reception was in honour of the Nigerian Paralympians at the London 2012 Paralympic Games which ends on Sunday.

“We have already started out late in the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics,’’ Ekeji said

Ekeji however appealed to the federal government to use the negatives of the current situation to achieve the positive and turn around the sports sector for good.

“We should use the disappointment of the able-bodied athletes at the Olympic Games and the success of the physically-challenged athletes at the Paralympics to transform the sports sector.

“Yes, the able-bodied Olympians must have disappointed the nation, but the physically-challenged Paralympians have made us proud.

“But right now we need the political will to develop and transform sports. Winning medals these days at international meets has become more challenging with the emerging technological innovations,’’ he said.

Ekeji who expressed concern over the obsolete training facilities the physically-challenged athletes were saddled with called for a total overhaul of the current facilities

He commended the Nigerian Paralympians for doing the nation proud and for their “highest sense of dedication and patriotism.’’

Tafida in his remarks said the Paralympians’ performance was commendable and was worth emulating

“The uniqueness of the London Games lies in the fact that the Paralympians broke four world records when compared to the poor performance of our able-bodied athletes at the just-concluded Olympics,’’ the envoy said.

He noted that the Paralympians had always showed commitment and dedication and had never disappointed the nation at any of their competitions outside and within the shores of the country.

“This feat is not only worth of celebrating but also serves as a lesson for us to look beyond their disabilities,’’ the envoy added.

Ms Gloria Anozie, a gold medallist in the women’s +82.50 kg category of powerlifting suggested that government must show commitment in the development of the special sports.

“We have never disappointed Nigeria in any of our outings. It is time government stopped paying lip service to the welfare of those with disabilities and treat us as equals with our able-bodied counterparts,’’ she said.

Four of the Paralympians who broke world records in powerlifting are Esther Onyema, Joy Oyelapo, Yakubu Adesokan and Shade Ayo.