Stakeholders in Kwara State have been told to ensure total development of their students with effective combination of academics with sports.
The State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Kale Ayo, made the call during the donation of sports equipment and kits to both Chapel Nursery and Primary School and St Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin. The donations were made by a former student, Toyin Ibitoye, who is now the Media Officer of the Super Eagles.
The former Coach of the Super Eagles, Adegboyega Onigbinde, while speaking at the occasion, urged parents not to discourage their wards from participating in sports. He said sports was natural and it had been part of human being since pregnancy.
Mr Onigbinde said that ‘no education is complete without physical, mental and social development’.
While presenting the equipment and kits to the schools, Ibitoye lamented the level of abandonment of school sports, which he said was affecting the total development of sports in Nigeria.
The Super Eagles’ Media Officer commended the schools for giving them the opportunity to contribute their own quota to its development, also promising to do more for the school.
He donated two sets of table tennis boards, table tennis kits and two sets of football jerseys to each of the schools.
Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh will stay out of this weekend’s 2016 CHAN qualifier against Burkina Faso in Port Harcourt, owing to ill-health.
The Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye told Channels Sports that the coach will return to Nigeria from Belgium on October 18, a day after the home-based Eagles clash with the Etalons of Burkina Faso.
In his absence, his Assistants, Jean-Francois Losciuto and Salisu Yusuf will take charge of the qualifier.
Former Enyimba and Kano Pillars Coach, Yusuf, has been training the Nigeria League players for the CHAN qualifier since last week.
The return leg of the CHAN qualifier will be played the following weekend in Ouagadougou.
Sports journalist, Nnamdi Obanya, believes that the reinstatement of Stephen Keshi as the Coach of the Super Eagles, makes Nigeria’s football and general sports administration look like a joke in the eyes of the world.
“You sacked a coach, the person whom you brought to replace him made an appeal to bring back the person he’s replacing.
“We also have words that Giwa, as one of the conditions for withdrawing his petition, said that Keshi must be brought back, whereas the new NFF board, the Amaju Pinnick board, had said they were going to look into getting somebody else,” he said, while condemning the seemingly inconsistent management of the country’s football.
He said that the whole problem started because of “orders from above which FIFA did not approve of”.
In reaction to the argument that the appeal by Coach Shaibu Amodu for the reinstatement of Keshi was logical because of the time constraint he had to make much impact on the team, Obanya said that the appeal would have made more sense if it was made immediately after his appointment as the interim coach and not two weeks after.
“The problem now is that Keshi has begun to overstep his boundaries. For example, Coordinator of Footballing Affairs, Emmanuel Attah, was replaced with Garba Lawal, and Keshi came back and said he can’t wok with him, he has to go.
“Yes Garba Lawal has been a critic of Keshi but I don’t think its Keshi’s place to decide. The same thing with the Media Officer; Ben Alaiya has been replaced by Toyin Ibitoye and that too has been reversed.
“Keshi has left the realm of building the team, getting the boys ready for matches, deciding on what fitness regimes to use and what tactics and is now dabbling into things that are beyond him. Then you begin to sense that perhaps he knows he has more authority than he should have.
“Its just funny because all these mess started because of ‘orders from above’ and we are back here again,” he said.
He wondered if Keshi would be retained if Nigeria gets lucky to qualify for the Nations’ Cup after the two AFCON qualifying matches, for which he was reinstated, are played.
Obanya predicts the start of another round of problems. “The drama is just beginning, this is just a tip of the iceberg.”
Mr Obanya was a Thursday guest of the award winning breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, on Channels Television.
On Sports Tonite, Masters of analysis on the sports programme; Toyin Ibitoye, Tunde Koiki and Onyewabuchi who is also a sports editor of Suns newspaper had to compare the league structure of the NPFL with that of other major leagues in the world,with the hope that club owners,league management committee will check themselves in their way of operating the NPFL.
The United States on Thursday night knocked off Nigeria’s D’Tigers 156-73, in the highest scoring basketball game in Olympic history.
Nigeria set the record for conceding more than 100 per cent of the points scored by a team.
It was a game in which Olympic scoring records were broken across the board, reports NBA Circle.
Carmelo Anthony scored 37, surpassing the US record of 31 by Stephon Marbury, on 10/12 from three point land, also a US record, in just 14 minutes.
The US shot 29/46 from 3 (a record) & 30/37 from inside the arc on 41 assists (tying the Olympic record). The 156 US points surpassed the Olympic record of 138 by Brazil and the 83 point differential is a US Olympic record.
The final score of 156 points is the U.S highest winning scoring while 83 point differential is a U.S Olympic record.
The sensational win featured 37 points from Carmelo Anthony for a U.S Olympic individual scoring high. No fewer than 12,000 spectators gathered on Thursday to watch the keen Group A basketball game between both sides at the Olympic basketball arena in London.
The game was another dismal outing for Nigeria’s D’Tigers, two days after their defeat by Lithuania. The USA-Nigeria game ended 49-25 in the first quarter and was 78-42 at half-time.
The third quarter ended 119-62 in favour of U.S, with Nigeria showing no sign of improving. The game ended U.S 156 Nigeria 73.
Despite the loss, Nigeria still remains the highest scoring African basketball team at the Olympics so far.