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Africa has great potential for youths through sports – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerian youths to believe in the potentials abound in Africa. He made the remark at the opening ceremony of the African Wrestling Championships on Wednesday at the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre in Port Harcourt.

The President, who was represented by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said that sports was the only tool that could unite and promote peace and coexistence among Africans. “Africa remains the bride of the next civilisation. Therefore, we must exploit the potentials of sports to create jobs, to entertain our people, to promote peaceful coexistence, to improve on tourism and promote the health wellbeing of our nation. Investing in sports is the next step Africa must look into.” President Buhari charged the athletes to be good ambassadors of Africa and compete fairly.

“This is an opportunity to showcase the very rich talents you possess. This championship will afford you the opportunity to excel because athletes who will be competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be produced here, therefore, I urge you to compete fairly and honestly and ensure that the benefits accruing from this competition remain the ultimate goal for all.”

President Buhari who had earlier commissioned the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Center also commended the Government and the people of Rivers State for hosting the championship and renovating the venue of the tournament to international standard. He also used the opportunity to appeal to continent youths to believe in Africa and the greatness therein.

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Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship: Zenith Bank emerges official sponsor

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Nigeria’s leading commercial bank, Zenith Bank Plc is now the official sponsor of the Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship.

In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas on behalf of the Local Organising Committee, LOC for Asaba 2018, he said Zenith Bank was the preferred choice as official sponsor due to the bank’s impeccable track record.

“Zenith Bank was the preferred choice because of their commitment to the country, Delta state, sports development and even youth empowerment which we have seen the results across the country.” He said.

The deal with Zenith Bank was brokered by the Championship Consultant and Head of Brand and Communication, Mr. Bukola Olopade who is the Managing Director of Nilayo Sports Limited.

Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship is one of the biggest athletics events of 2018 as it will serve as trials for the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup in Czech Republic.

Top names in the African athletics scene including the likes of Isaac Makwala, Marie-Josée Ta Lou, Caster Semenya, Wayde Van Niekerk, Akani Simbine, Julius Yego and of course stars from the home front, Blessing Okagbare, Tobiloba Amusan , Divine Oduduru among others are all expected to light up the tracks in Asaba.

The LOC and all the other members of the organizing committee for Asaba 2018 are quite delighted that a leading brand like Zenith Bank is associating itself with the African Championships.
They urged other brands to emulate Zenith Bank as the African Championships like sports in general help to engage the youth and give them a platform to rightly channel their energy and make the best off it.

Already, organizers have promised that like Delta State did when it hosted the Africa Youth Athletics Championships, AYAC and produced tops stars like Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume and Divine Oduduru among others, much more will be achieved at the Asaba 2018 Championships.

The Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship will hold from August 1-5, 2018.

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Wike, Pinnick hail The Sun over World Cup seminar

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The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and the President of the Nigeria Football Federation,Amaju Pinnick, have showered praises on the management of the Sun Newspapers over the stagingbof World Cup Seminar to boost the country’s participation in the 2018 Mundial
The World Cup starts next month on Russia and in an event that took place at Presidential Hotel Port Harcourt the newspaper outfit brought together stakeholders in the game to discuss Nigeria’s participation in the event.

Wike stressed that the seminar was timely because there was need for the Eagles to make good impact this time at the World Cup

“Rivers started it all for Eagles and I want them to go all the way at World Cup. We have a special package to be unfolded soon forbthw team. I thank the Sun for this noble event, ” Wike said.

NFF boss, Pinnick, also said it was good to have stakeholders discuss the prospects of Eagles participation in the 2018 World Cup.

“It is a good gesture and first ofvits kind ” he said. One of the discussants, Dr Patrick Ekeji also hailed Rivers and the Sun for putting together the seminar.

MD of The Sun, Eric Osagie, thanked all participants and stressed that football was more than a sport because it is a unifying factor in Nigeria.

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Pinnick hails Moses, advises focus on World Cup

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President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has congratulated Super Eagles’ ace Victor Moses following the utility player’s triumph in the English FA Cup with Chelsea FC at the weekend.

 

A lone strike from the penalty spot by Eden Hazard against Manchester United at Wembley brought joy to the blue side of London and made Moses the sixth Nigerian to experience glory in the oldest knockout competition in world football. Before him were John Fashanu, Daniel Amokachi, Nwankwo Kanu, John Utaka and Mikel John Obi. Obi, who is captain Moses and others at the FIFA World Cup, won also with Chelsea.

 

“I am happy for Victor Moses because this triumph sets him in a great mood and gives immense confidence for the FIFA World Cup in Russia. We have a number of friendly matches before the FIFA World Cup but the big focus is on the finals starting next month.

“Victory in the FA Cup is good for Moses as he will come into camp buoyed in spirit, and that good feeling is bound to infect and affect the other players positively,” Pinnick said on Monday.

Pinnick also applauded the good number of Super Eagles’ players who finished the season on a high, and those who were instrumental to their clubs’ accomplishments during the season, stating that confidence is key to facing up to the kind of opposition available at the FIFA World Cup.

Moses, who is the reigning NFF Football Awards Player of the Year, was the Super Eagles’ highest goalscorer in the FIFA World Cup African qualifying series with three goals. He netted a brace against Algeria in November 2016 and got the third in the 4-0 whiplash of African champions Cameroon on 1st September 2017, which set the Eagles on the path to Russia.

 

The Chelsea wingback, who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Eagles, will join up with his international team-mates in Uyo later this week, ahead of Monday’s international friendly against the Simba of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Port Harcourt.

 

The Super Eagles will then take on England in a prestige encounter at Wembley Stadium in London on 2nd June, before trading tackles with the Czech Republic in Austria on 6th June. The team will camp for nine days at the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria before flying to their team base camp in Yessentuki, Stavropol region of Russia on 11th June.

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