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Ousmane Dembele Returns to Barcelona Training For The First Time Ahead Of Champions League Clash Against Napoli.

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By Abdulwahab Idris.

Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has returned to Barcelona training for the first time in six months. The 23-year-old winger last player for the club in November 2019 against Borussia Dortmund where he picked up a muscle injury and then later suffered a set-back in February when he was close to a first-team comeback. But the Frenchman is now back and looks to have fully recovered from his injury.

Barcelona resumed their training in Tuesday following a few days off after a demanding La Liga season where the Blaugrana’s were unable to defend their league title. However, the team will now shift their focus to the Champions League campaign as they take on Napoli in the Round of 16 second-leg which will be played in August.

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Ousmane Dembele’s Return.

Due to Ousmane Dembele injury, Barcelona signed Martin Braithwaite from Leganes in February as his replacement. Although the Danish international will not play in the Champions League as he was only eligible to play in La Liga as he was signed after the closing of the winter transfer window.

However, with Dembele back in training, Barcelona will be hoping that the Frenchman could help them lift their sixth Champions League crown. Barcelona take on Napoli in the first fixture but are highly unlikely to risk the 23-year-old given his just recent recovery from a long injury but could use him in the latter fixtures if they make it through.

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Antoine Griezmann and Clement Lenglet also returned to training on Tuesday after their respective injuries and are expected to be fit for the Champions League clash, Griezmann scored the equaliser in Naples for Barcelona as the reverse leg ended 1-1.

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GOV. BELLO RECIEVES AFRICAN, WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPION, ALIKING WITH MEDALS

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GOV. BELLO RECIEVES AFRICAN, WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPION, ALIKING WITH MEDALS

 

Kogi State Government on Tuesday 27th July 2021 received in audience Aliking Attai Muhammed.

The Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Idris Musa (Danjuma Oando) while receiving the Kogi and Africa born wrestler unbehalf of the State Governor His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello welcomed National and International medals won by Attai Mohammed aka Action Disaster of Nigeria in his Office in Lokoja alongside other heads of the Sports Ministry.

Governor Bello commended Aliking and the wrestling coaching crew for their professionalism and the technical know how which have greatly brought joy to the camp.

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“Aliking has greatly made us proud, we’re proud of you for the National and International Honour you have brought to us as a state”

Hon. Idris assured the wrestler of onward presentation of the National and International medals to the amiable and dynamic sport loving Governor, His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello as soon as possible.

Aliking Attai who recently defeated the Mighty Progress and was Crownded as the National peace Ambassador on the 13th June 2021, also Double as the African middle weight pro-wrestling Champion and is rated as the number 1 World middle weight title contender, the rating that has earn him a stage to battle out with Chris Curtis of the United Kingdom on Kogi soil on a date to be fixed soon.

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In Attendance at the presentation were Hon. Abdulmalik Isah (Dolly) Chairman Kogi State Sports Council and Kogi United, Director Admin and Finance, Mrs Bello, Director Sport Mr. Ogajuma, Coach Philips, Wrestling Coach, among others.

  • Apeh Mordecai
    Media Officer to the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development Kogi State.
    27/07/2021
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Stakeholders Hail Olubiyo As Talents Set NUELA Handball Championship Alight

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Stakeholders Hail Olubiyo As Talents Set NUELA Handball Championship Alight

 

 

 

By Yemi Sodeeq, Sportspro News

It was a classical exposition and exhibition of Handball game on Saturday, when local talents and critical stakeholders converged  on Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo for the final of NUELA Group and Humanitarian U-12 and U-15 Handball championship.

The championship which featured 17 teams of different categories including boys and girls was the fourth edition of the project initiated in 2015.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Kwara State Handball Association who also doubles as the Trustee of NUELA Group, Mr. Emmanuel Olubiyo stated that the championship represent the policy thrust of the organization in taking the youths away from the street and also help make the best out of their careers.

In his remark, the Director of Kwara State Sports Council,Alhaji Ibraheem Alarape Atanda commended the organisers and acknowledged that the tourney has continued to serve for the platform for the discovery of talents while also nurturing them to stardom.

The Secretary General, Handball Federation of Nigeria(HFN); Haruna Ilerika Maigidansama who represented the Caretaker President, Samuel Ocheho, lauded the foundation for its efforts in developing sports at the grassroots and experessed his satisfaction at the display of the Handball artistry by the young players.

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Among many other guests who spoke highly of the Championship were Alhaji Ibrahim Bako; a Director from the Kwara State Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Coach Bola Magaji; President, Squash Referees Association of Nigeria, Mrs Funke Kanjuni; former Board member HFN and Monisola Makanjuola; an ex-international Handballer.

Others, includes Patience Lawal; Head of Coaching Kwara State Sports Council, Mr. S.F Lambe; Principal Oyun Baptist High School, Reverend Micheal Oyewo; first vice Chairman of Handball association in Kwara State, the association’s Secretary; Folaranmi Kayode and Coach Isiaka Atanda.

The championship which also featured presentation of awards was credited to have produced the Kwara State female Handball team( Adorable Angels) that won the 2020 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League in Abuja and the team that clinched the 2019 youth Championship at the University of Ilorin.

Below is the final chart of the Championship;

U-12 Boys category
Ajase-Ipo Community High School-1st
Iwo Community High School- 2nd
Iloffa Grammar School -3rd

U-12 Girls category
Iwo Community High School- 1st
Oyun Baptist High School-2nd
Gov’t Girls Day Secondary School,Pakata-3rd

U-15 Boys category
Iloffa Grammar School- 1st
Iwo Community High School-2nd
Ajase-Ipo Community High School-3rd

U-15 Girls category
Anglican Comprehensive College Offa -1st
Gov’t Girls Day Secondary School Pakata-2nd
Oyun Baptist High School- 3rd.

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By Yemi Sodeeq, Sportspro News

It was a classical exposition and exhibition of Handball game on Saturday, when local talents and critical stakeholders converged  on Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo for the final of NUELA Group and Humanitarian U-12 and U-15 Handball championship.

The championship which featured 17 teams of different categories including boys and girls was the fourth edition of the project initiated in 2015.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Kwara State Handball Association who also doubles as the Trustee of NUELA Group, Mr. Emmanuel Olubiyo stated that the championship represent the policy thrust of the organization in taking the youths away from the street and also help make the best out of their careers.

In his remark, the Director of Kwara State Sports Council,Alhaji Ibraheem Alarape Atanda commended the organisers and acknowledged that the tourney has continued to serve for the platform for the discovery of talents while also nurturing them to stardom.

The Secretary General, Handball Federation of Nigeria(HFN); Haruna Ilerika Maigidansama who represented the Caretaker President, Samuel Ocheho, lauded the foundation for its efforts in developing sports at the grassroots and experessed his satisfaction at the display of the Handball artistry by the young players.

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Among many other guests who spoke highly of the Championship were Alhaji Ibrahim Bako; a Director from the Kwara State Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Coach Bola Magaji; President, Squash Referees Association of Nigeria, Mrs Funke Kanjuni; former Board member HFN and Monisola Makanjuola; an ex-international Handballer.

Others, includes Patience Lawal; Head of Coaching Kwara State Sports Council, Mr. S.F Lambe; Principal Oyun Baptist High School, Reverend Micheal Oyewo; first vice Chairman of Handball association in Kwara State, the association’s Secretary; Folaranmi Kayode and Coach Isiaka Atanda.

The championship which also featured presentation of awards was credited to have produced the Kwara State female Handball team( Adorable Angels) that won the 2020 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League in Abuja and the team that clinched the 2019 youth Championship at the University of Ilorin.

Below is the final chart of the Championship;

U-12 Boys category
Ajase-Ipo Community High School-1st
Iwo Community High School- 2nd
Iloffa Grammar School -3rd

U-12 Girls category
Iwo Community High School- 1st
Oyun Baptist High School-2nd
Gov’t Girls Day Secondary School,Pakata-3rd

U-15 Boys category
Iloffa Grammar School- 1st
Iwo Community High School-2nd
Ajase-Ipo Community High School-3rd

U-15 Girls category
Anglican Comprehensive College Offa -1st
Gov’t Girls Day Secondary School Pakata-2nd
Oyun Baptist High School- 3rd.

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Kogi SWAN felicitate with Muslims, Gov. Bello on Eid-el-Kabir celebration

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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Kogi State Chapter has felicitated with Muslim Ummah within and outside the State on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

A statement jointly signed byby the State SWAN Chairman, Bishop Aturu and Secretary, Lawal Aliu noted that the day signifies sacrifice, love, perseverance and total submission to Allah’s will.

While explaining that Islam is a religion of peace, the sports body admonished Muslims to imbibe the teachings of Prophet Ibrahim who was willing to sacrifice his only son against all odds.

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It added that when the teachings of the festive season reflects in man’s daily activities, the world would be a better place.

The statement also used the opportunity to felicitate with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on the special occasion, praying that the Almighty Allah give him more strength to pilot the affairs of Kogi State to an enviable height.

SWAN also lauded Gov. Bello for his sustained effort in protecting lives and property of Citizens in the State.

“We congratulate all our Muslim brothers and sister for witnessing yet another Eid-el-Kabir celebration

“This is a time for all of us to look deeply into our hearts and do the teachings of our holy prophet

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“He lived a life of simplicity, humility, patience, and perseverance

“We are all aware that if we imbibe all these virtues such as peace, love, unity which is a symbol of our prophet, the world would be a better place

“It is important to state here categorically that our Prophet provided a template for us to follow and as human, we must not deviate from it” the statement added.

The statement averred further that SWAN is ready to collaborate with all stakeholders towards achieving Kogi State of our dream stressing that sports development remains a top priority of the association.

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