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Neymar Set To Deliver PSG On The Biggest Stage.

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Paris Saint-Germain’s fortunes in the Champions League in recent years have been inextricably linked to those of Neymar, even before they bought the Brazilian for a world record fee, and if he maintains his recent form in Sunday’s final it may make the difference against formidable Bayern Munich.

At 28, Neymar is desperate to get his hands on another Champions League winner’s medal, five years after he won the competition with Barcelona.

If he can play the starring role in a PSG victory — while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus were absent altogether from the ‘Final Eight’ and Lionel Messi and Barcelona went home in disarray — he will perhaps be accepted as the best player in the world, even with no Ballon d’Or in this pandemic year.

It would be good timing for Netflix too, with the streaming service currently working on a documentary series about his season in Paris according to reports in Brazil.

And for PSG and their Qatari owners, it would validate their decision to pay 222 million euros ($264 million) to take him from Barcelona three years ago, after his first two seasons in the French capital were overshadowed by injury and constant reports that he was unsettled.

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When Paris signed him in August 2017, they were still reeling in the wake of their spectacular Champions League exit against Barcelona a few months earlier.

After a stunning 4-0 win in the first leg of that last-16 tie, PSG collapsed in the return at the Camp Nou. Barcelona scored three times after the 88th minute, with Neymar hitting two of them, as Barcelona won 6-1. PSG went out, humiliated.

It was not the first time PSG had been stung by Neymar — when the sides met in the quarter-finals in 2015, he scored the first goal as Barca won 3-1 in France and then scored both in a 2-0 second-leg win.

– Melodrama –

But Neymar’s first two years at the Parc des Princes were one long melodrama.

A brilliant player who was happy at Barcelona but had been eager to step out of Messi’s shadow, he never appeared at ease in his new surroundings.

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By the summer of 2019 it was no secret he wanted to leave. The move had been a mistake, but then it became clear the transfer back to Barcelona would not happen.

His first campaign in Paris was ruined by a fractured metatarsal which meant he could not help PSG try to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit in their Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid.

Fast forward to 2019 and a new foot injury forced him to miss both legs of the last-16 defeat by Manchester United.

PSG lost on away goals after conceding a late penalty at home in the second leg. Neymar, watching on, took to Instagram to insult the referee and received a three-match ban.

He did not appear again in a Champions League game for PSG until a 2-2 draw against Real last November. By which time he had accepted his situation and knuckled down.

Now he is central to everything PSG are doing. He is happy too, especially alongside Kylian Mbappe.

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“We are more or less the same age and we have a laugh together off the pitch. We hit it off straight away,” says Mbappe, who is 21.

“We respect each other, we have a lot of fun. We are also less focused on ourselves now and more worried about the other guys around us, because we understand that we need everyone else to be able to win. We can’t do it with just the two of us.”

Neymar scored in both legs against Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 and cried afterwards. He was excellent against Atalanta in the quarter-finals and magnificent against RB Leipzig in the semi-finals, even if he did not score in either game.

PSG will hope Neymar — who has scored 70 times altogether in 84 matches for them — has been saving his next goal for the final.

“I hope that the good lord will help him to score on Sunday and us to win,” said his compatriot Thiago Silva.

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Secondary School Game Masters Took Part in Kogi Cricket Coaching Clinic

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Secondary School Game Masters Took Part in Kogi Cricket Coaching Clinic

 

 

 

The Kogi State Cricket Association of Nigeria recently concluded the 2nd Edition of Cricket Coaching Clinic at the Indoor Sports Hall of Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, Kogi State.

Speaking to Sports Writers Association of Nigerian, Kogi State Chapter, Chairman of the Cricket association Mr. Oludare Aimola disclosed that the game which is now popular in the world and some part of the country needs to be taught at school level to encourage participation.

He disclosed that the theme of the 2nd edition of the coaching clinic titled “Let’s Play Cricket” is basically targeted at building the game at school level and aiding grassroots Cricket Development.

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He added that the sports which is now the second most popular sport in the world, has a way of exercising the body without going to the gym and very entertaining to play.

According to him, the one-day programme which consists of both theory & practical sessions has further boost and take the game of cricket to a higher level in Kogi State with further plans to spread the training all over the 21 Local government and the entire North Central States of the country.

While urging the trained games masters to go to their schools and implement all they have learnt, Mr. Aimola further stressed that the programme is also to prepare the state for the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) accelerated Growth Development Programme.

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Speaking to SWAN members, the head coach of the association in the State, Coach Edisha Omolaiye thanked the association chairman for the developmental strive so far in the state, adding that his efforts has geared others to pick interest in the game.

He further urged the participant to build on what has been taught and practiced to enable the spread of the competition across institutions and the grassroots.

Edisha disclosed that over 30 secondary schools’ games masters were invited to participate in the one-day coaching clinic.

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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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