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Nasarawa To Sign MoU With Republic Of Bangladesh On Bilateral Relations, Sport Development.



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In an efforts to boost state sport sector and youth Empowerment, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on ways to boost the State’s sports sector and youth empowerment.

The State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Othman Bala Adam, disclose this when he led a high-powered Management delegation to the Bangladesh High Commission In Abuja.

In a statement by Eche Amos, PRO,
Nasarawa State Ministry of Youth and Sports, said the Commissioner explained that the visit was a fact-finding mission to seek for areas of meaningful collaboration with the South-Asian Country to empower the growing number of youth in the State and as well boost the sports sector in line with the mandate bestowed on him by His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State.

“Our being here today is to ensure that the mandate given to us by the Government of Nasarawa State in the area of Youth and Sports Development is actualized.

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“And with the recent youth demonstrations across the country, I am proud to say that in our State, we never had such because the Governor is always on top of such situation.

“We have the youth at heart, we have engaged them in terms of governance, sporting activities, capacity building, empowerment, and the likes” he began.

The Commissioner stressed that the Ministry is over-burdened by the large tasks before it, which was what prompted it to go out of the box to surmount the challenges, including the visit to the High Commission.

“My Ministry is one which is too large for the available resources, hence the need for improvement in order to meet the ever-growing demands.

“We want to explore other vistas of opportunities that are available in Bangladesh, but lacking in Nasarawa State, that could add value to the lives of the State people, particularly, the youth, who are potential leaders.

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“So, we are here to see how we can collaborate with your country in the areas of sports and educational scholarships for our coaches and athletes, agriculture, textile industry, ICT, skills acquisition, and tapping into the huge youth potentials in order to engage the youth meaningfully and positively so as to contribute their quota to the growth and development of the State and larger society”, the Commissioner revealed.

Othman Bala Adam told the High Commissioner that Nasarawa State presents the right environment for both local and foreign direct investment.

In his remarks, the Bangladesh High Commissioner, Md. Shameem Ahsan(ndc), who was joined by Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, expressed delight to the Nasarawa State delegation for the visit, and promised his country’s mutual collaboration with the Solid Minerals’ State in the best possible ways.

“I am very happy to receive the delegation from the Government of Nasarawa State headed by the Honourable Commissioner.

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“Bangladesh has so much in common with Nigeria. We are a country of great business opportunities and we can share our best practices with Nasarawa State, especially in the aspects of eduction, sports, infrastructure, trade, manufacturing, culture, agriculture, ICT, women and youth empowerment, poverty alleviation, and textile business”, the Envoy revealed.

While assuring that Bangladesh is ready to extend its supports and cooperations to any Nigerian Organization, including the Nasarawa State Government, the High Commissioner told the Nasarawa State delegation to present an official proposal, stating, with clear indication, possible areas that would be mutually beneficial to both the State Government and Bangladesh Government.

The envoy thanked the delegation for showing interest in partnering with Bangladesh and hoped that the relationship would be strengthened.

Also in the Nasarawa State delegation were Shammah Lawrence(Director of Sports Organizing), Umar Abubakar (Director of Youth Development), Eche Amos(PRO), and Muhammad Sani Ashafa(Aide to the Commissioner).


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Breaking: CAF Boss Ahmad Suspended For Five Years Over Alleged Corruption.



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The world football governing body, FIFA has found Ahmad Ahmad, the head of Confederation of African Football, guilty of corruption charges levelled against him.

This, FIFA on Monday announced five-year suspension of Ahmad.

Ahmad has been the CAF president since March 2017 and was standing for re-election.

In a statement, FIFA said Ahmad had “breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President”.

Ahmad has also been fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($220,000) by FIFA for the misdeeds, which related to “the organisation and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca” and his involvement in CAF’s dealings with a sports equipment company.

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The 60-year-old, who last week stood down from his post for 20 days after testing positive for coronavirus, can appeal the ban “from all football-related activity” at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

In April 2019 he was accused of a series of offences by former CAF official Amr Fahmy, who informed FIFA in a letter that Ahmad had paid bribes to directors, made personal use of CAF funds, and sexually harassed a number of employees.

Two months later he was arrested in Paris while at the FIFA Congress ahead of that year’s women’s World Cup as part of a probe into corruption, but was released a day later without charge.

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Ahmad’s bid to remain head of CAF was being challenged by Augustin Senghor, the president of the Senegalese Football Federation.

Mauritania’s Ahmed Yahya, Ivory Coast’s Jacques Anouma and South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe have also thrown their hats in the ring.

Last month former CAF senior vice-president Kwesi Nyantakyi had his lifetime ban from football for breaking FIFA bribery and corruption rules reduced to 15 years.

Nyantakyi quit his positions as Ahmad’s number two and president of Ghana’s football association two years ago after being secretly filmed accepting a $65,000 bribe from journalists posing as businessmen who wanted to invest in Ghanaian football.

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The official also agreed to a fictional sponsorship deal created by the reporters, which they told Nyantakyi would have funnelled millions of dollars designed for Ghanaian football to a company he runs.


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Pique’s Serious Injury Confirmed



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Barcelona announced on Sunday that Gerard Pique had suffered a grade three sprain of his MCL and “partial injury” to his ACL in his right knee. Sergi Roberto will also be out for two months.

Barca’s worst fears were confirmed and Gerard Pique will be out for several months. The central defender has a serious knee injury which, bearing in mind his edad, could well lead to it being almost the end of his career.

The first signs of alarm came out during the match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Correa fell on Pique accidentally and the central defender was lying on the field in evident signs of pain.

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The club did not announcement how long he will be out for, but Barcelona announced news of the serious injury this Sunday. The Catalans just said that his time of absence will depend on his recovery. Pique has damage to both his MCL and his ACL and will be out for some time.

The club statement is the following: “Tests carried out this Sunday on Gerard Pique have shown that he has a grade 3 sprain in the internal lateral ligament and partial injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The evolution of the injury will condition his availability.”

It is the footballer’s first major injury in his career and he could be out for four to six months and now Ronald Koeman will have to decide whether he decides to play Araujo or whether he opts for moving De Jong back into defence. He could also try and bring back Umtiti even though that seems difficult.

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The club also confirmed that Sergi Roberto, who can play right back or central midfield, will be out for two months after tearing a muscle in his thigh.


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Pre-Season Friendly: Two Nasarawa United Players Invited To Flying Eagles Camp



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Following the scintillating performance of Nasarawa United Football Club against the U-20 National team, the Flying Eagles, in a pre-season friendly game held on Thursday, at the FIFA Goal Project, Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, two of the club players have been handed invitations to join the camp of the Flying Eagles.

According a press statement signed by Eche Amos Media Officer,
Nasarawa United FC, said the players are left-full back, Reuben Goma, and midfielder, Abdallah Mohammed.

Reuben Goma who played the entire duration of the game was a delight to watch, as he bubbled with wonderful interceptions, confident ball control, excellent pass accuracy and ran tirelessly along his flank, while ensuring a water-tight defence around his territory.

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Abdallah Mohammed was a second-half inclusion, replacing Haggai Katoh, but utilized the period he lasted in the game intelligently, commanding the midfield of the Solid Miners like a super professional, and providing defence-splitting passes to the admiration of the handful of fans and dignitaries who came to watch the friendly duel, among whom were Nigerian Football Federation’s 2nd Vice President and Chairman of League Management Company, Mallam Shehu Dikko, and NFF Executive Committee Member, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh.

Chairman of Nasarawa United, Barr. Isaac Danladi, broke the heart-warming news to the Club media this morning.

Though Nasarawa United lost the preseason match 2-4, but it was the Lafia-based team that won the accolades of everyone at the stadium, as their performance was rated above average.

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