Connect with us

Sports

Nigerian U-20 International, Abubakar Lawal, Formally Joins Rwanda FC, A.S Kigali

Published

on

Spread the love

Abubakar Lawal and new club manager in Kigali, Rwanda.

Former Nigerian U-20 international, Abubakar Lawal, has joined Rwandan first division outfit, A.S Kigali, following a successful trial.

The Club based in Kigali, the capital city announced the signing of Lawal on a two-year deal with an option for extension.

The deadly attacker who is now nickenamed “the Sniper” by Coach of his new East African club, Eric Nshimiyimana, after netting three goals in two friendlies, left Nigerian Professional Football League side, Nasarawa United, after joining the team in 2019 where he featured in eighteen league games, scoring seven goals and providing three assists before the 2019/2020 Nigerian elite league season was abruptly ended on match day 25 following the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Overwhelmed by the move to Rwanda, the fast-footed striker says he will utilize the opportunity given to him to play for “A.S.K”, as the team is nicknamed, and that he can not wait to bring his wealth of experience to bear towards the success of the club.

READ:  Sport: Nasarawa United Mourns Death Of Ranger Players

“My joy knows no bounds to have put pen on paper with A.S Kigali, and I feel even more delighted that the club have given me this opportunity”, Lawal said.

The former Wikki Tourists of Bauchi and Kano Pillars’ attacking sensation ranked A.S. Kigali high and described the 16-team Rwandan Premier League as competitive, but was upbeat that he would weather the storm.

“A.S. Kigali are a big club, not only in Rwanda, but on the African Continent as they also play in the CAF competitions like the Confederations Cup.

“They have some reasonable number of players in the Rwandan senior national team, and a historic home stadium, the Amahoro National Stadium.

“And the hospitality here is second to none.

“They have a tradition, and I hope I can bring some Midas touch into the team, while my singular goal here is to help them win laurels, both in the domestic and continental club competitions.

READ:  Messi Has Made Decision To Leave Barcelona; See Reasons

“I am going to work extra-hard, and get the support of the team to achieve success”, the 24-year-old assured.

The Sokoto State-born Nigerian player, however, thanked his former Club, Nasarawa United, for supporting his football career.

“It was not easy taking this decision, but in life, you need to make progress.

“I respect the team, the management, coaches, teammates and the ever-vociferous fans. Their love is amazing.

“I wish to, most sincerely, thank everyone in Nasarawa United for giving me the platform to improve on my career. Hopefully, I won’t disappoint them in my new club.”

Coach Eric described Lawal as a good player who needed more games to blend with his club mates

“The striker we have been working with for days, he is a player who has a lot of tricks; he is a player who knows how to stand on the pitch.

“He knows how to play with others; he is a player who meets all requirements for a striker.

READ:  Messi Has Called For Unity Among Barca Player's

“The rest is to give him a lot of games”, Eric said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of A.S. Kigali, Mr. Shema Ngoga, has expressed his side’s delight to secure the services of the Nigerian.

“We wanted a good striker who can give us more input because we will be representing Rwanda in the CAF Confederation Cup for next year – in fact, for the second time in a row.

“We want to go far in the league, so we try to bring more experienced players to the team so that we can have winning expectations in the seasons ahead.

‘We want to be one of the top-qualifiers next year. Our aim is to win as a Kigali team. So, that is why we are building a strong team.

“And Lawal is a top-class player with all the qualities of a world-class striker”, the Club’s Chairman remarked.

AS Kigali were on 6th position before the 2019/2020 Rwandan Azam Premier League was also abruptly ended due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sports

Secondary School Game Masters Took Part in Kogi Cricket Coaching Clinic

Published

on

Spread the love

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.

READ:  Stakeholders Hail Olubiyo As Talents Set NUELA Handball Championship Alight

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.

READ:  Sevilla Beat Inter Milan To Fly Flag For Spain.

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.

Continue Reading

Sports

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

Published

on

Spread the love

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.

READ:  Sevilla Beat Inter Milan To Fly Flag For Spain.

“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.

READ:  Real Madrid Thinking About Dybala And Isco Could Be Included In Deal.

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
Continue Reading

Sports

Stakeholders Hail Olubiyo As Talents Set NUELA Handball Championship Alight

Published

on

Spread the love

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.

READ:  Just In: Ghanaian National Footballer Samuel Amoah Passes On At 28

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.

READ:  Real Madrid Thinking About Dybala And Isco Could Be Included In Deal.

 

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.

READ:  Stakeholders Hail Olubiyo As Talents Set NUELA Handball Championship Alight

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.

Continue Reading

Trending