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

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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Chairman Diaspora Congratulates Nigerian Who Emerged First Nigerian WWB Head Coach

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The Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe K has congratulated a Diasporan, Dr. Ganiyat Adedutan, who was recently named WWB head coach at Colgate University, New York. This makes her the ninth women’s basketball head coach in the history of Division 1.

The Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe K

The Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe K

In a statement issued by her Media Aide, Akande-Sadipe, who Chairs the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs revealed how proud the Committee is in the achievement of another Nigerian in Diaspora.

Dr. Ganiyat Adeduntan, is the daughter of Dr. Azeez Popoola Adeduntan, a former Commissioner for Health and Guber-aspirant in the State.

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In the summer of 2020, Dr. Ganiyat Adedutan was named among the top-50 impactful mid-major assistants by silver waves and was invited to attend the prestigious top connect virtual seminar.

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Adeduntan’s emergence comes after three seasons as the top assistant coach and four seasons overall on the staff of Jennifer Rizzotti at George Washington University. She helped the Colonials win an Atlantic-10 Conference championship and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

The chairman in a statement issued on Thursday, described Dr. Ganiyat as a representation of her pedigree, with an impeccable track record, adding that her selection was based on merit after a rigorous review process by a credible search committee.

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“Adeduntan has distinguished herself in her field of practice, a dedicated woman with an impeccable track record who has been appointed on merit as head coach at Colgate University, New York, Congratulations on your new appointment,” she said.

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Akande-Sadipe has said the House of Representatives, through the Diaspora Committee, would continue to recognise hard-working Nigerians all over the world making the Motherland Proud.

 

 

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Nasarawa Assembly Expresses Total Commitment To Support Home Based Football Club, Nasarawa United FC Through Passage Of Favorable Legislative Bills

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Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and Chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi
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Nasarawa Assembly Expresses Total Commitment To Support Home Based Football Club, Nasarawa United FC Through Passage Of Favorable Legislative Bills.

In their collective bid to rally round the home based football club to succeed, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, Wednesday said the State legislative arm will continue to support Nasarawa United Football Club to succeed in both domestic and continental football Club.

The Speaker stated this when the chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi, presented him with replica jerseys of the Club at his residence in Lafia today.

While commending the giant efforts of the club enjoined them to keep the flag flying and build on the solid foundation the club have put place and assured that the assembly under his leadership will support the club through passage of favourable legislative bills.

“I feel truly honoured for this august visit to present kits of our darling Club, Nasarawa United, to me.

“I have been following the club events within and outside the state, and I can confidently said i am proud of you guys.

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“I want to tell you that both members of the Assembly and myself truly appreciate the efforts you are putting in place to uplift the status of the club to an enviable heights.

“Nasarawa United is a household name, not only here in Nasarawa State, but the whole country. So, I want to single you (Barr. Danladi) out for commendation because you have actually demonstrated professionalism in your responsibility and I want to urge you to continue in that spirit.”

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Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi assured the Chairman and members of the Solid Miners of the Assembly’s continuous support to attain its set goals.

Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and Chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi

Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and Chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi

“As an Assembly, consider us as partners in progress, and we won’t hesitate to give you and the club all the necessary legislative backup for the purpose of taking the state to greater heights, including picking up another Continental ticket this term, because you have given us hope”, he added.

On his part, Barr. Isaac Danladi told the Speaker that the visit was to appreciate him for all the wonderful support and kindness the Club has been enjoying from him.

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He added that the visit was also to appreciate the Assembly members support to the club and the attention the club always get from the house during it’s budget defence.

“As a token of appreciation for all that you have been doing, we are here to present to you replica jerseys of our club so that you can use it to support us the more.

“Aside that, you have been an ardent supporter of Nasarawa United and this goes down to when you accompanied the Club during its Continental engagements in Algeria and Senegal respectively, some years ago.”

Barr. Danladi who is the Chairman, Nigeria Professional Football League Club Owners’ Association, assured the Speaker that the club would do everything within its powers to pick one of the available Continental tickets before the 2020/2021 NPFL Season comes to an end .

“I want to assure you this time around, that by the special grace of God, and with the support of the administration of Governor Abdullahi Sule, coupled with the support of your members, Nasarawa United shall get a Continental ticket again.”

Recalled that after the end of the first stanza of the 2020/2021Nigeria Professional Football League Season, Nasarawa United was placed 6th on the league log, with 30 points from nineteen matches, six points behind table-topping Kwara United.

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However,the second stanza of the league will Kickstart on 9th May, 2021, with the Solid Miners hosting Kwara United at the Lafia City Stadium.

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