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Football Legend Diego Maradona Dies At 60, Football World ICon Pays Tribute

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—-One Of The Greatest Players Of Them All Is Gone.

The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.

He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency.

Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals.

In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend”, adding: “You will always be in our hearts.”

Declaring three days of national mourning, Alberto Fernandez, the president of Argentina, said: “You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of them all.

“Thank you for having existed, Diego. We’re going to miss you all our lives.”

Diego Maradona

Maradona played for Barcelona and Napoli during his club career, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side.

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He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them in four World Cups.

Maradona led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany, before captaining them again in the United States in 1994, but was sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.

During the second half of his career, Maradona struggled with cocaine addiction and was banned for 15 months after testing positive for the drug in 1991.

He retired from professional football in 1997, on his 37th birthday, during his second stint at Argentine giants Boca Juniors.

Having briefly managed two sides in Argentina during his playing career, Maradona was appointed head coach of the national team in 2008 and left after the 2010 World Cup, where his side were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.

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He subsequently managed teams in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico and was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina’s top flight at the time of his death.

Football world pays tribute

Brazil legend Pele led tributes to Maradona, writing on Twitter: “What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky.”

Former England striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who was part of the England team beaten by Argentina at the 1986 World Cup, said Maradona was “by some distance, the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time”.

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Ex-Tottenham and Argentina midfielder Ossie Ardiles said: “Thank dear Dieguito for your friendship, for your football, sublime, without comparison. Simply, the best football player in the history of football. So many enjoyable moments together. Impossible to say which one was the best. RIP my dear friend.”

Boca Juniors, where Maradona enjoyed two spells and finished his career, gave “eternal thanks” to their former player.

Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar posted a photo of him as a youngster with Maradona, calling the Argentine a “legend of football”.

England captain Harry Kane and forward Marcus Rashford also paid tribute.

World Soccer Legend, Maradona passed on

Barcelona was the first club outside of Argentina that Maradona played for. He scored 22 goals in 36 appearances between 1982 and 1984.

Another of Maradona’s former clubs, Napoli, paid tribute. He played for the club between 1984 and 1991, making 188 appearances.

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

 

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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