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Kwara Football Academy Rewards Brilliance, Launch Football Magazine.



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By Yemi Sodeeq, Kwara.

It was all glitz and glamour on Sunday 30th of November when one of the leading football academies in Nigeria, Kwara football academy held her annual awards and prize giving ceremony.

The event had players from all the academy’s cadre and staffs being honoured for their outstanding performances after a painstaking evaluation and standard system of the college under the year in review.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Commissioner of Youth and Sports development, Kwara State, Mrs.Joana Nnazua Kolo who was represented by her husband, Mr Moses Kolo assured the academy of government continued support  and commended all the staffs and players  for their dedication and committment towards making the college great.

The Administrator of the academy, Kehinde Jimoh in his remarks revealed the 2020 edition of the award giving ceremony is  significant adding that even with the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic,none of his staffs,players and students fell victim- hence the need to appreciate God.

Kehinde added that the academy under his watch decided to give scholarship to 25 players with 16 of them from all the local government areas of the state.

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According to the helmsman,the initiative which was meritoriously carried out by the technical department of the institution is to further strengthen it’s creed in establishing and showcasing talented players with a view to  help them make career out of their potentials.

Barrister Iyabo Banire, the permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports development in Kwara State in her own speech urged the institution to continue their stride in making the state proud as she also admonished the  players to remain disciplined in order to make the best of the opportunity the college has to offer.

In the player’s award category, Abdulakeem Umar had won the best player of the red team while Ohue winner led the Sky blue section. Joe Akpan was voted the best player in the Blue team cadre.

Samuel Sunday, who has been scouted by the head coach of kauno zalgris of Lithuania club tipped other players to become the best in Yellow team, with the goal of the year award going  to Godwin Oshagbemi , the son of the former Nigerian International and current goalkeeper of Kwara United,Daniel Aiyenugba won the
goalkeeper of the year.

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Garba Abubakar stole the show by emerging as the overall best player of the academy in the year 2020 after beating Samuel Sunday and last year winner,Godwin Oshagbemi to the most revered award of the day.

The staff’s award category produced Oladele funke as the best teacher of the year and with Hammed Fatai Olabamiji topping the administrative level, the olympique de marsielle trained coach, Muritala Agboola won the best coach of the year.

The academy which won 3 trophies this year also seized the opportunity of the event to  launch it’s official newsletter; ‘Knights of football action’-A magazine which contains all the latest information about the institution.

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Presentation of certififates and medals to the players who won the YSFON 37th edition of Ramat cup international for U-15 boys soccer tournament in Kano also made the climax of the ceremony.

Beneficiaries who received their certififate of scholarship includes
Yusuf Ismail and Abubakar Muhammed from Edu local government,Shola Adelekan from Moro, Aliyu Nafiu, Kaiama ,Suleiman Abdulkadir and  Usman Yusuf from Patigi
Musa Moshood and
Tunde Adeniji of Baruten and Offa local governments.

Others are Ahmed Abdulkadir from Ilorin West, Umar M.T Yusuf , Kaiama ,Muazu Abdulrahman from Patigi, Godwin Oshagbemi,Garba Abubakar,Azeez Sodiq, Ishiak
Shamsudeen,Muhydeen Yinus,Ohue Winner,Sunday Samuel,Ibukun Olawunmi and Rabiu Sanni all making the list.

Top football stakeholders at the event includes the Chairman of Nigeria Football Coaches Association,Kwara State, Tunde Sanni,  Prince Ademola Kiyesola,Kwara YSFON Chairman, ABS Ilorin FC Coach, Anthony Encho, CEO Phreestyle sports, Shogo Shodunnke, Alhaji Toyin Abdullahi, President,All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, (ANCOPSS), Kwara State ,CEO and publisher of Sportspro News,Bayour Issah among many others.

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NYCN Chairman’s Cup: Amb. Ogohi reiterate commitment to grassroots sports development



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As Newlayout whitewashed Peace Community



Chairman of the Kogi State Chapter National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN),  Ambassador Usman Ogohi has reiterate his commitment towards the growth of grassroots sports development in the state.

Amb. Ogohi in his chat with members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Kogi State Chapter during the opening kickoff of Amb. Usman Ogohi football tournament at Aneibo field, Gadumo in Lokoja disclosed that the tournament is a beginning of several sports initiative programmes to come.

According to him, the best way of harnessing raw sports talent for the state and the country is to invest heavily into grassroots sports with the aim of catching them young and helping those making efforts on their own to find their feat.

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Ogohi further disclosed that the competition which comprises of eight teams bottling for the grand price is also targeted at engaging youth in the community to distract them and sensitize them from all forms of Anti Social vices.

Ogohi while appreciating the passion and commitment of Lokoja based street football teams and others from the 21 Local Government Areas of the State, encouraged them to keep believing in themselves as opportunities will come knocking at their doors sooner than expected.

He further reiterate his commitment towards promoting sports and other sector that would help Kogi youth grow and be comfortable with life.

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kick starting the opening match, Newlayout Football Club whitewashed, thrashed her opponent Peace Community by 5 goals to nill, with three of the goals scored in the first half of the game and two in the other half.

Speaking to members of Kogi SWAN after the opening match, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Comrade Femi Abiodun called on youths to shun Cultism and other vices which according to him has become one of the greatest negative bane in the society.

He appealed to stakeholders in the sports sector and corporate organizations in the state to support the National Youth Council in the State so as to enable them sustain the tournament annually and extended to other committees in the state capital and across the LG.

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Boom! Anthony Joshua Lost WBO, WBA, IBF Heavyweight Titles to Usyk



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Boom! Anthony Joshua Lost WBO, WBA, IBF Heavyweight Titles to Usyk


By: Joshua Adinoyi

It was a thrilling fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium outside of London on Saturday night as Briton’s Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine threw tactical punches on one another while contesting for the WBO, WBA and IBF titles earlier held by Joshua.

Joshua, 31, despite fighting in front of nearly 70,000 supporters at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, was unable to meet up his pre-match promise of retaining the titles as his opponent, Usyk 34, ripped him of the unified heavyweight titles.

Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) claimed Joshua’s WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles by using a combination of footwork, head movement and a sharp left hand to keep Joshua off balance throughout the 12-round affair.

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With tears in his eyes as he raised his arms in the center of the ring after an unanimous decision, the Ukrainian Boxer said: “This means much for me, a lot, the fight went exactly the way I expected it to go. There were a couple of moments when Anthony pushed me hard but nothing special

“I have been working so hard since January in preparation for this fight, it took me some half a year and I didn’t see my family for so long

“I miss my children and I miss watching them play. I want to go home and be happy and I’m not thinking about the rematch at this second”

Usyk dominated from the first bell, as score card of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 were reward after a sensational display from the unbeaten Ukrainian, who became only the third fighter after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

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Oleksandr Usyk’s extraordinary victory over Anthony Joshua earned him the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles.

Joshua, who left the ring with a swollen right eye did not speak in the aftermath as he sought medical care.

His promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport ultimately believes his fighter will seek a second bout.

“The rematch is going to be tough but there is nowhere to hide because AJ is at the stage of his career where he wants his world championship and he’s already talking about it now”

Meanehile, minutes after the match, Joshua tweeted via his official account “Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you!

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“London I love you & thank you each and every time!”

Joshua, 31, was supposed to face WBC and lineal champion Tyson Fury this summer but plans were canceled after Deontay Wilder won a court injunction to invoke a trilogy bout against Fury for Oct. 9.

Instead of setting up plans for an all-England summit for the undisputed title, the next development besides Wilder-Fury III will be whether Joshua accepts his own contractually obligated rematch against Usyk.

Some fans of Anthony Joshua had already taken to the social media that the Heavyweight star will seek for a rematch where he will reclaim his honor as he earlier did with Andy Ruiz Jnr.

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.……Charges Parents to Encourage their Wards to Take up Sporting Activities


By: Godwin Wambebe

The Parent Teachers Association (PTA) of the Saint Clement Minor Seminary, Adankolo Lokoja has commissioned a standard outdoor badminton court it built for the use of students of the seminary.

Kogi State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Idris Musa, who was represented at the event by a Director in the Ministry, Mr. David Ogazuma, thanked the PTA for the laudable project which is aimed at improving the game of badminton in the school and the State in general.

He said the Ministry was expecting some sporting equipment for the National Youths Games, promising that the school will be given some badminton equipment from the Ministry at delivery.

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Speaking, Chairman of the PTA of the School, Mr. Bayo Ilori, said the dwindling fortune of the sport in the State and the interest shown by student of the seminary in the sport, made the Association to embark on the construction of the court so as to encourage them and also to move the game out of doldrums of badminton obscurity back into reckoning.

Mr. Bayo, a Retired National Badminton player and an international certified badminton umpire, noted that the court was built with standard materials that will stand the test of time and also shapen the youngsters into becoming national and prominent badminton stars in the nearest future.

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The PTA Chairman narrates that “the game of badminton was introduced to me in my secondary school days and since then, I never looked back

“I grew up in the Game not only as a nationally recognized and accomplished player but also an international cerified umpire of the game

“So when I had the opportunity as the PTA Chairman of this school, I decided to replicate same by giving opportunity to these youngsters to also build themselves by constructing a standard court where they will be trained from the grassroots and they (the stakeholders) will in turn tap from the good talents

“We sent the school’s game master to attend a BWF international course shuttle time in Lagos organized by the Nigeria Badminton Federation and with that knowledge acquired and the newly built court, they will tap into the abundant talent that abounds in these kids and get future stars”

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My simple charge to parents is that they should please, allow their children/wards take part in sporting activities irrespective of the sports they wish to take part in, you never can tell, it maybe God’s plan for them” he added.

The ceremony which was declared open by the Assistant Rector of the Seminary, Rev. Father Bernard Ologunagba, featured the Commissioning of the outdoor court by the representative of the Kogi State Commissioner of Youth and Sports Development, Tour of Badminton Court, Exhibition Match where a young promising talent, Master Michael Ilori became the cynosure of all eyes, amongst others.

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