To Be Added, Fanendo Adi Hopeful Of Super Eagles Recall

Nigerian striker, Fanendo Adi says he doesn’t regret not making an appearance yet for the Super Eagles whilst looking forward to the special moment.

The Columbus crew forward made this know while featuring on NSM in a Special Wednesday Session.

Adi said he isn’t perturbed about the non appearance and will continue to work hard, focus on the pitch while hoping to get a call up soon.

“I was with the squad in Egypt and it was painful not to be selected. I really can’t control that, but I will continue to give my best for my club and soon, hopefully, the Eagles handlers can spot me”, Adi said.

“I always wish the Super Eagles the best, it’s my country and I want them to do well”, he concluded.

Following his transfer from AS Trencin, Adi scored a goal in his F.C. Copenhagen debut against FC Vestsjælland on 25 August, despite not having his work and residency permit.

In January 2011, Adi, then 20 years old, was invited for a trial by Ajax for the second time.

Adi was called up to Nigeria’s U23 team twice in 2011. He was also called up to the senior Nigeria squad to face Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in March 2016 but did not play.

Vandrezzer Gives Ikot Ekpene Stadium Major Face-lift

The 5,000 capacity township stadium in Ikot Ekpene District of Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria is currently receiving a face-lift courtesy five months old NNL club Vandrezzer FC.

The contract for the face-lift worth millions of Naira was awarded by Vandrezzer FC to local contractors in the state.

The implementation is in two phases : the first phase involves the ongoing regrassing (planting) of the pitch, daily watering and supply of nutrients.

The second phase will take care of daily,proper maintenance for effective pitch preservation before, during and after use.

According to the workers, the pitch will be in great shape and will ready in few weeks, hopefully before the NNL resumes for the year 2020.

This pitch project is in addition to painting of the entire stadium, restructuring of all dressing rooms, renovation of stands, fixing of technical benches and refurbishing of other parts of the facility, which were carried out before the close of last year.

The stadium which is also home to NNL side Ibom Youth FC & NLO club Cofine FC, is already wearing new look as against five months ago, when Vandrezzer FC became tenants. This is to the adoration of the home fans who are full of praises for the club management.

Although the state Football Association is yet to completely handover the management of the stadium to the privately owned club, the Lions’ are known for a culture of excellence with the aim of projecting standard and quality football as what is obtainable in other climes.

Plans are in the pipeline to construct the Vandrezzer FC Stadium, which will be situated in either Uyo or Lagos.

Late Yekini, Okwaraji, Eboigbe others must be saying thank you to president Buhari for appointing Dare as sports minister

Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji, the dancing midfielder slumped and died on August 12, 1989 inside the mainbowl of the National stadium during a World Cup qualifier against Angola. His death, sent shock waves across the lenght and breadth of the nation as football fans retired to their beds, devastated, that one of Nigeria’s finest footballers have passed on, without a formal goodbye.

His death left a yawning gap in our shallow hearts anytime we remember his many legacies. His space, many have struggled to fill even till this day.

As if that was not enough, on May 4, 2012, another great Nigerian, the finest goal poacher this country ever produced, the man who scored Nigeria’s first World Cup goal, the black pearl and pride of the black race, Rashidi the gangling Yekini, died, leaving behind an aged mother, his sibblings and millions of heart broken supporters.

A Nation has lost two of it’s finest footballers in just a spate of 24years. During this period, sports ministers came and left without thinking of how to immotalise these heroes of our glorious past, yet we wake up daily to recite the country’s national anthem with that frustrating cliche ” *_the labour of our heroes past, shall never be in vain”_*

The appointment of Sunday Dare as Nigeria’s sports minister has rekindled fading hopes, it has brought light to a dark tunnel and has restored laughter to the dead even in their graves.

On August 12, 2020, it will be 31 years since Samuel Okwaraji departed this sinful world. Since that day, he has not had a chance to turn in his grave until few weeks ago, when Nigeria’s sports minister Sunday Dare, honoured is aged mother.

The Oyo state born administrator gave out 50,000 naira to the mother of Samuel Okwaraji and promised to assist with a monthly stipend of 10,000 naira.

He did not stop there. A few days later, Dare did same to the aged mother of Rashidi Yekini and instructed the Nigeria football federation to follow suit with an additional 30,000 naira stipend to be paid to both women monthly and in tears, they have not stopped showing gratitude.

From their graves, both players shook their heads in appreciation, they moved their legs as if to say thank you even as they watched their mothers shed tears of joy after years of neglect from a country that got so much from their children but offered so little.

Even in Kwara state where Rashidi Yekini hails from, nothing has been done in the form of a monument to immortalize this great football icon. Same for Samuel Okwaraji, Muda Lawal, Thunder Balogun and many other heroes of our glorious past who died after years of patriotic service to fatherland.

From the East, West, South and North, the name on every lips for now, is that of Nigeria minister of youth and sports development.

Sunday Dare the dazzler, has dazzled Nigerians with his wisdom, he has succeeded where others failed and in less than one year, he has written his name in gold.

Dare is here to comfort the weak, he is here to reverse abnormalities and give hope to the dejected. He has flourished where his predecessors faltered.

He is arguably the first Nigerian sports minister to invest in the welfare of Nigeria athletes past and present. The plight of sports men is his top priority and he seem ready to accomplish so much in just 4years.

Apart from the late Rashidi Yekini and Samuel Okwaraji who are now smiling in their graves, late Sunday Bada, an Olympic Silver medalist will also be telling the angels good things about Sunday Dare in heaven, same as late Peter Ogaba and Ali Jeje.

Dare is not only concerned about the dead, he is also interested in the plight of the living.

Former Super Falcons Chief coach Kadiri Ikhana is one of the latest beneficiaries, same as ex international Sunday Eboigbe who has battled with ill health for several years with no form of support coming from anywhere.

Barely one month after he was appointed Nigeria Sports minister, Sunday Dare sprung into action by forcing the NFF to pay late Uzama Douglas’s outstanding match bonuses to his wife and three year old son.

Just when it seem like all hopes were lost, president Muhammadu Buhari has given Nigeria a sports minister that understands exactly what the people want, a tireless and workaholic man who is never ready to stop putting smiles on the faces of Nigerian youths.

A minister who is always on his toes looking for what next to do has found a comfort zone to excel.

He is a listening minister, a goal getter, a passion driven and always motivated personality who will stop at nothing but success and excellence.

Dare is the only man in history that satisfies the living and the dead.

From beyond, the ghosts of the faithful departed must be saying, that they are indeed very grateful to Mr Sunday Dare, the man God has appointed for a purpose.

SESC Link Up: Haggai Sportswear And Zikel Cosmetics Joins Train For Maiden Edition

Nigeria’s foremost sports kitting company Haggai Sportswear and Nigeria’s leading luxury make-up brand, Zikel Cosmetics have confirmed to sponsor the maiden edition of the Super Eagles Supporters Club Instagram Live tagged “SESC LINK UP”

Haggai Sportswear, an official jersey sponsor of the Super Eagles Supporters Club will be giving out jerseys on every episode while Zikel Cosmetics will give out recharge cards and other stuffs.

Confirming the partnership, President of the Club Prince Vincent Okumagba said the Instagram Live will connect with existing, new and aspiring members and further foster Unity amongst members especially this period of Covid-19.

“This is an initiative we want to use to Foster love, unity amongst members.

The global pandemic has ensured the halt of football activities across the World hence the need to get members in Nigeria and diaspora closer.

Haggai Sports wear and Zikel Cosmetics seeing the vision have come on board to support us with giveaways”.

The Instagram Live will be 30 minutes daily as we will be starting with the club President who will be speaking from Canada on Friday 15th May 2020.

NFF First Vice President Seyi Akinwumi Says Kwara FA Chairman Is The Future Of Football In Nigeria

The 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi has labeled the Kwara State FA Chairman, Mallam Idris Abdulahi Musa as part of the future of football in Nigeria.

The Lagos State FA Chairman who made this known when he was a guest on Kwara Sports Arena on Sunday harped on the need for the people of Kwara to keep on supporting their FA Chairman, “Thuraya”.

“I must ask that as a State of Harmony, there is the need to use sport to promote harmony”.

“Support your FA Chairman, my brother Mallam Turaya who I have told is part of the future of football in Nigeria (not just in Kwara State).

“You have my commitment to support Kwara Football in any and all legal ways so my wife doesnt evict me from our home”, he concluded jokingly.

Eko Future Football Stars: “Our Plan Is To Have A Super U20 League” – Seyi Akinwunmi

The 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi says the next goal of the Eko Futute Football Stars being organized by the Lagos State Football Association is to have the Super U20 League in Lagos.

The Lagos State FA Chairman made this known while being a guest on Kwara Sports Arena this Sunday.

“We are continuing along that path very strongly. Many of the players have started to make success of their lives. Many have got sponsorships to go to top schools and football academies within and outside Nigeria”, he said.

“Many of them (male & female) have featured for our National teams, an example is the Samson Tijani you referred to. We have Joy who recently got a scholarship to study in the US and is already doing well in class but is also the top player in her college”.

“We have always complemented football development with Education, we will continue along those lines. Our next step is to create a Super U20 League in Lagos”, he concluded.

“NNL Needs A Total Reform” – Seyi Akinwunmi

The 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi says the Nigerian National League, NNL needs to be reformed in order for it to attract sponsor.

The Lagos State FA Chairman made this known while being a guest on Kwara Sports Arena this Sunday.

When quizzed on why the league regarded as the most important in the country is struggling, Akinwunmi responded that a big reform is needed.

“Having managed that league for one season in the past I can tell you that it was essentially a financial issue”.

Being the 2nd tier league it was very difficult to get sponsorship even at the best of times not to talk of times of a depressed economy.

“The NNL is a very important league but without Tv its a hard sell. My view is that it needs to be reformed to bring down the cost”, he concluded.

The NNL has been on before the Coronavirus pandemic with report of lack of funds being the bane of the league.

Okwaraji’s Turn; Minister Places Mother On Monthly Allowance, Donates Gifts And Cash

After long years of neglects and abandonment as a result of the demise of her son Samuel Okwaraji who died while playing for Nigeria, respite finally came the way of Okwaraji’s mother, Mrs. Janet Okwaraji from the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare.

The Minister who was represented by Bamidele Ajayi at the home of the late Eagles star in Abakpa-Nike in Enugu state donated various foodstuff and provisions as well as cash gift of #50,000.

The other items donated include; rice, Semovita and beverages.

The Minister explained that the gesture was to assist the mother in her old age as a mark of honour for the contribution of the former Dinamo Zagreb forward to Nigerian football which remains indelible years after his death.

His Word,” I have always been drawn to greatness and I admire people who live their lives to elevate the status of their community and nation. Okwaraji was not just a footballer, he was an icon and great patriot.

“He was a great professional who redefined football in Nigeria with many young talents benefiting from his ingenuity and sacrifices by re-writing our country name in gold in world football”.

Responding on behalf of the family, the eldest son of the Okwarajis, Mr. Patrick Okwaraji regretted that though their mother was slightly indisposed hence could not receive the Minister’s representative, he expressed the family appreciation for the kind gesture.

Mr. Patrick Okwaraji said he lacked the words to describe the gesture from a serving Minister to lend support to the family after several past attempts have failed.

His words,“Sam died almost 30 years ago, everybody would appreciate if they feel he is worthy to be remembered and appreciated for the little contributions he made even when he died in his prime.

“I thank the Minister for deeming it worthy to do this. It is very encouraging that this is the first and only Minister to support the family. We are indeed very grateful. I honestly dont know what to say other than to say the the family appreciate this show of commitment to us which is long overdue.”

Okwaraji who was born on 19 May 1964 died on August 12th 1989 during a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the National Stadium , Surulere, Lagos.

Germany Or Belgium Offers, Akpeyi Is Focused On The Kaizer Chiefs Project – Agent Reveals

The agent of Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, Mohammed Lawal has revealed that the Kaiser Chiefs project is all that matters to the shot stopper despite interest from Belgium and Germany.

The Super Agent stated this while on Nigeria’s WhatsApp football forum, NSM this Friday answering questions from journalists.

“Yes, there are interests in the services of Daniel Akpeyi. Unfortunately I won’t be able to mention the clubs that are interested in him,” Mohammed Lawal said.

“Let’s see how it will progress. The PSL is trying to see if the league will resume or not.”

“At this moment it’s not good to be speculating about Daniel’s movement.”

“We just want to focus on his career at Kaizer Chiefs. He just renewed his contract for two years. What matters to Akpeyi is Kaizer Chiefs.

Daniel Akpeyi has caught the eye this season with the Chiefs pulling off various man of the match performances.

Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah Express Shock On The Death Of Hon. Chidi Ofo, Condoles With Family

Ever since I received news of Hon. Chidi Offor’s passing this morning, I have been dumbfounded, greatly devastated and managed to muster enough breath this evening to pay a glowing tribute to my brother and friend who was a great Nigerian patriot, seasoned administrator and gentle man whose life inspired so many. This is a sad loss, not only for his immediate family, but for the Enugu Football Association, Nigeria National League(NNL) and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

On behalf of the Anambra State Football Association, FC Ifeanyi Ubah and the entire football family in Anambra, I wish to convey my sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the family of the deceased, his friends, associates, Enugu F.A and the entire Nigerian Football Federation(NFF).

Hon. Chidi Offor will always be remembered as a great contributor who made an extraordinarily positive impact on football administration in Nigeria. As we mourn his demise today, we will continue to remember him in our hearts and in our works as we pay tribute to his legacy which will continue to live on.

I pray the good Lord to grant the soul of the deceased repose, just as we seek divine help and grace for his family to bear this irreplaceable loss.

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