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Operation kill Argentina: Super Eagles get N3bn for World Cup

Image result for super eaglesThe Federal Government has budgeted N3bn to enable the Super Eagles to have a successful outing at the 2018 World Cup 2018 which starts on June 14 in Russia.

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, disclosed this to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

Dalung said while sponsors and partners would raise part of the money, the substantial part of the “conservative budget” would be provided by the Federal Government.

“We have a conservative budget of about N3bn but out of that N3bn, FIFA is going to raise about N900m; our sponsors and partners are also going to bring about N600m. Government will conservatively raise about N2bn or N2.5bn to complement,” the minister said.

He said plans were underway to ensure that the players get their allowances upfront latest by March 2018.

“One of the challenges we have been facing in sports administration is the welfare of the players and the officiating team and we intend to set a new approach to the question of welfare.

“By March, we intend to start paying the players their allowances, camping allowances upfront. That will go a long way to boost the morale of the players and their confidence too.

“The new method of governance in football has taken the pattern of change. We will also ensure that there is unity within the football family.

“Unity, too, is a key factor going by some of the reports we had in the past where poor performances were attributable to lack of unity between the family, the technical team, the officials and the players. This time, unity has to be promoted.

“Finally, we will also ensure that government makes funds available on time. That is why the budget for the competition has since been sent to the President for a special intervention so that government can make provision for some of the funds we need for training now before other things can come up,” the minister explained.

He said the government was comfortable with the group the team belong to despite the presence of Argentina.

He said, “We are comfortable with the team because having tested Argentina which is a highly ranked team in the group, we can say confidently that with good work, good training, good welfare for the players and team spirit, we will top that group going by the disposition of our national team.

“After the groupings, Nigeria falls within Group D and we appear to be the underdog going by the ranking of the teams.

“But I think ranking is more or less a paper job, what is very important is how you will perform and I believe that we are comfortable with the teams.

“Some people have been arguing that Argentina did not present their best, but we also have some players we didn’t invite and we also intend to invite them. It is an issue that is going to be determined practically by the level of preparation of the Nigerian team. Don’t forget that the Nigerian team had enjoyed a formidable home support and they are inspired to deliver.

“So we will engage in more friendlies to try and determine our strength and areas of improvement before the final competition.”

Gernot Rohr expresses his satisfaction with Cameroon draw

 
The German tactician was satisfied to collect a point from his side’s World Cup qualifying game against the Indomitable Lions

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has expressed his contentment despite his side’s 1-1 draw against Cameroon on Monday.

The Super Eagles travelled to Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium for a game billed as a potential decider, with a win handling them a 2018 Fifa World Cup ticket.

But a match of attrition between two well-matched teams ended in stalemate as both created clear-cut chances with Vincent Aboubakar’s penalty cancelling out Moses Simon’s first half strike, meaning Nigeria’s next fixture against Zambia takes on extra importance.

CHAN: Benin Republic 1:0 Nigeria

Image result for super eaglesThe Squirrels edged past the Super Eagles for a crucial three points in Sunday’s African Nations Championship qualifier

A Mama Seibou penalty saw Benin Republic to a vital 1-0 win over Nigeria in an African Nations Championship qualifier on Sunday.

The US Krake midfielder struck from the penalty spot in the 90th minute at Stade de l’Amitié in Cotonou to hold a slim advantage over Salisu Yusuf’s men.

Seibou fired past captain Ekene Ezenwa after Afeez Aremu had brought down an opponent in an attempt to win the ball.

Despite being outplayed in the second half, the hosts held on in a huge result and they would be hoping to finish off the job in the return leg at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on August 19.

Winner of this fixture on aggregate will qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship billed for Kenya.

Rawlings warns Nigerians against ethnic hatred

 

Former President of Ghana, Mr Jerry John Rawlings has warned Nigerians to stop hate speech and threatening of each other on tribal grounds as this could lead to ethnic and tribal warfare, which will not be a good development for Nigeria.

The former President made the remark while speaking at 12th Annual Lecture organised by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, UIAA, Ekiti State branch.

Rawlings, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, advised Nigerians to endeavour to get people of integrity into leadership position who will have the interest of the country at heart.

Speaking further, the Ghanaian leader said African challenges have to do with leadership that lacks character, stressing that “by character, I mean distinctive qualities that overcome the challenges we have as constituencies and organisations.

He said: “Let’s learn to be gracious. I am sad over the mean behaviour of my fellow black men. African countries are plagued with several challenges such as agriculture, deforestation, bad economy, governance, education amongst others.”

Rawlings who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event said that he is worried by the rating of Nigeria and Ghana in terms of high rate of corruption by Transparency International (TI) . According to him : “Transparency International shows that countries in the South South region of Africa failed to address corruption and that Ghana and Nigeria rate high in corruption indices. However, some leaders have the will but not the character to fight corruption. The fight against corruption in Nigeria calls for integrity and wise approach so that it will not conflict with the lives of the people”.

He added that when Nigeria fights corruption rightly, it will not only augur well    for Nigeria but Africa and the world generally,    as he maintained that Nigeria commands about 75 per cent of the African population.

“Nigeria has the pride and integrity. Most African countries cannot meddle with you people”, Rawlings said.

 

Joshua visits Nigeria in August

Image result for Anthony JoshuaCurrent World Boxing Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua,  is set to visit Nigeria on a three-day tour in August.

According to the  organisers of the visit Peel Aston Global, the British-born Nigerian pugilist will  pay courtesy calls on Acting President Yemi Osibajo in Abuja and the governors of Lagos and Ogun states.

The director of the outfit Khomeini Bukhari said Joshua, who  defeated Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in 11 rounds at Wembley Stadium in April to unify the IBF, WBA and IBO titles, would also visit some royal fathers including the Ooni of Ife,  Awujale of Ijebu and Oba of Lagos.

Bukhari in a statement on Wednesday stated that arrangements had been concluded for the boxing champion’s homecoming.

He explained that the 27-year-old  would attend a charity boxing match tagged  Inspire Nigeria 2017 at the Eko Hotel in Lagos  and the  Transcorp Hilton Hotel in  Abuja where he would take questions from the audience.

According to him,   Inspire Nigeria 2017 is a platform for Joshua to encourage Nigerian youths to enable them to realise their dreams.

He said, “This event is part of his (Joshua’s) Social Corporate Responsibility and duty to give back to Nigeria.

“Part of the tour will be to visit the Presidency, some governors as well as royal fathers.

“I have secured the endorsement and support of some notable people in Nigeria and  I’m very positive that this event will be by far the biggest event in Nigeria in a very long time.”

The businessman stated that Joshua had  made Nigeria proud, describing him as a role model, hope for the youths, and a fine example of a good sportsman.

“We are working very hard on his trip as he is the best sports personality right now as far as I am concerned and he deserves the best homecoming,” Bukhari added.

Meanwhile, Joshua has called for Tyson Fury to regain his fitness so they can arrange a fight that “the public want to see”, according to Skysports.

Fury responded to Joshua’s call-out on Tuesday with a social media post that claimed, “I really don’t believe AJ can lace my boots up.”

He said, “I don’t think Tyson can lace his own boots at the minute! When Tyson is fit, when he’s ready, we’ll be ready.”

Nigerian Embassy In US Shut Down

 The Nigerian Embassy in Workers Washington have been shut down as a result of the sit-in by the embassy workers which in turn has paralysed activities at the mission in the United States.

The workers said they have not been paid salaries for the past five months, forcing them to embark on the strike.

Although some departments of the embassy are said to still be functional, they threatened to report the embassy to the U.S. Labour Department.

There were no official functions at the embassy on Tuesday, as the workers only gathered at the lunch room in the basement.

The embassy in Washington and the consulate in New York are said to be currently cash strapped, with staff and local workers not being paid for months.

A source close to the Presidency said there has been a lot of mismanagement of resources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, causing a lack of concern for staff welfare and difficulty in the missions being able to carry out their functions.

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