The All Progressives Congress has reclaimed Ekiti State after its candidate, Kayode Fayemi, emerged winner of the 2018 Ekiti governorship election.

Declaring Fayemi winner, on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Idowu Olayinka, the Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, said he polled 197,459 votes to beat Professor Olusola Eleka, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 178,121 votes.

In a Press Release by the General Coordinator of Ekiti Youth in Sports (EYIS), Bayo Olanlege on behalf of the alliance congratulates Dr. Kayode Fayemi for a deserved victory in the Ekiti State gubernatorial election on 14th July, 2018. 

"Your Victory would return global beam on this state, in view of its immense socio - economic potentals, the Ekiti Youth n Sports (EYIS) have hinged their trust and belief in your global acclaimed intelligence, academics and administrative acumen. 



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"We vividly recall with sweet nostalgia your impressive strides in the sports sector in Ekiti state which gives us untold positive vibes that your victory portends with a renewed hope for sports sector that have been in a state of camatose in Ekiti State. 

"Sports sector in Ekiti State needs a new direction, total revamping and your track records and achievements with sports in your last dispensation which includes unprecedented support for Ekiti United, grassroots sports, provision of sports facilities, welfare and encouragement of the state's athletes can not be forgotten in a rush.  

"Bayo Olanlege Concluded " Ekiti Youths in Sports have explicit confidence in the renewed hope of your return as the state governor promises to our future and we welcome you back to the saddle, we also believe that reward to hard work is more work.  


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Lagos has once again been picked as host of the 2019 FIBA Men's World Cup qualifiers 4th round between the 14th and 16th of September.
The decision to award the hosting the rights of the 4th window of the qualifiers was contained in a letter sent to the Nigeria Basketball Federation secretariat by FIBA Africa Secretary General, Alphonse Bile on Friday.
The latest announcement has been described by many as an evidence of the growing confidence in Nigeria by the Federation of International Basketball Federation to be a major player on the African continent under the leadership of Engineer Musa Kida.
Host- Nigeria currently leading the pack with 12 points is in Group F alongside Senegal, Central Africa, Rwanda, Cote d'Ivoire and Mali.

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Reacting to the letter, NBBF President, Musa Kida said winning the hosting right for the second consecutive time will present the D'Tigers the perfect opportunity to continue their unbeaten run in front of their home fans in their quest to qualify for the World Cup.
“We are so excited that we have been considered by FIBA to host Group F after we made an impression last time out. This is another opportunity for everybody to play their part in this memorable journey to China.”
“The team will be banking on their home crowd as they hope to extend their unbeaten run against tougher oppositions while the fans will troop out as usual to watch their team play."
Nigeria sit atop group F with 12 points from 6 games while Senegal is second with 11 point.
Central Africa and Rwanda occupy the 3rd and 4th spots with 9 points apiece with Cote d’Ivoire and Mali are both on 8 points.
The Group E games will be hosted in the Tunisian city of Rades.
At the end of the group games, the 2 highest placed teams from the 2 groups and the overall third placed team will qualify for the 2019 World cup holding in China.
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This Nigeria Football Federation mayhem started back in 2014, certain elements did not want the incumbent Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick with the support of the Sport Minister Solomon Dalung to contest or return to power a second term come September 29, 2018 in Katsina. 

Both Ambassador Chris Giwa and Amaju Melvin Pinnick contested their elections under the FIFA Statutes and the FIFA Electoral Code. Not under any Nigerian law, as there is no law in Nigeria providing for elections into the Nigeria Football Federation, Only the NFF/FIFA Statutes/Electoral Code.

Speaking with the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Y.G Football Club Yusuf Garuba about the tsunami that has hit the football house in recent time, having two president in power is really a disaster and not helping our football in any way and we risk FIFA ban from any football activities,

Yusuf Garuba said "The recent leadership tussle in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is really sad. It is a case of when two elephants fight, the grass suffers. The personalities in this crisis have nothing to lose but the players, coaches, grass-root clubs and even the sporting press.



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"In my candid opinion as one who's been in sports business for more than 15 years, I boldly will say it's not healthy for our football development and it could give  us a bad image at the international level."

"There's no way you talk about African football without making references to Nigeria as we have the talents and technical know how, this has seen us achieve so much they have made.

"This is why FIFA is been critical about Nigeria, once it gets banned it bad business for everyone in the football industry. All the national teams, male and female can feature in any organized CAF or FIFA championships.

"The future of the coaches and players will now hang in the balance as Nigeria football will be in a stand still. The foreign agents or their clients back here in Nigeria can't scout the good players in our domestic league."

Asked if he intends vying for a position in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), "It's something good but opportunity matter. I'll intend giving my best if I get the nod to be in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as I have seen it all over the years I have been in this industry. 

"I have travelled to over 23 countries in the world, Asia, Europe and Africa. I have seen a lot how football is being run, so for me it would be a call to service if elected."


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Yusuf Garuba Owner and C.E.O
Of Y.G Football Club
Yusuf Garba, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of a non-league side, YG Football Club and Y.G Football Agency has urged Gernot Rohr and his assistants to scout and give local league players the chance to feature for the Super Eagles during the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

Nigeria who suffered a 2-0 home defeat to South Africa Bafana Bafana in the Group E opening fixture will in September be guest to Seychelles.

According to Garba, "We have quality in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), what some of these good players don't get is opportunity. 

"Aside goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, one or two players who did well in the CHAN Tournament that was held in Morocco in January should have made the team to World Cup, though I wouldn't fault Gernot Rohr stand on the local players.

"This attitude of not giving our domestic league players a chance to showcase their skills with the national male team is not good for our domestic football development. In the long run, will make players shun the Nigeria Professional Football League as they lack confidence in the structure. 



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Coach Manu Garba, Y.G Boss Yusuf Garba and
Asst. Coach Nduka Ugbade in Abuja
"If playing or winning trophies in the colors of Enyimba, Kano Pillars, Plateau United or Akwa United can't earn you an invite to the Super Eagles when a major championship is around the corner while waste precious time.

"That's why you see some who showed brilliance within a short time in the NPFL would want to dump his team to go play in some not too rated leagues across Africa, Asia and Europe."

"I feel the Eagles coaches have learnt a big lesson from the World Cup, if look at the football powers came with their home league players.

"With age not on the side of some Super Eagles players and some bound to retire in the near future, this is the best time to scout the talented players in the NPFL to fill in the gaps.

"With the 2019 AFCON Qualifiers resuming in some months time, I expect that our local coaches who are assistants to Gernot Rohr must do the needful, they should make cases for our home grown players. There are alot of talented players now in the league, I want to implore the Coaches to look inward now and build the team around local players."


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FIFA Licensed Agent Yusuf Garuba and A His Foreign Partner
On a Scouting Program in Nigeria
Founder and Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of a non-league side, YG Football Club and Y.G Football Agency, Yusuf Garba has given credits to the organizers of the Ikeja Divisional League.

The Plateau born coach said: "The whole idea of playing Ikeja League is to keep growing and move to higher level because the league is an experience and exposure for my players.

"We're trying our best in the Ikeja Divisional League, as YG FC wants to end the season top of the log.

"I must commend the Ikeja League board for the standard they have set for the league as there's nothing like win at home syndrome as all teams are given equal treatment and there's fairness in the officiating."

On why he chose to run his own football club despite him been a certified intermediary/agent,  "I decided to run my own team so I could monitor my players performance under my own watch to be able to know when they are matured enough to go for football trials because of the several disappointment in the past. 

"If you want to run a soccer academy professionally you have right players, they must be ready mentally and physically. If you run an academy for a year without transferring one or two players locally or internationally then it shows you are at a loss, that is why you must have good and marketable players that can compete globally in the football world. They must learn quickly and improve their football abilities.

"I scout players from the length and breadth of Nigeria as I have talents discovered as far as Jos, Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo and some in Lagos also we have players from Abeokuta, Oyo State, we have about 40 - 45 players in our camp and we try as much as possible to make them comfortable."



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On the challenges faced by grass-root club owners, "We have a lot to change in our football industry. It's not that we don't have the capacity doing it well rather we're not doing enough harnessing these talents from the nooks and crannies of Nigeria. 

"Most of our Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs are getting it wrong, they are just spending the money and not really account for the investment. Little wonder there is no evidence of what was made as profit to its investor, government."

The YG FC boss further asked its fans to keep faith in the club.

"The feedback and comments we get from our fans via our social media platforms have been encouraging, we don't even know some of them but we really appreciate them for their love and support, we would do our best not to let them down."

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President Muhammed Buhari and
Sports Minister Solomon Dalung

Counsel to the Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria football federation NFF, executive committee, Festus Keyamu SAN, who also doubles as  chairman Buhari re-election campaign committee has left Mr president wondering if he didn't make a mistake appointing plateau state born politician, Solomon Dalung as Nigeria's sports minister. 

This was after Keyamo took time to explain to Mr president,  the implication of the ongoing NFF crisis and how it will negatively affect his second term re-election campaign. 

President Buhari is one man who believe so much in the ability of all his ministers and will not want to interfare in their activities but recent happenings in Nigeria football has made him seek intelligent advice and there is no better person to offer such, than Keyamo who has been at the forefront of the battle to liberate Nigeria football from the hands of intruders.  



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Our very impeccable source at the villa informed this reporter that after listening to Keyamo, the president immediately sent a strong worded directive to Dalung, to seek a way out of the logjam and avoid any potential FIFA ban for the good of Nigeria and himself. 

Any ban of whatever magnitude, will mean a monumental setback to Nigeria football as football  activities on the home front will be totally grounded leaving the innocent youths to rue the potential damage it will have on their football career.


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In the last two weeks, Nigeria sports minister Solomon Dalung has been at the forefront of campaigns, aimed at tarnishing the image of key football administrators, alleging that the economic and financial crimes commission are in desperate look out for them over allegation of misappropriation of public funds. 
         


Just when it is looking like the Jos born sports administrator is the only saint walking, fresh allegations have now emerged, alleging that Dalung diverted monies amounting to over 250million naira gathered as part of his world cup fund raising campaign. 



One of the documents allegedly signed by two ex-internationals  used by the Plateau state born chief during the rigorous fundraising campaign, clearly stated that over 1.2 billion naira was raised for the purpose of supporting the NFF world cup campaign but apart from a few committee members who were on the trip to Russia and benefitted from the largesse others were left in the dark as to how the monies were expended. 
         


Just two weeks ago, Nigerian newspapers were littered with screaming headlines, as members of the world cup fundraising committee alleged gross misappropriation of public funds against the minister who stayed in a five star luxury hotel in Russia alongside his strong delegation  of over thirty persons. 
       


As if that was not enough, there is yet another very serious allegation from persons who had more than five direct transactions with the minister during the period of the world cup. 
       



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According to leaked information gathered from our very privileged informant, Dalung had ignorantly negotiated percentage cut with a few individuals working directly under him without any knowledge that his voice was being recorded. 
     


In one of such recordings,  he was asking for his cut from monies meant for ticketing, claiming that he needed such to pursue his 2019 political ambition. 
      


In a related development, a  top official of the Nigeria football federation who was listed by the sports ministry as one of those wanted by the EFFC in relation to alleged misappropriation of funds, has started sending very revealing text messages around, accusing the sports minister of extortion, funds diversion, bribery and corruption. 
         


President Mohammadu Buhari is strongly against any act of corruption from members of his cabinet and will not find these latest allegations against Dalung, one of his trusted minister's, funny. 
    

Dalung is already in line as one of fifteen ministers to be given new portfolios or relieved of their posts in the forthcoming cabinet reshuffle which will see to sweeping changes in government ahead of the 2019 presidential race.

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New Enyimba International Stadium in Aba
FIFA Licensed agent Ebi Egbe who has managed ex-internationals Julius Aghahowa and Ifeanyi Udeze, his company Monimichelle Sports Facility Limited have been responsible for building several Stadium pitches in Nigeria including that of the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, the Aper Aku Stadium in Minna, the Karkanda Stadium in Katsina and now the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba.

Many Enyimba Fans are filled with Joy for a great work at the Enyimba International Stadium after several years of neglecting the stadium, seeing the stadium with standardized facilities has now truly made it an international stadium, just exactly what Russia as used to host games for the world cup.

High Chief Sam Nwosu said "Monimichelle Sports Facility is a great company, Kudos to the entire family and we can see now that our local league is on it's way to higher grounds, all state stadiums should be put n the same pedestal. 

"Kudos to all the governors that have keyed into this silent revolution that is set to revolutionize our sports especially football, our national stadium in lagos should be returned to its lost glory by this marvelous indigenous company and with this watch out for Super Eagles in the next ten years 'he concluded. 


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The FIFA match agent Ebi Egbe on his own part said "His outfit really tried to ensure that the People’s Elephant host their next CAF Confederation Cup game against Williamsville of Ivory Coast at home on July 18.

It would be noted that other facilities in the stadium are also getting a face-lift,“Other facilities like dressing room and toilets are all being upgraded. The stadium is being painted in Enyimba colors. Over 200 people are right there now working. It is a massive transformation,” Egbe said. 

He further stressed that the Enyimba pitch is 95 percent natural just like the Russian World Cup synthetic turfs, “Apart from not being waterlogged, the ball behavior under heavy downpour was fantastic the pitch remained dry and in playable condition,

“The rain that fell after we laid the pitch helped us to see what the pitch would look like under heavy downpour. My joy is that the pitch was not waterlogged even when it rained cat and dog. That has been the hallmark of all the pitches Monimichelle Sports Facility,” Egbe concluded.

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D'Tigers Point Guard Ben Uzoh
D’Tigers point guard, Ben Uzoh is thrilled with the recent acceptance of basketball culture and its overall growth in Nigeria.
A member of the 2015 Afrobasket winning team in Tunisia said coming home to see the level of acceptance during the last 2019 FIBA World cup qualifiers hosted in Lagos was a great feeling which was indescribable.
Uzoh who plays in CB Caballero De Culican, Mexico said the turnout of fans during their training and games coupled with the media awareness has given him high hopes of a better future for the game.
“The culture is growing, obviously football has been around for years. For ages, we have been angling to have the game of basketball come up and carve out its own niche.”

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Uzoh who has become a regular in the team after making his debut in 2013 said, “It’s great to see the support from the youths, the federation and hopefully in future, the government. It’s good to have events like this, a platform that can be emulated for years to come”.
He emphasized that playing in the national team has had a great impact on him because it has been a journey that has involved a lot of growth and transition.
“Initially, when I joined the team I did not know the kind of coach involved or the tradition that was involved. I knew I could make an impact because I believed in myself. Over the years, I met brothers. I have gained brothers and family members.”
Since making his debut in 2003, Uzoh has gone to represent Nigeria in 3 FIBA Africa Cup of Nations for Men as well as participating at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In 2015, he was part of the gold medal winning team while in 2017 he helped the team to a silver medal finish in Tunisia under Alex Nwora.

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