The Executive Director Finance and Chief Financial Officer of OES Energy Services, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, has on Sunday advised states and the federal government to developed grassroots sports as a way to curb various social vices among the youths in the country.

Adegoke, who is the Mogaji of Abose compound in Olubadan traditional lineage gave this advice while speaking as Chairman of the NNL Match Day 3 between Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and Osun United Football Club which ended 3-0 in favor of the home team, 3SC held in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

Adegoke while urging States and federal government to invest more in local football and grassroots competitions, insisted that government can reduce social vices among the youths through grassroots sports.

The Mogaji who announced a donation to the club, tasked the stakeholders to join hands together to return the past glory back to 3SC by ensuring that it return back to Premier league.

Adegoke said, "There are many social vices in Nigeria to which we can prevent if the government invest in grassroots sports. The government should develop our own local football clubs, by this many youths will be engaged and then they will be shunning social vices. When youths are fully engaged, they will have no time to commit crimes.

"I am happy that our team, 3SC, the pride of Ibadan, pride of Oyo State, pride of South West Geo-Political Zone secured a victory against other South West team from our baby state, at least it is clear to everybody that Osun state was created from old Oyo State, so Osun is our baby.

"3SC as I said earlier is a pride to everyone of us here, in the past 3SC had even made the country proud by winning many Laurel for the state and the country as a whole.

"We all need to join hands together to return the past glory back to 3SC by ensuring that it return back to Premier league, in my own little way I give this 3000  dollars to 3SC and I will continue to contribute my qouta for upliftment of the team.

"3SC is not about any political party but about the glory and pride of the state, and we all know sports especially football is a uniting factor irrespective of tribe or party affiliation, football always bring everyone together.

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Sports is one of the tool for Youths development, so it is necessary for our government at local, state and federal levels that believe in youth development to continue to allocate huge amount to sports development.

"In my own little way in contributing to youth development, my foundation, Adegboyega Adegoke resource Centre has device a vocational training for Youths both male and female in several aspects like candle and soap making, hair dressing, chalk making, tailoring and others. Some have graduated while some are still undergoing the training.

"And I am want to use this opportunity as we are approaching the end of the year and prepare for new year, I will want to Implore our road users  and motorists to particularly commercial drivers against impatience, over speeding, over loading while plying highways as these were among the major causes of road accidents.

"I want to advise them to equip themselves with the knowledge of highway codes as part of measure to guide against road accidents. I want to also call on relevant stakeholders to work together in the bid to ensure a safer motoring environment within Oyo state and Nigeria as a whole during and after these ember months.

"Also appealed to government at all levels to fix all bad roads, as most of the highways have become death traps. As we all know impatience and lack of knowledge of the highway codes, over speeding and over loading were among the leading causes of accidents.

"I want to advise pedestrians to always walk carefully and constantly face upcoming vehicles while walking on the pedestrian path of the roads. Ember months are regarded as period of festivities,  it is necessary for all stakeholders to prepare towards ensuring the safety of lives of Nigerians while on the road".

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J. Atete Football Club has forced Remo Stars FC to a goalless draw at the Gateway International Stadium Sagamu in the match day three of the ongoing Nigeria National League (NNL).

Following match day two off for the Sky Blue Stars last weekend, the home side started the match like a house on fire, while the visitors absorbed the challenges to pick up a point on the road.

The Sky Blue Stars had two brilliant chances to go ahead in the first ten minutes through Odu Robert Jaguar and Nwautobo Miracle couldn't put the ball at the back of the opponent's net.

The home side continued to pressure on the visitors and Gidado Toyeeb was gifted a chance to slot home from close range but was infringed and the referee overlooked for continuous play.

On the dot of half an hour, the visitors came close through Edje Samson after reaching a loose ball, but he ballooned the ball over the bar.

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In the second half, the Sky Blue Stars came close yet again through Adedayo Olamilekan, he pounced on a loose ball but Efevwerha Joke reflexes assisted him to parry the ball for a corner kick.

J. Atete FC had their first attempt in the second half after Ovotu Abel picked a loose ball to break the deadlock but Kayode Bankole threw himself at the ball to maintain his hundred percent clean sheet.

The introduction of Agbeko Morgan brought much bite to the attacking spree as he forced his past the visitor's defense to record his name on the goalscorers sheet but his attempt hit the side net.

In the final minutes of the game, Donnatus Itumo got an open cheque to ruin the bank of the visitors, he anxiously took a shot and was well covered by Efevwerha Joke to end the game on a goalless level.

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High riding Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, will go into tomorrow's NNL Group B1 match day three encounter against Osun United, with the aim of confirming their superiority over the visitors.

Both sides go into the game as joint table toppers in the three week old 2019/20 season, having won their first two matches of the season.

However, the Ibadan soccer lords look more formidable having won one of their games on the road, against Abia Comets last Sunday in Aba, while United's two victories were achieved on their home soil.

If the words of the players of 3SC and the confidence radiating in the team's camp are anything to go by, then the visitors would defifitely have no place to hide.

Interestingly, the coach Edith Agoye tutored Oluyole Warriors, now have two of the most influential members of Osun United last season' s squad in their fold, namely Gafar Olafimihan and Chinedu Enuademu.

Similarly, Osun United, under the tutelage of ex Shooting Stars' player, Bright Omokaro, also boast of Babatunde Olalere, Ahmed Rasheed and former 3SC skipper Seun Akinyemi in their fold.

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Top scorer of the Ibadan based side, Opeoluwa Olufemi is optimistic his team will send their foes back to Osogbo empty handed.

" We cannot afford to disappoint our teeming fans, most of who are still basking in the euphoria of our victory over Abia Comets in Aba last Sunday,"

" We are not underrating any team, including Osun United but I can say boldly say that with what we have on ground, Osun United will have no place to hide come Sunday",  said 3SC captain, Waheed Omololu.

It will be recalled that the two sides met on three occasions last season, twice in the league and once in the Aiteo Cup, with 3SC winning all the three matches in Osogbo, Ibadan and Ado-Ekiti.

Meanwhile, the encounter, which is slated to kick off by, will have Chief Adegboyega Taofeek Adegoke (Mogaji of Abose Compound, Oke Gege, Ibadan),  a fellow of the Institute of Chattered Accountant of Nigeria (FCA), as the Chairman of the day.

Alhaji Adegoke, who is the Chairman, Adegboyega Adegoke Resource Center and Hotels, is also Director in several Companies.

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Daniel Ogunmodede
Head Coach Of Remo Stars FC

Head Coach of Remo Stars Football Club,  Daniel Ogunmodede has disclosed that the match day three clash between his young lads and J. Atete FC is a must win for his wards.

He said the win will be an avenue to go top of the table with a game in hand because it is synonymous to getting six points without losing a game and also an avenue to install confidence into his boys.

Speaking with the media, Daniel Ogunmodede says despite playing just a game with three points, he is not comfortable with Remo Stars FC placed on fourth on the log and he charges the Sky Blue Stars to push forward with a win to go top of the table.

"It will be a good game just like the first one against Lamray United FC but I am sure my boys will get the maximum points against J. Atete FC."

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" They are a side with bigger boys in height, they have every avenue to bully my young boys but I have told them to withstand all pressure and play our pattern and I am sure if the boys keep to the style of play, we will defeat them come Sunday."

"We are fourth on the log with a game in hand, I am not comfortable with that position despite the fact that we didn't partake in the second game of the season. I have told the boys to get a win and go on top of the table because we are meant for the top and the top alone."

"It looks like a double home game for us and we must double our efforts if we want to finish top of the table, a win on Sunday takes us to six points, maintain our hundred percent (100%) home record and climb up the ladder to stay and be comfortable." Daniel Ogunmodede.

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare, Friday, received the Under-19 Cricket team led by the President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation Prof. Yahaya Adam Ukwenya

Recieving the team, the Minister praised the young team for qualifying to represent Nigeria at the world tournament. "The first time in a hundred years, that for me is a very important milestone in sports development in this country. It also signposts the fact that this country is a bundle of talents. The number of talents we have in this country just in the sports arena alone is massive. It shows that there's nothing when it comes to sport that Nigerians put their hands on that they cannot excel.

He expressed optimism that though the team has been grouped with tough teams, they would excel at the competition. "This team will go there and do Nigeria proud. They are going there not for trials but to compete against the best", he said.

"When you look at the profiles of these teams, it is very intimidating but you must play the game and win. Sometimes when you lose, you have also won because you have competed with the best. The fact that you are on the same platform and pedestal at the World Cup shows that you are good enough to compete so bear that in mind when you step out to play."

He on behalf of the Sports Ministry and the Federal Government thanked  the team and Federation as a whole for the sacrifices they  have made and urged them not to relent because their efforts would not go unnoticed. He also intimated the gathering that efforts were on to secure private partnerships for funding for the Federation.

"When you return, matter what happens at the competition, I and all the Directors at the Ministry will take you to see Mr. President", he promised.

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The President of the Cricket Federation who spoke earlier, presenting the Under-19 team to the  Minister, said, the team's qualification process started in August last year with the Division 2 Africa Qualifiers as underdogs and emerged victorious. "We were then invited to play the African finals in March this year and against all odds, these boys won the tournament, winning all matches of the tournament", he said.

He added that the boys have been in camp for over two years and have made sacrifices qnd suffered losses but have not relented.

The President who pointed out that the boys have surpassed his expectations, hoped their qualification will open the doors to many Nigerian teams appearing in International Cricket Council tournaments and World Cups.

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Olafimihan Gafar of Shooting
Stars Sports Club of Ibadan
Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan forward, Gafar Olafimihan, said scoring his first league goal for the team is a moment he will cherish for a long time.

Olafimihan, who was Osun United of Osogbo top scorer last season, pitched tent with the Oluyole Warriors and have vowed to re enact his goal scoring form.

The energetic forward, perfectly slotted home a well laid pass from Opeoluwa Olufemi in the 37th minutes to put 3SC two goals up in the Nigeria National League (NNL) Match day two encounter away to Abia Comets in Aba.

'I am so excited scoring my first league goal for this great club, Shooting Stars, it was a great moment for me because I was able to do what I have been brought in to do", said Olafimihan who promised to keep banging in the goals for the Ibadan soccer lords.

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The U-23 national team invitee, praised his teammates for their doggedness in the two matches played so far, stressing that team work, has been the magic wand of the team.

"I must also thank our coaches,led by Edith Agoye for believing in me and also the Rasheed Balogun led management, which to me, is second to none in the country.

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Shooting Stars Sports Clubs
Players file out for a game
As players of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) basked in the euphoria of a positive start to the 2019/20 Nigeria National League (NNL) season, the players have been warned against being carried away by the feat.

General Manager of the Oluyole Warriors, Rasheed Balogun, who watched as his team fought hard to outscore Abia Comets 3-2 in Saturdays' Match day two encounter in Aba, said the road is still very far as far as the race is concerned.

An elated Balogun, who embraced all the players and their officials, while on their way out of the Enyimba International Stasium, after the game, charged the boys to put those two victories behind them and focus on the next game.

"Congratulations boys, well done for a good job, it was not easy but you fought like true warriors to get the important maximum points, I am very proud of you.

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However, it is not yet time to relax, we should not allow these results to distract us, we need to remain focus for the games ahead.

" Let us try to stay on top with wide margin (points), once we are able to do so in this first round, then the job becomes easier in the second round", said Ekulekule, as he is fondly called.

The 3SC boss, showered praises on the lovers of the club for their support in all ways, even as he dedicated the victory over Comets to the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Seun Fakorede,  every stakeholder and the good people of Oyo state.

"This win is for His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde and all the good people of Oyo State for their support. We are keeping to our promise to deliver the promotion ticket by the grace of the Almighty God", he stated.

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Skipper of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, Waheed Omololu, said the only language he and his colleagues understand, going into Saturday's match against Abia Comets is victory.

The Oluyole Warriors will slug it out with the Umuahia based side in a Nigeria National League (NNL) Match Day two encounter, with the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba as the battle ground.

The experienced central defender told, Shooting Stars Media after Friday's training that they (the players) have resolved to emerge victorious in tomorrow's game for reasons.

Highlighting those reasons, Omololu said. "Firstly, we have no option than to win the match for our fans, spread across the globe.

"We cannot afford to let our people down this season and positive results from games like this are very important to our aspiration.

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Secondly,, Abia Comets were the only team that got four points from us last season, holding us to a1-1  draw in the very first game on our home soil, so, we want to pay them back" , said the 3SC skipper.

It is definitely going to be tough match owing to the fact that both sides are not new to each other, having met severally.

While the coach Edith Agoye tutored lads would aim at the maximum points to consolidate on last Sunday's victory over Go Round FC, Abia Comets, under the tutelage of coach Bethel Orji would go for a win, having drawn their first match, 1-1 away to new comers, FC Nilayo in Abeokuta.

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As the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, get set to confront Abia Comets in Saturday's Nigeria National League (NNL) Match Day Two game, the Oluyole Warriors have been charged to go into the game with winning mentality.

Team Manager and Chief coach of the Ibadan soccer lords, Dimeji Lawal and Edith Agoye, who both addressed the players before and after Friday's training at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba, urged them to believe in themselves.

"I want you to know that you can do it, let them know that 3SC is bigger than them,  we are in the class of Enyimba. You can see the respect accorded us when we came.

"I believe we have good materials on ground. I looked round the country and I can boast that you are among the best, all you need for tomorrow's (Saturday) match is self belief and winning mentality. I  believe you can do it", stated Kabongo.

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Earlier before they took to the pitch for training, coach Agoye challenged the players to prove that last Sunday's 3-0 home win over Go Round of Omuku was no fluke.

"We have prepared well enough for this game,  let's get onto the pitch on Saturday, finish up the job and get out on Sunday with the maximum points.

"Our people are already dreaming victory from this particular game, so please, let's go in there, fight right from the start to the end and dictate the game" added Esin, as the gaffer is fondly called.

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