BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


The Football Coaches Association of Africa Nations has unequivocally unveiled the leading sportswear company in Nigeria Owu Sportswear as an official Kit partner.

The event which was graced by sports enthusiasts both virtually and physically did make the way through by the signing of the MoU which was done by the President of FCAAN who is also the Consultant on Coaching and Development with the Nigeria Football Federation Dr. Terry Eguaoje and the CEO of Owu Sports ware Barrister Olatunji Brown at the Owu Sportswear Headquarters in Lagos.

Speaking shortly after the events in Lagos, the president of FCAAN felt elated and stated his ambition for Nigeria football coaches as it is in line with the organisation core value and objectives.


" Football Coaches Association of Africa Nations [FCAAN] vision is to be the leading organization in Africa dedicated to providing the best coaching courses to football coaches in Africa and around the world and this is a milestone to achieve the great goals set.”

" I am proud to witness having a kit sponsor for the leading coaching education organization in Africa. I think that is something historic and remarkable for ours as an organization and for the coaches at large so we should celebrate it.”

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Looking forward it shows we are being identified with a made in Nigeria best product and the synergy will bring more goodies not only for the coaches but for Nigeria football at large.”

In a swift reaction by the CEO of OWU Sportswear, Barrister Tunji Brown was elated to have partnered with the FCAAN and described it as a huge milestone for the brand.

" Owu has a rich history as the originator and innovator in the sportswear manufacturing industry in Nigeria. We have continued to elevate the industry, and our brands have become a true Nigerian icon and we are happy to have partnered with FCAAN”

" Our commitment to quality, comfort, fashion, and innovation is unparalleled and as we grow, it is our belief, that the company's simple commitment to serve its customers' needs, continues to be our hallmark of excellence.”

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


Kwale township stadium and seven other football venues from across the Federation will host the 2021 Nationwide League One (NLO), Division Three league games beginning from May 24 - 30 of the same month.

This was disclosed by Mohammed Alkali, chairman of NLO, as he revealed that the league body has done everything to ensure smooth sailing football season at the lowest cadre of the cradle of Nigeria football league.


" We are glad to let the football stakeholders administering the affairs of football at the NLO division three clubs know that all is set for the league season at the division three," Alkali told the media on Friday.

" We expects the clubs to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations guiding the administration of games across the various league centres in the federation," he added.

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" And above all, we want to appeal to the clubs to ensure peace and tranquility at all the league venues throughout the duration of the season in division three.

" We hope that football fans will have lots to cheer as they troop in to these eight football league venues approved for the division three league season in Nigeria," he said.

The photo above shows the names of the eight football venues ready to set the ball rolling for the hostilities in NLO division three league games.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare has been honoured by the Association of National Olympics  Committees of Africa with the Highest Order of Sports Administrator Award for his immense contributions to the growth of the Olympics Movement and Sports in Africa.

Conferring the Award on the Minister  during a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja on Tuesday, President of ANOCA Mr. Mustapha Berraf said "ANOCA is happy with the role you played in ensuring the completion of our headquarters in Abuja, we are very proud of all that you have done for sports Development in Nigeria and Africa. 


" We hereby present this award to you for your great work and contributions to sports Development. We are very proud of you and look forward to an enduring relationship  for the future of our sports"

In his response, Mr. Dare said," Thank you so much for this honour and award which is quite special. When I met you in Morocco few months on assumption of office, the chemistry was spontaneous because of our love for sports Development  in Africa. Since I met you, I've learnt alot about sports in Africa and it's bits of politics. You need an undying spirit to succeed in sports. 

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ANOCA has grown from strength to strength and we are proud of hosting ANOCA office on our soil. We sincerely thank the IOC President  and yourself  for the role you played  in making Nigeria the Olympics  Capital of  Africa. Thank you so much for the partnership you offer us."

On the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Mr Dare said,  "Your visit is timely, coming at a time we are preparing for the Tokyo Olympics to use the power of sports and give hope to people that sports can conquer covid-19. 


As we look forward to Tokyo, I wish that as Nigeria  excels, Algeria can also excel so that we all can celebrate Africa's success. I look forward to the invitation to the ANOCA meeting in Cairo, Egypt as well as the African Atheletics Championships in Algiers."
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


Indeed, it's about time Ndidi moves, News from England says the trio of Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germane and Manchester United need the signature of Super Eagles Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi.


This informed the decision of Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers to start shopping for his replacement and commence building the team in his absence especially the midfield.


Ndidi has been a key player with the Foxes since joining them five seasons ago. He has been compared with great combative midfielders like Roy Keane, Patrick Vieria, Michael Essien, Claude Makelele and lately N'Golo Kante.


Two seasons ago, Ndidi was a major target of Manchester United. He was rated as one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe but the price tag slammed on him scared suitors away even as Manchester United slowed down their  interests given the presence of Paul Pogba who then had a running battle with the Red Devils.


Now the suitors are back and this time they are willing to pay any amount for Ndidi who has continued to shine season in season out. His consistent form over the years is the major attraction of these top clubs.

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It is however likely that Manchester United will gain upper hand in the pursuit of the player since Ndidi will consider EPL first above every other league...more so, Manchester United are arguably all time top club in England.


Should he move to Manchester United, he will become the second Nigerian behind Odion Ighalo to play for the club.


Sure, Ndidi has all the potential to succeed in Old Trafford but the quest to explore...the desire to seek adventure may lure him away from England.


Experts opine that his style of play suits Real Madrid's and the fact that the club's midfielders are aging could guarantee him a smooth move and he will settle in faster.


Whichever way, fans of Ndidi wish the player a move out of Leicester City since he has distinguished himself so much in the last few years thus propelling the club to booking European competitions tickets.
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


Azeez Mohammed has been appointed as the new head coach of Katsina United. His appointment was necessary after some strings of poor results by Katsina United in the Nigeria Professional Football Leagues (NPFL) first stanza. 

The coach has already signed the dotted lines after agreeing personal terms. Mohammed had an illustrious playing career that spanned through Ranchers Bees, Kaduna United and later Gombe United.


He arrived in 2008 as a player and signed for Merreikh Port Sudan FC. Then in 2010, Mohammed played for Annasr Kareema FC. But unfortunately, he got injured and his playing career suffered an abrupt end.

After the injury finally healed, he went back to school and ventured into coaching by enrolling in the Sudanese equivalent of Nigeria Institute for Sports (NIS).

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Azeez Mohammed has his CAF B and C coaching badges as we speak. He has managed Hilal Al-Fasher in the past.

He will be tasked with leading Katsina United up the NPFL standings. The Changi Boys currently occupy 18th spot having managed just the five wins so far this season.


" When I looked at the ambition of the club, I was really attracted to Katsina United” said Azeez Mohammed.

" I really want to be part of this team. I want to take this challenge and I’m confident that we will turn things around.”


The soft spoken coach numbers Shabab Nasir, Almaurad, Alamir Bahrawi, Hayyal Wadi Nyala, Alamal Athbara and Wad Hashim Sinnar as his former clubs.

He has already started implementing his ideas to the Katsina United team in training.


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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


Katsina United beat Warri Wolves 4-2 on penalties in the final of the 3rd edition of the NPFL/La Liga U15 Promises to claim their second trophy following the heroics of goalkeeper Abubakar Anas.

The interesting game produced some breathtaking moment for both teams avid fans in Enugu. 


The Seasiders created the first chance of the game after seven minutes of play when Angayama Jeffery failed to connect Okiki Oghenewvegba's well delivered cross.

The opener eventually arrived for Wolves in the 12th minute through Kelly Asomusho who fired home in a crowded area.


Wolves had the opportunity to double the lead in the pulsating encounter. Okiki Oghenewvegba received a pass from Uwakwe Samson but the strike was foiled by Abubakar Anas who made a fingertip save.

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The defending champions were awarded a free kick in the 28th minute of the match. A perfect cross from Mohammed Sani wasn't diverted home by Umar Abubakar. 

Wolves were denied an opportunity to net the second goal in the 30th minute through Mamah Stephen but Katsina United goalkeeper Anas pulled off a brilliant save.


The Changi Boys were back on level terms five minutes into the second half. Umar Abubakar showed predatory instinct to punish ball watching Wolves defenders.  

The Seasiders came out trying to prey another hunt as they created a couple of goal scoring chances but Katsina United were resolute with their defensive play.


United stood their ground and the game headed into penalties. In the shootouts, Katsina United scored four of their kicks while Wolves only converted two.

Enterprising youngster Umar Abubakar of Katsina United claimed the top scorer award, Wolves' Uwakwe Samson was voted the tourney most valuable player while Covenant Effiong of Akwa United was named the tournament's best goalkeeper.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


As preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics intensifies, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare on Monday 3rd May visited the Athletes who have been training at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja in preparation for their departure to United States on Thursday to participate in relay Qualifiers.

While addressing the Athletes, the Minister urged them to remain focused in unity. " I have been monitoring your preparations  and have met most of you personally, Whether you are home based or foreign based, Team Nigeria is one hence we  decided to take you to the US to join others  so that you can blend as a team"


The Minister showered encomium on some athletes, saying the future is bright for  Nigeria to have a podium performances at the Olympics. He commended the performance of  Tobi Amusan who got adopted few weeks ago and who now has the second World best time, Grace Nwokocha and Adegoke Enoch who got adopted by the Minister under the Adopt an Athlete Initiative. 

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While emphasizing the importance of Athletes welfare, Mr Dare revealed that the Ministry had put in place a detailed program for the Athletes where every trips, meets, Timing, accommodation is being monitored.

The Minister urged the Athletes not to be distracted, " Your job is to run and give this country the best; Focus on your training and the goal ahead and leave the administration to us. The world is waiting to see what you  can do, you must meet their expectations"

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