Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) organized a lecture on the new laws of the game on Friday, ahead of the upcoming 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

Calistus Chukwujekwu, a former match referee who is now a FIFA and CAF Instructor in Nigeria, led the meeting, which was held at the Remo Stars Stadium in Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State, with the players and officials of the club in attendance.

The seminar, according to Chukwujekwu, is vital for the club's players, officials, and administration to guide their conduct during the approaching 2021/2020 football season.

"Referees are very important in football because without them no successful football match can be played," he said. "It is therefore important for the players and officials to understand the very rules guiding the referees' activities in football matches."

In an interview with RSFC Media, retired match arbiter Chukwujekwu stated that the players' actions revealed that there were grey areas where they needed to be enlightened and that it was an opportunity to reveal the new parts that had been incorporated into the game's laws.

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"The questions the players asked were practical questions they have faced in various games across all competitions, they were answered and it became very clear to them why some decisions were taken by some referees."

"They've been better schooled on the most recent changes to the game's rules. The law of handball is a fantastic example of how laws change through time."

"I am so sure every one of them has gained from the seminar, the technical crew would also have gained but the only thing left is for everybody to put it into practice at every point in time during and after each game."

"At the FIFA and CAF levels, there is something called the TAM, which is a very important aspect of football" (Team Arrival Meeting).

"In every competition, there are areas the competition will want to emphasize on and they will go ahead to tell teams that this is what the referees will want to do and instructors are called to give them this information."

"I must commend Remo Stars for this seminar, they have taken the right step and I feel every club should take this bold step in educating the players and the officials before the commencement of 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional League season."

Nduka Junior, the Remo Stars captain, thanked the resource person and the club's management for putting on such an important seminar ahead of the new season and pledged that the players will adhere to it.

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The Nigeria Basketball Federation complimented the D'Tigers on a solid start to their 2022 FIBA World Cup campaign, which included two wins in three games.
The squad stands comfortably atop group A with 5 points from a possible 6 and a superior point differential ahead of the next round of games on June 27th, 2022.

Despite the strange circumstances surrounding the federation's election and FIBA's stance on Nigeria's participation in the qualifiers, NBBF President Engr Musa Kida lauded the team's performance as impressive.

"It's great to get off to a winning start in such important qualifiers, which bodes well for our chances of making the World Cup." For the sake of Nigeria and Nigerians, we had to put our administrative issues aside."

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"We feel elated and justified that our decision to allow FIBA to register the team, allowing them to compete, paid off in the end, as we join hands with all stakeholders to continue growing the game in Nigeria."

Nigeria is in a group with Mali, Cape Verde, and Uganda for the available five seats in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023.

The top three teams from each group will advance to the African Qualifiers Second Round, where they will join three other teams to form two six-team groups, with preliminary round results carried over.

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Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of South-East and South-South, Moses Jitoboh has received the Command Secondary School and SportsFlames Sports Man Of The Year Award.

Jitoboh a member of the 1987 Set received the award on Saturday in Lagos after his secondary school classmates defeated the 1984 Set (their seniors) 3-0 in a novelty football match played at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium in Surulere Lagos.

According to DIG Jitoboh after receiving the Award at the Legacy Pitch inside National Stadium Surulere, he expressed joy and excitement.

In his words," I'm delighted and honoured to have received this award. The only way I can show my appreciation to the organizers of this award is to do more for sports with which I have a passion.

" Anything that is done for the promotion of sports is never small. We plan to upgrade the Command Secondary School football pitch. We are working on it and at the right time, works should commence on it."

The DIG thinks that the youths can use the Police Force as a platform to achieve their dreams in Sports.

" Recall I was a former national basketball player,  I slammed and dunked at the highest level in Nigeria as I was the captain of the Police Team. Sports drives me and not just me but my family. My two kids are in the United States playing basketball. 

" I was also formerly in charge of Police Sports, if you look at the different sports in Nigeria, you will find an athlete (male or female) who is in the force and have gone ahead to win laurels for the country.

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As regards the 1987 Set, who have gone four novelty matches unbeaten, "One unique thing about the 1987 Set is the camaraderie amongst ourselves and sure a few present for the novelty match have come from far as Europe and America. I flew into Lagos from Abuja and others from Port-Harcourt not just for the game but to see ourselves.

" The meeting is not just about sports, which of course is the unifying factor, life and helping ourselves to greatness."

Captain of the winning 1987 Set, Femi Barry after the game said: "Our team was and still the only side that has played in the quarter-final round of the Lagos Principals Cup, losing to MBHS at the Onikan Stadium (now Mobolaji Johnson Arena).

" The previous novelty matches we have played were against our juniors, while this is first against our seniors. We were too fit for them, Dele Awoshika, Eniola and I scored. In the second half, we were just doing the passing. I think we have to pause our play as any set that wants to play against the 87 Set must go four games unbeaten before they think of challenging us, as we are true champions.

Reacting to the 3-0 defeat, David who led the 84 Set teams out said, "I knew we will lose as when I saw them, the 87 Set team looked fit unlike us. Some of us were meeting ourselves again for over 30 or 35 years. The novelty game was fun, I used to be the captain of the school football team, did not pursue a career in football as I chose to do God's work." 

Also, Managing Partner  Sportflames Communications and Football Events Consultant to Command Secondary School Ipaja, Olawale Olatoye said: " It's a well-deserving award to DIG Moses Jitoboh who has contributed to sports in Nigeria as a former boss of Police Sports.

" Sportflames objectives is to always encourage and support exceptional personalities, put smiles on faces by contributing to sports Development, we love giving back to the industry by appreciating and embracing hard work with massive efforts, not in competition with anyone, just doing what we love to do."

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Adegoke Qamar an undergraduate of the Oduduwa University, Osun State has been named the Footballer of the Year and Sportsman of the Year.

Qamar stole the show after he walked away with the two prestigious awards at the varsity's Institute of Sports Awards held Friday at main auditorium of the citadel of learning in Ipetumode.

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Qamar, the School team captain is a student of the Department of Economics and beat other nominees to win the Institute of Sports top gongs.

Top personalities that also receive awards at the citadel of knowledge is the Osun State Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Special Needs, Honourable Yemi Lawal, Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Asiwaju Seun Fakorede, and General Coordinator Nigeria's First Pre-Season Tournament Ogunjobi Gold Cup, Tunde Shamsudeen, among others.

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From left, Lagos SWAN Secretary, Bunmi Ogunyale, Niyi Oyeleke; former Chairman Lagos SWAN; Aisha Adams, Brand Manager, Bet9ja; Lagos SWAN Chairman, Debo Oshundun and SWAN Week Committee Chairman, Femi Solaja during the SWAN Week press conference held at the SWAN Secretariat, National Stadium Surulere, Lagos today 25th of November 2021

The 2021 edition of Bet9ja/Lagos SWAN Cup will kick off on the 3rd of December at Legacy Pitch, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. 

The Lagos State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (Lagos SWAN) Boss, Debo Oshundun disclosed this at a media parley held in Lagos on Thursday while unveiling leading sports betting brand, Bet9ja as its headline sponsor. 

Oshundun described the 2021 Bet9ja/Lagos SWAN Cup as the start of an amazing experience when all members come together to fraternise and practice what they preach.

Oshundun said, “This competition is a symbolic event when sports writers, sports casters, bloggers and sports reporting business gather together to practice what they preach. This year’s event is symbolic and of great importance after the Covid-19 pandemic that ravaged the world in 2020”.

Nigerian Brewery, MultiChoice, La Liga and Lagos State Sports Commission all made a return as our proud partners alongside Redbull, Intercontinental Distillery, Owu, GTBank and Nestle who are all coming on board for the first time.

La Liga Nigeria will supply all match day balls from the opening day till the final day as the Bet9ja/Lagos SWAN Cup official matchday ball partner.

" We are excited that we are gradually getting our lives back. As an icing on an already soft and sweet cake, we will be holding a Gala and Award Night on Friday, 10th of December, where we will be honouring our past chairmen, The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu, Lagos State Sports Commission as well as Bet9ja for their continued support towards the growth of sports in Nigeria.

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While further reacting, the Lagos SWAN Chairman said, “This partnership between the leading sports betting company in Nigeria and the most vibrant SWAN Chapter in Nigeria and one of the biggest in Africa is a partnership made in heaven which will continue to grow”.

12 teams will be slugging it out for the ultimate football title while 14 players will be participating in the table tennis event and 8 people competing for honours in the scrabble event.

In her remarks, the Brand manager, Bet9ja, Aisha Adams expressed the company’s delight in renewing its partnership with Lagos SWAN. 

" Bet9ja is always pleased to be part of Lagos SWAN Week annually and we are looking forward to an exciting time this year. 

" For us, Sport journalists take a premium spot in our mind and we are always happy to support you in your programme.” 

The championship is slated between 3rd and 10th of December. 

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The head coach of Kwara United Volleyball Club, Adewale Badamosi has revealed that his mission is to win all his matches at the second phase of the 2021 National Division 1 League in Abuja.

Kwara United VC won their second match against Caliphate Spikers of Sokoto 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-12) at the indoor sports hall of Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Sunday.

Badamosi said despite losing one match at the first phase of the division 1, they were in third position due to winning some matches by 3-2 major scores which was not good for the team.

He said, “Our mission at the second phase of the National Division 1 League is to win the remaining matches because Wikki Spikers of Bauchi and Kada Kings are above us and you all know that only two teams will advance to next season’s Nigeria Volleyball Premier League.”

Commenting on his victory against Caliphate Spikers, Badamosi said, “This is not the first time we met the Caliphate Spikers of Sokoto but we met during the first phase and we defeated them three against zero. This is the second time we are meeting them and we also defeated them.”

He said Oluyole Spikers are a good side but winning the game against them is the most important task today.

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He said, “Kwara United Volleyball Club are here to show their fitness and experience in the game so by the time they continue playing more improvement will definitely come. Our next match is against Oluyole Spikers of Oyo state today (Monday); we met them in the first phase in Kaduna state and I can testify that they are a very young good side.

" By the time we meet them on the court, we will dictate the game and the difference will surely be clear this time around.”

Day Two results of the second phase of the 2021 National Division 1 League in Abuja:

Spartans VC of Yola 3 v Equity Spikers of Kebbi (W/O)

Kwara United VC v Caliphate Spikers of Sokoto 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-12)

Wikki Spikers of Bauchi v ABM of Kastina 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-20)

Oluyole Spikers of Oyo v Kada Kings 0-3 (22-25, 15-25, 12-25)

Day Three (Monday 22nd November, 2021) Monday

ABM of Katsina v Kwara United VC (2pm)
Caliphate Spikers of Sokoto v Spartans (4pm)
Kada Kings v Wikki Spikers of Bauchi (6pm)

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Victor Osimhen had to be rushed to the San Raffaele Hospital for tests, after he was diagnosed with head trauma as Napoli suffered a first league loss going down 3-2 at Inter Milan on Sunday, according to an online reports. 

Osimhen suffered multiple face fractures following a thudding clash of heads during Napoli’s defeat at Inter Milan, the Serie A leaders said on Sunday.

According to a statement, Napoli confirmed that tests revealed “multiple displaced fractures of the left eye socket and cheekbone” after being flattened in an aerial challenge with Inter defender Milan Skriniar. He was visibly dazed and his face was badly swollen as he staggered off the pitch at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

It was an accidental clash of heads as they both went for the ball, but Osimhen was caught on the cheekbone by the back of Skriniar’s head and came off much worse.

Nigeria forward Osimhen managed to walk off the pitch, clearly dazed and with a swollen face, during Sunday’s thrilling showdown between Italian title contenders, won 3-2 by Inter.

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Napoli did not say for how long they expected Osimhen, who has scored five Serie A goals this season and a further four in the Europa League, is expected to be out of action.

He is also not new to head injuries, as last term he was knocked unconscious when landing awkwardly, hitting the back of his head on the turf.

Because of that, and a loss of memory, Osimhen was out for several weeks due to concussion protocols.

Inter blew the title race wide open with the hard fought win against Luciano Spalletti side.

Despite the first defeat for Napoli this season, they still stay top on 32 points ahead of AC Milan on superior goals while Inter are third on 28 points.

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Wikki Spikers of Bauchi and Kada Kings recorded their first win at the opening day of the second phase of the 2021 National Division 1 League in Abuja.

Wikki Spikers hammered young Oluyole Spikers 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-18) while Kada Kings showed superiority over Spartans VC 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-18) at the indoor sports hall of Moshood Abiola Stadium.

The head coach of Wikki Spikers, Mudi Mohammed commended his players for the victory adding that the team would be fighting for the premier league spot at the end of the league. 

" I feel delighted beating Oluyole Spikers of Oyo in our first match and I hope to correct some lapses in the team.
" I observed that some of my boys lost concentration during the second set and almost gave the set to Oluyole Spikers but I cautioned them not to give the young boys any chance of taking a set.

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We want to be at the 2022 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League where we will compete with clubs in the same class” he said.

Day One Results:

Oluyole Spikers of Oyo v Wikki Spikers of Bauchi 0-3 (17-25, 24-26, 18-25)

Kada Kings v Spartans VC of Yola 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-18)

Equity Spikers of Kebbi (W/O) v Kwara United

Caliphate Spikers of Sokoto v ABM of Kastina (W/O)

Day Two Fixtures

Spartans VC of Yola v Equity Spikers of Kebbi (Noon)

Kwara United VC v Caliphate Spikers of Sokoto (2pm)

Wikki Spikers of Bauchi v ABM of Kastina (4pm)

Oluyole Spikers of Oyo v Kada Kings (6pm)


General Manager of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, Rasheed Balogun, said the gesture of the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, is a big challenge for him as a person and the team as a whole.

The Oyo state, darling team has been enjoying the full support of the governor since he assumed office and this was further demonstrated by the number one citizen of the pace setter state, who presented two brand new buses to the team on Wednesday afternoon.

Reacting to the development, Balogun, whose management team was well appreciated by the governor for returning the team to the elite league, said the governor has challenged him and the club with the gifts and his words of encouragement 

" I'm am so delighted with what the governor did on Wednesday and I must confess, he has thrown a big challenge to me as an individual and the club for us to go out there and perform excellently well in the 2021/22 season of the NPFL.

" Yoruba people will say, when you praise somebody for doing well, he will strive to do more. His Excellency appreciated the job we did, it is our turn to deliver what he wanted.

"If you listen to him very well, he said we should go ahead and beat every team in the league and that he did not even want to see us hovering in the middle of the table but to be at the top.

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This is a exactly what we will aim at and I am quite sure that we will not disappoint His Excellency, the government and good people of Oyo State, the supporters and the entire teeming fans of the club.

" It is a task that must be done and with the unwavering support, we have been enjoying from the governor, which he has promised to continue doing, we have no excuse than to deliver again", the astute football administrator asserted.

On the buses giving to the club by the governor, Balogun, expressed no surprise about the governor's gesture, knowing the type of man that he is.

" It is only those who don't know Engineer Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde that will be surprised with what he did.  For me and my management team and even the players and the entire staff, we are not surprised because His Excellency is man who can do anything to ensure the club gets the desired result

"He is a man who makes promises and keeps them. So for me personally, I am not surprised but I am further encouraged", added the former Julius Berger, Sunshine Stars and Dolphins bigwig, who thanked the governor, on behalf of the Oluyole Warriors for the gifts and the reassurance of his full support for the team.

Balogun was accompanied to the presentation ceremony by the club's Director of Administration, Alhaji Rahman Olapade, Director of Finance, Mr Kehinde Ogundiran, Team Manager, Dimeji Lawal (MON), Chief coach, Edith Agoye, Team coordinator, Adu Akintomiyi, the Licensing/TMS Manager of the team, Marooph Adekunle as well as the team captain, Omololu Waheed and his two deputies, Abbey Benson and Opeoluwa Olufemi.

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