Children engage in School Inter House Sports in Nigeria
"Mom and Dad, I don't want to play anymore!" Coach am fed up and I think am done”.
 After investing the time and money into any sport, this is the last thing a parent wants to hear, but it happens.  Frequently

Children quitting organized sports occur more often than one might think. Research has shown that approximately 69% of children will quit playing a sport by the age of 14. Why do they want to stop? To answer that question let's look at why they start or why parents put their children into a sport in the first place.

1. Competence (learning and improving)

2. Affiliation (Being a part of something like a team or a club)

3. Fitness (agility, balance, coordination, and physical health)

4. Fun (This is the overwhelming reason why children play sports)
 
Notice that "winning" is not one of the reasons.

 When children leave a game, they want to know two things:
(1) When do we play again?
(2) Where is the snack?

Children are not as concerned about winning as adults may think. Children all want to compete, but they each have their own interpretation of competitiveness. For most, if one team is red and the other is blue then "game on." Children strive to do their best when they step into "competition." They also want competitive matches. Remember when you were a child playing in the backyard and the game was too lopsided? What did you do? I remember stopping those games to start a new one with different teams or balance the game out. I think many of us forget what emotions we went through growing up as a child and how we viewed competition.

From a 7-year research and investigation to the sport participation on schools in Nigeria showed me that when children are growing older, dropped participation in at least one sport and focus on something else. “I just can’t take it anymore coach,” a talented but under performing female player in one of the school I train named Precious told me a few months back. “I think I am done playing. Sports master and I asked why?”

My mind went through all the reasons this might be happening: burnout, other interests, team dynamics, I was too hard on her, the gamut. What could it be?
But her response was “It’s my dad. He loves me and I know he only wants the best for me, but he just can’t stop coaching me, in the car, and from the sideline each and every game. I can’t play when he is around, and he insists on coming to every game, every road trip, you name it. It’s like it’s more important to him than it is to me.”

Sadly, Precious story is a common one. It is a tale about well-intentioned parents whom want nothing but the best for their children. They love their kids; they just don’t always love them in a helpful way.
As I have stated and laid emphasis many times, 69% of children are dropping out of organized sports by the age of 14. Whenever I mention this sad statistic, people come out of the wood work saying that it’s only the kids who aren’t good enough to play that quit. They say it’s an age where school, jobs and other interests take precedence. These things are true and contribute to a part of the dropout rate, but they are not the entire picture.

Sadly, in our current state of youth sports in Nigeria, kids and families are asked to do more and more at younger and younger ages, especially the kids who show early aptitude in a sport. Many of these athletes, our most dedicated and talented ones, burnout and drop out as well.




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We don’t simply lose the kids who cannot make varsity; we lose many of the best athletes on our teams that would have served efficiently and make our country Nigeria proud.
If you are a parent or a coach, I believe it is critical that we have a good understanding of why kids play, and why they quit. It is also crucial that we have open lines of communication with our athletes, so we can spot some of the red flags and right the ship before it’s too late.

Let's get into why they stop. Research says children stop playing sports for a variety of reasons. 
• Lack of Playing Time
 • Overemphasis on Winning 
• Other Activities are more interesting 
• Lack of Fun
• Coaching/Adult Behaviors         
• Dissatisfaction with Performance and injuries
• Lack of Social Support

With this in mind, here are some key points to remember about kids playing sports and not quit to help grassroot developmental programs:
v  Children should develop a sense of passion for the sport." Parents and coaches need to be aware of what kids can accomplish at their differing developmental levels -- physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Don't make unrealistic expectations concerning your child's sports performance -- be it in the area of muscle coordination, dedication, or attention span. Many kids lose their passion for youth sports during these years because they feel they can't live up to their parents' and coaches' expectations.

v  Kids start dropping out in big numbers at this stage. Playing sports loses its enjoyment for them and "fun" takes a back seat to winning. Pick-up games and just "playing for fun" should be encouraged. The key at this vulnerable stage is to keep them playing the sports they enjoy -- if not on school or youth teams, then informally with friends. Not being on a team does not mean they have failed as athletes. It just means that they have to find other pleasurable ways to continue enjoying their sports.

v  But what about kids who still love to play sports but can't because of their demanding academic, social, and work lives? Parents need to remind these kids of the fun they had playing these games and help them to find time to play them with family members and friends. Helping your kids stay connected to the sports they love now can encourage them to remain physically active throughout their lives.

Olatoye Olawale Director of Communications
& Editor of sportflames.com 
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Comrade Ahmed Fresh, Alhaji Rabiu Inuwa
in Morocco to Support Chan Eagles
Chairman of Technical and Development committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Comrade Ahmed Yusuf Fresh has submitted that the Super Eagles B team would make progress as they prepare for the second group match against Libya at the ongoing African Nations Cup championship in Morocco.

Fresh who stated this on Wednesday after the Super Eagles' evening training session in Tangier noted that the team are well shaped to get good result against Libya on Friday.

"I believe you all are doing good, let me start by letting you know that we at the Nigeria football federation have been monitoring you closely right from your first match and we believe you guys put up a good fight against Rwanda but the needed result didn't come.

"However, we are confident after watching your training session that you would make the our beloved country Nigeria proud as we take on Libya on Friday," he said.

Comrade Ahmed Fresh, Alhaji Rabiu Inuwa
addressing Chan Eagles in Morocco
Fresh who is also the Vice Chairman of NFF's Strategic Studies Committee explained the importance of remaining games and also urged the players to adhere to the rules in camp.

"We at the Nigeria football federation would do everything possible to support you and am happy that you all know how Nigerians love football so in your own end remember what every Nigerian wants is credible results and you must also listen to the words of advises, instructions from the technical crew led by coach salisu Yusuf and others," Fresh said.

Responding on behalf of the team, captain of Super Eagles B Team, Ikechukwu Ezenwa expressed gratitude on behalf of the entire team but also spoke on the essence of the competition in Morocco.



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"We appreciate the Nigeria football federation headed the president Mr amaju pinnick and other executive board members present here today despite the weather you are to give us moral support and fatherly advise we appreciate you. 

"We are here in Morocco for business because representing over 180 millions Nigerians is not a joke and would never be one, so we all know what is at stake for we are going out on Friday the make sure we get victory against the north after side Libya, we want Nigerians to know that we are fully committed and we shall make not just ourselves proud but Nigerians at large," Ezenwa assured. 

Fresh was in the company of notable football administrators such as, the chairman referees appointment committee Alhaji Rabiu Inuwa, chairman match commissioner appointment committee of the Nigeria football federation alhaji Babagana Khali, independent chairman Nigeria nation wide league one, Mohamed Alkali and other coaching crew headed by coach salisu Yusuf amongst others were all present at training session.

Courtesy: Aro Olaoluwa (C.E.O Maxisports)

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Lobi Stars vs Rangers Int'l at the
cathedral Stadium, Enugu
Lobi stars of makurdi return to winning ways after a disappointing home draw against Enyimba of Aba on match day one of the 2017/2018 season at the Aper Aku stadium in makurdi.

The "Ortom boys" as they are popularly called left no stone unturned as they stormed the coal city state with all expectations of picking the maximum three points at stake.

The Coach Solomon Ogbeide tutored side handed first team start to returnee Esosa Igbinoba,Samad Kadiri and new signing Tolulope Ojo who was making his debut in the colours of the makurdi landlords.

The Pride of Benue won the game by 2-1 in a keenly contested match at the Nnamdi Azikwe stadium,Enugu on Wednesday.

Samad Kadiri put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute when he capitalized on a defensive error from the Rangers defence to put the ball beyond on rushing goal keeper Femi Thomas in goal for the flying Antelope.

The 2016 NPFL champions came all out with the hope of getting an equalizer and in the 27th minute, Benue born Godwin Zaki found himself a good shooting space after wriggling his way through the lobi stars defence but his effort went wide.

The flying Antelope kept mounting pressure on their opponent but the defensive duo of Anthony Agbaji and Bright Apojuvwvewo kept  all threats from Ibrahim Ajani and Abu Azeez under check.

In the 37th minute Rangers fc striker Abu Azeez tried a shot from long range but his effort was not good enough as the shot went off target.

Goal keeper Olufemi Kayode's heroics brought out of the best for lobi stars till the end of the first half.

But when the boys came out of the tunnel,the Antelope became more adventurous in search of an equalizer but goal keeper Olufemi Kayode's saves denied them goal scoring opportunity.

Samad Kadiri kept terrorising the back line of the antelope,in the 51st minute goal keeper Femi Thomas palmed away his shot to safety.


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While Rangers rose to the occasion by testing Lobi stars defence severally, they however failed to find the cutting edge and switched off again in the 72nd minute when Tolulope Ojo's well taken corner kick found Solomon kwambe who flipped the ball to Ayo Saka who wasted no time in heading the ball into the net to put the visitors two goals ahead.

Rangers international got the consolation in the 83rd minute when lobi's captain Anthony Agbaji upended Tayo Fabiyi in the box as the referee pointed to the spot.

Rangers Chiamaka Mudu wasted no time in sending goal keeper Kayode the wrong direction to reduce the deficit for the home side.

With this result lobi stars are currently 4th on the NPFL log with 4 points from two games and will be entertaining NPFL new boys GO Round fc of Omoku at the Aper Aku stadium on sunday.


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Olukoya Boys Celebrates their only goal against Kwara United
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC beat Kwara United 1-0 courtesy of a second half goal by Adebayo Waheed in one of Matchday 2 fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played on Wednesday at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium.

MFM FC made two changes to the team that played Abia Warriors in the first away game of the new season. Olatunbosun Sikiru and Abayomi Lawal replaced Adegboyega Adekunle and Nasamu Emmanuel respectively in Wednesday's line up while goalkeeper, Folarin Abayomi and others kept their places.

Kwara United began the entertaining match with the first kick of the ball and put few passes together before surrendering the ball to the hosts.

Tchato Giscard made the first impact of the game  in the 17th minute of the encounter when he tested the visitors goalkeeper, Jonah Usman with an audacious shot but his effort was saved.


The Harmony Boys put themselves together after Tchato's attempt on goal and later dictated the play of the game. The first 45 minutes ended in a barren draw for both teams.




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Olukoya Boys Players taking the team anthem

In their search for the first goal of the game, the two teams' coaches made early substitutions. John Obuh of Kwara United introduced Kayode Agboola for Alfred Stephen while Fidelis Ilechukwu brought in Akuneto Chijioke for Ammeh Wilfred.

A well orchestrated counte attacking move initiated by Onuwa Chukwuka from the middle of the park produced the only goal of the game. Okorom Stanley connected a long pass in the 51st minute of the exchange from Opara Austine and delivered a low cross to Adebayo Waheed and the striker put the ball past Kwara United goalkeeper.

MFM FC dominated the better part of the second half with beautiful passing skills and had a chance to double the lead in the 75th of the minute match but Akuneto's effort from distance could not beat Jonah Usman.

The 80th minute of the thrilling match presented a golden opportunity for the visitors to get the equalizer but Kayode Agboola's attempt went inches wide. The game ended in a 1-0 triumph for the Lagos-based team.


With the victory, MFM FC now moved from the 19th spot on the NPFL table to 12th position with three points from two league matches.

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Plateau United vs Rivers United in wk 2 of NPFL Games
Elisha Golbe’s exquisite free kick on 33 minutes set the tone for a richly-deserved 2-0 victory for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Plateau United over Rivers United on Wednesday.
Burly striker, Emeka Umeh added the second, tapping in Tosin Omoyele’s defence splitting pass from close range as the Jos Lords won the match day two NPFL clash at a canter.
The champions started on the front foot but stern defending and shocking displays of profligacy by the hosts’ forwards meant there was no scoring following a frenetic opening to the game decided at the New Jos Stadium.
Elum Sochima almost gave Rivers United a shock lead against the run of play in the 26th minute but watched in frustration as his rasping drive flew just wide off Okiemute Odah’s right hand post.
The hosts continued to carve out the better openings and boss possession but it was a premonition the guests from Port Harcourt failed to heed.

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They conceded a free kick just after the half hour mark, 20 odd yards from goal and Golbe licked his lips in anticipation stepping forward and planting a deft effort into the corner with a shell-shocked Robert Cole barely moving a muscle.
Rivers United improved marginally after the break following the introduction of Ivoirian marksman, Guy Kuemian shortly after the restart but it was the home side that scored again with Umeh tapping home from close range following good work by the impressive Omoyele.
The visitors attempted to hurl themselves back into the contest but Sochima, Kuemian and Ochowechi ‘Oche’ Salefu all failed to score from promising positions.
Plateau United almost added a late third but Cole impressively turned away Kabiru Umar’s fierce drive from point blank range with the striker already wheeling away in celebration.
The win lifts Plateau United to second on the log with maximum points from their opening two matches while Rivers United slipped to 13th on the log after amassing three points from their opening two fixtures.


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Football Fans attack Match Officials
The attention of the Nigeria Referees Association, NRA, has been drawn to unpalatable incidents trailing the kick off of the NPFL. 

In the Week One matches played on Saturday and Sunday, the referees who were on duty in some centres received pockets of unsavoury treatment that poses danger to the lives of the match officials in the games ahead .

The referees' body who is keenly monitoring the situation by following the cases of the victims, sympathises with their injured members involved while  expecting that the report of the incidents will be sent to appropriate quarters for  further actions.

Preliminary reports have it that while there was a minor attempt to maltreat the referees who handled the league opener in Katsina; Katsina Utd vs Kano Pillars, the Nassarawa Utd vs Plateau Utd clash  turned awry for the referees who were seriously brutalised leading to a disturbing health conditions. 



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The NRA regrets that despite the appeal by its leadership led by Tade Azeez for all  stakeholders to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and refrain from making referees their scapegoats after unfavourable outcome, attacks on match officials  heralded the new season.

According to the NRA President, Tade Azeez who expressed reservation over the ominous signs, the threats and mischievous tendencies against referees  cannot stop NRA members  from being fair and firm in the course of discharging their duties.


Tade once again appealed to the organisers, state FAs, clubs and spectators to assist referees with a conducive environment to operate for the good of the game.


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Coach Samson Unuanel
A former coach of Enyimba football club, Coach Samson Unuanel, has lamented that Nigerian football lacks the basic structure to meet up the demands of modern day football.

Speaking in an exclusive interview in Lagos, where he had led a group of youthful players from Ilorin to participate in a football trials, Samson Unuanel, described the present fortunes of Nigerian football as unfortunate.

" It is unfortunate that our football has not develop in a commensurate level to our potentials as a football playing nation," he quipped.


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The former coach of Sunshine stars and Kwara United, was however, quick to blame the woes of Nigerian football on the lack of sustainable grassroots development programmes in the country.

" It is painful that our administrators are not focused on grassroots football development. There are no structures on ground to help the growth of our football.

" There is also a huge lacuna between our grassroots football and the professional cadre. We need to create a workable synergy to bridge this gap, " the Germany trained tactician stated.

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Malam Farouk Yarma pose with Nigeria Track Suit 
The Commissioner for Youth Empowerment in Gombe State Malam Farouk Yarma, hard working sportsman who had devoted greater part of his energy and resources to the development of sports in Gombe state and Nigeria.

He is also one of the finest sports administrators whose passion for sport development made it possible in establishing a private Club ( Yarmalight FC), having worked in several capacities in many sectors  to enhance the upliftment  of sports and youth development. 

He "express his thought about the coming election of the Nigeria Football Federation, the present crop of players of the Super Eagles and expectation at the World Cup in Russia and also made his intention known about being at the helms of affairs of the Football Federation in Nigeria one day which requires a lot of learning and strategic approach in achieving the task.

Malam Farouk Yarma, Amaju Pinick and Malam Shehu Dikko 
Malam Farouk Yarma has thumbs up for the present leadership of the NFF “So far so good the Amaju Pinnick led administration have performed excellently well, they have not being doing bad, and the leadership is okay though they have their own weakness that they need to improve on, but we should take election as a process, not a do or die affairs” there should not be any desperation but I believe your performance will speak for you, your contribution to football development will speak for you and not all of us will be on the board, Club owners and Sport journalist are also making their own contributions  




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He further said; “One of the criteria to contest elections at National level is your contributions at the state and local government levels, you must understand what grassroots youth development is all about, before you should even consider contesting for Nigeria Football Federation seat, but reverse is the case now, everybody are contesting now because they just want to be on the Board, and nobody are even considering contesting for state FA seats but everybody want to be a member of the NFF without any knowledge of developmental ideas, I think if this can be part of NFF Statues it is okay.

“According to Mallam Farouk going to the world cup draws in Russia last year shows me the glamour and football politics, so for Nigerians to tell the coach or give a target at the world Cup, it is outdated and not in practice but the most important is that, Nigeria Super Eagles will be at the world cup and so far so good they have performed so well in all the friendly matches and we should expect good outing at the world cup because we have a young side ready for business.

“So winning the world cup or qualifying for the second requires a lot of approach but I believe we have the quality and it’s going to be a good performance.


He concluded by saying "God should help him with whatever decision he wants to take in life, though not desperate but one day" I will be at helms of affairs of the Nigeria football federation it’s a honour, I have a lot of ideas, a lot of things that will galvanize but it’s not yet time because I am still learning. 

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Super Eagles players appreciate fans after a game
The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that a prestige friendly match between the Super Eagles and England’s Three Lions will take place at the Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday, 2ndJune 2018.
The match will be only the third between both countries at senior level, and will serve as the Super Eagles’ final preparatory game for the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, with their first match against Croatia in Kaliningrad coming exactly two weeks after. 
NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Federation’s Organizing Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, told thenff.com on Tuesday: “The match is now confirmed. We had been doing a lot of work in the background, even going back to last year.
“Now, we are happy to say that it is all sealed. Certainly, it is going to be a big match, between two countries of remarkable historical affinity and similarities.
“We have other matches and programs for the team, and we will soon roll out the entire plan for matches, camping sites and training camps.”
Nigeria vs England Match at the World Cup in 2002
The idea of a friendly game between England and Nigeria in the present dispensation was first mooted in 2015, when NFF President Amaju Pinnick met with then Chairman of The FA, Greg Dyke in London. Afterwards, Pinnick and NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko (who is also Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee)) met with incumbent Chairman of The FA, Greg Clarke, also in London.
One of the promises made by Pinnick at the onset of his administration was that he would actualize a match between the senior teams of Nigeria and England. That has now become a reality - another promise fulfilled.
Organizers hinted media on Wednesday that they expect a full house at the big game, and that a train of top-drawer dignitaries could include members of the Royal Family.  
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr also told media “This is good news for myself and the entire team. England is a very strong team presently and I believe they will give us a very good match. We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley.”

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While the Super Eagles play Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D, the Three Lions are up against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G in Russia.
England is one of only eight countries to have won any of the previous 20 editions of the FIFA World Cup finals. 
On 30th July 1966, following a 4-2 defeat of then West Germany after extra time in the Final, Captain Bobby Moore climbed old Wembley’s 39 steps to receive football’s most coveted prize from Queen Elizabeth.
Nigeria and England first clashed at senior level on 16th November 1994, also at the old Wembley Stadium. David Platt’s headed goal towards the end of the first half separated both teams.
Both teams met again at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The encounter at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan on 12th June 2002 ended 0-0, with the Super Eagles being eliminated from the finals at the group stage.
Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi
Akinwunmi added: “We decided to be strategic in our choice of opponents for the Super Eagles leading to the World Cup, and in total agreement with the preferences of the Technical Adviser. That is why we opted for England. We played Argentina (in November 2017) without even knowing we were going to be in the same group at the Finals.”
Three –time African champions, Nigeria came from two goals down to defeat two –time world champions and reigning world vice champions, Argentina 4-2 in that match in Krasnodar on 14th November 2017.
The Super Eagles already have a confirmed date with Poland (1974 and 1982 World Cup bronze medallists, and who play Senegal, Colombia and Japan in Group H in Russia) in Warsaw on 23rd March. Other dates are 27th March and 27th May.   


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