The Ekiti State Football Association Electoral Committee has successfully screened and released list of  aspirants jostling for membership of the football association in its election slated to hold January 24th,2018, in Ikere- Ekiti, Ekiti state.

In a release made available to the press, the electoral body described the screening exercise which took place at the Koltotel Hotel, Ado Ekiti, a success and also a fulfillment of the Nigeria Football Federation's (NFF) Statutes and the electoral guidelines, which stipulates that, after the submission of completed forms by the aspirants in not less than 14 days preceding the date of the FA elections, the screening of aspirants must also be completed and the names of successful candidates must be published in the media in not less than 7 days to the election.

According to the release signed by electoral committee Chairman Barrister Tomide Osakinle and the Secretary Mr Idowu B.S., the electoral committee duly screened all the aspirants contesting for membership into the board of the football association. 

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And thus released the names of the successful candidates as follows:

For the post of Chairman:
1. Adebayo Olanlege

For the post of Vice Chairman:
1. Ilesanmi Fatukasi

For the post of Ordinary member:
1. Ariyo Amos Yomi
2. Olusola Babatola
3. Hakeem Saadu
4. Daramola S. O.
5. Bayode Olowolagba
6. Ibidun Isaac
7. Aregbesola Olumuyiwa

The electoral committee further affirmed the FA election slated for 24th of January will hold as scheduled, while winners into various positions of the board of Ekiti FA will be announced immediately, as stipulated by the electoral guidelines

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2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Winner
Olude Fadekemi
After being beaten to the first position among Nigerian (female) runners at the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Olude Fadekemi has vowed to reclaim her crown at next month’s race.
Olude who is the current National Record holder in the 20km Walk Race finished as the number one Nigeria woman at the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, but she dropped to second place in 2018; losing the crown to Deborah Pam.
To reclaim the number one position at the 2019 Marathon, Olude revealed that she has since stepped up her training schedule and she is equally working extra hard to ensure that she comes tops this term.
“I was not too happy that I could not defend my title last year, I only finished in second place but this year I want the first position again, “she said in a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head Media and Communications for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

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Olude who had a memorable 2018 in which she represented Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and also emerged as a gold medal winner at the National Sports Festival among many other accomplishments said she is keen to start 2019 brightly with a win at the Lagos Marathon.
“The year 2018 was very good for me but of course I want 2019 to be better starting with the Lagos Marathon, I will also be competing at the All African Games and many other competitions this year,” Olude revealed.
Asked who her major threat could be at the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Olude identified Deborah Pam as her major threat but promised to give her a run for her money this year.
As a means of encouraging Nigerian runners, organisers of the Acess Bank Lagos City Marathon has always had in place a separate prize category to reward the local runners outside the general prizes for all runners from across the world.

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The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon projection of 150,000 runners at the start of 10km and full marathon on February 2, 2019 look realistic as over 50,000 runners have collected kits at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere collection center and Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos collection centre as at February 16, 2019.
The collection of kits started from Wednesday, January 72019, and is to end January 28, 2019.
According to the General Manager Marathon Yussuf Alli,
“Our target of 150,000 is achievable going by the number of entries they have received so far. Though the collection of physical forms have since closed, interested runners can still apply on or before Friday, January 18, 2019’’.
Alli advised runners living in Ajah, Lekki, Epe, Victoria Island, Ikoyi and other locations in Epe, Ibeju-Lekki and Eti-Osa not to bother coming to the Teslim Balogun but to make use of the collect center in Lagos Island.
Alli revealed that the 2019 race will be bigger and better, “we have made provision for the expected figure of participants. I am assuring every 10km race runner that finished under two hours will get a medal, ditto the 42km runners that finished under the cut off time of seven hours”.

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The General Manager revealed that runner who could not finish due to fatigue or any other reason should please cooperate with sweepers, who will take them back to Teslim Balogun Stadium,
“They should cooperate with sweepers who will take them to Teslim Balogun Stadium where there will be a fun park. The era of runners who are aided to get to the finish by sweeper buses and they will collect medal is gone. Once you can’t finish, its back to the start’’.
Alli urged Lagosians to come out in their thousands to cheer the runners. He revealed that over five thousand runners from 45 countries are coming for this edition,
“Our warm reception will encourage runners to visit Lagos again and again,” said Alli.

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Nigeria female volleyball team
Nigeria female volleyball team has registered for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers which will feature a two phase qualifiers to start later this year.

According to Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB), three national teams from both genders confirmed their participation in the event ahead of the deadline of February 28th.  

Nigeria, Cameroon and Kenya registered for the women's tournaments while Egypt, Tunisia and Cameroon registered for the men's qualifiers.

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The first phase for the qualification will be held at the continental zones in November and December 2019, while the finals will be organised in January 2020 to determine the African representatives in the Olympic Games.

Egypt represented Africa in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, while Cameroon women represented the other gender.

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Michael Ohanu in traning at the soccer temple,
Agege Stadium
Former Kwara United forward Michael Ohanu is hopeful of a victorious outing on Wednesday when Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC face his former team.

MFM FC will host the Harmony Boys in one of the mid-week fixtures of Matchday 2 in Group A which will be played at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium.

Ohanu, who had a stint with the Ilorin-based team for three years where he emerged as the club’s top scorer with 15 goals in the NNL joined the Olukoya Boys from El-kanemi Warriors after a brief stay up in the north during the transfer window, talked about the possibility of his new team claiming the maximum points of the encounter.

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“If you watch our last match we lost that match, so myself and my teammates will put in our best and work very hard because this is our home.

“Kwara United drew their last home game and they are coming with everything to make sure that they get a point here but I believe in what our coach has said, the encouragement and the hard work we have been putting together. 

So I believe we will come out victorious,” he to told MFM FC media team shortly after his team’s work out session on Tuesday.

Fidelis Ilechukwu and his charges lost their first game of the 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season on Sunday 2-0 to Enyimba of Aba with Ohanu posting a worthy performance upfront.

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The Cricket Oval of the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos Island has been a beehive of activities since the distribution of running kits and goodie bags to registered runners for the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon began at the venue on Monday.
Yussuf Alli, the General Manager for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, explained that the opening of another channel of distribution for kits to intending runners was introduced in order to make things easier.
The Marathon boss while applauding the turnout in the first two days of the distribution exercise at the TBS enjoined other members of the public that have registered for the race not to wait till the final minute before going for the collection of their kits.
“We have started the channel in Lagos Island for intending runners to pick up their kits and goodie bag at the Tafawa Balewa Cricket Oval.”
“This has started since Monday and it has eased things for those coming from the Island axis. In the form, it was indicated that people should pick where they want to collect their kits and goodie bags; whether the Mainland or Island and a good number picked the Island, so we have opened that channel, so I enjoin people to go and collect on time.” Alli said.

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Aside from the distribution of kits which is also taking place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon GM also gave assurances that other preparations were going on smoothly to ensure that the February 2 races (10km and 42km) were a huge success.
He said: “We are very well on course to staging another world-class marathon this year even better than the ones we have done before.
“We are fine-tuning everything now, from the start point, route and also the finish point that gave us small problems last year we have made the necessary corrections and additions.”
It is understood that almost 150, 000 from across the world will be taking part in the 4th edition of the Bronze- labelled Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

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Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu of MFM FC
MFM FC head coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu says he’s not gutted with his team's performance despite the 2-0 loss to Enyimba on Sunday in Aba.

The People's Elephant claimed the full points with a 2-0 win over the Lagos-based team in one of the opening fixtures of the 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Enyimba International Stadium courtesy of a goal each from Nelson Ogbonnaya and Abdulrahman Bashir.

MFM began the new top flight season with relatively new and young squad alongside captain Austine Opara, Zikiye Jonathan, Abisoye Olawale, Julius Emiloju, Chijioke Akuneto and proved their mettle but all of their attempts in front of goal could not yield any meaningful result after 90 minutes.

While addressing the press after the game, Ilechukwu said: “ I am not disappointed. I am not because we played a better side honestly speaking. Enyimba is a big team we just tried if we can and that's football.”

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The gaffer admitted that plenty of work needs to be done especially in the attack. 

“I think we really need serious work in converting chances which has been a problem even in our pre-season games.

“You know when you have a lot of young players in the attack, I expect such thing and that was why we tried to get one or two experienced players but we couldn't,” he concluded.

MFM FC will hope to bounce back from this defeat when they host Kwara United in Matchday 2 of the NPFL at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium on Wednesday

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The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is attracting growing interest across the world each year and a testament to that is reflected in the number of high-profile runners competing for honours annually in Lagos.
For the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, as much as 35 Gold, 13 Silver and 12 Bronze Labelled Runners have already registered to be part of the event.
Yusuf Alli, the General Manager for the Lagos Marathon, expressed delight at the interest being shown by the big names to run at the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
Alli noted that the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has surpassed the requirement for a Bronze Label and has done enough to earn even a Gold Label from the IAAF/AIMS.
“This is fantastic, it is obvious that top runners across the world like the Lagos Marathon as they have been signifying their interests from Kenya to even Australia,” Alli stated.
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The former Africa record holder in the Long Jump event predicted that a new course record might be set at this year’s marathon due to the stronger field of athletes that would be on parade
“This year’s marathon will definitely be better than the previous ones, the quality of elite athletes coming have improved a great deal, so we are confident of a good show,” the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon General Manager assured.
Among many other big names, David Barmasai Tumo from Kenya who won the 2011 Dubai Marathon will be competing at the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
Also, his compatriots, Jacob Kibet Chulyo, Moses Kigen Kipkosgei are in the mix for action as well as Samuel Gebremichael who now does his thing for Australia.
The female field also boasts of some of the top runners in the world including the likes of Agnes Jeruto Kiptocich who finished as runners up in the 2017 Paris Marathon.
Caroline Cheptanui Kilel winner of the 2011 Boston Marathon, as well as Georgina Rono and Risper Jemeli Kimayo, are all pencilled down to run at the Lagos Marathon.
The 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will take place on Saturday, February 2.

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His Royal Majesty Highness, Oba Ganiyu Ayodele Obasonyin,
the Olukere of Ikere land

All is set for the Ekiti State Football Association election slated for January 24th, 2018, at the high brow Arede Royal Hotel, Ikere- Ekiti.

According to a press release by the EKSFA electoral committee, the election which would usher in a new board would have His Royal Majesty Highness, Oba Ganiyu Ayodele Obasonyin, the Olukere of Ikere land as the host of the event.

The twin- event begins with a session that celebrates and recognizes some distinguished sports personalities that have contributed to the growth and development of football in Ekiti state.

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And some of the recipients include HRM, John Ademola Ajakaiye,the Oyinyosaiye uyi II (FNJI) as the EKSFA Royal Patron; Mr. O'seun Odewale, SA/DG,Bureau of Public Procurement, gets the EKSFA Patron; the first 

EKSFA chairman, Chief Ayo Agbebi, would be recognized as EKSFA Adviser and Dr. Isaac Ayodele, a former chairman of EKSFA, would receive the award plaque as a leader of EKSFA.

Written By Our Correspondent: Akeem Busari

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Head coach of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club, Fidelis Ilechukwu has said that the 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season will be a fresh start for his wards as they face Enyimba this Sunday in Aba.

Ilechukwu and his charges will be guests to seven-time NPFL champions, the Peoples Elephant in one of the opening fixtures of Group A of the new NPFL season which will take place at the Enyimba International Stadium with the hope of starting the season on a good note.

This meeting will be the sixth between the Olukoya Boys and the Aba-based side. Enyimba claimed the available three points in the last fixture last season while the remaining four ended in a draw.

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The MFM FC gaffer is not perturbed despite the result of the previous meetings as he looks forward to kickstart this season with a large number of newly-signed players and hopes his men can make a huge statement from the opening day contest.

“It’s going to be a fresh start for us playing against Enyimba Football Club one of the best in the Nigerian league.

“MFM Football Club are a good side as well although I know it’s going to be difficult because we lost a lot of our players to other clubs.

“Last season we lost eight players but the players we have now are young and as well new players. I know it’s going to be a little bit difficult but we will do anything possible to get a good result,” Ilechukwu told MFM FC media department.

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