Monday, 10 February 2020

ACCESS BANK LAGOS CITY MARATHON: Olopade hais AFN president, Olamide George



The General Coordinator of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Hon. Bukola Olopade, has applauded the invaluable contributions of the  president of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Mr. Olamide George, to the success of the 2020 Lagos City Marathon, held last weekend.

Olopade, who spoke in Lagos Monday morning, disclosed that, the AFN President gave the organisers of the Silver Label Marathon, Nilayo Sports Marketing some tips on how to go around some of the technical matters affecting the conduct of the race after he confirmed his inability to make it to Lagos for the race. His contribution was very valuable to us.

"We were most delighted to work with him. We also appreciate the president's approval of one of AFN board's technical members, Gabriel Okon, to work with our technical team headed by the race General Manager, Yusuf Ali. The delivery was second to none.
"Despite Olamide George's absence at the race, the athletes still felt a sense of belonging as he sent his goodwill message, a situation which enlivened the event's atmosphere.
"This showed his commitment to the success of the Lagos City Marathon and we shall be most delighted to work with him in future for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon and other subsequent athletics events on the calendar of Nilayo Sports Marketing across the country."

Friday, 24 January 2020

Nigerian coach emerge as WorldRemit and Arsenal first Female Future Stars winner


Online money transfer company WorldRemit and Arsenal Football Club welcomed the winners of the 2019 Future Stars competition to London.


Sponsored by WorldRemit, Chinasa Mandy Ukandu from Nigeria was one of two winners who won an all expenses paid trip to London to take part in a personalised training programme with Arsenal Football Development coaches. The weeklong programme is designed to help Future Stars coaches to assist the children they coach to develop life skills both on and off the pitch.


Chinasa coaches boys and girls aged 5 to 16. Together with her friends, she helps provide young people with an opportunity to develop football and life skills at Help the Talent Academy in Lagos State. She completed phase three of the Premier Skills Coach Educators Course (an initiative by the English Premier League and British Council) in 2015.


Arriving in London Chinasa enjoyed a week of scheduled activities including attending the Arsenal Vs Manchester City football game, an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the renowned Emirates Stadium, personalised theory coaching sessions with Arsenal Football Development Coaches followed by a practical session where they had the opportunity to lead a coaching session with children from Arsenal in the Community.  The winners also spent a day in the WR offices meeting staff and WorldRemit co-founder, Catherine Wines.



Chinasa commented: “I can never forget how the WorldRemit and Arsenal Future Stars programme made me feel. I have been influenced, encouraged and edified so I am ready to duplicate this attitude to others.”

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Andrew Stewart, Managing Director Middle East & Africa at WorldRemit said: “At WorldRemit, we are inspired every day by our customers, who work hard to send money home to support their communities.


“Through our partnership with Arsenal and the Future Stars programme, we are delighted to celebrate the stories of inspiring individuals such as Chinasa who use sport to make a difference to the lives of the young people they train.”


Simon McManus, Head Coach at Arsenal Football Development, said: “Through our programmes in London and across the globe, our Football Development coaches are dedicated to helping set young players up for success both on and off the pitch.


“The Future Stars winners’ work within their communities shows just how powerful football can be and the importance of promoting diversity within the sport. We hope this experience will support Chinasa to amplify her contributions to grassroots football in Nigeria even further.”


About the Future Stars Programme

Chinasa was among eight finalists, four men and four women, who were selected by a panel of judges from WorldRemit and Arsenal Football Development for their commitment to using football to empower young people to benefit their communities. Almost 40,000 votes were cast in less than three weeks – Chinasa received the highest number of votes among the female finalists, making her the first ever female to win the competition.


The Future Stars programme was developed by WorldRemit and Arsenal to celebrate the positive impact that grassroots youth football coaches have on their communities, helping the children they train to develop life skills both on and off the pitch.

Applications to the Future Stars programme were judged on the following criteria by a panel of judges from WorldRemit and Arsenal:

●        The commitment of the coach to improving the lives of their community
●        The impact the coach has had on young people within their community
●        The strength of the coach’s proposal to pass on their training on their return home if they win the programme

Monday, 30 December 2019

Henry Onyekuru Team Up With Plug Sports‬


‪As the Super Eagles forward continues to build a solid reputation as a stellar goal scorer, it is with excitement that we announce that the Nigerian professional footballer, Henry Onyekuru – who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 side As Monaco – has signed a brand management deal with Plug Sports.‬


‪Plug Sports, a subsidiary of the Plug Entertainment (founded by Bizzle Osikoya and Asa Asika), is involved in the management of sports talents.


The parent company, Plug Entertainment, operates as a music management, music publishing and licensing, and music distribution company. They work with some of the biggest talents in the world including Davido, Peruzzi, Mayorkun.‬


‪The partnership, which was facilitated by Prokicks UK limited, a company based in United Kingdom, was signed on December 26, 2019 at the Plug Office, Lagos, Nigeria.


Plug Sports is delighted to have Henry Onyekuru as one of our esteemed clients. We look forward to taking Henry Onyekuru’s career to the next level and establishing a mutually beneficial relationship.


We also use this platform to announce Lanre Vigo as the head of our sports department.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ministry of Youths and Sports Development To Partner NCF, ICC For Cricket Development



Recieving a delegation of members of Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) Tuesday in Abuja, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare expressed delight that Cricket in Nigeria is rapidly developing to a stage where Nigeria has a world presence in the sport.


"When I received your letter, I did a  rough research on Cricket Nigeria and amazingly, I got a lot of information which  is really exciting to know that within the Cricket world, Nigeria has found a place  and also a voice and to realise that we were going to the World Cup is almost a shot from the blues."


"We have above 38 sporting Federations and Cricket is one of them. I'm happy to see the development of Cricket, how far it has come. The Ministry I'm sure has been supportive, now we have to support them more now that they are World Cup bound", he urged.


"I think most importantly the prior inspection that occurred and the follow-up,  the Ministry will be willing to work with the NCF to see how some of the key findings and recommendations can be implemented. Some of it might not be money, it might just be structural, so whatever it is, we will look at that and see how we can partner with the ICC and also the NCF", the Minister pledged.


Calling for more publicity for the players, he said, "It would have been nice to have the Federation bring them over let's know them. Perhaps bringing them here and having the the cameras  roll over them can inspire and create an awareness that Cricket is really here to stay and belongs on the same deck as Football, Volleyball Basketball, Boxing and all the other Sports. When you look at it professional Cricket players earn a lot of  money too".


"It is exciting  to know that Cricket has come of age and we need to support it for it to develop rapidly". The Minister concluded.


Earlier in his address, the President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation Prof. Yahaya Ukwanya said Cricket had made notable progress in Nigeria in the last two years while stressing the need to find the missing link between Education and Cricket.


He said, "This visit is more like a follow-up visit and it's aimed at implementing the findings of the previous visit and the plan is to meet with the Ministry of Youths  and Sports Development led by the Minister on behalf of the Federal Government and we also  have a planned visit to the Minister of Education because we believe that the missing element in our sport has to do with education. There is also planned meeting with the stakeholders of the game. This is basically what why we are here", he said.


Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Chinasa Ukandu from Nigeria, Luis Alejandro Castañeda from Colombia win WorldRemit, Arsenal “Future Stars” coaching programme


The youth football coaches will fly to London for a personalised training session with Arsenal Football Development coaches, Online money transfer company WorldRemit and Arsenal have announced that Chinasa Ukandu from Nigeria and Luis Alejandro Castañeda from Colombia are the winners of the 2019 Future Stars coaching programme.


The two youth coaches will now prepare to travel to London for a personalised training session with Arsenal Football Development coaches, and their trip will be sponsored by WorldRemit.


Chinasa and Luis were among eight finalists, four women and four men, who were selected by a panel of judges from WorldRemit and Arsenal for their commitment to using football to empower young people and benefit their communities.


Andrew Stewart, Managing Director Middle East & Africa at WorldRemit said: “At WorldRemit, we are inspired every day by our customers, who work hard to send money home to support their communities.


“Through our partnership with Arsenal and the Future Stars programme, we are delighted to celebrate the stories of inspiring individuals such as Chinasa and Luis, who use sport to make a difference to the lives of the young people they train. Congratulations to the winners and our team looks forward to welcoming you to London!”


Simon McManus, Head Coach at Arsenal Football Development, said: “Through our programmes in London and across the globe, our Football Development coaches are dedicated to helping set young players up for success both on and off the pitch.


“The Future Stars winners’ work within their communities shows just how powerful football can be and the importance of promoting diversity within the sport. We are excited to meet Chinasa and Luis and support them in amplifying their contributions to grassroots football in Nigeria and Colombia even further.”


Chinasa Ukandu;


“I’m so excited to win the training session in London and can’t wait to meet the Arsenal Football Development coaches. I love a challenge and will use this global coaching opportunity to take new skills back to Nigeria and give back to my community.”


Luis Alejandro Castañeda;

“I’m so grateful to WorldRemit and Arsenal for this opportunity. I’ve always dreamed of travelling to London and will use the experience of training with Arsenal Football Development to help develop and raise awareness of Paralympic sport in Colombia and even globally.”


They emerged as the winners following a public vote on www.futurestars.worldremit.com. Almost 40,000 votes were cast in less than three weeks – Chinasa received the highest number among the female coaches and Luis received the highest number among the male finalists.


The Future Stars programme was developed by WorldRemit and Arsenal to celebrate the positive impact that grassroots youth football coaches have on their communities, helping the children they train to develop life skills both on and off the pitch.
Now in its second edition, the Future Stars programme received over 1,400 applications this year from across Africa and the Americas.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Tony Bolus lauds MFM FC players over opening day win


Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC head coach Tony Bolus has praised his charges after their 1-0 win over Heartland FC in a Matchday One fixture of the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season decided at the Okigwe Stadium in Owerri on Sunday.

The Olukoya Boys gave a good account of themselves against the Naze Millionaires as they claimed an opening day win courtesy of a 39th minute header from Clement Ogwu when he connected a long throw-in from Najeem Olayinka.

Fidelis Ilechukwu's men created lots of goal-scoring chances shortly after MFM FC's goal but the Lagos-based team goalkeeper Folarin Abayomi denied the hosts with breathtaking saves. His bright display in between the sticks earned him the man-of the-match award.

After the crucial victory Bolus appreciated his boys for their brilliant performance.

“I need to appreciate my boys for their effort today and for keeping and playing to instructions. They maintained the tempo of the game from the beginning to the end of the game. They were able to keep their cool and the ball and I appreciate their effort a lot and I believe it's going to continue till the end of the season," he said.

The former Giwa FC manager also talked about the lapses he noticed during the match and promised to make amendment before his team’s next league game against FC  Ifeanyiubah.

“There were lapses in the team despite the victory so we will go back home to the drawing board and right our wrongs.

"We had opportunities to be two to three goals up but we failed to make them count although they had theirs also but our goalkeeper was great in goal today. All the same we still need to work on the team to prepare for FC Ifeanyiubah,” he concluded.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Sunday Dare thrilled with Golden Eaglets 4-2 victory over Hungary


Dressed in his National team jersey, Nigeria minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare says he could not hold back the happiness as he watched the Golden Eaglets trashed their Hungerian counterparts 4-2 to announce her presence at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in Brazil from the comfort of his living room in Ibadan.

The minister could not hold back his excitement as he jumped to celebrate after the Golden Eaglets came from 2-1 down to level scores, before going on to win 4-2 at fulltime.
     
Speaking to NSM media after the match, the minister said " I was tensed up but optimistic from start to finish. I prayed for victory and when it eventually came, I couldnt hold back the happiness.

"At some point during the game, I couldnt sit to watch the match as I moved from one place to the other in my living room. As you know, I have a strong passion for the Nigerian youths and I will do anything to encourage this set of players.

I was directly involved in the welfare of the coaching team and players before they left Nigeria. I have absolute confidence in this team and I wish them all the best “ he concluded.

Nigeria will take on South American side Equador in their next match.