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“Establishing Football Club Reflects Dare’s Undying Character as a Sportsman” – Adepoju Applauds

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Joel Ajayi

Former Super Eagles captain, Mutiu Adepoju has commended Chief Sunday Dare’s passion for sports development in Nigeria, as he applauded the establishment of Black Scorpion FC, a brain child of Dare.

Adepoju, a former national team captain, lauded Dare’s commitment to sports, stating, “Dare has shown tremendous passion for sports in Nigeria. It is understood that he did a lot when he was the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, but his continuous passion for sports development till date means he has an undying love for sports. Owning a football club is a capital-intensive venture, and he is doing it.”

Black Scorpion FC already boasts a strong foundation in terms of structure and organization. With a dedicated camp, a coaster bus, and well-produced sets of jerseys and training kits, the club demonstrates professionalism, a quality emblematic of Dare’s leadership ethos, according to Adepoju.

Dare’s investments in sports infrastructure have earned him widespread acclaim. From remodeling the table tennis arena to facilitating upgrades for basketball and volleyball courts, as well as investing in the roofing of the Soun stadium, Dare’s initiatives have significantly elevated sporting facilities across the region. This proactive approach to sports development sets a precedent for leadership by example and marks a significant victory for Ogbomoso, Oyo State, and Nigeria as a whole.

The unveiling ceremony was graced by the esteemed presence of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Ghandi Olaoye, who served as the special guest of honour.

Other dignitaries included Nigeria ex-internationals and football stakeholders, such as Olademeji Lawal, former chairman of Kwara United, Henry George, and Oladunni Oyekale, former coach of the Flying Eagles, amongst others.

The establishment of Black Scorpion FC signifies another milestone in Dare’s enduring commitment to uplifting communities and fostering sports development in Nigeria. The club is poised to make its mark in the Nationwide League One, with their debut match scheduled for this weekend.

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Ministry of Sports unveils partnership with Yanga Games

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Towards creating a new dawn for Nigerian Sports, the Federal Ministry of Sports has signed a landmark agreement with top lottery company Yanga Games to raise the revenue profile of the Ministry and ensure a new deal for the welfare of athletes.


Speaking during the unveiling of the partnership between the Ministry and Yanga Games in Lagos on Friday, Chairman/CEO of Yanga Games Mr Derrick David Kentebe said “We are so super excited by this opportunity to work with the Ministry of Sports Development to change the narrative about Sports in the country. We see an opportunity for marketing our athletes and sports generally. We shall avail ourselves of the best use of this unique and special partnership. We shall pursue this mandate with vigor, passion, and unrivaled commitment to bring benefits to all the critical stakeholders.


The agreement according to Kentebe will provide support for retired athletes, enhance grassroots sports Development, and advance the potential of special athletes.a


He assured that ” Yanga Games can raise funds on behalf of the Ministry of Sports for athletes’ Development, endorsement, and sponsorship deals for athletes”.


Minister of Sports Senator John Owan Enoh assured that the Ministry has total and absolute confidence in YangaGames to deliver on the given mandate.

“Gone are the era when we depended solely on the government to fund sports development. We are partnering with YangaGames to bring maximum benefits to the athletes and all critical stakeholders. We shall give institutional encouragement and support to the Management of Yanga Games to succeed in this onerous task of rebuilding our sports sub-sector.”


Kentebe said ” We shall raise about 34 Billion in the next four years to assist athletes and improve sports in the country. We shall help to develop grassroots sports and sustain youth involvement through raffle draws, fund raisers, and other avenues.

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