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The seed to grow sports has been sown- Sunday Dare



Joel Ajayi
The Minister of Youth and Sports’ Development has revealed that the seed to grow and develop sports in the Country has been sown.

Sunday Dare stated this, on Wednesday, in Abuja at the valeditory event organized by Nigeria Olympic Committee, where he attributed the success recorded in his term as a result of hard work from Sports Federation’s Presidents.

According to him, I am very delighted to be here, the successes we record in sports, there is no doubt, credit goes to sports Federations, without the Federations, there would be no athletes that will make Nigeria proud.

“We toiled and labored to ensure the growth of sports and with sustainable model put in place during this period, there is no doubt, will surely help any incoming sports Minister.

“When I came on board, I promised not be a Minister for football alone and today there is no federation that did not benefit, we all saw great exploit in Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Wrestling, Boxing, Athletics, Curling, to mention but few.”

Speaking on the funding, he said that fund is the life wire of the Federations, though he lamented that funding sports federations always get from the Federal Government is insufficient despite that, some federation went ahead to do their  programs, that means the federations must be given kudos.

He, however, assured that the every arrangement and needed polices have been put in place to ensure sports Federations have enough funds that will further prosper Nigeria’s Sports sector.

The outgoing Minister also called on Sports Federations to Invest and  pay rapt attention to the training of Coaches that we have, conduct refreshers course saying, most of the international courses attended so far, it was discovered that Nigeria coaches lack some technical know-how.

Dare then heaped praises on the Federations who contributed to the successes made, while charging them not to relent in their efforts to take Nigeria’s Sports to greater heights.

Among the initiatives put in place that is currently bringing results are, “Adopt an Athlete” initiative, development of infrastructure, Athletes independent funds, amongst others.

In his Remarks, the  President of NOC, Engr Habu Gumel said the Minister is leaving very important legacy.

According to him, his term witnessed the numerous and outstanding achievements.
He, therefore, wished the outgoing Minister well as he bowed out as the most active Youth and Sports Minister.

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IMC Seals Super Six TV Rights Deal With Super Sports



The Interim Management Committee (IMC), which is charged with the responsibility of organizing the 2022/23 the Abridged Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has struck a deal to put all matches in the upcoming Super Six in Lagos on television.

The deal with Supersport a stable of Multichoice, an South Africa-based cable satellite television giants, is the latest heartwarming news coming from the IMC, which has in less than 12 months done a lot to revive the fortunes of the once moribund league.

Speaking with immediately after the deal was sealed, IMC Chairman, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye could not hide his joy at the landmark achievement.

We have just concluded with Superport to cover the Super 6, it is a cheering news. The players will get an International recognition again, all the matches will be televised live and that will held a great deal in showcasing our league not just in Sub-Saharan Africa, but the globe at large”, the IMC boss said.

He added that televising the matches will also ensure better and fair officiating, as the referees would be put on their toes and challenged to give their very best in terms of officiating, better than what they did in the regular season.  

“It was not easy to reach an agreement, but we did all we could. We went forth and back and we finally came to an agreement”.

It is the hope of the IMC that after all these efforts, the best team wins the league, and the country will have worthy representatives in the two CAF organized Inter-Club Championships, next season.

Bendel Insurance of Benin, Remo Stars of Ikenne, Enyimba of Aba from Group A; and the Pool B trio of Rivers United (the holders), Lobi Stars of Makurdi, and Sunshine Stars of Akure are the six teams to feature at the Super Six; from July 3rd, 2023 at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, in Onikan Lagos

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