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World Athletic Championship: Athletes will give good account of themselves-AFN Assures



Joel Ajayi

As world Athletic Championship WAC, in Budapest, Hungary is around the corner, Athletic Federation of Nigeria AFN has assured that Nigerians athletes will indeed, give good account of themselves in the world event.

President of AFN Tonobok Okowa stated this on Thursday in Abuja shortly after the extra ordinary emergency congress where grey areas from constitution were ratified and chat a way forward for the Federation’s progress.

“As we speaks, we are set for Abuja all commers on Friday while the golden league will come up on Saturday, inside Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja, we are doing all these to prepare our athletes for the task ahead.

“After which are going to have trials for the World Athletic Championship coming up in Budapest in Hungary and I can assure you, when tournament will start Nigerian athletes will give good account of themselves that every Nigerians will be proud of.” He said.

Speaking on the reasons for the emergency congress, AFN President said that, the congress meet to have understanding of the constitution, saying that after the congress, AFN now have a good constitution that will progress the Federation for years.

“The congress was called for the understanding of our constitution, there some issues that need our urgent attention because tenure of this government is going to an end in couples of days, so there is need for the congress to fine-tune things in the constitution that would align with code of governance in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development guildline for the sports federation.

“And we have treated the matter and now we can say, we have a good constitution that will guide AFN for number of years.”

Tonobok, however urged all the stakeholders to not allow unnecessary bickering that will not bring growth to the Federation but should always channeled their energy on issues that will grow the Federation further.

Also speaking was, President of Nigeria Olympic Committee NOC Engr. Habu Gumel who called on the sports federations especially Athletic Federation of Nigeria AFN to leave no stone unturned to ensure the winning of gold medal especially at the forthcoming 2024 Olympic Paris in France.

Gumel laments inability of Nigeria to win gold in Olympic games since 1996.

He said: “The last time Nigeria won gold medal in Olympic history is 1996, when team Nigeria won gold in football Atlanta 1996, since then, it’s bronze, silvers and as we speak Nigeria is tire of winning bronze or silver.

“That is why I am calling on all federations especially AFN to work hard and break this jinx for Nigeria.”

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President Federation Cup final Feat: FCT FA Chairman congratulates Naija Ratels, urges team to for Trophy



Joel Ajayi

The Chairman of Federal Capital Territory Football Association Alhaji Adam Mouktar Mohammed has congratulated Abuja based football Club Naija Ratels for securing the final ticket for the ongoing President Federation FA Cup.

Abuja landladies, Naija Ratels will go up against former winners Rivers Angels in the grand finale of the women’s version of this year’s President Federation Cup competition at Mobolaji Stadium in Lagos.

Just on Sunday morning, Ratels defeated Remo Stars Queen 7-6 penalty shootout Victory in Enugu, after both teams were tied at 2-2 in regulation time as Rivers Angels edging Delta Queens 2-1 in Awka.

In a congratulatory message to the Abuja based female team, FCT FA Chair, expressed satisfaction in the effort of the team that weather all the storms to secure final ticket of the most prestigious President Federation Cup.

He thereby, urged team to spare no effort to win the trophy come Saturday 29th of June at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos.

According to Mouktar “I am elated to congratulate Our girls Naija Ratels football club, on their outstanding performance in the ongoing President Federation Cup for progressing to the final.

“This feat is a reflection of the attention paid to sports development over the years, that have lifted the profile of women’s football in the FCT.

“I congratulate Fct f a representative for indefatigable spirit and commitment and as a football association we pledge our support morally, financially to the team.

“We want to win the trophy , don’t relent in your effort, we want you to bring the trophy back to Abuja.” He said.
However, this year’s grand finale will see Abia Warriors take on El-Kanemi Warriors in the men’s event.

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