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NYG: 356 Contingent to represent team Edo in Asaba

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NYG: 356 Contingent to represent team Edo in Asaba

…as Chairman sports commission places value on Young athletes

By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

 

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The Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Olympian Yussuf Alli, has expressed optimism that the state would surpass its 2021 Ilorin Youth Games achievements at this year’s National Youth Games holding in Asaba..

 

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The Edo Sports Commission boss stated this while bidding farewell to the 356 Edo Contingents to this year’s National Youth Game, tagged ‘Asaba 2023’ on Thursday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.

 

 

 

 

Olympian Alli disclosed that the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki is committed to sports through grassroots development, adding that Edo is focused on growing young athletes for the future.

 

NYG: 356 Contingent to represent team Edo in Asaba[

 

 

 

He charged the young athletes to be worthy ambassadors of the state,just as he commended the for a job well done, preparing the children and the state government for creating the enabling environment for sports to thrive in Edo state.

 

 

He explained that the athletes were not only under intensive training for months but that they also went into two week closed camping in preparation for the festival.

 

 

 

 

 

“I am very impressed with our preparation for the youth games. The state government and the coaches have done very well. We are taking seven years old athletes to the game.

 

 

 

 

 

“This is what the governor said initially that he wants to develop sports at the grassroots.

 

 

 

 

 

“Basically, this is the grassroots because some seven year old kids are going to represent us at the youth games. I Think this is fantastic.”

 

 

 

“To us as sports commission and government,you our young athletes are very important to us. You are our diamond. We are preparing you for the future. You might be competing with athletes older than you at the games but remain focused and represent Edo well. I’m confident you will win.”

 

 

 

 

 

We are going to use the real under 15. With this kids, the future of sports in Edo is bright. I am so happy that the coaches have done well, preparing the children for the games.”

 

 

We are going to Delta with 271 Athletes including coaches to do us proud. But we are not going there to win by all means. We are going to participate in 21 events.

Asked if Edo will surpass 3rd position recorded at Ilorin 2021,
Alli said: “If you said Edo came 3rd at the last youth games in Ilorin, I will disagree with you because up till now, we don’t have the media table of the last festival.

“There is still a lot of controversies on the medal table. Until they give us a proper medal table, then we will now know our position. Right now, nobody knows who was first, second and third “, he stated

Edo State contingents comprises 271 athletes;50 coaches;23 Secretaries and other officials including helpers, interpreters as well as media and medical.

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48 Cultists Surrender Firearms, Renounce Membership in Ogun

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In a bid to quell the alarming surge of violence in Ogun State, particularly in Sagamu, forty-eight youths have taken the bold step of renouncing their membership in cult groups.

This significant development comes alongside the surrender of firearms by those who possessed them illegally, marking a pivotal moment in the state’s efforts to combat crime and restore peace.

The arms submitted includes onepump action, four double barrels, seven single barrels, two english pistol, four locally made pistol and thirty-five cartridges

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Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, CP Abiodun Alamutu, affirmed the progress, stating, “Aside from those licensed to bear firearms, no other person is permitted to possess them. Anyone found in possession of firearms after this will be treated as a criminal.”

He emphasized the importance of ongoing profiling and the forthcoming stage of the program, which will involve the public parading of those who have renounced their involvement in cult activities.

“After adequately profile them, they’ll be paraded. What we will encourage members of the community so that they don’t treat them as outcast because we know from experience that some of them found themselves in this fold , it was after they have been entrapped in it, they now understand what cultism is and it’s never easy to opt out because of fear of attack. Now that they’re bold enough to surrender what we should do is to reintegrate them as legitimate and law abiding members of the community .”

Acknowledging the complexities surrounding cultism, the Akarigbo of Remo Land Oba Babatunde Ajayi emphasized the need for community engagement and support in facilitating the reintegration of former cult members.

 

 

 

He highlighted the collaborative efforts between the community, law enforcement, and armed forces in addressing the security challenges and expressed optimism in the willingness of surrendered individuals to contribute positively to society.

Special Adviser to the Ogun State Government on Security Matters, Olusola Zubair, commended the collective endeavour that led to the surrender of arms, attributing it to the perseverance and resilience of all stakeholders involved.

He underscored the potential for replicating such initiatives in other areas grappling with similar issues, emphasizing the paramount importance of peace for sustainable development.

“We know that development can only strive where there’s an atmosphere of peace and that’s what we’re clamouring for here. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to all other sectors of this state that what we are doing in sagamu today, is doable in other places also . I want to thank the Governor of Ogun State for giving us that support .

“I want to say this is not all the arms that they have been using but just as the Akarigbo said , it’s a continuous process , we are still in that process of recovering these firearms and am sure that most of them will know now that crime doesn’t pay so it is better to live in peace . All of us should live in unity and that’s what will bring development to our state.”

The Director of Department State Services (DSS) Folashade Adekayajo represented by Deputy Director of Operations and Intelligence, Sikiru Kolawole, echoed the call for individuals involved in cult activities to embrace peace and renounce violence.

He emphasized the crucial role of community members in providing information to aid law enforcement efforts in curbing criminal activities.

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Osimhen, Boniface Beat Ronaldo As World’s Best Strikers

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles strikers Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface have been ranked above Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski in the world’s latest top 10 best strikers. Norwegian and Manchester City superstar Erling Haaland leads the list, followed by England skipper Harry Kane. The third slot went to Kylian Mbappe. Are there other great African football players that were not ranked but deserve recognition?

 

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1. Erling Halaand
2. Harry Kane
3. Kylian Mbappe
4. Victor Osimhen(NIGERIAN)
5. Lauaro Martinez
6. Heung Ming Song
7. Victor Boniface(NIGERIAN)
8. Julian Alvarez
9. Cristiano Ronaldo
10. Robert Lewandoski.

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Score & Shine: Organizers Release Forms For Spectacular 4th Edition of Kiraa Football Cup Competition

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Score & Shine: Organizers Release Forms For Spectacular 4th Edition of Kiraa Football Cup Competition

 

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Ososa, Ijebu, Ogun State will once again be buzzing with football fervor as Kiraa TV, one of Nigeria’s leading entertainment firms, gears up for the 4th edition of the highly anticipated Kiraa Football Cup competition. Scheduled to kick off in April 2024, the organizers have officially released the forms for interested football clubs in Ijebu land, in and outside Ogun State in general.

 

Score & Shine: Organizers Release Forms For Spectacular 4th Edition of Kiraa Football Cup Competition

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The pulsating football action is set to unfold at the Muslim Primary School in Ososa, Ijebu, the traditional venue for the competition. With the success of the 2023 edition, which saw Kiraa FC, owned by Franklin Oluwasegun, clinched the victory among the 16 participating football clubs, with Olasunkanmi Ibrahim winning highest goal scorer award.

 

 

 

The upcoming edition promises even more excitement and fierce competition, as NPFL Referee, Okunuga Muyiwa will be officiating.

 

 

 

Football enthusiasts and clubs across Nigeria, particularly in Ogun State, are invited to participate in this unique competition, which has gained a reputation for its thrilling matches and passionate fanbase. The organizers are reaching out to potential sponsors and advertisers, extending a warm welcome to individuals and companies eager to be part of this sporting extravaganza.

 

 

 

 

As Kiraa TV continues to foster a sense of community and entertainment through sports, the Kiraa Football Cup Competition has become a highlight on the local football calendar. With the unveiling of the 2024 edition’s forms, anticipation is building, and football clubs are gearing up for a chance to showcase their skills on the vibrant football stage in Ososa, Ijebu.

Stay tuned for updates as the Kiraa Football Cup 2024 approaches, promising a spectacle of talent, teamwork, and sporting camaraderie in the heart of Ogun State.

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