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Grassroots Memories (1)

Go, go, go .. Go For Glory; Go For Honour, Go For Victory… National Grassroots Dream Team, We’re The Shining Stars Of The Future, We’re The Leaders Of Tomorrow …. Go!!! The verses you have just read above are the words of the anthem of National Grassroots Dream, a now defunct youth football development project I was privileged to be ...

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NFF SHOULD TELL NIGERIANS THE TRUTH

It is important to clear the air from the onset that I’m neither for Amaju Pinnick nor for Ambassador Giwa. I’m convinced none of them have what it takes to move Nigeria football forward. The issue here is that, are Nigerians fed with the truth about the storm currently ravaging the football house and the administration of football in Nigeria? ...

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FANS SYNDROME

I had not so much forgotten the occasional match disruption between Rock Eagles Football Club and Nicco football Club at the Saint Paul Anglican Grammar School in Igarra, Edo State. Whether I could remember the chronological sequence in which the events occurred or which side of the team instigated the fracas was immaterial. But the phrases ‘we no go gree’, ...

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Can’t FIFA Ban Egypt?

SO amazed am I seeing that world soccer governing body, FIFA were quick to issue a warning at Nigeria, over the recent court ruling that interdicted Melvin Amaju Pinnick’s executive committee at The Glasshouse, but the global lords failed to take similar action in the earlier case of Egypt. Why did FIFA not react to the ruling in Egypt, which ...

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FANNING THE FLAMES

Addison was a member in the British House of Commons decades ago. In his maiden speech in the House of Commons, he repeated ‘I conceive’ three times, and when he could proceed no further, a wag stood up and said, ‘the gentleman conceived thrice but brought forth nothing’. But same cannot be said about Chris Giwa. Three times has he ...

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CHARACTER ASSASINATION OR CONFIRMATION

It was not only shocking but mouth watering and heart breaking the allegation made by the Minister of Youth and Sports development, Mr. Solomon Dalung against the immediate past Director-General of the then National Sports Commission, Mr. Alhassan Yakmut. The Minister was recently quoted as saying that Mr. Alhassan Yakmut was unable to account for over N2.9billion naira within a ...

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MONTH FOR VICTORY, COMFORT AND JOY

As we start the second quarter of the year 2016, the message of hope for you this month is God’s promise of victory in every battle and comfort during any storm. It is an assurance joy that comes with each morning. Remember, the Word tells us weeping my last but one night, joy comes in the morning.’ By reason of ...

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INTEGRITY AND COMMON SENSE

The embarrassing defeat of the Super Eagles by the Pharaoh of Egypt is currently the talk in most gatherings of football faithful. It is not unexpected. Indeed, it should be the norm otherwise, something fundamental should be amiss somewhere. The pains inflicted on the psyche of ardent football followers in the country had been enormously huge. It is therefore understandably ...

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RAYMOND MOORE GIVES US MORE

Equal pay in tennis was a long time struggle, and the progress actually began over 46years ago when Billie Jean King created the Women’s Tennis Association practically out of a hotel room in London. In June 1973, during Wimbledon, King was the leader –a reluctant leader, as she tagged herself —of 63 women who met behind locked doors in London’s ...

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Eagles’ Missing Links

Friday’s match between Nigeria and Egypt ended in an anti-climax for the Super Eagles, as they gave away their lead to settle for a 1-1 draw at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna; not for want of effort or lack of trying by the boys selected by interim coach, Samson Yebowei Siasia, but that is not to suggest that they were good, ...

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