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Edo appeals to FG to prevent NSF shutdown



A group under the aegis of Concerned Edo Citizens Forum (CECF) has appealed to the Federal Government to prevent an abrupt shutdown of the ongoing National Sports Festival (NSF).

The group under the leadership of Mr Roy Oribhabor, made the call in a statement made available to newsmen in Benin on Thursday.

Edo Government had on Wednesday threatened to shutdown the 20th NSF by noon on Thursday over non-release of support fund promised the state by the federal government.

Oribhabor said that the hope and aspirations of many youths who are currently participating in the NSF would be dashed should the government renege on its promise to Edo.

“We hereby call on Nigeria Government to immediately fulfill the promise made to Edo State Government in regards to the supportive funds.

“A promise is a hope, Nigeria Government must act now.

As concerned citizens, we are seriously embarrassed and disappointed to note that Nigeria Government has not shown serious capacity to fulfill her promise made to Edo State Government.

“This is national embarrassment. It’s frustrating, disappointing and great embarrassment to all Nigerians,” Oribhabor stated.

The group however commended Edo Government over its uncommon display and commitment to host the 20th NSF.

The Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Mr Sunday Dare, is yet to return calls and message sent to his line.

But the minister’s aide, John Akanji, referred newsmen to the Secretary of the Main Organising Committee (MOC), Peter Nelson, for comments.

However, the MOC of the festival is also yet to react to the threat by Edo government to shutdown the NSF by noon on April 8.


He reminds me of Lampard – Evra hails Man Utd midfielder






Former Manchester United vice-captain, Patrice Evra has hailed midfielder Scott McTominay for his impressive display against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Evra said that McTominay reminds him of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, adding that the Scotland international always performs in big matches.

McTominay scored a brace as Man United defeated Chelsea 2-1 in Wednesday’s Premier League tie at Old Trafford.

His brace against Mauricio Pochettino’s side was his sixth goal this season in all competitions for the Red Devils so far.

He is Man United’s top scorer for the season so far and Evra is impressed with him.

“McTominay is always there when it is an important game scoring goals,” Evra told Amazon Prime.

“He reminds me a bit of Frank Lampard. He is doing this for United and the Scottish national team so very well done.

“He could have scored four. After the game he was a little bit disappointed. He had so many chances, he is always in the right place and always running into the box, this is why he reminds me of of Lampard tonight.”

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CAF Awards 2023: Nnadozie, Abiodun, Super Falcons among final top three nominees




Chiamaka Nnadozie has made the final shortlist for the 2023 CAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year.

Nnadozie was outstanding for Nigeria at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The shot stopper also played a crucial role in her club, FC Paris’ maiden appearance in the group stage of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

South Africa’s Andile Dlamini and Morocco’s Khadija Er-Rmichi are the other goalies nominated for the award.

In the Women’s Young Player of the Year category, Deborah Abiodun will slug it out with Comfort Yeboah (Ghana) and Nesryne El Chad (Morocco).

Nigeria was among the final three nominees in the Women’s National Team of the Year category.

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CAF Awards 2023: Oshoala makes final shortlist for Women’s Player of the Year




Asisat Oshoala remains on course to win a record-extending sixth CAF Women’s Player of the Year award, newsmen reports.

Oshoala was among the three players who made the final shortlist for the Women’s Player of the Year award, as announced by the Confederation of African Football on Thursday.

The Barcelona Femeni star became the first woman to claim the award for a record fifth time in 2022.

The 27-year-old played a key role in Barcelona Femeni’s UEFA Women’s Champions League success last season.

South Africa’s Thembi Klagtlana and Zambia’s Barbara Banda are the other players in contention for the award.

Klagtlana, who plays for the American side Racing Louisville Football Club, won the award in 2018.

The winner will be revealed at the CAF Awards Gala on Monday, December 11, 2023, at the Palais des Congrès, Movenpick, Marrakech, Morocco.

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