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Lagos will host best FASU Games — Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the government is ready to give the Lagos State University and the University of Lagos maximum support, to ensure the success of the upcoming All African University Games, which will be co-hosted by the two institutions from September 20 to 29.

Sanwo-Olu made the pledge during a courtesy visit to his office by a delegation of officials from both universities.

The Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, said the institutions would build on the state’s excellence in hosting, safety, tourist attractions, and economic strength.

Her UNILAG counterpart, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa, also thanked the Governor for his continuous support for universities and sports development.

This edition of the games holds historical significance as it marks the first-ever joint hosting by two universities and Sanwo-Olu expressed Lagos State’s enthusiasm in welcoming the rest of Africa to the country.

“It is the Nigerian flag that you are flying, so all the invited universities from across Africa will see the best of Nigeria. It will be a thing of joy if we can host the best FASU Games ever, setting a high standard for future editions,” the Governor said.

He also urged the institutions to seek private sector collaboration to elevate the event, promoting Lagos and Nigeria to the rest of Africa.

The last time Nigeria hosted the FASU Games was in 2004 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi.

The 13th edition in Lagos is expected to welcome over three thousand athletes and officials. The local organising committees for the Games have been established, and various sub-committees have commenced work to ensure the success of the event.

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NFF appoints Garba Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach

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The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner,  Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications at NFF announced this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Garba had, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.

Garba’s squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game.

It drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0. In the Round of 16, they defeated Iran 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals.

They went ahead to dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

Olajire said Garba will resume immediately and take charge of the team’s preparations for the WAFU B U17 Championship, scheduled for Ghana in May.

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I’m not desperate for Super Eagles coaching job — Emmanuel Amuneke

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1996 Olympic gold medalist, Emmanuel Amuneke, has said that although he would love to coach the Super Eagles if given the opportunity, he was not desperate for the job.

Amuneke, a former Super Eagles player, said this while addressing journalists in Owerri on Tuesday.

The former Nigeria U-17 national team coach and former coach of the Tanzania national team, said the job of coaching Nigeria’s national team should be given on merit and to those with the interest of football and Nigeria at heart.

The Spain based former striker, who played for Sporting Lisbon football club in Portugal and Barcelona football club, expressed confidence that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) would eventually appoint the ideal coach for the Super Eagles top job.

He said that with a plethora of Nigerian talents scattered across the globe, a lot of professional capacity, technical expertise and consultation would be required to harness the talents, combine them and achieve the needed balance.

“The Super Eagles’ upcoming World Cup qualification matches against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa and their counterparts from Benin Republic would necessitate the appointment of a substantive coach who would also need some time to put the house in order for best results.

”I am not desperate to be Super Eagles coach, though I nurse the ambition to coach.

”If I have the opportunity to serve my fatherland, I will accept it and deliver my all,” he said.

He however, called for the development of football at the grassroots for further development of the Nigerian league for harnessing more talents.

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Super Falcons qualify for Paris 2024 Olympics

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons has qualify  for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Falcons beat Bayana Bayana of South Africa 1-0 on aggregate in the two-legged encounter to seal qualification  for the first time in 16 years.
The nine-time African champions defeated their South African rivals 1-0 in the first leg at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium on Friday before settling for a goalless draw in the return leg on Tuesday.
The game  played at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria saw both sides attempt very few scoring chances, but it was Nigeria’s defence and goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie who kept the hosts at bay.
Efforts by captain Thembi Kgatlana to open scoring for the hosts in the second half proved abortive as Nigeria’s wall stood tall to defend their lead on the day.
The result means Nigeria secure  the continent’s spot for the Olympics.
Meanwhile, Nigeria is in Group C alongside World Cup champions Spain, Japan and Brazil in the Games billed for July 26 to Aug.11 in France.
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