By: Suleiman Ramat
In the opening match of the 2021 Kaduna International Polo Tournament which was Flagg off at the Ahmadu Yakubu Polo Ground on Saturday, Lagos Kuda suffered a massive defeat from Titans.
Emir of Katsina and the Grand Patron of Kaduna Polo Club, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Dr. Mumuni Kabir Usman watched as Lagos Kuda suffered a 2-5 defeat from businesslike Titans in battle for the Imani Cup.
At the end of the first chukka, Lagos Kuda were yet to score, while Titans were 3 goals up.
Lagos Kuda registered in the score chart as they scored a goal in the third chukka, with Titans also adding one, ending it 1-4.
Fourth chukka witnessed the first goal from Lagos Kuda in a strong comeback bid. Titans sensing the closing gap, put in more efforts and were rewarded with a goal, to end the fourth chukka 2-5.
Another prominent dignitary who watched the opening match was Senator Haliru (Jika Dokajen Bauchi), who is the founder of Bauchi Dokaji Polo Team, a member of IGP Strikers and the Chairman of Senate Committee on Police
Nigeria Thrashes Sudan To Qualify For Round of 16
The Super Eagles of Nigeria thrashed the Falcons of Sudan in their second group match at the ongoing AFCON championship.
The Super Eagles took the lead just after 3 mins in the first half through a volley by Samuel Chukwueze. Taiwo Awoniyi doubled the lead at the 45th minute, a minute later Moses Simon made the score three nill.
At the 70th minute, the Sudanese bounced back through a penalty kick.
Nigeria face Guinea-Bissau in their final group match on 19th January at 8:00 pm local time
Kano Government distributes 96 million Naira to 47 football clubs
In a bid aimed towards enhancing sports development,Kano State Governor Dr.Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has distributed cheques worth 96 million Naira to 47 football clubs in the State participating in the National league.
According to him, the funds would help the amateur teams to participate in the 2021/2022 National league season.
The Governor represented by his Deputy Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna at the elaborate ceremony held on tuesday at the Coronation Hall,Government House Kano also stated that all the 10 teams participating in Division 1 each will receive 3 million Naira, the 29 teams from division 2 each will get 2 million Naira while 8 teams from division 3 each will have 1 million Naira respectively.
“This is a promise made and fulfilled by the State Government”.
“We appreciate the club owners for their efforts in managing the teams and also for engaging the youths as these will prevent them from social vices”.
“We also appreciate the efforts of the State Football Association through initiating standard tournaments for the youths he said”.
While unveiling the new Technical Adviser of the Kano Pillars Football Club,Salisu Yusuf (D–Black),the Governor mandated him to bring his wealth of experience to bear on the development of the team.
“Salisu D-Black is highly experienced,having coached the Super Eagles National Team,we have confidence with him at the helm of affairs,he will return the club to its rightful place in the Nigerian and African Continent Football Ganduje…this is your home therefore you are welcome back Ganduje said”.
He however assures of continued support and commitment of the State Government towards sports development.
Speaking, the Commissioner Of Youth and Sports Development,Kabiru Ado Lakwaya described the programme as human development initiated by the Ganduje administration to promote sports activities.
He then revealed that his ministry is collaborating with Coca-Cola to train twenty thousand youths from the State as part effort of empowering them.
Others who spoke during the occasion include the Chairman of the Kano Football Association Sharu Rabi’u Ahlan and the Chairman Of Clever Warriors Football Club Dr.Najib Kurawa.
Former Ganduje Babes player signs professional contract with Italian Club Capo di Leuca
A Former player of Nigerian Nationwide outfit, Ganduje Babes FC ,AbdulMajid Bello a.k.a Nana has signed a professional contract with Italian Club, Capo di Leuca in a bid to propel his football carrier to another level.
The 19 years old confirmed his he has signed the dotted lines as he aim to hit all time high in his career.
Details of the contract were not disclosed but teenage sensation expressed his delight with his progress.
According to him, “I’m absolutely delighted with the progress of my career so far. Is a gradual process and my aim is to hit the top. ”
“I will give my all for this club and I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity.”
Bello also thanked the management of his former, Ganduje Babes FC for giving him support and serving as the veritable tool to showcase his talent.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the management of my former club, Ganduje Babes FC expecially the chairman of the team, Ibrahim Usman Na’alungu for the opportunity and the he and the management gave me.”
“This has really helped in achieving my dream of playing professional football abroad.”
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