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Qatar 2022: Publicizing Islam through Football-Dr Gwandu




“While under-representation and misrepresentation are decried as the twin destiny of Islam in global television, what is often neglected by studies is the extent to which the contemporary nexus between television, sport and religion is actually providing a platform for both propagation and socialization.” – Prof Musa.

Occurrences and concurrences in the 2022 FIFA World Cup starting today remind me of a paper presented at Islam and Media working Group session during the 2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Research (IAMCR).

The Conference was held from 27th to 31st July 2016 at the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom where I presented a paper titled “Islamic Ethics and Credible Global Journalism Practice.”

The theme of the conference was “Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Look Back, Looking Forward”. The conference coincided with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University Department as well as looking forward to the 60th anniversary of the IAMCR the following year.

Perhaps it was part of “looking back and looking forward”’ that Professor Mohammed Musa who was then from the Department of Media, Communication and Journalism of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand chose to make presentation on his research titled “Television, Football and the Reproduction of Islamic Identity.”

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The Professor noted “new emerging dimension in the nexus between television, sport and Islam” and to him “for sport as television cultural diet has not only provided the medium a global audience but also, in the case of European club football, resulted in a situation where global audiences come into contact with images and doctrines of Islam in several ways”.

Professor Musa’s submission was that “for through the focus on the uniqueness of Muslim or Arabic names among players, the close-up on Muslim players praying before or after matches, the ‘sujud’ or prostration by Muslim players in celebration of victory etc. global television audiences are told a story about Islamic doctrine of the superior being in Islam”.

He considered as a way of disseminating Islamic stance when Muslim players in the EPL resented to wear club jersey because “it advertised ‘haram’ product” which to him was yet another instance of “directing attention of global audiences to the doctrine of clear boundaries in Islam, i.e., the notion of ‘halal and haram’ in Islamic jurisprudence”.

It was the author’s conclusion that “while under-representation and misrepresentation are decried as the twin destiny of Islam in global television what is often neglected by studies is the extent to which the contemporary nexus between television, sport and religion is actually providing a platform for both propagation and socialization”.

Qatar 2022 is a pointer to the manifestation and amplification of what could only be seen and observed through microscopic research eye lens of the likes of Professor Musa six years ago, what Mendel will call “masked recessive character” – a trait that is expressed only when genotype is homozygous.

It is a showcase of the latent and “subconscious exhibition” of what might be seen as surreptitious. It shows how modernity shaped ways of achieving certain goals in an “unconventional” manner including the use of what is acceptable and mundane to score high goals.

As we look back and look forward, we can say that the coast is now clear that the happenings in Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup open vista of opportunities for researchers to explore critical inquiries especially in the areas modernity, media, communication, history, religion and culture.

Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu
20th November, 2022


SWAN Urges Government to Appoint Technocrats to Manage Sports Affairs



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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Kano State Chapter, appeals to the Kano State Government to appoint competent technocrats and professionals with vast knowledge of sports to manage the affairs of Kano Pillars FC and all other sports sectors in the state.

SWAN stated this in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano.

The move the said will yield positive outcomes and elevate the standard of sports in Kano State.

The statement signed by Zahraddin Sale chairman and secretary Muhammad Nur said SWAN also calls for the renovations and upgrading of Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano Pillars Stadium, Mahaha Sports Complex, Ado Bayero Square, and all other sporting facilities in the state.

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They said this will provide conducive environments for athletes to thrive and host national and international events.

To support the development of sports in Kano State, SWAN Kano Chapter has established an advisory committee comprising experienced and intellectual members who are willing and ready to serve in any capacity. Our committee has a comprehensive blueprint to develop sports in the state.

SWAN Kano State Chapter, sympathizes with the current crises affecting Kano Pillars FC. We understand the challenges the team is facing and urge all stakeholders to work together to resolve the issues. Our thoughts are with the players, coaches, and fans during this difficult time. We believe in the resilience of the club and the passion of its supporters. We hope for a swift resolution and a return to success for Kano Pillars FC.

We wish the state government and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Kano, success in their endeavors and look forward to collaborating with them to promote sports in Kano State.


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How Clever Warriors FC Kano Clinch New Year Mega Lottery NLO 2024 first round playoff ticket




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Nationwide League One, NLO campaigners, Clever Warriors FC had staged a dazzling display to outwit their SAS opposition to clinch the ticket from Kano centre, to be on parade in the 2024 first-round playoff.

The Kano lads shake off their near-dismissive performance last season to rebound back to outshine their city rivals, this season

The club tutored by NNL promotion specialist, Bashir Lemy Adede are joyous in reaping the dividends of hard work and dedication , they exhibit style and bravery to win the play-off ticket

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Clever Warriors were ruthless by wining all their three matches in the second round duel. After an excellent display in the first stanza of eight matches .” won 6 games and drew 2 “ to ascend the bridge that leads to NNL.

Warriors had advanced to the Play-Off games, set to confront their play-off opposition, Barau FC who had topped the Dutse centre.

Club proprietor , Najib Sabo Kurawa is been attributed with the energy that flows within the club, as they prepare to do the next battle against Barau fc,on May 29th, at Bwari stadium FCT Abuja..

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Talent Hunt: Kanu Nwankwo storm Kano , on football spying mission. Set to partner with Azuba FC



Talent Hunt: Kanu Nwankwo storm Kano , on football spying mission. Set to partner with Azuba FC Nigeria's football hero, Kanu Nwakwo has arrived the ancient city of Kano to conduct a catch young football scouting exercise.


Nigeria’s football hero, Kanu Nwankwo has arrived the ancient city of Kano to conduct a catch young football scouting exercise.

The former English Premier League , EPL attack maestro last Monday stormed the city accompanied by his retinue of aides, to execute a five days long football talent identification and recruitment programme organised by a Kano based grassroot clubside, Azuba fc .

The former Arsenal and Porthmouth football club in the English league goal poacher and now the incumbent , chairman, Eyimba fc International , in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL side, Papilo as he is pouplarly called by his fans , last Tuesday at Sani Abacha stadium was sighted , while indulged in a players mentoring session, where he tutored the privileged players on the power and essence of develooping their mental strenght to compliment their skills inorder to flourish in the pursuit of their football career.

The chairman, Azuba fc, the organizer and sponsors of the exercise, Ahmed Zubairu Baba expressed delight over the presence of the renowned football ace turned club administrator.

Ahmed said ” we are delighted to offer, the abundant young Kano football players the platform to excel in their career.

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According to him, Kanu Nwankwo ‘s presence in the midst of the youngsters is a moral booster that can further heightened the urge of the players to pursue their career with positive energy and newly acquired vigor henceforth.

He further said ” the short , mid and long term partnership objectives between Azuba fc and Eyimba football club have been well laid out.

He added that ‘ Eyimba has signed a partnership with a foriegn club that is interested in young talented players, “we brought them here to assess our players and to give them the chance to excel too, we are hopeful that the relationship will extend beyond discovery and recruitment of players, hoping we will arrive at the shores of kits sponsorship and facility development, in the renarest future, courtesy of this new football marriage between Azuba and Eyimba football club.” Ahned said.

Speaking on the motive behind their football visit to Kano, the Sporting Director, Eyimba FC International, Ifeanyi Ekwueme disclosed that their mission to Kano is to have a first hand assessment of the quality of the players that can be given the chance.to proceed to join the most renown football brand from Nigeria, Eyimba fc .

The well travelled ex international , Ekwueme as he is fondly called by his admirers, further revealed that, Eyimba FC under the management of Kanu Nwankwo is leaving no stone unturned in the quest to unearth football talents from all nooks.and crannies and bring them to Aba, where they will be polished in tune with Eyimba fc football eco system , which boasts of one of the best African football culture and development traditon that exists on the African continent and sahelian football region , Ekwueme said

He assured that the exercise will not end in futility, hinting that, Eyimba eagle eye scouts have commenced the combing of Kano for exceptional legs .

Ekwueme on behalf of their entourage thanked.his Excellency, the executive governor.of Kano state, Eng Abba Kabir Yusuf and the good people of Kano for the warm reception been extended to them, since they arrived the state.

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