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Sports: Ganduje’ s government failed , says Kano Gov , Abba Kabiru Yusuf



Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

Kano state governor, Eng Abba Kabiru Yusuf has alleged that the tenure of his predecessor , Abdullahi Umar Ganduje recorded mass failure in the area of sports development.

The governor who dismissed the performance of the Ganduje ‘ administration in that areas of sports development, further alleged that the failures were visible in the axis of the provision of sports equipments, facilities and motivation.


The governor , while addressing the state contingent to the 2023 National Youths Games , NYG north west zonal qualifiers holding in Kaduna, last Sunday said his administration is committed to the turn around of the misfortunes that the sector was subjected to under the leadership of his predecessor.

The special Adviser to the state governor on Youths and Sports , Imam Yusuf a.k.a Ogan Gboye, who stood in for the governor , while speaking in an interview with sports Writers at Ahmadu Bello stadium Kaduna , “I am here on behalf of the state government to see things for myself, how Kano athletes and officials are faring at NYG 2023 north west states zonal qualifiers taking place here in Kaduna.

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Yusuf, who spoke in hausa dialect said ” my coming to Kaduna to be with the athletes and officials , on behalf of his Excellency is a living testimony of the commitment by the state government under , Eng Abba Kabiru Yusuf, to revamp the sports sector in Kano.

He decry the failure by the previous leadership of the state government to accord honour to the state athletes that had excelled in various sports competition at the national and international major sports events .

In his words ” we are distinct and ways apart from the immediate past state government in our ways of doing things.

“We are very much aware that Kano youths are multi sports talented, we will invest in all sectors of the industry to pave way for Kano youths to excel in sports.

“take for example.rugby, it is one sports that does not have national wide spread, but in Kano we don’t only have a male rugby team, but our rugby girls and boys teams have qualified to go to the NYG next month in Asaba Delta state.Likewise in other major sports like football, volleyball and hockey our teams have qualified for NYG.

“we have assured these gallant youths from Kano , that they should go to the youths games in Asaba and make Kano state proud , I have assured them that on returning back to Kano they will be ushered before his Excellency, our sports loving governor, Eng Abba Kabiru Yusuf, who in his tradition of appreciating whatever is good for his people, he would receive them and decorate them with further honours, things will be different from their bitter experiences in the past.

” Those running sports in Kano today will testify that things are changing for the better , as against what it use to be, in the past, and I can assure Kano sports family , once again, that our ways are different, we have made pledges and we are committed and known for keeping to our words, there are better days for sports in Kano.

“we have toured the sports facilities in Kano, we have submitted our reports to His Excellency and as I speak to you, soonest the revamping of the sector will kick start , our energetic and talented youths will be given the platform to proceed to excel in their choice sports.” Imam stated.


SWAN Urges Government to Appoint Technocrats to Manage Sports Affairs



SWAN Writers


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




By Musbahu Bala Cediyar

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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