The Liberian President, George Weah, on Tuesday disclosed that he was so overjoyed at his son's performance for the United States at the current World Cup holding in Qatar that he hosted his son to a dinner shortly after the match. His son, Timothy Weah, played for the United States on Monday and scored the only goal for the country during the 36th-minute of the match before Wales equalized on a late penalty kick from captain, Gareth Bale, in the 82nd minute of the match and the game ended 1-1. (Caption): The Liberian President, his son and other family members at the dinner. However, shortly after the match, the Liberian President, who was also in Qatar to cheer his son, was so elated over the lone goal scored by his son that he decided to host him to a dinner at one of the posh restaurants in the oil-rich city. Announcing the development on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, President Weah, who himself is a veteran footballer and a former World Footballer of the Year, disclosed that he was proud to be the father of the striker and being the first player to score for the United States, he decided to host him to dinner. Below is the screenshot of the tweet by the Liberian President on the event:
...11 Winners Presented With Trophy, Gifts. Activities for this year’s Arise Women 2022 has kicked off on a brighter note with an exciting first Arise Golf Tournament at the prestigious Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos. The event which took place on Friday 7th October 2022 witnessed some prominent Nigerians who are fans of the game including former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro whose son is playing internationally. The tournament which was a brainchild of the Convener of Arise and a fan of Golf herself, Dr Siju Iluyomade was put together to sensitize the public on activities of Arise Women and promote the sport, golf erroneously believed to be game for only wealthy personalities. The event kicked off early morning on the day before a total number of 11 winners were presented trophies and gift during the reception later at the golf section of the club Prominent among those who participated in the tournament were Mr Femi Pedro, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Funke Majekodunmi, Samuel Kuye, Lola Ajibola, Onaolapo Wale, Adeola Banjoke and a host of others. With over 30 participants both in the men and women category, a total of 11 winners were selected after the end of the game. In her Keynote address at the reception organized for the winners, Dr Siju expressed appreciation to Dr Anthony Oboh and Alhaji Wahab Sarumi the Captain and Vice Captain of Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 and all members for alloying them to sponsor the event. Winners of the tournament include, Alex Nimyel, Carol Majoroh, Tim Ayonmike, Segun Adekoya and others. Dr Siju used the opportunity to enumerate so many humanitarian programmes Arise Women has implemented in the last 14years, as an intervention to improve the life of the less-privileged in the society. Several gift items were also given out to people on the day through lucky dip.
Multiple winners of global athletics records, Tobi Amusan has been announced as a brand ambassador for a digital telecommunications solutions provider, Globacom. Born April 23, 1997, Amusan, an indigene of Ijebu Ode, Ogun State is the first Nigerian champion in a world athletic event to win the gold medal in the100 meters hurdles event at the 2022 World Athletics Championships setting a new world record of 12.12 seconds in the semifinal. She also finished with 12.06 seconds in the final to take the gold medal. She is a double winner in the African Games championship in the event, winning back-to-back African and Commonwealth titles in 2018 and 2022 in the 100m hurdles event. Amusan topped her laurels with a 12.29-second win in the 100m hurdles at the Zurich Diamond League event. She was introduced as a new brand ambassador for the mobile network operator at an impressive ceremony on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at the Mike Adenuga Towers, Victoria Island, Lagos, and with sports aficionados, orthodox and new media practitioners as well as Glo officials in attendance. Globacom said in a speech delivered by the Regional Manager, Sales, Lagos, Mr. Lawrence Odediran at the event that Amusan’s enlistment was to recognize and reward her for her outstanding accomplishments. The move, he added, will also promote Nigerian sports while encouraging the future generation to be fastidious in their dreams regardless of the challenges that may confront them, saying, “We, therefore, urge them not to be discouraged by present challenges, but to continue to strive to realize their dreams”. According to him, “At Globacom, we are very proud of what Tobi Amusan has achieved in her athletics career. She is an embodiment of the Nigerian spirit of resilience, hard work, and enterprise which enabled her to excel irrespective of the enormity of the challenges she encountered in
Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau has just been elected as the new president of the Nigeria football federation (NFF) in Benin at an electoral congress after the tenure of the incumbent, Amaju Pinnick expired. Gusau contended with several other candidates in the election but was favoured to have received the highest vote from the electorates. Ibrahim Gusau’s bid to become the next NFF President was not ordinary, it was more of a divine orchestration considering some prophetic declarations and revelations said by popular prophet, Primate Elijah Ayodele concerning his ambition. Primate Ayodele made a statement in April 2022 concerning the NFF presidency and mentioned that Ibrahim Gusau has been endorsed by God to take over from Amaju Pinnick if the federation wants the best. He said this while warning Pinnick not to seek a third term ambition in office. Again in August, Primate Ayodele made a more elaborate revelation concerning the ambition of Ibrahim Gusau by saying the NFF deserves a better leader because the country’s football is in serious dilemma. He revealed that humanly speaking, he would have loved Amaju Pinnick to maintain the position but God has spoken and His choice is Ibrahim Gusau. These were his words ‘’The only person who can make the NFF better is Ibrahim Gusau. I want Amaju Pinnick to retain the seat in my human capacity but God said No to his ambition but Yes to Ibrahim Gusau. Pinnick is a nice man, loveable and compassionate man but he is not God’s choice for the leadership of NFF. He is a man I love so much, I prayed for him to still retain his position as NFF president but God rejected him, there is nothing that can be done to it.’’ ‘’Amaju Pinnick is my brother, he is a good Christian and I would have loved a Christian to be
Chelsea Football Club have sacked Thomas Tuchel after UEFA Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb. Naijanewsdirect reports that Tuchel a former coach of French champions Paris Saint-Germain where he won the top flight title twice, was signed by Chelsea on 26 January 2021. Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea's history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and Club World Cup for the club. The new Chelsea owners spent a record €296 million on new players such as Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, but results have not followed. Chelsea have lost three of their last five games in all competitions and could only muster three shots on goal in Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. "On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the Club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the Club," Chelsea posted on their official website. "As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the Club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition." Managers Who Could Possibly Replace Thomas Tuchel Brighton Manager Graham Potter has emerged as the bookies' early favourite to succeed Tuchel. Seen as one of the most tactically adept young managers in the Premier League, the Englishman helped mould Marc Cucurella into the left-back Chelsea paid £62m/€72m for this summer. Potter is said to be the favourite even as Chelsea are reportedly about to commence talks with Potter with the permission of Brighton management. Mauricio Pochettino is also an early contender. The Argentine has been out of work wince leaving PSG - where he succeeded Tuchel - in July. He is at home in London having managed Tottenham
FC Roma beat Leicester City 1-0 on Thursday, 5 May, 2022, at the Estadio De Olympico to reach the UEFA Europa conference league final. The Italian giants needed a first half header from former Chelsea man Tammy Abraham to beat a well organized Leicester City team at home. It was a closely contested game with both sides giving it their all but Roma just managed to edge it. In qualifying for the UECL final with Roma, Jose Mourinho became the first manager in football history to reach the Champions League, Europa League and Europa conference League finals. That's an outstanding record for the Portuguese manager. Immediately after the full-time whistle, Jose Mourinho was captured on camera shedding tears of joy as his players celebrated. Mourinho has been made out to be a manager on the decline by the media in recent months but the Portuguese continues to define football and set records.
...Donates R360,000 to Nelson Mandela Children’s Trust Fund Access Bank Plc has further demonstrated its commitment to making a difference through charity as the Bank successfully hosted its maiden Polo tournament held at the prestigious Val de Vie Polo Club in Cape Town, South Africa. The event held to further create awareness and raise funds to support the education of underprivileged children in Africa. In partnership with Fifth Chukker, through the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the initiative further deepened the Bank’s commitment towards impacting the environment and positively affecting the lives of underprivileged children in Africa. Group Managing Director, Access Bank PLC, Herbert Wigwe who led other top officials of Access Bank to the event, expressed delight that the Charity tournament is achieving its main objectives. “About 12 years ago, we decided to act and positively impact the lives of underprivileged children in Africa, including South Africa. The first Charity Tournament saw us impact 400 children and now, the number has grown to 12,000 children who have been educated across the northern part of Nigeria. Henceforth, every December will be dedicated to this cause; we will set aside money to support underprivileged children in South Africa through the Nelson Mandela Foundation,” Wigwe said. Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank South Africa, Sugendhree Reddy said, “This successful engagement was made possible because of the opportunities provided by the South African government to establish our presence in this relatively new market. Access Bank is here to deliver value and excellent service to customers in South Africa. Hence, we will collaborate with all stakeholders to create optimal solutions and serve as Africa’s gateway to the rest of the world.” The event saw hundreds of game enthusiasts throng the venue to watch the beautiful game of Polo, as teams competed for the Access Bank Gold Cup and Emily Aig-Imoukhuede Memorial Cup –
Dr. Emmanuel Sunny Ojeagbase, founder and executive chairman of Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspapers, SuccessDigest and other online publications is dead. According to a press statement signed by Mr Julius Ojeagbase for the family, Ojeagbase died on Saturday, 26 February, 2022 in Atlanta, United States of America (USA) after a brief illness. He was 71 years. Dr. Ojeagbase hailed from Uzebba, Iuleha in Owan West of Edo State. Popularly known as Sunny Ojeagbase (or simply “S.O.”) before he added Emmanuel to his names, the late media entrepreneur broke into national consciousness as the pioneer publisher of sports news in Nigeria when he established Sports Souvenir weekly newspaper in 1984. Before then, he was a retired soldier of the Nigerian Army who cut his teeth in sports journalism as a stringer at the Daily Times newspapers in the mid-1970s. Through sheer talent, determination and hard work, Ojeagbase blossomed very quickly and was appointed Sports Editor of Sunday Concord newspapers at inception in 1980 and Sports Editor of The Guardian newspapers also at inception in 1983. He resigned from The Guardian in 1984 to pursue his dream as an entrepreneur. Between 1984 and 1994, Ojeagbase introduced several other pioneering sports titles including Complete Football magazine, Complete Football International (CFI) and International Soccer Review (ISR) into the Nigerian sports market. Remarkably, the Complete Football titles played very prominent roles in ensuring Nigeria’s first appearance at the FIFA World Cup at USA 1994 as well as the country’s football Gold medal win at the Atlanta ’96 Olympic Games also in the USA. Between those two historic events in Nigerians sports, Ojeagbase introduced Complete Sports as the Number One daily sports newspaper in Nigeria in 1995. Also in 1994, Ojeagbase co-founded with his wife, Pastor (Mrs) Esther Ojeagbase, the Success Attitude Development Centre (SADC) with a vision
Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has handed the club over to a charitable organisation. Abramovich made this known in a statement on Saturday. This is following the decision of Russian President, Vladimir Putin ,to go to war with neighbouring Ukraine. European Union, EU, are seizing assets belonging to Russians and the Russian government as part of their sanctions on the country. There have been calls for Chelsea to be taken away from Abramovich and the billionaire businessman on Saturday handed the club’s care and stewardship over to Chelsea’s Charitable Foundation, saying he believes they are in the best position to take proper care of it. His statement reads: “During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the Club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities. “I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC. “I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”
A member of the Atlanta ’96 Olympics Golden Dream Team Kingsley Obiekwu has received a donation of N2m from Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa. Musa in his usual philanthropic style chose to come to the aid of the former defender who recently revealed that he uses his only car for commercial transport to sustain his family. Obiekwu, Member of the Order of Niger (MON), made this disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Awka. The veteran, who played for Rangers International FC, Enugu and Udoji United in his days, said he went into the transport business to sustain his family. The former defender noted that things had not been rosy since he returned to Nigeria in 2008, in spite of his contributions to the development of Nigeria’s football. According to Obiekwu, who now coaches INGAS FC, Enugu, he has to combine the coaching job with the commercial transport business to make ends meet. He stated that his former employees owed him over N6 million cumulatively. “Yes, I am a commercial transporter; there is nothing to hide about it. Man has to do what is legal to pay his family bills. “I have four children at Enugu State University of Technology and my last child is in primary five. Musa has a long history of kindness with his most recent before now being the kind donation to the building of a mosque in Garoua during the Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Cameroon.