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FG Receives Ministerial Committee Report on Football Development Masterplan

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The Federal Government has received report of the Ministerial Committee on the ten year Football Development Masterplan set up to lay the foundation for the development of Nigeria’s number one sport, Football.

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare who received the report today in his office in Abuja said that the Committee was set up a little over eight months ago, acting on the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure that the Ministry develops a football masterplan with adequate structures for the future of the Nigerian Youth and her Football.

“We as a Ministry are happy that we never compromised on the quality of the persons called upon to serve in this Committee. Our deliberate search for the top grade quality of minds that have worked hard to produce this document is now justified.” Dare said.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his dogged commitment to the development of youth and sports in Nigeria, noting that the establishment of the Committee was borne out
of his desire to lay a foundation for Football development that will outlive him.

While applauding the Committee for accomplishing the task assigned to them, Dare assured that their recommendations will be carried out to the letter with a view to ensuring a better future for the game.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima stated that football, which occupies a special place in the lives of Nigerians is going through turbulent times as a result of the neglect of grassroot development of the sports.

He added that the Committee among others suggested that the government should review the Laws and Status governing the administration of Football ranging from NFA Act of 2004, the supervisory role of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, FIFA laws of supremacy against Nigerian law and Constitution, including National Assembly interference that conflicts with FIFA Status leading to the threat of FIFA’s claim of third party.

Alhaji Galadima further called on the government to address the inconsistency in the name of the Football Federation as well as elect transparent and democratic local football councils at State levels to enhance grassroot administrative structure for the sports.

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Nasarawa Commissioner Applauds NPL’s Transparent Draw Ceremony

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Nasarawa state Commissioner for yourh and sports Development, Hon. Jafaru Ango praises the Nigeria Premier League’s transparent draw process and sets high expectations for the league’s elevated standards in the upcoming season.

Jafaru Ango, on Tuesday, attended the draw ceremony for the commencement of the 2023/24 Nigeria Premier Football League Season held at the Sandralia Hotel, Jabi, Abuja.

Jafaru who was invited by the Board of the Nigeria Premier League headed by Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, performed the task of picking one of the pots containing Abia Warriors FC of Umuahia who would later be paired against Niger Tornadoes FC in their opening league match.

The 2023/24 Nigeria Premier League will kick-off on Saturday, 9th September, 2023.

Speaking to the Media shortly after the draw ceremony, the Commissioner commended the League Organizers for ensuring a transparent process, and hoped that the League standard would surpass previous seasons.

He thanked Chairman of the NPL Board, Gbenga Elegbeleye, for giving him the opportunity to participate in the draw ceremony.

Responding to questions surrounding the return of Nasarawa United Football Club to the elite domestic football league, Jafaru expressed optimism that the team would take its rightful place in the top-flight in no distant time.

“It’s unfortunate that the team was relegated. But we are doing everything possible to ensure that by this time next year, we should be back in the League.

“We will rejig the team, set the necessary modalities in place to achieve this task. It may be herculean, but not insurmountable.”

On the refurbishing of the Lafia City Stadium, the Commissioner assured that Government is leaving nothing to chance to ensure the facility wears a new look.

He also assured that the Nasarawa State Contingent for the forthcoming National Youth Games in Asaba, Delta State, would do the State proud as Government continues to deploy various mechanisms to inspire the athletes to podium appearance, revealing that his slogan for the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is “Creativity and Excellence.”

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Bendel Insurance FC : Edo Govt, Sterling Bank Meet Over Sponsorship

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Ahead of the 2023/24 football season, Edo State Govt has opened discussions with management of Sterling Bank PLC over the need to up their game in terms of corporate sponsorship of Bendel lnsurance FC.

The Edo State team led by the Deputy Governor Rt Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu included chairman of Edo State Sports Commission, Alhaji Yusuf Ali, Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Mrs Sabina Chikere and the Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Governor, Kingsley Ehigiamusor Esq.

Sterling Bank management was led by the M,D/ CEO of the bank, Abubakar Suleiman.

The meeting which lasted for about an hour was hosted by the Deputy Governor in his office at the Government House, Benin while the Sterling Bank team joined virtually.

At the end of the meeting, a 9-man committee was set up with representatives of both parties to look at the need to up the sponsorship fee, given the fact that Bendel Insurance FC has booked a continental ticked to represent Nigeria in the CAF Championship which kicks off in August.

The club lifted the FA Cup played in Asaba, June 19, 2023 when it defeated Enugu Rangers 1-0.

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Bendel Insurance Win 2023 FA Cup, Thrash Enugu Rangers One Nil..

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Bendel Insurance FC of Benin has won the 2023 Football Association (FA) Challenge Cup.

The Benin Arsenals defeated old-time rivals, Enugu Rangers one nil to clinch the FA Cup at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, yesterday

The goal was scored almost at stoppage time of the added four minutes in the first half of the match.

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