Saturday, November 7, I drove from Uyo to Enugu where I reunited with a long standing friend,Christian Chukwu MFR ( Chairman Chukwu, a living legend of Nigeria’s football, winner of CAF Football Legend award needs no introduction).Continue Reading →
Friday, September 11, Lubumbashi, 9am: T P Mazembe arrive the stadium named after them to train for the must win CAF Champions League encounter against Moroccans Moghreb Tetouane.Continue Reading →
For a lot of personal reasons, I would have loved to keep Saturdays result and performance of the Super Eagles in Dar es Salaam to myself, but not so readers of this columnContinue Reading →
I have been mandated by the Government and good people of Akwa Ibom State to ask that the Federation Cup, in the true spirit and character of the Cup be handed to Akwa United FC.Continue Reading →
Where do I start? Football has become very exciting in the last couple of months that I start having the feeling that in my life time, we may just get near to where some of us have always dreamt to be.Continue Reading →
So much has been written about the success of the ongoing Glo Premier league, on and off the field that I have very little to add.
I do appreciate however the constant assertion by the operators that there is still much to be done before we can relax and thump our chests. Such an area is in the Club Licensing structures.
The NFF calls it the Federation Cup, yet I have come across thousands who prefer to remember it as the Challenge Cup, that competition that ignited football in this country and brought out the best in our clubs thanks to its knock out, no second chance format.Continue Reading →
By PAUL BASSEY Four years ago, in a piece entitled “ One visa denial too many”, I wrote “ From September 1-11 2011 in Ravenna Italy, Nigerians sat through a harrowing experience as their decimated beach soccer team, faced a herculean task in the 5th FIFA beach Soccer competition. “Vice champions of Africa, Nigeria competedContinue Reading →
Friday, June 25 was the final of the GT Bank sponsored Masters Cup Season 4 at the good old Onikan Stadium, Lagos.
On the invitation of Bashorun Adeyinka Augustine DC and Ifeanyi Njoku President and Secretary General respectively of the Saint Finbarrs College Old Boys Association, I set out with some pride to cheer my school to victory against old foes St Gregory’s College.Continue Reading →
Yesterday morning Nigerians breathed a sigh of relief when the Flying Eagles overcame a nervy start to beat Hungary by two Awoniyi goals( one in each half) to progress in the Group behind Brazil.Continue Reading →
This article was first published on April 6 2015. It was a call on Nigerians, sports loving Nigerians to go to the polls and vote in “ sports loving governors”.Continue Reading →
Friday May 22: 62 scrabble players from all over the country gathered at the Ultra Modern Government Banquet Hall in Uyo for a farewell and thank you tourney in honour of the Pillar of Scrabble in Africa and the Grand Patron of the Scrabble Federation in Nigeria.Continue Reading →
Last Saturday, May 16, the who’s who in track and field in the land gathered at Okpekpe, a sleepy town, about 23 kilometres from Auchi for the 3rd IAAF Sanctioned Okpekpe 10 Kiliometre Marathon.Continue Reading →
I love track and field. Truly I do. I regret the football madness and infection that prevents us from paying more attention to this sport that has the potential of wiping away our sports tears.Continue Reading →
Nigeria hosted the First African Youth Athletics Championship (AYAC) in Delta state and came out tops. An apostle of grass roots development of sports, that event for me was of great interest in a country where all our athletics eggs are heaped in the basket of Blessing Okagbare.Continue Reading →