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Onochie Anibeze

Before Abdulrazaq’s election!

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Once, in my sports column, I wished Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq were a governor or a sports minister or close enough to the President to influence sports development in the country. I wrote so in confidence based on the respect I had developed for him for his knowledge and passion for sports. And two years ago, I couldn’t help writing the piece below when, on the eve of his birthday. our chat was all about sports. I reproduce this today for Nigerians, especially Kwara people to have another picture of this man who is now the governor-elect in Kwara State.

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Rio beyond sports minister

Many know my views on the blunders of sports minister Solomon Dalung. But if truth be told, he may not, largely, be held responsible for the huge flop that was Nigeria at the just concluded Rio Olympics. He is only partly to blame for the fact that the little time he had to prepare Nigeria’s athletes he spent QUALITY TIME broiling in the leadership tussle in the Nigeria Football Federation and doing things that belittle his office.

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That Ofoje’s soccer camp in usa!

IT was a good feeling when Ikechukwu Ofoje introduced me as a guy he played with in Nigeria and ovation followed. But it felt better to see for myself the progress this wonderful Nigerian is making in the United States of America. Ofoje made name as the youngest captain of Enugu Rangers when the Nigerian league could compare with what we have in Europe now in terms of followership and glamour at least among Nigerians. He was a strong defender, who sometimes was thrown into the attack. He never disappointed on those occasions. He packed bullets on both legs but his right was deadlier.

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