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Atletico Madrid stadium closure over racist abuse reversed

Atletico Madrid stadium closure over racist abuse reversed

"The club's active collaboration, the identification of the person responsible and the fact that it was an isolated incident, carried out by a single person, allows us to affirm that the maximum possible diligence was taken by the club."
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LMC and the burden of club licensing

LMC and the burden of club licensing

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 challenge of BJ Foundation

The challenge of BJ Foundation

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.

The Cali no show, Falcons on the brink…

The Cali no show, Falcons on the brink…

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 competed […]

Saint Finbarr’s College, Principals Cup and the glory days

Saint Finbarr’s College, Principals Cup and the glory days

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.

Lessons of Flying Eagles qualification

Lessons of Flying Eagles qualification

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.

God, give us sports loving governors

God, give us sports loving governors

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”.

Godswill Akpabio and the scrabble revolution in Nigeria

Godswill Akpabio and the scrabble revolution in Nigeria

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.

The Okpekpe Marathon experience

The Okpekpe Marathon experience

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.

Defusing the Okagbare time bomb

Defusing the Okagbare time bomb

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.

The Mauritius Youth Championship shame

The Mauritius Youth Championship shame

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.

The Awoniyi debate

The Awoniyi debate

I take time out, quite often to relive and relish the four years I spent as member of the NFF Technical and Development committee in the Aminu Maigari administration.

The Egyptian challenge

The Egyptian challenge

The fear of the Pharaohs is the beginning of wisdom” is a popular saying that is running through Nigeria’s football circles.

NOC names Igali Technical Commission Chairman

NOC names Igali Technical Commission Chairman

The Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, has appointed President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Dr Daniel Igali as it’s Chairman of Technical and Development Commission as Team Nigeria looks set to better it’s third place finishing in the last All Africa Games in Maputo. President of NOC, Engineer Habu Gumel announced the appointment with the tacit approval of the Board and Exco members of the NOC during their meeting at the Boardroom of the NOC, National Stadium, Surulere.

CAF club licensing system

CAF club licensing system

Permit me to go back to the seminar I attended last week in Cairo and its attendant coincidences.

The CAF Club Licensing System (Already operational in FIFA and UEFA) is a bold attempt aimed at professionalizing clubs in Africa.