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Governor Ikpeazu intervenes in Enyimba’s travel challenges

The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has waded into the uncertainties surrounding Enyimba FC’s involvement in the CAF Confederation Cup fixture against Al Ahly Benghazi in Libya.

The People’s Elephant were at risk of missing the group A fixture in Libya as a result of flight and visa complications in the requirements for entry into Libya.

The chances of Nigeria’s only representative in the CAF Confederation Cup suffered a further blow when CAF turned down their initial request for postponement of the game.

However, Governor Ikpeazu has stepped in at the most crucial moment by making provisions for a chartered flight to convey the team to and from Libya.

With the governor’s intervention, the team is now scheduled to jet out of the country on Tuesday night to honour the matchday five-fixture, which is now scheduled for 10pm on Thursday, April 22.

Reacting to the gesture, Chairman Enyimba Fc, Felix Anyansi Agwu commended Governor Ikpeazu for his intervention adding that the governor’s benevolence has averted what could have brought embarrassment and ridicule, not just to Enyimba Fc but to Nigeria as a country.

He said, “I am deeply grateful to the governor for this very kind and generous gesture.

“The timely manner in which he intervened in the matter is a clear indication that he has Enyimba at the centre of his heart, and God will continue to bless him.

“I also want to thank the Nigeria Football Federation NFF, President, Amaju Pinnick for the role he played in ensuring that we are now at this point where we are sure of playing the match in a convenient atmosphere. He took it upon himself to ensure that everything is fine for us to honour the match, and we are very grateful to him.”

Enyimba is second in group A with six points from four matches, two points behind leaders Orlando Pirates who the People’s Elephant will face on the final matchday.

FG Counters Edo State Govt, Says National Sports Festival To Continue

The Federal Government has dismissed that the ongoing National Sports Festival taking place in Edo State will continue.

Recall that the Local Organising Committee of the sports festival had announced on Wednesday night that the game will ‘abruptly’ end today (Thursday) owing to paucity of funds.

But the Federal Government on Thursday morning dismissed the position of the LOC, saying the festival had just been flagged off, and will continue as planned.

In a statement signed by Assistant Director Press, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ramon Balogun, countered the position of the Edo State government.

The statement read, “The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has clarified that the 20th National Sports Festival, Edo 2020, is going on as planned with competitions going on as scheduled.

“The Ministry and the Main Organizing Committee for the festival are unaware of any plans or threat by the Edo State Government to shut down the sports festival as there has been no official meeting or communication that relayed such information.

“The Honorable Minister, Permanent Secretary and Directors are on ground in Benin City where the Festival is holding, and it is expected that the Edo State Government would formally invite the Ministry for a meeting should any urgency exist around the National Sports Festival or communicate officially with the Main Organizing Committee for the festival. The Ministry has no such communication.

“For the records, the Edo State government due to the cost implications of postponements occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic requested financial assistance from the Federal government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

“The Ministry has since been at work to secure the financial assistance which it believes is being processed. The MYSD and EDSG are determined to deliver a successful National Sports Festival.”

Breaking: LOC set to end Edo National Sports Festival for lack of funds

Barring any further change of plans, the ongoing National Sports Festival, Edo 2020, may be called off at noon tomorrow.

This is coming barely 24-hours after a lavished opening ceremony was held in Benin, Edo State capital.

In a statement released Wednesday night by the Project Manager, Media & Communications, Edo 2020, Ebomhiana Musa the local organising committee said it no longer had funds to prosecute the festival.

“The Local Organising Committee, Edo2020 regrets to announce that it will end the games abruptly tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, 2021 for lack of funds,” the statement noted.

Musa in the statement said the decision to discontinue with the Festival was taken at an emergency meeting held Wednesday evening.

The Committee said it had to take this hard decision due to lack of funds having expended its reserves to kick start the games.

It said the federal government had not redeemed its pledge to support the host state financially for the cost of postponements.

“So, we are left with no option than to end the games at noon tomorrow,” Musa noted.

Nike sues company that made  ‘Satan Shoes’ with human blood

Nike is suing Brooklyn art collective MSCHF over a controversial pair of “Satan Shoes” that contain a drop of real human blood in the soles.

The $1,018 (£740) trainers, which feature an inverted cross, a pentagram, and the words “Luke 10:18”, were made using modified Nike Air Max 97s.

MSCHF released 666 pairs of the shoes on Monday in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X and says they sold out in less than a minute.

Nike claims trademark infringement.

The black and red shoes were “dropped” by MSCHF on Monday, coinciding with the launch of Lil Nas X’s latest song Montero (Call Me By Your Name), which debuted on YouTube last Friday.

In the music video, the rapper is seen sliding down a stripper pole from heaven to hell, wearing a pair of the trainers.

The imagery and the shoes reference the Bible verse Luke 10:18 – “So He told them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven’.”

Each shoe features a signature Nike air bubble cushioning sole, containing 60 cubic centimetres (2.03 fluid ounces) of red ink and a single drop of human blood, donated by members of the art collective.

The sports shoe giant says in a filing with the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York that it does not approve or authorise the customised Satan Shoes.

Lil Nas X and MSCHF’s Satan Shoes sold out in less than a minute on MondayLil Nas X and MSCHF’s Satan Shoes sold out in less than a minute on Monday.

Nike is asking the court to stop MSCHF from selling the shoes and prevent them from using its famous Swoosh design mark.

“MSCHF and its unauthorised Satan Shoes are likely to cause confusion and dilution and create an erroneous association between MSCHF’s products and Nike,” the sports shoe giant says in the lawsuit.

“In fact, there is already evidence of significant confusion and dilution occurring in the marketplace, including calls to boycott Nike in response to the launch of MSCHF’s Satan Shoes, based on the mistaken belief that Nike has authorised or approved this product.”

The lawsuit cites a tweet by popular shoe influencer @Saint from last Friday, which teased the upcoming release of the shoes and drummed up publicity over the weekend on social media and in the media in the US.

Some Conservatives, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and some religious followers, took offence at the controversial design of the shoes and criticised Lil Nas X and MSCHF on Twitter.

Fury will beat Anthony Joshua unless… – Mike Tyson

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua

Mike Tyson has backed Tyson Fury to defeat Anthony Joshua in the hotly anticipated heavyweight Battle of Britain later this year.

Tyson believes the speed the Gypsy King possesses means he will be able to outwit Joshua and avoid his powerful punches in a similar tactic that saw him emerge victorious in his rematch with Deontay Wilder in early 2020.

Tyson has spoken glowingly of Joshua’s attributes but reckons that unless he can learn to punch faster than the explosive Bronze Bomber, Fury will claim the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO from his rival later this year to become the undisputed king, Daily Mail reports.

‘I f***ing love Joshua, but I think Tyson [Fury] is too elusive,’ Iron Mike explained to Haute Living. ‘He’s not going to be able to hit him.

‘I like Joshua a lot, and maybe he punches harder than Wilder, but he doesn’t punch faster than Wilder.

‘And if he doesn’t punch faster than Wilder he’s not going to f***ing touch this guy.

‘That’s just what I see. If Tyson Fury can get away from Wilder’s fast punches, Joshua might be in trouble.’

The venue and date for the heavyweight showdown is yet to be officially confirmed with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn recently revealing he has had a mega-money offer from a mystery individual.

Speaking last week, Hearn said: ‘I had an approach, not from the Middle East, but it was the most bizarre approach.

‘I can’t say who it was but it was from a very wealthy individual and he wants to do something very special. We’ve had 20 approaches for this fight but you know which ones are serious.

‘But this one was just well out there. And it’s a realistic option, money is not an issue with this guy. Commercially it’s a bit strange, but it’s not about that. It’s a trophy asset to say… “this is the biggest event in the world”.

Sanwo-Olu appoints Sheriff Hammed Lagos State Judo Association Board Chairman

Determined to tap from his wealth of experience, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appointed the Managing Director, Mobsha Solution Limited, Mr. Sheriff Hammed as the Chairman of Lagos State Judo Association.

The governor also approved the appointment of Runsewe Babajide Adewunmi, Femi Dawodu, Comfort Ojafare Oladunni, Quam Animashaun and Yusuf Owolewa Abdulazeez as board members of the Association.

In a statement by the Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku, Governor Sanwo-Olu urged the new Judo Board Chairman to bring his extensive knowledge and understanding of sports management, political communication and marketing communication to the service of Lagos State.

‘’Your appointment is as a result of your keen interest and contributions to sport development as well as selfless service to humanity and sterling achievements in your chosen fields’’

The governor also urged Hammed and other members of the board to work assiduously for the transformation of the Judo Association in line with the Lagos State Sports Commission’s vision of building ‘’The Foundation for a Sustainable Vibrant Sports Industry and Mission’’ to make Lagos the leading sports destination in Africa.

Hammed, who is from the Bankefun line of the Bashua Family of Lagos State, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, an Advanced Diploma in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of Lagos and a certificate of proficiency in Integrated Brand Experience from Orange Academy, an affiliate of Vega School of Branding, South Africa.

Hammed is also an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and the Institute of Strategic Management.

Before becoming Judo Association Board Chairman, other posts the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain held included Board Member, Lagos State Sport Commission, Service Centre Manager, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Offsite Marketing Consultant, Abilat Company Limited, Senior Account Executive, Town Criers Limited and Event and Public Relations Officer, PR Africa International.

The Assistant State Coordinator, Tinubu Support Organization and General Mobilization Coordinator, Asiwaju Volunteers is expected to resume in his new capacity on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Papa Bouba Diop, Senegal’s World Cup hero and FA Cup winner, dies aged 42

Papa Bouba Diop, the former Senegal midfielder who scored the first goal of the 2002 World Cup against France, has died at the age of 42.

World football’s governing body posted a tribute to Diop on Twitter. “Fifa is saddened to learn of the passing of Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop,” Sunday’s statement read. “Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero.”

Diop began his European career in Switzerland, winning the title with Grasshoppers before moving to the French club Lens in January 2002. His most famous moment came four months later in the World Cup’s opening match, when his goal earned Senegal a shock win over defending champions France in Seoul.

The midfielder scored twice more in Senegal’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals, before joining Fulham for £6m in 2004. After three Premier League seasons at Craven Cottage, he moved to Portsmouth in August 2007, going on to win the FA Cup later that season and appearing at Wembley as a substitute in the final.

A tough central midfielder who earned the nickname “The Wardrobe” during his Premier League career, Diop could also play in central defence. Diop also played for West Ham, Birmingham and AEK Athens and earned 63 Senegal caps, scoring 11 goals. He retired in 2013 and had reportedly been suffering from a long illness.

Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mané posted a tribute to Diop on Instagram. “Pape Bouba, it was with a broken heart that we learned of your passing,” Mané wrote undeneath a picture of Diop celebrating his goal in 2002. “Know that you will remain in our hearts forever even if you left without saying goodbye to us. RIP.”

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who played against Diop’s Portsmouth for Cardiff in the 2008 FA Cup final, said on Sky Sports: “He was a good player, and it’s a sad, sad moment. We all feel for his family, and are thinking about them at this difficult time.”

Star footballer Diego Maradona dies aged 60

Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60.

The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.

He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency.

Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals.

In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend”, adding: “You will always be in our hearts.”

Maradona played for Barcelona and Napoli during his club career, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side.

He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them in four World Cups.

Maradona led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany, before captaining them again in the United States in 1994, but was sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.

During the second half of his career, Maradona struggled with cocaine addiction and was banned for 15 months after testing positive for the drug in 1991.

He retired from professional football in 1997, on his 37th birthday, during his second stint at Argentine giants Boca Juniors.

Having briefly managed two sides in Argentina during his playing career, Maradona was appointed head coach of the national team in 2008 and left after the 2010 World Cup, where his side were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.

He subsequently managed teams in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico and was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina’s top flight at the time of his death.

Trump Goes Golfing As US Media Declares Victory For Joe Biden

What does a president do when teetering on the verge of electoral defeat, with the entire world watching?

If you’re Donald Trump, you go golfing.

The president left the White House Saturday morning as the last crucial vote counts were about to come in from Pennsylvania and a few other battleground states.

Already trailing Democrat Joe Biden in the all-important, state-by-state Electoral College vote tally — the handwriting on the wall was becoming impossible to ignore.

So Trump, who is known for regularly hitting the links, headed across the Potomac River to the Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, Virginia.

Trump was there when the major US television networks — first CNN then NBC, CBS, ABC and finally Fox — declared that new results from Pennsylvania had pushed Biden over the top — and into the White House, come January.

He was also there when his office released a defiant statement saying Biden was “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

But Trump seemed determined to project a sense of serene unflappability when he finished his round in the afternoon. (No score was announced.)

Seeing a wedding couple posing for photos outside the clubhouse, the president offered to join them, videos posted on social media show.

Wearing dark gray slacks, a gray jacket and a white “Make America Great Again” basehall hat, he engaged in what seemed to be lighthearted banter.

As he stepped away, several people shouted after him: “We love you! We love you!”

Afterward, as thousands of exultant Biden supporters celebrated raucously in front of the White House and elsewhere in the US capital, the Trump motorcade made its way back to the White House.

The president had nothing else on his schedule Saturday.

One perhaps small consolation for the avid golfer: Golf Digest magazine once said Trump should be considered alongside John F. Kennedy as the “best golfing president in history.”

EDO: Independent Power Plant 24-hour electricity supply to Ogbemudia stadium’ll extend to neighbouring homes, businesses, others

The 55MW CCETC-Ossiomo Independent Power Plant in Edo State, which commenced power supply on Wednesday with the lighting up of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, will have its services extended to supply 24-hour electricity to residential homes, offices and businesses within the stadium vicinity.

Managing Director of the plant, Dr. Uwa Igiehon, gave the assurance while test running the lighting of facilities within the perimeters and inside the main bowl of the newly reconstructed Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.

Igiehon disclosed that the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium would henceforth enjoy 24-hour power supply, which will be extended to all homes and businesses around the facility.

According to him, “We have the 33KV line running from Ologbo to Palm House. That is about 33 kilometers of distance from Palm House to the stadium. It is a complete circuit and everything has been designed to run for 24/7.

“The state government has done a fantastic job by installing a 2.5KVA transformer in the stadium and I expect that this power will be extended to all the residential homes and commercial offices around the stadium.”

“The same should apply to the 11KV line by the state secretariat; all the houses and commercial entities around the roads should be powered up; we are connecting some new locations already,” he added.

Commending the Obaseki-led state government for the feat, Igiehon noted: “One of the things that Governor Godwin Obaseki has done continuously is to put everything on an economic path. Economics is a science and having power is critical to having industries. I am sure that with the 24/7 power at the main bowl, it’s going to attract a lot of socio-economic activities that will boost the economy of the state.

“My primary objective is to make sure that we do not only provide power but provide it on a sustainable and affordable basis. The difference between the tariff that we are supplying our power and the cost of using a generator is vast. So, it’s important, particularly for industries that power is supplied at a rate that is affordable.”

The Managing Director described the relationship between the firm and the state government, which led to the execution of the ongoing project, as a fantastic model, adding “there has never been a time when we needed the input of the state government and were denied such support.”