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Ex-International, Etim Esin Sets Agenda For Sports Minister, Sunday Dare



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By Augustine Akhilomen

Ex-international footballer, Etim Esin has called on the newly-appointed Minister for Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare to focus on transforming sports in Nigeria.

Dare was confirmed as one of the 43 ministers sworn-in on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, held at the Council Chambers, Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Having represented Nigeria at the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship, Esin told Thepledge in a telephone interview on Wednesday that the new Sports Minister must hit the ground running without excuses.

He urged him to focus on developing grassroots sports in Nigeria and more importantly change the face of the football.

“I don’t really know anything about the new Sports Minister, Sunday Dare.

“I really don’t know how lovely he loves sports because all we have been having are ministers who don’t know anything about sports. We just need someone who will move our sports to the next level.

“Look at Samuel Okwaraji who died in the line of duty for Nigeria but nothing has been done by some of the past sports ministers we have had. All the promises they made for him, none has been fulfilled by the federal government.

“I just hope the new minister is God sent to change the face of sports in Nigerian sports in general. He should focus on grassroots development.

Dare is a veteran Journalist and former Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Dare is expected to commence work with immediate effect.

He becomes the 35th Sports Minister in Nigerian sports history.

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AFCON 2021: Africa Should Be Proud Of Comoros, Says Drogba



Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, has identified Comoros as the team Africa is proud of at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.

Drogba said this after Comoros was eliminated from the 2021 AFCON on Monday night.

Recall that Comoros was knocked out of the 2021 AFCON round of 16 tie against host nation Cameroon.

Debutants Comoros fought hard against Cameroon despite receiving a red card during the match.

However, they lost 2-1 against Cameroon.

“Waaah!!! What a team, what COURAGE, Africa is proud of this brave Comorian team @fedcomfootball,” Drogba tweeted.

Comoros had qualified for the AFCON round of 16 after beating Ghana 3-2 in their final group C match, sending the Black Stars back home.

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Super Eagles Must Concentrate On Beating Ghana For 2022 World Cup Ticket, Says Chukwu



Former Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Christian Chukwu, has urged the Super Eagles to move on with future national assignments after crashing out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Chukwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday that the Super Eagles should put the AFCON competition behind them and focus on qualification for the World Cup in Qatar.

“It is clear that our AFCON trophy chase is over. Let us come home, take stock and plan for our world cup qualifying encounter with Ghana.

“Judging from my personal experience as a player and coach, the boys brought in their best and did their best in the AFCON competition.

“They fought gallantly in each match they played.

“I am not happy with the red card given to Iwobi in the last match played by the Super Eagles as it should be a mere warning. He did not deserve a card at all,” he said.

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Anthony Joshua Denies Claims He’s Accepted Cash To Allow Tyson Fury Vs Oleksandr Usyk Title Fight



Former British world champion Joshua vouched for a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk after losing the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight belts to the Ukrainian in September 2021.

However, new report reveals Joshua was set to accept a £15m deal to step aside and allow Usyk to fight WBC champion Fury instead for all the belts.

Responding to the speculation, Joshua said on the Undefeated Podcast: ‘You know what’s bad about all these interviews I see? I see interviews that quote what I said, I think to myself, I ain’t done no interviews.

‘Where did this person get this information from? I see people saying “AJ accepts £15m to step aside.”

‘I ain’t signed no contract, I ain’t seen no contract. As it stands, stop listening to the b*t until it comes from me.

‘I’m the man in control of my destiny. I’m the man who handles my business. I’m a smart individual and I make calculated decisions every step of the way.

‘Don’t listen to the bt from other sources. If I tell you something then you know it’s real.’

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