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Why Team Nigeria Fumbled At Tokyo Olympic Games

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…Blame Sports Minister For Poor Performance -Dalung, Adeleye Blast

…Finishing 74th At Tokyo Olympic Games Is An Achievement-Dare

The just concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games may have exposed some of the loopholes the Sports Ministry could have worked on prior to the showpiece.

By and large, the overall outing of Team Nigeria has left many stakeholders in the industry lamenting another poor outing at the prestigious event owing to the perceived failure of those placed in charge of managing the affairs of sports in Nigeria.

Before the games commenced, there was little confidence that the country will finally win medals owing to the team’s shoddy preparation.

Fears were confirmed when Team Nigeria contingents first appeared in different attires despite the announcement of AFA Sports as the country’s official kits supplier.

However, the unrest within the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) does not show any sign of letting up.

The latest is the termination of the kitting contract in place with sportswear giant, PUMA. The terminated contract for a three-year duration was signed in Qatar in July 2019 and is worth about N1 billion [$2.7million].

Sunday Adeleye, a former Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) said he had never seen such a thing before since he became an adult and followed Nigeria’s participation at the Olympics.

“An athlete going to the Olympics should be well-motivated, and kits are part of it; not when people appear in bathroom slippers and apparel in different colours,” he said.

The embarrassing drama has also resulted in the termination by Puma of $2.76 million contract it had with the AFN.

“As a direct consequence of the recent developments, particularly at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 and pursuant to clauses 9.2 and 7.3 of the Agreement, we hereby terminate the Agreement with immediate effect.

“PUMA especially declares to be discharged from any or all obligations towards all stakeholders involved and reserves all rights against these entities and individuals,” PUMA stated this in a statement signed by its Director, Manuel Edlheimb.

More importantly, Team Nigerian known for their strength in Athletics, failed to pick a single medal in the event at the ongoing Games. Recall that Blessing Okagbare, one of Nigeria’s medal hopeful was disqualified by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after testing positive for human growth hormone. That aside the 10 Nigerian athletes who were suspended for the same reasons.

Without doubt the Nigeria athletes would have done better at the Games if the Sports Ministry had an experience Physicians and Psychologists, who understand the job was attached with the team. That doesn’t mean that that would have motivated them mentally and physically.

Blessing Oborodudu made history as the first Nigerian wrestler to win an Olympic medal courtesy of the silver medal she won in the women’s 68kg freestyle. While Long jumper, Ese Brume won Nigeria’s first medal at the Games with a bronze.

Her medal is the first won in track and field since 2008 at the Beijing Olympics where Blessing Okagbare and the women’s 4x100m relay team won a silver medal each.

However, former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung has said that the Sports Ministry has brought shame to the country at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

Besides, poor management and lack of accountability in the country’s Olympic committee have compelled many shining stars of Nigeria to switch sides and compete for other nations.

The following athletes left Nigeria to join other countries: They include Gloria Alozie (Spain), Oluwakemi Adekoya (Bahrain), Francis Obikwelu (Portugal), Femi and Tosin Ogunode (Qatar), Margaret Adeoye (Britain), Morolake Akinosun (Britain), Omo Osaghae (USA), Anthony Alozie (Australia) to mention a few.

Dalung said Sunday Dare who replaced him as the sports minister in 2019, lacks the “patriotic political will to consolidate on the gains on the ground” hence the reason for Team Nigeria’s numerous disappointments in Tokyo.

“I think the dissolution of boards. It is a lack of patriotic political will to consolidate on the gains on the ground.

“When I was the minister, I continued from where my predecessor ended. When we get to the field, we built on previous successes and Nigeria did very well.

“Dissolving federations three months to Olympics is an indication that we are not prepared for Olympics. No general dissolves his troops on the eve of an attack and expect to win a war. The dissolved boards have trained and catered for the he athletes for more than two years. Crises are part of human existence; the management is what determines the quality of leadership. I inherited many crises, but I resolved them.

“Leadership is about taking responsibilities. When things go wrong, somebody has to be responsible. The entire drama of shame is avoidable. This is a shame that the country has found itself.”

It is so sad that Nigeria finished Tokyo Olympic Games with just two medals despite the country’s population and huge talents that was never tapped by the current Sports Ministry under the leadership of Sunday Dare.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s sports minister, Sunday Dare, says citizens of the country should be proud of the country for ranking 74th in the medals table for the just-concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The minister, who described Nigeria’s athletes as ‘inspiring’, claimed that finishing 74th on the medals table is the country’s best performance in Olympics in 13 years.

“Overall, we should be proud of Team Nigeria and the effort they made. The bottom line is that these games should always be about the athletes and the spirit of friendly competition and excellence the Olympics are meant to engender.

“Team Nigeria placed 74th position on the final Olympic medal table among 205 participating countries, despite our small contingent to the games. We were 8th among 52 African countries that participated. Team Nigeria excelled in many areas that engender hope for greater success in the future.

It is also yet to be seen if decisive actions will be taken on those responsible for Nigeria’s dismal outing in Tokyo.

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Dessers Opens Goal Account As Mexico Pip Super Eagles 2-1 In Friendly

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It was not the best of starts for new head coach, Jose Peseiro, as the Super Eagles lost 2-1 to El Tri of Mexico in an international friendly game at the AT & T Stadium, Dallas, USA, in the early hours of Sunday.

Cyriel Dessers opened his goals account for the Eagles after drawing them level with a powerful header.
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The Super Eagles are now winless against Mexico in six meetings, losing three and drawing three.

Up next for Peseiro’s side is another friendly against Ecuador on June 2.


Mexico bossed the early exchanges as the Super Eagles struggled to get a foothold in the game.

Santiago Gimenez then gave Mexico a deserved lead on 12 minutes as his initial effort from a headed pass hit Uzoho and bounced off him into the net.

Andres Guardado almost doubled Mexico lead as he met a long pass but saw his effort parried away by Uzoho.

In the 31st minute Uzoho was called to action again but he made a brilliant save to stop a well struck shot by Guardado.

Before the start of the second half Innocent Bonke went off injured and was replaced by Katsina United’s Faisal Sani.

Mexico continued from where they stopped in the first half and almost doubled their lead early in the second half but Semi Ajayi cleared away a dangerous cross for a corner.

The Super Eagles drew level on 54 minutes through Dessers whose downward header off a delightful cross from Bassey was too strong for the keeper to hold.

Just two minutes later the Mexicans went 2-1 ahead after Troost-Ekong slammed a cross into his own net.

Terem Moffi should have equalised for the Eagles after receiving the ball inside the box but saw his shot miss the target.

Few minutes later Roberto Alvarado received a pass inside the box but could not keep his shot down.

With six minutes left the Mexico almost extended their lead through Diego Lainez but his low shot took a deflection off Troost-Ekong and went out for a corner.

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2023: I Will Restore Unity, Bring Sense Of Belonging To All Nigerians, Atiku Vows As He Emerges PDP Presidential Flagbearer

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…Tinubu Congratulates Atiku, Welcomes Former VP To Presidential Contest

…Worthy Candidate, Says Shehu Sani

North Will Always Outsmart Southern Nigeria On Election’, Nigerians React

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has pledged to unify the country following his victory in the party’s primary poll. 

Atiku, a former vice president, polled 371 votes to beat his closest rival and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who scored 237 votes during the exercise held on Saturday in Abuja. Saraki polled 70 votes. Emmanuel (38), Mohammed (38), Anyim Pius Anyim (14), Mrs Tari Diana Oliver (1), and Sam Ohuabunwa (1) shared the remainder of the valid votes.

“I pledge to unify this country,” he said in his victory speech. “That’s why I refer to myself as a unifier.

“The reason I feel that unity is important is because APC has disunited Nigerians completely,” the PDP chieftain added. “I will work to restore unity and bring a sense of belonging to all Nigerians.”

The Adamawa-born politician accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of mismanaging the country but promised to fix the economy and tackle Nigeria’s security challenges.

“The PDP made Nigeria one of the most prosperous countries in Africa,” Atiku said. “We implemented economic reforms. The APC wiped out all those gains.”

Meanwhile, National Leader of All Progressives Congress and frontline presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has congratulated former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for emerging as the flag bearer of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, following the primary conducted at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Saturday.

Tinubu commended Atiku for his patriotism and commitment to Nigeria’s progress.

Tinubu also congratulated the other contestants for the orderly and peaceful way they conducted themselves and for pledging to rally round the winner, in the true spirit of democratic sportsmanship.

He expected the former Vice-president , who was also the 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP, to be his worthy opponent, by the Grace of God and the support of APC delegates, in the coming 2023 President election.

The APC National Leader said Atiku’s victory didn’t come as a surprise to Nigerians because of his vast experience as a statesman and veteran of many presidential contests from 1993.

While welcoming the PDP candidate to the race, Tinubu added that the coming election should be about issues that will improve the quality of life of Nigerians; bring peace, progress, political stability and solve myriad of sociopolitical challenges and insecurity currently facing the country.

“I welcome the victory of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded primary. I look forward to squaring up with him as a worthy opponent in the coming election. I have known the former Vice President as a formidable politician and a patriot who believes in the unity and progress of our dear country.

“ As we move further into the election season, I charge the PDP presidential candidate and all political actors across Party lines that we should make this election season one that is devoid of bitterness, rancour and strife.

“We should make our campaigns peaceful and issue based. Election season should be a festival of ideas that will uplift our country and improve the living condition of all our people.

“Unfortunately for the PDP, its candidate will be burdened to explain why Nigerians should give it another opportunity, after squandering 16 years at the central government, without much to show”.

“Nigerians are yet to forget the national ruin and mismanagement of our country for 16 years by successive PDP administration and this bad memory will dog the campaign of the PDP Candidate”

“ Nevertheless, I once again congratulate our former Vice President for his victory in his party’s primary.”

In the same vein, former Kaduna Central lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 presidential election.

Reacting to the development in a tweet on Sunday morning, Sani congratulated Abubakar for emerging as the winner of the contest.

The PDP chieftain and governorship aspirant was also at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, the venue of the PDP Presidential primary.

He wrote: “Congratulations to Atiku Abubakar.”

Also, Nigerians on social media have, however, reacted to Atiku’s victory as they expressed their different views.

One Yinkuzeh [@Yinkuzeh71] wrote: “PDP produced Atiku. Delegates can give him the ticket. But will his own kinsmen who are currently suffering under a fulani leadership elect another fulani man as president? He might end up a miscalculation on the part of Pdp.

On his part, PhilCollins_LFC [@PhilColins_O] said: “The North will almost always outsmart Southern Nigeria on election matters. Imagine Tambuwal waiting until the last minute to step aside for Atiku. Wike was busy attacking Peter Obi. APC is likely to go the same way except they learn from this. Meanwhile, #PeterObi to the rescue.”

A netizen, Amalinze the Cat [@DominicNonso96] accused Wike of hating on everybody. He said: [Wike hates everybody. And feels he can’t be touched. After 2023 handover, em go see something.

“Atiku would definitely pick a South Southern person Sha.”

Congratulating Atiku, one ZAKARI ALFA [@zakarialfa2024] said: “God Almighty Allah has done it for Nigeria and Nigerian as Atiku is officially declared the candidate of PDP for the next presidential election. Congratulations to all of us Nigerian.”

 

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Counting Of Votes Commences As PDP Elects 2023 Presidential Candidate

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Voting has ended in the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the emergence of the 2023 presidential candidate of the party.

The delegates from Abuja were the last to cast their votes last at the Abuja National Stadium venue of the PDP special national convention.

Next up will be the sorting and counting of votes.

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