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Ondo, Lagos partner on sports development



Ondo, Lagos partner on sports development

The Ondo State Government and its Lagos counterpart have expressed readiness to collaborate to facilitate the development of sports to ensure more talents were discovered for national assignments.

The two states made the resolution in Akure on Sunday, at a maiden meeting to kick-start arrangements on partnership that would benefit athletes from both states.

Bamidele Ologunloluwa, the Ondo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development and Sola Aiyepeku, the Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, represented the states respectively.

Ologunloluwa said the successful hosting of the Aketi Bowl 1 of the Nigeria Secondary School Flag Football (NSSFFL) season 2 at the Ondo State Sports Complex, birthed the sports development partnership between the states.

NSSFFL which ended on Saturday was organised by the Nigerian American Football Association.

The commissioner said that such sports development partnership would help in the discovery of talents from both states and make sports a means of engagement, development, self-reliance and source of livelihood for the youth.

Ologunloluwa expressed optimism that the partnership would succeed and also reiterated the readiness of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s administration to give maximum support to ensure that the partnership achieved its set goals.

“The sports development initiative is a laudable one that will help discover and develop talents in the states.

“We are ready to collaborate because any initiative that will bring development to the youth in our state is always welcomed by us,” he said.

Aiyepeku on his part said that the Lagos State Government was also ready for a robust sports developmental partnership with Ondo State.

He commended the Ondo-Lagos Sports Development Partnership Initiative and described it as a plan coming to life at the right time.

“The Ondo-Lagos Sports Development is a forward thinking development that will help promote interstate competitions and equally necessitate regular sporting activities for talented youths of the states.

“Both states stand to benefit mutually from this laudable initiative,” he said.

Aiyepeku also said that the partnership had set plans in motion for the hosting of interstate competitions in various track and field games and other individual sports in a couple of weeks.


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In a recent interview, former Nigerian football star Yakubu Aiyegbeni has revealed that he continues to receive messages and criticisms from fans, years after his infamous miss during the 2010 FIFA World Cup match against South Korea.

The moment, etched into football history, occurred during Nigeria’s crucial group stage game against South Korea. With the score tied at 2-2 and a spot in the knockout stages on the line, Aiyegbeni found himself with what seemed like an open goal opportunity. However, to the shock of fans worldwide, he missed the chance, leaving Nigeria unable to secure the much-needed victory.

Despite this moment happening over a decade ago, Aiyegbeni expressed his surprise at the ongoing messages he receives about the miss. “I still get messages from people, different messages,” he stated in the interview. “It’s surprising how that moment still sticks with people, even after all these years.”

The striker, who had a successful career playing for clubs like Everton and Portsmouth in the English Premier League, admitted that the miss was a tough moment in his career. “Of course, it was a big moment, and I wish it had gone differently. But in football, you have highs and lows,” he remarked.

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Napoli Sack Rudi Garcia, Announce Mazzarri As Replacement



Serie A giants Napoli have announced the departure of coach Rudi Garcia after a poor spell and announced his successor with immediate effect

Reigning Serie A champions Napoli have announced the departure of French manager Rudi Garcia after a poor run of form that sees the Partenopei handing on to faint hopes of defending the Scudetto title won last season.

Napoli have only claimed one win in their last four matches in all competitions, trailing Serie A leaders Inter by 10 points while also trailing Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League by five points.

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With the Partenopei looking a lot worse than they did at this stage last season, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has chosen to act swiftly before things get out of hand.

The club chief revealed that Garcia had been relieved of his duty, after posting a message on social media platform X to announce the arrival of the Frenchman’s replacement.

Napoli announce Garcia successor
That replacement is a former Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri[url][/url], who was welcomed back to the club by De Laurentiis, who was also the owner during his last spell at the club.

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