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National Youth Games: Kebbi Confirms Readiness To Host North West Team Sports Eliminations

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forum to honour governors of Kaduna, Kano Katsina and Sokoto for 2021 Merit Awards

By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

Kebbi State has confirmed it’s readiness to host the 6° Edition of National Youth Games (NYG) Zonal Teams Sports Elimination for the North West Zone.

This was contained in a communiqué issued after the Northwest Zone Sports
stakeholders Directors of Sports and Zonal sports Coordinators Meeting held at Giginya Memorial Stadium, Seat of the Caliphate, Sokoto between August 10 to 17, 2021.

According to the communiqué jointly signed by Zonal Sports Officer, North-West Zone, Kaduna,
Idris Abdullahi and Chairman.
North-West Directors of Sports Forum, Alh. Bashar Maizare,
Kano State expressed readiness to serve as standby hosts for the elimination.

“All states in attendance have submitted their entries per sport for the elimination and are in high spirits to compete for the available tickets,” it said.

North West Zone assured the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development of
full compliance to on-line/timely registration of their athletes
and officials for the National Youth Games and also vowed to present
the requisite graded Age whom are also highly talented in their
respective sports.

The communiqué said that they also signified readiness to credibly participate at 6″ Edition of the National Youth Games, tagged, “ILORIN-2021”.

It explained that at the end of the meeting it was unanimously resolved that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is living up to its expectations.

“Commends the visionary and missionary leadership of President
Muhammadu Buhan on policies and programmes on youth, sports, facilities and related developments targeted towards growth and sustainability of the sector in addition to elevating it (sports) from leisure and recreation to full business.

National Youth Games: Kebbi Confirms Readiness To Host North West Team Sports Eliminations

“Gives kudos to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development under the highly technical, tactical, innovative and digital Honourable Minister, Chief Sunday Dare and the result oriented
Permanent Secretary, Mr Nebolisa Anako for the implementation of
the policies and programmes professionally,” it said.

The stakeholders also appreciated the Sokoto State Government under the leadership of Rt. Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Matawallen-Sokoto) for
hosting the Third Quarter Meeting of the zone’s major sports stakeholders (Directors of Sports) and the Zonal Sports Coordinator.

They further gave kudos to the Executive Governor of Sokoto State over virile policies and programmes on youth, dports and facilities development that are geared towards making the state a sporting haven in consideration of facilities construction currently ongoing at the Sports – Village.

The forum further advised the state government and the sports ministry to implore the assistance and advice of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports in the area of standardization of accuracy on playing dimensions.

They called on communities (sports) youth clubs, associations and organizations to officially register with relevant organs with a
view for effective and efficient recognition, monitoring, and
eventual support assistance they would derive from government
and philanthropists.

The forum commended the efforts of Team NIgeria’s performance at the just concluded Olympic Games held at Tokyo-Japan, based on the level of preparation and unforeseen challenges that manifested and passionately called on the entire sporting community to further hail the contingent as there are hopes based on results recorded, that laurels (medals) will be harnessed in the next Games.

The Forum heartily welcomed Mal Dahiru Abdullahi, the new Zonal
Co-odinator and assured him of total support in the onerous task of moving sports forward at the zone.

Similarly, they commended the proactiveness of caretaker committees chairmen
of various sports federations, singling out Volleyball, Handball,
Basketball, Table Tennis and Cricket for grassroots sports development programmes that are pursued radically in revolutionary manner and are fast yielding desired results.

The stakeholders expressed appreciation on the efforts of the Zonal Sports Office on sponsorship drive that would lead to the conduct of late Sir, Ahmadu Bello KBE, MHA, Mni (Sardauna Sokoto), Premier of Northern Nigeria U-17 Soccer Championship tagged “North-West Zone Premier Cup – Sokoto 2021”.

The zone expressed desire to conduct capacity building programmes like seminars, workshops, coaching and clinics designed for states coaches, community youth clubs coaches, primary and secondary schools games masters/mistresses, military and paramilitary sports officers as well as civilians.

Events according to the communiqué are; Forces Organizations Sports Trainers and Championship in the
Weight-Lifting under the sponsorship of Alhaji Babanida Hassani, to be conducted inKaduna State in October, 2021.

“It is equally worthy to note that states pledged to support and participate at the programmes,” it added.

The forum nominated the governors of Kaduna, Kano Katsina and Sokoto States for year 2021 Merit Awards on Youth, Sports, Facilites and Related Development, which presentations are scheduled for December 2021.

The meeting recorded the attendance of the Honourable Commissioner of Sports Sokoto State, the Zonal Co-ordinator, five (5) States Directors of Sports, One (1) State Deputy Director of Sports and Three (3) Zonal Staff.

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Karim Benzema has scored as many goals as the entire Barca team

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Karim Benzema’s start to the season has been stunning. The Frenchman is just two assists off his tally for last season and he has scored the same numbers of goals as the entire Barca team.

Karim Benzema’s start to the season has been stunning. The Frenchman is just two assists off his tally for last season and he has scored the same numbers of goals as the entire Barca team.

Real Madrid beat Mallorca on Wednesday after another Karim Benzema masterclass. The Frenchman has once again been showing that he is crucial to Real Madrid’s attack and the club would be in a much worse position without his goals.

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His brace meant he reached the milestone of 200 La Liga goals and he has now scored eight this season. The Frenchman has made seven appearances, scored eight goals and given seven assists. Unbelievable stats.

Karim Benzema has scored as many goals as the entire Barca team

To highlight how good Benzema has been, the French forward has scored more goals than all of Ronald Koeman’s side put together. It is true that Madrid have played two more games than Barcelona, but those stats are unbelievable.

Without Leo Messi, the man who seems to be leading way is Benzema after Barca’s goals have dried up following the Argentinian’s departure.

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With regards to the La Liga goalscoring charts, Benzema is top with eight, Vinicius is second with five, Oyarzabal of Real Sociedad is third with four goals and Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio is fourth with three goals.

Benzema is also well clear when it comes to assists. He has seven while Villarreal’s Yeremi Pino is next with three.

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Xavi could join Barca almost for free

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Barcelona have Xavi on their list of candidates to replace Ronald Koeman if, he is finally dismissed. According to ‘AS’, the Al Sadd coach has a clause in his contract which allows him to go for a paltry amount to the Catalan side.

Barcelona have Xavi on their list of candidates to replace Ronald Koeman if, he is finally dismissed.

According to ‘AS’, the Al Sadd coach has a clause in his contract which allows him to go for a “paltry” amount to the Catalan side.

All eyes are on Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman’s job is on the line after Barca’s start to this season, which has had more negatives than positives.

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Xavi Hernandez is one of those who could succeed Koeman as Barca coach. According to the latest reports, his signing is not easy, but it is possible.

Xavi could join Barca almost for free

What’s more, according to ‘AS’, a clause in his Al Sadd contract would help him move to Barcelona. This newspaper says that when he renewed with the Qataris until 2023, he was told he could leave without a problem if Barca came calling.

The amount Barca would have to pay to get hold of Xavi has not been revealed, but ‘AS’ says that club sources have called it a “paltry” amount. In other words, the Catalan club would get him almost for free.

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It would be an entirely different matter if a different club wanted Xavi. In that case, that club would have to talk to Al Sadd and reach a financial agreement as his clause only lets him leave for Barcelona.

In any case, Laporta is who will have the last word. At the moment, Koeman is still on the bench and Xavi is one of the candidates to potentially succeed him.

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Remove Pride From Your Undoubted Talent – Antonetti Tells Mbappe

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French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe was told Wednesday that he needs to add a dose of humility to his undoubted talents in front of goal “if he wants to be loved”.

The advice came from Metz coach Frederic Antonetti after the mega-rich Ligue 1 champions needed a stoppage time winner to beat the bottom side 2-1 and preserve their 100 percent start to the domestic season.

“Kylian Mbappe needs to behave better if he wants to be loved,” said Antonetti.

“I love this player, he is very, very strong but he’d benefit from having a more humble side.”

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Antonetti was responding to a question on the yellow card handed to his goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja who confronted Mbappe over his celebration when the winning goal was scored.

“In the game, Mbappe was non-existent,” said Antonetti.

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