To check age cheat in sports, National Academicals Sports Committee (NASCOM) has said that age grade competitions should not be organized outside the school system.
Speaking at the weekend during the unveiling of NASCOM calendar for 2013/2014, chairman of the body, Yemi Idowu, age grade competitions are not supposed to be staged outside schools, saying, “We need to send a clear message to all stakeholders that age grade competition should be undertaken by school children and it should be domiciled in schools.”
He added: “We must avoid organizing age grade competitions outside the school system. This is the first objective. We should also avoid open competitions for age grade competitions. We need students who have a verifiable track record, which can stand the test of scrutiny.”
Also in its efforts to bring vibrancy to school sports across the country, NASCOM has once again reaffirmed its support for Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) and Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON).
According to Idowu, the body was set up to compliment the efforts of NSSF and YSFON, saying, “at the inaugural meeting of NASCOM, the committee agreed that it would not be organizing any new competition which would be in conflict with the work already being done by the component entities like NSSF and YSFON, rather NASCOM will be the umbrella body which will be used to jointly raise awareness and funds for the promotions of schools sports and improvement of age grade competitions at the school level.”
Idowu said that the calendar encompasses the timetable of activities of bodies like, would be made public across the country by NASCOM.
He also used the occasion to re-emphasis that the body would not be staging any competition but to support the component bodies in all its activities.
He added: “We need to create bigger talent pool for sports, which can only be achieved by increasing the percentage of school age kids participating in competitive sports. We have introduced Rythmn N Play as brand to attract more children to participate in sports. Hopefully this will keep them longer in school sports such that we will have a higher percentage of children graduating to elite sports and the sporting federations.”
He however, acknowledged, “Naturally, we all appreciate that it will take some effort to persuade and change the mindset of some groups in Nigeria, but I think the change is possible. I think we can have a win-win situation where all parties will still get what they want and Nigeria will be better off.”
October 8, 2013 | Editor
WIFE of the Ogun State Governor, Olufunso Amosun, has explained that she set up the UPLIFTing youth programme to help the children of the state become successful in their football careers.
Speaking during the send-forth party organised for the 22 Ogun State boys selected for a training tour of Italy, Amosun said she was motivated to delve into grassroots football sponsorship by the successes a similar programme on education recorded.
According to Amosun, “during the Easter 2013 school holidays, we decided to engage young male talented players in the state in an Under-15 Grassroots football Talent Hunt Competition. We wanted to keep them occupied over the Easter break as well as identify raw talent in the kids that could be harnessed and create opportunities for identified talented players.
“The football competition was open to all male talented students in government owned secondary schools in the state between the ages of 13 and 15. Thousands showed up, and about 350 of them were selected and taken into a one-week camp where they were feed, kitted and coached.”
While in the camp, according to Amosun, they engaged in football matches all day everyday for the whole duration of the camp under the keen eyes of professional and internationally acclaimed footballers.
“For the whole duration of the training, elimination and selection process, the competition had in attendance Jim Colston, a renowned scout for the English Premiership League in the United Kingdom and Nigeria’s own very dear celebrated footballers, Olusegun Odegbami and Football Ambassador, John Fashanu.
“At the end of the camp, 15 young lads were identified as astonishingly outstanding, and seven others were identified as ‘wonders in boots.
“Mindful of the fact that the footballers are all minors and in full time education, Amosun said she stressed that any programme that would disturb the footballer’s schooling or studies is of no interest to her, as she insisted that UPLIFT footballer skills must be built on a solid educational foundation.
“Some of these children need to be harnessed academically, while others are sports inclined. So, what we are doing is to create the platform for then to exhibit their talents beyond the shores of Nigeria.
“We have done the exercise at the Senior Secondary School level where we identified the brilliant ones and took them to further development programmes. It is a continuous exercise that will help us get the best out of the children of Ogun State,” she added.
Source: The Guardian Nigeria
August 31, 2013 | Editor
WIFE of the Ogun State Governor, Olufunso Amosun, on Tuesday charged the 22 players selected from her pet project, UPLIFTing Football Talent Hunt, who started a training tour of Italy yesterday, to be good ambassadors of the country.
The 22 players, drawn from secondary schools from across Ogun State, alongside their parents, were hosted to a send-forth party by Mrs. Amosun in Abeokuta on Tuesday preparatory to their journey to Udinese, Italy, yesterday.
Speaking during the programme, Amosun reminded the players that they were lucky to be chosen from among the thousands of children that entered the talent hunt, and urged them to justify the resources spent on them by listening to their coaches and making good use of the opportunity to better their lives.
Explaining the rationale for the programme, Amosun said, “having identified academic excellence among our children, we realised that we also have talents in sports, so we decided to also help those talented youths to make good use of their talents for the good of the society.
“The children here are those identified to have exceptional talents in football, we are taking them to Italy for a summer camp where they will be exposed to international football under some of the best coaches in the game.
“What they will do in Udinese is to train with modern facilities, play friendly games and hone their skills in such a way that they will be ready for competition they are involved in so long as it is for players of their age grade.
“More importantly, the programme will expose them to international scouts, who might find then good for European clubs and recruit them.”
She explained that the 22 players were drawn from 15 young lads identified by a consortium of coaches as astonishingly outstanding, and seven others adjudged as ‘wonders in boots.’
Mindful of the fact that the children are all minors and in full time education, Amosun stressed that the programme was conceived in such a way that it would not disturb their studies, insisting that the UPLIFT footballer’s skills must be built on solid educational foundation.
Source: OGTV Website
August 22, 2013 | Editor
A total sum of N5m has been presented as cash prize to the winning schools of the just concluded Season one of GTBank Ogun State Principals’ Cup Competition.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the Conference Hall of the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Ogun State, Mr. Olugbenga Otenuga said apart from the monetary reward, the state could now boast of a pool of soccer talents for many age-grade competitions, festival teams while five players good enough to take part in the screening by Gateway United FC of Ogun State for the 2013/2014 League Season.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Olusegun Odubela said the collaborative efforts of the two ministries produced the laudable result and had helped the pupils to see sports as a better complement to academic activities.
He urged the schools to go back to the drawing board and prepare well for the Season Two which would commence as soon as they resume for the next academic session. The Principal, Community High School, Adesanolu, Mowe, Mr.Toyin Awobodu, on behalf of all winning schools thanked the state government and the sponsor, GTBank, for the opportunities given to the pupils to show-case their God-given talents and promised that Season Two will be better as many schools would take part in the competition.
Alamuwa Grammar School, Ado-Odo received N1,000,000.00 as the overall winner of the Boy’s Category, Remo Divisional High School, Sagamu received N750,000.00, Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-Ode, N500,000.00 and Community High School, Adesanolu, Mowe received N250,000.00.
Also, in the Female Category, Orile Ilugun Comprehensive High School received N1,000,000.00, Our Lady of Apostle, Ijebu-Ode, N750,000.00 while Community High School, Abule Iroko and Remo Divisional High School, Sagamu received N500,000.00 and N250,000.00 respectively.
Source: Thisday Live
July 26, 2013 | Editor
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has asked the Ministry of Education to ensure that new primary and secondary schools without plans for sports grounds are not accredited in the interest of sports development in the country.
Speaking in Abuja in a stakeholders’ forum titled: “Harnessing the potential of Nigeria sports sector from playground to podium,” President Jonathan decried a situation where storey buildings without any space are being converted to schools in many high density areas in the country.
“This must stop, as such a situation would make it impossible to discover talents at young ages.
For any place to be called a primary or a secondary school, it must have at least a field or a pitch where students could engage in exercise and sports.
“I expect the Minister of Education to discuss with the Commissioners of Education in the States. There is a need for us to review the criteria for approving primary and secondary school. Because, taking our children to these choked areas where they cannot even have a yard that they will practise running throughout their primary and secondary school career is not the best.”
The President said that government would consider a review of some existing laws for sustainable development of sports.
Source: Nigerian Tribune
June 14, 2013 | Editor
Alamuwa Boys Grammar School, Ado-Odo have won the maiden edition of the GTBank/Ogun State Principals Cup after managing a lone-goal victory over hard-fighting Remo Divisional High School, Sagamu.
The encounter at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta was witnessed by Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, his wife Olufunso, Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Gbenga Otenuga and other top government functionaries.
Samson Oke’s goal within ten minutes of the second half was all Alamuwa Grammar School needed as they defended the lone-goal lead throughout the encounter. The winners pocketed the ultimate prize of N1m courtesy of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, while RDHS got N750,000. Third-placed team Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-Ode received N500,000.
Orile Ilugun Girls Comprehensive High School, Odeda defeated Our Lady of Apostle, Ijebu-Ode 2-0 to win the girls’ category of the competition, taking home N1m and the trophy.
In the first semi-final match, Alamuwa Grammar School dismissed Adesanolu Community High School, Mowe by a lone goal scored by Sulaimon Adams in the late minutes of the thrilling encounter. Remo Divisional High School, Sagamu recorded a similar result against Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-Ode in the second semi-final match with Victor Sukanmi’s second half goal separating the two sides.
It was a different story for Remo Divisional High School in the girls’ category of the tournament as they suffered a 1-0 defeat in the hands of Our Lady of Apostle, Ijebu-Ode. The goal was scored by Tobi Tiamiyu in second half of the semi-final match. Orile Ilugun High School, which will face Remo Divisional High School in the final, defeated Community High School Abule-Iroko 2-1 in the second semi-final.
May 31, 2013 | Editor
The fifth season of the annual Channels National Kids Cup kicked off Monday, 21stt May 2013, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos. 16 primary schools from 13 states have been drawn to play against each other. The teams have been divided into four groups, and only the top two finishers in each group will progress to the quarter finals of the competition.
Ogun state’s representative St Paul Anglican made it through to the knock out stages along with LGEA Primary School, Kaduna, Ogedegbe Primary School, Delta state, Holy Trinity from Lagos, Uwa Primary School, Edo state and Ago-Egba Lagos.
St. Paul Anglican joined Group A leaders LGEA Primary School from Kaduna to edge out Toyibat Lagos state and School Road Primary School from Abia in the group stage.
St.Paul Anglican school has been drawn to play Group B leaders, Local Authority, Osun in a quarter–finals fixture.
The annual tournament which is organised by Channels Television and supported by the Lagos State Football Association, the Delta State Government and Indomie Noodles will have its final played on Monday the 27th of May 2013.
May 24, 2013 | Editor
WITH what they experienced during the final of the Western Conference of the Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship, Lagos team – International School, Lagos (ISL) believes Ogun’s Adedokun International School, Ota has what it takes to rule during the grand finale.
Even before the Conference final played at the Liberty Stadium, Coach Ernest Ijeoma of ISL never doubted his lads ability to dominate the Ogun team, but his hope was dashed when the Ogun team confirmed their dominance in the explosive encounter.
Ijeoma blamed his team lose to his players, saying, “they refused to follow my instruction throughout the match.”
“I want to be sincere with you that the Ogun team will be unstoppable when it comes to the grand finale because they have some fantastic players that every coach will be willing to have in his team. They are fully fit in all department of the game and they are going to be a worthy champion when the finale holds in July,” Ijeoma admits.
“Despite the Ogun team’s performance, I think my players failed to follow my instructions and this caused the loss. But in all, we are hoping that we will get one of the wildcards to be part of the Lagos finale,” he added.
To emerge champion in the boys’ event, Adedokun International School Ota, Ogun State defeated ISL 35-29 points in an explosive encounter.
An elated coach of Adedokun International School, Akindele Peter, whose side played without a reserve after some members of the team were screened out by the organisers, attributed the victory to God’s favour.
“It is just unbelievable. Most especially after our opponent has asked us to forget about the game knowing that we don’t have reserve players. But the boys’ determination kept them going,” Peter said.
The side’s most enterprising player, Oyebamiji Mustapha, who was unsurprisingly adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the competition said the team would continue fighting with just five players at the finals proper in Lagos, but hope that two of their players would have returned by then.
In the female category, Westend Mixed Secondary School, Asaba, Delta State defeated Yejide Girls Grammar, Ibadan, Oyo State by 16 to 12 points to qualify for a place in the Lagos finale and also cart away a giant trophy and N30,000 cash prize.
According to the Coach of the school, Mfon Kenneth, “the victory did not come as a surprise because we started preparation very early and the girls really trained hard for this competition. All we need to do now is to work on the grey areas as the school prepares for the Lagos finals,” Kenneth said.
Ogene Esther of Westend Mixed Secondary School was voted the MVP in the girls’ category.
According to the Brand Specialist, Beverage Category of Nestle, Folorunsho Osho, what was witnessed in Ibadan has shown that the finale promises to be exciting with the best teams across the country converging in Lagos for the main trophy.
Source: The Guardian Nigeria
May 21, 2013 | Editor
Battle for the coveted cup will see twelve teams which emerged champions in the four conferences nationwide slug it out at the Indoor Sports hall of the National stadium, Surulere, Lagos between 6th and 11th of August. The first place winners (male and female category) will receive a sum of N 150, 000 each, while the second and third place teams will get N 120, 000 and N100, 000 respectively. A special basketball camp will also be organized by the National Basketball federation for the best 50 players of the tournament which will be held between 12 and 14th of August.
THE Ogun State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Funturf International at upgrading its sporting facilities to meet world-class standards.
The state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Gbenga Otenuga, disclosed that the partners would construct two 5-a-side astroturf pitches as well as the first of its kind children’s fun factory at the M.K.O. Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta.
Otenuga said the project was another testimony to the importance which the state government attaches to sports development and recreational activities.
According to him, the project tagged “Legacy Project” is a 10-year Build, Finance Operate and Transfer (BFOT) arrangement and would not only contribute immensely to sports development, but would have facilities to enable individuals, sports lovers and families to mix sports with fun.
He stated that the huge investment of the state government in sports development had been yielding dividends, pointing out that currently among others, the state was currently participating the national primary school football champion, cricket champion at school, intermediate and senior levels and had produced Olympians for the country in athletics, boxing, basketball and table tennis.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public-Private Partnership, Dr Tunde Sodade noted that the project would generate employment for jobless youths in the state.
He added that the development would also create a platform for recreation healthy living and subsequently serve generate income for government.
The Senior Special Assistant on Trade and Investment, Mrs Nike Aboderin enthused that the facilities would meet the need of fun seekers and urged the partner to provide high quality facilities in line with “Ogun Standard”.
The Managing Director of FUNTurf International, Mr Olumide Mabawonku revealed that the project would be completed in 90 days.
He assured of executing a quality job that would meet the expectation of both partners.
The state government had earlier this year held talks with an Italy-based sports equipment making company, Mondor International, with a view to re-laying and re-surfacing tracks and turfs of the basketball pitch among others.
Source: Nigerian Tribune
May 15, 2013 | Editor
The grassroots football talent-hunt competition for students between the ages of 13 and 15 organised by the wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun by the weekend produced the best 15 players from amongst the participants.
The grand finale of the programme tagged UPLIFTing Under-15 Grassroots Football, which took place at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta, had in attendance the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, his wife and chief organiser, Olufunso amongst other dignitaries.
The top 15 players were verified and endorsed by Mr. Jim Colston, a renowned scout in the English Premier League; Nigerian ex-international, Chief Segun Odegbami, and Football Ambassador, John Fashanu.
The names of the 15 best players are: Sodje Daniel, Mudasiru Idowu, William Blessing, Abimbola Abiodun, Caleb Dosunmu, Adedeji Adeniyi, Akiode Ayomide and Kuyoro Olamide. The others are Davids Udoh, Abiola Kazeem, Suleiman Adams, Oladipupo Adeola, Ajao Ahmed, Odetola Eniola and Ipaye Michael.
UPLIFTing U-15 Grassroots Football was designed to identify young people with flair and passion for the game of soccer and to help them build their skills and expose the best players to international opportunities. Having identified these talented footballers, Mrs. Amosun has promised to give them the opportunity to enhance their football talents as well as their education outside Nigeria.
Source: Punch Newspaper
April 9, 2013 | Editor
Plans to stage a successful Principal’s Cup competition in Ogun state today received another boost as the partner, Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) presented a N1.9m to the State Government.
The sum according to the representative of the bank, Mr. Harry Balogun was meant to cater for all the expenses concerning security, medicals, referee allowances and other logistics from the preliminary up to the quarterfinal stage of the competition.
Receiving the cheque, Commissioners of Youth and Sports, Hon. Gbenga Otenuga and his Education, Science and Technology counterpart, Barrister Segun Odubela who were represented, promised that the money would be spent judiciously to ensure that the competitions were successfully staged in all centres of the four divisions of the State.
Meanwhile, preliminaries of the competition which had earlier been suspended would resume tomorrow following the completion of the 2nd term unified examination held in all secondary schools across the State.
Coordinator, School Sports in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Julius Bamgboye indicated that the preliminaries would resume in Yewa, Ijebu and Remo divisions, while the Egba division which was yet to start before the suspension would start afresh.
Source: OGTV website
March 21, 2013 | Editor
Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun has organised a football competition open to all male talented students in government-owed secondary schools in the state between the ages of 13 and 15 from the 1st to 6th of April, 2013.
The competition, which would have in attendance Mr. Jim Colston, a renowned scout for the English Premiership League in the United Kingdom, is designed to identify talented footballers and give them opportunity to enhance their football talents in Europe.
In a statement from the Office of the Wife of the Governor, the programme tagged UPLIFTing Under-15 Grassroot Football is designed to identify young people with flair and passion for the game of soccer and to help them build their skills and expose the best team that emerges to international opportunity.
For ease of selection and identification, the 20 local government areas have been split into four divisions namely Yewa, Remo, Ijebu and Egba with an independent panel and all the local government chairmen to authenticate the screening process.
Each division is expected to select its 20 best Under-15 footballers and they would be paired for the semi-final matches and finals respectively at a venue in Abeokuta on dates that will be convey to the general public. The players would have opportunity to train with Colston and his team, and each player will undertake a premier league standard scouting assessment exercise.
Jim Colston has worked with coaches like the late Sir Bobby Robson (Newcastle United and England); Neil Lennon (Celtic FC) and Kevin Blackwell (Leeds United, Luton and Sheffield United). Colston owns a coaching academy, Southern Academy Football Association which has successfully scouted players for the Arsenal, Tottenham, Brighton & Hove, Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Liverpool amongst others.
Source: OGTV website
March 14, 2013 | Editor
In the last 25 years, the Egbas have not done anything less to celebrate their hero, the legendary Lisabi who gave them hope, freedom and independence. The essential Lisabi Agbongbo Akala is, in the last 25 years, celebrated by the Egbas in the annual Lisabi Festival.
Lisabi Festivals to an average Egba man goes beyond the rituals. It is an avenue to demonstrate the rich culture of Egbaland, an avenue to recognize and celebrate worthy heroes and heroines, living or dead and above all, an avenue to promote the culture of the Egbas and engrave same as indelible prints in the minds of the young folks.
The year 2012 edition of the Lisabi Festival, which held from February 27 to March 4, was in a class of its own and a festival like never before.
The beauty of the festival came to the fore during the inter-school debate competition organised among secondary schools in the five local governments that make up Egbaland.
The topic of the debate: “Bi Awon Omobirin Koba ni Eko Iwe Dunju, Ifaseyin yoo ba Idagbasoke, Eto Amuludun ati Oro Aje”, which when translated means “If the girl child is not given qualitative education it will bring a drawback to progress and economic development of a nation” was debated in Yoruba language by the students.
While the debate lasted, the Centenary Hall, venue of the competition, witnessed the best use of Yoruba proverbs, witty sayings by young school children and at the end of the day, Asero High School, Abeokuta, led by the duo of Olusola Babatunde Olarewaju and Salaudeen Yusufu Akande, defeated the duo of Ojelade Olufunke and Adeyanju Taiwo from Itori Comprehensive High School, Itori, Ewekoro.
As it was in the debate, so was it in the inter – school quiz competition which had all its questions centered on Egba culture, history, traditions and Yoruba proverbs.
The quiz was as colourful as it was entertaining. Orile Keesi Grammar School came first, followed by Itori comprehensive High School and District comprehensive High School, Agbado in second and third positions respectively.
Besides the debate and quiz competitions, the 2012 Lisabi Festival did not go without testing the physical strength of the Egba youths. A football competition that held its final at the Moshood Abiola Stadium saw the students of International Academy, a football academy owned by the legendary footballer, Segun Odegbami, won the trophy while Pakito High School won the silver medal.
The theme of this year’s festival, tagged “Retaining the Girl Child in School”, as apt, and enjoined parents to give university education to girls, adding that secondary education was now inadequate for a child to lead qualitative life.
The Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo announced that Globacom, the giant telecommunication company in the country, in addition to sponsoring the festival, also made a donation of N2 million to the Girl Child Trust Fund, which formed the thrust of the festival for the year 2012.
He described the theme of this year’s festival, tagged “Retaining the Girl Child in School”, as apt, and enjoined parents to give university education to girls, adding that secondary education was now inadequate for a child to lead qualitative life.
Excerpt for Nigerian Tribune Website
March 8, 2013 | Editor
Ogun State Government has put necessary machinery in motion to resuscitate the “Principals’ Cup Football Competition” as a veritable means of helping its youths develop physically and mentally.
An indication on this emerged today in Abeokuta at a meeting which the State’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Olugbenga Otenuga held with the representative of Guaranty Trust Bank which is partnering the State Government on the football competition.
Speaking at the meeting to facilitate the take off of the competition, Hon. Otenuga said the ministry embarked on the partnership in line with the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration’s drive to develop grassroots sports, hence his desire to rejuvenate the Principals’ Cup to among other things, help restore the lost glory of sports in the State.
It is our priority and concern to discover talents in Ogun State schools so we need to empower them so that we can bequeath a lasting legacy to our youths in line with the vision of Senator Ibikunle Amosun
Contributing, the Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Alh. Ambali Isola said his Ministry would provide all necessary logistics to ensure the success of the competition as it would aid an all-round development of the students.
Speaking on the modalities for the competition, representative of the partnering bank, Mr. Fela Bank-Olemoh explained that elimination would start at the preliminary stage as all the 834 secondary schools in the State were expected to participate in both the male and female categories. According to him, the winner of the competition in each category would go home with a cash prize of N1m, the first runner-up would collect N750,000, the second runner-up would smile home with the sum of N500,000 while the third runner-up school would get N250, 000
Source: Ogun News
February 25, 2013 | Editor