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LMC shutdown has no connection with NFF elections — Dare

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Thursday, explained that the decision to shutdown the League Management Company (LMC) was not connected to the incoming Nigerian Football League elections slated for 28th September, 2022.

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This is even as he disclosed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), under the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has received in excess of N16 billion.

Speaking at the 51st session of the State House Ministerial Briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team, at the Aso Rock Villa, Dare, explained that shutdown of the Abuja head office of the League Management Company on Thursday was the government’s last resort to salvage the country’s football.

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Recall the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force had stormed the office of the League Management Company in the capital city of Abuja to seal it up.

The Federal Government had dissolved the LMC as the recognised operator of the Nigeria Professional Football League last Friday.

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The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Ismaila Abubakar, had announced that the government no longer recognised the LMC as the sole agency licensed to organise and regulate the Nigeria Professional Football League.

He premised the decision on the alleged maladministration of the League.

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But fielding questions on the issue, the Sports Minister said the dissolution of the LMC was delayed for four months to allow for a workable solution.

Dare said “As at May 25, 2022. Mr. President approved the dissolution of the LMC and directed that the NFF should set up an Interim Management Company because of clear evidence that our league was in dire straits.

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Between May and August, we did not issue a directive because we wanted the Premier League to complete its season without any disruption. But also, during that period, the Ministry made efforts to speak with those in charge. We never got any response.

“As we sit here, our league is on its deathbed. We know the nature of our domestic league. And just yesterday (Wednesday) I got a letter from the club owners. I met with them two weeks ago. I also met with the female football leaders.

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There’s a letter that came on September 1, I only got it yesterday stating clearly that they have numerous problems with the LMC running the league. Unpaid emoluments, referees are not paid, staff are not paid.

“So, in May 2022, there was a presidential directive and as a ministry, we applied reasonable judgment and delayed that communication.

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But at a point when the league ended, and we saw the continuous decline of our football, we thought it was the right time to take the necessary action.

And that was what we did. There’s no connection between that decision with the NFF election, it stands alone.”

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The Minister who was at the State House with some of the country’s ace athletes including world record holder, Tobi Amusan and gold medalist, Ese Brume, thanked the President for being “supportive” to the sector, prompting Nigeria’s recent exploits in the athletics world stage.

“Mr. President has been extremely supportive. And I know what I’m talking about.
When you run a budget of N2.1 billion for the Ministry of Youth and Sports. And then you have two or three major international championships, your budget is an envelope, you can’t go beyond it.”

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‘We’re proud of you’– joy as Tobi Amusan returns to Cele Church for thanksgiving

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The Celestial Church of Christ says it is proud of the achievements of the current World Athletics, Commonwealth Games, and African Champion in 100 metres hurdles, Tobi Amusan.

The church,in a statement signed by the Head,CCC Media,Superior Evangelist Kayode Ajala, said it would not stop celebrating Amusan for being a good ambassador of the church, expressing delight that she returned to her spiritual fountain, the Celestial Church of Christ , to worship and to appreciate God during a Sunday Service .

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The statement read:”Many do not even know that Tobi Amusan, the iconic athlete whose basket of global victories and laurels, is overflowing and bursting at the seams, is a member of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide. The track Queen who was recently bestowed with the national award of Officer of the Order of Niger ( O.O.N.) by President Muhammadu Buhari, is not just a member of the C.C.C. but also an active member of the choir.

“Amusan’s many wins include the following: Winner of the World Athletics Diamond League. – Gold Medalist from the World Athletics Championships 2022 in Eugene Oregon, U.S.A. – First Nigerian World Record Holder in Athletics, Eugene Oregon, U.S.A. – Triple Gold Medalist from the Commonwealth Games. – Double Gold Medalist from the African Athletics Championships.

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” Recently, Sister Tobi Amusan returned to her spiritual fountain, the Celestial Church of Christ , to worship and to give thanks to God during a glorious Sunday Service.

“C.C.C. Worldwide celebrates one of our own, Sister Tobi Amusan. We are very proud of you and we would not stop celebrating you. This is just the beginning. God’s glory in your life would continue to abide and multiply in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.”

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You’re not human – Copenhagen goalkeeper tells Haaland

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Copenhagen’s goalkeeper, Kamil Grabara, has said that Manchester City’s goal-machine, Erling Haaland is “not human”

England forward, Jack Grealish revealed that Grabara said this after the Norwegian scored his second goal in the Champions League demolition of Copenhagen at the Etihad on Wednesday.

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Haaland scored two more goals as Manchester City thrashed the Danish side 5-0 on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old now has 19 goals in his first 12 games for Pep Guardiola’s side.

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Speaking to reporters after the game, Grealish said, “It’s unbelievable honestly,” the England forward said of Haaland.

“I’ve never witnessed anything like it in my life. For the first and second goals, I was just laughing. He is always there.

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“The keeper [Kamil Grabara] said something to me as I was walking back. He said, ‘he’s not human!’ I said ‘you’re telling me?’ Hopefully he can carry on this form and take us to glory.”

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Champions League: Chelsea 3-0 AC Milan (Post-match reaction, ratings)

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Chelsea settled down quickly after a slightly nervous start, and other than brief flashes of danger from that man, Rafael Leão, controlled proceedings in the opening 45 minutes.

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We had done a good job on matching up with Leão throughout the half, and only once did he actually burst through — though that one time should’ve resulted in a goal.

Only a great save from Kepa and a last-ditch block from Chilwell kept our sheet clean. Leão’s impact was also felt with the injury to Fofana.

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At the other end, Chelsea created a few good opportunities, and Mason Mount did have the ball in the back of the net with a great finish, but he was unfortunately well offside.

The Blues had wasted several other chances, most glaringly a 2-v-1 with Sterling and Aubameyang.

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We did take the lead halfway through the first half thanks Thiago Silva dominating his former team on set pieces, getting his head to three in a quick succession (free kick, corner, corner) and Wesley Fofana coolly finishing from the resulting scramble.

Milan seemed to begin the second half with renewed impetus and desire to get level, but Chelsea quickly put the game to bed with two goals in five minutes, Reece James creating one then finishing one, making the last half hour of the match a bit of a formality, with both sides looking to the weekend more than anything else.

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Just two changes in terms of personnel, with Koulibaly and Loftus-Cheek coming into the side, but also a formation shift back to a back-three.

Chalobah on for just his second appearance of the season after the injury to Fofana. He jarred his knee pretty badly, so hopefully it’s not bad.

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In the other game of the group, Salzburg beat Zagreb, 1-0, to take over top spot in the group. Chelsea move up to second, level on points

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