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NBA Appoints Victor Williams As CEO Of NBA Africa

The National Basketball Association has named Victor Williams as Chief Executive Officer of NBA Africa. The appointment takes effect from August 17, 2020, according to NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver. Williams is expected to oversee basketball development initiatives across Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball and the NBA across the continent through grassroots development, media distribution, and corporate partnerships. “Adding an executive of Victor’s calibre and experience is an important step in our continued efforts to grow basketball across the continent. “We look forward to Victor leading NBA Africa’s operations and helping to accelerate the use of sports as an economic engine across Africa,” said Silver. Reacting after his appointment, Williams said, “Becoming CEO of NBA Africa is a compelling opportunity to join the NBA – a widely-respected and admired, globally-oriented sports enterprise. “It allows me to blend my professional..

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Nigeria’s Sports Ministry Places Late Rashidi Yekini’s Mother On N10,000 Monthly Stipend

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has placed the mother of late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, Alhaja Sikiratu, on a monthly stipend of N10,000. This was disclosed on Wednesday by Olaitan Shittu, a representative of the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, during a visit to Alhaja Yekini in Ijagbo, Kwara State. Shittu also donated N50,000 as part of the Ramadan gifts to the septuagenarian on behalf of the minister. Also donated with the cash is a 50kg bag of rice, 10kg bag of wheat and six tins of Milo beverage drink. Shittu said that the ministry would also be extending the same gesture to the mother of late Super Eagles player, Samuel Okwaraji. Alhaja Yekini, who spoke in her local dialect (Yoruba), thanked the minister for the kind gesture. She said, “I was hospitalised for few days some months ago and I did cater for myself despite scarce resources. “I need help from Nigerians, but this minister has done very well, especially remembering me in this holy mo..

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COVID-19: FIFA Postpones U-17 World Cup, Others To 2021

The world football governing body, FIFA, has announced the postponement of the FIFA U-17 World Cup due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The body also postponed the FIFA U-20 Women’s and the Futsal World Cup to 2021. A statement on FIFA website on Tuesday said the decision, which was subjected to further monitoring, was taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council. According to the statement, this followed a thorough assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent recommendations made by the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group. “FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica/Panama 2020 to hold from Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 2021 (tournament to keep original eligibility criteria: players born on or after Jan. 1, 2000, and on or before Dec. 31, 2004). “FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 to hold from Feb. 17 to March 7, 2021 (tournament to keep original eligibility criteria: players born on or after Jan. 1, 2003, and on or before Dec. 31, 2005). “FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania..

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COVID-19: FIFA Postpones U-17 World Cup, Others To 2021

The world football governing body, FIFA, has announced the postponement of the FIFA U-17 World Cup due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The body also postponed the FIFA U-20 Women’s and the Futsal World Cup to 2021. A statement on FIFA website on Tuesday said the decision, which was subjected to further monitoring, was taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council. According to the statement, this followed a thorough assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent recommendations made by the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group. “FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica/Panama 2020 to hold from Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 2021 (tournament to keep original eligibility criteria: players born on or after Jan. 1, 2000, and on or before Dec. 31, 2004). “FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 to hold from Feb. 17 to March 7, 2021 (tournament to keep original eligibility criteria: players born on or after Jan. 1, 2003, and on or before Dec. 31, 2005). “FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania..

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Nigeria’s Sports Ministry Places Late Rashidi Yekini’s Mother On N10,000 Monthly Stipend

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has placed the mother of late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, Alhaja Sikiratu, on a monthly stipend of N10,000. This was disclosed on Wednesday by Olaitan Shittu, a representative of the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, during a visit to Alhaja Yekini in Ijagbo, Kwara State. Shittu also donated N50,000 as part of the Ramadan gifts to the septuagenarian on behalf of the minister. Also donated with the cash is a 50kg bag of rice, 10kg bag of wheat and six tins of Milo beverage drink. Shittu said that the ministry would also be extending the same gesture to the mother of late Super Eagles player, Samuel Okwaraji. Alhaja Yekini, who spoke in her local dialect (Yoruba), thanked the minister for the kind gesture. She said, “I was hospitalised for few days some months ago and I did cater for myself despite scarce resources. “I need help from Nigerians, but this minister has done very well, especially remembering me in this holy mo..

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Gernot Rohr To Continue As Super Eagles Of Nigeria Coach Until 2022

Gernot Rohr, coach of Nigeria's Super Eagles, has extended his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation for two and half years. The new contract is expected to end after the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Rohr said he was looking forward to the next AFCON games as well as the World Cup qualifier. “Yes, I can confirm that we found an agreement with NFF to continue our collaboration for two and half years. “I am proud of the confidence shown by NFF, it is rare to work in the same national team for more than six years," he told TheCable on Friday. He continued, “Our team has a good future, our players have discipline and the staff is working in the same spirit. “Yes, we want to go to the next AFCON and do very well there. And we want to start the World Cup qualifiers well and participate in Quatar with good results there. “I am happy to continue with the squad we built together since 4 years. Stability is important for progress and complicity. “There is still a big work to d..

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Gernot Rohr To Continue As Super Eagles Of Nigeria Coach Until 2022

Gernot Rohr, coach of Nigeria's Super Eagles, has extended his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation for two and half years. The new contract is expected to end after the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Rohr said he was looking forward to the next AFCON games as well as the World Cup qualifier. “Yes, I can confirm that we found an agreement with NFF to continue our collaboration for two and half years. “I am proud of the confidence shown by NFF, it is rare to work in the same national team for more than six years," he told TheCable on Friday. He continued, “Our team has a good future, our players have discipline and the staff is working in the same spirit. “Yes, we want to go to the next AFCON and do very well there. And we want to start the World Cup qualifiers well and participate in Quatar with good results there. “I am happy to continue with the squad we built together since 4 years. Stability is important for progress and complicity. “There is still a big work to d..

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Ex-Eagles Coach Onigbinde Speaks On Nigeria’s Dwindling Fortunes In Sports Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Festus Onigbinde, former Super Eagles Coach, has attributed the static nature of sports in Nigeria to lack of development policies by the Nigerian government. Onigbinde told SaharaReporters on Wednesday that instead of setting and achieving clear goals that would lead to the development of the sport in the country; the government has only focused on organising competitions and participating in competitions. He said, "In some of these countries, the level of technology is much higher than what we have here and that will eventually have some effects. “It appears that we are helpless. Are we making any effort? I was reading this afternoon of a country making efforts to use technology for cheering during games. Do we have that type of technology here? The Coronavirus has affected and will continue to affect our sports for some time. "The greatest challenge of sports in Nigeria is development. We don't have a developmental programme, we are just taking part in sports for the fun of..

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Ex-Eagles Coach Onigbinde Speaks On Nigeria’s Dwindling Fortunes In Sports Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Festus Onigbinde, former Super Eagles Coach, has attributed the static nature of sports in Nigeria to lack of development policies by the Nigerian government. Onigbinde told SaharaReporters on Wednesday that instead of setting and achieving clear goals that would lead to the development of the sport in the country; the government has only focused on organising competitions and participating in competitions. He said, "In some of these countries, the level of technology is much higher than what we have here and that will eventually have some effects. “It appears that we are helpless. Are we making any effort? I was reading this afternoon of a country making efforts to use technology for cheering during games. Do we have that type of technology here? The Coronavirus has affected and will continue to affect our sports for some time. "The greatest challenge of sports in Nigeria is development. We don't have a developmental programme, we are just taking part in sports for the fun of..

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JUST IN: English Premier League To Resume June 17 Amid COVID-19

The English Premier League will resume on June 17 after the 20 clubs in the division agreed “in principle” to return to play and complete the remainder of the 2019-20 season that was halted in mid-March due to the Coronavirus outbreak. It was revealed that Manchester City versus Arsenal will be one of the first matches to be played. Aston Villa’s home clash with Sheffield United will also be played same day to mark the return of the English top flight, it was disclosed as well. Apart from the EPL, many football leagues and other sporting events around the world were put on hold as a result of the pandemic that had claimed hundreds of thousands of lives across many countries. You may also like Read Next Trending Now

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