NSFDI: Dalung’s donation of one month salary thrills Onyali

  The Management of Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc. was delighted over the endorsement of Sports Minister Solomon Dalung on the project The Technical director of NSDFI, Mary Onyali, said she was particularly surprised as the minister donated his one-month salary to the management. She said: “The minister made the pronouncement at the inauguration and I was surprise that the next day he fulfilled his promised by giving us his salary in cash, and this act swept me off my feet and I leapt for joy” “It was a big…

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Dalung hails D’Tigress’ FIBA World Cup outing

The Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has praised the senior women’s national basketball team, the D’Tigress for their outstanding performance at the just ended FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain. Dalung who was in Spain to cheer the players said they displayed a high sense of patriotism, determination and hard-work during the competition. ‘On behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, I congratulate you on your excellent outing in Spain. You have shown that you’re now a strong force in basketball not only in Africa but now globally. “I want…

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NYG begins in Ilorin

The opening ceremony of the fourth National Youth Games takes place today (Monday), September 10, at the Sports Complex of the University of Ilorin. According to the Director Grassroots Sports Development, Demola Are, 32 states will be taking part in 33 sports during the 10-day event which has continued to grow in leaps and bounds since Solomon Dalung assumed office as the Youth and Sports Minister. Are, whose department is solely responsible for grassroots sports development said that the objectives of the games had been fruitful. “We are happy with…

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Killings: Dalung seeks state of emergency in Plateau, Benue, Taraba

In a bid to halt the spate of killings across the country, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung, yesterday urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Plateau State and other troubled states in the country. Dalung, who made call during a chat with State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, expressed disappointment that the killing of people in some local government areas of the state had continued unabated despite the deployment of security forces to the state. He said it had…

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Dalung inaugurates Sports Dev Fund with his salary

Gold medalist to get N10m Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung officially launched the Nigeria sports Development Fund Incorporation by donating his September salary. The NSDFI which is the project of ex- international, Mary Onyali (MFR) is to raise fund to prepare 90 Nigerian athletes for Olympics Games in Japan in 2020. Speaking at the launch, the Director General of NSDFI, Olajide Fashikun, disclosed that their objective was to get N200 from 4.5 million Nigerians to support the training, camping and overseas training of the athletes before and…

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Dalung hails Osinbajo’s intervention in NFF crisis

Minister: We stand by rule of law   The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung welcomes the intervention of the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo which saved Nigeria from a suspension threat by FIFA in the lingering crisis of the NFF. The Minister believes in the resolution of the crisis which has a history dating back to almost 20 years since the removal of Mr Anthony Kojo Williams from office. “This crisis cannot be solved with a temporary measure or scratched on the surface. The intervention of the…

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Confusion as NFF’s crisis deepens

Dalung dims ray of hope No end in sight   Despite the six-day ultimatum given to Nigeria by FIFA, the crisis rocking Nigerian football deepened on Thursday with conflicting reports on the state of the resolution process. After the meeting of Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, with the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, and some other board members on Wednesday in Abuja, news filtered in that there was hope of a resolution. It was learnt that Osinbajo held a closed meeting with the minister…

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Dalung to NFF: Stop tomorrow’s Congress

Minister insists Buhari can’t give order to him through AGF High Court Jos hears suit today Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung has warned the Nigeria Football Federation to shelve the plan to hold its Congress slated for August 2 in Benin, Edo State. The minister, in a letter to the federation dated July 30, 2018 and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, also declined the invitation to attend the Congress. The Minister said the call for the Congress was at…

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Dalung applauds one family, one footballer project

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, is optimistic that Nigeria can become a global force in football and ultimately win the FIFA Men’s World Cup if football stakeholders can emulate the Anambra State Football Association’s Chairman, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah.   Drawing inspiration from the World Cup success of a young French team which won the 2018 edition hosted by Russia on Sunday, Dalung said the Project 1 Family 1 Footballer (1F1F ) through the Africa Football Revolution Initiative recently launched by Dr. Ubah was the fastest route to…

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The unending crisis in Nigerian football

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been engulfed in crisis shortly after the country’s national team, the Super Eagles, crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which took place in Russia. It is pertinent to note that football crisis is a usual occurrence in Nigeria after every World Cup year. We recall after Nigeria lost to Denmark 4-1 in the second round of the 1998 World Cup, the then NFF President, Abdulmumini Aminu, was booted out of office despite having a good reign. Some board members fought Aminu just…

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