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Basketball can tackle insurgency, youth restiveness, unemployment in Nigeria – Borno State Basketball Chairman



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Basketball has been highlighted as a veritable tool to curb insurgency in the North East region, youth restiveness and unemployment in Nigeria.

This assertion was made by the North East zone representative on the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Alhaji Abba Kaka.

Kaka who is the Chairman, Borno State Basketball Association made this known while addressing stakeholders at the Annual General Meeting of the association in Maiduguri at the weekend.

“Nigeria has a young population which is a blessing in disguise if well harnessed. This population can channel their energy into sports which will not only solve the problem we face as a nation but turn to a goldmine in boosting the economy.

“The recent nationwide protest by youths across Nigeria is an indication of an urgent need to address youth restiveness if we are to avoid the landmine ahead”, Kaka said

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Earlier, the state basketball association organised a 5 day Clinic to train youths in the North East Zone- Adamawa, Borno, Taraba, Gombe, Yobe and Bauchi by FIBA Badged Referees from Lagos and Abuja.

The Borno state chairman commended his board members, participants and the trainers for a job well done, noting that such training was taking place in the zone for the first time.

While addressing the meeting, he briefed them about the NBBF’s effort in attracting and securing a 150 Million Naira Sponsorship from Total oil E&P for the Men’s Division 1 and 2 while assuring them of Zenith Bank’s continued commitment to the Women’s League.

Kaka commended the Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zuum for hosting the Youth Summit and the introduction of the 25 Year Development Plan with immediate, strategic, medium and long implementation phases targeted at rebuilding the state.

“I must thank his Excellency, Prof Zulum for his vision for a new Borno State, the Borno State Ministry of Sports and the Sports Council for their unflinching support as well as the board of the NBBF for providing the needed leadership for the continued growth of basketball in Nigeria”.

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Hon. Olaniyi Daodu: Osun State Handball Will be Great



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By: Oluwabusayo Olowookere

Osun State Handball Association Chairman, Hon. Olaniyi Daodu has promised to take Osun State Handball to greater heights by investing heavily in the game.

Hon. Daodu made this known today when he paid courtesy visit to the Handball team training ground at Osogbo City Stadium.

Hon. Daodu who spoke about the undying passion he has for handball said he was an handball player in his secondary School days. He said he is ready to assist handball players to get to stardom.

” We want people to know that football is not the only money spinning sport that can be invested in. Handball, if properly handled and well funded is an alternative to football”

” I want to assure you, our Handball players that Osun Handball team will always be participating in all handball competitions organized in the country.”

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” All we just need from you players is to always be willing and ready to make the state proud by winning laurels for us because to whom much is given, much is expected. I will always make myself available every Saturday to see your trainings and provide you with your basic needs to enjoy the game.” Said Hon. Daodu.

Hon. Daodu also took time out to talk about the upcoming 5-aside handball competition coming up later this month in Osun State.

” We are hosting a 5-aside handball competition in the state later this month. It is going to be a very big event. I have given directive for the renovation and painting of the handball court to commence immediately.” Concluded Hon. Daodu.

Responding on behalf of all handball players, Seun Oyewale thanked Hon. Daodu for hitting the ground running immediately. He also promised him that the handball team will deliver and make the state proud.

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Newspaper Vendors in Abuja Protest Over Killing of their Colleague



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Newspapers vendors in the Federal Capital Territory on Friday protested the killing of one of their colleagues, Ifeanyi Elechi, who was shot dead on Thursday by a security aide to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

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The Vendors holding placards, demanded justice, insisting that the errant operative who is believed to be a Department of State Services operative must be brought to book.

Gbajabiamila has issued a statement expressing regrets over the tragedy and announcing the suspension of the officer involved.

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Rasheed Sulaimon ruled out of 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers




Casademont Zaragoza Shooting Guard, Rasheed Sulaimon has been ruled out of D’Tigers’ 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers due to injury.

Sulaimon who was listed in the 20 man list earlier released by Coach Mike Brown will no longer play any part in the qualifiers to be decided between the 27th and 29th of November due to a torn muscle in his left abdomen and a leg injury.

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The 26 year old whose team is currently topping Group D after 2 games in the Euro League expressed his disappointment over the injury that ruled him out for 6 to 8 weeks.

“This is so disappointing for me as I would have loved to join up with the team for the qualifiers and play my part. I was looking forward to my debut for Nigeria but that will have to be put off till another time.

“Right now, I am staying positive and focusing on recovering from the injury and coming back stronger and better. Athletes will always get injured, but how you react to these setbacks sets you apart.”

Meanwhile the final training camp will open in Kigali on the Monday, 23rd of November before their first match.

Nigeria will face host- Rwanda, Mali and Algeria who recently withdrew from the qualifiers.

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