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Sunday Dare inspects Abuja stadium, assures of urgent rehabilitation

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has pledged to ensure the urgent rehabilitation of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja in line with international standard.

The minister made the pledge on Friday in Abuja when he inspected facilities at the stadium.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minister inspected the main bowl, Velodrome, Media VIP center, Powerhouse, Medical office, Technical building, dressing room among others.

He said he was impressed with some of the facilities but noted the urgent need for the rehabilitation of the main bowl, especially the football pitch which is in a deplorable state.

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Dare stressed the need to come up with innovative ways to fund and maintain the facilities while hinting on plans to privatise
the pitch-side perimeter boards advertising like its done in developed countries.

We are going to be innovative to see how we can get extra funding, and how we can privatise the football pitch (Pitch-side Perimeter advertising boards).

“I don’t want to put a timeline, but it’s sufficient to say that is right at the top of our agenda,

“Because we know it’s taking sometime and Nigerians are interested to See Super Eagles play in Abuja, the stadium will be ready soon,” he said.

He emphasised on the consistent use of the stadium while pledging to work with relevant stakeholders to make the stadium the hub of sporting activities in the country.

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NAN reports that the main bowl of the stadium has been abandoned for some time, because of the poor state of the pitch.

The Super Eagles who hitherto played their home matches there have since relocated to Uyo and Asaba because of the poor playing turf.

 

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Ighalo to become Africa’s highest paid footballer ever as Chinese club offers him £400,000 (N190m) per week

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Ighalo to become Africa’s highest paid footballer ever as Chinese club offers him £400,000 (N190m) per week

Nigerian footballer, Odion Ighalo is set to become the highest-paid African Footballer.

The Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua, which rejected the skipper’s Manchester United’s loan extension offer is now offering the sum of £400,000 (N190m) per week.

Shanghai Shenhua are breaking the bank to keep the experienced Nigerian with some reports even claiming he’s set to return to the club by next week.

Ighalo is a lifelong United fan who took a massive pay cut to play for the club. He’s living the dream.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was said to be keen on holding onto him in case the Premier League restarts but Shanghai Shenhua seemingly didn’t want to negotiate such a deal as they look to having the talented striker back for the resumption of their own league and in order to secure his future they’ve made a massive offer.

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The Nigerian football star holds his Nigerian heritage in high esteem as he extends his fortune to the less privileged in his home country.

Odion Ighalo spent £1 million on purchasing land and the building of houses for kids in his orphanage. He pays their school fees, funds their feeding, gives them football training, free kits, and more.

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He also financially supports hundreds of widows.

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See some photos below;

 

Also here are some jaw-dropping photos of Ighalo’s mansion in the plush area of Lekki, Lagos Nigeria;

 

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German FA president calls for player salary cap to help keep fans

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The President of the German Football Association (DFB), Fritz Keller, says football must learn long term lessons from the coronavirus crisis to keep fans on board.

Keller suggested better financial controls and player salary caps to do this.

Germany’s Bundesliga was shut for more than two months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, before becoming the first major football league to resume action last week.

“We have to learn from our mistakes because the crisis is an opportunity to restructure football,” Keller said in a virtual address to the DFB’s extraordinary meeting on Monday.

“We need to bring professional football to the people, to their everyday world. So we need an improved financial control system and, yes, a salary cap,” he added.

Some German clubs were close to financial collapse after the first month of suspension, the league had warned, as it pushed for a restart.

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But the restart has also been criticized by some as too early.

The DFB meeting also approved the restart on May 30, of Germany’s third division, with the last matchday scheduled on July 4.

This was in spite of opposition by some of its members who had called for the season to be abandoned.

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In a vote, 222 were in favor of a resumption of the division, with 12 voting against and 16 abstaining.

Germany had reported some 178,570 positive COVID-19 cases, while the death toll rose by 10 on Monday to 8,257.

Keller noted that football needed to think long term.

“Commissions for agents and immense transfer figure irritate society and estrange them from our beloved sport. Football has to offer satisfactory answers to these issues.

“We do not only need new rules but also a new attitude, not to think just from season to season, as we painfully found out.

“Football as a whole has to live on long term perspectives,” Keller stated.

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Odion Ighalo set to leave Manchester United

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Odion Ighalo set to leave Manchester United

Manchester United’s attempts to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal has hit a brick wall, according to SportsMail.

The six-month agreement expires in just one week.

Shanghai Shenhua have rejected United’s requests to keep Ighalo at Old Trafford for another three months.

The Chinese Super League have asked Ighalo, to rejoin the club to prepare for the start of the delayed season.

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Unless United can make a late breakthrough in negotiations, Ighalo will return to Shanghai when his loan ends next Monday.

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The 30-year-old scored four goals in eight matches before the COVID-19 shutdown and resumed training with the United squad at Carrington last week.

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Although he would prefer to finish the season in England, Shanghai have the final say and are determined to get Ighalo back.

 

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