Sports Ministry Lauds Kick Boxing Federation on Constitution

first_imgThe Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD), has commended Chief Superintendent of Police Abubakar Yakubu led Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria (KBFN) for having a working constitution ahead of the deadline it gave federation to produce the working document for their members.The commendation was made by the representative of the sports ministry Mrs Nkana Mbora, during the federation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Friday July 26, 2019 at the Media Centre of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.She also gave special commendation to Yakubu for not only providing a working constitution for his people, but for his charismatic leadership which is responsible for the fast growth of kickboxing as a sport in the country and the return of the sport to the National Sports Festival( NSF) holding in Benin City,  the Edo State capital next year. She noted that in fighting which was the hallmark of Nigeria kickboxing is now a thing of the past and gave kudos to the president of KBFN for sanitising the sport.The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), which was represented, by Mrs Kemi Obidaunsi,  also commended CSP Yakubu for his exemplary leadership of the federation.In his welcome address at the Annual General Meeting, the kickboxing federation president praised his board members and other stakeholders for an encouraging turnout which was the first of its kind in the history of kickboxing meetings.Most of the states in the country as well as clubs and other stakeholders were well in attendance at the AGM. “That on its own shows that all the stakeholders are equally interested in developing the sport,” the president said.Yakubu capitalised on the opportunity of the AGM to appeal to the federal ministry of sports and the corporate world  to come to the aid of kickboxing through funding since its executive committee  cannot shoulder the responsibility all alone.He charged all stakeholders to make discipline their watchword in order to take the sport to the Zenith.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Women’s soccer hoping to honor seniors in weekend series

first_imgDarcy Riley and the UW defense will face tough tests as Michigan and Michigan State come to the McClimon complex this weekend.[/media-credit]For the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, winning this weekend’s games versus Michigan State and Michigan would be the perfect way to honor two people who have helped bring their program to new heights – Taryn Francel and Darcy Riley, this year’s seniors.While Sunday’s match-up against Michigan is the official senior day, the team hopes to post victories to honor the senior class in both their home games at the McClimon Complex this weekend – starting with their Friday night game versus Michigan State.Such a sentiment of honoring the seniors was certainly not lost with Coach Paula Wilkins, who hid no emotion when expressing how much the senior class has meant to not only her, but also the program.“They probably don’t know how much they mean to me,” Wilkins said. “In terms of what they’ve done and what I’ve asked them to do, they really started to shift themselves both on and off the field to change the culture. The little things in practice, the little things on the road and just the nature of the team and how they support each other really comes from the two of them. As I always tell my players, ‘they are the program,’ and Darcy and Taryn really did build the program to the next point. They might not show up in the stats as much, but what they’ve done for the program will always be remembered.”On the pitch though, the second-place Badgers (7-4-4, 4-1-2) will need to be fully prepared this weekend. In a conference that seemingly has no weak teams, the Spartans and the Wolverines will continue that trend of strong opponents as they both bring talented squads to Madison.The Badgers’ Friday opponent, Michigan State (9-3-2, 3-1-1), sports not only a fantastic record, but also two of the conferences top three point-getters in junior Laura Heyboer (22 points) and sophomore Olivia Stander (18).For Coach Wilkins, stopping the talented Michigan State attack will be tough, but it’s certainly a task that her side will be up for if they stick to their defensive principles.“We’re going to have to be really focused on being aware of where they are and making sure we have good cover with what they do,” Wilkins said. “Because they can be dangerous, and Laura (Heyboer) is a great player and scorer. And Olivia (Standor) is coming on as a young player and being a threat. At the end of the day, it’s going to come down to good defending and good group defending as a team.”After splitting their two games last weekend with a 1-0 loss at Ohio State and a 3-2 win at Penn State, the Badgers are doing their best to not let the past weekend’s mix of emotions affect this weekend’s games or their outlook on the rest of the season.As junior captain Laurie Nosbusch pointed out, however, it’s tough not to be encouraged by how the team bounced back with a thrilling victory against Penn State on Sunday. The win was a true display of the team’s character and grit and an especially encouraging sign moving forward. “It was a great thing to see because I think it speaks a lot to our team character in taking a loss that was very disappointing and meant a lot to our season,” Nosbusch said. “It lightened our hopes of winning the Big Ten trophy but to be able to bounce back and be able to bring fire against such a great team was amazing.”That same character and intensity is exactly what the Badgers will need this weekend at the McClimon Complex. Not only for their Friday game against Michigan State, but also for their Sunday game against the Big Ten’s other Michigan foe, the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan (7-2-4, 2-1-2) presents another formidable Big Ten opponent as they come into town with a solid attack lead by powerful freshman forward Nkem Ezurine.The Badgers should be more than excited for Sunday’s game since, although it is not the senior’s final home game, it will be the perfect opportunity to honor them – both on and off the pitch. For Nosbusch, just like many of her fellow teammates, the biggest priority will be doing all they can to extend the seniors’ careers.“Right now, we’re trying to keep them around as long as possible and we need to keep winning to do so.”last_img read more

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Football returns to Georgetown with Stag Beer Revival Cup

first_imgThe Georgetown Football Association (GFA) could not have found a better name for its upcoming tournament as it re-enters the world of hosting competitions after a bout of difficulties.Representatives from the Georgetown football clubs take a photo opportunity as the GFA’s IMC Chairman Trevor Williams receives the sponsorship cheque from ANSA McAL’s Saekwon McGarrellThe GFA will be collaborating with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and ANSA McAL, under its Stag brand, to stage the “GFA-Stag Beer Revival Cup”. The tournament will cater to football clubs within the Georgetown area, resuscitating the competitive spirit between the Georgetown clubs after a long time.At the launch of the event, GFA Interim Management Committee Chairman Trevor Williams noted that the Association was taking small steps towards fully restoring the glory of football that Georgetown once possessed. As such, he said, “I wish to encourage the clubs to make the most of the opportunities given, to keep their commitment to the game strong to ensure that together the GFA, the GFF and the football fraternity could take football to where we’ll be pleased in the city of Georgetown.”Declaring that the ANSA McAL company was “overly excited” to be part of such an initiative, Stag representative Saekwon McGarrell noted that the company was anticipating a top-notch tournament. “At this tournament, we’ll be able to see top teams with top talents, top managers, top trainers and skilful strategists; this is definitely going to be a football fiesta. It is time for us to be proud of our talented young players who are eager to display their skills and talents,” McGarrell said.GFA Competitions Committee Chairman Otis James shared the details of the tournament, stating that it was scheduled to begin on August 12 and run for 16 days. Within those 16 days, 56 matches are expected to be played in a round-robin format and then eight teams will advance into the quarter-final stage. The competition will host 16 teams, inclusive of Fruta Conquerors, Western Tigers, the Guyana Defence Force and Buxton United.However, with regard to the Elite League teams, players who are listed for the Elite League will not be eligible for this competition. As such, the teams are being urged to allow their Under-20 players to garner some exposure during this tournament.GFF President Wayne Forde has ecstatically welcomed the return of football to Georgetown. Additionally, he has expressed hope that this tournament would be a stepping stone towards development.“Football in Georgetown has been long overdue, it is pointless for us to get into the reasons why, but what I think we should do is concentrate our energies in developing a sustainable programme, over the next couple of years,” Forde said.The games will be hosted at the GFC Ground and the Tucville Football Ground (popularly known as the Fruta Conquerors Ground). The grand prize for the competition is $500,000, while second place will receive $250,000, and $150,000 will be awarded to the third-place winner.last_img read more

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