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Lagos FA: At Maiden Meeting, Technical Committee Discusses Far Reaching Solutions On Football Dev’t

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The Technical Committee of Lagos State Football Association rose from its inaugural meeting held recently to deliberate on a number of issues on the development of round leather game in the state.

Led by Alhaji Liameed Olawale Gafar thanked the board of Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) headed by Alhaji Fouad Oki for its commitment to the growth and development as well as repositioning the face of football in the state within the short time of inauguration, adding that the board’s effort to come out with good football policies and the bold initiative to resuscitate football competitions such as Oba’s Cup, Lagos Street Soccer, IBILE Games, LAFA Super League, Principal Cup, and Lagos Junior League among other should be well commended.

On the annual Lagos FA Cup, the Committee resolved that it is better to begin preparation for the tournament early. To this end, it appointed Mr Sulaiman Rasheed and Coach Benson Edema to identify some good locations that would be used for the forthcoming FA Cup.

“The Committee also agreed to make the Lagos FA Cup more inclusive by taking the competition into the hinterland instead of concentrating on some particular locations as has been the case in the past. It is also resolved that venue proximity to teams should be a major factor during the FA Cup, considering the economic situation of the country at the moment,” a Communique made available after the maiden meeting reads.

The Committee at the meeting proposes a far-reaching innovation that will change the face of the school sports competition, the Principal’s Cup. According to the Committee, the Lagos FA board should divide the Principal’s Cup into two- Junior and Senior Principal’s Cup.

“It is observed that schools these days have junior and secondary schools, and stemming from popular demand, the technical committee, therefore, recommends that the competition be played separately.”

On the Lagos State League, the Committee resolved to revive the Lagos State League. “It was unanimously agreed by the members that the best two teams from each of the five divisions would qualify for the League and the two top teams would represent the state at the national playoffs.

The Communiqué reads further: “In order to prepare the Lagos-based NPFL, NNL, and NLO teams for the 2023/24 season, the committee concludes to organize a pre-season tournament from September 20 through 27, 2023 to keep the teams fit, ahead of the new season. The committee has proposed to use Onikan Stadium for the week-long event.

“During the deliberations, the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Alhaji Liameed Olawale Gafar expressed optimism that more teams from Lagos would be promoted to the NLO, NNL, and NPFL from next season owing to the strong support from the Oki-led LSFA Board.

“The committee agreed that with the various football competitions lined up by this administration, there is a need for additional sports facilities and renovation of existing ones to accommodate the busy football calendar of the LSFA. Upon further deliberations, the committee resolved that the LSFA Board should appeal to the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to see that the ongoing renovations taking place in Agege Stadium, Ifako-Ijaiye Sports Center, and other sports centres be expedited.

“In order to present formidable teams in the various categories that would represent the state at future national football competitions, the technical committee proposed four coaches in these age categories: U-10, 13, 15, 17, and 20 for both males and females. The committee suggests that 40 coaches should be deployed in all the categories.

“The LSFA Board should strongly consider the possibility of deploying one or two Coaches to each of the 5 Divisions in the State and saddle them with the task of identifying budding talents as it used to be many years ago.

“The technical director of the Technical Committee, Tajudeen Disu also expressed delight with the caliber of members in the committee and reminded the members of their primary assignments. While commending the members for their commitment to the committee, he remains upbeat that the Oki-led board would take football to the next level and therefore urged football stakeholders in the state to exercise patience with the new administration.”

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Highlights from UFC 300: Alex Pereira, Max Holloway seal KO wins

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Highlights from UFC 300: Alex Pereira, Max Holloway seal KO wins

UFC 300 featured one of the greatest knockouts on Saturday, as Max Holloway faceplanted Justin Gaethje in the final second of their ‘BMF’ title fight.

Holloway outclassed Gaethje for five rounds before capping off a stunning performance with a mesmerising KO, which left Gaethje out cold, face-first on the canvas.

With that, Hawaiian Holloway took the ‘Baddest Motherf***er’ belt from the American, while the other title fights at UFC 300 saw the champions retain.

In the main event, Alex Pereira knocked out Jamahal Hill in round one to remain champion at 205lbs.

Hill stands southpaw; Pereira is orthodox. The champion kicks low twice, and Hill responds with one of his own.

Hill tries a cross, but Pereira is out of range. Good lead right hook by Hill. A slower spell ensues, and the crowd gets a bit restless.

Pereira evades a head kick then jabs to the body of Hill. The Brazilian is pressing forward. Hill lands a kick right on Pereira’s cup, and referee Herb Dean steps in to halt the action, but Pereira waves him away.

Seconds later, Pereira sends Hill RIGID with a signature left hook!!! Hill falls back onto the canvas, his eyes rolling back in his head, and Pereira brutalises the challenger with hammer fists, forcing the stoppage!

Holloway outclassed Gaethje for five rounds before capping off a stunning performance with a mesmerising KO, which left Gaethje out cold, face-first on the canvas.

With that, Hawaiian Holloway took the ‘Baddest Motherf***er’ belt from the American, while the other title fights at UFC 300 saw the champions retain.

Zhang Weili retains strawweight belt in back-and-forth bout with Yan Xiaonan; Arman Tsarukyan edges past Charles Oliveira in close clash; Jiri Prochazka fights back to TKO Aleksandar Rakic; debuting Kayla Harrison dominates Holly Holm for submission win and Renato Moicano stops Jalin Turner with ground and pound to maintain momentum.

 

 

 

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

Six suspects arrested over the murder of Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs have been remanded by the Roodepoort magistrate’s court on Friday.

Ndumiso Moswane, 26; Fernando Siva, 25; Nhlakanipho Dlamini, 21; Franky Xaba, 25; Maredi Mphahlele, 36; and Thembinkosi Hlomikhawu, 31, have been charged with murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the ends of justice.

The suspects are expected to apply for bail during their court appearance next Friday.

All six suspects have opted to apply for the services of Legal Aid lawyers.

State prosecutor Arnold Limekhaya said the state intends to oppose the bail applications.

“We will oppose bail,” he told the court, indicating the state was yet to get the profiles of the men and their bail statements.

The 24-year-old Kaizer Chiefs defender and South Africa under-23 international was hijacked and fatally shot in the chest at a petrol station in Honeydew last Wednesday.

It is understood that the assailants drove off in Fleurs’ vehicle.

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Lagos FA to debut Nigerian Ex-International cup

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Lagos FA To Debut Nigerian Ex-International Cup

The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) has concluded arrangements to organize a tournament involving Nigerian ex-internationals and their clubs’ teammates back in the day.
The Lagos State Football Association Chairman, Hajj Gafar Olawale Liameed, disclosed that the ex-internationals coming together to play football will inspire lots of youths.

“We believe in our ex-players. LSFA is determined to carry along ex-internationals and drive the game forward at every level,” Hajj Gafar stated.

“The tournament will see former Nigeria internationals based in Lagos adopt teams. For instance, if an ex-international is based in the area of Dino SC he can adopt them.

“The competition tagged ‘The Nigerian Ex Internationals Cup’ would see teams play on a home and away basis in the first phase before we proceed to the knockout stage.

“We want to have a clear identity and organize lots of programs. This is one of our innovations and we hope to take blessings from the Lagos State Government and Nigeria Football Federation,” the football technocrat enthused.

Hajj Gafar also reiterated LSFA’s commitments to the proper development of football in the centre of excellence.

“We’re determined to lead that development at every level and have created a robust plan for doing so using all our resources and knowledge.”

Meanwhile, former Nigeria internationals like Joseph Yobo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Wasiu Ipaye have already thrown their weight behind the innovation by the LSFA.

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