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Women Football: Benue State’s Honey Badgers Unveil New Team Manager



Women Football: Benue State's Honey Badgers Unveil New Team Manager

In their quest to attain higher heights, Honey Badgers have appointed and unveiled an experienced Technical Adviser (TA).

He is Coach Liadi Bashiri, a known tactician in Nigeria’s women’s football circle, who had handled Confluence Queens of Lokoja and Osun Babes in the recent past.

At his unveiling in Makurdi, Benue State capital at the weekend, the Chairman of Honey Badgers, Mr Abdul Sule, said the choice of coach Liadi as the club’s technical adviser was due to his rich vast coaching records.

Sule, an ex-international said, “It’s our desire to keep ensuring that Honey Badgers grow from one point to another. And that is why we are doing everything possible to engage capable hands.”

The club chairman also announced the reconstitution of the entire technical crew with coach Felicia Anthony being elevated to the position of a head coach.

Also, Sani Baba and Theresa Wuhe were promoted to assistant coaches.

The Chairman of Benue State Football Association (BSFA), Barr. Paul Edeh, who was flanked by board members to the unveiling event, described women’s football as a pride.

While speaking to the Honey Badgers players, he said, “I sincerely have top regards for any woman who takes to playing football. The reason is because number one – it takes courage to do what you are doing, particularly when you identify the stigma attached to those who don’t understand the beauty of what you are doing.

“Two – with what you are doing today, that is playing football, you are already the breadwinners in your homes. The third is the fact that you are making Benue State proud. As we talk about women’s football in the state, Honey Badgers remain the only team in the mainstream, participating in the championship of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL).

“Let me congratulate you perhaps for the very first time after you returned from Ijebu Ode. I understood you fought with vigour… and that is why I’m pretty sure that with the appointment of a Technical Adviser who knows what it takes at the highest level, you will be better off for it.”

The BSFA chairman who is the founder of the women’s club commended the coaches for their commitment and contributions in steering its affairs while tasking the reconstituted technical crew to redouble their efforts in moving the club forward.

To the new TA, he said, “To whom much is given, much is also expected. Coach Liadi you know that lots of responsibilities are on your shoulders as you have become the father of the players in Honey Badgers.

“It is left for you to carry all the experiences you have gathered and bring it to bear here in Makurdi. For BSFA, we will give you all the support that you need to succeed because women’s team is a pride.

Talking about the plans of Benue FA for women’s football development, Barr. Edeh said, “The Benue State Football Association is is very determined to put women forward, and I say so with a deep sense of responsibility being founder of two women’s clubs that are operating concurrently and smoothly.

“By the grace of God, I’m very sure that many women’s football clubs will spring in every nook and cranny of the state with time. It is my desire that pretty soon Honey Badgers will qualify to play in the NWFL Premiership.

“And when you do so, there are discussions already on for the Benue state government to come into this matter and possibly take over Honey Badgers when discussions are famed up. When that happens, I’m very sure you will be more excited and happier for it.”

The BSFA chairman later announced a donation of 25 balls to both Honey Badgers and a newly founded women’s club in Benue State.


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National Anti-Doping Bill 2024: Sports Minister applauds Tinubu’s foresightedness



The Honourable Minister of Sports Development Senator John Owan Enoh salutes President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for placing premium on the National Anti-Doping Bill , thereby giving the Nation a reputation.

The transmission of the Anti-doping Bill 2024 to the National Assembly and the accelerated passage of same remains a landmark achievement of this administration. It is a show of the courageous and bold leadership of the president, a final and appropriate response to the perennial issues of doping that have characterized Nigeria’s relationship with the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA).

Senator John Owan Enoh the sports minister always made it clear that this administration was greeted with WADA issuing a notice to ban Nigeria from International Competitions which degenerated to the point that the agency took Nigeria to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). Amidst other non-compliant issues, the main challenge was Nigeria’s inability to domesticate the National Anti-doping Law and setting up a National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) as part of its obligation having signed the international convention in 1999.

“ for years,the country has grappled with meeting up to the expectations of the World Anti-Doping Organization ,despite being a foundational signatory for 25 years.
Nigeria has been in the eye of the storm due to its inability to domesticate the Anti-Doping Law with the backing of parliament.
I must thank our sports loving president for his foresight immediately the issues were brought before him .His foresight and actions have put the country on the right path in sports.
I also appreciate the National Assembly for the passage of the bill ,consideration and approval of the report of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters during plenary.
The county will no longer have doubts of its participation in global sporting events, eligibility to host sports competitions amongst other perennial issues” the Sports Minister said.

This welcome development comes weeks before the country’s participation at the Paris Olympics 2024.


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Bafana Bafana Must Fall, Sports Minister Charges Super Eagles



Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, on Monday, rallied support of critical stakeholders and Nigerians for Finidi George,

With the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in full swing, the Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh has called on the Super Eagles to shift their focus from their recent African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and concentrate on the crucial task of securing a spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The Super Eagles are set to face Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Friday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, and Senator Enoh stated that Nigeria must approach the tie as a make-or-break one, as victory will put the team back on track for qualification.

“The FIFA World Cup is the biggest showpiece in football,” Senator Enoh emphasized. “We cannot afford to miss out on the World Cup again. The disappointment of missing the last tournament, especially after the disappointing home match against the Black Stars, must drive us to ensure we qualify this time.”

Senator Enoh urged all stakeholders, including players, coaches, and support staff, to be fully committed to the qualification campaign. “All hands must be on deck to ensure the team qualifies for the World Cup,” he stressed. “I urge the players to get the job done in the first half of the game by scoring early goals, so they are not under pressure in the second half.”

“The upcoming match against South Africa is critical,” Senator Enoh said. “The players need to put the AFCON glory behind them and concentrate fully on this task. Early goals will be key to taking control of the game and ensuring a less pressured second half.”

Senator Enoh concluded by expressing confidence in the Super Eagles’ ability to rise to the occasion and secure a much-needed victory. “We have the talent, the passion, and the support of millions of Nigerians. Let’s channel that into a winning performance and take a significant step towards World Cup qualification.”

The match will kick off at 8 p.m. local time on Friday, June 7, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo. Nigeria currently has two points from two games and sits third in their group of six teams.


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South Africa coach names Super Eagles winger as danger man ahead of WCQ



South Africa coach, Hugo Broos, has named Super Eagles and Atalanta winger, Ademola Olajade Lookman as the danger man for Nigeria ahead of both teams’ clash this evening, reports.

Both sides met in the semi-final of the AFCON 2023 tournament in Ivory Coast, with the Super Eagles emerging victorious after 120 minutes of intense football. Stanley Nwabali was the hero, denying Bafana Bafana twice from twelve yards.

Lookman is a leading candidate for the CAF Player of the Year Award, after a stellar season with Atalanta, getting to the Copa Italia final, and scoring a hat-trick against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the UEFA Europa League final.

Broos, speaking in his presser ahead of their game against Nigeria, highlighted the Atalanta man as the threat for his side but admitted their focus as a team won’t be on the former Leicester City forward.

“Obviously, the (Nigeria) danger man is Ademola Lookman, but we are not focusing on that. We are focusing on our game, we have the ability and we have proven that at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Côte d’Ivoire,” the Belgian said in quotes revealed by Score Nigeria.

Lookman is primed to step up for the Super Eagles of Nigeria against South Africa tonight, alongside Victor Boniface, after the Nigerian attackers enjoyed success with their European club sides this season.

Samuel Chukwueze is a doubt for Finidi George ahead of tonight’s game. The A.C. Milan right winger did not take part in the final training session of the Super Eagles.


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