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Ibadan Recreation Club confers life membership on Sports Minister as… donates new badmintbadminton court

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By Goodluck Ikiebe.

Nigeria’s Sports and Youth Development Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare, has been awarded the life membership of the reputable Ibadan recreation club (1902).

The announcement and conferment of the award was made by the President of the IRC, Mr Olu Makinde Oni during the club’s Maiden Merit Award Ceremony which held at the club house in Ibadan on Friday July 2, 2021.

The Minister, who thanked the club for the life membership and recognition, expressed satisfaction at the club’s interest in sports.

“ I thank the IRC for this honor. It shows your good heartedness and the good heartedness of Ibadan people towards me and I appreciate this deeply. I will contribute not only to the development of Ibadan people but also to that of the club”, he assured.

Mr Dare thereafter announced a donation of a newly built Badminton court to the Ibadan recreation club.

Present at the event were Dr Olusola Ayandele, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, also a life member of the club among other dignitaries.


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Man City facing injury crisis as key battles loom large

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Premier League - Manchester City v Southampton - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - September 18, 2021 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts after Raheem Sterling scored their first goal that was later disallowed
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Manchester City will have to field several youngsters in Tuesday’s League Cup clash against Wycombe Wanderers as a number of players are suffering from injuries, manager Pep Guardiola said.

“I don’t have any alternative (against Wycombe)… we are going to play a few young players,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by the club’s website on Sunday.

“We have John (Stones), Aymeric (Laporte), Oleks (Zinchenko), Rodri and I think (Ilkay) Gundogan all of them injured.

“It’s a good opportunity for the academy – that’s why they are there.”

Following the match against Wycombe, City face Premier League leaders Chelsea, Paris St Germain in the Champions League and then Liverpool within a space of nine days, meaning the injuries are causing Guardiola a considerable amount of concern.

“Some players might rest for the games we have coming up ahead of us,” he added.

“Ruben (Dias) played all of the minutes so far and Joao (Cancelo) played all of the minutes, too, so I don’t think they will be able to play in this game.”

Source:(Reuters)


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Tributes pour in for football legend Jimmy Greaves who has died aged 81

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Jimmy Greaves MBE 1940-2021 in West Ham United Jersey
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Football legend Jimmy Greaves, best known for his spells with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea and for his performances for England, has died aged 81.

The striker, who scored more than 400 goals during his career also played for West Ham United and AC Milan and is largely recognised as of the most gifted centre forwards to ever play the game.

A statement released by Tottenham said: “We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves, not just Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer but the finest marksman this country has ever seen. Jimmy passed away at home in the early hours of this morning aged 81.

“We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Irene, their four children, 10 grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

His astonishing feats in front of goal, speak for themselves and many of his records still stand until this day. Not only is he Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer with 266 goals he also holds the record for most goals scored in a single season for both Spurs and Chelsea (37 and 41 respectively).

In terms of silverware, Greaves won the FA Cup twice with Spurs as well as the Cup Winner Cup. He also won the Italian Serie A during his single season with Milan and most importantly the 1966 World Cup with England. However, Greaves didn’t play in the final and due to the rules at the time, didn’t receive a winners medal. However, an FA-led campaign many decades later eventually saw Greaves awarded his medal by then prime minister Gordon Brown at Downing Street in June 2009.

Greaves retired from the sport in 1980 but went on to have a successful career as a television pundit and host presenting the hugely popular Saint and Greavsie alongside Liverpool and Scotland legend Ian St John, who died in March 2021.

News of his death has saddened the football world with his fellow professionals, clubs, journalists and fans paying tribute to his remarkable career and talent.

Source: (indy100)


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2021 African Women’s Senior Nations Championship ends abruptly

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By Georgina Adegbie

The 2021 African Women’s Senior Nations Volleyball Championship, on Saturday ended abruptly following a disappointing end by the Rwanda Volleyball Federation and Rwanda Ministry of Sports.

This comes on the heels of an order from the Rwanda Volleyball Federation to all its participating teams and officials to vacate the country within 24 hours.

The development also escalated by the shock decision of the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) press statement to suspend the Rwanda Volleyball team, having fielded four ineligible players.

The Rwandans played the group stages with four Brazilian players who did not meet the naturalization requirements of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).

In a swift reaction to it expulsion, the Rwanda Sports Ministry failed to make Kigali Arena available for African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) to continue the championship for two days (Friday and Saturday).

On Friday, Nigeria’s head coach, Samuel Ajayi, subsequently received threatening phone calls at his hotel in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, for filing a protest against Rwanda.

In the meantime, FIVB has decided to qualify top two African teams, Cameroon and Kenya, to the 2022 World Championship, while awaiting further directives from CAVB.

Nigeria had broken a 16-year semi-final jinx following their progress to the semifinals of the 2021 African Seniors Nations Championship in Rwanda on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria Senior Men’s volleyball team, finished seventh at the 2021 African Seniors Nations Championship in Kigali, Rwanda.

The female team were supposed to meet Morocco in their last group match on Friday which was suspended.

NAN recalls that the Nigeria Women’s Volleyball Senior Team defeated their counterparts from Senegal 3-0 in their first game.

They lost 0-3 in their second match against Rwanda, the host country of the championship.

NAN reports that Nigeria is grouped alongside Rwanda, Senegal and Morocco in pool A.

The 2021 African Seniors Nations Championship, which started on Sept. 5, is expected to end on Sept. 20. (NAN)


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