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Football scouting programme begins in Ilorin




A football scouting programme, tagged “Super Talent Football Scouting Tournament”, began in Ilorin on Monday at the Kwara Football Academy pitch, with players from 12 youth clubs participating.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the players were drawn from four states and are expected to display their football talents in the five days of the competition.

The tournament, organised by Abdullahi Yusuf, Chairman of Abraysports FC, is expected to end on Friday, with the final billed to hold at the Kwara Stadium Complex in Ilorin.

The competition is aimed at the grassroots and it is to expose the teams from Kwara, Lagos, Edo and Osun to foreign scouts.

The teams include Dynamic FC, Abraysports FC, Olusosun United, JK Soccer Academy, Kwara Football Academy, LA Planet Sports Academia and House of Prayers Sports Academy.

The rest are Olansile Football Academy, Alan FC, Laycon Academy, Metrice FC and Amapro Selected.

Two members of the scouting team, England-based Busayo Akinyemi and Tomas Bahnik from the Czech Republic, said the player or players chosen from the tournament would go for trials abroad.

“They will be taken to clubs in Europe for trials and can eventually sign a professional contract, if they impress the club,” they said.

Speaking during a pre-tournament press conference, Bahnik who said he has links all over Europe said the goal was to find good players and develop them into the European programme.

Akinyemi, who observed that talents abound in Nigeria, pointed out that they needed a platform to be discovered and groomed to stardom.

He said their mission was to help Academies and Nigerian football, wit players with the age bracket of 18 and 20 their target.

Akinyemi added that plans were underway to organise football coaching clinics.

“This will be done as a way of preparing the coaches to train their players and teams in line with general requirements in scouting programmes.”

Earlier, the Chairman of AbraySports had said the tournament was being organised by First Class Sports Marketing in conjunction with Abraysports International.

Yusuf said in recent times the development of the sport from the grassroots had been ignored and it has derailed the progress and development of the game in the country.

“That is the essence of organising the tournament in my state. I want to provide a platform for grassroots players in the country to find a club in Europe.

“This is because, in return this will help promote the state around the world,” he said.

Yusuf then urged all the players and participating teams to play by the rules of the game. (NAN)

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2022 U-20 WWC: Netherlands Defeat Falconets



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Two first half goals by the Netherlands earned them a 2-0 win against Nigeria’s Falconets in Sunday’s quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA U-20 women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

It is a first ever appearance in the semi-finals for the Netherlands at the U-20 women’s World Cup.

The last time the Falconets made it to the semi-finals was at the 2014 edition in Canada.

Victory against the Falconets means the Netherlands will take on Spain in the semi-finals.


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FIFA Suspends Indian Football Federation Over Third-Party Influence



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FIFA has suspended the Indian football federation meaning that the country will not currently be able to host the under-17 Women’s World Cup in October.

Football’s world governing body said its council unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation “due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA statutes”.

Federations must be free from legal and political interference, according to FIFA rules.

The AIFF is in disarray and being run by administrators after former chief Praful Patel stayed in office beyond his term without fresh elections, which courts ruled invalid.

Fresh elections are to be held on August 28 and the poll process began last week after India’s Supreme Court approved a timeline prepared by the administrators.

India is due to host the U-17 tournament on October 11-30 but FIFA said on Monday that because of the suspension it “cannot currently be held in India as planned”.

FIFA said that it was “in constant constructive contact with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India and is hopeful that a positive outcome to the case may still be achieved”.

Indian men’s and women’s national teams also cannot play junior or senior international games during the suspension.

Former men’s captain Bhaichung Bhutia called the suspension “very harsh”.
“At the same time I think it’s a great opportunity to get our system right,” he told Indian sports news outlet Sportstar.

“And very important that all the stakeholders — the federations, state associations, sport ministry — come together to get the system right and everybody work for the betterment of the sport.”

India captain Sunil Chhetri had recently advised his players “not pay too much attention” to the FIFA ban threat as the situation was out of their control.

“The suspension will be lifted once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs,” FIFA said.

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Dollar Rain for Amusan, Brume, others from Sports Ministry for Commonwealth successes



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Team Nigeria medallists and their coaches at the 2022 Commonwealth Games have received their cash rewards from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for their heroics in Birmingham.

Athletes who won gold medals received $5,000, silver medallist received $3,000, while bronze medallists got $2,000. Athletes who represented Nigeria in the 4 x100 relay received $15,000 for the team.

Amongst those who got rewarded are Women’s 100m Hurdles Champion, Tobi Amusan, 200m Silver medallist and long jump winner, Ese Brume among others.
The Coaches and officials also got rewarded by the ministry for their roles in Team Nigeria’s success.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare ensured that three weeks camping allowance was paid to all athletes.

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