PEOPLES DAILY, FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013
Gov Kwankwaso tasks Kano Pillars board on entreprise
Bolt wins 100m in photo finish
overnor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano has charged the new governing board of Kano Pillars to keep the team abreast of modern trends in sports development through entrepreneurial drive. The governor, who gave the charge while inaugurating the members of the board yesterday in Kano, said that there was the need to run the club as a business enterprise, stressing that elsewhere football is a goldmine and no sees no reason there should be an exception in Nigeria. “The most successful football
ix-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt edged teammate Kemar BaileyCole in a photo finish to win the 100 metres at the Cayman Invitational track meet on Wednesday. Jamaica’s Bolt kicked his 100metre season off on Wednesday with a less than impressive time of 10.09 seconds at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. Bailey-Cole, who finished with the same time, is one of Bolt’s training partners. Antiguan Daniel Bailey finished third with a time of 10.23.
clubs in Europe and elsewhere in the developed world are owned by private investors. “So, Kano Pillars must move at par with the world and in the nearest future, be able to stand on its feet and contribute in the drive for improved revenue for our state,” Kwankwaso said. The governor, told the board, headed by Alhaji Abba Yola, that in most places across the world, governments are not the sole financiers of football clubs. He said that rather, they benefited in terms of revenue from the clubs’ activities. The governor noted that with other financial support from
corporate bodies and individuals, the finances spent on the club would be channelled to provide critical infrastructure to the people. According to him, over N200 million was recently spent on the club, in spite of the fact that it has a stadium and vibrant players. Kwankwaso said this was in addition to several windows of investment for self-sustenance and profit opened to the club. Yola assured that the board would critically study the governor’s proposal and work to lift the club to international level.
AFN reads riot acts to athletes, officials over camp rules
he Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has charged the 54 athletes and 16 officials invited for camping ahead of the Junior 11 th African championships to strictly adhere to camp rules. Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, AFN Technical Director, confirmed that strict compliance with camp rules was made mandatory to ensure that discipline and absolute
focus on the task ahead. Nesiama said that the camping, scheduled to open on May 13, would hold at the High Performance Centre (HPC), University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. ”Athletes and officials should maintain strict camp rules and discipline. I urge them to abide by the code of conduct,’’ he said. Nesiama said that the African championships would hold in Pretoria, South Africa
from June 27 to June 30, to select qualifiers for the 8th IAAF World Youth Championships. He said the world championships would hold from July 10 to July 14 at the Regional Sports Complex Olimpiyski, Donetsk, Ukraine. Nesiama said that different trials would as usual hold during the camping, saying that athletes who fail to measure up to the expected standards would be decamped.
Amrouche promises to roast Super Eagles on June 5
Vincent Enyeama, Eagles’ deputy skipper
Dennis Oliech, Harambee Stars reliable player
arambee Stars’ Chief Coach Adel Amrouche, has vowed to change the fortunes of Kenya’s football by beating the Super Eagles on June 5 in the 2014 World Cup qualifying game, and thus improve the world ranking of the East African country. The coach, who was reacting to Kenya’s stagnated at position 122 in the global ranking released yesterday, said the turning point would be on June 5 when Stars would roast the Eagles in the return leg of the 2014 World Cup qualifier. Also, Coach Amrouche pledged to improve the local content in the Harambee Stars squad by creating room for domestic league players and added that it would give the locals a better chance to make it in European leagues. “The matches we have will play a big part for Stars to rise through the rankings as we hope for good results.’’ “My target is to ensure that Kenya rises in the rankings as since I know it’s important for the players when seeking to join clubs in Europe and a good showing against Nigeria will be a positive start,’’ the coach stressed. Amrouche is currently preparing local players at a training camp in Nairobi. He is scheduled to name the foreign based contingent that will augment his squad next week with his task made difficult after striker and Captain Dennis Oliech and first choice keeper Arnold Origi have been ruled out of the squad through suspension. Kenya will play Malawi and Namibia in their remaining World Cup qualifiers with a planned friendly against Ghana’s Black Stars on June 1. The last time Kenya was ranked among the top 100 was in 2008 when Coach Francis Kimanzi was at the helm with the team being ranked 68th.
Bolt has been battling a hamstring problem but said that wasn’t to blame for the slow time. “It was just a bad race,” he said. “I just have to go back and figure out with my coach what went wrong. I felt it (hamstring injury) slightly. It wasn’t a bothering pain so I can’t blame it on that.” In the women’s events, American Carmelita Jeter became the first to finish in under 11 seconds in the 100 metres, winning with a time of 10.95.
Peters chides Club Owners, Ferguson over sentiment Stories by Patrick Andrew
ssistant National Technical Director, James Peters, has chided both Sir Alex Ferguson and the Association of Club Owners for failing to rise above base sentiment. Thumbing down Ferguson in spite of his acclaimed achievements as Man United gaffer, Peters wondered why the Scotsman was the only manager in the English premiership that failed to spot the sublime qualities in Nigerian players. The former Assistant Super Eagles coach said apart from Mikel Obi that came close to signing for Man United no other Nigerian player had been considered worthy of a look in by Ferguson in the 27 years of his reign. ‘’’I think the only time a Nigerian was close to signing was when Chelsea boy John Mikel Obi was coming Norway. That’s curious considering the almost global applause that players of Nigerian extraction including those domiciled in the United Kingdom had drawn during the period,” he said. “Personally, I think a lot has been said about Nigerian players’ exploits in Europe. But I find it difficult to believe no Nigerian player could fit into his mould...that to me is a big minus to his gains and reputation as a coach. “In all my years as a coach, I have discovered that the Nigerian players are the most naturally endowed. A sentiment I know most white coaches share,” he said except Ferguson who never saw
anything good in our players. Meanwhile, Peters has also chided the Association of Club Owners for allowing sentiment rather than sound judgment to guide their actions particularly as it patterns to the current experiments being carried out by the League Management Company (LMC). “Virtually everything we do thrive on experimentation and the league is no different. So, the current controversy generated by the Association of Club Owners is baffling because we need to move forward and not backward. “One thinks that the current efforts of the LMC should be supported because it is an experiment with intent of moving forward. Even if it fails, which we don’t know until the experiment is carried out, we would then consider other options. We should not continue in the same way of conducting business that has in past not yielded the desired results,” he said.
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