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​CDF Holds 7th Kiddies Boxing Competition

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​CDF Holds 7th Kiddies Boxing Competition

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The seventh edition of the Kiddies Boxing Competition organised by Child Dignity Foundation (CDF) featured 12 bouts and 1 exhibition fight which attracted several boxers all over Lagos State on Saturday.

The one -day event organized was tagged “Showcasing with Boxing Talents”.

Speaking at the event of the talent discovery program, the CEO of CDF, Amaka Awogu expressed satisfaction over the turnout of talented boxers as the competition grows in leaps and bounds.

“I am really excited and I want to thank everybody who has made this event worthwhile for the past 7 years. The event is growing and we are really encouraged with what we have been able to achieve, she said in her speech.

On the challenges being faced by the organizers, Awogu said having to screen out interested boxers as the competition continues to grow has been the biggest challenge.

“To accommodate the increasing number of entries we receive every year is becoming more difficult because we feel everybody deserves a chance to participate and showcase his or her God-given talents. Sadly, we are left with no choice because of our purse and time.”

On the foundation’s biggest achievement since inception, the CEO of CDF said seeing Farouq Saheed who was one of the previous winners grace the occasion alongside his schoolmates at Strong Tower Academy, Ikorodu has really encouraged them to go the extra mile.

“Farouq Saheed was given a scholarship by the foundation last year to further his education at Strong Tower and it is gratifying that the school has built a boxing gymnasium in the school to aid his all-round development.”

She revealed that plans were in the pipeline to partner with state Boxing Associations especially Lagos State, Nigeria Boxing Amateur Association and other professional boxing associations in Nigeria to ensure that talents discovered at the annual event are closely monitored and groomed.

Apart from medals, certificates and gift items were given to the winners, commemorative medals were given to corporate partners and individuals who have supported the event from inception in recognition of their efforts in promoting youth empowerment through boxing.



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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

Former Super Eagles player and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as Special Assistant on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the appointment letter dated August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, reads in part.

As special assistant on sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The former Everton of England forward, who was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador, is expected to mentor youngsters and promote the game at the grassroots.

Nicknamed “The Bull”, Amokachi began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football Club of Kaduna, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He played in two World Cup finals, USA 1994 and France 1998. He was a member of Nigeria’s 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team and won the 2013 edition in South Africa as assistant to the late Coach Stephen Keshi.

Amockachi also won Gold with team Nigeria in the Football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

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Tennis: Djokovic confirms US Open participation

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Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday he will play at the US Open, ending speculation about his presence at the first Grand Slam tournament since the season restarted following the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

“I’m happy to confirm that I’ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year,” the 33-year-old world number one tweeted.

“It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited,” added the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

The US Open gets underway behind closed doors in New York on Monday August 31, with Djokovic arriving in the United States on Saturday to tune up in the Western and Southern Open, which is normally played in Cincinnati but has been moved to New York this year.

His decision to take part is a major boost for the US Open after a host of headline names pulled out.

Djokovic makes his competitive return after being heavily criticized for hosting a charity tennis event in the Balkans in June at which he and a raft of players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is pondering a move to retire the Super Eagles No.6 jersey previously worn by the late Sam Okwaraji, The PUNCH reports.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick made this known during an interview on a radio programme Sports Salsa, which was aired on Kennis 104.1 FM on Wednesday.

Okwaraji died of congestive heart failure minutes after he slumped during a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola on August 12, 1989, inside the main-bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Eagles.

“Someone made a proposal about retiring the jersey (No.6) at the start of the year and I think it is not too much for us to do that,” Pinnick said.

“I will forward the proposal to the executive committee for implementation because it has been said already. So, we will see how we can retire that shirt in honour of a great patriot (Samuel) Okwaraji.

“His (Okwaraji) death was very tragic because he was a player who showed dexterity, professionalism and maturity each time he played for the Eagles.”

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