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3SC disown player Ogini arrested by EFCC for alleged fraud in Ibadan

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The management of Shooting Stars Sports Club, Ibadan, also known as 3SC, has disowned a player who claimed to be a member of the 3SC feeder team, arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged internet fraud.

DAILY POST recalls that the anti-graft agency had on Tuesday said it arrested three men among whom were one Ogini Oluwaseyi Dayo who claimed to be a member of the 3SC feeder team on Monday.

The EFCC said it arrested Ogini alongside his brother-in-law, Alabi Okikiola; and his friend, Jonas Okwuwe; at a location within the Fortune Estate, Ologuneru Olonde area of Ibadan.

Their arrest followed a petition from a neighbour, who raised high suspicion on the reckless and flamboyant lifestyle of the suspect, without any known reasonable source of income.

But the club, while reacting, said that it has no feeder team as claimed by the self-acclaimed player.

The club’s media officer, Tosin Omojola denied knowledge of the arrest of any 3SC player.

Also, a former player of the club, who is now on loan to Crown FC, known as Ogini Olatunbosun, said he was not the one arrested by EFCC.

Omojola said, “Our attention has been drawn to a report linking one, Ogini Oluwaseyi Dayo, reported to have been arrested by the EFFC, to the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan.

“We would like to inform the public that 3SC currently do not have a player named Ogini Oluwaseyi Dayo and that the team does not even have a feeder team as at this moment, following the disbanded of the feeder team over a year ago.

“Although the said Ogini was formerly of the disbanded feeder team, he had left the club five years ago, even before the eventual dissolution of the feeder team.

“What we have presently is an Academy and the coaches of the young lads confirmed that the said Ogini Oluwaseyi Dayo has not been training with them.

“The only player named Ogini, who recently played for 3SC and has since been loaned to Crown FC, where he is presently plying his trade is Ogini Olatunbosun.”

The Team Manager, Dimeji Lawal, confirmed that the only player, who was with 3SC and later joined Crown FC of Ogbomoso on loan, is known as Ogini Olatunbosun.

“We don’t have any player called Ogini Oluwaseyi Dayo, neither do we have a feeder team at the moment,” he said.

Ogini Olatunbosun also came out to clear the air on the issue, stating that the EFCC did not arrest him.

He said, “Ogini Olatunbosun is my own name and not Oluwaseyi Dayo and I am presently with Crown FC of Ogbomoso on loan from 3SC.”



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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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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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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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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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