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NOC Holds Northern Patrons’ Investiture In Abuja Tomorrow

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NOC Holds Northern Patrons’ Investiture In Abuja Tomorrow

The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) says it will conduct the investiture of its patrons from the northern part of the country tomorrow in Abuja as part of its programme to reposition the Olympic Movement in the country and explore new frontiers in spreading the benefits of its ideals.

The event, scheduled for the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, is a continuation of a similar exercise conducted at the Elegushi Palace in Lagos a fortnight ago, where five prominent personalities were decorated.

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The six eminent Nigerians to be honoured at the Abuja occasion are Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State, wife of Kebbi State Governor, Zainab Bagudu, Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, Major General Adamu Dyeri (rtd) and Alhaji Bashari Mohammed Gumel.

At the Lagos event, Chief (Mrs.) Kofo Nwokedi, Sir Marc Wabara, H.E. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and His Royal Majesty Oba S.A. Elegushi were inducted as NOC patrons.

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NOC President, Habu Gumel, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said the Olympic body decided to choose men and women with passion for sports to impart in the activities of the body and also affect the well being of Nigerian athletes.

“The fatherly role and duties of our distinguished Patrons, whom we are inaugurating are majorly advisory and ambassadorial. We shall from time to time defer to your high offices with a view to seeking your advice or guidance and also take advantage of your wealth of experience or connectivity to further strengthen our operations and the delivery of our common Olympic Movement objectives,” Gumel said.

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Calf Injury Taints Man Utd’s Fellaini’s January Transfer

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Calf Injury Taints Man Utd's Fellaini's January Transfer

Marouane Fellaini has suffered a calf injury and will be out for up to four weeks thereby ruling him out of January move away from Manchester United.

Interim boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer disclosed this in a press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Brighton that the, Fellaini “will be out for at least three or four weeks. He’s got a calf problem and that is sad.”
The 31-year-old was linked with a move to AC Milan and Porto but the injury he suffered during training means he will is staying put at Old Trafford.

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The Belgian midfielder has made just one substitute appearance since the interim manager took over from Jose Mourinho.

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Australian Open: Sharapova Defeats Wozniacki To Reach Fourth Round

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Australian Open: Sharapova Defeats Wozniacki To Reach Fourth Round

Defending Champion, Caroline Wozniacki was stunned by Maria Sharapova in a three set game that lasted two hours twenty-four minutes at the Australian Open tournament.

31-years-old, Sharapova, grabbed the last four games to eliminate Wozniacki 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the fourth round at Melbourne Park.

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Sharapova said “I haven’t played many matches in the last year, especially against top players, and these are the kinds of matches I train for. Experience is priceless but you still have to work for it,” she said after the game. She will now face 15 seeded, Ashleigh Barty, who defeated Maria Sakkari.

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Sharapova won the Australian Open in 2008 which happens to be one of her five Grand Slam trophies but hasn’t been past the quarterfinals since 2015. She was banned in March 2016 for failing drug test, after which she returned after a 15-month suspension.

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AFCON 2019: Gernot Rohr Rules Out Bench Warmers From Tournament

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AFCON 2019: Gernot Rohr Rules Out Bench Warmers From Tournament

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has ruled out bench warmers from the team that will try to win the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations for a fourth time.

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Rohr says only exceptionally good players playing regularly for their clubs, would be included in the Super Eagles final list for this year’s tournament in Egypt.

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Rohr says he has a list of at least 50 players that were under consideration and would be monitored by his assistants in the run up to Egypt 2019.

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