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KNSG Challenes Pillars to Get Aiteo Trophy

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By Abdulgafar Oladimeji, Kano

The Kano State government has charged the 2019 Aiteo finalists, Kano Pillars FC, to work vigorously to bring home the coveted trophy.

Kano Pillars lost to Enugu Rangers in the finals of last year’s edition. The state government had described the way Pillars gave away a 3-1 lead in the final as unwarranted.

The state Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje represented by his Deputy Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, stated this when he visited the players during their morning training session on Thursday at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

He said the visit was to motivate the team ahead of their final clash with Niger Tornadoes in the final of the Aiteo Cup next week.

According to him, the state government is determined to commit the needed resources and support required to propel the Kano side to victory.

He said, “the last time Kano won the cup was 66 years ago and I have confidence that you will make history in Kaduna. Therefore, put in your best and you will emerge victorious.

 “I am going to lead a strong team of government officials from Kano to come down to Kaduna and watch the Aiteo Cup Final.”

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The governor revealed that the state government has concluded arrangements to set up a continental committee that would prepare and lead the team in its campaign in the  forth coming 2019/2020 CAF champions league.

He commended the players for qualifying to compete in the CAF Champions league.

Earlier, the Chairman, Kano State Sports Commission, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, described the visit to the players as a clear demonstration of  the passion the state government has for sports.

Galadima said, “I would like to inform His Excellency that this time around, our players are determined and  committed to see that they do not lose the cup to the hands of their opponent.”

Speaking, the Chairman, Kano Pillars Football Club, Alhaji Tukur Babangida,thanked the state government for settling all the outstanding match bonuses owed the players and assured that they would lift both the Aiteo Cup and CAF Champions league titles. 

Kano Pillars Football Club will lock horns with their Niger Tornadoes Counterpart in the Aiteo Cup Final on Wednesday July 24th at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

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Husband of Slain Kenyan Runner Tirop Seeks Plea Bargain

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The husband of slain Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop is seeking a plea bargain after initially denying a charge of murder, his lawyer said yesterday.

Tirop, a rising star in the world of athletics, was killed last October in her home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub in western Kenya for top runners.

Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich was arrested after a dramatic late-night chase the day after Tirop’s body was found with stab wounds, and has been in custody ever since.

The 41-year-old denied a charge of murder at a November court appearance.

But in the latest twist in the legal saga, his lawyer Ngigi Mbugua told the Eldoret High Court that Rotich was willing to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the hope of attracting a more lenient sentence.

The prosecution said it was not against the idea of a plea bargain but wanted Tirop’s family to be involved in the process.

A hearing on Rotich’s request will take place on 22 September.

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Ganduje Appoints Galadima Acting Kano Pillars Chair

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has appointed Ibrahim Galadima as acting Chairman of Kano Pillars Football Club.

The appointment is with immediate effect, the governor said.

Surajo Shuaibu Yahaya who had chaired the club was relieved of the job.

The appointment of Galadima who is Chairman of Kano State Sports Commission to oversee activities of Kano Pillars is part of routine exercise in sports administration of Ganduje, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Abba Anwar said yesterday.

“As Kano Pillars is facing more competition in National Premier League (NPL) it will be good to have a leadership that will perfectly lead the Club.

“Ibrahim Galadima, Chairman of Kano State Sports Commission, will now replace the current Chairman of Kano Pillars FC, Surajo Shu’aibu Yahaya.

“Galadima will serve in acting capacity, before the appointment of a substantive Chairman,” Ganduje said.

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FIFA Emerges Best Global Sports Federation on Governance Standards

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By Eze Okechukwu, Abuja

FIFA has been rated among the international sporting federations with the best standards of governance following a review conducted by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.


FIFA was among seven out of 33 international federations who achieved a score of 175 points or more out of 200 and were placed in the top group, A1, which the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations described as “an exclusive group”.

The federations were divided into five groups according to their score, with the target score, regarded as satisfactory, set at 130 for full members of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.


It was the fourth such review conducted by by the association, with FIFA also placed among the leading international federations and the previous was in the year 2020.

The aim of the project, led by ASOIF’s Governance Task Force, is to promote and ensure a culture of good governance within the international federations and help drive continuous progress.


The review looked at five aspects of governance – transparency, integrity, democracy, development and control mechanisms – and these were further divided into ten sub-sections, with a score of zero to four awarded for each.
The review began with a self assessment in January and February this year where international federations were asked to complete a questionnaire and determine a score for each question, providing explanatory evidence for their decision. These assessments were then independently moderated by an external sports governance consultancy.

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The assessment took place in the context of the ongoing global pandemic, which has severely affected sport, but was conducted before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has caused more uncertainty in the sporting world.

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