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54 MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017 sports Okwaraji family asks FG to fulfil promise Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri T hE family of Sam Okwaraji has asked the Federal Government to fulfil its promise to build a sports and youth development centre in honour of the player who died while playing for the Super Eagles in a 1990 World Cup qualifier against Angola’s Palancas Negras at the National Stadium in Lagos on August 12, 1989. Okwaraji, who was playing for German Bundesliga club Stuttgart then collapsed during the clash, was confirmed dead hours later. Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Imo State Football Association chairman, Amanze Uchegbulam, the elder brother of the late footballer, Pat Okwaraji, said his family was saddened that the Federal Government had refused to fulfil any 80 pupils for The Bells cycling T hE African Cycling Foundation, in partnership with The Bells Secondary School, is organising a cycling competition for private secondary schools in Ogun State. The competition tagged Ogun State Cycling Challenge is a platform for teenagers to exhibit Confed Cup Portugal 2 Mexico 2 Chile 2 Cameroon 0 Monday Australia v Germany 4pm Wednesday Russia v Portugal 4pm Mexico v N’Zealand 7pm their cycling skills. Eighty male and female pupils are expected to take part in the event scheduled to take place at The Bells Secondary School in Ota, Ogun State, on Friday, with the Ogun State Cycling Association playing roles. The African Cycling Foundation is a social enterprise that aims to transform lives as well as promoting safe and regular cycling as a means of achieving sustainable wellness for improved academic performance for young people. of the promises it made during the former Roma midfielder’s burial 28 years ago. Pat said the Sam Okwaraji Foundation had decided to source about N700m for the Sam Okwaraji Memorial Sports and Youth Development Centre since the government had failed to fulfil its promise. he said, “The sports and youth development centre is one of the promises made by the Federal Government which have yet to be fulfilled. We will also institute a memorial lecture series in his honour.” According to him, Okwaraji deserved to be honoured as a role model for Nigerian youths because he was able to he died. Uchegbulam assured Pat that the association would support the foundation. Ahmadu-Kida vows to revive b’ball, rejects factional NBBF N EwLY-elected Nigeria Basketball Federation president Musa Ahmadu- Kida has promised to revive the fortunes of the basketball in the country, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. Ahmadu-Kida emerged as the president of the federation following the national sports federation election in Abuja on June 13. he told reporters after a meeting of the new board Zidane begs Ronaldo R combine active football and education and was about rounding off his doctorate at the age of 24 years before EAL Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane broke off his holiday to call Cristiano Ronaldo in a bid to persuade his unsettled star not to quit the club, Spanish sports daily Marca claimed on Sunday, AFP reports. Ronaldo, on Confederations Cup duty in Russia with Portugal, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the off shore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain. “I am leaving Real Madrid,” Marca claimed Ronaldo told his Portuguese colleagues. “I have made a decision. There is no turning back,” the daily sports paper reported. According to Marca when Zidane heard Ronaldo had sworn to quit he broke off from his family holiday and called his No.7 to tell him Madrid “needed him for his goals, and also his winning mentality”. at the National Stadium in Lagos on Saturday that the board was ready to move the sport forward in the country. he said, “we have just finished a very important meeting with our board members, it is our first. Definitely, work will begin immediately. “we are looking at reviving our grassroots basketball, which is the major area of our focus because of the future of our players and the development of the game. “we will meet with the sponsors of the women and men’s league and interact with them, most especially to assess the contracts and possibly how to improve them. “we want successful results and for this, we have to create that amiable environment for the game to thrive most especially welcoming private participation. “The future of the players representing us is also of great importance to us, most especially developing the domestic league players to international standard. “we assure Nigerians that our tenure is for the good and development of the game where good leadership is key to the success story.” On the factional NBBF board led by Tiijani Umar, Ahmadu-Kida said they (other group) had no basis for their position. The Rivers State Basketball Association boss said, “There was a free and fair election that brought us to power, which has the recognition of the Nigeria Olympic Committee and the International Basketball Federation. “The election was organised in a democratised setting that had close to 30 state association members, so where then did the other so called group get their members to vote.”