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Govt Unveils New Jerseys For Edo Queen, Bendel Insurance, Introduces Sports In Primary, Secondary Schools Curriculum

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The Edo State Government says it has introduced sports as part of the curriculum in primary and secondary schools across the state as a fundamental step to cultivate young talents.

The governor of the state, Mr Godwin Obaseki who was represented by his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, disclosed this at the New Festival Hall of the Government House, Benin City at a ceremony to unveil new Jerseys for the state’s football clubs, Edo Queens and Bendel Insurance.

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INFO DAILY reports that a Nigerian construction firm, Peculiar Ultimate Concern Limited is sponsoring the female Team, Edo Queens while Sterling Bank is sponsoring it’s male counterpart, Bendel Insurance.

He said the Godwin Obaseki led adminstration has been working on providing enabling environment that will ensuring the organized private sector takes over the exclusive funding of sport, particularly football as the case in other parts of the world.

The Deputy Governor told the gathering that the administration was plotting a graph that would ensure that sport funding in the state was taking over by the Private sector.

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Now our graph is at between 90-10 and 80-20, but we are working towards a situation where the graph will be 10-90, meaning that government would only be responsible for 10% of the funding and the Private sector 90% until we achieve a situation where full value of the game is maximally explored, not just as entertainment, as viable commercial and income generating tool”.

He added: “In developing sports in Edo State, we have made it part of the curriculum in our primary and secondary schools. In our public schools, we will dedicate Wednesdays for sporting activities. It will also be part of the continuous assessment in our schools. The era for sports scholarship is back to Edo State.”

The Managing Director, Peculiar Ultimate Concern Limited Company, Engr Lanre Adeleke, who alongside his wife, Barrister Adeleke was at the unveiling of the new Jersey told the gathering that the sponsorship of the women’s football club was to further establish the company’s belief that patronage of the nation’s local content would not only reduce unemployment, but would also douse youth unrest and enhance the image of the country in the international space.

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Engr Adeleke believed that apart from this, “the sponsorship of a women football team by our company; which is purely Nigerian in all sense, is another major avenue to build capacity of women, show that women could do more unimaginable exploits and accelerate national development with their contributions in sport, academic and politics among others if given the opportunity”.

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The Managing Director of Peculiar Ultimate Concern Limited also lauded the Edo State government under Governor Godwin Obaseki for his resolve to promote sport for development.

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On his part, the Executive Director of Sterling Bank, Mr Tunde Adeola said the Bank would continue to invest in Bendel Insurance football team because the bank believed in its capacity to for quality football.

The unveiling ceremony was witnessed by the secretary to Edo State Government, Hon Osarodin Ogie Esq, Chairman of the State Sport Commission, Hon Yusuf Alli, and Edo State Chief Judge, Hon Justice Joe Acha among other dignitaries including Ex-internationals and football enthusiasts.

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EPL: What I Love Most About Man Utd Midfielder, Sabitzer – Patrice Evra

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Manchester United legend, Patrice Evra, has revealed what he loves most about the club’s January signing, Marcel Sabitzer.

Sabitzer joined Man United on loan from Bayern Munich for the remainder of the season.

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The 28-year-old is yet to make his debut for Erik ten Hag’s side.

Speaking to Betfair, Evra said what he loves most about Sabitzer was that the midfielder scores goals from outside of the box.

The Frenchman said, “Even if he has not played in a United shirt, Marcel Sabitzer’s work rate is quite impressive.

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“He’s got the stamina and what I love about this player, he scores goals from outside of the box.”

“He scored some great goals for Leipzig, and of course, he’s had less playing time at Bayern Munich, and that is why we have got him, but I am sure Ten Hag will have studied the player, he will know the player and sometimes those players need to rebound.”

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EPL: Why I Started Enzo Fernandez, Ziyech Against Fulham – Potter

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Chelsea boss, Graham Potter, has explained when he decided to hand Enzo Fernandez his full debut against Fulham.

Fernandez starts in midfield as the Blues seek to improve their 10th place in the Premier League.

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Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game about when he decided to hand Enzo Fernandez an immediate start: “As soon as the paperwork came through and we know he can play and he is able to do it, it was clear.

“He is an impressive young man, great character, personality and I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”

Hakim Ziyech also starts, only days after his loan move to Paris Saint-Germain collapsed.

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On starting Ziyech, despite a paperwork error causing a move to PSG to fall through, Potter said: “He has played the last couple for us and done well. I had a conversation with him and I think he is old enough and experienced enough to know these things can happen sometimes in football.

“He has always been committed to the team and I thought it was right for him to play and help the team.”

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Potter Hails Chelsea’s New Signing

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Chelsea boss, Graham Potter, has heaped praises on the club’s latest new signing, Enzo Fernandez.

Fernandez recently joined Chelsea on January transfer deadline day from Benfica.

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Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League tie with Fulham on Friday night, Potter described the Argentina World Cup winner as a fighter.

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According to him, Fernandez is not afraid, adding that the midfielder has courage.

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His personality is one that makes you think you have no concerns with him. He’s a fighter,” Potter said, as quoted by Chelsea’s official website.

“He understands how fortunate he is. He fights for the team, he is not afraid, he’s got courage, he’s open-minded, he wants to improve.”

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