Pele on Saturday praised “outstanding” Lionel Messi for breaking his record as the top goal scorer in a South American national team but apologised for the delay in offering his congratulations.
Messi’s hat-trick in a World Cup qualifier for Argentina against Bolivia on September 9 came just four days after Brazilian legend Pele had undergone surgery for a suspected colon tumour.
“Hi @leomessi, sorry if I’m late. However, I didn’t want to pass up the chance to congratulate you for another record broken earlier this month,” Pele wrote on Instagram.
“Your talent when playing soccer is outstanding! I hope you achieve even more, alongside my friends @k.mbappe and @neymarjr (at PSG).”
Messi surpassed Pele’s record of 77 international goals and now boasts 79 in his career.
On Friday, Pele’s daughter said her 80-year-old father has taken “several steps” towards recovery after his operation three weeks ago.
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“He taught me how to play a card game and he is beating me hands down,” she added.
On Wednesday, Nascimento had posted a video of Pele singing the anthem of Santos, his former club.
Considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, Pele has been in poor health in recent years, and has had various stints in hospital.
Support Lafia Golf Club, Nasarawa Govt Urged
The Immediate past Captain of Lafia Golf Club, Paul Kouame, has urged the Nasarawa State government to support the Lafia Golf Club in order to encourage the development of the game in the state.
Kouame, who made the call at the weekend while handing over the mantle of leadership to new officials of the club in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, said the state stands to benefit greatly from sporting activities, hence the need for the government to tap into the enormous opportunities that golf presents, and support the club especially during tournaments.
He said: “I started playing golf here in Lafia in November 2017. I became the vice captain of the club in August, 2018 and I became the captain of the club in August 2019. So, I have stayed for two years as the captain of Lafia Golf Club.
“The challenge here has been that Lafia Golf club was not receiving support from the government. But thank God there have been a wonderful action lately during the ladies open. We noticed a wonderful support from our executive Governor and we did well. It was a national event and everybody was satisfied.
“The only thing we request from the government is a little support.The course in Lafia is the biggest one in the whole of North Central in terms of distance and it’s not easy to maintain it,” he said.
The immediate past Captain said he will continue to support the activities of the club and tasked the new officials to work harder for the growth and development of the club and state at large.
In a goodwill message, Captain of Makurdi Golf club, Engr Michael Vaatia, represented by his Vice, Navy Commander Abu Onum, said the location of the Lafia Golf Course was strategic as it connects with most of the North Central states, urging the state government to leverage on it to attract more golfers to the state.
“There is a mentality that the game of golf is a rich man’s game but first, what is rich about having a good health. When you play golf, you exercise and you spend less in hospitals. So what we want is that people should imbibe the culture of exercise,” he said.
He commended the out gone captain for his numerous contributions to the progress of the club and pledged the support of the Makurdi golf to enable them succeed.
In his acceptance speech, new Captain of the Lafia golf, Augustine Okyuwa said they will work according to the rules of the game and called on members to support them to enable them discharge their duties.
“I have spoken to a lot of people in the state and have told them the importance of exercise. The golf game is a very important game so , people are very much aware of that are ready to come in and exercise and contribute in their own way to the development of the club.
On her part, the newly elected lady captain of the club, Marylinda Ogbole, said her administration would ensure that all lady golfers are supported to go out for tournaments to enable them project the name of the state in limelight.
The new officials elected were Austine Okyuwa captain, Changkat lucky Vice Captain, Solomon Nwokoro secretary, Godwin Ogwuche, Finance secretary and Marylinda Ogbole as treasurer.
Others were Peter Danfuru, Social Secretary, Andrew Yakubu, Bar Secretary ,Edwin Philip Public Relations Officer,
Jennifer Cardy, master.
Mr. Tony Effa, Course Maintaining Officer and Dr. Chidozie Adiukwu, Competition Secretary.
Earlier, a match was played between the Lafia Golf club and Command Army Record Golf Club, Lokoja and the Lafia Golf club defeated her opponent, the winner of the game by 6 -0.
National Youth Game: Delta Leads As Kogi Wins 2 Medals
Kogi State has won two medals in the ongoing National Youth Game.
Adebayo Tolu, won Silver for team Kogi in shooting, as the state also won bronze in table tennis mixed double.
Team Kogi is participating in seven sporting events.
They are badminton, Chess, Table Tennis, tennis, wrestling, Judo and shooting.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Hon. Idris Musa has expressed confidence that the state representatives will stand tall at the end of the National Youth Game.
Speaking to newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State, shortly after Kogi won two medals, Musa noted that the feats Kogi has achieved now is a clear attestation that the state is a force to reckon with as it concerns sports.
He maintained that the state’s Athletes have qualified for the next round in most of their sporting events, adding that more medals should be expected in the next coming days.
As at 4:30pm, Delta State were leading the table with 30 gold, 10 silver, eight bronze medals, Edo (Nine gold, four silver, four bronze), FCT, ( Seven gold, six silver, seven bronze), Rivers, ( Seven gold, one silver and eleven bronze), Ondo, (Five gold, four silver and nine bronze.
Ogun, Bayelsa, Oyo, Plateau, and Kwara State made the top ten in the medals table.
EPL: Man Utd Players Question Sancho’s £73m Move
Some players in the Manchester United squad are privately concerned about £73m summer signing Jadon Sancho.
According to the UK Times, they are questioning whether the club made a mistake by signing him from Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho scored 50 times and made 67 assists for the Bundesliga side after joining from Manchester City in 2017.
However, since the 21-year-old arrived at Old Trafford, he has neither scored nor assisted in 10 appearances in all competitions.
It is now understood there are growing concerns within Manchester United that Sancho is struggling to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
It is claimed players and coaches at Old Trafford have also been unimpressed by both Sancho’s contributions and attitude in training, leading to “major question marks” over his £73m transfer.