LAGOS- The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Lagos Chapter, on Thursday called on media professionals to always make out time to exercise their bodies. The Chairman, Mr Fred Edoreh, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency in Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos during a tug-of-war competition for media houses in Lagos. He commended the organisers of the event for staging the competition, saying that it provided participants the opportunity to keep fit and foster friendship among one another.
“It’s always important for people to develop platforms to come together; you to get to know each other, you enhance and foster friendship and communication. “And, it is also important that we exercise because whatever we are doing there should be some element of recreation, it reduces stress and all that. “I am sure you see people were excited, people were happy, people were laughing, these are some of the benefits of this kind of thing. “We need to create more platforms like that so that we come together, exchange friendship, recreate, assess our health, have fun and then life goes on.”
Edoreh told NAN that the sponsors of the competition agreed to partner with SWAN in other activities. The two-day event, which commenced on July 17 with five media houses participating, will end on July 18 at the National Stadium, Lagos.
Meanwhile, the team A and B of NAN qualified for the final round of the competition which will hold on July 18. (NAN) ———————————————————————————————— AYC Qualifier: Flying Eagles thump Jay 1 Academy 11 – 0 (sports)
The test match played at the practice pitch of the National Stadium, Abuja, saw Bernard Bulbwa and Abubakar Lawal both scoring a brace each with Jay 1 Academy also scoring two own goals.
There were further goals by Sulaiman Abdullahi, Musa Muhammed, Ifeanyi Matthew, Zaharadeen Bello and Ahmed Umar to finish the rout.
The Flying Eagles started on a good note and missed two early chances before Bulbwa got the opener in the 8th minute.
Abdullahi doubled the lead in 17th minute when he rifled home a low shot from outside the box.
Ahmed Mustapha of Jay 1 Academy had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the 20th minute, but blasted wide, off target.
Lawal then tucked home a third goal nine minutes later when he went clear of the goalkeeper.
Skipper Musa Muhammed converted from the penalty spot after Kelechi Iheanacho was fouled inside the box for a penalty in the 32nd minute.
Bulwa got his brace through a powerful header in the 41st minute.
Lawal also completed his brace with a lovely solo effort that came just at the end of first half stoppage time.
Substitute Matthew made it 9 – 0 in the 70th minute after he was set up by Iheanacho and Bello added the tenth goal after an attack initiated by Lawal in the 87th minute.
Jay 1 Academy came close to getting a consolation goal in the 89th minute when Mustapha’s free kick crashed against the Flying Eagles post.
However, their misery was compounded after Umar grabbed a late goal in stoppage time through an audacious effort from the center circle that completely beat the goalkeeper.
Nduka Ugbade, Flying Eagles’ Assistant Coach, told newsmen after the game that “although the National U-20 side won by a high margin, the team is not yet where it is supposed to be.
The Flying Eagles will take on Lesotho in two-leg final qualifiers for a ticket to the 2015 AYC in Senegal.
The first leg will be played in Nigeria on Aug. 15, while the second leg would take place two weeks later in Lesotho. (NAN) ———————————————————————————————— NFF Chairman, 5 board members visit football secretariat with police escort