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YSFON confirms dates for Oodua Unity Cup

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Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (middle) presenting Oodua Cup to VP of YSFON South/West Rafiu Abayomi Alabi (second right) Pastor Ilori Olufemi secretary (right) Mukhtar Oladotun and Olanrewaju Agiri, a publicist (left)

South West executive committee of the Youths Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) has picked a date for the commencement of the zonal playoff of Oodua Unity Cup within the six states in the region as directed by the  Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the donor and sponsor of the grassroots tournament.

Contained in a statement issued by the tournament coordinator, Kehinde Adeyemi, the new grassroots soccer tourney from the stable of YSFON was designed to scout talents from under-17 boys and under-18 girls categories as the playoff will commence on 29 March to 12 April in the Southwest states  comprising of Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Lagos and Ekiti.

Adeyemi, also urged the officials and coaches of the grassroots teams to adhere strictly to the stipulated age categories as YSFON will not compromise non compliance to the laid down guide lines for the tournament so as to realize the aims and objectives of the tourney.

The Vice President, South/West of YSFON, Rafiu Abayomi Alabi who is the head of local organizing committee (LOC) for the tourney has announced the donation of match-balls and bibs to all states that will be participating in the competition as a way to ease some of the logistical needs for the playoff.

The YSFON chieftain that is popularly known as Oluaye has however thanked the monarch for his huge support and love for football while pledging the cooperation of the national executive of YSFON led by its President, Dr. Nasir Gawuna and the national secretary, Patrick Okpavueme to the sustainability and continual organization of the Oodua Unity Cup.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s castaway armband to be auctioned to help suffering baby

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The captain’s armband that Cristiano Ronaldo flung to the ground in disgust after Portugal were controversially denied a late winner at the weekend in the World Cup qualifier against Serbia was put on auction on Tuesday in a bid to help a sick child.

With the scores level at 2-2 in Belgrade, Ronaldo thought he had scored the crucial goal in stoppage time when the ball appeared to cross the goalline before Stefan Mitrovic cleared.

But without technology in use, the goal was not awarded.

A fuming Ronaldo was booked for his protests and at the final whistle, as he stormed from the pitch, he threw his captain’s armband to the ground.

One of the stewards at the stadium picked it up and immediately contacted a regional sports channel with the idea of auctioning it for charity.

The man, who requested anonymity, told AFP he suggested raising funds required to treat a six-month-old baby, Gavrilo Djurdjevic, who is suffering from a rare disease.

“He (Ronaldo) threw the armband three metres away from me, and the idea immediately occured to me that this (sale) could be a good opportunity,” the man told AFP by phone.

“I realised we had some attention and could do something nice for Gavrilo”, he added.

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After the sports channel Sportklub verified the item’s authenticity by checking post-match photos and videos, they teamed up with a charity organisation and put Ronaldo’s armband up for a bidding contest on auctioning website Limundo.com.

“I hope we will be able to reach Ronaldo himself… so we could help Gavrilo as much as we can,” Branislav Jocic, social media manager of Sportklub told AFP.

The infant is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which affects about one in 10,000 births, and results in death or the need for permanent ventilation by the age of two in 90 percent of cases.

His hope is pinned on a one-time gene treatment Zolgensma, also known as the “world’s most expensive drug”, which would cost more than two million euros ($2.35 million).

Fundraising campaigns to help children suffering from SMA have recently taken the poor Balkan country by storm, raising the required amounts for five babies last year alone.

Only hours after being put on auction, early Tuesday afternoon, the armband had reached the price of 360,000 dinars (around 3,000 euros) — donations can also be made direct to the charity.

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Just In: Hours before today’s match, CAF clears Iwobi to play against Lesotho

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Confederation of African Football (CAF) has cleared Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi, to play in Nigeria’s game against Lesotho.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced this in a tweet on Tuesday, hours before the African Cup of Nations qualifier set to be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos today.

This comes after an earlier announcement that Iwobi had tested negative for COVID-19.

The management of the Super Eagles team had questioned Iwobi’s COVID-19 positive test result that forced the Everton star to miss Nigeria’s African cup of Nations qualifier against the Benin republic last week, Saturday.

The test result also meant that Iwobi, who immediately left the camp and went into isolation, may not feature in the team’s game against Lesotho.

But, the NFF, in a tweet on Tuesday morning, announced that further tests carried out on the player returned negative.

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Iwobi tests positive for COVID-19, leaves Super Eagles camp

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Alex Iwobi will not be available for Nigeria’s final 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho after testing positive for Covid-19, officials told AFP on Monday.

Everton forward Iwobi tested positive before Saturday’s 1-0 away win over Benin, and travelled back to Nigeria with the rest of the squad on Sunday.

“Iwobi has left the camp,” Eagles spokesman Babafemi Raji told AFP.

“Before he left, he did not show any symptoms, he was fine.”

Iwobi, 24, has scored twice during the qualifying campaign for the delayed Cup of Nations, which will be hosted by Cameroon in January next year.

Nigeria’s win over Benin guaranteed them top spot in Group L although they had already qualified before kick-off thanks to a goalless draw between Lesotho and Sierra Leone.

Gernot Rohr’s side have 11 points from five matches and are seven points ahead of third-placed Sierra Leone, with the top two teams in the group qualifying for the tournament.

Nigeria host bottom side Lesotho in Lagos on Tuesday.

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