RelatedPosts Buhari to Okorocha @ 58: Your large heart will always stand you out Buhari to Kaduna indigenes: Without peace there can’t be development Buhari mourns Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed profound shock and a sense of deep sorrow at the passage on Friday of Mallam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. “Mallam Abba Kyari’s death is a big loss to the NFF, Nigerian Football family and the entire country as a whole,” NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, said in a statement on Sunday. “Nigeria’s football industry has lost a friend and a great man who showed tremendous interest in the progress of the country’s game. He was, indeed, a colossus.” Olajire said the NFF retains abiding fond memories of Kyari’s love and support for the various National Teams, accentuated by the passion, energy and resolve with which the Cambridge-educated lawyer and former banking titan attended to and presented to President Buhari matters concerning the teams. He said: “The NFF never had reason, even for one day, to doubt Mallam Kyari’s commitment to the development of Nigerian football and the National Teams. He had keen interest in the teams and treated matters concerning them and Nigerian football generally with his well-known empathy and utmost sense of duty. “In his interactions with the leadership of NFF and even the teams, Mallam Kyari was an embodiment of simplicity, humanity and integrity. His personal presence at the airport in Abuja to receive the victorious Super Falcons’ contingent to the Women Africa Cup of Nations competition in Ghana in December 2018 only underscored his passion and keen interest in matters of the National Teams and Nigeria football. “We loved him, but Almighty God loves him more. We can only pray that God grants his soul eternal rest and also grants his immediate family, President Buhari, top officials of Government, his friends and indeed the Nigerian Football family the fortitude to bear the big loss.”Tags: Abba KyariNFFNigeria Football FederationPresident Muhammadu Buhari
DEFENDING Regional 4-Day champs, Guyana Jaguars, have signalled their intentions early via their batsmen, who looked close to being in peak form following their ultra-aggressive approach when the season bowled off.The Jags continued to stress on their batting agenda which was to score heavily and more consistently, following their successful pair of practice games during which they flexed their prowess with the bat.After the likes of skipper Leon Johnson, openers Chandrapaul Hemraj and Tagenarine Chanderpaul and all-rounder Chris Barnwell, all showed good signs of things to come in the warm-up games.The senior core maintained their purple-patch with the bat and cashed in during round 1 with a string of half-centuries which allowed them to rack up almost 400 runs batting first. Hemraj and Johnson both hit tons in the last practice game, while Chanderpaul warmed up with a gritty fifty.Leon JohnsonBarnwell, who was the leading run scorer in the Super50, continued to score significantly as he ended the first game as the top-scorer with 82 from just 106 balls. Hemraj and Chanderpaul hit 52 and 60 respectively while Johnson made 59.Outside of the half-centurions, star all-rounder of the Jaguars championship team, Raymon Reifer, made a brisk 47. A returning Devendra Bishoo, a renowned West Indies Test night-watchman, also flexed his duality as he too chipped in with a useful 40 while batting with the tail.The sum of the fears held by the other franchises could be soon realized should the Jaguars main players continue to find their rhythm after looking ominous after just one round.Barnwell, Johnson, Hemraj, Chanderpaul, and Reifer are the current in-form stars who will play themselves into further form as the round progresses. The Jags, however, will be keen to see more from Vishaul Singh and Anthony Bramble, two of the major run-getters for Guyana since their reign began back in 2013/14.Bramble, Guyana’s main run-scorer over the past few seasons with over 1,000 First Class runs, missed out as he recorded a single run while the gritty Singh looked good for his 25 but would be eager to make up going forward.In all, should Guyana be blessed with the services of their West Indies stars in Keemo Paul, Shimron Hetmyer, Romario Shepherd and Sherfane Rutherford at any point in the season, it is likely that Guyana could retain/win the title for a record 6th time solely due to their star-studded batting order. (Clifton Ross)
Ghana striker Prince Tagoe is set to sign for Malaysian Super League side Kelantan, Africanfootball.com can exclusively reveal.The 27-year-old has been available on a free transfer after terminating his contract with Tunisian giants Club Africain.The former Hearts of Oak player will be signing for his ninth foreign club since leaving for Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad in 2006.Kelantan president Annuar Musa on Tuesday uploaded a picture of him and the former TSG Hoffenheim player on his Facebook fan page.The Red Warriors are looking to replace their foreign players, after a string of disappointing results that culminated in their early exit from the 2014 AFC Cup on Tuesday night.Kelantan are fifth on the 12-team table with the second half of the season just underway. Tagoe has previously played for UAE’s Al Shabab, Saudi side Ettifaq, Partizan Belgrade and Turkish top-flight side Bursaspor.He played at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa and has made 36 appearances for the Ghana national team.