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Day Award Winning Photojournalist, Bamigbelu’s ‘The Atmosphere’ Berth In Ibadan(PHOTO)

Ademola ‘Origa’ Bamigbelu

John Olatunbosun

Alhaji Salman Yusuf

It was fanfare at the Alliance Francaise, Ibadan the day ace Nigerian sport photojournalist, Ademola Bamigbelu host media and the general public to his seven days photography exhibition tagged The Atmosphere.
Explaining the theme of the exhibition, Bamigbelu, fondly called Origa by friends and associates, the ‘Atmosphere’ is a compilation of images photographed across West Africa which tells the stories of various events captured by him.
“The cultural and traditional displays fascinate me each time I come across them at different stadiums. And the lens with me goes beyond my imagination and I never deny my mind to illuminate these visuals expressively. The reason I am showcasing the ‘Atmosphere’, he said.
Speaking further,
Bamigbelu, who has been following football matches and cultures attached to the beautiful game since the early 1980s, said the exhibition is about the fans and other characters that make the sporting atmosphere live apart from the major factors which are the players.
“Encountering dedicated fans and supporters despite finding themselves in different situations can be astonishing while working around the pitches.
“The good, the bad, and ugly attitudes are brought to the fore.
“I believe it is worthy to showcase them as a way of appreciating their undying love, keeping the momentum at all times. They are indeed the game changers!
“I have been able to capture in different poise for over 19 years through my lens and they deserve to be celebrated just like the footballers on the field of play,” added the award winning photographer.
Side attracting during the opening day of the exhibition include an encounter with an old man, Alhaji Salman Yusuf, who has been drumming in support of IICC Shooting Stars now renamed Shooting Stars Sports Club for over 40 years and also with a widely traveled football juggler who goes by the sobriquet LL Cool J who was known for his ability to recreate football skills and mannerisms of famous football players, coaches, and referees such as Taribo West, Jay- Jay Okocha, Mikel Obi, Jose Mourinho, Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, and others.
Speaking at the occasion, the director of the Alliance Francaise, Ibadan, John Akinsunmi Olatunbosun showered encomium on Bamigbelu for his initiative that brought about the exhibition saying ” to be exceptional in whatever your are doing, you must think outside the box and this is what make Bamigbelu’s work exceptional.”

SWAN Boss, Niyi Alebiosu with his members at the exhibition

Evolution Cup: Organisers Set Date For Draws

The draw for the maiden edition of Evolution Cup will be held at Remo Stars Stadium, Ikenne on Saturday, 5 February, 2022, the organizers announced.
Evolution Cup 2022, which is scheduled to take place from 21 February to 26 February at Remo Stars Stadium, Ikenne will see Nationwide League (NLO) teams battle in a preseason tournament ahead of the new season.
“We are ready for the draw on Saturday and I believe the teams can’t wait to see their pairings too. It will go down at the Remo Stars Stadium, Ikenne, which is also the venue for the tournament.
“We want to use this tournament as a platform to make good preparations for NLO teams going into the new season”. Project strategist, Olatoye Olawale said.
The draw is expected to start by 2pm on Saturday, 5th of February, 2022 with teams representative and other stakeholders in attendance.
The tournament, sponsored by Alphakay International Sports and Packaged by Sportflames communication will feature Abraysports FC, Right 2 Win FC, Olansile FC, Hammola International FC and Beyond Limits FC.
Other teams that would be rolling out their aces for the 5-day soccer fiesta are Rolly FC, Magic Stars FC, Olukismet FC, Ilaji FC and SGFC Athletics.

Leave Eguavoen To Continue His Developmental Programme In Super Eagles -Felix Owolabi

Dr Felix Owolabi, MON, right, with Olayinka Agboola during the Radio Show on Splash 105.5fm

Former Nigeria International footballer, Dr Felix Owolabi, MON, has been talking about the day he scored two corner kicks directly without assistance from anybody.
He has also joined other great Nigerians who have been calling on the Nigerian Football Federation to retain the services of Super Eagles’ interim coach, Austin Eguavoen, stating that such move will ensure continuity and progress for the team.
He further urged NFF to strengthen the technical department of the team ahead of the world cup play-off against Ghana in March in order to ensure that the team qualifies for the world cup in Qatar.
Speaking on the performance of Nigeria at AFCON 2021, “I am not surprised about the performance of the team, our opponents at the group stage did not give us stiff opposition and Eguavoen within his short time as coach optimized the use of playing from the wing to neutralize the opposition”.
Continuing, “We overhyped the players and the sudden removal of Kelechi Iheanacho from the pitch during the Tunisia encounter affected the performance of the team. Tunisia monitored our style of play while we failed to do same because of the deficiency on the side of our technical department to monitor our opponents’ styles of play.
Speaking on the current situation of the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), “3SC is a big club irrespective of the position of the club presently, one of the problems the club is having is that it just got promotion to NPFL and everybody is expecting them to win a trophy at all cost. Looking at the caliber of players in the team, they are very young and their future is very bright”.
The former 3SC football administrator explained that the playing structure and atmosphere in Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and Nigeria National League (NNL) are two parallel conditions while urging that 3SC players need further encouragement to perform at optimum level.
The former Nigeria International further charged the Oyo state government to bring in experienced sports administrators to manage the affairs of 3SC in order to regain its lost glory affirming that the club is the only representative in Nigeria to win two different continental titles in Africa.
The retired-footballer gave these submissions while featuring on a weekly radio show, Parrot Xtra/Ayekooto on Radio’ anchored by Olayinka Agboola and broadcast live on Splash 105.5FM, Felele Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State’s on Tuesday.
He further stated that his most memorable game was against CA Bizertin club of Tunisia in CAF Confederation Cup semi-final match where he scored two-corner kicks directly before another 3SC player, Godwin Osusu scored a penalty kick that facilitated the progress of the team to the final after the team lost the first leg by two goals to nil in Tunis.
He further revealed that the bulk of Nigeria based players that was assembled by late Stephen Keshi to win the Nations Cup in South Africa was a result of the productive and concerted effort of the NPFL Board stating that the Board was dissolved based on selfish and political reasons.
Speaking on what he has been doing since retiring from active football, “Even before I retired, I had already been in business, I ventured into supplying and selling of sporting equipment and it was not very profitable before I jettisoned it. I later went into animal husbandry such as piggery and poultry farming”.
Dr Owolabi, however, charged Nigerian sport administrators to place the love of their fatherland above personal interests in the administration of sport in the country.

3SC GM’s Death Sad, Shocking -Makinde

Late Rasheed Balogun

Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Friday, described the death of the General Manager of the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Rasheed Balogun, who gave up the ghost in the late hour of Thursday (January 20), after battling an ailment at the age of 62 as sad and shocking.
He prayed for the repose of the soul of the football chief, who described as hard working and committed, noting that his death will leave a huge vacuum in football management in the state.
A statement by Moses Alao, Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, quoted the governor as commiserating with the immediate family of the late 3SC GM, management and players of the Oluyole Warriors and the people of Oyo State on the death of Balogun.
According to Makinde, the death of Balogun came at a time the 3SC needed his experience and expertise the most, having just guided the team to the coveted promotion to the Nigeria Premier Football League.
“The news of the death of my brother, Rasheed Balogun, the General Manager of the 3SC, came as a shock. It is sad, but we can only submit to the will of Allah SWT.
“I express my heartfelt condolences to his family, the management and players of the 3SC and all residents of Oyo State and pray to Allah, SWT, to forgive his sins and grant him Aljanah Firdaus.
“Balogun was a committed administrator and a hard working man. He gave his best to ensure the success of our darling Oluyole Warriors, working hard with our government to navigate the road to its promotion to the NPFL.
“His death at this time means that the 3SC has lost an experienced hand and an individual with huge expertise.
“It is my prayer that God grants us all the fortitude to bear his death,” he said.

Simon Named In AFCON 2021 Group Stage Best XI

Moses Simon with his Man of the Match award against Sudan

Football statistics website, Whoscored.com has published the best eleven following the conclusion of the group stage of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, with Nigeria’s Super Eagles winger, Moses Simon making the cut.
Only nine nations have contributed players to the Best XI with Senegal and Ivory Coast leading the way with two each, while Sierra Leone, Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco, Cameroon and Tunisia have one player each.
In a 4-4-2 formation, Simon is deployed as an attacking midfielder with Ivory Coast’s Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal), Morocco’s Sofiane Boufal (SCO Angers) and Ivory Coast’s Ibrahim Sangaré (PSV Eindhoven) completing the midfield four.
Kamara (Sierra Leone) starts in goal and the back four contains Bouna Sarr (Senegal), Pape Abou Cisse (Senegal), Mustafa Karshoum (Sudan) and Nouhou Tolo (Cameroon), and the attackers are Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) and Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia).
Simon is credited with one goal and one assist in three appearances at AFCON 2021, and the Nantes winger was involved in the build up to the goal scored by William Troost-Ekong against Guinea-Bissau.
He was the top rated player against Sudan and Guinea-Bissau, has been successful in 79.6 percent of his passes, averaged 2.3 shots per game and five dribbles per game.

Nothing But AFCON Trophy For Super Eagles – Awoniyi

Taiwo Awoniyi

Nigeria’s Super Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi says the players and technical crew are aware that they are facing tougher opposition when the knockout round begins in the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations but are ready because the trophy is their target.
The 2013 U17 World Cup winner, who was an used substitute in the team final group game against Guinea Bissau said the team will take on each remaining game with the same mentality and confidence they have shown since the tournament started.
“Every point is important for us because we have a lot of confidence. It’s just to take every game step by step.
“Now we are getting into the real tournament proper which we know we have to do everything to get to the next stage again,” the Union Berlin striker said.
Speaking further, the former Liverpool player said the unity in the team will play a big role in achieving their ultimate aim of winning the trophy.
“It’s all about the unity of the country because we are here together to represent one nation so it doesn’t matter who starts, who is playing. The most important thing is to get the three points.
“It’s always nothing but the cup in our mind and hopefully we can deliver it,” he concluded.
Awoniyi netted his first career goal for the senior national team in their 3-1 win against Sudan five days ago.

3SC Manager, Rasheed Balogun Dies

The General Manager of Shooting Stars Sports Club, Rasheed Balogun is dead!

From reports reaching papermacheonline, the manager died in the evening of January 20, 2022.

A source revealed to this newspaper that Balogun has been having some health issues which affected his throat.

The news of his death was confirmed by one of the coaches who responded to a text message ‘yes, we lost him’.