The General, who addressed the press yesterday at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja said he would not let the Armed Forces of Nigeria down if given the mandate, He also vowed to project the good image of the country by ensuring it is well represented in military sports in Africa.” I will project the good image of Nigeria better in both CISM and OSMA, promote military sports in Nigeria and Africa. I will also ensure that our continent is adequately represented in all CISM sporting events and World General Assemblies and it will also give me the opportunity to promote sports and encourage good sporting relationship among the 51 African countries,” Abdulahi said.He is a fellow of National Association of Physical and Health Education Recreation Sports and Dance (NAPHER-SD) and has won several national and international awards in Cameroon, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Niger and Guinea. The senior officer will jostle with candidates from Algeria, Kenya and Guinea for the OSMA spot.In spite of concern about entrenched Anglophone- Francophone dichotomy that is always in play in African sports, Abdulahi, who speaks French, Arabic in addition to Hausa and English, said he has an advantage as he hopes to split the votes with Kenyan candidate.He noted he also has many friends in the Francophone bloc having served as the first Secretary General of OSMA in Yaounde and as Technical Liaison of the body in Ouagadougou and will split the Anglophone votes from East Africa and Southern Africa.Abdulahi also thanked the Chief of Army of Staff, Lt Gen Yusuf Burutai and the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, for nominating him for the OSMA and CISM posts. While also thanking Olonisakin for ensuring the regular payment of the military membership annual dues of CISM and OSMA from 2015 to date.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Deputy Director Sports at Defence Headquarters, Brig. Gen Maikano Abdulahi has thrown his hat in the ring for the posts of President of the Organisation of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) and the Vice-President of the International Sports Council (CISM).All 51 African delegates will elect the new OSMA President at the General Assembly meeting on October 7.If Abdulahi wins the election, he will automatically become the CISM vice president for Africa.
August 29, 2020
The Spanish international joined on a free transfer from West Ham in the summer transfer window and made his league debut replacing Alisson BeckerHe said: “[His experience] is the main thing, he knows what he is doing. He’s played a load of games, so he knows what it is about.“The reception he got [on Friday], I think he feels as though the supporters are already behind him.“Obviously when a keeper has to come off, it’s never too promising, so yes, I think everyone needs to get their head around [the fact] that he probably will be our keeper for the next few weeks and if so, then we have to live with that, embrace that and I’m sure he will learn from us.“We will be able to make good connections with him and I think a lot of the lads have made bonds with him already because he’s such a good lad off the pitch.“He’s a great lad to have around and obviously he is playing now, that is good for him and us.”The Brazilian number one goalkeeper is set to be out for about 4-8 weeks which means he will miss the Super Cup tie against Premier League rivals, Chelsea. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed goalkeeper Alisson will be sidelined for the “next few weeks” with a calf injury.The Brazil international was subbed off in the 39th minute of Liverpool’s 4-1 win against Norwich in their Premier League opener on Friday.And Klopp expects to be without the Brazil international for a period of weeks.“[It’s] Not too cool. It’s a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com.“I don’t want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back but it will not be Wednesday for sure, so now then we have to see. It takes a while, it takes a couple weeks for sure, and we have to see.“I saw already like ‘six weeks’ and stuff like this, but Ali was not a lot injured in his career so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he develops in that process now, but he is not in for the next few weeks.”However, Liverpool right-back, Trent Alexander Arnold has backed substitute goalkeeper, and new signing, Adrian to fill in the gap left by the Copa America winner.FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Liverpool v Norwich City – Anfield, Liverpool, Britain – August 9, 2019, Liverpool’s Adrian celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
January 20, 2020
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Olympic javelin gold medallist Keshorn Walcott and defending 400 metres hurdles champion Jehue Gordon are among 21 athletes selected to represent Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) at the World Championships in Beijing, China, later this month.Gordon is also part of the 4x400m squad, while Walcott recently added the Pan Am title to his list of accomplishments.Keston Bledman will lead the charge for T&T in the men’s 100m dash after triple Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson was ruled out for the rest of the season with an injury.T&T is expected to have strong representation in the men’s 400m with four quarter milers – Machel Cedenio, Deon Lendore, Lalonde Gordon, and Renny Quow – posting sub-45-second times this season. Kelly-Ann Baptiste and Michelle-Lee Ahye will lead T&T’s campaign in the women’s 100m.Quadruple Olympic medallist Ato Boldon will be part of the T&T coaching staff in Beijing.TEAM T&TMen – Keston Bledman (100, 4×100), Rondel Sorrillo (100, 4×100), Kyle Greaux (200, 4×100), Machel Cedenio (400, 4×400), Lalonde Gordon (400, 4×400), Renny Quow (400, 4×400), Jarrin Solomon (400, 4×400), Mikel Thomas (110 hurdles, 4×100), Jehue Gordon (400 hurdles, 4×400), Keshorn Walcott (javelin), Emmanuel Callender (4×100), Dan-Neil Telesford (4×100), Deon Lendore (4×400).Women – Kelly-Ann Baptiste (100, 4×100), Michelle-Lee Ahye (100, 4×100), Semoy Hackett (100, 200, 4×100), Khalifa St Fort (100, 4×100), Reyare Thomas (200, 4×100), Kamaria Durant (200, 4×100), Sparkle McKnight (400 hurdles), Cleopatra Borel (shot put).Officials – Dexter Voisin (manager), Dr Ian Hypolite (head coach), Edwin Skinner (coach), Charlie Joseph (coach), Gunness Persad (coach), Ato Boldon (coach), Ismael Lopez Mastrapa (coach).