Esan Debunks Crisis Claim in AFN

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A board member of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Mr. Dare Esan has debunked reports that the less than two months old board is in crisis.Esan, a well travelled track and field journalist and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) representative on the board of the federation insists there is no iota of truth in reports of crisis in both the conventional and social media.“There is no crisis whatsoever in the federation. What rumour mongers are feeding fat on are mere figment of imaginations of the fabricators who are determined to ensure the board is discredited even before it sets out to work,” Esan asserted.“I really don’t know where people got the information from that the AFN president plans to make the athletes’ representative the technical committee chairman. This is far from the truth because there were some elections that came with positions during the June 13 polls into the board of the federation in Abuja.“The positions of technical committee, athletes represenative and media representative on the board cannot be filled by just anybody. For example Sunday Adeleye was elected to represent the interest of the athletes on the board while Brown Ebewele was elected as the representative of the technical bodies of the federation vis the coaches and the technical officials which means he is the natural head of the technical committee of the AFN,” he explained.He added further that his position as the head of media and communications in the federation is also not negotiable.“The AFN president is a responsible and reasonable person who knows about rules and regulations governing the administration of track and field in Nigeria. He knows that it is the board of the federation and not just an individual that will constitute its sub-committees. The code of governance booklet handed over by the Sports Ministry to all federations clearly states under article 9.1 that the board of each National Sports Federation shall constitute the committees listed below, and or any other sub-committees as it deems fit, to perform specific functions and make recommendations to the board.Esan was also surprised about insinuations that the board plans to make a confirmed Charity Opara as the head of its youth sub-committee.“We are not fools in the federation. If Opara, an Olympic silver medallist and the fastest 400m runner in the world in 1998 could be disqualified from contesting the AFN elections in June on account of her doping infractions in the past, we certainly will not shoot ourselves in the leg by endangering the lives of our youths by allowing her to lead them. This is far from the truth and the AFN president is a reformist and has vowed to ensure tainted individuals are not allowed to pollute the federation,” Esan stated last night.last_img read more

Kearns names unchanged side for Galway clash

first_imgThe Tipp boss has decided to keep faith with the side that scored a dramatic victory over the Ulster county at Kingspan Breffni Park last weekend.This is the XV that Liam Kearns will send into battle:1.            Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash2.            Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan 3.            Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers4.            Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow5.            Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash6.            Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers7.            Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule8.            Peter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers9.            George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers10.          Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle 11.          Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe12.          Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty 13.          Philip Austin – Borrisokane14.          Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials15.          Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen Tipp FM’s build-up to live commentary on the big match begins at 3.30 on Sunday afternoon.Our coverage will be brought to you in association with John Kennedy Motors, Clonmel.last_img read more

Guinness launch five-aside football tourney

first_imgThe winning team from Kenya will represent the country alongside a team from Uganda and host Nigeria with the ultimate winner facing off with Rio Ferdinand’s celebrity team. The games will be aired live on Africa’s top pay-tv channel, DSTV.Speaking at the launch, Kenya Breweries Limited Marketing Manager – Guinness, Nduku Wamakau said, “The Guinness brand is all about sharing with friends. The campaign aims to offer extra-ordinary experience not only in Kenya but also in Lagos-Nigeria for an experience of a lifetime. These are among the many ways the brand has over time, been at the forefront of expanding our football horizons and experiences.”Stephen Oloo (left) from Team Compton FC dribbles the ball from Harun Mutwe (right) of Team Pro Soka during a night football activation in Nairobi.The five-aside tournament will see teams from Lake Region covering Western and Nyanza, Mountain Region that will converge teams from Central, Rift Valley and Nairobi Region battle for the sole prize with the grand finale slatted for December 7 in Nairobi.Each regional winner team will pocket Sh50,000 and a chance to travel to Nairobi to battle it out in the finals to determine the winning 5-aside team to the pan-African tournament while the 1st runners up in the regionals will get Sh20,000.The first regional event will take place on the weekend of October 25 at the Simba Union Club in Kisumu.With the overall winner winning the ultimate prize of fully paid trip to Lagos, the first runners up will walk away with Sh150,000 while the second runners up will go home with Sh100,000.The 5-member team will register via the appointed ‘captain’ who will share team member details. This is by filling registration forms in the outlets or through the Guinness microsite on the brand’s social media pages.0Shares0000(Visited 63 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Silas Omondi (left) from Team Soka Masters shields the ball from Peter Ngumo (right) of Team Pro Soka during a night football activation in Nairobi.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – English Premier League media broadcast sponsor Guinness has unveiled a five-aside football tournament to run for 12 weeks in Kenya where the winner will earn a ticket to represent the country in Lagos, Nigeria at the pan-African tourney.The campaign dubbed ‘Guinness Night Football’ with the slogan Come play, Come watch, encourages football fans to either participate for a chance to win or watch for their love of football.last_img read more