• We settled the outstanding bills, Mikel Obi did not pay — Dalung

    We settled the outstanding bills, Mikel Obi did not pay — Dalung

    The attention of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has again been drawn to the news that Team Nigeria’s Captain John Mikel Obi paid hotel bills accruing from the 8 unaccredited players and officials in Rio with the National U-23 team.

    According to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, the chief coach of the team Samson Siasia in company of another official had come knocking on his door at about 4am Sao Paolo time.

    ” Siasia was in my […]

  • United States of Nigeria: Sports Minister, Dalung blasts Nigerians for attacking him

    United States of Nigeria: Sports Minister, Dalung blasts Nigerians for attacking him

    Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung has slammed Nigerians who attacked him on the social media.

    Dalung said instead of Nigerians to support their team in the ongoing Olympic Games, they were busy attacking him online.

    The minister has been trending on social media after he mistakenly called USA, United States of Nigeria when asked to comment on the late arrival of the Dream Team VI to Rio, Brazil.

    Reacting to the attacks on him via his twitter handle, the minister wondered why some […]

  • My encounter with Niger Delta Avengers- Sports Minister, Dalung

    My encounter with Niger Delta Avengers- Sports Minister, Dalung

    Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, over the weekend via his twitter handle, announced that he held talks with members of the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.

    Speaking to a selected group of journalists at the end of a stakeholder’s meeting of the Southern senatorial zone of Plateau State on Saturday July 16th, Dalung said he took a two-hour journey on the sea to Oporoza in Gbaramatu kingdom in Delta state last Wednesday July 13th where he met with the […]

  • Nigeria will perform better at Rio Olympics – Dalung assures

    Nigeria will perform better at Rio Olympics – Dalung assures

    The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has assured sports loving Nigerians and the public at large that Team Nigeria for the Rio Olympics will do Nigeria proud and win medals for the country at the forthcoming sporting fiesta.

    Dalung gave this assurance while exchanging views with some reporters who called in his office for his view on Nigeria’s preparation for the Rio 2016 and prospects for winning medals at the event.

    Dalung decried some misinformation, inaccurate and arm chair reporting […]

  • I didn’t know U23 team were in US – Sports Minister, Dalung

    I didn’t know U23 team were in US – Sports Minister, Dalung

    Nigerian sports minister has dropped a bombshell after he told a press briefing he was not aware the country’s Olympic team are training in the United States of America ahead of next month’s Rio Olympics.

    The Olympic team led by coach Samson Siasia have raised alarm they have been abandoned in the USA by the authorities.

    And sports minister Solomon Dalung has further laid credence to this claim when he said he did not know the team are training for the Rio […]

  • Why grazing reserve is necessary – Dalung explains

    Why grazing reserve is necessary – Dalung explains

    The Youth and Sport Minister, Solomon Dalung, on Friday featured on a one-hour personality Hausa Programme on FRCN Kaduna, during which he canvassed for public support for the Federal Government’s policy on gracing reserve and ranches across Nigeria.

    Dalung explained that this is geared towards finding a lasting solution to the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

    The Minister said it was surprising that mounting opposition to the programme is coming from Plateau, Benue and Taraba States, which are worse affected by […]

  • Pinnick, Giwa turning Nigerian football to war zone – Minister Dalung reacts

    Pinnick, Giwa turning Nigerian football to war zone – Minister Dalung reacts

    Nigerian sports minister Solomon Dalung has said the leadership tussle in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has turned the country’s football into a war zone.

    Dalung is reacting to the ongoing legal tussle between Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick over who the rightful president of the NFF is, and he said the situation can be compared to a ‘terrorist war style’, which he says has turned the glass house into another ‘Nigerian Syria’.

    “Nothing united us as sports especially football, but that […]

  • ​​​I Have Not Endorsed A Foreign Coach For Super Eagles – Sports Minister, Dalung

    ​​​I Have Not Endorsed A Foreign Coach For Super Eagles – Sports Minister, Dalung

    Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung said on Thursday that he was yet to give his consent for the recruitment of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles.

    Dalung stated this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos.

    The minister, who was speaking against the backdrop of reports that the ministry had endorsed the recruitment of a foreign coach, said the Nigeria Football Federation was yet to convince him to see the need to hire a foreign coach for the team.

    “I have […]

  • I am yet to receive any court order on NFF – says Sports Minister, Dalung

    I am yet to receive any court order on NFF – says Sports Minister, Dalung

    The Minister of Youth and Sport, Solomon Dalung, said on Wednesday he was yet to receive any court order nullifying Amaju Pinnick’s Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) presidency.

    Dalung said this at the NFF Extra-Ordinary General Assembly in Abuja that he has not been informed of any court decision.

    “As a lawyer and a Minister of Sports, till today I have not received any court order.
    “The court orders served on me were all dated 2014. I have never received any court order dated […]

  • Dalung insists NFF Technical Committee be restructured

    Dalung insists NFF Technical Committee be restructured

    Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports yesterday said the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) technical committee must be restructured if the country is to make any appreciable progress in football.

    The minister, who disclosed this yesterday shortly after a closed-door meeting the leadership of NFF, added that there was a need for the committee to reorganise itself in order to meet the aspirations of Nigerians.

    “The technical team of the Nigerian Football Federation, which also has a fair share of some of […]

  • NFF did not inform me of hiring any foreign Coach for Super Eagles – Minister of Sports

    NFF did not inform me of hiring any foreign Coach for Super Eagles – Minister of Sports

    According to reports, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung, yesterday insisted that he has no knowledge of the hiring of any foreign coach for the Super Eagles as claimed by NFF president, Amaju Pinnick.

    He also noted that he is not in the position to decide the fate of Pinnick and his board members, adding that it is left for them to judge their consciences on their performance.

    “Except you people are saying that I should resign, and then […]