• Participating In 2018 World Cup Is Waste Of Money, Because We Can’t win it, says Dalung

    Participating In 2018 World Cup Is Waste Of Money, Because We Can’t win it, says Dalung

    Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung has described Nigeria’s participation in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers as a ‘waste of money’.

    He said Nigeria does not need to participate in the World Cup if the nation cannot win the tournament.

    The Sports Minister said this on Friday in an interview with Voice of America.

    According to him, Nigeria should only participate in competitions like the African Nations Cup and the Commonwealth games they are guaranteed of winning.

    Dalung said, “The cup that […]

  • Quadri begs sports ministry for sponsorship to participate in qualifiers

    Quadri begs sports ministry for sponsorship to participate in qualifiers

    Rio 2016 Olympic Games quarterfinalist, Aruna Quadri, has pleaded with the Federal Ministry of Sports to come to the aid of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) in order to be part of this month’s 2016 ITTF African Senior Championships, which will hold in Agadir, Morocco from December 24 to Sunday 30.

    Already, the President of African Table tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, has warned that any country that missed the Morocco event would not be part of the 2017 and 2018 […]

  • FG to host National Sports Festival in Abuja next year – Dalung

    FG to host National Sports Festival in Abuja next year – Dalung

    Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has revealed that the Federal Government will host the 19th National Sports Festival in Abuja next year following Cross River State’s inability to host the event.

    The 18th edition of the National Sports Festival was held in Lagos in 2012 with Cross River getting the rights to host the 19th edition in 2014. But the competition has suffered several postponements, as Cross River could not muster enough resources to convene the festival.

    Dalung told journalists aboard an Arik […]

  • Buhari approves funds for Super Eagles’ game against Zambia

    Buhari approves funds for Super Eagles’ game against Zambia

    President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved funds for the Super Eagles’ Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Zambia, Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, has revealed.

    Dalung said he had to approach the president for financial assistance in view of the cash challenges facing his ministry and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

    Speaking at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, Dalung noted: “At every time we are preparing for competitions either nationally or internationally, things […]

  • Sports has potential to take Nigeria out of recession – Dalung

    Sports has potential to take Nigeria out of recession – Dalung

    Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has said that the sector has the capacity to move Nigeria out of the current recession.

    Speaking yesterday while receiving the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, who paid him a courtesy visit accompanied by members of the Central Organising Committee of the 16th Nigerian Army Sports Festival coming up on October 10 to 16, Dalung said sports “remains the only industry that can move Nigeria out of recession. It is only in sports that […]

  • Dalung Urges State Governments To Invest In Sports

    Dalung Urges State Governments To Invest In Sports

    The Minister of Youth & Sport Development, Solomon Dalung, has called on state governments to invest in youth and sports development.

    Dalung, who made the call when he paid a courtesy visit on the governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, at the Government House, in Ilorin, thanked the governor for investing in the National Youth Games through the provision of accommodation for the athletes and officials, facilities and funds.

    “Kwara State will be remembered when the history of modern sports development in […]

  • Dalung says many see him as wicked as he marks 52

    Dalung says many see him as wicked as he marks 52

    Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Solomon Dalung, turned 52 today and has shared a lengthy account of his life on Facebook.

    The minister, who has come under heavy criticism for his inactiveness as Nigeria’s minister of sports, noted that life has not been easy with him, adding that his parents could only take him through secondary school.

    He wrote, “Today marks another turning point in my life as I remember the day I arrived this planet called Earth. On this day […]

  • Nigeria’s Paralympic Team to arrive to a reception in Abuja on Sept 18th

    Nigeria’s Paralympic Team to arrive to a reception in Abuja on Sept 18th

    Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has revealed that the victorious team who represented Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, will be received when they arrive in Abuja. According to him, a reception for the team will hold tomorrow – Sunday 18th September 2016, at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport reception ground by 3pm.

    This is a welcome development considering Nigeria’s U23 Olympic team, who won bronze at the games, arrived back in Nigeria in August without any official from the Sports […]

  • Former Minister of Sports slams Dalung for threatening to declare state of emergency in sports

    Former Minister of Sports slams Dalung for threatening to declare state of emergency in sports

    A former Minister of Sports, Bala Ka’Oje, has slammed the current Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, for threatening to declare `state of emergency’ in the sector.

    Ka’Oje told newsmen in Abuja that the comment was totally wrong, noting that Dalung has no right to do so.

    Ka’Oje said that Dalung minister declaring state of emergency in sports meant that he had enough money to pump into the sector and turn it around without necessarily involving President Muhammadu Buhari.

    “Is good […]

  • ‘Late release of funds delayed kits arrival in Rio’

    ‘Late release of funds delayed kits arrival in Rio’

    Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, has blamed the Federal Government for the late arrival of sports kits meant for Team Nigeria at the just concluded Rio Olympics in Brazil.

    Dalung, who spoke to journalists, yesterday in Yola, said the funds that were approved for the Rio Olympics was released four days to the departure of the athletes to Brazil.

    “Late release of funds was responsible for the late arrival of the sports kits meant for the athletes, we could […]

  • Dalung appeals for more private sector investment in sports

    Dalung appeals for more private sector investment in sports

    The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Saturday in Abuja appealed for more private sector investment in sports to enhance its growth.

    Dalung made the appeal while speaking with newsmen at the opening ceremony of the second edition of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) Tennis League Cup.

    The minister said he appreciated NCC for sponsoring the league, adding that it was a medium to select talents for greater tournaments.

    “Basically, I think sports generally is driven by the private sector all […]