SWAN FCT Week: Journalists To Honour Sports Minister, Others

By Lekan Sowande, Abuja.

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The ongoing 2022 Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT week will now climax on Thursday, November 24, with the special recognition award to deserving personalities such as the Sports Minister Sunday Dare, as well as other activities, the organisers revealed.

According to the updated schedule of activities lined up for the grand finale released by the Secretary of the Organising Committee Ayodeji Makinde, the Sports Minister, alongside Permanent Secretary Federal Capital Territory Administration Olusade Adesola, former 1st Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Seyi Akinwunmi, will be honoured.

Others are President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation Musa Nimrod; Nigeria Pillar of Sports Chief Donatus Agu-Ejidike; Commonwealth Handball Secretary-General Saidu Jibril Ojih; former Super Eagles coordinator, Emmanuel Attah; CBN Director Corporate Communications Osita Nwanisobi and President Nigeria Rugby Federation. Dr. Ademola Are.

President of Cycling Federation of Nigeria, Chief Giandomenico Massari (FCISM) will also be honoured, alonside President Red and Black Football Club Rt. Hon George Alli; Executive Board Member, Nigeria Volleyball Federation Major General  T.A Gagariga; Chairman Mark Mentors Igoche Mark; President Mo’Heat Basketball Club Mohammed Shehu and former Super Eagles, coach Samson Siasia.

Also for special honours are Executive Board Member Rt. Hon Margaret Icheem, Technical Director Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Samuel Onikeku; FCT Chairman Nigeria Taekwondo Association, Grand Master Anthony Anafulu; Super Eagles coordinator,Patrick Pascal and Special Adviser on Media to Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Nneka Ikem Anibeze.

There will also be installation of Chairman of Chrome Group Chief Emeka Offor, President of Ratels Sports Development Foundation Paul Edeh and former Director General of National Sports Commission, Mallam Alhassan Yakmut as SWAN FCT Patrons.

Meanwhile, the semi-finalists for football competition as part of this year’s SWAN week programme have emerged.

In the fixtures, Africa’s largest television station Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) will square up against International radio station Voice of Nigeria (VON), while 2021 finalists News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) confront radio giants Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in the last-four encounter, at the Practice Pitch of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

Thereafter, the losers in the two games will play a third-place match before final cracker that will decide the overall winner.

To reach the semi-final stage on Tuesday, NAN whitewashed Print Selected 7-1, VON walked over Online Selected, FRCN stopped Radio Selected 4-2 on penalties, just as NTA overcame Africa Independent Television 3-0 via penalties.

“This year’s sporting events have been very competitive with the turn out of results. The final day promises to be ecstatic with many varieties lined up to thrill members and guests,” the Secretary of the Organising Committee, Ayodeji Makinde, said.

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