Afer long years of neglects and abandonment as a result of the demise of her son, Samuel Okwaraji, who died while playing for Nigeria, respite finally came the way of Janet Okwaraji from the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.The Minister, who was represented by Bamidele Ajayi at the home of the late Super Eagles star in Abakpa-Nike in Enugu State, donated various foodstuffs and provisions as well as cash gift of N50,000. Items donated included rice, semovita and beverages.The Minister explained that the gesture was to assist the mother in her old age as a mark of honour for the contribution of the former Dinamo Zagreb forward to Nigerian football, which remains indelible years after his death.His words: “I have always been drawn to greatness and I admire people who live their lives to elevate the status of their community and nation.“Okwaraji was not just a footballer, he was an icon and great patriot.“He was a great professional who redefined football in Nigeria with many young talents benefiting from his ingenuity and sacrifices by re-writing our country’s name in gold in world football.” Responding on behalf of the family, the eldest son of the Okwarajis, Patrick Okwaraji, regretted that though their mother was slightly indisposed hence she could not receive the Minister’s representative, he expressed the family’s appreciation for the kind gesture.Patrick said he lacked the words to describe the gesture from a serving Minister to lend support to the family after several past attempts had failed.He said: “Sam died almost 30 years ago.“Everybody would appreciate if they feel he is worthy to be remembered and appreciated for the little contributions he made even when he died in his prime.“I thank the Minister for deeming it worthy to do this. “It is very encouraging that this is the first and only Minister to support the family.“We are indeed very grateful.“I honestly don’t know what to say other than to say the family appreciates this show of commitment to us, which is long overdue.”Okwaraji, who was born on May 19, 1964, died on August 12, 1989 during a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.RelatedPosts Dynamic Dinamo hand Atalanta sour Champions League debut Spurs, three others fight over Nigerian Enugu residents rue impact of election postponement on business The Minister had extended similar gesture to the mother of Rashidi Yekini.Tags: Abakpa Nikebamidele AjayiDinamo Zagrebjanet Okwaraji
Tyronn Lue is returning to the NBA. The Clippers are hiring Lue as the team’s top assistant coach under Doc Rivers, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Lue previously worked on Rivers’ staff with the Celtics from 2011-13 and with Los Angeles in 2013-14. The New York Times reported last week the sides were close to an agreement.Former Cavaliers championship coach Ty Lue has agreed on deal to join the Los Angeles Clippers as the top assistant coach on Doc Rivers’ staff, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 21, 2019Lue will be joining a team with high expectations heading into 2019-20. The Clippers retooled their roster this offseason as they signed star Kawhi Leonard in free agency and acquired Paul George in a blockbuster trade with the Thunder. Related News Clippers, Steve Ballmer unveil plan for potential multi-billion dollar, privately funded arena Kawhi Leonard says he was ‘very close’ to choosing Lakers, Raptors over Clippers NBA free agency news: Patrick Patterson signs 1-year deal with Clippers “I grew up a Clippers fan,” Leonard said during his introductory press conference. “I loved the Clippers as a kid. With Doc (Rivers) being a championship head coach, that is something I wanted, an experienced coach. And the front office is very transparent with me. They want to win. It’s an opportunity for us to build our own (thing) and make history.”Lue has been out of the league since he was fired by the Cavaliers in early October after an 0-6 start to the season. He registered a 128-83 record and won a championship during his time as Cleveland’s head coach. Lue was reportedly close to joining the Lakers as their head coach and reuniting with LeBron James this summer. But, those negotiations fell apart and the Lakers eventually hired Frank Vogel.
In a match of the 13th round of Futsal League of FBiH futsal club from Sarajevo ”Centar” defeated futsal club ”Brotnjo” from Čitluk, and in doing so it secured itself a title.One round before the end of Championship, Centar and Brotnjo fought for the champion of BIH, while in the next round, teams will play matches for securing their position in the First Futsal League.Other results of 13th round: MNK Kaskada – MNK Karaka 8:2; MNK Banovići – MNK Mostar 7:5.First ranked team is MNK Centar with 27 points, followed by MNK Brotnjo with 22 and MNK Comunicare with 17 points, the last on the list is MNK Karaka.