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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:26 am 
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Some of the footballing icons amongst the '60' sportsmen and women honoured for their role in Nigerian sport since 1960

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FG to Honour 60 Sports Icons in Abuja Today
October 16, 2020 10:00 am0

Duro Ikhazuagbe

Sixty of the men and women who have made Nigeria proud in sports since independence in 1960 are to be honoured today in Abuja as part of the activities to celebrate the diamond anniversary of the country.

The 60 Sports Icons were selected from a list of over 3,500 nominations who were voted for through television, radio and other social media platforms.

The event which will hold at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja is expected to be graced by President Muhammadu Buhari, members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as well some of the awardees and members of their families.

Nigeria’s first individual Olympic gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa; the Under-23 Dream Team that won Africa’s first Olympic football gold at Atlanta ‘96; the late Sunday Bada-led 4x400m relay team that won silver that was later upgraded to gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the country’s 1994 ‘Golden Generation’ footballers are among some of the sports icons to be honoured.

That ‘Golden Generation’ qualified Nigeria for her first-ever World Cup in 1994 and also won the 1994 AFCON in Tunisia.

Some of the stars from this era were part of the Dream Team that won Nigeria’s historic Gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with Nwankwo Kanu as the inspirational captain.

Both Mary Onyali-Omagbemi and Falilat Ogunkoya-Omotayo who similarly won medals in their track events at several Games are also believed to be among the 60 sports icons listed for the big occasion.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, while receiving the Report of the Committee set up to collate the votes by Nigerians for the 60 awardees recently, said the event was initiated to reward excellence and hard work.

“We initiated this award because of the need to reward our heroes and heroines who have sweated to put the name of Nigeria on the world map. “Unfortunately most of these patriots have died, but we are also consoled that many of them are still alive.

“Another import of the award is that it will encourage the younger athletes and indeed Nigerians in other fields to always give their best to the country, knowing that their efforts would be appreciated by the country,” observed the minister ahead of today’s event which is the first of its kind in the history of Nigerian sports.

The Minister appealed to other deserving awardees who may not have been voted for in the first edition to be patient, assuring them that they could also be rewarded in subsequent editions.

“I appreciate the efforts of the collation committee. Arriving at these 60 names was not an easy task because there are so many more deserving Nigerians but for the fact that we wanted to restrict the number to 60 to commemorate the Diamond jubilee of our country,” concludes Dare.

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2 ... uja-today/


FULL LIST:
Chioma Ajunwa
Mary Onyali
Jighere Wellington
Odion Aikhoje
Duncan Dokiware
Austin Okocha
Nwankwo Kanu
Feyisetan Are
Blessing Okagbare
Garba Lawal
Lucy Ejike
Falilat Ogunkoya/Atlanta ’96 4x400m
Sunday Bada/Sydney 2000 men’s 4x400m
Atlanta Olympics football team
Emmanuel Amuneke
Chika Chukwumeriji
Davidson Ezinwa
Odunayo Adekuoroye
Modupe Oshikoya
Peter Konyegwachie
Olusoji Fasuba
Nduka Ugbade/Sebastine Broadricks-Imasuen/1985 Eaglets
Hogan Bassey
d#$% Tiger
Samuel Peters
Barcelona 92′ quartet (Men’s 4x100m Relay)
Funke Oshonaike
Segun Odegbami
D’Tigress
Segun Toriola
Roland Ezuruike
Mayegun Nojeem
Sam Igun
Israel Adesanya
Super Eagles 1994
Olumide Oyedeji
Blessing Oborududu
Tompraba Grikpa
Chidi Imoh
Christian Chukwu
Ajibola Adeoye
Stephen Keshi
Atanda Musa
Muda Lawal/Emmanuel Okala/Green Eagles 1980
Daniel Amokachi
Rashidi Yekini
Teslim Thunder Balogun
Perpetua Nkwocha
Super Falcons
Power Mike
Flora Ugwunwa
Lauretta Onye
Sam Okwaraji
Nduka Odizor
David Izonrite
Chief MKO Abiola
Dr. Larry Izamoje
Mazi. Ernest Okonkwo
Alh. Aliko Dangote
Sir Kesington Adebutu

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Is this pre-planned or a distraction from the governments current wahala?

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joao wrote:
Is this pre-planned or a distraction from the governments current wahala?

Whether preplanned or not, I think this celebration should have been postponed. This is not the right time for something like this. What are they celebrating?

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them house dey on fire them wan chase rat; clueless idiots

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