VAT Wonder Goal: Wikki’s Ahmed Donates Prize to Almajiri School

first_imgAhmed Usman, a former Almajiri (street kids) who won the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 24 VAT Wonder Goal award has nominated a Youth Rehabilitation Center in Bauchi as his preferred Charity and went on to describe the award as the high point of his season at Wikki Tourists. The player popularly called Manu expressed the hope that the recognition will motivate him to achieve more in his career.In line with the charity theme of the award instituted by the League Management Company (LMC) the player nominated Mallam Kawu Youth Rehabilitation and Orphanage Centre in Bauchi to be the beneficiary of 50 percent of the prize money.“I chose Mallam Kawu because it is a centre that gives the orphans the Almajiri system of education. I was an Almajiri myself and this is why I still identify with them. I hope my donation will help take care of those orphans”, Ahmed told It has been a long lane to honours for Ahmed whose football path has led him through local clubs in Bauchi including Zabgai FC and Yankari FC but he reserved a huge appreciation for Wikki’s new coach, Bala Nikiyu for granting him more playing time on the pitch than he had ever had previously.Ahmed has four goals to his name so far this term but the Match Day 24 goal against Niger Tornadoes in a 3-1 win for the Tourists has had him in national focus and the player said shortly after the ceremonial presentation of the N150, 000 prize money the goal which was his second of the season will mark the beginning for more.“I feel so happy for winning the VAT Wonder goal award. That was my second goal of the season and I hope it will be the beginning of good things to come for me as a player” said Usman who had since doubled that tally in four other games.While dedicating the award to his team mates and club supporters, the forward promised to do more to help the team strengthen their quest to retain a place in the NPFL. And to his coach, he expressed gratitude for allowing him a free role to express himself and providing the tutorial that has boosted his confidence on the pitch and improved his game.“I wouldn’t have achieved this award without the support of my teammates and our fans. I dedicate this award to them.“I also thank coach Nikiyu. He has always told me to be adventurous especially whenever I am in the box, that I should try and penetrate and that if my effort does not go inside the net, somebody will be there to finish it.“I am enjoying this moment. It is my high point of the season so far and I hope to do more”, he promised.The VAT Wonder Goal is supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) to promote tax education and enrich club-community engagement.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Luke Walton favored to be atop Lakers’ ‘long list’ of coaching candidates

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The race has just started. But where will the finish line end?With the Lakers parting ways with Byron Scott on Sunday night, they did not just try to cleanse themselves from two seasons that ended with their worst record in franchise history. The Lakers also hoped to find the right coach, with their fourth search since Phil Jackson retired in 2011.As of now, the Lakers are treating how to fill their current coaching vacancy with an open mind. They plan to compile a “long list of people,” as one person familiar with the situation said. Those candidates will include varying backgrounds and degrees of coaching experience.Former NBA coaches could include Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. Current NBA assistants could include Golden State’s Luke Walton and San Antonio’s Ettore Messina, which would require the Lakers to seek permission from both teams to interview. College coaches could include Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie, Kentucky’s John Calipari and Villanova’s Jay Wright. The Lakers plan to go through multiple stages of interviewing and reevaluating candidates before narrowing their list and hiring their next coach. Still, the sentiment around the league casts Walton as the favored candidate for multiple reasons.Walton has built close relationships with various members of the Lakers organization after playing as a key reserve from 2004 to 2012, which included NBA championship runs in 2009 and 2010. Walton has also sparked buzz for guiding the defending champion Golden State Warriors to a 39-4 record while head coach Steve Kerr recovered from offseason back surgery.Golden State generally allows its assistants to interview for head-coaching positions even before the NBA playoffs end so long as it does not interfere with their current job. For example, the New Orleans Pelicans were granted permission to interview former Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry in mid-May before the Warriors’ eventual title run.If the Warriors eliminate the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of their first-round series in Oakland on Wednesday, that could make it easier for the Lakers and Walton to schedule any possible interview before the Western Conference semifinals begin.last_img read more

Sylvia Hatchell resigns as North Carolina women’s basketball coach

first_imgThe review looked into allegations that Hatchell displayed racial insensitivity toward players, pressured medical staff to prematurely clear injured players and was responsible for a “breakdown of connectivity” with her team.MORE: UConn’s Auriemma says majority of coaches are ‘afraid of their players’North Carolina commissioned the investigation days after The Washington Post reported complaints about Hatchell’s coaching style. UNC placed Hatchell and her staff on paid administrative leave while the review took place.Hatchell told the Daily Tar Heel earlier this month, “I love each and every one of the players I’ve coached and would do anything to encourage and support them. They are like family to me.”An attorney for Hatchell looked to push back against claims of racism by telling the News & Observer of Raleigh that Hatchell’s use of the term “hang us out to dry” was misunderstood. “There is not a racist bone in her body,” the attorney, Wade Smith, told the N&O. The review commissioned by UNC found that Hatchell “is not viewed as a racist, but her comments and subsequent response caused many in the program to believe she lacked awareness and appreciation for the effect her remarks had on those who heard them.”Hatchell, 67, is fifth on the all-time wins list with a career record of 1,023-405 in 44 seasons overall. She began coaching at UNC in 1986. She led the Tar Heels to a national championship in 1994 and two subsequent Final Four appearances.Material from Ominsport’s Bob Hille and Marc Lancaster was used in this report. Sylvia Hatchell is out as North Carolina’s women’s basketball coach after 33 seasons in Chapel Hill.UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham announced Thursday night (as reported by Raleigh, N.C., television station WRAL) that he accepted Hatchell’s resignation after receiving the results of an outside review of Hatchell’s program. Cunningham said in a prepared statement that the review “found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction.”last_img read more