“Osimhen is an exceptional player who has had a great season here, but we are different players and each has their own background,” he told L’Equipe.“Yes, I may have been influenced to opt for Lille because Osimhen also came out of Belgium and we could say that we have a similar background. It played a bit.“Maybe it will go very well for me, as it did for him.”David also said he does not expect the fact that he is replacing Osimhen and his huge transfer fee to put undue pressure on him.“It doesn’t bother me at all. It’s nothing at all.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Victor Osimhen Canada international Jonathan David, who is the direct replacement for Victor Osimhen at Lille, has described the Super Eagles striker as “exceptional”, but maintained they are different players and he will not be under pressure in taking over from him.Lille broke their transfer record when they paid more than 27 million Euros to Belgian club KAA Gent for David to replace Osimhen, who has moved to Napoli on a record-breaking transfer.However, David, 20, has insisted he is a different player from the Nigeria star.
This will be followed, next day, by a combined convocation ceremony holding at the NIS Arena inside National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.Director/CEO, National Institute for Sports, Dr. Eke Kingdom, disclosed that for some time now, some rebranding efforts had been on-going t the institute all of which would be sustained even after the celebrations.In his words: “We are also rebranding and marketing NIS. We are going into our Silver Jubilee celebration and convocation which was last held about 12 years ago. We are doing this in partnership with Marcoms agency. We are rebranding the institute by doing these things that we have not been doing in the past”He added that henceforth the convocation ceremony of students would be done regularly, opining that when this is done, it would encourage new students to be sure that when they are through with their studies, they would do their convocation ceremony. “If we are able to do the convocation ceremony of this backlog of students from 2005 to 2018 and finish it; it is going to be an annual event, henceforth”, he concluded.Kingdom, however, stressed that for NIS to be well recognized globally, the Federal Government has to come in by improving the institute’s budgetary allocation and its staff overhead.He pointed out that with such increment; NIS would comfortably replace most of its dilapidated infrastructure as that would help its sports men and sports women do tremendously well.The event which was earlier slated for the month of January was shifted to March due to the general elections. Nonetheless, preparations for the NIS celebrations have been intensified and efforts have been made to mobilize the institute’s products and other stakeholders spread across Nigeria and beyond.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As preparations for the National Institute for Sports’ Silver Jubilee celebrations gather momentum, individuals, brands, companies and sportsmen and women are strategically positioning for active involvement in the all-important event.Among other things, the Institute will be recognizing different companies, brands, individuals and sportsmen and women who have contributed to the adevelopment of sports over the years in Nigeria.To flag off the two-day event, a public lecture with the theme, “Activating Sports Potentials: Quality, Economy and Lifestyle” under the chairmanship of the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, will hold in the morning of Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Civic Centre on Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos while an Awards/Gala Night holds in the evening of the same day at the same I venue.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko kickstart life at their new home for the rest of the season on Friday night.Kotoko host Bechem United at the Accra Sports Stadium in the evening kick-off, before the weekend’s full schedule.This means that Legon Cities, who usually have Friday nights in the Premier League on lockdown, have had their home game against Eleven Wonders shunted to Saturday.The Baba Yara Stadium, Kotoko’s traditional home ground, is currently undergoing renovations and presumably, will not be available until the end of the season at least.As such, the Kumasi club have been forced to abandon their traditional home comforts for Accra.Asante Kotoko still manage to draw huge crowds when they play in AccraKotoko have 12 home games left in the current Ghana Premier League season, with more than a few tasty ties in there.They start this run of games against Bechem United and they round off their season at home to King Faisal.In between those games, they face Great Olympics and Legon Cities – who also call the Accra Sports Stadium home – in Week 16 and Week 19 respectively.Fellow tenants, Inter Allies are Kotoko’s opponents in their penultimate home game of the league season.The match against fellow title contenders, Medeama in Week 21 is certainly another game that will get tongues wagging.Arguably, Kotoko’s biggest remaining home game is the Week 23 clash with Accra Hearts of Oak.The match will be even more anticipated because Hearts will be seeking revenge for January’s last-minute defeat to the Porcupine Warriors on the same ground.Kotoko’s remaining home ties in the Ghana Premier LeagueWeek 12 vs Bechem UnitedWeek 14 vs Elmina SharksWeek 16 vs Great OlympicsWeek 19 vs Legon CitiesWeek 21 vs MedeamaWeek 23 vs Hearts of OakWeek 25 vs WAFAWeek 26 vs Dreams FCWeek 28 vs Aduana StarsWeek 30 vs KarelaWeek 32 vs Inter AlliesWeek 34 vs King Faisal