Buhari Drops Dalung, New Sports Minister To Emerge From New Ministerial Nominees

Buhari Drops Dalung, New Sports Minister To Emerge From New Ministerial Nominees

Former minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung’s name did not make the list of 43 ministerial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate on Tuesday for screening and confirmation, Completesports.com reports.

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan read the names at Tuesday’s plenary session with Dalung’s name missing.

The 54-year-old was engaged in bitter row with leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation for the better part of his tenure as minister of youth and sports.

There was the avoidable crisis in the basketball and athletics federations, as well as the ‘missing IAAF $130,000’, among many other lows, which did not help the rating of the beret wearing ex-minister.

He was rumoured to be among the list of ministerial nominees and favoured to return to the post especially after he was named in the 11-man federal government delegation to offer support to the Super Eagles at the recently concluded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The sports fraternity in Nigeria will now await the appointment of a new minister with lawyer, Festus Keyamo, a staunch football lover the only notable name who is well associated with sports on the list of the nominees.

By Adeboye Amosu

 

COMMENTS

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  • onwajunior 1 month ago

    Long overdue

     
  • Long over due is the correct word. A cloq in the wheel of  progress, very ineffective and incapable. So shall this nation be free from all her enemies. 
    God bless Nigeria.

     
  • Charles 1 month ago

    I am in party with nff chairman …

     
  • Pompei 1 month ago

    Good riddance!

     
  • Bye bye to nonsense

     
  • Isaac 1 month ago

    Dalung is gone glory be to God, the change has finally arrived in the sport sector so buhari known all along that this man was ineffective but why leave it this late? A Case of a round peg in a square hole this call for celebration 

     
  • Ayphillydegreat 1 month ago

    Good news. Festus Keyamo all the way 

     
  • Presh 1 month ago

    Tout how did he get the post? 

     
  • Sunnyb 1 month ago

    Makes no difference, these beasts are all the same looting and retrogressive policies are the watch words of all these smelly Nigerian politicians, so guys don’t celebrate yet. Don’t expect any goodies from this herdsmen govt.

     
  • Best decision from bugharia,

     
  • Omo9ja 1 month ago

    Nigeria is a Country that doesn’t follow the rules and regulations because corruption is everything.

    What is Mr. Buhari still waiting for about Mr. Amaju and his assistant including Diko? Three of them must be probed.

    However, Olishe have spoken

    Former Super Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh has said he was baffled that Nigerians were celebrating a third-place finish at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

    The Super Eagles picked up their eighth AFCON bronze medal Wednesday, after recording a 1-0 win over Tunisia in a lacklustre third/fourth place playoff. A lot of Nigerians believe the Super Eagles ought to have done better than the Bronze finish. Speaking on Sport Radio Brila fm Saturday morning, Oliseh who was Super Eagles coach before Gernot Rohr took over said, “Benin can celebrate third place, Madagascar can celebrate third place. Nigeria cannot celebrate second place. That was why I cried after the 2000 AFCON when we lost to Cameroon in the final. I cried because I felt Nigeria deserved nothing but the trophy.”

    The 1994 AFCON winner said Nigerians must change their mentality and become more demanding. “Nigerians must be demanding. We cannot be asking for less when we know our capacity. We are blessed with abundant talents. We ought to be the best in Africa.” Oliseh, however, said there was still hope in the national team as he saw very exciting young talents in the team that went to Egypt. “Yes there were some good, young talents I saw in the team. It was fascinating to note that,” he said.

    He frowned at the decision by the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick to send Grnot Rohr on a refresher course. He said, “if we want to continue to ridicule ourselves before the world let it be. It is unfortunate that our football federation wants to take a foreigner, on contract out for a refresher course when we have very many Nigerian coaches that would need such opportunities that would benefit the country.”

    Oliseh said that if the NFF were serious about the improvement of coaches, he could be of assistance in that respect. “If the NFF calls on me and proposed that they want three, four or five of their coaches on attachment with, say Ajax, I can arrange for them to go and observe what their counterparts out there do, maybe for one or two weeks. That can be can be done.

    Only God can help this our Country from this group of people. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
  • The only good thing Oliseh said is the connection he could offer to some top clubs in Europe. I  believe him. But saying we should not celebrate a third place win is ridiculous. It is unintelligent. I thought Oliseh is polished more than this. Cameroon celebrated the referees that handled the finals between Senegal vs Algeria. So what he said is insultive and senseless. We should value what we have. Is it a must that we should win all the time? That spirit is satanic and devilish. What president Buhari and all other sensible Nigerians have done is what any sane person will do to anyone who performed representing us. We were represented and the Super Eagles just did that, representing about 200000000 people. Next time will be better. For now well done. Majority of Nigerians in and outside Nigeria are still thankful. The insignificant few should learn to be appreciative and welcome our representatives. 

     
  • Now to the issue of Dalung not selected should be good news. We don’t celebrate the downfall of anyone. But if that person’s downfall should make a place better, then it is good. If a robber was shot dead, the area will be peaceful once again. That’s good news. Dalung thought he came to serve Giwa Chris. He spent 90% of his time and energy pursuing Amaju Pinnick. He is a lawyer but not an intelligent person. He is very indecent in his dress codes. We don’t need such men. He is dumb. Anyone else but Dalung. 

     
  • Lol..this CSN people bad o!
    They picked one of his worst pics for the news. Look at him…I’m even ashamed to call him an ex sport minister.even some millitants look More responsible than the pix.

     
    • Pompei 1 month ago

      Lol, the guy looks shell shocked. But to sports fans, the surprise in this development is why the hammer took so long to drop. Under normal circumstances, he should have been out on his behind a long time ago 🙂 🙂 🙂

       
  • Pompei 1 month ago

    I don’t want to believe Oliseh made such remarks. The respect I have for his person makes me want to give him the benefit of the doubt, that there is no way such senseless words could have escaped his lips. If it is true that Oliseh said we should not celebrate an Afcon bronze medal, that’s alright. Na em get em mouth. He can talk anyhow he likes. That is kuku what he is adept at…..talking. He talked himself into receiving the title of AFRICAN GUARDIOLA. Talked himself into the job of SE coach. Only to run away when water come pass garri. In my opinion, he did himself no favors by ditching the SE in the final Afcon qualifying game. The honorable path would have been to try. If he fails, he can then resign honorably. Better still, he could have qualified Nigeria for the Afcon, and then quit. But to quit right in the middle of things? Highly unprofessional. So, Oliseh is free to talk anyhow. He is criticizing Rohr who succeeded where he ran away. Oliseh is free to do what he likes. We are also entitled to our own opinion, which is to heartily celebrate and appreciate this bronze! We appreciate coach Rohr and the players, and believe they will do better next time!

     
  • Omo9ja 1 month ago

    Olishe have spoken very well. When did we becoming like this Nigerians? Is this the next level? From former champion to a third position?
    The former champion played badly against Algeria. No patern and tactics from the bench. If Super Eagles played so well and lost the match, that is different but like the way they played? Oga Rohr doesn’t deserves to be in charge of our team no more.

    Super Eagles were celebrating the third place like Afcon final. That said a lot.

    Nigerians are not happy about the third place. They didn’t know their standards.

    Mr. Oparaku, Sodje, Westerhof,Jo Bonfrere, Sęgun Odęgbami, Omo9ja, Laluko, Okpala and now Olishe, are these people hates Nigeria or coach Rohr? Absolutely no. We are not Madagascar but we are Nigeria. Yes, third place position is a big shame.

    Our Government also turned their backs to the Super Eagles this time around.

    Only on CSN most of us have bn celebrating this shameful third place so far.
    If you don’t believe me, check below here.

    No Government reception for third-best Super Eagles
    Score Nigeria Editor by Score Nigeria Editor July 22, 2019 8:30 am
    How Super Eagles Rate vs Tunisia
    Super Eagles third best at AFCON

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    The Super Eagles, who placed third at the AFCON in Egypt, have checked out of the Hilton Hotel in Abuja as they will not be hosted by the government.

    Nigeria placed third for the eighth time in their history.

    They were received by the Secretary to the Federal Government Boss Mustapha on arrival from Cairo.

    “Do you expect a country like Nigeria, who only six years ago won the AFCON in South Africa, to now start celebrating a third-placed finish?” a top official asked.

    “That will be going backwards many years after.”

    Expectations were high that the Eagles will go all the way to win a fourth AFCON crown in Egypt.

    However, they crashed out of the tournament in the semifinals after they lost 2-1 to eventual champions Algeria.

    My people, we can’t continue like this. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
    • go sleep omo9ja enter house

       
    • [email protected] omo9ja…
      So what do you want a hosting nation and highest winner Egypt to do? They’ve won it 7 times..even Ghana 5 Times.
      That just concluded Nation’s cup was the 32nd editions and out of that 32, we only won it 3 times…so what’s up with the 3rd place? If the cup is that easy..we should have won it more than 10 to 20 times. So third place is not Bad for a team with 95% debutants

       
  • Edoman 1 month ago

    Every day for the thief, one day for the owner of the house.

    Millions of Nigerians are celebrating the exit of this worm from the Nigerian sport body politices and they are enjoying it. Dalung and Giwa should now go to sleep in the same bed.

    The worst and the most corrupt sport minister Nigeria ever had. Dalung is gone for ever

     
  • #omo9ja as they say everybody get hin mouth and it’s nice to have different opinions on an issue. It is only an insignificant number of Nigerians that are not “celebrating.” Odegbami and others you mentioned are these insignificant number. These group will always say negative things about the Super Eagles even when they win!!!! No normal human does that. It’s a psychiatric problem but not the top of psychiatry. Odegbami is the leadman. You know his grudge. All sport position he has vied for has always been marred by insufficient number of votes. If you “dash” or add his vote to the second man, it will not be noticed. Check out the others you mentioned. We don’t even remember if they are existing. On occasion like this, they will just surface and after this time, they will totally disappear. You know na say Oliseh has a grudge too. I hate to group you among them. Seriously. My dear, by celebrating I mean appreciating the boys. Of course Madagascar celebrated. They appreciated their country’s reps at the Afcon. Cameroon appreciated the refs. They have a guinuine reason and we understand why they didn’t celebrate the players. They were defending champions. Bet me, I guess they were secretly appreciated somehow. We are not the real power house of football in Africa. Have we ever attained the number one position in Africa ranking? Omo9ja, please what is our present ranking? If not that FIFA increased the number of African team to 5 from 3, Nigeria wouldn’t have tasted the World Cup. Right. So don’t make it look as if Nigeria has always been strong. We are trying but we are trying with our best. Let’s appreciate them. 23/200000000 people. Wetin!! @Omo9ja Pls gist us about those who started to rebook their flight home thinking we will loss to Cameroon? Like they did to late Stephen Keshi’s Super Eagles vs Ivory Coast. These are the insignificant minority. 

     
  • Ikponmwosa Ayewoh 1 month ago

    I respect Oliseh but he should learn to let sleeping dogs lie quietly. In his time as coach he abandoned the Super Eagles that put pay to our qualification for the AFCON. He is also one of the reason we did not win the Afcon because he forced Vincent Enyema into early retirement, that is why we are looking for keepers to man the goalkeeping position today. If Enyema was in this team let say till 2017/2018 a young Uzoho and Dele Alampasu would have taken over from him after the last world cup with loads of experience passed down to them. If the super eagles had a good goal keeper they would not deploy their midfielders to play deep in the defense instead we would have seen a better tactical play from our boys. Oliseh should know that he has a shear in the under performance of the team. Now we are still looking for a goal keeper when every team use their second and third choice keepers as replacements for their retiring first choice and immediately graduates the first choice keeper from the under 20, 23 or 19 who will gradually grow in the team when the old once retires from international football.

     
  • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

    Morocco Contacts NFF On Gernot Rohr’s Availability
    Seyi Alao 0 July 23, 2019 9:11 am

    Morrocan Football Federation are reportedly monitoring the contract situation of Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr with the Nigerian football Federation.

    It was reported that the Moroccans are interested in hiring theFranco-German as the replacement for Haverd Renard who resigned from his position on Sunday , should Nigeria go ahead to terminate the tactician’s contract.

    Brila.net gathered that Rohr is one of the most sorted after coaches on the continent , with reports making round that interested countries has made contact with the Nigerian FA on availability.

    The 66 year old manager has come under heavy criticisms in the Nigerian media, following the Super Eagles third place finish at the just concluded 2019 African Cup of Nations.

    However, the President of Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick previously maintained that the coach will not be sacked andrevealed he wiil attend a refresher course in Germany, but it is unclear if the Federation still maintain the same position, afterPinnick snubbed him during the 2019 Afcon third place medal presentation.

    It’s understood that Rohr want to honour his contract , but he will consider his future if the Nigerian FA want a change and it’s believed that the former Burkina Faso coach, will smile home with $1m compensation should he get fired by the Nigerian FA.

     
    • Bomboy 1 month ago

      Hallelujah!

       
    • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

      This Moroccan FA must be filled with stupid people……how can they be after a useless, worthless, tactless dumb failure like Rohr….A coach who took Nigeria from not qualifying for common afcon 2ce to 3rd place finish behind Algeria and Senegal (unarguably the best teams in Africa as of today)…..a man who went unbeaten on the continent for over 2 years…..a man who has only lost 3 competitive matches to an African opposition in over 24 games in 3 years….A failure who met Nigeria in 14th place in Africa and below the top 60 in the world and has raised the team to 3rd in Africa and 42nd in the world. Oh, I pity this Morocco people o…..!
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      I have said it before now, If I were Rohr, I will resign as Eagles coach with immediate effect. There’s no point working in an atmosphere where you are not appreciated. That was the mistake keshi made after 2013 which still pains me till today. The NFF form now on will be looking for every means to cut him into size now. Just like they did to keshi after 2013 AFCON, they will first strip him of all his backroom staff (keshi had to start paying his assistant Valere Houndinou from his own pockets), they will stop providing bonuses and salaries as at when due, they will start making shoddy arrangements for the SE…either playing in rag-tag stadium and making rag-tag travel arrangements for the team, so that the coach would either resign out of frustration or fail outrightly.

      If Rohr resigns today, he will not stay 1 month before he gets a bigger Job. Morrocco has already made contacts with NFF, CIV are monitoring the situation. Feelers also have it that the Egyptian FA is also using corner corner eyes of love (apologies to Chief Zebrudaya) to look at Rohr. Unlike some people who have been jobless since 3 years ago when the ran away after failing to qualify for the same AFCON, Rohr is highly appreciated in the rest of Africa for the giant strides the SE has made under him since he took over and are just waiting to Nigeria to arrogantly and unreasonably sack him before they swoop on him like a hawk will swoop on an unattended day old chick. That was how we sacked Troussier too back then…calling him all sorts of name….clueless, boring, lack flair etc….he reamins a demi-god in Japanese football till today. You never value what u’ve got until you loose it
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      Some coaches who are only good as talk talk TV analysts have been reduced to player agents since they ran away….abeg make NFF help their career abeg….make dem find one Under-something team give them make dem manage…..afterall we know say na overage dem go pack full the team for us.
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      The same Oliseh was lambasting Keshi wen he was a supersport analyst…ngwa take SE job na my guy scatter the team…..chased Enyeama and Emenike away, quarel with mikel and stripped him of his captaincy…..brought in questionable players like Onobi, Igbohun, Uzochukwu etc (players under his brother’s agency), we were celebrating playing draws with Lesotho and Tanzania…couldnt qualify us for common afcon…..Gave us a rag tag CHAN team and ran away eventually. We were hopeless as at then. We can beat our chest now that we should be the ones winning afcon and not algeria thanks to the same ROHR we are calling names now. He gave us hope, gave us a team we could even believe in in the first instance, didnt make noise about “rebuilding”, but we have woken up all of a sudden to see a young, vibrant exciting (though slightly inexperienced) team, one with equal strength on the pitch and on the bench, which he has given us and which even gives us hope that we can reach the pinnacle in no distant future
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      Our arrogance will not destroy us someday. Wherever we got that mentality from that we have the strongest and most talented team in Africa from is what I am still trying to phantom. We weren’t more talented than Senegal and Algeria. Any team that can beat this current Senegalese team twice and Nigeria once in the same competition deserves to be crowned African champion. We are not there yet, but we will get there. Anyone who says these young players shouldn’t celebrate their medals will never come close to success in his life.

       
      • Adisboy 1 month ago

        Superb write up Dr Drey!

         
      • Glory 1 month ago

        @Dr Drey, good writeup but I quite disagree with you on Keshi. He was d architect of his own downfall. He messed his hands up with questionable invitation to SE. All d so called players Keshi discovered, how far n well have they done in their football career. I do respect n applaud majority of points you always make but Drey if we must be honest, Rohr has got some deficiencies. One key deficiency albeit I won’t so much blame him 100%,is Rohr,failing to understand d Nigerian mentality/system of doing things: NIGERIANS/NIGERIA THRIVE MORE ON BELIEF THAN ORGANISATION. Westerhof understood this n used it to win games/fans over. Nigerians want to hear positive comments n not some depressing evaluation of games/players. The sum total of Rohr’s performance with the SE is a pass mark not a pinch of doubt about that n it will hopefully get better. Rohr should try look at his performances n honestly critisize himself. That being said,I will prefer Rohr to carry on, cos I can’t see any manager coming to do any better,considering how shambolic,football management is in Nigeria, not taking anything way from d effervescent Pinnick,who is doing everything he could, to put things right but for d many satans working against him.

         
      • Pompei 1 month ago

        Wow, I did not know that Moroccans are so stupid. They are an assemblage of idiots. Why do they want the services of a useless, daft, inept coach like Rohr? HAHAHAHAHA! Perhaps Rohr is not as useless as the Rohr haters would have us believe. Let us allow Morocco to snatch Rohr from us. Very soon, Rohr might just lead Morocco to a victory over Nigeria, then we will see what the Rohr haters have to say about that!

         
        • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

          Hehehehe…Their tactful coaches have either just been sacked or have been jobless for almost 3 years now. The one they call tactless is already having 3 suitors even when he still has 1 year left on his contract. What an irony…! Lolz

           
  • Sunnyb 1 month ago

    Good news,I’m happy for him, hopefully Morocco FA would pay for his refresher course  with Bayern Munich.