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PAUL OKOKU’S FOUNDATION PARTNERS DELOITTE FOR NEW HOPE FOR KIDS

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Former Super Eagles star, Paul Okoku has forged a new and strong partnership with top international company in his quest to create a better and brighter future for less-privileged kids through his Great Tomorrow Children Foundation.

The foundation has teamed up with frontline American consulting firm, Deloitte in the area of caring for children in The Center for Grieving Children and Wish for Kids in the USA.

The Greater Tomorrow Children Foundation recently conducted a community service event that was sponsored by Deloitte Consulting LLP to help a local Orlando charity, New Hope for Kids, clean their facilities and throw a much-deserved ice cream party for the younger members of the local community.

New Hope for Kids achieved its mission through two programs – The Center for Grieving Children and Wish for Kids – which provide assistance to children and their families during some of life’s most difficult challenges.

New Hope for Kids consistently does profound work in aiding children through the grieving process after losing their loved ones and to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida.

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They accomplish this by surrounding them with peers who share similar circumstances and they help alleviate the pain through constant sources of positive energy.

Through the years, Deloitte has sponsored many events such as this during the nationwide Impact day. This particular event with Greater Tomorrow ran concurrently with the many other charity events that were sponsored by Deloitte as part of their annual Impact Day.

Over 60 volunteers from Greater Tomorrow, Deloitte and New Hope for Kids were involved in the event. To commence the event, each organization began by sharing brief introductions and overviews of their respective organizations and the purpose for reaching out to do this amazing work for the Orlando community.

‘After all the speakers presented, everyone split up into multiple groups, each assigned a specific task.

The tasks included gardening, cleaning the facility, and prepping for the ice cream social.

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Later in the day, the families and children who consistently reap the benefits of the much-needed care New Hope for Kids provides, arrived to enjoy the perfect solution to a hot summers’ day, ice cream.

The entire facility was illuminated by the massive accumulation of smiles, joy, and laughter. The happiness alone from the kids’ faces reaffirmed why organizations such as Greater Tomorrow, Deloitte, and New Hope play such an integral part of community empowerment.

Speaking on the partnership with Deloitte, 1984 AFCON silver-medal winner, Paul Okoku said he was glad that GTCF was able to impact the lives of children in the orphanage home, adding that it was the start of new collaborations with top companies in the world.

” With our help, we can expect many more collaborations with community organizations such as this in the future. Greater Tomorrow, Deloitte, and New Hope have set the standard of what positive contributions to a community should look like. It’s our duty to follow in their footsteps.

‘Greater Tomorrow Children’s Fund is a charity-based, USA IRS tax exempt approved 501(c)(3) organisation. All contributions and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.”

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Recall that earlier this year, Greater Tomorrow Children’s Fund, donated 20,000 textbooks to 40 schools in Delta State, in another successful collaboration with a member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Nicholas Ossai from Delta State.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Sikiru Alimi is Nigeria’s leading scorer as NPFL’24 strikers net 708 goals in 330 Games

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Sikiru Alimi hits Nigeria Premier League milestone of 50 goals -

Data released by the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Competitions Unit indicate an average of +2 goals per match after Matchday 33 as a total of 708 goals were recorded in the 330 games so far played by the 20 clubs.

The data has Remo Stars Sikiru Alimi as the leading scorer with 14 goals and Rangers International as the team with the best attack with 49 goals. Bendel Insurance are listed as the side with the least conceded goals having let in 25 in 33 games while Gombe United have conceded the most goals at 61.

A total of 1268 yellow cards have been issued with 43 players sent off.

A further analysis of the records show that teams have won 251 games at home with 25 winning away from home and 79 fixtures ending in a draw. In the home wins, 512 goals were scored while teams have scored 196 goals on the road. Of these, there were 13 own goals.

The season has recorded a total of 85 penalties awarded with 65 successfully converted and 20 missed.

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THE STATS

Total No. of Matches Played: 330

Total No. of Wins: 251

Total No. of Home wins: 226

Total No. of Away Wins: 25

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Total No. of Draws: 79

Total No. of Goals Scored: 708

Average Goals/Match: 2

Total No. of Home Goals: 512

Total No. of Away Goals:196

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Total No.of Penalty Awarded: 85 

Total No. of Penalties Scored: 65

Total No. of Penalties Missed: 20

Total No. of Own Goals: 13

Highest Goal Scorer: Sikiru Alimi of Remo Stars;14 goals.

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Total No. of Yellow Cards:1268

Total No. of  Red Cards: 43 

Top of the Log: Enugu Rangers: 60pts, 49 goals for, 31 against 

Best Attacking Team: Enugu Rangers: 49 goals.

Best Defensive Team: Bendel Insurance 25 goals conceded.

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Worst Defense:Gombe United with 61 goals against.

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We are not owing bonuses and allowances, says NFF

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The Nigeria Football Federation has released a refutal that players and officials of the national team are being owed of the money released to the team before the last Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.

 The NFF issued a press release that the Presidency had, late last year, and following a process supported and personally followed-through by the Minister of Sports John Owan Enoh, released monies to the NFF for payment of outstanding bonuses and allowances of players and officials of the various national teams.

The NFF in its released reported that there was a publication on Monday which a senior administrative official of the Super Eagles described as “tissues of lies” and challenged the writer to come forward with evidence of his claims.

“The report is absolutely false, in every ramification, and we challenge the owner of the website and writer to come forward with proof of the claims. We want him to name the players who spoke to him, because these are all tissues of lies.

“Players and officials of the Super Eagles have been paid for all matches played at the AFCON, yet he claimed the team was paid for only three matches. His outlandish claim of the team being owed for 25 matches is the biggest lie ever concocted by any writer.”

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The writer also falsely claimed that only members of the NFF Board and staff of the Secretariat have been paid their outstanding allowances from the government money.

“This story is a shame. No player of the Super Eagles spoke to the writer. It is all pure fabrication,” a senior player told thenff.com.

Another senior official of the Super Eagles added: “The story is absolute bunkum. People should make an effort to verify whatever they hear from anywhere before going to the press. It is clear that this writer did not even hear anything; he simply brought forth something from his own imagination.”   

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Enugu Rangers hold on grimly at the top as Nigerian league gets to home stretch

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Enugu Rangers may have broken loose from the pack following their comprehensive  3-0 victory over Bayelsa United on Sunday.

As if to aid Rangers’ hold of the top position, their closest rivals, Remo Stars who were initially just a point behind fell like  papers blown by the huricane, losing 3-2 to Kwara United. Their loss dealt a big blow on their title aspirations as they are now four points behind Enugu Rangers and had also narrowed their goal difference.

They are now third having been overtaken by Enyimba who have better goal difference even though both are with 56 points.

Shooting Stars who suddenly peaked in the second half of the season are fast pacing up, getting to the fourth position and three points behind Remo Stars.

They were dealt a blow in the added time as Katsina United’s Michael Okoro got an added time goal against to stalemate scores at 2-2.

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Just as Enugu Rangers are at the cusp of the championship, the fates of Gombe United and Heartland appear already decided as the second tier Nigeria National League are already waiting to welcome them next season.

Akwa United may have navigated their ways out of relegation waters following their 2-1 away win over Lobi Stars. Akwa United are now 15th on the log. In Jos, former champions, Plateau and Niger Tornadoes played uninspiring goalless while relegation-troubled Heartland of Owerri spanked Gombe United 3-0 just as Kano Pillars dimmed Doma United 3-1.

All the results:

Sunshine Stars 0-0 Bendel Insurance

Rivers United 4-1 Sporting Lagos

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Lobi Stars 1-2 Akwa United

Kwara United 3-2 Remo Stars

Katsina United 2-2 Shooting Stars

Kano Pillars 3-1 Doma United

Heartland 3-0 Gombe United

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Enugu Rangers 3-0 Bayelsa United

Abia Warriors 0-1 Enyimba

Plateau United 0-0 Niger Tornadoes

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