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John Enoh becomes Nigeria’s 36th Sports Minister

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA

John Owan Enoh, known with the acronym JOE, is the new ‘Games-master-General of the federation, having on Wednesday been named as the Sports Minister of Nigeria.

He becomes the 36th person to supervise Nigerian sports since Chief Joseph Modupe Johnson (JMJ) in 1960.

The new sports minister was a senator representing the Central Senatorial District of Cross River State in the 8th assembly that ran from 2015 to 2019.

He was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) until May 2017 when he decamped to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

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He contested the governorship position but lost to Ben Ayade.

Apart  from politics, Enoh own numerous farms where he conducts arable and livestock production.

Farming venture he started 2000 has as at 2021 since cultivated about 2000 hectares of cultivated lands.

Enoh’s farm spreads across various parts of Cross River State. About 150 hectares of planted palms in his native Agbokim Waterfalls; and expanding to about 100 hectares of planted palms, and counting, at Etara-Ekuri. All communities in Etung LGA of Cross River State, where the politician hails.

Enoh is said to operate an out-grower scheme in communities where his farms are located. The out-grower scheme is a corporate social responsibility scheme that empowers local small scale farmers with arable and livestock to grow in their farms and later provides them with the market to sell these products.

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John Enoh’s Predecessors

  • Sunday Dare (2019-2023)
  • Solomon Dalung            (2015 – 2019)
  • Tamuno Danagogo         (2014 – 2015
  • Bolaji Abdulahi             (2011-2014)
  • Yusuf Suleiman            (2011-2011)
  • Taoheed Adedoja           (2010 – 2011)
  • Ibrahim Isa Bio             (2010- 2010)
  • Sani Ndanusa               (2008-2010)
  • Abdurahaman Gimba     (2007 -2008)
  • Bala Bawa Ka’oje           (2006 -2007)
  • Saidu Sambawa             (2005-2006)
  • Musa Mohammed          (2003-2005)
  • Stephen Akiga               (2002-2003)
  • Ishaya Mark Aku           (2001-2002)
  • Damishi Sango             (1999-2001)
  • Emeka Omeruah           (1997 –1999)* 2ndtenure
  • Jim Nwobodo                (1995-1997)
  • Shola Rhodes               (1994- 1995)
  • Sylvanus Akinwunmi     (1993 -1994)
  • Alex Akinyele                 (1992 -1993)
  • Yohana Kure                 1991-1992)
  • Anthony Ikazoboh            (1990-1991)
  • Alabo Graham Douglas  (1989-1990)
  • Bayo Lawal                   (1986-1988)
  • Ahmed  Abdulahi           (1985-1986)
  • Emeka Omeruah           (1984-1985)
  • Bennett Birabi              (1983-1983)
  • Buba Ahmed                 (1983-1983)
  • Adebisi Ogedengbe        (1982-1983)
  • Paulinus Amadike          (1979 -1981)
  • Dan Isokrari                 (1977-1978)
  • Olufemi Olutoye            (1975-1977)
  • Henry Adefope              (1971-1975)
  • J.C. Obande                      (1965-1971)
  • Joseph Modupe Johnson         (1960-1964)

 

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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CAF looking for hosts for CAF Awards, Women Champions League and youth tournaments

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After eventually fixing dates for Africa Cup of Nations 2025 and the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football still have major hurdles to scale.

The confederation is looking for hosts for the CAF Women’s Champions League, the U-17 and U-20 AFCON as well as the CAF Awards 2024. Morocco were the hosts for the last editions of the CAF Awards and Women’s Champions League. The confederation which opened the bids hopes to get possible responses by the time of the 46th CAF Ordinary General Assembly in Kinshasa, DR Congo on Thursday 10 October 2024.

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CAF Executive Committee to meet on Friday

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Plunged with myriad of issues especially concerning regular fixtures of the Africa Cup of Nations 2025 as well as the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations 2024 both of which are to be held in Morocco, the  Confédération Africaine de Football CAF Executive Committee  will hold a virtual meeting on Friday.

It is expected that the congested fixtures occasioned by the women’s football event of the Paris 2024 Olympics as well as the enlarged FIFA Club World Cup 2025 will be discussed.

Till now,neither hosts nor period has been allocated for the Women’s Club Champions League which is supposed to be an annual event.

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Samuel Eto’o apologises and reinstates Cameroon coach Brys

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Former Cameroonian star forward and now football federation president Samuel Eto’o apologised Thursday to national team coach Marc Brys, with whom he had been involved in a heated exchange this week.

The ex-Barcelona striker also confirmed Brys would remain in his position after it was announced the Belgian was to be replaced as head coach of Cameroon on Wednesday.

“I apologise because during our first unfortunate meeting, there was a lot of emotion… but the Cameroonian people are more important than us, and it is for them that we must work,” said Eto’o at a press conference.

Eto’o was referring to an incident captured on video during his first meeting with Brys, which was widely shared on social media Tuesday.

The pair were seen to engage in a heated argument, before Brys left abruptly.

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“Your mission is not an easy one, despite your qualities and experience, but you should know that you will have our support,” added the two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner.

Brys was appointed to the role in April by Cameroon’s sport ministry, much to the astonishment of the country’s football federation (Fecafoot) and its president Eto’o wrote to the ministry to denounce its “illegal” appointment of the 62-year-old.

Fecafoot said it regretted not being involved “closely, nor remotely” in the selection process for the new coach and his staff.

Belgian Brys will now oversee Cameroon’s next two crucial matches in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, against Cape Verde on June 8 and Angola three days later.

-AFP

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