NFF ELECTIONS RELOADEDI did promise during the week to speak about events off the field here in Russia. The delay in coming was partly because the topic was overtaken by Nigeriaâ€™s defeat in the hands of perennial conquerors-Argentina.The inability of Super Eagles to survive â€˜ordinary last five minutesâ€™ in the clash with the Albiceleste in St Petersburg Stadium, expectedly, created so much fury and vibes here and elsewhere. And so, my promise of â€˜blastingâ€™ extra curricular activities around the Nigerian camp, had to be put on hold. But now that the coast is clear, here is the gist.Over the years, Nigerians are known around the world to be big spenders in taking good care of themselves. Those with deep pockets donâ€™t make pretence when it comes to pampering. But the trip to Russia this summer, appears, a different ball game. Some of the NPFL club administrators and FA chairmen who were part of the stakeholders in town for the Mundial, could not reenact the usual boisterous atmosphere associated with this group of Nigerians. Reason was that there was no free money to throw around. Was it because of the exchange rates back home or the inability of the NFF to do the usual â€˜Father Christmas Summer Bazaarâ€™ every four years? Now, daggers are out, with these stakeholders, waiting for the NFF elections to hold in Katsina in September. What happens between now and in the next three months when the congress will take place will decide whether Amaju Melvin Pinnick will end the jinx of no NFF president doing a second term in office. The World Cup year which is also an elective congress one, apart from being a distraction for the Super Eagles, has become the place where battle for the coveted office usually start in the host country of the Mundial. Russia has not proved otherwise in this sad commentary on the administration of football in Nigeria.BODY NO BI WOOD AFFAIRS IN RUSSIABody no bi wood is a popular jingo in the country. It is a term used mostly on the street in reference to promiscuous activities of men (or women?) on short trips outside their homes. Lascivious men have been on raunchy escapades around town here despite initial warnings to Russian women not to get pregnant for foreigners.A Nigerian who has been resident in St Petersburg for a couple of years has been smiling to the bank counting the cool cash he is making pimping for some of the randy visitors from Naija here for the Mundial.One middle age Nigerian was heard haggling price with the guy in one of the hotels most stakeholders of the Nigerian football congress were quartered. The guy stuck to his $200 (about N72,000) asking price for the two hour service to be provided by these young ladies from parts of eastern Europe. Those who could not afford to satisfy their lustful quests at that price, make do with going to strip clubs for a fee of 500 Russian roubles (about N3,000). One Nigerian topflight club secretary was often seen enjoying his drinks in the midst of these girls in one of the strip clubs not far from Corinthians Hotel where Eagles stayed for the clash with Argentina in St PetersburgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Those seniors included:Keegan Bailey, long jump, triple jump, high jumpCam Cunningham, throwerRyan Frost, throwerTim Gibbons, 800 and 400 meters, 4×400 and 4×800 relaysEric Groff, distance runningTom McCay, pole vaultHunter McCullough, 800 meters, 4×800 relay, 400 hurdlesJason Olkowski, 110 hurdles, discus, pentathlonMike Parrella, triple jump, 110 hurdles, pentathlonCormac Race, 200 and 400 meters, 4×400 relayDalton Sevier, high jump, pole vaultJoe Spires, 100, 200 and 400 meters, 4×200 relayGordon Wester, throwerConnor Wilson, 400 hurdles, 200 meters, 4×400 relayShaun Zampetti, distance runningShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story On May 28, five Cazenovia High School track and field coaches embarked on a five-car caravan to show their gratitude to 15 graduating seniors – all of which were denied a final outdoor track and field season.The coaches – Mark Evans, Adam Wakeman, Dan Buddie, Mark Tugaw and Adam Reynolds – met on Zoom and determined each student needed to be show how much they mean to the program.A plan was put in place where the coaches would go out together and personally show their appreciation to each of the seniors. Tags: Cazenoviatrack and field Now the coaches set out from Corwin Street, headed out to each senior’s home. Not only did they want to show how much these students meant, but also give them their own baton as a symbol of “passing the baton” to each of them, similar to what is done at track races during relay events.Inside each of this bit of “CAZ” memorabilia was a rolled sheet that included individually written coaches’ notes and comments for each of the seniors.In the last four years, these 15 seniors have contributed to multiple wins at individual meets along with Onondaga High School League Liberty division and Section III championships – most notably two consecutive outdoor track sectional titles in 2018 and 2019 and an indoor track sectional Class B-2 title in 2020.