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Grand Finale of President Muhammadu Buhari Golf Tournament takes off in Abuja Lifestyle News


The Grand Finale of the President Muhammadu Buhari Golf Tournament got underway at the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja on Saturday.

The two-day event, organised by Media Trust Limited, the publishers of Daily Trust newspaper, attracted over 250 golfers of various categories.

This group comprises professionals, amateurs, special guest .ers, captains of golf clubs, lady captains and veteran .ers.

Speaking at the tee-off ceremony, President Muhammadu Buhari noted that golf has the potential to unify Nigerians across all social strata if properly harnessed.

Represented by Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, Buhari said sports have .ed a crucial role in unifying Nigerians.

“I am here on behalf of Mr President. I’m delighted to represent the President, as this is the first golf tournament in his honour. President Buhari told me he .s hockey and squash, but that he likes golf.

“In his words, sports . a critical role in keeping the peace of the country. In sports, it doesn’t matter your background. It doesn’t recognise those social differences people use to colour the society,” he said.

While commending the organisers and .ers for honouring him with the tournament, Buhari appealed for continued promotion of peace and unity of the country through sports.

The maiden President Muhammadu Buhari Golf Tournament was conceived to “appreciate the President’s zeal and determination to strengthen the nation’s unity through sports”.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Media Trust Limited, Mannir Dan-Ali, said Daily Trust had been at the forefront of promoting the game of golf.

“We’ve been involved in golf for years now. We’ve organised tournaments in Lagos, Kano and Dutse. So, this tournament is a culmination of all those other tournaments.

“Unlike what many think, golf is not for the high and mighty only. Many see it as elitist from outside, but when you come in you will see that it involves all layers of society.

“We therefore want to use it to . up the unity of the country. Often, we tend to focus on what divides us than what unites us.

“We are impressed with the turnout. The number of professionals involved in this tournament is quite impressive,” he said.

Dan-Ali promised that the tournament would not be a flash in the pan, as his organisation would make it an annual event.

The Grand Finale, which brought together about 50 professionals and at least 38 special guest golfers, is being .ed in a two-session shot-gun format.

Preliminary rounds of the tournament had been .ed in the six geo-political zones, while the semi-finals were held in Kaduna in March.

Royal Father of the Tee-Off Ceremony and Emir of Dutse, Muhammadu Sanusi, commended the organisers and urged them to ensure continuity.

“This is the maiden edition of this tournament and I believe Daily Trust has done its best to promote golf in this country. We should acknowledge the efforts of the organisation.

“The newspaper has a weekly column which it uses to promote golf and now they have organised a golf tournament in honour of Mr President.”

The President Muhammadu Buhari Golf Tournament will end with a Closing/Awards Ceremony on Sunday.(NAN)

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Erasmus believes planning, execution and luck can win the World Cup – Lifestyle News

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus believes his side’s fate at the Rugby World Cup in Japan could be decided by fine margins such as the bounce of a ball, a missed tackle or a refereing decision.

Erasmus told Reuters in an interview that the team’s preparations, which included lifting the Rugby Championship for the first time in a decade, have been perfect, and they can have no excuse for not performing in Japan.

Erasmus believes they are not favourites for the trophy though, but says the gap between the leading nations has closed over the last 12 months.

“If you go purely on world rankings, we are still hovering between four and five, so that says we are not favourites. But I think the gap between team one and five in the world has shrunk,” Erasmus said.

“We are in with a much better chance than 18 months ago. I wouldn’t tag us as favourites, but we have a much more realistic chance.”

Erasmus believes he can find the right formula to win, but says the .ers must . their part too. The team will also need some good fortune if they are to claim a third World Cup title after previous successes in 1995 and 2007.

“My job is to coach well and the .ers’ job is to . well. We do have the talent and we have worked really hard,” he said.

“That is ultimately what we will be judged on. If we are lucky and we don’t get a lot of injuries, we should go deep in the tournament. And then it could be a referee’s decision, a bounce of a ball or a missed tackle.”

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Erasmus’s preparations have included sending an advanced party of .ers to New Zealand a week early during the Rugby Championship and resting 18 of his top .ers for their most recent 24-18 warm-up win over Argentina earlier this month.

“We feel we are fit and fairly injury-free at this stage. We certainly feel we are in a good space, but when we get onto that plane all the past games from this year count for nothing,” he said.

“All the preparation we have done so far has put us in a good position, we can’t look at any excuses that we had hiccups in preparation, bad injuries or logistical challenges, so if things don’t go our way, we can only point fingers at ourselves.”

He says the selection of captain Siya Kolisi is key after the flank missed much of the international season with a knee injury but was able to prove his fitness in the win over Argentina.

Kolisi, the first black test captain of the Boks, is a vital component of the side on and off the pitch, according to Erasmus, who acknowledges the need to broaden the game’s appeal to young black .ers in South Africa.

“When I appointed him captain last year, I did not know he would bring so much to the team off the field,” Erasmus said.

“I usually appoint captains for what they bring on the field, not off it, but my eyes weren’t open to what it meant for people around the country.

“He is doing a wonderful job. In the beginning he was struggling with that (captaincy), I think the first three, four games he .ed he suffered a bit.

“But perhaps I did not manage him too well in that period, he had to come through that and he has. He is really maturing and the way he carries himself is amazing.”

The Boks open their campaign against defending champions New Zealand in Yokohama on Sept. 21 before further group games against Namibia, Italy and Canada.

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Erasmus believes planning, execution and luck can win the World Cup – Lifestyle News

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus believes his side’s fate at the Rugby World Cup in Japan could be decided by fine margins such as the bounce of a ball, a missed tackle or a refereing decision.

Erasmus told Reuters in an interview that the team’s preparations, which included lifting the Rugby Championship for the first time in a decade, have been perfect, and they can have no excuse for not performing in Japan.

Erasmus believes they are not favourites for the trophy though, but says the gap between the leading nations has closed over the last 12 months.

“If you go purely on world rankings, we are still hovering between four and five, so that says we are not favourites. But I think the gap between team one and five in the world has shrunk,” Erasmus said.

“We are in with a much better chance than 18 months ago. I wouldn’t tag us as favourites, but we have a much more realistic chance.”

Erasmus believes he can find the right formula to win, but says the .ers must . their part too. The team will also need some good fortune if they are to claim a third World Cup title after previous successes in 1995 and 2007.

“My job is to coach well and the .ers’ job is to . well. We do have the talent and we have worked really hard,” he said.

“That is ultimately what we will be judged on. If we are lucky and we don’t get a lot of injuries, we should go deep in the tournament. And then it could be a referee’s decision, a bounce of a ball or a missed tackle.”

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‘GOOD POSITION’

Erasmus’s preparations have included sending an advanced party of .ers to New Zealand a week early during the Rugby Championship and resting 18 of his top .ers for their most recent 24-18 warm-up win over Argentina earlier this month.

“We feel we are fit and fairly injury-free at this stage. We certainly feel we are in a good space, but when we get onto that plane all the past games from this year count for nothing,” he said.

“All the preparation we have done so far has put us in a good position, we can’t look at any excuses that we had hiccups in preparation, bad injuries or logistical challenges, so if things don’t go our way, we can only point fingers at ourselves.”

He says the selection of captain Siya Kolisi is key after the flank missed much of the international season with a knee injury but was able to prove his fitness in the win over Argentina.

Kolisi, the first black test captain of the Boks, is a vital component of the side on and off the pitch, according to Erasmus, who acknowledges the need to broaden the game’s appeal to young black .ers in South Africa.

“When I appointed him captain last year, I did not know he would bring so much to the team off the field,” Erasmus said.

“I usually appoint captains for what they bring on the field, not off it, but my eyes weren’t open to what it meant for people around the country.

“He is doing a wonderful job. In the beginning he was struggling with that (captaincy), I think the first three, four games he .ed he suffered a bit.

“But perhaps I did not manage him too well in that period, he had to come through that and he has. He is really maturing and the way he carries himself is amazing.”

The Boks open their campaign against defending champions New Zealand in Yokohama on Sept. 21 before further group games against Namibia, Italy and Canada.

Continue Reading

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Erasmus believes planning, execution and luck can win the World Cup – Lifestyle News

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus believes his side’s fate at the Rugby World Cup in Japan could be decided by fine margins such as the bounce of a ball, a missed tackle or a refereing decision.

Erasmus told Reuters in an interview that the team’s preparations, which included lifting the Rugby Championship for the first time in a decade, have been perfect, and they can have no excuse for not performing in Japan.

Erasmus believes they are not favourites for the trophy though, but says the gap between the leading nations has closed over the last 12 months.

“If you go purely on world rankings, we are still hovering between four and five, so that says we are not favourites. But I think the gap between team one and five in the world has shrunk,” Erasmus said.

“We are in with a much better chance than 18 months ago. I wouldn’t tag us as favourites, but we have a much more realistic chance.”

Erasmus believes he can find the right formula to win, but says the .ers must . their part too. The team will also need some good fortune if they are to claim a third World Cup title after previous successes in 1995 and 2007.

“My job is to coach well and the .ers’ job is to . well. We do have the talent and we have worked really hard,” he said.

“That is ultimately what we will be judged on. If we are lucky and we don’t get a lot of injuries, we should go deep in the tournament. And then it could be a referee’s decision, a bounce of a ball or a missed tackle.”

ADVERTISEMENT

‘GOOD POSITION’

Erasmus’s preparations have included sending an advanced party of .ers to New Zealand a week early during the Rugby Championship and resting 18 of his top .ers for their most recent 24-18 warm-up win over Argentina earlier this month.

“We feel we are fit and fairly injury-free at this stage. We certainly feel we are in a good space, but when we get onto that plane all the past games from this year count for nothing,” he said.

“All the preparation we have done so far has put us in a good position, we can’t look at any excuses that we had hiccups in preparation, bad injuries or logistical challenges, so if things don’t go our way, we can only point fingers at ourselves.”

He says the selection of captain Siya Kolisi is key after the flank missed much of the international season with a knee injury but was able to prove his fitness in the win over Argentina.

Kolisi, the first black test captain of the Boks, is a vital component of the side on and off the pitch, according to Erasmus, who acknowledges the need to broaden the game’s appeal to young black .ers in South Africa.

“When I appointed him captain last year, I did not know he would bring so much to the team off the field,” Erasmus said.

“I usually appoint captains for what they bring on the field, not off it, but my eyes weren’t open to what it meant for people around the country.

“He is doing a wonderful job. In the beginning he was struggling with that (captaincy), I think the first three, four games he .ed he suffered a bit.

“But perhaps I did not manage him too well in that period, he had to come through that and he has. He is really maturing and the way he carries himself is amazing.”

The Boks open their campaign against defending champions New Zealand in Yokohama on Sept. 21 before further group games against Namibia, Italy and Canada.

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