Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Kicking Off!

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Once again, the Nigeria Premier League is in the news and as usual, it is for all the bad reasons. The crisis that has bedeviled the league in the past years took a more dangerous dimension on Wednesday when a group of club officials converged in Abuja and instantly impeached the chairman of the NPL board, Chief Victor Rumson Baribote.

The club officials who are said to be carrying out 'orders from above' cited several 'sins' of Baribote as reasons for his sack. Already, a six-man interim management committee chaired by Mr. Mike Idoko is in place and waiting for NFF endorsement to swing into business.

Our cover takes a critical look at the issues leading up to the impeachment of Baribote and how the clubs have welcomed the sack of the embattled chairman. The cover leads you into the intrigues and maneuvers that may play out in the days to come.

We have served you our interview with the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke on the Super Eagles. A seasoned sports analyst, the minister who displayed his mastery of the game of football said the Super Eagles players must use the 2013 AFCON to redeem their image.

The D-day is finally here as the fourth boxing bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez holds tonight. It is going to be an explosive fight tonight because while Pacquiao is widely acclaimed as one of the great offensive fighters of his era, Marquez might be one of the best counterpunchers. All three of their fights have had tremendous action, and there's no reason to believe the fourth fight will be any different.

And in our Euro Round Up section we feature the Manchester derby which Sir Alex Ferguson says is going to be the best victory ever for his side, if they can win. A clash involving United and City any day is bound to be a thriller. Victory for either side will alter the standing on top of the EPL log.

At this juncture, we leave you to read and enjoy the stories contained in this edition of your ever blazing Shot!.

Our parting shot is a prayer for peace to return to Nigeria Premier League. Things are looking bad but we believe strongly that God can extricate the league from the firm grip of self serving football administrators. Enjoy your weekend.

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