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Naija Super 8 play-offs: Remo Stars vow to maintain bragging rights over 3SC

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Remo Stars head coach, Daniel Ogunmodede, has said his team will fight to maintain their unbeaten record against Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), in their upcoming clash at the Naija Super 8 zonal play-offs. 

The match will be one of the six Naija Super 8 qualifying games which will be held at the Eket Township Stadium from 23-25 June. The two teams will duel for the ticket to represent the South-West zone at the Naija Super 8 finals in Lagos from 7-16 July.

Shooting Stars and Remo Stars have met six times in the top division with Remo Stars winning two games and four drawn games. The statistics put Remo Stars as the favourite against a historic side, Shooting Stars.

Speaking ahead of what is branded the “South-West Derby”, Ogunmodede said encounters between the two teams have always been tough and described the clash as “arguably the most interesting derby in the country”.

“It is always tough playing against them. A friendly game against Shooting Stars is like a competitive game. Both sets of fans do not joke with the game. With this prestigious tournament, it will be the most interesting derby game in the play-offs.

“We have been the better teams in the derby, historically, and we have not lost against them. But I know they will be willing to earn their first win against us. They have the pedigree and history, but we will fight for our pride,” Ogunmodede boasted.

Both teams have connections beyond on-field clashes. Shooting Stars coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, masterminded Remo Stars’ first qualification for continental competition, CAF Confederation Cup, in 2022. The Sky Blue Stars ended the just-concluded league season with a CAF Champions League ticket, the club’s biggest achievement.

“The coach (Ogunbote) is one of the most experienced coaches in the league and younger coaches like me have drawn inspiration from him. He worked at this club and this gives the derby fresh dynamics.

“We have had a long and interesting season, and we must compete on the same level in the Naija Super 8. The season was great and successful, we gave the boys a few days break and we are back to work for the tournament,” Ogunmodede said.

 

All Naija Super 8 play-off matches will be live on SuperSport Football (DStv ch 205 & GOtv ch 61), SuperSport Variety 4 (DStv ch 209), and SuperSport Select 2 (GOtv ch 64).

Naija Super 8 is organised by Flykite Productions in partnership with MultiChoice Nigeria and sponsors, MTN, Hero Lager, DStv, GOtv, SuperSport, Moniepoint, Pepsi, and Custodian Assurance.

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The Plastic Pandemic: A Growing Menace to Our Communities.

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– Improper plastic disposal has led to dirty communities
– Plastic pollution harms the environment, human health, and the economy
– Government can address this by providing separate waste bins and promoting recycling

Improper plastic disposal has turned our once-clean communities into dumping grounds, threatening our environment, health, economy, and future.

Plastic pollution is a ticking time bomb that needs urgent attention, collective action, sustainable solutions, and a paradigm shift in our approach to plastic use and disposal.

The effects of plastic pollution are far-reaching and devastating, from clogged drains and flooded streets to harmful marine life, human health problems, economic losses, and environmental degradation.

Government intervention is crucial in addressing this issue. Providing separate waste bins for different types of waste can encourage recycling and proper disposal.

The Plastic Pandemic: A Growing Menace to Our Communities.

Promoting education and awareness campaigns can inspire behavioral change. Implementing policies and regulations can also hold individuals and businesses accountable for their plastic waste.

Individuals and businesses must take responsibility for their plastic waste. Embracing eco-friendly practices, reducing plastic use, investing in sustainable technologies, and promoting sustainable lifestyles can make a significant impact.

Furthermore, sustainable practices and technologies like Biodegradable plastics, recycling technologies, and waste-to-energy innovations can reduce plastic waste and promote a circular economy.

According to a sustainability expert, “Sustainable practices and technologies can help us transition from a linear to a circular economy, reduce plastic pollution, and create a more sustainable future.”

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Can Christians Eat Sallah Meat? My Opinion 

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In a world where cultural and religious diversity are increasingly intertwined, questions arise about how to navigate differing beliefs and practices.

One such issue is whether Christians can consume meat sacrificed during Islamic festivities like Sallah. While some view it as a gray area, I believe respect and understanding should guide our decisions.

Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 10:28 serve as a reminder: “But if someone says to you, ‘This has been offered in sacrifice,’ then do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who told you and for conscience sake.” This verse highlights the importance of respecting others’ convictions and our own conscience.

In the context of Sallah meat, this means avoiding consumption if explicitly told it has been sacrificed to Allah.

This decision prioritizes respect for Muslim friends’ beliefs and maintaining a clear conscience over personal preferences. It’s not about fearing contamination or idolatry but rather showing appreciation for their faith.

However, this decision may vary depending on individual circumstances and convictions. Some Christians may feel comfortable eating Sallah meat, while others may decline. The key is respecting each other’s beliefs and engaging in open dialogue.

Sallah meat holds significant cultural value in Muslim communities, symbolizing devotion and gratitude to Allah. By respectfully declining, we show appreciation for their faith without dismissing their traditions.

It’s essential to understand the cultural significance and historical context of food sacrifices in both Christian and Muslim communities.

Let’s consider the role of hospitality in our decision.When invited to a Muslim friend’s home, declining Sallah meat may be perceived as disrespectful.

However, explaining our convictions and beliefs can foster greater understanding and respect. Education is crucial in these situations, we can learn about each other’s beliefs and practices without being judgmental or preachy.

Approaching this issue with sensitivity and respect can build bridges of understanding between Christians and Muslims.

Personally, I believe that Christians can choose to decline Sallah meat out of respect for Muslim beliefs and convictions, while also engaging in open dialogue and education to foster greater understanding.

By doing so, we demonstrate our commitment to building bridges of respect and creating a more inclusive community.

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