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YSFON, Catalyst For Youth Dev- Wejinya

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Hurdlers competing at the last NSF, KADA 2009, in Kaduna.

Hurdlers competing at the last NSF, KADA 2009, in Kaduna.

The Secretary of Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) Rivers State Chapter, Collins Wejinya has described YSFON as a viable nursery bed for future players in the country. Wejinya, who made this known in a chat with Tidesports in Port Harcourt, said YSFON is the best place for the grooming of future players and so should be supported by government, individuals and corporate bodies. The YSFON secretary noted that it is youngsters within the age of eligibility for YSFON competitions that were usually used into militancy and other vices, adding that there is every need to discourage them, using football which every child plays. He expressed worry that even the local government areas were not sponsoring clubs from their areas for the on going under – 12 and under 13 YSFON championships. “I am disappointed that even the local government councils are not sponsoring their home clubs. It is the little boys that are tasking themselves to register and transport themselves to match venues, since the commencement of the 14th edition of grassroots sports/human development programme,” he said. According to the competition fixture, Under – 13 has four groups which is made of 15 clubsides. So for, U-13 has played three matches at the group stage. Port Harcourt Future Stars defeated Diamond Sports 1-0, PH City Academy trounced Corinthiasns 6-0 while United Feeders won United Stars 1-0. In the Under – 12 category which has only 12 clubs in the four groups (A-D) four matches have been played with Eagle Stars, Bright Strikers, PH City Academy and PH Future Stars winning their counterparts MAC1 Soccer Initiative, United Feeders, Golden Stars and Diamond Sports 2-1, 3-0,2-0 and 5-2, respectively. Wejinya called on the government to support the competition so as to secure the future of Rivers football.

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NPFL : Eguma Urges Rivers People To Keep Faith

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The Technical Manager of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has called on Rivers State people to be faithful and support the team, saying that they would not let them down this Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) season.
He said that, all the players in the team are hungry for success this season, adding that, he is planning with the players that have winning mentality.
Eguma said this on Sunday in his post match interview with sports journalists shortly after they saw off Kwara United with 3-0 in the match day six of the NPFL, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He appreciated his players for the victory, adding that initially the game was a bit difficult.
According to him, his players were more technical on the ball, pointing out that he had to change the tactics of the game.
“Rivers people should still have faith and support the team because we will not let them down this season.
The league is a marathon one; it is not yet time to sing songs.
It is still work in progress.
We started well but we still have hope that the team will improve more on their performance because every club in the league is very strong,” Eguma stated.
He noted that his team last season did not change but the approach and mentality of the players have changed the game.
He disclosed that the team is highly motivated and taking care of, saying, most of the players want to deliver and make name for themselves.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Chukwu Blames Rohr For Not Developing NPFL Players

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Former Nigeria Super Eagles Captain Christian Chukwu, has blamed former National Coach Gernot Rohr for not developing the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) players.
He disclosed that Rohr was employed to build the NPFL players for them to get opportunity to play in European clubs rather than concentrating on foreign- based players.
Chukwu said this on Monday in a television programme monitored by Tidesports in Port Harcourt, adding that Rohr was supposed to base in Nigeria to enable him get in touch with the home base players.
According to him, Rohr failed for the development of the home-based- players, adding that, before now, all other coaches gave the home-based players the opportunity to showcase themselves in the national team.
Chukwu who had also coached the Super Eagles team, explained that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did not believe in Nigerian coaches, adding that, he is happy with what the interim coach, Austin Eguavoen is doing with the Super Eagles within the short period of time.
” Rohr was employed to develop our national players but he concentrated on foreign- based players.
We have players in the NPFL who are very good but they were not giving opportunity under Rohr to play in the national team.
All the players we have before now were home- based players”, Chukwu stated.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Eguavoen To Effect Changes Against Guinea-Bissau

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Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has revealed that he would be making some changes in the final group match against the Wild Dogs of Guinea-Bissau tomorrow so as to give players who have not tested action some game time.
Tidesports source reports that Nigeria currently tops Group D with six points from their opening two games, after beating Egypt and Sudan and are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.
“Obviously, we will make changes for the last group game against Guinea-Bissau.
“We have depth in the team and it’s a good opportunity for the other players to play, we will play to win the game and I trust the players to do a great job,” he said.
Eguavoen also warned his players against complacency and taking their chances in front of goal in subsequent matches.
“No game comes easy. We knew it was going to be tough and tried as much as possible to be ready for any opponent that comes our way.
“So it’s a little bit difficult to say whether we were complacent in the Sudan game or not but we will discuss this with the boys going forward,” he added.

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