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Rivers Very Safe, Homely – American Basketballers

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Visiting American Basketballers and coaches to Rivers State have expressed shock over uncomplimentary media reports on the security challenges in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital which does not reflect the true situation on ground.

Cecil Sievers, Nathaniel Achibald and Mitch Duren made their feelings known yesterday when they accompanied the President of Royal Hoopers Basketball Club, Port Harcourt on a courtesy call on the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Romiti Amaechi at Government House, Port Harcourt.

The Amercians, who were visiting Nigeria for the first time, said the impression given to them in the media and at the Embassy was scary, noting that it was difficult to believe that they would be safe.

“Our visit to the Consulate in Lagos gave us a negative perception of what is happening here but we have been here three days and nothing”, Mitch said.

The visitors contended that what is being fed to the world via the internet or from outside sources do not give the true value of people in the country and urged intending visitors to Port Harcourt to “come and see things for themselves”.

“I’m happy and elated to be here”, Nathaniel Achibald, ace Bolton Celtics Basketballer said, while describing Port Harcourt as a true home.

In his response, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi said he was surprised that people were yet to tell the world that the state has achieved about 70 per cent peace at the moment.

“You know, when things were bad they were writing that things were bad but now that things have improved, they are no longer there to write the story that things have changed”, Amaechi observed.

The governor, who admitted that things were not yet perfect, said that for the avoidance of doubt, the state government has been hosting Commonwealth Parliamentarians for the past three weeks, with some delegates as Caucasians, and there has not been any negative report so far.

He argued that it was unfair for the embassies to send wrong signals to their people, noting that if it was that bad, the multinational companies should have left and enjoined the foreign media to report the positive things happening in the state.

The governor, who said the state was tired of being at the receiving end of the propaganda, promised that a media campaign would soon be put in place to correct the negative reporting of the state.

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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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