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Give Referees Free Hands – Bebeto

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Football Club Owners and their officials at all levels in Nigeria have been charged to give Referees free hands to officiate in football matches so as to ensure steady sports development in the country. Giving the charge in a lecture on “Law 11” (Offside) he delivered as part of activities marking 2009 SWAN Week, Enugu state chapter, a FIFA and Premier League Badge referee, Mr. Udennaka A . N. C. Bebeto , also urged security operatives to always live up to expectation in ensuring the safety of lives of the players and match officials respectively. Bebeto called on his professional colleagues to be courageous enough during their matches, saying, ”The misinterpretation of this Law by some referees, are cause by threat to their lives by the fans/club officials, wrong positioning during the matches, not being physically fit for the match or having sympathy for one of the teams to stating that this has been responsible for teams to win matches they ought not to have won. He noted the need for referees and their assistants to study the law, and recent rules in football. Continuing, Mr. Bebeto further said : “ This law, which is one of the seventeen laws of the game of football classified under the technical law is regarded by many as the most controversial law of all which has sent many to their graves, hospitals as well as created permanent enemity among football fans.” Bebeto made it clear that referees in Nigeria are always under pressure even from state governors and private football owners who promise them (referees) heaven on in other to secure assistance for their clubs to win matches. He commended the leadership of SWAN Enugu state chapter for organizing the lecture, and urged journalists to report objectively instead of “crucifying the referees when they make human errors.” Other resource persons that presented papers aimed at to updating the knowledge of SWAM/ members on the laws of the game included former sports editor of NTA Enugu, Mr. Okey Anyichie and the national vice chairman of SWAN, South East, Mr. Foster Chime.

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Terony Unity Cup Commences Soon In PH

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Terony Sports Foundation says arrangements have been concluded to commence Unity Cup 2022, at the end of this month.
According to the organizer of the football tournament, AminaTamuno, the registration that started December 2021will end next week Tuesday.
He said the competition was slated to take place at Number six field old Port Harcourt Township.
Tamuno explained that the competition will be on knock out bases, saying that the reason for the one month tournament was basically to foster the existing and unity in the area.
“We are organizing this tournament just to sustain the peace and unity we are enjoying.
Besides, will we use it to discover talents from the grassroots and groom them to stardom” Tamuno said.
He equally uses the forum to appeal to well-meaning individuals, corporation organizations and multi Nationals to Sports grassroots football Competitions so that talents will be discovered.

By: Tonye Orabere

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NWFL: Coach Wants Players To Put More Efforts

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The Head Coach of Rivers Angels FC of Port Harcourt Edwin Okon has tasks his (players) to do more if they want to qualify for the continental game.
He said that the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) is a strong one, adding that for them to make to super six they have to put in extra effort. .
Okon said this on Wednesday in his post-match interview with sports journalists shortly after his player whitewashed Abia Angels FC 4-0 in the match day four of the NWFL at the University of Port Harcourt Sports complex.
According to him, they need to put more effort to ensure that the team qualifies for Super six.
He thanked God for the victory, adding that they want to maintain their position in the league.
“First and foremost I want to thank God for the victory.
The league is a strong one but we want to maintain our position in the league.
We need to put in more effort in the game to ensure we keep to our task” Okon stated.
Despite the four goals scored the number one Female football Coach in the state, said that in every game there are mistakes adding, that he will still go back to the drawing board to perfect those grey area.
Also speaking the head coach of Abia Angels Ann Chiejine, blamed is goalkeeper for the loss, saying that she will go and do more of ball work.
“General my girls played well but we need to go back and do more of technical play,” Chiejine said.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Open Trials ’ll Create Opportunities For Youths -Hon Wobo

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Port Harcourt based Football Club Sticmaclloyd, in partnership with 433 Football Agency of Ukraine, Germany football academy and Sports Mate 360 football academy of Poland says arrangements have been concluded to hold a two day Port Harcourt City Open Football Trials, between 17 to 24 years.
The open trials is slated to hold 29th -30th of this month at Sharks Football Stadium, Port Harcourt and expected to commence 6:00 am each day.
Speaking with Tidesports in an exclusive interview on Saturday, in Port Harcourt, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sticmaclloyd FC, Hon.Wobo I. Stanley, said the opening trials will create opportunity for talented footballers in the State to play in Europe.
According to Stanley, who was an ex international, selected players will also the have opportunity to enhance their football career in Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Italy.
“My club Sticmaclloyd Fc, is affiliated to 433 football agency, Germany, Poland and Ukraine football academies, besides, we have also signed Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) haven fulfilled their requirements to ensure that selected players have good contract” Hon. Stanley said.
He further, revealed that players that will go to Poland will combine both studies and football.
“Our foreign representatives have already sent their coaches to do the selection” he stated.
Stanley uses the forum to advice youth in the State to come and show their talents.
“We are sure players that will participate in the trials that selection will be purely on merits. Players who did not make it this time can make it next time” he added.

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