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Europe’s Loss, Africa’s Gain

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While Africa is getting excited about next month’s kick-off of the African Nations Cup in Angola, many clubs in Europe are dreading the start of the competition.

For them it will mean that a number of important players from the countries such as Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria will be away on international duty.

Every two years the ‘club vs country’ issue comes to the fore at this point, and both sides have valid arguments when one considers their differing perspectives for a moment.

The clubs want to hold onto players whose wages they pay on a weekly basis, as they do not want to be paying for a player to go and take part in an international tournament while domestic leagues, cups and competitions go on as normal.

Another major issue is that a number of players return from such competitions with injuries, and once again the player receives wages whilst having injured himself in the colours of his national team, rather than that of his club side.

The player must then recover from the injury, meaning the club loses the player for an extended period of time.

From the national team’s side it is also fair that these countries benefit from the use of their best players based throughout Europe and the world, as this is their premier continental championship, determining the champions of Africa every two years.

The pride of playing for one’s country is something that should be respected by the clubs, but they are the entities who stand to lose the most during and after the January tournament.

Many people have called for the tournament’s timing to be changed to the end of the season, with some saying that playing it every four years instead of two, like the World Cup, would allow for the players to go to the competition with the blessing of the clubs, while giving the players some much-needed rest from the congested calendars of modern football.

The Nations Cup is traditionally staged in the first two months of the year because of the continent’s unpredictable weather conditions in the summer months. The rainy season hits western and central Africa in June and July, while the weather in South Africa, which will be hosting the 2010 World Cup in those two months, is usually cool.

The competition is staged in different countries every two years to make it fair and to allow the whole of Africa to benefit from the tournament, so changing the timing does not seem to be a viable option.

The second reason why changing the tournament to June or July would be unlikely is the fact that the World Cup takes place at that time every four years, and this would force the African tournament to revert to a four-yearly affair, or change to alternate years, avoiding the World Cup as a result.

Coaches of the top European sides containing African players are becoming increasingly irritated with the damaging consequences of the Nations Cup being staged in the middle of the season, but there is little chance of it being moved to accommodate the rich clubs spending millions on some of Africa’s finest.

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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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