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2010 W/Cup: Analyst Condemns Lagerback’s Choice Of Players

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Just two weeks to the commencement of the 2010 World Cup to be hosted by South Africa, a soccer analyst in Rivers State, Mr. Cletus Ashamole, has declared that he has no confidence in Lagerback’s super Eagles team to make appreaciable impact at the mundial.

Speaking with Tide Sports in an interview recently, in Port Harcourt, Ashamole regretted that most of the players invited for the world cup battle have passed their prime and as such do not deserve a place in the team.

According to him, players like Kanu Nwankwo and others who have not been featuring regularly in their various club sides in Europe, ought not to be included in the list. He said that their inclusion would only amount to denying  the younger players who are more enterprising and eager to give out their best for the country, the chances to play.

He maintained that it would be miraculous if Super Eagles go beyond the second round in South Africa considering the quality of players invited by lagerback.

“Worst still, the Eagles have not played enough friendly matches to enable the coach and Nigerians assess their current form and fitness.”

He wondered the kind of magic Lagerback would perform with just few days to the world cup.

Speaking on the chances of Eagles ahead of their first game against Argentina on June 11, Ashomole believes that it would be difficult for Nigeria to survive the Lionel Mesi and Carlos Tevez-led attack of the Argentines.

Ashamole, who was one-time chairman of Iwuanyanwu Nationale Supporters Club, Port Harcourt branch now rechristened Heartland FC of Owerri, nevertheless enjoined Nigerians not to give up hope but to continue to support the Eagles till the final curtain is drawn.

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Akwa United Captain Set To Leave Club

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The suspended Captain of Akwa United, Utobong Effiong, has revealed that he wants to take a bow and leave the club after so many achievements made for the team as the leader.
Effiong is still suspended by the club management for allegedly leading a protest against the management for poor welfare treatment of the players.
In a chat with Tidesports source, the skipper said it is time for him to move on having won titles with the club as the first indigenous captain of the club.
Effiong, however, insisted that his decision to leave the club is not a result of the issues he is having with the management.

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Coach Expresses Excitement Over Abia Warriors’ Transfer Business

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Abia Warriors’ Head Coach, Imama Amapakabo, says he is happy with their transfer business, but feared the new players might struggle to adapt.
Amapakabo made this known to the media yesterday after Abia Warriors’ pre-season game against non-league side, Uchecaria FC.
Abia Warriors had Adeleke Adekunle and Ojo Olorunleke move to Enyimba FC, but they have secured the signing of Okiemute Odah, Kastan Igwe, Cletus Emotan and Kalu Nweke.
“We lost a couple of players that I still wanted in my team during the off-season, it is unfortunate but we still recruited new ones too, part of the things I thought I will not be doing this season and most likely going back to them”.
On the new players, the former Enugu Rangers coach said they might struggle to adapt to his style of play.
“They are pluses to the team and they come with lots of qualities but every coach has his own methodology and style of coaching and playing pattern and formation and tactics, some of them may find it difficult to adapt to some tactics but we have them and will be looking forward to adapting them to our game,” he said.Coach Expresses Excitement Over Abia Warriors’ Transfer Business

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Kwara To Hold Next National Sports Festival

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The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has said that the state will host the 2022 State Sports Festival.
Abdulrazaq disclosed this while speaking at the closing ceremony of the sixth National Youths Games held in Ilorin, the state capital, where Kwara State finished 6th on the national medals’ table, which is six places higher than its standing in 2019 when the games were last held.
Kwara State ended the competition with a total of 32 medals, including 10 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze, better than it did in 2019 when the state won 22 medals, including three gold.
“Let me congratulate you all. The state appreciates you. We know you improve all the time. We had wanted to hold the state Sports Festival this year but because of Covid-19 we will hold it early next year so as to keep all of you together, keep your synergies together and make you excel better in the sports you are doing,” the Governor told state athletes on the sidelines of the closing ceremony at the University of Ilorin.
He also thanked the athletes for making the state proud at the festival, saying that  the government’s decision to  hold five editions of NYG in Kwara State, has paid off, the games have led to improvement in the state’s sporting facilities and its internally generated revenues.
“Covid-19 has made the hosting a bit difficult because this edition ought to hold earlier. In fact, this year’s edition is an improvement on the last one and that of 2019 was also an improvement on the year before. 
The federal government is taking the event very seriously. I am glad the Minister of Youths and Sports and the Permanent Secretary were here for the event. State governments’ officials from all over the federation were also here. That shows the importance of sports in youths and in national development,” he said.
“We are taking sports very seriously in the state. It helps us improve on our facilities and on our internally generated revenues. Sports bring all of us together. Youths from all over the country are here sharing experiences. It is a great development. It is a great effort and we are happy to host it and we will be willing to host it forever.”
Abdulrazaq was received by members of the Kwara State Sports Commission led by its Executive Chairman, Bola Mogaji.

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