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NAN To Become Hub Of Information Ministry’s Sporting Activities – Oyo

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Mrs Oluremi Oyo, the Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has said that the agency would soon become a rallying point for sporting activities among parastatal agencies of the Ministry of Information and Communications.

Oyo said this in Abuja on Saturday at the end of the maiden edition of NAN Table Tennis Tournament.

“NAN will become the hub of sporting activities for all agencies in the information ministry; we are proud to be trailblazers and together, we will continue to soar high,” she said.

Oyo said that the table tennis competition had come to stay, adding that it would be made an annual event with contestants drawn from all NAN offices across the country.

The Managing Director said that the organisation of the tournament was spurred by the management’s commitment to promoting the wellbeing of the staff.

“The Board of NAN is very serious about the welfare of all staff and we will continue to do more for them,’’ she said.

Besides, Oyo announced that from January 2011, the last Friday of every month would be dedicated to sports in NAN, as a way of encouraging sports in the agency.

“It is important that you look after your bodies; you should exercise and stay healthy. Beginning from January 2011, every last Friday of the month will be dedicated to sports,” she said.

Oyo also announced that an ultra-modern gymnasium would be set up at the Abuja headquarters of NAN in the first quarter of 2011.

Also speaking, Dr Olusegun Ajuwon, former Chief Medical Director of the National Hospital, Abuja, urged other government agencies to encourage their workforce to participate in sporting activities so as to remain fit and healthy.

“NAN has introduced table tennis; others can introduce swimming, basket ball or any other sport. The idea is to get members of staff to do a particular sport.

“ It is good for the body system and it also enhances workers’ productivity,’’ Ajuwon said.

The table tennis tournament, which started on Monday, December 13, featured about 60 contestants in the singles, doubles and departmental categories.

Some dignitaries, who witnessed the finals include Mr Yomi Bolarinwa, Director-General of the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC), and Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), among others.

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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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