The coach of Rivers Angels Football Club of Port Harcourt, Whyte Ogbondah has debunked the rumour making the rounds that management of the team has concluded arrangements to replace some old players with quality players in order to beef-up the team ahead of the 2011/2012 Nigeria Premier League (NPL) season.
Ogbondah who stated this yesterday during an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt described the rumour as unfounded and the imagination of those making the rumour.
He urged the sports loving people of the state to ignore the rumour as it is untrue.
Ogbondah however, acknowledged that the management of the team bought some players whose formality has not been concluded.
“We did not drop any player though we have bought some new players to fortify the team ahead of next soccer season”, he further stated.
The Rivers Angels assistant coach further revealed that the club bought seven players whose names were not disclosed, adding that, they need to fill forms for the new season to as certain their sign-on agreement.
“For now, their names are yet to be known because, we are not sure if they would show-up, until they have made entry for the next season by filling the forms, then, we can be sure that we have them”, he said.
It would be recalled that the Angels won the 2010/2011 Women FA Cup and clinched second position in the league last season. The team is presently working to ensure adequate preparations for the next season.
Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach
National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.
Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach
Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.
B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers
Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.
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