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…Enugu Athletes Skip Training

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Following the removal of fuel subsidy, athletes in Enugu have complained that the increase in transport fares has affected their training routine.

Some of the said at the weekend that they could no longer meet up the early morning training sessions from their various homes to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium due to the increase.

Blaze Udeh, the Enugu State Boxing Chief Coach, said: “The situation has affected my athletes because some of them come from far places.

“It affects the exercise generally because you reserve the one you can use to come training in the evening, you don’t have enough and you can’t trek from where you are living.

“Except you are living nearer to the stadium that you can trek, but if you not living nearer, If can’t trek, if you trek what will you eat after everything, that is the problem. So, we are pleading to overnment to do something about it.”

Franklin Ekwereike, the state taekwondo assistant coach, said very few athletes still had the ability to come for regular training.

“Because of the transport problem some could not find their way to the stadium. Some of them that have bike could not afford to the price of fuel now.

“Invariably it is affecting the training because almost in all the departments of the game you see one or two persons which cannot make them train well because the number is not complete.”

Also reacting, Uchenna Eziokwu, a senior coach with the state ministry of youth and sports, said he trekked from Abakpa Nike, a satellite town to Enugu to meet up with the morning training.

“I cannot pay N200 transport to and fro the stadium. It is really a difficult situation. I believe it is the same to the few athletes here.

“Government should urgently do something because sports is all about movement from one place to another.”

Christian Chukwu, a boxer, said: “I was the only person who came for training this morning. My contemporaries could not make it because they cannot afford the transport fare.’’

Very few sports men and women trained in the stadium at the weekend unlike in the past when the place brimmed over with athletes.

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Iyalo D King Cup: Obidianso FC Emerges Champions

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Obidianso Street FC of Port Harcourt has emerged winners of this year’s edition of Iyalo D King, 4 Aside football tournaments at the Amanakana football Stadium, Diobu, on Sunday, in Port Harcourt.
Speaking with journalists, after the finals match, the Chief sponsor of the competition, Victor Fubara, said the tournament was to sustain the existing peace and unity among the youths in Diobu axis of Port Harcourt.
He noted that there were a lot of talents  in the area which needed help, saying that, with the competition a lot of hidden talents has been discovered and they will be  exposed to the world of football. 
“I want to use this competition to change the narrative about the youths of Diobu in Port Harcourt.
I want to tell you that there is peace and unity among the youths in the area.
You can see joy and happiness on the faces of the people watching the game.
My   main purpose of organizing this tournament is to foster the existing peace and unity, also to pass a massage to the outside world that what they think about Diobu is different, “ Fubara stated.
Fubara who is popularly known as Diayo, revealed that he brought  some scouts to select some good players. 
“I personally just want to do it for them,” he said.
He used the medium to call on the Government to support his agenda and programme in terms of youth empowerment in different areas.  
“My message to the youths is to stop violence and embrace peace,” he stated. 
 At the end of the finals, Obidianso Street FC defeated Awgu Street FC 2-1 on penalty shootout after playing goalless draw in regulation time.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Kano Pillars To Pay N5m Fine Over Covid-19 Protocol

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Kano Pillars have been charged for breaching the NPFL Framework and Rules, following the infraction in their Matchday 27 fixture vs Akwa Utd at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna last Sunday.
The Kano club has been charged for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol by admitting and/or permitting spectators and supporters into the venue.
Pillars are also charged for encroachment after their supporters encroached onto the field of play, thereby disrupting the match.
The club is further charged for failing to provide adequate security leading to failure in crowd control and restriction of access by unauthorised persons to restricted areas.
In line with The Nigeria Football Federation directives, Kano Pillars are hereby sanctioned with a fine of N5 million for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol. 
A fine of N2.5 million is also imposed on Kano Pillars for encroachment by their supporters, which led to a discontinuation of the match.
There is also an imposed sanction of a deduction of 3 points, which shall be suspended for the duration of the remainder of the season, subject to good conduct.
The club also faces a venue sanction of being banned from their Kaduna home ground and subsequently moved to another venue if there is a recurring event.
Kano Pillars have been directed to submit a revised security plan within 7 days and ensure they comply strictly with Covid-19 Protocol. All subject to approval by the LMC.
The club, however, has 48 hours from the date of notice to appeal these sanctions.

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Super Falcons Have So Much To Offer – Oshoala

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Asisat Oshoala is proud of Super Falcons’ spirited second-half performance against the Portuguese last Monday.
The African women’s champions came back twice to force the Europeans to a 3-3 draw at their second Group game in the ongoing National 2021 WNT Summer Series at the BBVA Stadium.
Reacting to the result, the Barcelona Femino striker, hailed the fighting spirit and said the team had so much potential.
  I am proud of everyone. We were two goals down and then 3-2 in the 88th minute and we did it. I want to say this is just the beginning.
“We have so much in this team. We don’t even know what we have, people out there kept cheering us when we had the ball because we kept on pushing. That’s the spirit!” she said.
Following the thrilling six-goal match, the Super Falcons will head to Austin yesterday for today’s final match against the United States at the Q2 Stadium as Jamaica and Portugal bid the Summer Series farewell after two games.

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