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Nigeria Secures Hosting Rights For Int’l T/Tennis Tourney

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The country’s prowess in table tennis has earned it the hosting rights for three international tournaments in 2013, a top official of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) has said.

The President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Kayode Omotosho, disclosed this as the maiden Femi George and Friends Table Tennis International Classic which began at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja, on Monday.

Omotosho told the newsmen that the Africa Table Tennis Federation had communicated the decision to the NTTF.

“Normally, such things are bid for, so it was a surprise when I was informed by ATTF of the hosting rights for the U-17 and U-20.

“And the club championships, the men and women singles for 2013 has also been awarded to the country and I believe it is because Nigeria is a force to reckon with,” he said.

He explained that the recognition was also made possible by the country’s participation in statutory tournaments on the continent.

Omotosho commended the organisers and sponsors of the Ist Femi George and Friends International Classics for creating a platform to expose talents.

“I must commend the organisers and sponsors of this event which has made it possible for NTTF to showcase talents to prominent country club members.

“This will stir in the hearts of individuals who are willing to sponsor the sport to do so; without doubt, it is a good sponsorship strategy that NTTF embraced,” Omotosho said.

He said the tournament was also a training platform for players who would be participating in the world championships in Germany later in March.

Olufemi George, the sponsor of the event, said that it was his way of giving back to a sport that aided him to be what he is.

“Table tennis made it possible for me to gain admission into the university and this tournament is just a way of saying thank you to the society,” George told newsmen.

About 42 male players and 24 female players from table tennis clubs and states are participating in the tournament.

Ranti Lajide, an international table tennis umpire, said that by today 16 players would emerge from both the male and female categories to begin the classics proper.

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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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