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Coaches Laud Initiative Of CBN Tennis Championships

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Coaches at the 2012 Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Junior Tennis Championships in Lagos have lauded the organisers, saying the tournament will enhance development of young players in the country.

In separate interviews with newsmen in Lagos, the coaches commended the consistency of the CBN in organising the championships for the past six years.

Patrick Obebor, the coach of the University of Lagos, said that the competition had been instrumental to the growth of the sport in the country.

“I give kudos to the organisers for having thought of bringing the game down to the grassroots, as this will help in bringing out future stars.

“The only way to see a tennis star rise to the top is through this medium where he or she goes through the basic training of the sport and learns to become a good player,’’ Obebor said.

Enugu-based Emmanuel Eze, a parent of two of the participants, said that he was impressed with the organisation of the championship and the standard of play.

According to him, the championships are paving the way for Nigeria to produce world tennis stars.

“I am short of words and I praise the organisers for putting up such a programme whereby the young ones can be developed through competitions.

“We have been longing to see a programme like this, and I am glad that the organisers took it upon themselves to develop the skills of these young ones.

“Overall, it is good for the young ones who can play the game to use it as an avenue to express themselves in sports,’’ Eze said.

Akinogun Michael, an Ogun State coach, said that his players had improved in the game as a result of the exposure in the competition.

Michael said that following the improvement noticed in some of his players who featured in previous competitions, he registered some debutants to feature in the 2012 edition.

“I am happy and I commend the organisers. The championships have helped improved on my players who are currently in the quarter final stage.

“This is one grassroots programme that will produce world tennis stars in the nearest future,’’ he said.

 

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CAF Mulls Super League Idea

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The Confederation of African Football [CAF] is discussing the idea of introducing an African Super League, a continental competition which would likely replace the current CAF Champions League and hopefully boost revenue for the organising body.
The revelation was made as CAF President Patrice Motsepe issued a statement outlining the changes and reforms the new leadership is making to ensure African football is globally competitive and self-sustaining.
The idea has taken shape even despite the disastrous European Super League [ESL] proposal earlier this year, which caused major controversy before being banned after most founding member clubs bowed to fan pressure and pulled out.
“ExCo [the CAF executive committee] may have to discuss and consider new CAF competitions which may generate additional funding or income for CAF, its member associations and bodies and also contribute to African football becoming globally competitive and self-sustaining,” Motsepe was quoted as saying by Tidesports source.
“In this regard, we are assessing and [are] in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League. We have been following the attempts by some top European clubs to form a Euro Super League and will learn from their experience and pitfalls.”
CAF is looking to boost income after recent forensic auditing revealed that the organisation has been beset by financial irregularities.

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NPFL: Rivers United’s Coach Praises Players

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The Chief Coach of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Ndubuisi Nduka, has praised his players after a 1-0 win over Katsina United FC in the match day 28 of the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) in Port Harcourt.
He stated that his boys (players) gave all their best  to ensure they secured the maximum three points for the team, and described the encounter as very tough. 
Nduka, said this on Sunday, during a post match interview with sports journalists, after the Pride of Rivers, defeated their opponents  1-0, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
According to him, what made the match more difficult for his players was that they failed to utilise goal opportunities they created in the first half of the game.
The only goal of the game came in the 77th minute by home boy, Malachi Ohawume, who made his goals four for this league season.
“It was a tough game; I think our boys gave it all.
What made it more difficult for us was the chances we lost especially in the first half, “ Nduka said.
He explained that the second round of the league is always difficult because every team is fighting to be at top and some are fighting not to be relegated.
“At this point and time of the league, the second round, we are stretching to the finishing point.
“It is always difficult and if you remember the position of Katsina United, they are not safe so they are looking for where to pick points, so I gave kudos to my boys as they secured three points for us, “ he stated. 
Rivers United is now 4th on the log after 28 matches with 48 points.

By:  Kiadum Edookor

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Hockey Championship: Team Rivers’ Performance Excites Coach

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The Head coach of Team Rivers State, (female) hockey, Comfort Nya, has commended her players after they defeated team Edo, 3-1 in the ongoing, 2021 Mabisel National Hockey Championship (MNHC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 
She, described the match as one of the toughest games they have played, saying that the calibre of players she saw in the team Edo lineup was intimidating.
Nya said this on Monday in her post match interview with sports journalists, after their first victory in the championship, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports in Port Harcourt. 
According to her, their first game in the championship was difficult because of the heavy downpour, adding that they could not play well but today they are awesome.
“It was a tough one, honestly speaking I would not tell lies, and the players I saw in team Edo lineup are old and good players and my girls are just upcoming.
“I was thinking of draw or let them just play but with this result I am so happy with their performance, “Nya said. 
The coach further explained that their next outing will be against team Kaduna, they are going to do more better.
“Our first game was disturbed by heavy rainfall, they could not play well but today they have performed well.
“In our next game against team Kaduna, we are going to do better,” She stated..

By: Kiadum Edookor

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