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NURSS Solicits Sponsorship Of Sports Progamme

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The National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS) worldwide has appealed to the Rivers State Government, well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations in the state for the sponsorship of the maiden edition of its sports programme tagged National Union of Rivers State Students Unity Games (NURSSUG) 2012.

According to a press release made available to Tidesports by the chairman of the Sports Committee and Secretary of the Sports Committee, Wemedo Chima and Barango Joseph Joe, respectively, for the first time in the history of NURSS the union is putting in place a well packaged sports programmes for the students of Rivers State origin.

The statement said that the union decided to embark on these sporting exercise for numerous reasons, which include the resolve to fulfill their electoral promises, unifying Rivers State Students, and easing off academic stress as well as serve as an avenue to disabuse the minds of Rivers students from social vices.

The games would also be used to discover talented youths which would enable the Sports Directorate led by Comrade Wemedo Chima form a formidable sports team for the union.

The union therefore, appealed to its grand patron, the Rivers State governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to help them actualise the laudable programmes.

The union also appealed to the Hon. Commissioner for sports, Hon. Fred Igwe, his counterparts on Education and Youth Development Ministries and other agencies to please sponsor the games in order to promote sports amongst Rivers students.

The body further appealed to well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to assist and see their contribution as part of their social corporate responsibilities in the state.

Meanwhile, the table for the sporting event for 2011/2012 Academic Session shows that Sports Festival for undergraduates of Rivers State origin would hold in port Harcourt in May, 2012, while football competition for secondary schools amongst the 23 local government areas (L.G.As) in the state would take place at the Sharks Stadium, in August, 2012.

Finally, a friendly football match with the National Union of Bayelsa State Students is scheduled to hold at the Niger Delta University in Bayelsa State, come December, 2012.

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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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