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Odunlami Tasks Youths On Traditional Sports

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The Secretary of Lagos State Traditional Sports Association, Segun Odunlami, has advised youths to take to traditional sports, to enhance its development.

Odunlami told newsmen in Lagos that more traditional sporting events like Langa, Abula and Dambe had been lined up for the second quarter to discover talents in the state.

He said that apart from the just concluded 1st Lagos State Traditional Wrestling (KOKOWA) Championship, additional efforts would be made to discover more talents in traditional sports.

The secretary said that 80 wrestlers featured in the KOKOWA championship in the 55kg, 65kg, 75kg, 85kg and 100 kg categories.

Odunlami commended Governor Babatunde Fashola for his support toward the development of sports generally, including traditional sports.

“‘Those youths who have not been participating in sports should go to their local government areas and get involved in one traditional sport or the other.

“‘For instance, we have wrestlers clubs only in some areas like Ajegunle, Ketu, Ibafo, Ikorodu and we want more participants,” the secretary said.

Odunlami said that gold, silver and bronze medals won by the athletes in each category would attract N20, 000, N15, 000 and N10, 000 respectively.

“‘We do not have any challenge now because the state has done much for us by releasing money for grassroots sports development.

“‘No sport is neglected and this is encouraging to our youths, who have been training for long without getting competitions to assess their strength.”

He said the talents discovered in various competitions would be called to camp ahead of the state and National Sports Festivals.

Coach Edet Ibanga of the State Traditional Sports expressed surprise at the new crop of talents emerging from traditional sports.

“The standard is high now and we have been able to discover new talents at the grassroots, who are qualified to represent the state,” he said.

A traditional wrestling coach with the Lagos State, Femi Akinsanya,  applauded the efforts of the state government, and urged wealthy individuals to emulate Fashola’s good gesture.

Akinsanya recalled that Lagos State won all the prizes in Langa, Dambe and Kokowa in the traditional sporting championship in Ogun State a fortnight ago.

“We want more competitions to build our athletes’ level of confidence, ahead of the sports festival scheduled for November  27 to December 9 in Lagos.

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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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