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18th NSF: Lagos Targets Handball Gold

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Anthony Idolor, the Head Coach of the Lagos
State Handball Association, has said that his team is determined to win the
gold medal on offer at the 18th National Sports Festival (NSF).

The
festival tagged ‘EKO 2012’ to be hosted by Lagos State has been scheduled to
hold from November 27 to December 9.
Idolor told newsmen at the Lagos State Sports Festival, ‘Ibile 2012’ on
Tuesday that the state’s handball teams were already training hard to win the
men and women title at the festival.

“My target is to win the gold medals. We
are working toward that and by the grace of God, He will give us what we are
working for,’’ he said.

Idolor explained that the ongoing Ibile
Games was aimed at showcasing the talents available as well as identifying new
talents that would represent the state at the event.

“The aim of this tournament is to showcase
the talents available within the local governments, where each sports
association will discover hidden talents.

“This is also an avenue to assess the
players. Some of them are already representing the various LGs, we all know
them, but here is another opportunity to assess their performances,’’ the coach
said.

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Chelsea’s Signing Of Rivers Indigene Excites Father

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Chelsea Football Club of London has signed 16- year-old indigene of Rivers State who was born in Norway, Bryant Fiabema.
Speaking with the Father of Fiabema, Dr. Mina Fiabema in an exclusive interview with Tidesports, last Saturday, he said his son started playing football at the age of seven, with a local club in Kroken in Norway.
He stated that his son (Fiabema) was sponsored by a man who was passionate about football, saying that he was under the tutelage of the man until he turned 14 years.
According to him, he was confident that his son will make it through football, because he has the talent.
“ I am delighted that Chelsea signed my son (Bryan), I knew he would one day play for one of the biggest clubs in the world but did not expect it soon,” Dr. Fiabema said.
He explained that when Chelsea invited him for trials in December 2019, I was confident because he had the potentials to pass it.
“When Chelsea invited him to come for trials in December last year, I was confident that he will make it because he has the quality and talent. I told him to go and have fun, no anxieties, but just be yourself throughout the two weeks” he explained.
Dr. Fiabema equally said that his expectation from his son was to become one of the best strikers in the world.
However, he advised his son to be discipline, diligent and focused to enable him achieve his goals in life, saying that humility and discipline are the keys to success.
As it stands, Bryan Fiabema is the first Rivers State indigene that has signed for Chelsea.
Other Nigerian players that have played for the club are Victor Moses, Ike Ugbo, Kenneth Omeruo, Ola Aina.
Others are Tariq Uwakwe, Celestine Babayaro, Mikel Obi, Dominic Solanke and Fikayo Tomoni.

 

Tonye Orabere

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‘Ronaldo Solves Problems For Juventus’

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Maurizio Sarri hailed “champion” Cristiano Ronaldo after his brace saw Juventus to a precious 2-1 Serie A home win against Parma.
Ronaldo scored in either half to clinch victory on Sunday, capitalising on title rivals Inter’s failure to beat Lecce earlier in the day.
The Portuguese was a defensive contributor, too, yet he was outjumped by Andreas Cornelius as Parma briefly pulled level.
Sarri is happy to take the rough with the smooth when it comes to his star man, though.
“We have a champion who sometimes creates a problem for you but solves 100 of them,” he told Tidesports source .“The rest of the team has to revolve around him.”
Ronaldo had chances for further goals, and Sarri was frustrated with his team’s inability to extend their lead and set up a straightforward finale.
“The mental intensity can be improved, even the management of certain moments of the matches,” he said. “I don’t even like dribbling in our own half in the last few minutes.
“I would prefer to concede a goal on the counter-attack than in our own penalty area.
“Putting Higuain on at 2-1 was a clear message to the team: let’s end the game.”
Victory saw Juve move four points clear of second-placed Inter, although Lazio are also a threat a further two points back but with a game in hand.
However, Sarri is concerned by neither the Nerazzurri nor the in-form capital club.
“I have a fear for other things, not for football. Concern? Even that [would not describe it],” he said. “We are talking about sports.
“We know we have two very strong opponents. One is in an amazing moment that will hopefully not last long.”

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Moses’ll Return To Chelsea -Lampard

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Chelsea Manager, Frank Lampard has confirmed that former Super Eagles forward Victor Moses will return to Stamford Bridge after the expiration of his loan deal at Fenerbahce.
Lampard was speaking to the press about the club’s various transfer activities, and the future of Victor Moses came up.
In quotes carried by Football.London, the Chelsea boss didn’t directly give much credit to the rumours that Inter Milan were interested, but he did reveal that Moses would be coming back from his spell in Turkey with Fenerbahce.
“On Moses, he is coming back with a view to going somewhere else. Talks are ongoing.”
So we know he’s coming back… and going out somewhere again, but we don’t know where.
The Inter Milan rumours clearly stem from the Nigerian’s success under Antonio Conte here at Chelsea, but whether there’s anything more to them than that, we will have to see.

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