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Amaechi Tasks Dolphins, Rivers Angels On More Trophies

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Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon Chibuike Amaechi has rewarded state owned clubs,Dolphins and Angels Football clubs for winning the 2010/2011 Nigeria Premier League and the female Federation Cup titles, respectively, while urging them to win more titles in order to get more rewards in the future.

Speaking at a special reception and award giving ceremony at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday, the Governor said he has achieved in spurring the two teams to victory.

“You remember when you came with Sharks and we gave Sharks a car’’, Amaechi recalled ,” all of you were very unhappy going home without a car and I told you that if you wanted a car go and win a trophy and come. So it wasn’t upto a year you won a trophy, so congratulations.’’

In the same vein, the Governor lauded Rivers Angels pointing out that the female team has been exceptional and has remained in the national lime light of the female football adding,” it is good that you remain there and continue to enroll as many women, or as many girls as possible who will hold the national position in the female league’’.

He announced a Ford Saloon car gift to both the players and the coaches, while donating a cash gift of N1million to the coaches and N500,000 to each of the players, assuring that government will continue to reciprocate hardwork from its sportsmen.

However, Governor Amaechi challenged Dolphins to win this year’s league,” I hope you will climb the league…currently I hear that Dolphins is in the third position…even it is one point the man who has one point high and above Doplhin will have won the league. So why not remain on top of the league so you win the trophy’’.

Earlier, Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Fred Igwe said the gesture is in fulfillment of the Governor’s pledge to the players during his last visit to their camp.

He said that Dolphis has won many trophies in the past, while stressing that,” Since we took over from Eagle Cement it has been one trophy or the other’’.

Also, he noted that Rivers Angels have remained outstanding in the female league,” one remarkable thing about the team is that about 21 of our Rivers Angels players contitute the national female teams ‘’.

Responding on behalf of the coaches and players, coach of Dolphins Football Club, Mr. Stanley Eguma expressed joy and fulfillment over the gesture,” Your Execellency you have matched your words with action and we will work harder to win more trophies in the state’’.

While praising the Commissioner in addressing the welfare of players, Mr. Eguma solicited further  governments assistance to the club by providing a bus to convey its Supporters Club to match venues.

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NYG: Rivers Basketball Team Embarks On Preparations

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The Rivers State Basketball Association,has commenced  preparations for the forthcoming 2021 edition of the  National Youth Games (NYG) scheduled to hold September, this year.
This was disclosed by  Head Coach of the body, Dagogo  Okumgba, yesterday during an exclusive interview with Tidesports, at the state basketball court.
According to him, the team has commenced the preparation, ahead of the upcoming sports fiesta to build and fortify its athletes for the task ahead  and other engagements that may likely come up in the future.
Coach Okumgba explained that the athletes were in high spirit and are doing well in their preparation for the competition, saying that they (athletes) would compete honourably, when the fiesta eventually gets underway.
“The athletes are working assiduously to ensure they compete favourably and are poised for victory at the NYG scheduled to be hosted by Ilorin,  Kwara State,”  Okumgba said.
However, the coach feared team sports might not participate in the competition, as he lamented their (team’s) absence at the National Sports Festival (NSF) held in Edo early this year.
“I think the decision was made as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic to reduce the number of athletes to take part in the festival. I don’t know, if what happened then will repeat itself, considering the third wave of the virus,” he said.
He urged his athletes to keep faith and keep the fire burning, adding that they should not relent in their preparation for the competition, whether or not they take part in the fiesta, the preparation will definitely keep them fit for other engagements.
“ It is better to be ready than not, just as the motto of the Boys Scout, l believe early preparation, being prepared at all times, is one major  key to success,” he concluded.

By: Nancy Briggs

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Covid-19 Scare: Team Nigeria Undergoes Daily Tests In Tokyo

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As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Tokyo, venue of the 2020 Olympics, Team Nigeria’s camp has resorted to daily testing of the members of their contingent.
Tidesports source gathered that there had been daily reports of athletes and officials contracting Covid-19 at the Olympics Games Village in Tokyo.
The Tidesports also reported that a Nigerian official in his 60s was hospitalised after contracting the virus.
One of the athletes, who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said athletes and officials were taking necessary precautions to ensure they did not contract the virus.
According to him, this includes daily testing and staying away from the public.
“We are doing everything that needs to be done not to contract the virus. We test daily and don’t mingle,” he said.
Another athlete, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, said it was not the type of Olympics she would have loved to compete in due to the deadly virus. “It has not been easy here trying to adjust to the high temperatures. Covid-19 here is real. Athletes, particularly me, are very careful. Life isn’t easy here at all. Not the kind of Olympics I would have loved to take part in but in all, I’m glad to be here,” she said.
Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Olympics Committee, Femi Adetula, said the unnamed Nigerian official was already getting better but declined to name the official, saying the NOC was respecting his rights.
“It’s been confirmed that an official contracted the virus. He is in isolation, receiving treatment and he is doing fine. In a matter of days, the official will be out of isolation because of the recovery rate,” he said.

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NBA: Milwaukee Star Anxious To Visit Nigeria – Wants To Learn About His Roots

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Milwaukee Bucks All StarGiannis Antetokounmpo wants to visit Nigeria soon and  cannot wait to learn more about his roots.
Antetokounmpo, who produced a performance for the ages to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA title since 1971 after a 105-98 win over the Phoenix Suns last Monday, was born in and represents Greece.
“Obviously, a lot of people don’t know where I’m from. A lot of people think my mom or my dad is from Greece, but no,. Both of my parents are black. Both of my parents are Nigerians.”  Antetokounmpo said.
“I grew up in a Nigerian home, Obviously, I was born in Greece and went to school in Greece. But at the end of the day when I go home, there is no Greek culture. It’s straight-up Nigerian culture. It’s about discipline, it’s about respecting your elders, having morals,” he said.
Antetokounmpo,  who said his original surname  Adetokunbo  was  mispelt  at the Greek Passport office,  hasn’t traced his roots in person yet, but hopes to visit Nigeria either this summer or next summer ,  revealing that he got his Nigerian passport in 2015.
“I want to see where my family comes from, where my mom was raised, see my family, see where my dad was raised. That is very important. I hope my kids can do the same thing for me,” Antetokounmpo said.
Meanwhile, Basketball legend and NBA Hall of Famer, Hakeem Olajuwon said Nigerians were proud of Giannis Antetokounmpo despite the Milwaukee Bucks All-Star representing Greece.
“I’m sure Nigerians are very proud of him, especially because of the way he has conducted himself and how he is dominating the league,” Olajuwon said. He has accomplished a great deal in such a short period of time,” he said.

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