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Ex-Internationals Hail Gokana Unity Cup

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ers, Henry Nwosu, Victor Ukpoba and Mutiu Adepoju have hailed the annual Gokana Unity Cup competition, a football competition among communities in Gokana Local Government Area, Rives State, as a good model for grassroots development.

Speaking at the grand finale of the 2012 edition of the competition in Bera town early in the week, Nwosu, who with Ikpeba, Adepoju and Jossy Dombraye were the stars of yester-years that graced the occasion commended the organisers of the competition for their vision and commitment.

He said that it is competitions like the Gokana Unity Cup that breed young talents that feed professional club sides and the national youth teams.

Nwosu promised to put words in the right quarters for promising players of the competition.

Ukpeba on his part noted that Gokana LGA has been consistent in organising the competition and commended the chairman of the council, Hon Demua Leedum Demua for continuing with the visions of his predecessors and giving opportunities to the youth to explore and express their talents.

The final match of the 2012 edition was between defending champion, Team I. S. Kogbara and Team Justice P. B. Akere, both from Bodo City in the area.

At the end of the match, a new champion emerged as Team Justice P. B. Akere pipped I. S. Kogbara with a first half lone goal.

It was a keenly contested encounter that saw both teams battle hard but  had few opportunities for goals.

Two other matches were also played as part of activities of the day.

The first was a novelty between women of the area that ended goalless while the second pitched the team of Gokana politicians and Gokana All Stars. Despite the presence of Nwosu, Ukpeba, Adepoju and Dombraye in the All Stars Side, the politicians, courtesy of a lone goal scored by the local government chairman, Demua, carried the day.

Meanwhile, the council chairman, Demua was recognised and honoured with merit awards by the League of Character Club, Rivers State and the Rivers State Football Association, RSFA, for his commitment and achievement in sports and football development.

This was further given credence when former chairman and now Commissioner for Works, Hon Victor Giadom acknowledged that Hon Demua has recorded more achievements than his own administration.

Among dignitaries at the grand finale was the Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, member of National of Assembly, Hon Maurice Pronen, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Ogoni, Bishop Gberegbara and others.

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CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad

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Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.

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Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach

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Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.

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CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency

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Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
 “We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.

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