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Rivers U-15 Team To Represent Nigeria In France

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Team Rivers would represent the country in France as winners of the football event of the just-concluded National School Sports Festival in Port Harcourt.

Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, President, National School Sports Federation (NSSF) announced this at the end of the 10-day Games in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

He explained said the Team Rivers team was awarded the right for its victory over Team Niger in the final match.

Team Rivers had beaten Niger 1-0 in the U-15 category to win the trophy.

“This is also a way to encourage them to bring out the best in them,’’ Mohammed said during the closing ceremonies of the 5th National School Sports Festival.

“Team Rivers have done well in football, so we have to reward them to the benefit of the nation and by so doing, we can further develop the game,” he said.

Mohammed said that he was grateful to the Rivers government for making the competition ‘smooth and successful’. He commended all the states that participated in the Games, urging them to continue to encourage the children to go into sports.

Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Sports, Mr Paulinus Nwakwoala,  said he was happy to see a new dawn in the nation’s sports scene.

Nwakwoala added that Rivers would continue to work with the NSSF to ensure that the country’s sports reached its optimal in development.

“I commend NSSF for making the festival successful; Rivers is ready to support and contribute its quota to sport development.

“I also urge states, schools and principals to support the Federal Government because with NSSF, Nigeria can join the best sporting nations in the world,” he said.

The Delta Chess player, Avwerosuo Emojevu, commended the organisers of the event, saying that he was happy to know other parts of the country.

“I have made new friends and I am happy to be in Rivers,” Emojevu said.

Delta, Akwa Ibom and Ondo states announced their bid to host the 2013 edition of the festival.

The Port Harcourt Games was originally scheduled to hold in 2012.

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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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