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Ex-Commissioner Urges Active Participation In Sports

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Nigerians have been charged to embrace sports as part of life which  participation should not be restricted to festivals and entertainment.

The former Commissioner for Women Affairs in Rivers State, Mrs Vivian Braide gave the advice Saturday at the 13th Annual Inter-House Sports competition of Immanuel International School, Abuloma in Port Harcourt.

Mrs Braide, who is currently the Special Adviser to the Governor on New University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, said by nature, sports is supposed to be a routine in life.

“Don’t wait for inter-house sports or any competitive sports festivals before indulging in sports,” she remarked.

The former Commissioner while speaking as the Special Guest of honour at the event, urged parents to encourage their children and wards to always see sports as integral part of life, nothing that academic activities alone could not make a complete school system without sports.

General Manager of Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Mr Celstine Ogolo, expressed the need for private schools to provide facilities for both indoor and outdoor sports.

Mr. Ogolo, who was chairman of event, explained that the nation has created sports potentials, maintained that stakeholders across the nation should be part of efforts in developing sports from primary to secondary school level.

The general manager recommended that private schools that lack space for sports facilities could consider moving to decongested parts of the state to create room for sports development.

Represented by the Group News Editor of The Tide, Mr. Nelson Chukwudi, the general manager commended authorities of Immanuel International School for putting in place sports facilities for the development of sports.

Earlier, the principal of the school, Pastor Geraldine Kalango said the school was committed to sports development as it has facilities for all necessary sporting activities.

“We don’t compromise with P.E. Health which is compulsory at basic level, and general sports which we observe twice weekly,” she said.

Mrs Kalango further disclosed that the school has won laurels and other recognitions at regional, national and international levels, and was determined to win more recognition in sports.

Meanwhile, Peace House won the first position with 197 points, Faith House got second position with 174 while Charity House came third with 159 points. Mr West Gogo emerged over all best participant.

 

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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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