Sharks FC of Port Harcourt, yesterday at the Sharks Football Stadium, Port Harcourt opened their league with victory as they defeated hard fighting Warri Wolves 2-1 in a Week One game.
Home boy, Frederick Obomate scored the curtain raiser at the 9th minute, while George Amakiri converted a spot kick at the 14th minute, as Junior Osagie was brought down in the 18 yard box.
The visitors raised their game after they conceded the two goals and dominated the play.
Akeem Yakubu, ex-Sharks player scored at the 19th minute of play for the visitors before the end of first stanza.
On resumption of the second half, the game became more difficult as both side exhibited purposeful skills and played more of defensive game.
Few minutes into the end of the game, the visitors saw the back of their host net, but the centre referee disallowed the goal.
Generally, both sides played a purposeful football, but the visitors were more determined and aggressive.
Speaking shortly after the match, the Chief Coach of Sharks FC, Ere Dokubo, expressed joy over the victory, and gave thanks to God who has helped the team to win. “God has helped us to win our first league game which is very important, because we have gotten the three points at stake.
If I am to score them, I will give them 60% ,” Dokubo said.
Also speaking, the coach of Warri Wolves, Solomon Ogbe expressed sadness over the poor officiating, saying that the referee was biased in his decisions.
“I am surprised that the referee disallowed the goal scored by my player. The match of the season is a shame, I don’t like complaining in a situation like this because it will not change the score line,” Ogbe said.
Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach
National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.
Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach
Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.
B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers
Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.
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