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Federation To Motivate Women U-20 Volleyball Team

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The Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) has said in Abuja that plans were being made to ensure that the country performs well at the forthcoming Women’s U-20 World Championship.

The first Vice-President of the Federation and member of the Organising Committee of the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB), Dr Ebenezer Morakinyo,  disclosed this in an interview with Tidesports in Abuja.

The championship is scheduled to hold in Czech Republic from June 21 to 30.

Morakinyo said that efforts were ongoing to make sure that Nigeria returned to the top of the sport with a new generation of players.

“What we are doing now is to look for young players to add to the already existing ones. As for those already in the squad, we plan to retain them.

“We are also going to organise friendly matches for the team so that the players can gain experience before the championship.

“You must be aware that we recently employed the services of a Russian Coach, who has just spent a few weeks with the girls.

The Nigerian team performed poorly at the just concluded 14th African Nations Junior Women Volleyball Championship in Abuja.

The team lost its two matches at the championship, which served as the qualifier for the 17th Women’s U-20 World Championship.

Nigeria had lost 1-3 to Algeria in its first match on Wednesday and 0-3 to Egypt on Thursday in its final game at the qualifiers, which ended on Friday.

Because of this, Nigeria finished last on the table, with Egypt and Algeria in the top two positions.

Teams from Tunisia, Kenya, Rwanda and DR Congo that were supposed to participate in the championship failed to show up.

Morakinyo said the financial situation of most African nations affected the championship, adding “we were supposed to have seven teams competing in the championship but only three participated’’.

“The four countries backed out because they did not have enough financial resources to take part in the championship,’’ he said.

The vice-president also explained that the affected countries might have been unable to cope financially due to the fact that they participated in championships held earlier in the year.

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Finidi George Begins  Tenure On A Winning Note

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Super Eagles legend Finidi George began his tenure as the coach of Enyimba Football Club of Aba on a winning note.
The former Nigerian international was appointed as the coach of Nigeria’s most successful club, Enyimna FC last month, and he could not have hoped for a better start.
Finidi had revealed in his press conference that he was at the club to win, and that was what he did in his first match in charge.
The former Real Betis winger led his boys to a 1-0 win over ASC Diambars in the first leg of their second round qualifying match of the CAF Confederations Cup in Senegal.
It was not an easy victory, though, as Enyimba had their goalkeeper to thank for making vital saves to keep the away side in the game.
Substitute Cyril Olisema’s late penalty ensures the Peoples Elephants go into the second leg in Aba with a slight advantage.
It was Enyimba’s first game in the competition after they were drawn in the first qualifying round. Finidi will now hope his side can finish the job at home and seal a place in the playoff round.

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‘I Remain One Of Africa’s Best Strikers’

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Former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni believes he ranks among the best strikers out of Africa.
Tidesports source reports that Aiyegbeni sits fifth on the list of all-time African goalscorers in the Premier League with 95 goals, just behind Togolese striker, Emmanuel Adebayor’s 97 for Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
The Nigerian featured for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers over a nine-year period, and believes his record stacks up favourably considering his club’s comparatively lower standings.
“I’ll still remain one of the top strikers from Africa, no matter if those guys score more than 100 goals,” he said. “Don’t forget they played for some of the biggest clubs in England.
“To score 15, 17 goals in Portsmouth, Middleborough, Everton and Blackburn is big as well. If you can get 15 goals in a season as a striker in England, it’s a great season for you.
“For me, it’s an honour to score that many goals. I got injured and didn’t play for one year. If I had, I would have scored more than 100. I had chances to do it, but the time was right for me to leave, so I went to China.”
As for current players, Manchester City’s Algeria international, Riyad Mahrez (67), sixth on the list, and Arsenal’s Gabonese striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (66), seventh, still have some way to go to trouble the top five.

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Whyte Ogbonda Satisfied With Team’s Performance

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Manager of Osun Babes Whyte Ogbonda has commended his players’ performance at the on going 2021 edition of the Flying Officers Cup Tour name ng and tasked them to be more determined when they face Royal Queens in their next encounter.
Ogbonda made the commendation during a telephone chat with Tidesports at the weekend.
The Ogbonda led side played a goalless draw against Bayelsa Queens on Fridau to book a place in the quarters finale of the major Women Football preseason Championship in Africa.
According to the former Ibom Angels manager, rhe game against Bayelsa Queens was a great test and it really helped them(Osun Babes FC), as they continue to build a team for the new season.
“Truly, our preparation was not ideal before now, but I told my players before the match that it is very important that we go past the first round and qualify for the next round.
‘It was very tough out there and you could see that we needed to work together more because at times we were pushed beyond limits.
‘We are happy to be in the next round of this tournament and with more hard work, I believe we will get better as a team.”
Osun Babes will play in the quarter-finals against Royal Queens Today at the Area 10 Sports Complex, Abuja.

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