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Deaflympics: Tennis Boss Promises Good Outing

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Ahead of the forthcoming Deaflympic Games billed for Sofia, Bulgaria, the National Chairman of the Nigeria Deaf Table Tennis Association, Prince Elemchuku Eke, has expressed optimism that his ward’s participation would be a success story for the country.

Fielding questions from sports writers in Port Harcourt at the weekend, Prince Eke said preparations were in top gear as the deaf ping-pong players were seriously training in various states in the country with ten of them currently camped in Lagos, adding that when the final selection is made, the athletes would be moved to Ibadan.

He said some of those selected to represent the country included players who excelled during the last National Sports Festival just as he noted that the coaches were yet to shut the camps, since the possibility of discovering more medal prospects exist.

The Chairman, who maintains that ‘there is ability in disability’ also revealed that the squad included some of the players who brought glory to Nigeria at the last London Paralympics.

“We are going to Sofia to win medals.  The players are in high spirit with a strong physical and mental fitness” he said.

Prince Eke, a Port Harcourt based businessman, however averred he was conscious of the fact that other countries were coming to the Games not as spectators but to fight for medals. He likened the scenario to what he called a ‘wedding cake’.

His words: “It should be seen like a big cake. You don’t expect me to eat all the cakes in a wedding.  I will cut part of it and I will allow others to cut part of it too.  Whoever that gets the greater part of it during eating and digestion; you now know the ability of how your body can carry. So, it’s a game where you don’t have to be greedy. You need to relax and let’s share.  It’s a game where we all go and some will win while others will lose.  But winning makes you happier and that’s what we are set to do.  There are medals to be won and we will win some of them.”

Prince Eke, who was inaugurated Chairman of the board of the Nigeria Deaf Table Tennis Association last February told  journalists that the 13-man body was on course and working to achieve its set objectives despite challenges.

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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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