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Ex-Lawmaker Tasks FG On Orphanage Sports

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A former member of the
House of Representatives, Dino Melaye, called on the Federal Government to show orphans love by developing orphanage sports in the country.
He made the call in Abuja at the end of a three-day Orphanage Homes Sports Festival Nigeria (OHSFN), organised by the Challenged Children Charity Foundation (3CF) for orphans in Nigeria.
Melaye said that the development of orphanage sports would enable orphans all over the country to have a sense of belonging.
“What the organisers of this game have done is what government should have done.
“This period is very emotional for me because these are kids that don’t have mother and father; in a responsible society, government is supposed to be their father and mother.
“This is an opportunity to call on the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to become `born again’ because this is actually the responsibility of government,’’ he said.
Melaye said that the country’s sports sector would be the major beneficiary of such games, as the talents from the various orphanages across the country would be properly harnessed.
“I didn’t believe that these talents can come from orphanages.
“Amongst you, by the grace of God, we will see people that will beat the record of ace footballer Rashidi Yekini; amongst you, we will see presidents and first ladies.
“In your midst, we will have senators, House of Reps. members, pastors and imams.
“We are going to convince all the multinationals that are spending money on frivolities that this is where they need to invest their money,’’ he added.
The organiser of the sports festival, Mrs Ugonna Uzor-Kalu, said that the event was initiated to create sports men and women for the country.
She said that the sports fiesta would also serve as a medium for empowering the young ones in sports and other skills.
“I see this event as an opening door for this target population; this maiden edition is a stepping stone.
“I urge individuals and corporate organisations to do more in affecting the lives of the less-privileged positively,” Ugonna said.
South-South geo-political zone, represented by Edo, won the football trophy and emerged as the overall winners of the sports festival.
The Edo team defeated their North-East counterparts from Kaduna State 4-1 on penalties, after a goalless draw in regulation time.
North-Central zone, represented by the FCT, finished second with 156 points trailing behind Edo with 174 points.
Kaduna State, representing the North-East zone placed third in the festival with 134 points, while the North-West zone, represented by Bauchi and Yobe ended on 116 points to finish fourth.
The South-West zone won the fifth position with garnered 70 points, while the South-East, which did not have any representation, placed sixth with zero point.

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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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