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Ibile Games: Tennis Players Bemoan LG’s Poor Interest

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2014 Ibile Games which started last Wednesday in Lagos have bemoaned the low level of involvement of local government councils in the state in the Games.
The players told newsmen that it was contrary to the core vision of the Games for many local government areas not to be represented or to fully participate.
Taiwo Gbemisola, a Class Six para-table tennis player who won gold at the first edition in 2012, said that no local government had approached her to compete for it this year.
“I represented Somolu Local Government in the 2012 edition but I have yet to register to play in the 2014 Games.
“We the para-athletes will prefer to participate in the Games under a local government because of the privileges and advantages such will give us.
“Many of us have got employment through this means and some have had their training sponsored by the local councils they won medals for in the previous editions of the Games.
“I am quite surprised that no council has approached me to represent it in spite of the fact that I won gold in the last edition,’’ she said.
Another player in the Men’s Singles category, Ahmed Adeyinka, said that the level of publicity given to the 2014 edition of the Games was “very poor“.
“It is a relief that we are using the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos for the first time in this event.
“But it is not good enough that not many players are here to compete,’’ Adeyinka who represented Lagos Island Local Government in the 2012 edition and was beaten at the semi-finals said.
According to him, it is even discouraging that many players here are the ones seeking to represent a local government area instead of the reverse.

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CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad

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Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.

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Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach

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Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.

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CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency

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Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
 “We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.

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