Champions Kano Pillars
lead a four-club push to win the Nigeria Premier League title for the 2013/2014 season.
With 13 rounds of matches still to be played, Pillars could well make history if they win a third straight league title this term.
But second-placed Nasarawa United, six-time champions Enyimba and Dolphins are also within striking distance of the current league leaders.
Pillars are top of the standings with 43 points from 25 matches thanks in part to their superb form at home.
They would therefore stay in contention for the championship if they maintained their good run at home and at the same time nick a couple of crucial points on the road.
After barely escaping relegation last season, Nasarawa United are now is serious reckoning for a first-ever league championship after a late home win over Heartland last weekend.
The Lafia club is two points adrift of Pillars and their rise to the top must be partly because of the hard shift put in by Coach Mohammed Babaganaru, who led Pillars to two league titles in the past two seasons.
But like it is the norm in this league, they have to also improve on their form away from home to boost their chances of an historic conquest.
Enyimba is lurking in third place with 40 points and have the vastly-experienced coach Kadiri Ikhana again at the helm as they aim to add to the number of championships they have won.
They have quality across the squad, from defender Ugwu Uwadiegwu to strikers Mfon Udoh and Abdulrahman Bashir, and once they move to the top of the standings, they will be very difficult to topple.
Enyimba’s opponents in the 2014 Federation Cup final Dolphins are fourth with 39 points.
The Port Harcourt outfit has won the league thrice, in 1997, 2004 and 2011. But they will now need some favour from the other title contenders to slip to be champions again.
What is obvious of the title contenders are that besides the quality they have on the pitch, they all boast of top-rated coaches, who have all won the championship – Okey Emordi (Pillars), Babaganaru (Nasarawa United), Kadiri Ikhana (Enyimba) and Stanley Eguma (Dolphins).
Probably, this season’s league crown would be won largely by the tactics of one these coaches.
NYG: Rivers Basketball Team Embarks On Preparations
The Rivers State Basketball Association,has commenced preparations for the forthcoming 2021 edition of the National Youth Games (NYG) scheduled to hold September, this year.
This was disclosed by Head Coach of the body, Dagogo Okumgba, yesterday during an exclusive interview with Tidesports, at the state basketball court.
According to him, the team has commenced the preparation, ahead of the upcoming sports fiesta to build and fortify its athletes for the task ahead and other engagements that may likely come up in the future.
Coach Okumgba explained that the athletes were in high spirit and are doing well in their preparation for the competition, saying that they (athletes) would compete honourably, when the fiesta eventually gets underway.
“The athletes are working assiduously to ensure they compete favourably and are poised for victory at the NYG scheduled to be hosted by Ilorin, Kwara State,” Okumgba said.
However, the coach feared team sports might not participate in the competition, as he lamented their (team’s) absence at the National Sports Festival (NSF) held in Edo early this year.
“I think the decision was made as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic to reduce the number of athletes to take part in the festival. I don’t know, if what happened then will repeat itself, considering the third wave of the virus,” he said.
He urged his athletes to keep faith and keep the fire burning, adding that they should not relent in their preparation for the competition, whether or not they take part in the fiesta, the preparation will definitely keep them fit for other engagements.
“ It is better to be ready than not, just as the motto of the Boys Scout, l believe early preparation, being prepared at all times, is one major key to success,” he concluded.
By: Nancy Briggs
Covid-19 Scare: Team Nigeria Undergoes Daily Tests In Tokyo
As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Tokyo, venue of the 2020 Olympics, Team Nigeria’s camp has resorted to daily testing of the members of their contingent.
Tidesports source gathered that there had been daily reports of athletes and officials contracting Covid-19 at the Olympics Games Village in Tokyo.
The Tidesports also reported that a Nigerian official in his 60s was hospitalised after contracting the virus.
One of the athletes, who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said athletes and officials were taking necessary precautions to ensure they did not contract the virus.
According to him, this includes daily testing and staying away from the public.
“We are doing everything that needs to be done not to contract the virus. We test daily and don’t mingle,” he said.
Another athlete, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, said it was not the type of Olympics she would have loved to compete in due to the deadly virus. “It has not been easy here trying to adjust to the high temperatures. Covid-19 here is real. Athletes, particularly me, are very careful. Life isn’t easy here at all. Not the kind of Olympics I would have loved to take part in but in all, I’m glad to be here,” she said.
Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Olympics Committee, Femi Adetula, said the unnamed Nigerian official was already getting better but declined to name the official, saying the NOC was respecting his rights.
“It’s been confirmed that an official contracted the virus. He is in isolation, receiving treatment and he is doing fine. In a matter of days, the official will be out of isolation because of the recovery rate,” he said.
NBA: Milwaukee Star Anxious To Visit Nigeria – Wants To Learn About His Roots
Milwaukee Bucks All StarGiannis Antetokounmpo wants to visit Nigeria soon and cannot wait to learn more about his roots.
Antetokounmpo, who produced a performance for the ages to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA title since 1971 after a 105-98 win over the Phoenix Suns last Monday, was born in and represents Greece.
“Obviously, a lot of people don’t know where I’m from. A lot of people think my mom or my dad is from Greece, but no,. Both of my parents are black. Both of my parents are Nigerians.” Antetokounmpo said.
“I grew up in a Nigerian home, Obviously, I was born in Greece and went to school in Greece. But at the end of the day when I go home, there is no Greek culture. It’s straight-up Nigerian culture. It’s about discipline, it’s about respecting your elders, having morals,” he said.
Antetokounmpo, who said his original surname Adetokunbo was mispelt at the Greek Passport office, hasn’t traced his roots in person yet, but hopes to visit Nigeria either this summer or next summer , revealing that he got his Nigerian passport in 2015.
“I want to see where my family comes from, where my mom was raised, see my family, see where my dad was raised. That is very important. I hope my kids can do the same thing for me,” Antetokounmpo said.
Meanwhile, Basketball legend and NBA Hall of Famer, Hakeem Olajuwon said Nigerians were proud of Giannis Antetokounmpo despite the Milwaukee Bucks All-Star representing Greece.
“I’m sure Nigerians are very proud of him, especially because of the way he has conducted himself and how he is dominating the league,” Olajuwon said. He has accomplished a great deal in such a short period of time,” he said.
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