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Sharks’ Pyagbara Sets Goal Target

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Sharks leading scorer
Christian Pyagbara has told newsmen that  he now wants to score more goals after he fired four goals against Sunshine Stars at the weekend.
He also revealed his ambition to get a continental ticket with Sharks.
The Interview:
Question:  Congratulations on your four goals against Sunshine Stars.
Pyagbara: Thank you.
How do you feel with that?
I am so delighted to have scored four goals in that game and I thank my teammates for making it possible.
When have been your career highlights so far?
When I got an invitation to the Nigeria U20 team was one, then getting a call-up to play for the CHAN Eagles. And now getting four goals in a league game in Nigeria. That was not easy.
What was your original goals target before your four goals against Sunshine Stars?
My target was 17 goals, but now that I am close to that, I am looking forward to getting more goals.
Sharks battled against relegation last season, now they are up on the table, what’s the secret?
It is hard work and dedication. After last season, we all vowed to do better and fight to earn something at the end of the season.
What is that something?
Like continental ticket.
What did playing at last year’s U20 World Cup in Turkey do for you?
The experience was good. I got more experience and exposure playing for the Flying Eagles. I was not a regular then at Sharks, but after my performance with Flying Eagles I was able to  establish myself at Sharks.
You equally played for the home-based Eagles at the CHAN this year, what can you say about it?
It has more experienced players compared to the U20s. I got more exposure, more experience. We have bigger players in the team and I learnt from them and they gave me more encouragement

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Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach

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National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.

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Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach

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Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

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B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers

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Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.

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