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More Referees For Capacity Training In Britain …Glo Premier League

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The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has said  that the second batch of referees for the two-week capacity building exercise would leave Nigeria for the UK on January 25.
A statement from NFA’s Assistant Director (Communications), Ademola Olajire, said the second batch would be led by the Chairman of NFA’s Referees Committee, Ahmed Yusuf.
It said the delegation of 20 referees now makes it a total of 31 referees who are benefitting from the programme, after 11 referees were part of the first batch.
The statement said the delegation would also include the President of Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), Ahmed Maude.
The referees going for the capacity building exercise include Hadiza Musa, Bosede Momoh, Uloma Nwogu, Francis Agbaegbu, Ahmed Rufai, Paul Umuago, Jelili Ogunmuyiwa, Ibrahim Fagge and Jeremiah Akure.
The others are Iheanacho Chukwuemeka, Dele Atoun, Suleiman Jimeta, Abubakar Audu, Obieze Okiridu, Ezenwanko Obiora, Ishyaku Ibrahim, Sunny Atu, Sani Mohammed, Jibrin Isa and Mohammed Jingi.
The statement added that Arik Airline has offered to fly the 22 persons at half the fare to and fro the UK, while Seina Marine Ltd. is bankrolling the exercise.
It quoted the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Seina Marine, Mr. Scot Tommey, as saying they were delighted to be part of the NFA board’s well-articulated vision in building capacity.
“We are delighted to be a part of this because we believe in the well-articulated vision of Mr. Amaju Pinnick, the NFA Chairman, for Nigerian football.
“He is someone who knows exactly what it will take to make positive changes to the Nigerian game and we are interested in lending a helping hand.
“And, apart from the support we are giving to this exercise, we are also looking at other areas in which we can partner the NFA on football development,’’ Tommey was quoted as saying.
The statement further quoted the NFA Chairman as saying the capacity building exercise was an ongoing exercise to have a pool of 60 referees.
“We want to have a pool of 60 referees who will be fully prepared and able to handle matches in Nigeria’s elite league and other domestic competitions without fear or favour,’’ it quoted Pinnick as saying.
The first batch of referees were in the UK early last month for the capacity building exercise.

Cup Donor, Hon Felicia Tanen (left) presenting the winners trophy to DCAT FC captain at the end of the 2014 Botem Football tournament in Tai LGA, Rivers State. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Cup Donor, Hon Felicia Tanen (left) presenting the winners trophy to DCAT FC captain at the end of the 2014 Botem Football tournament in Tai LGA, Rivers State. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

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NYG: Rivers Basketball Team Embarks On Preparations

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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.

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Covid-19 Scare: Team Nigeria Undergoes Daily Tests In Tokyo

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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.

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NBA: Milwaukee Star Anxious To Visit Nigeria – Wants To Learn About His Roots

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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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