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Enyimba Defends Super 4 Against F/Eagles, U23s

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Enyimba will hope to
retain the Super 4 title when they battle Nigeria’s U20 and U23s in this year’s invitational tournament.
This year’s Super 4 will involve the four teams who represent Nigeria in continental competitions, while a special invitation has been handed the country’s U20 and U23 teams.
Champions Kano Pillars and Enyimba will fly Nigeria’s flag in the CAF Champions League, while Warri Wolves and Dolphins will feature in the Confederation Cup.
Officials disclosed that plans have been finalised to stage the competition in Abuja between January 22 and February 2.
The tournament will prepare the country’s representatives in both the Champions League and Confederation Cup as well as the national U20 and U23 teams.
The Nigeria Premier League is not expected to begin earlier than March 7 and so the need to stage the competition to prepare Pillars, Enyimba, Dolphins and Warri Wolves for qualifying matches in the continental competitions in February.
Nigeria’s U20 team, the Flying Eagles, will also use this tournament to prepare for the 2015 African Youth Championship slated for March in Senegal, while the U23s are billed for an All Africa Games qualifier against Gabon at the end of February.

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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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