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NNPC/TEPNC’S OML 58 Competition To Promote Peace, Reconciliation

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Grassroot  football players showing off their skills

Grassroot football players showing off their skills

The 2015 edition of the
NNPC/TEPNG Football competition for the  OML 58 host communities in Rivers State, which is the 14th edition has been earmarked for peace and reconciliation in the areas.
This indication was underlined during the opening ceremony of the competition held yesterday at Okah High School, Elele Okinali in Ikwerre local government area.
Speaking in his keynote address, the Executive General Manager, Operations, Mr. Jean-Claude Vachet expressed the Joint venture’s pride to identify with the noble project as part of their commitment to encourage and empower the youth through active engagement and skills training that will promote sustainable socio-economic development.
The football competition is one of the community relations programmes aimed at strengthening unity, peace and love between the company and her host communities and Mr. Vachet described this 14th edition as a special with the theme, “playing for peace, Reconciliation.
Mr. Vachet, who was represented by the Community Affairs Services Manager. Mr Obara Okechukwu, said because of security challenges currently beleaguering the communities, the usual age restriction was kept aside.
“I want to say that this year 16 teams will start the campaign towards one goal of winning the competition. Ubrama and Abarikpo are featured for the first time, both teams are drawn from the Ekpeye Kingdom” Okechukwu said.
He explained that the management of Total E &P Nigeria Limited and their joint venture partners are committed to supporting the annual competition.
The community affairs services manager, used the forum to appeal to all participating teams to make new friends through this tournament.
“I Thank the organizing committee for putting this competition together. I also advise players to respect technical officials, tournament to achieve success” He stated.
Earlier the chairman of the occasion, Chief Omieneokuma Kile, urged the participating teams to use the competition as a platform to foster peace and friendliness in the communities.
“Football is a friendly game, as such I urge you to be happy. I also advice you to take  the game seriously to enable you grow from grassroots to international level” Chief Kile added.
The opening match was between defending champions, Erema United FC, Idu and Ubrama FC.

 

Tonye Orubere

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NPFL : Eguma Urges Rivers People To Keep Faith

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The Technical Manager of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has called on Rivers State people to be faithful and support the team, saying that they would not let them down this Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) season.
He said that, all the players in the team are hungry for success this season, adding that, he is planning with the players that have winning mentality.
Eguma said this on Sunday in his post match interview with sports journalists shortly after they saw off Kwara United with 3-0 in the match day six of the NPFL, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He appreciated his players for the victory, adding that initially the game was a bit difficult.
According to him, his players were more technical on the ball, pointing out that he had to change the tactics of the game.
“Rivers people should still have faith and support the team because we will not let them down this season.
The league is a marathon one; it is not yet time to sing songs.
It is still work in progress.
We started well but we still have hope that the team will improve more on their performance because every club in the league is very strong,” Eguma stated.
He noted that his team last season did not change but the approach and mentality of the players have changed the game.
He disclosed that the team is highly motivated and taking care of, saying, most of the players want to deliver and make name for themselves.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Chukwu Blames Rohr For Not Developing NPFL Players

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Former Nigeria Super Eagles Captain Christian Chukwu, has blamed former National Coach Gernot Rohr for not developing the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) players.
He disclosed that Rohr was employed to build the NPFL players for them to get opportunity to play in European clubs rather than concentrating on foreign- based players.
Chukwu said this on Monday in a television programme monitored by Tidesports in Port Harcourt, adding that Rohr was supposed to base in Nigeria to enable him get in touch with the home base players.
According to him, Rohr failed for the development of the home-based- players, adding that, before now, all other coaches gave the home-based players the opportunity to showcase themselves in the national team.
Chukwu who had also coached the Super Eagles team, explained that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did not believe in Nigerian coaches, adding that, he is happy with what the interim coach, Austin Eguavoen is doing with the Super Eagles within the short period of time.
” Rohr was employed to develop our national players but he concentrated on foreign- based players.
We have players in the NPFL who are very good but they were not giving opportunity under Rohr to play in the national team.
All the players we have before now were home- based players”, Chukwu stated.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Eguavoen To Effect Changes Against Guinea-Bissau

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Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has revealed that he would be making some changes in the final group match against the Wild Dogs of Guinea-Bissau tomorrow so as to give players who have not tested action some game time.
Tidesports source reports that Nigeria currently tops Group D with six points from their opening two games, after beating Egypt and Sudan and are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.
“Obviously, we will make changes for the last group game against Guinea-Bissau.
“We have depth in the team and it’s a good opportunity for the other players to play, we will play to win the game and I trust the players to do a great job,” he said.
Eguavoen also warned his players against complacency and taking their chances in front of goal in subsequent matches.
“No game comes easy. We knew it was going to be tough and tried as much as possible to be ready for any opponent that comes our way.
“So it’s a little bit difficult to say whether we were complacent in the Sudan game or not but we will discuss this with the boys going forward,” he added.

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