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Clerics Warn Youth Against Sports Betting

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Some clerics and coun
sellors in Abuja yesterday warned against sports betting among the youths in the country.
The clerics, who expressed their views in separate interviews with newsmen in Abuja, said that sports betting was becoming rampant among youths.
Pastor Wisdom Christian of Jesus Glory Ministries, Lokogoma, said that gambling was one of Satan’s ruthless weapons against the church and the society.
Christian noted that gambling was usually viewed as a social vice that was not biblical in Christianity, which youths go into because of lack of employment.
He said that gambling could only be addressed through the churches and mosques by bringing the youths together and counselling them against such habits.
“It is a social vice from the enemy against the church and the society.
“It is not biblical and it won’t help our youths in the aspect of going out there to look for jobs.
“We can address this issue only when we gather the youths in our various places of worship to talk with them so that they will take caution.
“We have to make them know that gambling will not take them anywhere and such monies will never last,’’ he said.
He said that Christian parents have a lot of responsibility to guide the upcoming generations to look up to God’s word as the solution to their problems.
Mrs Rose Marcus, a counsellor at the Family Worship Centre, Wuye, advised parents to check their children properly as they grow up.
Marcus urged parents to educate their children on the issue of gambling, so that they would grow up to have a mindset that gambling was not biblical.
Pastor Maiyaki David of the Transformers Adoration Church, said that some of the youths find themselves involved in such act because of the kind of background they had when growing up.
“The rate at which youths go into gambling these days is alarming and not healthy to the society.
“We should organise a special counselling classes for the youths that are already in the habit of doing this so that their minds will be taken away completely from gambling.
“It is not proper for an average youth to think of earning a living from sports betting,’’ David said.

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CAF Mulls Super League Idea

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The Confederation of African Football [CAF] is discussing the idea of introducing an African Super League, a continental competition which would likely replace the current CAF Champions League and hopefully boost revenue for the organising body.
The revelation was made as CAF President Patrice Motsepe issued a statement outlining the changes and reforms the new leadership is making to ensure African football is globally competitive and self-sustaining.
The idea has taken shape even despite the disastrous European Super League [ESL] proposal earlier this year, which caused major controversy before being banned after most founding member clubs bowed to fan pressure and pulled out.
“ExCo [the CAF executive committee] may have to discuss and consider new CAF competitions which may generate additional funding or income for CAF, its member associations and bodies and also contribute to African football becoming globally competitive and self-sustaining,” Motsepe was quoted as saying by Tidesports source.
“In this regard, we are assessing and [are] in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League. We have been following the attempts by some top European clubs to form a Euro Super League and will learn from their experience and pitfalls.”
CAF is looking to boost income after recent forensic auditing revealed that the organisation has been beset by financial irregularities.

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NPFL: Rivers United’s Coach Praises Players

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The Chief Coach of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Ndubuisi Nduka, has praised his players after a 1-0 win over Katsina United FC in the match day 28 of the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) in Port Harcourt.
He stated that his boys (players) gave all their best  to ensure they secured the maximum three points for the team, and described the encounter as very tough. 
Nduka, said this on Sunday, during a post match interview with sports journalists, after the Pride of Rivers, defeated their opponents  1-0, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
According to him, what made the match more difficult for his players was that they failed to utilise goal opportunities they created in the first half of the game.
The only goal of the game came in the 77th minute by home boy, Malachi Ohawume, who made his goals four for this league season.
“It was a tough game; I think our boys gave it all.
What made it more difficult for us was the chances we lost especially in the first half, “ Nduka said.
He explained that the second round of the league is always difficult because every team is fighting to be at top and some are fighting not to be relegated.
“At this point and time of the league, the second round, we are stretching to the finishing point.
“It is always difficult and if you remember the position of Katsina United, they are not safe so they are looking for where to pick points, so I gave kudos to my boys as they secured three points for us, “ he stated. 
Rivers United is now 4th on the log after 28 matches with 48 points.

By:  Kiadum Edookor

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Hockey Championship: Team Rivers’ Performance Excites Coach

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The Head coach of Team Rivers State, (female) hockey, Comfort Nya, has commended her players after they defeated team Edo, 3-1 in the ongoing, 2021 Mabisel National Hockey Championship (MNHC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 
She, described the match as one of the toughest games they have played, saying that the calibre of players she saw in the team Edo lineup was intimidating.
Nya said this on Monday in her post match interview with sports journalists, after their first victory in the championship, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports in Port Harcourt. 
According to her, their first game in the championship was difficult because of the heavy downpour, adding that they could not play well but today they are awesome.
“It was a tough one, honestly speaking I would not tell lies, and the players I saw in team Edo lineup are old and good players and my girls are just upcoming.
“I was thinking of draw or let them just play but with this result I am so happy with their performance, “Nya said. 
The coach further explained that their next outing will be against team Kaduna, they are going to do more better.
“Our first game was disturbed by heavy rainfall, they could not play well but today they have performed well.
“In our next game against team Kaduna, we are going to do better,” She stated..

By: Kiadum Edookor

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