One of the chairmanship
candidates into the Anambra State Football Association (ASFA), Olisa Aniuno, has rejected the May 3, election conducted into the board.
The Tidesports reports that the election, earlier scheduled for May 4, was conducted by the Ephraim Chukwuemeka-led committee in the early hours of May 3.
“I went to the screening, passed the screening, they sent me a text telling me that the screening was successful, that I am eligible to contest, that the election will take place on May 4.
“But what they did was to go to a hotel and decided that election is going on, with proxy delegates and all kinds of people there, saying that they are voting.
“And why were they rushing to be able to do a secret election that nobody knows about, to me it is laughable there was no election in Anambra state into the FA.
“And, we are hoping that very soon proper election will be conducted, but what happened was just sheer foolishness on the part of the so called electoral committee.
“What it portends for Anambra football is total destruction of Anambra football, because we had hoped that there will be a credible FA.
“I just don’t understand why people will want to visit such calamity on a state like Anambra that should be the home of Nigerian football.’’
Aniuno said he was waiting for the official statement on the election and demanded that the result sheet should be made public.
“I cannot support an illegality, as far as I am concerned no election took place, so I am waiting for their official announcement of the so called election that they did.
‘And when they put it up on their website and as a candidate, they should give me the result sheet of the election that took place.
“And the committee should officially come out with their communiqué that they had an election.
“Because I was not there I was not notified of the election so what am I petitioning or what am I challenging?’’
Another candidate, Obiefuna Akonam, said the election would not stand as it was a “show of shame ‘.
He urged the NFA under the leadership of Amaju Pinnick to act honourably and ensure that Anambra football did not further plunge into crisis as a result of flawed election process.
On his part, Ifeanyi Ubah who was announced winner in the election said it was a privilege and honour for him to be involved in the process.
It’s a step in the right direction, for me and it is an honour as well to be involved in this process.
“If I don’t have the capacity to be involved in this process or be involved in this position I wouldn’t have vied for it.’’
NYG: Rivers Basketball Team Embarks On Preparations
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.
By: Nancy Briggs
Covid-19 Scare: Team Nigeria Undergoes Daily Tests In Tokyo
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.
NBA: Milwaukee Star Anxious To Visit Nigeria – Wants To Learn About His Roots
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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