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Sports Enthusiast Lauds Yobo’s Testimonial Game

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A sports enthusiast,
Emma Obiora has described the testimonial match in honour of ex-Super Eagles’ Captain, Joseph Yobo as well deserved as it is not a means fit.Obiora stated this in a chat with Tidesports in his office in Port Harcourt, at the weekend said he deserved the honour for playing 100 games for his country (Nigeria0 in the midst of injuries.According to him, it is a great achievement that some of his contemporaries played only one match for the country, but he is lucky to have participated in World Cups and Nation’s Cup as Captain and even won the last Nations’s cup for Nigeria.The Sports analyst said the testimonial match is a big hnour and achievement well deserved and a honour to whom it is due because other countries also honour such players that attained such a height, “It is a good thing putting together the match in honour of Joseph Yobo”.He opined that despite pressure on the state government, Governor Nyesom Wike was able to honour its own after FIFA had also recognized and honour him with a certificate for attaining that 100 caps for Nigeria, but maintained that corporate organization and other football enthusiasts could have taken the responsibility off the government, while the government will play the role of a landlord.Obiora also commended the Sports Commissioner, Hon. Boma Iyaye for ensuring that the honour come to pass and appreciate J.J. Okocha who could not make it but also make Niger and Super Eagles thick, adding that there is no envy but to thank God for the grace to enable Yobo to accomplish this fit.”It also shows that it is given the proper environment, Nigeria is worthy of so many Yobo’s although not in football but in other sports, because they have the talents and could be great ambassadors to this country, their State and Local Government Areas, and the chieftaincy title to be conferred on Yobo by the people of Ogoni is also a good thing”, he posited.Top of Form Sports enthusiast, football fans would be opportune to have a glimse of those great football players that are going to participate in the testimonial match live and not on Television, and used the forum to also thank the coaches that discovered Yobo from the grassroot to limelights as posterity will never forget them.

 

Collins Barasimeye

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RSG Restates Commitment To Youth Dev Via Sports

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The Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on School Sports, Chief Aribitonye Okiri, has said that the state government-led by Chief Nyesom Wike, is committed to develop youths in the State through sports. 
 He stated that it is not in doubt that the State has hidden talents at the grassroots that are yet to be discovered. 
Chief Okiri, said this at the finals of the National School Sports Competition held at Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday.
According to him, Governor Wike is poised to reach out to young ones in all the local government areas, in the state and engage them with sporting activities in a bid to discover hidden talents. 
“As I speak, the governor has reiterated his desire to reach out to the children in all parts of the state and unearth their talents through engagement in sports, believing that all Rivers children are talented” Chief Okiri said. 
Also speaking, the second Vice President of Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), Pastor Emmanuel Ebong, thanked Governor Wike, for proving a worthy partner of NSSF and appeal to other corporate organisations to emulate Nigeria Breweries Ltd in partnering NSSF in sports development. 
At the end of the final competition, Community Secondary School, Okochiri in Okrika Local Government Area, dominated the medal table.

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24 States Set For Lagos Athletics Championship

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The Lagos State Athletics Association has confirmed the entry of 24 states and some clubs for its lucrative Athletics Meet fixed for Thursday, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship made the disclosure at the weekend even as he hinted a few other states may still join the already confirmed 24 states and clubs.
He said: “Yes, we are very much on track for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship which will be coming up this Thursday.
“Right now, we already have 24 states and some top racing clubs that have confirmed their participation, a few more may join before we close the window.”
The Lagos Open Athletics Championship is a one-day meet simultaneously serving as another qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
In the past days, Lagos has been a beehive of activities with the National trials at the Yaba College of Technology Sporting complex and now the train is moving to the heart of the city in Surulere as the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics continues to gather momentum.
 The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship includes the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters, and 100 meters.
There would also be top-quality action across the relay events including;  the 4×100 meters open, 4×100 meters open and 4×400 meters mixed relay.
Long jump, High jump, Triple jump, Shot put as well as 4×100 secondary schools relay and 4×100 secondary schools relay have all been penciled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Championship.
Already, the top three finishers across all the events have been assured mouthwatering prizes by the organisers.

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Okagbare Sets New Record At Olympic Trials

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Blessing Okagbare will be heading to Tokyo Olympics in the best form of her life after running the second fastest time in the world this season.
The 32-year-old ran  10.63 seconds to win the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Olympic Trials at the Sports Complex of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos on Thursday. 
The 10.63 seconds time saw her tie with Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’ best time in 2021 ahead of the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Okagbare ran 10.99 seconds in the semifinal of the event to set a new championship record , and before clocking 10.63 seconds in the final to set a new record.   The scorching 10.63 time is also a new African record. Only Florence Griffith Joyner who holds the world record at 10.49 seconds has run faster.        The Nigerian has now emerged one of the favourites for the 100m gold at the Tokyo Olympics alongside Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who first ran 10.63 seconds this season.

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