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Orashi Region Set To Host Football Tourney

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In conformity  to  the  new
Rivers state  vision in the  aspect of  sports and sustainable  development in the state, sports  enthusiast  Prince  Uche Umejuru has expressed  commitment  to  host  grassroots football  competition in Orashi kingdom,  in Rivers  State.
He stated that the  tournament  is  to bring back the peace,  unity and  love  among  youths  in the  area, most  significantly  to discover  talents that  will be ambassadors for  the  state  and  Nigeria at large.
Prince  Umejuru who has sponsored  several  football  tournaments  made this known  in an exclusive interview with Tide sports, yesterday,  in Port Harcourt,  saying  that the lack of  facilities and  grassroots  sports  competitions  is the bane  of  sports  development in Nigeria.
“ It is  apparent  that  most of the  local  government  areas  are characterised  by  cult related  activities, this  I believe  is caused  by  idleness, because  if the youths  are engaged meaningfully  they may not have time to  indulge in  such  activities” Prince  Umejuru  said.
According  to  him,  the  tournament  is  geared towards  discovering  talents  that  can  play in our  national  teams  in any  category
“  My vision  of  the  competition is to discover  hidden  talented  players and  to ensure  that at least five Rivers  indigenes  are featured  in  our  national teams at  any  category.
Is no doubt that most players in  rural areas  play  better than those  playing  in  some of these big clubs in  Nigeria  so my desire is to give them the opportunity to express themselves  “ He stated.
The sports enthusiast used  the forum  to praise  the  governor of the state Barrister Nyesom Wike over  his  pragmatic approach  in the  development of the state most especially  in sports  development.
“ The  immediate  payment of  eight months  salary  arrears  owed  players  of State  owned football teams by  the previous administration  and hosting of international matches within the period are clear  testimony that  the  governor  loves  sports,”  Prince  Umejuru  added.

 

Tonye Orabere

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Aiteo Cup: Diri Hails Bayelsa Finalists

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has lauded the feat of the state-owned football teams who reached the finals in the male and female categories of the 2021 Aiteo Cup.
Diri, while congratulating Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens for their outstanding performances, praised their indomitable spirit and resilience in surmounting the odds to qualify for the last stage of Nigeria’s oldest football competition.
Bayelsa United, who plays in the second tier Nigerian National League, on Friday defeated Premier League neighbours Rivers United 1-0 in the semi-finals, while Bayelsa Queens crushed perennial rivals Rivers Angels 5-0 to reach the women’s final.
The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, on Saturday, described Bayelsa United as “giant killers” for defeating Premier League sides Enugu Rangers, Lobi Stars and Rivers United on their way to the final.
“The excellent run of Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens in this year’s Aiteo Cup is very heartwarming. Both teams reaching the finals is no mean feat. I congratulate them for making the state proud and setting a record of teams from the state playing in the finals of the male and female categories of the same competition for the first time,” Diri stated.
“By their outstanding performance, Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens have shown that the sporting revolution of our Prosperity Administration, which resulted in Bayelsa placing third in the last National Sports Festival in Edo State for the first time, is on course. I therefore urge them to complete their excellent run in the competition by bringing home the trophies.

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D’Tigress To Play Mozambique In Afrobasket

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Nigeria’s senior basketball team, D’Tigress, have been drawn to face Mozambique and a yet to qualify team in Group B of the 2021 Women’s Afrobasket, which holds from September 17 to 27 in Yaounde, Cameroon.
The draw was held in Yaounde last Saturday.
D’Tigress will be hoping to retain the title they won two years ago in Senegal, where they defeated the hosts in the final. A win in Cameroon will mean they have won the last three editions of the tournament.
The Nigerians will know their final group opponent when the FIBA Zone 6 qualifiers take place from August 16 to 22.
In Group A, hosts Cameroon will face Cape Verde and Kenya, while Senegal, the most successful team in the competition’s history with 11 first-place finishes, will slug it out with Egypt and Gabon in Group C.
Mali, Ivory Coast, and a team to be decided via wild card will fight for a slot in the next round in Group D.

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Ebonyi Football Fans Celebrate Nwankwo Kanu At 45

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Football fans in Ebonyi State yesterday, celebrated the birthday of formerNigerian international and Arsenal legend, Nwankwo Kanu.
The former Super Eagles skipper turned 45 yesterday.
Tidespoets source gathered  that the 1993 FIFA U-17 world cup winner, fondly called “Papillo’’ by his fans had 86 caps for Nigeria.
The former Iwuanyanwu Nationale Football Club of Owerri’s talisman scored 13 goals for Nigeria in an enviable career that spanned from 1994 to 2010.
Kanu is a recipient of the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), an Olympic Games football gold medalist and had illustrious club careers with Ajax Amsterdam of Holland, Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion of England.
Defunct Ebonyi Angels FC of Abakaliki Defender, James Onele, said that Kanu thrilled soccer fans across the world with sublime skills and trademark passes.
“Kanu won two African Footballer of the Year awards, an AFCON silver medal, four AFCON bronze medals among other honours.
“He was the first Nigerian, alongside Finidi George to win the prestigious UEFA champions league trophy with Ajax in 1995,” said Onele.
An Arsenal FC supporter, Ejike Okoro, said the club’s fans were proud of Kanu’s achievements during his time with the English Premier League side.
“Kanu played 197 times for Arsenal, scoring 44 goals and was part of the club’s invincible team that did not lose any match in the 2003-04 EPL season.
“He was instrumental in endearing Arsenal to millions of Nigerian soccer fans, despite later dropping to lowly-rated clubs such as Portsmouth and West Bromwich Albion,” Okoro said.
A banker and football enthusiast, Chief Barry Ogoh, told active footballers to emulate Papillo in investing adequately for the ‘rainy day’.
“Kanu, Augustine J.J. Okocha, among other ex-internationals are still financially stable as many ex-internationals have become bankrupt.

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