The Secretary-General of Nigeria Polo Federation (NPF), Baba Kyari, said the Argungu Polo Tournament will help to take the polo game down to the grassroots.
The Tidesports source reports that the Argungu Polo Tournament is being organised by Nura Kangiwa, the Patron of NSK Farms.
The tournament which is in its maiden edition began on Friday and is expected to end on Sunday.
Speaking to newsmen on the tournament’s sidelines, Kyari said he was delighted being part of the event.
“We came to support something that will take polo down to the grassroots and to demystify the notion that the game of polo is only for the rich.
“The more we can get the game down to the local areas, especially places like here where it is quite easy to propagate the game because there is already a horse culture, the more the game will continue to develop.
“This is the reason why I am really in support of this project. It’s quite a new beginning and we hope it will improve with time,” he said.
Kyari urged other polo players, enthusiasts, philanthropists and corporate organisations to invest in the game’s grassroots development.
He said this was important because there was little the federal ministry of youths and sports could do to sport the game and the federation.
Tidesports source reports that Saturday’s games at the competition saw Zaria West Stream continue with their winning run as they whipped Maiduguri El-Kanemi 6-0 in the battle for the Emir’s Cup.
Also, IGP Strikers slumped to yet another defeat by losing to Dogonyaro Farms, also in the Emir’s Cup.
Titan/H.Hago beat Keffi Iyatu Farms four to three and a half in the race for the Shehu Kangiwa Cup.
Huge season in La Liga for Nigeria duo
With Europe’s major footballing leagues gearing up for the 2019/20 season – some of which have already started – the next few months will be a crucial period for two of Nigeria’s brightest stars.
For Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze, their performances in Spain will be closely scrutinised by all Nigerian football fans – and it is still uncertain what opportunities await this duo in La Liga this season.
Simon is probably the more settled of the two, as he embarks on a second season with Levante.
The Valencia-based club avoided relegation from Spain’s leading division last season, finishing 15th in the table and seven points clear of the dreaded drop zone.
The 24-year-old striker played 24 first-team matches for Levante during 2018/19 and is viewed as a long-term prospect at the club, having joined on a five-year deal.
Simon’s international career is also on an upslope having played in five of Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations matches during the summer – including the country’s narrow 1-0 victory over Tunisia in the third-place play-off match.
This made up, in some part, for his disappointment the previous year when he was named in Nigeria’s preliminary 30-man squad for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. However, injury meant he was unable to make the final 23.
Simon’s chances of collecting silverware with Levante this season is highly unlikely and, according to La Liga betting, the club are currently 2,500/1 with bet365 to lift the title.
Once again their main target will be to finish inside the top 17, so escaping relegation to tier two.
Around 40 miles north of Valencia is Villarreal, where Chukwueze is also embarking on a second campaign in La Liga.
The 20-year-old winger enjoyed a successful debut campaign in 2018/19, having completed a promising season for the club’s ‘B’ team in the Spanish Third Division.
Chukwueze netted eight times for Villarreal in all competitions, including one in a 2-0 Europa League victory over Spartak Moscow in December.
He also scored the opener in their memorable 4-4 draw with Barcelona during April, when the Catalan giants rescued a point thanks to last-minute goals by Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
Chukwueze went on to feature in six of Nigeria’s seven games at the Africa Cup of Nations, scoring the opening goal of their 2-1 win over highly-fancied South Africa in their quarter-final encounter in Cairo.
He had made his debut for Nigeria’s senior team on November 20th, 2018, when he was named in the starting line-up ahead of their 0–0 friendly draw against Uganda.
Chukwueze was later selected in Nigeria’s squad for the Under-20s World Cup but Villareal said he could not play in both this competition and the Africa Cup of Nations during the same close-season period.
As for his chances of winning a medal this forthcoming season; they are certainly better than Simon’s but still an unlikely prospect.
Villareal are ranked as the sixth-best bet for the La Liga title in 2019/20, rated 250/1 with bet365, but, once again, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid head the market by quite some distance.
REVEALED: Top 3 TalentsShowcased in the Just Concluded AFCON Who Could Be Shortlisted for English Transfers
With the premier league being one of the most famous and prestigious tournaments around the world, its key source of players is the just concluded AFCON. Truly, the African Cup of Nations had great talent showcased, and this makes it a viable platform for the English premier league teams to source for upcoming football stars.
Transfer committees had a lot to analyze, and there could be a number of top players joining the English premier side. This move could be the perfect chance for players from the African continent to earn a big name according to sports news. Therefore, you would probably wish to get the top African profiled players who could join the English side this summer.
You’re probably anxious for the betting promotions. Truly, the season will have the best betting odds ever. Actually, you’ll be eligible for bonuses, free bets, and many other freebies once you sign up on betting sites. That’s the shortest way to enjoy football further than watching the action unfold.
Thus, you should not wait for the bid day. Make your move today. The same way you win a lot during the AFCON, you can get more this time round. See, you will simply be required to make the correct prediction and walk away with bucks in your wallet. It is that simple. Live bets have come up. Freebies will be more than you think and easily accessible. That said; here are the top talents analyzed from the AFCON and could earn a transfer to the top league.
Samuel Chukwueze, Villareal
This Nigerian left-footed attacker is one of the fast-rising stars. Currently signed to Spain’s Villarreal, Samuel is agile and fast-paced; thus can score lots of goals. His inventiveness in the right-wing can be a spice most premier league clubs are missing and can be a great ingredient for clubs looking for a talented left-footed player.
It is right to say it loud that West African players have over time shone in the premier league. Their records have proven that African football stars can be game-changers in the top league.In the betting aspect it means that if more of such players are signed by those clubs, punters will have a lot to leverage on https://www.freebets.com/bookmakers during this season. In the meantime, Leicester City and Everton have shown strong interest, and you could soon witness any of them make a move towards the Nigerian-born star.
Ishmael Bennacer, Empoli
Bennacer is a great Empoli midfielder who possesses great skills in pass range, unrelenting energy and full control. He would be a huge plus for a club that needs a midfield controller. You could be thinking that Riyad is the man to go for since he scored most of the goals. However, Ishmael has been the key player behind Mahrez’s success. During the first round o the AFCON, the 21-year old was announced the best player as his domination against Tanzania, Kenya, and Senegal earned him the tag.
Adam Ounas, Napoli
Ounas, the Algerian winger, is one of the key players whose exposure during the AFCON has been great. His pace is one that most premier league clubs would wish for. He is a potential candidate for the English game, especially on either pitch wings. He earned himself a number of goals though Nigeria’s Ighalo did more goals than him.
However, he is a perfect fit for a mid-table English game with his vast experience in AFCON. The Algerian media said JaviGracia, Watford boss had his men after him during the semi-final battle where they emerged the winners. He would surely be a huge plus for a club that scouts him since at 22; he has been a good player in most of his matches- local and international tournaments.
For most English clubs that would want to introduce top talents into their current squad Samuel Chukwueze, Ishmael Bennacer, and Adam Ounas can be the perfect fits. However, there could be other players whose potential and unparalleled skills during the AFCON wowed the premier scouting committees. This means that there could be many of them joining the English side this summer.
Real Madrid Academy Ready To Groom Stars
The Real Madrid Football Academy, initiated and developed by Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, is now set to start the grooming of international football stars, following the completion of the facility in Port Harcourt.
The President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad laid the foundation stone on May 28, 2018 after the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike reached agreement with officials of Real Madrid Football Club.
Wike and officials of Real Madrid Football Club addressed the sporting media at the Government House, Port Harcourt to kick-start the initiative to develop football.
The governor had earlier cemented the construction of Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt after meeting with officials in Spain.
Today, the Real Madrid Football Academy is set for operation. All the facilities have been completed by the contractors. The coaching and other technical staff have been trained in Madrid.
Wike had directed the admission of all the players of Banham Model Primary School Port Harcourt into the Real Madrid Football Academy when the Academy opens later in the year.
Banham Model Primary School won this year’s Channels Television Kids Cup.
Further admissions are ongoing.
Representative of Ministry of Sports at the Real Madrid Football Academy Project Site, Mr Allwell Braide said that the contractor has done well.
He said that the football academy is ready, awaiting commissioning by the Rivers State governor.
He said that the administrative building, classrooms, football training field and the basketball court have been completed.
Mr Sunday Odungweru said that the Real Madrid Football Academy will give Rivers youths the opportunity to excel.
He said the institution will create the platform for football lovers in the South-South and South-East to interact for the development of the game, which will lead to the emergence of new international stars.
Head Coach of S. K. E. Football Club, Port Harcourt, Mr Tunde Sanni said that the Real Madrid Football Academy will make youths to be more committed to life as they now have an avenue to become super stars and millionaires.
He said: “It is a good gesture from Governor Wike. We want him to maintain it. The very best of footballers can emerge from the Academy. Even after his time in government, we will remember him”.
A football administrator, Frank Baridakara described the completion of the Real Madrid Football Academy as a dream come true for Rivers State.
He said the Academy will boost sports development in Rivers State.
“Graduates from the Academy will make the state proud. They will excel in international football. This Academy will produce the likes of Ronaldo that we have been hearing about”, he said.
Chinonso Uka said that the Rivers State governor’s initiative has developed a platform for more youths to be groomed as successful professional footballers.
A player, Musa Kundi said that by building the Real Madrid Football Academy, Governor Wike has encouraged upcoming footballers to aspire to the highest level.
He said that the Academy will create the avenue for Rivers youths to become International Stars.
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