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1-0 Win Against 3SC, Keenly Contested – Eguma

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Technical Adviser of RiversUnited Football Club of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has said that his team’s 1-0 win against visiting 3SC was a keenly contested game.
Eguma who disclosed this in a post match press session held shortly after their victory at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium said that  both teams were very strong and 35C gave them (Rivers utd) a keenly contested game.
“I did not expect an  easy game. We had a very good first half but the second half was not quite as good”.
The most important thing was to get the three points but me have to improve in the area of scoring “goals”, Eguma said.
According to the media officer of the club, Sammy Wejinya, Shooting Stars Head Coach, Fatai Amoo did not attend the post – match press conference but his assistant Edith Agoye, who did in his place commended Rivers Utd for their victory.
“It was a very good game and both teams gave their all. Anyside could have won, as we both had chances”, Amoo said.
Meanwhile, the match saw Rivers United’s John Odumegwu make  his mark as he fired in a brilliant effort past the 3SC goal keeper, Charles Tambe, but his furious celebrations were rudely abbreviated as the ‘goal’ was chalked off for offside. The united team and particularly, Odumegwu did not let their heads drop and due reward was to arrive 19 minutes later when the attacker bundled home from two yards out 3SC content with adopting the safety first approach before them, had to predictably come out of their shells as the game improved. Ajani Ibrahim should have levelled matters for the Oluyole warriors but he saw his powerful drive from 12 yards beaten away impressively by the United goal keeper, Femi Thomas in the 35th minute.
The second half was never going to match the first in terms of excitement and sheer drama but Benard Ovoke, a man slowly but surely returning to form, cracked a 25 yard rocket which was flying into the top right hand corner but Tambe did well to divert the effort away for a corner with 19 minutes remaining.

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FIBA Africa Nations Cup Teams Begin Camping In Abuja

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The senior men and women’s 3×3 basketball teams, as well as the under-18 boys and girls teams, have began camping in Abuja, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) said on Monday.
Afolabi Oni, the federation’s spokesman, disclosed in a statement that the 3×3 teams’ camping was in preparation for the 2019 3×3 FIBA Africa Nations Cup.
Tidesports source reports that the Nations Cup is billed for Kampala in Uganda from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11.
“The Kano Pillars duo of Okoh Lucky Subel and Godwin David were invited to camp alongside Abuchi Ibe Agu and Anyaoha Wisdom of Gombe Bulls.
“Also, Koko Victor Antony (Rivers Hoopers) and Ndibe Emmanuel complete the list of invited players for the camping which opened on Sunday.
“The team is camping to prepare with the hope of improving on the bronze medal it won at the 2018 edition of the competition,’’ Oni said.
The spokesman also said First Bank’s Okoro Ifunanya, following a solid performance at the African Games in Morocco, earned another call-up.
“She had been invited to camp alongside national teammates Kelani Sumbo (First Bank) and Umeh Gloria (Plateau Rocks).
“Agbotan Success (Delta Force), Okah Chinwe Hope (Air Warrior) and Theresa Mac-Dangosu (Abuja) complete the list of players invited for the women’s team,’’ he said.
Oni also listed players invited to the under-18 boys team to include Oyebanji Mustapha (Kwara Falcons), Odufuwa Kanyinsola (Hoops and Read) and David Adetutu (Abuja City Chiefs).
“The rest are Emmanuel James (Abuja City Chiefs), Godwin Peace (unattached), Samaila Antibas (unattached), Michael Ayodele (unattached), Oyedokun Olamilekan (UNILAG) and Akomolafe Oyekanmi (UNILAG).’’
The NBBF spokesman further stated that the under-18 girls invited to camp include Onuorah Chika (First DeepWater), Agba Agatha (Benue Princess) and Joseph Godgift (MFM).
“Others are Ezebilo Grace (MFM), Gbihi Cynthia (Dolphins) and Okeke Chidinma (Dolphins), and they were all invited after a strong showing at the recently-concluded second phase of the Zenith Women Basketball League.
“Also, those called up include Linda Adejoh (Blackgold Queens), Omaga Olivia (Air Warriors), Ubi Majomary (Dolphins) and Nwachukwu Ifunanya (First Bank) to complete the list of 10 players invited to the under-18 girls camp.’’ Oni disclosed that Acha Chris, Christopher Okoh, Juliana Akhere and Nnorom Mark will be in charge of the teams, while Simon Evbuoman has been picked as the accompanying referee.

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NYG: Ministry To Use Passport For Screening

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare has said that the ministry would partner with Nigeria Immigration Service to check age cheating at the next edition of National Youth Games (NYG).
He stated that athletes will produce international passport, national identity and birth certificate during screening before they can participate.
Hon. Dare who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Olusade Olusola said this at the closing ceremony of the fifth edition of NYG, on Monday, in Ilorin, Kwara, State.
According to him, the ministry will support University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) to build some sporting facilities to accommodate more sports at next edition of the competition.
“In next edition the ministry will partner with Immigration to check age cheating. We will use international passport, national identity card number and birth certificate to evaluate the ages.
30 athletes were discovered in the previous edition and they were representing the country in various sports in international competitions “ Hon. Dare said.
He further revealed that the hosting right of the NYG in Ilorin has been extended to 2025.
“ Next edition we are going to add more sports. We are also aware that the continuous increase of athletes and sporting events has overstretched the sports facilities of UNILORIN and Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports development will assist in providing some sports facilities “ he stated.
At the end of the competition Delta State emerged winners with a total of 104 medals,while Lagos came second with 72 medals as  Bayelsa State came third with a total of 45 medals.  However, Team Rivers who arrived the competition venue five days wrote its name on the medal table with one gold, four silver and one bronze medals and occupied 18th position.

 

Tonye Orabere, in Ilorin

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Featuring Overage Athletes Amounts To Killing Talents – LSSC Boss

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The Director-General of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Oluwatoyin Gafar, has described those featuring overage athletes at age-group events as talent killers.
Gafar said this in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin on Monday.
He said that no athletes from Lagos State that participated at the 5th National Youth Games in Ilorin was outside the primary or secondary school age bracket.
“I sat with my people during the screening to ensure that we present athletes within the stipulated age bracket.
“Those that brought overage athletes to the National Youth Games are telling us that their youths cannot compete effectively with their contemporaries from other states,” Gafar said.
The Lagos Sports Commission boss said that in Lagos State, they discovered talents and nurtured them.
“LSSC does not just discover them only to abandon them.’’
He said the vision of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State is to make Lagos the sports’ hub of Africa.
“That is the mission statement that we are targeting and following; and we will follow it to the letter,” he said.
He debunked claims that Lagos State came to the Youth Games to dethrone Delta which had dominated the competition for the past years.
“We came in to put in the best that we have, and we also hope to get good results.
“The little results we have had so far are due to hard work and I am most grateful to the athletes for believing in themselves,” Gafar said.
He said the state would continue to improve yearly as it could boast now of athletes who had got national invitations.

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