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Rivers To Host African Wrestling Championships

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Rivers State, Governor, Nyesom Wike last Wednesday promised that the state would host the 2018 African Senior Wrestling Championships.
Wike made the promise to the United World Wrestling (Africa) while receiving President of UWW Africa, Fouad Meskoit,  in Port Harcourt.
Tidesports source gathered reports that Meskoit was in the Rivers capital to inspect facilities with regards to the bid to host the 2018 championships.
“As a state, we will put everything in place for the hosting of the wrestling competition in Port Harcourt because Niger Delta, particularly Rivers is the centre of wrestling.
“Let us know whatever you think that is not in place at the venue, we will fix it immediately.
“Be assured that Rivers people will be well mobilised to participate in the competition,’’ he said.
Wike assured them of the state government’s commitment to ensure the success of the championships.
“Port Harcourt is safe for any international competition, we shall provide the hotels you need for your comfort and make the competition a success,’’ he said.
The Rivers governor also promised to visit Morocco on the invitation of the UWW Africa President to see a Wrestling Centre there.
“I hope to honour your invitation to Morocco to see what you have as a wrestling centre and replicate it here within the time frame you built yours,’’ he said.
Earlier, Meskoit said that it was wrestling that started the Olympic Games.
He said that Nigeria almost lost wrestling chance in the 2012 Olympics but for Daniel Igali, the only one that stood and defended the game.
Meskoit said that as an inspector, he ought to be neutral but logic was in favour of Nigeria to host the competition.
He urged Wike to mobilise Rivers people massively to participate in the championships.
He commended the governor for the good works he was doing in the state and said that Rivers people would be proud of  him.
Meskoit was accompanied on the visit by President, Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Dan Igali, SWAN President Honour Sirawoo,  and Chairman of SWAN in Rivers Sopriala Bobmanuel,.

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NPFL : Eguma Urges Rivers People To Keep Faith

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The Technical Manager of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has called on Rivers State people to be faithful and support the team, saying that they would not let them down this Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) season.
He said that, all the players in the team are hungry for success this season, adding that, he is planning with the players that have winning mentality.
Eguma said this on Sunday in his post match interview with sports journalists shortly after they saw off Kwara United with 3-0 in the match day six of the NPFL, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He appreciated his players for the victory, adding that initially the game was a bit difficult.
According to him, his players were more technical on the ball, pointing out that he had to change the tactics of the game.
“Rivers people should still have faith and support the team because we will not let them down this season.
The league is a marathon one; it is not yet time to sing songs.
It is still work in progress.
We started well but we still have hope that the team will improve more on their performance because every club in the league is very strong,” Eguma stated.
He noted that his team last season did not change but the approach and mentality of the players have changed the game.
He disclosed that the team is highly motivated and taking care of, saying, most of the players want to deliver and make name for themselves.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Chukwu Blames Rohr For Not Developing NPFL Players

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Former Nigeria Super Eagles Captain Christian Chukwu, has blamed former National Coach Gernot Rohr for not developing the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) players.
He disclosed that Rohr was employed to build the NPFL players for them to get opportunity to play in European clubs rather than concentrating on foreign- based players.
Chukwu said this on Monday in a television programme monitored by Tidesports in Port Harcourt, adding that Rohr was supposed to base in Nigeria to enable him get in touch with the home base players.
According to him, Rohr failed for the development of the home-based- players, adding that, before now, all other coaches gave the home-based players the opportunity to showcase themselves in the national team.
Chukwu who had also coached the Super Eagles team, explained that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did not believe in Nigerian coaches, adding that, he is happy with what the interim coach, Austin Eguavoen is doing with the Super Eagles within the short period of time.
” Rohr was employed to develop our national players but he concentrated on foreign- based players.
We have players in the NPFL who are very good but they were not giving opportunity under Rohr to play in the national team.
All the players we have before now were home- based players”, Chukwu stated.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Eguavoen To Effect Changes Against Guinea-Bissau

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Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has revealed that he would be making some changes in the final group match against the Wild Dogs of Guinea-Bissau tomorrow so as to give players who have not tested action some game time.
Tidesports source reports that Nigeria currently tops Group D with six points from their opening two games, after beating Egypt and Sudan and are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.
“Obviously, we will make changes for the last group game against Guinea-Bissau.
“We have depth in the team and it’s a good opportunity for the other players to play, we will play to win the game and I trust the players to do a great job,” he said.
Eguavoen also warned his players against complacency and taking their chances in front of goal in subsequent matches.
“No game comes easy. We knew it was going to be tough and tried as much as possible to be ready for any opponent that comes our way.
“So it’s a little bit difficult to say whether we were complacent in the Sudan game or not but we will discuss this with the boys going forward,” he added.

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