As qualification for the Canoe and Kayak events of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) approaches, the Nigeria Rowing, Canoe and Sailing Federation (NRCSF) says athletes will be selected based on merit.
Technical Director of NRCSF, Ebenezer Ukwunna said this in an interview with newsmen at the ongoing four-day trials at the Bics Boat Club in Lekki, Lagos last Saturday.
He said the events would ensure the country’s qualification for the Games.
Tidesports source reports that qualification for Canoe and Kayak events of the YOG would hold in Barcelona, Spain in April, while the Africa Youth Games in Algeria will serve as qualifiers for the rowing event.
“Through the trials, the technical crew has been able to identify those we believe have the skills and the talent needed to compete with others at the qualifiers in Spain.
“About 30 players, both male and female, from 10 states, took part in the trials for us to pick the best, based on their performances, to represent the country, the technical director said.
Ukwunna, who did not disclose the number of athletes that would be selected, said those selected on merit would be invited to camp to further sharpen their competitive edge.
“Our target is to ensure that our athletes qualify for the YOG and I strongly believe that with determination and courage, anything is possible.
“Final preparations will commence soon and I expect the athletes to prepare their minds for the tasks ahead, he said.
Tidesports source reports that the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics will hold from October 6 to October 20 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad
Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.
Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach
Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.
CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency
Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
“We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.
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