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Sports Philanthropist Lauds Gov For Sponsoring Football Championship

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A South Africa –based sports philanthropist,  Ephariam Onodu, last Monday  commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for sponsoring a football championship for secondary schools in the state.
Onodu told Tidesports source on telephone from Johannesburg, South Africa,  that the governor‘s gesture would help boost  sports development  in the state.
“ This is the first time in many years that secondary schools in Enugu State  will compete with  each other.
“ As expected, many talents will be discovered from the championship. It is good for the state and Nigeria because outstanding players will be discovered and selected to represent the state and the country.
“I salute the governor for the decision to sponsor this championship,” he said.
Onodu, who sponsors the annual veteran football tournament between Coal City Stars based in South Africa and ex-international soccer stars in the country, said that Enugu State was blessed with abundant talents in all games.
He called on philanthropists and corporate organisations to also sponsor other games to develop sports in the state.
The governor, he said,  had set the pace for others to follow, stressing that the state would be agog all year round  if other games get the desired sponsorship.
Onodu further  commended the governor for providing funds to enable  Rangers International FC  play in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).
“It is on record that under Gov. Ugwuanyi, Rangers won the league after 22 years and have continued to do well in the NPFL. Enugu people in South Africa salute the governor for sponsoring sports.
“The state will benefit from these investment initiatives  in future,’’  Onodu added.

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CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad

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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.

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Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach

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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.

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CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency

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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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