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Gov Rewards Best African Badminton Player

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Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun has rewarded the best African Badminton player, Miss Dorcas Adesokan with a cash prize of N5 million for her outstanding performance in the game.
Presenting the cheque yesterday in Abeokuta, the governor,represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Afolabi Afuape, said the money was meant to boost Adesokan’s career and encourage her.
He said that such achievement should not go “un-recognised”, saying that athletes such as Adesokan needed constant flow of income to survive.
Amosun also said it was for the same reason that she was given an automatic employment in December 2017.
The governor also said the money would assist in preparing Adesokan for the upcoming 2020 Olympics and other international competitions.
‘’Presently, Adesokan is the best badminton player in Africa and I want to encourage other athletes to emulate and follow her footstep.
‘’The present administration will continue to support outstanding athletes who have gone all out to make the state proud.
“Beyond that, the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the state Sports Council will continue to discover more talents, monitor and nurture them to stardom,” Amosun said.
He also assured that the state government would not rest on its oars to discover more talents, nurture and monitor them to stardom.
Responding, Adesokan thanked the governor for his gesture and commended the ministry for its support in nurturing her to her current level.
She promised that the money would be used judiciously, saying that it was a great booster toward her preparations for the Olympics.
“This money will be a great booster to my career and toward the preparation for the upcoming 2020 Olympic
“I will like to appreciate the Governor, the Commissioner, the Director of the Sports Council and in particular, my coach for being able to discover me on time,’’ Adesokan said.
The athlete also lauded them for their effort in tracking and monitoring her progress.
Also speaking, the Head Coach of Badminton, who doubles as Adesokan’s coach, Mr Adewale Olasunkanmi commended her for her consistency, hard work and focus.
Olasunkanmi commended the governor for the financial support to the athlete and urged other athletes representing the state in one sporting activities or the other to be up and doing.

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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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