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Royal Father Hails Wike Over Sports Award

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The Power of Sports Award given to Governor Nyesom Wike by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), has continued to generate reactions among sports lovers within and outside the state.
This latest came from the Paramount ruler of Woji Community, Eze Oha Evo III, Eze Gbakagbaka, Eze Leslie Eke when he spoke with Tidesports at Woji in Obio/Apkor Local Government Area of Rivers State at the weekend.
He said the governor merited the award after he hosted the African Wrestling Championship (AWC) in the state, recently.
Eze Eke, noted that such display of sports development gave him international recognition by organisations like AIPS.
Supporting the views of former South African President, Nelson Madela that sports has the power to change the world, he said that Governor Wike has marketed the state to the world through sports development.

The Woji / Evo kingdom monarch, who lauded the decision of the group over nomination of Wike for the award, said it has proven that sports can bring both peace and unity to the world.
Noting that the prestigious AIPS award had been given to about four persons at the global level which include the Rivers State Governor and the immediate past president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge of Belgium.
He maintained that the record vividly explained how important and prestigious the award was in the eye of the world.
The monarch recalled that the AIPs was over nine decades old, added that they should do more to sports development in Africa.
He has also called on Governor Wike not to rest on his oars, but to continue to raise the bar of sports in the state.
It would be recalled that the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike received the Power of Sports Award by AIPS on May 9, 2018 in Brussels Belgium in recognition of his dogged determination towards sports development in Nigeria.

 

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Arsenal’s Saka Excites NFF President

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President of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick had nothing but praise for Arsenal wonderkid Bukayo Saka as he spoke about foreign-trained players who can add value to the Nigerian national teams instead of other countries securing their services.
Pinnick has likened the Hale End Academy product to a goldfish with no hiding place, saying that the winger does not need to lobby before he is invited to the Super Eagles.
Since the experienced Delta State administrator became the NFF boss, foreign-trained players such as William Troost-Ekong, Carl Ikeme, Ola Aina, Brian Idowu, Joe Aribo, Maduka Okoye, Tyronne Ebuehi and Josh Maja have chosen to pledge their international futures to Nigeria over their countries of birth.
In an interview with Tidesports source, Pinnick stated : “A lot of people call me, ‘I have a boy that is very good, he’s 21, he’s an exceptional player, he can fit in into any team’.
“The first thing I say to them is that it’s a lie. Once a player is exceptional, it’s like a goldfish that has no hiding place.
“If you see somebody like Bukayo Saka for example, do you need anybody to sell that player? You don’t need anybody.
“There are shortage of good players globally, so once a player is exceptional that player is a goldfish and he’s surrounded by people that have interests immediately.”
The 18-year-old Saka has established himself as a first team regular for Arsenal this season despite the presence of more experienced players, making 29 appearances in all competitions.

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Ex-Liverpool Player Wants To Play For Nigeria

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Former Liverpool defender Michael Ihiekwe has been named to the League One Team of the Season so far in the 2019-2020 campaign by Whoscored in partnership with Sky Sports.
Ihiekwe has been a key player for high-flying Rotherham United who are bidding to return to the English Championship at the first time of asking.
The Liverpool-born center back has contributed to an impressive 7 goals (4 goals, 3 assists) from 38 games across all competitions and has been yellow carded on four occasions.
Described as a defender with robust physical presence, pacy, dominant in the air and descent on the ball, Ihiekwe has committed his international future to Nigeria over his country of birth.
Explaining the choice of Ihiekwe in the Best XI, Ben McAleer wrote : “Ihiekwe has returned a rating of 7.42 this season, that the second-best in League One.
“Maximising a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘aerial duels’, Ihiekwe is winning more headed battles per game (7.9) than any other League One player this term to help feature in this team.”

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Yobe Stars Mgt Slashes Salaries By 75 Percent

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The management of Yobe Desert Stars have resolved to cut down the club’s expenses following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rising from a meeting held on Friday, the club said players and technical crew of the main team will be receiving 25% of their monthly allowance while the feeder and Under-15 teams will receive 50% of their allowances.
This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of the management committee, Hon Goni Bukar Lawan. Yobe Desert Stars is the first Nigerian club side that will be reducing the salaries of its team.
It will be noted that with the suspension of football activities across the globe, clubs in top leagues such as La Liga, Serie A, and English Premier League have begun to cut down the weekly salaries paid to their players.

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