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Dalung Happy With Awosika Foundation Scrabble Tournament

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The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, says the Winifred Awosika Foundation Scrabble Tournament for schools (WAFSTS) was a positive way to identify with the vision of the government.
Dalung, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of Youth and Sports ministry, Adesola Olusegun, made the assertion at the 5th edition of the tournament held at Chrisland School, Ikeja at the weekend.
Tidesports source reports that no fewer than 150 participants drawn from four geopolitical zones of the country took part in the tournament on June 2.
Dalung said that the catch-them-young initiative of the ministry was making progress through such tournament and commended Winifred Awosika, for her continuous support to the tournament.
“A commendable effort by mama Awosika through this scrabble tournament for young players across the country, it’s in line with our vision of catch-them-young programme,’’ he said.
The President of Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), Suleiman Gora, said that WAFSTS endorsed by the body has significantly promoted the sport and developed students intellectually since it began.
Gora, who expressed delight in the turnout of students from various states, described the tournament as a great inspiration that would meaningfully engage students in their sports and academic careers.
“We embraced this tournament since its inception, we are proud and happy with the value it’s adding to students’ lives, especially those that have chosen to build their sport careers in scrabble,’’ he said.
Awosika, said she was honoured by the representative of the ministry of youth and sports, the turnout of students, parents and the NSF for making the 5th edition a success.
While expressing delight with the performances of the players in previous and just-concluded editions, she restated her support to sustain the tournament, adding that subsequent editions would be greater.
“I am honoured by everyone present, our students are doing well and they should be rest assured that we are mindful of their future and will provide them with necessary support.
“In spite of minor challenges, everything went well, the technical input of knowledgeable officials is felt, however, the next edition will be greater by God’s special grace,’’ she said.
Tidesports source also gathered that Sharon Bamidele, came first with 5+143 points and got N250, 000, Achibong Prestige was second with 4+395 and received N200,000, Joan Eke place third with 4+325  and took home N150,000.
Also, Noble Anim came 4th with 4+216 and was given N100,000, while players in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th positions got N20,000.

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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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