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‘Victor Moses’ Retirement, Matter Of Decision, Not Age’

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Former Super Eagles coach and captain, Christian Chukwu, yesterday said that the retirement of Nigerian born Chelsea player, Victor Moses, from international football was a matter of decision and not age.
Chukwu told newsmen that Moses knew about his body faculty more than any person.
He said that the decision should be read from the player’s personal opinion and not from the age.
“Victor Moses is a very vibrant and young player, so he has the right to take decisions for himself.
“He knows his body more than any person, therefore, it is best known for him why he retired and we wish him well,” Chukwu said.
Tidesports source gathered that the Chelsea of England player announced a surprise international retirement.
He did this in a series of twitter posts and pictures citing his club career development and family as part of his reasons for the decision.
The former Stoke City, Westham and Liverpool player, thanked Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, the coaching staff, Nigerians and indeed the NFF for their support and opportunity given him while playing for the national team.
Moses, 27, scored 12 goals in 37 appearances for the Super Eagles.
Moses was instrumental in Super Eagles conquering of Africa in 2013 and represented the country in two World Cups, 2014 and 2018.
No reactions have come out from NFF over this development.
However, his Chelsea teammate, Eden Hazard, has wished him well in his future endeavours.
Hazard twitted: “Congratulations! You made your country proud”.
Also head coach of Rivers United Football Academy, Sunny Iseokwehima says he was surprise when he got the information that Nigeria Super Eagles Player Victor Moses has retired from international football.
He said that Moses retiring from the national team is a personal decision adding that it is not by age.
Iseokwuhma stated this in a telephone interview with Tidesports yesterday after the information from Victor Moses was announced that he has quitted the national team.
He explained that Moses retirement from national team at the age of 27 was too early adding that Moses’ decision was personal.
“Moses decision is a personal decision not age matter” he said.
According to him, it was time Moses should carry the Eagles team to a greater height saying that nobody knows why he decided to quit so early.
“Moses was one of the best players Nigeria took to the last World Cup in Russia 2018”, he noted.
Moses made his appearance for Nigeria in February 29, 2012, in a qualifier match for the African Cup 2013 against Rwanda.
He made 37 appearances, scored 13 goals assists six and won one African Cup of Nation during his time with the team.
The head coach explained that at 27, he is still very young to retire from the national team, adding that, Moses has always given excuses during friendly matches.

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RSG Restates Commitment To Youth Dev Via Sports

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The Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on School Sports, Chief Aribitonye Okiri, has said that the state government-led by Chief Nyesom Wike, is committed to develop youths in the State through sports. 
 He stated that it is not in doubt that the State has hidden talents at the grassroots that are yet to be discovered. 
Chief Okiri, said this at the finals of the National School Sports Competition held at Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday.
According to him, Governor Wike is poised to reach out to young ones in all the local government areas, in the state and engage them with sporting activities in a bid to discover hidden talents. 
“As I speak, the governor has reiterated his desire to reach out to the children in all parts of the state and unearth their talents through engagement in sports, believing that all Rivers children are talented” Chief Okiri said. 
Also speaking, the second Vice President of Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), Pastor Emmanuel Ebong, thanked Governor Wike, for proving a worthy partner of NSSF and appeal to other corporate organisations to emulate Nigeria Breweries Ltd in partnering NSSF in sports development. 
At the end of the final competition, Community Secondary School, Okochiri in Okrika Local Government Area, dominated the medal table.

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24 States Set For Lagos Athletics Championship

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The Lagos State Athletics Association has confirmed the entry of 24 states and some clubs for its lucrative Athletics Meet fixed for Thursday, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship made the disclosure at the weekend even as he hinted a few other states may still join the already confirmed 24 states and clubs.
He said: “Yes, we are very much on track for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship which will be coming up this Thursday.
“Right now, we already have 24 states and some top racing clubs that have confirmed their participation, a few more may join before we close the window.”
The Lagos Open Athletics Championship is a one-day meet simultaneously serving as another qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
In the past days, Lagos has been a beehive of activities with the National trials at the Yaba College of Technology Sporting complex and now the train is moving to the heart of the city in Surulere as the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics continues to gather momentum.
 The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship includes the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters, and 100 meters.
There would also be top-quality action across the relay events including;  the 4×100 meters open, 4×100 meters open and 4×400 meters mixed relay.
Long jump, High jump, Triple jump, Shot put as well as 4×100 secondary schools relay and 4×100 secondary schools relay have all been penciled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Championship.
Already, the top three finishers across all the events have been assured mouthwatering prizes by the organisers.

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Okagbare Sets New Record At Olympic Trials

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Blessing Okagbare will be heading to Tokyo Olympics in the best form of her life after running the second fastest time in the world this season.
The 32-year-old ran  10.63 seconds to win the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Olympic Trials at the Sports Complex of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos on Thursday. 
The 10.63 seconds time saw her tie with Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’ best time in 2021 ahead of the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Okagbare ran 10.99 seconds in the semifinal of the event to set a new championship record , and before clocking 10.63 seconds in the final to set a new record.   The scorching 10.63 time is also a new African record. Only Florence Griffith Joyner who holds the world record at 10.49 seconds has run faster.        The Nigerian has now emerged one of the favourites for the 100m gold at the Tokyo Olympics alongside Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who first ran 10.63 seconds this season.

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