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NSF: Asaba Hosts Zonal Elimination, Oct

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Zonal elimination of Team Sport for the forthcoming 19 National Sports Festival (NSF) scheduled to hold December in Abuja, has been fixed to commence first week of October, this year in Asaba, Delta State.
The Zonal Coordinator, South South Sports Directors, Sonny Obot disclosed this Wednesday during a meeting held by all sports directors in the region, at the Alfred Diette Spiff Sports Complex, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt.
According to him, the venue for Elimination events would be spread across sports centres in Asaba, saying that all the event could not hold in the Stephen Keshi Stadium as earlier planned.
“I have gone there for inspection of the venue. I think Asaba is ready to host. The facilities on ground are good and they are well prepared”, Sonny Obot said.
The meeting, which had the attendance of five sports Directors from the zone was held to review the performance of the zone at the competition (National Youth Games), recently completed at the national level.
“We are here to look at the competition completed at the national level, looking at sports development in the region and the forthcoming National Sports Festival in Abuja”, Obot added.
He however, commended Delta and Akwa Ibom States for the sustenance of their good works in sports having performed well at the 2017 and 2018 National Youth Games (NYG).
He also thanked the directors for their supports and understanding so far since the inception of his tenure as a zonal coordinator.
Meanwhile, the zonal elimination will kick off October 8 and run through to 13.

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Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach

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National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.

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Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach

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Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

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B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers

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Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.

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