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We Lost Due To Lack Of Training, Facilities – Table Tennis Coach

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After Team Kwara lost 0-3 to Team FCT at the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) at the weekend, Coach Kadir Abdulkadir could only lay the blame on lack of training and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that Kwara lost in Round of 32 fixtures of the male and female events of table tennis competition at the ongoing NSF in Abuja.
Recalling his athletes’ defeat in both the men’s and women’s singles, Abdulkadir said the team did not train for the competition and had no facilities.
“We did not train at all. We just entered our vehicle and came here. We also don’t have the facilities to train and it showed in our performance.
“It is sad for us, but we hope to be better. However, we still have the para and deaf events of the table tennis competition to feature in and we hope to be victorious in those events,” he said.
In other events, Abia walked over Gombe State as Femi Oludayo of Kano State defeated Emmanuel Igioye of Kwara (11-6 11-6 11-13 11-9) in Class 10 of para table tennis men’s singles.
Adeboye Adekoya of Rivers also knocked out Kayode Shonde of Ogun (11-5 11-5 11-4) in the quarter-finals of para table tennis men’s singles class 10.
The 19th NSF which began on Thursday is scheduled to end on December 16.

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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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