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260 Participants For 21st IBB Ladies Golf Championship

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Chairperson of the 21st IBB Ladies Golf Championship, Maryrose Richard-Obioha, on Wednesday said no fewer than 260 participants would compete for honours at this year’s edition of the tournament.
Tidesports source reports that the championship holding at the IBB Golf and Country Club in Abuja would feature players from six African and one European countries.
The countries are Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Sweden, as well as hosts Nigeria.
Richard-Obioha, who disclosed this at a news conference held at the club, said the event would be a three-day gross tournament and would tee off today and end on Sunday.
“So far we have no fewer than 160 lady golfers who have registered for the championship with 120 of them within the 0 to 28 handicap level.
“We also expect our men to participate as well as our foreign players. So, on the whole we have no fewer than 260 players taking part in the championship.
“We will be having a ceremonial tee-off on Thursday (yesterday), and the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, will be the guest of honour at the event,” she said.
Richard-Obioha explained that the competition will have Friday and Saturday as qualifying days, “and at the end of day two, there will be a cut”.
“A total of 45 players are expected to make the cut and they will proceed to the final where the champion is expected to emerge on Sunday,” she added.
The official further said the main event of the championship was for lady amateur golfers within handicap 0 to 28, with players of other handicap levels participating in other draws.
“Lady golfers within the 0 to 28 handicap credit will qualify to participate in the main draw/event.
“The Ladies Open is also listed on the World Amateur Golf (WAG) ranking calendar and the golfers will be playing to improve their ranks.
“At the end of the championship, the scores of the players will be collated and sent to WAG.
“They will be analysed and the players will be ranked according to their performance level,” she said.
Speaking also, the Lady Captain of IBB Golf and Country Club, Julie Acholonu, said the championship promises to be exciting and very competitive.
“Players of the host golf club have been working very hard to ensure that the title of the main event and other major honours are won by the home players.”
She disclosed that there were several prizes to be won and that there were about 10 gross prizes available.
“We also have guest prizes for those between handicap 29 to 36 as well as nett and sponsors prizes.
“By the grace of God, at least one Nigerian player will be on the WAG rankings this year,” Acholonu said.
She thanked the sponsors of the event for their support, noting that without them the championship would not have taken place.
“We use this opportunity to appreciate the NNPC, who are our major sponsors, for the continued support we have enjoyed over the years.
“We also thank our other sponsors who have ensured that the championship has continued to grow from strength to strength,” the lady captain said.
The Chairperson, Media and Publicity for the championship, Olu Usim-Wilson, thanked the event’s Organising Committee for preparations made so far.

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CAF Mulls Super League Idea

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The Confederation of African Football [CAF] is discussing the idea of introducing an African Super League, a continental competition which would likely replace the current CAF Champions League and hopefully boost revenue for the organising body.
The revelation was made as CAF President Patrice Motsepe issued a statement outlining the changes and reforms the new leadership is making to ensure African football is globally competitive and self-sustaining.
The idea has taken shape even despite the disastrous European Super League [ESL] proposal earlier this year, which caused major controversy before being banned after most founding member clubs bowed to fan pressure and pulled out.
“ExCo [the CAF executive committee] may have to discuss and consider new CAF competitions which may generate additional funding or income for CAF, its member associations and bodies and also contribute to African football becoming globally competitive and self-sustaining,” Motsepe was quoted as saying by Tidesports source.
“In this regard, we are assessing and [are] in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League. We have been following the attempts by some top European clubs to form a Euro Super League and will learn from their experience and pitfalls.”
CAF is looking to boost income after recent forensic auditing revealed that the organisation has been beset by financial irregularities.

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NPFL: Rivers United’s Coach Praises Players

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The Chief Coach of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Ndubuisi Nduka, has praised his players after a 1-0 win over Katsina United FC in the match day 28 of the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) in Port Harcourt.
He stated that his boys (players) gave all their best  to ensure they secured the maximum three points for the team, and described the encounter as very tough. 
Nduka, said this on Sunday, during a post match interview with sports journalists, after the Pride of Rivers, defeated their opponents  1-0, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
According to him, what made the match more difficult for his players was that they failed to utilise goal opportunities they created in the first half of the game.
The only goal of the game came in the 77th minute by home boy, Malachi Ohawume, who made his goals four for this league season.
“It was a tough game; I think our boys gave it all.
What made it more difficult for us was the chances we lost especially in the first half, “ Nduka said.
He explained that the second round of the league is always difficult because every team is fighting to be at top and some are fighting not to be relegated.
“At this point and time of the league, the second round, we are stretching to the finishing point.
“It is always difficult and if you remember the position of Katsina United, they are not safe so they are looking for where to pick points, so I gave kudos to my boys as they secured three points for us, “ he stated. 
Rivers United is now 4th on the log after 28 matches with 48 points.

By:  Kiadum Edookor

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Hockey Championship: Team Rivers’ Performance Excites Coach

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The Head coach of Team Rivers State, (female) hockey, Comfort Nya, has commended her players after they defeated team Edo, 3-1 in the ongoing, 2021 Mabisel National Hockey Championship (MNHC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 
She, described the match as one of the toughest games they have played, saying that the calibre of players she saw in the team Edo lineup was intimidating.
Nya said this on Monday in her post match interview with sports journalists, after their first victory in the championship, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports in Port Harcourt. 
According to her, their first game in the championship was difficult because of the heavy downpour, adding that they could not play well but today they are awesome.
“It was a tough one, honestly speaking I would not tell lies, and the players I saw in team Edo lineup are old and good players and my girls are just upcoming.
“I was thinking of draw or let them just play but with this result I am so happy with their performance, “Nya said. 
The coach further explained that their next outing will be against team Kaduna, they are going to do more better.
“Our first game was disturbed by heavy rainfall, they could not play well but today they have performed well.
“In our next game against team Kaduna, we are going to do better,” She stated..

By: Kiadum Edookor

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