The Secretary of Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria (KBFN), Peter Njoku, yesterday said the federation had made the necessary arrangements to be actively involved in international programmes this year.
Njoku toldnewsmen in Lagos that the body had updated its membership with its parent body, the World Association of Kickboxing Organisation (WAKO).
He said the measure was adopted by the Abubakar Yakubu KBFN-led board to sustain its membership with the international body and to ensure athletes and officials’ effective participation in WAKO organised programmes.
“We are good to go for the year, having fulfilled the most important requirement of the international body with the payment of our annual affiliation fee for 2019 to WAKO.
“It is expected that we do the needful to reaffirm our membership with WAKO to give opportunities to our athletes and officials to be part and parcel of all international programmes,” he said.
He said that arrangement had been concluded to organise capacity training for coaches, referees and judges as part of buildup to empower and update the technical officials on the latest rules.
The secretary added that the training which would have seasoned resource persons was open to technical officials across the country and would hold in Benin, the Edo capital from April 14 to April 19.
According to him, the 2019 edition of the annual National Open Kickboxing Championships will hold a month after the training in Benin from May 14 to May 19.
“The national training is coming up first and compulsory for all technical officials to get them abreast with the current rules which must guide their coaching and officiating skills; he said.
“As supervisors to the athletes, its is very important to get them thoroughly updated because we expect to see the impact of their training on the competition grounds during contests.
“So we decided to have the national championships so that the officials can use the one month interval to also prepare their athletes on fighting guidelines in the championships,” he added.
Njoku urged affiliated associations and clubs of the KBFN to pay up its affiliation fees which was fundamental and needed to sustain activities in the federation.
CAF Postpones AFCON Draws
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has postponed the Total Energies Africa Cup final draws.
CAF said in a statement it took the decision at the request of the Cameroon Local Organising Committee (LOC) due to logistics related to the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that a new date will soon be announced.
The draw was initially scheduled for 25 June 2021 and a new date will be announced in due course.
CAF said it would continue to work together with its partners, the Cameroon government, and the LOC with the objective of making the Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 a successful event and a great celebration of African football.
Imminent Return Of Sports Excites Captain
Abia warriors Captain and home-based Super Eagles defender, Austin Obaroakpo has stated that the imminent return of sports is a good development for every player and all stakeholders of sports.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Obaroakpo said it’s a thing of joy for footballers that have been out of action in the last six months and the accompanying effects of the Lockdown which inhibited players from been able to travel abroad for trials and other opportunities.
It’s a thing of joy not just for only me but for the entire Nigeria Football Federation because we are resuming football after been out of football for close to six months. So it’s a thing of joy for everybody. And those traveling outside and those traveling abroad for trials it will be a good one for them and for everybody. It’s a good development and for sports in general.
Ikhana Makes Case For Former Falcons’ Players
Former Super Falcons Coach, Khadiri Ikhana, has stated that one of the former Super Falcons players should be given the job to coach the women’s senior national team.
Ikhana told Tidesports source in a chat that the former Falcons players were all brought up in Nigeria with the experience to guide these younger players, and also have the technical ability for the role.
“Most of the players that grew up from the female team are brought up in this country,”
“They have the experience, the woman experience to guide these girls because they know what they are up to”.
“They have the technical ability, they’ve played the game to a stage whereby, even without going for coaching course, they can become a coach.”
“They have good managers, you know, I can make mention of their names but, this is not the time we all know them you know, we have so many of them you know, that can do the job so, why not call three or four of them to handle the job. “Ikhana concluded.
Ikhana was appointed manager of the Nigerian women’s national team in April 2012, before resigning in November 2012.
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