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LORD’S TAVERNERS TO SUPPORT GRASSROOTS CRICKET AND OTHER SPORTS IN NIGERIA

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Lord’s Taverners a UK based sports for change NGO would work with CSED (Community Sport and Educational Development) in promoting the development of cricket and some other sports at the grassroots level in Nigeria. This uplifting message from Dave Pemberton (Project Manager) of Lord’s Taverners was delivered by Edema Fuludu (CSED National Coordinator) during the presentation of freely donated cricket kits and equipment (bats, balls, head gear, jerseys, canvass, gloves cricket shoes, practice balls, wicket keeping pads, shirts and trousers) to the students of Government Day Secondary School, Asaba.

Edema Fuludu advised the very delighted students and staff of the school that Lord’s Taverners is the biggest cricket charity in the UK and their good work of supporting schools, cricket clubs and cricket associations is carried out all over the world. Lord’s Taverners major goal is to make sports accessible to the children of the less privileged who ordinarily would not be able to purchase some expensive equipment that will enable them to take part in some sports. Edema Fuludu stated that the management of Lord’s Taverners recently donated sports equipment weighing more than 450 kilogrammes to CSED for free onward distribution to some selected schools in the Niger Delta area.

Furthermore, Edema Fuludu remarked that the last of these cricket kits and equipment would be donated to the students of Army Day Secondary School 1 Army Barracks Effurun. However, the netball training kits will be distributed to selected girls secondary schools at a later date, as part of the re-introduction of netball to secondary schools in Nigeria.

Finally, Edema Fuludu stated that since the Management of Lord’s Taverners are pleased with the way CSED handled the free distribution of the donated kits and equipment; Lord’s Taverners would be keen to send another consignment of free sports kits and equipment to selected secondary schools in the Niger Delta area. The Management and students of Government Model Secondary School (Asaba) thanked Lord’s Taverners for their generosity and urged the students who will make use of the donated equipment to always put in their best in training and in competitive matches.

In her response, the Principal of Government Day Secondary School Asaba Mrs C.K Oragbuna said this is an auspicious occasion for the school’s management and students. She thanked Lords Taverners for the donations as well as CSED the link for the items. She was accompanied by the school games mistress Mrs P. I Ezeanah, the cricket coach and the Head coach Delta State Cricket Association Mr. Anthony Enuma.

 

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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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