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Handball Premier League: Plateau Draws Edo

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Plateau Peacocks female handball club of Jos yesterday drew 18-18 with Edo Dynamos of Benin at the ongoing Prudent Energy Handball Premier League in Abuja.
Tidesports source reports that both teams gave a good account of themselves from the beginning till the end of the game.
They were locked at 6-6 by the end of the first half, but both sides scored 12 goals each in the second half.
Speaking on their performance, coach Aaron Okojie of Edo Dynamos said his team played against a tough team as the Plateau Peacocks were the league’s defending champions.
“They are alongside our team, one of the two best teams in the female category, and we gave them a tough time because my players were not ready to lose their first match in the league.
“Our opponents gave their best, but they were unable to defeat us.
“We will now rest and get prepared for our next game tomorrow against Desert Queens of Katsina, which must end with a win in our favour,” he said.
On his part, the coach of Plateau Peacocks, Yussuf Abdukareem, said his players performed well but could not defeat their opponents.
“Everybody came here fully prepared for this competition. If we cannot win our first match, that means the competition has transcended to a greater level.
“However, we will work hard to win our remaining games because we came here to defend our title. We are playing against the Defenders Babes tomorrow (Wednesday) and we must beat them,” he said.
Tidesports source reports that in the first game of the competition which got underway yesterday, Imo Grasshoppers of Owerri beat Owena Queens of Akure 39-11 in the female competition.
Twelve male and 10 female teams are participating in the first phase of the second edition of Prudent Energy Handball Premier League being organised by the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN).
The competition, holding at the Velodrome of the Abuja National Stadium in Abuja, will hold daily till May 25, except on May 20 when all clubs would have a free day.
Eleven matches will be played daily till Saturday, while Sunday will have eight matches, Monday nine matches and May 22, six matches.
May 23 to May 25 will also have 11 matches daily.
Matches will begin at 7 a.m. and end after 11 p.m., with the daily schedule having a break between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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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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