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12 Schools Feature In Treasure FM Soccer Kids Challenge

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Maiden Treasure FM Rivers Football Kids Challenge, kicked off in Rivers State, last Monday, with 12 schools competing in the competition.
The Challenge was organised by Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), South South.
Speaking at the event, the chairman of Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State, Hon Solomon Eke, pledged to partner FRCN in their Kids football competition.
He explained that as government, they will meet with the sponsors of the competition to work out the modalities on how they can partner.
Hon. Eke, who was represented by his Special Assistant on Due Process, Nweneka Chinda, said this last Monday, at the official opening ceremony of the Maiden Treasure FM Rivers Football Kids Challenge, held at Treasure FM field, in Port Harcourt.
According to him, as local government we will support the competition to achieve its desires.
“As local government council, we are very happy that this is happening within our area and we will monitor and support the competition to achieve its desires.
We are also partnering with you to catch them young. But we are going to meet with the sponsors to work out the modalities,” “Hon. Eke said.
Earlier, the Zonal Director of FRCN, South South, Jonas Emechebe, said the purpose of the competition is to nurture children in football.
He stated that such competition would help to keep children away from social vices and reduce criminal activities in the society. According to him, 12 schools registered in the maiden edition of the competition and it will go round the South South states in the region.
“This competition will go round the South South states so that it will be roboost and young talents will be developed” Emechebe said.
The Zonal Director revealed that the competition would be sustained and urged the players to abide by FIFA fair play rules.
In the opening games of the competition, De Devine Shammah School walked over Isam School, in group A, while Trinity School thrashed Christabel 4 nil, in Group B, in Group  C, Vessels of Honour ran over Nazareth by 2 goals, as Goshen wiped Sleek Angels 6- 0.

 

Tonye Orabere

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Nigeria Now 34th Position In FIFA Ranking

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Nigeria has dropped by one spot in the FIFA ranking for September, placing 34th on the ranking table.
In the ranking table on the world football governing body’s website yesterday, Nigeria garnered 1, 482 points in the month under review as against 1,481 it had in August.
However, in spite of the drop by a spot, Nigeria still occupy the third position on the continent behind Senegal and Tunisia who have 1,546 and 1,493 respectively.
On the global scene, Belgium remain top of the FIFA World Ranking after an action-packed number of weeks in international football.
In the period under review, 78 friendlies, 74 continental qualifiers and 60 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifiers took place.
Although the teams in the top 10 remain unchanged, there has been some movements.
France (second, up 1) and Brazil (third, down 1) have traded places, while Spain (seventh, up 2) are the top 10’s biggest movers.
The Cayman Islands (193rd, up 11) and Grenada (160th, up 13) are the joint-biggest climbers by points, reaping the rewards after their successful showing in the CONCACAF Nations League.
Indeed, Grenada’s 13-place surge means that they are September’s highest climber by ranks.
Other notable upwardly-mobile nations include Jamaica (47th, up 5), who have broken into the top 50.
Others are the Republic of Ireland (28th, up 4), Russia (42nd, up 4), Guatemala (133rd, up 11), Suriname (142nd, up 9), Montserrat (187th, up 9) and Djibouti (186th, up 9).
Djibouti recently overcame Eswatini (150th, down 11) over two legs to advance to the second round of Africa’s World Cup qualifying for just the second time.
Meanwhile, Kosovo (119th, up 1) have been rewarded for their impressive performances in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying by reaching their best-ever position in the FIFA ranking.
The Cook Islands are not ranked in the latest standings due to not playing an international “A” match in the last four years.
After their next international “A” match, they will be included in the ranking table again with their points total from July 2019, plus/minus the points won or lost in the new match.

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LSSC Salutes Sanwo-Olu, Lauds Athletes

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The Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) is full of appreciation to the Governor of Lagos, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the support towards the state’s participation at the just concluded 5th National Youth Games (NYG) held in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Team Lagos came second overall at the end of the tournament, which ended on Monday at the University of Ilorin with 72 med- als consisting of 22 gold, 36 silver and 14 bronze medals, while Delta State with 41 gold, 32 silver and 31 bronze medals and Team Bayelsa with 17 gold, 6 silver and 22 bronze came second and third respectively.
Team Lagos was taking part for the second time in the history of the Games, which started since 2013.
Lagos was second in her first outing in 2018 and the state’s youthful and budding athletes ensured that they retained the position in their second outing in Ilorin.
Team Lagos was also adjudged as the Best Team in the March Past and was given an award of commendation in this year’s NYG.

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Adekuoroye Wins Bronze Medal At World Wrestling Championships

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Nigeria’s foremost female wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye, yesterday won a bronze medal at the ongoing World Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan.
The 25-year-old defeated Anastasia Nichita of Moldova 10-0 in the women’s 57kg category to win the medal.
Adekuoroye had earlier beaten Sun Jong of North Korea 12-2 via technical superiority last Wednesday which helped her to gain a 2020 Tokyo Olympics slot.
The Tidesports source reports that Risako Kawai of Japan defeated Ningning Rong of China 9-6 to clinch the gold medal in the category.

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