Seventeen-year-old judoka Adijat Azeez, yesterday said her target was to win medals for the country at the Olympics and World Championships.
Azeez, who won a silver and bronze in the 2018 Youth Africa Games in Algeria, told newsmen at the ongoing national judo trials in Lagos that she was hopeful of selection so that she could fulfill her goal and make the country proud.
The 2018 National Sports Festival gold medalist said that she trains regularly to ensure that her dream comes to reality.
“It is the dream of any athlete to win medals for his or her country in the Olympics and World Championships.
“It takes a lot of sacrifice to achieve this and I am grateful to my coach for her encouragement and support in bringing the best out of me, “ she said.
On her education, the Ogun athletes said that she intended to study Physical Education in the university to balance her sporting career.
In some of the categories concluded at the trials, Fatima Bashir of Delta won gold in the female -48kg, while Olayinka Azeez of Ondo State won silver.
In the women -52kg, Franca Audu of Delta won gold, while Charity Jatau of Yobe won silver medal and in the male -60kg category, Michael Agbo of Delta claimed the gold, while Kehinde Aremu settled for the silver medal.
In the male -73kg, Jonah Kadijo of Yobe clinched gold, while Samuel Oyewole of Rivers won silver.
Rivers Utd Confident Of Snatching Points From Pillars
Few days after walloping South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic 5-0 aggregate in the first round game of the 2021 CAF Confederations Cup competition to set up a continental clash with neighbours, Enyimba International, the Pride of Rivers, Rivers United FC is poised to continue its superlative run in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, today.
Rivers United is scheduled to tango with Kano Pillars at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, today, in a potentially explosive league encounter. It promises to be an enthralling football extravaganza considering the antecedents of the host team and the current form of the visitors in the domestic league.
Going into the match, United’s current sensation and leading scorer, Godwin Aguda has expressed confidence that he and his team would celebrate at the end of the encounter. Speaking ahead of the game, Aguda said, “We know how important the game is for us because this season, we are meant to be at the top. We are placed second at the moment but we are going to give our all to make sure we come out victorious for us to return to the top of the league”.
He said that they know what is at stake and have resolved to target maximum points, despite the fact that the game would be a very difficult one. According to him, “ It’s going to be a tough game, Kano Pillars are a good side and one of the big teams in Nigeria, they have proven to be tough nuts to crack but I have confidence in my team mates that the result today will be in favour of Rivers United, we really know how important it is for us as a team and as individuals, the spirit is high because we are playing a good side and that same winning mentality we have cultivated would get the job done, by the grace of God”.
Aguda noted that playing the match in Kano Pillars’ adopted home of Kaduna would not affect how they would approach the match or influence the outcome since the venue could not be said to be a neutral ground because Pillars have been training and playing matches there.
He also said that he was not under any sort of pressure to continue performing but expressed optimism that he would continue to deliver.
Ogunbote Happy With Sunshine Stars’ First Away Win
Coach Gbenga Ogunbote says he is impressed with Sunshine Stars, perfor-mance against Dakkada FC in Uyo.
Sunshine Stars recorded their first win on the road by beating their hosts 2-1 at the Nest of champions on Sunday.
Red-hot Sadeeq Yusuf bagged a brace to cap Sunshine Stars, five-star performance in the matchday six encounter.
Sunshine Stars would have won the match by at least four goals, but Fuad Ekelojuoti wasted two good opportunities in the closing stages; as he forced Olawale Oremade into a good save in the 76th minute before firing high from Waheed Adebayo’s square pass in the 84th minute.
Speaking at the post match briefing, Ogunbote remained humble as he maintained that his boys are still work in progress.
“The commitment level was high, I sounded it to the (the players) that if you want to make impact in the league, you have to win on the road.
“We are still a team in the making and we need to invigorate the team with some new players as soon as we can. On Sadeeq? We hope to have more of him but we win as a team,” he said.
Sunshine Stars will host Rangers in their next match in Akure on Sunday.
NNL Chairman Hails Obuah’s Sportsmanship
Chairman of the Nigeria National League, Obinna Ogba, has praised Bro Felix Obuah for demonstrating genuine qualities of a sportsman by sustaining and bankrolling of the Go Round FC despite going down after two seasons in Nigeria Professional Football League.
At the recently done Annual General Meeting of the league, Bro. Obuah was conferred with a “Football Icon” Award and this was for solely spon-soring the club for 27 years.
Obuah, on receiving the award expressed apprecia-tion to the new leadership of NNL for the award, an event which took place in Abakiliki last weekend.
He expressed joy over the recent award given to him by the Nigeria National League, NNL.
“I’m happy for this award and for the fact that the NNL has remembered and recognised me,” Obuah said, when the General Manager of the club, Dr. Soni Uboh visited him at his country home in Omoku.
“There have been recent reforms by the new board of the league geared towards making the NNL more attractive and to provide a platform for healthy competition,” Obuah said.
He assured the NNL of his support.
The Nigeria National League starts on January 31 and Go Round FC has a home game against Osun United.
By: Tonye Orabere
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