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2019 NYSF: Rivers Weightlifters Commence Preparations

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Rivers State weightlifting Association has commenced preparation for the forthcoming 2019 edition of the National Youth Sports Festival (NYSF) scheduled to hold later this year in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Assistant coach of the body, Mike Oyekachi disclosed this Thursday during an exclusive interview with Tidesports at the Niger Street Sports venue, Port Harcourt.
According to him, the athletes have began preparations for the task ahead to ensure that they have a better outing when the competition gets underway, come August this year.
Though the children (athletes) are currently combining studies and training, since school is still in session by the time the long vacation begins, intensive preparation would take top shape as to further fortify the athletes to compete favourably at the Festival”, Coach Oyekachi said.
However, preparations have progressed to a reasonable level, saying that new techniques and skills were being taught during training sessions to help keep them (athletes) abreast and familiar with rules and regulation in the sport.
He thus urged them to be committed to preparation on ground and always exhibit discipline in all their dealings and remain focused.
It would be recalled that Ilorin has a straight-five hosting right, as they have hosted the NYSF twice and is expected to host more three times, including this year.

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PFA’s Head Coach Makes Case For Football Academies

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The Head Coach of Peace Football Academy (PFA) in Lagos State, Gbolahan Dare Ojo, has called on both government and multi-nationals to assist grassroots football academies in all ramifications.
He stated that policies should also be formulated on how to develop sports in the country, mostly football.
Ojo, who is also the manager of PFA, made the call yesterday, on a telephone interview with Tidesports, saying that football has become one of the lucrative businesses in the world.
“ I want to call on all governments to prioritised sports development in the country. Football has become a career and lucrative business,” Ojo said.
According to him, his academy was established 2014 and has more than 30 players, since then it has  discovered hidden talents that are potential Super Eagles players.
“As manager of a football academy , my challenge currently is finance. I need sponsors. I virtually use my personal money to buy boots etc, for some children. We all know some parents are not handy,” he stated.
The Kogi-born footballer, who played for defunct Sharks FC of Port Harcourt,  in 2003/2004 season appealled to well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to come to his aid, to sponsor his academy.
He explained that sports development is an holistic thing, it is not meant for a particular sector, but collective approach towards grassroots sports development will make the country have abundant talents.

 

By: Tonye Orabere

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NPFL: We Deserve To Be Crowned Champions – Golbe

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Plateau United Captain, Elisha Golbe, says he is disappointed that his side will not be crowned Nigeria Professional Football League champions this season with all the accompanying fanfare.
Plateau United were the favourite to win the 2019-2020 Nigeria Professional Football League season, but their dream suffered huge set back as the campaign was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with 13 matches remaining.
After long deliberation, the Nigeria Football Federation, League Management Company and the 20 Club Chairmen agreed to end the season abruptly without crowing champions.
While speaking to Tidesports source, Elisa, said his side deserved to be crowned Champions by the LMC and other stakeholders with all the ceremonies as true champions.
“It was disappointing that we were not crowned as champions with because I believed we deserved it.
“We were the most consistent team, won most ceremonies matches, conceded the least goals and we sat comfortably on top of the table, so it is sad that they didn’t award us the title”, he told Tidesports source.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation and the League Management Company adopted point per game model to determine the final, standing and Plateau United kept their place on top of the league.
They are joined by Enyimba in the CAF Champions League next season.

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Nasarawa Backs PPG Adoption

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Nasarawa United coach, Bala Nkiyu, has backed the adoption of the Point per game measure as a league ending measure after the release of the final PPG table by the League management company of Nigeria.
Speaking in a brief chat with Tidesports source, Nkiyu said the adoption of the Weighted PPG table was borne out of the need to maintain fairness and he feels strongly that the final table represents the fairest way to end the season with equity notwithstanding who may have been affected by the system.
“This PPG they have concluded issues and we don’t pray for such occurrence again. And one thing with Nigeria is anything that does not favour you is a problem, that thing is not good. All I know is that the people that took the decision none of them were biased.”

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