No fewer than 26 programmes have been rolled out by the Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN) to be carried out in 2020.
The events calendar signed by the Secretary General of the federation, Libata Abdullahi, was made available to newsmen in Lagos, yesterday.
According to the calendar, the Federation will have about 16 events under national programmes which include National Open Technical/Officiating Course for Coaches/Referees at the National Sports Festival in Edo from February 19 to February 21.
Other events are the National Sports Festival in Edo between March 20 and April 3; and KFN National School Junior Karate Championship (Cadet, Junior and U-21 Categories taking place in Lagos on July 7).
Tidesports source reports that, in August, the Federation plans to have Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) Karate Championship at yet to be mentioned venue, while having the Armed Forces/Paramilitary Inter-Service Karate Championship in Kaduna on October 1 to October 3.
It plans to have the 24th Nigerian Karate Association (NKA) National Black Belt College Workshop/Championship in Asaba, Delta and 7th Hajia Zainab Saleh International Female Championship in November in Lagos.
Menawhile, the 3rd Rivers National Open Karate Championship in Port Harcourt comes up 2 to 5 December, while its last National event would be KFN full Council Meeting (General Congress) in Abuja on December 12.
The calendar also revealed the regional African programmes, which include 1st and 2nd UFAK West African Zonal Karate Championship in Bamako, Mali from January. 7 to January 12, and Lagos May 12 to May 19, respectively.
On the continental programmes, UFAK African Junior/Senior Karate Championships held in Morocco from February 4 to February 10 while Commonwealth Karate Championship in Birmingham UK holds from September 1 to September 7.
According to the calendar, World programme include, Premier League at Rabat, Morocco, March 13 to March 15; Tokyo 2020 Qualification Tournament in Paris May 6 to May 11; and Karate 1, Series A at Istanbul Turkey June 8 to June 21.
It said the World Karate Federation (WKF) would have its Youth Camp/League in Croatia from June 28 to July 5; and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games (Karate Championship) from August 6 to August11.
The Federation added that WKF Senior World Championship will hold in Dubai from November 17 to November 22.
A Board Member of the KFN, Zainab Saleh, said in Lagos that the Federation needed the assistance of individuals and organisations to be able to carry out the events planned for the year.
“We will continue to call on well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to support the Karate Federation of Nigeria.
“The lack of funding to execute our national programmes, to attend continental and world championships is a huge hindrance to our development in karate,” she said.
Vandrezzer’s Coach Explains Team’s Visit To PH
The Head Coach of Vandrezzer Football Club of Akwa Ibom State, Rafael Eventon, has said that players of the club came to Port Harcourt to build a fan base and attract more supporters to the club.
According to him, Port Harcourt is one of the most prominent cities in Nigeria, as everybody wants to be in Port Harcourt to gather more fans.
Eventon said this in a media parley organised by the club on Wednesday, at Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
According to the Brazilian tactician, he chose Vandrezzer FC because he loves the philosophy of the club.
Vandrezzer FC is currently playing in the Nigeria National League (NNL)
“I have other proposal for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), but I could not go because I love the philosophy of Vandrezzer FC as they have a target to gain promotion to NPFL,” Eventon said.
The former Abia Warriors coach expressed happiness for taking over the coaching job of Vandrezzer FC, adding that the club has come to stay in Nigeria.
“We are in Port Harcourt to play some friendly matches.We play friendly match to keep the players fit and teach them some tactics of the game,” he stated.
Nasarawa United Thumps Rangers, Moves Out Of Relegation
Nasarawa United secured hard fought 2-1 win over Rangers International of Enugu in Wednesday’s rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League game at the Lafia township stadium.
The highly entertaining game produces some big moments, but it was the Solid Miners who came out on top after 90 minutes.
Israel Abia, who returned into the squad after being left out the game against Sunshine Stars scored the opener of the game for Rangers in 4th minute of the game, after he fired in from a direct free kick to registered his 9th goal of the season.
He however didn’t last long as the home side hit back immediately after the start of second half. The home side were awarded a penalty after Isaac Loute Fouled Ohanachom in the box and the referee points at the spot.
Abubakar Lawal stepped up and converted the penalty to level the scores, as both sides went into the break level.
Nasarawa then took the lead seven minutes after the restart when full-back Abdullahi Abubakar overlaps before hitting a low cross which was deflected back to him and he gracefully fired in the rebound from a tight angle.
Rangers however piled on a late pressure in search for an equaliser, but it was Nasarawa United who held on to claim the maximum points and moved out of the relegation for the first time since match day two.
Rivers Hoopers Intensify Preparations For BAl
Coach of Nigeria Premier Basketball League champion, Rivers Hoopers of Porthacourt, Ogoh Odaudu, has stated that the team has started preparation ahead of next month’s commencement of the inaugural NBA Basketball Africa League.
He also confirmed that the team intends to move to Lagos early next month hoping to play a couple of friendly games to get them in shape for the continental challenge
Speaking, Odaudu in a chat with newsmen, said the decision to move to Lagos early is to be able to have the team play test games before the start of the Africa league so as to be able to make up for being match rusty compared to their opponents who has league games already under their belt.
“We’ve been working hard practising, trying to see what and what we can put in place.
“We are planning to come to Lagos sometimes early next month so at least we will get a couple of friendly games while we are there because practice alone will not help us playing against teams that are already playing their leagues in their various countries already. So it’s going to be difficult but we are hoping we are going to do the best that we can.”
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