Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu says there is no iota of truth in the claim that he has sidelined Godwin Dudu-Orumen, the Executive Chairman, Edo Sports Commission from his duties as the state prepares to host the 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF), tagged “Edo 2020”.
The denial came after Dudu-Orumen told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja that the deputy governor had sidelined him in matters of the NSF.
Dudu-Orumen made the assertion when a news correspondent asked to know the state’s level of preparation for the festival following the lifting of the ban on contact sports by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
He said that Philip Shuaibu, the Edo Deputy Governor, who is also the Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the festival, was the right person to know about the preparations.
“The Deputy Governor of Edo, Mr Philip Shuaibu, is in a better position to answer questions on the National Sports Festival; I am a spectator.
“Statutorily, I am in charge of sports, but politically the deputy governor won’t let me do my job; so I am watching,” he said.
Dudu-Orumen had said he was a mere appointee as chairman of the sports commission with no knowledge of the goings about the NSF.
But swiftly, Shuaibu, through Musa Ebomhiana, his Chief Press Secretary, denied the allegation, saying Dudu-Orumen remained the dejure and defacto chairman of the sports commission in the state.
Shaibu is the Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the festival, he said.
Ebomhiana said : “It is unfortunate if Dudu-Orumen said so. As it is today, he is the dejure and defacto chairman of the sports commission in the state.
“Nobody has taken over his position. Like I said, he is the dejure and defacto chairman of the sports commission as it stands today.
“He is just being economical with the truth. The deputy governor will not descend to the level of taking over his job as chairman of the sports commission.”
According to the chief press secretary, the deputy governor was among those who made him the chairman in the first place. The governor and his deputy presided over his appointment.
“As the man who superintends sport in the state, he can not descend to the level of taking over the job he himself gave out.
“As you are aware, the presidency has announced commencement of contact sports from 19th, which was two days ago.
“And you and I know what the situation has been in the past two days across the states.
“There’s nothing tangible that has happened for now. And the Council of Sports has to meet and advice Mr President on further pronouncement,” he said.
Tidesports source reports that COVID-19 pandemic which led to the suspension of sports activities since March 18, caused the indefinite suspension of the National Sports Festival which was originally scheduled for between March 22 and April 1.
It was also initially moved to between October 3 and October 13 and later scheduled to now hold between October 25 and November 4.
Ughelli Pre-Season Cup Semi-Finals Hold, Today
Semi Final matches of the 11th edition of the Ughelli. Pre-Season Cup competition hold today with Go-Round FC of Omoku and Goddosky FC of Nnewi at the Ughelli Township Stadium, Delta State.
T Amako FC of Warri and Excellent FC of Ughelli are among teams to play in the Semi-finals encounter. The tournament which started Sunday, January 15 is expected to end tomorrow.
According to the organiser of the competition, Coach Onome James, the competition so far has been good, as teams have displayed high levels of discipline and understanding, saying that this year’s edition was a huge success.
“I will rate it 85%. We expected more than eight league teams but due to the Nigeria National League (NNL) which is expected to kick off 30th January, also, most teams did not turn up for financial reasons, but this year’s Ughelli Pre-Season Cup was a great success,” he noted.
He said the competition had just discovered a young talent, Emmanuel Peters, who is 16 years and from Team, Ivory Coast. whom he described as a fantastic attacking midfielder was discovered during the competition.
“We have discovered a few talents during the tournament, Emmanuel Peters is one of them, he is good at what he does, he is a fantastic attacking midfielder and will do better in the future if well groomed,” Coach James added.
The competition is played to immortalised Late Prince Anthony Obaseki, one of the finest sports journalists of his times and a publicity officer of the Ughelli Pre-Season Cup.
The aim of the Ughelli Pre-Season tournament is for the Nigeria National League (NNL) and Nigeria Nation Wide (NLO) Clubs prepare themselves ahead of the up-coming (NNL) and (NLO) 2021 leagues season.
Winners and runners up are to cart away the sum of N150,000 and N100,000 respectively.
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RMFA: Screening Process Is To Get The Right Candidates –Coach
The head coach Port Harcourt Real Madrid Football Academy, Sunny Iseokwehma, has said that the screening processes conducted to gain admission into the academy were to get the right candidates.
According to him, coaches are using their experiences to bear in the selection of the kids, adding that not every child has the talent and potential to play football, but noted that some of them are intelligent.
Iseokwehma said this on Wednesday, in an exclusive interview with Tidesports, after the final screening exercise, at Sharks Football Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He explained that the aim of the academy was to catch them young and groom them to stardom.
“Some of the kids are raw talents, but with the help of a coach they will get better.
The two-day screening was hectic, but by the grace of God, we are done with the football screening.
On the first day of the programme, parents of the children did not help matter, because every parent wanted their child to partake.
“My happiness is that at the end of the day there is no complain from any angle,” Iseokwehma said.
The head coach further stated that he did not know the final number of children admiitted right now, not until he got the final screening list from other coaches who partook in the screening process.
“We are using our brain as professionals to make sure everything is done properly,” he stated.
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NWF Reflects On Champion Of Champions Tourney
President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Hon. Daniel Igali, has described the just-concluded Baraza Champion of Champions wrestling tournament in Yenagoa, as ‘one of the best-organised’ in the country in recent times, while thanking sponsors, Baraza Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd, for sponsoring the competition and Bayelsa State Government for their support.
Over 50 wrestlers across the country participated in the 4-day tournament from 15th through 18th of this month, vying for medals in 11 Olympic weight classes in Women Wrestling and Freestyle events at the ultra-modern Dynamite Theatre of Wrestling Complex, in what is their first competition since the African Championships in Algiers in February, last year, no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Baraza Champion of Champions wrestling competition was undoubtedly one of the best-organised competitions we’ve had,” the World and Olympic champion noted. “Though, it was small, the numbers of athletes that competed were not at the same level of athletes that we normally had competing in other tournaments, but it was probably one of the toughest tournaments.
“We had it spread over three days; four weight classes per day essentially, and so the referees were not over-burdened.
“We had new technology that we used at this tournament.
“The referees, officials and everyone here adjudged this to be one of the best tournaments we’ve ever held in Nigeria.
“At a personal level, I was very satisfied with what I saw. The athletes wrestled very well. Aside the fact that this was their first competition in 11 months, everything else appeared to be in sync.”
Speaking after the tournament, Igali, who is also the Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Bayelsa State, specially expressed gratitude to Baraza Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd, who bankrolled the tournament, as well as Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Abraham Ingobere, for their respective financial donations to the competition.
“I am extremely grateful to Baraza Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd for the sponsorship that we enjoyed from them,” Igali said.
“I am extremely grateful to the Governor and Government of Bayelsa State. The Governor (Sen. Douye Diri) personally coming to witness the event and present medals and also donating the sum of N2 million to support the competition.
“And I’m also extremely appreciative of the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Abraham Ingobere, who also came in his capacity as Speaker and represented the House of Assembly, and also donated the sum of N500, 000 to the competition.
“The support we received from everyone was invaluable and we hope this competition will be one that we can continue to stage in Bayelsa annually.”
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