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Bayelsa To Host 39th FEPSGA

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There are indications that Bayelsa State is  set to score another  point in sports development as it concluded plans to host the 39th edition of the Federation of Public Service Games (PEPSGA) tagged “Bayelsa 2020”, to be organised by the Federation of Public  Service Games (FEPSGA) next month.
According to the national president of the organising  body, Comrade Aloku Miebi, in a press statement, necessary correspondence has been sent to the Bayelsa State Government in that regard.
He further stated that this year’s game which is the 39th edition of the historic National Sports event will attract participants from over 70 Federal Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Parastatals and will be declared open by the executive Governor of the state, Senator Douye Diri.
He explained that Bayelsa State was picked to host the competition due to its  strategic importance to the economic growth of the nation.
The statement also noted that the event  is very timely as the state stands to derive huge socio-economic and cultural benefits ranging from stimulating significantly, the economic growth of the young state to substantially generate enormous income  for the economic drivers such as market men, women, food vendors, hoteliers, and entertainment, also to showcase business proprietors.
“The game will increase the volume of trade and investments to the state, boosting the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and providing a veritable platform to showcase the rich cultural heritage and endowments of the people.
“It will also resuscitate the business activities that were crippled by the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, the sports fiesta will as well boost the image of the state as the home of peace , excellence and national unity to the global community,” Miebi said.
The Public Service Games is an annual sports event for Nigerian Public Servants. It is organised by the Federation Of Public Service Games, which is the umbrella body of sports for the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)
The game is equivalent to the National Sports Festival in terms of value and provides an ample opportunity for Nigerian Public servants to interact, share and exchange sociocultural values for the purpose of fostering national cohesion and integration.

 

By: Nancy Briggs

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CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad

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Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.

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Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach

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Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.

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CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency

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Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
 “We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.

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