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NLO To Observe Covid-19 Safety Protocols – Director

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The National Nationwide League One (NLO) has said that all the matches to be played during its 2021 League Season would be played under strict Covid-19 safety proto Director of NLO activities in South-East, Ebere Amaraizu, disclosed this to Tidesports source in Enugu yesterday against the backdrop of modalities being put in place for a hitch-free season.
According to Amaraizu, the NLO will not compromise its Covid-19 safety protocol standards that would ensure the safety of all participating teams.
He said that each team and centre were expected to strictly comply with the COVID-19 protocols as directed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Covid-19 Task-Force.
“Participating teams and their officials are also to ensure they operate within the laid down rules as stipulated by the NLO, and to ensure that Covid-19 tests for players and their officials were duly conducted and results collected.
“The results for each individual player and team official in each team will be made available at various centres before the commencement of any league match,’’ he said.
The director said that NLO had put in place all necessary materials, logistics as well as emergency ambulances and health personnel in each centre across the nation.
“As it stands, we have made adequate provisions and even made provision for unexpected health or incidence situation or development including security,’’ he said.
NLO league club sides had been grouped to play each other at various centres to determine various overall winners of each group.
Eight teams are expected to battle it out  in the designated centres across country from todayyesterday.
The centres in South-East, where Amaraizu would superintendent over, are in Okigwe and Ngor Okpala in Imo.

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‘We’ll Sponsor, Support Sports In Khana’

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The Chairman-elect of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. Thomas Bariere, has promised to support and sponsor sporting events in the area.
According to him, sports is one of the things that unite people, adding that engaging the youth in sporting activities will help reduce youth restiveness
Hon. Bariere stated this, Saturday in an interview with newsmen in Khana Local Government Area headquarters, Bori.
He explained that he will not fail to deliver on the promises he has made during  electioneering campaign.
“Khana Local Government council will support and sponsor a football team that can play in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in future.
We are going to deliver on the promises we have made during our electioneering Champaign” Hon.  Bariere said.
The former commissioner for special duties also used the medium to thank the people of the LGA for coming out in numbers to vote for People Democratic Party (PDP).

 

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Super Six Play-Off: Iyaye To Watch Rivers Angels, Delta Queens, ’Morrow

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The Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Boma Iyaye, has promised to grace the   ongoing NWFL Super Six tournament at the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu-Ode        with his presence Tomorrow to motivate the  Port Harcourt side,  Rivers Angels FC    to  victory.
This was disclosed on Monday, by the General Manager of the Rivers United FC,  Chief Okey Kpalukwu, who visited the Rivers Angels Camp  with Bright Ogunde to represent the  Commissioner for Sports.
Speaking on behalf of the Commissioner, Kpalukwu  assured the girls of adequate support throughout the Super Six tournament.
According to him, Iyaye  urged the team to remember what they stand to benefit as  players, if they win the competition.
“If you win the trophy, you will be going to the continent as flag bearers and this opportunity will be beneficial to all involved,” Kpalukwu said.
“Individually you’ll be getting offers and as a club, we’ll have more funds as well.
“It’s basically a win win situation for the parties involved so ensure you don’t let this opportunity pass you by,” he added.
Kpalukwu also informed the team that the Commissioner will be joining the team on Thursday and also reminded them of what awaits them should they win the Super-six tournament.
“On behalf of the Commissioner who has asked me to represent him here today, I want to remind you of the importance of this game,” he continued.
“For us to be here today, it should tell you that the Governor is very much interested in this.
“His Excellency has already made some promises to the team so it’s left for you to work towards it.
“Win the Super six and come back home to see how you’ll be welcomed and your lives will change forever.
“The Honorable Commissioner said I should tell you that he will be joining you girls on Thursday,” Kpalukwu summed.

 

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‘We Need More Tournaments, Sponsorship For Golf’

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Nigeria’s number one professional golf player, Andrew Oche, yesterday called for regular tournaments and more corporate sponsorship for the game to develop in the country.
Oche made the call in an interview with newsmen in Lagos, on the effect of Covid-19 lockdown on golf.
“To be honest with you, coming out of lockdown is coming with its up and down, things are beginning to normalise and stabilise now.
“We are still obviously trying to get our feedback in terms of playing tournament in Nigeria, post lockdown, I think we have only played one or two professional tournaments in Nigeria.
“I personally have played on two European events, and couple of events at the Safari in Kenya, that qualified me for two European tours,’’ he said.
When asked how golfers are faring given the absence of regular tournaments in the country, Oche, the winner of the 2020 Kitante Open, said that some of the golfers are currently playing in Cote d’ Ivoire.
“Back home it can be better, a lot of our guys are here in Cote d’ Ivoire, that’s to tell you how much people are willing to compete, we have about 10 Nigerians playing the Ivorian Open.
“We hope that we can continue to keep the flag of the country flying, and we hope that we can have more tournaments to play at home,’’ he said.
He stressed the need for private and corporate organisations to support golf by organising regular competitions to help players sharpen their competitive skills.
“We cannot over emphasise the need for sponsorship for this game to thrive, we have the First Bank Open that has being running for decades, imagine if we have more.
“The future of professional golfers depends on a lot of commitment from stakeholders, players and potential sponsors,’’ the number one ranked player said.

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