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Commissioner Urges Leaders To Support Youths Through Sports

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The Commissioner for Investment in Niger State, has urged Nigerian leaders to support youths through sports development initiatives in order to ensure a brighter and peaceful future for them.
Jibril told newsmen yesterday in Abuja that every leader in Nigeria needs to engage youths in profitable initiatives which would guarantee them a better future.
Tidesports reports that the commissioner gave this advice on the sidelines of the maiden edition of the “Playing for Peace and Empowerment Initiative (Youth Empowerment Sports)”.
The programme was held in Abuja at the weekend.
“Leaders from all sectors, states, organisations and institutions are to look for various means of engaging our youths.
“We have talented youths across the country who we can support in many areas.
“When we engage our youths in profitable programmes, we will reduce the rate of unemployment and criminal acts in the country,” Jibril said.
The commissioner said one of the impacts of such empowerment programmes was that it would  attract direct foreign investments in Nigeria.
“We should be looking at how we can extract our players to play outside the country so that we can get foreign direct investment.
“I’m working directly with my state governor, Sani Bello, to see how we can turn sports into a means of investment and to be a foreign income revenue for the country,” he said.
Jibril congratulated the organiser of the event, Stanley Ugochukwu, for the great efforts put together.
“I’m happy with what he is doing and I will support him in my little way,
“We pray for a better Nigeria and that can only be achieved if we engage and support our youths in good works,” he said.
Coach of the national under-15 football team, Usman Ilerika, while also speaking with newsmen in the same vein, urged rich Nigerians, lovers of football, and philanthropists to assist the youths.
He said this was necessary for the youths to achieve their dreams in football so that they can be useful to the nation.
“You will have a good sleep when you meet the needs of youths in your neighbourhood and in the country,” he said.
The coach said he saw the passion in Ugochukwu 22 years ago when he coached him.
“He was one of the Youth Corps members in the Community Development Service (CDS) which I coached during his NYSC scheme.
“Passion is the number one thing required to make impact in the life of people and achieve success.
“I’m always happy to see them have success in football. A lot of youths have benefitted from what we taught them,” he said.
Tidesports also gathered that the event which was held at the Area 3 football pitch was tagged “Seguir Caminando Empowerment Sports and Awards Ceremony”.
It was in commemoration of Tuesday’s United Nations International Day of Sports for Development.

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NFF’s Involvement In Super Six Is Encouraging – Danjuma

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Coach of Nigeria’s U-20 national women’s team, Christopher Danjuma, has stated that the massive involvement of the Nigeria Football Federation’s top shots and executives at the ongoing Super Six tournament in Ijebu Ode is a clear indication that women’s football in Nigeria is now being reckoned with.
Danjuma, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that having the Federation’s big wigs attending in person is a big plus to the game and also indicative of the growth of the women’s game in the country.
“It means that women’s football is being reckoned with, the people are reckoning with it. If Pinick can be there, Seyi Akinwumi can be there, the Coach of the Super Falcons, it’s really encouraging; it is encouraging seriously it is encouraging,” he added.

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‘D’Tigers Can’t Be Scared Of Any Team’

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Assistant Coach of Nigeria’s Basketball national team, D’Tigers, Odaudu Ogoh, has stated that Nigeria has come of age in basketball and blessed with an abundance of talented players as not to be scared of facing any team at the games.
Ogoh, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that getting the selection right and having a good time to prepare the team will be what is needed to be strong enough to face any opposition in the Basketball event at the fast-approaching Olympic games in Tokyo.
“As regards basketball, there is no team that Nigeria is going to be scared of right now. We have come of age, it’s just for us to get our acts together, pick the best that we can, have quality time to prepare and we can give any team a run for their money and hopefully make further progress.”

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Olympics: Duru Rues Nigeria’s Missed Opportunities

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Lobi Stars and home-based Super Eagles defender. Ebube Duru is ruing missed opportunities for Nigerian players after coming to the realities of Nigeria’s imminent absence at the football events of the Olympic games for men and women following the draws on Wednesday.
Duru, who played in the ill-fated U23 national team side under current Abia Warriors’ Coach, Imama Amapakabo told Tiesports source that he saw the draws and couldn’t help but regret what a massive opportunity was missed by Nigerian players especially those who ply their trade in the domestic league and would have been able to showcase themselves to the rest of the world via the games.
“I saw it and the first thing that came to my mind was, we were supposed to be playing, it’s so painful though we didn’t go for the Nation’s Cup to play the qualifiers, it’s very painful seeing that the biggest platform where you can showcase yourself and market yourself to the world, you’re not there. So it’s very painful.”

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