Director of Nigeria Nationwide League One (NLO), Ebere Amaraizu, has applauded the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)/Spanish La Liga U-15 Football Tournament in Enugu.
Amaraizu told newsmen at the weekend in Enugu that “the tournament is a well-thought out catch-them-young and developmental programme for Nigeria football’’.
Tidesports source reports that the tournament, which commenced on April 15, is being held at the main-bowl of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
The tournament being sponsored by the NPFL and Spanish La Liga has the Enugu State Government and the League Management Company (LMC) as co-hosts.
Amaraizu, who is in-charge of NLO activities in South-East, said that the tournament was a veritable self discovery platform.
According to him, the tournament will give strategic leadership direction to budding football talents in the country.
“Nigeria NPFL/Spanish La liga in conjunction with the Enugu State Government through this tournament has given a platform for self discovery to our young minds using soccer as a driving tool.
“I commend the organisers as well as Enugu State Government for giving tremendous support to the ongoing tournament,’’ he said.
Amaraizu, who is also the National Coordinator of Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), said that the tournament was in tandem with the objective of the campaign in using gainful platforms to engage the youths.
He, however, thanked the POCACOV and La Liga Ambassador, Mutiu Adepoju, popularly known as the headmaster, for maintaining the standard of the tournament and bringing it down to Enugu.
The tournament, which attracted notable feeder (junior) teams of NPFL and Nigeria National League (NNL) club-sides, will end on May 2.
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National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.
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Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.
B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers
Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.
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