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17th NSF: States Hoist Flags September

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In a bid to create the necessary awareness for the 17th National Sports Festival tagged “Garden City Games 2010”, Chief Executives of the 36 States of the Federation will on Thursday, September 16, 2010 hoist their respective flags in Port Harcourt.

The Vice Chairman, Main Organising Committee (MOC) and Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the festival, Engr. Tele Ikuru, disclosed this to newsmen shortly after the inaugural meeting of the MOC in Abuja.

Engr. Ikuru, who is also the Rivers State Deputy Governor, said the idea was a model that has never been done before in the history of the festival, stating that the Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission will flag-off the mobilisation and awareness campaign for the event.

He explained that the 17th NSF branded T-shirts will be worn by participants at the campaign, adding that the T-shirts will be distributed to all States’ Sports Councils, National Sports Federations’ officials, National Sports Commission’s officials, States’ Ministries, Departments and Agencies, schools, local government areas, among others.

Announcing that the MOC also approved “November 20th to 30th, 2010 as the date for the Opening and closing ceremonies, Engr. Ikuru said the Games Village will open two days before the opening ceremony and close two days after the closing ceremony.

He further disclosed that the MOC approved the list of events for the 25 sports for the festival as compiled by the relevant National Sports Federations and presented by the Secretariat.

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2022 NPFL: Nasarawa United Unveils  New  Players

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Nasarawa United Football Club, Lafia, has unveiled eight new players for the remainder of the 2022/23 league calendar
The newly acquired players comprise one goalkeeper, four defenders and three attackers.
A release signed by the Media Officer of the Club, Eche Amos and made available to Tidesports yesterday, said Goalkeeper, Mohammed Galadima and central defender, Victor Collins both returned to the club after spells at Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi and Amanat Baghdad FC of Iraq, respectively.
Right full-backs, Samson Vandi Drambi and Nelson Abiam joined from 2nd division side, EFCC FC of Abuja, while Nelson Abiam joined from premier league side Wikki Tourists FC, Bauchi. Full-back, Aminu Yusuf joined from neighbouring Lobi Stars FC, Makurdi.
The trio of centre forwards, Kazeem Abdulrafiu, Isaac James Ogiri and Kolawole Daniel inked the contract papers from Ruqayya Football Academy of Kaduna, ABS FC of Ilorin, and Gombe United FC, Gombe, in that order.
The unveiling ceremony took place last Wednesday in Lafia.
Each of the players is expected to bring his wealth of experience to bear as the Solid Miners prepare to overturn their current position on the league standings.
In another development, Nasarawa United yesterday defeated border neighbours, Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi, in an explosive friendly game decided at the Sports Complex of Federal University, Lafia, to fine-tune both teams ahead of the resumption of the second phase of the 2022/23 Nigeria Premier Football League.

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Corruption, Bane of Nigeria Football Dev – Peterside

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If not for the high level of corruption in Nigeria football administration, the country would have produced lots of football stars, former Super Eagles goalkeeper Idah Peterside said.
According to him, the country has a bunch of good and talented players like Victor Osimhem, but because of corrupt  administration, many young players were deprived to get national call up.
Idah made the assertion last Wednesday in an interview with sports journalists shortly after Rivers United FC defeated Rangers FC 1-0 in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He revealed that he will come back to Nigeria with the view to  promote and develop football, following the experiences gained outside the country.
“If I was elected as the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) a lot of things would have changed in the football administration.
“ I have come  back to Nigeria, Port Harcourt, my base with all the experiences I had gained  around the world to see how  one can be  involved in the development of the game.
“ Football is my game, I have sacrificed a lot for the development of the game” Idah said.
He congratulates Osimhen for his impressive performances in the Italian League, adding that what he expected Osimhen to do was to win World best or Africa footballer of the year.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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MFN Lauds Rivers Governor- Elect …Wants Holistic Sports Dev

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The Muaythai Federation of Nigeria (MFN) has hailed the emergence of Sir Siminialayi Fubara as Rivers State governor-elect and appealled to him to look into sports development holistically in his administration.
The Federation also used the forum to also congratulate him, over his landslide victory at the just concluded governorship elections in the State.
President of MFN, Comrade Paul Egonu, said this in an exclusive interview with Tidesports, yesterday shortly after he came back from Lagos on national assignment of the federation.
According to him, he has confidence that sporting activities will strive more in the next administration.
“We are appealing to the incoming Governor, Sir. Siminialayi Fubara to holistically develop sports in the State. We are aware that the present administration- led by Chief Nyesom Wike but there is need to do more.
‘The Federation and Rivers State Mauythai association join other good people of the State to congratulate Sir. Fubara for his landslide victory at the just concluded governorship elections.
“We are also aware  that Governor Nyesom Wike, has invested in sports by building sports facilities in the State, but we urge the incoming Governor to surpass what he will meet on ground”, Comrade Egonu said.
He explained that investing and developing sports is a way of investing in youths because through sports many youths have become wealthy and responsible, besides it will also boost the economy of the State.
“Honestly, the benefits of sports development and promotion is enormous, through sports many people have become wealthy. It will also, to a large extend boost the economy of the State.
“Consequently, I appeal to the incoming Governor to set up a sports commission and appoint professionals. sports administrators to pilot its affairs”, he stated.

By: Tonye Orabere

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