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NSSF Unveils Mascot For 5th Schools Sports Festivals

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The Rivers State Government in conjunction with the National Schools Sports Federation, NSSF, yesterday unveiled the official mascot for the 5th schools sports festival tagged ‘Rivers 2013’ scheduled to commence in Port Harcourt on the 24th of this month.

The unveiling ceremony was held at the multi purpose hall of Alfred Diette Spiff Sports Complex, Port Harcourt.

The mascot, named Smiling Chaare is an Alligator, an amphibious reptile found in the mangrove swamps of Rivers State and depicts the friendly, playful passionate, intelligent and fast attributes of Rivers State and sportsmen.

Speaking at the event, the state’s Commissioner for Sports and chairman of the Local Organising Committee, LOC, Hon Fred Igwe, declared that the state, NSSF, National Sports Commission, NSC were ready for the fiesta. He expressed hope that everything needed to make the festival a success would be ready and on ground before kick off.

Hon Igwe told the pupils and students at the ceremony that they were the hopes of tomorrow and would be the next talents to represent Nigeria in competitions.

Also speaking, the president of NSSF, Mallam Ibrahim Mohammed, expressed joy at the renewed interest and focus on the development of grassroots sports through the schools. He regretted the abandonment of the first level of sports development, children, which robbed the country of opportunity to perform up to her potentials.

“But now, the Rivers State Government has approved for all Nigerian school children to come to the state and compete”.

According to him, “The motto of the NSSF is determination, discipline and success”. The objective is not to win at all cost but to participate, we’re interested in showcasing the children to the nation, they’re the future generation and some of them have not even travelled to their local government headquarters before”.

The NSSF president added that the federation is encouraging unity discipline among the children. “Let the children interact and understand themselves, their state, their country”, he said.

He expressed appreciation to the Rivers State Government for giving the Nigerian children a chance to showcase themselves.

In a related development during a press briefing on Wednesday, the NSSF president had disclosed that the festival would hold at the Ultra Modern Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex.

About 7,000 school children are expected to participate and competitions will be held in three categories, U-13 for primary school, U-15 for Junior Secondary Schools and U-17 for Senior Secondary School children.

He advised overaged athletes to stay away as a coordination of national associations would be involved in the screening exercise.

 

Tonye Orabere

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Rivers International Marathon To Celebrate Fubara’s One Year

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Former Nigeria international goalkeeper, Peterside Idah says next month’s Rivers International Marathon will be used to celebrate the one year anniversary of His Excellency,  Siminalayi Fubara as the Executive Governor of Rivers State.           Idah, who is the race’s head of media and communications said the event could not have been better timed and organizers have keyed it into the one year celebration of Governor  Fubara’s tenure.       “We want to use this race to celebrate the one year anniversary of our Governor, Fubara who is the main reason Rivers State has been officially termed as the sports hub of the nation by John Enoh, the Minister of Sports Development,” Ida said. Continuing, Idah revealed that the Rivers International Marathon has received massive backing from Governor Fubara as well as corporate Nigeria.        “Governor Fubara is the biggest supporter of the race and we are determined to organise a race befitting the status of Rivers state as the new destination of sort for sports in Nigeria,” Idah stated, adding two financial institutions have thrown their weight behind the race.    “Globus and Zenith bank are backing us as partners and this shows that corporate Nigeria is appreciating the giant strides we have taken in terms of sports development and the many benefits that come with organizing a road race.

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BAL : Rivers Hoopers Arrive Rwanda, Attend Playoff

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Nigeria’s representatives at the 2024 Basketball Africa League (BAL), Rivers Hoopers on Sunday landed in Kigali, Rwanda ahead of the competition which dunks off on May 24th .
The Tidesports source hinted: “The KingsMen have arrived in Kigali, Rwanda for the Playoffs. Dakar was good, Kigali be great.”
The KingsMen will face AS Douanes of Senegal in one of the four seeding games in the playoffs in Kigali on May 24th.
The two teams played against each other twice in the Sahara Conference that ended last week in Dakar, Senegal with each winning one game apiece.
The winner between Hoopers and AS Douanes (Game 40) will play against the winner between Petro de Luanda (Angola) and US Monastir of Tunisia (Game 39) in the semi-final, while the loser of the tie will square up against the loser of Game 39 in the quarter final.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s hip-hop star, Adekunle Kosoko aka Adekunle Gold and AG Baby, are among the list of top celebrities who will perform at the 2024 African Basketball League playoffs in Kigali.
The finals usually attract top celebrities from both the sports and music community And this time around, BAL 4 playoffs will feature performances by local and international acts, including the likes of Nigeria’s Adekunle Gold and Rwanda’s very own The Ben, Chris Eazy, Ish Kevin, Kevin Kade, Ariel Wayz, Kivumbi King, Bwiza, Ishami Talent, Inganzi Ngari cultural troupe and Kenny Sol.
The selected artists will perform during the halftime shows of the finals. Globally with special performances to spice up the halftime show atmosphere.

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WAFU U-17: Togo, Nigeria Clash Must-Win For Garba

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Golden Eaglets head coach, Manu Garba, is leaving no margin for errors in ensuring the team beat Togo today in their second Group B match of the WAFU Zone B U-17 Cup of Nations in Ghana.The record five-time world champions made a stuttering start to their campaign with a barren draw against Burkina Faso at the University of Ghana on Thursday, but boosted their title defence with a 1-0 win over Niger Republic on Sunday at same venue, with Raphael Adams’ 31st-minute strike separating both sides.
Nigeria are second in the group with four points, the same as Burkina Faso, who have their nose in front on a superior goal difference. Garba looks to finish at the top of the pile and has declared their last group game against the young Hawks another must-win.
“The Golden Eaglets will have to beat Togo on today. The Togo U-17 team is good, and Nigeria will not underrate them,” Garba saider Alleged N8bn Air Fraud, Food PricOthers
“We have trained the players on goal-scoring drills. Nigeria should have scored three goals against Niger. So, we hope that the players will convert more of their chances against Togo,” he added.
Niger are in the third position with three points from their 3-2 win over Togo, who, though rock bottom, are not pushovers but largely undone by errors.
The tournament, running from May 15 to 29, will see the top two teams from the group facing the best teams from Group A, which includes Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Benin Republic, in the semi-final.
The two countries that qualify for the final will represent the region at next year’s U-17 African Cup of Nations.

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