Coach of Nigeria’s
female Under-17 national team, Bala Nkiyu, has picked twenty-five players for a training tour in Portugal, ahead of next month’s Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
A 33-man delegation made up of twenty-five players and eight officials departed the shores of Nigeria at the weekend for a training tour of Faro, Portugal, which has become a traditional camping ground for most of Nigeria’s national team.
The Flamingoes would engage in some tune-up games with some clubs in Portugal during a 19-day training camp at the Browns Sport and Leisure Club in Faro, Portugal. The team are also billed to play a friendly against their Belgian counterparts in Brussels on March 4.
The girls will then return to Faro from Brussels and then fly from Madrid, Spain to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica, on March 12, with their first match of the tournament against China on March 16.
Goalkeepers: Vincent Mercy (Confluence Queens), Okeke Onyinyechi Patience (Inneh Queens), Dike Patience Ndidi (COD United Ladies), Fubiana Briggs (Pelican Stars)
Defenders: Ologbosere Mary Nunumwen (Ibom Angels), Duru Joy Ndidi (Nasarawa Amazons), Emenayo Ugochi Cynthia (Nasarawa Amazons), Elijah Esther Olubunmi (Osun Babes), Mene Augusta Efe (Nasarawa Amazons), Anibaba Ayominde Awawu (FC Robo), Obidiya Alex Faith (Pelican Stars), Chika Edeh (Nasarawa Amazons), Dike Patience Ndidi (COD United Ladies).
Midfielders: Biawo Tessy Kesiena (Delta Queens), ljeh Eluwemunor Desire (Delta Queens), Onyebuchi Ihuoma Goodness (Rivers Angels), Bokiri Joy Ebinemiere (Bayelsa Queens), Ginika Ikeh (Confluence Queens)
Forwards: Aku Cynthia Onyedikachi (Rivers Angels), Ajibade Rashidat Busayo (FC Robo), Chinwendu Veronica Ihezuo (Pelican Stars), Kanu Uchenna Grace (Pelican Stars), Ikechukwu Vivian Obianuju –(COD United ladies), Yakubu Aminat (Rivers Angels), Agams Nkechinyere – (COD United ladies)
Team officials: Bala Nkiyu (Head Coach), Ann Chiejine (Assistant Coach), Latif Yusuf (Goalkeeper Trainer), Larai Garba (Team Doctor), Amaka Enebe (Physiotherapist), Dupe Oyewale (Team Coordinator), Taiye Abawa (Team Secretary), Jennifer Okoye (Media Officer).
Go Round FC Searches For Big Stars
Go Round FC’s coach, Ngozi Elechi has revealed that the club is in search of its next big star in the mould of Daniel Gotom and James Eronje.
Both players were top performers for the club in the first round of the just concluded Nigeria National League season before they travelled to Europe.
Elechi said while in training with the team that the coaches are on the lookout for players in their mould that will take the league by storm, though previously inexperienced in league football.
“James and Gotom had not played in the league before they joined Go Round FC last season. They came from academies and did so well for us.
“Those are the kinds of players we hope to discover in our open screening and that is why we decided to embark on this and leave the more experienced players out of the equation for now,” Elechi said.
Tens of players have been camped at the Krisdera Hotel Stadium for over a week, sweating it out and trying to impress the coaches.
“We are still training. We have our eyes on them and expect a lot more to join up within the coming days,” Elechi added.
“When we are done with this, we will now ask the old players of the team to return ahead of the start of the season, as well as those we scouted in the course of the last football season.”
Gure Community Youths Advice On Sporting Activities
The youths of Gure Community in Khana Local Government Area, in Rivers State has been advised to take the game of football as a career because it is now a lucrative business that has the capacity to turn around their fortunes.
Deputy Rector, Academics of Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic Rumuola Port Harcourt Dr Moses Neebee, gave the advice during a novelty football match in honour of Late Chief Benson Deezua, at the weekend at the Community School field, Gure.
He further expressed joy that youths in the community have taken the right part by involving themselves in sporting activities.
“ Well, our youth are on the right part because today sports is a lucrative business mostly football. I am also happy the honour given to late Chief Deezua by the community youth” Dr. Neebee said.
According to him, the community would hardly forget the late Chief following his contributions in bringing peace and unity.
“Late Chief played major role during the cult crises and stood by the community.
“ First I want to thank God because late chief Benson Deezua was a man we all should looked upon not only because I am his nephew but the role he play in the Community.
“ Infact, his life and time will hardly be forgotten by Gure Community because during crises in the community he stood by the community.
“ He lived a life worthy of emulation.
“ I pray to God to give us the strength that we need to start from where he stopped” he stated. .
By: Kiadum Edookor
Why We Dominate Sports In Nigeria – Delta Commissioner
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Charles Aniagwu, has said that the State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa places priority on Sports development and formulates policies that will develop sports in the State.
He stated that the Government closed all schools in the State to discover talents and give equal academic opportunity to those who are participating at the ongoing National Sports Festival (NSF) and those that are not doing sports.
Hon. Aniagwu, made the assertion in a press briefing at the NSF holding in Asaba, on Monday, saying that Sports is an indigene of Delta State.
According to him, the reason why Delta State is dominating sports in Nigeria was because the government does not give any private school license to operate if the school does not have field for sporting activities.
“First when we came in, the governor made it clear that no license should be issued to private school that do not have field where students can do sporting activities.
“As I speak to you, all the secondary schools in Delta State have been closed to accommodate activities for this event because we have a good number of secondary students that are participating
After the Sports Festival, they will continue academic activities and we do not want a situation where some will be learning and some are doing sports, we want to give every student equal opportunity of academic activities, but I know they will to do their exams before Christmas” Hon. Aniagwu said.
By: Tonye Orabere In Asaba
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