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Sports Dev: SWAN Thumbs Up RSG’s Commitment

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A Rangers player (left) in contest with an opponent in a league match

A Rangers player (left) in contest with an opponent in a league match

The National Full Coun
cil meeting  of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has commended the Rivers State Governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike and his administration for the commitment and support demonstrated within a short period towards national sports development and the welfare of Rivers athletes and players.
SWAN made the commendation in a communiqué released at the end of its 2015, National Full Council meeting tagged Rivers 2015 held at the Ernest Ikoli (NUJ) Press Centre, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt last week.
The four days event was the second time the state would host the meeting in recent history.
SWAN in the communiqué also thanked Chief Wike, his government and the good people of the state for their magnanimity and hospitality shown in hosting the meeting.
The Full Council meeting raised concern over the non-payment of salaries and entitlements due sports men and women engaged by various governmental and corporate organizations as well as individual sports club owners and called on their employers to pay up these arrears to reduce the hardship on Nigeria’s sports men and women.
The meeting also noted that the tendency for conflict between the office of the Minister of Sports/Chairman, National Sports Commission, and the office of the Director General of the National Sports Commission, and called on the government to come clear on what structure it wants to use in administrating sports between the ministry system and the commission system with a view to eliminate conflicts and ensuing order in the administration of sports.
It also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that persons who may be appointed to administer Nigeria Sports are distinguished technocrats with the passion, professionalism, experience and competence in sports management.
It called on the National Assembly to expedite action in the consideration and passage of various bills on sports as this will help in solving some of the problems militating against the administration and development of sports in the country.
The meeting wished all athletes to the Brazzaville 2015 All Africa games a successful outing at the continental event and called on Nigerians to pray for them.
It called on Nigerian athletes and administrators to begin now to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games.
SWAN called on the Cross Rivers State Government and the National Sports Commission to re-engage themselves with view to restoring the programe of the National Sports Festival and by extension of the national sports calendar which appears to have come to Jeopardy after the last festival in Lagos.
Nigeria Football Federation, NFF and the League management company LMC were commended for the improvements they have brought to bear on Nigeria domestic football, especially, the premier League, and urged our sports administrators not to relent in their efforts.

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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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