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‘MyPlayers Deserve Victory’

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Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan on Wednesday lost 1-2 to Warri Wolves Football Club in a 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 16 fixture.
The Tidesports reports that the tension-soaked match ended in a disappointment for the home fans.
The team, after a 0-6 loss to hosts Kano Pillars in week 13, had drawn 2-2 at home with Plateau United FC of Jos in week 14.
But they had then gone on to draw 1-1 with hosts Rangers International FC last Sunday, and this had raised the fans’ hopes of an improved performance and a good result.
However, hope soon turned into disappointment after Warri Wolves scored through King Osanga and John Odumegwu in the 22nd and 64th minutes.
3SC’s Najeem Olukokun reduced the tally in the 79th minute, and there were hopes of a redemption through a penalty kick towards the end of the encounter, but Olukokun lost it.
Coach Ardsluis Dutch of Warri Wolves described the encounter as a great one, adding that his players got the good result they deserved.
He however said Nigerian football was not where it was supposed to be, even though the kind of talents he had seen in Nigeria could not be found elsewhere.
“Nigerian football needs a direction and that is the reason why I am here,’’ the coach said.
In his comments, coach Kadiri Ikhana of 3SC admitted that his players did not perform well in the encounter, saying the players had just returned from Enugu.
Ikhana, who told newsmen that he had just returned from the sick bed, bemoaned the way the welfare of the players was being handled.
“In my 22 years of practice, I have never seen a team like this before, where players would not be paid salaries.
“Welfare is very important. Imagine a man playing so hard to earn a living and thinking about how to feed his family and pay children’s school fees. Such was very bad for a motivation,’’ he said
Ikhana however expressed the hope that the situation could be rescued with the intervention of the state government.
That the coach had consistently bemoaned the non-payment of the players’ five months salaries, saying such was not good as a motivation for better performance.
Tidesports also reports that the match was watched by Michael Adeyemo, the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, some other members of the Assembly, and Soji Eniade, the State Head of Service.

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Okowa Lauds Athletes Ahead Olympics Trials

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President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Tonobok Okowa, has once again mandated all athletes looking to represent the country at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to attend the Nigerian Trials, which hold from June 16 to 18 inside the main bowl of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin-City.
Making his stance clear in Monday’s release by the athletics body, Okowa commended the athletes for their determination to qualify for the Olympics.
He said, “The athletes have shown commitment, determination, and desire to succeed in their careers by picking Olympic qualifications. They deserve our collective appreciation.”
He added, “The athletes would be picked in accordance with their performances at the trials because it would largely determine who goes to Paris for the Olympics.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Yusuf Alli, says the state is waiting to welcome athletes for the trials.
He said, “We are the hosts of the national trials, and athletes and spectators are welcome.”
The trials are expected to throw up the best of Nigeria’s athletes based at home and abroad for the Olympic Games in Paris in July.

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Emerging Star Eyes Olympics Place For Nigeria

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Nigerian track and field star, Favour Ofili, has set her sights on the upcoming national Olympics trials after she pulled off a stunning victory in the women’s 100m at the New York Grand Prix, defeating a stellar field that included Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica last Sunday.
The 21-year-old clocked a season-best 11.18secs to take the win, America’s Morolake Akinosun was second in 11.20secs while her compatriot Aleia Hobbs ended in third place in 11.21secs.Thompson-Herah, the Tokyo Olympics 100m and 200m gold medalist, could only manage ninth place in 11.48secs as she continues to search for her best form this season.
“Just like practice, stay calm and just go, finish your transition because that’s the issue, and whatever happens will happen. I wanted to get the standard here and I give God glory for the win,” Ofili told Tidesports source after the race.
“For the trials, stay calm and just do what I know how to do, go back and do some training before I go back home for the national trials.”
The Olympic trials are scheduled to hold in Benin City, Edo State from June 16 to 18. The trials will serve as the selection of the nation’s athletes for both the Senior Africa Athletics Championships, holding between June 21 and 28 in Douala, Cameroon and the Paris 2024 Olympics, which hold from July 26 to August 11.

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Olympic Day Celebrations Hold June 29

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The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), at the weekend, said the annual Olympic Day celebrations would be held on June 29 across the country.
The Olympic Day is a global event that commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Movement, founded by Pierre de Coubertin in 1894.
Speaking with news men, the Secretary-General of the NOC, Babatunde Popoola, said this year’s celebration holds special significance as it precedes the highly anticipated Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
It’s where Nigerian athletes will compete and inspire the world with their achievements.
“Olympic Day is a chance for people of all ages and abilities to experience the magic of the Olympic Games in their own communities.
“It is an ideal platform to highlight the benefits of physical activity and the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect,” Popoola said.
Popoola said that NOC had received positive responses from various states and stakeholders, and preparations were well underway for the nationwide celebration.
He added that no fewer than 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory have indicated their plans to organise activities for the event.
The states are: Abia; Anambra; Bayelsa; Delta; Edo; Enugu; Ebonyi; Lagos; Kogi; Gombe; Jigawa; Kebbi; Kano; Kwara; Taraba; Imo; Ondo; Plateau; Rivers; Nasarawa and Osun
Also speaking, the Chairman of the NOC Sport For All Commission, Abdul Ibrahim, said that Olympic Day was a special day to come together, move together, and learn about the Olympic values.
“We encourage everyone to participate and experience the joy that only sport can bring,” he said.
According to him, a series of activities have been lined up in Lagos, with fitness clubs at the National Stadium Complex and the general public gearing up to take part in the global event.
“The celebration will conclude with the presentation of diplomas signed by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.
The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Ahmed Gumel and other dignitaries will officially flag off the event in Abuja,” he added.

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