Adewale Gabriel, 20, says he plans to improve his performance and win the 10km Warri Marathon race, tagged “Peace Race.’’
He said in an interview on Sunday that although he was rated 7th in the 10-kilometre category of the 2018 edition of the Lagos Marathon Race, he was optimistic of winning the race.
The Tidesports source reports that Gabriel will compete in the March 3 Warri race with four other marathoners who were discovered during the 2017 edition of the Owan Marathon race in Edo.
Gabriel told Tidesports source yesterday in Benin that he had used the Lagos event which was his first major competitive race after the Owan event to prepare for the task ahead.
He said he and four other marathoners had been in camp for two weeks after the Lagos race.
“I am better equipped and prepare for more races following my performance in the Lagos race; I really want to send positive message to the world with a solid performance in the Warri Peace Race,” he said.
Gabriel came 7th with time of 36 minutes, Idekho Odion, 17, came 9th in the female category of the 10km Lagos marathon.
Meanwhile, the sponsor, Christopher Ojo said while the athletes prepared for Warri 10km race, they also prepared ahead of the 2018 edition of the annual 10km Okpekpe Road race in Edo in May.
Ojo, who said he recently hosted the athletes for their performance in the Lagos event, said the athletes who were barely three months in marathon races had shown remarkable progress within the time frame.
“I am greatly impressed and encouraged with their performance so far, it goes to show that with proper mentoring and training they have been receiving, they will go places.
“Since they were discovered, I have no doubt about their ability; the reason why I have to engage the services of a former marathoner in the state as their coach.
“We have just started and they are very young, our plan is to enrol them in races beyond the shore of this country,’’ he said.
Sports Development Subject to Economic Performance – Consultant
A golf consultant, Sam Emetelu, has said that golf like any other sport cannot thrive when a nation’s economy is unstable.
Emetelu said this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.
According to him, the state of a country’s economy plays a vital role in the development of other sectors.
In view of this, he said, there had been little activities for golfers in both the amateur and professional categories.
“Sports in recent time has been struggling, it’s not just peculiar to golf. So, the backlash is that activities have been slow, because it is an election year.
“When the economy thrives, other sectors thrive too; it’s not rocket science.
“The only thing that has been sustaining golf is committed individuals who are lovers of the game who invest their money in because of their love for the sport,” he said.
He, however, predicted that the last quarter of the year would take a more positive turn as companies and individuals would have started regaining momentum.
“With the ember months, most corporate organisations are taking stock and probably thinking of how to structure their Corporate Social Responsibility, maybe then they’d think of sponsoring golf tournaments.
MTN To Co-Sponsor Nigerian Football League
MTN Nigeria has entered into a partnership with the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), GTI Investment Ltd. and Propel Sports Africa to sponsor the Nigerian league.
Media Officer of GTI Investment Ltd., Andrew Ekejiuba, said this in a statement this week in Lagos.
He said following the recent announcement of the joint venture between the NPFL, GTI and Propel Sports Africa to stream NPFL games live, Propel Sports was delighted to announce that it had entered into a deal with MTN Nigeria for the exclusive broadcast of the league.
He said the sponsorship would cover eight live games each weekend, which would translate to over 300 games per season.
Chairman of Propel Sports Africa, Basil Kabbani stated: “The engagement with MTN has been amazing, from the Digital VAS, to the Marketing and Commercial team, their approach has been consistently professional.
“The enthusiasm for the NPFL content has been infectious. From the very start of our negotiations, we knew MTN was the right partner to give our great content, the platform it deserves.”
The deal, concluded by Propel Sports Africa president, Edward Simons, and MTN Chief Operating Officer, Hassan Jabar, would include in-and-post-game highlights delivered in real time to MTN subscribers through the NPFL Live OTT platform.
Osimhen Can Win Ballon d’Or – Peseiro
Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro believes Napoli forward Victor Osimhen can win the Ballon d’Or in the future.
Osimhen is among the 30 players nominated for the 2023 Men’s Ballon d’Or as well as one of the 12 nominees for the 2023 FIFA The Best Men’s Player Award.
He is the first Nigerian male footballer in 24 years to get nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or.
Peseiro believes the 24-year-old has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or award in future even if it seems unlikely for him to achieve the feat in 2023 as he is set to compete with a star-studded cast of nominees.
Pesiero is optimistic that Osimhen can claim the award in future as he does not lack any potential to do it.
“He (Osimhen) can surely win the Ballon d’Or in the future. He’s not lacking anything to do it,” Peseiro said in an interview with Tidesports source.
“He has different characteristics than other players that are at the top at this moment, but he scores a lot as well.”
Osimhen had a stellar 2022–23 season with Napoli, leading the club to their first Serie A title in 33 years, and also won the golden boot.
The Napoli striker scored 26 Serie A goals last season to guide the Partenopei to the Scudetto for the first time in more than three decades.
He also becomes the 7th Nigerian male footballer and 8th Nigerian player to earn a Ballon D’Or award nomination after Finidi George (1995), Austin Jay-Jay Okocha (1995), Daniel Amokachi (1995), Nwankwo Kanu (1996, 1999), Victor Ikpeba (1997), Sunday Oliseh (1998), and Asisat Oshoala (2022, 2023).
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