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Kwara United Explains Ultimatum To Technical Crew

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The Chairman, Kwara United FC of Ilorin, Prince Oladimeji Thompson says the three-match ultimatum to the club’s technical crew is to charge them to brace up or get axed.
Thompson told newsmen yesterday in Ilorin that the technical crew should address the club’s poor outings in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The Kwara United boss said he was under pressure to sack the team’s Technical Adviser, John Obuh, when the results were bad but he stood by him.
“When people are talking negatively about the team when the results are not good, you will always have a second thought but people won’t see things from your own angle.
“The pressure you get when things are going wrong does not allow one to be focused.
“As far as I am concerned, he (Obuh) is not a failure. The problems with the players over salaries had been resolved,’’ he said.
According to him, if urgent action is not taken to address the lackluster performance of the team, it may tarnish the good image of the club and the people of the state.
Thompson assured the club’s fans that the technical crew and the players would be given the necessary support but that they should improve on their performance.
The Tidesports source reports that Kwara United lost its Match Day 10 encounter 0-1 to Rivers United on Sunday in Ilorin.
The loss was the Harmony Boys’ second home defeat in the 2017/2018 NPFL.
They will travel to Abia to lock horns with Abia Warriors for their Match Day 11 on Sunday in Umuahia.
Thompson said that the management was not insensitive to the players’ welfare, adding that negotiations with the players over salaries had been resolved.
“The system in government is different from the private sector, while we are trying to tidy up our running cost with the government, the players are impatient.
“I wasn’t happy when I heard of the players’ complaint over payment of salaries.
“They should have given us the opportunity to explain what we are doing behind the scene before they complain.
“Thank God we have resolved the issues and we are now all happy,’’ he said.
He commended Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara for approving the prompt payment of the players’ salaries.
He solicited for the support of the stakeholders, especially the fans for the team to succeed.
He appealed to the fans to bear with the management over the increment in gate takings because the reality was that the club must generate funds for its operations.

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Organisers Explain 2021 NSF Postponement

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The 21st edition of National Sports Festival earlier scheduled for November 2 to 15, 2022, in Asaba, Delta State, will now hold from November 28 to December 10, 2022.
According to a statement by the Festival Secretary, Peter Nelson, and addressed to all Commissioners of Sports and Directors of Sports, the postponement was at the request of the host, Delta State.
“I wish to convey the request of Delta State Government to shift the date of the 21st National Sports Festival earlier scheduled to hold from November 2 to 15, 2022.
“It is now shifted to start on November 28 to December 10, 2022.
“The reason for the postponement is to give Delta State more time to complete some of the facilities needed for the festival,” the statement reads.
It will be recalled that the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival held in Benin City, Edo State, which was tagged: “Edo 2020,” also suffered several postponements until it finally held from April 2 to 14.

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Nigeria Must Embrace Grassroots Sports Dev – Amusan

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Women’S 100 metres hurdles world record holder, Tobi Amusan, believes that grassroots development programmes and top-notch training will help the country discover more athletics world champions.
Speaking in Lagos at a dinner organised in her honour by The Plug, an entertainment firm, tagged ‘Tobi Amusan’s Homecoming,’ she blamed the exodus of the Nigeria’s top athletes to other countries to what such nations offer the athletes.
“Grassroots sports development is something we lack here and the reason we often lose our top athletes to other countries of the world.
“From my experience training in the United States, if we can have such development here, we can groom young talents and unearth more Tobi Amusans,” she said.
On the recent ratification of her record by World Athletics, Amusan said: “That my world record was ratified by the world body means that I am drug free and that I am clean. I feel great about it. Every time I am on the track, my eyes are always set on how to win and I execute it by winning.”
She also spoke on the recent reception by the Federal Government, saying, “It is great feeling that we were recognised by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In as much as we did the work, it was an honour that they took into account and they recognised the fact that we did the nation proud. It is such a great feeling getting the national honour.”
She acknowledged the support she got after her world record feat, with her followers on Twitter rising from 3000 to 150,000 under 24 hours, saying it showed that people appreciate what she is doing.
On the criticism by men’s 400 metres world record holder, Michael Johnson, after her record breaking race in Oregon, U.S, Amusan said she was not bothered. “Honestly, I kept doing my thing because after the World Championships, I had other competitions to attend. I don’t dwell on negativity… I look on the bright side of the sport.”
At the event, Flutterwave, which used the occasion to declare it has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Amusan, said: “It is very difficult to find athletes who embody our core values the way Tobi does.”

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YSFON : Academy Coach Begs For Assistance

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The Head coach of the De Kings International Football Academy (DKIFA) of Port Harcourt Okpaleke Chika King is begging the Rivers State ministry of Sports,  private and corporate individuals and all lovers of football for financial support to assist his team represent the state in Youth Sports Federation Of Nigeria (YSFON) competition.
He said that his team was representing Rivers state at the ongoing Chief of Naval Staff National (YSFON) Competition in Ilorin, Kwara State. He said he had written a letter to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals for assistance.
King made the assertion on Saturday in an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt before leaving for Kwara state.
According to him he had nothing to do than to borrow money for the journey believing that when the State’s Commissioner for Sports sees the letter he would not fail to respond to it.
“ As you can see, my boys are ready for the competition but we lack support.
“ I have written to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals to assist us  but I have not gotten any reply, yet.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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