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Wike, On The Path Of Honour – Obuah

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Thrilled by the revalidation of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike as Sole Patron of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Association, the Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bro. Felix Obuah has described the development as heart-warming and awesomely deserving.
Bro. Obuah in a statement in Port Harcourt said the choice of the Sports Loving Governor as Sole Patron by the nation’s foremost sports writers is a clear testimony that gold fish truly has no hiding place, stating that the Governor is on the path of honour as this is coming on the heels of his nomination for the prestigious Africa Power of Sports Award slated to hold in Brussels in May, 2018.
He reechoed his position that Governor Wike’s penchant for sports development in Rivers State and Nigeria at large remains unparalleled, adding with confidence that the SWAN Award will propel the Governor to do more.
Bro. Obuah expressed happiness that Wike’s revalidation as Sole Patron by SWAN was coming on the heels of the successful hosting of the African Wrestling Championship which has been adjudged the best in the continent in recent times.
Bro. Obuah said the honour done the Governor by SWAN has marked him out as a brand ambassador of sports development, as according to him, Wike administration has made more inroads in sports development than his predecessors.
The State PDP Chairman who is also the President/Sole Sponsor of Go-Round FC of Omoku praised Governor Wike for his policy of developing other segments of sports and urged him to keep up the tempo, assuring that posterity would certainly celebrate him among the heroes of the State.
Bro. Obuah commended the NEC and members of SWAN for finding the State Governor deserving of the award as indicated by the overwhelming vote cast in favour of the Governor as the Sole Patron of the body.
The Go-Round FC boss who is also Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), called on the people of the State to continue to support the Governor who is working assiduously to make life meaningful for everyone irrespective of party affiliation.

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CAFCC: Supporters Club Chairman Frowns Against Stadium Rejection

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The  Chairman of  Rivers United  Supporters Club, Franklin Owhor, has frowned against the rejection of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt to host any of  CAF Confederation’s Cup, (CAFCC) games.
He said the rejection will deny United to get total home support when the CAFCC competiition starts next week, saying that playing at home has its own peculiar advantage.
Owhor said this on Wednesday  in a telephone interview with Tidesports after the reports from CAF that said the   Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) champions had  adopted the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo for their home matches.
CAF has earlier asked the management of Rivers United to renovate the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, to International standard, saying that the Stadium lack some basic  facilities to host international football competitions.
“ We will still give our maximum support to our team  even though the matches will be played in Uyo, but it is painful that we are playing our home games outside our home.
“ I remember when  Rivers United FC played in Enyimba Stadium sometimes ago, it was not so good for the team  and  we saw what happened .
“But I will say that Godswill Akpabio International Stadium is like a home to Rivers United FC, you can see we defeated Dakkada FC in Uyo so we conceived no tension and fear.
“I use this opportunity to appeal to the State Government through Ministry of Sports to try their best and  return” the team back  to its base, ‘ Owhor said.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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NPFL: Boboye Denies Wikki Tourists Move

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Former Akwa United coach, Kennedy Boboye, has dissociated himself from speculations linking him with the coaching job of Nigeria Professional Football League side, Wikki Tourists Tidesports source reports.
The Wikki job became vacant after former handler, Kabiru Dogo, resigned his appointment after amassing only one point in four games.
Following Dogo’s exit, reports have linked the former Plateau United and Sunshine Stars coach with the Giant Elephants, as tweeted by league journalist, Taye Hassan, on Wednesday.
“Kennedy Boboye could be the next tactician to be in Wikki Tourists dugout as information is coming in from a close source in Bauchi,” Hassan posted.
However, Boboye waved off the speculation in a telephone interview with Tidesports source.
“Anything you guys see, just conclude with it, I have been hearing this thing since yesterday,” Boboye said.
While Wikki Tourists have also confirmed the exit of Dogo, the club has put head coach Abdullah Adamu in charge of the squad.
After his spell with Sunshine Stars in 2015, Boboye won the league with Plateau United and Akwa United in 2017 and 2022 respectively, leaving both jobs the following season.

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Bendel Insurance Coach Set To Win LBA Award

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Bendel Insurance coach Monday Odigie has emerged as the clear favourite to win the League Bloggers Coach of The Month Award for January in the already five-week-old 2022/23 Nigeria Professional Football League.
Odigie is contending with Lobi Stars Mohammed Baba-Ganaru, Stanley Eguma of Rivers United as well as Daniel Ogunmodede of Remo Stars for the award.
From their respective numbers in the month under review, Odigie stands above the rest with four wins in four games. Baba-Ganaru, Eguma and Ogunmodede all secured three wins in four matches for their respective teams.
Also, Odigie’s Bendel Insurance have met Remo this season with the Benin Arsenal reigning supreme with a 3-0 win in Benin City.
In the Player of The month category, current league top scorer and Bendel Insurance forward Osarenkhoe Imade also leads the pack with his impressive four goals in four games in the month under review.
Imade scored his first goal on the opening day against Akwa United in Uyo, before following it up with further strikes against Plateau United, Kwara United and Remo.
Other players in the running for the award include Imade’s strike partner, Ismael Sarki, who scored three goals in January; Insurance goalkeeper, Amas Obasogie, who kept three clean sheets.
Lobi Stars duo Joseph Atule and Kumaga Suur and Onyebuchi Ifeanyi of Plateau United are also on the nomination list.

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