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Dickson’s Cup: Commissioner Advises Youths On Conduct

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The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Sports, Mr Buruboyefe Perekiye, has called on youths in the state to be law abiding, during on-going second edition of the Gov. Seriake Dickson’s Football Tourney.
   Perekiye gave the advice in a statement issued to newsmen on Saturday in Yenagoa, by Daniel Alabrah, Media Director of the Tournament.
   Tidesports source reports that the 2018 of the tournament tagged: “Restoration Cup” commenced on Friday at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa.
The Commissioner called on all participating clubs to remain peaceful throughout the period of the competition to ensure its success.
He also used the platform to enjoin them to remain law abiding, and take advantage of the numerous policies and programs of Dickson-led government.
Mablas Macaulay, a retired broadcaster from the state-owned radio FM, 97.1, told Tidesports source that the competition was a good move to engage the Bayelsa youths  meaningfully.
“This is a way to catch them young for better use and for the betterment of the society.
“It is a big game, at least N5 million for the winner is not a small money,’’ Macaulay said.
Tidesport source reports that in the kick-off game played on Friday, Agudama FC defeated Onopa Community FC 3-0.
Junior Christopher, a striker of Agudama FC, scored the hat-trick, to secure a three nil victory for his team against the Onopa FC.
He commended the governor on the competition, and urged the youths to remain focused.
“I thank the governor for making the tournament come on board; I urge my fellow youths to remain focus for a better society,’’ he said.
Tidesport source also reports that the tournament has entries from 135 club sides across towns and communities of Bayelsa.
Mr Ono Akpe, Director General of the competition, said that the winning team would get N5 million, N3 million for the second position, and N2 million for the third place position respectively.
“Consolation prizes include, N500,000 for the fourth best team, N200,000 for the best behaved team, N100,000 each for the best goalkeeper, highest goal scorer, and of course, the most valuable player,” he added.
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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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