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RSTV Emerges Champions Of SWAN/Henry Kalio Cup

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Rivers State Television (RSTV) team has emerged winner of this year’s edition of the football competition tagged Sports Writers Association (SWAN) Rivers State chapter, Henry Kalio Cup 2018.
RSTV team defeated Today FM team by 4-1 at the Sharks Football Stadium Port Harcourt yesterday.
Speaking shortly after the match, the highest goal scorer of the tournament, Canny Nwikanee of the today FM team expressed joy for winning the awardfor the first time.
According to him, it is great to win, the competition and also be the highest goal scorer.
Nwikanee scored ten goals in the tournament. Also speaking, the best goal keeper of the competition ,Alade Titus, of Treasure FM team gave God thanks for winning the best goal keeper award of the competition.
Titus commended the organisers of the tournament and added that the competition had given him the opportunity to make new friends.
“The competition has brought media house together”, Titus said.
Earlier, a player of Today FM team, Victory Sampong, commended his team for playing in the final of the competition.
“Bringing the media house together is one of the best thing the competition has done”, Victor Sampong said.
Victor Sampong, who is also known as Ghanaman explained that, last year Today FM team dropped out of the competition in the group stage, adding that, playing in the final this year is a commendable effort of the team.
He thanked the organisers of the competition, noting that the tournament had yielded a good result.
It was the third edition of the SWAN/Henry Kalio Football competition.
The son of former chairman of SWAN, Rivers Chapter, Davis Henry Kalio took the kick off before the final match.
He thanked corporate PH6 and SWAN for immortalizing his father, by honouring him with a football competition for the three years now.

By: Kiadum Edookor.

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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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