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They Are Bunch Of Average Players – Reno Coach

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Reno Stars tars technical adviser, Kennedy Boboye has hit out at his players, calling them “average players” after their goalless draw with Rangers International of Enugu in one of the rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League match on Wednesday.
The Sky Blues Boys hosted Rangers International at the Gateway Stadium and were hoping to secure the three points at stake,as they kick start their battle against relegation.
Remo Stars lost 5-2 loss to the Gbenga Ogunbote’s side last Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium but the team missed vital chances late on in the game which left their coach, Kennedy Boboye frustrated on the touchline before registering his displeasure at the post match conference.
“Definitely, it’s a disappointing because because we were expected to win and it didn’t work for us and no body was happy about it but we have to continue pushing.”A frustrated Boboye told Tidesport source.
Boboye went on to revealed that the management gave him the opportunity to sign new players but he decided to work with the current players after watching them play against Enyimba International in Aba.
“Actually I take responsibility for what is happening in Remo Stars because whenI came in, I met players on ground and I was asked to recruit players but when I saw them play in AbaI said,I can work with these ones but what’s happening now is flash in the pan and there’s nothing I can do.”
“The pitch too is a problem because we can’t keep the ball and play like we want , but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take our chances”
When pressed further if he’s under pressure and if the players are committed enough, this is the words of the Former Plateau United boss “I’m not under pressure, I can never be , I will always do my best and if it doesn’t work so be it”.
“They are just average players, because an experienced players won’t blow away all the chances we had,”he concluded.

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Team Nigeria wrestlers off to pre-Olympics camp

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The Nigeria wrestling contingent left Madrid, Spain for Germany in what is their last camping before the Olympic Games in Paris, France.

The Wrestlers which participated in Spanish Grand Prix, a pre-Olympic tournament in Madrid, had Esther Kolawole 62kg and Ogunsanya Christianah 53kg record bronze for Team Nigeria respectively.

Ogunsanya defeated her USA counterpart Brianne Gonzales (10-0) to win Bronze medal while Kolawole won Swedish Johanna Lindborg by (8-0) for the Bronze Medal.

Multiple time world medalist Odunayo Adekuoroye lost (4-4) on technical grounds to Norwegian Othile Hole in the quarter final. Similarly, African champion Hannah Reuben lost her first bout to Tatiana R. her Colombia opponent (3-0).

Reacting to the performance of the team, the female head coach Akuh Purity assessed it was an opportunity for the wrestlers to warm-up ahead of the Paris Games.

“It was a good outing for our girls in the sense that it offered us opportunity to look at areas we needed to improve on,” Purity stated. “It also gave the wrestlers the avenue to wrestle competitively although not as if it were to be in Paris, but it was great and we have known areas we need to improve upon.”

Before the team’s departure for Germany,  the Nigeria Wrestling Federation President Daniel Igali, urged  the contingents led by the Secretary General, Mohammed H. Maigidansanma, to learn from all that transpired in Madrid for their technical advantage.

 

 

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Stakeholders unveil plans for athletics dev

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Stakeholders in the southwest have moved to set up a trust fund for athletics initiatives in the zone, in order to drive positive changes in the management of track and field talents and events.

This is part of a series of recommendations made during the inaugural two-day Southwest Athletics Conference which ended in Abeokuta, Ogun State last Friday.

The conference was attended by 55 delegates representing the six states in the region and supported by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.

In a communiqué jointly signed by the chairman of the working committee, Olatunde Makanju, and the secretary of the communique drafting committee, Oluyomi Oluwasanmi, the conference highlighted seven blueprints towards revamping athletics in the region.

“Key recommendations from the conference include the formation of the Southwest Athletics Group that would be governed by a board comprising all the chairmen of the states association, with each chair taking annual turns leading the board.

“To enhance sports development, the conference called for the creation of a trust fund dedicated to supporting athletic programmes and initiatives in the
region.”

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Paris 2024: Falcons hold first training session

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Ahead of their participation in the women’s football event of the 2024 Paris Olympics Games, the Super Falcons held their first training session in their Seville camp on Sunday.

The Games will be held from July 26 to August 11 and Nigeria are returning to the women’s football event since they last featured in 2008.

The Super Falcons camp opened in Spanish City on Friday but didn’t hold any training sessions until Sunday due to the small number of players in camp.

Following reports that most of the players are yet to hit camp, perhaps the numbers are just swelling, as the video released by the Super Falcons Show on X showed a few players and officials strolling into the training ground.

In the video were captain Rasheedat Ajibade, goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, Deborah Abiodun, Toni Payne and Rivers Angels keeper Morufat Ademola. Some other officials were spotted in the background.

Other players reported to be in camp are goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, Gift Monday, Chidinma Okeke, and Christy Ucheibe.

The team is expected to depart Spain for France on July 18 after their two-week training in Seville.

Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum last Wednesday named 18 players and four others as alternates for the women’s football event.

Changes are however expected to the squad in the coming days following an injury to midfielder Halimatu Ayinde.

Nine-time African champions Nigeria will tackle Brazil, Spain and Japan, in that order, at this year’s tournament.

Their first game, against Brazil, comes up at the Stade Bordeaux on July 25, before confrontations with Spain (July 28) and Japan (July 31).

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