Reactions has trailed the appointment of Joseph Yobo, as the assistant coach of Nigeria Super Eagles by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday.
Yobo has captained Super Eagles for about seven years, and had also recorded 100 caps for the national team. He is to replaced his brother Imama Amapakabo, coincidentally both of them hails from Rivers State.
In his reaction, the former chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Rivers State chapter, Celestine Ogolo said the appointment of Yobo is a perfect one.
He explained that, Yobo been captain of the team for number of years has gotten the experience to transform the team.
“Something you cannot take away from him is his bundle of experience. Besides, experience is something you cannot buy in the market. With that he will do a perfect job,” Ogolo said.
According to him, it is an ideal choice by bringing back an ex- international that will add more glamour to the team.
Reacting , coach Sunny Iseokwehma said that, Yobo is capable for the job, because he has a lot of knowledge in the round ladder game.
“I am delighted for his appointment. NFF should have also announced the Super Falcons team coach that has been without coach for some time now” Iseokwehma said.
“ This appointment will be part of education for him because he will learn from the chief coach,”he stated.
However, he said he do not know whether the Everton legend has coaching experience or not but he thinks he can count on his experience.
In his opinion, former Go-Round Head Coach Smart Justin said there was nothing bad in Yobo’s new position, saying that the former Eagles captain has a lot of experience.
” He a good player but that does not mean he must be a good coach as well, saying that coaching job is different from playing,” he stated.
By: Kiadum Edookor
Sambo: Nigeria Names Four-Man Team
The Sambo Association of Nigeria has named a four-man team for their debut at the 13th African Games in Ghana from March 8 to 23.
Sambo is an offshoot of judo, jujutsu, boxing, folk wrestling and is currently recognised by the International Olympic Committee although it is yet to be listed for demonstration at the Olympics.
The contingent is made up of two men and two women, namely Jonah Kajido (79kg), James Chegwam (58kg), Fatima Ogbonyomi (65kg) and Charity Jatau (59kg).
Ahead of what will be the first appearance of the event at the Games, Vice President of SAN, Sheriff Hammed, expressed excitement about the prospect of Nigeria participating in the event.
“We carefully selected these athletes to represent us at the African Games based on their knowledge of the sport and Sambo being one of the demonstration sports in Ghana, we want to ensure that we are well represented in the event.
“This is the first time that Sambo will be part of the African Games as the sport is gaining ground across the globe and Nigeria should not be an exception. For now, the athletes are camping in readiness for the games as we are not just going there to add to the number but to make our presence felt in the event,” he said on Tuesday.
Hammed, who is also the joint Secretary, International Association of Combative Sports (Africa), said participating in the Games would give more people the opportunity to appreciate the uniqueness of the sport, being one of the fast-growing sports in the world.
We are hoping that taking part in the Games would give us the chance to popularise the sport among Africans and Nigerians. More African countries are now embracing the sport and hopefully, it will be part of the Olympics sports very soon with the way it is growing across the globe,” he added.
Nwabali Receives Hero’s Welcome At Chippa United
Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, received a warm welcome back at South African club, Chippa United, on Tuesday, following his remarkable performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Upon arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, the 27-year-old was greeted by hundreds of Chippa United fans.
In a video shared on Tuesday, he was seen engaging with supporters, taking selfies and participating in singing the club’s anthem.
Chippa United, via their social media handle, celebrated his return with the message, “He’s Back #NwabaliBobo.”
Nwabali’s standout performance during AFCON 2023 earned him cash gifts, a national honour, and a chieftaincy title in his hometown.
Due to his success, Nwabali has been linked with potential moves to other clubs like Kaizer Chiefs and Union St Gilloise.
Ayienugba Claims Women’s Tennis Gold Medal In Police Games
Winners have emerged in the tennis event at the ongoing 14th biennial Police Games tagged ‘Oluyole 2024’ at the Ibadan Recreation Club with Funke Ayienugba of Zone 2 claiming the women’s singles gold medal.
In a one-sided match, Ayienugba defeated Dike Osinachi of Zone 4 6-0, 6-0 to emerge champion, while in the men’s doubles final, twins Paul and Peter Alakwem of Force Headquarters defeated duo Idris and Aminci of Zone 2 6-1, 6-1 to win the gold medal.
Also, Agnes Ogar and Charity Philips of Zone 7 defeated Adedayo and Oyelowo 6-0,6-0 to emerge champions in the women’s doubles.
In karate individual kata (female category), Rita Edejoh emerged champion, while Zinab Absalam clinched the silver medal, with duo Hamzat Olayinka and Holiness Iyoba ending up in third and fourth positions respectively.
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