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Rangers Optimistic Of Victory Over Nasarawa United

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Rangers International FC of Enugu said they are optimistic of picking the maximum points over Nasarawa United FC in rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match day 14 in Lafia.
Rangers will today battle Nasarawa United in a rescheduled NPFI match day 14 in Lafia.
Speaking to newsmen in Enugu, yesterday the club Media Officer, Norbert Okolie said that the players were ready for the battle.
According to him, “ some players who spoke to me after the match against Sunshine Stars FC were optimistic of good result in Lafia.
“With moral boosting draw in a match day 21 fixture in Akure over the weekend, the Coach Salisu Yusuf tutored side is confident of grabbing the maximum points.
“Though, with the host current resurgence, it seems they have found their range with the return of long time club Chairman, Barrister Isaac Danladi.
“Two straight wins against Jigawa Golden Stars and Enyimba International in Lafia will no doubt make the Lafia faithful wish for a third win on the bounce,” he said.
He said that the club’s stand in Captain Tope Olusesi and other players were in no mood to lay low and be consumed in any venue.
Okolie said that Coach Salisu Yusuf would be having a full complement of players for the game as attacking sensation, Israel Abia was expected to be unleashed on the ‘Solid Miners.
While the club defender, Isaac Loute hope to make a return as Ibrahim Olawoyin, Chinonso Eziekwe and Ifeanyi George look good to help the club picked a win on the road.
“Sure, the host, who are with a full complement of their technical staff with the return of Coach Bala Nikyu will be looking toward the trio of Ikenna Offor, Chinedu Ohanachom and Chidi Solomon to deliver the goods upfront.
“They will also expect good coverage for Danlami Umar from the back four of Abubakar Abdullahi, Ebuka Anaekwe, Moses Tsehuan and Chineme Martins”.
Okolie said that Rangers FC would go for the points despite the sudden up rise of the host in the league.
Currently Rangers is on 15th position on the log with 25 after 18 matches while Nasarawa United 19th position with 22 points from 20 matches played.

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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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