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‘Ighalo Yet To Convince Solskjaer’

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The reason why Nigerian star Odion Ighalo has been struggling for game time at Manchester United has been explained.
The 31-year-old striker, who is on loan from Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua, has made just four appearances across all competitions for the English giants this season and he is yet to score.
The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani have been preferred ahead of Ighalo by United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United legend, Paul Ince, who also turned out for England and Liverpool FC during his playing days, feels that the Norwegian tactician does not trust Ighalo.
“Listen, I’m sure Cavani’s done enough to warrant a start, but it depends how [Solskjaer] sees it,” Ince said.
“Cavani’s in his 30s, he can’t start every game, but what he can do is come on and make an impact like we saw [at Southampton].
Ighalo caught the eye after joining United midway through last season as he excelled in the FA Cup and UEFA Europa League and the club extended his loan deal until January 2021.
However, the Red Devils signed Uruguayan marskman Cavani at the beginning of the current season and his arrival has seen Ighalo fall down the pecking order in the striking department.
“Whether he can start from the beginning, I’m not too sure. I think he might want to, but he’s got options now,” Ince continued.
“When Ighalo came over from China, he was coming on for the last 10-15 minutes because he wasn’t too sure about him.
“Now he knows he can throw someone like Cavani on, 45 minutes, and he will get goals. It’s good to have those problems, that’s for sure.”
Ighalo made his Champions League debut for United when he came on in the 90th minute during the 3-1 defeat to French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on Wednesday night.

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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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