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Judo Federation To Organise Open Trial In January – President

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The President of Judo Federation of Nigeria (JFN), Musa Oshodi, on Monday, said part of the activities lined up for the first quarter of 2022 would be an open trial, slated for January.
Mr Oshodi made the revelation in a statement that contains his new year message to the sports fraternity and the federation’s plan for the year, which is to take it to an enviable height.
“I am delighted to address the entire Nigeria Judo family as we roll from the year 2021 into a prosperous new year, 2022.
“I appreciate the Almighty for giving us the opportunity to witness the new year, the unflinching resolute to ensure our long-awaited desire “Judo for Judokas and the family,” led by a member, is worthy of commendation.
“By this achievement, we have established in our country a culture that is in tandem with global best practices.
“Your understanding and support since the beginning of the tenure is also commended and will not be taken for granted,” he said.
Mr Oshodi added that his administration was ready to reposition the federation.
“I would like to say for the umpteenth time that I will give my best to reposition and rebrand Nigerian Judo so that together we will take our dear sport, Judo, to the desired level, which is Olympic height.
“In our just three months in office, a lot of ground has been covered, and this couldn’t have been possible if not for the collaboration of the other board members who are equally determined to break all the obstacles of progress.
“All other stakeholders who have been supporting all this while are equally commended.
“While I wish you a prosperous new year, I will like to give you a hint of what the year 2022 has in store for all of us. It will be a year of challenges, no doubt on the part of every member,” he said.
“Our major challenge is funding. Nevertheless, I am assuring you that with the structure in place and from the feelers I have been getting, this shall soon become a thing of the past. Oshodi added.
“We will ensure that the calendar of the year activities released recently will not just end on paper but a document that will be adhered to strictly as a tool of action.
“As part of efforts to establish a formidable National team, the trials coming up in the last week of January should be taken as a missionary act.
“Our Annual registration through the secretariat will commence from January 1 and end on the 15th of the month. It’s mandatory as a major tool for database building.
“This exercise will involve all major stakeholders; athletes, coaches, referees, and Judo administrators, board members, state and club chairmen. We are all enjoined to approach the secretariat for details,” he said.
Mr Oshodi also disclosed that the road to the Commonwealth Games had started, adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure good outings.
“I am convinced that if we work together as a united family that does not allow cracks, lizards will not find a place in our wall.
“We will overcome all our challenges and make our sport, Judo, an enviable art.
“The task and collaborative gesture equally involve our members in the diaspora, and to ensure and sustain the spirit, a committee on Nigeria Judo in the diaspora will be set up along with other committees this month.
“The board under my watch will encourage constructive criticism as this is the only way we can get to the promised land,” he said.
The JFN President also added “We should allow the spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness to drive our daily acts.
“I will like to enjoin all that have misunderstandings, particularly those with litigation or planning to have one, to allow the federation to resolve it internally as a family.
the irreplaceable loss,” Oshodi concluded.

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4-1 Win Against Dolphins Was Due To Hardwork – Coach

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Head coach of Police Crime Burster FC of Port Harcourt, Inspector Douye Ghomorai, has attributed the impressive performance of his players to early preparation and hardwork.
The Police team thrashed Dolphins Youth FC 4-1 at the ongoing Rivers State Football Association Challenge Cup, (RSFCA) .
Ghomorai said this on Friday in an exclusive interview with Tidesports shortly after his team ran over Dolphins Youths  4-1 in their opening match of the competition, at the
Sharks Football Stadium in Port Harcourt.
According to him,  their victory was as a result of hard work and early preparation,adding that as defending champions of the State  Keves Global Football Competition, they will ensure they keep that momentum of winning.
“ My boys are good, we  train five times in a week to keep fit. I commend my players for the good performance.
“We want to ensure that we do well in any upcoming tournament.
We train five times in a week, we know it is not easy, but we are doing it because we know what it takes to win a tournament in this State,” Ghomorai said.
He commended the State FA over the manner they handled the competition but urge them to not change their fixtures as it affects most clubs adversely.
In another match played, De Cardinals FC upset Go Round FC by 5-4 through penalty shoot out after playing goalless in  regulation time.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Coach Explains Benefits Of Coaching Clinic

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The head Coach of Khana FC in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Sam Ledor, has revealed that he has  gained more knowledge at the just concluded coaches’ clinic held on Thursday, at Adokiye Amiesimaka Studium,  in Port Harcourt.
According to him, he had been to Lagos and Uyo for coaching courses but none was as rich in content as  this clinic, adding that it has also  boosted his morale and  coaching career.
Ledor said this in  a telephone interview with Tidesports,  saying that as a coach he  will now apply new techniques in the game of football.
“ I have been to Lagos and Uyo for coaching courses  but this is a very good foundation for me, it will help me a lot in my grassroots coaching.
The clinic has imparted new knowledge in me  so much, because there were certain things I do not know before that I have known now.
It is a nice one I commend the organisers for bringing such a programme to Port Harcourt,” Ledor said.
The coaching clinic was organised by the Rivers State Football Coaches Association (RSFCA) and Bright Stars Sports Agency United Kingdom for Nigeria coaches.
The Clinic which was tagged “Continuous Professional Development Coaching (CPD) was designed for developing football coaches.
The former captain of Enyimba FC encouraged his  members to always key into such projects because the knowledge gained will change their mentality towards the game.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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OBN Basketball Programme Ends In PH

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A two-day basketball programme tagged” Uplifting the African Youth through Basketball” sponsored by Organised Basketball Network (OBN) has ended on Saturday.
The event which was held at Port Harcourt basketball court, Niger/ Bende Streets saw a huge crowd and over 300 youths participated in the programme.
Speaking in an interview with sports journalists shortly after the closing ceremony, the coordinator of OBN, a retired professional basketball player, Obinna Ekezie, said his aim was to develop the youth to have a career through basketball.
” OBN is to support youth on different skills, mostly on enterprenuership and technology. This is also to prepare them to have a career after basketball.
Our goal was to make this programme a sustainable one,” Ekezie said.
He used the forum to thank the Rivers State Government for its support, especially for giving them the venue to use. He also appreciated the United States Consulate in Nigeria for their support.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the programme, the United States Consulate Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Jennifer Foltz said United States and Nigeria have very special and close relationship, adding that the Consulate feels this was the right time to do a sports programme.

By: Tonye Orabere

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