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Ronaldinho Did What Okocha Had Done 10, 15 Years Before -Eto’o

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Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o believes his counterpart from Nigeria, Augustine ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, did not get the recognition he deserved for his exploits in football.
The former Super Eagles midfielder was one of the finest players during his era owing to his skill and intelligence.
The newly-elected Fecafoot president believes the West African was talented just like Brazilian Ronaldinho. He has now expressed his displeasure considering the fact that the now 48-year-old did not receive as many accolades, stating it is an “injustice of world football”.
“It is the injustice of world football. What we saw Ronaldinho do a few years ago, Jay-Jay [Okocha] had done 10 or 15 years before and he never had the recognition of others. And that’s what happens when it comes to Africa,” Eto’o said.
Okocha started his career as a youth at Enugu Rangers before being snapped up by German side Borussia Neunkirchen, where he played from 1990-1992. He would later join Eintracht Frankfurt from 1992, where he spent until 1996.
The next stop for the midfielder was in Turkish top-tier side Fenerbahce between 1996 and 1998, before being signed by French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain for the next four years.
The most appearances for the player came at the English side Bolton Wanderers, where he played from 2002 to 2006 before winding his football career down with Qatar FC and later Hull City.
In international football, Okocha managed to win the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) trophy in 1994 with Nigeria. He also helped his country secure Africa’s first Olympic gold in Atlanta in 1996 with his dazzling skill.
In 2004 while at PSG, Okocha played a part in mentoring Ronaldinho; the latter went on to win several top awards including two Fifa World Player of the Year Awards and Ballon d’Or, something Okocha never came close to winning.

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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.

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