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NBBF Is Focused On The Way Forward – Kida

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President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, Musa Kida has spoken with newsmen on the issue of legitimacy and why they have not been able to function.
“For me, what we are trying to do is to try and disseminate whatever information that is on ground. So typically, when FIBA recognised us on the 8th of March, we have been reaching out to them, collating the types of activities that are very localised so that we can feed them in to the handbook programme of events. We are reaching out to them on things that have been happening before, like the Division one and two men’s league.
We have also been reaching out to our sponsors, some of who are a bit hesitant and asking questions as to what is happening.
Like I said, our constitution has very strong demands on the structure but we need authority from the ministry to function. You cannot give me an assignment without the authority to do the work. We are very focused on the way forward.
“I don’t believe there was election in any other place. Who were the delegates, who voted for who? These are the simple basic questions that even a simple village meeting will ask and seek answers to. All these things are enshrined in the constitution as a matter of protocol. There was only one election, which held in Benin. I know what we did and the results are obvious. We had our constitution since 2019,” Kida added.
Tidesports source reports that Kida explained that both the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Nigeria Olympic Committee have approved, saying that, their election has been very strict and rigorous. There was even a legal test of what they did, which passed wonderfully.
“We are very clear as the bonafide board. For whatever reasons I don’t know, but it looks like a wild goose chase the other side,” he said.
Speaking on International programmes, he said that lnternational programmes are international programmes, I will not go into them. Locally, we have a calendar of events. Our men’s divisions 1 & 2 leagues sponsored by Total are still there, the women’s division 1 league sponsored by Zenith Bank is still there. We have an infusion of some tournaments and leagues by people who have brought proposals.

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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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