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Handball Premier League: Kano Pillars, Safety Shooters Dominants

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Defending champions, Kano Pillars of Kano and the title contenders, Safety Shooters of Abuja have continued their dominant displaying in the ongoing 2022 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League season in Abuja.
The first phase of the season is ongoing at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja Package B.
Pillars, winners in the last edition, continued to dictate the pace on the log after the walked over Kada Stars of Kaduna state who have not shown up in the league. They remain undefeated in 8 matches and are yet to drop a single point in the league
On their part, winners in 2022 season, Safety Shooters have continued to mount intense pressure and knock on the doors of the defending champions as they have also remained consistent in churning out great performances after winning eight out if Eight matches.
The Abuja based club on Monday triumphed over stubborn Rima Strikers in a 25-20 goal thriller.
Kano Pillars and Safety Shooters are currently toping the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League table with 24 points from 8 matches but the Centre of Commerce state, Kano are setting the pace.
In other results of matchday 8 played on Monday, in the male category, Benue Buffaloes defeated Police Machine of Lagos 16-17 while Owena Kings poor run in the league continued with a 27-35 loss to D-Defenders of Abuja
In the female category, Benue Queens produced a superlative performance to steal the win off dogged Plateau Peacocks in a 23-21 thrilling encounter.
Rima Queens who recorded an impressive upset on Sunday continued their great display with a hard-earned 24-23 win over Kwara State based Adorable Angels.
Defenders Babes of Abuja Shaked off their Sunday defeat against Rima Queens as they defeated Seasiders Babes of Lagos 36-27. While Bendel Dynamos walked over Kada Queens of Kaduna

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Nigeria’s Sports Journalists Amongst Best In World – Sports Minister

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, at the weekend, felicitated with sports journalists across the country and beyond, as this year’s International Sports Journalists Day was celebrated worldwide.
Dare, a journalist, said that the profession is a noble one reserved for hardworking personalities, who work round the clock, all year-round, to give sports the needed reportage.
“This day deserves to be celebrated, as I am a sports journalist myself, and I know the efforts and passion they put into their job daily.
“Today, I celebrate sports journalists, who have made immeasurable, sacrifice for sports across the globe, especially in Nigeria,” he said.
He added, “in Nigeria, they rank very high among professionals, who put so much passion into their work, no matter what they face.
“You have not paid attention to the hazards of the job, but instead you have chosen to be partners in the development of sports. This, in itself, calls for celebration and I join in this celebration.”
The 2022 event themed: “Securing a Sustainable and Peaceful Future For All,” is being celebrated by sports journalists, media organisations and related industries across the world since 1994.

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AITEO Cup: Coach Expresses Disappointment Over Change Of Venue

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The Head coach of Police Crime Busters FC of Port Harcourt, ASP Douye Ghomorai, has expressed sadness over the change of venue for the final of this year’s AITEO Cup from Sharks Football Stadium.
He explained that the orgnisers had not given any reason why they changed the venue to Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, saying that Sharks football Stadium has been the traditional host of the AITEO Cup finals.
ASP Ghomorsi said this in a telephone interview with Tidesports shortly after the Rivers State Football Association, (RSFA), announced the shift of venue to Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium last week.
According to him, the shift of venue will adversely affect fans of his team, especially, in terms of transporting themselves to attend the match.
“We are not happy over the change of the venue because our fans may not be there to cheer their team to victory.
This is not fair with us because it is not going to be easy for our supporters and fans” ASP Ghomorai said.
He appealled to the leadership of the State FA to rescind their decision, noting that though football could be played on any pitch, the spectators should be considered first.
“We are going to play the game but I am appealing because we want a situation where we will have more people to watch the game”
The final match of this year’s Rivers state AITEO Cup will take place on Wednesday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium between Rivers United FC and Police Crime Busters FC by 3pm.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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NPFL: Rivers United Receive Commendations Over Title Win

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Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt have continued to receive commendations following their impressive performance this season and subsequent emergence as winners of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season with three matches left.
The latest came from Head coach of New Guner FC of Gokana Local Government Area, in Rivers State, Legbara Gentle, who said that it is a good thing that has happened to the State and football.
Gentle made the assertion in a telephone interview with Tidesports at the weekend.
According to him, if the Pride of Rivers State, as Rivers United are known, maintain their current form, they can win the CAF Champions League.
“If Rivers United FC can maintain their current form, they can even win the continental trophy next season.
As a coach I know it is not easy to win the NPFL title because competition is very high as every club wants to win the League” Gentle said.
He further commended the management team of the club led by Barrister Christopher Green and technical crew, for their efforts and commitment to achieve success.

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