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Six Athletes Storm Benin For C’Wealth Games

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Six African Games and African Athletics Championship champions are due to compete in Benin next week for tickets to next month’s World Athletics Championship in Oregon, USA, and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
The media Head for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Oludare Esan, disclosed that the reigning African champions will be led by Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, the African Games and African Championship gold medalist and competition’s record holder.
“Raymond Ekevwo who won the 100m gold at the African Games in 2019 in Rabat is also confirmed and will be battling not just for the ticket but also his first national title in the blue ribbon event,” said Esan.
Continuing, Esan said that Olympic, World, and Commonwealth Games medalist and reigning African Games long jump queen, Ese Brume, will also be in Benin as she seeks her fifth national title and a ticket to Oregon, where she hopes to become the first Nigerian woman to win two World Championship individual medals in two editions.
“Tobi Amusan who won the 100m hurdles title last week in Mauritius (at the African Athletics Championship) will also be around to defend the sprint hurdles title she won at the Yaba College of Technology, Yaba last year.
“Amusan is also the reigning African Games champion and record holder. Others are Oyesade Olatoye, the African Games shot put champion who won a historic hammer gold for Nigeria at the 22nd African Championship last week in Mauritius.”
According to the AFN media chief, Chioma Onyekwere, the defending African Games and African Championship discus champion, will attend the Commonwealth Games and World Championship trials in Benin.
Onyekwere set a new 59.91m Games record to win the African Games gold in 2019.
Triple jumper Grace Anigbata and javelin thrower Kelechi Nwanaga are two more African Games champions who have yet to be confirmed for the Benin championship.
“Both have met the qualification standard for the Commonwealth Games and World Championship trials and we will know before the end of the week if they will be flying in from the USA for the championship,” said Esan.
The Nigeria championships, which also double as Commonwealth Games and World Championship trials, will be held in the main bowl of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo state capital, from June 21 to June 23.

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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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