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Athletics Championship: Ministry Frustrates Nigerian Athletes Participation

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The 18th edition of the World Athletics Championship will commence in Oregon, the United States of America on Friday. Unfortunately, Nigeria’s athletes are yet to report to camp even as their participation in the championship remains doubtful following the ministry of Youth and Sports failure to release funds to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN.
The athletes who have been penciled to take part in the championship were yet to start camping, especially the home-based contingent with their foreign counterparts reported to have been training individually for some weeks now.
This unhealthy situation have left the affected athletes frustrated as they are currently confused and do not know or have information on how they are going to take part in the global event.
Credible sources within the AFN and the sports ministry as well as close to the athletes have disclosed that the athletes have been complaining about their preparations for the games in Oregon and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this month.
According to reports, foreign based athletes have been training individually but the home-based contingent are worried that lack of proper preparations could hamper their effective performance in Oregon
The athletes’ situation has been made worse by the AFN President, Mr Tonobok Okowa’s refusal to use his personal money to sponsor them.
A source in the AFN disclosed that the athletics boss was unhappy with the Ministry of Youth and Sports following their refusals to defray the accumulated money owed him by the ministry following his continued sponsorship of the athletes in previous competitions.

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Coach Hails Players Over Victory In Tournament

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The Head  coach of De Kings International Football Academy of Port Harcourt,  King Chike has hailed his players over their impressive performance at the ongoing Summer Football Competition for Under 14- 16s in Oyibo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Chike expressed his excitement at the manner his side won their opening match with good goals, adding that with such performance his players have shown understanding of his teachings in training.
Chike said this, on Monday, in a telephone interview with Tidesports shortly after his boys saw off Anderson FC 3-0 in their opening match of the competition at Okoloma Community Secondary School, Afam, Oyibo LGA.
He pointed out that if only his players could keep the momentum, they would be favourites to win the competition, adding that it is a thing of joy when your see your team with such an impressive performance.
“ It was a good game for today but we still need to do better because in a competition like this, you see a lots of good teams.
“I believe in our next outing  we are going to do better than what we have done today.
“No matter their good outing today, we still have some mistakes in our game.
“This is a way of encouraging the grassroots players” Chike said.
He explained that they are going to do everything possible to ensure they get to the final of the competition. He added that with their performance so far, his  boys have made him happy in the  the competition.
Also speaking, the brace scorer, Bright Kiadum thanked God for helping him score the goals.
“ I want to thank God for making me to score two goals for today and I am begging him also for more goals in the tournament” Bright added.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Rivers Utd FC Congratulate Players Over National Invitation

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Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt have congratulated nine of its players called up for the Super Eagles B team squad ahead of the 2023 African Nations Championship qualifying fixture against Ghana.
The Congratulatory message was contained in a statement  made available to Tidesports by the club’s media officer, Charles Mayuku , yesterday in Port Harcourt.
The players are Maurice Chukwu, who joins Sochima Victor, Kazie Enyinnaya, Ebube Duru, Temple Emekayi, Chiamaka Madu, Uche Onwuansanya, Joseph Onoja and Chijioke Akuneto.
The Eagles B team will square up to the Black Galaxies in the first leg in Accra on Sunday, 28th August with the return encounter already scheduled for the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, 3rd September.
The winner on aggregate will earn a berth at the 7th African Nations Championship finals to be staged in Algeria early next year.
“Congratulations to all nine of our players and we look forward to watching them in action for Nigeria” the statement read.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Commonwealth Games: Buhari To Host Team Nigeria

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has assured members of the historic Team Nigeria contingent to the 2022 Commonwealth Games of a presidential reception.
The 11-day Commonwealth Games in Birmingham ended on Monday with World and Commonwealth gold medallist, Tobi Amusan the Team Nigeria’s flag bearer at the closing ceremony.
Team Nigeria achieved their best performance ever in the Games since it started taking part in the Commonwealth Games in 1950, winning 12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals, a total of 35 medals, that see them sit seventh on the medals table.
Speaking with the athletes on Monday, Dare praised the team for bringing the country into global focus for positive reasons.
He said, “I followed every moment of your competition. I was in Birmingham from the beginning till I had to leave for other official engagements. So many Nigerians followed you too. We are all so proud of what you achieved for Nigeria and yourselves.
“Mr President is also very proud of you and has approved that a presidential reception be held to honour you for the historic feat at Birmingham 2022.
“We will immediately start to plan for the reception and once we have tightened things up, we will announce the date, invite you over from your different bases and you will have that privilege of meeting Mr President.
“Nigeria will appreciate you for the great acts of sacrifice, patriotism and determination to excel that you all have demonstrated here, whether you have a medal around your neck or not.”
Meanwhile, the Group Chief Executive of Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu, announced that his company would give cash rewards to all Team Nigeria medallists at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Tinubu said his company would match whatever cash reward was already in place for the athletes by the Sports Ministry.
This implies that gold medal winners will get another $5,000, silver medal winners, $3,000 and bronze medal winners, $2,500 from the energy solution providers.
Meanwhile, Australia ended the event as champions with 178 medals, 67 gold, 57 silver and 54 bronze medals. England finished second with 57 gold, 66 silver and 53 bronze with Canada occupying the third position with a total of 92 medals.
India, New Zealand and Scotland sit in the fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively.
Wales, South Africa and Malaysia complete the top 10.

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