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Rangers FC Unveils Players For New Season 

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The management of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu, has unveiled the new players that have put pen to paper to defend the colors of the Flying Antelopes in the fast approaching 2022/2023 football season.
This is as one of the newly-signed players, Inemesit Sunday, promised to equal the goal-scoring record of Mfom Udoh in the Nigerian Professional Football League.
According to a statement by the team’s Media Officer, Nobert Okolie on Friday, the players were unveiled at a brief but colorful event on Thursday at the club’s players camp, Nkpokiti, Independence Layout, Enugu.
Okolie said that the Administrative Secretary of the club, Barrister Ferdinand Ugwuarua, welcomed the thirteen new players to the ‘Flying Antelopes’ fold while charging them to give their best on all occasions to help the club realize its set target for the season.
“We welcome you to Rangers and wish to remind you all that you came here through high recommendation from the scouting department and the technical adviser’s call. I charge you to be at your best in all situations both on and off the pitch so as to help us achieve our set target for the season,” stated the club administrator.
The players unveiled include; goalkeeper, Ogundare Detan Banabars who joins from 3SC; central-defender, Tunde Olaniyi from Sokoto United; attacking sensation, Saeed Jibril who crossed over from Plateau United; Left-back, Jacob John Okpe that was snatched from Niger Tornadoes; Attacking midfielder, Michael Ibe that is joining from Mashal F.C, Uzbekistan; and Defensive midfielder, Emmanuel Charles who moved from Akwa United.
Other players are; Attacking midfielder, Nwaodu Chukwudi Justin who last featured for Heartland; Right-back, Sani Shehu who joins from Gombe United; Attacking sensation, Naziru Auwalu Ibrahim that is joining from Rivers United; Goalkeeper, Emeka Nwabulu crossed over from Heartland; Central attacker, Inemesit Sunday takes his bags of goal scoring experience to Enugu from Dakkada; just as Striker, Reuben Bala Yakubu joins from Plateau United while Right-back/Defensive midfielder, Gabriel Innocent joins from Abia Warriors.

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Okowa Lauds Athletes Ahead Olympics Trials

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President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Tonobok Okowa, has once again mandated all athletes looking to represent the country at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to attend the Nigerian Trials, which hold from June 16 to 18 inside the main bowl of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin-City.
Making his stance clear in Monday’s release by the athletics body, Okowa commended the athletes for their determination to qualify for the Olympics.
He said, “The athletes have shown commitment, determination, and desire to succeed in their careers by picking Olympic qualifications. They deserve our collective appreciation.”
He added, “The athletes would be picked in accordance with their performances at the trials because it would largely determine who goes to Paris for the Olympics.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Yusuf Alli, says the state is waiting to welcome athletes for the trials.
He said, “We are the hosts of the national trials, and athletes and spectators are welcome.”
The trials are expected to throw up the best of Nigeria’s athletes based at home and abroad for the Olympic Games in Paris in July.

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Emerging Star Eyes Olympics Place For Nigeria

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Nigerian track and field star, Favour Ofili, has set her sights on the upcoming national Olympics trials after she pulled off a stunning victory in the women’s 100m at the New York Grand Prix, defeating a stellar field that included Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica last Sunday.
The 21-year-old clocked a season-best 11.18secs to take the win, America’s Morolake Akinosun was second in 11.20secs while her compatriot Aleia Hobbs ended in third place in 11.21secs.Thompson-Herah, the Tokyo Olympics 100m and 200m gold medalist, could only manage ninth place in 11.48secs as she continues to search for her best form this season.
“Just like practice, stay calm and just go, finish your transition because that’s the issue, and whatever happens will happen. I wanted to get the standard here and I give God glory for the win,” Ofili told Tidesports source after the race.
“For the trials, stay calm and just do what I know how to do, go back and do some training before I go back home for the national trials.”
The Olympic trials are scheduled to hold in Benin City, Edo State from June 16 to 18. The trials will serve as the selection of the nation’s athletes for both the Senior Africa Athletics Championships, holding between June 21 and 28 in Douala, Cameroon and the Paris 2024 Olympics, which hold from July 26 to August 11.

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Olympic Day Celebrations Hold June 29

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The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), at the weekend, said the annual Olympic Day celebrations would be held on June 29 across the country.
The Olympic Day is a global event that commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Movement, founded by Pierre de Coubertin in 1894.
Speaking with news men, the Secretary-General of the NOC, Babatunde Popoola, said this year’s celebration holds special significance as it precedes the highly anticipated Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
It’s where Nigerian athletes will compete and inspire the world with their achievements.
“Olympic Day is a chance for people of all ages and abilities to experience the magic of the Olympic Games in their own communities.
“It is an ideal platform to highlight the benefits of physical activity and the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect,” Popoola said.
Popoola said that NOC had received positive responses from various states and stakeholders, and preparations were well underway for the nationwide celebration.
He added that no fewer than 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory have indicated their plans to organise activities for the event.
The states are: Abia; Anambra; Bayelsa; Delta; Edo; Enugu; Ebonyi; Lagos; Kogi; Gombe; Jigawa; Kebbi; Kano; Kwara; Taraba; Imo; Ondo; Plateau; Rivers; Nasarawa and Osun
Also speaking, the Chairman of the NOC Sport For All Commission, Abdul Ibrahim, said that Olympic Day was a special day to come together, move together, and learn about the Olympic values.
“We encourage everyone to participate and experience the joy that only sport can bring,” he said.
According to him, a series of activities have been lined up in Lagos, with fitness clubs at the National Stadium Complex and the general public gearing up to take part in the global event.
“The celebration will conclude with the presentation of diplomas signed by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.
The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Ahmed Gumel and other dignitaries will officially flag off the event in Abuja,” he added.

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