Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt have kept hope alive having secured a place in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, as they thrashed visiting El Nasr Benghazi of Libya 5-0 in the first leg of the competition.
The match which was played at Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, on Wednesday, did not attract much crowd occasioned by the day and time fixed for the encounter.
Speaking in a post match interview on Wednesday, the Technical Director of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma attributed the victory basically to team work by his players.
He commended the players for their impressive performance, saying that their 6-0 loss to Wydad of Morocco last week made them to train hard as they felt sad to have conceded such high number of goals margin.
Eguma explained that the technical crew did some extra job to achieve the feat.
“Today the players have proven that they are really good by getting such a good result, however our opponents show some good play in the early minute of the game but it did not last long before we took the lead in the 12th minute.
“My players played according to instructions. Today my players were more technical and able to convert our chances. Not that we did not get those chances against Wydad but to convert them was the problem.
“Our technical plan was not to allow El Nasr Benghazi to get a goal against us. To achieve this victory today, I want to say that we have started the race and it is not over yet since is it a two-leg affair.
“We have crossed the first huddles and looking forward to cross the second one,” Eguma said.
Also speaking, the head coach of El Nasr Benghazi, Zoran Milinkovic said that his team lost to a better side, acknowledging that fact that Rivers United is a good team.
According to him, he doesn’t have anything to complain about the officiating.
By: Tonye Orabere & Kiadum Edookor
Go Round FC Searches For Big Stars
Go Round FC’s coach, Ngozi Elechi has revealed that the club is in search of its next big star in the mould of Daniel Gotom and James Eronje.
Both players were top performers for the club in the first round of the just concluded Nigeria National League season before they travelled to Europe.
Elechi said while in training with the team that the coaches are on the lookout for players in their mould that will take the league by storm, though previously inexperienced in league football.
“James and Gotom had not played in the league before they joined Go Round FC last season. They came from academies and did so well for us.
“Those are the kinds of players we hope to discover in our open screening and that is why we decided to embark on this and leave the more experienced players out of the equation for now,” Elechi said.
Tens of players have been camped at the Krisdera Hotel Stadium for over a week, sweating it out and trying to impress the coaches.
“We are still training. We have our eyes on them and expect a lot more to join up within the coming days,” Elechi added.
“When we are done with this, we will now ask the old players of the team to return ahead of the start of the season, as well as those we scouted in the course of the last football season.”
Gure Community Youths Advice On Sporting Activities
The youths of Gure Community in Khana Local Government Area, in Rivers State has been advised to take the game of football as a career because it is now a lucrative business that has the capacity to turn around their fortunes.
Deputy Rector, Academics of Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic Rumuola Port Harcourt Dr Moses Neebee, gave the advice during a novelty football match in honour of Late Chief Benson Deezua, at the weekend at the Community School field, Gure.
He further expressed joy that youths in the community have taken the right part by involving themselves in sporting activities.
“ Well, our youth are on the right part because today sports is a lucrative business mostly football. I am also happy the honour given to late Chief Deezua by the community youth” Dr. Neebee said.
According to him, the community would hardly forget the late Chief following his contributions in bringing peace and unity.
“Late Chief played major role during the cult crises and stood by the community.
“ First I want to thank God because late chief Benson Deezua was a man we all should looked upon not only because I am his nephew but the role he play in the Community.
“ Infact, his life and time will hardly be forgotten by Gure Community because during crises in the community he stood by the community.
“ He lived a life worthy of emulation.
“ I pray to God to give us the strength that we need to start from where he stopped” he stated. .
By: Kiadum Edookor
Why We Dominate Sports In Nigeria – Delta Commissioner
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Charles Aniagwu, has said that the State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa places priority on Sports development and formulates policies that will develop sports in the State.
He stated that the Government closed all schools in the State to discover talents and give equal academic opportunity to those who are participating at the ongoing National Sports Festival (NSF) and those that are not doing sports.
Hon. Aniagwu, made the assertion in a press briefing at the NSF holding in Asaba, on Monday, saying that Sports is an indigene of Delta State.
According to him, the reason why Delta State is dominating sports in Nigeria was because the government does not give any private school license to operate if the school does not have field for sporting activities.
“First when we came in, the governor made it clear that no license should be issued to private school that do not have field where students can do sporting activities.
“As I speak to you, all the secondary schools in Delta State have been closed to accommodate activities for this event because we have a good number of secondary students that are participating
After the Sports Festival, they will continue academic activities and we do not want a situation where some will be learning and some are doing sports, we want to give every student equal opportunity of academic activities, but I know they will to do their exams before Christmas” Hon. Aniagwu said.
By: Tonye Orabere In Asaba
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