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Asaba 2022: Delta Uncatchable, Rivers Surges To Sixth

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As the 21st National Sports Festival, Asaba 2022 enters its penultimate day, Team Delta, the perennial top finishers at the festival has lived up to its promise to host and win comfortably. As at press time, official medals table indicates that Delta has amassed an unassailable lead with a total haul of 369 medals, 194 gold, 116 silver and 59 bronze. Bayelsa comes a distant second with 78 gold, 57 silver and 54 bronze medals, while Edo is on third with 38gold, 51 silver and 97 bronze medals. Meanwhile, Team Rivers has surged upwards on the medals table, climbing to the sixth position as at the time of this report. The team garnered, officially, 16 gold, 23 silver and 71 bronze medals.
Despite having a mixed day yesterday, Team Rivers added to their kitty a gold and silver medals from basketball,en and women, respectively, silver from 4×100 metres mixed relay, silver from 4×400 mixed relay race, bronze in 200 metres, men and bronze in para wheel chair 800metres, women.
It is hoped that the team would still harvest medals to try to climb up the ladder.
In another development, the Commissioner for Sports, Delta State and Chairman of the Asaba 2022 Festival, Charles Aniagwuhas commiserated with the family of the athlete, Chukwuemeka Igboanugo, 25, who lost his life after losing a boxing contest at the festival.
He said that his and Delta state’s condolences were being sent out to the government,people and contingent of Imo, who he was representing, the body of athletes in Nigeria and the Nigeria n Boxing Federation.
He said that the deceased died a hero in his attempt to represent his state and the country and went ahead to appeal to news men to be cautious in the way they report the incident in respect to the feelings of the deceased family.
The Commissioner explained that all necessary steps were taken to provide necessary medical facilities and personnel to handle health and accident related incidents. He however, noted that some mishaps are beyond human intervention, no matter how well one anticipates or handles them.

By: Gabriel Nwanetanya

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Rivers International Marathon To Celebrate Fubara’s One Year

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Former Nigeria international goalkeeper, Peterside Idah says next month’s Rivers International Marathon will be used to celebrate the one year anniversary of His Excellency,  Siminalayi Fubara as the Executive Governor of Rivers State.           Idah, who is the race’s head of media and communications said the event could not have been better timed and organizers have keyed it into the one year celebration of Governor  Fubara’s tenure.       “We want to use this race to celebrate the one year anniversary of our Governor, Fubara who is the main reason Rivers State has been officially termed as the sports hub of the nation by John Enoh, the Minister of Sports Development,” Ida said. Continuing, Idah revealed that the Rivers International Marathon has received massive backing from Governor Fubara as well as corporate Nigeria.        “Governor Fubara is the biggest supporter of the race and we are determined to organise a race befitting the status of Rivers state as the new destination of sort for sports in Nigeria,” Idah stated, adding two financial institutions have thrown their weight behind the race.    “Globus and Zenith bank are backing us as partners and this shows that corporate Nigeria is appreciating the giant strides we have taken in terms of sports development and the many benefits that come with organizing a road race.

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BAL : Rivers Hoopers Arrive Rwanda, Attend Playoff

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Nigeria’s representatives at the 2024 Basketball Africa League (BAL), Rivers Hoopers on Sunday landed in Kigali, Rwanda ahead of the competition which dunks off on May 24th .
The Tidesports source hinted: “The KingsMen have arrived in Kigali, Rwanda for the Playoffs. Dakar was good, Kigali be great.”
The KingsMen will face AS Douanes of Senegal in one of the four seeding games in the playoffs in Kigali on May 24th.
The two teams played against each other twice in the Sahara Conference that ended last week in Dakar, Senegal with each winning one game apiece.
The winner between Hoopers and AS Douanes (Game 40) will play against the winner between Petro de Luanda (Angola) and US Monastir of Tunisia (Game 39) in the semi-final, while the loser of the tie will square up against the loser of Game 39 in the quarter final.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s hip-hop star, Adekunle Kosoko aka Adekunle Gold and AG Baby, are among the list of top celebrities who will perform at the 2024 African Basketball League playoffs in Kigali.
The finals usually attract top celebrities from both the sports and music community And this time around, BAL 4 playoffs will feature performances by local and international acts, including the likes of Nigeria’s Adekunle Gold and Rwanda’s very own The Ben, Chris Eazy, Ish Kevin, Kevin Kade, Ariel Wayz, Kivumbi King, Bwiza, Ishami Talent, Inganzi Ngari cultural troupe and Kenny Sol.
The selected artists will perform during the halftime shows of the finals. Globally with special performances to spice up the halftime show atmosphere.

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WAFU U-17: Togo, Nigeria Clash Must-Win For Garba

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Golden Eaglets head coach, Manu Garba, is leaving no margin for errors in ensuring the team beat Togo today in their second Group B match of the WAFU Zone B U-17 Cup of Nations in Ghana.The record five-time world champions made a stuttering start to their campaign with a barren draw against Burkina Faso at the University of Ghana on Thursday, but boosted their title defence with a 1-0 win over Niger Republic on Sunday at same venue, with Raphael Adams’ 31st-minute strike separating both sides.
Nigeria are second in the group with four points, the same as Burkina Faso, who have their nose in front on a superior goal difference. Garba looks to finish at the top of the pile and has declared their last group game against the young Hawks another must-win.
“The Golden Eaglets will have to beat Togo on today. The Togo U-17 team is good, and Nigeria will not underrate them,” Garba saider Alleged N8bn Air Fraud, Food PricOthers
“We have trained the players on goal-scoring drills. Nigeria should have scored three goals against Niger. So, we hope that the players will convert more of their chances against Togo,” he added.
Niger are in the third position with three points from their 3-2 win over Togo, who, though rock bottom, are not pushovers but largely undone by errors.
The tournament, running from May 15 to 29, will see the top two teams from the group facing the best teams from Group A, which includes Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Benin Republic, in the semi-final.
The two countries that qualify for the final will represent the region at next year’s U-17 African Cup of Nations.

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