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Chairman Makes Case For Grassroots Football Players

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Chairman of Ejemah FC of Ebubu community in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, Fredrick Ngajo has maintained that there are lots of promising young football players at the grassroots level capable of fitting into big teams if spotted by talent hunters and given the chance to show case their true football skills.
Ngajo who stated this at the opening football match of the 2ndEdition of Daewoo Soccer Cup Football tournament between Ejemah FC and Egbealor FC held at Ebubu Primary School Field Eleme on Sunday, noted that it was not a contestable fact that good young footballers actually abounds in Ebubu Community, except that much efforts have not been made by football authorities concerned, in discovering them to hit the stardom.
He, however, prayed that the football authorities, as a matter of fact, should see reason to focus more attention at the grassroots football, especially in the rural areas with a view to discover budding talents that needs little polishing to become great players.
“Truly, I make bold to say that the array of young potentials we have in Ebubu Community today, if proper groomed by seasoned football tactician, could possibly make the final cut in both the u-17 and u-20 team selection in Nigeria national teams”
Asked the cause of the early ouster of Ejemah FC from the ongoing Daewoo soccer cup competition in Ebubu community, the stoutly built Ngajo who also plays at the defense line of Ejemah team, blamed his boys for underrating their Egbealor FC Counterpart, hence the lost.
“Jokes apart, my boys were not only confident but also underrated the Egbealor FC, having come into the competition as the defending champion  from the last years edition of the competition.
“Ordinarily, Ejemah FC would have killed the game as a contest within regulation time instead of allowing the match to be dragged into a penalty shootout, seen as any body’s game. But all the same, we have taken the result of the match that ended 5-3 goal aggregate in favour of Egbealor FC, in good faith as true sports men, while looking forward to next year’s edition of the competition to correct our mistakes”, he declared.
Pressed further, Ngajo, a member of Old Stars FC of Eleme, tipped Agbete FC as the much favoured side likely to lift the trophy at stake, given the few tested players in their team.

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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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