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The Special Adviser to Rivers State Governor on Schools Sports, Aribitonye Okiri, has called on authorities in the state, especially, Local Government Chairmen, to invest more and pay priority attention to sports and athletes development to ensure that the state benefits from the opportunities prevalent in the sports sector.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of Ahoada East Local Government Chairman’s Football Cup Competition, recently in Ahoada, Okiri said that if the LGAs and the state must grow, they need to grow sports. “Sports is indispensable and we need to bring out policy programmes that will engage the youths. We can use the power of sports to reduce crime in the society, create employment and a platform for the youths to channel their energy positively’, he said.
According to him, “All of us must not make it through academics, sports is a veritable tool and we must invest in it”. He lauded the developmental strides of the Ahoada East Local Government Chairman, Barr Ben Ekeh, who he described as the best and performing Local Government Chairman in the state. He said that the chairman has been wonderful by creating programmes that impact on the youths and grassroots in his area, especially, sports programmes and competitions that have thrown up talents in many events.
“You can see that every quarter the Chairman stages one event or the other, we need to commend him on his role in promoting sports in the area’, said Okiri. Only recently, a product of one of the chairman’s programmes in sports, Fabian Braide Chukwu won silver medal for Rivers state at the recently concluded 21st National Sports Festival, Asaba 2022 in Greco-Roman wrestling, 135kg to add to the state’s overall medal haul.
“Imagine what it’ll be like if all our LGAs invest in sports and like Ahoada East produce a national medalist for the state, it will be rewarding for everyone if all hands should be on deck to contribute meaningfully to making Rivers state the hub of sports in Nigeria”, the SA submitted.
He went further to challenge Barr Ekeh to try to bequeath at least a mini stadium to the area as one of his legacies before leaving office because, according to him, in sports, a lot of things go on simultaneously, including physical, social, competitive interactions and development, which would combine to produce virile and balanced individuals for the society.

By: Gabriel Nwanetanya

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Newly appointed Super Eagles coach Finidi George has set his sights firmly on securing qualification for the 2026 World Cup, demanding unwavering commitment from his top players as the team aims to get their faltering qualifying campaign back on track.
Unveiled to the media in Abuja on Monday, Finidi, who succeeded the outgoing Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro, wasted no time in laying out his immediate priorities, two crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin early next month.
“Nigeria comes first, that’s what I expect from every player I invite. You have to be playing in your club, and you must have the commitment,” Finidi told reporters on Monday.
Recognising the importance of a strong start, the former Ajax winger emphasised the significance of the upcoming clash against South Africa.
“The first targets are to qualify for the World Cup and AFCON (Africa Cup of Nations), and a win over South Africa will set the tone.”
Nigeria currently finds itself in third place in their qualifying group, with just two points from as many games, while South Africa sits second with three points.
Finidi, who has signed a year’s contract with an option for an additional year, acknowledged the immense pressure that comes with leading the national team of a country with over 200 million people.
However, he exuded confidence in his ability to withstand the scrutiny, stating, “I have a tough skin.”
While his salary remains undisclosed, the 53-year-old coach expressed a willingness to prioritise performance over immediate financial rewards.
“The salary is good enough for me, it’s not as much as that of (Jose) Peseiro.
“Money is good, but if you add value to what you do, the money will come. Then they can come and ask ‘Coach, how much do you want?” Finidi said.

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I’m Not Under Pressure, I’ve Tough Skin – Finidi

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New Super Eagles Coach, Finidi George, has underlined that the word pressure is not in his dictionary and appealed for support from key stakeholders including the media.
Speaking after his unveiling yesterday in Abuja, the former Enyimba of Aba coach said; “In life you cannot be afraid. As you see me here, I am a quiet person but I’m not afraid of anything. The worst you can get in football is not getting the result, the best you can get is winning all the time, and I will try my best to make sure that the team functions properly and we start winning games.”
On whether is under pressure to justify his appointment, the coach stressed; “Pressure, I don’t think I have it. I have that tough skin and I want to plead you guys, the media we need your support.
“What is in the contract is boldly written, what the NFF wants and Nigeria in general, but for me personally my first target is to make sure we are in line to qualify for the World Cup. AFCON qualifiers definitely will be coming up soon, but the major step for me is these two games that we have.
“If we can win against South Africa and Benin, we will set the tone.”
During the unveiling ceremony, the NFF confirmed that ex-Super Eagles striker; Daniel Amokachi and Abiden Baruwa will be the assistant coach and goalkeeper coach respectively.
The first assignment for Finidi, who won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, is to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

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Amusan Becomes World’s Fastest Woman, Sets New Track Record

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Nigerian sprint icon Tobi Amusan has become the world’s fastest woman in the women’s 100m hurdles after running a world-leading 12.40 seconds.
In a thrilling race, the world record holder secured the victory, leaving behind Danielle Williams, the world champion, who clocked her best time of the season at 12.46 seconds. Following closely was American Christina Clemons, claiming the third spot with a time of 12.54 seconds.
This triumph means the Nigerian athlete has now claimed the top spot globally, surpassing American Tonea Marshall’s previous record of 12.42 seconds set in late April.
Tobi Amusan’s impressive win arrives just two months before the Paris 2024 Olympics, setting the stage for an exciting competition ahead.
John Enoh, the minister of sports development, on his X handle congratulated Amusan over the feat.
Take your flowers Tobi Amusan, you stormed to an emphatic win in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Jamaica Athletics Invitational, clocking a time of 12.40s (0.9), a World Lead time!
You defeated World Champion Danielle Williams, who came 2nd in 12.46s, while Christina Clemons.
“Take your flowers Tobi Amusan, you stormed to an emphatic win in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Jamaica Athletics Invitational, clocking a time of 12.40s (0.9), a World Lead time! You defeated World Champion Danielle Williams, who came 2nd in 12.46s, while Christina Clemons was 3rd in 12.54s,” he wrote.
“Tobi, you keep making our country proud. Paris Olympics is around the corner, your performance gives us hope just like others, that Nigeria is set to break a jinx. Keep soaring, we are proud of you.”

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