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BDGS Wins Secondary Schools Football Tournament In Bayelsa

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Bishop Dimiari Grammar School (BDGS), Yenagoa, in Bayelsa State has emerged winners of Character Chief Lawson Ayakoroma,GHS. maiden edition of Secondary Schools Football Tournament in the State.
The tournament which was organised by League of  Character Club International was played at main bowl of the Samson Siasia Stadium Yenagoa, saw BDGS thrashed community Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS) Agbura 4-1 in final game to emerge winners.
The encounter which appeared like a mini festival witnessed huge attendance by people from all works of life, as both sides played quality football that thrilled the spectators inspite the wide scoreline.
Speaking shortly before the presentation of medals to the winners, the sponsor of the tournament, Character Ayakoroma said he feel fulfilled seeing youths engaged in meaningful activities like sports.
Chief Ayakoroma one of the grant patrons of League of Character Club International was represented by Owutuamor Henry, noted that sports can be used to dissuade youths from involvement in social vices, hence he intends to organise the tournament periodically.
Similarly, the South-South Vice President, Youths Sports Federation of Nigeria( YSFON) Kali Gwegwe urge youths to be good ambassadors of the State.
“ Football and other sporting activities have continued to play significant roles in not only curbing youth restiveness, but also serving as employment avenues for talented youths in various countries in the world”,  Gwegwe said.
Also speaking at the event  National President, League of Character Club international, Character High Chief Christian Kokoriko, GHS. congratulated  all the schools that  participated and  winners of the tournament.
“I observed that sports is a veritable tool for the engagement of youths,  winners and other players who put in their best during the tournament have automatically qualified to represent Bayelsa state at the forthcoming Oba’s football tournament in Omoku, Rivers State, next month.
Highpoints of the tournament were the presentation of awards to some leaders, including the Chairman Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council, King Bubaraye Dakolo, amongst others.

 

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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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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