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Real Madrid Academy: Pundits Hail Green’s Appointment

The appointment of Barr. Christopher  Green on real Madrid Football Academy as a round peg in a round hole.

Sports enthusiast who spoke with The Vortex sports correspondent during a chat said they believed that Barr. Green will use his wealth of experience as a seasoned sports administrator to achieve the set-goals.

According to them, the Governor recognized the expertise and exposure of Barr. Green who is capable of taking the Academy to the next level, stressing that with free hands for him to operate, he would be able to build an Academy that Rivers State and indeed Nigeria will be proud of.

They expressed hope that the Governor is set to breed top class male and female footballers for the future in Rivers State and  and urged all true sons and daughters of Rivers State to support the programme.

A sports journalists and commentator, Comrade Jim Udede-Opuka stated that the appointment of Barr. Christopher Green as special adviser to the governor on Real Madrid Football Academy is a recognition of expertise and exposure.

According to him Green has shown capacity and adeptness in sports administration, especially football, stressing that through established contracts, he expect him to streamline the appreciations of the elite Real Madrid Academy in line with the dreams and vision of Governor Nyesom Wike.

A sport reporter, Mr. Barivale Akpo said, “He is a man I believe has the experience and what it takes to build football, being in Rivers State Football Association (FA), that have understand the politics of the game.

Akpo said his appointment as special Adviser to handle Real Madrid Academy in fact that Governor Wike want to grow football and Green is one person that will be able to build and handle Real Madrid Football Academy. Governor Wike would be prepared to do the needful without politics and ethnicity  aptly adding that with the appointment, Governor Wike has proved that any decision that would not make the Academy to grow should be avoided.

He also lauded governor Wike for the appointment and enjoined all to support the programme to succeed.

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Wenger Ends Rumours, Gets FIFA Top Job

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was yesterday named FIFA’s chief of global football development, ending any chance of a move to Bayern Munich.

FIFA said the former Arsenal and Monaco coach would be responsible for the growth of the game “for both men and women around the world”, and would also be the “leading authority on technical matters”, including potential changes to the sport’s laws.

It added that Wenger, 70, would also be tasked with coach education and aiding a programme designed to help former players enter management.

“I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge. Not only because I have always been interested in analysing football from a broader perspective but also because FIFA’s mission as world football’s governing body is truly global.,” Wenger said in a statement.

Rumours of Wenger making a shock return to coaching had intensified over the weekend after Wenger denied claims by Bayern Munich that they had turned down his offer to take over at the German champions after the sacking of Niko Kovac. 

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2020 Tokyo Olympics: IOC President Arrives …Meets Buhari

President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr Thomas Bach, yesterday arrived Nigeria on a two-day official visit.

Bach, who arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 4. 05 p.m. was received by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare and other top government officials.

He said he was happy to be in Nigeria and expressed optimism on collaborating with stakeholders to further develop sports in Nigeria.

“I am looking forward to a successful visit in Nigeria. I will be meeting government officials, the Nigeria Olympic committee and the athletes also to wish them luck in the Olympic qualification and participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic.

“It’s a very rich programme for my visit to Nigeria and am looking forward to enjoying the Nigerian hospitality,’’ he said.

Dare in his remarks said the visit was historic and a sign of Nigeria’s recognition in the world of sports.

Bach, a German lawyer and former Olympic fencer, is the ninth and current President of the IOC.

The IOC boss is in Nigeria on a two-day official visit and would pay a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari today.

He is expected to commission the Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa (ANOCA) headquarters in Abuja and tour the Moshood Abiola national stadium, Abuja among other engagements.

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AFCON Qualifier: Nigeria Beat Benin Republic 2-1, Top Group

Nigeria’s Super Eagles yesterday defeated the Squirrels of Benin Republic 2-1 in the opening Group L match of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

The Super Eagles came from behind to win the encounter after conceding an early goal in the 3rd minute of the encounter.

Victor Osimhen scored from the penalty box before halftime to restore parity before Samuel Kalu sealed the victory for the team in the 65th minute.

  Nigeria top the group following a 1-1 draw played in the encounter between Sierra Leon and Lesotho in Freetown.

In other matches, Guinea Bissau rattled Eswatini 3-0 in Group I, Central African Republic thrashed Burundi 2-0 in E, while Malawi ran away with a lone goal victory over South Africa in Group B.

Elsewhere, Cameroon ended their encounter in Group F with Cape Verde 0-0, while Namibia overpowered Chad 2-1 in Group A.

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Aston Villa Set To Humble Liverpool …As Crystal Palace Faces Leicester

The English Premier League looks more interesting as the game progresses with VAR rules on controversial issue. The Premier League enters 11th week as Liverpool, the current league leaders that still maintained their unbeaten record came behind to defeat Tottenham 2-1, having 28points and they will tackle Aston Villa at Villa Park. Aston Villa lost 3.0 to City Boys and hosting league leaders, Liverpool will be another trouble in the field of play.

Defending champions, man City are second on the league table with 22points in 10 matches. Coach Pep Gladiola boys will welcome Southampton at Etchad Stadium and with their current standard of play; there will be no room for the opponents to operate.

It was goal feast at St. Mary’s Stadium as third place Leicester City humiliated Southampton 0-9 in present of their cheering fans. Leicester has 20 points equal with Chelsea and will meet Crystal Palace at Seahorse Park. Dropping any point will definitely affect their position.

Crystal Palace has a good game as they forced Arsenal to 2-2 draw at Emirate Stadium, bringing their points to 15, occupying 6th position. They will host Leicester City and sharing points will surely boast their moral.

Chelsea are forth on the league table as they won Burnley at Turf Moor Stadium 2-4. The Blues have so far won seven straight matches both UEFA and Premier League, and will battle weeping Watford away to proof their supremacy.

Arsenal occupied 5th position with 16 points as they draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace and will take on Wolves at home. Coach Unai Emery should work on his midfields and defense line in order to have a good game.

Wolves played 1-1 draw with Newcastle and occupied 12th position with 12 points. Manchester United with 1-3 Victory over Norwich City has moved to 7th position with 13 points. They will pay visit to Bournemouth this weekend to fight for either draw or the full points to improve their position. Bournemouth also have 13 points in 10 matches occupying 9th place, playing at home against Man United will be very difficult for the both teams.

Tottenham are in their toughest period in the Premier League, having only 12points in 10matches and dropped to 11th position. They lost 2-1 to league leaders Liverpool and will battle Everton at Goodson Park to grab the full points. But will that be possible? Well, let the Better side win.

Week 11 fixtures 2/11/19

  1. Bournemouth vs Manchester United
  2. Aston Villa vs Liverpool
  3. Sheffield vs Burnley
  4. West Ham vs Newcastle United
  5. Arsenal vs Wolves
  6. Brighton vs Norwich
  7. Manchester City vs Southampton
  8. Watford vs Chelsea
  9. Crystal Palace vs Leicester City
  10. Everton vs Tottenham
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Nigeria Delta Sports Awards Debut Dec 15

No fewer than categories of awards will be conferred on outstanding personalities and organizations in the South-South Zone of Nigeria during the First Niger Delta Sports Awards event scheduled to hold on December 15, at the Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the awards, Comrade, Thomas Adie told. Sports Writers in a news conference in Port Harcourt that the event is designed to recognize and honour outstanding individuals and organizations who have excelled and contributed in various ways to the growth and development of sports in the region.

The organizers also stated that the event was in acknowledgement of the abundant sports potentials existing in the Rivers State of the Niger Delta, and appealed for supports and sponsorship from individuals and organizations towards achieving the objectives of the awards.

Selection for the awards, the committee added is already on-ongoing though its online platforms and is expected to end by the end of October 2019.

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AKULGA Begins Construction Of Mini Stadium

In its bid to develop and promote sports in Akuku Toru Local Government Area, the Chairman Hon. Rowland Sekibo has unveiled plans by the council to build a Mini Stadium at Abonnema in the local government.

Hon. Sekibo said the Mini Stadium to be located at Abonema, the Council Headquarters, is aimed at enhancing and encouraging budding sports men and women in the area.

He described sports as a tool for building up people towards ensuring a living, as the Mini Stadium will provide structures for the training of indigenes of the area and the state in all areas of sporting activities.

He appealed to youths in the LGA to embrace sports as a way of improving personal capacity, stressing that great sports man and all over the world have changed national and individual owners than sports.

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Degema LG Boss To Mark Birthday, Rivers Tour With Golf Tourney

The Chairman of Professional Golfers in Rivers State, Tony Philemon has disclosed that the era of pro-golfers in the state and Niger Delta to hardly compete in a major opens with huge prize money at stake would soon be a thing of the past.

Tony Philemon, who is also the Chairman of Degema Local Government Council made this known in an interview with Sports Journalists in Port Harcourt said to achieve this aim, he and other notable individuals in the state have initiated plans to organize a maiden edition of Rivers Tour Golf Championship, which will tee-off on November 21, 2018.

According to him, the tournament will be used to also celebrate his birthday and hinted that N6 million has been earmarked as prize money for the professionals.

He opined that the eventual winner of the tournament is expected to cart home a whopping sum of N1.2m naira, also noted that the tour which is aimed at revamping the sport among the Pros in the Niger Delta will be competed twice on monthly basis.

The State Chairman of the Professional Golfers further hinted that the tour will stand the test of time because a lot of multi-nationals have indicated interest to sponsor the tournament, adding that the tournament will feature golfers in the amateur category with lots of prizes to win.

Philemon said, “We must let the world know that Rivers State and Niger Delta is safe for investors and those attempting to demarked the state are only spreading falsehood”, and however expressed hope that the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike as the POS Africa will also support the tournament having bankrolled other sporting events in the state in recent times.

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‘Why We Should Popularise Softball In Rivers’

A Rivers State based Pitches and Player of Softball and Baseball, Victoria Iwowari said although the game is not well known in the state, there are talented players that have made the state and the nation proud.

Iwowari, who dropped the hint in a chat with our correspondent in Port Harcourt, said sponsorship had been a challenge as they sponsored themselves individually to competitions.

According to her, since when the game was introduced in Rivers State, they task themselves to attend championships, and give kudos to Bar. Ibiene Brown who brought the game to the state before it was handed over to the government.

She disclosed that it was only in 2004, that the State Sports Council travelled with them to the National Sports Festival in Abuja, and since them they scout for sponsorship to attend competitions.

The Pitcher hinted that in 2013, they played a Super Four Competition in Kwara State among teams from Lagos, Minna, Delta and host Kwarra, and that during the competition; Delta State won Rivers in the finals by nine runs to eight.

Iwowari further noted that on February 9, 2018, the male team in a competition won the baseball trophy while the female team that was sponsored by the Bayelsa State Government also won, and that as defending champions, they have not been formerly received or welcomed, pointing out that it is affecting the moral of the players.

She hinted that their fate to attend a National Supper Senior League Baseball And Softball in Kwara State is still on the balance as they are still searching and sourcing for sponsorship, and appealed to the State Government, Corporate Organizations and Sports Lovers to help popularize and sponsor the game of baseball and softball in the state for Rivers State to maintain its position.

Some of the players Rivers State could boost of include Faith Fyneface, Grace Reginah, Judith Thompson, Emmanbong, Biene Cookey, Rose Godspower, Gift Okosimama among others.

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PH Amateur Golf Tourney Tees-Off, Nov. 1

Preparations are in top gear ahead of the 2019 edition of the Port Harcourt Amateur Open Golf Tournament slated to tee-off on November 1, 2019 at the golf Section of Port Harcourt Club, 1928.

The Chairman of the Tournament Organizing Committee, Engineer Tola Oludemi who disclosed this in an interview with sports journalists in Port Harcourt, opined that over 200 golfers across the country are expected to feature in the tournament, adding that Lady Golfers and caddies will also have a special day during the championship.

According to him, the organizing committees in their inaugural meeting have resolved to stage a tournament that is unprecedented in Port Harcourt Club, adding that members have passion for the development of golf and are desirous to stage a memorable and remarkable championship in the annals of the club.

“We want to organize an amateur open that is new to everyone in Rivers state and South-South region”, Engr. Oludemi said; and noted that the tournament will also boost the economy of the state.

He hinted that the committee is in talk with some corporate organizations with a view of securing adequate sponsorship for the Open, and further disclosed that Rwanda Airlines have at the moment indicated interest to sponsor the Open by giving them return ticket to Rwanda, pointing out that winners of the sponsored category will get the tickets at stake, appealing for more sponsors.

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