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Valentine’s Day: Club Organizes Football Derby

As part of activities to mark this year’s Valentine Day, a fitness club, Kenz fitness club organized a novelty football match between married men and team Manchelors (Singlemen) last Friday at the Approved School Field, Borikiri, Port Harcourt Township, which ended 2-2 draw.

In a chat with our correspondent in Port Harcourt, the organizer of the encounter, Nduak Samuel said the Val-day celebration fiesta was aimed at bringing both married and single men together to recreate, have fun and mark the day in a grand style.

Samuel disclosed that the event was his contribution to bring people together rather than the usual visit to clubs for immoral activities and other social vices, stating that the match would ginger the Manchelors (Singles) to emulate the married men and have their partners soonest.

Quoting the Senior Pastor of Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyeomie, who opined that if a man is over 30 of age and single he is a Manchelor and should have a partner rather than get into immoral activities, single men could get their spouse at appropriate time and place like the football encounter.

He advised other fitness club and organizations to let the world know that Valentine Day is not just for drinking, smoking, committing all sorts of immorality that is against the scripture because God is love, as such should enjoy love through football and other recreational activities.

According to him, children were not left as there was a pop-corn stand for them to fill belong, and let the single men and women know that they are due to have their own children as well.

Samuel hinted that the celebration was also be used to mark the birthday of some personalities like Hon Opekerebia Iriso-Owubo, Ozor Anugom, Solomon  Shedrack, Lawal  Abdulahi, Chimamkpa, Goddy and Elizabeth Thomas a.k.a : Black  Diamond who  also took the kick-off of the match.

He disclosed that lots of fun, music and dancing feature at the event with Explorers, Ebi swag winner of Matina Dance Hall season and Zanku Dancers, while the Guest Artists, Bala Boy and Black Abino who is one of the  great artists in Borikiri also took the centre stage at the celebration.

Players on the side of the married men include; Barasin Kunkala, Aribibia Owunari, Oyibo, Iniesta, Emamanuel, Santiago among others while Team Manchelors had Iyowuna Edward, Ozor Anugom, Minabo Furo, Eyak Samuel, Chimaka Tony Cruz, Oyoyo and New man.

Pere Ebitemi, Mustapha Jack-Rich and Harmony Bassey were Special Guests at the occasion.

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Hoopers ‘Make Nigeria Proud At Africa B’ Ball League –Coach

The Coach of Rivers Hoopers Basketball Team, Ogoh Odaudu has expressed optimism that they would make the state and Nigeria proud at the forthcoming Africa Basketball league which is expected to dunk-off from March 20, 2020.

Coach Odaudu in an interview with The Vortex Sports correspondent at the Sports Council Complex in Port Harcourt hinted that they are leaving no stone unturned as they intensified training to win the league among.

According to him, the new continental league game would further showcase the Rivers Hoopers Basketball team as a force and champion in Nigeria and Africa in general, stressing that their ultimate goal had been to make the State and Nigeria proud and not just to participate in the tournament.

He said as the Nigeria champion after winning the last year edition, they would to stop at nothing to conquer Africa again in this year leaque.

Odaudu disclosed that with the assistance of the fitness Coach, Shola, who also handles the team, the sky would be their limit, assuring that they will beef-up their standard in order to maintain their position.

Some of the African countries that have indicated interest in the league include Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal amongst others.

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RSG Plans Blueprint On School Sports

The Rivers State Government will soon come-up with a blue-print on school sports development.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on School Sports, Chief Aribiton Okiri who made this known in a chat with our correspondent in his office in Port Harcourt hinted that already, contingents of intellectuals, stakeholders and philanthropists have been invited to draft the blue-print on school sports development in the state, which will be approved  by the Governor, Chief Nyeson Wike.

Chief Okiri said as his office is saddled with the responsibility of school sports development, he would ensure that he consult relevant stakeholders in education  and sports sector to achieve the aim, pointing out that he intend to engage the youths in schools in line with the National School Sports Federation.

He noted that talents would be discovered and harnessed for future engagement, and it would further help their physical and mental capacity, adding, that he intend to use the power of sports to create wealth, as a means to shun youth restiveness and build friendship and peace.

The Special adviser hinted that there are enormous sporting potentials in the schools, and stressed the need to collaborate with the various Sports Associations.

According to him, sports is capital intensive and investment in sports is one of the biggest economic ventures in the world, therefore all hands must be on deck as everybody in the society have a part to play in sports development.

Okiri further disclosed that his office is in talking with ANCOOPS, public and private sectors, and the Ministry of Education as supervising authorities, Rivers State School Board and Universal Basic Education (UBE) with a view to getting the best to identify challenges and how to attract attention to solving those problems in order to achieve the goal of developing school sports in the state.

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Betting: A Mixture Of Fun And Risks

Various forms of betting, lotteries, pool, raffle draws, etc are simply forms of gambling as participants stake money or other valuables on a game of chance with the aim of winning a fortune.

A visit to a popular betting shop would reveal the diverse views on the subject. From a distance, one could see young men huddled over television screens and simultaneously scanning their phones hoping and praying for that “big break”.

Daily, Nigerians who want to get rich through betting shops wager their money in one form or the other, with the believe that such move would give them instant financial success.

The Vortex engaged some bettors and their responses were fascinating.

Mr. Alex Enezegile a sports enthusiast said betting is not a sin, but offers a source of livelihood.

He said, “The reason most people involved in sports betting is simply to cater for daily needs and an alternative source of livelihood. If some persons feel it’s a sin, I guess forex trading and other investment that promises high returns is sin too. Although, we know any habit that takes the place of God in our life is sin. If a person can regulate his betting habit then I see no reason why he or she should be called a sinner. Such person feels Bet9ja is the alternative source of making money to cater for daily needs. Las Las Bet9ja na investment!

Engineer Chinenye Douglas explained that although betting cannot be termed a sin, caution has to be taken to avoid getting addicted to it.

He said, “Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Betting is a game of chance. You forecast the outcome of an event based on past occurrences and results. If you’re right, you win, when your predictions are wrong you lose.

 “Forecasting and probability is applied in many disciplines like the financial sector by investors, etc. I don’t see why betting is different. I no steal money play am. It’s bad when one is addicted to it or sees it as a “god”. Idolatry is what is sin, not sports betting,” he stated.

Okon Edidiong explained that playing Bet9ja or Nairabet is not a sin but a means of livelihood, especially in the harsh economic climate of the country.

He said, “I dey play Bet9ja nobi today. I know how e don help me to settle some problems I face. See now, I just win 15,000. I be Christian and worker for my church sef. I never see wey Bible talk say to play na sin. As I dey this shop now, if rapture happen, I go follow God go. See as the country dey, no money anywhere, this one wey we dey take hold ourself naim people dey call sin. God go help us.”

When asked if sports betting affects his spiritual life, he said, “as I win this money now, I go pay my tithe, from here I go put offering and also give for any church project. This thing no dey affect my spiritual life. I no fit dey this shop when church service dey on, e no fit happen. Where e fit be sin na wen person place bet pass God.”

Edidiong went on to make a revelation of how he received an accurate bet prediction in a dream.

He said, “last year July, God give me some games as I been dey sleep. And na dat month my house rent expire. As I wake up, I rush come here play the game and I win N150,000 exactly the amount for my house rent.”

Branch manager of a betting shop in Port Harcourt, Philemon Okwa, explained that people should begin to appreciate the role sports betting plays in taking the attention of youths off criminal activities and giving people an alternative source of income.

He said, “The advent of bet9ja like every other betting platform is a welcome development. I see it as a means of helping unemployed youths. If you observe critically, you’ll see that most youths who engage in social vices like robbery, cultism etc have now diverted their attention to sports prediction and have so much hope they come out winners.”

When asked on possible negative effects of the game, he said, “Everything has both good and bad side. I know it has the negative effect of being addictive, because as a manager I’ve seen persons who would rather starve or borrow than miss playing a slip. My advice to people has always been for them to take the game as fun and not a full time job.”

Speaking with The Vortex, manager of a Nairabet shop in Port-Harcourt, Nkechi Joseph said that irrespective of what people think about sports betting, it is empowering many Nigerians, especially the youth and helping to curb crime among them.

She said, “The issue of unemployment cannot be over emphasized. Lots of youths are jobless and that has led to a high crime rate. Sports betting has drastically reduced the crime rate. Most persons who would have engaged in social vices now put in time to forecast games and those who are lucky win. Most people think forecasting is easy, but to predict 10 odds requires a high level of intelligence and brain work.”

A Koretbet agent, Benjamin Oghenetega said that sports betting offered him an opportunity of being his own boss.

He said, “I graduated from the university five years ago and was unable to get a job. One of my friends introduced me to KoretBet and even though I was reluctant initially, this is what I want to do with my life now. I’m a registered agent and I’m blessed to have several shops under me.”

Speaking further, he revealed that online betting has given succor to thousands of Nigerians, predicting that “many youths will find it difficult to survive if anything happens to these betting companies.”

Reverend Shadrach Bob-Manuel, in a chat with The Vortex explained that although the Bible does not explicitly mention gambling, money should not be wasted adding that excess money should be saved for future needs or given to the Lord’s work, not gambled away.

He said, “Many Christians wonder if sports betting is a sin and what the Bible has to say about it. While gambling, lotteries, and other today’s get rich quick games aren’t specifically mentioned within the Bible, God has still warned against the temptation. Often when people gamble, it is because they become addicted to the love of money. A simple game can become a sin when it takes over our minds and hearts and leads us down a road of never being satisfied.”

Rev. Bob-Manuel noted that when properly controlled, bets could have positive aspects, such as the provision of legitimate recreation, generation of funds for acceptable courses, and in some cases, the enhancement of local economies.

Irrespective of the view you have about sports betting, there seem to be an increase in sports betting outlets nationwide as a lot of people have considered it a means to survive the harsh economic conditions in Nigeria.

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Edo 2020: Rivers Tops Zonal Elimination …Set To Reclaim First Position

Rivers State will clinch the first position in the forth-coming National Sports Festival tagged Edo 2020. Festival Secretary of Rivers State Sports Council, Mr. Chioma Christopher who made this told our correspondent after the South-South Zonal elimination held in Asaba, Delta State said in 2020, Rivers State will bounce back to their first position which had eluded them in the past two festivals.

Christopher hinted that the state will participate in 33 sports events but if the traditional sports is to be split, to show case 38 sports, pointing out that despite the fact that they are not in camp yet, he was optimistic that the council would make the state proud.

He disclosed that the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike is doing his best in terms of provision of equipments and facilities, and that they are ready to compliment his efforts in their performances in “Edo 2020”, from March 20 – April 2, in Benin City.

On their level of performance at the recently concluded South-South Zonal elimination held in Asaba, Delta State, the Festival Secretary who is also the spokesman of the Sports Council noted that they performed well in the team games and will do better in the National Sports Festival proper.

Chioma hinted that out of nine team games which they participated in at the zonal eliminations, they lost in football and Hockey only.

“We performed fantastically that we never had it this way because we qualify for five team games in male and female. Automatically, we are going for the festival proper with 13 games which include Volley Ball (male and female), Hand ball (male and female), Abula (male and female) with mixed doubles, with Beach Volley Ball (male and female) while they will feature only male team in Hockey.

He however advised the athletes to keep up the spirit in training as the festival draws near, enjoining them to ensure that they make the state proud at the festival. 

It will be recalled that Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and the host Delta participated in the zonal elimination.

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Winners Emerge In Rexes Chess Tourney

A total of 17 students drawn from the 5 Tertiary Institution of Rivers State competed in the 2nd edition of The Rexes Open Chess Competition held at the Prestigious Port Harcourt Club on Saturday 14th December, 2019.

After a grueling 6th round of Deft display,

Mr. Okiridu Benson of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rivers State emerged winner while, Ibiso Boma of Ken Saro-wiwa Polytechnic emerged second.

Mr. Boma-Sam Raphael of Rivers State University was third.

The female Category was won by Miss Eunice Ajanwachukwu of Rivers State University while Ms Ibilate Batubo of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Constance Powers of Rivers State University and Vivian Ikpendu of University of Port Harcourt and  Chiamaka Madu also of Rivers State University shared a combined 2nd position.

The winner Mr. Benson and other participants went home with prizes and certificates of participation.

Mr. Da-Opikuro Dawariboko won the novelty game.

While declaring the game open, the President of The Rexes, Rexon Konipirim Tom-George, promised that the Chess competition will be an annual event and enjoined participants to be good ambassadors by shunning all antisocial behavior preach the Game of Chess.

He expressed hope that the Game of Chess will become popular again adding that the competition would produce world beaters in the near future.

He also thanked Port Harcourt Club for providing a very conducive venue for the games.

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Chiefs To Tackle Girls At Amanyanabo Novelty Match

As part of activities marking the coronation anniversary of the Amanyanabo of Ogu Kingdom, His Majesty, King Nicholas Dickson Ibiebele Nimenibo, Loko IX, the Ogu Divisional Council of Chiefs will lock horns with women in a novelty football match.

According to a statement from the Palace of the Royal Father, the match will take place at the Ogu Mini Stadium (St Martin’s School Field), tomorrow Friday 20, 2019.

The statement indicates that the Amanyanabo of Ogu Kingdom, His Majesty King Nicholas Dickson Ibiebele Nimenibo Loko IX will take the kick-off by 3.00 pm for the commencement of the game.

It also stated that some of the Chiefs expected to feature in the match will include the Chairman, Ogu Divisional Council Of Chiefs, Chief S. M. K. Taribo Amgbara, Chief Emmanuel Abbey Okekeya, Chief Francis Ada Ebenezer Onyie, Chief Bapakaye Orabere Okwuodu, Victor Nagibo and Chief Wiollioams Tubonibo Iyama.

Others are Chief Derrick Igbiks Anga-Kalaiyo, Chief Bapakauye Obaka Dabipi, Chief Justice Kienka Ofiomani, Chief (Brig-Gen) Woriboye Dick-Iruenabere (Rtd), and  Chief (Senator) George Thompson Sekibo.

The female team is expected to include Magrette Duke, Blessing Daso Derefaka, Barr. Christianah Tamunoberetonari among others.

Also as part of the anniversary, a boat regatta is expected to hold on Saturday morning while later in the day; there will be wrestling contests at the Amanyanabo’s Palace at Ogu.

The Vortex correspondent reports that the community is wearing festive look for the activities which will be rounded-off with a thanksgiving service on Sunday at St. Martins Anglican Church Ogu by 10.00 am. Reception will hold thereafter at the Amanyanabo’s Palace.

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Foxes Set To Frustrate Man City …As Chelsea Square Up Against Mourinho’s Spurs

The English premier league enters week 18 as teams look to gather momentum in a fight for top spots and survival.

Leicester City will travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on third placed Manchester city in what could be battle of supremacy. City have 35 points after cruising to a 0-3 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates’ Stadium.

Liverpool maintain top spot and unbeaten run after defeating Watford 2-0 at Anfield. With the victory, Klopp’s men remain 1st on the table with 49 points, 10 points above 2nd placed Leicester City who played a 1-1 draw with Norwich City.

Problems continue for fourth placed Chelsea after falling to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge. The defeat leaves the Blues on fourth place with 29 points. Chelsea will travel to the New Tottenham Stadium to face former Coach Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham who occupy fifth position.

A victory for Frank Lampard’s men will see them move six points clear of Tottenham.

Manchester United occupy sixth place with 25 points after a 1-1 draw with Everton. The red devils face bottom placed Watford as they look to bounce back to winning ways.

Arsenal continue their struggle for consistency as they lost 0-3 to Pep Guardiola’s men at the Emirates’ Stadium. The Gunners will travel to Merseyside to take on a rejuvenated Everton as they look to grab the maximum points.

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All Stars Tennis Club President Assures On Maintenance Of Facilities

Newly elected president of the All Stars Tennis Club Chief  Minainyo Igani has promised to turn-around the fortunes of the club for by ensuring that members are united as a family.

Chief Igani stated this in a chat with our sports correspondent at the tennis pavilion in Port Harcourt.

He noted that the face-lift of the tennis courts will afford members the opportunity to grow in the sport, adding that, a conducive environment will be ensured to allow members play and interact harmoniously.

According to him, the importance of exercise or recreation cannot be overemphasized and also noted that he would ensure total discipline and compliance to the constitution, the rules and regulations of the game, and run an open door administration by carrying everybody along.

The president appealed to members who have not been participating in the club activities to have a rethink as the new administration under him is poised to take the club to a new level.

“There is going to be harmonious play of the game as one family while witch-hunting and other forms of indiscipline will be a thing of the past as we join hands to forge ahead in making the club enviable with its aim of recreation achieved”, Igani posited.

He however solicited for total support and thanked all for the confidence reposed on them, promising that to ensure that the motto of the club, “Together in Tennis” is taken to the fore with God on their side.

Other members elected include, Sam-Adoki Nelson – Captain, Ogan Rogers John – Secretary and Jane Lemuel – Finacial Secretary while Henry Jeremiah still retained his position as the Court Manager.

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Rivers Coaches Prepare For National Championship

The Rivers State Football Coaches Association have rounded off the 2019 end of year activities in the state with an appeal for financial support from individuals and organization towards executing some of the projects mapped out by the association.

Chairman of the association and Chief Coach of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma said such support will enable the association tackle some of their challenges.

Eguma specifically listed the provision of facilities for its office at the Elekahia stadium; and provision of an 18-seated bus for the smooth running of the affairs of the association.

He said equipping the office will enable the association have a befitting place to relax and analyze football matches comfortably during domestic and international matches.

Eguma said a lot has been done by the association in the area of capacity development of its members, and training and support of members on CAF license courses.

Chief Coach Eguma added that in preparation for the forthcoming national football caches championship billed for 2020, the association has embarked on the physical and mental training of its member.

In the football match played top at Elekahia Stadium top to rap up the event, Rivers Football association played a 1-1 draw will its Delta State counterpart.

Borikiri Streets Football Tourney Kicks-Off, Dec 15

Arrangements are in top gear for the kick-off of this year Borikiri Inter-street Football Competition.

According to a statement by the organizer of the competition, Coach Timothy Daniel, the tournament is expected to flag-off on December 15, 2015 with eight teams participating.

The statement further has it that the key objective of the encounter is to engage the youths positively not to indulge in anti-social vices before the festive season.

It stated that it would also curb youth restiveness as well as show case their God given talents since football had become a source of livelihood to many families in the world.

“Although, there is no sponsor as at the moment, but I am hoping and believing that before the end of the championship, some spirited individuals and sports lovers will come to my aid”, the statement noted, and appealed for sponsorship as the encounter would also help government and residence of the area for the youths who are the future leaders of the nation meaningfully engaged.

The tournament which will be played at Enitonia High School Field, Borikiri, Port Harcourt, also enjoined the youths that they are important as it is their opportunity to unleash their potentials as future stars of the state and the nation.

The streets that are expected to take part in the competition include Egbema, Etche, Rex-Lawson, Nembe, Ozubokor, Kolokuma, New Road and Sand-field among others.

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