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NYG 2023: Team Delta Training Hard To Defend Title – Okowa

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The Executive Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Tonobok Okowa, is confident that the state will defend its title and surpass the medals won at the last games during the 2023 National Youth Games starting September 20 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

Okowa’s optimism stems from the ongoing intensive camp of 560 athletes at Stephen Ikesh Stadium, Asaba Stadium, Austin Okocha Stadium, Ogwashi Uku and Okpanam Town, located in the Oshimili Northern Council area of ​​the state.

He said: “Just like our Team Delta slogan says: If it’s not right, force it, which literally means that our athletes are raised with the attitude and approach of never giving up.” In the sixth edition, the won Team Delta 60 gold medals. We wish they would do better this time. We must show others that Delta is and will remain the birthplace of sport in Nigeria. Thank God for our Governor, His Excellency the Hon. “Sheriff Oborevwori is so passionate about sports that he has given us all the support we need, and I am sure that Team Delta will not only retain the title but also our performance and dominance in some sports will improve that we have missed.”

Likewise, the Commission’s Director General, Chris Anaziah, believes that the athletes selected to represent the state after the closed camp will excel at the festival.

“We can get started. Our athletes are already close to camps in various locations across the state. “We have given them the preparation that will enable them to perform well in the games and we hope it will be a really good performance,” he said.

The closed camp training sessions are handled by experienced coaches and technical officials of the Delta State Sports Commission, authorized by Okowa to strictly adhere to the training programs to prepare the players for battle ahead of the games that the Delta team is expected to take part in as the host country will take part in all 34 sports activities.

As expected, with good results Under the leadership and intensive preparation under the support of the State Governor, Team Delta is on track to surpass the medals won in the last edition and become champions.

Sources from the Delta team camp say that all athletes are fit and well prepared for the action, that none of them have been injured and that Team Delta with the support of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori will be ready to take part in the seventh edition of the games in. Delta State Capital, Asaba, September 20 to 30, 2023

During the 6th edition organized at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, the Delta team emerged after winning 60 gold medals, 26 silver medals and 28 Bronze medals six victories in the six national youth competition games. from 2013 when Abuja hosted the first edition which Cross River State won.

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Dreams FC land in Uyo for crunch clash with Rivers United

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Ghanaian club, Dreams FC have arrived Uyo for their CAF Confederation Cup clash with Rivers United.

Abdul Karim Zito’s side top the Group C table with 12 points from five games.

The Ghanaian FA Cup champions need just a point from the game to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Rivers United occupy third position in the group with nine points from same number of matches and just 1-0 win will be enough for the Port Harcourt club to qualify for the knockout round.

The encounter is slated for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Sunday.

Tunisia’s Club Africain and Academica do Lobito of Angola will clash in the other group game.

 

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StarTimes to air four NPFL games weekly

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StarTimes has increased its weekly live broadcast of Nigeria Professional Football League matches to four from February, instead of the usual two live matches per week.

The Pay-TV firm said fans should brace themselves for an electrifying weekend as the NPFL serves scintillating fixtures on Beta Sports channel 244 on StarTimes.

As the sun sets on Saturday (today) at 5:30pm, Remo Stars take on Bayelsa United. Remo, renowned for their attacking flair, aim to extend their winning streak, while Bayelsa, hungry for points, will be out to play party spoilers.

Also, Doma United square off against Sporting Lagos on Monday. The stakes are high as both teams jostle for mid-table supremacy.

Midweek, two matches were already aired live. Some of the other matches scheduled for this weekend like the Gombe United vs Shooting Stars match have been rescheduled to Tuesday.

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NPFL U-17 Youth League: Elegbeleye Reveals Major Reason Behind Programme Creation

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The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has revealed that the major reason for making inroads into the NPFL Youth League is to have a pool of players the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) can consider for international youth tournaments.

At a media parley in Benin, venue of the maiden edition of NPFL Youth League Playoff, NFF 2nd Vice-Chairman and NPFL Chairman, Gbenga Elegbeleye also said the league body has picked some former Super Eagles players whose recommendation would be relied upon to assemble a solid structure for the junior national teams.

“Nigeria have an enviable record of winning the U-16 World Cup on five occasions. However, we couldn’t even qualify from Africa the last time the competition was held due to our lack of planning.

Now that we know that without good planning, you can’t get result, we decided to come up with the idea of the NPFL Youth League exclusively for players in the elite league.

With that, we hope to have a pool of talented players where NFF can pick for U-17 Africa Cup of Nations or FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

He insisted that NPFL should be the main focus of such players.

Four ex-Nigeria International players were unveiled as brand ambassadors.

They are current Super Eagles coordinator Patrick Paschal; Nigeria’s third highest scorer of all time, Yakubu Aiyegbeni; Seyi Olofinjana, a chemical engineer and NFF technical director, Augustine Eguavoen.

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