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Bayelsa State Deputy Governor Thumbs Up FDC Vista Gelendzhik Scouting Delegates



The Senator Douye Diri-led Administration has re-echoed its determination to use sports as a veritable means to attract greater fortunes and glory to Bayelsa State.

The Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence stated this on Monday when he received the chairman and members of the 2022 Governor’s Cup Organizing Committee along with a team of scouts from Europe, during a courtesy visit in Government House, Yenagoa.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo said the present administration believed that with sports the state could make revenue and write the name of Bayelsa in gold in the annals of sports development in the world.

The Deputy Governor maintained that government was also desirous to use sports in empowering youths of the state, build their self-confidence and dissuade them from social vices.

He pointed out that Bayelsa was succeeding in every ramification of sports by dint of commitment, hard work and divine blessings.

The Deputy Governor recounted the victories recorded by the Basketball teams from Saint Jude’s Girls Secondary School, Amarata and the Bishop Dimieari Grammar School (BDGS), Ovom-Yenagoa last week at the Nestle Millo National Secondary Schools Basketball Championship held at Onikan, Lagos.

His words, “We want to use sports for money and for positive development of our youths. We believe that with sports, we can write the name of Bayelsa in gold in the history of sports in the world.

“Sports is so important to us. Only last week, the Sports Commissioner, and that of Education, came back with trophies from the Nestle Milo National Secondary Schools Basketball Competition, in both male and female categories, won by the Bishop Dimieari Grammar School (BDGS), and Saint Jude’s Girls Secondary School.

“So, any collaboration from anybody or group that will help us improve on what we are doing, would be embraced. We want you to stay and remain in Bayelsa because what you are going to get in Bayelsa, you won’t get it elsewhere.”

Senator Ewhrudjakpo thanked the Chairman and the members of the Organizing Committee for their relentless efforts in midwifing the Governor’s Cup competition, and assured the foreign football scouts that government was prepared to collaborate with them to achieve the purpose of their visit to the state.

Earlier in his remarks, the Director-General of the State Governor’s Cup Tournament, Mr. Ono Akpe, disclosed that the head of the Russian delegation had brought a group of top European sports scouts that run one of the largest sports academies in Europe.

He thanked the State Government for its support all the way, stressing that at the end of their stay in Bayelsa, identified talents would be taken to Europe under a special scholarship for their sports career development.

Speaking on behalf of the Scouting Officials, Mr Nikita Poliakov, commended the state government and the organizers for the initiative and pledged commitment to assisting identified budding talents grow into football stars in the near future.

The team was made up of a renowned FIFA Agent, Mr Ojo Omamomo, Mr Dmitrii Churkin of FDC VISTA, a national coach, , Mr Kennedy Boboye and former international footballer, Mr Joseph Eyimofe.

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NPFL Youth League: Naira Rains For Abia Warriros As CEO Banana Island Lounge & Grills Rewards Players



Chief Executive Officer of popular Texas based Banana Island Grills and Lounge, Francis Chilaka, has rewarded Abia Warriors Under-17 monetarily for their gallant performance in the maiden edition of the Nigeria Professional Football League Youth played in Enugu State, for the South-East zone.

Speaking after the team last fixture against Rangers Under-17, Chilaka who doubles as a Board member of the Abia Warriros Football Club elougized the young Warriors for their spirited performance regardless coming together as a team in a short while.

“The boys showed character and prospects, am proud of their performance regardless not picking the South-East slot as the team wanted”

“Everyone at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu applauded the youthful Abia Warriros for their exceptional cohesion in their style of play “

“Truely, a big future is before Abia Warriros as the boys will be graduated into the main team as the progress with their developmental process”

In conclusion, soft speaking Chilaka who promised the team a mouthwatering cash reward (N200,000) handed the cash to the team management as the team journey back to Umuahia.

Excitingly the football enthusiasts, Francis Chilaka, was in Enugu althrough the competition giving them financial and moral support.

Abia Warriros Under-17 failed to record a win in the (3) day event as they garned a draw following its (2-2) stalemate with Enyimba and a (0-0) draw against Rangers Under-17 .

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Exciting Opportunity: Enugu Rangers Launches Open Screening for Youth Teams!




Rangers International F.C. Witnesses Impressive Turnout of Young Football Talents at Open Screening Event

Rangers International F.C. recently organized a remarkable open screening exercise to scout for exceptional young talents to join their U-13, U-15, and U-17 teams. Held at the picturesque Rangers Training Pitch, located in Liberty Estate, Independence Layout, Enugu, on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, the event attracted an astounding turnout of over two hundred aspiring football stars.

The screening session was graced by esteemed personalities, including Ejike Uzoenyi (MON), a renowned FIFA World Cup star, as well as former team captains Okey Odita and Chibuzor Madu. The legendary Coach John Edeh, along with Coach Basil Obeta and other dedicated personnel from the club’s management, also supervised the event.

Barrister Amobi Ezeaku, the elated G.M/CEO of Rangers, expressed his heartfelt congratulations to all the young footballers who participated in the exercise. He extended his gratitude to the supportive parents and guardians who encouraged their children to showcase their innate talents during the screening.

It was truly an exciting day filled with promising football prospects, and Rangers International F.C. eagerly looks forward to unveiling the exceptional talents that emerged from this exceptional event.

Ejike Uzoenyi, who supervised the open screening exercise on behalf of the coaching team, expressed his admiration for Rangers International F.C.’s forward-thinking approach. Drawing from his experiences playing football in numerous countries, Uzoenyi commended the club’s management for adopting a methodology commonly practiced worldwide. He was thrilled by the vast number of talented individuals identified during the session and expressed his optimism for discovering even more in the upcoming sessions.

Due to time constraints, some aspiring footballers were unable to be evaluated during the initial screening. To ensure fairness and provide opportunities for all, the exercise will resume on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, starting promptly at 10:00 A.M. This allows the remaining participants to showcase their skills and potentially be considered for the next phase, bringing them one step closer to becoming a part of the esteemed Rangers team.

The enthusiasm and passion displayed by all the participants have made this screening exercise an enjoyable and memorable event. Rangers International F.C. looks forward to continuing this exciting journey, uncovering exceptional talents, and ultimately welcoming new players into their esteemed ranks.

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Triumphant Win for Nigeria Women’s Rugby League Team Against Ghana in Accra




Nigeria Rugby League Women’s Team Secures Convincing 30-20 Win Against Ghana in Thrilling Accra Match

The Nigeria Rugby League Women’s National Team once again displayed their dominance on the field with an impressive 30-20 victory over the Ghana Women’s Rugby League National Team in an exhilarating match held in Accra.

This latest triumph adds to Nigeria’s already impressive track record, having previously defeated Ghana with scores of 40-4 and 14-6 during the two series of games hosted in Lagos in November 2023. The Nigerian women’s team has consistently showcased their skill and prowess, establishing themselves as a formidable force in the Rugby League arena.

The 30-20 victory in Accra signifies another milestone for the Nigeria Rugby League Women’s National Team, highlighting their unwavering determination, exceptional teamwork, and remarkable resilience. Both the players and coaching staff deserve recognition for their dedication to the sport and their ability to achieve success on both domestic and international levels.

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