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Taraba State Set To Host Beach Volleyball 2nd phase Tour

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By Sani Yarima, Jalingo

All is set for the second phase of the 2023 Beach Volleyball Star Tour/Tour in Jalingo, Taraba state.

According to the Nigeria Volleyball Federation, over 35 teams will battle on the sand from Saturday 28th October to 5th November at the Jolly Nyame Stadium.

North East Zonal Representative on the Board of NVBF, DCP Stephen Hasso (RTD) said a 10-day beach tour is a key event on the federation’s calendar given the weight of international commitments that the country is committed to later in the year.

Hasso explained that the tour will serve as a training tour for the National U21 players preparing for the World Beach Volleyball Championship in Thailand next November.

He said, “The Beach Tour will commence on Saturday (today) and I am happy to announce that more than 35 teams will participate in the second phase. If you look at the FIVB calendar, we have some international championships and this will serve as a training tour for our players going for the World Championship in Thailand”.

Hasso lauded Tabara State Government led by Dr Agbu Kefas for supporting the NVBF in hosting the beach tour.

He said, “Taraba State is the new home of beach volleyball. Governor Agbu Kefas has shown a desire to develop volleyball and other sports in the state”.

National Coaches, Francis Imoudu and John Iwerima will be on the ground to watch the event and perhaps extend trial invites to deserving players for subsequent national camps.

However, SAHEL REPORTERS gathered that the President, of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engr. Musa Nimrod is also expected to grace the event.

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Wikki FC Fans Have Fear For The Club To Remain Relegated

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Wikki Tourists Football Club fans in Bauchi State have started to express fear for the club to remain relegated at the end of the 2024 Nigeria National League (NNL) season amid lack of sport administrator as Chairman of the club

Wikki Tourists suffered a 2-0 defeat to Nasarawa United last Saturday in Lafiya marking their loss at the season to 2nd position with 23 points from twelve matches.

Some fans are starting to worry that the club could be in danger of dropping down to the NNL Championship.

Adamu Saidu Wikki FC Fan said, As it stands, if Wikki Tourists lose in their next match with Yobe Desert, that could be in the relegation zone

Because the club needs sports administrators who would run the club effectively, get it out of relegation and triumph to the premier league.

“We need someone who knows Sports, speaks sports and coordinates sports urging the State government to look into the administration of Wikki Tourists management,” he said.

Another Sports Enthusiast James Bawa the management of Wikki need to take drastic steps or else they will remain relegated for ever.

The state government is trying but the management needs to work hard to meet up in their next matches.

“But should they not pick up a point in the next games Wikki would incredibly find themselves in the bottom three.

The Chairman of the Club Mr Auwal Gotal in his recent press briefing has hinted that it could take a while to turn things around.

“I didn’t expect to solve everything in one day. You have to have more aggression in your game, more speed and more competitive duels which go your way.

He commended the government for the support and funding of the club.

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Celtic FC Eyeing Nigerian Prodigy, Mezi Ikemba For Trials

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In a stunning move that reveals Celtic Football Club’s penchant for nurturing young talent, the Scottish giants have turned their attention towards Mezi Ikemba, a 15-year-old Nigerian striker currently stationed in San Antonio, Texas. 

With his commendable skill set and towering 6 fit 1-inch frame, the young talent, aptly nicknamed “Messi,” has caught the eye of Celtic’s scouting network.

Hailed as a top player in San Antonio, Ikemba has reigned supreme on the youth soccer scene, showcasing his extraordinary prowess as an Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) under 15 star, where he emerged as a promising talent in the making.

Born in 2009, Ikemba has amassed a significant following both in Texas and beyond, with his exceptional goal-scoring abilities and technical finesse setting him apart from his peers. 

Such remarkable achievements at such a tender age could very well place Ikemba on the path to greatness, and Celtic FC has seemingly anticipated this potential.

With aims to transform raw talent into professional success, Celtic FC has extended a generous invitation to Ikemba, urging him to partake in trials at the club’s renowned training facilities.

Should the Nigerian prodigy impress during these anticipated trials, it could mark a pivotal moment in Ikemba’s budding career.

The Scottish club is renowned for its ability to spot raw talent and mold it into world-class players. 

Their notable track record includes the likes of Henrik Larsson, Charlie Nicholas, and Scott Brown, who have all developed into highly respected figures in the footballing world. 

It is therefore no surprise that Celtic has chosen to tap into the potential of a young star like Ikemba.

Ikemba’s prospective move to Scotland has already set tongues wagging within the Nigerian football fraternity, with his supporters eagerly anticipating further progress for their beloved youngster. 

The promising striker himself has expressed his enthusiasm at the opportunity, revealing that Celtic FC has always held a special place in his heart.

“I’m thrilled and honored to have received this incredible opportunity from Celtic,” Ikemba said. “It has been my lifelong dream to play for a club that has such a rich history and passionate fan base. 

I am determined to make the most of this trial and showcase my talent to the best of my abilities.”

Celtic FC’s desire to give Ikemba a platform to shine speaks volumes about their commitment to nurturing fresh talent. 

The trials that lie ahead promise to be a crucial turning point in Ikemba’s career, as the prodigious youngster aims to conquer new frontiers and etch his name into the storied history of Celtic Football Club.

Only time will tell if this Nigerian gem can seize the opportunity and follow in the footsteps of legends who have donned the famous green and white shirt in Glasgow. 

For now, the stage is set for an audacious audition, as all eyes eagerly await the verdict on Mezi Ikemba’s trials at Celtic FC.

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Sportsville Award Excites Mark, Hails Organisers

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Igoche Mark, the initiator of the renowned Mark D’ Ball Basketball Championship has hailed the Organisers of the prestigious Sportsville Awards for counting him worthy as one of this year’s awardees.

Mark, who received the Achiever’s Award penultimate Friday, says the award solidifies his belief that he is on the right path toward creating a lasting impact on the basketball scene in Nigeria.

“I understand that the Sportsville Achiever Award is not merely a symbol of my accomplishments, but also a reminder of the responsibilities that lie ahead. This award serves as a catalyst, igniting a fire within me to continue pushing myself to new heights and surpassing my previous achievements.

With this recognition garnered from this award, I know the increased expectations placed upon me, and I am determined to surpass them.”Mark stated.

He noted that he and other basketball stakeholders are determined to leave a lasting legacy in Nigeria’s basketball landscape, by ensuring that the sport continues to thrive and produce top-notch talents.

The 4th Edition of the Sportsville Award was held on the 1st of March at the Eko Club, Surulele in Lagos State.

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