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Crisis Never Far Away For Zidane As Real Madrid Doubts Linger

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Real Madrid have released the pressure on Zinedine Zidane temporarily, with the next job to fix their dismal start in the Champions League.

Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the Clasico on Saturday swerved a third consecutive defeat after losses to Cadiz in La Liga and Shakhtar Donetsk.

“There are always bad spells,” said Sergio Ramos. “Hopefully this one has only lasted a week.”

But the effects of the implosion against Shakhtar, who had 10 first team players missing due to coronavirus infections, still linger, with Madrid sitting bottom of Group B.

A win away to Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday would limit the damage, especially after Monchengladbach’s draw with Inter Milan kept the group tight.

And Zidane will know a convincing performance in Germany should suspend talk of a crisis and dispel doubts about his future, at least for now.

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Even for Real Madrid, two defeats seemed scant ammunition for the uncertainty around their coach that followed.

Some reports in the Spanish press were even discussing the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino if mistakes were not rectified at Camp Nou.

“I have always been critical of myself, it is what drives you to improve,” said Zidane. “After a loss, as a coach, most of the criticism comes at me and that’s normal.”

The quickness to question the Frenchman has become a regular feature of his tenure, even while the players sing his praises and the trophies have poured in.

It was only three months ago Real Madrid were winning their second La Liga title of his three full seasons in charge, to go with three triumphs in the Champions League.

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Success, though, has never been enough for Zidane. His reputation as a man-manager has always been a back-handed compliment, even if getting the best out of good players is surely the key to being the coach of a team like Real Madrid.

Barcelona wanted a return to the club’s DNA by putting Quique Setien and now Ronald Koeman in charge – but few could argue they are not worse off now than under the more pragmatic Ernesto Valverde.

The decision to sack Valverde was “not coherent or logical”, Gerard Pique told Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia on Friday.

If capitulation has become Barca’s recurring flaw, it is inconsistency that undermines Zidane’s Madrid.

When they stormed to the title during the 11-game run-in last season, it was with no other distractions and a trophy in sight.

With a less immediate prize and against lesser opponents, like Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, the suspicion is those players Zidane trusts completely become unreliable.

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“I have won many things with these players,” Zidane said. “I will always be with them until the end.”

Zidane routinely sidesteps the issue of his future, which creates a nervousness after he resigned so unexpectedly after winning the Champions League in 2018.

And perhaps that contributes to the sense of short-termism, an ageing team managed by a coach that seemingly refuses to look beyond the end of the week.

Every slip-up is projected as a slump and any doubts feed the idea Zidane might suddenly depart.

“Nothing changes,” he said. “Last year? The same. In my first spell? The same. What I have to do is do my job.”

Anything but a win on Tuesday and the cycle begins again.

 

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Secondary School Game Masters Took Part in Kogi Cricket Coaching Clinic

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Secondary School Game Masters Took Part in Kogi Cricket Coaching Clinic

 

 

 

The Kogi State Cricket Association of Nigeria recently concluded the 2nd Edition of Cricket Coaching Clinic at the Indoor Sports Hall of Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, Kogi State.

Speaking to Sports Writers Association of Nigerian, Kogi State Chapter, Chairman of the Cricket association Mr. Oludare Aimola disclosed that the game which is now popular in the world and some part of the country needs to be taught at school level to encourage participation.

He disclosed that the theme of the 2nd edition of the coaching clinic titled “Let’s Play Cricket” is basically targeted at building the game at school level and aiding grassroots Cricket Development.

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He added that the sports which is now the second most popular sport in the world, has a way of exercising the body without going to the gym and very entertaining to play.

According to him, the one-day programme which consists of both theory & practical sessions has further boost and take the game of cricket to a higher level in Kogi State with further plans to spread the training all over the 21 Local government and the entire North Central States of the country.

While urging the trained games masters to go to their schools and implement all they have learnt, Mr. Aimola further stressed that the programme is also to prepare the state for the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) accelerated Growth Development Programme.

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Speaking to SWAN members, the head coach of the association in the State, Coach Edisha Omolaiye thanked the association chairman for the developmental strive so far in the state, adding that his efforts has geared others to pick interest in the game.

He further urged the participant to build on what has been taught and practiced to enable the spread of the competition across institutions and the grassroots.

Edisha disclosed that over 30 secondary schools’ games masters were invited to participate in the one-day coaching clinic.

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GOV. BELLO RECIEVES AFRICAN, WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPION, ALIKING WITH MEDALS

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GOV. BELLO RECIEVES AFRICAN, WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPION, ALIKING WITH MEDALS

 

Kogi State Government on Tuesday 27th July 2021 received in audience Aliking Attai Muhammed.

The Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Idris Musa (Danjuma Oando) while receiving the Kogi and Africa born wrestler unbehalf of the State Governor His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello welcomed National and International medals won by Attai Mohammed aka Action Disaster of Nigeria in his Office in Lokoja alongside other heads of the Sports Ministry.

Governor Bello commended Aliking and the wrestling coaching crew for their professionalism and the technical know how which have greatly brought joy to the camp.

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“Aliking has greatly made us proud, we’re proud of you for the National and International Honour you have brought to us as a state”

Hon. Idris assured the wrestler of onward presentation of the National and International medals to the amiable and dynamic sport loving Governor, His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello as soon as possible.

Aliking Attai who recently defeated the Mighty Progress and was Crownded as the National peace Ambassador on the 13th June 2021, also Double as the African middle weight pro-wrestling Champion and is rated as the number 1 World middle weight title contender, the rating that has earn him a stage to battle out with Chris Curtis of the United Kingdom on Kogi soil on a date to be fixed soon.

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In Attendance at the presentation were Hon. Abdulmalik Isah (Dolly) Chairman Kogi State Sports Council and Kogi United, Director Admin and Finance, Mrs Bello, Director Sport Mr. Ogajuma, Coach Philips, Wrestling Coach, among others.

  • Apeh Mordecai
    Media Officer to the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development Kogi State.
    27/07/2021
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Stakeholders Hail Olubiyo As Talents Set NUELA Handball Championship Alight

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Stakeholders Hail Olubiyo As Talents Set NUELA Handball Championship Alight

 

 

 

By Yemi Sodeeq, Sportspro News

It was a classical exposition and exhibition of Handball game on Saturday, when local talents and critical stakeholders converged  on Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo for the final of NUELA Group and Humanitarian U-12 and U-15 Handball championship.

The championship which featured 17 teams of different categories including boys and girls was the fourth edition of the project initiated in 2015.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Kwara State Handball Association who also doubles as the Trustee of NUELA Group, Mr. Emmanuel Olubiyo stated that the championship represent the policy thrust of the organization in taking the youths away from the street and also help make the best out of their careers.

In his remark, the Director of Kwara State Sports Council,Alhaji Ibraheem Alarape Atanda commended the organisers and acknowledged that the tourney has continued to serve for the platform for the discovery of talents while also nurturing them to stardom.

The Secretary General, Handball Federation of Nigeria(HFN); Haruna Ilerika Maigidansama who represented the Caretaker President, Samuel Ocheho, lauded the foundation for its efforts in developing sports at the grassroots and experessed his satisfaction at the display of the Handball artistry by the young players.

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Among many other guests who spoke highly of the Championship were Alhaji Ibrahim Bako; a Director from the Kwara State Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Coach Bola Magaji; President, Squash Referees Association of Nigeria, Mrs Funke Kanjuni; former Board member HFN and Monisola Makanjuola; an ex-international Handballer.

Others, includes Patience Lawal; Head of Coaching Kwara State Sports Council, Mr. S.F Lambe; Principal Oyun Baptist High School, Reverend Micheal Oyewo; first vice Chairman of Handball association in Kwara State, the association’s Secretary; Folaranmi Kayode and Coach Isiaka Atanda.

The championship which also featured presentation of awards was credited to have produced the Kwara State female Handball team( Adorable Angels) that won the 2020 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League in Abuja and the team that clinched the 2019 youth Championship at the University of Ilorin.

Below is the final chart of the Championship;

U-12 Boys category
Ajase-Ipo Community High School-1st
Iwo Community High School- 2nd
Iloffa Grammar School -3rd

U-12 Girls category
Iwo Community High School- 1st
Oyun Baptist High School-2nd
Gov’t Girls Day Secondary School,Pakata-3rd

U-15 Boys category
Iloffa Grammar School- 1st
Iwo Community High School-2nd
Ajase-Ipo Community High School-3rd

U-15 Girls category
Anglican Comprehensive College Offa -1st
Gov’t Girls Day Secondary School Pakata-2nd
Oyun Baptist High School- 3rd.

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By Yemi Sodeeq, Sportspro News

It was a classical exposition and exhibition of Handball game on Saturday, when local talents and critical stakeholders converged  on Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo for the final of NUELA Group and Humanitarian U-12 and U-15 Handball championship.

The championship which featured 17 teams of different categories including boys and girls was the fourth edition of the project initiated in 2015.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Kwara State Handball Association who also doubles as the Trustee of NUELA Group, Mr. Emmanuel Olubiyo stated that the championship represent the policy thrust of the organization in taking the youths away from the street and also help make the best out of their careers.

In his remark, the Director of Kwara State Sports Council,Alhaji Ibraheem Alarape Atanda commended the organisers and acknowledged that the tourney has continued to serve for the platform for the discovery of talents while also nurturing them to stardom.

The Secretary General, Handball Federation of Nigeria(HFN); Haruna Ilerika Maigidansama who represented the Caretaker President, Samuel Ocheho, lauded the foundation for its efforts in developing sports at the grassroots and experessed his satisfaction at the display of the Handball artistry by the young players.

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Among many other guests who spoke highly of the Championship were Alhaji Ibrahim Bako; a Director from the Kwara State Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Coach Bola Magaji; President, Squash Referees Association of Nigeria, Mrs Funke Kanjuni; former Board member HFN and Monisola Makanjuola; an ex-international Handballer.

Others, includes Patience Lawal; Head of Coaching Kwara State Sports Council, Mr. S.F Lambe; Principal Oyun Baptist High School, Reverend Micheal Oyewo; first vice Chairman of Handball association in Kwara State, the association’s Secretary; Folaranmi Kayode and Coach Isiaka Atanda.

The championship which also featured presentation of awards was credited to have produced the Kwara State female Handball team( Adorable Angels) that won the 2020 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League in Abuja and the team that clinched the 2019 youth Championship at the University of Ilorin.

Below is the final chart of the Championship;

U-12 Boys category
Ajase-Ipo Community High School-1st
Iwo Community High School- 2nd
Iloffa Grammar School -3rd

U-12 Girls category
Iwo Community High School- 1st
Oyun Baptist High School-2nd
Gov’t Girls Day Secondary School,Pakata-3rd

U-15 Boys category
Iloffa Grammar School- 1st
Iwo Community High School-2nd
Ajase-Ipo Community High School-3rd

U-15 Girls category
Anglican Comprehensive College Offa -1st
Gov’t Girls Day Secondary School Pakata-2nd
Oyun Baptist High School- 3rd.

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