As the Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival entered its third day on Friday as Football and Track and field attracted so much attention due to the popularity of both sports. At the time of going to press Ikot Abasi, Ikot Ekpene and Ibeno had qualified for the quarterfinals in the secondary schools boys category. A promising Ibeno side beat Etim Ekpo 1-0 while it took penalties (4-2) for Ikot Abasi to edge out Obot Akara in an energy-sapping encounter.
Urue Ofong Oruko’s ambition of progressing was halted by clinical Ikot Ekpene who dispatched them 2-0. The football event for women and the primary schools also got underway in the Itam Sports centre which is also venue for tennis, handball, handball and basketball The state FA Chairman Emmmanuel Ibah said he was delighted with the individual stars so far discovered different from the teams Track and field as usual ignited the packed arena of the Godswill Akpabio International stadium as all the 31 local government teams were battling to make it pass the heats stage.
In the Long Jump final, Kingsley Etim Udoh of Nsit Ibom, ( 4.630 Uduak Abraham of Uyo( 4.53) and prosper Godwin Enefiok ( 4.52) of Nsit Ibom were in the medals range The competition continues today (Saturday) with finals in Volleyball, Basketball, Handball, Tennis, Table tennis, Taekwondo, boxing, baseball and other sports.
Iwobi targets Carabao Cup glory
Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi is targeting his fourth silverware at his English Premier League side Arsenal as the Gunners face Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Iwobi has won an FA Cup and two Community Shield titles with Arsenal and is keen to add the Carabao Cup to his growing medals cabinent.
He has become a key part of the team as coach Arsene Wenger has featured him 26 times in all competitions this term and has two goals and four assists to his credit. He reckons Wembley is a favourable hunting ground for the Gunners and they will add City to the list of their casualties at the National Stadium.
“It’s the ambition of every footballer to lift as many trophies as possible during his playing career and it would mean a lot to me to add this trophy to the silverware I have won so far,” Iwobi told Soccer Laduma. “I am very excited at the opportunity of playing another match at Wembley Stadium.
“This is a very important game for us as we have to keep the momentum going until the end of the season. “We have a very good chance of winning the trophy and will have to be at our best to beat Manchester City, as they are a very good team.”
Obaseki ready to unveil rebranded Bendel Insurance
All is now set for the unveiling of the rebranded Bendel Insurance Football Club and the technical crew ahead of the 2018 National League football season and it will be done by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. A statement from the Government House, Benin City and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Ebomhiana Musa, read that the technical crew was headed by Monday Odigie as the Manager, while he is to be assisted by Baldwin Bazuaye as the chief coach and Greg Ikhenobas the assistant coach. Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, is the chairman of the committee charged with the responsibility of repositioning sports in the state.
According to Shaibu,” With the calibre of players we have on board coupled with the technical crew, we have no doubt that Bendel Insurance FC are out to thrill football lovers with good play and bring back the old glory associated with the club. Ultimately they will move to the premier league where we believe they are rightfully belong to with the kind of investment we have put into it.”
Lagos Polo: Caverton, Agad, Optima Energy triumph
Lagos Caveron/Sao Polo began their chase for a place in the final of the Low Cup of the 2018 Lagos International Polo Tournament mainly sponsored by GTBank with an 8 – 4 ½ win over Lagos STL. Lagos Optima Energy outgalloped their city rivals, Lagos Plug to also brighten their chances of making it to Sunday’s final.
Martin Juaregi, unsurprisingly, ran the show on behalf of Caverton/ Sao Polo netting a large chunk of his side’s goals while Jamilu Umar and Rotimi Makajuola, the side’s patron, were also on target. STL parading Omololu Agoro, Mario Gomez, Khalifa Ibrahim and Seyi Tinubu, who is the patron began on ½ goal handicap but had their lead wiped off in the opening chukka with Argentine four-goaler, Juaregi scoring twice but STL stayed in touch with a goal by Ibrahim.
The third match of the day saw Lagos Plug having no answer to the intense play of Optima Energy who ran out 7-2 winners. Ibrahim Dantala and Saidu Umar starred as Optima Energy were optimally energized for what turned out to be a resounding victory.. The match between Lagos Agad and Kaduna Trappco which was called-off due to poor visibility was concluded with Agad scoring a goal to win 7- 5 1/2 having led 6 – 7 1/2 before the final two minutes was decided.
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