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560 athletes compete for honours in Nigerian Army inter formation combat, swimming championship

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Last Updated on July 25, 2023 by Fellow Press

The Nigerian Army inter formation combat sports and swimming championship has opened in Kaduna with 560 athletes competing in various sports.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the athletes were drawn from 1 Division, 2 Division, 3 Division, 8 Division, 81 Division, 82 Division and 6 Division as well as the Army Headquarters Garrison .

The athletes are to compete in boxing, wrestling and combat swimming .

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, while declaring the competition opened on Tuesday in Kaduna, said physical fitness was one of the key areas of capacity building in any army,
Lagbaja was represented by Maj.-Gen. Olufemi Oluyede, Commander, Infantry Corps Nigerian Army.

According to him, since his assumption of office as the Chief of Army Staff, he has reflected on the myriads of security issues bedeviling the nation and the need to enhance Nigerian Army capacity to combat the challenges.

“As we all know, physical fitness is one of the key areas of capacity building in any army, hence I considered it imperative to ensure the promotion of physical fitness of all Nigerian Army personnel.

“This informed the careful articulation

of my command philosophy which is: to transform the Nigerian Army into well-trained, equipped and highly motivated force to achieve the constitutional responsibilities within a joint environment.

He emphasised that there was no gainsaying that the current operating environment was volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

” As such, we have to enhance capacity for efficient employment of all hands to achieve desired results through group training.

“We are therefore stepping up all aspects of our combat readiness in line with best practices to effectively confront contemporary adversaries.

He explained that enhancing the physical endurance and operational readiness of troops will be accorded due priority across board.

“I therefore expect that this championship, involving boxing, wrestling and combat swimming, will go a long way in boosting our confidence, warrior ethos and survivability techniques, ” he said.

The COAS appreciate President Bola Tinubu for his strategic direction and unflinching support to the Nigerian Army.

Lagbaja urged the competitors to make the best use of the championship to display high level of fitness and the spirit of comradeship.

Cross section of some of the participants.

Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigerian Army Ladies, Maj.-Gen. Bamidele Alabi, said the objectives of the competition was to improve troops combat proficiency.

It will also enhance physical fitness, troops leadership traits, use of initiative and also promote esprit de corps.

Alabi said the championship was also intended to prepare troops for battle in view of the current security challenges in the country.

“It is pertinent to state that the effort and investment that have been put into organising this championship is a clear indication of the premium the COAS places on ensuring the operational readiness of the NA under a competitive sporting atmosphere.

Alabi urged participants and technical officials to take the competition seriously and abide by its rules.

The GOC appreciated the COAS for providing necessary resources and logistics for the smooth conduct of the competition.

NAN reports that the week long event is expected to end on July 28

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Mourinho picks Messi over Ronaldo as Best of Generation

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Last Updated on June 14, 2024 by Fellow Press

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Football manager Jose Mourinho chose FC Barcelona legend Lionel Messi over compatriot and Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player of their generation, in comments made to TNT Sports.

Mourinho is currently set to take the reins at Fenerbahce when club football resumes after international tournaments such as the Euros and Copa America have taken place.

Messi and Ronaldo will feature in them for their respective countries Argentina and Portugal, in what could be the last time we get to see them at a major competition considering they are already on the road to 40.

On Tuesday to ESPN, Messi confirmed that Inter Miami will be his last club yet he also stressed that he’s not ready to retire yet.

Mourinho on the other hand could only just be getting started as a head coach. Yet given he has already spent 20 years at the top of the game, which have yielded two Champions Leagues and a number of domestic championships, the 61-year-old has plenty to reflect on.

TNT Sports asked him the one player who he wished he had signed, and for the Portuguese there were no doubts.

“Of course I would have to say the little guy,” Mourinho answered, in reference to eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi. “But the little guy was not coachable. But I have to say, in our generation, he was the best.”

This means that Mourinho picks Messi ahead of his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo in an endless debate among football fans, which might not be well received by his ex-Real Madrid forward from 2010 to 2013.

CR7 was however chosen in a shortlist of the best players Mourinho has had the chance to work with.

“You know, it is very hard to say, to speak about [John] Terry, [Frank] Lampard, [Didier] Drogba, Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Man United, all the Inter guys, I don’t know,” Mourinho said.

As for the best supporters in the world, Mourinho remarked: “Old Trafford is Old Trafford, Bernabeu is Bernabeu, San Siro is San Siro, Stamford Bridge is Stamford Bridge … But I would say for a team not used to winning, Roma fans are so, so loyal to the team.”

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Joe Mazzulla meets with Pep Guardiola before 2024 NBA Finals

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Last Updated on June 6, 2024 by Fellow Press

Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla met with a special guest Wednesday before the 2024 NBA Finals — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Mazzulla, a noted soccer fan, visited Guardiola at Manchester City’s football academy in February. He told The Athletic a week later that he studies the English club and Guardiola, calling the City boss “the best coach at any level, in any sport.”

The two were spotted chatting at TD Garden ahead of Game 1 on Thursday.

Guardiola is one of soccer’s most decorated managers, having served as the head man at multiple top clubs, including Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

He’s won six Premier League titles (including four straight), four UEFA Super Cups and three UEFA Champions League titles. In 2009, at 37 years old, he led Barcelona to a Champions League final triumph, becoming the youngest manager to ever win the Champions League.

The former midfielder also won the treble (domestic league, domestic cup and European Cup/Champions League in the same season) twice as a manager — the only one to ever do so.

Mazzulla is looking for his first title as an NBA head coach, with Game 1 tipping off.

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