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1 Division wins Nigerian army inter formations combat, swimming championship



Last Updated on July 28, 2023 by Fellow Press

The 1 Division Nigerian Army Kaduna has emerged as the overall winner of the 2023 Nigerian Army inter formations combat sports and swimming championship.

Recall that 560 athletes participated in the week-long competition held at the NDA sports complex, Rabidu Cantonment Kaduna.

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 .

1 Division Kaduna topped the table with eight gold, followed by Army Headquarters Garrison with six gold ,and 81 Division which came third with four gold medals.

The fourth on the table was 6 Division with one gold and four silver; 2 Division, 5th position with one gold and two silver; 3 Division, 6th with three silver; 8 Division, 7th position; and 82 Division trailed in 8th position.
The athletes competed in boxing, wrestling and combat swimming .

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, in his remarks at the closing ceremony, emphasised the need for continuous training of troops to be able to surmount the myriads of security challenges bedeviling the nation.

Lagbaja, represented by Maj.-Gen. John Ochai, Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), said that the competition was to make the personnel ready for any combat situation.

“I am aware that the Combat Swimming, Boxing and Wrestling bouts were keenly contested.

“The final bout of boxing and wrestling, which I witnessed this afternoon, has proven to me that the report of your performance during the earlier activities of this championship was fair, accurate and realistic.

“No doubt, the key objectives for this Championship have been achieved,” he said.

The COAS commended the monitoring team from the Army Headquarters Department of Training and the Technical Team from Physical Training Directorate for adhering to prescribed standards.

He said that the lessons learnt from the championship be circulated to all formations to guide them to improve their performance in future events and in the conduct of operations.

“This is my strategic end-state for all our competitive training activities and must be achieved,” Lagbaja added.

He told the competitors that in every competition, there will be winners and losers.

“Since the objective of this championship have been achieved, we are all winners.

“I must however, congratulate the winners and advise you to be magnanimous in victory.

“To other formations that did not win, I urge you to embrace the culture of individual fitness training, team
work and early preparations, as you prepare for future tasks.”

The Army Chief appreciated President Bola Tinubu for his unflinching support and encouragement to the Nigerian Army.
He also commended the efforts of the Chief of Training for organizing the competition.

“I recognize also the tireless efforts of the Acting Director Physical Training and his ever-ready instructors who continue to set new standards in improving fitness in the NA.

“To the participants, once again, congratulations for a good performance, which I am sure has set the pace for the remaining competitive training activities in the Training
Year 2023,” Lagbaja added.


Mourinho picks Messi over Ronaldo as Best of Generation



Last Updated on June 14, 2024 by Fellow Press

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



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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