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1 Division wins Nigerian army inter formations combat, swimming championship



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.



Napoli Sack Rudi Garcia, Announce Mazzarri As Replacement



Serie A giants Napoli have announced the departure of coach Rudi Garcia after a poor spell and announced his successor with immediate effect

Reigning Serie A champions Napoli have announced the departure of French manager Rudi Garcia after a poor run of form that sees the Partenopei handing on to faint hopes of defending the Scudetto title won last season.

Napoli have only claimed one win in their last four matches in all competitions, trailing Serie A leaders Inter by 10 points while also trailing Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League by five points.

Osimhen gets new coach as Napoli reportedly appoint Walter Mazzarri to replace Rudi Garcia

With the Partenopei looking a lot worse than they did at this stage last season, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has chosen to act swiftly before things get out of hand.

The club chief revealed that Garcia had been relieved of his duty, after posting a message on social media platform X to announce the arrival of the Frenchman’s replacement.

Napoli announce Garcia successor
That replacement is a former Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri[url][/url], who was welcomed back to the club by De Laurentiis, who was also the owner during his last spell at the club.

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Wherever I went, people abused me every day, spat at me – David Beckham reveals how his 1998 World Cup red card still hurts



Football icon, David Beckham has laid bare the lingering pain he felt he caused his family following the red card he received at the 1998 World Cup, saying his dismissal left him a “mess.”

This was revealed in a new Netflix documentary series entitled “Beckham”, set for release on Wednesday, October 4 in which the ex-Manchester, PSG and Real Madrid midfielder looks back on his career.

Beckham, now 48 and the co-owner of MLS franchise Inter Miami, was sent off for kicking the back of Diego Simeone’s leg during a last-16 World Cup tie against Argentina.

England went on to lose the match following a penalty shoot-out, with Beckham widely blamed for the defeat with rival fans repeatedly jeering him when in action for Manchester United during the following season.

In the documentary, his wife, Victoria Beckham said the continued abuse left her husband “absolutely clinically depressed” as the then 23-year-old tried to deal with the fallout alongside becoming a father for the first time in March 1999.

Beckham admitted the abuse “took a toll on me that I never knew myself”.

He said: “I wish there was a pill you could take which could erase certain memories. I made a stupid mistake. It changed my life.

“We were in America (on holiday after the World Cup), just about to have our first baby, and I thought, ‘we will be fine. In a day or two people will have forgotten’.”

“I don’t think I have ever talked about it, just because I can’t. I find it hard to talk through what I went through because it was so extreme.

“Wherever I went, I got abused every single day — to walk down the street and to see people look at you in a certain way, spit at you, abuse you, come up to your face and say some of the things they said, that is difficult.

“I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t sleeping. I was a mess. I didn’t know what to do.”

“It brought a lot of attention that I would never wish on anyone, let alone my parents, and I can’t forgive myself for that.

“That is the tough part of what happened, because I was the one that made the mistake.

“It is only now that I am 47 years old, it is now that I beat myself up about it (still).”

Beckham’s wife also received abuse while attending football matches to support her husband.

“As horrible as it was to look up to Victoria in the stand (getting that abuse), it was the one thing which spurred me on,” he said.

But the 1998/99 season ended in triumph on the field, with a United side managed by Alex Ferguson winning a remarkable treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, with the European triumph sealed by two stunning goals in stoppage time in the final against Bayern Munich.

Beckham’s former United and England team-mate Gary Neville, who is part of the producers of the documentary, recalled how the pair were “absolutely destroying teams” down the right flank for United.

Neville said: I was supporting him in a way which was to be fair, I would say I was a side dish really. Not the beef. I was the mustard on the side.”

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