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JUTH holds tournament to unify, promote cordiality among personnel

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The Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) CMD’s Annual Staff Tournament (JUCAST), will unify and build cordiality amongst the hospital’s members of staff, the CMD, Dr Pokop Bupwatda, says.

Bupwatda had declared the maiden edition of the two-weeks tournament opened, on Tuesday in Jos.

He said the games were aimed at breaking the walls of hostility between the various professional groups for a harmonious working relationship in the hospital, as sports often played an important role in unifying people.

According to the CMD, besides unifying people, the tournament will also help in promoting culture of exercising to encourage members of staff of the hospital stay healthy.

He said the sports competition, scheduled to hold between Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, was being held in the spirit of sportsmanship, and participants would go home with trophies and cash rewards.

Earlier, Mr Obisesan Oluwatuyi, Director, Medical Laboratory Services, JUTH and Chairman of the Tournament Committee, commended the management of the hospital for organising the games.

Oluwatuyi, said the tournament would promote friendliness and cordiality as members of staff of the institution from all the departments, would be involved.

According to him, the tournament was organised to encourage healthy lifestyle among personnel of the facility as most persons live sedentary lifestyles.

Oluwatuyi urged all members of staff to participate, and that those that were not participating should not use the game as an excuse to be away from work, because there were rules and the committee intended to follow them.

He, however, assured all participants that the committee would be firm and fair in applying the rules of the game.

Mrs Afiniki Igwe, a staff of the Dietetics department, who expressed excitement over the prospects of the tournament, commended the management and appealed for its sustainability.

The Newsmen reports that the tournament had both indoor and outdoor games such as badminton, Chess, Ludo, Whot, Scrabble, Volleyball, Football, Table Tennis and Trekking.

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Amusan wins fourth national women’s 100m hurdles title

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World record holder Tobi Amusan raced to first place in the women’s 100m hurdles at the national trials in Benin City on Monday

It was the fourth time Amusan had won the title.

Tobi Express, as she is fondly called by her admirers, crossed the line in 12.78 seconds, ahead of Adaobi Tabugbo, who finished second in 13.33 seconds. Faith Osamuyi came in third with a time of 13.36 seconds.

The 27-year-old will be hoping for a podium finish at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Amusan came in fourth in the final of the women’s 100m hurdles in Tokyo four years ago.

She will also participate in the African Senior Athletics Championship in Cameroon later this month.

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Transfer: Nigerian-born forward signs new contract at Chelsea

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Chelsea has announced that Academy Forward, Tyrique George has signed a new contract until 2027, with a further one-year option.

George joined the Chelsea academy in 2014 as an under-8.

The 18-year-old has progressed through the Academy ranks at the club.

Last season, George played prominent roles across two Chelsea Academy sides and scored several eye-catching goals.

He made 26 appearances for our Under-21s – three of which came in the Premier League 2 playoffs – while 21 outings came with the Under-18s, who ended the campaign as Premier League South champions.

Despite representing England at the youth level, he is eligible to play for Nigeria.

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Gov. Mbah congratulates Rangers for winning NPFL title

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Gov. Peter Mbah of Enugu State has congratulated Rangers International Football Club of Enugu for winning the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) title with a game to spare.

The congratulatory message followed the team’s 2-0 victory over Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday.

A 33rd minute goal by Kenechukwu Agu and 65th minute goal by Chidiebere Nwobodo handed Rangers their eighth league title and their second since 2016.

Their closest rivals, Remo Stars and Enyimba Football Club, lost their respective match day 37 fixtures 1-2 each against Sunshine Stars and Sporting Lagos.

This left the Flying Antelopes with 67 points with a game to go and five points ahead of their nearest rivals.

Reacting to the development, Mbah said Rangers’ title win and display on the pitch were a clear exciting reenactment of the greatness Enugu State was known for.

He assured that his government would commit more resources toward sports development in the state.

“I can tell you that the government and people of Enugu State are very excited. What we have now is the reenactment of the greatness that Enugu is known for.

“Part of what I said to the players before the match started was that they had the weight of history on their shoulders because they were walking the path legends had walked and that it was incumbent on them to deliver.

“I’m so excited again that this has happened.

“Indeed, our tomorrow is here. It is again part of connecting the dots in the sports sector. As you already know, we want to be the number one in everything we do.

“So, we have zero tolerance for failure or mediocrity and our work ethic is impeccable,” Mbah said.

He said the state would continue on that trajectory, making sure that they had a good reward system, motivate the players to go all out and excel.

On sports infrastructure, he said: “you will attest to the fact that getting our pitch back in shape immediately we assumed office to enable Rangers play their home matches here at ‘The Cathedral’ was a huge motivation for the players.

“But I want to assure Enugu people that they have not seen anything yet. As you are aware, our goal is a total turnaround of the sports industry in the state.

“This includes the sports infrastructure, building world-class facilities and upgrading existing ones to world-class standard.” 

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