Weightlift­ing coach ap­peals for reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tions

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For­mer Su­per Ea­gles play­ers Austin JJ Okocha and Taribo West at the weekend joined top Nol­ly­wood stars to en­ter­tain Abuja res­i­dents at a foot­ball match or­ga­nize to promo peace and Nigeria’s unity.

In the match played at the Pack­age B sec­tion of the Na­tional Sta­dium in Abuja be­tween the for­mer Su­per Ea­gles stars and a Nol­ly­wood team, the ex-in­ter­na­tion­als en­ter­tained the hand­ful spec­ta­tors at the venue with the dis­play of foot­ball artistry and drib­bles. The match ended 4-0 in favour of the ex-in­ter­na­tion­als.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust, Taribo West said “we are still able to ac­tively play be­cause we have been used to it and we didn’t let our talent de­part from us.”

A mu­si­cian pop­u­larly known as the torch­light mu­si­cian, Zaki Adzee lamented that the play­ers “played us like they were play­ing Chelsea Foot­ball Club. We will or­gan­ise a mu­sic con­cert and in­vite them to come han­dle the mi­cro­phones as our own form of re­venge.”

Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Com­mis­sion, Prof. Bem Angwe said the foot­ball match was or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC) as an av­enue to get Nige­ri­ans to­gether and ed­u­cate them about their hu­man rights and the need to em­brace peace.

The Head Coach of Kaduna State Weightlift­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, Us­man Us­man, yes­ter­day called on all tiers of govern­ment to or­gan­ise reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tions to pro­mote the sport.

Us­man said in an in­ter­view in Kaduna that the as­so­ci­a­tion needed na­tional com­pe­ti­tions to en­able its weightlifters max­imise their po­ten­tials.

“I want to use this op­por­tu­nity to ap­peal to the state and federal gov­ern­ments to or­gan­ise na­tional com­pe­ti­tions reg­u­larly to pro­mote weightlift­ing.

“Weightlift­ing in­creases the body me­tab­o­lism and helps the body to burn fat.

“I have been in the sport for over 14 years, but there is no mo­ti­va­tion and spon­sors for the sport.

“The few weightlifters we trained are no longer in the coun­try due to lack of com­pe­ti­tions,” he said.

( NAN)

Austin Okocha

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