Weightlifting coach appeals for regular competitions
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.