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Coach hails Bayelsa govt. over grassroots football development



Coach Timi Magic of Tantuama FC in the ongoing 2019 Governor Seriake Dickson’s Cup in Bayelsa has applauded the state government on grassroots sports development, especially in the area of football.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the tournament, also known as “Restoration Cup”, kicked-off on July 19, with over 160 community based football clubs from the eight local government areas of Bayelsa.

Magic, who spoke with sports writers on Tuesday in Yenagoa after his team defeated to Kalaowei-ama 2-1,  said he was delighted with the state of development so far in the state sports sector.

According to him, I am happy the way football teams in Bayelsa are becoming more active since inception of the competition in 2015.

“My team is progressing and I am optimistic that we will make it to the final stage and definitely, we are going to win.

“There is nothing to compare grassroots sports development in terms of building talent. We, the clubs must be focused and make the good use of game,” he said.

Another coach, who preferred anonymity, also commended Dickson for initiating the tournament, which is in its third edition, urging  the players to play by the rules of the game.

In other games on Matchday 6, Sampou community progressed with 7-6 on penalties, against Igbedi community after playing one all at full time in the first game.

In the second game, Odi team walked over Akaibiri community.

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