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Okala predicts better days for Anambra sports


AWKA – Emmanuel Okala, a former Green Eagles goalkeeper, on Tuesday said that sports would be further developed in Anambra in the years ahead.
Okala, who is the Senior Special Adviser (Sports) to Gov. Willie Obiano, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka that the state’s performance in 2014 was good, but not exceptional.
He said that government had remobilised toward revamping the sporting facilities in the state, especially the Chuba Ikpeazu and Rojenny stadia in Onitsha and Oba respectively.

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The former national team goalkeeper said that tartan tracks had been laid in both stadia, assuring that the ongoing facelift would impact positively on the performance of the state’s athletes.
“We did well in sports this year but much still needs to be done; we shall have more competitions and our facilities will be greatly improved upon.

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“Our stadia are undergoing renovation and two of them, Chuba Ikpeazu and Rojenny, are being laid with tartan tracks.
“By the time we are through, our athletes will be exposed to standard facilities and Anambra will bounce back,” he said

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Okala pledged to continue to contribute to sports development in the state.
He attributed the failure to release the results for the first Obiano festival to the poor sports administrative structure which was inherited in the state.
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NAN reports that the result of the eighth Anambra Sports Festival, held in September, has not been released. (NAN)

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