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Emmanuel Ani and Comfort Etim Take Center Stage Amidst Naira Showers at Abuja Mountain Bike Festival

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Emmanuel Abba and Comfort Etim took center stage at the recently concluded 2nd edition of the Abuja Mountain Bike Festival.

Abba set a new meet record, completing the challenging Karu mountains and valleys course in an impressive 1 hour and 5 minutes. His determination paid off with a cash prize of five hundred thousand naira. Emmanuel Ani secured second place with a time of 2 hours and 13 minutes, while Badamasi Mohammed claimed the third spot.

Reflecting on his victory, Abba spoke about the demanding nature of the Karu hills, emphasizing how he stuck to his game plan throughout the race. “It was an interesting race; even when I wasn’t leading, I stuck to my strategy, and it paid off,” he said. Abba expressed excitement about the next edition, hoping to improve his time.

In the women’s category, Comfort Etim triumphed against all odds, earning a cash prize of two hundred thousand naira. She shared her surprise at the victory, mentioning moments of doubt but ultimately pushing through. “This means so much to me; I never thought I was going to win it,” she said. Etim looks forward to the next edition, intending to train more and enhance her performance.

Dr. Andrew Etsetowaghan, Chairman of the Abuja Chaingang Club, commended all participants, expressing hopes for a larger and more diverse turnout in the next edition. The event attracted notable figures, including former Presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore, who participated in the race and emphasized the significance of cycling in combating cardiovascular disease.

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President Federation Cup final Feat: FCT FA Chairman congratulates Naija Ratels, urges team to for Trophy

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Joel Ajayi

The Chairman of Federal Capital Territory Football Association Alhaji Adam Mouktar Mohammed has congratulated Abuja based football Club Naija Ratels for securing the final ticket for the ongoing President Federation FA Cup.

Abuja landladies, Naija Ratels will go up against former winners Rivers Angels in the grand finale of the women’s version of this year’s President Federation Cup competition at Mobolaji Stadium in Lagos.

Just on Sunday morning, Ratels defeated Remo Stars Queen 7-6 penalty shootout Victory in Enugu, after both teams were tied at 2-2 in regulation time as Rivers Angels edging Delta Queens 2-1 in Awka.

In a congratulatory message to the Abuja based female team, FCT FA Chair, expressed satisfaction in the effort of the team that weather all the storms to secure final ticket of the most prestigious President Federation Cup.

He thereby, urged team to spare no effort to win the trophy come Saturday 29th of June at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos.

According to Mouktar “I am elated to congratulate Our girls Naija Ratels football club, on their outstanding performance in the ongoing President Federation Cup for progressing to the final.

“This feat is a reflection of the attention paid to sports development over the years, that have lifted the profile of women’s football in the FCT.

“I congratulate Fct f a representative for indefatigable spirit and commitment and as a football association we pledge our support morally, financially to the team.

“We want to win the trophy , don’t relent in your effort, we want you to bring the trophy back to Abuja.” He said.
However, this year’s grand finale will see Abia Warriors take on El-Kanemi Warriors in the men’s event.

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