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National President’s Cup An Opportunity To Prepare Our Athletes For Future Championships – Abdullahi Saidu-Baba



President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Alhaji Abdullahi Saidu-Baba has lauded the Successful completion of the 2023 National President’s Cup Open Championship staged in Abuja.

President Abdullahi expressed satisfaction with the current board of the NTF for ensuring the tournament which is also an Olympic weight classification eventually saw the light of the day, as that has been what the federation has being driving towards to achieve.

While speaking to journalist at the end of the 3days open championship in Abuja, Alhaji Abdullahi said the federation intentionally organized the championship as a way of giving her athletes the opportunity to showcase their skills, which will in turn, prepare them for bigger and better future championships.

He noted that when they came on board, they initially started with capacity building, enlightening the athletes on the current rules and regulations of the game, as well as empowering their officials on other technics of officiating and coaching which aligns with the federation’s intentions.

“This is great, this is what the current administration of the NTF have been trying to do. You remember when we came here we started with capacity building, educating the athletes on the current rules and regulations”

“We also try to empower our athletes on the skills required to become champions, also empowering our officials on other technics of officiating and coaching and what you are seeing now is giving them the opportunity to test their skills and to also prepare them for better & future championships”

“Don’t forget we have the all African games coming & we have the Olympic qualification, this is a tournament for Olympic weight classification, so we’re trying to look at our athletes and look at their prospects”

The effervescence President further stressed that their set objectives is to perform well in their line up of events which includes the Kebbi open, the Korean ambassador’s cup, the all African games and the world championship which will be taking place this year in Bacu, Azerbaijan.

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



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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