IAAF Confirms Nigeria’s Qualification For London Championships

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed Nigeria’s qualification for the IAAF World Athletic Championships in London.

The Nigerian women’s 4x400m relay team finished 7th at the IAAF world relays in Nassau, the Bahamas.

The country’s other opponents in the event, Canada were disqualified, while the British Virgin Islands did not finish the race.

Only Ecuador secured an automatic slot to London after joining the six finishers in the final of the race.

The championship will hold on August 5 to 13.

Kano Pillars Sack Technical Adviser, Kadiri Ikhana

Shooting Stars, Kadiri Ikhana, NPFLKano Pillars Technical Adviser, Kadiri Ikhana, has been sacked ahead of the second stanza of the league.

The former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions suffered a 1-3 defeat to defending champions, Enugu Rangers, in a rescheduled game on Sunday.

The 65-year-old paid for the club’s lack of results, seeing them lie 12th with seven wins in 19 games.

Coach Ikhana was appointed as Mohammed Babaganaru’s successor, following Pillars unimpressive campaign last season.

The team has conceded 16 goals and scored 16 in their 19-league games this season to be sitting three points from safety.

Dortmund Bomb Suspect Aimed To Profit From Shares – Police

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German Police have arrested a man suspected of detonating three bombs that targeted the Borussia Dortmund football team bus last week, ahead of their UEFA champions league tie against A.S Monaco

Prosecutors said his aim was to send the club’s shares plummeting and making a profit on an investment.

The 28-year old man is a dual German and Russian national, identified as Sergei V, and had bought options on Borussia Dortmund’s stock bvb.de, before the attack.

The club shares rose at 1.8 per cent on April 12, the day after the attack, and are up about two per cent so far this year.

Families Of Shooting Victims To Continue Lawsuit Against Aaron Hernandez

Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Commits Suicide In Jial
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The families of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado will proceed with their civil lawsuits against the estate of Aaron Hernandez, despite the former NFL player’s death.

Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell on Wednesday in an apparent suicide, five days after, a jury acquitted him of killing the two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.

The 27-year old was a rising star in the National Football League when he was arrested in June 2013 and accused of murdering an acquaintance near his Massachusetts home.

He was convicted of that killing and sentenced to life in prison in 2015, however on Friday, he was acquitted of a separate 2012 double murder.

Team Nigeria Hopes To Win African Badminton Title

Nigerian players competing at the Africa Badminton Championship are confident they can emerge champions in South Africa.

The championship which is schedule for April 16 to 23 will feature Africa’s top Badminton players.

Team Nigeria is made up of six players, comprising of four males and two females that will represent the country in the Mixed Team event as well as Individual Championship.

Captain of the Nigeria Badminton team, Babalola Gideon, who is the number one ranked player in the country, is confident that Nigeria will impress at the championship.

“We have trained together as a team for more than a month and we believe we are prepared to take up the trophy”, Babalola said.

The Nigerian Badminton players are, Habeeb Bello, Clement Korobapo, Salaudeen Abdulfatai, Momoh Zainab, Gideon Babalola and Dorcas Adesokan who is already in South Africa on a training scholarship by the Badminton Confederation of Africa in preparation for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Egypt, Nigeria, 10 Others Battle For YOG Qualification

Africa’s Table Tennis power houses, Egypt and Nigeria as well as 10 others will compete for the four slots available for Africa in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) taking place in Argentina.

The teams, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Congo Brazzaville, Congo DRC and Madagascar will begin hostilities on Sunday April 16 at the Palais Des Sport El-Mensah, Tunis.

In the seeding list released by ITTF Africa, Egypt’s duo of Youssef Abdel-Aziz and Marwa Alhodaby are top seeds in the boys and girls event respectively.

In the draw conducted on Saturday April 15 by the tournament referee, Tunisia’s Bechir Metoui, the boys have been drawn into three groups of four players with the top players in group one and two getting a bye to the semifinal stage, while the top player in group three and second placed players in the groups will be drawn for a knockout matches to decide the players that will battle against the top two players in the semifinal round.

After missing out from the 2017 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) African Junior Championship, Nigeria’s Azeez Solanke and Tosin Esther Oribamise are the only new faces in Tunis and they are both seeded number two in the boys and girls events of the qualifiers.

All the round robin matches will be played on Sunday April 16 while the semifinal matches hold on Monday April 17 with the finalists in the boys and girls event qualifying automatically for the Youth Olympic Games.

Tunisia’s queen of the table, Garci Fadwa will represent the host alongside southpaw, Nathael Hamdoun.

Algeria’s teenage sensation, Abdelbasset Chaichi and Loubna Djedjik will represent their country.

Also another new faces in the qualifying tournament are Ethiopia’s duo of Kalab Bereba and Tamiru Feven Kinfu who also missed the ITTF African Junior Championship.

PFA Awards: Hazard, Kante Among Nominees

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Eden Hazard and N’golo Kante have been named among the six nominees for the men’s PFA Players’ Player of the year award.

The Chelsea duo are joined by Manchester United Forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tottenham Striker, Harry Kane, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez on the full shortlist.

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez scooped the prize in 2016, while Hazard won the award during the 2014/15 campaign.

The 44th PFA Awards will be hold in London on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Super Eagles Won’t Go For Holidays By End Of Season – Rohr

With most of the Leagues in Europe finishing in May and Nigeria facing South Africa on June 10, Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, says players would not be going on holidays by the end of the season.

Rohr believes the only way to get a good result in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier, is for the team to move into camp immediately and also play two friendlies.

On the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon, he noted that the African champions stand a good chance, having played more games.

Brazil Reclaim World Number One In FIFA Rankings

Brazil has moved tops in the FIFA world ranking, reclaiming their seat at the top of the podium, after a seven year hiatus.

With 129 games played across the month, there was a movement throughout the table, Argentina occupies the second spot with Germany and Chile in fourth and fifth place.

Colombia, France, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain completes the top ten in the world.

FIFA Picks Nigerian Referee For Beach Soccer World Cup

FIFA Picks Nigerian Referee For Beach Soccer World Cup The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), has confirmed Nigerian referee, Jelili Ogunmuyiwa, as one of the 24 referees selected to officiate at the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas.

Ogunmuyiwa was picked alongside Tunisia’s Issam Bousbih and Said Hachim from Madagascar as Africa’s representatives at this year’s tournament.

The 38-year-old who also officiates at the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), will be attending his third FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

He was at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups in Italy and Portugal.

Madeira Airport Renamed In Honour Of C. Ronaldo

Madeira Airport Renamed In Honour Of C. Ronaldo
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The Madeira Airport has been renamed “Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo” in honour of the Real Madrid superstar.

Ronaldo attended the ceremony, which held on Wednesday, in company of his mother, girlfriend and his son, Cristiano Jnr.

Hundreds of locals, including school children were also in attendance.

The airport renaming, follows his homecoming game against Sweden, a return to Madeira’s capital, Funchal, where Portugal had not played for 16 years.

The ceremony also featured the unveiling of Ronaldo’s bust statue, which has been heavily criticised for having zero resemblance to the Portugal captain.

Aminu Nets 15 Points, Nine Rebounds In Blazers Win

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D’Tigers forward, Al-Farouq Aminu

National Basketball Association (NBA), D’Tigers forward, Al-Farouq Aminu, has scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 122-113.

The 26-year-old Nigerian shot four of seven from the field and made six of his nine free throw attempts in 28 minutes of play, as Portland took a 1-game lead for 8th seed in the Western Conference.

Portland also got 32 points and 16 rebounds from former Nuggets center, Jusuf Nurkic, while C. J. McCollum added 39 points.

The Blazers would face the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.