Channels National Kids Cup: Organizers Conclude Draw for Lagos Preliminaries

Kids cupThe draw ceremony for the Channels National Kids Cup, Lagos Preliminaries has been concluded with the 32 schools cleared by the technical committee.

Two match venues, Campos Square and Onikan Stadium will host games in the three-day event which the organizers have confirmed will be done on knock-out basis.

Onikan Stadium will host group A and C games while matches in group B and D will be played at Campus Square.

Last year’s finalist, Uncle Bayus Nursery & Primary School, Ikorodu will compete from group A and will clash with New Hall International School in their first match.

The other group A fixtures have Helpers International School, Iganmu going against Donmen Schools, Ajegunle. Christ Assembly will play Revival Private School while National Nursery and Primary School will fight for a place in the next round against St. Joseph Primary School, Agege.

In group B, last year’s semi finalist, St. Paul Anglican School, will face Bols School from Ipaja, Fountain School. Surulere and Issacville from Ketu will also be in action.

Channels KidsStill on Group B, Catony Royal Schools, Ibeju-Lekki will compete against the kids from Rockford, Ikorodu while Al-Farouq International School will play Mass-Mas School from Mile 12.

In Group C, last year’s Lagos representatives, Daemm Schools, Daleko will take on Command Children’s School, Ojo in their opening game while Inner-City Mission Nursery and Primary School, Oregun will play St. Francis, Maryland in the group’s second game.

More group C fixtures will see Supreme Education Foundation, Magodo trade tackles with Darman Foundation School, Ifako while last year’s participants, Excel Immaculate will play Straight Gate School, Magodo GRA.

Group D opening action will be between Community Primary School, Abule-Egba and TBC Kiddies Nursery and Primary school.

In the other games, Toydam Children’s School from Gbagada will play Great Trust Basic Academy, Apapa. Right after that game, Maryland Convent and Christlead Primary School will take over the pitch. The group’s final game is between Lyncrest Schools, Ikorodu and Green Haven at the Campos Square.

The Lagos preliminaries will begin on Tuesday, April 19 and run till April 22.

Below are the complete groupings.

GROUP A

Uncle Bayus Nursery and Primary School

New Hall International School

Helpers International School

Donmen Schools

Christ Assembly Primary School

Revival Private School

National Nursery and Primary School

St. Joseph Nursery and Primary School

 

GROUP B

St. Paul’s Anglican School

BOLS International School

Isaacville Nursery and Primary School

Fountain School

Catony Nursery and Primary School

Rockford Private School

Al-Farouq International School

Mas-Mas Nursery and Primary School

 

GROUP C

Daemm Schools

Command Children’s School

St. Francis Nursery and Primary School

Inner-City Mission Nursery and Primary School

Supreme Education Foundation School

Darman Foundation School

Excel Immaculate School

Straight Gate School

 

GROUP D

Community Primary School

TBC Kiddies Nursery and Primary School

Toydam Children’s School

Great Trust Basic Academy

Maryland Convent Primary School

ChristLead School

Lyncrest Schools

Green Haven Montessori School

Channels National Kids Cup Season 8 Calls For Lagos Applications

kids_cupThe Main Organizing Committee of the Channels National Kids Cup are calling for entries from Lagos State Schools that are interested in featuring in season eight of the grassroots football competition.

The tournament is strictly for pupils currently in primary school and not above the age of 13 at the date of commencement of the football event.

Supported by the Lagos State Football Association (LSFA), the 2016 edition retains the 16-team format with players from other regions of the federation converging on Lagos to compete for the trophy.

According to organising committee, the Lagos State preliminaries would be played on knock-out basis and the deadline for collection of forms is March 31, 2016.

Schools in Lagos can pick up application forms free of charge at Channels Television headquarters, Isheri North, SUBEB sports office, Maryland and the office of the Lagos State Football Association at Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island.

The Lagos preliminaries is scheduled for April 19 to 22, 2016.

The tournament which is aimed at discovering young talents and promoting the game of football at the grassroots level is a corporate social responsibility programme of Channels Television.

Click here for the rules and regulations of the competition.

Regulations For The Channels National Kids Cup Football Competition 2017

Football is a game that not only enhances good health through exercise, it promotes teamwork and camaraderie, and it is universal and is played everywhere. It is not only played within clubs but also in schools which are also an important breeding ground for potential football stars.

For these reasons, it can be seen that sport and particularly football, forms a natural part of governmental health and social development programmes.

No government can neglect sport and the benefits that it can bring to the population. Football is a vehicle for the promotion of health, education, team spirit and fair play. These concepts are also central to national government objectives and are values upheld by modern societies.

In Lagos State the statutory agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating and administering all football related activities is the Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) it has been in existence since the creation of the state in 1967 but has its current board as the only democratically elected board in recent history.

The LSFA is led by Mr. Seyi Akinwunmi, a respectable Legal Practitioner. The LSFA has articulated its vision to restructure football in the State and has therefore created and nurtured a brand known as Eko Football which is the vehicle used to actualize the vision.

The LSFA in articulating its Eko Football vision has laid emphasis on youth development, it has created access to national sports youth development structures and has promoted local youth programmes such as the popular monthly U-13 and U-15 Boys and U-15 Girls Eko Football Future Stars tournament that has attracted thousands of youth footballers. It is in furtherance of this vision that the LSFA has partnered with Channels Television to present the Channels Kids Competition 2016.

The values of the Channels Kids Competition 2016 are similar to values promoted by youth sport development, social development and good governance. These include;

  • Allowing children to play football together thereby facilitating communication with one another.
  • Using football to promote good health.
  • Using football as a tool for education by teaching: observance of the rules of the game, the practice of exercises and codified play, respect for opponents and partners, the desire to be the best, pushing oneself beyond one’s limits, the joy of winning and coping with the distress of losing, etc.
  • Promoting football as a part of life associated with fun, pleasure and emotion.
  • The need for consultation with all stakeholders in order to ensure that all points of view are taken into account and if possible, represented in the plan.
  • Offering the means to practice sport everywhere, at schools, in clubs etc. Football should be accessible to all without reference to gender, race or location.
  • To increase the number of children involved in the nationwide U13 football competition and eliminate age cheating.
  • Making sure the underdeveloped areas of the sport (football for girls, players with disabilities, football in schools) receive support and appropriate services.
  • Offering an alternative to the everyday lives of children from disadvantaged areas.
  • The desire to improve and develop the game at all levels starting from the U13 level.

Fair Play Code – The Ten Golden Rules

  1. Winning is not fun if achieved unfairly. Playing fair makes others respect you.
  2. Winning is the goal of a game- never play to lose. But if you lose, do so fairly and you will win respect. Congratulate the winners and try to win the next time.
  3. Sport needs rules in order to be played fairly. The rules of football are simple and easy to learn. They make football fun to play and watch.
  4. Everyone has the same rights. Opponents, team-mates, referees and spectators must be respected. Fair play is about respect. Respect is part of football.
  5. Football is the world’s greatest game. Help keep it that way. Talk about the positive and encourage others to do the same. Be a role model for the game.
  6. Football is great because fair play is respected. When someone is exceptionally fair in football, they deserve recognition. Help promote football’s image by recognising good deeds.
  7. Football is sometimes exposed to negative outside influences. Do not be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers. Football is sport and sport is peace.
  8. Make sure everyone in football is playing fair. Do not let them be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers.
  9. Say ‘no’ to cheats and report them. It is better to have cheats removed before they can damage the game. Actively protect the beautiful game of football.
  10. Football’s popularity can help make the world a better place. Use the power of football to promote peace and equality. Make the world better through football.

FIFA is the world soccer governing body, The FIFA rules consist of 17 laws that break the game into segments. The purpose of the laws is to be applicable in the same way at any level from World Cup final to a local game with your friends at a park. These original laws have only changed slightly over the years, in accordance with specific evolution and demands of the sport.

For lower levels (Youth Organizations) of play the International Football Association Board (IFAB) first ratified the official rules of soccer, entitled “Laws of the Game,” when it was founded in 1886. The purpose of this flexibility in the rules arises from the need to acknowledge that different cultures and economic factors surrounding each level can affect the way the game is played. The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) explains in its Rules of the Game section below, that the laws are designed as a loose framework open to amendment based on the discretion of Organizing committee agreement. “The Laws form the skeleton of a competition’s rules, while the competition regulations provide the flesh.

  1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1: Channels National Kids Football Competition 2016

  1. The Channels National Kids Football Competition 2016 is designed to offer the means to practise football as a sport at schools to help young players from the ages of 10 to 13 learn the game of football. Football should be accessible to all without reference to gender, race or location.
  2. It is an invitational tournament
  3. All Primary schools, public and private duly registered with its state authorities are eligible to participate at this event.
  4. Selection of schools will be the sole responsibility of the Organizing committee.
  5. The Tournament will run for six match days with the Finals played on Children’s Day May 27th, 2017.
  6. Group games: ……………………. Semi-finals: ………………. and Final: ……………………. At the national level and knock outs at the state level.
  7. LSFA shall be responsible for all technical and Disciplinary matters.

 

Article 2: Participating Schools

  1. The schools participating in the Competition agree to comply with these regulations, the Laws of the Game, Statutes and Regulations as long as with any other Organizing committee regulations, guidelines, directives and/or decisions.
  2. In addition, each participating school shall be responsible for:
  3. The conduct of its Delegates Members and of any other persons carrying out duties on its behalf throughout the entire Tournament
  4. Attending all meetings and other official collective activities in respect of the competition
  5. Paying for incidental costs and expenses incurred by its Delegate Members or any other persons carrying out duties on its behalf
  6. All participating schools shall confirm their participation by submitting the originals of their entry forms and any other required documentation to the organizing committee as communicated by the organizing committee by the set deadline.
  7. On entering the Tournament, the participating clubs automatically undertake to
  8. Observe these regulations and ensure that their Delegation Members, and not only its players, also observe these regulations and the principles of fair play
  9. Accept and obey all decisions taken by the bodies and officials of the organizing committee under the terms of these conditions
  10. Participate in ALL matches in which their school is scheduled to take part till elimination
  11. Accept ALL arrangements relating to the competition made by organizing committee.

 

Article 3: Withdrawal, penalty for failing to play and replacement

  1. All Participating schools undertake to play all their matches until eliminated.
  2. Any school that withdraws from the event no later than 14 days before the first match of the competition shall not be considered for invitation by the organizing committee for subsequent tournaments.
  3. Any participating school that withdraws during the course of the competition or fails to honour any of its matches at the any stage of the competition will be fined.
  4. Any participating school that withdraws before the start of the competition may be replaced by another school to be determined by the organizing committee
  5. If, through the fault of any Participating school, a match in the tournament cannot take place or be played in its entirety, the Organizing Committee shall declare that the match be forfeited (awarding victory or points to the opposing school) and/or exclude the school concerned from the competition.
  6. The school responsible for the situation in paragraph 5 above shall face sanctions to be determined by the organizing committee.
  7. The organizing committee shall take whatever action is deemed necessary in the case of force majeure.

 

Article 4: Disciplinary Matters

  1. Disciplinary incidents are dealt with in compliance with the organizing committee Disciplinary Code in force as well as with all relevant circulars and directives, with which the Partaking school undertake to comply.
  2. Organizing committee may introduce new disciplinary rules for the duration of the competition. Such rules shall be communicated to the Participating schools one week before the first match of the Tournament.
  3. The Participating schools agree to comply with the Laws of the Game as provided by organizing committee, the statutes and regulations for the case of Channels National Kids Football Competition. Schools agree to comply with all further organizing committee guidelines, circulars and decisions that have any significance regarding the competition.
  4. In addition, the school and all other persons acting on behalf of the school agree notably to:
  5. Respect the spirit of fair play and non-violence
  6. Behave accordingly
  7. Refrain from taking performance enhancing substances
  8. Schools and the Member of the school’s Delegation concerned will be held responsible for the behavior of the player and any member of the school’s Delegation.
  9. Schools will be held responsible for the behavior of any other persons acting on behalf of the school concerned.

 

Article 5: Disputes

  1. All disputes in connection with the event will be promptly settled by arbitration.
  2. In compliance with the Organizing committee Statutes, the participating school, their officials and players may not take disputes to any court of law but to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Organizing committee.
  3. The LSFA Disciplinary Committee is the highest body in determining any form of dispute.

 

Article 6: Protests

  1. For the purpose of these regulations, protests are objections of any kind related to events and matters that have a direct effect on matches, including but not limited to the state of and the markings on the pitch, accessory match equipment, eligibility of players, stadium installations and soccer balls.
  2. Unless otherwise stipulated in this article, protests shall be submitted in writing to the Organizing committee match commissioner within two hours of the conclusion of the match in question and followed up immediately with a full written report, including a copy of the original protest.
  3. Protests against any incidents that occur during the course of a match shall be made verbally to the referee immediately after the disputed incident and before play has resumed.
  4. No protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play, such decisions being final.
  5. If unfounded or irresponsible protest is lodged, the Organizing committee Disciplinary Committee may impose a fine.

 

Article 7: Equipment

  1. The balls used in the competition shall be selected, exclusively supplied and approved by the LSFA
  2. The goal-posts and field markings shall be of the FIFA-approved dimensions except where stated as a variation by the Organizing committee.

 

Article 8: Venue, stadium, dates and kick-off time for matches

  1. The venue, dates and kick-off times for matches will be fixed and approved by the Organizing committee.
  2. Matches will be played at venues with people sitting and/or standing.
  3. Matches may be played in daylight or under floodlight provided the floodlights are deemed bright enough by the Organizing committee.
  4. The school teams will be entitled to warm up on the pitch before each match.
  5. Smoking is not allowed in the technical area.
  6. The stadium and training grounds shall not be used for any other matches or events from at least four days prior to the start of the Tournament until completion, except the Organizing committee gives special permission.
  7. The venues will be available and free of any and all commercial activities and identifications (e.g. boards and other signage) other than those of organizing committee commercial affiliates at least four days prior to the first match of the competition.

 

Article 9: Match Officials

  1. Referees and other match officials will be appointed for each match by the LSFA – Referees Committee.
  2. A Match Commissioner will be appointed for each match.
  3. After each match, the referee shall complete and sign the official Referees’ Report Form. The referee shall hand it over to the general coordinator at the venue immediately after the match. On the report the referee shall note all occurrences of significance, such as misconduct of players leading to caution or expulsion, unsporting behavior by supporters and/or officials or any other person acting on behalf of a school at the match and any other incident happening before, during and after the match in as much detail as possible.
  4. All decisions made by the LSFA – Referees Committee are final and not subject to appeal.

 

Article 10: Laws of the Game

All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game in force at the time of the tournament.

 

Article 11: Commercial Rights

  1. The Organizing committee owns and controls all commercial rights in relation to the Tournament.
  2. The Organizing committee issues Marketing Guidelines specifying these commercial rights. All schools shall fully comply with these Marketing Guidelines and ensure that their members, officials, players, delegates and other affiliates also comply.

Article 12: Transportation

All schools are expected to bear the cost of their transportation to and from match venues.

 

  • TECHNICAL RULES

Article 13: Number of Teams

  1. There will be 24 schools vying for honours at the Lagos State preliminaries.
  2. 2 teams will emerge from the Lagos Preliminaries to compete in the National finals with 14 other schools from different parts of the country.
  3. Duration, matches will be played for 50 minutes (25 minutes for each halves with a 10 minutes break).

 

Article 14: Eligibility of Players

  1. All players shall be students currently in primary and not above the age of 13years as at the date of commencement of the competition.
  2. Players can be of a nationality other than Nigerian (but resident in Nigeria) as long as paragraph 1 above holds
  3. No player shall feature for more than one school.
  4. All players shall be registered with only one of the Participating schools throughout the duration of the competition.
  5. No particular player shall feature for two different schools during the same Tournament.
  6. Direct players interview will be adapted at random from beginning to the end of the competition.
  7. Any school that is found guilty of fielding an ineligible player shall forfeit the match in question. Victory and the resultant points shall be awarded to the opposing school.
  8. Any school found guilty of the above shall be withdrawn from the competition sent back home and never invited for any subsequent editions.
  9. Any such school shall be reported to their state appropriate authority.

 

Article 15: Player Lists and Official Delegation Lists

  1. Participating schools are allowed to register a maximum of Eighteen Players, two (2) of whom shall be goalkeepers and Two Officials.
  2. Each Participating schools shall submit a filled registration package that will include;
  3. School Team form
  4. Identification Cards for each Player and Official of the school Team

All Registration Documents should be submitted to the Organizing committee at least 21 days prior to the first match of the Competition

  1. In the case of a serious injury, a player may be substituted 24 hours before the kick-off of his school Team’s first match of competition.
  2. The following information is required to accompany the school team-list for each player

 

 

  • Surname
  • Other Names
  • Position
  • Date of Birth
  • State of Origin
  • Name of School

 

  1. Only the Eighteen (18) Registered Players will be permitted to take part in the Tournament. The numbers on the back of the shirts shall correspond with the numbers on the school Team List.
  2. A player listed on the registration form can be replaced only in the event of a serious injury up until 24 hours before the kick-off of his Team’s first match. Such replacements must be approved in writing by the recognized Medical Committee upon receipt and assessment of a detailed medical assessment.
  3. Before the start of the Tournament, all the players on the school Team List must prove their identity and age. Every Player and Team Official must also sign a declaration of compliance wherein they agree to submit to these regulations. Any Player or school Team Official who fails to submit and sign these documents will not be allowed to take part in the Competition.
  4. All 18 Players shall be named on the player list for each match. Not more than 9 people (two officials and seven players) shall be allowed to sit on the substitutes’ bench. A suspended player may not seat on the substitutes’ bench.

 

Article 16: Competition Format

  1. The Lagos State preliminaries will be played on knock bases and the 2 finalists will represent the state at the national finals.
  2. At the national finals there shall be 4 groups of 4 teams participating.
  3. Two teams will emerge from each group to compete at the quarter finals then the semi-final and the finals.
  4. The ranking in each group will be determined accordingly.

 

Article 18: Trophy, Awards and Medals

  1. Whoever the honour is bestowed shall present the Trophy to the eventual winner of the event.
  2. Medals will be presented to each of the top three school Teams of the Tournament, i.e., gold medals to the winners, silver medals to the runners-up and bronze to the third-ranked Team.
  3. One medal will be presented to each of the referees who take charge of the play-off for third place and the final.
  4. At the end of the Tournament the following special awards will be presented:
  5. Fair Play Trophy

Goes to the Team with the least number of bookings in the Tournament

  1. The Golden Shoe will be awarded to the Player that scores the most number of goals in the Competition. If two or more players score the same number of goals, the number of assists will be decisive.
  1. The Golden Ball will be awarded to the best player in the Tournament on the basis of a vote taken amongst selected observers of the final phase of the competition.
  1. There are no official awards other than those listed above unless otherwise decided by the Channels Kids Cup Organizing Committee.

 

Article 19: Prize Money

To be determined by the Organizing committee.

FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 20: Special Circumstances

The Organizing Committee shall issue any instructions necessitated by special circumstances that may arise during the course of the event. These instructions shall form an integral part of these regulations.

Article 21: Matters Not Provided For

Any matters not provided for in these regulations and any cases of force majeure shall be decided by the Organizing Committee. All decisions shall be final and binding and not subject to appeal.

Article 22: Copyright

The copyright of the fixture lists drawn up in accordance with the provisions of these regulations is the property of the Organizing committee.

Article 23: No Waiver

Any waiver by Organizing committee of any breach of these regulations (including of any document referred to in these regulations) will not operate as, or be construed to be, a waiver of any breach of such provision or of any breach of any other provision or a waiver of any right arising out of these regulations or any other document. Any such waiver shall only be valid if given in writing. Failure by the LSFA to insist upon strict adherence to any provision of these regulations, or any document referred to in these regulations, on one or more occasions will not be considered to be a waiver of, or deprive the LSFA of the right to subsequently insist upon adherence to that provision or any other provision of these regulations, or any document referred to in these regulations.

Article 24: Enforcement

These regulations have been approved by the Organizing committee and enforced immediately.

 

Channels National Kids Cup Finalists Emerge

Channels-National-Kids-CupThe stage is set for the final of Season Seven of the Channels National Kids Cup, with Research Model Primary School from Kaduna State, ready to battle Enyeanugie Primary School from Edo State at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Children’s day, May 27.

In the semi-final on Tuesday, after playing a 1-1 draw in their game against Christ the King Primary School, Akwa Ibom, the team from Kaduna overcame in the tough challenge by 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out.

David Onoja scored the opener for Research Model after slotting a roving ball into an open net. Moments later, Christ the King came all looking for the equalizer.

A long ball was sent into Kaduna’s territory, Kufre Okon gave it a good chase and just when he was planning to execute the finish, goalkeeper David Adolphus misjudged his timing and took him.

The referee gave the inspiration captain of Research Model a straight red card and awarded a penalty to Akwa-Ibom. Skipper of the Uyo based team, Uwakmfon John scored from the spot to level up.

Ten-man team from Kaduna did not sit back in the second half, they came all out for the win but couldn’t break Christ the King’s defence. Coach Aliyu Usman’s team showed good character and went on to win in the shoot-out.

For Enyeanugie Primary School, Edo the battle for a place in the final against Nana primary school of Delta state was a fierce encounter.

Enyeanugie opened the scoring in the 10th minute through Toho Eventus. He scored a stunner. It didn’t take long before Nana leveled up through Mine Advice after a fine move. Just before the break, Mmerem Innocent restored the lead for the Edo team.
On resumption of the second half, Miracle Casila, nicknamed “magic touch” made it 3-1 for Coach Aghahowa Osayomo’s team. Nana kept on fighting, they struck the woodwork twice, before pulling one back through Peter Joel.

But they left it too late as Edo held on, to record a well-deserved 3-2 victory.

Nana will now face Christ The king in the third place match on Wednesday.

On the final day, there will also be a novelty match between Channels FC and Eko Football team.

The match will be played before the final game which is expected to start by 4pm.

Keshi Urges Nigerians To Keep Faith As Eagles Resume Training

KeshiSuper Eagles are back in training at the Abuja National Stadium after a shocking 1-0 loss to the Falcons of Sudan in a crucial Nations’ Cup qualifier in Khartoum.

Coach Stephen Keshi led the team in an early morning training session and appealed to Nigerians not to lose faith in the team.

Midfielder, Mikel Obi, also emphasized the need to concentrate on the next three games instead of whining over last Saturday’s defeat.

He said that the team is determined to pick the maximum points in their remaining game as all hopes is not lost in the battle for qualification.

Wednesday’s return leg between the Super Eagles and the Falcons of Sudan will start at 5pm at the main bowl of the National Stadium in Abuja.

The African champions are bottom of Group A with a point from three matches.

The Bafana Bafana of South Africa top the group with seven points after three games, Congo is in the second position with six points while Sudan has three points.

Super Eagles Lose 0-1 To Sudan In AFCON Qualifier Match

super-eaglesNigeria’s Super Eagles have lost to the Sudanese side on Saturday in an away qualifier match of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The defeat pushed the Stephen Keshi-led team to the bottom of Group A with 1 point, making Nigeria’s chance of qualifying for the AFCON tournament that will hold in Morocco slimmer.

Bakri Abdulgadir scored the only goal of the match for the Sudanese side in the 42-minute of the game.

The Saturday game started with great expectations that the Super Eagles will defeat the Sudanese side, but the first seven minutes of the game showed they were a hard nut to crack for the Eagles.

Determined to win the Nigerian side, the hosts had a grip of the game, controlling the ball well, as they sought the historic win. The last time Sudan defeated Nigeria was in 1967.

At the 15th minute of the game, John Obi Mikel tried a shot from a distant. Though close and dangerous, the ball hits the side net.

The Super Eagles Emenike continued to put pressure on the Sudanese defence, got several chances but could not convert them.

The Eagles looked so fit but were unable to go deep into the Sudanese defense line.

At the 42nd minute the Sudanese side got the cracker when Bakri Abdulgadir header found the back of the net, beating goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

The goal was enough to give the home side victory in the first leg of the qualifier match against the Super Eagles.

In the other group A match held earlier in the day, Congo were defeated by South Africa 0-2.

Bafana Bafana top the group with 7 points after three games, Congo is in the second position with Six points while Sudan has three points. Nigeria is at the bottom of the group with 1 point.

Dedevbo Pleased With Falconets, Ready For North Korea

FalconetsssThe Coach of Nigeria’s Under-20 women’s team, Peter Dedevbo, says he is very satisfied with what his team has achieved and that they are now ready for North Korea. 

After the Falconets victory over New Zealand, Dedevbo told reporters  that he knew the North Korean team, their coach, and that he would want to beat them at all cost.

Nigeria booked  a place in the semi-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada after bashing New Zealand 4-1.

Coach Peter Dedevbo’s team were an embodiment of efficiency and strength in their game against New Zealand.

Asisat Oshoala gave the team a 2-0 lead within the first 12 minutes and Nigeria used the rest of the match to reinforce their superiority, with substitute Uchechi Sunday scoring a brace.

Asian teams at the competition are proving to be formidable opponents.

After Korea DPR knocked defending champions USA out of the tournament, France also struggled against Korea Republic in the last quarter-final game.

Penalties were needed to decide the result after 120 goalless minutes.

This is Nigeria’s third successive semi-final outing at this tournament after Germany 2010 and Japan 2012.

Rory McIlroy Wins 2014 British Open Championship

McllroyRory McIlroy on Sunday clinched his first Open Championship and third major title with a two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler on a thrilling final day at Hoylake.

The Northern Irishman joined Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three of golf’s modern majors by the age of 25.

McIlroy, 25, now just has the Masters left to complete a career Grand Slam.

Starting six clear, McIlroy fired a final-round 71 to finish 17 under as Garcia, who three times got to within two strokes, shot 66 and US Open runner-up Fowler 67.

American Jim Furyk, 44, matched his fourth place in 2006 with a 65 to end 13 under.

McIlroy added the Claret Jug – and a cheque for £975,000 – to the 2011 US Open and 2012 US PGA titles and became the second Northern Irishman to win the Open in four years after Darren Clarke’s victory at Royal St George’s in 2011.

Only five players have won all four majors in their career – Nicklaus, Woods, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen.

“It feels incredible,” the BBC quoted McIlroy as saying. “It wasn’t easy – there were a few guys making runs at me and I just needed to stay focused. To win three legs of the Grand Slam at 25 is a pretty big achievement.”

Going into Sunday’s final round, many observers suggested the tournament was McIlroy’s to lose after three days of majestic golf over the links of Royal Liverpool.

Two stunning rounds of 66 gave him a four-shot lead at halfway and banished talk of “freaky Fridays” after his recent trend of spoiling a low opening round with a bad second one. A spectacular finish to his third round, with two eagles in his last three holes, took McIlroy six clear of Fowler, with Garcia seven back, going into the final day.

Ibile Games: Lagos Island Still Leading Medal Table

Monday Uba of Lagos Island West (right) receiving gold medal won in Gymnastics from Mr Babatunde Fatayi-Williams
Monday Uba of Lagos Island West (right) receiving gold medal won in Gymnastics from Mr Babatunde Fatayi-Williams

Team Lagos Island West Local Government have continued their impressive performance at the ongoing Lagos State Sports Festival tagged IBILE Games 2014. 

The event enters day six on Monday and athletes from Lagos Island West are have a commanding lead on the medal table with 87 medals.

At the moment, they have 43 gold, 18 silver and 26 bronze medals so, followed by Surulere with 10 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze, while Team Itire Ikate Local Council Development Area are third with 5 gold, 6 silver and 16 bronze. Ibeju Lekki are in the fourth position with 4 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze, while Coker Aguda are fifth with 2 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze medals.

It is not a different story in the Junior Category for secondary school athletes, as schools within Lagos Island West are still leading.

In the Tennis Boys’ Singles final played at the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba, Martins Abamu of P&P Comprehensive College emerged winner. Abamu beat Stephen Augustine of Lafiaji Junior School, while Michael Osewa of Brain Point Branded Schools and Michael Ayoola of Ebute Elefun Senior High School won bronze medals respectively.

In the Girls Singles, Oyinlomo Quadri of Maryanne College won gold, Marylove Edwards of Efuntunde Nursery/Primary School settled for silver medal while Venus Ubiebi of Unique Breed College and Adebayo Ajibola of Eletu Odibo Senior High School won bronze medals.

In the Boys’ Doubles, the duo of Michael Osewa of Brainpoint Branded School and Michael Ayoola of Ebute Elefun Senior High School won gold, while gold medal of the Girls’ Doubles event was won by the duo of Oyinlomo Quadri of Maryanne College and Marylove Edwards of Efuntunde Nursery/Primary School.

In Gymnastic, Lagos Island West won the event with 8 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze medals. Itire -Ikate came second with 2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals while Coker Aguda came third with 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Again, Lagos Island West ruled in Weightlifting with 27 gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze medals.

Tanzania Beat Nigeria At World Cricket League In Malaysia

Nigeria Cricket TeamKhali Rehemtulla impressed for Tanzania as he got 3 wickets to help his team beat Nigeria by 10 runs at the World Cricket League division 6 taking place in Malaysia.

The East Africans made 216 runs in 48.3 overs while the West Africans posted 206 runs in 48.1 over.

This is Tanzania’s second victory at the tournament and Nigeria second defeat after losing their opening game against Jersey Island by four wickets.

Captain of Tanzania, Hamisi Abdallah, said they played the game with a different mind-set of qualifying to division four or staying in division five.

Nigeria’s coach, Ogbimi Uthe, gave credit to Tanzania for playing a good game and eventually winning.

He promised that his team would put up a good performance in the last game against Malaysia on Wednesday to enable them retain their division 5 status.

Stanislas Wawrinka Beats Nadal in Australian Open Final

Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka has won his first Grand Slam title with victory over an injury-hit Rafael Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open.

Wawrinka’s victory places him on number three in the world ranking, moving up from eight seven.

He withstood a fightback from the world number one, who was struggling with a back problem, to come through 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3.

The 28-year-old becomes only the second Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles title after 17-time champion Roger Federer.

And he is the first man outside the ‘big four’ of Nadal, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to win a Grand Slam since Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2009 US Open.

The Spaniard, 27, showed great spirit to hit back once again from a break down in the fourth, but a forehand winner gave Wawrinka the decisive break at 5-3 and he served out the biggest win of his life with a love game.

“I still think that I’m dreaming,” said Wawrinka. “It’s a strange feeling. I saw so many finals. I always try to watch the finals of Grand Slams because that’s where the best players are playing.

“Before today, for me it wasn’t a dream. I never expected to play a final. I never expected to win a Grand Slam. And right now I just did it,” he said.

 

Serena Defeats Azarenka To Retain Brisbane International Title

World number one, Serena Williams, has started the year 2014 in fine style by successfully defending her Brisbane International title with a 6-4 7-5 win over second seed Victoria Azarenka.

This is Serena’s 14th win in 17 meetings with Azarenka, whom she beat in last year’s US Open final for her 17th Grand Slam.

The 32-year-old American, who won 11 tournaments in 2013, lost her serve twice in the second set but broke back three times to overcome her opponent in 98 minutes.

The 2013 French Open winner is a five-time champion in Melbourne but has not won the title since 2010.

The straight-sets defeat of Belarusian Azarenka, extends her run of successive victories to 22 and ensured she went through the tournament, in which she beat world number four Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals, without dropping a set

The victory in Brisbane is the perfect start to the New Year for Serena after her remarkable achievements in 2013 where she won 78 of her 82 matches and had a career-best run of 34 consecutive wins.