Queen’s Baton Relay Arrives Nigeria

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The 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay, has arrived in Nigeria.

This is part of activities to herald the multi-sports event scheduled to hold from April 5 to 15, 2018 in Queensland, Australia.

The delegation of the Queen’s Baton Relay was received by officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Nigeria Olympic Committee.

This is the 5th time the Baton Relay will be visiting Nigeria since 2002.

FG Releases Funds To Pay Super Eagles, Falcons Outstanding Benefits

Federation Cup, NFFThe Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has released the mandate to the Central Bank of Nigeria for payment of $1.173 million to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

This was revealed in a statement by the Director of Information of the OAGF, K.N Offie, on Friday.

The amount is meant to pay outstanding winning bonuses for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches and for the Super Falcons’ participation in the 10th Women’s Africa nations Cup.

This is in furtherance of the approval from the Minister of Finance for the said amount to be paid.

The mandate which is a sum of 358.015 million Naira, has been paid by the CBN as at Thursday December 15, 2016.

Similarly, another mandate for the sum of 113.820 million Naira, has also been released by OAGF for the payment of wining bonus for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches as well as Super Falcon’s participation in the 10th Women’s Africa Nation’s Cup.

This amount has also been paid to NFF and is equally sequel to the approval of the Honourable Minister of Finance.

FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Lose To Al-Ahly

FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Lose To Al-Ahly Kano Pillars, have lost 71 to 65 points to hosts, Al-ahly Sporting Club in the 2016 FIBA semi-final played on Thursday at the Al-ahly arena in Cairo.

The Nigerian champions who had started off well, would not be playing in the finals of the Champions Cup currently holding in Egypt.

Al-ahly won the first quarter 15 to 13 points but kano pillars fought back to take the second quarter 21 to 19 points.

But the Egyptians took the game beyond Kano pillars as they triumphed 20 to 17 points in the third quarter and 17 to 14 points in the final quarter.

Abubakar Usman was Kano pillars star player of the match with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.

Bronze Medal Match

The Nigerian team would however play Association Sportive De Sale of Morocco in the bronze medal match of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup, after both lost their semi-final matches to Egyptian and Angolan opposition.

In the championship decider, hosts Al-alhy of Egypt, would face Recreativo Do Libolo of Angola.

Sports Minister Assures Super Falcons On Entitlements

Sports Minister Assures Super Falcons On EntitlementsNigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has reassured African champions, the Super Falcons that they will receive all their entitlements.

The Honourable Minister, who was in company with NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, met with the players and officials at their Agura Hotel, Abuja on Thursday.

“I had to make time out to meet with you ladies again after receiving you on arrival in Lagos. In the past few days I have heard so much about the team’s grievances, challenges and issues here and there.

“I have also discussed with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation but I felt it is necessary for me to come and sit to discuss with you in order for us to understand ourselves better.

“The issues with the team date back to the All-Africa Games, bothering on allowances and bonuses. We are also aware that the coaches are also being owed.

“The point I want to make clear is that for this competition which this team have participated in and won, we are indeed overwhelmed by the performance of the team.”

The Minister urged the players and officials to be patient with the Government so that their laudable achievement can be appreciated: “Personally, I don’t want this achievement to be rubbished with whatever challenges we are facing because one thing that will stand to the end is our achievements.”

Dalung concluded by promising the Falcons that the process to sort out their money is in process, and it will be sorted out eventually: “But one thing I want you all to know is that there are procedures for getting such monies from the Federal Government.

“It is not like an ATM that you will just go to and bring out cash. Government has processes on how things are done. We are still processing and pursuing the entitlements of the team.”

Governor’s South-West Badminton Championship Lights Up Lagos

Governor's South-West Badminton Championship Lights Up LagosThe inaugural edition of the Governor’s South-West Badminton Championship, which kicked off on December 7, 2016, continues Thursday, at the indoor hall of the Rowe Park sport centre, Yaba, Lagos state.

The four day badminton championship which is expected to be contested by a massive eighty eight (88) players from a number of categories, is being attended by free spirited fans and badminton lovers alike set to revel in the frenzy.

It would also include the country’s top 16 ranked players and two officials each from every participating state.

Completing the cast of participating players are: four male and female players from each of the south-western states for the senior category and two players (male and female) from the U15 level, as the competition also moves to improve grass-root badminton.

The competition’s sponsors, the Lagos state government, would also provide feeding and accommodation for all the invited players including the twelve coaches and twenty five technical officials on ground for the three-day badminton fiesta.

The prize money for the maiden edition of the championship would also follow similar ground breaking trend, as it takes a bold move to foster gender equality.

The singles event for both male and female categories would have winners cash away an incredible 150,000 Naira each, for the 1st position, while the 2nd and 3rd positions would be rewarded with 100,000 and 75,000 Naira respectively.

Also, the doubles category without doubt would be as well contested as the singles category with the 1st position, going with 150,000.00, 2nd with 100,000.00 and 3rd, 25,000 x 4.

The junior U15 classification will have plenty to cheer for when the four day championship ends as they would be heading home with badminton rackets, racket bags and plenty of the games materials to aid their progress and development.

With the Lagos State Badminton association grooming a young team of passionate badminton players, the 1st governor’s south-west championship provides yet the best test of their mettle on the court.

Perhaps for a few, it is Lagos versus the myriad of top-notch players which the country has to offer, while for others, it might be just another invaluable moment to enjoy the beautiful game of badminton at its best.

Super Falcons Return To Nigeria After Victory

Sweet Victory: Buhari Hails Victorious Super FalconsSuper falcons have returned to Nigeria on Sunday, after a successful outing at the continental tournament in Cameroon.

The champions made their return to Nigeria amid allegations of improper treatment by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

A sports journalist, Jessica Amadi, who traveled with the team, stated that the NFF officials came to Yaoundé with a chattered flight and left immediately, without seeing them.

She revealed this via her Twitter account.

According to her, the Nigerian High Commission in Cameroon, expressed its disappointment with the manner the NFF conducted itself.

The Super Falcons defeated the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in the final of the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Yaoundé.

This makes it the eight Africa Women Cup of Nations’ trophy Nigeria has won, still making them the most successful African women’s team.

Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, however described the victory as “very sweet and well-deserved.

Vertonghen Signs New Tottenham Deal

Vertonghen Signs New Tottenham Deal  Tottenham defender, Jan Vertonghen, has signed a new deal that would keep him at white hart lane until 2019.

The Belgium International, joined from Ajax in July 2012 and immediately established himself as a vital part of their back four.

Vertonghen became the latest spurs player to commit his future to the club after striker, Harry Kane, signed fresh terms on Thursday.

Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, have also signed new deals since the start of the 2016/2017 season.

Hamilton ‘Relaxed’ Ahead Of Title-Decider

formular1Defending champion, Lewis Hamilton, says he feels ‘relaxed’ heading into formula one’s Abu Dhabi title-decider on Sunday.

Hamilton lies 12 points behind his Mercedes team mate, Nico Rosberg, in the overall standings, who only needs a podium finish in Abu Dhabi to become German’s third world champion after Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

Four of the 28-year-old’s 9 wins this season, came with Rosberg off the podium as a result that if repeated Sunday would hand him the title.