19 Players Storm Abuja As Super Falcons Open Women’s AFCON Camp

The Super Falcons are nine-time winners of the competition. [email protected]

 

Nineteen players have arrived in Abuja as the Super Falcons opened their camp for the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON).

The team is camping in the nation’s capital for the tournament billed for Morocco between July 2 and 23rd.

In a tweet on their official handle, the Super Falcons listed the players in camp as Onome Ebi, Rita Chikwelu, Osinachi Ohale, Tochukwu Oluehi, Glory Ogbonna, Asisat Oshoala, Rasheedat Ajibade, and Chiamaka Nnadozie.

Others are Chidinma Okeke, Rita Akarekor, Gift Monday, Opeyemi Sunday, Charity Adule, Christy Ucheibe, Suliat Abideen, Chinonyerem Macleans, Peace Efih, Ugochi Emenayo, Akudo Ogbonna.

Yewande Balogun, Toni Oyedupe Payne, Michelle Alozie, and Amanda Uju Mbadi are also expected to arrive at camp later on Friday.

Nicole Payne, Uchenna Kanu, Desire Oparanozie, and Regina Otu will also be in camp this weekend while Ashleigh Plumptre, Francisca Ordega, Vivian Ikechukwu, Halimatu Ayinde, and Ifeoma Onumonu will join the team in Morocco.

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The defending champions had their first training at the MKO Abiola Stadium Friday evening as preparations kick-off for the competition.

Nigeria defeated South Africa to clinch the last edition of the tournament in 2018  and had also beaten perennial rivals Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to book a place in Morocco.

The nine-time winners are in Group C of the WAFCON with Burundi, Botswana, and South Africa. Coach Randy Waldrum’s team begin their campaign against the Banyana Banyana on July 4th.

They will then face Botswana on July 7 before taking on Burundi on July 10. Semi-finalists in the tournament will represent Africa at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand.

Defending Champion Kano Pillars Fall On Match Day 2 Of Handball Premier League 2020

A photo of players in action during the game. Picture Courtesy: Handball Federation of Nigeria

 

Defending Champions of the Handball Premier League in Nigeria, Kano Pillars have been given reality shock after suffering a defeat from high flying Safety Shooters at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

The Kano based team did everything they could to avoid defeat but could not contain the superior power of Safety Shooters who edged a 20-19 victory.

In other matches played in the men’s category, COAS Shooters showed some class in beating Niger United 30-28 while De Defenders did not struggle to defeat Kada Stars 26-20.

Another interesting encounter from matchday 2 was between Plateau Vipers and Delta Force. The team got maximum points with a narrow 21-20 victory over their opponents from Jos.

In the women’s category, defending champions, Safety Babes recorded their first win of the campaign with a 21-20 victory over Imo Grasshoppers while Edo Dynamos defeated Defender Babes 25-22.

Seasiders Babes got the best of their match Benue Queens with a 34-31 win while Kada Queens crushed Desert Queens 31-16 to conclude matchday 2 action.

Match Day 2 Results

FEMALE

Imo Grasshoppers 20 Safety Babes 21

Edo Dynamos 25 Defender Babes 22

Seasider Babes 34 Benue Queens 31

Desert Queens 16 Kada Queens 31

MALE

COAS Shooters 30 Niger United 28

De Defenders 26 Kada Stars 20

Plateau Vipers 20 Delta Force 21

Lagos Seasiders 26 Confluence Stars 23

Safety Shooters 20 Kano Pillars 19

Ministry Of Sports Assures Commitment To Oversight Functions

 

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has restated its commitment to its oversight on sports federation as it advocates for reforms in the administration of the sports industry. 

The Minister, Mr Sunday Dare made this assurance at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja while receiving the report of the Ministerial Committee on the Performance of Nigeria’s Athletes at the World Athletics Championships in Doha Qatar.

The Minister thanked the committee for the level of commitment and patriotism they have exhibited while assuring that the Ministry will study it and come up with an action plan that will promote the development of athletics in Nigeria.

He further assured that things will be done differently for a better result; the minister added, “When we talk about the next level this is what we mean, doing things the right way.”

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While appreciating the work of the sports federations in the country, he sounded a note of warning that no federation was bigger than the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, adding that in the interest of the country, sports, and the athletes, the Ministry would not exchange its oversight powers when it feels any federation is going wrong.

Drawing lessons from Doha 2019, he said: “Doha reminds us that you only go to a championship with your best so that your work will not go to waste.”

Presenting 10 copies of the report to the Minister of Youth and Sports, the chairman of the committee, Professor Ken Angwueje said the committee had examined the facts, established the truths and suggested measures to prevent a re-occurrence of the less than impressive performance of team Nigeria at the 17th IAAF World Championship in Doha.

The Minister inaugurated the committee a week ago to appraise team Nigeria’s performance at the just-concluded World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar where Nigeria won only one bronze medal.

The committee had Professor Ken Angwueje as its chairman. Other members are Dr. Umar Bindir, Mr. Rotimi Obajimi, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Dr. Dare Esan, former national champion, Mary Onyali, Chief Falilat Ogunkoya, and the secretary, Mrs. Maria Wophill.

Ikorodu United Opt For MKO Abiola Stadium For Remaining Season’s Games

ikorodu united, abeokuta, NPFLNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Ikorodu United of Lagos, has secured approval from the League Management Company (LMC) to play their remaining home fixtures of the season at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abeokuta.

The struggling Lagos club were penalised by the LMC for crowd trouble during their week 30 fixture against the Shooting Stars of Ibadan.

After the penalty, the Oga boys were directed to continue the rest of the season in Lagos.

But the club side said they would prefer to stay in the southwest town of Abeokuta since they could not guarantee the full control of the crowd and general safety at the Onikan stadium in Lagos.

Obasanjo Marks Birthday With Football Skills Display

Obasanjo In Football Kit
Obasanjo in his Football Kit

Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, showed his fitness, as he led his side in a 2-1 win in a football match that was designed as part of his 78th birthday programme.

The former President on Wednesday, scored both goals to give the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Foundation Football Team a 2-1 victory over the Ogun State Government Football Team.

Playing in a novelty football match, at the 5-aside Astro- turf pitch of the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital, Obasanjo scored both goals in the second half of the game.

Obasanjo played alongside Professor Akin Mabogunje, Chief O. Olopade, Deacon Victor Durodola and Prof Peter Okebukola.

The Players in the otheOlusegun_Obasanjo2r team played against, led by Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, were Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, Commissioner for Commerce & Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, Commissioner Environment, Ayo Olubori, and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Muyiwa Oladipo.

Abduction of Chibok Girls An Attack on All Nigerians – Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has described the abduction of  female students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by the Boko Haram sect as an attack on every Nigerian.

Speaking at an Inter-denominational Prayer session organized by the state for the release of the abducted students to mark the 2014 Children’s Day, the Governor also said that the continued abduction of the girls was unacceptable.

The State Government, which had said that the Children’s Day celebration would not be marked with the usual fanfare, gathered children and religious leaders at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta to offer prayers for the release of the girls.

Touched as he watched the children crying to God, Amosun expressed concern over the prolonged abduction of the girls at the event tagged ‘Prayerful Children’s Day’, and described the dastardly act by the sect as an attempt to “hold the future of Nigeria” to ransom.

“Having watched this children here today with the talents and abilities they have displayed here today, I ask myself how can anybody be against this children?” he said.

The Governor commended the efforts of the security agencies towards ensuring the freedom of the girls, adding that although there were still lots of challenges to deal with, they need the support of the leaders and every Nigerian.

He assured the citizens of the state, particularly the children that his administration would continue to ensure their safety, advising the children to eschew all forms of social vices and acts that are capable of bringing the state and nation into disrepute.

On her part, the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, while regretting that the fun and warmth that characterizes the Children’s Day had been painfully affected  by the abduction of the Chibok girls, assured the children that the mothers would continue to pray and give necessary support that would aid the quick release of their fellows.

Also the Speaker of the State Children Parliament, Miss Seun Jayeola, called on the President and the state governments to do all within their powers to ensure the safe release of the abducted girls and also give priority to child education and rights in Nigeria.

Rainfall of ice in Abeokuta

Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, south-west of Nigeria, on Thursday recorded an unusual rainfall laden with ice falling, also known as hailstorm.

Hail is a form of solid precipitation. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, each of which is referred to as a hail stone.

Residents witnessed ice blocks, the size of gravels falling from the sky leaving the very apprehensive when solid blocks started falling on rooftops, road and vehicles, making very loud unusual sound.

According to reports, the ice storm started during the heavy rainfall which started around 5.42pm, lasting about 27 minutes with strong winds.

Wind shields of three vehicles were reportedly broken by the ice at Ake, the heart of the ancient town.

Similar ice storm were experienced other parts of the city such as Panseke, Kuto and at the MKO Abiola Stadium.

A witness who wrote his experience on a social media platform stated that “I’m presently driving somewhere around Kuto, in Abeokuta and there’s massive hail storm here. It’s so strong; it’s got people leaving their cars for shelter. To give you an idea, it’s like having gravel poured on the roof of your vehicle from a four storey building.”

Another witness, Mr. Denola Badejo of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, said he was afraid when the rain caught him driving. “I thought it would break my glass.”