National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner, Adam Silver, has confirmed that the league would be playing an exhibition game next season in South Africa.
In its ongoing effort to tap new markets and develop more players, the NBA will bring African players; Bismack Biyombo of the Orlando Magic, Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver nuggets and American, C.J. Mccollum of the Portland Trail Blazers to South Africa for the August 5 showcase in which team Africa will compete against team world.
DR Congo natives, Biyombo and Mudiay, would be playing for team Africa while McCollum will compete for team world.
Full rosters of players and coaches would be announced later.
China is the NBA’s second biggest market after the United States and the league is looking for new countries to plant its flag, including non-traditional basketball markets like India and Africa.
Manchester city have been cleared to play 19-year-old Brazilian winger, Gabriel Jesus, against Tottenham on Saturday, after formally completing his £27 million move from Palmeiras.
The Brazil international, Jesus, has agreed to a five-year deal with City in August.
He stayed with Palmeiras until the end of the Brazilian season in December.
The footballer has won an Olympic gold medal with his country, having scored three times in the men’s football tournament in Rio, after which he was promoted to the senior Brazil team, for whom he has scored five times in six games.
Jesus arrived City at the start of January but registration to play for his new club was delayed while the English football association examined documents relating to his move.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), confirms participation of Nigeria and Egypt in the first major ITTF World Tour for 2017.
The Hungarian Open will serve off between January 19 and 22 in Budapest.
The largest number of participating players for any country in the tournament is from Nigeria,as the highest ranked player in the continent; Aruna Quadri leads four other Nigerian players to the championship.
All Hands On Deck African Champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar, will be competing alongside his sibling – Khaled in the competition.
Besides Quadri, other Nigerian players in the $70,000 prize money championship are Italy-based duo of Olajide Omotayo and Kazeem Makanjuola and Portugal-based pair of Bode Abiodun, and Ojo Onaolapo.
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.
Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman, has hinted that the agency’s priority along with the federal government is to improve its operational efficiency.
The NPA MD, revealed this on Channels Television’s breakfast programme Sunrise Daily, where she also explained that the government is working towards improving Nigeria’s business environment.
It has been 10 years since the ports went into a concession agreement and this according to Usman has indeed been successful.
However, she stressed a need to review the agreement in order to improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
“We are ten years into the concession agreement with the terminal operators and we believe that there’s a need to review the concession agreement.
She explained that there is a stipulated timeline for the review which should be every two years but for some reason that has not been done.
Usman however believes it is now a very appropriate time to do the review. “We have started the procedure of reviewing the respective agreements that we have across our terminals.
“The terminal operators themselves are keen to have a review because there are areas that we need to look at, 10 years post concession.
Highlighting some issues regarding the Nigerian ports, such as competitiveness and pricing, Usman stated that “the NPA is looking at the respective tariffs across the West African coast and in Africa indeed, to see how competitive our ports are”.
According to her, ports in western and central Africa are not keen to having their tariffs made public.
“I think these are some of the things we need to do as agencies of government, we need to enshrine transparency and we have started by putting our tariffs on our website.
“This is the first time the Nigerian Ports Authority is putting all our respective tariffs for the Nigerian public to see.
“We are also going to the next step of publishing them in the newspapers so that you are aware of anything the Nigerian Ports Authority is charging.
“It is important to have that transparency,” she stressed.
“The second leg to our challenge has to do with our operational competitiveness, how efficient are our ports.
“How easy is it for an entity to come into our ports, clear your goods and get out of the ports within a timely manner? Usman questioned.
However as a solution to this, she reiterated that “there are agencies of government that interface with us and we are working with them to ensure that we improve on these operational efficiencies”.
Furthermore, she revealed that one of the things that the agency is putting in place is “the national single windows project, and NPS is working on a ports community system whereby all our operations are domiciled in one single platform.
“We are working to do an interface with the Nigerian customs service and every other agency that operates in the ports, whereby you can have ease of operations.”
World’s football governing body, FIFA, has moved to instigate their first ever live trial using Video Assistant Referees (VARs), to assist match officials on the pitch during the Club World Cup Japan 2016.
Using up to 23 different camera angles, the VARs can look instantly at video replays of major incidents, such as penalties, and speak to the match referee through his earpiece.
The referees would also be able look at video screens on pitch-side that show instant replays of any incident, in order to make a decision.
“This represents a big step forward in terms of testing the technology,” FIFA’s Chief Officer Technical Development, Marco van Basten said.