NBA Returns To South Africa

Adams Silver Says NBA Will Return To South AfricaNational 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.

Gabriel Jesus Cleared To Make Debut Against Tottenham

Gabriel Jesus Cleared To Make Debut Against Tottenham 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.

NPFL: Ikechukwu Ezenwa Becomes Ifeanyi Ubah FC Captain

fc1Ifeanyi Ubah football club have named Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as their captain for the 2016/ 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), season.

The Federation Cup winners will face Kano Pillars in the opening fixture of the 2016/2017 NPFL season at the Sani Abacha stadium on Saturday.

Ezenwa, took over from Wilson Elu, who would now act as the Deputy Skipper of the Anambra Warriors.

The experienced shot stopper linked up with the Nnewi-based side, from Sunshine Stars during the mid-season transfer window last term.

Super Eagles Move Up To 50th In FIFA Ranking

super eagles,Super Eagles of Nigeria, have moved a place up to 50th spot in the first football ranking for the year.

The slide movement, places Nigeria as the 7th best playing nation in Africa.

Senegal would head to this weekend African Cup of Nations as the best playing nation in Africa and 33rd in the world and are closely trailed by Cote D’ivoire in second place.

The Pharaohs of Egypt are third in the continent and 35th in the world, while Tunisia dropped to the fourth spot and are ranked 36th in the world.

Desert Foxes of Algeria and Congo Dr on the other hand, are ranked in fifth and sixth respectively.

There are however no changes in the world’s top ten teams.

Rory McIlroy Ready For First Event In 2017

golf1World number two, Rory McIlroy, would be keeping a promise to fellow major champion, Ernie Els, when he lines up in the South African Open as the European Tour begins a new calendar year.

Els is player-host of the second oldest National Open Championship in world golf and extracted the commitment when he played in the 2014 Irish Open, hosted by McIlroy.

The 27-year-old McIlroy, had played the tournament once before in 2008 and shared third spot with Els.

Nigeria And Egypt Confirmed For ITTF World Tour

Nigeria And Egypt Confirmed For ITTF World TourThe 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.

Miguel Cotto Seeks Rematch With Canelo

Miguel Cotto Seeks Rematch With CaneloPuerto Rican Boxer, Miguel Cotto, says he would like his farewell fight to be a rematch with Saul Alvarez, a.k.a Canelo.

The future hall of famer who hinted that he would be retiring at the end of 2017, however believes himself and trainer Freddie Roach, can both avenge the loss to Canelo.

Cotto is taking on James Kirkland in Texas, on February 25, returning to the ring 13 months after losing to Alvarez for the vacant WBC middleweight world title.

Though he suffered a wide points defeat, he still believes he would win the rematch.

The 36-year-old was stripped of the WBC belt before losing to Saul Alvarez for the same title.

2017 AFCON: CAF Gives Countries Preparation Grants

 

2017 AFCON: CAF Gives Countries Preparation GrantsThe Confederation Of African Football (CAF), has given the 16 countries that would feature in January’s AFCON in Gabon, $237,500 each to prepare for the tournament.

The money forms part of CAF’s responsibility to ensure that participating teams at the nations cup get the needed funds to partake in the competition.

The amount released is 50 per cent of the total amount all participating teams will get from CAF.

Each participating federation is expected to receive a total amount of $475,000.

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.

FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Advance To Semi-Finals

FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Advance To Semi-Finals Nigeria’s Kano pillars have qualified for the semi-finals of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

The team fought back from a 9-point deficit to beat Algeria champions GS Petroliers 91 to 81 points in the quarter-finals.

The Algerians who started well took the first and second quarters 19 to 17 and 20 to 19 points.

Pillars however showed strong intent in the third and fourth quarters winning 28 to 19 points and 27 to 23 points.

Abubakar Usman kept his impressive form in the tournament recording 34 points with 2 assists and 7 rebounds.

Coach Sani Ahmed is expectant that the Kano Pillars would finish strong in Group A of the FIBA Cup.

Nigerian Ports Authority To Improve Operational Efficiency

Nigerian Ports Authority To Improve Operational Efficiency 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.”

FIFA Tests Video Assistant Referees In Japan

FIFA Tests Video Assistant Referees Technology In JapanWorld’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.