Invest In Sports, Ekiti Govt Begs Corporate Organisations

NasarawaCorporate bodies, Private organisations and interested individuals have been asked to get involved in the development of sports particularly football at the grassroots.

The Chairman of Ekiti State Football Association, Mr Ayodeji Alabi, who made the appeal, said that the desired results would be difficult to achieve if the running of football and other sports generally was seen as sole responsibility of the government.

He pointed out  that full involvement of both private organisations and individuals through huge investment in grassroots football development would help in the discovery and identification of raw talents that could be nurtured to stardom.

The Ekiti FA boss spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital at the weekend during a get-together organised by the management of Phoenix Athletic Sports Limited for members of the Ayodeji Ogunsakin-led state chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).

He said the association was ready to support organisations as well as individuals with genuine interest to developing the youths of the state through the instrumentality of the game of football.

“It takes discipline and determination to make things work. It will interest you to see how best we can develop the game of football from the grassroots. Every genuine agenda geared towards youths and football development at the grassroots will get our support as the body that is saddled with the administration of the game in the state,” he stated.

He, however, stressed the need for the stakeholders to ensure that the game be runned the way it should.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Athletic Sports, Mr Bayo Olanlege, commended the sports journalists for their contributions towards the development of sports in the state.

Mr Olanlege, who bankrolled a national league side, Phoenix football Club stated that the mandate of the organisation was to hunt for young sports talents and groom them for national and international meets.

While noting that the support of the state FA was pivotal to generating ideas for football development in the state, he disclosed that plans were on by his organisation to float a basket ball team.

Mr Ayodeji expressed SWAN’s readiness to support the organisation in its efforts at revolutionising and developing sports in the state and the country at large.

U-20 World Cup: Japan Humble Nigeria’s Female Team 6-0

U-20 NigeriaNigeria’s national U-20 women’s team has begun their campaign at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on an unimpressive note in Papua New Guinea.

Nigeria suffered their worst defeat in the history of the competition, losing 6-0 to Japan at the Bava Park, Port Moresby.

Mami Ueno bagged a hat-trick while Yuka Momiki scored either side of the break, as the young Nadeshiko ran riot in their opening Group B game.

Both sides will return to Brava Park on November 16 when japan next face Spain in a top-of-the-group clash, while Nigeria will meet Canada.

House To Celebrate Nigeria’s Paralympic Team

House, Nigeria, Paralympic The House of Representatives has resolved to contribute the sum of 50,000 Naira each, to the Team Nigeria delegation at the Rio 2016 Paralympics as a token of their appreciation for an outstanding performance.

The resolution followed a motion sponsored on Wednesday by member of the lower chamber from Osun State, Representative Ayo Omidiran, at the National Assembly in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Representative Omidiran said the resolve followed the team’s emergence as the best from Africa at the Paralympic Games.

To also commend them, the House has invited the team to its chamber, as a mark of honour in celebration of their performance.

Setting Six World Records

Hundreds of Nigerians had converged on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja to welcome the Rio 2016 Paralympics athletes.

The acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youths and Sports, Luka Jonathan, received the athletes on behalf of the Sports Ministry.

He thanked them for making the country proud by winning 12 medals in Rio Games which ended on Sunday, September 18.

The team won eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals, setting six new World Records in the process.

Nigerian Paralympians Return From Rio

Rio Paralympics, Nigeria, ParalympiansHundreds of Nigerians turned out at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja to welcome the first batch of Rio 2016 Paralympics athletes on Sunday.

The acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youths and Sports, Luka Jonathan, received the athletes on behalf of the Sports Ministry.

Addressing the athletes, he thanked them for making the country proud by winning 12 medals in Rio Games which ended on Sunday.

The 12 medals won include; eight gold medals,  two silver and two bronze medals setting six new World Records in the process.

“We are celebrating you now because you have done this country proud. History was made with your victorious outing to Rio.

“We appreciate your individual and collective efforts which have placed Nigeria on a very prominent position on the medals table.

“I am happy that Nigeria has led other African nations in this Games,’’ he said, adding that a more elaborate event would be held to celebrate the Paralympians.

The assistant captain of the Nigerian team, Esther Oyema, said that she and her teammates were very happy with the welcome they received.

Rio Paralympic: Onye Wins Gold In Women’s Shot Put f40 Final

Lauritta-OnyeLauritta Onye has handed team Nigeria it’s first medal in the athletes event, clinching gold in the women’s shot put f40 on day-four of the Rio Paralympic.

Her first throw of 7.83m saw her break her world record of 7.72m set at the 2015 IPC world athletics championships in Doha.

Her second throw landed at 7.54m, while she went one centimeter further on her third attempt.

Onye then went on to unleash an astonishing throw of 8.40m on her fourth attempt to secure the gold medal in the event.

Onye’s medal is Nigeria’s seventh at the ongoing Rio games.

Nigeria Cricket Federation Eyes Division Four League

Nigeria Cricket Team Nigeria Cricket FederationThe Nigeria Cricket Federation has restated its commitment to moving the nation from the World Cricket League division five to division four.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Monday ahead of the team’s departure for the World Cricket League division five, the President of the Federation, Mr Emeka Onyeama, said the federation had put everything in place to ensure Nigeria’s qualification for the more prestigious division four.

He also announced the resumption of construction work at the new World Standard Cricket Oval at the package B of the National Stadium in Abuja which was initially halted due to a change in government.

Channels National Kids Cup: Daemm, Uncle Bayus To Represent Lagos

Uncle Bayus TeamUncle Bayus Primary School and Daemm Schools, Alakuko have emerged Lagos representatives for Season Seven of the Channels National Kids Cup.

The final day of the preliminaries got off with the quarter-final.

The opening game was between defending champion Toyibat and Afolabi Yusuf’s St. Paul. Toyibat scored the first goal, St. Paul equalised from the spot in the dying minutes and the match ended 1-1 in regulation time. Toyibat won the game 4-3 via penalties to book their place in the semi-finals.

Uncle Bayus met stiff opposition in Rockford Private School but managed to hold on to a 1-0 victory to make the last four. Daemm produced an impressive 3-0 win over Hopeland. Obayemi Tobi scored a brace and Uche Nwankwo’s own-goal kept Daemm’s hopes alive in fighting for one of the ticket to the National finals.

The last quarter-final game was between Ebute-Metta Primary School and Ebute-Elefun. Last year’s losing finalist sealed their place in the semi-final with an easy 3-0 win.

About 20 minutes after the quarter-final matches ended, the semi-final matches started at the same stadium.

The semi-final games lived up to expectations. The four teams competing showed good quality and class. They knew the tickets were up for grabs and they wanted it. The first game between Daemm and Toyibat was a cracker. First half ended goalless, when the game resumed, Daemm scored. The champions did not give up. They kept on fighting till they levelled up through Toyeeb Lasisi.

With about two minutes to the end of regulation time, Toyibat was awarded a penalty. Idowu Samuel was supposed to take it but Okayi Chidi stepped up to the challenge and missed. Game ended 1-1 and went into penalty shoot-out.

Toyibat could not repeat the sort of quality they displayed in the shoot-out against St. Paul and lost 3-1 to Daemm. The champions lost out on the chance to defend the trophy they won last year. Joy for Daemm as they picked up a ticket to the national finals in May.

One more to decide who gets the remaining ticket.

Uncle Bayus and Ebute-Metta will fight for it. It was a stiff contest, but it was the debutants that showed class and went on to win 1-0. Ebute-Metta that made it to the final last year will not feature this year.

QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS

TOYIBAT  1 – 1  ST. PAUL ANGLICAN
(Toyibat won 4 – 3 on penalties)

UNCLE BAYUS  1 – 0  ROCKFORD

HOPELAND 0 – 3 DAEM

EBUTE-METTA 3 – 0 EBUTE-ELEFUN

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

DAEMM 1 – 1 TOYIBAT

(Daemm won 3 – 1 on penalties)

UNCLE BAYUS 1 – 0 EBUTE-METTA

Channels National Kids Cup: Lagos Preliminaries Day Two Produce 21 Goals

Channels National Kids ClubMatches played in the second day of the Lagos Preliminaries for season seven of the Channels National Kids Cup produced twenty-one goals, with last year’s second runners-up, Dr. Teslim Elias emerging the biggest winners at the Onikan Stadium.

Hopeland Primary School and St. Francis got the first game going. It was a game of two halves that could have been won by any of the teams but in the end, it was Hopeland that advance with a 1-0 victory. Kingsley Chinedu scored the only goal.

The second game between InnerCity School and Dorcas Memorial School also ended with a 1-0 score line. Emeka Enyirbe’s goal in the first half, made the difference for InnerCity.

Eunifrance School, Ikorodu and African Church, Primary School, Ikola played arguably the best game of the day. It was a contest.

Oseni Temitope gave the Ikorodu team the lead in the 10th minute. African Church pumped up the pressure but could not get the equaliser.Channels National Kids Club2

Jimadu Waliu dented their hopes in the 40th minute, when he scored the second goal for Eunifrance. Hassan Nuru pulled one back for the African Church but it was too late to level up. Eunifrance won the game 2-1.

Donmen Schools had an easy ride, beating Royal Blazers 3-0 with Gabriel Okechukwu, Soyemu Tomiwa and Ibrahim Daga scoring the goals. Abjoel also swept aside Uncle Bayus Primary School 4-0.

Dr. Teslim Elias showed no mercy in their game against Excel Immaculate, as they cruised to a 5-0 win to emerge the biggest winners on day two.

Last year’s star player, Isiaka Adedeji, was among the goalscorers.

In the last game, Rockford Private School defeated Great Hakeemson 3-0 to wrap up activities for the day.

DAY TWO RESULTS

Hopeland 1 St. Francis 0

InnerCity 1 Dorcas Memorial School 0

Eunifrance 2 African Church Primary School 1

Donmen Schools 3 Royal Blazers 0

Daemm 1 Toydam 0

Abjoel 4 Uncle Bayus 0

Excel Immaculate 0 Dr. Teslim Elias 5

Rockford 3 Great Hakeemson 0

DAY THREE FIXTUREs

Ebute-Metta vs CMS Primary School

Daemm vs Dr. Teslim Elias

Hopeland vs InnerCity

St. Paul’s Anglican vs The Tenets

Toyibat vs Ladi-Lak

Rockford vs Eunifrance

Uncle Bayus vs Donmen Schools

National Primary School vs Ebute-Elefun

Flying Eagles Name Team For Ghana Warm-up Games

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Goalkeeper Sunday Alampasu in training

National U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, have named 22 players for the two warm-up games against Ghana.

The team which is led by skipper Musa Muhamed is dominated by players who won the FIFA U17 World Cup in UAE two years ago.

They include goalkeeper Sunday Alampasu, Akinjide Idowu, Abdullahi Alfa, Zaharadeen Bello, Samuel Okon, Musa Yahaya, Chidera Ezeh and Taiwo Awoniyi.

Others on the squad are goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo, Obinna Nwobodo, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Ifeanyi Matthew, Abdullahi Ibrahim Alhassan aka ‘Mu-azam’.

Both the Flying Eagles and the Black Satellites are preparing for next month’s African Youth Championship in Senegal.

The first test match between the two rival West African countries will be played on Saturday and a second match is fixed for Wednesday.

The Flying Eagles will depart for Ghana on Friday via Lagos and return to the country on Thursday, February 19.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Joshua Enaholo, Sunday Alampasu, Olorunleke Ojo

Defenders: Musa Muhamed, Zaharadeen Bello, Izu Omego, Mustapha Abdullahi, Samuel Okon, Abdulganiyu Saheed

Midfielders: Ifeanyi Matthew, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Akinjide Idowu, Obinna Nwobodo, Musa Yahaya, Bernard Bulbwa, Abdullahi Alfa

Strikers: Taiwo Awoniyi, Abdullahi Ibrahim Alhassan, Usman Hassan, Chidera Ezeh, Abubakar Lawal, Wasiu Jimoh

Nigeria Outclass Egypt in ITTF Men’s Doubles Event

table-tennis_Aruna_QadriTeam Nigeria have halted Egypt’s dominance at the ongoing International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Africa Senior Championship, putting up an impressive display in the the men’s doubles event.

The Egyptians have so far won three gold medals in some of the events concluded, but were denied a fourth after top seeds El-Sayed Lashin and Ahmed Ali Saleh suffered defeat at the hands of Nigeria’s Makanjuola Kazeem and Quadri Aruna, the no.4 seeds (9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9).

In the second semi-final game, Nigeria’s duo of Ojo Onaolapo and Jide Ogidiolu, the no.11 seeds, swept aside Egypt’s Khalid and Omar Assar, the no.2 seeds (7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10, 11-2).

“I think we communicated a great deal during the match and we did not allow them to attack”, said Ojo Onaolapo. “I just told my partner not to be under pressure and ensure he put the ball on the table because I realised that they cannot cope with my topspin play; we were very focused.”

According to Kazeem Makanjuola: “Before the competition, I had said I want to come and beat the Egyptians and thank God it has become a reality”.

It was a fine effort but of course he had very good support; his partner has stunned the world in the past six months.

“Quadri Aruna told me to play short whenever possible and see what comes next; I did that and it worked well”, added Makanjuola Kazeem. “I am so happy that we were able to break the Egyptians dominance of the competition in this doubles and we hope for more in the singles.”

It was the exact reverse in the same round of the Women’s Doubles event where Olaide Atinuke and Olufunke Oshonaike, the no.6 seeds, suffered a heart breaking seven games defeat against Congo Brazzaville’s Han Xing and Onyinyechi Nwachukwu, the no.2 seeds (6-11, 11-9, 13-15, 11-7, 11-3, 7-11, 13-11).

The defeat came after Cecilia Akpan and Offiong Edem, the no.4 seeds, had been beaten by Egypt’s Nadeen El-Dawlatly and Dina Meshref, the top seeds (11-3, 11-7, 7-11, 4-11, 12-10, 15-13).

“I think we played better after we won the first game; they started to raise their game and we lost concentration, after being two-nil ahead”, said Dina Meshref. “We figured out that they were rushing us, we slowed down the game and this gave us an edge to win.”

Golden Eaglets To Begin Camping On Dec 14

U-17-World-Cup-Eagles-WinNigeria’s U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, will begin camping on December 14 in preparation for the African U-17 Championship.

Players are expected in camp on the stated date to commence training for the biennial tournament which takes place in Niger from February 15 to March 1, 2015.

The U-17 national team are the defending world champions and would need a ticket to the FIFA U-17 world championship.

Nigeria have won the tournament four times followed by Brazil with three tournament wins. Nigeria have appeared in the final on seven occasions.

Nigeria holds the record for most goals scored by a team in a single tournament with 26 goals in the 2013 tournament hosted by United Arab Emirates. They are closely followed by Germany with a total of 24 goals in the 2011 tournament hosted by Mexico.

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.