Nigeria is set to compete at the Grand Prix of Germany event in Dormagen as well as the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov wrestling ranking series tournament in Bulgaria.
Both tournaments will give the wrestlers an opportunity to gain ranking points in international wrestling.
A team of three female wrestlers and a coach will depart Nigeria on Thursday, 21 February for the tournaments.
The wrestlers – all Commonwealth champions – are Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), Aminat Adeniyi (62kg) and Blessing Oborududu (68kg). They will be led by experienced female coach, Purity Akuh.
The Grand Prix of Germany event will run from 22-24 February, with the Team moving over to Ruse, Bulgaria on 27 February for the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov ranking series tournament which will be done from 28th February to 3rd March.
“It is very important for us to be at the ranking series because last year we were not ranked at all,” coach Purity said. “And this year, the President (Daniel Igali) has decided that we have to go to all the ranking tournaments so that we can be ranked.”
Team Nigeria has ended its campaign at the Commonwealth Games with 24 medals after Aruna Quadri won silver in the men’s table-tennis singles.
Nigeria finished the games in Gold Coast with nine golds, nine silvers and six bronze medals to place ninth on the log behind Australia, England, India, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Wales and Scotland.
The Para Athletes accounted for five of the top podium placements while wrestling had three and athletics one.
Nigeria placed eighth at the 2014 games with 36 medals.
Tobi Amusan had on Friday struck gold in the women’s 100m hurdles clocking 12.68 Seconds. This increased Nigeria’s medal haul to eight gold, five silver and five bronze medals.
Gold medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye clinched first gold for the country in the women’s wrestling freestyle 57kg after defeating India’s Pooja Dhanda with a 7-5 victory by points.
Blessing Oborududu also claimed the second gold medal after staging a terrific comeback from a 3-0 deficit to beat Canada’s Danielle Lappage 4-3 in the women’s freestyle 68kg.
Para-athlete Suwaibidu Galadima led from the start to finish to win gold in the men’s the men’s T47 100m final with a time of 11.04s.
Amas Daniel won bronze coming from 4-0 down to equal it at 4-4 against South Africa’s Terry Van Rensburg, winning bronze in men’s freestyle 65kg.
Aminat Adeniyi won gold in the women’s wrestling 62kg freestyle Nordic, while Melvin Bibo and Mercy Genesis both added silver and bronze to the wrestling medals pool.
Faith Obazuaye settled for silver in the women’s para-table tennis.
The quartet of Patience Okon-George, Glory Nathaniel, Praise Idamadudu and Yinka Ajayi won silver in the women’s 4x400m relay.
Sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare led Nigeria’s women’s 4x100m relay team to win bronze.
As the ongoing Olympics games taking place in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, Team Nigeria participating in the Bobsleigh made history as the West African nation’s first representatives at a Winter Olympics reaching the finals.
Seven gold medals are on offer on day 12 of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Here are the highlights:
Nigeria‘s women make history in the finals of the bobsleigh as the West African nation’s first representatives at a WinterOlympics. Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere make up the team for the women’s bobsleigh and don’t count themselves among the favourites. They are just hoping to come home in one piece. “It’s very similar to being thrown down a hill in a trash can — you just don’t really know where you’ll end up sometimes,” Seun told AFP.
American Lindsey Vonn won the Olympic downhill gold medal in Vancouver eight year ago and missed the 2014 Sochi Olympics through injury. At 33 she remains the favourite in the most testing alpine discipline. Vonn showed in three training sessions she still has the pace and passion and could break the record for oldest female medallist in alpine skiing, set by Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister in 2006 at the age of 32 years and 332 days.
Evgenia Medvedeva, 18, is tipped to clinch the title by her many admirers. But her 15-year-old training partner Alina Zagitova is a serious threat. The 2018 WinterGames gold medal appeared to be Medvedeva’s to lose until she broke her foot in October, sidelining her for over two months and allowing Zagitova to seize her chance to take centre stage. In a sensational first season as a senior, she swept all before her, culminating in defeat for a fit-again Medvedeva at the European championships in Moscow in January. The competition between them promises to be compelling.
Switzerland’s Marc Bischofberger goes into the Olympic men’s ski cross competition as a favourite with three straight World Cup victories. The Canadians are strong and will be inspired by Cassie Sharpe’s victory for Canada on Tuesday in the halfpipe. Also looking for a podium finish is Frenchman Jean-Frederic Chapuis, the defending champion, who led a French sweep of the medals in 2104.
The United States, who have not won an Olympic gold medal since 1980, play the unbeaten Czech Republic in the quarter-finals of the men’s ice hockey tournament. The young Americans without their NHL stars could come unstuck against a tough Czech outfit looking for their first Olympic title in two decades. Later in the day in other quarter-finals, the Russians, under the neutral name OAR, take on Norway while Sweden play Germany and defending champions Canada meet Finland.
President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his wishes to Team Nigeria as they represent the country in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, adding that Nigeria is solidly behind them.
In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President on Friday commends the women’s bobsleigh team.
The team, which is made up of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga made history by emerging the first African bobsleigh team to participate in the Winter Olympics.
“The President also salutes Nigerian Olympian, Simidele Adeagbo who has raised the bar as the first African female to compete in Skeleton at the Games, assuring the athletes that Nigeria stands with them throughout the competition.
“President Buhari believes that the patriotism, sacrifice, hard work and personal dedication of these Nigerian athletes, who chose to stand with our homeland and lift our flag high at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea, will continue to inspire Nigerians, especially our young people,” the statement read in part.
President Buhari had earlier approved the appointment of Chef de Mission to take care of the team.
“The President wishes Team Nigeria, who clearly represents the resilient spirit of the Nigerian -ever ready to endure and prevail- a resounding success at the Winter Olympics,” President Buhari said in the statement.
He assured the Olympians of the unflinching support of the Federal Government and appreciated all who made their participation in the games possible.
The President also took to his Twitter handle to express best wishes to the team.
I’m extending my best wishes to #TeamNigeria as they proudly step out in Nigerian colours at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Congratulations to Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga and Simidele Adeagbo, who are all making history for themselves and for Nigeria.
Oyinlomo Quadri and Marylove Edwards will headline Team Nigeria’s title defence as the 2018 ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Championship Qualifiers serves off in Lome, Togo on Monday.
Nigeria is aiming for a record-extending seventh consecutive overall winners title at the tournament which will draw to a close on January 17 featuring 12 countries.
Rebecca Ekpeyong and Oiza Yakubu will compete alongside Quadri in the girls’ 16 and under while Iye Onoja and Reya Holmes will fly represent the country in the 14 and under.
The boy’s team is also formidable with Friday Gabriel, Matthew Abamu and Sani Musa battling in the boys’ 16 and under while Sulaiman Ibrahim, Usman Kushimo and Canice Joseph jostle in the 14 and under.
The trio of Holmes, Kushimo and Joseph will be making their debut for Nigeria. South Africa will host the 14 and under while the 16 and under championship will take place in Tunisia.
Nigeria’s coach, Mohammed Ubale expressed confidence of the team clinching the top position. He cited the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) newly-introduced Play Your Age tournament which took place in Abuja mid-December as well as the five-day close camping in Lagos as an ideal preparation for the country.
“The players are in good shape and are eager to do the country proud again as we have been topping the overall champions of this tournament for several years.
“It’s not going to be easy because the likes of Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Cameroun are breathing down our neck regarding who dominates junior tennis in the region. Nonetheless, we are good to go as we look to clinch as many tickets for the main tournaments coming up late this year.”
Quadri has been one of the top junior players in the continent in the past three years and will be aiming for the top prize in the Girls’ 16 and under category which she won last year.
She will be playing for a third successive gold medal after winning the 14 and under title in Abuja in 2016 where she defeated Edwards in the final and triumphing last year in her present category.
On her part, Edwards, who is on holiday having shifted base to the Unites States last September, looks good to rule the 14 and under category.
Nigeria’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.”
Team Nigeria has beaten Zambia to record a first victory at the Africa’s second division of the 2016 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nigeria won the toss and chose to field first.
Zambia went on to bat and scored a total of 150 runs all out in 37 overs with M.A Ali scoring a total of 61 runs for the Zambians.
The Nigerian Bowlers responded with some brilliant spells from Captain Okpe Sylvester with three wickets and Isaac Danladi also with three wickets.
However, the star performer in the bowling effort for Nigeria was Chima Akachukwu with five wickets.
In the second innings, Nigeria’s opening pair of Runsewe Sulaiman and Olaleye Elijah gradually chased the match professionally and eliminated every form of tension with an impressive partnership of 92 runs in 20 overs.
Elijah went on to score 69 runs which puts him in a strong position for Man of the match award with Akachukwu strongly in contention.
Nigeria scored 151 runs for the loss of two wickets in 32.3 overs and won the match by eight wickets.
Nigeria’s next match is against Rwanda on Sunday at the same venue.