Nigeria Makes History In Mixed Relay, Moves Closer To Olympics Qualification

Nigerian athletes and officials pose for a photograph in Texas, the United States.


Nigeria’s 4x400m Mixed Relay team got off to a good start at the PVAMU track meet in Texas, running a new 3 minutes 18.53 seconds Nigerian record to win the event and moved within five places of sealing a spot at the Tokyo Olympics.

The quartet of Nse Imaobong, Patience Okon-George, Nathaniel Samson, and Sikiru Adeyemi made history as the first quartet to represent the country in the mixed relay event.

According to the latest ranking released by World Athletics, the team are now 21st behind Germany who presently occupy the 16th qualifying spot, Kenya, France, Czech Republic, and Colombia.

In his reaction, the acting President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Olamide George, was confident that the team would secure qualification in the mixed relay event and the men and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m events.

“We are delighted with the performance of the team at the PVAMU meet here in Texas and believe we can do much better in our next race.

“We now know what we need to do to secure one of the four available slots on offer,” George said.

Nigeria will need to improve on the time ran by Germany (3:16.85) to become one of the 16 finalists for the event in Tokyo and the AFN official believes it can be done.

“Remember this is the first time ever that we are competing as a nation in this event. When we get the full complement of our team, I believe we will run faster than 3:16,” said George who thanked the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, for his support.

He added, “The honourable minister has been our pillar of strength in this COVID-19 pandemic era and we have keyed into his dream of returning Nigeria to the podium in track and field at the Olympics after 13 long years.”

Veteran athletics coach, Gabriel Okon, was also appreciative of the minister’s support, especially with his adopt-a-talent initiative.

Speaking of the initiative, he stated, “It has worked wonders. For example, we have, for the first time in recent memory qualify for the Olympics in a track event in Nigeria.

“Grace Nwokocha is one of the athletes on the programme and she ran 11.09 seconds in the 100m, which is about the fastest time by a home-based athlete on Nigerian soil in over two decades and 22.79 seconds in the 200m.”

“Both times are better than the Olympics qualification standard set by World Athletics,” Coach Okon said.

Team Nigeria Set For Grand Prix of Germany, Bulgaria Ranking Series

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 Dominate Para Powerlifting In Algiers

Team Nigeria in Algiers


Team Nigeria have emerged the overall winner at the world Para Powerlifting African Championships in Algiers.

13 athletes represented the country and produced 11 gold and 2 silver medals.

Shade Oluwafemiayo, Loveline Obiji, Latifa Tijani and Esther Onyema ruled their categories.

Yakubu Adesokan, Roland Ezuruike, Kehinde Paul, Innocent Nnamdi and Ebere Okpala also won gold in their events.

Bose Omolayo produced a new world record in the women’s 79kg, lifting 139-point 5kg to smash the previous one that was set at 138 point 5kg.

The championship also serves as qualifying process for the 2020 Olympic games.

Nigeria Ends Commonwealth Games With 24 Medals

Nigeria’s Oluwatobiloba Amusan celebrates with flag after winning the athletics women’s 100m hurdles final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 13, 2018. PHOTO: SAEED KHAN/AFP


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.

(L-R) Silver medallist Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna, gold medallist Singapore’s Gao Ning and bronze medallist India’s Sharath Achanta pose during the podium ceremony for the men’s singles table tennis event at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios venue in Gold Coast on April 15, 2018.


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.

Commonwealth Games: Amusan Wins Gold As Nigeria’s Medals Tally Hits 18

Team Nigeria have increased its medals tally at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast to 18.

Tobi Amusan 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.

2014 commonwealth 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.

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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.

Earlier on Friday, 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.


Nigerian Women Shine As Olympics Games Enter Day 12

Nigeria’s Moriam Seun Adigun (R) and Nigeria’s Akuoma Omeoga wave after the women’s bobsleigh heat 2 run during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 20, 2018 in Pyeongchang.


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 Winter Olympics. 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.

Alpine skiing 

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.

Figure skating 

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.

Freestyle skiing 

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.


Ice hockey 

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.



‘We Stand With You,’ Buhari Tells Team Nigeria At Winter Olympics

Nigeria’s female athletes parades during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. PHOTO: Martin BUREAU / AFP


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.

2018 AJC Qualifiers: Quadri, Marylove To Lead Team 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.

Sports Minister Assures Super Falcons On Entitlements

Sports Minister Assures Super Falcons On EntitlementsNigeria’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.”

Super Falcons Return To Nigeria After Victory

Sweet Victory: Buhari Hails Victorious Super FalconsSuper falcons have returned to Nigeria on Sunday, after a successful outing at the continental tournament in Cameroon.

The champions made their return to Nigeria amid allegations of improper treatment by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

A sports journalist, Jessica Amadi, who traveled with the team, stated that the NFF officials came to Yaoundé with a chattered flight and left immediately, without seeing them.

She revealed this via her Twitter account.

According to her, the Nigerian High Commission in Cameroon, expressed its disappointment with the manner the NFF conducted itself.

The Super Falcons defeated the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in the final of the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Yaoundé.

This makes it the eight Africa Women Cup of Nations’ trophy Nigeria has won, still making them the most successful African women’s team.

Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, however described the victory as “very sweet and well-deserved.

Mikel Obi Says Super Eagles Ready For Zambia

olympics, mikel, nigeria, team nigeria, Mikel Obi, Zambia, Super EaglesSuper Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, says the team is ready for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Ndola.

Nigeria has won six of 16 previous matches with Zambia at international level, drawing five and losing five.

And captain of the side, Mikel says they are committed to improving Nigeria’s superior record against Zambia at senior international level.

Nigeria play Zambia away on Sunday and host Algeria on November 12 before four more games in 2017.

Meanwhile, Zambia are leaving nothing to chance to record their first win over Nigeria since 1985 after they appointed experienced David Kabwe as consultant to coach Wedson Nyirenda.

The Power Dynamos coach, Kabwe is highly regarded, having briefly worked as Zambia’s assistant coach in 2001.

He led Zanaco to two Zambian league championships, and was on attachment at Premier League side Arsenal in 1999 when he worked in Swaziland and he is a CAF instructor.

Kabwe was also tipped to handle the Chipolopolo after they were upset by Guinea Bissau in AFCON 2017 qualifiers.

Nigeria Loses To Botswana In Under-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers

World Cup Qualifiers, U-19 CricketNigeria on Thursday lost to Botswana by one wicket at the ongoing Under-19 Cricket World cup qualifiers in South Africa.

Nigeria batted first scoring 101 runs all out in 39.3 overs. The nation’s top scorers in their innings were Taiwo Mohammed, 24; Sylvester Okpe, 23 and Sulaimon Runsewe, 15.

In the second inning, Botswana raced up to 103 for the loss of 9 wickets in 31.5 overs, to win the match.

Nigeria will play Ghana on Saturday and Tanzania on Sunday. It’s a round Robin league and the top two teams will qualify to Division one.

Team Nigeria had beaten Zambia to record a first victory at the second division of the 2016 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.