African Players Arrive For Para Table Tennis Open In Lagos


The much-anticipated Para Table Tennis Open will serve off tomorrow, Thursday, December 19 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos with hundreds of players aiming to have a share of the N10.8m prize money.

Already, apart from Nigeria, eight African countries are in Lagos for the three-day tournament which ends on Saturday, December 21.

Egypt, South Africa, Algeria, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin Republic, Togo and Ghana will compete in the 44 events tournament for players in class 1 to 10. The hundreds of players will compete in singles, team and doubles events.

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Already, five Nigerians have qualified in the para table tennis event for Tokyo 2020 and the federation believes staging the championship will assist in discovering more players for the country.

For Rio 2016 Paralympian, Ahmed Koleosho, the tournament would provide the players with the platform to compete against their foreign counterparts, particularly the local players who are yet to compete at a higher level of the game. “I am so excited that we are hosting this kind of competition and I am hoping and believing that we will make Nigeria proud. It will surely give upcoming players the opportunity to compete against their experienced counterparts,” the Tokyo 2020-bound Paralympian said.

For the President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ishaku Tikon, staging the tournament would help players that had already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to tune-up for the sports fiesta in Japan come next year.

“This is a good development for table tennis in Nigeria and we are grateful to our sponsor – Valuejet for deeming it fit to support the championship. We are excited and we can wait for the tournament to kick-off as our aim is to make it a ranking event by 2020 on the ITTF calendar. This is another first from NTTF and we hope our players and visitors will enjoy the warmth of Lagos and Nigeria during the competition,” the NTTF boss said.

According to the project consultant, Sunday Odebode, the aim of the tournament was to expose the players to world-class tournament particularly as they are expected to compete against some of the best players in Africa.

“We want to use this competition to develop para table tennis in Nigeria while also promoting the talents of the players. We believe this tournament will enhance the sport as well as give us leverage to the stage and be listed among the ITTF tournament in the near future. Our players will also be exposed to competition among themselves and other players coming to Nigeria for the championship,” Odebode said.

Two days ago, an ITTF classifier, Elsayed Mehrem arrived in Lagos to classify some of the Nigerian players to their various classes.

Lagos Set For 10th Korean Ambassador’s Taekwondo Cup


The 10th Korean Ambassador kicks off today, October 17, at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos State.

From the registration, eight national athletes that represented Nigeria at the recently concluded 12th African Games will be competing for medals at the two-day tournament.

Among the national athletes expected in Lagos are: African Bronze Medallist, Benjamin Okuomose [male heavyweight +87kg], ex-African champion Uzoamaka Otuadinma who came away with a bronze in the female -73kg and commonwealth gold medal Josephine Esuku [female -46kg], who returned a fortnight ago from a Tokyo 2020 test event in Japan.

Other national team athletes are defending Korean Ambassador Champion and Most Valuable Player of the last 2018 edition, Ifeoluwa Ajayi, Peter Itiku [male welterweight -80kg], [male featherweight -63kg], Abdulfathi Sanusi [male fly weight -58kg], Arinola Abdullateef [male fin weight -58kg].

With the star prize of new flat TV screens to be dished out to the best male and female athlete, as well as gifts of equipment to medallist plus vital national ranking points, the taekwondo stars will have their work cut out against other taekwondo gladiators in the country, keen to impress and rise up the national ranks.

National athletes like Ifeoluwa Ajayi, who is the defending Korean Ambassador Champion in the male is -63kg and was the Most Valuable Player of the last 2018 edition, will be hard-pressed pressure to retain the MVP award he won last year as he is competing in the higher male -68kg weight category.

Registered so far to compete in 16 kyeorugi events and five poomsae events are 170 athletes from 25 teams, including athletes from Nigeria Army, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Civil Defense and Security Corps, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, FCT, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Lagos, Niger, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba

Final registration numbers will be ascertained when the online portal closes by 6pm GMT on 14th October 2019.

International award-winning Kukkiwon Demonstration Team is expected to perform at the closing ceremony on Friday October 18 at the prestigious event.

The event is being organized by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation and supported by the Korean Embassy in Lagos.

Other partners involved to ensure the success of the event include the Lagos State Taekwondo Association and Blitz Management Consult.

Lagosians React To Traffic Situation As Buhari Visits Lagos

Source: Bashir Ahmad


President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Lagos for his Presidential Campaign, holding at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

As a result, there’s been an influx of people into the stadium since the early hours of Saturday, causing gridlock around the area.

While some have expressed their support for the President’s second term bid, others have criticized his administration.

Below are some of the comments as Lagosians took to the Social Media to air their views.

Ambode Unveils 22ft ‘Football Forever’ Statue In Teslim Balogun Stadium

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has unveiled a statue called ‘Football Forever’ at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

The governor while unveiling the statue said football remains the most popular sports that keep the nation united even in a critical period.

The statue is a 22ft tall sculpture of four players standing on an eight feet concrete pedestal showcasing the passion of Nigerians for the beautiful game.

Governor Ambode, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture Honourable Adebimpe Akinsola, described the statue as a monument of great value that describes the passion of Lagosians and Nigerians for sports and football in particular.

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The Governor said, “The monument seeks to educate all visitors to Lagos State that our passion for the sport is not only captured by iconic infrastructure facilities and competitions but include giving the opportunity to expose artistic representation of its value creative minds.”

Explaining the significance of the sculpture, the brain behind the statue, Mr Ade Odunfa said that the inspiration behind the monument was to express the significance of football in the country’s unity.

Adoring the creativity behind the statue, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Arts and Culture, encouraged all sports enthusiasts to always come around to draw inspiration from the monument.

Dobrev Happy With FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s Federation Cup Victory

Mitko Dobrev, Ifeanyi Ubah FCFC Ifeanyi Ubah’s Coach, Mitko Dobrev, has lauded his team for emerging champions of the 2016 Federation Cup.

Dobrev believes his side deserves the victory after edging out Nasarawa United in a penalty shootout in the final of Nigeria’s oldest club competition.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah impressively converted all their kicks, while their goalkeeper Uche Okafor saved one from Nasarawa United on Sunday at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos.

The winners would represent Nigeria in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.

On the flip side, Nasarawa United striker, Shammah Tanze, admits his teammates failed in their conquest to pick a continental ticket.

He admitted that the northern Nigerian club’s failure to utilise their goal-scoring opportunities during regulation time was the reason for the loss.

Tanze told Channels Television that the team would have to focus on finishing top in the coming season.

Flying Eagles Edge Closer To Zambia 2017

flying eaglesNigeria’s U-20 team, the Flying Eagles are optimistic that a place at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, Zambia 2017 is within grasp as they confront visiting Young Falcons of Sudan at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Saturday.

The Emmanuel Amuneke-tutored side won the first leg in Khartoum 2-1 two weeks ago and are tipped as favourites to reach the finals coming up in Zambia next year.

Samuel Chukwueze and Victor Osimhen scored as the Flying Eagles came from behind to defeat their hosts in Khartoum, and both players are in top shape for Saturday’s clash.

Osimhen, was a record scorer at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2015, hitting 10 goals in Chile as Nigeria roared to a fifth triumph. Chukwueze’s goals also counted and he scooped the bronze boot as the third highest scorer of the tournament.

The Young Falcons have a mountain to climb against a squad that is not used to tasting defeat.

Amuneke has come to this level with the bulk of the boys who did Nigeria proud in Chile, and have maintained an unbeaten streak ever since.

LGA Kaduna Are 2016 Champions Of Channels National Kids Cup

Channels National Kids CupLGA Mohammed Primary School, Kaduna are champions of the 2016 edition of the Channels National Kids Cup.

The Kaduna boys defeated Que Iboe Primary School from Kogi State 3-0 in the final played on Friday, May 27 to take a price money of 1.5 million Naira offered by TY Danjuma foundation.

The finals, which complements the Children’s Day celebration was played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

LGA started off with an early goal in the first half and went on to add two more to end the first half almost assured of emerging champions.

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Kogi State Senator, Dino Melaye, tried to encourage the boys from Kogi at halftime and the Que Iboe resumed the second half looking like they had more belief.

But the pep talk did little to improve their game as they were limited to long balls and shots outside the box, with Kaduna obviously happy to simply keep the score line.

The final whistle went off with the boys from LGA Mohammed Primary School and their supporters bursting into wild jubilation.

It was despair for the Que Iboe Primary School pupils but they would take solace in their good run from the group stage which won them many admirers.

Earlier in the day, St. James Government School from Osun State defeated Edo State’s Arinze Primary School in the third place match.

The Edo boys lost to the Osun boys 4 – 5 in the penalty shootout after both teams maintained a goal apiece till the end of the second half.

Channels Nat’l Kids Cup: Osun Beat Edo 5-4 To Win 3rd Place

Channels National Kids Cup, Channels Kids Cup, Osun, EdoSt. James Government School from Osun State defeated Edo State’s Arinze Primary School in the third place match of the Channels National Kids Cup on Friday.

The Edo boys lost to the Osun boys 4 – 5 in the penalty shootout after both teams maintained a goal apiece till the end of the second half.

The final is between LGA Mohammed Primary School, Kaduna and Que Iboe Primary School from Kogi State.

The finals, which complements the Children’s Day celebration is expected to kick off soon at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

Omotayo, Bello Emerge Winners Of ITTF Nigerian Open qualifiers

ITTF - Nigerian Open - Olajide OmotayoOlajide Omotayo and Fatimo Bello have emerged winners in the qualifiers for the 2016 ITTF World Tour tagged Nigerian Open.

The competition featured over 106 male and 48 female players at the National Training Centre of the National Stadium in Lagos.

Omotayo, a former national junior champion, was unbeaten at the two-day tournament to lead the men’s event while Bello had to dig deep to defeat national junior champion, Tosin Oribamishe, in the final of the women event.

To win the men’s event, Omotayo was merciless in the final against an experienced Kazeem Makanjuola with a 4-0 bashing to emerge as the new national champion.

Major Discovery

The speed and skills of Omotayo were beyond Makanjuola in the entertaining encounter, as Bello had to rely on experience to defeat Oribamise in the women’s final.

Beside Omotayo and Makanjuola, others that made it to the top four in the men’s event were Oladele Kehinde and unknown Akanbi Rilwan.

In the women competition, Bello, Oribamise as well as Bose Odusanya and Nimota Aregbola completed the top four-finish.

The top four finishers have also secured their places at the 2016 ITTF Nigerian Open scheduled for May 18 to 22 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

The referee of the tournament, John Peters, said that the players gave good account of themselves.

He identified Nimota Aregbesola as the major discovery after edging out the number one seed, Halimot Hussein in the quarterfinal as well as another top seed, Sidikat Yaya in the round of 16.

Lagos, Ondo, Others To Feature At NTTF National U-16 League

Table tennis rackets and ball NTTFLagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, Oyo and Abia States have beaten the March 21 registration deadline and cleared to participate in the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) maiden U-16 national league.

According to Ondo State Coach, Dotun Omoniyi, the idea of the league is commendable, as it would afford the players the chance to test might among one another in a competitive atmosphere.

“I think I am so excited about the league because it is not going to be a one-off competition but a continue tournament that will allow the players to improve in each match. Also it will give the national coaches the opportunity to unearth new talents for the country. I am eagerly looking forward to the commencement of the league,” Omoniyi said.

However, there are plans to give more states the opportunity to compete at the championship, as most states are yet to complete the final process that confirms their eligibility.

According to the NTTF, the league will involve players across Nigeria and it is meant to give new players the opportunity to make national junior teams and work their way into the senior team.

The tournament will serve off from March 29 to April 8 at the National Training Centre in National Stadium while the grand finale which is known as Super League will hold on May 14 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Each state across Nigeria is expected to present two boys and two girls while the top eight players in the boys and girls event will qualify for the Super League.

According to the prospectus of the tournament, states wishing to participate will register with the NTTF, while only the first 20 boys’ teams and the first 16 girls’ teams to register for the League shall be accepted to participate while only players registered by states, which are affiliated to the NTTF, are eligible to participate.

All players shall hold the current NTTF Player’s License, which must be produced on demand.

Top Seeds Advance At Lagos Squash Classics

Squash ClassicsTop seeds at the Lagos International Squash Classics, Wale Amao and Yemisi Olatunji continue their fine form as the competition enters crucial stage.

Amao, who is the men’s number one seed needed just 35 minutes to dismiss Seun Jayeola 11-2, 11-9, 11-3 in the first round.

Women’s number one seed, Yemisi Olatunji was without mercy against Grace Mayh as she spent just 20 minutes in an encounter that ended 11-4, 11-1, 11-0.

In other matches played in the men’s event of the opening day, Idowu Enimakure was stretched to the fourth game by Moshood Abubakar but eventually won 5-11, 14-12, 11-5, 11-9 to progress to the quarterfinal stage.

Other players in the last eight of the men’s event include Shola Thomas, Sodiq Taiwo, Endurance Omosor, Jerry Ogunjiofor, Lanre Abdulrahman and Moses Durosinmi.

Other female players that joined Olatunji in the quarterfinal are Kally Yashim, Omolola Ajayi, Dunni Okikiola and Taiwo Ebifemi, while the trio of Bisi Adeleke, Sunday Veronica and Busayo Olatunji walked over their opponents to move to the next stage.

Ex-international, Wasiu Sanni commended the players for their quality of play, which he described as impressive.

“I must tell you that the standard is very high and the players gave a good account of themselves. The seeded players like Amao and Olatunji are in fine form and other players are not pushovers.

“Being a PSA-sanctioned tournament, all the players are hoping to use it to garner world ranking points while the fate of all the players that failed to show up for their matches will be decided by the PSA. It is not a national competition but an international tournament with most of the final decision to be taken by the world body,” Sanni said.

The tournament will run from March 17 to 19, with the top eight players sharing $2,500 in the men’s event while the top female players will also share $1,500.

Teams Arrive In Lagos For Channels National Kids Cup

Channels-National-Kids-Cup-schools-arrivalParticipating teams for this year’s Channels National Kids Cup have started arriving the Teslim Balogun Stadium for the one-week football tournament.

One of Lagos State representative, Uncle Bayus Nursery & Primary School were the first to arrive at the camp. Accompanied by Coach Jaiyeola Damilare, the boys from Ikorodu are hoping for a good outing.

One of the players, Oni Anu, said: “We have promised our teachers that we will win and we have been training hard to make it happen”. An elated Anu concluded.

The second team to arrive was Daemm Schools Alakuko also in Lagos.

Daemm will also be hoping for a good tournament after knocking out defending champions Toyibat at the Lagos Preliminaries.

The team arrived without the lead coach, Bankole Olowookere who is attending a coaching course in Abuja and will be led by assistant coaches Sulaimon Hameed and Tobi Omotayo.

The next team to touch down at the Teslim Balogun Stadium was Kwara State. The boys from Focal Point Primary School, New Yidi Road looked fired up and could not wait to find out their opponents. Kwara State also featured at last year’s edition but couldn’t make it beyond the group stage.

Imo, Ekiti, Ondo and Delta State have also arrived for the grassroots football competition geared towards talent discovery and development at the primary school level.

Kano, Sokoto, Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Kaduna, Niger and Edo state will also feature at the tournament.