FC Ifeanyi Ubah Win 2016 Federation Cup Final 

FC Ifeanyi Ubah Win 2016 Federation Cup Final FC Ifeanyi Ubah, have clinched a first-ever Federation Cup after they beat Nasarawa United 5-4 on penalties in the final after both teams failed to score in regulation time.

Fc Ifeanyi Ubah impressively converted all their kicks, while their keeper Uche Okafor saved one from Nasarawa United.

The Nnewi club, will now represent Nigeria in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.

It was the first time these two clubs would play in the final of the oldest football competition in Nigeria.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated giant killers, Crown FC 2-1 while Nasarawa United shocked tournament favorites, Enyimba FC 1-0 to set the tone for an epic final.

Rivers Angels earlier emerged champions of the 2016 Federation Cup in the women’s final against Bayelsa United.

 Rafiat Sule got the opener in the 20th minute for the United but her celebration did not last long as Osinachi Ohale levelled the scoreline five minutes later.

Both sides were unable to break the deadlock in the second half.

The game consequently headed to penalties for the second successive year and Rivers Angels won the title 5-3 on penalties.

Both finals of the 2016 Federation Cup were played on Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Rivers Angels Are 2016 Federation Cup Champions

Rivers Angels, Bayelsa United, Federation CupRivers Angels have emerged champions of the 2016 Federation Cup in an entertaining final against Bayelsa United.

Rafiat Sule got the opener in the 20th minute for the United on Sunday afternoon at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

However, her celebration did not last long as Osinachi Ohale levelled the scoreline five minutes later.

Both sides were unable to break the deadlock in the second half.

The game consequently headed to penalties for the second successive year.

Rivers Angels won the title 5-3 on penalties.

Meanwhile, FC Ifeanyi Ubah have expressed readiness to confront premier league rivals, Nasarawa United in the men’s finals at the same venue.

It is the first both two clubs would play in the final of the oldest football competition in Nigeria.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated giant killers, Crown FC 2-1 while Nasarawa United stunned tournament favourites, Enyimba FC 1-0 to set the tone for an epic clash.

The Nigeria Football Federation has announced that the gates would be opened for fans watch the game for free.

ITTF Nigeria Open Serves Off In Lagos

Table Tennis, Nigeria Open, ITTFThe much-anticipated 2016 ITTF Nigeria Open will serve off on Wednesday May 18 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun in Lagos.

Preliminary matches for unseeded players will kick-start the championship as over 55 players will be aiming for the 16 slots in the main draw of the competition in the men’s singles.

In the women’s singles, 38 players will jostle for the eight slots available in the main draw of the competition.

Already, virtually most of the European players have arrived for the championship with some of them slugging it out in the preliminary while all eyes will be on 2014 ITTF Star Player, Aruna Quadri who will be targeting his first World Tour title in front of the Lagos fans.

Over 120 players from 16 countries are taking part in the $46,000 prize money five-day championship, which is the biggest prize money in the ITTF Challenge Series in the world.

Meanwhile, President, Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, has lauded NTTF for their initiative in adding glamour to the competition every year.

“I am happy with what I am seeing and I hope we can sustain this tournament as it has become a pride to the continent with so many players across the world looking forward to be part of the competition,” he said.

2016 ITTF Nigerian Open Achieves Record Entries

ITTFFor the first time in the last three editions, the annual ITTF Nigerian Open has achieved record entries of participants for this year’s tournament.

Since its inception in 2013, the tournament competitors have not exceeded 100 but from the list of registered participants for 2016 edition, more than 120 players have been confirmed for the championship holding at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

According to the Tournament Director, Ranti Olajide, the quality of players and the number of entries is a reflection of the organisation and standard of play.

“I must tell you that this year we are having more players coming from Europe unlike in the past. Also players across the world are now beginning to realize that Nigeria is a mecca of table tennis in Africa, considering the achievement of our local players taking a cue from Aruna Quadri’s global resurgence, which has now become a rallying point for all the players across the world,” he said.

Olajide, who is an ITTF-certified international referee, believes the presence of the top players from Europe would halt the rivalry between Nigeria and Egypt which has dominated the tournament in the last three editions.

“I think this year, the tournament will be competitive particularly with the players coming Europe and they will surely give the home players a run for their money,” he added.

Officials from Egypt and Algeria will handle proceedings at the five-day tournament which has $46,000 (N13.8m) up for grabs.

Players will compete in six events which include singles (men and women); doubles (men and women) as well as U-21 boys and girls.

According to the prospectus for the tournament, any player entering for the tournament will agree to abide by all ITTF rules and by the rules and regulations of the Organizing Committee.

The table tennis tournament scheduled for May 18 to 22 will also renew the rivalry of Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri and Egypt’s Omar Assar.

2013 AYC U-20 Prep: Nigeria,Benin friendly cancelled

Nigeria’s Under-20 national team, the Flying Eagles’ proposed friendly match with Benin Republic which was supposed to hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Saturday July 15th has been suspended.

Benin Republic U-20 team could not make to Lagos as they were scheduled to arrive today and it was due to a court injunction restricting the team to travel down to Nigeria for the junior international match, the Benin FA said.

By strategy, the Flying Eagles planned to use the botched friendly match as a build-up towards their preparation for the upcoming African Youth Championship qualifiers against the Junior Taifa Stars of Tanzania in Dar-Es-Salaam on July 28 and Ghana in the first leg of the 2013 African Youth Championship qualifier.

The Match was also supposed to be a litmus test for a team that has been put together so as to know their weak points, going by the shameful outing at the Cape Town International Challenge in South Africa.