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NFF O&D COMMITTEE FINAL DECISIONS:
The Nigerian Football Federation Disciplinary Committee have upheld the decision of the League Management Company (LMC) to award the disputed Week 30 game to Sunshine Stars of Akure.
The League Management Company, running the Glo Nigerian Premier League earlier this month slammed a three million naira (N3M) fine on Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan for allegedly abandoning the week 30 game against Sunshine Stars in Akure, awarding maximum points to the Akure based team.

The Oluyole Warriors had taken their case to the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation which was struck out.
The LMC in a statement on its official twitter handle confirmed NFF Disciplinary Committee’s decision to strike out the appeal which all bit confirms 3SC’s relegation.
NFF Disciplinary Committee ratify 3 points; 3 goals for Sunshine Stars against 3Sc. Ban 3Sc’s Gbolahon a Salami for the remaining 4 matches. The statement read.

It would be recalled that the drama started on Sunday, Sept 8, 2013 in Akure at Half time as the fans of host team Sunshine Stars, allegedly beat Oyo State Commissioner for Sports, Dapo Lam Adeshina during the game between Sunshine Stars and Shooting Stars of Ibadan. As a result, 3SC players allegedly refused to continue the game due to fear of worse attack, despite report that the match commissioner Patrick Pascal ordered the game to continue.
Other decisions taken are:
i. NFF O&D award 3 pts and 3 goals to Enyimba against Pillars, no point deducted from pillars. No rematch in Lagos. Enyimba now on 58 points +17 GD
ii. Kwara united are to replay their match vs Warri Wolves in Abuja on Sunday, they are also fined 5million, Warri Wolves fined 3m.

NPFL WEEK 35 FIXTURES

Sharks – Heartland Owerri
El Kanemi Warriors – Dolphin
Lobi Stars – Gombe United
Kano Pillars – Kwara United
Wikki Tourist – Kaduna United FC
Bayelsa United – Warri Wolves FC
Akwa United – Nembe City FC
Shooting Stars – Enyimba
ABS FC – Nasarawa United
Sunshine Stars – Enugu Rangers

AWC qualifier: Super Falcons to play Sierra Leone
Nigeria’s Super Falcons have been drawn against Sierra Leone in the CAF African Women’s Championship qualifiers.

The Super Falcons lost the AWC title last year,failing to defend their title and managing to finish fourth at the last championship in Equatorial Guinea. If the Super Falcons scales the Sierra Leone hurdle, they will now play the winners of the Rwanda vs Kenya tie for a place to be at the AWC tournament next year in Namibia.

Nigeria will host the first leg of the qualifiers in the weekend of 13,14 or 15 February 2014, while they would travel to Freetown for the return leg in the weekend of 28th February,01 or 02 March 2014. The Super Falcons are currently in Japan preparing for these ties with friendly games against the world champions.

FIDE endorses Lagos International Chess Classics

The maiden Lagos International Chess Classics has received the backing of World Chess Federation (FIDE), after the world chess ruling body sanctioned the four-day tournament.

With President of FIDE, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulating Nigeria for joining the league of countries staging international tournaments while backing the championship as a world ranking event.  The backing by FIDE was made possible following the recommendation of the Lagos Classics by the Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF) to the world body.

This was made known at the just concluded Lagos state Chess Association (LSCA)-organised Lagos Chess Masters Series with the President of NCF, Lekan Adeyemi lauding LSCA for organizing the tournament, while also pledging support for the Lagos Classics.
For the Chairman, LSCA, Fela Bank-Olemoh, this development would help to give international outlook to the Lagos Classics.
“The Lagos International Chess Classic is a FIDE ranked tournament and we are expecting some grandmasters and international masters from other countries to participate”, said Bank-Olemoh.
He expressed appreciation to the Lagos State government for sponsoring the tournament, while noting that, “the support of the government has been a great impetus to our drive to make chess the choice sport for students and families”.
The Lagos Classics will kick off on October 8 to 11 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.
According to LSCA Technical Director, Bayo Babalola, players would compete in three categories.
The categories are men and women Open as well as U-14 boys and girls as this is the first international chess tournament to be staged in Nigeria this year.

250 ATHLETES JOSTLE FOR CENTENARY BEACH MARATHON PRIZE

Over 250 athletes have returned their forms and thus eligible to participate in the CENTENARY BEACH MARATHON event to mark Nigeria’s 100 years of nationhood. Speaking at the national stadium during an interview session, the initiator of the project Barr. Obuesi Phillips informed journalists that over 250 athletes have returned their forms implying that Nigerian youths are rearing to go.

We have recieved applications from outside Lagos even, athletes from Jos, Platue state and even as far as from Calabar, Cross River state have all indicated interests to be at the centenary celebration. They are in celebration mood and will be supporting the campaign for cervical cancer awareness.

Here, we are excited that the little we have done is appreciated, we are willing to do more for the unity of this country. According to him, other highlights of the CENTENARY BEACH MARATHON will be the award and recognition of selected sports personalities as PEACE ADVOCATES for their sterling contributions to peace building across the country through sports development. The recipient to grace the occasion includes Falilat Ogunkoya Omotayo, Henry Amike, Enofiok Udobong, Desmond Majekodunmi amongst others.

FALILAT OGUNKOYA, HENRY AMIKE, ENOFIOK UDOBONG TO GRACE CENTENARY BEACH MARATHON
The organizers of the Centenary Beach marathon has said that the event will not only celebrate Nigeria’s centenary as a nation, but also will be
used as an advocacy tool to raise awareness on the scourge of cervical
cancer in Nigeria.

According to Barr. Obuesi Phillips who is the initiator of the BEACH MARATHON, over 9000 Nigerian women die annually as a result of this scourge, and the challenge is that the female population is ignorant of it.
The World Health Organisation in a release opined that unless there is widespread awareness across the sub-saharan Africa, there will be an increase of over 25% in the incidences of the disease within the region.

We have challenges, and so many of them that the people are not conscious of. There is the massive ocean erosion along our coastlines, there are environmental issues, there are security challenges and all this will form part of our campaigns. Mr. Obuesi explained further stating that beach race is pretty new in Nigeria but all hands are on deck to institutionalize it,
making it a regular sporting activity in Nigeria.

Speaking during the route marking for the marathon, the coordinator of the event, Mr. Chris Johnson explained that over 200 athletes have registered for the beach marathon so far, yet there are still opportunities for more athletes to register. He explained further that even fun lovers, family members and other picnickers will have the opportunity to participate in the event also as a way of celebrating our centenary as a nation.

Only a few days left to send us your application for the CENTENARY BEACH Marathon and take part in one of the world’s best sporting events. The 2013 event takes place on the 1st of Octber 2013 and we want you to be a part of it!
Other highlights of the CENTENARY BEACH MARATHON will be the award and recognition of selected sports personalities as PEACE ADVOCATES for their sterling contributions to peace building across the country through sports development. The recipient to grace the occasion includes Falilat Ogunkoya Omotayo, Henry Amike, Enofiok Udobong, Desmond Majekodunmi amongst others.

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