OLUYOLE WARRIORS FINISHES THIRD
Oyo State Basketball team, Oluyole Warriors finished in a respectable 3rd place at the recently concluded Atlantic Conference Final Four play-off at the indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Lagos after winning their lastmatch defeating Islanders of Lagos by 59-53 points It is the best ever finish for the Oluyole Warriors and it came just in their first season in the league after missing out for fourteen years.
Coach of the side Yemi Abiodun says the team will have only two weeks break after which training will start in earnest for the new season which is yet to get date
OKAGBARE WINS BRONZE
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare came third in the 200 metres women final at the World Athletics Championships won by Jamaica’s 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who looked to be in better shape than she was last year when finishing a well-beaten second in the Olympic final.
The 26-year-old Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who regained her 100m title on Monday, timed 22.17 seconds while 100m silver medallist, Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast, took silver in a photo finish with Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, both of whom timed 22.32.
Dstv Basketball League Final four.
Day 1. Sat. 10/8.01. UNION BANK 66:73 ISLANDERS
02. DODAN WARRIORS 63:50 OLUYOLE WARRIORS
Day 2. Sun. 11/8.
03. ISLANDERS 62:66 DODAN WARRIORS
04. OLUYOLE WARRIORS 56:85 UNION BANK
Day 3. Mon. 12/8.
05. OLUYOLE WARRIORS 59:53 ISLANDERS
06. DODAN WARRIORS 79:73 UNION BANK
HOW THEY FINISHED
Union Bank 2 wins 1 loss
Dodan Warriors 2 wins one loss
Oluyole Warriors 1 win 2 losses
Islanders 1 win 2 losses
National Final Four will be played September 6-8 according to NBBF.
Mother Of USA-Based Golden Eaglets Invitee Accuses NFF Of Foul Play
Sixteen-year old Nigerian rising star, Maduabuchi Obinwa, may be lacing boots ƒσя the United States’ U-17 side after being
frustrated out of the Golden Eaglets. The parents of the immensely talented footballer, Mr and Mrs Nnanna Obinwa, had wanted their son born in the US on 15th January, 1997, to play for Nigeria and brought him home ostensibly for that purpose.
But Maduabuchi who hit Golden Eaglets’ camp on arrival in Nigeria was told by NFF medics that he failed MRI test. Not convinced, Mrs Stella Obinwa is contesting the result, insisting that her son is not over aged, arguing that it (the result) was only a poly to stop him from lacing boots for the country.
A visibly bitter Mrs Obinwa, while narrating what they went through in the Golden Eaglets’ camp said it was a shame that her
son was being denied the opportunity to serve his fatherland. In her words:
“My son, Maduabuchi, is a talented footballer and has been doing well in the United States. The US coaches wanted him in their youth team, but we felt he should play for Nigeria.
“We got home only to face all manner of stumbling blocks. The first hurdle was when the NFF said we should pay for his MRI test at the National hospital in Abuja which we did. We paid 100,000 naira to run the test (I have the receipt) but the big surprise was when I was told that my son is over aged going by the MRI result. I have challenged that because
I know my son was born 16 years ago in the States. The amazing thing is that theNFF has refused to release the MRI scan result to me. Since i paid for it, it’s my property and I need to see the outcome of the test,” Mrs Obinwa stated.
Beyond the MRI test, she added that she was made to pick the feeding and hotel bills of his son while in camp in Calabar. “The NFF said i should pick the bills of our flight to camp where the Eaglets are camped in Calabar. I also paid for my son’s feeding and accommodation even while the governor of Cross River state was funding the camping exercise there. Мy boy has been frustrated out of camp and returned to the States where the coaches have since welcomed him into the US U-18 team,” Mrs Obinwa disclosed.
Soccer Star’s check revealed that Maduabuchi,a midfielder, now laces boots for Chicago Magic, a youth club affiliated to PSG soccer academy. He is billed to hit Europe next month to undergo trials with Real Madrid’s youth team.
Maduabuchi is also on the list of 60 top players called up by a U.S. soccer’s scouting network from major cities across the country. the Players invited are those born in 1996 and 1997. U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team head Javier Perez is expected to call in some of the top performers from the combine for the next cycle with that age group, which kicks off its next camping in Southern California later this month.
“Out there in the US, everything is all-expenses paid by the government, but here I paid ƒσя virtually everything from transportation to MRI test down to his feeding and accommodation and at the end of the day our desire to see him play for Nigeria has not worked out,”Mrs Obinwa lamented.
Accusation and counter accusations ruled the day after officials of Gombe United claimed to be assaulted by Sharks supporters at the end of their Glo NPL week 24 match in Port-Harcourt. The match watched by sizeable crowd saw Sharks winning with 3 second half goals to move up on the league table.
Gombe United officials said fans of Sharks Football Club went amok just after the final whistle in a post on a social media by the club AGM Publicity and Image Making,Tanimu Umar.
He claimed that the camp commandant of Gombe United Garba Tanko was beaten to a state of unconsciousness, before he received medical attention after fans of Sharks Football Club went amok just after the final whistle this evening. He added that the inhuman hooliganism was perpetrated when officials of Gombe United protested a goal which wasbizarrely allowed to stand and claimed that the ball visibly went off the pitch but they were allowed to scuttle it in and scored.
He said that the protests from their officials led to sections of Sharks’ hoodlum descending on them, using sticks and clubs apparently intending to maliciously injure our officials. He disclosed that many of the officials, including our Team Manager Ibrahim Kwairanga, received various degrees of injuries with the camp commandant the worst hit and called on the NPL to investigate the act and punish the culprit. Corroborating him, Halilu Peli, media officer of Gombe united spoke to us.
However, in a quick reaction to the accusation, Media Officer of Sharks FC, Peter Abaje said it was most unfortunate that Gombe United can stoop so low to fabricate such lie to cover up their ineptitude on the field of play that saw them losing by 3 goals. He added that it is only in the league that a team will lose a match and lay claim to physical assault to why they
lost so that fans back home will not blame them for losing scandalously. He alleged that Gombe United failed to tell Nigerians that one of these officials was sent to the stand by the match officials for disrupting the game; and that they forgot to tell the world that they destroyed all the reserve bench chairs protesting their loss, one of their heaviest defeats
He further challenged them to name the hospital where their officials claimed to be assaulted are receiving treatment. In a phone chat with us, Gbenga Ogunbote, coach of Sharks revealed that he knew nothing about the claims of Gombe united and further stated that he was unaware of any such occurrence as claimed by the opposition.
HEARTLAND FIRES COACH, PLACE PLAYERS ON HALF SALARY, NKWOPARA
Heartland Football Club of Owerri, Imo State, Eastern Nigeria have sacked Coach Ndubuisi Nduka after a poor run of results, officials of the club announced Monday night.
The entire technical crew were earlier on suspension before, Nduka was axed. The players have also been placed on half pay.
According to the media officer of the team, Catejan Nkwopara in a chat with us, the coach was placed on compulsory leave and indefinite suspension. He added that it was because he was unable to meet with the set targets.
Heartland have now asked two assistant coaches Bob Acholonu and Mbwas Mangut to take charge of the Owerri club.
NPFL WEEK 25 MIDWEEK RESULTS/MATCH REPORT
Lobi Stars were able to manage a 1-0 slim victory over Sunshine Stars in a week 25 fixture of the Glo Nigerian Premier League played on Wednesday August 14, 2013. Lobi goalkeeper Terkaa Melai scored a first half goal via penalty to ensure they record maximum points at the Katsina-Ala stadium.
But there was tension at the stadium when the original referee for game was allegedly changed, with thehost Lobi Stars crying foul.They were said to have accused Sunshine Stars boss Mike Idoko of being at end of the act as usual, but that was not to disrupt the game for too long. At the Ilorin Township stadium, Kwara United were made to sweat hard before
they finally beat Enugu Rangers 1-0 as it was Stanley Dimgba’s goal that separated the both sides on the night. Kwara United were awarded a penalty after Chibuzor Okonkwo handled the ball inside the 18 yard box after a pressure from Halilu Obadaki. And Dimgba stepped up to convert the spot kick that guaranteed Kwara United’s three points.
In the other games, Sharks proved they are superior when they came from behind to beat city rivals Dolphin 2-1 while, Bayelsa United followed suit by coming from behind to defeat Akwa United 4-1. Kaduna united had to wait till the last minute to get victory over relegation-threatened, Nasarawa united as they match ended 2-1. Coach of Kaduna United, Ben Duamlong in a chat with us, revealed that the game was very difficult for them, but praised his players for their resilience throughout the match.
Results from other games:
WIKKI TOURISTS 2-1 3SC
KANO PILLARS 3-0 ABS
DOLPHINS FC 1-2 SHARKS
GOMBE UNITED 1-0 HEARTLAND
WARRI WOLVES 0-0 ENYIMBA
Nwafor inspires Eagles past Bafana in Mandela Challenge
The Super Eagles continued their dominance over South Africa’s Bafana Bafana with a convincing 2-0 win over their hosts at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Contest with both goals coming from the boots of second half substitute Uche Nwafor.
The Netherlands-based forward scored in the 48th and 68th minutes to hand the Super Eagles their sixth win over their South African counterparts in eight matches.
The South Africans created openings of their own but failed to bring out any good save from Super Eagles stand-in skipper Austin Ejide.
Before that moment however, at the start of the second half, Keshi had introduced the trio of Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa and Nwafor for Sunday Mba, Obinna Nsofor and Shola Ameobi. It was Nwafor, a minute after Ejide had prevented the South Africans from going ahead, who gave the Super Eagles the lead with a cheeky back-heel in the 48th minute to grab hisfirst senior goal.
Twenty minutes later, the burly forward combined with Moses and Musa to make it two-nil for Nigeria whose next game comes up next month in Calabar against Malawi in a crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Speaking to us after the match, ex-international and former Super Eagles Coach, Christain Chukwu congratulated the Nigeria team and declared that they played very well considering the antics of the south Africa coach, Gordon Igesund before kick-off. He added that it is a very good preparation for the world cup qualifying match against Malawi in September and charged the AFCON 2013 champions to not relent in their preparations.
NPFL WEEK 26
EXPECT A GOOD FIGHT, DUAMLONG.
After defeating relegation-threatened Nasarawa utd in midweek, Kaduna united will attempt to shockEnyimba FC when the Aba Elephants hosts them in the Week 26 game of Nigeria Professional Football League.
Coach of Kaduna United, Ben Duamlong revealed to us that they will give their best and hope to get the much-needed points that will lift them in the table.
Other games are:
ABS FC VS WIKKI TOURISTS
SUNSHINE STARS VS KANO PILLARS
3SC VS BAYELSA UTD
SHARKS VS LOBI STARS
HEARTLAND VS DOLPHINS
ENUGU RANGERS VS GOMBE UTD
NASARAWA UTD VS KWARA UTD
NEMBE CITY VS WARRI WOLVES
AKWA UTD VS EL-KANEMI WARRIORS
Nigeria begin title defence on winning note The Nigerian badminton team began their title defence on a good note at the Africa Nations Badminton Championship in Mauritius when they trounced Botswana 5-0 on Wednesday.
Nigeria’s pair of Ola Fagbemi and Dorcas Ajoke displayed exceptional skills against their opponents to progress to the next stage of the championship.
Defending champions Nigeria reportedly got no financial support from the National Sports Commission to prosecute the competition but the team’s bright start in the Indian Ocean Island has in other results of matches played on Wednesday, hosts Mauritius hammered Kenya 5-0 while South Africa also outclassed Morocco 5-0. But Egypt surprisingly fell 3-2 to Seychelles .
President of the Nigeria Badminton Federation, Danlami Senchi, is in Mauritius to cheer up the Nigerian team made up of 10 athletes- six male and four female- and three officials. The federation’s vice president, Francis Orbih, is expected to arrive in Mauritius on Friday.
NO CAUSE FOR ALARM, GARBA.
Golden Eaglets ‘ Head coach, Manu Garba (MFR) and his lieutenants remain upbeat about producing a strong team ahead of the World Cup after some players were ruled out following the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan conducted recently at the Abuja National Hospital.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) ordered a re-run of the MRI for players who participated at the last U-17 Cadet Championship to ascertain their status ahead of the 2013 World Cup to be held in the UAE between October 17 and November 8-since only players between Grade 1 and 5 of the MRI scan would be eligible to participate. The peculiar dynamics of the MRI made it imperative for the players to be subjected to a new test in view of the fact that it deals with the rate of their bone growth over the course of time.
“We are not oblivious of the challenges posed by the MRI since we started this campaign because the players are growing as it were,” said Garba.” For instance all the players we used during the qualifiers and those who played in Morocco passed the MRI test.
“But imagine a scenario whereby a player who was on Grade 4 in April has grown to grade 6 in July but what can we do than to call on other players from our reservoir?
“We are working in conjunction with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in ensuring that only eligible players will represent the country at the World Cup and by the grace of Almighty Allah, we are on the right course,” noted ManU who is observing the mandatory six-day fasting post Ramadan.
Equally, speaking against the backdrop, Emmanuel Amuneke(MON) assistant coach of the Golden Eaglets said it was unfortunate that some players who were part of the silver medal-winning team in Morocco would not be featured in the UAE .He however remains optimistic about the chances of the team despite obvious challenges, adding that all
hands are on deck.
“We know that this journey was going to be full of challenges when we started,” said Amuneke, the 1994 African Footballer of the Year. “But we have been transparent enough as regards the twin issue of players’ selection and the MRI test and it is important for the public to be well educated on this matter.
“The truth is that these players have not remained the same since we picked them almost two years ago because they have be entraining and eating well and their growth is expected but by the grace o of God, we shall overcome the set back,” he stressed.
CALABAR IS SAFE, NFF
The Nigeria Football Federation and the Office of the Inspector-General of Police, Federal Republic of Nigeria on Wednesday
dispatched to world football-governing body, FIFA, a detailed security guarantee and comprehensive plan for security for next month’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between the Super Eagles and Flames of Malawi in Calabar.
In the letter of security guarantee signed on the IGP’s behalf by Deputy Inspector-General of Police Philemon I. Leha, the Nigeria Police assured “all stakeholders and lovers of football that the Force will provide adequate security to ensure a conducive environment before, during and after the match between Nigeria and Malawi scheduled for 7th September,2013 at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Cross River State.”
The 12,000-capacity stadium has hosted several international matches involving Nigeria in the past,including previous 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Namibia and Kenya, as well as 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Rwanda and Liberia. But the Football Association of Malawi, inexplicably, scurried to FIFA to express unfounded fears.
NFF’s Acting General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, alongside Secretary of the NFF Security Committee, Dr. Christian Emeruwa, spent the better part of Wednesday at the Force Headquarters perfecting the security guarantee with top officers.
The guarantee explained that apart from routine policelead escorts and back-up vehicles for both teams and match officials from point of arrival to point of departure,all hotels and training grounds to be used would be adequately fortified; anti-bomb squad would be deployed to sweep and maintain all hotels and training pitches; anti-bomb squad would sweep and secure the entire stadium along with Police elite squad (Police Mobile Force/Counter Terrorist Unit); adequate security
would be provided on match day in the entire vicinity of the stadium and hotels of teams and match officials and; there would be police escorts for teams and match officials to and from stadium on match day, among other measures.
The letter also informed FIFA that ACP Gideon Akinsola, FIFA National Security Officer in Nigeria, would be on duty at the big match. Next month’s game has assumed some importance asonly two points separate the Super Eagles from the Flames at the top of Group F, with the Eagles needing only a draw to reach the 10-team final elimination round and the Malawians needing a win.
FIFA had written to the Nigeria Football Federation on Monday to provide a letter of security guarantee from the appropriate authority in Nigeria as well as a detailed security plan for the qualifying match.
Have a lovely week ahead.