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NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NPFL) STAR SET TO WED
Heartland of owerri midfielder Bartholomew Ik Ibinegbu is set to wed his
Heart-throb Chinenye Lilian Esom on the 29th of June 2013.
The reception of guests will take place at Water Garden Avenue, Ogui Lay
out Enugu.
CONGRATS I K

Nigeria cricket team to train in UK:

Nigeria’s male cricket team will go on a training tour of the UK
between July 6 and July 18, the country’s cricket federation (NCF)
said. The federation’s media co-ordinator, Kayode Adeniyi, said that
the tour would be ahead of the team’s participation at the World
Cricket League Six Tournament in Jersey, UK.
He said the team had already commenced preparations for the training
tour and participation in the tournament by camping in Abuja and
playing some practice matches.
“The national senior cricket team arrived in Abuja from Port Harcourt
on Friday evening, and will be there for four weeks, camping ahead of
the tournament in Jersey, UK,” Adeniyi said.
The NCF board member said the camp of 14 home-based players and
officials began training at the cricket playing ground of the Abuja
National Stadium’s Package B.
The federation spokesman said the team also, as part of its
preparations, played a warm-up match against the Asian Eleven at the
Abuja National Stadium on Sunday morning.
The tournament is to hold from July 21 to July 28, with Argentina,
Bahrain, Kuwait and Vanuotu grouped alongside Nigeria.
The camping programme and other listed activities would be the senior
national team’s first assignment since the inauguration of the
federation’s new board led by Emeka Onyeama.

 

SPORTS MINISTER WANTED ME TO PART WITH MONEY – BASH ALI

The last has not been ahead of the ongoing feud,between veteran Nigerian
boxer,Bash Ali and the Minister of Sports,Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.

Ali alleged that the Sports Minister is trying to thwart his efforts of
attaining an unprecedented record of being the World’s oldest fighter,which
was inaugurated by the National Sports Commission in 2006,to promote sports
development in Nigeria.

Last week, Ali was humiliated by the minister’s security aides after he
confronted him,pushing to gain his audience on the proposed fight.

Ali further added that he became an enemy of the Sports minister,after he
refused to enter an agreement to part with some percentage of the money
from the boxing project.

“On Monday, December 6, 2012, I had a private meeting with the
Minister/Chairman of NSC and he told me that he was not happy that I told
Mr. President that most of the people working with him are bad and
unpatriotic,” he said at a Press conference.

“He then went on to tell me that for the project to hold, I have to give up
part of the money to placate the people I have offended. But I told him
that such won’t happen, it was then he said I was joking; that was how we
became enemies.”

“May 29, 2007 till date, I have been struggling with corrupt government
officials at the National Sports Council, NSC, to keep my dream alive,
which attracted the attention of one of the most respected newspapers in
the world, including New York Times. In February 2010, I wrote a letter to
President Goodluck Jonathan to complain about the corrupt government
officers at the NSC.

But the Sports ministry on their part, said that Bash Ali is deluded,and
that he only made up these allegations.

“Bash Ali is emotionally unstable and all what he said are figments of his
imagination. If he has money, why is he asking government to fund the
fight? Is it Government’s responsibility to fund professional boxing and
wrestling?” the Minister’s Special Assistant (Media), Mr. Julius Ogunro,
told The PUNCH.

“As I speak with you now, a letter has been written to the Chief of Staff
to the President asking that a committee should be set up to look into what
he claims to be organising. Bash Ali doesn’t know this plan but is
insulting everybody.”

“There was no encounter where the Minister requested money from him. The
security men didn’t beat him; he embarrassed the President, breached
protocols and later came to the Ministry of Sports requesting to see the
Minister without booking for an appointment.”

“They allowed to come to where the Minister was having a meeting with
important dignitaries and afterwards started insulting the Minister and
even wanted to punch him.”

It is to difficult to know who to believe in this saga!

 

BASKETBALL

The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a list of fifteen
players for the 2013 edition of the FIBA Stankovic Cup billed for June 26
through July 10 in China.

The fifteen players according to a release by the secretariat of the
Nigeria basketball body is made up of ten foreign-based and the five
home-based selected recently in the first camping exercise held in Abuja.

The NBBF gave the players names as team captain Olumide Oyedeji co-captain
Ike Diogu, Ben Uzoh, Richard Oruche, Stan Okoye, Abubakar Usman, Michael
Ohiero, Stanley Gumut, Abdulwahab Yahaya, Solomon Alabi, Deji Egbeyemi,
Nkem Ojougboh, Kingsley Oguchi, Ehimen Orukpe amd Kelechi Anuna.

We want to use the Stankovic Cup to set the tune ahead the 27th Afrobasket
and we can conveniently say here that winning the Afrobasket is our
ultimate as more players whom we have left out of this invitational
tournament will join the team soon.

The Stankovic Cup which will hold in two Chinese cities of Lanzhou and
Guangzhou will afford our players especially the home-based the opportunity
to be exposed to modern facilities which the team will use for training
before to the United States of America.

Some players who are committed to the national team for the Afrobasket have
been allowed to team up with the team in July after the Stankovic Cup to
enable them sort out contractual issues and try outs with NBA teams during
the period opined NBBF Head of Media, Patrick Omorodion.

The FIBA Stankovic Continental Champions Cup is an international basketball
tournament for mens national teams organized annually by basketball world
governing body, FIBA. The idea for the tournament came from President of
FIBA, Carl Men Ky Ching, and the purpose of the cup was to honour FIBA
Secretary General Emeritus, Serbian Borislav Stankovic, for his significant
contribution to basketball.

Other nations expected to feature in the tournament include Argentina,
Australia, China, Germany, and Serbia.

Africa has been represented in past tournaments by Angola and Tunisia with
Angola joining Slovenia as the only two teams that had won the tournament
twice since its inception in 2005.

Tunisia finished third at the 2012 edition, while Angola has featured six
times in the championship, with the Southern Africa nation winning it in
2008 and 2011. Slovenia won it in 2007 and 2010.

 

AFN SELECTS 28 ARTIST TO REPRESENT NIGERIA IN SOUTHAFRICA

Twenty eight athletes have been selected by the Athletics Federation of
Nigeria (AFN) to represent the country at the 11th African Junior Athletics
Championships.
The athletes will be joined by nine officials for the championship,which
will take place in Pretoria, South Africa from June 26 to June 30.
Technical Director of the AFN, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama,while
speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) said that the federation
settled for the athletes and the coaches at the trials held in Port
harcourt last month.
In the boys category, Harry Chibuke, Anthony Egode, Mamusi Emuobonuvie and
Victor Ikhazoboh, will compete in the 100m event for boys.
While the duo of Briggs Tamunotoye and Akere Omezia will feature in the
200m boys.
Oshasha Samson, Ottah Ugochukwu, Ebelebe Charles and Adeniji Ademola will
compete in the 400m event, while only Thaddeus Okpara will feature in the
high jump event.
In the 100m women category are Peace Uko, Deborah Odeyemi, Mariam Bassey,
Nkem Eziala and Morolake Akinnusi, while Rita Ossai, Comfort Ekanem, Ada
Benjamin, Nkiruka Uwakwe and Abike Egbeniyi would feature in the 400m.
In the long distance races,Abike Egbeniyi will feature in the 800m
event,while Aminat Olowora will do the 1,500m.
Efe Favour will compete in both the 100m and 400m hurdles events.
In the outfield event,Ese Brume will compete in the Long jump, Nwaneka
Okwelogu in the shot put and discus events, while Faustina Oguh will
compete in the race-walk event.
Meanwhile re-elected President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria,Chief
Solomon Ogba,has promised to revamp Nigerian Athletics,by bringing in
reforms that will change the sport.
“I  will make policies that will be favorable to sports men and women
nation wide,” Ogba said.