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Men’s cricket championship vital for international commitments — NCF President

Men’s cricket championship vital for international commitments — NCF PresidentProf. Yahaya Ukwenya, the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) has said that the upcoming National Men’s Championship was vital to the country’s international engagement later this year. Ukwenya said the event which would start on Monday and end on March 31 at the Edo Boys High School, Cricket High Performance Centre, Benin City, would enhance the country’s preparation. He said:” The forthcoming 10-day Championship is a key event on NCF Calendar given the weight of international commitments that the country is committed to later in the year. “For us, this Championship is the first on the list of activities that will form the molding of a stronger national team both for the Under 19 and more importantly the Senior Men’s team. “We have three World Cup tickets to vie for later in the year, hoping that the COVID-19 Pandemic’s tide will continually be stemmed as it is presently being done now. […]

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Federation pledges to revive Pro wrestling

Federation pledges to revive Pro wrestlingChief John Uche, President of Nigeria Pro-Wrestling Federation (NPWF) has reiterated the commitment of the body to revive the sport in the country. Uche made this known during the Mock Wrestling Championship organised by the federation in Lagos on Saturday. He attributed the challenges facing pro-wrestling to lack of support from government and corporate organisations which had resulted to dearth of competition. He said that the foregoing had stunted the progress of the once famous sport’s in the country. “Our mission and aspiration as a federation is geared toward reviving professional wrestling. This  is why we have come up with this competition to engage wrestlers after so many years of inactivity. “We will be needing the support of corporate bodies and the government in our quest to restore the lost glory of pro-wrestling in Nigeria,” he said. Uche said that the federation wanted to use pro-wrestling to engage restive youths […]

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Maiden Female Cricket League to end with Super-Four in Benin

Maiden Female Cricket League to end with Super-Four in BeninThe maiden South-South female cricket league in the country will be rounding off this weekend with Super-4 playoff in Benin. Uyi Akpata, Chairman of Edo State Cricket Association, disclosed this in a statement released to newsmen in Lagos on Friday He said that the two-day event would hold between March 20 and March 21 at the Edo Boys High School, Benin Akpata, who is also the Vice President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), said the event would parade two top teams from each of the two zonal classifications of the preliminary rounds. He said: “This is a landmark event for us and the country. In fact, it is the first of its kind in West and North Africa. “Cricket development should not leave out any gender and since we saw the response from the girls during our grassroots projects, we just felt it was ripe for a separate platform […]

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Principals’ Cup: Ministry of Sports rallies support for zonal finals

Principals’ Cup: Ministry of Sports rallies support for zonal finalsBy Muhyideen Jimoh The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has called on sports stakeholders to support and participate in the relaunch of the National Directors Cup competition as it enters the zonal stages. Dr Ademola Are, director of grassroots sport development at the ministry, told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in an interview Thursday in Abuja that it was crucial to bring back the glamor of the competition. He said the zonal final which kicked off Thursday in the country’s six geopolitical zones will end on March 22, with teams emerging for the grand final in Abuja. “We want more support from stakeholders as we enter the zonal phase of competition because this is the best of our youngsters in sports and education on display,” he said. Are, who is also the chairman of the main organizing committee (MOC) for the competition, said the expanded competition which now […]

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Nasarawa United Gain 6 Places to Become New NPFL Leaders

Nasarawa United Gain 6 Places to Become New NPFL LeadersBy Olawale Alabi Nasarawa United Football Club de Lafia stormed the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table on Thursday, ousting Rangers International on goal difference. They moved to first place on the diary from seventh after a 3-0 spanking from Dakkada FC’s visit to Uyo. The Enugu-based Rangers fell again to fourth, again on goal difference, after a 0-2 loss to host Katsina United, who went down a notch to 17th. Plateau United fell from 13th to ninth after beating the Sunshine Stars of Akure 3-1 at Jos. Below is the ranking of the 20 clubs in the NPFL 2020/2021 at the end of three matches of Matchday 16 rescheduled Thursday. It is presented under Played (P), Won (W), Draws (D), Lost (L), Goals for (F), Goals against (A), Goal difference (GD) and Points (Pts): PWDLFA GD Pts Team 1. Nasarawa United 16 8 3 5 18 […]

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Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid to reach UEFA Champions League quarter-finals

Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid to reach UEFA Champions League quarter-finalsChelsea beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2014. Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri were set to give coach Thomas Tuchel’s rejuvenated squad a 3-0 aggregate victory. Substitute Emerson secured the win by scoring in the fourth minute of added time for Chelsea’s second goal. Atletico Madrid were left to referee Daniele Orsato not to give a penalty when the scores were 0-0. It was then that Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta hit a back pass and put his arm around Yannick Carrasco who fell into the penalty area. Ziyech squeezed the ball under Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the 34th minute of the final second leg. This was after being connected with a cross from Timo Werner who had run to the left after being fed by fellow German Kai Havertz. The visitors ended the game […]

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Ruthless Bayern Munich finishes work against Lazio to qualify for the last eight

Ruthless Bayern Munich finishes work against Lazio to qualify for the last eightThe Bayern Munich holder has qualified for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons. This was after beating Lazio 2-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to secure a 6-2 aggregate victory. Leading 4-1 in the first leg in Rome, Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern Munich from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute. It was his 39th goal of the season in all competitions. The German champions let go before substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, after replacing Lewandowski, added the second goal in the 73rd minute. Marco Parolo led a late consolation for Lazio. Bayern Munich joined German club Borussia Dortmund in the last eight. Lazio’s exit means that no Italian side will make it to the Champions League quarter-finals, with Juventus and Atalanta also coming out in the last 16 stages. Alexander Nuebel replaced the ailing Manuel Neuer […]

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CAF Confederation Cup: Enyimba loses 1-2 against the Orlando Pirates

CAF Confederation Cup: Enyimba loses 1-2 against the Orlando PiratesBy Victor Okoye Aba’s international football club Enyimba collapsed in a 1-2 loss to South Africans Orlando Pirates on Wednesday in their CAF Confederation Cup Group A clash at the stadium Orlando. The hosts dominated the opening rally to score a well-deserved goal, before the visitors jumped into the game in the later stages. Deon Hotto gave Orlando Pirates the lead in the 27th minute after being put in place by Linda Mntambo. Enyimba got a penalty at the end of the first half after Siyabonga Mpontshane fouled Anayo Iwuala in the penalty box. Austine Oladapo made no mistake when she placed the ball superbly in the net, sending goalkeeper Mpontshane the wrong way. The Buccaneers were awarded a penalty in the 76th minute after Gabadinho Mhango was knocked down in the penalty area. Substitute Tshegofatso Mabasa, however, blasted his wide kick. Mabasa made amends for his failure earlier when […]

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Tiger Woods Comes Home From Hospital And Recovers

Tiger Woods Comes Home From Hospital And RecoversFormer world number one in golf, Tiger Woods, is back from hospital. After breaking his ankle and other leg bones during a flip, the golfer is recovering at home, he said on Twitter on Tuesday. “Happy to report that I’m back home and continuing my recovery,” he wrote on Twitter. “I am very grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement I have received over the past few weeks.” He also thanked the medical staff and the staff who looked after him. “I’m going to recover at home and work to get stronger every day,” Woods wrote. Woods suffered “serious leg injuries” to both legs and was rushed into surgery last month. It was after a terrible car accident in Los Angeles County, authorities and his manager said at the time. The 45-year-old golfer was conscious but trapped in the mutilated 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV he was driving when the […]

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African Golf Tour 2021 season to focus more on youth development, says president

African Golf Tour 2021 season to focus more on youth development, says presidentBy Victor Okoye Harris Okatta, president of the African Golf Tour Foundation, said the 2021 African Golf Tour season will focus more on youth development. Okatta told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that the purpose of the tour was to secure the future of golf in the country. “Now we’re about to start the 2021 season, and we’re going to be focusing on 18 and over kids. “This will be so that we can ensure that the future of golf and that of young players is nurtured and developed from this part of the world. “This is the goal of the tour, and we are 100% focused on making sure we achieve it and develop golf in the country,” he said. Okatta said the foundation has embarked on a golf education program in CTF schools since 2018 to support the development of the sport at the […]

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Ekiti United team involved in minor accident

Ekiti United team involved in minor accidentBy Idowu Gabriel A group of members of the Ado-Ekiti Ekiti United Football Club team were involved in a minor accident on Tuesday. Club media official Quozeem Oladapo, in a statement Tuesday night to Ado-Ekiti, revealed that the crash occurred as the players returned to Ado-Ekiti from Ikere-Ekiti. They were coming back from their evening workout. According to the statement, there were no injuries as all occupants of the vehicle were safe. “But some of them were injured to varying degrees,” he said. Oladapo added that the vehicle had been on the road for several hours in recent days with two away matches in Lagos and Ilorin. “After traveling to Lagos on 8 March for the midweek clash with Vandrezzer FC on Wednesday, the team returned to Ado-Ekiti on Thursday evening. “The team also started the trip to Ilorin on Friday morning for Saturday’s clash with Osun United. “The vehicle […]

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Manchester City and Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League quarter-finals

Manchester City and Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League quarter-finalsManchester City qualified for the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 to an overall success 4-0. Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Guendogan put an end to any doubts about the result by scoring in 20 minutes for a completely dominant Manchester City. Both matches were played in Budapest due to the mandatory coronavirus quarantine for people arriving in Germany from Britain. Record winners Real Madrid have also progressed, beating Italy’s Atalanta 3-1 on the night and 4-1 in both matches. Tuesday was thanks to Karim Benzema’s 70th goal in the elite event, a penalty from team captain Sergio Ramos and substitute Marco Asensio. Fugitive English Premier League (EPL) leaders Manchester City were in full control against a plummeting Gladbach side with now seven straight defeats. This has happened since their coach Marco Rose announced a summer departure for Borussia Dortmund. Having already lost the opener […]

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Safe Haven Football Academy inaugurated in Lagos

Safe Haven Football Academy inaugurated in LagosBy Reporters The Safe Haven Football Academy was inaugurated on Sunday in the Ikorodu region of Lagos state as part of efforts to develop grassroots sport in Nigeria. The academy, located in Safe Haven, Legina Estate, near the town of Adamo in Ikorodu, was established by Reverend Dele George of the small Saints Orphanage in Lagos in partnership with Daraya Sports, La Liga and Real Betis. The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that some of the young players, aged 10 to 12, along with their officials, were introduced to the public at the inaugural ceremony. Reverend Dele George, in a speech, said the main goal was to remove vulnerable, abandoned or orphaned children / adolescents from the streets. “We want to reform and empower these children. “The academy will stimulate the natural and academic abilities of children / adolescents, while creating a safe environment for the maximization of their abilities. […]

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Relief for Brighton after Premier League debut win over Southampton

Relief for Brighton after Premier League debut win over SouthamptonBrighton and Hove Albion claimed their first Premier League victory against Southampton as goals from Lewis Dunk and Leandro Trossard took them to a 2-1 victory at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday. The victory ended Brighton’s three-game losing streak and lifted them one place up to 16th, with 29 points after 28 games, three points above the relegation zone. Winger Trossard said the victory was a relief for Graham Potter’s side. “We were the best team overall and in the end we got the three points,” said the 26-year-old. “It’s a relief and now we can build on that.” Brighton captain Dunk scored the opener with a hard-hitting header in the bottom corner in the 16th minute after midfielder Pascal Gross coiled the ball into the penalty area. Southampton drew 11 minutes later thanks to striker Che Adams stealing home after Dunk failed to clear the ball inside the box. […]

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Kwara United retains NPFL lead

Kwara United retains NPFL leadBy Olawale Alabi Kwara United Football Club retained leadership of the current Nigerian Professional Football League 2020/2021 (NPFL) on Sunday, despite a goalless draw against visiting Heartland FC. In their Matchday 15 match at the Kwara Stadium complex in Ilorin, the hosts failed to break visiting Owerri-based Heartland FC. The draw at home means they failed to extend their lead at the top of the paper and are now co-leaders with Rangers International FC Enugu. Kwara United is with 27 points in 15 matches, with a +7 goal difference, one goal ahead of Enugu-based Rangers who beat Adamawa United 1-0. The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that Adamawa United is still at the bottom of the paper with 10 points from 15 matches. Enyimba International, who now have three appearances since their Sunday game against MFM FC was postponed, are in third place with 24 points from 12 matches. They […]

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