Connect with us

SPORTS

Otis Sure of Afrobasket Title Defence

Published

on

Otis
Share
 By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja

Following the team’s draw against Tunisia and Cameroon at the official draw ceremony held in Dalar, Senegal, Otis said the team can mount a strong title defense with the talents at his disposal.

Having led the team to a historic eighth place finish at the 2018 World Cup in Spain, Otis is aware of the buzz already created around D’Tigress ranked number 2 in Africa.

The team will hope to bury the ghost of their 2015 misadventure where they narrowly lost to host-Cameroon 70-71 in the semifinal under Coach Scott Nnaji.

“I know Cameroon has a good history against us.

They beat Nigeria in the 2015 semis. At this level, anybody can be beaten any day, so we are taking all the teams as the same. No matter who they are, we are going to play them hard and tough”.

Despite exuding confidence about their chances at the AFROBASKET holding in Dakar, Senegal, Otis cautioned that winning the title for the fourth time will not come cheap.

“It is a round ball, no matter what, it is still going to bounce. We are still going to worry about health and how the chemistry is going to pan out this year because we have not had a lot of time to train together”.

The reigning African Champions went 8 games unbeaten to clinch the 2017 title in Bamako, Mali defeating Senegal, 65-48 points to win the title.

Nigeria (Defending Champions), Senegal (host), Mali and Angola have been tipped as favorites by bookmakers.

SPORTS

2023/2024 NPFL Match Day 36 results

Published

on

Share

The following are the results of Match Day 36 fixtures played on Wednesday in the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL):

Gombe United FC 1-3 Abia Warriors FC

Bendel Insurance FC 2-1 Rivers United FC

Niger Tornadoes FC 3-2 Lobi Stars FC

Remo Stars FC 4-1 Heartland FC

Kwara United 2-0 Kano Pillars FC

Akwa United FC 3-1 Katsina United FC

Enyimba International FC 1-1 Bayelsa United FC

Sporting Lagos FC 1-2 Plateau United FC

Shooting Stars FC 1-0 Rangers International FC

The match between Doma United FC and Sunshine Stars FC will be played on June 19.

( NAN)

Continue Reading

SPORTS

Ono Akpe Stages Refresher Course For Referees In Bayelsa

Published

on

Share

From Mike Tayese, Yenagoa

The Governor’s Cup in Bayelsa was initiated and managed by Mr. Onoriode Kelvin Akpe  since the time of former governor Henry Seriake Dickson.

He started the tournament with the titled “Restoration Cup” which produced young bayelsans football athletes and since then, the governor’s Cup has come to stay in Bayelsa and has been acknowledged by government across the federation.

Ono as is fondly called was the former Director General on New Media to former governor Dickson.

Not relenting in it efforts continued from where he stopped after Dickson left office with the current administration of governor Douye Diri  but this time termed “Prosperity Cup”.

In May, the Prosperity Cup Season 6 was kicked Off by the state deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewrhudjakpo at the  main bowl of the Samson Siasia stadium in Yenagoa the state capital.

Ono Akpe who is the Director General of Prosperity Cup was not only interested in recruiting young talented footballers  that will represent the state and by extension Nigeria as a country and also play in an international clubs but also interested in equipping Bayelsa Referees by training them to understand new techniques in carrying out there job and acquire knowledge that will help them Excel in order to be at par with their counterparts in other states and across the world.

Seeing and knowing the importance of training decided to collaborate with the Bayelsa state Football Association  to organised a One Day Training for all of them with the mindset of equipping them with required knowledge by an erudite, a scholar and thorough bread professional with several years of experience in the field to come and refresh the Bayelsa state Referees for them to perform maximally and effectively without biased and good sense of judgement especially in the ongoing Prosperity Cup.

It’s with this love and passion that the Referees Refreshers Course was organised for the Referees at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.Participants who participated in the training  not only commended the Organisers of the Bayelsa State Governor’s Football Tournament Season 6, (Prosperity Cup 2024) for  putting together a one-day refresher course for the national referees’ council, Bayelsa chapter,but implored other states to emulate it, as the importance of training and retraining for any professional body cannot be over emphasized. While talking to the participants, the man who initiated and bring to birth the Governor’s Cup, Mr Ono Akpe, said the refresher course which was in partnership with the Bayelsa State Football Association, was aimed at enhancing officiating skills of the referees and equip them with updated information of the game, inline with best global practices.
Speaking to journalists in their various interviews after the refresher training for referees,  a resource person Mr Chukwudi Chukwujekwu (FIFA RTD) and Deputy President of  Nigeria Football Referees Association, Mr Kelechi  Mejuobi believed that the initiative  of refreshers course for training of referees was not only worthy of emulation by other states, but timely in view of the on going prosperity Cup ,a grass root tournament targeted at  hunting  professional youth  footballers.

The duo described the collaboration as fantastic and promised that the young referees will be invited to Abuja soon.According to them , they are happy with Bayelsa state government’s target at young referees,other states needs to emulate this initiative.Also speaking , Mrs Felicia Okugbawa Okonji ( FIFA RTD ) reiterated the essence of refreshers course for referees and the training will go along way for the improvement on officiating of matches in line with global practices. On his part, the Tournament Director of the Prosperity Cup season 6, Perela Aboro , host of the event, averred  that the training will enhance the participants confidence on modern techniques in Nigerian referees in their officiating of matches.


The Chairman of Bayelsa state Nigeria Football Referees Association, Ebi Nwankwe applauded the organizers of the training and with  rich contents from distinguished resource persons, the members have been massively impacted  and that will bring about  improvement on their officiating henceforth,while soliciting for more regular programmes for the improvement on the skills and performance of it’s members.” We look forward to more of such collaborations in future and to our members to whom much  is given,much is expected ” he said.

The one day event had the Director General of the Prosperity Cup season 6 ,Mr Ono Kelvin Akpe  as it’s chief host and was graced by Chief Patimidi Tukuru, permanent secretary, Ministry of special projects, as special guest 

Continue Reading

SPORTS

2026 WC qualifier: Finidi invites Lookman, Osimhen for Bafana, Cheetahs

Published

on

Share
Rave-of-the-moment Ademola Lookman, and African Player of the Year Victor Osimhen, are among the 23 Super Eagles players invited for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches by Coach, Finidi George.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles will tackle South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and the Cheetahs of Benin Republic in the qualifiers.

George, also selected goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, England-based defenders Calvin Bassey and Semi Ajayi, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Alhassan Yusuf.

Forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Boniface and Terem Moffi are also invited for the qualifiers.

Similarly, Remo Stars’ hard-as-nails defender, Sadiq Ismael, is called for the first time, with Turkey-based midfielder Fisayo Bashiru, Bayer Leverkusen of Germany’s Nathan Tella and lanky forward Paul Onuachu also called.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria will clash with South Africa on June 7 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, starting from 8.00 p.m.

The team will then fly to Abidjan to tackle Benin Republic at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny on June 10 by 5.00 p.m. (Nigerian time).

Super Eagles full team list

Goalkeepers: Stanley Nwabali (Chippa United, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Udinese FC, Italy); Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba FC).

Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista FC, Portugal); Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Sadiq Ismael (Remo Stars FC); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC, England); Benjamin Tanimu (Ihefu SC, Tanzania).

Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge, Belgium); Alhassan Yusuf Abdullahi (Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC, England); Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Hatayspor, Turkey).

Forwards: Nathan Tella (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan, Italy); Paul Onuachu (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany); Terem Moffi (OGC Nice, France). (NAN)

Continue Reading

Read Our ePaper

Top Stories

NEWS17 hours ago

SEC Warns Nigerians Against Investing in $Davido Meme Coins 

Share The Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria (SEC) on Friday warned Nigerians against investing in Meme Coins, known as “$Davido”,...

NEWS17 hours ago

Nigeria Deploys Troops for Peace Keeping in Gambia

ShareThe Armed Forces of Nigeria on Friday, announced the deployment of 197 personnel for the peace keeping mission in the...

Foreign News18 hours ago

Putin Demands Ukrainian Troop Withdrawal in Exchange for Peace

Share Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the territories annexed by his country...

Education18 hours ago

NUC Accredits 43 Programmes at Federal University, Kashere

ShareThe National Universities Commission (NUC) has fully accredited 43 academic programmes at the Federal University Kashere (FUK) in Gombe State....

NEWS18 hours ago

FG Declares 17, 18, Public Holiday to Mark Eidel-Kabir Celebration

Share The Federal Government has declared Monday 17 and Tuesday 18, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration....

JUDICIARY18 hours ago

Man, 24, Jailed 6 Months for allegedly Stealing Canned Beer, Drinks

Share An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced a 24-year-old man, Wisdom Emmanuel, to six months imprisonment for stealing canned...

POLITICS21 hours ago

From the Senate Prism, a Year after Inauguration

ShareBy Eze Okechukwu, Abuja The 10th National Assembly precisely turned one two days ago. Its first anniversary was almost coincident...

JUDICIARY21 hours ago

Emirship tussle: Court rule against Kano govt, others challenging jurisdiction

ShareThe Federal High Court sitting in Kano has on Thursday, ruled against Kano State government and others challenging the jurisdiction...

NEWS21 hours ago

NSCDC Uncovers Illegal Bunkering Sites in Rivers Cemeteries

ShareThe Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has busted illegal crude oil refining sites at cemeteries in Abalama and Oproama...

Business News21 hours ago

Blue Economy Targets Top Spot in PEBEC – Oyetola

ShareFrom Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos Mindful of the sector’s critical role in economic diversification and sustainable development, the Ministry of Marine...

Copyright © 2021 Daily Asset Limited | Powered by ObajeSoft Inc