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Published in local Written by August 06 2018 0

The CAASABA 2018 has come and gone it is left, to be seen what the Nigerian Athletics Federation have learnt from the various challenges, and hitches that came with it.

The Arrival period and opening day encountered too many difficulties, from miscommunication to alleged abandonment of some National Teams at the Airport even down to no proper arrangements for journalists, this has led to widespread criticism by both local and international bodies. 

Another amazing experience was the falling of the Tank which supplied water to the swimming pools, This challenges faced has also been escalated in many ways which has also dented the Nations Image even as they seek to bid for the Worlds athletics championships.

Solomon Ogba came out to refute some of the claims categorically calling the media agents who reported some of the news as “blind” and he also added that the Tank fell a 100m from the stadium in an area under construction. The question still remains has Nigeria not got what it takes to Host Africa in one city? How then will they want to host the world in 2023.

Published in local Written by August 06 2018 0

True to their pre-championship boasts, Kenya have won the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships, Asaba 2018, which ended yesterday.
 
The East Africans, who hosted and won the 19th edition in 2014, beat defending champions, South Africa and host, Nigeria, to the second and third positions respectively.

 

The Kenyans swept six gold medals yesterday to bring their total medals to 19, made up of 11 gold, six silver and two bronze medals.

South Africa, who hosted and won the last edition in Durban, won a total of 30 medals made up of nine gold, 13 silver and eight bronze medals. Team Nigeria got 19 medals made up of nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

Morocco, Ethiopia, Cote d’ivoire, Tunisia and Botswana followed in that order.

Published in local Written by August 06 2018 0

Bordeaux have completed the signing of Nigeria's Samuel Kalu on a five-year contract from Gent.

 

The 20-year-old winger has been tipped as a replacement for the Girondins' star Malcom who left for Barcelona in a €30 million deal this summer.

 

Kalu who had two years left on his contract with the Belgian top-flight side and reportedly had a release clause of €8 million.

 

The 20-year-old scored seven goals in 37 appearances across all competitions last term has been signed as a replacement for Malcom who left for Barcelona this month.

Published in local Written by August 03 2018 0

 

Tobi Amusan and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi wrote their names in gold for Team Nigeria on Day 2 of the 21st edition of the African Championships taking place in Asaba, Nigeria.

 

Amusan was the first athlete to win a medal for the hosts after she finished first in the women’s 100m Hurdles final in a time of 12.86s.

 

It is the 2018 Commonwealth Games Champion's first senior African Championships and she expressed delight at how successful her season has been.

 

Enekwechi dominated the men’s Shot Put event to clinch Team Nigeria’s second GOLD at the tournament.

 

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Silver medallist claimed the victory with his fifth round effort of 21.08m, which broke the 14-year-old 20.04m Championship Record of South Africa's Janus Roberts.

 

Mohamed Khalifa of Egypt placed 2nd with a mark of 19.33m, while Kyle Blignaut of South Africa was 3rd with a best throw of 19.33m.

 

In the women's Hammer Throw final, Nigeria’s Temilola Ogunrinde earned a Silver medal with her fourth round effort of 67.39m. She has now broken Queen Obisesan’s National Record (NR) of 66.86m set in February.

 

South Africa’s Akani Simbine and Ivory Coast’s Marie Josee Ta Lou clinched gold in the men and women’s 100m final respectively on Day 2 of the 21st African Championships in Asaba.

 

Simbine, who finished third in Durban two years ago, won the race in a time of 10.25s while his compatriot Simon Magakwe settled for Bronze with a time of 10.35s. 

 

Let's now take a listen to Akine Simone as he spoke after winning the race. 

 

Ivory Coast's record holder Arthur Cisse took Silver with a time of 10.33s, while Nigeria's Seye Ogunlewe finished fifth with a time of 10.45s

Ogunlewe was furious after the race.

 

 

In the women's event, Ta Lou maintained her unbeaten streak in the 100m this year as she raced to GOLD in 11.15s.

 

Ghana’s Janet Amponsah claimed Silver in 11.54s as Nigeria’s Joy Udo-Gabriel (11.58s) won Bronze at her maiden outing at the African Championships.

We have reactions from Joy Udo-Gabriel

 

 

Published in local Written by August 03 2018 0

 

After struggling to make an impact in Leicester City, Ahmed Musa the Nigeria international has sought greener pastures in Al Nassr in the Saudi Professional League having signed a four year contract.

 

Both clubs reportedly agreed on a £14.8m fee with several add-ons, which could see the deal rise to as high as £25m.

 

The Nigeria international joins Morocco international Nordin Amrabat, who moved to the Asian country from Watford this summer, in Jose Daniel Carreno's team.

 

The Super Eagles forward arrived at the King Power Stadium for a record fee of £16 million in the summer of 2016 but struggled for playing time which resulted to his temporary return to CSKA Moscow last season. 

 

Musa managed four goals in 33 matches across two seasons for the Foxes before he returned to the Russian Premier League on loan for the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.

 

During his brief stint with the Red-Blues, the Super Eagles forward was in blistering form in front of goal with six goals in 10 league games.

 

Al Nassr beat several European clubs to the capture of the 25-year-old who impressed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with two goals in three matches.

Published in local Written by July 12 2018 0

With the debate between Nigerians hitting up as to who is the legitimate president of the NFF Zazi Bariza clears the air on the issue

 

 

(that's the voice of Zazi Bariza)

Published in local Written by July 10 2018 0

Attention has returned to the Federal High Court in Jos where the Amaju Pinnick group has taken the case asking that the order which for Chris Giwa to take office should be vacated.

 

Our man Bello Zech went to the streets to sample the thoughts of football fans on who they think should be the President of the NFF. Let’s take a listen.

 

Published in local Written by June 17 2018 0

Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr has said the team’s two nil loss to Croatia in their opening match of Russia 2018 was due to many mistakes.

 

Rohr, while speaking at the post-match conference of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D fixture, said he and his players were aware they made some important mistakes during the game.

 

He said the entire team was disappointed at the result, adding that they needed to work on being professional with the set-pieces.

 

Rohr, however, assured that he and his assistants would go on to ensure the team was improved upon before their June 22 date with Iceland in Volgograd.

Published in local Written by June 17 2018 0

 

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has admitted that it is difficult to play as the only striker upfront in the Super Eagles team.

 

Ighalo in his reaction to the loss against Croatia said there is more pressure from the defenders if a striker plays alone.

 

He however believed the Eagles will correct mistakes made and agreed that Croatia deserve the win against Nigeria.

 

In the match played in Kalinin-grad, the Eagles lost through an own goal by Nigeria’s mid-field sensation, Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modrić.

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