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Published in local Written by June 06 2018 0

Seven years after his maiden visit to Nigeria, top Britain chess Grand Master and former World Champion Challenger, Nigel Short is set to arrive in Nigeria for chess related programme.

 

According to the President of Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), Mr Lekan Adeyemi, the visit to Nigeria is coming under the auspices of Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa whom over the years, have had chess developmental projects on the continent of Africa.

 

During the four-day visit to Lagos, the grand master will have training, exhibition programmes with chess players and stakeholders and general promotion of the game in the country.

 

Grand Master Short, at the peak of his career, was ranked third-rated player in the world and is currently the only active chess player over the age of 50. As a global ambassador of the game, he has visited more than 100 countries, both playing and promoting the game.

 

Published in local Written by June 06 2018 0

The Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) has named a four-man team for this month’s Davis Cup Championships holding in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Nigeria will be competing in Africa Zone Division III alongside host – Kenya; Algeria, Benin Republic, Cameroun, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda and Uganda between June 18 to 23, on clay outdoor at the Nairobi Club.

 

Davis Cup veteran – Abdul-mumin Babalola will be the non-playing captain, while others are Christian Paul, Joseph Imeh Ubon and Sylvester Emmanuel.

 

Aside from Christian Paul who replaces Clifford Enosoregbe from the team that finished fifth at 2017 edition held in Egypt, the team remains intact and is expected to commence camping this week in Ibadan in readiness for a promotion quest this year.

Published in local Written by June 06 2018 0

The D’Tigers of Nigeria will begin camping for their Group B FIBA World Cup qualifiers on the 19th of June in Lagos under the supervision of head coach, Alex Nwora.

 

The Secretary General of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Chimezie Asiegbu made this known on Tuesday as the federation intensifies efforts to ensure that the team maintains its 100% winning record in the qualification series.

 

With invited players already contacted and their availability confirmed for the June window being hosted by Nigeria, the official list is expected to be released next week.

 

The team was initially meant to camp in Buffalo in the United States, but according to the NBBF Vice President, Babatunde Ogunade, after considering all indices, the team will now camp in Lagos.

 

Nigeria is currently leading Group B and will hope to maintain their winning run in front of their home fans when they file out against Uganda on the 29th.

 

Their second game of the window will be against Rwanda on the 30th of June before facing Mali on the 1st of July.

Published in local Written by June 06 2018 0

Coach of Gambia’s senior women’s natonal team Mariama Sowe believes the Queen Scorpions have all it takes to defeat Nigeria in the first leg of their Ghana 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers today.

 

The Gambians who are currently camped at the Gambia Football Federation Hotel at Yundum eliminated Burkina Faso in the previous round while champions Super Falcons drew a bye.

 

“We have been going on with our tactical approach to this game against Nigeria and we are confident that we can get a good performance and the desired result,” Sowe told cafonline.

 

Nigeria will host the return leg on Monday, 11 June 2018 in Lagos with the winner making it to the tournament in Ghana come November.

 

Published in local Written by June 05 2018 0

Sunday Faleye is most grateful for all the support he received after he underwent successful surgery on his elbow which he injured at the recent CHAN in Morocco according to scorenigeria.

The 19 year old midfielder injured his elbow in 2018 CHAN group game against Angola in January and has not played ever since.

Faleye was operated on in Altach on Wednesday.

According to his agent Josep Lenhart, the surgery was passed successful and possibly Faleye will be back playing again in the next 3-4 months after undergoing his rehabilitation.

Published in local Written by June 05 2018 0

The delegation of Senior Women National Team of Nigeria, Super Falcons, has arrived in Banjul, capital of The Gambia, on Monday, ahead of Wednesday’s 2018 Women Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia’s Senior Women Team.

 

The contingent, led by the Chairman of NFF Women’s Football Committee, Hon. Ayo Omidiran has since settled down at the Metzy Residence Hotel and the team had a first training at the FIFA Goal Project in Banjul on Monday evening.

 Wednesday’s match will take place at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

 

A two-legged affair between both teams will determine which of the two teams will be at the final tournament in Ghana later in the year.

 THE 20 PLAYERS FOR GAMBIA

 

Osarenoma Igbinovia, Joy Jegede, Christy Ohiaeriaku, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Tochukwu Oluehi, Glory Ogbonna, Josephine Chukwunonye, Ngozi Ebere, Anam Imo, Alaba Jonathan, Esther Sunday, Onome Ebi, Faith Michael, Halimat Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Chinaza Uchendu, Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega, Christy Ucheibe

Published in local Written by June 05 2018 0

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have revealed their new squad numbers ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 

The squad numbers were made known via a 59 second video on the team’s twitter handle @ngsupereagles on Monday.

 

Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa would adorn the number one jersey, while Spanish based Francis Uzoho has 23 leaving Daniel Akpeyi with 16 jersey as skipper Mikel Obi retains his number 10.

 

Newly signed Brighton and Hove Albion player, Leon Balogun will settle for number six, while Russia based Byran Idowu will wear the number two shirt.

 

 Portuguese based Tyronne Ebuehi will be seen in number 21, as fellow defender Chidozie Awaziem will put on number 20 while Abdullahi Shehu holds 12.

 

 Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi is with number 17 jersey while recuperating Wilfred Ndidi will wear number four.

 Forwards Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho will grace numbers 18 and 14, respectively.

 

 Chinese based Odion Ighalo has nine, leaving newly capped Simeon Nwankwo with number 13, as Russia-based Ahmed Musa holds seven.

 

 Chelsea’s Victor Moses stays with 11, as William Troost-Ekong has number five and Elderson Echiejile with three. Jersey number 19 is

 

 given to John Ogu while Italy based Joel Obi has 15, leaving Oghenekaro Etebo with the number eight shirt and Kenneth Omeruo on 22.

Published in local Written by June 04 2018 0

Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has dropped fullback Ola Aina and midfielder Mikel Agu as he named his final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 

 

 

Rohr had cut his initial 30-man provisional squad to 26 while injury ruled Moses Simon out of contention.

 

After the game against England on Saturday, the Eagles' trainer confirmed the omissions of Aina and Agu in the squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup:

 

FULL SQUAD:

 

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United).

 

Defenders: William Troost-Ekong and Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa).

 

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino, Italy).

 

 

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone).

Published in local Written by June 04 2018 0

Nigerian defender, Kalu Orji, has joined Moroccan club, Mouloudia Club Oujda on a three-year contract.

 

The 25-year old, last featured for four-time NPFL Champions, Kano Pillars having signed a short term deal with the club in April this year after severing ties with another NPFL club, Enugu Rangers.

 

 

The defender was a member of Nigeria’s home-based Super Eagles that finished second at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) hosted by Morocco early this year, his second appearance in the competition after participating in the previous edition in Rwanda in 2016.

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