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Team Lagos wins maiden Betking Wheelchair Basketball League

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Team Lagos beat Team Oyo 43-33 to win the maiden edition of the 2024 Betking Wheelchair Basketball League League.

The Wheelchair Basketball Fantastic Four Final was played at the indoor sports hall of Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

Lagos beat Oyo in the first
quarter 15 to 13 points (two points difference). Upon resumption of the second quarter, Team Lagos continued their dominance by securing a five point difference 25 to 20 points.

Lagos made use of their opportunities in the third quarter making vital two points and three pointers, taking the quarter by 33 to 26 points. The fourth quarter ended 43 to 33 points with Lagos lifting the trophy.

Coach of Team Lagos, Michael Owoyele said the team played together as a unit adding that they were determined to win the league after the second phase in Asaba last April.

He said, “We were devoted to the game, we trained together before the competition. I told the team not to be selfish and communication was instrumental to our victory.

“If you will recall, we defeated Team Oyo in the Atlantic Conference; I must confess they have a fantastic set of players. We were determined to win the league and wanted to make Lagos proud,”he said

In the third place match, Team Kwara defeated Team Kano 39 to 7 points to finish in third place.

Lagos team finish first to win N500,000, Oyo team finish second to win N300,000 while Kwara team finish third to win N200,000 award prize

The President of Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation, Seyi Johnson applauded the players for their resilience and sacrifice in promoting the game.

Johnson revealed that the next program of the Wheelchair Federation is the President’s Cup in Edo State during the Paralympic Games in Paris.

He said, “I want to commend the four teams who participated in the Fantastic Four Final in Abuja. They players have sacrificed a lot for the growth of the game and I want to assure you that the next league will be bigger and better.

“Missing the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games is painful but the Federation is looking forward to hosting the President Cup during the Paralympics next August.

Gossy Ukanwoke, Managing Director of BetKing Nigeria said, “We are incredibly proud to sponsor the National Wheelchair Basketball 2024 in Nigeria. At BetKing, we believe in the power of sports to inspire and unite communities.

“Supporting wheelchair basketball aligns with our commitment to inclusivity and empowerment, providing athletes with the opportunity to showcase their talents and determination.

“We look forward to seeing these exceptional athletes in action and contributing to the growth of wheelchair basketball in Nigeria”, Ukanwoke said

Nottingham Forest Extends Ola Aina’s Contract Untill 2025

 

English Premier League side Nottingham Forest has activated a one-year contract extension for Nigerian defender Ola Aina, following an impressive debut season, Owosports.com.ng report.

 

Aina joined the club last summer after his contract with Italian Serie A team Torino expired.

The versatile full-back made 22 appearances for Forest, earning a reputation for his all-action displays on either side of the defense. His performances also yielded a memorable goal in a 2-0 home win over Aston Villa.

“Nottingham Forest is pleased to confirm that it has activated a one-year extension in Ola Aina’s contract,” the club announced on its official website.

By triggering the contract extension, Nottingham Forest has ensured Aina’s continued presence in the squad, much to the delight of fans who have grown fond of his energetic and attacking style of play.

NAFA’s Flag Football Initiative Takes Off in Kwara State

 

Nigeria American Football Association, NAFA, has set sight on secondary school students in Kwara for its planned enlarged national schools flag football league.
This was revealed in Ilorin on Tuesday by Coach Tobi Abẹ́, one the NAFA officials in Ilorin.

According to him, the initiative aims to establish a new culture of American football in Nigeria, starting from the grassroots level.

The American Flag football is a variant of the American Football, but less expensive in kitting and adaptable to the African climate.
” I am here on behalf of the association to instill and establish the game of flag football in Kwara State.

” We came for two exercises actually, we came for what we call NSSFFL activation which is the Nigeria Secondary School Flag Football league activation here in Kwara State and we also came for IPP pre-scouting exercise,” he said.

IPP means the International Player Pathway.

“It’s a scouting exercise that enables us to pick talent within a certain age range and requirements.

“Those talent will be given an opportunity to go play the game of America Football overseas.”

The Nigeria Secondary School Flag Football League started two years ago with the first edition in Lagos State which saw numerous schools partake in Lagos State alone.

For the second edition, six state were added like Ogun State, Ondo, Oyo.

“We also had Akwa Ibom and FCT Abuja so we had this states join up to make up the number.

“But we did back then was just like what we’ve come to do here” he said.

WAFU B U17 Championship: 10-Man Eaglets Pip Niger Republic, Go Top With Four Points

Nigeria joined Burkina Faso at the top of group B of the WAFU B U17 Championship after a lone goal defeat of Niger Republic at the University of Accra Stadium on Sunday.

 

Rapha Adams’ powerful header in the 31st minute was the difference between the two West African neighbours in a match that Nigeria played the final 27 minutes with 10 men after Chibuike Okorie was shown the red card.

 

Victory means the five-time world champions climbed to four points, same as Burkina Faso, ahead of the closing day of group B attrition on Wednesday when the Eaglets confront group whipping boys Togo at the Accra Sports Stadium, while Burkina Faso square up to three-pointer Niger Republic at the University of Accra Stadium.

 

A draw against the Togolese team on Wednesday will guarantee the Eaglets a place in the tournament’s semi finals.

 

 

GROUP B RESULTS

Burkina Faso 0-0 Nigeria

Niger Rep 3-2 Togo

Togo 0-2 Burkina Faso

Nigeria 1-0 Niger Republic

Fury Falls: Usyk wins by Split Decision, Becomes World’s Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

 

Oleksandr Usyk outlasted Tyson Fury to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in 25 years, achieving an unprecedented feat in the four-belt era, Owosports.com.bg report.

The Ukrainian sensation won by split decision, solidifying his position as the best heavyweight boxer in the world.

The highly anticipated bout took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday, with Fury coming out strong in the early rounds. The British fighter’s aggressive approach seemed to catch Usyk off guard, but the Ukrainian quickly adjusted and gained momentum as the fight progressed.

Usyk’s superior footwork and technical skill allowed him to evade Fury’s powerful blows and land precise shots, gradually taking control of the fight. In the ninth round, Fury was visibly staggered, and the bell saved him from a potential knockout.

Despite Fury’s valiant effort to recover in the final rounds, Usyk’s dominance had already sealed the victory. The judges’ scorecards reflected the Ukrainian’s superiority, awarding him the win by split decision.

Usyk’s historic achievement marks a monumental moment in boxing history, as he becomes the first fighter to unify the WBA, WBO, IBF, and WBC titles in the heavyweight division since Lennox Lewis in 1999. This victory cements Usyk’s status as a boxing legend, and his name will be etched alongside the all-time greats.

The win also marks a triumphant return to the heavyweight division for Usyk, who previously held the undisputed cruiserweight title. His ability to adapt and excel in both weight classes showcases his exceptional skill and versatility as a boxer.

Time to Give Maduka Okoye a Second Chance

 

As the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers approach, the Super Eagles of Nigeria are gearing up for another shot at glory. However, a crucial piece of the puzzle has been missing since the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Maduka Okoye, the former SPARTA ROTTERDAM and Watford goalkeeper was subjected to cyberbullying and insults from Nigerian fans after a disappointing exit from the tournament. But, it’s time to put the past behind us and recall Okoye to the national team.

Okoye’s impressive performances for Udinese in Italy speak for themselves – 19 games, 63 crucial saves, five clean sheets, and only 23 goals conceded. At just 24 years old, he has already established himself as one of Europe’s sought-after goalkeepers. His improvement and dedication to his craft are a testament to his resilience and determination.

The Super Eagles need a reliable goalkeeper, and Okoye fits the bill. His experience and skill will be invaluable in the high-stakes World Cup qualifiers. Finidi George, the national team coach, should consider recalling Okoye to the squad. It’s time to put aside past mistakes and focus on the future.

Moreover, the Super Eagles goalkeeping department needs stiff competition, and Okoye’s return will provide just that. With Stanley Nwabili, Francis Uzoho, and Ojo Olorunleke already in the mix, the competition for the number one spot will be fierce. This will push all four goalkeepers to raise their game, ultimately benefiting the team.

Okoye’s return will not only strengthen the team but also send a positive message about second chances and redemption. He has served his time on the sidelines and has come back stronger and more determined. Let’s give him another opportunity to don the green and white jersey and make Nigeria proud.

In conclusion, Maduka Okoye’s recall to the Super Eagles is long overdue. His impressive performances in Italy and his dedication to improvement make him an ideal choice for the national team. Finidi George, it’s time to give Okoye a second chance. Let’s welcome him back to the team and march towards the 2026 FIFA World Cup together.

Nigerian Duo Boniface and Tella Shine as Leverkusen Makes History in Bundesliga

 

Bayer Leverkusen, led by Xabi Alonso, has made history by becoming the first-ever Bundesliga side to end a season unbeaten. This incredible achievement was made possible by the contributions of several key players, including Nigerian duo Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella.

Victor Boniface, in particular, was instrumental in Leverkusen’s success. Despite missing three months due to injury, he scored 14 goals and provided 8 assists in just 23 games. His impressive form and dedication to the team’s success were instrumental in Leverkusen’s unbeaten season. Boniface’s goal in the final match against Augsburg was the perfect ending to an incredible season.

Nathan Tella, on the other hand, contributed 5 goals and 2 assists in 24 appearances. Although he was an unused substitute in the final match, his contributions throughout the season were invaluable. Tella’s pace and skill on the wing caused problems for opposing teams, and his understanding with Boniface and other teammates led to several crucial goals.

The Nigerian duo’s impressive performances were a key factor in Leverkusen’s unbeaten season. Their goals, assists, and overall team play helped the team secure 28 wins and 6 draws in 34 matches, with an impressive 89 goals scored and only 24 conceded.

Boniface and Tella’s success in the Bundesliga is a testament to the growing influence of Nigerian players in European football. Their performances have not only made them fan favorites but also earned them recognition at the international level.

As Leverkusen celebrates their historic achievement, Boniface and Tella can take pride in their contributions to the team’s success. Their performances have set a high standard for future seasons, and they will be eager to continue making an impact in the Bundesliga.

Flamingos Fly High: Nigeria U17 Girls Cruise to 6-0 Victory and a Spot in the Next Round

 

 

Nigeria U17 Girls, also known as the Flamingos, put on a dominant display to defeat their West African counterparts, Burkina Faso U17 Girls, 6-0 at the Moshood Abiola Stadium on Saturday evening to secure their spot in the final qualifying round of the FIFA U17 World Cup Qualifiers, Owosports.com.ng report.

The Flamingos came into this match with a 1-1 aggregate score from the first leg in Burkina Faso, and they wasted no time in asserting their authority. Chidera Harmony opened the scoring in the 11th minute, setting the tone for a convincing win.

Peace Effiong doubled the lead in the 34th minute, and the Flamingos went into halftime with a comfortable 2-0 advantage. The second half saw the Nigerian girls continue their relentless attack, with Harmony completing her hat-trick in the 74th and 85th minutes.

Layi Kareem added the fifth goal in the 83rd minute, and Effiong sealed the victory with her second goal in the 88th minute, making it 6-0 in favor of the Flamingos.

With this win, Nigeria’s U17 Girls have qualified for the final qualifying round, where they will face the winner of the Senegal/Liberia fixture. Coach Olowokere Bankole’s team has shown impressive form and determination, and they will be looking to carry this momentum into the next round as they aim to secure a spot in the FIFA U17 World Cup.

Final Score: Nigeria U17 Girls (Flamingos) 6 – 0 Burkina Faso U17 Girls.

Brazil Wins Bid to Host 2027 Women’s World Cup

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In a historic decision, Brazil has been chosen to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup, beating out a joint bid from Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany. This marks the first time the tournament will be held in South America, Owosports.com.ng reports.

Brazil’s bid was deemed stronger than the European bid, with FIFA inspectors praising the country’s potential to make a “tremendous impact” on women’s football.

The tournament will be held in 10 stadiums across Brazil, including the iconic Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. While Brazil’s women’s team has never won the World Cup, they’re eager to make a strong showing on home turf.

The 2023 Women’s World Cup set records for commercial revenue and attendance, and showed a significant growth in the standard of women’s football. However, there’s still a long way to go in terms of financial equality, with the prize money for the 2023 tournament being far less than for the men’s tournament.

The FIFA congress also addressed other important issues, including a call from the Palestinian FA to suspend Israel from FIFA, and changes to FIFA statutes that could potentially move the organization’s headquarters from Zurich.

Additionally, FIFA president Gianni Infantino proposed new initiatives, including an under-15 World Cup or festival, and a “legends” World Cup.

NWFL Super 6: The Battle for Supremacy Begins

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The stage is set for the most epic showdown in Nigeria women’s football! After a thrilling regular season, six powerhouses have emerged to battle for the coveted Nigeria women’s football league (NWFL) Super 6 championship title.

Rivers Angels, Edo Queens, Bayelsa Queens, Nasarawa Amazons, Confluence Angels, and debutants Heartland Queens will face off in a round-robin format, with each team playing five matches and a rest day in between. The fixtures are out, and the excitement is building!

Matchday 1 kicks off with three mouth-watering clashes: Confluence Queens vs Edo Queens, Nasarawa Amazons vs Heartland Queens, and Rivers Angels vs Bayelsa Queens. The action continues with Matchday 2, 3, 4, and 5, featuring intense battles between the top teams.

Who will reign supreme and lift the NWFL Super 6 trophy? Will it be Rivers Angels, Edo Queens, or Bayelsa Queens, who have been dominant forces in the league? Or will Nasarawa Amazons, Confluence Angels, or Heartland Queens cause an upset and claim the title?

The NWFL Super 6 promises to be a thrilling ride, with each team hungry for victory. Don’t miss the action, starting tomorrow.

Full Fixtures

Matchday 1

Confluence Queens vs Edo Queens

Nasarawa Amazons vs
Heartland Queens

Rivers Angels vs Bayelsa Queens

REST DAY – 19/05/24

Match Day 2

Bayelsa Queens vs Nasarawa Amazon

Edo Queens vs Rivers Angels

Heartland Queens vs Confluence Queens

REST DAY- 21/05/24

Match 3

Nasarawa Amazon vs Rivers Angels

Confluence Queens vs Bayelsa Queens

Heartland Queens vs Edo Queens

REST DAY – 23/05/24

Match Day 4

Bayelsa Queens vs Heartland Queens

Rivers Angels vs Confluence Queens

Edo Queens vs Nasarawa Amazon

REST DAY – 25/05/24

Match Day 5

Confluence Queens vs Nasarawa Amazon

Heartland Queens vs Rivers Angels

Bayelsa Queens vs Edo Queens