Katsina United vs FC Ebedei's in Gold Cup Pre-Season Tourney

A goal in each half of the game ensured the supremacy of Katsina United as they climbed  and top Group B in style after a cracking, pulsating, and breath-taking encounter at the end of MatchDay Four of the tournament played on Saturday at the Mainbowl of Kwara State Stadium Complex llorin.

FC Ebedei managed not to have conceded inside ten (10) minute of play as Chanji Boys perpetually dominating the proceeding in the executing zone. Ebenezer Odeyemi's constant pace and agility proved too much for Oliseh Boys to curtail.

Deep into the first stanza, Isah could have opened the account after Destiny Ashadi's pace rattled FC Ebedei's defence but his threading  effort was clawed excellently by Tosin Dauda in goal for FC Ebedei. Ebenezer Odeyemi broke the dead lock in the 35th minute, burying a low drive past the keeper after receiving a humble pass from Garba Yushau.

Katsina United vs FC Ebedei's in Gold Cup Pre-Season Tourney
Oliseh Boys started on front foot after the restart with Effiong Stephen, Ayinde Gbenga and tournament's highest goal scorer Daniel Batholomeu, posing a serious and dangerous threat to Katsina United at the back but Usman Barau and Timothy Danladi showed a convincing maturity in curtailing the constant threats.

Ashadi's movement in the final third, ten minutes from time nearly put the icing on the cake of the Chanji Boys but a resolute Maikasuwa Godwin intercepted brilliantly to keep the score line at 1-0.




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Katsina United vs FC Ebedei's in Gold Cup Pre-Season Tourney

However, Dauda Tosin couldn't grip a range that was dropped in his area in the last minute of play and substitute, lbrahim Nurudeen unerringly headed into the empty net as the second goal sealed the maximum points for Chanji boys who were composed, agile and superior in the evening, thus displacing 'Oliseh Boys' from the top of the log. 

In his reaction after the game, Ebedei Coach Babatunde Oladeinde took the positives from the game and promised to go back and work on the negatives stating that FC Ebedei will do everything possible to qualify from the group. 

On the other hand, Coach Abdullahi Biffo heaped praises on his lads for overwhelming display, claiming that their performance today can be traced to the outcome of the game between their opponent and MFM FC yesterday. He further disclosed that the tempo of their performance will be sustained going to their next game.


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Gombe Bulls Players in action at the FIBA zone 3 Qualifier
Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls have qualified for the 2017 FIBA Africa Club Championship. They will represent the zone in Tunisia.

At the end of the competition hosted by the Nigeria Basketball Federation in Lagos between the 11th and 18th of November, Kano Pillars Basketball club went unbeaten winning all their 5 games played against Gombe Bulls, Aspac of Benin Republic, Civil Defence of Abuja, Mark Mentors of Abuja and Customs of Ghana.

Bulls only lost a game to their arch rival, Kano Pillars on matchday 4 and beating other clubs to lay claim to the second space and punch their tickets to the finals for the first time in their history.

Gombe Bulls had to wait till overtime against ASPAC of Benin Republic on their final day of the competition before picking their ticket to the finals.

Kator Gar powered his team to another historic win with 17points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds to hand Bulls their first ever continental ticket.


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Kano Pillars players being addressed
Abdulwahab Yakubu with 36 minutes of action on the court scored 16points and 4 assists while Sylvanus Yakubu and Ibe Agu both weighed in with 9 points apiece.

For Pillars, it was a stroll in the park against Customs whom they blew out in the final game of the competition played in a round robin format.

Kano Pillars’ Abdul Yahaya emerged the most valuable player of the tournament and one of the tournament’s best five players.

Pillars legend, Abubakar Usman who had a sterling outing during the competition was also named as member of the competition best 5 players alongside Customs’ captain, Baniba Dodzi.
Mark Mentors’ Victor Ocheibi, Bulls’ Kator Gar completed the list


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Lagos based Beach Soccer Team Gidi Sharks
The annual beach soccer tournament, COPA Lagos, organized by Kinetic Sports has unveiled the first Lagos based beach soccer team – Gidi Sharks. This is the first time in the tournament that local talents will be participating in COPA Lagos 2017, the tournament which is set to hold from the 8th to the 10th of December, 2017 at Eko Atlantic City. 

Gidi Sharks will be making its debut at COPA Lagos 2017 was selected by Swiss beach soccer veteran and FIFA Instructor, Angelo Schirinzi alongside National Beach Soccer Coach, Adamu Ejo. 

The team comprises beach soccer talents from the different parts of Lagos State. They were all selected during a talent scout program sponsored by FCMB, Pepsi, Hero Lager and VisionScape. The selected players, will get the opportunity of a lifetime to play their first match with the European club champion, Arsenal Beach Soccer team. 

The Talent Scout gave an opportunity to find raw talents and give them the chance to express their skills and beach soccer abilities. From Takwa Bay and Badagry, 10 players were selected from each location. From Ojo and Ebute Meta, 11 and 18 players were selected respectively. 

The 50 players were then pruned down to 23 provisional players, who will go through intensive training in a two-week Boot Camp to be facilitated by Swiss beach soccer veteran and FIFA Instructor, Angelo Schirinzi who will coach the players for their first match at COPA Lagos. 


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Gidi Sharks players in Camp
In camp, the first team made up of 10 players who be selected to play Arsenal BSC at COPA Lagos 2017. In an interview, Angelo Schirinzi said, “Nigeria has potential in football and it can be seen at every street corner. We intend to make them professional players.” Samson Adamu, the Managing Director of Kinectic Sport while speaking to reporters recently, said, “We brought in one of the best coaches in the world to scout for players in from different parts of Lagos. 

Beach Soccer is one of the fastest growing sport in the world and we are make an early entry advantage.I believe we have a good number of beach soccer talents, we are a country with a huge passion for soccer and most people have being played soccer on sand from a young age. 

Our goal is to develop a beach soccer league and we are starting with Gidi Sharks, using them as Ambassadors who will develop beach soccer teams in their respectively communities. Every edition of COPA Lagos brings a unique offering and this year’s tops the excitement, not only with the regular feature of sport, music, dance, fashion, fans’ zone and celebrity entertainment but also, the introduction of a Female Celebrity Match and the “Lagos-based” beach soccer team, Gidi Sharks, who will be playing their first match against Arsenal beach soccer team. 

This year’s edition of COPA Lagos promises to be a more engaging and fun filled experience for all. COPA Lagos is proudly sponsored by FCMB, PEPSI, HERO Lager and VisionScape


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Fast rising sportswear company, Cone Sports and the management of Phoenix ASC of Ado-Ekiti have concluded plans to kit the combined team of Almar football club and Phoenix ASC at the Nationwide league/Landmark Nationwide scouting tournament.



Speaking on the arrangement, chairman of Almar football club, Dare Alebiosu described it as a landmark achievement. 



" This is a landmark achievement and I want must commend the sportswear company for supporting Nigerian football, " Alebiosu quipped.


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The youthful club boss went on to commend the Alhaji Muhammed Alkali led board of the NLO for the initiative, which he believes would go a long way to improve the fortunes of teams in the league.


The tournament scheduled to hold between 20th-25th November, in Abuja, will feature 8 teams presenting a 16 man U-20 team each for the scouts representing 20 European clubs to select for European adventures.



WRITTEN BY: AKEEM BUSARI

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The leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation is determined and committed in exploring all peaceful avenues to resolve any lingering crisis in basketball in their quest to institutionalise the sport in Nigeria

The NBBF says it is committed to exploring all peaceful avenues to resolve the lingering crisis in the federation following the elections that brought them into office.

The President of the Federation Musa Kida made this known after a mediation meeting with the Nigeria Olympic Committee and the former president Tijani Umar
Kida said that the interest of players and other relevant stakeholders whose means of livelihood depend on the game of basketball is paramount to the Federation, hence the need to be cautious while handling such sensitive issues

"We will ensure that we do our best to cooperate with all relevant authorities as directed by FIBA to find a lasting solution out of the recurrent problems associated with transition of leadership every 4 years.
"We believe that the way the case is being handled and resolved by the NOC will shape the future of basketball, its administration and electoral process in the coming years."



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Musa Kida NBBF President
The President appealed to the media to ensure fairness, balance and shun negative reports capable of truncating the reconciliation process initiated by NOC.
“At this critical time, we should allow the NOC to do their jobs rather than create sensationalism from the actions and inactions of Kida or Umar.

"All over the world, it is not advisable for parties with vested interests to talk to the press when the case is still on the burner in other not to jeopardize the process of mediation.”
Kida, who values the role of the press in building of a sellable brand, assured that as soon as the peace process is concluded, the leadership of the NBBF will address a world press conference to provide answers to questions from men of the pen pushing profession-

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Euro 65 Allstars Ambassadors will this Saturday at the Kirikiri prisons playground slug it out in what promises to be an interesting football match in honour of its grand patron, Chief Michael Orobosa Ubogu.



According to the club President, Engr. Daniel Nweke, arrangements have been concluded to  ensure soccer fans enjoy the best of football. He revealed that former top Nigerian footballers including Leo Ekwueme, Ambrose Duru, Joe Agwu,Dele Bob-Manuel and others are rearing to renact memories of their heydays.



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Akeem Busari, Michael Orobosa Ubogu and Olatoye Olawale 
celebrating Micura's Birthday 
" This match is no ordinary match. It  is a game to celebrate the 47th birthday of our grand patron,Chief Michael Ubogu,fondly called Micura. And secondly, it is also our end of the month match to decide the bragging rights between Team Micura and Team Metche," Nweke disclosed.


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Daniel Batholomeu bagged a brace as FC Ebedei pipped the high-flying MFM FC of Lagos in the first game of Matchday Three encounter of ongoing Gold Cup Preseason Tournament played this morning at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin.
Both teams tango with high tempo from the start, having garnered one (1) point each from their previous games, with the winner to lead the group temporarily.
The Olukoya boys announced their dominance early in the game with excellent foot works from enterprising Onuwa Chukwuka setting up the likes of Sikiru Olatubosun and Victor Mbaoma.
Glorious chances beckoned on the experienced Olukoya boys who were furiously terrorizing FC Ebedei's lock spot but the likes of Sikiru Olatubosun and Victor Mbaoma were culprits in front of goals.
MFM FC safe hand Nasamu Emmanuel, who had been hardly tested for the most part of the first stanza was called into action in thirty nine (39) minute as he denied lanky Gbenga Ayinole from point blank. The youthful sides couldn't break the deadlock at the end of the first stanza.
Oliseh boys were decisive in most of their attacking build up as the match gathered momentum and their efforts were finally rewarded with a brilliant goal from Daniel Batholomeu as MFM defenders failed to clear their line, after a scramble.
MFM coach turned to his bench in his bid to restrategize and rescue points for his side as Adebayo Waheed, Atu Irumekhai and Abayomi Lawal were thrown into fray and the result was instant as the Lagos-based team midfielders wouldn't stop creating sparks. Victor Mbaoma later benefitted from Salifu's vision to bury a lovely low drive past onrushing Tosin Dauda in goal for Ebedei but his effort went wide.

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What a moment of respite for the Lagos based team but the joy lasted barely four minute when Effiong Stephen sets up Daniel Batholomeu who unerringly powered in a fierce strike from close range. Batholomeu's third strike of the tournament confirmed his status as highest goal scorer at the moment. Olukoya Boys later went into the act of terrorizing Ebedei's defensive set up but all to no avail.
Speaking to Gold Cup Media after the game, Coach Babatunde Oladeinde of FC Ebedei lauded the spirited performance by his boys and promised more players will be exposed and tested in their subsequent fixtures.
On the other hand, MFM FC assistant coach, Olalekan Gabriel who stood in for Fidelis Ilechukwu says his wards will fix the loop holes in every department of the team before their next game.
Coach Abdullahi Usman Biffo tutored side, Katsina United and ABS FC played out a goalless draw in the second game of the day which was decided at same Stadium.
With the results of the Group B matches, FC Ebedei are now setting at the top of the table with four points from two games, while Niger Tornadoes, Katsina United and ABS FC have two points respectively.


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NPFL Giant Trophy
Activities to kick-start the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season which began with the on-going club licensing will enter the next stage with the annual NPFL Pre-season tournament from December 11-17, 2017 to usher in the grand season opening matches on January 14, 2018.
The schedule of the new season’s activities which has been endorsed by the League Management Company (LMC) will witness a flurry of activities including the induction and orientation workshop for the four newly admitted NPFL Clubs on December 14 and the LMC Pre- Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Consultative Meeting with NPFL participating Clubs on December 16 in Kano where the pre-season tournament will hold.
 According to Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer, other activities scheduled for the month of December include “the draws for the new season, pre-season seminar and spot checking on Clubs compliance to licensing regulations, payment of players and officials salaries, status of facilities, etc.”

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The statement read, “January 5 is the cut-off date for compliance with redemption and settlement of any outstanding payment of salaries arising from 2016/2017 NPFL Season to players and coaches; and or provision of an acceptable Financial Guarantee to guarantee the overdue payments and a tentative payment plan from the Club proprietors.”
Another highlight of the calendar comes up on January 8, 2018 when the LMC, which is First Instance Body (FIB) will issue the NFF Club Licensing Certificate to qualified clubs that meet the criteria for participation in the 2017/2018 NPFL Season.
“The 2017/18 season will start at all centers on January 14 and in the first stanza, there will be thre midweek matches on match days 2, 4 and 5 while the midseason break will be from April 30- May 5 and a longer break for the FIFA World Cup from June 14-July 15. Resumption from the World Cup break will be on July 18 with match day 25 which will be the first of another three midweek matches in the second stanza. The other two midweek fixtures will be on match day 27 and 29”, continued Abubakar in giving a breakdown of the calendar.
The LMC assured that it took into consideration all scheduled fixtures of the AITEO Cup, CAF Club competitions and the FIFA World Cup in planning the calendar noting that “this is part of the reason we delayed the release of the fixtures and barring any unforeseen events, we definitely will conclude the season on September 30, 2018."


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ANUOLUWAPO, KROBAPOR RENEW RIVALY IN LAGOS
Four days after the 1ST katsina Golden star Badminton tournament,Champion and Africa’s No 2 ranked Player Clement Krobapor has been warned by Africa’s NO 6 ranked player Anuoluwapo Opeyori to expect a tough duel as the 1st Mutual Benefits National  Badminton championship gets underway on Wednesday. In an interview with the Federation’s official website www.badmintonnigeria.org Anuolwapo who lost to Krobapor  1-2 in the Final  stated that he is motivated to win the  1st Mutual Benefits National Badminton championship because he is playing in front of his home fans and he hopes to draw  positive inspiration from their  support.

“Katsina Golden Star National Badminton championship has come and gone. I am playing in my state and I will be motivated with the support. My advise for Krobapor and others who want the title is to expect war.”Anuoluwapo concluded. In a swift reply while speaking to www.badmintonnigeria.org Clememt Krobapor  who arrived Lagos on Tuesday says he is aware of the renewed Rivalry in the Men’s singles event but admitted it will also provide him the test ahead of the International Series coming up in Zambia and South Africa later in the year.

“it’s about pressure because everybody wants to beat  the best players and be a champion. I am ready for the task in Lagos and I am confident these championships will prepare me for two tournaments in Zambia and South Africa.



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Badminton Championship in Katsina State
In the Women’s category Dorcas Adesokan ,Tosin Atolagbe Davies, Deborah Ukeh,Zainab Mommoh  and Peace Orji have confirmed their participation in the 1st Mutual Benefits National Badminton championship with Dorcas winner in Katsina also preparing for Two International tournaments.

Meanwhile, President Badminton Federation of Nigeria Francis Orbih says he is determined alongside the new Board to take Badminton to a new height in Nigeria.

“This year we are having two National Championships which is okay as the board is new. The Plan is to take Badminton to the grass roots and  have schools engage in Badminton.Today we have our Male and Female Players well ranked in Africa and with constant competitions we will discover new Talents.

The 1st Mutual Benefits National Badminton Championship holds at the Police College Ikeja from the 15th - 18th of November 2017.


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