Patrick Baumann
The board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation has expressed shock over the sudden demise of FIBA Secretary General, Patrick Baumann which sad event occurred on Saturday at the on-going Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.
The board led by its President, Engineer Musa Kida said the death of Baumann who contributed to every aspect of basketball as a player, referee, referees trainer, coach and administrator has left a huge vacuum difficult to fill.
“This is a great loss which has left us all in shock. Our condolence to his immediate family, Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and all other professional sporting federations he belonged to.”
Until his death, he was a member of the International Olympic Committee, President of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and Executive Committee member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Baumann who was a man of many parts was also the President of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Organising Committee, Coordination Commission and Chairman of the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics.
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Kida described the late Baumann as an iconic figure and a leading light for many who contributed his best to global sports development especially basketball till his untimely death.

“His level of dedication to global sports development was unparalled and dying in the line of duty just cemented his iconic status in global sports management.”
While reminiscing on the good working relationship between the late Baumann and the NBBF, Kida said, “His last correspondence with the NBBF was in September when he sent a letter to congratulate us as the first country to qualify for the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup as he looked forward to seeing us in China.”
Kida said the death should be a wakeup call for all basketball stakeholders in Nigeria to give their all in the service to humanity and basketball development because “tomorrow is not assured”.

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Impressed by Gold Cup standard and quality, Ekiti State is set to hijack the nation's prestigious pre-season tournament hosting right from Benue State.

The General Manager of Phoenix Athletic Sports Club, Bayo Olanlege, disclosed to Newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, that he has been given the mandate by Ekiti State to woo the organisers of the foremost Nigerian pre-season tourney.

 "This is one pre-season football Tournament I follow with keen interest when you look at the clubs that has taken part in it. Any state that really love and knows the important of hosting a football event of this magnitude will bid for the hosting of the event.

He continued "I there say that the Gold Cup have helped clubs to become champions or gained CAF Champions League or Confederation Cup ticket.

"I can use the likes of Lobi Stars and Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM FC) as a reference. Be mindful that Remo Stars who are on the verge of returning to the NPFL have featured in the last four editions while Kano Pillars who are the defending champion are also in the Aiteo Cup final while Katsina United a Gold Cup semi-finalist last season lost to the Sia Maisu Gida team in the Aiteo Cup semi-final in Lagos."

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He stressed further adding the economy value of the football event to hosting state.

"The tourney has also helped our youths to be gainfully employed as our domestic clubs use the event to scout players.

"It has enjoyed good mileage from the media as the whole idea of it was from Tunde Shamsudeen the general coordinator of the event who alongside some persons in the Media Team have dedicated close to 15 years reporting the Nigerian football and its domestic Leagues.

"I hear Benue are to host this year's edition, which is the 6th, am afraid Ekiti State may rival them to it.

"We are not trying to flex muscles with Benue but for sports to develop from the grassroot, football in the Fountain of Knowledge needs an event like the Gold Cup to awaken the potential within and show everyone what great host we could be," he concluded.

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Henry Onyekuru in action for the Super Eagles
Super Eagles forward, Henry Onyekuru, says the team will go all out for a win in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double- header against Libya, 

Gernot Rohr’s men will host the Mediterranean Knights at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, with the reverse fixture to take place on Tuesday in Sfax, Tunisia.

The three-time African champions occupy third position in Group E with three points from their opening two games.

Onyekuru, The former KAS Eupen and RSC Anderlecht of Belgium attacker, who joined Galatasaray on loan from Everton of England this summer, said he is happy with his scoring form in the Turkish Super Lig, and believes he can replicate that with the national team. 

"He assures that the Super Eagles are ready to give their best in both games.Libya sit at the top of the group with four points, same as the Bafana Bafana of South Africa who have an inferior goal difference.

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“We know what the coach wants from us which is to give our very best against Libya. That is exactly what we intend to do in both games,” the official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles quotes Onyekuru on Saturday.

"He further said: “The national team is a whole different terrain but, as a professional, I’m committed to giving the same level of performance when I come to the national camp.

“It’s always amazing wearing the Green White Green national team jersey; But overall the three points remain our target. ”We will do our very possible best to win the crucial match and make our nation proud, also clinching the AFCON 2019 ticket is top priority.”

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SWAN Selected head coach, Yemi Olanrewaju aka YEMA has invited veteran journalist China Acheru and 32 other players for this weekend's Novelty match against Akwa Ibom Sports Arena at the Nest of Champions, Uyo. 

Lagos based Photo-Journalist, Victor Modo, ACLSports Chief Football Writer Fisayo Dairo, and NPFL blogger, Tobi Adepoju Samuel make a return to the team. Imo based video analyst Johnpaul Nnamdi, and World Cup Pidgin Commentator, Olatoye Olawale scintillating performance at the just concluded Bet9ja Lagos SWAN Cup at the Legacy Pitch in Lagos has earned him a call up to Camp and Benjamin Sawadinho are among the new invitees.

The SWAN Selected lost their inaugural game 1-0 against Kano SWAN last year but the Lagos based coach expect the team to bounce back to winning form.

Speaking with Pen Pushers Coach Yema said "I'm honoured to work with this amazing team and I'm looking forward to the big game. We have selected the squad based on form and potentials, the just concluded Bet9ja Lagos SWAN Cup and the State friendly game in Portharcourt have kept the players in good shape. We have set up a quality squad that will redeem our image and restore the team back into winning form," said Olanrewaju.

Team captain Andrew Randa revealed that top Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials and other football stakeholders are expected to be part of the game.

Amaju Melvin Pinnick playing for
Family United By Sports(FUBS)
"I want to appreciate everyone involved, we started this in Kano and I'm glad we are extending it to Akwa-Ibom. It gives us the opportunity to bond as journalists. We are excited that the NFF President Amaju Pinnick and NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko have shown interest to be part of the game. 

We also appreciate ABS FC Football Director, Alloy Chukwuemeka who is part of the team and we hope to have fun and win," the elated captain said.

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Olatoye Olawale celebrates his goal against Unilag FM
Olatoye Olawale is expected to make his debut with the team against Akwa-Ibom Sports Arena, he scored 4 goals at the just concluded Lagos SWAN Cup in Voice of Nigeria Colours where they crashed out at the Quarter-Finals Stage, they lost to their neighbors Radio Nigeria. 

Camp will be open in Uyo on Wednesday, October 10 while the game will hold on Friday, the match would be played under floodlights at the Nest of Champions with a 7pm kickoff time.


Olowookere Oluwabusayo (Abuja); Abayomi Ademetan (Kwara).

China Acheru (Rivers); Olawale Quadry (Lagos); Owolabi Aleshinloye (Lagos); Johnpaul Nnamdi (Imo); Tunde Liadi (Imo); Adepoju Tobi (Lagos); Charles Ogundiya (Lagos); Victor Modo (Lagos); Olatayo Olukunbi (Cross Rivers); Bayo Adegboyega (Ogun).

Sammy Adesoji (Plateau); Sunday Braimah (Rivers); Fisayo Dairo (Rivers); Andrew Randa (Plateau); Sogo Shodunke (Kwara); Michael Chukwuebuka (Anambra); Shina Oludare (Lagos); Promise Uwaeme (Abuja); Kingsley Oyero (Lagos), Sanipe Damiete Tonte (Rivers); Clement Nwankpa (Abuja); Sammy Wejinya (Rivers); Sharif Abdallah Babs (Kano).

Tolu Olasoji (Lagos); Olatoye Olawale (Lagos); Adams Jesse (Nasarawa); Frankie Omokhua (Enugu); Benjamin Sawadinho (Rivers); Eche Amos (Nasarawa); Emmanuel Josiah (Lagos); Olatoye Olawale (Lagos).

Head Coach: Yemi Olanrewaju YEMA (Lagos).
Assistant Coach: Chidiebere Ezeani (Lagos). 

Janefrances Nweze (Enugu); Jennifer Okoye (Plateau); Faith Oluchi (Rivers); Akin Bolarinwa (Abuja); AY Suga (Abuja); Lady Bibian (Rivers); Rotimi Akindele (Lagos).

Alloy Chukwuemeka (Kwara).

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Engr. Musa Kida, Barrister Solomon Dalung
and Coach Otis Hughley in discussion
Today is a monumental day for our women’s basketball team D'Tigress as they face the United State of America female team, the number one ranked team in the Quarterfinals of the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup.
The minister of sports Barrister Solomon Dalung who was present to cheer the ladies to victory in their last two games has promised to reward D'Tigress with $10,000 if they beat USA today in the quarter final of the 2018 FIBA Women's World Cup in Tenerife - Spain. 

He made this promise when he paid a courtesy visit to the team's camp last night at their Sol Costa Atlantis hotel.
"He said the promise is just his personal effort to motivate the girls to do strive for greatness when they meet USA who are currently ranked world number 1.

He Further said "Defeating the world's number 1 is achievable which is the beauty of basketball.

In the same vein, he said the same level of dedication and world class arrangement given to the National Teams will also be extended to the grassroots and club basketball in Nigeria.
He revealed that immediately after the conclusion of the Total/NBBF Division 2 National final, attention will shift to the Men's premier league and Zenith Bank sponsored women premier league.

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Nigeria's D'Tigress have taken down top teams like Turkey, Argentina and Greece at the FIBA Women's World Cup in Spain and hope they can beat the best of all, USA in their quarter-final Clash today.
*USA Full Team List*

Nneka Ogwumike

Tina Charles
Diana Taurasi
Sue Bird
Elena Delle Donne
Brittney Griner
Jewell Loyd
Kelsey Plum
Brenna Stewart
Morgan Tuck
A'ja Wilson
Layshia Clarendon

*NIGERIA D'Tigress Full Team List*
Sarah Ogoke-Ejiogu
Elo Edema
Promise Amukamara
Aisha Mohamed
Evelyn Akhator
Ezinne Kalu-Phelps
Adaora Elonu
Atonye Nyingifa
Jasmine Nwajei
Cecilia Okoye
Nkechi Akashili 
Sarah Imovbioh
Nkem Akaraiwe

The much anticipated game will be on Friday morning at 11.30am GMT+2 time

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Members of the D’Tigress team have attributed their record breaking feat at the ongoing FIBA Women’s world cup to the unflinching support given the team by the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) under the able leadership of Eng. Musa Kida.
The team said the solid structure which has continued to cause upsets would not have been possible without the right condition and atmosphere they are currently enjoying from the federation.
Speaking ahead of their quarter final game against United States of America on Friday, they unanimously agreed that their focus is on winning the 2018 FIBA Women’s world cup gold to compensate the President and the entire board for a job well done.
Team captain, Adaora Elonu said the world should not just be fixated on what the girls have achieved at the world cup without paying special attention to those who made it happen.
“We have never had this good until now. The world is talking about Nigeria upsetting bigger foes, but before we got to this stage, some people (NBBF) have been working behind the scene to make sure that the players have the best of preparation and a conducive atmosphere heading to the world cup.”
Adaora said their success story which saw them win the 2017 African Women Championship and a quarter final ticket for the first time in the history of any African team cannot be complete without a special mention of Musa Kida and other board members.
Still buzzing from their quarter finals qualifiers win against Greece, the players are confident that they can upset USA on the road to a gold medal finish in appreciation of the ever supportive board and Nigerians.

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Speaking after their last training session on Thursday, Atonye Nyingifa said the team’s ultimate target having qualified for the quarter finals is to be crowned world champions.
“That is our focus and that is what we are driving at. It just seems that for the past 2 years, our team has had great momentum which can be traced to the federation’s determination to see Nigeria do things right and rule the world.
“As long as we play together, stick together and do what we know to be our identity, I have no doubt in my mind that we are going for the gold.”
The forward who is not unaware of the threat posed by the world number one in their quest to win the coveted trophy said “We are going to expect them to come out playing hard and setting out with their best foot.
“They have a lot of height, speed on their team, they are a great team and they are projected to make it to the championships but I think we are going to go out there and give our best”, Atonye continued.
One of the tournament’s leading rebounders, Evelyn Akhator said “Nobody thought we would make it this far except for the President who said that Nigeria can shock the world. Whoever God wants to win will win no matter the level of opposition.”
Having defeated Turkey, Argentina and Greece who are all ranked in the top 20 in the world, Akhator is not perturbed playing against USA.
“It does not matter who we are facing. They will try to defend their title I really don’t care. We have come this far and we are not looking back
The game comes up at 11:30 am

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D'Tigress vs Argentina in Tenerife Spain

Nigeria’s D’Tigress, the women basketball team has sent Argentina out of the FIBA Women’s World Cup after a defeat of 75-70.

It was a hard-fought battle as the pendulum was constantly swinging almost throughout the four quarters of the match.

At one point, Argentina narrowed gap to 57-58, then Nigeria moved it to 61-57, before the South Americans again began their usual fight-back.

D’Tigress did not just stand and look, they redoubled efforts and increased tally to 67-62 in the final two minutes 10 seconds.

In the earlier quarters, scores were Nigeria 48-46, but the last few seconds of the third quarter proved decisive as Nigeria bounced back to lead 51-48. It’s a tough match!

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Nigeria’s women team, D’Tigress led Argentina 9-4 in the first quarter of the last match of Group B of the FIBA Women’s World Cup. The match is holding at San Cristobal de Laguna in Spain.

At the end of the second quarter, scorelines were Nigeria 32-29 Argentina.

Australia are the group leaders having beaten Turkey 90-64 earlier in the day.

Other results on Tuesday

•Japan 69-61 Puerto Rico
•Australia 90-64 Turkey
•Korea 48-58 Greece
•Senegal 66-75 China

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Shehu Dikko, Amaju Pinnick, Aliko Dangote,
Gianni Infantino, Seyi Akinwunmi and Femi Otedola

President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick has stated that he decided to extend VVIP invitation to the duo of Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola to be part of the FIFA award in London as a way of further wooing the private sector to be part of Nigerian football.

Amaju who spoke exclusively to to the media in London after the award said "the duo of Dangote and Otedola were very impressed after the FIFA awards night where Modric was crowned the World Best.

“I m happy the two captains of industry in Nigeria accepted my invitation. They left the venue very impressed with the quality of people running football in the world and how the leadership of FIFA appreciates Nigeria.

This is part of what we are doing as a soccer federation to get the private sector involved in the game back home

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As I said before the Katsina election, our vision is to see how football can become self sustaining in Nigeria so that government’s role would be that of protection and not bringing out tax payers money that can be channeled into other critical areas,” Amaju said.

The NFF boss disclosed that his board would be meeting with Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Nigeria in a matter of days to see how he would partner with the soccer federation.

It would be noted that the Nigeria Football Federation under the leadership of Amaju Melvin Pinnick has attracted several corporate sponsors with energy giants Aiteo paying the salaries of all the national team coaches, Coca Cola and Zenith Bank to mention few and we hope to have more Corporate Organizations partnership to make the Federation financially independent

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Otis Hughley in training with the D'Tigress Players
D’Tigress Head Coach, Otis Hughley in a stunning fashion has revealed that Sunday’s game hero against Turkey, Sarah Ogoke nearly missed out of the 2018 FIBA Women’ World Cup.
Reflecting on Sarah’s performance after she shot the D’Tigress team to its first ever World Cup win against world number 7, Otis said making the call was a tough decision in his quest to get the team properly ready for the tournament.
On why the Celta de Vigo of Spain player who scored 22 points in the game was almost dropped, Otis said, “She was having trouble making the transition to being able to be who she was within the context of what we do as a group. 
Playing Afrobasket, FIBA America and Eurobasket was different from playing the world cup and we were getting these girls ready to play the world cup and it was a tough transition for Sarah.”

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The former Golden State Warriors assistant coach revealed that she forced her way into the team with her shooting ability which paid off against Turkey.
“There was trouble for Sarah making the top twelve but I said, you know what, she can score, she can shoot we had to keep her.”
Otis said despite failing to score more than 2 points in the first game against Australia, it was just a matter of time before the points started coming.
“She did not show well but I knew she could score. She just came out of her shell. I knew she could shoot and she came through when we needed. She was the only shooter we had. Other people can score. She was the difference.”
Nigeria will face Argentina on Tuesday

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