Rivers Hoopers player Buchi Nwaiwu and Ibe Abuchi Agu of Gombe Bulls have been invited to D’Tigers National team as replacements for Ike Nwamu and Christopher Obekpa.
D’Tigers camp officially opens on Tuesday, 19th of February in Abidjan for the last window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Nwamu and Obekpa will be absent due to club commitments and administrative reasons.
According to the Team’s General Manager, Musa Adamu, Nwamu whose National team debut was at the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket for men in Tunisia just got traded from Wisconsin Herd to Indiana Pacers franchise and so he needed time to settle in.
“Nwamu could not make it. He has just been traded from his club to Indiana Pacers, so he cannot afford to leave immediately.”
The team manager of the high flying D’Tigers who are on a 9-game unbeaten streak said the inclusion of Buchi and Ibe Abuchi was based on their outstanding performances in 2018.
“Buchi Nwaiwu was the Most Valuable Player of the FIBA Zone 3 club Championship in Cotonou where he helped his club (Rivers Hoopers of Port Harcourt) qualify for the maiden edition of the FIBA Afro League. He played very well and he was the most valuable player and the highest scorer.”
“Ibe too was the MVP of the invitational championship played in Kano last year and also put up a good show at the National Sports Festival. Their performances never went unnoticed”, Adamu said.

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Having qualified for the World Cup holding later this year in China, Nigeria will hope to finish the qualifiers with their unbeaten record intact when they face host- Côte d’Ivoire on the 22nd of February.
The team will battle Central Africa Republic on the 23rd while it will be the clash of two basketball powerhouses in Africa when Nigeria meets Senegal on the 24th.
Nigeria who became the first country in the world to book its ticket to China defeated Senegal on Sunday, 16th of September 2018 by 81-61 (27-12, 22-17, 17-18, 23-12) with Ike Diogu weighing in with 17 points and 9 rebounds.

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Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC mercurial midfielder Tunde Azeez says his team will claim top spot after their Wikki Tourists game this weekend.

Fidelis Ilechukwu and his youthful side will host Wikki in Matchday 6 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) scheduled to hold at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium this Sunday.

The Olukoya Boys have already won twice in five meetings with Wikki while the visitors have only managed to record a win and a draw but Azeez believes the Olukoya Boys will continue their good run at home this Sunday with another win against the Bauchi-based team.

"We are looking forward to the weekend clash. We have been working so hard and the intensity is high.

"We are also moving on gradually and by the grace of God at the end of the weekend game I believe we will go back to the top of the table."

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The versatile midfielder talked about his game and expressed his gratitude to the team captain Austin Opara. 

"I have been enjoying myself since I joined MFM FC. I am enjoying my game here because I have a lot of time to play. I also like the philosophy of our coach, he is free to everyone of us and very free to me.

"I am grateful to the captain of the team, who advises me most times about our games and there is no pressure on me," the former Titan Football academy of Lagos told MFM FC Media shortly after his team's training.

Both teams have been able to amassed six points each from four NPFL games. MFM currently occupy the third spot on the Group A table while the visitors sit in the fourth position. 

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After several months of counting down, all is now set for the 4th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon which will be taking place on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019.
On Friday at the Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja, a press conference was held to reiterate the plans in place to make the 2019 marathon better than all the previous editions.
At the well-attended event, the various title sponsors reaffirmed their commitment towards the success of IAAF Bronze label race adding that they are willing to do more to ensure that the race gets even more recognition.
Bukola Olopade, CEO of Nilayo Sports Management Limited and Race Consultant of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon said he was proud of the numerous gains from the Lagos race so far.
He was however quick to add that he and his team would not rest on their oars.
He said, “Sports is a veritable tool for empowerment. We’ve employed over 2000 people each year and engaged vendors. The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has changed the lifestyle of so many people; for instance, we now have more running clubs, which is one of the main purposes of the marathon, amongst other things”.
Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) President, Ibrahim Shehu Gusau said he is expecting better performances from the elite athletes in the race tomorrow:
“I am a happy person because this is happening in Nigeria under the supervision of the AFN. This Marathon is putting Nigeria on the map”, he said.
On his part the Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr Kweku Tandoh restated Lagos State’s commitment to hosting the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
 “We are open to hosting international tournaments, and we hope Lagos State remains the hub of sports in Nigeria because the economic and health benefits are numerous, not forgetting the boosting of our tourism sector. I want to assure you that Lagos is ready, and tomorrow’s event will be bigger and better than the past three editions.” The Lagos sports boss stated.

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One of the title sponsors, 7Up, disclosed that have extended their sponsorship for another five years and are proud to be in partnership with the organizers of the Marathon.
Another title sponsor, Revolutionplus Property Development Company Limited promised free plots of land to the Nigerian winners of the 42km race and the Wheelchair category.
Entertainers D’banj, Teni and Brite Benson that paid for his ticket from United State of America were also present at Friday's press conference and they all have promised to thrill the fans at the finishing point.
The winner of the men and women’s Marathon will get $50,000 each while 2nd and 3rd place will get $40,000 and $30,000 respectively. 
The Nigerian winners will get N3million each while 2nd and 3rd place will get N2million and N1million respectively.
Winners of the 10km race will each get a brand new car from Kia Motors, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will get N1 million and N750,000 respectively.
In the Wheelchair category, the top finishers will get N1million while 2nd and 3rd positions will get N750,000 and N500,000 respectively.

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Brite Benson (Local Boy)
Since its inception, the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has not just been about running but the very best of entertainment has also been a regular feature. The 2019 edition will not be any different.
While many are already aware that the duo of D’Banj and Teni will be performing at the finish point of Saturday’s race, another energetic performer based in the United States, Brite Benson a.k.a Local Boy has been added to the list of artists that would thrill the fans.
Benson who is returning to Nigeria after almost 17 years in America said he is in town majorly for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon and he is eager to unleash what he has for the Lagos fans.
“Yes, I am in Nigeria just for this, I paid my way here to support the Lagos Marathon and to also showcase by talent to Nigerians.” He said.
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An Afro-pop artist, the ‘Local Boy’ as he is fondly called revealed that he has done a couple of songs with both American and African artistes; including the likes of CDQ, Davido and D’Banj.
Lagos fans will have the honour of being the first set of audience in the world to listen to the new single 'Sokoyokoto' just released by Local Boy.

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Agnes Jeruto Kiptocich
Top runners from across the world expected to add sparkle to the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon are now in town and raring to go.
While some are making a return to compete in the IAAF Bronze Label race, others will be making their debuts, but nonetheless looking forward to snapping up the 50,000 USD 1st prize up for grabs at Saturday’s race.
Though the elite athletes are predictably and mostly from Kenya, there are also other top runners from Ethiopia, Morocco, Uganda, Australia, USA and Poland among many other countries that would be running on Saturday.
In a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas Head of Communications and Media for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, the strong cast of runners for this year’s marathon is a big plus.
“The elites athletes started arriving yesterday while others came in today, it is a big plus that the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is commanding this number of quality athletes, it should help in our quest to improve to a silver label.” Thomas noted.
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Among those that have arrived and would be taking a shot at the top prize in Saturday’s race is Patrick Kipyegon Terer.
Terer has won races across the world from Prague to Turin in Italy and has equally fared well in other international races in Israel, France, China and Canada among many other places.
Also in town is Moses Kigen Kipkosgei who finished in third place at the 2010 New York Marathon.
Agnes Jeruto Kiptocich, the runner-up at the 2017 Paris Marathon has also arrived with the mission to dethrone Herpa Almenesh Guta who won the women’s race at the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
The Nigerian elite athletes have also arrived in Lagos as they look to at least break into the overall top 10 this year.

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Dream Stars Ladies of Lagos have unveiled Felix Ifeanyi Nwosu as the new Head Coach ahead of the 2018/2019 Nigeria Women Premier League season.
The newly promoted Lagos based team have finalized the appointment of the widely travelled Enugu born coach.
Felix Ifeanyi Nwosu is an experienced coach with an impressive CV, he has had stints with FC Talanta Kenya, Heegan FC Somali, FIN FA Enugu, FIN Angels, Ambassador Child Youth Club /Angels Enugu.
Felix Ifeanyi Nwosu was nominated and recognized by Arsenal FC/ WorldRemit amongst the best 25 Youth coaches across Africa in a pool of over 700 coaches and he is also CAF License C holder.

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Dream Stars Ladies Chairman, Mr AbdulRahmon Abolore said the club opted for Felix Ifeanyi Nwosu because of his wealth of experience and he is confident that the former Gor Mahia defender can help the club achieve its objectives.
"Our aim is to make the best out of our promotion to the Premier League and we don't want to leave any stone unturned"
"Coach Felix is a good addition to the team and we believe his wealth of experience can guide Dream Stars Ladies to a positive debut season in the NWPL"
Felix Ifeanyi has described his appointment as a new challenge and he is ready to play his role.
"it is a new challenge in an entirely different league."
"I feel it is the right avenue to impact on the league positively."
The Club have begun an open screening in other to strengthen the team in preparation for life in the Nigeria Women Premier League.

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Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has rewarded victorious Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Champions Bayelsa Queens with a sum Twenty Two million Naira for clinching 2017/2018 Nigeria Women Premier League.

The Restoration Girls spanked defending Champions Nasarawa Amazons by two goals to nothing in a keenly contested final at the soccer temple Stadium Agege.

While receiving the girls at the Government House Yenagoa Governor Dickson said plans on to equip to the Sports sector with world class sports facilities that will see Bayelsa State among the leading state when it comes to sports facilities. Stressing that Bayelsa Queens triumph has shown Bayelsa State is a state that does not associate itself with failure.

He also direct the commissioner for transport to immediately release one of the coastal bus for Restoration Girls.

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On his part Commissioner for Sports Development Mr Perekiye Buruboyefe said the success story of the triumphant Queens is incomplete without thanking the state government for their massive support, While appreciating the government he also explain how the (NWPL) is been run.

In message of appreciation Bayelsa Queens Chairman Mr Ebiki Timitimi lauded the state government for the developmental stride put in place towards to galvanizing Sports in the state.

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The Media Seminar to herald the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon took place on Monday at the Sports Bar of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Journalists interested in covering the 2019 race had a fruitful session with the organizers as well as other resource persons present to share their experiences and what is expected from the media practitioners at this weekend’s race.
Yussuf Alli the General Manager for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon thanked journalists for all their support since the inception of the Lagos race while he also shared some of the new measures being put in place to allow for another seamless race this year.
“ We are grateful to the journalists for all their good work, but we have introduced some new rules for this year’s race particularly at the start point and the finish.” Skippo as he is fondly referred to revealed.
Alli stated that among other things, the IAAF rules will be strictly followed this year; hence journalists must give the runners at least a two-minute break before they can be granted any sort of interview.
The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon GM also enjoined journalists to contact the Athletes Representatives before race day if they are hoping to get more incisive interviews from the elites coming to participate at this year’s race.
On his part, Hon Bukola Olopade who is the Race Consultant thanked the journalists for always putting the organisers on their toes and helping them get better with each edition.
“ I can assure you that this edition of the race will be much better than the previous one we have had,” he said

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For Olopade, it is not a mere coincidence that more people across the world are identifying with the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
“For this year, we already have over 4,000 that have registered from other countries outside Nigeria; including America, Australia and other parts of the world. Each year, we strive to get better and correct the mistakes we notice, and we are glad of how far we have come” Olopade noted.
Also present at Monday’s seminar was the AAC Presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore who challenged journalists to get fully involved in initiatives like this as it also helps their own fitness.
Sowore who has participated and finished at least 8 marathons emphasised the need for journalists to be more detailed in their reportage.
Others who spoke at the media seminar were Mr. Steve Osuji, Rose Eyenike and Chairman of the Lagos State Branch of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN Debo Oshundun.
The Brand and Communications Manager Nilayo Sports Management Limited Damilola Pedro and Abdul Imoyo, the Head Media Relations Access Bank were also present at the Seminar where awards were also given to three distinguishing journalists. 

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The Ekiti State Football Association Electoral Committee has  successfully screened and released the final list of aspirants jostling for membership of the Football Association Executive Committee, as well as the list of delegates eligible to vote in its election slated to hold in January 24th, 2019 at Arede Royal Hotels and Suites, in Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State.

In a release made available to press,  the electoral body described the screening exercise which took place at the Koltotel Hotel, Ado Ekiti a success and also in accordance with the Ekiti State Football Association's (EKSFA) statutes and the electoral guidelines.

According to the release signed by the  electoral committee chairman, Barrister Tomide Osakinle and the secretary, Mr Idowu B.S., the electoral committee duly screened all the aspirants contesting for membership into the Board of the Football Association, and thus, released the names of the successful candidates, which includes the following:

For the post of Chairman, Adebayo Olanlege is the sole candidate, as the duo of Ilesanmi Fatukasi and Olusegun Adelakun would vie for the vice- chairmanship seat. While those 
contesting for ordinary membership on the board includes, Olusola Babatola; Amos Ariyo; Oluwole Oloworemo; Ibidun Isaac; Akeem Saadu; Oludayo Ikusemori; Muyiwa Aregbesola; Bayode Olowolagba; Samuel Daramola and Gboyega Afolabi

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The release also included a 20-man  list of the delegates representing various stakeholders in Ekiti football and who are equally eligible to vote during the football association election.

The delegates list as approved by the Electoral Committee is drawn from the attendance at the last Congress preceding the Elective Congress of the EKSFA as stipulated in the Electoral Guidelines and it includes; Oluwole Oloworemo, (Ado council); Olanlege Adebayo Kehinde, ( Irepodun/Ifelodun); Ajibewa Adeniyi John, ( Ijero council); Ariyo Amos Yomi, ( Ekiti West); Awopetu Oluwafemi, ( Efon); Bayode Olowolagba, ( Ido/Osi); Ibidun Isaac, ( Moba); Oladapo Ebenezer, ( Ilejemeje); Ghazal Ibrahim, (Oye); Aregbesola S. Olumuyiwa,(Ikole).

Others on the delegates list are, Calot Afolabi, ( Ekiti East); Osegboun Anthony, ( Emure); Daramola S.O, ( Gbonyin); Agbe Oloruntoba ( Ise/Orun); Adesina Oluwafemi,( Ikere); Fatukasi Ilesanmi, ( Ekiti South-West); Kayode Onilearo( Ekiti State Referees Association);
Kehinde Anjorin (Nigeria Coaches Association, Ekiti State Chapter); Tunji Adu ( N F S C, Ekiti State Chapter) and Seun Omoyajowo (Ekiti State Players Union).

According Barrister Osakinle, the steps taken so far by the  electoral committee is in line with the statutes and regulations of the state football association. 

He went on to further affirmed the FA election slated for 24th of January will hold as scheduled, while winners into various positions of the 9 man Board of Ekiti FA will be announced immediately, as stipulated by the electoral guidelines

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Super Falcons beat Romania 4-1 to win 3rd place game at China invitational tournament

The Super Falcons bounced back from a heavy defeat to China against Romania. The Super Falcons of Nigeria beat their counterparts from Romania 4-1 in the third place match of the China invitational tournament played on Sunday, January 20.

Nigeria's national women's team finally recorded their first win of the year.

The Super Falcons suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to hosts China in their first game of the competition.

After starting 2019 with a loss, the Super Falcons aimed to bounce back against the Romanians.

The Super Falcons had to be patient to take the lead in the 44th minute through Chiwendu Ihezuo after relentless pressure to take a one goal advantage to the halftime break.

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The Romanians equalised in the 55th minute before captain Onome Ebi scored the second for the Super Falcons in the 63rd minute.

Veteran midfielder Rita Chikwelu extended the Super Falcons lead in the 68th minute.

Brighton and Hove Albion forward Ini Umotong sealed an emphatic victory with the last goal of the encounter in the 83rd minute.

Thomas Dennerby will have a chance to see his players in action before the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France when the reigning African champions take part in the Cyprus tournament later in the year .

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