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Rio 2016: Nigerians Laud D’Tigers

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Some Basketball enthusiasts
at the weekend continued to laud Nigeria’s Senior Men’s team, D’Tigers, as they churn out impressive results ahead of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games.
The Nigerian team defeated their Chinese counterparts 80-76 in Houston on Friday, making it three straight victories in their build-up to the Games.
D’Tigers had earlier defeated Argentina 96-92, but lost 79-101 to the South Americans in the second leg encounter in Las Vegas.
The team will play the U.S. on today in Houston, including some other few closed door warm up games with U.S.-based NBA clubs to fine tune their strategies for the Olympics.
Patrick Omorodion, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Media Officer, told newsmen that the team was in superb form ahead of the Games.
He said that in spite of the delay in the release of funds by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the team had continued to give their best.
“The players are wonderful; they deserve a lot of commendations in their zeal to give a good account of themselves, while wearing the national colours at the Olympics.
“Let us remember that the Ministry of Sports has yet to disburse funds toward their preparations; the team has to receive cash rewards for winning the 2015 Africa FIBA Cup in Tunisia.
“But for the well-wishers of the game, the team would have been in complete jeopardy.
“It is indeed a sad development that the ministry is not giving them and other athletes due support,’’ Omorodion said.
Head Coach, First Bank of Lagos Basketball Club, Peter Ahmedu, said that the players had shown that they were a set of serious professionals, yearning for Nigeria’s success at Rio Olympics.
“I am particularly impressed with the team though we cannot expect too much from them based on the calibre of other teams coming for the Games.
“They are definitely going to show their stuff, and what we are proud of is that they will surely fly the national colours at the Games,’’ Ahmedu said.
Former Head Coach of Lagos Islanders, Lateef Erinfolami, said the D’Tigers’ inclusion in the basketball event at the Olympics is a morale booster for the development of the sport.

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Iyalo D King Cup: Obidianso FC Emerges Champions

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Obidianso Street FC of Port Harcourt has emerged winners of this year’s edition of Iyalo D King, 4 Aside football tournaments at the Amanakana football Stadium, Diobu, on Sunday, in Port Harcourt.
Speaking with journalists, after the finals match, the Chief sponsor of the competition, Victor Fubara, said the tournament was to sustain the existing peace and unity among the youths in Diobu axis of Port Harcourt.
He noted that there were a lot of talents  in the area which needed help, saying that, with the competition a lot of hidden talents has been discovered and they will be  exposed to the world of football. 
“I want to use this competition to change the narrative about the youths of Diobu in Port Harcourt.
I want to tell you that there is peace and unity among the youths in the area.
You can see joy and happiness on the faces of the people watching the game.
My   main purpose of organizing this tournament is to foster the existing peace and unity, also to pass a massage to the outside world that what they think about Diobu is different, “ Fubara stated.
Fubara who is popularly known as Diayo, revealed that he brought  some scouts to select some good players. 
“I personally just want to do it for them,” he said.
He used the medium to call on the Government to support his agenda and programme in terms of youth empowerment in different areas.  
“My message to the youths is to stop violence and embrace peace,” he stated. 
 At the end of the finals, Obidianso Street FC defeated Awgu Street FC 2-1 on penalty shootout after playing goalless draw in regulation time.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Kano Pillars To Pay N5m Fine Over Covid-19 Protocol

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Kano Pillars have been charged for breaching the NPFL Framework and Rules, following the infraction in their Matchday 27 fixture vs Akwa Utd at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna last Sunday.
The Kano club has been charged for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol by admitting and/or permitting spectators and supporters into the venue.
Pillars are also charged for encroachment after their supporters encroached onto the field of play, thereby disrupting the match.
The club is further charged for failing to provide adequate security leading to failure in crowd control and restriction of access by unauthorised persons to restricted areas.
In line with The Nigeria Football Federation directives, Kano Pillars are hereby sanctioned with a fine of N5 million for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol. 
A fine of N2.5 million is also imposed on Kano Pillars for encroachment by their supporters, which led to a discontinuation of the match.
There is also an imposed sanction of a deduction of 3 points, which shall be suspended for the duration of the remainder of the season, subject to good conduct.
The club also faces a venue sanction of being banned from their Kaduna home ground and subsequently moved to another venue if there is a recurring event.
Kano Pillars have been directed to submit a revised security plan within 7 days and ensure they comply strictly with Covid-19 Protocol. All subject to approval by the LMC.
The club, however, has 48 hours from the date of notice to appeal these sanctions.

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Super Falcons Have So Much To Offer – Oshoala

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Asisat Oshoala is proud of Super Falcons’ spirited second-half performance against the Portuguese last Monday.
The African women’s champions came back twice to force the Europeans to a 3-3 draw at their second Group game in the ongoing National 2021 WNT Summer Series at the BBVA Stadium.
Reacting to the result, the Barcelona Femino striker, hailed the fighting spirit and said the team had so much potential.
  I am proud of everyone. We were two goals down and then 3-2 in the 88th minute and we did it. I want to say this is just the beginning.
“We have so much in this team. We don’t even know what we have, people out there kept cheering us when we had the ball because we kept on pushing. That’s the spirit!” she said.
Following the thrilling six-goal match, the Super Falcons will head to Austin yesterday for today’s final match against the United States at the Q2 Stadium as Jamaica and Portugal bid the Summer Series farewell after two games.

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