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160 Golfers Set For IBB Ladies Open

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No fewer than 160 lady golfers have registered to take part in the 19th IBB Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championships scheduled for this weekend in Abuja, an official said on Tuesday.
Lami Ahmed, Lady Captain of the IBB International Golf and Country Club of Abuja who said this, also disclosed that some of these golfers were from Uganda, Ghana and Zimbabwe.
“The competition is not only one of our major events, but also our biggest, and it has therefore attracted a lot of participants from Nigeria and beyond,’’ she said.
Tidesports gathered that the event scheduled to hold from 9-12 of this month will involve a three-day competition over 18 holes, with participating players from 22 clubs in Nigeria.
“But it is not going to be competition alone. It is going to be four days of excitement and entertainment, alongside the golfing.
“In the usual IBB Golf Club tradition, we plan to make it all interesting for everyone who play.
“Not only will they go home with trophies and other gifts, but there will be various activities over the four days.
“There are many fun-filled side attractions which have been put into the programme by the organisers led by the Chairperson of the event, Nana Abubakar who is a former captain of the club’s Ladies Section,’’ Ahmed said.
Speaking also at the press conference heralding the competition, Ngozi Osuhor, a former Lady Captain at the club, assured that the event would live up to its billing.
“We have been having this event for some years now, and it has been running smoothly. This year’s event can’t be anything less. In fact, it is going to be better than the earlier ones, in spite of the current economic situation,’’ she said.
The championships, which is going to be scored on gross, will have play in various categories of ladies, men, veterans.
It was opened yesterday with the ceremonial tee-off at 4 p.m., and a carnival/welcome cocktail at 6 p.m.
The competition proper will begin today with play in the All Ladies category for handicaps 0 to 28 and the IBB Ladies category for handicaps 29 to 36.
There will also be play in the IBB Lady Veterans category for all handicaps, with an Old School Night to round off the day at 7 p.m.
Play will continue tomorrow in the All Ladies category, with the Invited Gentlemen category complementing the lady golfers on the course.
Also, that there will be city tours for the participants from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a Disco Night later in the day.
The 45 lady golfers who make the cut to qualify for the final round will return to the course on Sunday, with a prize presentation ceremony to round off the championships.

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Aisha Buhari Cup: FIFA, CAF Presidents Grace Kick-Off, Falcons Win 2-0

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Substitute Gift Monday handed Nigeria a sweet 2-0 victory on the opening day of the maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Tournament in the City of Lagos.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State led eminent political big-wigs, and FIFA President, Gianni Infantino and CAF President, Patrice Motsepe led football’s top echelon, including President of NFF and FIFA council member, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to the showpiece at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan.
Monday, interestingly a player of FC Robo Queens of Lagos, spurned in the air to meet a cross by Captain Asisat Oshoala in the 83rd minute and nodded past goalkeeper Fatoumata Karenta, six minutes after coming into the fray for Francisca Ordega.
The goal put the Super Falcons in the lead after a rather turgid day on Lagos island, with the Malians showing greater zest and desire in the opening half and returning after the recess with the same impressive fighting spirit.
The visiting Female Eagles had survived a raid on their area in the 5th minute as Nigeria looked to go into the lead with a corner, but the defence cleared. Nine minutes later, Ordega sidenetted from another quick dash upfront, and in the 18th minute, Ageusissa Diarra tested Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie from a 30-yard free-kick.
In the second half, Uchenna Kanu sidenetted in the 67th minute, before Oshoala, who should have scored with only the goalkeeper to beat, failed to get past Karenta. In the 74th minute, Karenta again saved from Kanu.
In the 83rd minute, Monday rose highest in the box and nodded past Karenta, bringing so much excitement to the arena.
One minute into added time, Monday was again at the end of an Asisat’s assist, and looped the ball over an advancing Karenta to put huge smiles on the faces of Nigerians.

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Enyimba Appoints Finidi George As Head Coach

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The former Ajax and Real Betis winger, George Finidi, who replaces Fatai Osho whose contract expired at the end of August, has joined the eight-time Nigerian champions, Enyimba FC, on a two-year contract.
George, a legend of Nigeria’s men’s senior national team, made 62 appearances for the Super Eagles in an illustrious playing career that lasted up to fifteen years.
He was a key member of the glorious era that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and represented the country at two FIFA World Cups, the 1994 and 1998 editions.
Tidesports source reports that at club level, George won the UEFA Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and went on to play for Real Betis, RCD Mallorca, and Ipswich Town.
His first official game as Enyimba head coach will be the CAF Confederation Cup’s second preliminary round fixture against Senegalese side, Diambers FC in mid-October.
Speaking to Enyimba’s media immediately after putting pen to paper, George said, “I have to say it’s a great opportunity for the club to have this confidence in me.
“I want to thank the chairman, the members of the board, and the supporters for even thinking about me. On my own part, I will be here to just work and do the job. It’s never going to be easy but I’m here to work and make the team win.”
Chairman of Enyimba, Felix Anyansi Agwu, stated that the arrival of George represents a new chapter for the club.
“I believe that the time has come for us as a club to open up a new chapter, a chapter that will showcase the many hardwork that has been going on behind the scene and usher in lots of success.
“For us to have engaged a coach like Finidi George who is coming from Europe is a clear statement of intent about our aspirations,” Agwu said.

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Arteta Sees Light For Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he sees a bright future for the club despite suffering their worst start to a season for 67 years.
The Gunners climbed off the bottom of the Premier League table with their first goal and first points of the campaign by beating Norwich 1-0 last weekend.
However, Arteta’s position is still under scrutiny ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Burnley after spending £150 million ($207 million) on new players during the transfer window.
The Spaniard claimed after beating Norwich he had enjoyed the “best 10 days of his career in this industry” during an international break when his side was rock bottom of the table.
And Arteta was equally optimistic on where Arsenal are headed with all six of his summer signings aged 23 or under.
“I’m telling you I’m very positive most of the time. I’ve seen the light and I can see bright lights,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“There can be bumps in the road within that light, but I can see a lot of light.”
Arteta is also hopeful the criticism his squad suffered after defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City will only serve to make them stronger.
“It’s tough because it hurts, because you want to see something different. But what you want is not always what happens,” he added.
“Things happen for a reason and maybe what is happening had to happen and it’s going to be really good for the club and really good for myself and everybody experiencing that situation. We have to believe that.”

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