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NTTF Seeks Sponsorship For Dev.

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The Nigeria Table Tennis
Federation (NTTF) has appealed to individuals and corporate bodies to assist the federation in the sponsorship of developmental programmes.
NTTF Technical Director,Anderson Bankole  told newsmen  in Lagos that the federation had 38 tournaments lined up in its 2015 programme of events.
“We have 38 competitions spread across the months, and there is no month we do not have at least two tournaments listed.
“We have 23 international and 15 national tournaments for 2015.
“Some of such competitions are GAC Group ITTF World Tour in Kuwait and Qatar, G-20 Club 5th Annual Table Tennis Tournament and Top 8 National Secondary School Singles.
“Others are ITTF Para Table Tennis Courses/Para National Open, GAC 2015 ITTF World Tour, Lagos open, Ligano Master Open, GAC Group World Tour, German Open, among other competitions, ’’ he said.
Bankole, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said that, in 2014, the federation was only able to participate in 19 competitions due to financial constrains.
He said that the federation could have engaged the athletes more in international competitions if it had adequate funds.
“Believe me, there are lots of competitions that the players could be engaged in to improve their skills, but insufficient funds stopped us form taking part in some of the competitions.
“We need sponsorship to facilitate our players’ participation in major international competitions.
“We are appealing to well meaning Nigerians to assist us through sponsorship of our programmes and provision of flight tickets for our teams.
“This will help us to provide the much needed exposure for our young players. The federation is trying, but we need more assistance from people and corporate bodies.
“What we are getting from the National Sports Commission is not enough to carry out all our programmes; that is why we call on Nigerians home and aboard to come to the aid of the federation.’’

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NDDC U-17 Peace Cup To Resume In Uyo

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The long awaited finale of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) U-17 Peace Cup would expectedly resume next week as two qualified teams from the nine states converge in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital.
Technical Director of the tournament  Etim Esin in a statement on behalf  of the Local Organising Committee Chairman John Ekpeyong and Secretary Ada Gwegwe yesterday said the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, will declare the tournament open.
It added that the Special Assistant to the President Muhammad Buhari, on Sports Development, Coach Daniel Amokachi, NFF Technical Director Coach Augustine Eguavoen along with football legend Taribo West and other notable Niger Delta-based and foreign scouts will be on ground.
The LOC appreciated the Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Effiong Akwa, for his support towards the conclusion of the tournament, adding that it is better late than never, as the competition will still be among his numerous legacies.
According to the statement, the arrival date for participating teams is 11th of December, while screening of teams and official kick off, will take place the following day.
The statement further called on the Coordinators of the states not to forget the rules of engagement, especially on the age bracket of the players, as the screening will be strict, for the aim of the competition to be achieved.

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FIBA World Cup: Kida Lauds D’Tigers’ Strong Qualifiers Start

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Top basketball administrator and immediate past Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) president, Engr Musa Kida, has congratulated the D’Tigers for starting their 2022 FIBA World Cup on a strong note after picking two victories in three matches.
With five points from a possible six and a superior point difference, the team sits comfortably atop group A ahead of the next round of games coming up by the 27th of June, 2022.
Kida described the team’s performance as inspiring despite peculiar circumstances surrounding the federation’s election as well as FIBA’s stance over Nigeria’s participation at the qualifiers.
“It is really nice to start such important qualifiers on a winning note which is very good for our chances of qualifying for the World Cup. We had to put our administrative differences aside for the sake of Nigeria and Nigerians.”
“We feel elated and justified that our decision to give FIBA the go ahead to register the team which enabled them participate paid off in the long run as we join hands with all stakeholders to continue growing the game in Nigeria”.
16 teams are vying for the available five spots at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup with Nigeria grouped alongside Mali, Cape Verde and Uganda.
“The top three teams from each group will advance to the Second Round of the African Qualifiers and will join three other teams to create two six-team groups with results from the preliminary rounds carried over,” Musa added.

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AWCON Qualifiers: Ebi Targets Revenge Against Ivory Coast

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Super Falcons defender, Onome Ebi, says the team will go all out for revenge when they clash against Ivory Coast in their final 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers next year.
The qualifying game which will be played on a home and away basis is scheduled for February 13 and 17 with the winners qualifying for the AWCON in Morocco.
The Falcons who will be hoping to defend the title they won at the 2018 in Ghana are eyeing their 10th trophy Morocco but to qualify for the event, they’ll have to go past the Ivorians who knocked them out of contention for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
Ebi, who is Nigeria’s current longest-serving player says her aim is to avenge the loss that saw them miss out on the 2020 Olympics at the hands of the Ivorians.
“I can tell you that we still nurse the pain of missing out of the Tokyo Olympics as a result of the loss to Cote d’Ivoire in the qualifying series,” Ebi said.
“This time, we will repay them in their own coins. Personally, I want to play in the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup, and I know it is the same for my teammates.”
The Falcons are the most successful African women’s team in the world and have won the AWCON a record nine times and will be hoping to get their 10th next year after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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