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Wheelchair B’ball Federation Holds Coaching Clinic, March

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The Nigeria Wheelchair
Basketball Federation  is set to organise a two-day coaching clinic.
Captain, National wheelchair basketball team, Mohammed Audu, told newsmen in Lagos that the clinic would hold from March 18 to March 19.
The training programme is tagged “Tope Ogunyemi Wheelchair Basketball Foundation Clinic’’.
He said the clinic will train participants on the skills and rules governing the game.
Audu also said that the two-day clinic would serve as an opportunity for stakeholders in the game to deliberate on a proposed league for the nation.
“We are organising a two-day clinic on wheelchair basketball where participants are expected to come from across  the country.
“The federation also wants to use that opportunity to deliberate on the proposed national wheelchair basketball league that can be sued to develop the sport.
“Wheelchair basketball has come to stay in Nigeria because a lot of youths are showing interest in the game.
“We intend to organise a clinic to educate them about the rules and regulation governing the game,’’ Audu said.
According to him, a functional league is important to the development of the sport in the country.
“Hence there is need for a running league in the country even if we have to start with four clubs.
“We have to take off from a point and with time the league can develop and attract sponsors. We just need to give ourselves the opportunity to play and develop.
“We will not wait for sponsors to come before we start the league though to run the league, there is need for sponsorship.
“The federation will continue to do our own thing rather than wait,’’’ he said.
Meanwhile, a wheelchair basketball player, Taiwo Durowoje,  has said that players are ready for the exhibition match scheduled for today at the Yaba College of Technology.
Some selected national team players will feature in the exhibition game which will herald the 2015 Rector’s Cup.
“We were happy when we got the invitation to feature in the opening of the Yaba College Technology Rector’s Cup coming up today.
“This is a good development because we hardly get invitation to play in any major competition.
“So, it is an honour to play a friendly match as an exhibition match to commence the football and basketball events of the Rector’s Cup,’’ Taiwo said.
He said the opportunity provided by the exhibition match will help to promote the sport.

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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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