The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has announced a strong team of 10 wrestlers that will fly Nigeria’s flag at the Africa/Oceania Olympic Games qualifiers in Hammamet, Tunisia, which is scheduled to run from 2nd to 4th April, 2021.
The team, which is comprised of five male and female wrestlers apiece, is headlined by former World No. 2 and reigning Commonwealth Champion, Blessing Oborududu (68kg).
In the Women Wrestling style, the 10-time African champion will be joined by fellow Commonwealth gold medalist, Aminat Adeniyi (62kg), Beach Wrestling world champion, Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg), 2018 African Championship gold-medalist, Bose Samuel (53kg) and youngster Adijat Idris (50kg).
Men’s National Team captain and 5-time African champion, Amas Daniel (65kg) will be competing in the Freestyle event alongside former African champions, Soso Tamarau (97kg), Ekerekeme Agiomor (86kg) and Ebikwenimo Welson (57kg), as well as 4-time African Championships gold-medalist, John Ogbonna (74kg).
In Hammamet, the wrestlers will be led by three coaches: Purity Akuh, Victor Kodei and Happiness Burutu, as they vie for Olympic tickets at the postponed Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Former World No. 1, Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), is the only Nigerian wrestler to have qualified for the Tokyo Games – a feat she achieved by claiming bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Team Nigeria, who have been intensifying preparations for the qualifiers in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, will depart the country for Tunisia on 30th March via a Turkish Airline flight.
Rivers SWAN Lauds Rivers Hoopers Over NPBL Victory …As Gov Fubara Redeems N30m Pledge
Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Rivers State Chapter has felicitated with Rivers Hoopers following their giant feat of winning the Nigeria Premier Basketball League (NPBL), Final Four and subsequent qualification for the Basketball Africa League (BAL)
This was contained in a statement signed by Caretaker Committee Chairman (CTC), Dum Cyrill Wite and Secretary, Austin Isaac which was made available to Tidesports, yesterday.
The CTC noted that Hoopers achievement was as result of hard work, dedication and doggedness, and urged them to continue with their good performance.
They further commend the State Government for its supports towards the team including the General Manager, coaching crew and players of the team.
“We know that Hoopers will make Nigeria proud as the sole representative of the nation at the BAL” The statement said.
Meanwhile the Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara has redeemed his promise of thirty million naira (N30m) to players and officials of Nigeria Premier Basketball League Champions, Rivers Hoopers.
In September, the five-time Nigerian league champions won all six games to emerge champions of the second edition of the Louis Edem Invitational Basketball Championship held in Lagos.
To celebrate the team’s success, Governor Fubara announced a reward of N30m when he hosted the team at the Government House in October.
In his address, the governor urged the team to keep working hard with discipline to do well considering the support given to the team.
By: Kiadum Edookor
Mayor’s Football Cup Starts Impressively In PH
In a bid to develop grassroots football in Port Harcourt, the 2023 Mayor Football Cup tournament among Wards in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area (PHALGA) kicked off on Saturday at Elekahia Primary School field.
The tournament was gripped with excitements and fanfares witnessed by huge attendance saw Ward 7 recording her first victory over Ward 2 via 4-2 penalty shootout after both sides settled on one goal apiece at regulation time.
Call it a high profile grassroots football competition if you like, the truth remains that good number of soccer fans including eminent personalities were in attendance to grace the opening game.
Speaking in an interview with sports journalists shortly after the keenly contested match, the Mayor Sir Allwell lhunda expressed satisfaction with the good football artistry displayed by the two teams irrespective of the final score line in favour of Ward 7.
Sir lhunda further disclosed that it was his burning desire to sponsor the tournament aimed at using the platform to foster unity among various Wards as well as to expose budding talents that abound in the area for grabs by talent chasers.
“ln fact, the standard of today’s game with the officiating were okay as it could be compared with what we used to witness in the Nigeria Professional League matches and also at National level.
“The boys actually played well and l can assure you that if they sustain the tempo, nothing will stop talent chasers coming to look for them”, the self- confident” said.
NPFL: Heartland Beat Insurance As Remo Stars Maintain Lead
Heartland of Owerri, on Wednesday, continued their impressive form since Kennedy Boboye took over the former champions two weeks ago with a 1-0 defeat of Bendel Insurance in a Week 12 game of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).
The Naze Millionaires went to Ibadan to pull a draw with Shooting Stars last week and yesterday at their Dan Anyiam Stadium home, they beat Insurance through a 51st minute goal scored by Austin Osayande.
The win, however, has not taken the Owerri team off the regulation zone as they still occupy the 19th spot in the 20-team league.
Leaders, Remo Stars, are still top despite their goalless draw with Niger Tornadoes in Minna, while Sunshine Stars have climbed to the 11th spot off their 1-0 defeat of Shooting Stars of Ibadan in Akure . The Akure warlords’ winning goal was scored by Moses Omoduemuke in the 72nd minute.
Kano Pillars defeated Akwa United 1-0 at the Sani Abacha Stadium; Moses Adikwu Vincent’s two goals (in the third and 94th minutes respectively) were enough to see off Enugu Rangers, whose lone goal was scored by Chidiebere Nwobodo in the 16th minute.
Abia Warriors waited till the 94th minute to salvage a 1-1 draw in Umuahia against Sporting Lagos, whose goal came in the 19th minute through Naibe Akpesin.
Doma United continued their impressive run in the league with a hard-fought goalless draw with Kwara United at the Ilorin Township Stadium, while second-placed Lobi Stars defeated Gombe United by 1-0 courtesy of Chinedu Sunday Chukwu’s 25th minute goal.
Doma United are placed third on the log, followed by Kano Pillars in fifth and Enyimba, whose game against Katsina United was postponed, in sixth.
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