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Rivers State University Wins First NUGA 2022 Gold

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Rivers State University, on Monday, won their first gold medal at the ongoing NUGA Games at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), with its entrant in the women discuss, Glory Tochukwu, beating her counterparts from Kaduna State University (KASU), EuchariaOgbukwo and Linda Nwago of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) to the silver and bronze medals.
In the male category, UNIPORT’s Etim Ekomobong won the gold medal, while Obafemi Awolowo University’s (OAU) Richard Fatoriji and AgbugbaIkechukwu of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia, winning the silver and bronze medals respectively.
In men’s handball, UNILAG held Bayero University, Kano to a draw, while University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) beat Lagos State University. UNN women also beat Kaduna State University, while Bayero University defeated Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).
In women’s chess, UNIBEN defeated UNIZIK as OAU trashed University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), just as FUNAAB drew with FUTMINNA and UNILAG was held by with Unilorin.
University of Ibadan (U.I) had little to cheer in chess as UNIPORT beat them soundly.
Tidesports source reports that the highly anticipated swimming category delivered as promised with a shocker as the men’s 200m backstroke event saw underdogs, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) beating hosts, UNILAG, to the silver and Nile University taking the bronze medal.
In women table tennis semifinals, University of Calabar beat Niger Delta University, UI defeated IAUE, just as UNIBEN beat AdekunleAjasin University, Akungba, in women football.
In the football event, AbubakarTafawaBalewa University is top of Group A table with Nasarawa State University at the bottom. Group B has UNILAG leading the table, with OOU at the bottom; Unilorin heads Group C table with Sokoto State University at the bottom, while Federal University, Dutse, leads Group D with U.I at the bottom of the table.
UNILAG got its first gold medal at the weekend through Naomi NnamdiChinyere, who outpaced 12 other contestants in the steady 5000 metres walk-race (women category). She recorded in 33 minutes, 27 seconds to beat HabibatAdeshina from UNILORIN and Rita Odigbo of UNIPORT to the second and third positions.

In the men’s category, ApebuAkugbe James of Benson Idahosa University won the gold medal,Danladi Philemon of the University of Maiduguri won silver, while AbdulfataiAbdulahi of Osun State University placed third.

In Basketball, UNILAG’s men defeated UNIBEN 41 to 33 in their opening game, just as the Niger Delta University beat Unilorin in the same event.

In the women category, OAU beat Lead City University, while UNILAG, Lagos State University and the Bayero University had walk over victories in the sport. The competition continues today in all the events holding at UNILAG Sports Centre and TeslimBalogun Stadium.

Rivers State University Wins First NUGA 2022 Gold.

Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUT), on Monday, won their first gold medal at the ongoing NUGA Games at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), with its entrant in the women discuss, Glory Tochukwu, beating her counterparts from Kaduna State University (KASU), EuchariaOgbukwo and Linda Nwago of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) to the silver and bronze medals.

In the male category, UNIPORT’s EtimEkomobong won the gold medal, while ObafemiAwolowo University’s (OAU) Richard Fatoriji and AgbugbaIkechukwu of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia, winning the silver and bronze medals respectively.

In men’s handball, UNILAG held Bayero University, Kano to a draw, while University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) beat Lagos State University. UNN women also beat Kaduna State University, while Bayero University defeated Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).

In women’s chess, UNIBEN defeated UNIZIK as OAU trashed University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), just as FUNAAB drew with FUTMINNA and UNILAG was held by with Unilorin.

University of Ibadan (U.I) had little to cheer in chess as UNIPORT beat them soundly.

Tidesports source reports that the highly anticipated swimming category delivered as promised with a shocker as the men’s 200m backstroke event saw underdogs, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) beating hosts, UNILAG, to the silver and Nile University taking the bronze medal.

In women table tennis semifinals, University of Calabar beat Niger Delta University, UI defeated IAUE, just as UNIBEN beat AdekunleAjasin University, Akungba, in women football.

In the football event, AbubakarTafawaBalewa University is top of Group A table with Nasarawa State University at the bottom. Group B has UNILAG leading the table, with OOU at the bottom; Unilorin heads Group C table with Sokoto State University at the bottom, while Federal University, Dutse, leads Group D with U.I at the bottom of the table.

UNILAG got its first gold medal at the weekend through Naomi NnamdiChinyere, who outpaced 12 other contestants in the steady 5000 metres walk-race (women category). She recorded in 33 minutes, 27 seconds to beat HabibatAdeshina from UNILORIN and Rita Odigbo of UNIPORT to the second and third positions.

In the men’s category, ApebuAkugbe James of Benson Idahosa University won the gold medal,Danladi Philemon of the University of Maiduguri won silver, while AbdulfataiAbdulahi of Osun State University placed third.

In Basketball, UNILAG’s men defeated UNIBEN 41 to 33 in their opening game, just as the Niger Delta University beat Unilorin in the same event.

In the women category, OAU beat Lead City University, while UNILAG, Lagos State University and the Bayero University had walk over victories in the sport. The competition continues today in all the events holding at UNILAG Sports Centre and TeslimBalogun Stadium.

 

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FG’s Basketball Ban Primitive, Shameful – Kienka

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The Director, International Tennis Academy and author of the recently published book, ‘Sports in Nigeria – Going Round In Circles,’ Godwin Kienka, has described Nigeria’s withdrawal from international basketball activities for two years as “very primitive and shameful sports politics.”
Last Thursday, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), gave the approval following the crisis that rocked the factionalised Nigeria Basketball Federation in over a decade.
Kienka, in a statement said, “The Ministry of Sports hiding behind the Presidency to make that decision makes it even more odious. It just confirms what we have exposed in the book that most of those who run sports in this country do not care about the athletes, the coaches and the promotion and development of sports in the country.
“At a time when the national women’s basketball team qualified for the world championships and the men are on the way to making it a double, how does their participation or non-participation impede a grassroots or local league programme in Nigeria?”
He added, “If the decision was from the Presidency, why did the statement not come from the Presidency?”
Kienka lamented the decision, saying it denied the home-based players, who would have been a part of the two teams, the opportunity of being scouted by agents from across the world.
“We had the same mix-up and confusion in the Athletics Federation of Nigeria before the last Olympics, leading to the ban of several athletes essentially because of utter negligence of drug procedures by the ministry and the federation. It is said that when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.”

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CAFCC Final : Okpara, Ndah Storm Uyo With Pirates

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Ahead of tomorrow’s final of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup 2021/2022, former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Willy Okpara and defender, Olisa Ndah  arrived late last night with their South African team Orlando Pirates to Nigeria.
The Soweto-based side who  will face  Morocco’s RS Berkane at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo for Africa’s second club football prize, touched down in Port Harcourt about 11:45pm last night before arriving  Uyo.
In their third appearance in the Confederation Cup, Pirates are playing the final for the second time, and first since 2015 when they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia.
Okpara made his debut for the Nigeria national team in 1996 and was selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup squad. He was capped five times and after he retired, became a goalkeeping coach for Orlando Pirates.
Meanwhile, RS Berkane  breezed into Uyo earlier yesterday aboard a chartered  Air Maroc flight.
Our correspondent gathered  from aviation sources  yesterday  that on board  the Moroccan national carrier were six crew members along  with   96 strong RS Berkane ‘s contingent including players, officials  and  fans  ahead of tomorrow’s final.
The flight that departed  the Oujda Angads Airport in the Oriental region in Morocco  landed in the Akwa Ibom State capital by 3:55 pm Nigerian time for their decisive tie against  Orlando Pirates..
The Orange Boys as the Moroccan side are called, were Confederation  Cup   runners-up (to Zamalek of Egypt) in 2019   and emerged winners in 2020 after beating Egyptian side, Pyramids Egypt  courtesy of a  solitary goal by  Burkinabe  defender ,  Issoufou Dayo at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.
In a related development,   Umbro, the CAF technical sponsors, yesterday revealed the official match ball , FIFA Quality Pro, for the eagerly awaited  fixture .
Based on Umbro’s renowned Neo Pro ball model, the official match ball is “FIFA Quality Pro” certified for use at the highest levels of the professional game and utilises the latest in structural and fabrication technology with a unique graphic that draws on the structural elements of the tournament’s trophy.

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F’Eagles Qualify For 2023 Africa U-20 Cup Of Nations

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Nigeria’s national under-20 male football team, on Tuesday overpowered Cote d’Ivoire in the first semi-final match to reach the final of the ongoing WAFU B Under-20 Championship in Niamey.
The 2-1 victory not only gave them a ticket to Saturday’s final match but also came a ticket to next year’s Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations scheduled for Egypt.
Midfielder Daniel Daga put Nigeria in front after only five minutes, when he cleverly escaped the attention of the Ivorian defenders to nod in from a well-weighted pullout.
The seven-time African champions then launched onslaughts after onslaughts on the Ivorian goal but failed to add to the tally.
It was rather the Ivorians who equalised just before half-time from an intelligently-taken free-kick at the edge of Nigeria’s penalty box.
Neither team could find another goal to gain upper hand before the end of regulation time inside the Stade General Seyni Kountché in Niamey, and the game went into extra time.
Forward Ibrahim Yahaya got the winner for Nigeria in the 111th minute of play when he tucked in from the penalty kick spot to make it 2-1.
The Tidessports source reports that Nigeria will now square up against neighbours, Benin Republic in Saturday’s final match.

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