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NGO Set To Train Nigeria Basketball Coaches

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An international Non-governmental Organisation, NGO with deep passion to promote grassroots sports, Sports Renaissance Africa Partners, SRAP has signed a partnership agreement with Ganon Baker on training of coaches for the development of basketball in Nigeria.
SRAP’s Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Relindis Mbu who disclosed this while interacting with sports journalists in Abuja on Friday noted that with the right coaching and training resources, Nigeria would soon return to basketball’s elite ranks.
She said that the organisation has decided to host a globally recognised coaching workshop with famous basketball skills coach, Ganon Baker in order to achieve this goal.
Relindis stressed that chosing America’s Ganon Baker for such laudable initiative is because the company has been into training and coaching for over three decades; working with the NBA, WNBA, CBA, Euro League, NCAA, NJCAA, U Sports and more. He is a former Nike Skill Development Trainer and Workout Director, among others.
“At SRAP, we are passionate about bringing in experts from the world with a tactical experience that can help develop our young talents.
“The training clinic and certification programme with the renowned Ganon Baker will hold in Abuja at the Package B, Moshood Abiola National Stadium from August 15 to August 20, and it would be moved to Lagos from August 22- August 27, at the OBN Academy Facility”, she said
According to Relindis, SRAP is working with Baker because of his vast experience in the game and his systematic curriculum that takes young players from zero to pro.
“Ganon Baker is committing to contextualizing his comprehensive Zero-To-Pro curriculum for
basketball coaches and athletes in Nigeria, hosting LIVE sessions in Nigeria at least 4 times a year, as well as LIVE trainings with eligible Nigerian athletes and coaches in his state of the art basketball facility in Florida, USA.
“He has opened up access to his strong network of talent management and within the global basketball ecosystem.
“Ganon Baker’s curriculum is more detailed and comprehensive than any other out there in the basketball space, and available ONLINE and LIVE. His holistic approach gives a coach or player everything they need for their complete physical, mental and emotional development”, said Relindis Mbu.
She added that SRAP would also be working with other stakeholders to ensure better exposure and scouting for young Nigerian talents.
Terfa Akpoyibo, Chief Operating Officer of SRAP, also said that the coaching clinic with Baker would be a continuous programme and would go a long way in developing Nigeria’s grassroots basketball.

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S’Falcons Edge Lionesses, Await Banyana For Olympic Ticket

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After a goalless first leg encounter in Cameroon in the third round qualifier for the women’s football event at the 2024 Olympic Games in France, the Super Falcons of Nigeria edged the Indomitable Lionesses by 1-0 aggregate score line to reach the final round of qualifiers.
The second leg was pivotal for the Super Falcons considering that their opponent’s stifled them in a goalless draw at Stade de la Reunification in Douala last Friday.
Competing on home ground on Monday, the Nigerian team started the match strongly and saw their efforts rewarded in the 14th minute when Esther Okoronkwo scored the opening goal, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead.
During the second half, the Nigerian team implemented several tactical adjustments aimed at consolidating their lead.
In the 91st minute, Cameroon’s Annie Enganemben was shown a straight red card and was subsequently sent off, as Nigeria held onto their lead to walk away 1-0 victors and progress to the final round of the Summer Olympics qualifiers after winning the tie 1-0 on aggregate.
The Super Falcons have their sights set on qualifying for their first Olympics since their last appearance in Beijing 2008.
Their win against Cameroon could pave the way for a highly anticipated matchup against African champions South Africa in the final round of qualifiers in April 2024.
The Super Falcons hold the distinction of being the most successful international women’s football team, boasting a record eleven Women’s Africa Cup of Nations titles. Their last triumph came in 2018 when they defeated Banyana Banyana in the final.
Furthermore, the team stands alone as the only women’s national team from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to have reached the quarter-finals in both the Fifa Women’s World Cup and the Summer Olympics competitions.
The Super Falcons await the outcome of the match between South Africa and Tanzania, scheduled for yesterday, to determine their next opponent.
Banyana Banyana held a significant advantage following their 3-0 victory in the first leg.

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Rivers Hoopers Sign American For Basketball Africa League

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Rivers Hoopers have completed the signing of Will Perry for the 2024 Basketball Africa League.
Perry, who played for Ferroviario da Beira for two consecutive seasons, helped his team reach the quarter final of the 2023 BAL.
The American tied the BAL record for most points scored in a game and also set a record for most three-pointers made in a single game. He set the record when he scored 41 points and 8 assists including 9 three-pointers in Beira’s 109-97 win over SLAC at the 2023 BAL Nile Conference.
Perry was awarded the 2023 BAL sportsmanship award for his fairness and role played during the season.
The point guard averaged 17 points, 6.5 assists and 5.2 rebounds in the Basketball Africa League season three.
The 29 year old has previously played for CB Zamora of Spain, ADO Basquetebol SAD Ovarense (Portugal) and Akademiks Bulteks 99 Plovdiv (Bulgaria) before playing on the African continent.
He becomes the first major signing made by the reigning Nigeria Premier  Basketball League champions as they prepare for their second appearance at the BAL.

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Tennis: Coach Banks On Quadri For African Games 

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Nigeria’s table tennis coach, Segun Toriola, admits being nervous leading the Nigerian team to the forthcoming African Games in Ghana next month, but is counting on Aruna Quadri to maintain the country’s dominance in the sport when the competition begins, Tidesports source gathered.
Toriola who took over from Nosiru Bello last December, was without Quadri in his first major tournament at the World Table Tennis Championship in Busan, South Korea where Team Nigeria failed to record a win at the tournament.
Quadri had pulled out of the tournament ITTF World Table Tennis Championships due to food poisoning but has since recovered and is ready to feature at the African Games tournament according to Toriola.
“I’m in touch with him (Quadri),” Toriola said.
“I spoke with him. He is now okay and he is going to participate in the African Games. He is ready. And everybody in the team is happy about that. I’m in touch with him. I spoke to him. He is taking care of himself and so he is going to play. He is aiming for his first African Games gold medal.”
At the last edition of the African Games in Rabat, Morocco, Nigeria were ranked second after winning 10 medals (two gold, four silver and four bronze) and have finished among the top three in the last four editions of the competitions.
In men’s singles event in 2019, Olajide Omotayo won gold, Quadri Aruna silver while Toriola clinched bronze. Toriola and Omotayo won bronze in the men’s doubles event, just as Quadri Toriola and Omotayo won silver in the team event.

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