Boca Juniors arrive in Madrid, amid tight security for Copa Libertadores match

By Meletus EZE Boca Juniors landed in Madrid on Wednesday as they prepare to face fellow Argentine club and their biggest rivals River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final second leg match. Their arrival in Spain was amid the biggest security operation for a match the city has mounted. A noisy caravan of around 5,000 Boca supporters accompanied the team bus in the early hours of the morning as it headed from their Bombonera stadium to Buenos Aires airport. An estimated 10,000 fans in total from both teams are expected…

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FCT mobilises 470 athletes for 2018 sports festival

By Meletus EZE The Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Mr Christian Ohaa,  has said that the territory is mobilising 470 athletes to compete at the 19th Sports Festival scheduled for Abuja. Ohaa stated this on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the arrangement by the FCT to host visiting states in terms of security, transportation and facilities. The 19th Sports Festival is billed to hold in Abuja between Dec. 6 to 16, where athletes will compete in over 37 sports. He said that arrangements were in top gear…

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FIFA dishes out to clubs $209m from 2018 World Cup earnings

By Olaleke ASHAFA Manchester City lead the way with just over 5 million dollars as FIFA on Tuesday announced it has dished out 209 million Euros to clubs. The money paid to the clubs was for releasing their players for the 2018 FIFA World Cup held from June 14 to July 15 in Russia. The world football ruling body said 416 clubs from 63 federations received payments from the tournament revenue, with the day rate for the 736 players given at 8,530 dollars. Europe’s UEFA got by far the largest…

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Nigeria’s Moses Peter emerges 2018 Africa scrabble champion

By Meletus EZE Moses Peter, the captain of Nigeria’s senior scrabble team, on Sunday emerged the 2018 African scrabble champion at the 13th African Scrabble Championship in Kiriyangi, Kenya. The team’s coach, Anthony Ikolo, said on Sunday in Abuja that Peter emerged champion with two more games to play at the championship. According to him,  Nigeria once again dominated the African scrabble scene after retaining both the individual and country trophies for the 12th consecutive time. “Peter proved beyond reasonable doubt why he is the world’s second best player after winning the African…

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Super Falcons displayed Nigerian spirit of resilience to win 9th African title – Okala

By Giwa SHILE Emma Okala, former Goalkeeper of Green Eagles, says the Super Falcons displayed Nigerian spirit of resilience to win their ninth African title in Ghana. The Super Falcons won the ninth African title by beating South Africa’s Banyana Banyana 4-3 on penalty kicks at the 11th AWCON in Ghana on Saturday evening. The penalty kicks came after a 0-0 draw following extra time of over 120 minutes play in the tension soaked match. Reacting to the outcome of the game, Okala said in Enugu that the Super Falcons…

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Oluehi the hero as Nigeria win their 9th AWCON title

By Elizabeth ADENUGA Goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi’s heroics on Saturday in Accra helped the Super Falcons of Nigeria to victory at the 11 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana. It was however a very disappointing evening for the Banyana Banyana of South Africa who hoped for a first title but lost 3-4 to Nigeria on penalty kicks. At the Accra Sports Stadium, both sides had to endure 120 minutes of play before a winner could emerge. It is the first time in the tournament’s history that the final match…

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MIGA 2018: Team NSCDC lead with 61 medals

By Meletus EZE The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were on Thursday topping the medals table at the ongoing Ministry of Interior Games (MIGA)  in Kaduna with 61 medals. The second edition of the games tagged “MIGA 2018’’ had started on Nov. 22 and will end on Sunday. Team NSCDC currently 61 medals, consisting of 33 gold, 12 silver and 16 bronze medals. The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) followed with 53 medals which consist of 18 gold, 20 silver and 15 bronze. The Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) followed…

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More than 10,000 spectators expected at GOtv Boxing Night 17 at TBS, organisers say

By Elizabeth ADENUGA No fewer than 10,000 boxing fans are being expected at the GOtv Boxing Night 17 at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos on Dec. 28, the organisers said on Thursday. Gotv’s Marketing Manager, Chidoze Bede-Nwokoye, said in Lagos that the company had gone to great length to prepare for the event because of its uniqueness. “Our company is committed to developing boxing in Nigeria, especially in the task of nurturing boxers to stardom. “This is why the fight night tagged `Boxing Jams Music’ is being expected…

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Mission pledges support for Nigerian team at 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

By Meletus EZE The Nigerian Ambassador  in Japan, Prof. Mohammed Yisa, has assured that the Embassy would work assiduously to ensure that Nigerian Team record a successful outing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Yisa said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Minister in the embassy, Dr Tiwatope Elias-Fatile, on Thursday. Elias-Fatile quoted Yisa as  saying  this  when he received the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, in the Embassy in Tokyo. The Minister in his response expressed gratitude to the Ambassador for the…

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MIGA 2018: Police Force’s Sports Secretary says team will strive to win more medals

By Elizabeth ADENUGA Mark Balogun, the Nigeria Police Force’s Sports Secretary, on Wednesday said Team NPF would do more to win many medals at the ongoing 2018 Ministry of Interior Games (MIGA) in Kaduna. Balogun said in Kaduna that the Police team was very prepared for the games tagged “2018 MIGA’’. “The Nigeria Police team are very prepared for this game and we are in high spirits. We are ready to top the medals table. “We are prepared to dethrone the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), because we…

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