In attendance were officials of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBBC of C), Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame, both partners, and the sponsors represented by Ms. Efe Obiomah and Johnson Ivoseh, GOtv Public Relations Manager and Marketing Manager respectively.Also present were boxing coaches Obisia Nwakpa, Joe Mensah and Jerry Okorodudu, who supervised the sparring sessions. Speaking at the event, the CEO of Flykite Promotions, Jenkins Alumona said the partnership between GOtv and boxing is aimed at raising the standards of the sport locally.“At the first edition, we had plenty of boxers from around the country, an indication that boxing has regained its footing. We are happy at the turnout on the opening day, which offers a further proof of the sport’s revival. Within a few years, Nigeria should be able to produce elite-class boxers. That is the aim of this enterprise,” he said.General Secretary of the NBB of C, Remi Aboderin, praised the sponsors for reviving professional boxing in the country. “We all know that without GOtv, we would not have professional boxing as we currently do in Nigeria. Their support has been immense and we at the NBB of C are grateful for that,” said Aboderin.Obiomah explained that GOtv will continue to support Nigerian boxing and make it stronger.The sparring session continues Thursday. Selected boxers, whose professional licences will be paid for by the sponsors were announced on Friday.…Unveils 16 Young BoxersThe second edition of GOtv Boxing NextGen search ended on Friday, with the unveiling of 16 promising young boxers at a brief ceremony held at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym.The boxers were selected from a crowd of over 100 boxers, who participated in sparring sessions that lasted two days.Joe Mensah, renowned boxing coach and head of the selection panel, thanked the sponsors for their desire to see the country produce a new generation of professional boxers. General Secretary of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control, Remi Aboderin, described the decision of the sponsors to pay for the professional licences of the boxers as a bold sign of encouragement, adding that the products of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 1, who benefited from a similar gesture, have started doing well as professionals.Jenkins Alumona, Managing Director, Flykite Promotions, organisers of the talent search, said one of the boxers selected from the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search will make his professional debut at GOtv Boxing Night 9 on October 2.The selection panel identified three boxers as having showed more promise than others. They are Oluwaseyi Samson (light weight), Akintayo Femi (super middleweight) and Emmanuel Chukwuma (light heavyweight).The three were given GOtv decoders and will join three others in camp at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym in September.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram About 100 boxers turned up for GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 2, which opened at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym on Wednesday.The initiative, conceived to raise a new generation of young and talented professional boxers, featured a press conference and sparring sessions by selected boxers.
The Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Hotsports and HS Media Group, Taye Ige, commended the 2015 BBC Women Footballer of the year winner on being one of the leading faces of female football in Nigeria especially as she’s steadily creating platforms to revive the image of the female football in Nigeria.Ige also cited that on the basis of her impressive form in her league club in China where she scored over the weekend, and recent success with the Super Falcons of Nigeria at the last African Women’s Cup of Nation hosted in Cameroon last year – her brand will remain to be positioned to viable brands hence more marketability.Oshoala was also presented with the 40 inch StarTimes Digital TV set from another partner of the HotSports brand who are responsible for beaming live television broadcast of the German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A from HotSports Studios.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Falcons striker and popular brand name in African’s women football Asisat Oshoala was present at the HotSports headquarters in Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos on Wednesday on a courtesy visit.Oshoala – on a short break away from her club in China – Dalian Quanjin, is on a marketing and media tour alongside her management team in a bid to chart the way forward her brand and career with Hotsports, who eventually are the official marketing consultants for the Oshoala brand.Having previously partnered with the HotSports brand where she was unveiled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), as the Face of the 2016 Female FA Cup in Nigeria, the leading Marketing and Sport s business company is optimistic of more future successes for the two time African women of the year footballer.
Tennis greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will put their epic rivalry to one side when they team up together for the Laver Cup.The competition will see world No 1 Nadal and 19-time Grand Slam champion Federer play for Team Europe against a Rest of the World side in Prague.It’s been an incredible tennis year with the duo able to turn back the clock and share the four Grand Slams between them.Tennis LiveLiveStefano Travaglia 0 v 1 *Adrian UngurTheir rivalry has stretched 13 years and 37 matches with Nadal, back on top of the world rankings for the first timeÂ in three years, with a 10th title at the French Open and third at the US Open forming part of his 16-Slam portfolio.Federer captured the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles and with a 2017 record of five titles, 39 match wins and just four losses, the evergreen Swiss remains at the very top of his game at the age of 36 with 19 major titles.The dominant Spaniard leads their head-to-head record 23-14, but they will put their on-court rivalry aside when they team-up for the first time.“After all these years I actually get a chance to support his forehand, his aggressive play, his fighting spirit, his everything,” said Federer after the announcement of the Laver Cup teams. “He’s been a wonderful champion for our sport.“I think Rafa brought something to the game that we really haven’t seen that much before, or not at all. The amount of spin he was able to bring to the game or the physicality and his movement on clay.”Nadal said of Federer: “I’ve never seen anybody with all the ingredients that Roger has. Big serve, big forehand, movement, the slice, but at the same time he plays with unbelievable elegance.”The pair had not met since 2015 before this year’s epic Australian Open final where Federer prevailed, winning 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 38 minutes.In their 37th and last meeting to date, it was Swiss maestro Federer who claimed the Miami Open crown and made reference to their first-ever meeting, at the same venue, away back in 2004 when a 17-year-old Nadal beat a 22-year-old Federer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
AFRICAN U-21 VOLLEYBALL NATIONS CUPOlawale Ajimotokan and Ezienyi Napoleon in AbujaNigeria came from behind to stun Cameroon 3-2 in a thrilling opening game of the African Under-21 Men’s Volleyball Nations Cup in Abuja. Cameroon took the first two sets 25- 21, 26- 24, prompting Sports Minister Solomon Dalung to walk out of the Package B Indoor Sports Hall in disappointment.But the Nigerian boys subsequently rebounded and won the next three sets in 26-23, 25-22 and 15-9 to set up jubilant scenes among the spectators.Cameroonian setter, Fokou Walid Karim, said Nigeria deserved her victory.Karim said Nigeria’s fight-back stunned Cameroon, which was shorn of confidence after they lost the third set.Morocco defeated Chad 3-0 in the second match while Tunisia and Rwanda battled it out in the late night fixture.The President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVF), Musa Nimrod, described the hosting as a turning point in the history of volleyball in Africa.He said the tournament will serve as a rallying point for African youths as it will promote peace and unity.Eighth African nations are competing in the tournament to determine the continent’s representatives to the World Volleyball Championship next year in Bahrain.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
2019 U-17 AFCONNigeria and Ghana will rekindle a 67-year old rivalry when the Golden Eaglets take on the Black Starlets of Ghana in Niamey on Saturday for a place in the 2019 Under-17 AFCON finals.The Eaglets kept their heads and did the hard work they had to do when defeating host nation Niger Republic 2-1 in a very competitive match at the General Seyni Kountche Stadium in Niamey yesterday evening, to set up a mouth-watering final with the Black Starlets, three-time winners of the global championship. Golden Eaglets It was sweet revenge for the five-time world champions, as the Nigeriens knocked out the Eaglets from the 2017 Africa Under-17 finals on a 3-2 aggregate, when the home-and-away leg contests still held sway.Following a tinkling of the old format, countries in each of Africa’s six football regions now gather in one venue to take part in a qualifying tournament, with only the winning team eligible for the final tournament, save the region of the defending champion that produces two.Akinwumi Amoo set Manu Garba’s wards on their way with a fine finish from a pull out in the 45th minute, and Olakunle Oluwasegun, who had scored a brace in the 2-3 defeat to Burkina Faso in their opening match and another in the 5-1 mauling of Cote d’Ivoire last week, made the scoreline comfortable with another magnificent strike two minutes before the hour.The home team pulled a goal back late on but the Nigerian boys held on, and reward is a potentially explosive final against Ghana, who had earlier defeated Cote d’Ivoire in the first semi final at the same venue.Oluwasegun was named man of the match. The finals of the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations will hold in Tanzania.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“Being the head coach of the Tanzania senior team is a challenging job,” he told BBC Sport.“Hopefully, we do our best and I believe that hard work is a non-negotiable term in whatever we do in life. You just have to do what you know best.”The Taifa Stars are Amunike’s first role as coach of a senior national team and he began with a goalless draw in neighbouring Uganda in a 2019 Nations Cup qualifier.“We achieved our objective. We were clear with what we want to do and we worked towards it.“I am proud of the players – I had only spent 10 days with the team and we could see the character in the team.“I told them that we were coming here to fight and that is exactly what we saw.”While the 47-year-old, who won the Nations Cup as a player in 1994 with Nigeria, was happy with his first result he knows there is more work to be done.“What we actually want to do is to continue to look at our teams and the areas we can continue to grow,” he continued.“The four teams in that group all have one ambition and the objective is to make it to the Nations Cup.“Every game is totally different. Every game comes with different challenges and a different approach.“What we are doing is to be realistic and be truthful to ourselves as a team, look at the areas we want to improve and look at the areas we have been doing good and continue to improve on that.”Ahead of their back-to-back games against Cape Verde the Taifa Stars are on two points from their two Nations Cup qualifiers after a 1-1 draw with visiting Lesotho last year.Amunike, who also played for Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon and Zamalek in Egypt, made a name at youth level with Nigeria.He was an assistant when Nigeria won the 2013 Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and was head coach when they retained their title two years later in Chile.With Tanzania set to host the 2019 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations and havingalready organised a regional qualifier for the tournament Amunike is already putting his past experiences to good use.Tanzania’s under-17 side competed in the qualifying event, despite having qualified for the finals as hosts, and finished third after losing to eventual champions Uganda 3-1 in the semi-final.“I was not involved directly (with the U-17 qualifiers) but I was using the avenue to see the level of the team and to see what can be injected, how we can improve,” he explained.“The most important thing is that we shall be one of the teams that will be at the finals. The U-17 journey is a very, very long journey.”The next step on Amunike’s journey is a trip to face Cape Verde in mid-October.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amunike admits leading the Taifa Stars is a challenge but his team is ready to build.The former Nigerian international is now preparing to face Cape Verde in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next month.The 1994 CAF African Footballer of the Year is confident he has the strategy to lead Tanzania to a first Nations Cup finals since 1980.
“We are not happy about the last performance. Everyone knows at half-time and after game…We want to sustain the top level. There are a lot of games and sometimes it is a challenge and it is tough.”Arsenal moved up into fourth in midweek as they beat Cardiff and Chelsea lost 4-0 at Bournemouth.Deadline Day signing Denis Suarez is available for the Gunners as they look to deal another blow to City’s title ambitions. Defender Vincent Kompany remains absent for City but goalkeeper Ederson is expected to be fine after suffering a slight knee injury in the defeat to Newcastle. Benjamin Mendy is a doubt after missing City’s last two matches.Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has returned to full training after scans confirmed he did not suffer a fractured jaw against Manchester United.Arsenal said scans revealed only “bruising and soft tissue swelling” to Koscielny’s face and jaw, giving Emery the option of picking him amid a defensive injury crisis.Danny Welbeck and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (both ankle), Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding (both knee) remain out. Henrikh Mkhitaryan could feature after overcoming a foot problem.Manchester City have won their last three Premier League games against Arsenal – they’ve haven’t won four consecutive top-flight games against the Gunners since April 1937.Arsenal have lost seven of their last 11 visits to the Etihad Stadium in all competitions against Man City (W2 D2), losing the last two.Manchester City have lost four of their last nine Premier League games (W5), as many as in their previous 72 combined (W56 D12).Arsenal have lost 11 of their last 19 away Premier League games (W5 D3), keeping just one clean sheet in that time, a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town in May 2018.Since Roberto Firmino’s goal for Liverpool on January 3rd, Manchester City have scored 25 goals in a row without conceding at the Etihad in all competitions, winning their last four home games by an aggregate score of 24-0.Manchester City have lost three of their last seven Premier League games when scoring first – they had lost just three of their previous 96 matches when scoring the first goal.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 25th Premier League goal in Arsenal’s last match against Cardiff, reaching that number faster than any other Gunners player in the competition’s history (37 games).Since August 20th, Manchester City have only won three more points in the Premier League (50) than Arsenal (47) and have lost more games (4) than the Gunners (3) in that time.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has never lost a match against Unai Emery in all competitions (W7 D4 L0) – the only manager he has faced more during his managerial career without losing is Joaquín Caparrós (13 games).Sergio Aguero has scored in seven of his last 11 matches against Arsenal in all competitions for Manchester City, though he hasn’t found the net in either of his last two.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their shock defeat at Newcastle when they host Arsenal today. Pep Guardiola’s side missed the chance to close to within a point of Liverpool as they were beaten 2-1 at St James’ Park last Tuesday.While Liverpool could not take full advantage as they drew with Leicester, there is now a five-point gap for City to make up ahead of a week that sees them play Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea.“It doesn’t matter how many points we are behind, we have to improve our game,” said City boss Guardiola. “We have done it before and we can do it again, but nothing changed whether we are one or two points behind or five, six, or seven. There are a lot of points to play for and a lot of things to happen.
Nigeria U-20 team, the Flying Eagles will today take on their South African counterpart- The Amajita, for the third place in the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations at the Seyni Kountche Stadium.Both teams emerged from Group A, with Nigeria topping the table, while South Africa lost to Senegal by a lone goal in the first semifinals, the Flying Eagles lost 4-2 via penalty shootouts to Mali after a 1-1 draw at regulation time.However, Flying Eagles ace, Afeez Aremu has ruled himself out of today’s third-place playoff. The central midfielder suffered a training ground injury two days before the Flying Eagles lost on penalties to Mali and was not included in the line-up for the first time since the start of the tournament. It is believed that Aremu will spend a few weeks on the sidelines as a result of the toe injury, effectively ruling him out of tomorrow’s game.The fact that IK Start released him to the Nigerian Federation was a show of magnanimity as the tournament is outside the international window for national team activities and missed the start of their training camp.Meanwhile, South Africa head coach Thabo Senong has predicted a tough encounter when his team face the Flying Eagles in their third-place match today.Senong said the game against the Flying Eagles will not be a stroll in the park but a difficult one for his team.The head coach is however positive his team will do everything in their power to win the match.Both teams qualified for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland after finishing in the top four of this year’s biennial continental youth tournament.The two teams battled to a goalless draw when they met in the group stage two weeks ago with the Flying Eagles finding it difficult to break down a resolute Amajita defence.However, Senong insisted his wards have what it takes to beat the Flying Eagles this time around and end the competition on a high.“We played to a 0-0 draw the last time we played Nigeria in our Group A encounter. Every game we participate in we always approach it with the intent of winning it. The same attitude will be applied in our third-place play-off match against Nigeria,” Senong told reporters.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
AFCON 2019 CRACKERFemi Solaja in AlexandriaWith the lone goal win in the opening match against Zimbabwe on Saturday night behind them, Super Eagles of Nigeria look set to be the first country to reach the second round phase of the AFCON 2019 tournament if they secure another win this afternoon against Syli Stars of Guinea. The privilege to be the first country to reach the next stage is achievable, courtesy of early kick off of the Group B encounter which is ahead of other matches that could produce potential qualifiers later in the night.The match at the 20,000 Alexandria Stadium, no doubt is the star match of the group considering the pedigree of the two nations in continental football although the Guineans are yet to win the precious title in all their years of participation.After the 1-1 scoreline in their opening account against minnows, Madagascar, the French West African nation will have to contend with putting in their best and avoid any slip against Nigeria whom her coach Gernot Rohr had promised a good fight after a rather not too impressive performance against Burundi last Saturday.“We had some sick players coming here because of the weather when we’re training in Asaba. But I believe they will be okay and we can have fully fit team against Guinea in our next match,” stressed Rohr ahead of the cracker today.The team is also boosted by the return of Samuel Kalu who has been declared fit to play for the team after his health problem last Friday before the opening match.“Kalu had a problem on Friday when he fell sick as we are doing some drills on corner kicks. He was rushed to the hospital and fortunately, the doctors said it was a problem of dehydration and not heart problem as many speculated.“He is okay now and the morale of my players is very high and ready to move mountain against any opposition here including Guinea whom we face next,” the Franco/German tactician told journalists yesterday.However, for the opposing coach Paul Put, he has a score to settle with Super Eagles going by the previous encounter against Nigeria in the competition.While in charge of Stallions of Burkina Faso in 2013 edition of the tournament in South Africa, he was able to level score at 1-1 at group stage against Late Stephen Keshi’s side but when both sides met again in the final match of the competition, it was Sunday Uba’s lone strike that gave Nigeria her third AFCON trophy win as against his then side who were gunning for their first continental glory.A win for Super Eagles today and if Madagascar upset Burundi in the other group match tomorrow, Guinea will be in precarious situation of elimination or has to go through the banana skin of third best losers’ spot.Later tonight, Egypt and Uganda could secure their respective passage into the next stage if the host win against DR Congo and Uganda do same with the match with Zimbabwe.NIGERIA VS GUINEAHead-to-HeadP W D L GF GANigeria 14 4 6 4 17 14Guinea 14 4 6 4 14 17Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
He added that because golf means a lot to many people, either economically, politically or physically, it needs a lot of support from many quarters.The governor said this was why he would be supporting the championship with all he has, because he knows that golf makes enormous contributions to the Nigerian nation.He also urged corporate bodies, governments and individuals to rally round LGAN in order to have a smooth and successful championship.“When we all come round to support the championship, the sport will grow and individuals will improve, and Nigeria will reap a lot of benefits,’’ Lalong said.Speaking earlier, the LGAN President, Ekanem Ekwueme had told the governor that players from at least 10 countries were being expected at the championship scheduled for Nov. 12 to Nov. 15.Chairperson, Organising Committee for the Championship, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, said the visit on Lalong was in view of his position as a major stakeholder in the sport.“You are one of our serious members, and we know that you are always there not only for the club in Abuja but the sport in Nigeria as a whole.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Governor Simon Lalong From Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaPlateau State Governor Simon Lalong has assured organisers of the 2019 Nigeria Ladies Open Golf Championship of his total support to make the event a huge success.He gave the assurance in Abuja when the members of the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria (LGAN) led the championship’s Organising Committee on a courtesy call on him.“It is always my pleasure to contribute to golf development in Nigeria and also participate in the sport as a golfer. So, I will always be there for you,” Lalong said.