NBBF appoints officials for National Sports Festival

Tony Emunwen and Sule Mohammed have both been announced as Technical Commissioners for the National Sports Festival by the Nigeria Basketball Federation. The announcement was made by the NBBF Secretary General, Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi on Sunday following deliberation by the board’s Technical Committee. Renowned FIBA referees, Kingsley Ojeaburu, Opeyemi Ogunleye and Samuel Sofoluwe  will be joined by Oseni Aiyegbege and Eddie Tox. Fatimah Yahaya who was recently badged by FIBA has also been penciled down alongside Abuja based Chika Ogboke, Mercy Mark. Meanwhile, Afolabi Ikuomola, Tosin Olajibutu, Kehinde Olubomi, Blessing Richard,…

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Just In: Sudan beat South Africa 2-0 to book AFCON spot

Sudan beat South Africa 2-0 at Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman on Sunday to book their spot at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) at Bafana Bafana’s expense. Victory moved the Falcons of Jediane up to 12 points in Group C, a point behind Ghana who defeated Sao Tome and Principe 3-1, but more importantly, two points ahead of South Africa who will take no part at next year’s showpiece in Cameroon. Sudan got off to the best possible start as Saifeldin Bakhit Maki shrugged off his marker from a…

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Breaking: Lewis Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton clung on to survive a late attack from Max Verstappen to begin his Formula One title defence with a dramatic victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Verstappen’s Red Bull had the edge in speed over Hamilton’s Mercedes for the entirety of the race weekend but, after a frenetic stop-start opening to the race gave way to a strategic battle between the teams expected to compete at the front of the grid this season, it was the Briton who found himself taking the chequered flag. Having emerged from his…

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Boxing: Whyte back on track with emphatic knockout of Povetkin in rematch

Dillian Whyte produced one of the performances of his career to gain revenge on Alexander Povetkin and put himself firmly back into the world heavyweight title picture with a clinical fourth-round knockout in Gibraltar. The Briton’s lengthy quest to earn a title shot hit the buffers after Povetkin won their first bout in Brentwood last August by catching Whyte with a bruising uppercut, despite having been put down twice prior to that fifth-round shock. In a case of deja vu, Whyte — who now improves to 28-2-0 (19 KOs) by…

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UFC: Ngannou sets sights on ‘GOAT’ Jones after downing Miocic

Francis Ngannou set his sights on Jon Jones after sealing a devastating knockout win in his rematch with Stipe Miocic to claim the heavyweight title at UFC 260. Ngannou became the undisputed champion as he gained revenge after being outclassed by Miocic three years ago at UFC 220, the Cameroonian landing a brutal and decisive blow with a left hook in the second round. And now the 34-year-old wants a shot at Jones, with the legendary American poised to step up to the heavyweight division later this year. Ngannou lauded…

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UFC: Ngannou dethrones Miocic with vicious KO in epic heavyweight rematch

Francis Ngannou annihilated Stipe Miocic with a brutal second-round knockout in their blockbuster rematch to become the UFC heavyweight champion. Ngannou was outclassed by Miocic three years ago, the Cameroonian fighter unable to take the title away from his opponent at UFC 220 in 2018. But Ngannou (16-3) exacted revenge on Saturday thanks to his brutal KO of the titleholder at UFC 260 in Las Vegas, where a new champion was crowned. Ngannou earned another title shot following knockout wins against Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos and Jairzinho…

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FIBA condoles with NBBF, FMYSD, Sokoto State Government

The Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) has sympathized with the NBBF, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Sokoto State Government after the fatal accident involving the state’s basketball team that claimed the life of Coach Elisha Jatau. FIBA leadership in a statement described the accident as an unfortunate incident which has had a reverberating effect throughout the global basketball family. At the FIBA Finance Committee meeting which has the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Engr Musa Kida as member, the committee commiserated with the federation and the good people…

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Joe Amene promises to deliver excellent Nationwide League

A board member of the Nigeria Women Football League, and General Coordinator, of the NWFL Nationwide League, Joe Amene, has promised to deliver a befitting 2021 NWFL Nationwide League, when action resumes in the third tier of the women’s league at the Aguyi Ironsi Sports complex, Abuja and the Dipo Dina International stadium, Ijebu Ode from April 11 to 17. Amene, who did a great job in overseeing the 2019 Nationwide League in Benin City, Edo state, promised he would give the assignment his best shot in all the areas…

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Breaking: Comoros qualify for first AFCON after 0-0 draw with Togo

For the first time in their history, Comoros have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations. The volcanic archipelago off Africa’s east coast were held to a 0-0 draw by Togo in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier at Stade Omnisports de Malouzini in Moroni on Thursday, but the point was enough to secure the island nation’s ticket to Cameroon for next year’s finals. Victory moved the country, ranked 130th in the latest FIFA world rankings, up to nine points in Group G and a point above Egypt…

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AFCON wrap-up: Burkina Faso, Guinea book AFCON ticket

Burkina Faso and Guinea on Wednesday became the sixth and seventh nation respectively to book their place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, set to be hosted in Cameroon next year. The Burkinabe, runners-up in 2013, secured their Afcon ticket with a 0-0 draw away to Uganda in Group B and with Malawi having defeated South Sudan 1-0 in Omdurman, the Cranes now need to avoid defeat in Lilongwe on Monday or miss out on a place at next year’s finals at the expense of the Flames.…

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