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Ministry clears air on N850m counterpart funding for AAC

PERMANENT Secretary of the Ministry of Sports, Adesola Olusade has said N850m government counterpart funding for the 2018 Africa Athletic Championship was not released due to the inability of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and Local Organising Committee (LOC) to present their expenditure and deficit documents. Olusola said the presentation of the documents would have aided the release of that fund after the successful completion of the championship. He also explained that $150, 000 released by Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) according to records in the Ministry revealed that…

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Ighalo, Osimhen, Oshoala, Chukwueze make final list

Chukwueze and Asisat Oshoala, have made the final shortlist in different categories of the 28th edition of the annual CAF awards to be held on January 7 at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt. Ighalo who retired from the Super Eagles after this year’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) IN Egypt will vie against the likes of Mohammed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool) and Saido Mane (Senegal and Liverpool) for the player of the year award. The Shanghai Shenhua striker who has 10 goals in 17 matches this season will…

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Obanikoro lauds Lagos boxing show

House of Representatives member Babajide Obanikoro says he is impressed with the fans and organisation of the Lagos Saturday Boxing Show. Obanikoro, who represents the Eti-Osa constituency of Lagos in the House of Representatives, was at the 107th edition of the monthly boxing tournament at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Hall, Rowe-Park, and Yaba to cheer the boxers. Obanikoro praised the Lagos Boxing Hall Fame (LBHF), chaired by Olawale Edun, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, for promoting the people-driven and well-organised initiative “The organization has been top notch and…

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Joshua drops sparring partners ahead of Ruiz fight

Anthony Joshua  has reportedly dropped  his sparring partners ahead of this weekend’s rematch  match against Andy Ruiz Jr  in Saudi Arabia. The boxing world was left stunned as the Brit was dropped four times by less-fancied Ruiz Jr on the way to a shock seventh-round stoppage loss. It meant he lost his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles. Timothy Moten who has been working with AJ in camp, revealed that Joshua has stepped things up in his training – to devastating effect. Speaking to MailOnline, the 27-year-old: “There…

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Messi wins record sixth Ballon d’Or

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi claimed a record sixth Ballon d’Or in Paris last night ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine moved one clear of Ronaldo after the pair had been locked on five awards each as he reclaimed title he last won in 2015, with the Portuguese claiming the two subsequent gongs and Luka Modric surprisingly picking up the accolade last year to end the 10-year dominance of the two footballing icons. This year’s victor finished astonishingly fifth in last term’s rankings and has…

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Pomp as 2019 Total Charity Golf Tournament ends

THE Managing Director and Chief Executive of Total E&P Nigeria Ltd, Mike Sangster, says his organisation was committed to supporting sports and using the same to promote charity in Nigeria. Sangster made the assertion during the closing of the  2019 Total Charity Golf Tournament held at Ikoyi Club 1938, where two Non-Governmental Organisations were given Cheques of N1 million each to support their programmes. He commended the participants in the tournament, noting that the event was for Golf competition and a platform to raise money for charity as part of…

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Rangers fall 3-1 to Pyramid

DESPITE taking the lead, injury-ravaged Enugu Rangers got off to a losing start in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup today when they fell 3-1 to Pyramid FC of Egypt. Birthday boy Ibrahim Olawoyin put home team Rangers in front in the 29th minute with a superb strike. However, Pyramid FC drew level on 55 minutes from the penalty spot through Mohamed Farouk after Isiaka Oladuntoye handled the ball inside the box. Rangers were reduced to 10 men in half time stoppage time, when captain Tope Olusesi received…

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Senforce Insurance Tennis starts today at Ikoyi Club

THE first edition of Senforce Insurance Brokers Tennis Masters makes a debut today at the Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos. This competition is a continuation of series of tennis events being staged by the elite club in the past three months to entertain its members and lovers of the game. The tournament, fashioned after the prestigious season-ending ATP Masters, will feature the top eight players from the Men’s Division A and B of the club’s ladder board. In the Platinum Group, Nishant Abbi, Akeem Mustafa, Labisi Abayomi and Chinedu Idike…

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Breaking:Manager of Arsenal sacked

Unai Emery sacked as Arsenal manager. Arsenal have announced the departure of head coach Unai Emery. The Spaniard leaves the club after a 2-1 home defeat in the UEFA Europa League at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday extended Arsenal’s winless streak in all competitions to seven matches. “Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand,” Josh Kroenke  told Arsenals Official Website on behalf of the…

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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria moves by 4 spots, now world 31st

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up by four spots in the November ranking to place 31st on the ranking table. In the ranking table on the website of the world football governing body, FIFA, Nigeria garnered 1493 points as against 1481 points gotten in October. The movement still helped the Super Eagles retain the third position on the continent behind Senegal and Tunisia who are placed 20th and 27th with 1555 and 1506 points respectively. The upward movement was as a result of their 2-1 win over Benin Republic and…

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