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Friday, October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

I Was Raped When I Was 13 - Former Man Utd Defender, Evra


 

Former Manchester United and France defender Patrice Evra has said he was sexually abused as a teenager.


In an interview to publicise his new autobiography, Evra told The Times on Friday the abuse took place when he was a 13-year-old schoolboy. 


The now 40-year-old Evra said that far more difficult than detailing the abuse in his autobiography or speaking about it an interview, was telling his mother for the first time.


“Of course, she was devastated,” he told The Times. “It was a tough moment for me. I have still to tell a few of my brothers and sisters and close friends.”


Evra said he had decided to make a public revelation in order to help children who may be in a similar situation.


“I don’t want people to feel pity,” he explained. “It’s a difficult situation. 


“A mother does not expect to hear this from their own child… 


“Only now when I am 40 years old do I tell her. It was a big shock for her. A lot of anger. She said she was sorry. 


“She said: ‘You must not put it in your book, it’s private Patrice,’ but that’s when I say, mum, it’s not about me, it’s about other kids then she says OK, she understands.”


Evra added he did not plan to take legal action against his alleged assailant.


“The first thing my mum says is, ‘if you don’t sue him, I’ll sue him. If he’s still alive, I’m going to kill him’…But I buried this thing so deep I didn’t think about (prosecution).”


Evra also told The Times that when he was 24 and playing for Monaco, he received a call from police regarding accusations against his alleged abuser but that he felt unable to tell them what had happened to him.


“Living with that was one of my biggest regrets because I could have helped so many people,” he added.


AFP


Friday, October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

EPL: Manchester United Striker, Marcus Rashford Returns Against Leicester


 

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed that Marcus Rashford is included in his side’s squad to face Leicester City on Saturday evening.


Solskjaer said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday.


Rashford is yet to play this season for Man United, having undergone an operation on his shoulder last month.


“He’s in the squad, yes. If he’s going to start or not, I can’t tell you now because it wouldn’t be right, but he’s worked really hard throughout the whole lay-off, “Solskjaer said.


“He’s been really bright this week, he had a 60-minute involvement behind-closed-doors last week so he’s fit and raring to go.”



Man United head to the game after playing a 1-1 draw with Everton in their last match.


Meanwhile, Providing the latest update on his situation, Rashford wrote on Twitter: “I see the doctor on Friday for a consultation. All being well, I will get the green [light] to join in with contact training again.”




Tuesday, September 28, 2021

September 28, 2021

Boxing: Match-Fixing Scandal Trails Anthony Joshua Vs Usyk Fight









Match-fixing scandal trails Anthony Joshua vs Usyk fight

Boxing fans have claimed Anthony Joshua’s fight against Oleksandr Usyk was stopped early, with the British boxer looking on the verge of being knocked out in the 12th round.

Joshua suffered only his second career loss against Usyk on Saturday night.

The Ukrainian won with a unanimous points decision, to become the new heavyweight champion of the world.

Usyk had Joshua on the ropes in the last 30 seconds of the fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


Fans have now claimed there was a discrepancy between the nine seconds left on the on-screen clock and how quickly the fight ended.

As shown by DAZN, the final nine seconds seemed to end in just three seconds with Joshua helpless and close to being knocked out.

One said: “They rang that bell 5 seconds early lol, saved Anthony Joshua from a 12th round KO,” and another noted: “Is it just me or did the bell go early in the 12th round?”

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has, however, moved to quash the rumours: “I don’t believe it did, I saw that it did on the DAZN clock but I remember specifically the ten seconds came and it was ten seconds.

“Because I remember hearing when there were ten seconds to go, it wasn’t three seconds after the clock went so I don’t believe that was an early bell.”

‘I give praise to Jesus Christ’ – Usyk speaks after defeating Anthony Joshua


Sunday, September 26, 2021

September 26, 2021

Boxing: Anthony Joshua Loses To Oleksandr Usyk






Anthony Joshua suffered the second loss of his career at the hands of a brilliant Oleksandr Usyk on a thrilling night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Oleksandr Usyk defeated Joshua to become the new Unified WBO Heavyweight Champion by unanimous decision. Scorecards: 117-112, 116-112, 115-113.

Usyk started the stronger, landed a string of excellent body shots and moving around the ring with ease.

Joshua then began to work his way into the fight in the middle rounds, landing some blows that got the crowd going.

But Usyk turned the momentum round and began to land yet more convincing blows to the Brit, whose right eye was badly injured towards the end of the bout.

Both fighters gave it their all, and Usyk went on the front foot in a thrilling final round.
Usyk broke down in tears when the decision was announced

All three judges awarded a win to Usyk, and the result did not come as a surprise following a brilliant performance.

The star, who has only had two fights at heavyweight, broke down in tears after the decision was announced.

Joshua has lost his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.




Thursday, September 2, 2021

September 02, 2021

Ronaldo Breaks All-Time International Scoring Record


 

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 110th international goal to overtake Iran’s Ali Daei as the men’s all-time international goal scorer.

The newly minted Manchester United man’s record mark arrived in the 89th minute of Portugal’s World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Goncalo Guedes swung in a cross from the right wing, with Ronaldo rising to meet the service and head home the record-breaking equaliser.

He added his 111th international goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time, leading his side to a 2-1 comeback win.

Ronaldo equalised Daei’s mark of 109 earlier this year at Euro 2020 with a two-goal performance in group-stage action against France. Both those goals in the 2-2 draw in Budapest came from the penalty spot.

The all-time international scoring record is held by Canada’s Christine Sinclair who has 186 goals.

Ronaldo also made Euro history when he scored twice in Portugal’s opening group-stage game against Hungary to become the tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 11 goals.

He became the first man to appear at five Euros, second overall only to Italy’s Carolina Morace who has appeared at six tournaments.



Ronaldo is the only man to score in five Euros, extending his own record.

Ronaldo’s record puts him eighth on the all-time scorers list behind Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Birgit Prinz, Carli Lloyd, Julie Fleeting and Sinclair.

The 36-year-old made his international debut in 2003 and his tally of 180 caps brings him level with Paris Saint-Germain defender Sergio Ramos as the European man with the most appearances for his national side.

Ronaldo has two major honours with Portugal, having led his country to success at Euro 2016 and the inaugural UEFA Nations League three years later.




Thursday, August 26, 2021

August 26, 2021

Chelsea's Jorginho Wins 2020/21 UEFA Player Of The Year Award










Jorginho's brilliant summer has continued after he was crowned UEFA's Player of the Year following his double European triumph

The 29-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant few months - winning the Champions League final with Chelsea before mirroring those feats at international level as Italy became Euro 2020 champions.

And on Thursday he completed a hat-trick of accolades as he was crowned UEFA's best player of last season.

The midfielder beat Chelsea team-mate N'Golo Kante and Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne to the top prize.

Chelsea's No 5's big moment was officially announced during Thursday's Champions League group-stage draw.

Jorginho, Kante and De Bruyne had made the final three-man shortlist ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.








August 26, 2021

UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw


 



The 2021/22 Champions League group stage draw in full

Group A: Man City, PSG, RB Leipzig, Club Bruges

Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan

Group C: Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas

Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff Tiraspol

Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv

Group F: Villarreal, Man Utd, Atalanta, Young Boys

Group G: Lille, Sevilla, FC Salzburg, Wolfsburg

Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg, Malmo

August 26, 2021

BREAKING: Christiano Ronaldo Agrees To Join Man City

 




Cristiano Ronaldo has reached an agreement with Manchester City over a sensational transfer from Juventus to the Premier League champions,

The Spanish sports daily AS reports that Ronaldo has struck a deal with City, who have offered him a two-year contract with a salary of €15 million per season, about half of what he earns in Turin.

Sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson that City had not dismissed the possibility of signing Ronaldo after Harry Kane committed his immediate future to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.

Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio reported on Tuesday that Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, had flown in to settle Ronaldo’s future, with the Portugal captain wanting to move and Juventus willing to let him go.

However, while Ronaldo has agreed terms with City, no deal has yet been struck between the team and Juventus, who are seeking a €25m transfer fee for the 36-year-old and would be interested in signing City forward Gabriel Jesus, but City do not want to pay a transfer fee or let their Brazil international leave this summer.

Last week, Ronaldo lashed out over the transfer rumours regarding his future, accusing people of being “disrespectful” yet stopping short of committing his future to Juventus.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

August 25, 2021

Tennis: Serena Williams Withdraws From US Open


 


Serena Williams has pulled out of next week’s US Open because of a hamstring injury, the 23-time Grand Slam winner announced on her Instagram page on Wednesday.

“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the US Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” wrote the 39-year-old American.

Williams, who has not played since a tearful first round exit at Wimbledon when she hobbled off court during the first set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, is a six-time winner in New York.

She missed last week’s event in Cincinnati in a bid to get fit for Flushing Meadows and said she hoped “to be back on the court very soon” but her hamstring ultimately failed to recover in time.

Williams, whose ranking has now slipped to 22, won her first Major at the 1999 US Open as a teenager, the first step on her path to domination of the women’s game.

She last missed the US Open in 2017 because of the birth of her daughter Olympia but she returned to the courts in March 2018.

She went on to reach the final in 2018 and 2019, losing to Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu respectively before losing last in the semifinals to Victoria Azarenka, all of which added to her frustration as she attempted to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.



“New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite places to play — I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar. Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon,” she wrote on social media.

Williams is the latest big name to withdraw from the US Open following multiple winners Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as well as the 2020 men’s champion Dominic Thiem.

Four-time winner Nadal, 35, withdrew because of an injury to his left foot that has troubled him since his defeat in the semi-finals at the French Open in June.

Roger Federer, 40, who won the last of his five US Open titles in 2008, said he needed further knee surgery and admitted he “will be out for many months” while Thiem has failed to recover from a wrist injury.

AFP





Sunday, August 8, 2021

August 08, 2021

Lionel Messi In Tears As He Confirms Barcelona Exit, Says He Wanted To Stay


 

A tearful Lionel Messi has confirmed he is leaving FC Barcelona, saying he was 'convinced' he would stay at the club

Lionel Messi was in tears as he bade farewell to FC Barcelona - but said he has not yet decided on his future.


"I'm so grateful for the love people have shown me these years," he told a news conference.


The striker, who broke down as he received a standing ovation, said he tried to "behave with humility and respect, and I hope that's the memory that will be left of me".


The striker says he has 'so much respect' for the club and

Messi, 34, has spent his entire career at Barcelona, coming through the club's academy before going on to score 672 goals in 778 appearances after making his senior debut in 2003.


The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has officially been a free agent since 1 July after he failed to agree terms over a renewal before his previous Barcelona contract expired on 30 June.


The club announced Messi was set to leave as a new contract couldn't happen in line with financial fair play rules set by the Spanish league La Liga.


Messi has been linked to a move to PSG, but he said he had not made up his mind about his future.


Although he said PSG is "one possibility" for the future, he added he has nothing confirmed with anyone.


He said: "There are a lot of clubs interested."


The footballer admitted he was "convinced" he was going to stay at Barcelona, adding it will be "weird" for him to leave but people will get used to it.


Messi also called his departure "the most difficult" moment of his career.


He said: "I've been here my entire life, I'm not ready for this. And last year with all the nonsense, I was convinced of what I wanted to say, but this year it is not the same.


"This year my family and I were convinced we were going to stay here, that is what we all wanted more than anything."


He said his family was "at home" in Barcelona and "we thought we'd be staying here".


"But today, I have to say goodbye to all of this," he added.


He told the conference at the Nou Camp that he has "so much respect" for the club and "so many beautiful things" have happened.


"Also some bad things, but all this helped me to grow and improve and make me the person I am today," he added.


The Argentinian international confirmed he agreed to take a 50% wage cut during negotiations over a new deal.


The club's president, Joan Laporta, said they can't renew his contract due to the La Liga rules, he added.


And he admitted it had been "difficult" not to hear the fans during the pandemic, saying he was now leaving without seeing them for 18 months.


Messi said: "I hope I can come back and be part of this club again in any way and help it become the best in the world."


Pressed on how Barcelona will cope without him, he described the club as "one of the best teams in the world".


He added: "People will get used to it, at first it will be weird but like everything, people will get used to it.


"They have great players, a great squad and in the end, it will be easy for them."


He will travel to Paris on Sunday for medical tests with PSG later in the evening or early on Monday, according to the L'Equipe newspaper.


The newspaper reported they were close to an agreement, citing Argentine sources.



Thursday, August 5, 2021

August 05, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Lionel Messi Leaves Barcelona

 

It has now been confirmed that Argentine striker, Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona after the club failed to renew his contract.


In a dramatic change of events, the Nou Camp legend will not play for the club again after his deal expired earlier this summer.




The 34-year-old had agreed a pay-cut as part of a new five-year deal but – Barca now announced a renewal became impossible due to financial regulations.



The club said: “Despite having reached an agreement between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it cannot be formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations).”


August 05, 2021

Nigeria's Offiong Edem Ranked Africa’s 3rd Best Table Tennis Player

Offiong Edem


The performances of Nigeria’s Offiong Edem in the singles event of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been rewarded, as the Nigerian has been listed among the biggest movers in the latest ITTF Ranking released yesterday by the world table tennis ruling body.



The Nigerian who was ranked 123 before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gained seven steps up the ladder to be rated 116 in the world, the third best African player in the world behind Egypt’s duo of Dina Meshref and Yousra Helmy who were ranked 37 and 101 respectively in the latest world rating.


Edem who competed in her third Olympic Games started her campaign from the first round of the women’s singles where she defeated highly-rated Hungarian Dora Madarasz 4-2 before being edged out by American Lily Zhang 4-1 in the second round.



At Tokyo, she remains the only Nigerian to record a win while the likes of Quadri Aruna, Olajide Omotayo and Olufunke Oshonaike failed to win their matches to advance to the next round of the singles event in Tokyo.


Like Edem, Egypt’s Assar who is the second African to reach the quarter final stage at the Olympic Games gained seven steps up the ladder to 36 from 43 in the world rating.


Assar who started his campaign from the second round defeated some highly-rated players like Sweden’s Mattias Falck while he was shown the exit by the eventual winner Ma Long of China in one of the entertaining quarterfinal ties which ended 4-1 in favour of the Asian star.



Despite being the first female African player to make it to the third round of the women’s singles at the Olympic Games, Meshref dropped to 37 from 36 in the ranking.


For participating in her seventh Olympic Games as the first female table tennis star in the world, Oshonaike gained one step up in the rating to be ranked 174 in the world.


Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw gained two steps up to be rated 69 while Omotayo slid to 95 from 94.



Meanwhile, Japan’s Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito have dispatched Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching and Lin Yun-Ju from the number one spot in the latest Mixed Doubles pairs position on the recent rankings.


The Japanese pair, who created history by winning the Mixed Doubles gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, previously occupied the second spot behind the Chinese Taipei duo.


In the Men’s Singles ranking, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov moved up to seventh place following his epic battle with Lin, where he emerged victorious in a seven-game thriller to win his second Olympics Singles bronze medal.


China’s Ma Long meanwhile switched places with compatriot Xu Xin and occupies his second spot now after his heroics in Tokyo, where he was crowned Olympic Men’s Singles champion for the second time.



August 05, 2021

Sportswear Brand, Puma Terminates $1.2m Deal With Nigeria


 



International fashion and sportswear brand, PUMA has terminated its agreement with Nigeria following the recent embarrassment that occurred in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 olympics.

It would be recalled that Nigeria trended for the wrong reasons after an athlete, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi posted a video of himself washing his Olympic Jersey along with a caption "When you made the olympic finals but have only one Jersey" on instagram.

The post trended on social media with many Nigerians asking why an athlete will be given only one jersey.

On Wednesday afternoon, Kaduna central senator, Shehu Sani disclosed that PUMA had offered Nigeria free Olympic kits but Nigerian officials rejected the offer.

BACKGROUND

It was gathered that the Athletic Federation of Nigeria signed a controversial $2.7m deal with Puma on July 2019 in Qatar.

The deal created heavy crisis within the athletics body splitting it into two factions. The deal was to expire by 2022 and it was signed by Gusau Ibrahim, leader of the AFN.

The contract stipulated that PUMA will supply kits and outfits to Nigeria’s Athletics team for 4 years at no expense.

The contract also offered $15,000 to Gold Medalists, $5,000 to silver medalists and $3000 to bronze medalists.

PUMA terminated the contract in a letter ON August 4, 2021 signed by Edlheimb Manuel, the brand's director. According to the letter, the deal was terminated because Nigerian athletes did not wear the kits at the ongoing Tokyo olympics.

"We are referring to the licensing and sponsoring agreement signed between our company and your federation."

"As a direct consequence of the recent developments, particularly at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 and pursuant to clauses 9.2 and 7.3 of the Agreement, we hereby terminate the Agreement with immediate effect."

"PUMA especially declares to be discharged from any or all obligations towards all stakeholders involved and reserves all rights against these entities and individuals", the letter read in part.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

August 04, 2021

Former CAF President, Issa Hayatou Banned By FIFA


 

Fifa has banned its former vice president and the ex-president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Issa Hayatou for a year.


Football's world governing body found the 74-year-old Cameroonian responsible for having breached the article relating to 'duty of loyalty' in its Code of Ethics.


Fifa's investigation centred on Hayatou's involvement in the deals struck with Lagardere Sports over the "media and marketing rights of competitions organised by Caf" while he was president of African football's governing body.


The 12-year deal was signed in 2015 and came into effect in 2017 and was worth $1 billion.


Following an extensive hearing Fifa's adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on the information it had gathered that Hayatou had entered "into an anti-competitive agreement with Lagardère Sport which was detrimental and caused significant damage to Caf."


The ruling means that Hayatou is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both national and international level for one year and he was also fined just over $33,000.


The sanction, which comes into effect on 3 August, means that he cannot be involved in January's Africa Cup of Nations that is being held in his homeland, Cameroon.


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

August 03, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria's Blessing Oborududu Wins Silver In Wrestling


 

Nigerian wrestler Blessing Oborududu has won the first silver medal for Nigeria in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


Earlier, long jumper Ese Brume won the first bronze for Nigeria.


Oborududu lost 4-1 to her opponent USA’s Tamyra Mensah-Stock in the final of the women’s freestyle 68kg on Tuesday (today).


Oborududu is the first Nigerian wrestler ever to win a silver medal at the Games.


She had earlier defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova 3-2 in the quarter-finals, after seeing off Azerbaijan’s Elis Manolova in the Round of 16.


August 03, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: Ese Brume Wins Nigeria's First Medal

Ese Brume

 

Ese Brume has won the first medal for Nigeria at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


She won bronze in women’s long jump.


Germany’s Malaika Mihambo soared to gold in the women’s long jump, snatching victory from former champion Brittney Reese with her last leap of the competition.


Mihambo was lying in the bronze medal position ahead of her final jump, but powered down the runway to register a season-best jump of 7.00 metres.


That left 2012 Olympic champion Reese – who had led the competition with a best jump of 6.97m – with one final attempt to reclaim the lead.


But the American could only manage 6.84 with her last leap to settle for silver.


Nigeria’s Ese Brume took the bronze medal with a best jump of 6.97m.


The 25-year-old Brume won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.


Having jumped a distance of 7.17m at the Chule Vista Festival in California in May, Ese had shattered Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year long jump record of 7.12m.


Brume’s jump was the World Lead going into the Olympics.


She was the only Nigerian athlete who reached the final of her event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where she placed fifth with a leap of 6.81m.




Sunday, August 1, 2021

August 01, 2021

Akwa United Wins Nigerian League For The First Time


Akwa United of Uyo has emerged the champions of 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, their first ever league cup.

The Uyo-based side were confirmed the League Champions after defeating MFM 5:2 in Uyo.

The club won the league with a match to spare.




Saturday, July 31, 2021

July 31, 2021

Nigeria's Okagbare Banned From Tokyo Olympics After Failing Drug Test

Blessing Okagbare

 

By Solomon Elusoji  

 

One of Nigeria’s brightest chances of a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Blessing Okagbare, has been provisionally suspended from the competition.


The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the independent body created by the World Athletics that manages all integrity issues for the sport, announced the decision on Friday.


According to the AIU, Okagbare tested positive for Human Growth Hormone.


“Growth Hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules,” the AIU said in its statement.


“The AIU collected the sample from Ms. Okagbare during an out-of-competition test on 19 July. The WADA-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding at mid-day Central European Time yesterday, Friday 30 July.


“The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo.


“She was scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m this evening.


“The AIU will make no further comment on this matter at this time.”


Okagbare and another Nigerian sprinter, Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, had earlier qualified from their respective heats for the semi-finals.


But the ban means the end of the road for Okagbare, who was participating in her third Olympics.


Her suspension is the latest blow for Team Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics.


On Thursday, the AIU had disqualified 10 Nigerian athletes from the Tokyo games for not complying with out-of-competition drug testing requirements.



Wednesday, July 28, 2021

July 28, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: Basketball: Nigeria's D'Tigers Fall To Germany


 

Nigeria’s D’Tigers fell apart in the fourth quarter of their second game at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to lose 92 – 99 to Germany in the early hours of Wednesday.


Coming from a disappointing loss to Australia, D’Tigers secured the first basket via Miami Heat Point guard Gabe Vincent and accumulated most of their points via three pointers, an improvement from the performance in their first game.



Germany also having suffered a first match loss to Italy made it and end-to-end game inspired by Orlando Magic’s Moritz Wagner and Danilo Barthel.



D'Tigers Tokyo Olympics basketball

The points were tied at half-time (50-50) and at the end of the third quarter (74-74) making it a frantic fourth quarter where Germany took the game beyond Nigeria.


Nigeria at some point in the game led with as much as twelve points but didn’t do enough defensively, giving away fouls the Germans easily converted from the free throw line.


D'Tigers Tokyo Olympics basketball

The duo of Miye Oni and Jordan Nwora led the scoring for Nigeria with their three pointers gathering 15 and 33 points respectively.


A late surge from D’Tigers was not enough as Germany got their first win of the competition. Nigeria will play Italy next on Saturday as their chances of qualifying for the next round now hangs in the balance.


Monday, July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: Tennis: Offiong Edem Crash Out Of Women's Singles




Nigeria’s Offiong Edem on Monday knocked out of the women’s singles event of the table tennis competition at the ongoing 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Edem lost 4-1 to Lily Zhang of the U.S at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, in spite of winning the first set 15-13.


After beating Hungary’s Dora Madarasz in her opening round fixture, Edem failed to maintain the momentum as she fell 2-11 and 2-11 in the next two sets under nine minutes.

The 34-year-old Nigerian did fight back, but she could not stem the tide as she lost 8-11 and 6-11 in the fourth and fifth sets respectively