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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




Sunday, July 25, 2021

July 25, 2021

Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan Launches Sports Academy





Former president Goodluck Jonathan has launched a sports club called, GEJ Sports Club in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Some athletes were were awarded with various gifts for their performance at the opening ceremony

The former president called on relevant stakeholders to partner with the club to help it nurture and grow young talents.

He wrote on his Facebook page;


"Today, it was a delight and honour to host friends and sports enthusiasts at the official opening of Gej sports club in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The Club will be pleased to partner with relevant stakeholders to grow and nurture young talents that will make Nigeria and Africa proud.
- GEJ"




Saturday, July 24, 2021

July 24, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: Offiong Edem Records Win, Progresses To Next Round


 Nigeria on Saturday recorded her first win in the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games as Offiong Edem beat Dora Madaraz of Hungary 4-1 to proceed to the second round in the women’s table tennis event.

 

Edem, ranked 123 defeated the 67th-ranked Madaraz 11-8 11-9 11-9 in the first three sets. She lost the fourth set 9-11 but won the fifth deciding set 11-4. In the second round, Edem will face the 30th-ranked American, Lily Zhang on Monday at 4 am Nigeria time.



Monday, July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

Super Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa Marries Another Wife


  

Super Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa has tied the knot for the third time.


According to multiple reports, Musa married a Shuwa woman identified as Mariam in a secret ceremony last Saturday.


This is coming four years after his marriage to his first wife Jamila ended and he married Juliet Ejue from Ogoja, Cross River State.