U15 JKF YOUTH CUP: Teams Emerge For Knock Out Stages

Quarter finalists and semi finalists have emerged respectively in the male and female categories of the ongoing inaugural edition of the Dr. John Kayode Fayemi U-15 Football Competition tagged JKF Youth Cup organised by the Ekiti State Football Association.

Group A in the male category produced Gbonyin LG who came out tops with seven points garnered from three games and followed by Emure LG who placed second with four points. Group B had Efon LG and Ikere LG qualifying for the quarter finals with seven and six points respectively.

Oye LG and Ilejemeje LG emerged tops in group C with seven and five points respectively. While Ado LG garnered maximum nine points in group D, to hit the quarter finals and followed by Irepodun/ Ifelodun LG with six points.

In the female category, FC Phoenix Queens FC led group A with seven points, followed by Salem City Queens FC to qualify for the semi finals. While Fatoba Queens FC and Promise City Queens FC qualified from group B for the last four of the competition with seven and five points respectively.

Matches in the knock out stages of the crowd pulling and exciting youth championship are slated to hold Wednesday at designated venues across the state.

In a related development, the organising committee revealed that it will pay a courtesy on the title sponsor and the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, at his office later this week to unveil the competition’s official wear and the trophies, as well as, get a date for the final of the epochal youth competition.

Meanwhile, statistics provided by the technical committee of the competition revealed that a total of 62 goals have been scored from 48 games in the male category. Whilst the female category produced 31 goals from 24 games.

Akeem Busari

Tunisia Open Camp In Italy Ahead 2020 Olympic Volleyball Qualifiers

Tunisia Men’s Volleyball team will today begin their main preparation programme for the 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers through a two-weeks camp in Italy.

The African Olympic Qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be hosted in Egypt from the 6th to 12th of January 2020.

The Tunisian team will play friendly matches against the Italian clubs during this camp that ends on December the 20th.

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Khaled Ben Slimene setting for Tunisia

The Tunisian team list includes: Khalid Ben Slimane, Mahdi Ben Sheikh, Mohamed Ayache, Nabil Milade, Hasni Karamosli, Omar Agrebi, Slim Mobarki, Ali Bangy, Elyas Karamosli, Mohamed Ali Ben Othmane, Sadam Hamisi, Ayman Redisi.

The last time Tunisia qualified for the Olympic Games was in London 2012.

Nigeria Wrestling Federation Boss Daniel Igali Reflects On ‘Very Good’ Year For Nigerian Wrestling

President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) Hon. Daniel Igali has hailed the performances of the country’s wrestlers this year, describing 2019 as a ‘very good’ for Nigerian wrestling.

While speaking in his office in Yenagoa, Hon. Igali, who is also the Sports Commissioner in Bayelsa State, added that the wrestlers, who won lots of laurels at both continental and global championships this year, have performed incredibly well and deserve commendation.

Nigeria’s Female wrestling team

“I think till date, the performances of the Nigerian wrestling team this year were probably the most outstanding of the past seven, eight years,” he said.

“Starting from the African Championships (in Tunisia) where, again, our women became overall African champions for the 7th time in a row, and then, looking at the 12th African Games (in Morocco), where we again dominated not only as a female team, but as the overall best team in Africa in female wrestling, male wrestling and Greco Roman by coming home with 7 gold medals.

ODUNAYO Adekuoroye,
With DANIEL Igali

“Then to the World Championships (in Kazakhstan) this year, where we qualified Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) for the Olympics by winning a bronze medal; a historic bronze medal. She’s, without a doubt, become the measuring rod in Nigeria Wrestling Federation, winning three medals within four years at the World Championships. That is outstanding, and you can’t really take anything away from her.

“Blessing Oborududu (68kg) at the same competition (at the World Championships in Kazakhstan) was just one placing away from qualifying for the Olympics. She placed 7th instead of 6th.

“And Mercy Genesis (50kg) won a silver medal at the World Beach Games (in Doha), while Blessing Onyebuchi (+70kg) became our world champion in Beach wrestling by winning a gold medal. And those were the two medals Nigeria won out of the team that was presented.”

Still reflecting on the achievements of the wrestlers this year, the Olympic and world champion added that it will be difficult to surpass their feat considering the lean budget the federation operates on.

Blessing Oborududu

“As we speak, we have two athletes ranked in the top 4 in the world,” he noted. “Blessing Oborududu (68kg) is No.4 and Adekuoroye Odunayo (57kg) is No. 2 in the world.

“And I doubt if there is any other sport, outside of Paralympic sports, that has two athletes ranked in the top 4 in the world.

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“Those are just the competitions that have come off the top of my head. If we are to look at the Grand Prix (ranking) tournaments we had in Germany and Bulgaria, where we had our athletes win international medals, that goes to tell me that we had a very good season. A season that will be hard to replicate, especially when you compare the level of funding we have against what we’re able to achieve as a federation.

Nigeria Wrestling Federation President Daniel Igali

“So, looking back, I will say this is a very good year for Nigerian wrestling,” the vice president of the Commonwealth Wrestling Board concluded.

CAF Confederation cup: Nigeria’s Rangers Take Redemption Battle To Egypt

When Super Eagles chief coach, Salisu Yusuf listed the team to defend the colours of his team, the ‘Flying Antelopes’, Rangers International F.C in a match day 2, Total/CAF Confederation cup 2019/2020 group A fixture against Al-Masry of Egypt, there were looks of determination on the faces of the players ahead of the crunch tie.

With the return of the troika of Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, Uche John and Ifeanyi George who all missed the 1-3 home loss to Pyramids F.C of Egypt on match day 1, coach Yusuf is confident going into this encounter.

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“No doubt we did not start the group stage the way we wanted. We made some mistakes and got punished. However, that’s in the past now and we look forward positively to the second match against Al-Masry S.C. We are determined and confident of playing a good game that will fetch us a good result,” said coach Salisu as the team departed from Lagos on Friday.

Speaking further Salisu said “Sure, the return of some experienced campaigners from injury will to a large extent help our push in Egypt against a side that won away from home and also won a domestic cup match on Thursday. We appreciate the fact that our opponent is good but we are very determined and prepared to get something from this encounter.”

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Al-Masry S.C complete with two Nigerians, Austin Amutu and Emeka Eze who cut his professional football teeth with the ‘Flying Antelopes’ have been on a roller coaster ride in their last two matches scoring seven times and conceding just twice but this does not strike fear in Ikechukwu Ibenegbu who has seen many soccer battles “Yes, we have to give it to Al-Masry. They are a good side and the results have been going their way, but we have what it takes to ruffle some feathers in Alexandria. Our backs are against the wall already and we need to spring back to action for our ardent supporters.”

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The match day 2 fixtures will have Sudanese, El Fadil Mohamed Hussein take charge of proceedings at the centre while assistance will be provided by felloe countrymen Hamid Mohamed Ahmed, Mohamed Abdelgabar and Mohamed Fadul while Somalian, Amir Abdi Hassan as been appointed as match commissioner for the game expected to kickoff at 16.00 hours (4.00pm Nigeria time) on Sunday.

Ilaji Football League: Communities Go To War!

There would be war today in Oyo State as communities in the pacesetting state battle for honours and bragging rights in the first edition of the Ilaji football league.

The football competition organised by the management of Akanran based highbrow Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort. And sponsored by the CEO of the multi facility resort, Engr. Dotun Sanusi, is aimed at fostering love, peace and unity amongst the peoples and communities in the state.

The soccer championship featuring ten community teams begins today. In the first game, Iseyin United FC will battle for the first three points against Ibarapa United FC. In the second match of the week 1 fixtures, Ibadan United FC and Igboho United FC will lock horns.

Other matches of week 1 includes, Oyo United FC tackling Ogbomosho United FC, and Kishi United FC up against Igbeti United FC.

The newly refurbished lush football pitch of the Ilaji stadium, located within the resort will host all the matches of the ten weeks football fiesta.

Akeem Busari

Leg Lagos Football Challenge Season 2 kicks off Wednesday

Preparations have reached its peak for the commencement of Leg Lagos football challenge season 2; special scouting edition. The annual football event is set to kick off on the 4th of December 2019 at the Agege stadium, Lagos state and it’s expected to last for 5 days.

Tagged “Discovering raw talent” This year’s edition will feature 14 teams from different constituencies in Lagos state. There will be 3 teams in each group except one group that will consist of 4 teams. Each team will play a maximum of 2 matches except the only group that consists of three teams where it is expected that they play 3 matches. Winners of each group will automatically secure a semi final placement.

Addressing pressmen, the tournament director, Pius Kayode Olubode posited that football scouts from France, UK , US and other parts of the world are already in Lagos and will select some of the players in this competition for trials abroad. He urged the players to give a good account of themselves, saying that it can serve as a long term opportunity for them.

He said that participating club sides should ensure that they do not field ineligible players as the endorsed age for the tournament is 23 years and below.

He added that scouts are demanding for players who can go out there to play for another ten years or more. He urged the players to behave well and be good ambassadors of this country during the competition.

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Managing Director of DonBalon Commerz sports, Mr Abdoubaq Ladi Balogun also hinted that Leg Lagos is a nationwide exercise meant to discover and nurture talents, saying that they will be staging the tournament in Abuja by January 2020.

Meanwhile the draws for the tournament were made on Friday at the sports bar of the Teslim Balogun stadium with participating teams in attendance. The forms for this year’s edition of Leg Lagos were given out free of charge for interested teams.

DONBALON Sport Commerz, the organisers of LEG LAGOS CHALLENGE are resolute to make the positive difference with this Championship designed to create a niche for pure passion, natural flair and fair competition amongst the football academies in Nigeria and beyond, organised in a professional atmosphere using the best of facilities, soccer personnel, technology and global media.

Eritrean Volleyball Federation Successfully Concludes Women Empowerment Program

The Eritrean Volleyball Federation successfully concluded the women empowering program that was fully financed by the Olympic Solidarity in Eritrea.

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The Coaching Course was officially opened and closed by Dr. Senait Bahta Head of Women’s Desk in the Eritrean Commission of Culture and sport.

“We are very grateful to the Olympic Solidarity and the FIVB for covering all expenses, such courses are really not only supportive to enhance our women, but they are also helpful to Eritrean Volleyball in general,” Senait said.

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Mrs Razaih said, “It was such an experience to the participants, she encouraged them to share the skill they have acquired’. Mrs. Catherina the first FIVB African women Instructor also motivated participants she said: “if you really work hard I am sure you will make a difference in your area. We saw improvement and quick changes, we are very happy to be here. The ENVF President Mr. Michael congratulated participants, he affirmed that the training was helpful towards the improvement of each trainee.

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