Nigeria Basketball Federation Banks On Stakeholders For Better 2019

The leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation has tasked all stakeholders to brace up for another rollercoaster ride in 2019 as the federation gets ready to hit the ground running.

Despite landmark achievements in 2018 the NBBF believes that 2019 will be better.

According to the President, Engr Musa Kida, “2018 achievements were not accidental but products of serious preparations and efforts of all the board members. Despite the challenges and unnecessary distractions, 2019 promises to be better .”

Kida thanked the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, the Honorable Minister of Youths and Sports, Barrister Solomon for providing a level playing field for all sports federations to thrive in the year under review.

“We cannot thank Mr President and the Honourable Minister enough for their support. Barrister Solomon Dalung was with the D’Tigress in Spain for the better part of their world cup campaign which served as the needed motivation on their way to rewriting basketball history as well as Men’s World Cup qualifiers in Lagos.”

The board also took time out to appreciate all corporate sponsors and members of the media for their amazing support in 2018 while asking for more collaboration in the New Year.

Reminiscing on the NBBF’s achievements in 2018, Kida said it has never been this good.

Nigeria’s D’Tigers,

In the year under review, Nigeria hosted the World Cup qualifiers twice in Lagos as D’Tigers under Coach Alex Nwora recorded a 9 match unbeaten streak to become the first country in the world to book a World Cup ticket in China.

Coach Otis Hughley led D’Tigress to the quarter final of the World cup while also becoming the first African country to ever win more than 1 game in the same tournament and the first country in Africa to ever get to the quarterfinals of the women’s World Cup.

“On the home front, for the first time in the history of Nigerian grassroots basketball, we have started repositioning the domestic league with the Total sponsored Division 1 and 2 expanded under a new format with over 150 teams participating. The Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League was also rejuvenated. First Bank who won the 2018 league finished 3rd in the FIBA Africa Women’s Club championship in Maputo, Mozambique,” Kida said.

Otis Hughley Head Coach of Nigeria’s D’Tigress

Rivers Hoopers of Port Harcourt and Civil Defenders of Abuja both emerged Nigeria’s continental representatives before booking their place in the inaugural FIBA AfroLeague starting 2019.

The federation therefore promised that efforts will be intensified at the home front to make the domestic league marketable, rewarding and conducive for players, coaches and team owners.

“2019 is already here and we can’t just wait to tip off. We have the All Africa Games, the Afrobasket for men and women, u-16 boys and girls and then the big one which is the World cup. The time to start preparation is now as we urge all to join hands with us on this memorable journey while looking forward to focusing on grassroots development and making sure the Nigerian flag flies high outside her shores,” Kida concluded.

Ekiti FA Holds Extra – Ordinary General Congress …Sets Up Electoral Committees

The Ekiti State Football Association yesterday held its extra ordinary general congress to chart a path towards it elections slated for next year. The event which had Oba (Justice) Ademola Ajakaye, the Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti as the host was held at the Civic centre, Iyin Ekiti.

According to the communiqué released by the congress, it set up two electoral committees to oversee new elections into the board as well as an appeals committee.

The elections committee is a 5 man body headed by Mr. Tomide Osakunle and B.S. Idowu as secretary. While the appeals committee is led by Barrister. Biodun Ogunleye and Felix Adewunmi as the secretary.

The congress was effusive in praises for the government of Dr. John Kayode Fayemi for all its been doing for sports and particularly, football since it returned to power.

The congress also praised the Nigeria Football Federation led by its president Amaju Pinnick for its various developmental plans and its support for Ekiti football.

ESFA Election Committee

The well attended congress also thanked His Royal Majesty, Oba Ademola Ajakaye for his age long fatherly role in helping to move football in the state forward and particularly,for intervening in the crises that rocked the board.

Meanwhile, the congress also ratified the nominations of Oba Ajakaye and Mr. O’Seun Odewale, Ekiti state SA/DG Bureau of Public Procurement as royal patron and patron respectively.

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Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2018/2019 – Western European League: Germany’s Ahlmann Is The Master At Mechelen

Germany’s Christian Ahlmann (44) clinched a thrilling last-to-go victory at the ninth leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2018/2019 Western European League at the Nekkerhal Stadium in Mechelen, Belgium today. In a tense competition from which only four of the 39 starters emerged to battle it out against the clock, the crowd were treated to a feast of legendary proportions. Because these were four of the greatest masters of their craft, and they put on an exhibition of showjumping at its very best.

Ahlmann is a four-time Olympian and former FEI World Cup™ champion, and it was Rio 2016 Olympic team gold medallist Kevin Staut (38) from France who he pinned into runner-up spot while World No. 1, The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders (38), lined up in third. Ahlmann’s compatriot, Ludger Beerbaum (55) has long been one of the biggest names in the sport, but this time around he had to settle for fourth when things didn’t quite go his way in the jump-off.

The first-round course set by Belgium’s Eddy Geysemans tested horses every inch of the way, with the first fence, the double at eight and the triple combination at 10 all taking a steady toll. But only a single time fault kept Ireland’s Denis Lynch (The Sinner), Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca (Armitages Boy) and Celine Schoonbroodt-de Azevedo (Chepetta), one of 13 Belgian contenders, from making the cut into the second round. The 71 seconds time-allowed was tight, but as Geysemans said, “the best riders were able to make it – if we had changed the time after the first three riders we would have had more clears, but the jump-off was great as it was!”

Staut led the way with a stunning run from his new ride, the 10-year-old Edesa’s Cannary, which he has only been competing since October and which raced through the timers in 40.98 seconds to set the pace. Smolders took time to check his route carefully before setting off with the 14-year-old stallion Don VHP Z, the horse that helped him claim individual silver at the 2017 FEI European Championships in Gothenburg (SWE). But they weren’t quite fast enough when galloping home in 41.42 seconds.

Beerbaum was well in touch when turning to the first of the two remaining elements of the triple combination two fences from home, but he lost his line and the 15-year-old gelding Casello ran past the fence, racking up 14 faults and leaving it wide open for Ahlmann as he set off, last to go. And Ahlmann had his game-face on from the start, weaving his way around the twisting track with the fabulous grey stallion Clintrexo Z who stopped the clock on 39.87 without hardly turning a hair. It was an amazing performance for a horse of just nine years of age.

“We built him up in the stallion approvals and later in young-horse classes, and Judy (his wife Judy-Ann Melchior) did some 3 and 4-Star Grands Prix and then allowed me to take him over and move him up another step. He won in Wiesbaden in May and Münster in August and he’s quickly growing into the big sport now. He really loves it, and he gets better and better week after week”

Christian Ahlmann (GER)

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Mechelen BEL Ahlmann Christian, GER, Clintrexo Z
Vlaanderens Kerstjumping – Memorial Eric Wauters – Mechelen 2018
Photo FEI/ Hippo Foto – Dirk Caremans

And he was extra-happy that he did well today because his family, including his young son Leon, were watching from the sidelines. He says Clintrexo Z is made of the right stuff for the top end of the sport.

“In the ring he knows exactly what to do and he is afraid of nothing. Whether he’s competing in Aachen or here it wouldn’t make any difference to him, he’s always really positive and tries his best – he’s everything you could wish for!”

Christian Ahlmann (GER)

Now the man who has competed at seven FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals, including Leipzig in 2011 where he came out on top with the great Taloubet Z, has the 2019 Longines Final in Gothenburg, Sweden next April in his sights. In sixth place with 46 points on the leaderboard he is easily qualified, and he’s spoiled for choice about which of his horses to take there.

Runner-up Staut was also very happy. “This was my goal coming here – not to be second but to gain more points to get to the Final!” he said, having moved into third with 51 points to his credit.

Basel in Switzerland will stage the next leg of the Western European League series in two weeks’ time.

ISSF Executive Committee Votes For The Development Fund

The ISSF Executive Committee supported the initiative of ISSF President Vladimir Lisin to establish a Development Fund and to donate USD 10.000.000 (ten million US Dollars) of his personal means.

The Executive Committee members were unanimous in their decisions. With no votes against and no abstentions they gave green light to the creation of the Development Fund and to the implementation of a system that can guarantee full transparency in the decision-making process and in financial operations of the Fund.

Mr. Joerg Brokamp – Chairman of the ISSF Technical Committee – said:

“The development fund is a big personal contribution of the President. It will hopefully be good for the future and the wellbeing of the ISSF.”

“It is a donation that belongs to the ISSF. As the entire financial responsibility is held by the Executive Committee in accordance with the ISSF Constitution and the decisions of the General Assembly, the members of the Executive committee will also be responsible for the use of the financial resources of this new ISSF Development Fund.”

The exact procedures are to be determined by the same Executive Committee, during their meeting to be held on March 22nd, 2019.

It’s Djokovic Vs Anderson In The Mubadala World Tennis Championship Finals

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson will battle World Number 1 Novak Djokovic for the 2018 Mubadala World Tennis Championship trophy. The South African who had earlier called out the top ranked players before the tournament started made good his threat when he came up against Rafael Nadal in the Semi-Finals in Abu Dhabi.

Anderson lost the first set 4-6, but went to win 6-3, 6-4 against the spaniard who is currently ranked as the world number 2.

The South African who is currently ranked number 6 in the world will now face Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic At wimbledon photo credit: Marianne Bevis

Speaking about Djokovic He won the second Semi-Finals with so much ease against Russia’s Karen Khachanov. The world number 1 dispatched the Russian in straight sets of 6-4, 6-2.

Anderson and Djokovic will meet in the finals on Saturday evening.

Venus And Serena Praise WTA For New Rule on Mothers And Injured Players

The Williams Sisters Venus and Serena have commended the new WTA “Special Ranking Rule”. The WTA has just declared that player’s ranking freezes if the player falls ill, Get’s Pregnant or is Injured. a player can use her special ranking for seeding purposes at WTA events.

A player who as been out of competition for more than six months but less than a year can use her special ranking for up to eight tournaments in a one-year period

Venus Williams Commenting about the new rule said: “Things are changing as people are realising that you can have a family and still play tournaments. So, I am very happy.”

Venus Williams and Serena Williams

On her part, Serena Williams Who recently had her first child expressed joy at the news: “It is great. Women who are younger can go out there and have kids. They don’t have to worry about it or wait for years to have children,”

The sisters are currently participating in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

Remo Stars FC Donates New Building To Orphanage in Ogun State

As part of It’s Corporate Social Responsibility, Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) has donated a new building to Blessed Assurance Orphanage in Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State.

Remo Stars FC Donates New Building To Orphanage in Ogun State

President of the Club, Honourable Kunle Soname who was represented by his wife, Mrs. Oluwakemi Soname maintains that creating an enabling environment for the less privileged people in the society will give them an assurance of a better future and help the society to a large extent.

While expressing concern over the plight of the underprivileged people especially youths and children, she assured that the club would not relent in it’s efforts towards giving care to the needy and also help rekindle their hope for the future regardless of their condition.

The Secretary of Blessed Assurance Orphanage (BOA), Mrs Gold Edouard while speaking at the handing over ceremony stated that the Orphanage’s goal is to care for the less privileged, abandoned babies and children by giving them a decent upbringing, infusing in them a sense of belonging, security and above all giving them sound educational values.

Remo Stars FC Donates New Building To Orphanage in Ogun State

“We also want to use the opportunity to appreciate Remo Stars FC for putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged and we would also like to plead with general public to help meet the needs of the orphans in our society with a view to ensuring they live and function better.