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Gold Cup TV To Debut In Ado Ekiti

Fans who miss any game during the Gold Cup Tourney can still watch footage of the matches on YouTube.

Organisers of the most elaborate Pre-season championship informed that its television will be lunched in Ado Ekiti where this year’s edition will be staged.

Gold Cup Media Head, Olawale Quadry disclosed: “We’re delighted to announce to all passionate fans of the Gold Cup and domestic league that its TV will be activated on Thursday, which is official kickoff date of the 10-Day soccer fiesta.

“Its first of it kind by any football tourney in Nigeria as we want to key into the technological age of television.

“Highlights of all the Gold Cup matches will be on YouTube.

“This innovation is geared at giving lovers of our tourney and followers of the different Nigeria leagues to access their team’s performance on the social media video platform via their Android or iOS devices, as the World is now a Global Village.”

Olawale added: “Grande Sports, a Sports Channel of a Digital Satellite in Nigeria TSTV Africa will be in charge of the Gold Cup Television.

“Grande Sports are focused on promoting Nigeria Sports wherever there is a major event.”

The Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament is sponsored by distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), and proudly supported by Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee Member, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, foremost betting company, Bet9ja, Nigeria leading sportswear firm, ‘Owu’, Play Sportswear, Ekiti State Football Association, Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation, Sportspro, New-Bell Global Investment, 11th Media Global Concept, Phreestyle Sports and Vomoz Mobile.

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Zenith Bank Women Basketball League: First Bank Face Dolphins In Final.

Zenith Bank Women Basketball League defending Champions, First Bank will face Dolphins in the final of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League National Final 6.

First Bank and Dolphins who qualified for the final will also represent Nigeria in the 2018 FIBA Africa Women Club Championship.

First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos proved bookmakers right with an easy win over Nigeria Customs.

The Elephant girls out-shot Customs by 73points to 44 as they dominated the whole 4 quarters 19-14, 18-18, 23-10 and 14-10.

Nkechi Akashili dropped 20 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds while Okoro Ifunanya came from the bench to contribute 14points and 5 rebounds.

Dolphins overcame their 2017 heartbreak with a commanding 57-44 points win over Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry.

Bintu Badmus who played 32 minutes contributed 19points, 2 assists and 9 rebounds to aid her team’s progress.

Fumnanya Ijeh who was recently invited to the senior women’s team preparing for the FIBA Africa 3×3 cup of Nations also shot 10 points and 5 assists.

Mountain of Fire who were undone by inexperience lost out of a possible place in the final and will now face Customs in the 3rd place play off at 12pm on Wednesday.

Dolphins will face defending champions, First Bank at 2pm in the final Zenith Bank Women’s League National Final 6.

First Bank, Customs and 4 Others Qualify For Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League

6 teams from the Enugu and Abuja centres have booked their placement in the National Final of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League holding in Lagos.

Following days of competition in the Atlantic conference (Enugu) and Savannah conference (Abuja), 6 Qualifiers emerged for the Final 6.

In the Atlantic, current league champions, First Bank, Dolphins and new entrant Mountain of Fire all of Lagos booked their place.

Despite a loss in the conference final in Enugu against First Bank Women basketball, Dolphins still qualified as one of the finalists.

MFM Basketball club led by Coach Aderemi Adewunmi shocked 2017 league runners up, First Deepwater in the 3rd place battle to pick the last available ticket from the Enugu centre.

Customs enjoyed an unbeaten ride in the conference phase of the Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League to seal their place.

Plateau Rocks alongside Kaduna Angels also surmounted all obstacles on their way to sealing their spots out of the 12 teams that participated in the Savannah Conference in Abuja.

The National final 6 of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League will start on the 4th of November to 7th with the winner and first runner up representing Nigeria at the 2018 FIBA Africa Club Championship for women.

Nigeria’s D’Tigress Emerge Highest Climbers In Latest FIBA Ranking

D’Tigress have moved up 15 places in the latest FIBA Women’s ranking to 19th spot in the world after their 2018 World Cup heroics.

At the last world cup, Nigeria became the first African team to win more than 1 game in a single World Cup tournament and also advance to the quarter finals of the competition.

Ranked the lowest at 34th before the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain, D’Tigress have now emerged as the 2nd best team in Africa, replacing Angola.

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The Coach Otis Hughley tutored side recorded 3 wins in a row defeating Turkey, Argentina and Greece before losing to World number 1, USA in the quarter final.

While reacting to the latest ranking, NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida expressed delight in the hard work of the federation which saw a better prepared and motivated D’Tigress take on the world in a stunning fashion and has finally been recognised.

According to him, with the recent feat of the team in 2017 when they emerged as African Champions before shocking the world at the 2018 FIBA World Cup, it was just a matter of time before the team took its pride of place.

“What a way to start October for us as a team, federation and lovers of basketball. It was just a matter of time before this happened because the consistency of this team has been so amazing.”

Kida said although the federation is still not satisfied with where the team is, they will savour the new found status while it lasts as the NBBF will continue to work assiduously to ensure future success.

“Now, we have to double our efforts because it will no longer be business as usual. More recognitions bring stiffer oppositions because we are gradually becoming a team to beat.”

“Before now, the team was an unknown quantity, but with what they have achieved in the last 1 year, future opponents will pay more attention to them.”

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World Cup winners, United States of America retain its number 1 spot while Spain, Australia and France occupy the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place respectively.

Senegal who lost their quarter final playoff to Spain retained their 17th spot on the global ranking while Angola dropped 2 places to 20.

Mozambique also moved 2 steps backwards occupying 27th spot as Mali dropped 16 places to 40th.

FIBA Congratulates NBBF on World Cup Qualification.

The Federation of International Basketball Federations (FIBA) has congratulated the Nigeria Basketball Federation for being the first team in the world to qualify for the 2019 Men’s cup in China.

In a letter addressed to the NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida, FIBA Secretary General, Patrick Baumann said, picking a ticket to the World Cup was not just extraordinary but one that the NBBF should be very proud of as the first country to land in China.

“As we embarked on a new era with the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers, your early successful qualification, well before the end of the qualifications is a testimony to the strength of your team and of basketball in your country. Your Federation and its National Team can be proud of having achieved this important milestone and being part of the journey to China.”

The latest gesture is seen as a direct acknowledgement of the hard work of the new NBBF board efforts in re-positioning basketball in Nigeria since assuming office.

The D’Tigers under the tutelage of Alex Nwora who won a silver medal at the 2017 Afrobasket championship for men are currently on a 9-match winning streak and garnering 18 points in the process to become the first country in the world to qualify for the World Cup with 3 games left to play.

Nigeria’s D’Tigers,

The letter sent directly to the NBBF President read in part, “Allow me to sincerely congratulate you, your National Federation and your players, on behalf also of our president, Mr Muratore on the qualification of your National Team to the FIBA Basketball World Cup which will be held in China next summer.”

Having already qualified, FIBA wished the federation the best of outing in the last official games coming up in February, 2019.

They remain upbeat that the “FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2019 will be remembered for long and will mark a new era in the history of basketball and its World Cup.”

Nigeria’s D’Tigress Vow To End Women’s Basketball World Cup On A High

The women’s senior national basketball team have vowed to end the 2018 FIBA World Cup on a high note on Sunday when they face world number 5, Canada in the 7th and 8th position classification game.

Despite winning the first quarter of their play off against France by 20-18, they eventually lost by 86 points to 62 on Saturday.

Elonu Adaora led D’Tigress scorers’ chat with 15 points and 2 assists while ever dependable Evelyn Akhator scored 9 points, 2 assists and 6 rebounds which was not enough to secure the much coveted win.

France with height advantage dominated inside the paint recording 69% conversion rate from their attempts while 18 points were also scored against the D’Tigress from the 3 point line with the duo of Ciak Helena and Gruda Sandrine leading the charge against D’Tigress with 16 and 15 points respectively.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game, Head coach, Otis Hughley said the girls may be physically tired, but they are mentally ready to take on Canada and secure a win.

“Considering the number of games we have played since the world cup started, it has taken its toll on the players. The most experienced Center, Aisha Mohammed had to sit out this match because of injury she sustained against Turkey. She managed to rush back against USA, but we could not get her ready on time for the game against France.”

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Otis praised the Nigeria Basketball Federation for setting a standard with their organizational skills in getting the team prepared on time for the world cup.

“Early preparation made possible by the federation which saw us camp in Atlanta, Lagos and the friendly against Turkey in Istabul before the world cup was really helpful in getting us ready for our best ever finish by any African country in the history of the world cup.”

D’Tigress, ranked number 34 in the world defeated Turkey (7th), Argentina (15th) and Greece (20th) before setting up a quarter final clash with defending champions and world number 1, United States of America.

D’Tigress’ last game against Canada comes up by 11:30am

NBBF Deserves Accolades For Our World Cup Feat- D’Tigress

Members of the D’Tigress team have attributed their record breaking feat at the ongoing FIBA Women’s world cup to the unflinching support given the team by the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) under the able leadership of Eng. Musa Kida.

The team said the solid structure which has continued to cause upsets would not have been possible without the right condition and atmosphere they are currently enjoying from the federation.

Speaking ahead of their quarter final game against United States of America on Friday, they unanimously agreed that their focus is on winning the 2018 FIBA Women’s world cup gold to compensate the President and the entire board for a job well done.

Team captain, Adaora Elonu said the world should not just be fixated on what the girls have achieved at the world cup without paying special attention to those who made it happen.

“We have never had this good until now. The world is talking about Nigeria upsetting bigger foes, but before we got to this stage, some people (NBBF) have been working behind the scene to make sure that the players have the best of preparation and a conducive atmosphere heading to the world cup.”

Adaora said their success story which saw them win the 2017 African Women Championship and a quarter final ticket for the first time in the history of any African team cannot be complete without a special mention of Musa Kida and other board members.

Still buzzing from their quarter finals qualifiers win against Greece, the players are confident that they can upset USA on the road to a gold medal finish in appreciation of the ever supportive board and Nigerians.

Speaking after their last training session on Thursday, Atonye Nyingifa said the team’s ultimate target having qualified for the quarter finals is to be crowned world champions.

“That is our focus and that is what we are driving at. It just seems that for the past 2 years, our team has had great momentum which can be traced to the federation’s determination to see Nigeria do things right and rule the world.

“As long as we play together, stick together and do what we know to be our identity, I have no doubt in my mind that we are going for the gold.”

The forward who is not unaware of the threat posed by the world number one in their quest to win the coveted trophy said “We are going to expect them to come out playing hard and setting out with their best foot.

“They have a lot of height, speed on their team, they are a great team and they are projected to make it to the championships but I think we are going to go out there and give our best”, Atonye continued.

One of the tournament’s leading rebounders, Evelyn Akhator said “Nobody thought we would make it this far except for the President who said that Nigeria can shock the world. Whoever God wants to win will win no matter the level of opposition.”

Having defeated Turkey, Argentina and Greece who are all ranked in the top 20 in the world, Akhator is not perturbed playing against USA.

“It does not matter who we are facing. They will try to defend their title I really don’t care. We have come this far and we are not looking back

The game comes up at 11:30 am