Okowa Says Investment In Sports Complements Economic Development

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Governor, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday said the state government’s investment in sports would boost sports tourism and complement development of the state’s economy. Okowa made this known when he received on courtesy call, the President and National Executive Committee members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) at Government House, Asaba. He said that the best time to identify talents was in their young ages, and assured that with the numerous sports facilities and competitions in the state, Delta was being developed to become a tourism…

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT: Okowa Bags SWAN Special Merit Award

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Governor, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Okowa was on Tuesday honoured with a special merit award for high performance and excellence in school and youth sports development in Nigeria by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, (SWAN). The award was presented to Governor Okowa at the sidelines of the 2021 Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup finals at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. National President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr Honour Sirawoo said Okowa was being recognised for his outstanding accomplishments in sports development in Delta and Nigeria…

FC Bayern Diplomatic After Lewandowski Ballon d’Or Snub

PARIS/France: Robert Lewandowski and FC Bayern Munich did their best to hide their disappointment after Lionel Messi beat him to the Ballon d’Or. However, former Bayern star, Lothar Matthaeus, was adamant the Poland striker should have won. Lewandowski was awarded the new striker of the year award at the gala in Paris on Monday after journalists had decided France Football’s big prize should go to Lionel Messi for a record-extending seventh time. Messi won a major international honour this year as Argentina captured the Copa America but Matthaeus was staggered…

Don’t Be Addicted To Gambling” – Oyo Gaming Board Cautions

IBADAN/Nigeria: The Director-General, Oyo State Gaming Board, Mr Olajide Gboladuro, on Sunday in Ibadan cautioned residents against addiction to gambling. Gboladuro said at a news conference that parents should also refrain from using their children’s school fees to gamble or to stake bets. According to him, the board has been carrying out sensitisation to encourage the general public to gamble as it is legal, but will not encourage irresponsible gambling. “That is the reason the board comes in as a regulator; if gambling is not legal, it will not be…

Valleystream British School Wins Zenith Bank Delta Headmasters’ Cup

ASABA/Nigeria: Valleystream British School, Sapele, has emerged winners of the 2021 edition of the Zenith Bank Delta Headmasters’ Football Cup for primary schools in the state. A total of 497 primary schools participated in the tournament, before the final match played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Thursday. Valleystream British School clinched the star prize of a school bus and N1million cash, after defeating Ogbe Primary School, Effurun 2-1 with their opponent going home with N750,000. Earlier before the finals, Destiny Group of Schools, Ughelli beat Royal Foundation School,…

Ondo’s Joy Abiye Wins Lagos Women’s Run 2021, Carts Home ₦1m Prize Money

LAGOS/Nigeria: Joy  Abiye of Ondo State returned a time of 33:41:4 to win the just concluded 10km Lagos Women Run 2021 in Lagos, receiving a cash prize of N1 million. The event, in its 6th edition, saw no fewer than 50,000 women from all over the world registering for the event, which flagged-off at exactly 7.00am at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, and culminated at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos Island. Medical checkups were conducted for the athletes before they started, including aerobic warm-ups. The front runners began arrived the…

Usyk’s Promoter Says Talks for Rematch with Joshua to Begin Soon

ASABA/Nigeria: Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will initiate plans for a rematch by discussing the probable venue for the fight, Usyk’s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk stated this in a news monitored in Asaba on Thursday. Joshua lost his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts to Ukraine’s Usyk on a unanimous points decision in front of a sell-out crowd at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said in October that the British boxer triggered his clause for a rematch against heavyweight rival, Usyk and that the fight could…

Rivers Angels Lose To Mamelodi Sundowns, Out Of CAF Women’s Champions League

CAIRO/Egypt: Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt are out of the maiden CAF Women’s Champions League in Egypt, after losing 0-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa on Tuesday. A first half goal by Zanele Nhlapho in the 17th minute sealed victory against the Nigerians at the El Salaam Stadium, Cairo. The game saw the Port Harcourt side create lots of scoring chances it could not convert to goals. However, a 53-minute goal by Maryann Ezenagu for Coach Edwin Okon’s side was canceled by the referee. With an earlier 0-3 loss…

300 Participants For Maiden Grassroots Basketball Workshop In Abuja

ABUJA/Nigeria: The Vita Initiative, an NGO, on Sunday, announced that no fewer than 300 participants would be participating in the Maiden edition of the grassroots basketball workshop in Abuja. The Founder of the organisation, Kingsley Aigbonoga, confirmed this in an interview  in Abuja. Aigbonoga popularly known as Peekay, said that the workshop with the theme, “Basketball Life and Leadership: The well-rounded athlete,” would hold on Nov. 4. He said the workshop would focus on inspiring the youths to look beyond their dreams and aspiration in the game and invest in…

De Kock Withdraws From Team After South Africa’s Take-A-Knee Directive

DUBAI/Nigeria: Star wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock has dramatically withdrawn from the South Africa line-up to face the West Indies. This was as a result of South Africa’s directive for all their cricketers to take a knee in the rest of the T20 World Cup. Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced a couple of hours before the Super 12 contest in Dubai that the gesture be carried out before every match. It said this was for them to take “a united and consistent stand against racism.” De Kock has previously elected not…