U23 AFCON: Olympic Eagles go for Elephants with guns blazing

U23 AFCON: Olympic Eagles go for Elephants with guns blazing

PHOTO: Officials of the Nigeria embassy in Cairo, Egypt with players and officials of the Olympic Eagles on Thursday Cup holders Nigeria will refuse to negotiate dropping any of the three points when they confront the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in Cairo in Saturday’s opener to Group B of the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations. The tantalizing West African derby will unfold at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo – the same venue where the Super Eagles picked up the bronze medals of the 32nd AFCON after pipping Tunisia 1-0 in…

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2020 Tokyo Qualifier: Shooting Sport Federation Begins Trials

2020 Tokyo Qualifier: Shooting Sport Federation Begins Trials

    Nigeria Shooting Sport Federation (NSSF) is set to begin trials for its Shooters in preparation for the forth coming African Shooting Sport Championships (ASSC) billed for Tipasa, Algeria. Speaking to Journalists in Abuja, President of the Nigeria Shooting Sport Federation (NSSF) Brig.General Lonsdale Adeoye (Rtd), said the trials will help select athletes (Shooters) that would represent Nigeria at the African Shooting Sport Championships (ASSC) between 17-26 November, 2019 Adeoye said the African Championships would not just be a convergence of Professional Shooters from across Africa but would also…

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2020 Olympic: Nigeria firms up preparations, Ministry picks Kisarazu City for athletes’ camping 

2020 Olympic: Nigeria firms up preparations, Ministry picks Kisarazu City for athletes’ camping 

  The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kisarazu City, Japan for Team Nigeria to camp in the organic city ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare who jointly signed the MoU with the Mayor of Kisarazu City, Yoshikuni Watanabe, noted that the development tallies with the new direction of early preparation for tournaments. He said, “about three weeks ago, Nigeria started in earnest its Olympics preparations. We had waited for the…

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NFF President Pinnick, 4 others discharged, acquitted on alleged $8.4million, N4billion corruption charges

NFF President Pinnick, 4 others discharged, acquitted on alleged $8.4million, N4billion corruption charges

(From left to right) : NFF Second Vice President Shehu Dikko, NFF President Amaju Pinnick and NFF First Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi are among the NFF top officials discharged and acquitted by the Court today. Chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation, including its President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, have been discharged and acquitted on all counts of alleged corruption charges in a case brought by the defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel, SPIP. The panel, headed by Okon Obono-Obla who is now on the run to avoid prosecution by the Independent…

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FG, Ministry eager to receive IOC President Thomas Bach, World Press Briefing to herald visit

FG, Ministry eager to receive IOC President Thomas Bach, World Press Briefing to herald visit

        As we count days to the visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, His Excellency, Dr. Thomas Bach, the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Nigeria Olympic Committee is in high spirit to receive the number one man in the Olympic circuit. This visit to Nigeria further confirms that the government of Nigeria under the able leadership of His Excellency, Mahammadu Buhari is not only committed to the development of sports across board but using it as a…

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NPFL Round-up: MFM stuns former handler, Ilechukwu in away win to Heartland

NPFL Round-up: MFM stuns former handler, Ilechukwu in away win to Heartland

        Church owned side, Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC produced the opening shock of the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season when they claimed a 0-1 away win at Heartland FC in Okigwe. But that would not diminish Plateau United’s impressive 3-1 win over Lobi Stars in a fixture that had a former Governor of Plateau State on the stands cheering the Jos side. MFM FC had struggled for the most part of the pre-season after the loss of their enigmatic head coach…

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U-17 World Cup: Eaglets through to Round of 16 despite losing 2-1 to Australia

U-17 World Cup: Eaglets through to Round of 16 despite losing 2-1 to Australia

            Australia edged Nigeria 2-1 in the teams’ final Group B encounter at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ at the Estadio Bezerrão in Brasilia (Gama). Noah Botic continued his fine form in the tournament by netting a brace, scoring a goal in each half in what was an intense match with both sides enterprising in their attacking play. This was a significant result for the Joeys, not only for its immediate value in securing their qualification to the Round of 16 as one…

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Nigeria joins 187 countries to endorse Paris Convention Against Doping

Nigeria joins 187 countries to endorse Paris Convention Against Doping

        Nigeria has joined 187 other nations to endorse the Paris Convention Against Doping, in a move that underscores a common resolve to deem illegal drug use in sports as unacceptable. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare who led Nigeria’s delegation to Paris, France for the Seventh Session of the Anti-Doping Convention in Sports, disclosed Nigeria’s assent to the document in a tweet from his official Twitter Handle on the last day of the Convention. Mr. Sunday Dare wrote, “Paris Convention Against Doping: 188…

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Minister receives report on Nigeria’s performance at 2019 IAAF World Athletic Championship

Minister receives report on Nigeria’s performance at 2019 IAAF World Athletic Championship

      The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will not shy away from exercising its oversight on sports federation as it pushes for reforms in the running of the sports industry. The Minister, Mr Sunday Dare stated this at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Monday while receiving the report of the Ministerial Committee on the Performance of Nigeria’s Athletes at the Recently Concluded World Athletic Championships, Doha Qatar. The Minister thanked the committee for the level of commitment and patriotism they have exhibited, while assuring that…

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2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup hosting bid: Ministry, NFF Review Progress

2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup hosting bid: Ministry, NFF Review Progress

          The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development ended a meeting with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) late Monday with a resolve to update FIFA on the progress Nigeria has made in the bid to host the 2020 Under-20 Women’s World Cup. The meeting chaired by the Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare, had reviewed the progress made since FIFA’s inspection earlier in the year, with the observation that concerns raised by the world football governing body are being largely addressed. The Minister had told the meeting that…

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