Friday, 16 February 2018

Akila described MFM FC versus Akwa United match 'important game'

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries teenage striker, Akila Jesse has described Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 8 rescheduled fixture involving his team and Akwa United important match.

The 2018 CAF Champions League campaigner will host Akwa United today (Friday) at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium in a game that promises to be highly entertaining but one of MFM FC new recruits, Akila believes the encounter is more than just a game.

"Akwa United is a very big team and that's why the match is a very big match for us aside from it being a very big match it's also an important match for us because we need to take all the three points" Akila stated.

The teenager who has netted twice this season for MFM FC in his first five NPFL games with an assist to his name says victory from the game will boost his team's confidence level ahead of the return leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round one match against AS Real Bamako.

"Looking at our position on the log, we are quite down and we need these three points so that our confidence level can be high going into the CAF Champions League match coming up on Tuesday. 

"We need this victory and that's why it's a very important match for us," the Jos-born striker concluded.

The Uyo-based team are currently top of the league standings with 16 points from seven NPFL matches. MFM FC on the other hand are 17th on log with nine points. A win for them will take the team to a better position on the 20-team NPFL table.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

D’Tigress to battle Turkey, Argentina and Australia

D’Tigress have been grouped alongside Turkey, Argentina and Australia for the 2018 FIBA women’s world cup taking place in Tenerife, Spain.

At a brief ceremony held on Tuesday at the Teatro Leal, San Cristobal de la Laguna, Spain, Nigeria was drawn in group B for the biggest women basketball tournament coming up between 22nd and 30th of September, 2018.

The team will be hoping to surpass their 2006 outing where they lost all their group games against China, Russia and United States before suffering another defeat in the classification game against Senegal to finish 16th.

Reacting to the draws,Dallas Wings player and one of the most influential Nigerians in the WNBA, Evelyn Akhator said, “I think it will be a great outing for us being drawn alongside Australia, Turkey and Argentina. I have watched the Turkish national team play and I am confident that we will surmount them. On the other hand Australia and Argentina, we will give a good fight with all hopes of winning.”

A confident Akhator who powered the D’Tigress to their Afrobasket win in Mali believes that there is an endless world of possibilities if the team can have a good preparation coupled with relentless effort and determination of the players as well as the management.

“A build up on our previous success at the Afrobasket would surely bear fruitful result.”

Head coach of the side, Sam Vincent revealed that the draws has officially kick-started their preparation for the world cup and their goal of securing a medal.

“I am excited and confident about our position in the pool drawing for Spain.  It moves us one step closer to our goal of securing a medal in the 2018 FIBA World cup”.

The Vice President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Babs Ogunade expressed optimism about the team’s ability to make it out of the group which he described as ‘interesting.’

“We are sure to make it to the next round, then one game at a time. We are the dark horses here and it is a good place to be so as to spring surprises. We have our hearts and heads in a good place.”

According to the organisers, the Group Phase will be held in Tenerife Sports Pavilion Santiago Martin in San Cristóbal de La Laguna and the Palacio Municipal de Deportes "Quico Cabrera" in Santa Cruz.

The Final Phase will take center stage in the Tenerife Sports Pavilion Santiago Martin.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

AFRICAN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Adekuoroye gunning for Gold

World silver-medalist Odunayo Adekuoroye says she is fully prepared and focused on winning a 4th gold medal at the 2018 African Wrestling Championships which begin in Port Harcourt at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre on First.

 

The 3-time African Champion added that her participation in Season 3 of the Pro Wrestling League in India served as preparation for the African Championships.

 

In a chat with NWF Media, the 24-year old, who will be fighting in the 57kg weight class expressed optimism in her chances of excelling at the tournament.

 

“I believe I have trained, and the Pro Wrestling League in India has really helped me too to prepare for this (African) Championships,” the 2014 Commonwealth gold-medalist said.

 

“So I believe I’m full prepared, and I believe by the special grace of God, something good will come out.”

 

Speaking of what should be expected from her in the tournament, Adekuoroye said: “They should expect good from me because I’m ready to defend my title.

 

“I wouldn’t want to disgrace my country, and I wouldn’t want to disgrace my fans too.

 

“So I believe by the special grace of God, I’m going for gold,” she said.

 

The 2018 African Wrestling Championships starts in Port Harcourt on Wednesday (today), 7thFebruary and ends on 11th February. The opening ceremony of the event takes place by 6:30pm local time.

 

The Wrestling Sensation is expected to take to the mat on the final day of competition.

AFRICAN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oborodudu Confident Of Winning 8th Successive Gold Medal

Blessing Oborodudu says she is confident of claiming an 8thsuccessive continental gold medal at the 2018 African Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt.

 

The 7-time African wrestling Champion, who is seeking an 8th title, will have to do so in a new weight category, 68 kg. She formerly competed in the 63 kg class.

 

Nonetheless, she told Nigeria Wrestling Federation Media that she is ready to defend her African crown in her new weight category, adding that preparation for the African Championships has been going on well.

 

“The preparation for the African Championship has been good, we have been in camp for about three weeks,” the Bayelsa-born freestyle wrestler said. “So I’m ready to go.

 

“This will be my 8th time of winning the African Championship, and this 2018 is in a different class (68kg). It is no more 63 kg again.

 

“I’m equally preparing for them (the wrestlers in that weight class); I know most of them there. I think I’m good to go.

 

“By the special grace of God, I have the full confidence that I will win the gold medal,” a confident Oborodudu concluded.

 

The 2018 African Wrestling Championships takes place in Port Harcourt from 7th to 11th February at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre. It is the first time Nigeria will be hosting the competition.