Pictures: Okonofua, other Golf winners emerge as curtains fall on 15th CBN Governor’s Cup 

December 4, 2022 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

The 2022 edition of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor’s Cup held in Abuja on Saturday November ended with overall winner and others emerging in various categories. The annual golf competition staged inside the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja, witnessed intense competition by no fewer than 200 participants. At the end, a banker Isaiah Okonofua from one of Read More

Pictures: Day of honour, applause as Emeka Offor emerges SWAN FCT Patron

December 1, 2022 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

Sporting media professionals under the aegis of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT on Thursday November 24,  2022 rolled out drums to celebrate outstanding personalities within the nation’s capital and the country. Top among those who deserved honour and was dully crowned SWAN Patron is Sir Emeka Offor, Chairman Chrome Group. The business mogul and well-known philanthropist whose wife Read More

VIDEO: Officials subject athletes to sleep on bare floor, damaged hostel space at National Sports Festival in Asaba

November 30, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

An embarrassing clip from Asaba, Delta state capital, venue of the ongoing 2022 National Sports Festival (NSF) has revealed accommodation space provided for elite athletes from various states. The video shot shows how mattresses were kept on bare floor inside a provided accommodation with damaged windows. According to Nigeria’s Ministry of Youth and Sports development, up 14, 000 athletes, aside Read More

Grassroots sports development in Nigeria: Challenges and prospects

November 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Ask any Nigerian sports administrator what their priorities are. They would simply tell you that grassroots sports development and harvesting of talents rank high on their wish list. So desirable is the need for developing sports at the grassroot level that successive administrations make it a catchphrase when rolling out plans for youths and sports at every given opportunity. Officially Read More

2022 Super 4: Bendel Insurance are champions

November 20, 2022 Editor 0

Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin have been crowned champions of the 2022 Nigeria National League after a deserved 2-1 win over Doma United Football Club of Gombe State in the league ending Super 4 tournament. The Benin Arsenals who finished as Group B1 leaders in the southern conference of the abridged regular season on June 12,2022 with 49 points Read More

World Rugby Council reinstates Nigeria

November 19, 2022 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

It’s a relief for Black Stallions and Nigeria rugby fans, as the World Rugby Council has reinstated the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) as a full member Union of World Rugby.  Nigeria’s reinstatement is with immediate effect, following a correspondence by the World Rugby Council dated November 11, 2022, and addressed to the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation President, Dr Ademola Read More

Shape up or be eased out, Dare tells federation presidents, secretaries

November 19, 2022 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has told various sporting Federation Presidents, Secretaries and board members to leave up to expectations in order to bring the needed innovative and progressive ideas in the sports sector. Dare who spoke when he met with Sports Federation Secretaries in Abuja on the immediate implementation of the newly approved National Read More

Pictures: Yohanna wins 2022 Lagos Women Run

November 12, 2022 Editor 0

Maisaje Vera-Yohanna from Plateau State has emerged the winner of the 2022 edition of the Lagos Women Run. She finished the 10km race in a time of 29.38.72 to emerge the winner of the seventh edition of the Lagos Women Run which took place on Saturday, November 12. Lagos State’s Haruna Hauwawu came a close second as she also broke Read More

Sports as an industry: Will new policy be the jinx-breaker?

November 11, 2022 Jantiku Ijanada 0

Sports is a form of entertainment that brings people of different tribes, religions, ethnicities, race, class and even political ideology together. It gives all a sense of belonging hence, the saying: ‘sport is a unifying force’ is more of a reality than it is a statement. Sports is also a form of employment that provides legitimate means of livelihood and Read More

With 200m people, Nigeria still failed to qualify for 2022 World Cup – Peter Obi

October 30, 2022 Rosemary Moribirin 0

The Labour Party’s flag bearer, Peter Obi has expressed displeasure over Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup match in Qatar. He assured that his administration, will invest in sports, if voted for in the forthcoming election. Obi gave his assurance during his campaign flag-off at Nasarawa state, Saturday. He also promised that he will work with his Read More

[Breaking] Premier League: Haaland strikes history with third consecutive club hat-trick in Manchester derby 9-goal thriller

October 2, 2022 Editor 0

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland became the first player to score three successive Premier League home hat-tricks as Manchester United were humiliated in the derby at Etihad Stadium. Haaland’s rampage this season continued as he made it 17 goals in 10 games since his move from Borussia Dortmund and Phil Foden also scored a treble as City closed the gap on Read More

SWAN FCT congratulates Abba Yola over Sports Icon Award

September 27, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter has rolled out drum in celebration of Alhaji Abba Yola, Chief of Staff to Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare, who was prestigiously honoured as the Pan African Icon of Sports Award. SWAN FCT Chairman, Mr. Ndubueze Chidoka, in an official congratulatory message in Abuja on Monday, described Read More

FIFA sells 2.45m tickets ahead 2022 Qatar World Cup

August 19, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

Organisers have sold 2.45 million tickets for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, world soccer governing body FIFA said on Thursday, with more than half a million of them sold in the last sales period from July 5-16. FIFA said the biggest number of allocated tickets were for group stage matches like Cameroon v Brazil, Brazil v Serbia, Portugal v Read More

Breaking: CAF unveils $100m Africa Super League *See details

August 10, 2022 Editor 0

Caf president Patrice Motsepe has launched Africa’s Super League with prize money of $100 million. During the 44th Caf Ordinary General Assembly on August 10 in Arusha, Tanzania, Motsepe said each member association is set to benefit from the money accrued from the inaugural competition set to begin in 2023. “We announced on July 3, 2022, that the total prize Read More

Pictures: Team Nigeria captains, flagbearers emerge as Commonwealth Games opening ceremony holds Thursday

July 28, 2022 Editor 0

The captains and flagbearers of Team Nigeria for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom have emerged. The captains are Nnamdi Innocent, one of Nigeria’s leading men powerlifter and Blessing Oborududu, top women wrestler, a silver medalist at the last Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan and gold medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The flagbearers at Thursday’s Opening Ceremony Read More

Buhari celebrates track superstar, Tobi Amusan, for record victory at World Athletes Championship 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday congratulated Tobi Amusan for winning the women’s 100m hurdles gold for Nigeria at the World Athletics Championship 2022, setting a new world record in the semifinals of the athletic event and becoming the first Nigerian to win a World Championship. The President joined millions of Nigerians in celebrating this outstanding feat by a compatriot and two-time Read More

2022 Commonwealth Games: First batch of Team Nigeria contingent head to Birmingham

July 23, 2022 Editor 0

The first batch of Team Nigeria athletes to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham left the country on Friday. A group left through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos while the other left through the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja. The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee(NOC) Engineer Habu Read More

Dare reveals ultimate priority as sports minister

July 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has reiterated that welfare of athletes has remained a priority for him since assuming office in 2019. In a chat with Journalists in Abuja, Dare said, “Before I assumed office, I knew that welfare of athletes will always be key to their performances. This was why I immediately introduced the athletes’ Read More