Official club rugby makes a long overdue return to Lagos at the National Stadium, Surulere, on the 5th of April 2014 as the South West Rugby League kicks off the regional leagues as announced by the Nigerian Rugby Football Federation (NRFF).

The regional league includes the South West League, Northern League and South South League. These leagues will run concurrently this year and the winner of each regional league will contest in the Super League for the title of the 2014 best team in the country. The Northern League is comprised of seven teams, while the South West and South South/ East League comprise eight and four teams respectfully.

Eight clubs will contest the South West league over two rounds during a twenty four week season with all matches being played at the National Stadium. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Mr. Tunji Fasimoye, the Vice President and Technical Director of the NRFF, said it was important for the growth of rugby for players to get regular competition and opportunities to show their skills ahead of the international season.


“Nigerian rugby players around the country have been starved of regular competition and it is the NRFF’s intention that the leagues will provide players with the chance to play and put their hands up for selection to the national team ahead of the Confederation Of Africa Cup Group C tournament in Botswana in June,” Mr Fasimoye said.

The Vice President thanked CMB Building Maintenance and Investment Company for their drive towards the development of Rugby in Nigeria and their support in sponsoring the 2014 Regional Leagues. He also thanked the media for their growing support for rugby and acknowledged their role in rugby’s development.

The Chairman of the Friends of Rugby FOR (Mr Kelechuckwu Mbagwu) said the South West League, matches will be played every second Saturday with the first match of the day beginning at 10:30am and the last game ending at 6 pm. A lunch time interval, between the first two games and the last two games of the day, will provide opportunities for schools, women and social rugby games to share the platform and build a rugby culture in the country.

League points will be awarded on the basis of 4 points for a win, 2 points for a draw and 1 point for losing by 7 points or less. In keeping with international trends to encourage attacking rugby 1 bonus point will be awarded for scoring four tries or more in a game.

The draws for the South West League was conducted in the presence of the clubs and their captains.

“The media have a crucial role to play in growing and developing rugby. We count on you to help spread the word among boys and girls as little is known about the game. There are a lot of young boys and girls who would like to play the game and your reports on the matches and the leagues will help grow a fan base for clubs and the national teams,” he said.

Teams competing in the three regional leagues announced by the NRFF are:


1. Cowrie RFC
2. Police RFC
3. Lagos RFC
4. Hawckstar Athletics RFC
5. Racing RFC
6. Eco II RFC
7. Gosar RFC
8. Royal Stallion


1. Kano RFC
2. Kaduna RFC
3. Zaria RFC
4. Sabon Gari RFC
5. Jos RFC
6. Kano RFC
7. Barewa RFC


1. Abia RFC
2. Imo RFC
3. Delta RFC
4. Edo RFC



Lagos rules Okenla-Ojeaga National U-17 table tennis tournament

Lagos State has started yielding its reward in grassroots sports development, as the Nimota Aregbesola-inspired team emerged as the overall winner at the second Toyin Okenla-Ojeaga National U-17 table tennis championship.

The one-week tournament climaxed at the weekend with host – Lagos clinching four gold, three silver and four bronze medals to beat Ondo to the title.

Also, Ondo – a state which has been trailing Lagos in virtually most of the events, garnered two gold and two silver medals to play second fiddle to Lagos, while Kwara settled for third with one gold and one silver medals. Ekiti State-tutored by Olabode Ajayi has three bronze medals, while the national team also clinched one silver and two bronze medals.

To ensure that Lagos scooped the top prize, Aregbesola defeated Zainab Surmer of National Team 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 to clinch the girls’ singles title, while Amadi Umeh of Ondo State beat his compatriot – Sunday Akomolafe 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 12-14, 11-9, 13-11, 11-4 to win the boys’ event of the competition.

Over 25 states across the country participated in the championship held at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Speaking during the final at the weekend, the sponsor of the competition, Toyin Okenla-Ojeaga, said the tournament is part of her contribution to sports development especially, table tennis, a sport that brought her to limelight.

A trained nurse cum educationist, Okenla- Ojeaga expressed excitement at the raw talents exhibited by the players, saying it is an indication that there’s hope for the future in table tennis.

“This tournament may have exposed the players to the national team coaches whom I expect to be searching for younger players that will take over from the older ones. They should be able to discover future champions.

“I am also interested in the academy of the young stars. We don’t know how they are fairing educationally, but if not for time constraints I would have initiated a pre-tournament seminar to enlighten them of the importance of combining education with sports.
“We started the competition in Lagos with the players drawn across the state, but this year, we want to give players from other states of the federation the opportunity to showcase their talents, so that we can widen the scope of the championship. I am a passionate advocate of youth empowerment through education and sports. I believe that education and sports are fundamental to development. This will help to fortify people and help in achieving desired goals in life.

“My prayer is that they excel in both areas of their endeavours, and experience a bright future in the game,” she explained.
Asked if she wishes to bring on board other ex-internationals to expand the sponsorship of the competition, she said: “I tell you it takes a lot to be able to do this, it is not cheap. It is sacrifice, an act of giving that I expect to yield the desired result.

But for the President, NTTF, Wahid Oshodi, the competition would complement the efforts of the federation to discover talents as well as showcase the talents for further growth.

Eaglets’ Screening Open To All


Determined to offer more teenagers opportunity to stake a claim in the new set of Golden Eaglets, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has requested players within the age limit to try out their luck at the on-going screening holding at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project Site in Abuja.

Interested players are to report from Tuesday with a caveat that they would be responsible for their personal upkeep since they were not initially invited by the coaching crew when the exercise took off last Thursday.

Coach Emmanuel Amuneke said the team is still work in progress hence the need to further extend the dragnet to other budding talents: “Everything is well on course but we are not yet satisfied with what we have seen so far.”

“You don’t need a whole day or week to test the capability of a player and it is important we have a look at what others can do,” reasoned the former African Footballer of the Year.

Hundreds of players have already passed through the exercise but officials maintained that there is the need to have a pool of players
in store in case of any eventuality. Apart from documentary proof of their births, selected players would be subjected to the Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MRI) Test before they can be eligible to feature in the upcoming African qualifiers.

The continental soccer-ruling body, CAF, has already drawn the Golden Eaglets bye into the second Round of the 2015 CAN Under-17 Championship to be held in Niger. The Nigerian youngsters would meet the winner of the First Round decider between Burundi and Congo DR between July and August.

Our challenges, gains at WTF Youth Olympics qualifiers, junior championships, by taekwondists

They left unannounced but when they got to Taipei City in Chinese Taipei, they wowed the whole world with their beautiful display despite their inexperience and lack of exposure.

The Team Nigeria nine-man team that featured at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)-organised Youth Olympics Qualifiers as well as the World Junior Championships returned to the country at the weekend from the Asian country with a lot of gains as well as challenges that prevented them from fulfilling their potentials at the competitions.

The team tutored by the Coach Jin Beom Kim, would remain grateful to the National Sports Commission (NSC) as well as the Director General of the commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye for facilitating the trip despite the short time to prepare.

At the WTF Youth Olympics Qualifiers, none of them advanced beyond the first round but at the World Junior Championships some of them won their first round fights, which was an improvement for the team.

Although before the team embarked on the trip, Coach Jin Beom Kim never raised the hope of the team but he believed that the experience and exposure would count for the team in subsequent tournaments especially the forthcoming African Junior Championship holding in May in Botswana.

Impressed by the team’s performance after the world taekwondo ruling body discovered that the entire team was making their debut in an international competition, WTF was inspired to give Nigeria a wildcard for the 2014 Youth Olympics holding in August in Nanjing, China.

The taekwondists who spoke after their arrival at the weekend admitted that the trip has afforded them the opportunity to learn the new techniques in the sport.

Olushola Olowookere, who fought in the male -68kg of the World Youth Championships, said with the knowledge he acquired at the tourney, has boosted his morale

“Attending this competition alone was indeed a great experience for me. I gained a lot in terms of the new styles as well as new moves. Although, I lost my fight but I was able to watch other top athletes fight so that I can use what I picked up from there to help myself in subsequent competitions. I want to express our sincere gratitude to NSC, DG as well as the Korean coach for this rare opportunity given to some of us,” he said.

Abdullah Adegoke, who was one of the athletes that won his first round fight in the male -59kg, admitted that he was sure that going to Botswana in May, he has the wherewithal to clinch a medal.

Also, Adamu Abubakar Isa, who fought in the two events could not quantify the knowledge he gained from being part of the team, saying, “I think this would always remain with me and I look forward to breaking into the senior national team.”

Esther Godwin and Ogeh Ogochukwu who fought in the female events never believed they could wear the colours of Nigeria but their dream became reality in Taipei when they both featured in the two events.

“At least I was able to win one of my fights during the World Junior Championship and this alone has given me hope that with more training, I can conquer the continent in May before aiming to triumph over the world. I think my dream of winning medals for Nigeria in major competitions is getting closer,” Godwin proclaimed.

Like Godwin, Ogochukwu, believes her first appearance at the world tournament has ignited her passion to aim high in the sport. “I never expected that I will represent Nigeria but with what I witnessed in Taipei, I am now sure that with more hardwork, I am destined to be among the first set of female medalists for Nigeria at the Olympics,” Ogochukwu said.

However, two of the athletes are also expected to start their Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) on Monday March 31, as they spent at least three hours a day during the competition to study for the examinations.

Hamilton, Rosberg Make It 1,2 finish for Mercedes In Malaysian Grand Prix


After what as been described as an hat trick of pole positions, Mercedes Driver Lewis Hamilton has won the Malaysian Grand Prix from the front and he also lead team mate Nico Rosberg to the first 1,2 finish for Mercedes since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull completed the Podium in a race that saw Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso come in fourth, below is the the full leader board with time and Positions.

* Lewis claimed his 23rd Formula One career victory and his second for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS today at Sepang

* Finishing in second place, Nico achieved his 13th Formula One career podium and his 11th for the team

Now the Entire Formula1 train moves to Bahrain for the GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX, on the 6th Apr 2014.

Race Date: 30 Mar 2013

Circuit Name: Sepang International Circuit

First Grand Prix: 1999

Number of Laps: 56

Circuit Length: 5.543 km

Race Distance: 310.408 km

Lap Record: 1:34.223 – JP Montoya (2004)


Photo Courtesy Formula One – MERCEDES AMG

Leaderboard – Final Points Time/Lag Avg. mph

1 Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes 25 1:40:25.974 185.441

2 Nico Rosberg – Mercedes 18 +17.313 Sec 184.91

3 Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull 15 +24.534 Sec 184.69

4 Fernando Alonso – Ferrari 12 +35.992 Sec 184.34

5 Nico Hulkenberg – Force India 10 +47.199 Sec 184

6 Jenson Button – McLaren 8 +1:23.691 Sec 182.901

7 Felipe Massa – Williams 6 +1:25.076 Sec 182.86

8 Valtteri Bottas – Williams 4 +1:25.537 Sec 182.846

9 Kevin Magnussen – McLaren 2 -182.058

10 Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso 1 -181.247

11 Romain Grosjean – Lotus 0 -181.181

12 Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari 0 -181.177

13 Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham 0 -179.986

14 Marcus Ericsson – Caterham 0 -178.477

15 Max Chilton – Marussia 0 -178.473

16 Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull 0 -177.053

17 Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber 0 -179.176

18 Adrian Sutil – Sauber 0 -179.068

19 Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso 0 -171.867

20 Jules Bianchi – Marussia 0 -155.044

21 Pastor Maldonado – Lotus 0 -172.745

22 Sergio Perez – Force India 0 —

Meanwhile Red Bull’s Ricciardo given 10-place Bahrain grid penalty

Daniel Ricciardo has been handed a 10-place grid penalty for next weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix following an unsafe release from his third pit stop in Sunday’s race in Malaysia.

The Australian had pitted from fourth on track, but was released from his pit box with the left front wheel of his RB10 improperly secured.

Under 2014’s revised regulations, any driver who is unsafely released not only incurs a 10-second stop and go penalty, but also receives an automatic 10-place grid drop for the subsequent race.

Esperance book Club World Volleyball Championship’s ticket with 4th historic African title


2014 Men’s African Club championship- Final

Esperance Club (Tunisia) claimed the 2014 Men’s African Club Championship title following their victory over Ahly (Egypt) 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-14) in the competition final held at Olympic Hall in Sousse, Tunisia on Saturday to book FIVB Club World Championship ticket in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in May 5 to 11, 2014.

Defending champions Sfax (TUN) defeated their compatriots Etoile du Sahel 3-1 (20-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-21) to clinch the bronze medal.

This will be the second time for a team from Tunisia to take part in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship since the return back of its activity in 2009 after Sfax played last year in Brazil.

Etoile du Sahel recorded their 4th title after 1994, 1998 and 2000, while Ahly stayed as all time record holders with 10 crowns under their name in 1980, 1983, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2011.

Esperance (TUN) beat Ahly (EGY) 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-14)

Esperance started the match as the better side as they used the sharp hits of Elyes Karamosli from position 4 and Hichem ElKaabi from position 2. Ahly improved relatively before through their blockers to decrease the point deficit to 16-10 at the second TTO before Esperance maintained their dominance to win the set 25-19.

Ahly started the second set in a better performance with their big gun Ahmed Kotb sending his strong hits from position 2 as Ahly led 4-2 before Esperance controlled the match again with the skillful combinations of their setter Mahdi Ben Cheick. They continued their attacking action to win the set 25-20.

Esperance motivations increased, while Ahly dropped acutely in the third set as the Tunisian controlled the net action regularly to win the set widely 25-14 and the match in straight sets.

Bronze Medal match
Sfax (TUN) beat Etoile du Sahel (TUN)

Defending champions Sfax (TUN) took over Etoile du Sahel 3-1 (20-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-21) to clinch the bronze medal.

Etoile played their best in the first set to win 25-20 with their proper reception and good development of the attacks. Afterwards Sfax controlled the match and succeeded to win three successive set in their way to get the bronze medal.

5th place match
Setif (Algeria) beat Bourj Bouaririj (Algeria) 3-1(25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21)

Setif (Algeria) beat their compatriots Bourj Bouaririj 3-1(25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21) in the fifth place match. Setif finished 5th, while losers ended their campaign in the 6th place.

7th place match
Ahly Benighazi (Libya) beat Ahly Tripoli (Libya)

Ahly Benighazi (Libya) beat their arch rivals Ahly Tripoli 3-1 (27-25, 21-25, 25-13, 25-19) in a thilling encounter that showed a lot skills from both teams. Benighazi finished the competition at the 7th place, while Tripoli dropped to 8th.


Individual Awards

Best Setter: Mehdi Ben Cheick (EST- Tunisia)

Best Receiver: Elyes Karamosly (EST- Tunisia)

Best Libero: Anwer Touergui (CSS- Tunisia)

Best blocker: Ahmed Kadhi (ESS- Tunisia)

Best Server: Ahmed Abdelal (Ahly- Egypt)

Best Spiker: Ahmed Kotb (Ahly- Egypt)

MVP: Elyes Karamosly (EST- Tunisia)


Final Standings

1, Esperance (Tunisia)

2, Ahly (Egypt)

3, Sfax (Tunisia)

4, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

5, Setif (Algeria)

6, Bourj Bouaririj (Algeria)

7, Ahly Benighazi (Libya)

8, Ahly Tripoli (Libya)

9, FAP (Cameroon)

10, Prisons (Kenya)

11, Ettihad Misurata (Libya)

13, GSU (Kenya)

14, Ittihad Tangier (Morocco)

15, Bafia (Cameroon)

16, Port Douala (Cameroon)

17, Espoire (Congo DR)

18, Nemo Stars (Uganda)

19, Beau Vallon (Seychelles)

20, Auroridade (Mozambique)

21, Nahda (Sudan)

22, Mugher Cement (Ethiopia)

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World Series Of Boxing, Italy and Russo hit the canvas


Azerbaijan 5-0 Italy

The World Series of Boxing (WSB) “Bad Boys”, the Azerbaijan Baku Fires threw down the gauntlet to the other teams in this first Season IV quarter-final match-up.

In an emphatic statement of intent, the Fires systematically picked the Season II Champions, the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder apart, leaving them in need of a miracle to salvage their season. As it stands, the Fires will progress to the semi-finals unless the Thunder can win all five remaining bouts in the return leg, and even then they will have to win an additional tiebreaker. Italia fans fear that it will be almost impossible.

The Light Flyweights (46-49kg), Bantamweights (56kg), Light Welterweights (64kg), Middleweights (75kg) and Heavyweights (91kg) contested this match.

Bout of the match
Azeri Bantamweight Magomed Gurbanov found himself in all kinds of trouble early on in round one against Khedafi Djelkhir of France who was boxing for the Italia Thunder. The Fires man found himself on his back after a colossal shot early in round one and for a while it looked like we would be on the verge of witnessing a major upset. As the bout moved on however, the Azeri got himself back into contention and the Frenchman landed less frequently, whilst Gurbanov was able to put together some very fluid combinations. He hung in there to turn the bout around, and for sheer tenacity he deserves to be the Boxer of the match. But unfortunately he was piped to the post at the last moment and that accolade is reserved for…

Boxer of the match
… Abdulkadir Abdullayev, for his stunning first round knockout of World Heavyweight Champion Clemente Russo of the Italia Thunder. The Azeri dropped the great Italian at 2:36 of the very first round with an immense left hook to the body. This marked the first time in his 22 fight history in the WSB that Russo has been knocked out, meaning the London 2012 silver medallist now sees his record slip to 19-3. Abdullayev meanwhile takes his record to 9-2 and proves he is one of the WSB’s top Heavyweights. Moreover, having won five of those nine wins by TKO or KO, and averaging at least one such stoppage a season for over the last 4 years in the WSB, he must now be considered a fearsome boxer indeed. What is truly exciting is that the Fires boxer is still only 25 years old. What a prospect that makes him!

The turning point
Middleweights Khaybula Musalov and Bogdan Juratoni both looked good in the ring at Middleweight. The Azeri made it almost impossible for the Italian to off-load his punches in the first three rounds, but came off the gas in round four after comprehensively dominating the opening phases. Juratoni was unable to capitalise sufficiently though on this slow down and it was Musalov who walked out with the win.

Fact/Stat of the match
The Italia Thunder have the best home record in the WSB history, having now won over 100 bouts at home, and never having lost a match. To turn this quarter-final around in the second leg, they will need to draw on that record and produce a perfect performance, including winning a tiebreaker bout.

Wrap up
Mark Barriga of the Italia Thunder was unfortunate to see his night end as early as round two because of a cut stoppage caused by a big right hand from Khamza Nametov of the Baku Fires. The result was a good one for the Azeri, as Barriga had been seen as the Light Flyweight discovery of the season. Nametov, who now goes 3-1, with his only loss to Yasnier Toledo of Cuba, now stamps his own claim on that particular title.

Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev looked confident against Renato De Donato and secured a comfortable looking victory to take him to 4-1 in the WSB. The Azeri of course came to prominence after beating the Cuban Yasnier Toledo in Week 5. After slipping up in Week 9, this now gets him back on track. It will be interesting to see how his career develops from here.

Coming up next
The return leg will be a seriously difficult up-hill struggle for Italy on April 5 at the Casino Campione of Campione d’Italia.

Catch up!
Don’t miss out on anything with our new service! Highlights are provided with commentary shortly after each match so that you can keep up with the season as it unfolds.

Open water racing resumes in Cancun

After a thrilling start in Argentina (Santa Fe and Hernandarias), Cancun (MEX) will hold the third stage of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2014 on March 29.

11 women and 21 men from 15 countries will take the departure in the 15km race. Big names in the world of open water include Pilar Geijo (ARG, winner in Hernandarias), Silvie Rybarova (CZE, winner in Santa Fe), Angela Maurer (GER), Damian Blaum (ARG), Simone Ercoli (ITA, winner in Santa Fe) and Ivan Afanevich (RUS, winner in Hernandarias).

On April 5, Cancun will welcome the world’s finest marathon swimmers for the second stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014.

Many Olympic and World medallists will be on-hand, considerably heightening the level of competition: 2012 Olympic silver and multi World medallist Thomas Lurz (GER), 2012 Olympic bronze medallist and reigning 25km World champion Martina Grimaldi (ITA), 2013 World Cup overall winner Angela Maurer (GER), 2013 World 10km silver medallist Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) and 2013 World 25km bronze medallist Eva Fabian (USA), to name a few.



Hungarian swimming sensation Katinka Hosszu, reigning 200m and 400m IM World champion, will attend the SportAccord Convention taking place in Belek/Antalya, Turkey, on April 6-11.

The Iron Lady, also winner of the FINA Swimming World Cup tours in 2012 and 2013, will take part in the first-ever “Youth Club” conference session, which brings together young people from sport and media to share their tastes and sporting aspirations.

Together with coach and husband Shane Tusup, Hosszu, who first shined at World level by capturing gold in the 400m IM in Rome 2009, will be available to share her experience and discuss various topics, like her unrivalled versatility in the pool.

The 24 year-old will also spend some valuable time with young swimmers from the Turkish Swimming Federation during a practical session.

Source: FINA

CAF Confederation Cup Egwuekwe arrives Tunis


The arrival of Captain Azubuike Egwuekwe and Josiah Maduabuchi arrival in Bizerte , Tunisia for the second leg tie with C.A.Bizertin was well celebrated by the players and Officials of Warri Wolves, with the sole aim of making it to the second round in spite of the fact that the first leg in Warri ended without a goal to show for it.

According to the Media Manager Moses Etu, Azubuike who got married last weekend could not travel with the rest of the team while Josiah Maduabuchi was left behind due to paper works but both players have been training in Lagos under a Coach and arrived Bizerte successfully on Friday morning.

Speaking on the match, Azubuike expressed happiness that he has made it at last and vowed to use his experience to guide the team to victory.

Meanwhile, Etu has advised his colleagues to always verify their story before it is published, saying that it is unfortunate that some people could publish lies all in a bid to paint the Club in a bad light.

According to Etu, there is no truth in a story published by an online medium that the Club is owing players and that the Club travelled with 16 players to Tunisia without finding out why the Club travelled without two players who have since joined the team in Tunis.

‘ It is unfortunate that people could go to the extent of trying to destabilize our arrangement to have a good outing in Bizerte by coming out with a false story when all hands should be on deck to see that the team qualifies for the next round. It is only Warri Wolves that has successfully paid the salaries and allowances of players and Coaches for last season and we have also paid the bonuses and allowances of players including the victory over Elkanemi in a our only league match. We are not bothered because nobody can tarnish our image as we are up to the task”

Etu therefore urged all to disregard such report and pray for the team to scale through in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup in what promises to be explosive and exciting.

Lagos Junior League : WEEK 19 MATCH PREVIEW


The final week of the Lagos Junior League 2013/2014 Season has finally arrived, Surulere FC suffered a first half scare in their outstanding match against Oshodi Isolo but rallied back to win the game 2-1 at the Legacy pitch on Wednesday evening.

Oshodi who virtually extinguished Apapa Golden Stars’ title hopes last week looked set to repeat the feat against Surulere FC scoring a goal early in the first half. The Surulere side looked stretched and struggled to contain Oshodi in a torrid first half.

After the restart the Sport City boys looked more composed and quickly returned the favour exposing Oshodi’s weaknesses and scoring two goals in quick succession to finally take pole position in the final round of matches.

Surulere FC have to contend with Onigbongbo ultimate strikers at the Epe stadium on Sunday evening. It is a must win for Surulere team if they intend to win the Premier League title this season.


Y.M.D. Babes of OJO will take on Apapa Iganmu in what is most likely a mismatch at Alade stadium on This evening. A win for OJO is the most plausibe scenario but OJO FC’s focus will be on the result of the match at Epe between Onigbongbo Ultimate Strikers and Surulere FC.

In other Premier League encounters, Eti Osa East will take on Lagos Island, Oshodi will face Lagos Island East while Ajeromi Ifelodun will host Itire Ikate. Mosan Okunola will travel to face Odi Olowo while Agege and Mushin will tango at the Legacy pitch, surulere on Sunday evening.

In League 1, Orile Agege only require a draw to win the division when they face Ikorodu Central on Saturday afternoon.

Egbe Idinmu drubbed Ojodu 5-0 in the final match of the season and will fall to third if Ibeju Lekki win their final match against Ifelodun FC. Lekki FC’s fate as fourth is sealed inspite the outcome of their match against Epe Alaro.

Bariga FC narrowly edged Ojodu Fc to fifth place on goals difference. Shomolu FC, Yaba FC, Ikosi Isheri and Agbado Oke Odo are set to complete the top ten.

Jean-Claude Killy resigns as IOC member after overseeing successful Sochi Olympic Winter Games


Jean-Claude Killy resigns as IOC member after overseeing successful Sochi Olympic Winter Games

IOC President praises Killy, calling him a “sporting legend”

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Jean-Claude Killy has announced that he is stepping down as member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after two decades of service to the Olympic Movement.

The 70-year-old Alpine ski legend joined the IOC in 1995. He was a member of a number of IOC commissions, most recently chairing the Coordination Commission for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 (2007-2014).

IOC President Thomas Bach, who was informed of Killy’s decision some months ago, said Killy had had a profoundly positive impact on the Olympic Movement, both as an athlete and as an administrator.

“On behalf of the entire Olympic Movement I would like to express our sincere thanks and great appreciation for Jean-Claude’s outstanding achievements throughout his Olympic career,” President Bach said. “Having already been a sporting legend as an athlete, he later dedicated himself to the IOC, its values and ideals – also with great success. In this respect, I could mention many of his accomplishments, but I know that he himself would consider his unique contribution to the fantastic success of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games as his greatest achievement. Jean-Claude was a great ambassador of the Olympic ideals and I thank him for his many years of excellent service to the Olympic Movement.”

Killy is best known for winning three gold medals at the Grenoble 1968 Olympic Winter Games. He also won the World Skiing Championships three times between 1966 and 1968, was crowned Professional World Champion in 1973 and twice won the World Cup (1967 and 1968).

He was a member of the following IOC Commissions: Coordination for the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in Nagano in 1998 (1992-1998), Sport and Environment (1996), Finance (1998-2014), “IOC 2000” (Executive Committee, 1999), and IOC 2000 Reform Follow-up (2002). Killy was also the Vice-Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002 (1996-2002), and Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006 (2000-2006).

President Bach will propose that Killy be made an honorary IOC member at the next IOC Session in Monaco in December.

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