Nigerian midfielder Mfon Johnson joins Slovenian Premier League club

Nigerian midfielder Marshal Mfon Johnson has confirmed he has joined Slovenian Premier League club, ND Gorica.

The 24 – year old midfielder completed his move to ND Gorica after signing a one and a – half year contract .

“I signed for 18 months. I have already played in two friendly matches .

“After coming back from a long injury, this is an opportunity to relaunch my career.

“ND Gorica is doing well in the league and are through to the semi – finals of the Cup,” Johnson told the club’s website.

The former Akwa United and Flying Sport Academy ace will play with the number 90 shirt, the same number he wore at his last club Honved Budapest of Hungary, for the remainder of this season.

Mitchell . O

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Spanish Segunda División side Cordoba sign Nigeria international Obiora Nwankwo

Spanish Segunda División side Cordoba has announced on its official website that it has reached an agreement with Nigeria international Obiora Nwankwo.

The 22 – year old central midfielder terminated his contract with CFR Cluj after the Romanian giants breached a section of the contractual agreement.

The Ex-Inter Milan and Parma player, has signed a contract with Cordoba for the remainder of the 2013/2014 campaign.

Cordoba C.F sit ninth on the league table with 33 points after 23 rounds of matches.

Mitchell . O

FIBA Africa Congress holds March 3-7 in Abidjan

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FIBA Africa Congress holds March 3-7 in Abidjan

FIBA Africa Congress to kick-start activities of the Africa Basketball Ruling body is schedule for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from March 3rd through 7th.

Activities of the 5th Congress will begin with an Executive Committee meeting slated for March 3rd followed by meeting of Presidents from the seven FIBA Africa Zones on March 5th.

The meeting will be rounded off with the Central Board Meeting on March 6th and 7th, 2014.

Segun Ikuesan

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas results: 28 January 2014

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The ITF has announced the latest results for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group I first round tie between China, P.R. and New Zealand taking place in Tianjin on 27-29 January.

The eight World Group first round ties and remaining Zone Group ties will take place this weekend on 31 January – 2 February, with the draws held on Thursday 30 January.

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 122 nations taking part in 2014. The competition is 114 years old having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper) Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and NH Hotels (Official Hotel), while Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner. Follow all the action on http://www.daviscup.com, http://www.copadavis.com, http://www.twitter.com/daviscup, http://www.facebook.com/DavisCupTennis and http://www.daviscup.tv.

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND
CHINA, P.R. leads NEW ZEALAND 2-1
Venue: Tianjin Tennis Centre, Tianjin, CHN (hard – indoor)

Wu Di (CHN) d. Michael Venus (NZL) 36 76(4) 62 16 63
Zhang Ze (CHN) d. Jose Statham (NZL) 67(5) 63 64 64
Marcus Daniell/Michael Venus (NZL) d. Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN) 63 76(3) 75
Wu Di (CHN) v Jose Statham (NZL)
Zhang Ze (CHN) v Michael Venus (NZL)

Premier League and Copa Del Rey fixtures January 28

England – Premier League

20:45 Swansea City VS Fulham

20:45 Manchester United VS Cardiff City

20:45 Norwich City VS Newcastle United

20:45 Southampton VS Arsenal

20:45 Swansea City VS Fulham

21:00 Crystal Palace VS Hull City

21:00 Liverpool VS Everton

Spain – Copa del Rey

21:00 Real Madrid VS Espanyol

NBA – Regular Season Results January 28

FT Milwaukee Bucks 86
L. A. Clippers 114

FT Oklahoma City Thunder 111
Atlanta Hawks 109

FT Philadelphia 76ers 113
Phoenix Suns 124

FT Brooklyn Nets 103
Toronto Raptors 104

FT Chicago Bulls 86
Minnesota Timberwolves 95

FT Utah Jazz 106
Sacramento Kings 99

ROAD TO SINGAPORE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES

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Chris Evert and Eugenie Bouchard helped officially launch the Road To Singapore and announce new elements that will turn the WTA Championships into an exciting sports entertainment experience.

The Australian Open may have come to an end, but there’s something else that’s just starting to gather steam – the Road To Singapore, which officially launched in Singapore on Monday.

WTA Championships Ambassador Chris Evert and Australian Open semifinalist Eugenie Bouchard were both on hand to officially launch the Road To Singapore, the year-long journey to the WTA Championships where the stars of the WTA compete across 54 tournaments and 33 countries.

Numerous new elements about this year’s WTA Championships that will elevate the fan experience were unveiled on Monday. First of all, it will expand into a 10-day sports entertainment event of competiton, exhibitions and activities for fans around the world. There will be seven days of competition this year as opposed to six, the doubles will be expanded to eight teams, and there will be a WTA Rising Stars Exhibition and WTA Legends Exhibition during the opening Fan Festival weekend.

The WTA has opened an office in Singapore, which will be part of the Singapore Sports Hub – the event venue. With the WTA and a Singaporean team living and working year-round in Singapore, a number of programs that will connect the WTA Championships with the people of Singapore will also be launched. Coaching workshops and a new WTA Future Stars program are also coming.

Also, the digital platforms for the WTA Championships were officially unveiled – the newly-launched official website (www.wtachampionships.com) and the official Facebook and Twitter pages. Through the dedicated platforms for the Road To Singapore, fans will enjoy unparalleled access to their favorite players’ season-long journey, including enhanced editorial coverage throughout all platforms.

And that’s not all. Monday was an absolutely packed day for Evert and Bouchard, who helped promote the Road To Singapore and WTA Championships throughout the day, including an inspirational forum with local kids (read about it here) and an Ice Kachang dessert-making session (read more here).

“We are excited to announce new elements of the WTA Championships that will engage the fans of women’s tennis with the WTA stars and turn our year-end event into a premier sports entertainment property,” Stacey Allaster, Chairman & CEO of the WTA, said. “The WTA is committed to the long term development of the sports community in Singapore and through numerous programs we’ve put in place, we look forward to growing our fan base and empowering people of the region through sports.”

“Asia continues to grow as a destination for global sports properties, with Singapore an important hub given its world class infrastructure and ability to host and execute to the highest level,” Andrew Georgiou, CEO of World Sport Group, commented. “The investment in the Singapore Sports Hub creates an opportunity not only to host global events such as this, but to do so in a way that offers an engaging experience for corporates, but also visitors as well as Singaporeans of all backgrounds.

“The WTA Championships Singapore will have something for everyone.”

: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3639820/title/road-to-singapore-officially-launches#sthash.X0GcvR1V.dpuf

Juvenile FC appoints Festus Allen as Director

Nigeria Nation-wide League one side, Juvenile Football Club of Ota, Ogun State has appointed Festus Allen as their new Technical
Director. The former Shooting Stars FC coach, who has been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the club secure promotion to the professional cadre of Nigerian football,and he is delighted to be offered the job.

“It’s a great opportunity to be given the task of managing a wonderful club like Juvenile FC. I want to thank the management
of the club for this great opportunity”

Chairman and financier of the club, Honourable Ayo Desmond Alabi is confident Allen with his wealth of experience can lead the club to the pinnacle of Nigerian football in the next few years.

Coach Festus Allen is an experienced gaffer, hence our decision to appoint him as the new Technical Director of Juvenile FC begins the club Chairman, Honourable Alabi said.

Juvenile FC would be vying for one of the two promotion tickets up for grabs in Group B of the Nationwide League that has the likes FC Ebiede, Gray FC, Ila FC,Ajiroba-Oni of Ife, Police Machine of Lagos, Rising Stars of Akure,Fountain FC of Ado-Ekiti, Afijio and Atiba United both from Oyo.

NFF, GFA finalise two-leg friendly fixture for U-17 girls

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The Nigeria Football Federation and the Ghana Football Association have finalised arrangements for a two-leg friendly fixture between the U-17 Women National Team of Nigeria, known as Flamingos, and their Ghanaian counterparts.

Ag. General Secretary of GFA, Emmanuel Gyimah formally requested for the fixture through a letter dated 23rd January, and the NFF responded positively through another letter the following day, signed by General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu.

Both teams, alongside Zambia, have qualified to represent the African continent at the 4th FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup taking place in Costa Rica between 15th March – 4th April, 2014.

“This is a very good thing and will certainly help the general preparation of our girls for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup,” noted
Amadu.

The first leg of the international friendly fixture will take place at the National Stadium, Abuja on Sunday, 2nd February with the return
leg to be played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, 9th February.

It would be recalled that the Flamingos, currently on a tour of some States of Federation which has seen them play against top-rated Clubs, qualified for the 4th FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals without kicking a ball, following the withdrawal of South Sudan.

Amadu disclosed on Monday that the NFF has made arrangements for adequate preparation of the Flamingos to do the country proud at the showpiece in Costa Rica.

“The girls will return from their tour of the Federation to play the two-legged friendly fixture with Ghana, and then travel to Faro,
Portugal for a three-week, final training camp before flying to Costa Rica for the final competition.”

Bala Nikyu’s girls are expected to fly into Costa Rica on 12th March for the tournament kicking off on 15th March. Nigeria play Mexico,
China and Colombia in Group D of the tournament, with her first match against the Chinese on 16th March.

ABIA WARRIORS NAME 35 FOR GLO PREMIER LEAGUE

Glo Premier League debutants, Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia has named 35 players for registration in readiness for the forthcoming Season. The list, compiled by the technical crew led by the Technical Adviser, Emeka Ezeugo consist of 20 new players as only 15 out of the over 35 players that shot the club to the summit of Nigeria’s club football could break into Ezeugo’s current team for the Premier League.

Among the old players who proved worthy after the team’s intensive camping and screening exercise include captain, Chima Uluocha who still skippers the side, Mohammed Garba, Sampson Chuks, Joseph Onuoha, Peter Onyekachi and top scorer, Chisom Chikatara while the duo of Marshall Okoro and Ndifreke Effiong crossed over from city rivals, Abia Comets.

Some of the new players include two strikers from abroad, Idriss Toure from Cote d’ Ivorie and Benin Republic’s Kuassi Judiceael.

Experienced continental campaigners like Emmanuel Fabiyi who captained Bayelsa Utd to the 3rd position in the Premier League last season and Abdulwasiu Sowemimo, who captained Kano Pillars to the semi-final of the African Champions League in 2008, as well as former Enyimba of Aba captain, Chidozie Johnson have also joined Abia Warriors.

Also among the new entrants are Ogbonnaya Okemiri, a two-time CAF champions League winner with Enyimba International and member of Nigeria’s supersand Eagles.

The 35 man list also contains the names of Onyekachi Okoye, Abbas Rabiu and Stanley Okoronkwo who has been recalled after spending last season on loan.

Addressing the players after their training session at the weekend, Technical Adviser Emeka Ezeugo admitted it was a herculean task to select the final 35 names as every player in camp did very well as the screening lasted.

The former Nigeria international, however, announced that his gate was still open for any player of exceptional quality and expressed confidence that with the boys he has selected, Abia Warriors will complete favourably in its Premier League debut season.

The full list
1. Joseph Onuoha
2. Chinedu Anozie
3. Emmanuel Fabiyi
4. Okoro Obasi
5. Walbe David
6. Nwabalogu Obinna
7. Chima Uluocha
8. Ogbonnaya Okemiri
9. Nelson Onyekachi
10. Chuks Sampson
11. Abdul Sowemimo
12. Amadi Obinna
13. Onyekachi Okoye
14. Chidozie Johnson
15. Salami Kingsley
16. Marshall Okoro
17. Ebuka Opara
18. Olumide Lukeman
19. Ugochukwu Obiegbu
20. Ifeanyi Onyeali
21. Ikechukwu Emmanuel
22. Peter Onyekachi
23. Chisom Chikatara
24. Idriss Toure
25. Arinze Okorie
26. Obarakpo Austine
27. Kuassi Judieael
28. Ndifreke Effiong
29. Philip Uche
30. Omosiwo Stanley
31. Stanley Okoronkwo
32. Amobi Ifeanyichukwu
33. Solomon Jock
34. Abbas Rabiu
35. Mohammed Garba

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas: date and venue change for Thailand v Hong Kong; latest results for China, PR v New Zealand

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nia Zone Group II tie between Thailand and Hong Kong. Instead of taking place in Nonthaburi, Thailand on 31 January-2 February this will now take place on 14-16 February at the Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club, Phuket, Thailand. The surface will be hard indoor.

The ITF has also announced the latest results for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group I tie between China, P.R. and New Zealand taking place in Tianjin on 27-29 January.

The eight World Group first round ties and remaining Zone Group ties will take place this weekend on 31 January-2 February, with the draws held on Thursday 30 January.

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 122 nations taking part in 2014. The competition is 114 years old having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper) Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and NH Hotels (Official Hotel), while Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner.

Follow all the action on http://www.daviscup.com, http://www.copadavis.com, http://www.twitter.com/daviscup, http://www.facebook.com/DavisCupTennis and http://www.daviscup.tv.

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I
CHINA, P.R. leads NEW ZEALAND 2-0
Venue: Tianjin Tennis Centre, Tianjin, CHN (hard – indoor)

Wu Di (CHN) d. Michael Venus (NZL) 36 76(4) 62 16 63
Zhang Ze (CHN) d. Jose Statham (NZL) 67(5) 63 64 64
Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN) v Marcus Daniell/Michael Venus (NZL)
Wu Di (CHN) v Jose Statham (NZL)
Zhang Ze (CHN) v Michael Venus (NZL)

Eagles Arrive Bloemfontein, Starts Training For Ghana…Kwambe Happy To Return

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria arrived Bloemfontein, venue of their semi-final clash against the Black Stars of Ghana on Sunday night to the warm embrace of Nigerians and residents of the city. Media Officer of the team Ben Alaiya reports that the first person to enquire about the team’s welfare on arrival was National Women’s teams coordinator, Aisha Falode, who is there in South Africa on CAF assignment.

The Nigerian team was split into two on the trip to Bloemfontein, with the first team made up of officials, arriving the city by 7pm, while the other half of players and coaches came into town at about 9:30pm.

The team is quartered at the President Hotel and Conference Centre, alongside the Zimbabwean national team who will be playing the first semi-final at the Free State Stadium against their Libyan opponents also on Wednesday. Residents of the city are already predicting a Nigeria-Zimbabwe final, as they think Southern Africa’s only pride remaining in the tournament are the Robert Mugabe boys.

The team will resume training on Monday evening in the city, while it is expected that it will be given a chance to feel the stadium for the game on Tuesday evening. There are lots of Nigerians here in Bloemfontein, because of its proximity to Johannesburg and other factors. “We don’t expect to lack support here because of the huge population of Nigerians and the fact that the Supporters Club is on ground”, declared team administrator, Dayo Enebi AChor.

Meanwhile returnee full back, Solomon Kwambe was full of smiles when asked about his return to the first team for the game against Ghana after seeing out his one match ban following two bookings against Bafana Bafana. “I thank my mates for keeping us in the tournament in my absence and I promise that if I am picked for the semi-final game I will make up for my absence in the previous game”.

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