United States of America based Nigerian Alex Nwora has been named as the new head coach of the D’Tigers team ahead of their 2017 Men Afrobasket tournament title defence. This was made known on Wednesday by the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Engineer Musa Kida ahead of the Senior Men’s national team’s exercise expected […]
The Nigeria Basketball Federation has assured that the list of D’Tigers’ players to be invited for the 2017 Afrobasket title defense will be released soon ahead of the tournament to be co-hosted by Tunisia and Senegal between 8th and 16th of September, 2017 The Vice President of the federation, Babs Ogunade, said on Sunday that […]
Nigeria’s senior national male basketball team, D’Tigers began their Olympic preparation on a good note, beating the Chinese team, hosts of the 4-Nation tournament, the 2016 Stankovic Cup in Beijing yesterday 79-71. The coach of the Chinese team, Gong Luming who blamed the loss on the absence of his key player and former NBA star […]
The out-going year 2015 provided a mixture of sweet and sour taste for Nigeria’s sporting atmosphere with failures and successes.
Nigeria began the year in sadness following the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Equatorial Guinea after Morocco refused to host the tournament due to the breakout of the Ebola Virus in some parts of Africa.
Nigerians painfully watched the AFCON 2015 on television as Ivory Coast defeated Ghana 9-8 Via penalty shootout to lift the trophy for the second time on February 8.
The Golden Eaglets went to Niger Republic for the CAF U17 tournament, in February, and finished 4th, after losing 1-0 to South Africa in the semifinal and a woeful 3-1 loss to Guinea in the third place match, though that was enough to qualify them for the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup. Victor Osimhen emerged the top scorer with four goals, and Mali was crowned the champions.
In March, the Flying Eagles brought relief to sport lovers by winning the CAF U20 Championship hosted by Senegal and as a result qualified for the FIFA U20 World Cup hosted by New Zealand. Musa Muhammed emerged the top scorer with four goals and Bernard Bulbwa’s goal against Senegal in the final was rated the best of the tournament.
In August, Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers won their first ever AfroBasket, beating Angola in the final 74–65 in Tunisia. Chamberlain Oguchi was named tourney MVP.
By winning the title, Nigeria automatically qualified for the 2016 Olympics. The next three best-placed teams, Angola, Tunisia, and Senegal, each secured a spot in next summer’s final FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
In same month, it was a woeful outing for Nigeria at the World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China as none of its 16 athletes who represented the country could get a medal.
Kenya emerged the overall winner with seven gold, six silver and three bronze medals.
But the story changed for Nigeria in September, when, at the All Africa Games, she finished second behind Egypt. The West African giants had a total of 144 medals, claiming 47 gold, 55 silver and 42 bronze.
In para-sport at the same tournament, Nigeria finished top with 12 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze, totaling 31 medals.
Still in September, Nigeria finished 7th at the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Apia, capital city of Samoa with six gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
At the 2015 World Wrestling Championships, Nigeria was only able to finish with one bronze medal, thanks to Odunayo Adekuoroye in the women’s freestyle category.
In October, Nigeria finished 3rd at the AfroBasket Women 2015. They lost by just one point (71-70) to host Cameroon in the semifinal, but went ahead to beat Angola 65-55 in the third place. That feat was not enough to seal a qualification ticket for the Rio 2016 Olympics as only two teams (first and second) can represent the continent at the tournament.
In October/November, the Golden Eaglets went on to win a record 5th FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile, beating West African brothers Mali 2-0 in the final. Victor Osimhen again emerged the top scorer, but this time, with 10 goals. Compatriot Kelechi Nwakali was the tournament’s best player. Nigeria scored 23 goals and conceded five.
In November, Enyimba won the 2014/15 Nigeria Professional Football League a record 7th time with 70 points.
Akwa United defeated Lobi Stars 2-1 to win the 2015 Federation Cup. A sumptuous free kick in the first half through Namso Edo and a rocket shot from Abdullafeez Afeez in second half ended the long wait by the Promise Keepers as they secured the first Federation Cup title in the club’s history in style.
In December, Nigeria ended the year on a rather bright note as the Nigeria Under23 Men’s Football team, led by Samson Siasia, won the U23 AFCON tournament held in Senegal. The feat also saw Nigeria qualify for the men’s football event at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Oghenekaro Etebo emerged the top scorer with five goals while Okechukwu Azubuike was voted the tournament’s best player.
Sir, permit me to wish you a belated happy birthday and I pray that the Almighty God hold you tightly and bless you with good health, wisdom and all you desire to do to move Nigeria to greater heights.
I am writing you as a patriotic Nigerian, Sports Journalist and advocate to do the needful for the citizens of the Nation who have gone through fire and brimstone to bring joy to the faces of millions in the Nation.
Sports in the Year 2015
The outgoing year 2015 is one of the best that Sports have had in recent times, our athletes have done superbly well in different sports and also some fine administration and management were put in place in the nation. The Presidency has kept mute and riddled with mixed reports of promises and cut away pay of entitlements for Athletes.
Nigeria broke and created records, set new trends in the global world of sports.It is good to quickly note that our own track queen, Blessing Okagbare was honoured by the Guinness books of records for her fantastic run in the Diamond League as the only sprinter with the highest appearances.
Scrabble in 2015
A world record was created in scrabble by Wellington Jighere, he won the world scrabble championship and became the first ever Nigerian and African to do so. He beat 129 competitors to win a championship where he defeated Lewis MacKay with four straight wins at the best-of-seven finals.
Football in 2015
Football also did well this year with the U17 Golden Eaglets winning the FIFA world cup back-to-back, the U23 men’s national team also won the African youth nations cup in Senegal.
Nigerian league club Enyimba international has created a new record in the Nigerian premier league by winning the title for the seventh time.
Basketball in 2015
The Senior National basketball federation aka DTigers won the 2015 edition of the Afrobasket tournament for the first time ever making Nigeria proud, players were honoured at the end of the tournament, it is good to let you know that a Nigerian won the MVP of the tournament.
Athletics and other sports
A Nigerian athlete broke a world record in weightlifting at the Para-sports category, she also created a new one at the all African games which took place in Congo Brazzaville. Wrestling won five gold medals while Athletics won three gold medals at the All African Games.
Why honour them?
Sir, you are owing these great men and women an honour and decorations, and it is imperative for you to give them their entitlement as bonafide Nigerians who have served diligently. If you honour these ones, it will make them feel loved and of course accepted for their effort. It will also encourage the upcoming athletes at the grassroot level to help the Nation.
It is a custom and norm in our nation for the federal government to appreciate athletes who served in truth and fairness.
In conclusion Sir, permit me to add a fact that you promised to redeem the unfulfilled promises you made to the 1985 world-cup-winning U17 squad.
I hope my request get a speedy and positive response. Thank you!
Having been nominated in two categories of this year’s prestigious Nigerian Sports Award, 2015 Afrobasket Most Valuable Player (MVP), Chamberlain Oguchi believes his consideration for the award has indeed humbled him.
Oguchi, who plies his trade with Anwil Basketball Club in the Tauron Basketball League of Poland, said his nomination showed that Nigerians really appreciate D’Tiger’s efforts to bring honours to Nigeria at the 2015 Afrobasket Championship.
“I am honoured and humbled to be nominated for Ball Sportsman of the Year and Sportsman of the Year. It would mean the world to win these awards. I want to thank the Nigerian public for recognizing me, and I hope to wear these awards proudly in representation of the 170 million plus Nigerian inhabitants as well as Nigerians across the world,” he said.
He also lauded the organizers of the Nigerian Sports Award for the initiative to recognize and reward athletes that have done Nigeria proud across the globe.
Oguchi and 2014 ITTF Star Player, Aruna Quadri are both nominated for the Ball Sports Award and the Sportsman of the Year award while Oguchi will also be competing against his teammate, Olumide Oyedeji in the Ball Sports category alongside Quadri.
The Coach of the National Men’s Basketball team, William Voight will be competing with Are Feyisetan, Nigerian Powerlifting Coach and the Women Cycling Coach, Bashir Mohammed for the Coach of the Year category.
Nigerian Wrestler, Boltic Sinivie, tackles Efe Ajagba (Boxer) and Henry Hendrix (Kungfu) are the top three nominees for the Combat Sports Person of the Year while Awoniyi Taiwo (Footballer),Kelechi Nwanaga (Javeline), Amusan Tobiloba (Hurdles) top nominations for the Discovery of the Year category.
In the Football category, Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie and Ngozi Okobiare contesting for the Footballer of the Year (Women) category while Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa and the top scorer, in the ongoing 2015 GLO Nigeria professional football league, Tunji Adeniji are the top nominees for the Footballer of the Year (Men).
World record breakers at the just concluded African Games, Yakubu Adesokan, Loveline Obiji, will slug it out with Lovina Onyegbule for the Special Sports Person of the Year while the President of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali battles Director General of the National Sports Commission, Yakmut Alhassan for the Sports Administrators of the Year category.
Weightlifter, Balqis Otunla tackles Loveline Obiji and Lovina Onyegbule for the Sports Woman of the Year award while Yakubu Adesokan, Chamberlain Oguchi and Aruna Quadri are the top three nominees for the Sports Man of the Year.
For the School Sports Award, Eyeanugie Primary School, Edo state, winners of the Channels kid cup award, 2015, Rochas Okorocha Foundation College, winners of Shell cup 2015 battles the former winner of the category, Greensprings College for the award.
The Nigerian Men Basketball Award team, D’Tigers, the Women Cycling Team and Beach Volleyball team are the three top nominees for the Team of the Year category.
Kelechi Nwanaga (Javeline), Uke Claire (Discuss),Tosin Oke (Triple Jump) a gold medalist at the just concluded All African Games are the top three contenders for the Track and Field Star of the year whileMariam Usman battles Balqis Otunla for the weightlifter of the Year award.
The public voting for Sportsman and Sportswoman which commenced on Wednesday 7th of October 2015 and will close on Sunday 15th November 2015. Members of the public are expected tosend SMS SMOTY for Sportsman of the Year or SWOTY for Sportswoman of the Year and the name of the athlete to 33140 or nominate through twitter using the hashtag #SWOTY or #SMOTY and the name of choice winner to @ngrsportsaward.
The 2015 Nigerian Sports Award event is schedule to hold on Friday, November 20, 2015 at the Marquee, Oceanview, Eko Hotel , Lagos.
Organizers of the prestigious Nigerian Sports Award, Unmissable Incentives Limited have announced that the nominations of Sportsmen and Women for the different categories of awards for the 2015 edition would close on Saturday, September 26, 2015
Kayode Idowu, Executive Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, disclosed this in Lagos on Monday while briefing the media on developments on the 2015 edition of the Nigerian Sports Award.
Idowu revealed that the nominations for this year’s edition of the award was deliberately prolonged to close after the just concluded All African Games to accommodate the different major sporting activities for the year.
“In the past, we have had instances where some Nigerian Sportsmen and Women recorded some outstanding performances during the course of the award year but couldn’t make it into nominations. This is why we decided to ensure that nominations for this year closes at the end of all the major sporting events” he said.
He then used the opportunity to commend and congratulate the Nigerian athletes to the just concluded All African Games for the outstanding performance and medal haul at the tournament.
He also commended the Nigerian Basketball Team, D’Tigers for winning the recently concluded FIBA Africa Basketball competition and picking the ticket to compete in the Basketball event at the next Olympic games billed to hold in Rio, Brazil.
Idowu called for Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the remaining few days to nominate their favourite Nigerian athletes who have recorded excellent performances in their various sports during the course of the year.
He urged Nigerian sports enthusiasts to visit the website of the award using the link – http://nigeriansportsaward.com/nominations/ or nominate on Facebook as well as Twitter.
It would be recalled that the nominations phase of the 2015 edition of the award opened on June 4th, 2015. Verification of entries by the Auditors would hold between September 26th and 28th while the announcement of final shortlist would be made public on October 6th.
The FCT Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, has congratulated Nigeria senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, for lifting the 2015 AfroBasket trophy and also qualifying for the basketball event of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Chairman of the body, Kayode Adeniyi said all SWAN members in Abuja are full of joy for the D’Tigers and the leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, for emerging as African champions.
“We really rejoice with D’Tigers and the NBBF board for spearheading the team that brought back basketball glory to Nigeria. We congratulate them and the entire basketball family in Nigeria.”
Nigeria beat Angola 74-65 in the Final of AfroBasket 2015 in Rades, Tunisia on Sunday to claim their first-ever continental championship.
In being crowned African champions, Nigeria also qualified for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Meanwhile, second-place Angola joined third and fourth place Tunisia and Senegal in booking their places for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.
Nigeria improved on her performance at the last Afrobasket in Cote d’ivoire by booking a semi-final date with Senegal on Saturday after an impressive 88-64 points win over Gabon in the quarter final in Tunisia. The D’Tigers who have played 4 of their 5 games in the tournament are missing leading scorer and rebounder Ike Diogu who is yet to feature at the tournament due to a calf injury.
According to the D’Tigers team physio, Dayo Ogunkunle, Ike Diogu has not been totally ruled out of the tournament because he is making steady progress.
“ I can rate Diogu at 50% now, his calf is healing fine but we have to make sure he is not feeling any pain before we can pass him to play”.
“ We are doing our best to get him back on the court but we can’t rush him because Ike is an explosive player and we must ensure we don’t put him at risk of further damage, that will put his career on the line”.
Diogu was tournament leading scorer in Afrobasket 2013 with 153 points and 21.9 points per game and 2nd on the rebounding chart with 10.1 rebounds per game so his fitness will add a lot to an already smoking team who are search of Nigeria’s first Afrobasket title.
Long time captain of the Nigeria national team, Olumide Oyedeji is set to launch the Olumide Oyedeji Intercollegiate Basketball championship as part of his advocacy for sport men to get sound education along with playing professional sports. The initiative adds to the D’Tigers’ captains annual give back programme the Olumide Oyedeji Basketball Camp.
The veteran Nigeria captain disclosed that the motivation behind this “Stay in School” campaign is to stress the need for education among sport men particularly basketball players and to revive the culture of School sports programme at the tertiary level which helped him on his way to becoming a Pro athlete.
“It’s worrying to know that a lot of professional sport men in Nigeria today have little or no tertiary education. Sports only lasts for a short period of time and when it’s gone what do you fall back on”
“We need to create a scenario where going to school and playing sports is attractive that’s why I have decided to start from my constituency which is Basketball by creating a competition amongst the best tertiary institutions in Nigeria be it University, College of Education or Polytechnic”.
“I remember those years when I played in the Nigerian league, a bulk of us usually met at the NUGA games and that’s why even those who are retired now are all doing good wherever they are in the world”.
The Intercollegiate basketball championship is said to feature top tertiary institutions representing the Nigeria University Games (NUGA), Nigeria Polytechnic Games (NIPOGA) and the Nigeria College of Education Games (NACEGA), come September and in addition to the Annual Olumide Oyedeji Basketball camp for kids which also comes up in September. Details about both developmental projects will be released in due course.
As the anxiety of the approaching Afrobasket Men finals in Tunisia continues to build, Nigeria is set to unveil the coach to head its team to Tunis in the first week of July. Since receiving over twenty applications for the head coaching job of its team, the Nigeria Basketball Federation has been engrossed with the necessary due diligence process to arrive at a rewarding decision. Among the applicants are 2012 Olympic team assistant coaches Sani Ahmed and Timothy Shea who made the list of “possibles” which include Josep Maria Berrocal Riera (Spain), Ricardo Daniel Maffei (Argentina), Guy Arnaud (France), William B. Voigt (USA), Sodini Marco (Italy), Dennis Felton (USA) and Aramis Naglic (Croatia).
The coaches are being assessed against a 10-point criteria drawn up by the federation and a decision on the position has been delayed to come close to opening of training camp in Abuja. The federation had agreed with players who committed for 2015 Afrobasket to rest and recover from their grueling seasons before reporting to camp.
The Nigerian senior male national basketball team, the D’Tigers have been pitted against former champions and host Tunisia in Group A at the draws for the 2015 FIBA Africa Basketball Championship which took place at the Carthage Acropolium in Tunis on Saturday.
The D’Tigers are ranked 24th in the World and 3rd in Africa will be hoping to roar past no 4 ranked Tunisia, who last won the competition in 2011. Also seeded in the group is a little known Uganda who are making their debut at the continental showpiece and the 1st of 3 wild card teams which will be announced at the end of April by FIBA Africa.
The tournament which will be held from 19-30 August in the Tunisian cities of Nabeul and Tunis will serve as a qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
In Group B, defending champions Angola who will be gunning for their 12th title under the tutelage of new but experienced coach Moncho Lopez , will battle against Mozambique, Morocco and another Wild Card entry.While Afrobasket 2013 runners up, Egypt will hope to go a step further than their fairytale run carried them in Abidjan as set up an interesting match up against West African foes in Cameroon and Mali who threw up a suprise to qualify ahead of 2013 bronze medalist Senegal alongside Gabon makes up group C.
Finally the Elephants of Cote d’ivoire who dramatically ended up 4th at home in 2013 will have the Nigerian born Alex Uwora tutored Cape Verde to battle against, debutant Zimbabwe and the 3rd wild card pick to compete against in Group D.
It is the third time that Tunisia will get to stage the Afrobasket, having previously hosted it in 1965 and 1987.
Seven teams tabled bids for the 3 Wild cards available to the Tunisian showpiece. Amongst which are South Africa, Algeria, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Senegal, Congo and Guinea.