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13-man cycling delegation left Abuja today to attend the World Junior Cycling Track Championship in Frankfurt, Germany which runs from August 14 to August 18, 2019, the technical director of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria, CFN, Bashir Mohammed has disclosed.

The delegation led by the CFN president, Chief Giandomenico Massari, is made up of eight cyclists, four male and female as well as two coaches, Emmanuel Onasanya and Joy Omevoh.

The four male cyclists are Temple Okeyah and Vitalis, both of who won medals at the recently held African Cup Track Cycling held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Velodrome in Abuja as well as Shedrack Igubor and Timileyin Johnson.

Leading the female riders are two gold medalists at the African Track Championship, Mary Samuel and Tawakalt Yekeem, who are joined by Grace Ayuba and Happiness Ernest.

The team are expected back in the country on August 19.

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AAG 2019: Egypt’s Saleh delighted with beating Nigeria in t’tennis

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An excited Ahmed Saleh of Egypt says defeating Nigeria in the male and female categories of table tennis events at the ongoing 12th African Games was important to them and a revenge against the country.

“I am so happy that we were able to achieve our dream of avenging the 2015 loss in 2019, and I think this is the most important match for us because we had prepared very well for it in the last five months,’’ Saleh said after the defeat late on Friday in Rabat.

“We expected that we will meet Nigeria in the final and we were really surprised with the doubles’ line-up of Nigeria when they paired Aruna Quadri and Segun Toriola because they have been playing with the pair of Toriola and Olajide Omotayo since the start of the tournament.

“This is very important for us picking the gold medals and securing our place in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

“I am personally so excited and for the team we are so excited winning the gold medals and, most especially qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

“We really prepared for this match and we knew it was going to be tough even when we were leading 2-0. We had thought we could win the match at 3-0, but we had to fight till the end.

“Nigeria team is not a pushover and we prepared very well for the match because we had expected it to be though. I am so happy that we have now secured our place in Tokyo.’’

Meanwhile, team Nigeria have booked semi-final slots in the male and female football events of the 12th African Games, as the Flying Eagles stopped the host Morocco in the last group match.

The Nigerian team needed a draw to stop Morocco who need to win to advance to semi-finals stage.

Emeka Chinonso in jersey 11 made the difference with the second goal late in late in the second half to break the heart of the Moroccans.

The England Brooke House Football Academy striker’s 85th minute goal was all Nigeria need to book a place in the semi-finals.

The Moroccans took the lead after a defensive error the first half.

The Flying Eagles fought hard to get the equaliser through a penalty scored by the captain, Abubakar Ibrahim to end the first half.

The Moroccans got their own share of penalty when the referee ruled that Samuel Zaruma handled the ball in the box and the resultant penalty was scored by Ismail Moutarajji.

But the fighting spirit of Nigeria came to fore when the Flying Eagles came back through the goal scored by Chinonso to end the game 2-2.

The female team had earlier qualified for the semi-finals from Group B.

 

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Australia beats USA for first time ever in basketball

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Boomers fans can dare to dream about a basketball World Cup medal after Australia scored a massive upset win over the United States in Melbourne. Australia had never beaten Team USA in 55 years, but shocked the world champions at Marvel Stadium on Saturday with a 98-94 victory.

It raises hopes of finally bringing home their first medal at either a World Cup or Olympics, with their first match against Canada in China on September 1.

“This is huge for us,” said veteran centre Andrew Bogut. “It’s a friendly so we want to keep it in context, but we did make history tonight as the first senior men’s Australian team to beat an American team. This is a special group of guys that really like playing for their national team and are proud to put on that jersey and we’ve got a group who feel like we can beat anybody in the world.”

Guard Patty Mills carried the Boomers to the historic win, while there were plenty of other strong contributors. Mills finished with a game high 30 points including 13 in the final term. Bogut ended the game with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

After trailing by one point at halftime, the Boomers fell behind by 10 points through the third quarter. It looked like it could end up a repeat of Thursday night, when the US smashed the third quarter to set up the big win but this time the Australians showed their grit.

The Boomers led 78-76 heading into the final quarter to put the record crowd of 52,079 on the edge of their seats. The Americans regained a two-point lead with just under five minutes remaining with Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker making inroads. But the Australians managed to get back in front and stifle any rally as Mills racked up nine consecutive points.

The United States were missing many of their NBA superstars, who opted to skip the World Cup. They hadn’t lost since the 2006 world championships, when they fell to Greece in the semi-finals, reports The Australian Associated Press,

Team USA won Thursday’s opener 102-86 to extend their winning sequence to 78 games, which included gold medals at the Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games.

US coach Gregg Popovich said the Boomers’ performance was a lesson in teamwork for his team – many who have never played together before this campaign. He described his team as “discombobulated” and said they made some poor decisions but gave credit to the Australians.

“They were really great and it’s a testament to how long they’ve stuck together to get this accomplished,” the veteran San Antonio Spurs coach said. “At both ends of the court they were competitive, they executed really well and they came up with the victory.”

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La Liga: Villarreal slam penalty re-take due to VAR review

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Villarreal’s Andres Fernandez has raged against the rule prohibiting goalkeepers from coming off their lines while facing penalties after his side were beaten 2-1 at Levante on Friday in La Liga.

Fernandez saved a penalty from Roger Marti but the kick was ordered to be re-taken after a VAR review showed Fernandez had both feet off the line when the striker took the shot.

It was the first time in La Liga that a penalty was ordered to be re-taken after a VAR review, and Marti scored at the second attempt from the spot to cancel out Gerard Moreno’s opener in the 68th minute.

The technology was controversially used to order a penalty re-take in the Women’s World Cup earlier this year in a 3-3 draw between Scotland and Argentina which led to Scotland being eliminated.

Fernandez was shown a yellow card for coming off his line and then gave away a second penalty a few minutes later for tangling with Marti, who scored again to give Levante a victory they barely deserved.

“The person who created this rule has never been a goalkeeper, it’s impossible to keep your feet on the line and dive to save a penalty,” Fernandez told reporters.

“I feel indignant. In the second penalty Roger pushed me and the referee didn’t want to revise the play. I don’t understand what criteria is being followed with VAR.”

Villarreal coach Javi Calleja backed his goalkeeper and complained about the disruptions that has been brought to the game by the introduction of VAR, which has been in use in Spain since last season, reports Reuters.

“I understand there is a rule but if it’s like it was today we’re going to have to re-take thousands of penalties,” he said.

“If we are going to be stopping the game all the time to look at replays we’re going to ruin football.”

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I will ‘end’ Joshua’s career in Saudi Arabia – Ruiz Jr

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I will ‘end’ Joshua’s career in Saudi Arabia – Ruiz Jr

Unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr says he wants to finish Anthony Joshua’s career after confirming he will contest a rematch in Saudi Arabia.

United States-born Mexican Ruiz, 29, shocked Britain’s Joshua in New York in June to win the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles.

They are set to meet again in the Middle East on December 7.

“I took it to AJ in the Big Apple and I’m looking forward to ending his career in the desert,” said Ruiz.

The fight was announced by 29-year-old Joshua’s camp earlier in August, but Ruiz had not confirmed his participation.

But on Saturday he posted on social media: “I’m excited to announce my rematch with Anthony Joshua.

“In the first fight I made history and became the first ever Mexican/American heavyweight champion of the world.

“I am grateful to Saudi Arabia for inviting me.”

Human rights campaigners have questioned the choice of venue, citing Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, reports the BBC.

Amnesty International has said the move provides “opportunity for the Saudi authorities to try to ‘sportswash’ their severely tarnished image”.

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Eriksen situation is hurting player, club – Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino fears the transfer market uncertainty over Christian Eriksen is hurting the player and Tottenham, as he expressed surprise that the situation had not been resolved.

Eriksen said at the end of last season that he was open to a new challenge at another club – having been at Spurs since 2013 – in a move that was interpreted as being designed to encourage Real Madrid to bid for him.

The 27-year-old, who is out of contract at Spurs next summer, has long been linked with a switch to the Bernabéu.

But as yet, neither Real nor Juventus – his other oft-mentioned suitors – have made a firm offer. Atlético Madrid made contract with Spurs about Eriksen earlier in the summer at the time they signed the full-back Kieran Trippier from them, but they also appear to be playing a waiting game.

Spanish clubs and those in Germany and France have until September 2 to complete their incoming business, unlike Premier League clubs, for whom the window closed on August 8. Pochettino remains frustrated at the disparity, mainly because it puts Spurs in a vulnerable position with regard to Eriksen.

Pochettino, who has signed two central midfielders this summer, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, has been unable to say whether he thinks Eriksen will remain at Spurs or, indeed, sign a new contract, which has come to feel increasingly unlikely.

The impression Pochettino gave before Sunday’s home game against Newcastle was that he was bracing himself for a bid for Eriksen before September 2. If one came from a club that Eriksen wanted to join, Spurs would have a major problem. As an aside, Spurs go to Arsenal on September 1.

“It’s not the best situation for him [Eriksen] and for everyone,” Pochettino said. “It is not what I think the club or the player expected [it] to be. You cannot put a finger on the problem. You try to minimalise the problem, try to treat the situation. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances.

“I am always open to help the club and to help the decision of Daniel [Levy, the chairman]. I know really well that decisions like this are not easy but I always try to be in the position to take the best benefit for the club. And for the player, too. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides.”

Eriksen is set to feature against Newcastle, with Ndombele out with a minor thigh injury and Lo Celso lacking match fitness. Lo Celso had an extended holiday after his involvement with Argentina at the Copa América, which finished for him on July 6, and he signed for Spurs on August 8 after a week without training at Real Betis, reports The Guardian.

“Lo Celso is in a situation that is not going to be easy,” Pochettino said. “He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect.”

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Mauricio Pochettino fears the transfer market uncertainty over Christian Eriksen is hurting the player and Tottenham, as he expressed surprise that the situation had not been resolved.

Eriksen said at the end of last season that he was open to a new challenge at another club – having been at Spurs since 2013 – in a move that was interpreted as being designed to encourage Real Madrid to bid for him.

The 27-year-old, who is out of contract at Spurs next summer, has long been linked with a switch to the Bernabéu.

But as yet, neither Real nor Juventus – his other oft-mentioned suitors – have made a firm offer. Atlético Madrid made contract with Spurs about Eriksen earlier in the summer at the time they signed the full-back Kieran Trippier from them, but they also appear to be playing a waiting game.

Spanish clubs and those in Germany and France have until September 2 to complete their incoming business, unlike Premier League clubs, for whom the window closed on August 8. Pochettino remains frustrated at the disparity, mainly because it puts Spurs in a vulnerable position with regard to Eriksen.

Pochettino, who has signed two central midfielders this summer, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, has been unable to say whether he thinks Eriksen will remain at Spurs or, indeed, sign a new contract, which has come to feel increasingly unlikely.

The impression Pochettino gave before Sunday’s home game against Newcastle was that he was bracing himself for a bid for Eriksen before September 2. If one came from a club that Eriksen wanted to join, Spurs would have a major problem. As an aside, Spurs go to Arsenal on September 1.

“It’s not the best situation for him [Eriksen] and for everyone,” Pochettino said. “It is not what I think the club or the player expected [it] to be. You cannot put a finger on the problem. You try to minimalise the problem, try to treat the situation. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances.

“I am always open to help the club and to help the decision of Daniel [Levy, the chairman]. I know really well that decisions like this are not easy but I always try to be in the position to take the best benefit for the club. And for the player, too. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides.”

Eriksen is set to feature against Newcastle, with Ndombele out with a minor thigh injury and Lo Celso lacking match fitness. Lo Celso had an extended holiday after his involvement with Argentina at the Copa América, which finished for him on July 6, and he signed for Spurs on August 8 after a week without training at Real Betis, reports The Guardian.

“Lo Celso is in a situation that is not going to be easy,” Pochettino said. “He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect.”

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Eriksen situation is hurting player, club – Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino fears the transfer market uncertainty over Christian Eriksen is hurting the player and Tottenham, as he expressed surprise that the situation had not been resolved.

Eriksen said at the end of last season that he was open to a new challenge at another club – having been at Spurs since 2013 – in a move that was interpreted as being designed to encourage Real Madrid to bid for him.

The 27-year-old, who is out of contract at Spurs next summer, has long been linked with a switch to the Bernabéu.

But as yet, neither Real nor Juventus – his other oft-mentioned suitors – have made a firm offer. Atlético Madrid made contract with Spurs about Eriksen earlier in the summer at the time they signed the full-back Kieran Trippier from them, but they also appear to be playing a waiting game.

Spanish clubs and those in Germany and France have until September 2 to complete their incoming business, unlike Premier League clubs, for whom the window closed on August 8. Pochettino remains frustrated at the disparity, mainly because it puts Spurs in a vulnerable position with regard to Eriksen.

Pochettino, who has signed two central midfielders this summer, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, has been unable to say whether he thinks Eriksen will remain at Spurs or, indeed, sign a new contract, which has come to feel increasingly unlikely.

The impression Pochettino gave before Sunday’s home game against Newcastle was that he was bracing himself for a bid for Eriksen before September 2. If one came from a club that Eriksen wanted to join, Spurs would have a major problem. As an aside, Spurs go to Arsenal on September 1.

“It’s not the best situation for him [Eriksen] and for everyone,” Pochettino said. “It is not what I think the club or the player expected [it] to be. You cannot put a finger on the problem. You try to minimalise the problem, try to treat the situation. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances.

“I am always open to help the club and to help the decision of Daniel [Levy, the chairman]. I know really well that decisions like this are not easy but I always try to be in the position to take the best benefit for the club. And for the player, too. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides.”

Eriksen is set to feature against Newcastle, with Ndombele out with a minor thigh injury and Lo Celso lacking match fitness. Lo Celso had an extended holiday after his involvement with Argentina at the Copa América, which finished for him on July 6, and he signed for Spurs on August 8 after a week without training at Real Betis, reports The Guardian.

“Lo Celso is in a situation that is not going to be easy,” Pochettino said. “He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect.”

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Eriksen situation is hurting player, club – Pochettino

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Eriksen situation is hurting player, club – Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino fears the transfer market uncertainty over Christian Eriksen is hurting the player and Tottenham, as he expressed surprise that the situation had not been resolved.

Eriksen said at the end of last season that he was open to a new challenge at another club – having been at Spurs since 2013 – in a move that was interpreted as being designed to encourage Real Madrid to bid for him.

The 27-year-old, who is out of contract at Spurs next summer, has long been linked with a switch to the Bernabéu.

But as yet, neither Real nor Juventus – his other oft-mentioned suitors – have made a firm offer. Atlético Madrid made contract with Spurs about Eriksen earlier in the summer at the time they signed the full-back Kieran Trippier from them, but they also appear to be playing a waiting game.

Spanish clubs and those in Germany and France have until September 2 to complete their incoming business, unlike Premier League clubs, for whom the window closed on August 8. Pochettino remains frustrated at the disparity, mainly because it puts Spurs in a vulnerable position with regard to Eriksen.

Pochettino, who has signed two central midfielders this summer, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, has been unable to say whether he thinks Eriksen will remain at Spurs or, indeed, sign a new contract, which has come to feel increasingly unlikely.

The impression Pochettino gave before Sunday’s home game against Newcastle was that he was bracing himself for a bid for Eriksen before September 2. If one came from a club that Eriksen wanted to join, Spurs would have a major problem. As an aside, Spurs go to Arsenal on September 1.

“It’s not the best situation for him [Eriksen] and for everyone,” Pochettino said. “It is not what I think the club or the player expected [it] to be. You cannot put a finger on the problem. You try to minimalise the problem, try to treat the situation. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances.

“I am always open to help the club and to help the decision of Daniel [Levy, the chairman]. I know really well that decisions like this are not easy but I always try to be in the position to take the best benefit for the club. And for the player, too. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides.”

Eriksen is set to feature against Newcastle, with Ndombele out with a minor thigh injury and Lo Celso lacking match fitness. Lo Celso had an extended holiday after his involvement with Argentina at the Copa América, which finished for him on July 6, and he signed for Spurs on August 8 after a week without training at Real Betis, reports The Guardian.

“Lo Celso is in a situation that is not going to be easy,” Pochettino said. “He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect.”

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Mum forced me to play basketball; my first love was volleyball –Adaora Elonu, D’Tigress captain

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Mum forced me to play basketball; my first love was volleyball –Adaora Elonu, D’Tigress captain

Adaora Elonu led the D’Tigress as captain to the 2019 Afrobasket in Senegal, beating the host in the final to defend the title they won two years ago in Mali, becoming the second team to defend their title after Angola. Speaking with CHARLES OGUNDIYA, the player from Enugu state, but born and brought up in the USA said Nigeria is not doing enough for the team despite recent successes. Excerpts…

 

How does it feel winning the Afrobasket in Senegal?

It feels great. This is the first time for me to win it back-to-back for Nigeria; the other team that did it was Angola. It feels great to be part of the team that did it, it feels amazing.

The final was so tensed with over 22,000 fans cheering Senegal, were you ladies intimidated?

I was not intimidated; I was in awe and amazement actually. The Senegalese government are doing an amazing job, investing in basketball, creating the arena that gave them the opportunity to host. This is something our government needs to look into definitely. The support they had around the city, everywhere we went, everyone knew who we were, just because of that Nigeria needs to follow suit and create a basketball culture. I was in awe with the crowd because they were amazing, they were basketball fanatics, they were 100 per cent basketball, 100 per cent Senegal, although they had some crazy ones, but they were all doing it in a positive way. I wasn’t intimidated at all, I was impressed, and awe is the word.

During the game against Senegal, was there a moment you had a doubt that you might lose the title?

I think it is important you train your mind you are going win, you are going out there to win, whatever outcome, if you lose, you lose, but my mind was telling me we were going to win. There were a lot of obstacles, we had a lead in the game, just look at the environment alone, it’s hard to describe. Even when they were leading, I was okay, the coach was okay, like we knew we were champions already, we just had to make the move and show it on the court. At the end of the day, we had the victory.

It was only D’Tigress that had a flawless victory at the Afrobasket, winning all your games…

Everyone said that it feels amazing, we had the feeling when we won in Mali 2017, the feeling is amazing, we still had the same feeling, we had our supporters, although the government could have done better to support us. Look at Senegal, they finished second but they were rewarded with lands, houses, 10 million Cefas. We called ourselves the giant of Africa, we need to prove it, show that you appreciate the work we have done, it can be stressful competing for Nigeria at times. Although that does not mean they are not proud of us in a different way.

Everybody knows D’Tigress, you won the Afrobasket back-to-back, finished eight at the World Cup, now you are going back to Senegal in November for the Olympic Games qualifiers, what needs to be done?

We didn’t have the correct preparation, we did well at the championship but our preparation was not up to it, we could have done better than we did. We didn’t have enough preparations, we actually prepared during the tournament, that’s not acceptable, we should be doing better than we did. We need to put more effort, more support from the government, the federation and other corporate organisations. If we have proper training, it will take us a long way.

With what you have been able to achieve, do you think Nigeria will qualify for the Olympic and probably go all the way in Tokyo 2020?

Sure, why not, but we still have one obstacle, we need to play the first round of qualifiers later in November before the main one. We need to be focused, we must get ready and make sure the team get ready for the qualifiers and we must not underestimate our opponent.

Olumide Oyedeji yesterday; he said this team has been together since 2016 during the Olympic Games qualifier. Would you say staying together for this long really helped the team to get to this level?

Keeping the core of the team together has been very important and that has definitely helped us a lot. We are like family, I enjoy coming to play for the national team, I enjoy coming to play with everybody here, the family atmosphere actually helped us to stay together and it helped us overcome some difficult and complex situation like lack of resources, lack of funding but having high dynamics and the core that we have for the past two years or four years helped. Hopefully we can keep that going forward, but we want the government, the federation to do their part so we can move forward especially in the area of funding, they have to do better.

Could you describe your World Cup experience?

It was a different experience, you know as Nigerians we are going to expect more and more even with nothing. We weren’t surprised because we know what we are capable of but no one really knows us outside of Africa, that was why it was mainly big shot for us and even for Senegal when we were both achieving results and winning games in Spain. The World Cup experience was like no other and also in Senegal the environment was outstanding. However my best tournament was the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville, I really loved and enjoyed the tournament, the experience was amazing. Playing alongside other African countries, looking at them that these people are just like me and also from same race made it more interesting. The World Cup is a different experience, you will see the Europeans, Asians, South Americans; in Spain we competed against three different continents; the America, the Asians and Australians, so we had a taste of everything, it was a great experience and I think we have put ourselves on the map.

 

People now look at Nigeria as a team to beat, how do you want to maintain this status?

Keeping focus and not getting too ahead of ourselves. In Senegal we actually were not the team to beat. Senegal was slated to win in a lot of ways because they were hosting, they are also a strong team and in my mind I was envisaging how it will be winning the trophy at their backyard and how it would be much sweeter. There were a lot of their fans at the stadium, the ticket was sold out, over 22,000 fans, they were a lot, all seats taken, they did a phenomenal job. We need to tell our government, we need an arena in Nigeria, the finance for the basketball community I think it is very important.

 

How did you come into the game of basketball?

It was by default. In Middle School, Houston, USA, sports is something to do. I started off with volleyball and next game is basketball. I really love volleyball and basketball came to me not necessarily naturally, I wasn’t a good player but my team reached out to me so that I could play in summer but I didn’t want to, I only wanted to play volleyball, but my mum told me if I didn’t play basketball, I would not play volleyball so I obliged as an obedient child and I listened. I joined the 17 in basketball and from there my confidence and skill levels grew and I got a scholarship in college to play. I got to the national t e a m by the grace o f God, some of the past players of the team who also stay in Houston talked to me if I could be part of the team and I said yes why not, that was how I got to the team in 2015. My first competition was in Cote d’Ivoire, which was a qualifier to get into Afrobasket.

How does it feel playing for Nigeria, you’ve talked about so many challenges playing for Nigeria, what gave you that inner strength to continue?

I thank God that my head is straight; the stress can actually kill you. I am very proud of wanting to be a Nigerian, I feel at home, I feel really good here, in a lot of things I do, my mood depends on how comfortable I am and how I feel, although I am not comfortable with the way our situations is going. I want the government to put more funds and consider how we are treated and the things we deserve. Just my feelings around the team and girls that’s what keeps me going.

As the captain, you are like the boss, everybody wants to come to you, how challenging has that been?

There is no challenge, with or without captain title, I just want to be myself, I don’t want to change who I am and that’s important to me, I am speaking for the team, either with or without the captain title, I will always speak for my team. The team is always important to me.

Volleyball your first choice, do you still play it?

No I don’t play volleyball again, its just basketball for me now.

Advice to those coming up

They should be committed and focus, they should not be shy to ask questions. They should just give it their all and don’t allow anything to hold them back.

 

Advice for the 3×3 team in Morocco for the ongoing African Games, knowing well that AG was your best tournament for Nigeria?

When I was told I wouldn’t be part of the team, I was heartbroken, but for the people going there representing the country, they should just go out there and give it their all, not just the basketball team, but all other athletes representing the country from athletics, taekwondo, to volleyball, football and all other sports. They should go for the experience and also enjoy themselves.

 

The D’Tigers will be going to China for the World Cup, you already raised the bar, what are you telling them?

They should just go for it. They are Nigerians and that spirit is good. They have done well at the Olympics, now they are going to the World Cup, I am sure the spirit is very high at the moment.

As a Nigerian, could you name the local food you love to eat?

The question should be which local food I don’t take. My best is garri and groundnut, if I have moi moi by the side, then it is better. Ijebu garri is my best, shout out to Uju Udoka, who always brings it for me. Anytime we come to camp, my garri is always ready for me.

 

Are you a good cook, especially Nigeria food?

I can prepare whatever I want to prepare, or was it because I grew up in the States? No I was brought up well. We have everything even when I travelled to Spain for the World Cup, I took some of these food with me, in fact I went with Abacha, I went with akamu (pap), palm oil, and surely my garri because I need it very much. I took Cray fish, ogbono and some other stuff with me. My parents did a good job and in Houston, they understand the culture very well and we didn’t forget that we are Nigerians, even though we just stay in the States.

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Ahead of the inaugural Governor Okowa pre season tournament, 12 Nigerian Professional Football League clubs already signaled their intention to be part of the championship scheduled for Asaba, Delta State, from September 11 to 17.

The clubs already in the running for the tournament are NPFL defending champion, Enyimba FC, Rivers United, Kano Pillars, Lobi Stars, Delta Force, Warri Wolves, Heartland FC and Nasarawa United. Others are Plateau United, MFM FC, Abia Warriors and Wikki Tourists. General Coordinator of the Tournament, Bash Badawir, disclosed to Media that the major objective of the event is to help NPFL sides have the best avenue to prepare for the 2019/20 season.

“The aim is to help the sides have the best platform to prepare well for the 2019/20 season,” the newly appointed Kwara United General Manager said. “We hope to see the very best of all the participating teams. We already have the full support of His Excellency Governor Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State and I believe the good people of Delta will come en mass to enjoy the very best of Nigerian football.” Games will be played between 2pm and 4pm daily at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

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