West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, has launched a fresh verbal attack on Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, the African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, ahead of their 12 October ABU title bout at GOtv Boxing Night 20.
The encounter will headline the eight-bout event, which is scheduled to hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. Speaking after his training at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Saturday, Real One described Joe Boy as a coward and boxer with limited ability. He boasted that he would expose the ABU champion’s limitations in brutal fashion. “I know him very well. He is my boy; I know what he can do and what he can’t. He relies on raw power. He has no boxing brain.
But raw power can only work against low-grade boxers. I’m not in that category.
The ABU title is for me. His limited ability has taken him as far as it can. It is the end of the road for him on 12 October,” bragged Real One, who has serially claimed to have defeated Joe Boy in their amateur days.
Real One’s verbal offensive is the latest trail of bad blood between both boxers, who are considered the best in their division. They have had to be pulled apart at press conferences and GOtv Boxing Night 18, where Real One never failed to taunt Joe Boy, who also always responded.
The event will also stage the national bantamweight challenge between Sadiq Adeleke and Opeyemi “Sense’ Adeyemi. Also scheduled to be in action are Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, WABU welterweight champion, who takes on Jafaru Sulaimon; Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, n a – tional super featherweight champion, who fights Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan; Tope “TP Rock” Musa and Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, national light heavyweight champion, who faces Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi in a rematch.
GOtv Boxing Night Mini’ll help boxers – Mensah
amous boxing coach, Joe Mensah, has described the introduction of GOtv Boxing Night Mini as a boon to Nigerian boxers. The maiden edition of the show is slated to hold on November 16 at Rowe Park in Yaba, Lagos.
Speaking in an interview in Lagos on Tuesday, Mensah, who represented Nigeria at the 1972 Olympic Games, said the event is a pertinent intervention for boxing in Nigeria, adding that it will provide Nigerian boxers with the opportunity to rack up more fights and compete against their colleagues.
He said: “It’s a nice programme which would help Nigerian boxing. There are just few events such as GOtv Boxing Night and GOtv Boxing NextGen Search which have promoted boxers in the country. A lot of boxers have turned pro in Nigeria but they haven’t got a chance to compete on the big stage. Therefore, the new entrant (GOtv Boxing Night Mini) is a welcome development for the sport as boxers will be able to test themselves against their fellow professionals.”
The veteran boxing coach also lauded the sponsors for their contribution towards the development of boxing in Nigeria, as it gives them the chance to improve their professional record.
Boxers scheduled to fight at GOtv Boxing Night Mini include Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion; Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion; Waheed “Skoro” Usman, former African Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight champion; Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi, Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi and Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan.
T/Tennis: Toriola to lead Team Nigeria to ITTF W/C In Japan
igeria’s seven-time Olympian, Segun Toriola will lead a five-man team Nigeria table tennis players to the 2019 ITTF Team World Cup taking place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
The team also includes world number 19, Aruna Quadri, Olajide Omotayo, Bode Abiodun and Azeez Solanke.
Nigeria and Egypt are representing the continent at World championship which begins on November 6 and ends on 10 in Tokyo.
The championship also serves as a table tennis test event for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to be hosted by Japan.
Nigeria secured their place at the tournament following their triumph at the 2018 African Championships held in Mauritius and the West African side will be returning to the tournament after their last appearance in 2010.
Like Nigeria, Egypt is the African women champion and they have named Dina Meshref, Reem El-Eraky, Yousra Helmy, Marwa Alhodaby and Farah Abdel-Aziz.
The tournament will feature teams of the standard of the Olympic Games, as a dress rehearsal for the showpiece event in 2020. With such high stakes, there is no thread of favourites in table tennis, which can afford to exclude the behemoth that is Team China.
The European contingent is well represented at the World Cup, and while Team Germany will only have their men’s team as qualified contestants, they are sure to be more than a handful for everyone.
Rivers Hoopers demolish Benue Braves in President Cup
ivers Hoopers demolished Benue Braves 77-30 points in the NBBF President Cup at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Kwara Stadium, Ilorin on Tuesday.
Victor Anthony had a game high 20 points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks to go with it while Ameh Owoicho added 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal which included one 3-pointer in the game. Ikechukwu Benjamin added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and four steals. He also hit 2/3 from behind the arc and 2/2 from the free throw line.
Rivers Hoopers outscored Braves in all quarters (16-11, 18-7, 21-7, 22-5) and gave them no chance at all in the paint. Braves were forced to commit 25 turnovers against 10 made by Hoopers in the game.
The KingsMen as they are fondly called had more points from the bench 53-9 for the second game in a role and 25 points scored from turnovers.
Top performer for Hoopers, Victor Anthony was shocked he finished with a game high against Benue Braves.
“I want to thank my teammates because it was team work that gave us the result. To be frank, I am surprised I scored a game high I don’t know what to say but once again I thank my teammates for helping me to be top scorer today,” said Anthony.
“I am seeing Hoopers as one of the teams that can pick the continental slot. Some teams and players are complaining that we are already a national team and we shouldn’t be in the competition with them so we should just be allowed to go and represent the country.”
Rivers Hoopers will next play Police Baton on Wednesday at 4pm.
Olusegun targets top scorer award in Brazil
olden Eaglets striker, Olakunle Olusegun, has set a target of topping the goals chart at this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup kicking off in Brazil, as he wants to rank among the competition’s legends over the years.
Nigeria has a strong tradition of producing top scorers at the competition, with Wilson Oruma at Japan ’93, Macauley Chrisantus at Korea 2007 and Victor Osimhen at Chile 2015, while Femi Opabunmi and Kelechi Iheanacho were joint-highest in 2001 and 2013 respectively.
And Olusegun believes he can join the roll call of these set of players by emerging the top scorer in Brazil.
Although he admitted it would be more about team work and playing together for the common goal when the championship begins this Saturday, with Nigeria playing Hungary first , the Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC of Ilorin youngster said he has to fulfill his duty of banging goals, which he hopes to do aplenty in Brazil.
Olusegun who won the award for highest goals scorer in the regional qualifiers for this year’s African U-17 Cup of Nations, failed to replicate the feat at the continental championship proper in Tanzania.
The ABS striker who said he would have loved to score more in the Eaglets’ last three friendlies, but admitted that he was saving his best for the World Cup and further declared:
”I tried to score more than two goals but Iater on decided to reseve it for the World Cup.”
Otuadinma, Itiku emerge MVPs at 10th Korean Ambassador’s Cup
ational athletes that represented Nigeria at the 2019 All African Games in Rabat Morocco back in August showed they were still in fine form when the curtains came down on the just concluded 10th Korean Ambassador’s Cup, which held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria.
Seven of the national athletes, who chose the 10th Korean Ambassador Cup as their first tournament since the All African Games, included All African Games bronze medalists Uzoamaka Otuadinma and Benjamin Okuomose; All African Games quarter-finalists Peter Itiku, Abdulfathi Sanusi and Arinola Abdullateef. Sekinat Adebayo who was eliminated at the preliminary stage during the All African Games also entered for the Korean ambassador’s tournament.
On day one of the tournament, Abdulfathi Sanusi who was representing Q-Madi at the tournament clinched the gold in the male -58kg fly weight division when he defeated fellow national team mate, Arionola Abdullateef who was representing Lagos State.
Sekinat Adebayo, who represented Delta, had a brief redemption when she emphatically clinched the gold in the female -49kg after defeating Laady Iho of Nasarawa state.
All other national team players clinched their gold on day two, when Benjamin Okuomose of the Nigeria Army defeating FCT’s Kenneth Ogbu in the finals to continue the golden haul. Former African Champion, and 2019 African Bronze Medallist, Uzoamaka Otuadinma followed up with an impressive win over Adaeze Efobi who was representing an unaffiliated team.
Upcoming star, Peter Itiku, representing the FCT then closed the deal when he demolished Anambra’s Dandy Ogbonna in the finals after posting man-of-the-tournament performances during all his matches at the tournament.
The performances of former African Champion, Uzoamaka Otuadinma, and All African Games quarterfinalist, peter Itiku, earned them the highly coveted MVP awards, which came along with a brand new 21” TV flat screen at the 10th edition of the Korean Ambassador’s Cup and was presented by the Ambassador to Embassy of South Korea in Nigeria himself, Mr Lee In-Tae.
Other athletes that were the training partners at the All African Games also showed outstanding improvement in form as all of them won medals.
In the female -62kg lightweight, Alice Ikor representing the Nigeria Army won the gold medal. In the female +73kg heavyweight, Oyebanji Olapeju won the gold medal. In the female -67kg welter weight, Bukola Ogunnusi won the gold medal. In the male -68kg, Baffa won the gold medal after defeating other national team attendees, Kebbi’s Jamilu Danbaba in the finals and FCT’s Precious Benson in the semi-finals. FCT’s Daniel Inaju also came away with the bronze after losing to eventual winner, Abdulfathi Sanusi.
The results of all these athletes, who were at the All African Games national training camp, laid bare the quality of difference between the national athletes and the rest of the taekwondo population after exposure to high quality training and an international competitive experience.
The next national ranked tournament will be at Kebbi between 9 and 11 November 2019.
UEFA League roundup: Mbappé, Sterling score hat-trick in PSG, City routs
Kylian Mbappé came off the bench to grab a second half hat-trick and inspire Paris Saint-Germain to a runaway 5-0 victory at Belgium’s Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The win kept up their 100% record in Group A with the French team on nine points at the halfway mark and on the cusp of qualification for the next phase, a comfortable five points ahead of second placed Real Madrid, who won 1-0 against Galatasaray in Turkey.
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala scored twice in three minutes late in the game to give the Turin side a 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscowafter the Russians had taken a shock first-half lead, reports The Press Association.
Aleksei Miranchuk stunned the Juventus Stadium by putting the visitors ahead after half an hour of the Group D match despite the home side having 70% of possession in the first half.
Lokomotiv’s blanket defence frustrated the Serie A champions until Dybala equalised with an exquisite shot from outside the area in the 77th minute and the Argentine struck again three minutes later to complete a dramatic win.
In the other game in Group D Atlético Madrid substitute Álvaro Morata scored a late second half header to give his team a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern Munich needed two goals from their top scorer Robert Lewandowski to sneak past hosts Olympiakos 3-2 on Tuesday and remain top of their Champions League.
The win lifted Bayern to nine point from three games. Tottenham crushed Red Star Belgrade 5-0 to move up to second place on four, one ahead of the Serbs.
And in Group C, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb played out a 2-2 draw, with Dodo’s 75th-minute equaliser.
And on a night of firsts for Manchester City, they could savour Raheem Sterling’s maiden Champions League hat-trick. If the only red card of Phil Foden’s career was a footnote, a superlative display by Sterling, who epitomises Pep Guardiola’s quest for perpetual, exponential improvement brought another milestone in his development. It was all the more remarkable as it came in 11 minutes and as he had already played a part in City’s first two goals. They scored five to give them a five-point lead in Group C. It was quite a turnaround after trailing to Atalanta. If Sergio Agüero’s double gave City a further reason to be relieved he escaped unhurt from a car crash last week, even he was overshadowed by Sterling.
CAP: The Nigeria delegation with hotel staff on arrival in Gioania on Tuesday
Five-time world champions, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have landed in the city of Gioania, Brazil, where the team will tackle Hungary at the Estadio Olimpico in the opening game of Group B of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup finals on Saturday.
Players and the officials were received by FIFA and local organising committee officials at the airport and they were ushered into the bus that took them to their hotel at the Metropolis area of the city.
The Eaglets have been in the football-passionate South American country since October 10, in the city of Sao Paulo, where the team had their training camp and played three warm up games against Sao Paulo U 17 side, which they lost 1-2, before defeating South Korea 4-2 and then losing by the odd goal to Japan.
The record holders of the title had their first training in Gioania Tuesday evening by 4.00pm local time.
Nigeria, champions in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015 will tussle with Hungary, Australia and Ecuador in Group B of the three-week, 24-nation finals.
FIFA U17 WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2019 GROUPS
GROUP A: Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Angola
GROUP B: Nigeria, Hungary, Ecuador, Australia
GROUP C: Korea Republic, Haiti, France, Chile
GROUP D: USA, Senegal, Japan, Netherlands
GROUP E: Spain, Argentina, Tajikistan, Cameroon
GROUP F: Solomon Islands, Italy, Paraguay, Mexico
UEFA League: Salah fit for Genk clash, Matip, Alexander-Arnold miss out
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has recovered from an ankle injury and has returned to the squad for Wednesday’s Champions League match at Genk, the club said on Tuesday.
Salah has not played since injuring his ankle in a 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Premier League earlier this month. The Egyptian missed the 1-1 draw at Manchester United over the weekend, which ended the Anfield side’s 17-match winning streak in the league, reports Reuters.
Centre back Joel Matip (sore knee) and full back Trent Alexander-Arnold (virus) did not make the trip to Belgium with defenders Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez expected to replace them in the starting lineup.
Defending champions Liverpool have three points after two games and are a point behind Group E leaders Napoli while Belgian champions Genk are bottom with one point.
NWPL Super 4 holds in Lagos Oct. 29 to Nov. 3
The 2018/2019 Nigeria Women Premier League Super 4 has been scheduled by the Nigeria Women Football League (NWPL) to begin in Lagos next Tuesday, October 29 at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium, Lagos.
According to the Chief Operating Officer of the NWFL, Alhaji Ayo Abdulrahman, the four participating clubs: Adamawa Queens, Bayelsa Queens, Confluence Queens and Rivers Angels, are expected to arrive in Lagos on the same day.
The pre-match meetings/press conference for the four teams come up on Wednesday, while the official warm up by the clubs has been fixed for Thursday, October 31.
The matches will begin on Friday, November 1 with two games to be played.
The following day will be a rest day for all clubs, while the third place game and the final match will come up on Sunday, November 3.
Seven Liverpool players on Ballon D’Or shortlist; Bronze, White nominated
Liverpool’s Champions League winners dominate the nominations for the Ballon d’Or after seven of Jürgen Klopp’s men were included on the 30-man shortlist.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defenders Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and strikers Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino all featured amongst the candidates when they were announced by France Football and L’Equipe on Monday evening.
In all, 15 Premier League-based players were named alongside five-times winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, reports PA Media.
Manchester City quintet Sergio Agüero, Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez made the list, as did Tottenham duo Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min, while there was a place too for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
There were also four spots for Barcelona players Marc-André Ter Stegen, Frenkie De Jong, Antoine Griezmann and Messi, while Ronaldo was joined by Juventus team-mate Matthijs De Ligt, who was also nominated for the young players’ award.
Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema were Real Madrid’s only representatives, while World Cup winner Kylian Mbappé and Brazilian defender Marquinhos made it for Paris St Germain.
England international Jadon Sancho was nominated for the Kopa Trophy for young players along with Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, Everton striker Moise Kean and Atletico Madrid’s João Félix, who like De Ligt also made the senior list.
Goalkeepers at four English clubs were nominated for the Yashin award as Liverpool’s Alisson, Ederson of Manchester City, Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and Lloris were selected alongside Manuel Neuer, Samir Handanovic, Jan Oblak, Andre Onana, Wojciech Szczesny and Ter Stegen.
World champions the United States and Champions League winners Lyon dominated the nominations for the women’s award, with England’s Lucy Bronze and Ellen White in the running.
USA’s Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle all made the shortlist, while Bronze was one of six Lyon players to join them along with Ada Hegerberg, who claimed the award last year, Amandine Henry, Sarah Bouhaddi, Dzsenifer Marozsan and Wendie Renard.
Manchester City’s White and Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema also made the top 20, as did Brazil star Marta.
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