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The draw Ceremony for the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations tournament for senior national teams in the sub –region scheduled for September took place at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra on Thursday. The competition has been scheduled for September 9 -24, and teams are expected to feature players plying their trade in their countries.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been drawn in Group A alongside host nation Ghana, with Mali and Guinea also involved in a format that will see teams play single games before proceeding to the quarter finals.
All the teams in Group A will play in Takoradi, the twin city of Sekondi that also hosted matches during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles are drawn to play Sierra Leone. Other teams in Group A are The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Mauritania and Guinea Bissau.
Group B will compete in Cape Coast. 2015 African champions Cote d’Ivoire headline the pool that also has Senegal, Burkina Faso and Benin Republic, with Liberia, Niger Republic, Togo and Cape Verde also involved.
Ghana and Nigeria have seven African titles between them, with the Super Eagles and the Black Stars featuring in the last two FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa (2010) and Brazil (2014).
The Nigeria Football Federation’s Director of Competitions, Ayobola Oyeyode, represented Nigeria at the ceremony.
Latest reports reveal that Egypt and South Africa will have four clubs in the CAF Champions League as of 2018 following changes by the continent’s football governing body, CAF.
Although South Africa only had two teams representing the country in the continental club competition, that is set to change next year.
Winners of the Premier Soccer League (Absa Premiership) and the runners-up gained automatic qualification in the tournament and SAFA boss Danny Jordaan said things are about to change.
The changes were discussed during CAF’s football symposium held in Morocco last week where CAF competitions are set to run from August-May.
‘‘If you look at what is happening in the Premier League in England‚ the first thing those clubs try to do is win the league title and if they can’t do it‚ then the next motivation is to try to get into the top four to have a guarantee of going into the UEFA Champions League‚” Jordaan said.
‘‘As you can see for both Egypt and South Africa they (CAF) have allocated four places in the Champions League and that is on the basis that these teams are strong‚ thriving and truly professional teams.
‘‘Some of our teams (in SA) can compete with the best clubs anywhere in the world. But it is not so for every country in the world.
‘‘This is something we have to greatly support and give more attention to‚ which is part of the reason why we come here (to SA) in September to address this matter.
‘‘Even professional football in this country has come a long way and it is now that it has taken a step up. It is not so on the rest of the continent.”
The changes in the South African football come after reigning African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns clinched the CAF Champions League last year.
In this year’s edition, the Brazilians are in the quarter-finals whilst SuperSport United are in the same stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The 2017 WAFU tournament will be launched today Thursday July 27 at the Labadi beach hotel in Accra with the Live draw also to be held at the event.
Tournament sponsors FOX Broadcasting network and key officials from various West African countries have arrived in Accra for the launch of the tournament.
A pre tournament workshop will also be held today before the launch of the event.
Some former footballers have been invited to the event for the Live draw of the event with the Sports minister and other government officials expected to attend.
Media personnel who applied for accreditation to cover today launch should be the the venue before 4pm with prove of identity.
The tournament will be held at the Sekondi Stadium and the Cape Coast Stadium from 9th September to 24 September 2017.
Following the disagreement at the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), after the June 15 election, the world Basketball governing body FIBA, has asked Nigeria to resolve the leadership dispute in the Federation or face dire consequences.
FIBA made its position known through a letter sent to the two parties involved, Tijani Umar and Musa Kido and signed by the Secretary General of FIBA, Patrick Baumann.
The world governing body instructed the NBBF to resolve the dispute internally, whether through new elections (preferably) or through an amicable solution under the auspices of the National Olympic Committee, before 30 November 2017.
NBBF risks FIBA's suspension
FIBA further stated that in the event that a solution was not found on the given day, the NBBF will be subject to the possibility of sanctions, including a suspension of its membership with FIBA.
Regardless of any sanctions after the November 30 deadline, FIBA will appoint a task force that will take appropriate measure(s) in the interest of basketball in Nigeria.
FIBA will continue to study all allegations of state intervention and non-democratic elections at the NBBF.
THE NBA DRAFT OF 2017
Written by Richie Emeruwa
The NBA draft is coming up, and the date is set for the 23rd of june,2017, meaning all hopefuls, both seniors and freshmen alike all have until the 23rd of this month to get their act together and prove to the teams and the coaches that they are worthy of Having their names go down in history.
THE MOCK DRAFT; the mock draft of the NBA is a visual simulation of the NBA draft and how it might go down,(hopefully if you ask me) the draft below is only a simulation (meaning its fake in lay mans terms) so don’t get your hopes up!
2017 Mock Draft
Updated: 6/19/17 8:17 am
# Team Player H W P School C
1 Philadelphia Markelle Fultz 6-4 190 PG Washington Fr.
2 LA Lakers Lonzo Ball 6-6 190 PG UCLA Fr.
3 Boston Josh Jackson 6-8 205 SG/SF Kansas Fr.
4 Phoenix De'Aaron Fox 6-3 170 PG Kentucky Fr.
5 Sacramento Jayson Tatum 6-8 205 SF Duke Fr.
6 Orlando Jonathan Isaac 6-10 210 SF/PF Florida St. Fr.
7 Minnesota Dennis Smith 6-2 195 PG NC State Fr.
8 New York Frank Ntilikina 6-5 190 PG France Intl.
9 Dallas Malik Monk 6-3 200 SG Kentucky Fr.
10 Sacramento Zach Collins 6-11 230 C Gonzaga Fr.
11 Charlotte Lauri Markkanen 7-0 230 PF Arizona Fr.
12 Detroit Luke Kennard 6-6 195 SG Duke So.
13 Denver John Collins 6-9 225 PF/C Wake Forest So.
14 Miami Donovan Mitchell 6-2 210 SG Louisville So.
15 Portland Justin Patton 6-11 230 C Creighton Fr.
16 Chicago Jarrett Allen 6-10 235 C Texas Fr.
17 Milwaukee Bam Adebayo 6-10 245 PF/C Kentucky Fr.
18 Indiana Kyle Kuzma 6-9 225 PF Utah Jr.
19 Atlanta Justin Jackson 6-8 200 SF North Carolina Jr.
20 Portland TJ Leaf 6-10 225 PF UCLA Fr.
21 Oklahoma Cty Ivan Rabb 6-10 220 PF/C California So.
22 Brooklyn Harry Giles 6-10 230 PF/C Duke Fr.
23 Toronto Terrance Ferguson 6-7 185 SG USA Intl.
24 Utah DJ Wilson 6-10 235 PF Michigan Jr.
25 Orlando Jawun Evans 6-0 185 PG Oklahoma State So.
26 Portland Jordan Bell 6-8 225 PF/C Oregon Jr.
27 Brooklyn Caleb Swanigan 6-9 250 PF/C Purdue So.
28 LA Lakers Wesley Iwundu 6-7 195 SG/SF Kansas State Sr.
29 San Antonio Frank Jackson 6-3 200 PG/SG Duke Fr.
30 Utah Isaiah Hartenstein 7-0 250 PF Germany Intl.
# Team Player H W P School C
31 Atlanta Ike Anigbogu 6-10 250 C UCLA Fr.
32 Phoenix OG Anunoby 6-7 235 SF/PF Indiana So.
33 Orlando Tony Bradley 6-10 250 C North Carolina Fr.
34 Sacramento Semi Ojeleye 6-6 240 SF/PF SMU Jr.
35 Orlando Tyler Lydon 6-9 215 PF Syracuse So.
36 Philadelphia PJ Dozier 6-6 200 PG/SG South Carolina So.
37 Boston Johnathan Motley 6-9 240 PF Baylor Jr.
38 Chicago Dwayne Bacon 6-6 220 SG/SF Florida St. So.
39 Philadelphia Damyean Dotson 6-6 205 SG/SF Houston Sr.
40 New Orleans Josh Hart 6-5 210 SG Villanova Sr.
41 Charlotte Derrick White 6-4 190 PG/SG Colorado Sr.
42 Utah Sindarius Thornw 6-5 210 SG South Carolina Sr.
43 Houston Tyler Dorsey 6-4 185 SG Oregon So.
44 New York Cam Oliver 6-8 240 PF Nevada So.
45 Houston Anzejs Pasecniks 7-1 220 C Latvia Intl.
46 Philadelphia Mathias Lessort 6-9 235 PF France Intl.
47 Indiana Jonah Bolden 6-10 235 PF Australia Intl.
48 Milwaukee Dillon Brooks 6-6 220 SF Oregon Jr.
49 Denver Vlatko Cancar 6-8 210 SF Slovenia Intl.
50 Philadelphia Alec Peters 6-8 235 PF Valparaiso Sr.
51 Denver Jaron Blossomgame 6-7 220 SF Clemson Sr.
52 Washington Aleksandar Vezen 6-9 225 SF/PF Bulgaria Intl.
53 Boston Frank Mason 6-0 190 PG Kansas Sr.
54 Phoenix Monte Morris 6-2 175 PG Iowa St. Sr.
55 Utah Edmond Sumner 6-5 175 PG/SG Xavier So.
56 Boston Isaiah Hicks 6-8 235 PF North Carolina Sr.
57 Brooklyn Wesley Da Silva 6-6 190 SG/SF Brazil Intl.
58 New York VJ Beachem 6-7 195 SF Notre Dame Sr.
59 San Antonio Charles Cooke 6-5 190 SG Dayton Sr.
60 Atlanta Kobi Simmons viagra 6-4 170 PG/SG Arizona Fr
Players from Rivers Hoopers and Hoops & Read Basketball clubs dominated the list of 12 players selected by the Nigeria Basketball Federation's head coaches for the 2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League All - Star Game in Kano.
Hoopers Solomon Ajegbeyi who has had a stellar season in his first year at Port Harcourt based Rivers Hoopers will be joined by teammate Emmanuel Balogun with both making their fifth All-Star game appearances while Oghenetano Emuhowo who has been shortlisted for a second straight All-Star Game completes the trio of the KingsMen heading to Kano this weekend. Komonibo Victor, Oriakhi Oween and Jide Ogunsemore are their counterparts from Hoops & Read after the debutants had a wonderful season with their club so far.
Rivers Hoopers head Coach Ogoh Odaudu will be the coach in charge of the Atlantic Conference and will be hoping to lead the Conference to victory after the Atlantic Conference lost the All-star game to the Savanna conference last season.
Players from other teams in the Atlantic Conference include:
David Godwin – Kwara Falcons
Okiki Michael - Customs
Mojuba Oyeleye– Kwara Falcons
Seun Akinwale – Customs
Kevin Odoh – Oluyole Warriors
Kamal Ayanlere – Police Batons
The 2017 All-Star game is set for Saturday, 17th June at the indoor sports Hall of the Kofomata stadium, Kano.
Pamodzi Sports Marketing,organisers of the Okpekpe international 10km road race has thanked sponsors and donors who provided the over N150m financial and other logistic support towards the success of the fifth edition of the race held penultimate Saturday in Okpekpe,Edo state.
”The Okpekpe road race since inception in 2013 is a private sector driven event and this is why we are grateful to corporate Nigeria who have stood by us in terms of their financial support to see that the race did not only grow but also become certified by the world governing body for the sport,the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which accorded it a bronze label status in 2015,’said Mike Itemuagbor,promoter of the race and CEO of Pamodzi Sports Marketing.
‘We are grateful for the support Ecobank Nigeria, a subsidiary of the Ecobank Group has given us since we became a bronze label race in 2015.In fact this year the bank increased its financial support as official bank of the race,’revealed Itemuagbor who also thanked such banks as Access Bank and Keystone bank for their donation as well as a consortium of insurance companies who provided cover for the race.
‘Cornerstone Insurance,Sovereign Trust and Leadway insurance also contributed to the success story the Okpekpe race has become today,’he further said.
Itemuagbor is especially grateful to His Excellency,the executive governor of Edo state,Godwin Obaseki whose interest in the race attracted some of the donors who made some substantial donations to the race.
‘I want to thank the governor,the government and the good people of Edo state for their support.Edo state government provided the fantastic infrastructure that made the race possible in the first place.Without the road constructed from Auchi to Okpekpe I don’t think the idea to have a 10 kilometre race there would have even crossed our minds.’I also thank the governor and government of Edo state for also providing the enabling environment as well as helping with the payment of the prize money to make the race a success.I want to call on more corporate Nigerians and government to come on board and partner with us as we prepare to announce another race in another sate in due course,’Itemuagbor added.
‘The Okpekpe race has aided sports development in the state and any rational mind would undoubtedly agree that sports development in Edo and Nigeria is something that we should pursue vigorously. To do so, it requires investment, it requires government commitment and that’s what Edo government led by Godwin Obaseki provided’.
World soccer governing body, FIFA have suspended the Sudanese football association citing government interference in the activities of the SFA.
Following the decree of the undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice of June 2nd, 2017 which is in conflict with art 13 of the FIFA statutes, the Sudan Football Association is suspended in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated 27 June 2017.
The decision was contained in a letter dated 6 July 2017 and signed by FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura.
As a result, three Sudanese clubs, El Hilal, El Merreikh in the Total CAF Champions League and Al Hilal Obeid in the Total CAF Confederation Cup are disqualified from the two competitions.
The suspension will be lifted only when the decree is declared null or void and the board of directors of the SFA with its President. Dr. Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim is reinstated.
On the heels of a 2 - 0 defeat to South Africa in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria's Super Eagles dropped to 39th from 38th in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday 6th of July, 2017.
Meanwhile, the Eagles maintained their 6th position on the continent behind Egypt, Senegal, Congo DR, Tunisia and Cameroon.
Germany reclaimed the top position in the FIFA ranking for the first time since being knocked off the top spot two years ago following a superb performance at the just concluded FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
Teams that made up the top 10 are:
In Africa, the top 10 teams are:
3. Congo Dr
7. Burkina Faso
10. Cote d'Ivoire.
African Champions, Cameroon, will seek to strengthen their hope of qualifying from the group stage, in their second game against Australia at the on-going FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium 18:00 local time.
Cameroon is taking nothing for granted, after losing the Indomitable Lions' first game against South American giant Chile, by 2 goals to nothing.
Goals by Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas in the 81st and 90th minutes respectively won the game for the Chilean after they had a goal disallowed for offside by the Video Assistant Referee.
For Cameroon to achieve their aim, they will need goalkeeper Ondoa and striker Aboubakar to be at their best.
Also coming from a shock 2 - 3 loss to a "depleted" German side, the Australian are also hoping to get the maximum point in order to keep their hope alive.
Cameroon: Ondoa; Mabouka, Auguissa, Teikeu, Ngadeu; Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Bassogog; Siani, Djoum, Fai.
Australia: Ryan; Degenek, Milligan, Leckie, Wright; Juric, Mooy, Behich; Sainsbury, Luongo, Rogic.