Head coach of the Women's Senior National basketball team, Sam Vincent is optimistic about D’Tigress chances of making an impressive outing at the 2017 Women's Afrobasket tournament holding in Mali. An impressed Vincent who arrived the team’s camp on Wednesday night was at the team's second friendly game in two days against Raptors Basketball club at the Indoor Sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium, Surulere. Despite suffering another defeat against Raptors with the game ending 78points to 65 in favour of the men’s team, the coach said there was a marked improvement in the way the team played as they were able to reduce the 16points deficit in their earlier 71 points to 55 loss to just 13 in less than 24 hours. “I feel great, the ladies are working hard, we got a good training camp in Florida. We have a solid local training camp and I feel we have...
Plans have been concluded by the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Basketball Federation to organize the first test match for the Senior Women National team as they continue their training camp ahead of the 2017 Women Afrobasket tournament. The team popularly referred to as D’Tigress will engage Raptors Basketball Club of Lagos in a friendly game by 4pm on Wednesday during their evening training session. The game is geared at giving the Technical crew led by Sam Vincent the needed opportunity to assess the players in camp as they intensify their preparation for the event taking place in Mali. The game against the Division 1 club is the first of the test games lined up against local club sides before the team’s departure for Bamako on the 16th of August.  
Russia’s ban from international athletics competition is set to extend beyond the World Championships in London in August, the International Association of Athletics Federations has announced. Russia’s ban from international competition is set to extend beyond the World Championships in London in August, the International Association of Athletics Federations has announced. The IAAF voted unanimously to extend the ban on the Russian Athletics Federation, which was originally excluded in 2015 following allegations of state-sponsored doping. Rune Andersen, the independent chairman of the IAAF Taskforce, indicated RUSAF is unlikely to be reinstated until the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) declares the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) code-compliant in November. Andersen said: “The road map that I outlined... clearly states there will be no reinstatement until RUSADA is functioning... and presumably if everything goes to plan there will be a full reinstatement by November 2017. “This meant Russia as a nation, or RUSAF, is not recommended by us...
The NBBF Technical committee has released the name of the of 29 players invited to camp in Nigeria and United States of America ahead of the apex women's championship in Africa holding in Mali. Meanwhile, the team made up of 17 foreign-based and 12 home-based players were ordered to report to camp today, Monday, July 24, 2017. According to the release signed by the Secretary of the NBBF, Chimezie Asiegbu the foreign-based players will converge on Orlando, Florida, while the home-based alongside some of their foreign-based counterparts such as Sarah Ogoke, Uju Ugoka and Adaora Elonu holidaying in Nigeria would converge on Lagos. Meanwhile, the Orlando camp would be led by D’Tigress captain, Helen Ogunjimi, alongside Ezinne Kalu, Promise Amukamara, Adaeze Alaeze, Ayoleka Sodade, Ndidi Madu, Cecilia Okoye, Aisha Mohammed, Patience Okpe, Sarah Imovbioh, Ugo Nwaigwe, Balogun Elizabeth, Joyce Ekworomadu and Evelyn Akhator. In Lagos, the 11 players would sweat it out under the watchful...
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Football Club (MFM)’s Onuwa Chukwuka has described his goal in the final of the just concluded Lagos FA Cup as the “boost for a good run” ahead the second half of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season. The midfielder scored the curtain-raiser to set his team on the path to retaining the trophy they won in 2016. The NPFL campaigners defeated hard fighting Spartans of Agege 3-1 to lift the Lagos FA Cup trophy back to back. Onuwa in a chat with npfl.ng believes the goal has given him the boost needed to do well in the second stanza of the season. "To be honest, I have not really scored plenty of goals for my club. The goal in the final of the cup means so much to me and that was why I celebrated the way I did. The goal has given my confidence a...
 BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna After a week of exciting basketball action at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Indoor Sports Complex in Kaduna, 12 teams have earned their places in the next round of the Zenith Bank Female Basketball Premier League slated for Asaba, Delta. This was disclosed to newsmen by the head, technical committee, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Ajibade Bello, at the end of the second phase of the league’s play-off which attracted 18 teams. According to him, six teams would remain in the lower division – though he failed to disclose which teams gained promotion and which ones failed to do so – stressing that it would take some days for his committee to “compile an accurate table.” Speaking further, Bello said the NBBF was looking forward to the third phase billed for Asaba in June. “We are happy that the competition was very successful. The standard of play was high, officiating was very good and...
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 50 goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League when he netted against Atletico Madrid. The Real Madrid superstar headed in a 10th-minute opener at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday to give the defending champions a 1-0 advantage over their city rivals. It is the latest landmark to be reached by the four-time Ballon d'Or winner in Europe's premier competition, following a five-goal haul over two legs against Bayern Munich in the previous round. A brace in a 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena took Ronaldo on to 100 goals in European club competitions, while a hat-trick in the return fixture brought up the 32-year-old's Champions League century. Ronaldo's Barcelona rival Lionel Messi has the next best knockout return in the history of the competition with 37 goals. Bayern's Thomas Muller is third on 19.