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Nigeria’s Funke Oshonaike Shines At Tischtennis Nordmasters In Germany

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Germany-based Nigerian professional table tennis star, Olufunke Oshonaike was outstanding playing at this year’s Tischtennis Nordmasters in Germany on Sunday.

The one-day event is an invitational competition in Northern Germany which features some ping pongers in the region with some Danish players in attendance.

Oshonaike, who had represented Team Nigeria in seventh Olympic Games, having previously qualified and participated in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, said that the Tischtennis Nordmasters which featured in on Sunday “is the most stressful competition for me because you only play on Sunday and you must play five players in a group to qualify to quarter-finals, then semi, then if you’re still strong enough, then finals.

“That’s to say all together you must play eight matches in a day, which is not done at WTT or any other international competition to win the trophy or be the runner-up.

“This year’s own means a lot to me because I never thought I could be strong enough to get to the finals because of all the strong young players who were present at the event, and because it has not been easy for me combining my education now with training. I am now at the hospital doing my practical and I have to be there till November. I love taking care of patients but at the end of it, it has not been easy for me. But because of how discipline, dedication and never give-up spirit that I was brought up with, I still manage to push myself till I could do no more,” said Oshonaike, who attended Community Primary School, now known as Ola-Olu Primary School, Agunbiade, Somolu, Lagos.

Continuing, she said: “So I am proud to tell you all that I came second after playing eight matches today. It was a stressful day for me! I had to drive one hour to the venue today and started 9 a.m. and we finished at 17:00… what a marathon competition!!! But it worth all the pain and I am happy ❤❤.”

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NNL solicits for funds from cooperate organisation

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NNL solicits for funds from cooperate organisation

The Nigeria National League, NNL, has appealed to cooperate organisations for funds to assist in the effective running of the second tier league.

NNL chairman, George Aluo noted that the unavailability of funds has hindered the progress of his administration.

“I must continue to express my appreciation to Alhaji Gusau for finding me worthy to serve as NNL chairman and a board member of the NFF,” he stated.

“My appeal is that corporate organizations should come to our aid and do what GTI is doing for the NPFL.

“We’re not saying they should give us money to put in our pockets. Let them take care of referees indemnity and once this is done, the referees will not be intimidated but rather be at their best and it will now be possible for teams to be winning more on the road as is presently being witnessed in the NPFL.”

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NPFL reschedules matchday 30 fixtures

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NPFL reschedules matchday 30 fixtures

The Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL, has rearranged the matchday 30 fixtures, DAILY POST reports.

Three games were initially scheduled to take place on Saturday April 13th, 2024.

The games have now been moved to Sunday April 14th.

The matches affected are the ties involving Doma United and Remo Stars, Bendel Insurance versus Kano Pillars and the Oriental derby between Rangers and Abia Warriors.

The remaining matchday fixtures will be played on Tuesday, April 16th across all venues.

The NPFL Chief Operating Officer Davidson Owumi disclosed this in a memo sent to the affected
clubs.

Rangers currently occupy the top position in the NPFL table with 51 points from 29 games.

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Asuquo wins Enyimba Player of the Month award for March

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Asuquo wins Enyimba Player of the Month award for March

Uwana Asuquo has won Enyimba’s Player of the Month award for March.

Asuquo beat midfielder Elijah Akanni to the award.

The defender won 51.7 votes, with Akanni getting 48.3 votes.

The right back helped the People’s Elephant secure two victories at home against Niger Tornadoes and Doma United, respectively.

Asuquo has featured in 22 games for Enyimba in the Nigeria Premier Football League this season.

He has two assists to his name.

Asuquo will be hoping to continue with his standout performance as Enyimba continue their title fight.

Enyimba will face Heartland in a matchday 30 fixture in Aba on Sunday.

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