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MFM Are Champions Of 2023 Zenith Women’s Basketball League

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MFM Basketball team have emerged winner of the 2023 Zenith Bank Women’s League organised by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).

After three days of action inside the National Stadium Sports Hall, Lagos, MFM defeated Nigeria Customs 64-60 in the group match in the four-team format.

The results mean MFM topped the table after winning their 3 group matches beating Nigeria Customs, Bayelsa Whales and Air Warriors. They went home with the sum of N1.75m, a trophy. medals courtesy of the sponsor Zenith Bank PLC and a ticket to represent Nigeria at the 2024 FIBA Africa Club Championship.

Defending champions, Air Warriors came second and got N750,000 plus medals, third place went to Nigeria Customs and they smile home with N500,000 for their efforts. Bayelsa Blue Whales finished in fourth position.

MFM have now joined the exclusive list of teams which include First Bank, Dolphins, First Deep Water and Air Warriors to have won the Elite Basketball League.

Regina Donanu of MFM scooped the Most Valuable Player and Highest 3-point Shooter award, while the Highest Rebounder award went to Vivian Iwuji of Bayelsa Whales.

The cheering news of the night came from the President of the Basketball Federation who revealed that Zenith Bank will also sponsor the National Division One Female League starting in 2024 apart from the Women’s Basketball League.

The announcement was celebrated by fans and stakeholders of the game who gave kudos to the Federation and its partners Zenith Bank.

Kida said the format for the new league will be made public soon by the Federation through its Women’s Basketball League committee headed by Prof Florence Adeyanju.

The NBBF told a delighted Zenith bank management team that products of the Zenith Women’s Basketball League have gone to represent Nigeria through the Female National team, D’Tigress.

“We want to thank our partner Zenith Bank for their sponsorship. I am pleased to let you know that the female national team have won the Afro basket on four occasions and the bulk of the team used the zenith of women’s basketball to become superstars,” he said.

He assured that the Federation is doing all it can for the Tigress to qualify for the 2024 Olympics.

The NBBF boss seeks more understanding from Nigeria’s Basketball stakeholders and assured that the Men’s Premier League will begin this month

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

Six suspects arrested over the murder of Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs have been remanded by the Roodepoort magistrate’s court on Friday.

Ndumiso Moswane, 26; Fernando Siva, 25; Nhlakanipho Dlamini, 21; Franky Xaba, 25; Maredi Mphahlele, 36; and Thembinkosi Hlomikhawu, 31, have been charged with murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the ends of justice.

The suspects are expected to apply for bail during their court appearance next Friday.

All six suspects have opted to apply for the services of Legal Aid lawyers.

State prosecutor Arnold Limekhaya said the state intends to oppose the bail applications.

“We will oppose bail,” he told the court, indicating the state was yet to get the profiles of the men and their bail statements.

The 24-year-old Kaizer Chiefs defender and South Africa under-23 international was hijacked and fatally shot in the chest at a petrol station in Honeydew last Wednesday.

It is understood that the assailants drove off in Fleurs’ vehicle.

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Lagos FA to debut Nigerian Ex-International cup

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Lagos FA To Debut Nigerian Ex-International Cup

The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) has concluded arrangements to organize a tournament involving Nigerian ex-internationals and their clubs’ teammates back in the day.
The Lagos State Football Association Chairman, Hajj Gafar Olawale Liameed, disclosed that the ex-internationals coming together to play football will inspire lots of youths.

“We believe in our ex-players. LSFA is determined to carry along ex-internationals and drive the game forward at every level,” Hajj Gafar stated.

“The tournament will see former Nigeria internationals based in Lagos adopt teams. For instance, if an ex-international is based in the area of Dino SC he can adopt them.

“The competition tagged ‘The Nigerian Ex Internationals Cup’ would see teams play on a home and away basis in the first phase before we proceed to the knockout stage.

“We want to have a clear identity and organize lots of programs. This is one of our innovations and we hope to take blessings from the Lagos State Government and Nigeria Football Federation,” the football technocrat enthused.

Hajj Gafar also reiterated LSFA’s commitments to the proper development of football in the centre of excellence.

“We’re determined to lead that development at every level and have created a robust plan for doing so using all our resources and knowledge.”

Meanwhile, former Nigeria internationals like Joseph Yobo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Wasiu Ipaye have already thrown their weight behind the innovation by the LSFA.

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NFF appoints Manu Garba as Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach

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The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

 

Garba had, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 – Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage.

 

Garba’s world-conquering squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

 

The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game, drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0. In the Round of 16, they ran Iran ragged 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals, before they dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

 

The former Nigeria international will now immediately resume the role and take charge of the team’s preparations for next month’s WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana.

 

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