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Lagos Govt Hosts Africa’s Scrabble Champion, Enoch Nwali

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As part of the efforts of the State Government to continuously encourage sports development and provide an enabling environment for budding talents and elite athletes to thrive, Director General Lagos State Sports Commission, @lf_champ hosted current Africa’s and national scrabble champion, Enoch Nwali and members of his team in his office at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Thursday.

Fatodu spoke eloquently on the significance of promoting sports at the grassroots level while encouraging Nwali not to rest on his oars in breaking more boundaries and not to deviate from the terrain in dominating the world of Scrabble.

The Team, led by the Chairman, Lagos State Scrabble Association, Engr.Dipo Akanbi with the current Africa’s and national champion in “Green Jacket” Enoch Nwali, to apprise the Director General on the development in the sports of Scrabble.

” Lagos is actually blessed with a lot of talents in different areas. What we are positioned to do is essentially to continue to inspire, encourage and motivate our athletes across the disciplines”, the DG stated, adding that the state is constantly engaging the skills, talent, capability and ability of the young people to actually explore and dominate their various places across the globe.

He further noted that Lagos is taking the lead in Scrabble, adding that Enoch and his team’s achievements will further serve as motivation and inspiration to many of their contemporaries.
“We’ll also make make effort to ensure that they get the well-deserved recognition at the highest level of authority in the state.

The critical investment and contributions of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in sports talents development in Lagos is actually producing even more than desired results in terms of positive outcome we are getting”, he concluded.

In his remarks, Chairman of Lagos State Scrabble Association, Engr. Dipo Akanbi lauded the state for being supportive in terms of monthly payments and other incentives.

Enoch Nwali, the current African and national champion, was discovered in Ketu, Lagos, during his Secondary School days.

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NBBF Congratulates Coaches Odaudu, Mohammed On NBA Selections

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The Nigeria Basketball Federation has congratulated the duo of Coach Ogoh Odaudu and Abdulrahman Mohammed both of Rivers Hoppers

The Nigeria Basketball Federation has congratulated the duo of Coach Ogoh Odaudu and Abdulrahman Mohammed both of Rivers Hoppers Basketball Club, who are 2 of the 25 African coaches selected to participate in the NBA Summer League, from 12-22 July 2024, in Las Vegas, USA.

It is important to note that this is happening for the first time in the history of basketball in Nigeria.

Odaudu, who was assisted by Mohammed, led the Rivers Hoppers to a podium finish at the recently held BAL Championship and was voted as the BAL Coach Of The Season.

In the congratulatory message, the Nigeria Basketball Federation led by its President, Engr. Ahmadu Musa Kida, while applauding Odaudu and Mohammed on their feats, remarked that the selection of the two Nigerian top coaches, is a testament to the NBBF’s series of developmental plans over the years, and aimed at encouraging Nigerian coaches and technical officials to acquire and improve on their knowledge of the game of basketball, through deliberate selections by the federation to handle the national teams at different times.

NBBF noted that this development portends bigger opportunities for the growth and development of the game, particularly, in the local basketball community, as both coaches are expected to return to Nigeria, with better technical knowledge of the game, which they are also expected to share with other coaches back home for the benefits of the local game.

The NBBF implored the two coaches to be worthy ambassadors of Nigeria while in the USA.

Meanwhile, Odaudu is assigned to coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Mohammed will be with the Utah Jazz, both top NBA clubs in the United States of America.

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Olympics: BFN celebrates Opeyori, plans intensive training in Italy

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The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) on Friday in Lagos organised a special dinner to send forth the country's number one badminton star

The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) on Friday in Lagos organised a special dinner to send forth the country’s number one badminton star Anuoluwapo Opeyori, who is set to intensify training in Italy ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Opeyori, who has dominated Africa in the men’s singles from 2019 till date, winning four African Championship titles and two African Games titles, secured a spot at the Paris Games last month, becoming the first Nigerian badminton player to qualify for two consecutive Olympics after featuring at Tokyo 2020.

An elated Francis Orbih, President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, said on the occasion that Opeyori had broken the badminton jinx after qualification for the Games in Paris.

“History was made in badminton after Anuoluwapo Opeyori secured a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. I am full of joy because Anu is the first Nigerian badminton player to feature in the men’s singles at the Olympic Games and also the first Nigerian badminton player to attend two Olympics back-to-back,” Orbih stated at the Civic Centre, Lagos, venue of the event.

Speaking with the media after the event, Orbih outlined the federation’s programme for Opeyori, which he said would begin with a three-week training tour of Italy this week.

He added, “We titled this programme ‘Send forth’ because we intend him to travel to Italy next week (this week) for a training camp camp for about three weeks. After that, the ministry will open its training camp in Germany July 1, he’ll join the team Nigeria there.

“We also intend him to play the Mauritius International and one other championship. After the training camp he needs to go to the court and put to use the skills he acquired in camp. After that he goes straight to the Olympics.”

President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, also charged Opeyori to put up a fine outing in France.

“I’ll watch all your matches in Paris no matter how tight my schedule will be, so go make Nigerians proud.”

Also present at the event were top dignitaries, including ace comedian and BFN brand ambassador Ali Baba, a former Commissioner for Sports, Lagos State, Enitan Oshodi, DG of the Lagos state Sports Commission Lekan Fatodu as well as representatives of Mutual Benefits Assurance, Mikano Group, Dufil Prima Foods, Avis, Bond Global Energy, Studio 24, Ikoyi Club 1938 officials and members, amongst others.

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Abidjan African Judo Open 2024: Team Nigeria Pick Third Position Behind Cameroon, Argentina

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The Abidjan African Judo Open 2024 came to an end on Sunday with good performance from Nigerian judokas who came third in .

The Abidjan African Judo Open 2024 came to an end on Sunday with good performance from Nigerian judokas who came third in the 32-nation tournament held in Cote D’Ivoire.

Cameroon came first on the medal table with 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals Argentina was second on the table with 2 gold and 1 bronze, while the Nigerian team were third with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Competitors of 103 men and 44 women came in from the five continents of the world to attend the Judo Open which was held between 8 and 9 in Abidjan.

President of Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF), Dr. Musa Oshodi who led the Nigerian contingent to the world tournament praised the performance of the judokas, adding that “we are not at the Abidjan African Open 2024 to make number rather our team came to make the nation proud.”

The president assures that the NJC will leave nothing to chance to ensure that Nigerian judokas are given the enabling environment to showcase their talent with necessary exposure to both local and international tournaments.

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