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2019 FIBA World Cup : D’Tigers arrives in Lagos for final phase of camping

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Nigeria’s national senior men basketball team, D’Tigers, on Tuesday arrived in Lagos for the next and final phase of their preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

The team arrived in Lagos after their training tour which followed weeks of preparations in the U.S.

“The contingent led by Head Coach Alex Nowra arrived from Atlanta and will immediately continue their preparations for the World Cup,” Afolabi Oni, the team’s media coordinator, said in a statement on Tuesday.

He said that the initial group of 44 players invited to camp has since been pruned to 15 as the team’s training hits home stretch.

Team captain Ike Diogu leads the list of the last 15 players in camp, alongside the likes of Uzoh Benjamin Chukwukelo, Ireogbu Ike, Okogie Joshua Aloiye, Nwamu Ike.

Others include Jordan Nwora, Aminu Al Farouq, Stanley Okoye and Vincent Nnamdi Gabriel.

The rest are Ekpe Udoh, Chimieze Metu, Zanna Talib, Aminu Abdul Alade, Akindele Jaleel Ayodeji and Michael Eric.

While in Lagos, the team will continue their training and play a couple of tune-up games as well as interact with members of the media and their teeming fans before their departure for China.

This is expected to come up on Aug.19.

So far, the team has played four friendlies and won three, beating Canada and winning twice against fellow World Cup-bound Dominican Republic.

Nwora is being assisted by Cyprien Glynn Ray, Burlesson Kevin and Ogoh Odaudu

List of Retained Players:

Point Guards

Uzoh Benjamin Chukwukelo (CB Caballeros de Culican)

Ireogbu Ike (Science City Jena, Germany)

Shooting Guards

Okogie Joshua Aloiye (Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA)

Nwamu Ike (Sioux Falls Skyforce, NBA)

Nwora Jordan Ifeanyi (University of Louisville, USA)

Vincent Nnamdi Gabriel (Stockton Kings, NBA)

Small Forwards

Aminu Al Farouq (Portland Trail Blazers, NBA)

Stanley Okoye (Tecnyconta Zaragoza, Spain)

Power Forwards

Diogu Ikechukwu Somto (Bayaman Vaqueros, Puerto Rico)

Zanna Talib (Montakit Fuenlabrada, Spain)

Ekpe Udoh (Utah Jazz, NBA)

Aminu Abdul Alade (Capitanies de Arecibo, Puerto Rico)

Chimezie Metu (San Antonio Spurs, NBA)

Centres

Michael Eric (Darussafaka, Turkey)

Akindele Jeleel Ayodeji (Hapoel SP Tel-Aviv).

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(Edited by Olawale Alabi)

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Iranian women can watch World Cup qualifier in stadium – official

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The official IRNA news agency, quoted a Sports Ministry official as saying on Sunday, following heightened pressure from FIFA.

Though foreign women have had limited access to matches in Iran, Iranian women however, had been banned from the stadium when male teams are playing, since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

FIFA wrote to the Iranian Football Federation in June, asking it to provide a timeline for women to be able to buy tickets for the qualifiers, or face consequences.

“Women can go to Tehran’s Azadi stadium to watch the match between Iran’s national team and Cambodia in October, for the Qatar World Cup qualifier,” IRNA quoted deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh as saying.

The AFC, the Asian football governing body, which has 47 members including Iran, said on Tuesday it was working to help world soccer governing body FIFA, find an “amicable solution” that would allow Iranian female fans to attend future games in Iran.

“There is no legal ban for women to watch football matches in the stadium. The activation of the infrastructure is underway,” Taghizadeh said.

Iranian female fans had long campaigned to be allowed to watch men’s soccer, and occasionally a limited number of women had been allowed into the stadium.

In June, some women were detained by security forces when they went to the Azadi Stadium for a friendly match against Syria.

Last year, some women risked arrest by donning fake beards and wigs to attend a major game in the stadium.

Their pictures and videos were posted on social media.

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Iranian women allowed to watch World Cup qualifier in stadium – official

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While foreign women have been allowed limited access to matches in Iran, Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men’s teams are playing since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

FIFA wrote to the Iranian Football Federation in June asking it to provide a timeline towards women being able to buy tickets for the qualifiers, or face consequences.

“Women can go to Tehran’s Azadi stadium to watch the match between Iran’s national team and Cambodia in October for the Qatar World Cup qualifier,” Deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh said.

The Asian football governing body (AFC), which has 47 members including Iran, said it was working to help FIFA find an “amicable solution” that would allow Iranian female fans to attend future games in Iran.

“There is no legal ban for women to watch the football matches in the stadium. The activation of the infrastructure is underway,” Taghizadeh said.

Iranian female fans have long campaigned to be allowed to watch men’s football and occasionally a limited number of women have been allowed into the stadium.

In June, some women were detained by security forces when they went to the Azadi Stadium for a friendly against Syria.

Last year, some women risked arrest by donning fake beards and wigs to attend a major game in the stadium. Their pictures and videos were posted on social media.

The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar. (Reuters/)

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Edited by Felix Ajide

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Aguero strikes again as Manchester City win at Bournemouth

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Aguero, who has scored in all three games this season, gave City a 15th-minute lead.

The striker slotted home after left back Oleksandr Zinchenko’s low cross had been mis-hit by Kevin De Bruyne only to fall kindly for the Argentine.

Adam Smith then missed a great chance to level for the Cherries, firing high over the bar from a good position after some poor defending from Nicolas Otamendi.

Moments later Raheem Sterling doubled City’s lead with a confident finish after David Silva concluded a sweeping move with a perfectly angled pass to the England striker.

But Bournemouth got back into the game in magnificent fashion, just before the interval, thanks to an unstoppable curling free-kick from substitute Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool.

Wilson went close to a leveller after the interval but Ederson was out quickly to foil his effort.

City then made sure of the win when Aguero poked home his second goal in the 63rd minute, following in for the scraps after David Silva had surged into the box. (Reuters/)

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Nigeria have prospect to produce world class athletes, says Lawmaker

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Lazarus Ogbee, member House Representative Committee on Sports, on Sunday said that Nigerian athletes have prospect to be world class athletes.

Ogbee told the Nigeria News Agency in Rabat, Morocco that the performance of Nigerian athletes at the ongoing 12th African Games confirmed that the country had abundant talents.

“Nigeria has the prospect of producing world class athletes. All they need is little encouragements and doing the right thing at the right time and having more training facilities in the country.

“Since I am in the committee for sports, what I have seen has encouraged me and has given me the tonic to do more and to encourage our people to invest in sports.

“We have every potential and the country can go on to produce world beaters in sports,’’ he said.

Ogbee, who watched the Nigerian female volleyball team beat Botswana, tasked the team to win gold medal at the Games.

Nigeria beat Botswana 3-1 (25-13, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15) at the Salle El Bouâzzaoui.

Ogbee commended the Nigerian the volleyball team for recording her first victory at the Games.

He said that the nation was strongly behind them.

“The women’s volleyball team has the support of the country that is why we came here in our numbers in the name of the government to support them.

“We have been going from one event center to the other to make sure we cheer the Nigerian contingent to victory and the women’s volleyball team has done wonderfully well today by beating their Botswana counterparts.

“We encourage them to go further to win the gold medal,’’ Ogbee said.

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(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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12th African Games: Nigeria in final of team event in badminton 

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Badminton

By Debo Oshundun

Rabat (Morocco), Aug. 25, 2019 Nigeria on Sunday defeated Egypt in Casablanca at the ongoing 12th African Games 3-0 to qualify for the final of the Badminton team event.

The victory has now set the stage for the final against Algeria later on Sunday.

The game opened with the mixed doubles as Doha Hanny and Adham El Gamal paired against the Nigerian duo of Enejoh Abah and Peace Orji.

The Nigerians won 21-15, 21-15 and 21-19.

In the men’s singles, Anuoluwapo Opeyori beat Mostafa Kamel 21-14 and 21-12, while Dorcas Adesokan completed the rout with a 21-10, 21-11 defeat of Hadia Hosny in the female category.

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(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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