Nigeria successfully defended the ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Championships in Lome, Togo at the weekend.The 12-man Nigerian team garnered 950 points at the ten-day tournaments which featured 111 players from 11 countries.The win reaffirms Nigeria’s status as the regional superpower as Mohammed Ubale-tutored team fights off strong challenge from Cote d’Ivoire to keep the regional title for the six-straight year. Benin Republic and Cameroun came third and fourth with 780 and 715 points respectively.Cote d’Ivoire, who finished second on 800 points, had threatened to dethrone Nigeria after Day 6 restricting the defending champions to one gold, one silver and one bronze but Nigeria had a strong finish to post another memorable outing at the tournament which serves as qualifiers for the African Junior Championships billed for South Africa in March.Aside from emerging the overall winners, Nigeria’s impressive display saw the boys’ team bagged qualification for the Junior Davis Cup as well as the World Team Cup while the girls’ team also secured their place in the Junior Fed Cup. All the tournaments will hold later in the year and this is also the first time Nigeria will be qualifying for all the tournaments from a single competition.Nigeria Tennis Federation President, Sani Ndanusa expressed delight at the performance of Nigerian players stating that the federation’s commitment to the development of the game particularly at junior level will be sustained with renewed vigour.Nigeria’s title hope was almost slipping off with the injury sustained by Marylove Edward which forced her to forfeit the girls’ 14 and under title to compatriot, Oyinlomo Quadri and more crucially, her withdrawal from the doubles which denied the country a significant number of points but the team still prove its superiority with half of its representatives securing their places in the AJC.In addition to Oyinlomo and Marylove, the quartet of Michael Osewa, Michael Ayoola, Matthew Abamu and David Dawariye, who defeated Andre Sydina of Senegal to the last ticket in the boys’ 14 and under category, will be rubbing shoulders with qualifiers from other regions of the continents. It also means Nigeria has the highest number of qualifiers from the CAT Zone 2. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The football board met last night to formally approve the Kerry native for the role left vacant by Peter Creedon and his appointment is due to be rubberstamped at tonight’s County Board meeting.Once Liam Kearns takes up the role the focus will shift to his backroom team with speculation that ex Tipp goalkeeper Paul Fitzgerald will be coming on board.Speaking on Extra Time – Tommy Toomey who was a selector under Creedon said regardless of who is chosen now; he will fully support the new set up.
Former Spokesperson and currently an Executive Committee Member of the Ghana FA, Randy Abbey thinks the approved 9.8 million dollar budget by government for the Black Stars is just right for the team’s campaign in Brazil.The experience football administrator believes as far as the FA has not commented on the budget as at now, Ghanaians should respect their decision and allow the team to stay focus and prepare for the competition and not to derail their focus on the Mundial.“It was alleged that 20 million dollars was the initial proposed budget which was circulating in the public domain but since the government has finally come out with the amount I think that is it! We therefore have to respect the decision taken by the government since the FA has not raised eye brows over the budget.“Again the 50 people FIFA will take care of means that if the delegation’s budget exceeds FIFA’s budget then it means that there should be an extra budget for those expenses. FIFA takes care of tickets, accommodations and meals and therefore you must try as much as possible to live within”. Abbey explained to JOY Sports The Black Stars are expected to spend about half of the total budget during the group phase of the World Cup with the remaining estimated for the knockout stage. Reports in the local media suggests the 9.8million dollar for the Black Stars, would not be enough for the GFA’s activities for the World Cup.
The Government of Guyana and the Amazon Warriors on Thursday signed an agreement for the use of the Providence National Stadium to host matches for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) matches.Thursday’s official signing saw Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for Sport, Dr George Norton, and Guyana Amazon Warriors Operations Manager, Omar Khan inking the deal at the Ministry of Social Cohesion’s Main Street, Georgetown office.Amazon Warriors operations manganger, Omar Khan and Assistant Director of Sports Melissa Dow-Richards signing the contract on Thursday. Also in photo are Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton (left) and Director of Sports, Christopher JonesAlso present at the signing was Director of Sports, Christopher Jones; Assistant Director of Sports, Melissa Dow-Richards; and media operatives from the local media houses. However, while the Providence stadium agreement has been signed, CPL is still to confirm the fixtures for Guyana.With Guyana set to host the most matches ever at Providence since the birth of CPL, Minister Norton has said the increase of matches at the local venue is a “big deal” for the cricket-loving nation. “Well, of course, if you judge from last year, all matches we had sold out crowds; so we are hoping (that) for all matches, we have sold out crowds.” CPL will be held in the Caribbean in August and September.