Chisom Chikatara Wins 2018 CAF Super Cup With Wydad Casablanca

Chisom Chikatara has won the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Super Cup title with his Moroccan club side Wydad Casablanca.

Chisom Chikatara who plays as a forward was in action for 63 minutes before he was substituted for Gabriel Quintana, as Wydad Casablanca defeated Congolese side Tout Puissant (TP) Mazembe 1–0 to win the 2018 CAF Super Cup.

The CAF Super Cup features the winners of the CAF Confederation Cup, and CAF Champions League winners in a one-off game.

Chikitara was part of the Wydad Casbalanca side that defeated Al Ahly SC to win the CAF Champions League and he made a return from injury to feature in the Super Cup clash.

After the withdrawal of Chikitara, Wydad Casabalanca broke the deadlock through Amin Thigazaoui in the 83rd minute, which turned out to be the only goal of the encounter.

Wydad Casabalanca earned $100,000 for their victory while TP Mazembe were rewarded with $75,000.

Bayelsa State Wins 2018 National Para-Swimming Open Championship

Bayelsa state have emerged winners of the second edition of the National Para-Swimming Open Championship after winning 27 medals comprising of 14 gold, five silver and eight bronze.

The two-day event in Abuja was organised by the Nigeria Para-Swimming Federation (NPSF).

Delta state came second with five gold, 11 silver and five bronze medals, while Osun state were third with nine medals made up of five gold, three silver and one bronze.

Oyo state came fourth with eight medals — two gold and six silver — while Ondo state were fifth with two gold and a bronze.

Imo state followed with a silver and three bronze, Ogun state had a bronze while FCT finished with no medal.

Habu Gumel, the President of the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), promised to give the NPSF the needed support to ensure they excel at the Paralympic Games. He said with the support of government and corporate bodies every one of the facilities needed by para-athletes would be provided.

According to the President of NPSF, Sylvester Ikuejamoye:

“If this group of people has decided not to be a burden to the society, and decide rather to use their talent to make a living and contribute to the society, then they are worth supporting.’’

Mr. Ikuejamoye said the Federation intends to keep together 10 athletes who would emerge from the National Para-Swimming Open Championship for national, continental and international championships if given adequate support.

Margaret Binga Wins Best Female Referee Award At 2018 World Taekwondo G-2 Egypt Open

President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Margaret Binga has won the Best Female Referee Award at the 2018 World Taekwondo G-2 Egypt Open in Cairo, Egypt.

The former two-time African Champion was invited to officiate at the high-level event, which would earn her top ranking points, and improve her quest towards being promoted to a Grade-1 ranked International Referee.

Presenting the award to Margaret Binga was the President of the African Taekwondo Union, General Ahmed Fouly, who praised the work ethic and achievements of Binga.

In the words of General Ahmed Fouly:

“It is amazing that Binga still finds the time to perform her international referee duties and at the same time shepherd such a high level of taekwondo activities back in Nigeria. We are keenly following the flurry of activities in Nigeria and it is very commendable.

Her performance as a referee at this event is only a testament to her constant drive to achieve excellence while working hard.”

Thanking the tournament organizers, coaches and referees for voting her as the best Referee, Margaret Binga said:

“Nigeria has good referees but we would want to step up their training so more of us can take our place on the world stage. This would require a lot of work and I hope that awards like this can motivate us more towards this aim.

The award will be a boost to as the Federation has set a target to target 100 new referees before the end of the four-year tenure of the present board.

The last NTF National Referee Course in December had more than 35 participants, and the Federation will be looking to conduct more National Referee Seminars across the six geo-political zones as the year runs out.”

The World Taekwondo G-2 ranked Egypt Opens had 287 competing athletes from 37 countries in attendance.

Shell Nigeria Wins 17th Nigeria Oil And Gas Industry Games (NOGIG)

Shell Nigeria emerged the overall winners of the 17th Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games (NOGIG) at the Main Bowl of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Shell Nigeria won 11 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals at the Games. NNPC finished second with 9 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze medals, while the third place went to Chevron amassing 8 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals.

NLNG beat ExxonMobil to fourth place position after winning 5 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medal with ExxonMobil, collecting 3 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals. Total Nigeria took the sixth position winning 3 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze medals.

NAOC, NCDMB, DPR, Eroton and PTI placed 7th, 8th, 9th, 10 and 11 respectively.

Thirteen oil and gas companies in the country participated in the weeklong 17th Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games (NOGIG) which featured, Swimming, 8-ball pool, Chess, Scrabble, Basketball, Athletics, Football, Squash, Tennis and Table Tennis.

South-South Zone Wins 4th Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) National Games

South-South Zone of Nigeria has emerged the overall winners at the fourth edition of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) national games tagged “Doctors’ Games” held in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

South-South Zone in the first position had 17 gold, three silver and seven bronze medals.

North-Central Zone in the second position had three gold, one silver, four bronze medals, while North-West finished third with three gold and one bronze.

Hosts Ogun State were fifth with two gold, six silver and nine bronze.

For emerging as overall winners, South-South have now won every edition of the NMA national games (2014, 2016, 2017).

South-South Zone capped an eventful participation with a 4-1 win against South-East Zone in the football event in the closing ceremony.

This year’s edition which kicked off on 21 February, had doctors representing South-South, South-East, hosts Ogun, Lagos, North-Central, North-West all participating.

Participants competed in football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, scrabble, draught and chess.

The fourth edition of the NMA national games was supported by Mega Lifesciences Nigeria Limited.