Fortuna Sittard, coached by ex-Nigeria captain and manager Sunday Oliseh, has led the Dutch club to their first trophy in 23 years.
Sunday Oliseh guided Fortuna Sittard to a comfortable 2-1 win over Ajax Jong with the victory confirming Fortuna Sittard as winners of the second period in the Eerste Divisie – their first silverware since 1995 after finishing as league leaders at the end of matchday 20.
The Fortuna Sittard Stadion outfit have recorded consecutive league wins over RKC Waalwijk, Den Bosch, Utrecht II, Go Ahead Eagles, Helmond Sport, PSV II and Jong Ajax in their last seven league games.
Fortuna Sittard’s last league defeat was a 1-0 loss to Cambuur on November 17, 2017. A single defeat between match day 12 and 20 in the second period of the Jupiler League.
In the words of Sunday Oliseh:
“We wanted to win this for the fans because they have not won anything in over 20 years, from a club that was dying in January to a club that is winning a Period title.
Our victory over Jong Ajax 2-1 today @FortunaSittard not only makes it a record 7 victories in a row but secures us the 2nd Period title. Fortuna’s 1st title in 23 years. God is Great!”
Sunday Oliseh’s side now sits at the summit of the Eerste Divisie log with 44 points from 20 games.
Asisat Oshoala has been named the 2017 CAF Women’s Player of the Year footballer in Accra, Ghana.
Asisat Oshoala previously won the award in 2014 and 2016. She beat Cameroonian Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene and Chrestina Kgatlana of South Africa to the top prize.
In her words:
“2017 has truly been an emotional journey for me.
This is truly one of the best moments in my career. I want to encourage young girls out there to not let people discourage you and to follow your own heart.”
The former Arsenal Ladies and Liverpool Ladies player inspired her Chinese side Dalian Quanjian to a double with 19 goals – the club’s second title in their history and Cup double and she was crowned the League’s Best Striker.
10 Nigerians have now won ten (10) of the fifteen (15) CAF African Women Footballer of the Year Awards.
- 4 – Perpetua Nkwocha (2004, 2005, 2009, 2011)
- 3 – Asisat Oshoala (2014, 2016, 2017)
- 2 – Cynthia Uwak (2006, 2007)
- 1 – Mercy Akide (2001)
Winners have emerged at the 4th Nigeria Pitch Awards 2017 held in Uyo.
Asisat Oshoala, who was crowned 2016 Queen of the Pitch, beat fellow Super Falcons players Onome Ebi and Desire Oparanozie to the Queen of the Pitch award.
Wilfred Ndidi took the Midfielder of the Year award over Eagles captain John Mikel Obi and Oghenekaro Etebo, while William Troost-Ekong of Gents FC picked the Defender of the Year award.
Carl Ikeme, who have been missing in action due to injury, was named the Goalkeeper of the Year, as Kelechi Iheanacho beat Godwin Obaje and Chisom Egbuchulam to emerge the Best Striker.
Chisom Egbuchulam, however, won the award for the Most Valuable Player in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) while Rafiat Sule of Bayelsa Queen was crowned Most Valuable Player in the Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL).
Enugu Rangers FC and their former Coach Imama Amapakabo picked the Club of the Year and Coach of the Year Awards respectively.
In the Referee of the Year category, Ferdinand Udoh beat Adebimpe Quadri and Jelili Ogunmuyiwa to win the award for the 3rd time.
The Sam Okwaraji Award was won by Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah; the Football Friendly Governor of the Year was won by Governor Emmanuel Udom, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, while Lagos emerged State with Best Grassroots Football Development Programme.
Kelechi Iheanacho was also crowned King of the Pitch of the Year.
Nigeria Pitch Awards is an initiative of Matchmakers Consult International fully endorsed and supported by the Nigeria Football Federation, Nigeria’s football governing body.
The major objectives of the Nigeria Pitch Awards are to identify, recognise and honour exceptional talent, hard work, determination, commitment and patriotism in Nigerian footballers and other football stakeholders as a way of inspiring footballers and football officials to ‘play’, perform and work better with a view to improving our ranking in the world football community.
Nigeria has emerged second place winner at the 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships with a total of 10 medals held in Mexico city.
China topped the medals table at the 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships with five gold, five silver and two bronze. Only two silver medals separated the Chinese from second-place Nigeria. Iran finished third followed by Egypt and Mexico. A total of 20 countries won medals in the World Championships, one more than at Dubai 2014.
The five new world records set in Mexico 2017: Lingling Guo (China) in the women’s up to 45 kg, Lili Xu (China) in the women’s up to 79 kg, Alice Oluwafemiayo (Nigeria) in the women’s up to 86 kg, Van Cong Lee (Vietnam) in the men’s up to 49 kg and Paul Kehinde (Nigeria) in the men’s up to 65 kg.
Olaitan Ibrahim lifted 110kg to win silver in the women’s +67kg while Omolayo Bose lifted 129kg in the women’s +79kg to win silver as well. Rio 2016 Paralympics gold medallist Ndidi Nwosu lifted 120kg to win bronze in the women’s +73kg.
Folashade Oluwafemiayo won gold as she broke the world record in the women’s +86kg while Lucy Ejike won the second gold in the women’s +61kg and former world record holder Yakubu Adesokan won bronze in the men’s +49kg.
In the words of Olaitan Ibrahim:
“I am so happy, this is fantastic. This was my first worlds and I was not expecting to win any medal at all.”
Ndidi Nwosu appraising her performance stated:
“I am not happy at all. I won gold at Rio 2016, so I was expecting to win gold again at Mexico City 2017 but I could only win bronze. I really hope I can do better in my next competition.”
Martin Odoh of Minna Cantonment Golf Club has emerged winner of the Plateau Governor’s Cup 2017 Golf Tournament in the professional category.
Martin Odoh defeated other players with the net score 298 with over 10 gross to emerge as winner and a cash prize of ₦1.864 million as his reward.
The prize money was ₦864,000 but Governor Simon Lalong gave him an additional ₦1 million as an encouragement.
Martin Odoh in his remarks after collecting the cheque, dedicated his victory to God the giver of victories. He said that he had longed for the victory and worked very hard and thanked God that he won.
The first runner-up was given ₦700,000 while second runner-up got ₦500,000 from the Governor.
In the amateur and veteran categories of the Plateau Governor’s Cup 2017 Golf Tournament, the winners went home with different gifts including televisions, deep freezers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and water dispensers.
Governor Lalong expressed happiness with the tournament having different golfers trooping to the state to compete.
The Governor said that his administration would work hard to sustain the existing peace to keep attracting people to the state.
Tang Dapoet, Captain, Lamingo Golf Club, said that it was the first time the tournament was played on 18 green holes since the club was established in 1968.
He commended the Governor and the sponsors for making tournament, which took place from Dec 11 to 17  a huge success.