Akwa United Wins 2017 AITEO Cup

Akwa United have emerged as champions of the maiden AITEO Cup after claiming a 3-2 penalty win over Niger Tornadoes at Agege Stadium, Lagos.

The AITEO Cup was formerly the Federation Cup, which Akwa United won in 2015.

It was goalless all through the 90 minutes and the game went straight to penalty kicks.

With their win, Akwa United receives 25 million and would also be representing Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup.

On their part, Niger Tornadoes, who eliminated defending champions, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, to make it to the Lagos final receives 10 million.

Aruna Quadri Wins 2017 ITTF Challenge Polish Open

Aruna Quadri has won the men’s singles event of the 2017 ITTF Challenge Polish Open.

The Nigerian defeated Japan’s Kaii Yoshida after six sets (11-7, 11-13 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 14-12) to become the first African to win an ITTF title outside the continent.

Although Quadri’s opponent enjoyed support from the home fans — as he plies his trade in the Polish league — the number one seed for the tournament emerged the victor.

Prior to beating the Japanese in the final, Aruna Quadri had defeated Kazakhstan’s Kirill Gerassimenko (11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6) in the semi-final stage of the competition.

Aruna Quadri is among the top 20 players in the world that will compete at the prestigious ITTF World Cup in Liege, Belgium from October 20-22, 2017.

Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Receives IAAF Bronze Label Award [2017]

Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has been awarded the IAAF Bronze Label by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

A statement signed by the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Head of Communications and Media Olukayode Thomas disclosed that among the thousands of races worldwide, only 88 are labeled by IAAF, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is one of the new additions to the elite club. With this feat, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has now joined global elite races like New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Dubai, London, Roma, Paris, Berlin, and others.

According to the Project Consultant Olopade:

“We are a global brand today because of Governor Ambode’s vision and foresight, without him there won’t be anything called Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. It is his support that ensured that we got a personality like Norris Williamson, a grade A IAAF/AIMS measurer, who measured the route of Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympics Games to measure and certify our route, which ensured that we are a label race before our third edition.’’

Olopade also thanked Access Bank the race sponsor and other sponsors and supporters like 7Up, Bet naija, Eko Hotels, Eko Atlantics, GAC Motors and the staff of the Marathon Office for making this achievement possible.

IAAF label races are races that are designate as leading road races around the world. It was first introduced for the 2008 race. The conditions for the award of IAAF label are stringent they include but not limited to an international elite field, the race course closed to vehicular traffic, route measured to the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) standard, use of electronic timing to generate the results, a specified number of doping tests, equal prize money for the participants and others.

Stanley Eribo Retains 2017 ABU Welterweight Title

Stanley Eribo (also known as “Edo Boy”) has retained his African Boxing Union, ABU welterweight title by defeating Tanzania’s Ramadhani Shauri via a unanimous decision at GOtv Boxing Night 12.

Stanley Eribo also won 2.5 million attached to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Prize for the best boxer of the night.

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Christopher Bulus Wins 2017 ITF Junior Circuit

Christopher Bulus has emerged boys’ singles champion at the 2017 ITF Junior Circuit in Lome, Togo following a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sylvestre Mannou of Benin Republic.
The 2017 ITF Junior Circuit win capped a memorable three weeks for the 16-year-old Aces Tennis Academy player who started the three-leg tournament with a bronze in Benin which was followed with a silver in the second leg.
Christopher Bulus rose significantly in the world junior rankings from world number 779 to 621 last week by finishing in third and second places in the opening two legs.

Sunday Oliseh’s Fortuna Sittard Record Historic Win [2017]

Sunday Oliseh continues to set and break records with his Dutch club, Fortuna Sittard as the team triumphed with its biggest away win since it was founded almost 50 years ago.

The win was recorded against Telstar away from home 6-0.

According to the former Super Eagles Coach:

“Join me in praising God for his blessings and Mercies… Experienced my most emphatic professional away win as coach 0-6 vs. erstwhile unbeaten Telstar @FortunaSittard yesterday. Though my players, coaching staff and fans gave their all, God’s handprints were everywhere to see on this record-breaking victory. This is Fortuna Sittard’s highest scoring away victory in its history.”

A few weeks back, Sunday Oliseh became the first coach ever, in the history of Fortuna Sittard to win 6 consecutive home games.

The former Nigeria captain has now extended that to eight consecutive wins.

With this latest 6-0 win recorded on Friday, Fortuna Sittard have moved up to second place with 16 points from seven games, one point adrift of leaders Jong Ajax who beat FC Oss 3-0 away from home.

Fortuna Sittard will face NEC at home in their next game on the 6th of October.

Nigeria Wins 2017 Refugees World Cup Title

Nigeria has won the fourth Refugees World Cup for the second time in São Paulo, Brazil defeating Morocco 9-4.

The annual knock-out tournament, in which 16 teams took part, kicked off in the Brazilian city on 16 September and was played on three days over a nine-day period at three locations.

Brazil has opened its doors to refugees from all countries, and football has become the universal language that brings them together.

The competition, organized by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), in partnership with the non-governmental organizations África do Coração, Cáritas São Paulo and SESC-SP, brought together some 250 players recruited from among Brazil’s refugee community. They played in their home countries’ national colours.

Brazil hosts more than 9,500 refugees from 82 countries. The Refugees World Cup is designed to help them integrate into their new country.

According to Syria’s coach, Abdulbaset Jarour:

“The Cup is all about integration. It’s about uniting people, no matter their race or religion. We want to show Brazilians we are good people.”

According to Maria Beatriz Nogueira, head of the UNHCR office in São Paulo:

“Brazil is known as football country. But we want to show that there are a lot of other football countries too. This is a gesture to Brazil from the refugees they’ve welcomed to show that they want to integrate and that they really do speak the same language.”