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UAE 2013: NSSF boss congratulates Eaglets, thanks Sterling Bank ANDREW EKEJIUBA

Glasgow 2014: NBF to select boxers from Eagle Belt

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he Secretary General, Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF), Tunde Laguda, has revealed that this year’s Eagle Belt Championship in December would be used to select boxers for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The NBF President, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, had promised to sponsor this year’s edition of the championship, while speaking at the final of the National Open Boxing Championship held last August in Lagos. Laguda told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in

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ormer WBO Heavyweight champion, Herbie Hide has been warned he faces up to two years in jail after pleading guilty to conspiring to supply cocaine. The 42-year-old Britishbased Nigerian boxer whose real names are Herbert Okechukwu Maduagwu had previously denied the charge but changed his plea at the start of his trial at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday. He will be sentenced on November 29 having been granted bail on condition that he reports to his local police station on a daily basis. Hide, who held the WBO Heavyweight title between 1997 and 1999 was arrested after a story in The Sun Newspaper, claimed he had phoned a drug dealer from

BF Light-heavyweight champion, Bernard Hopkins, says he feels he can lose some weight by next May to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr if they can negotiate the fight. Hopkins, 48, who last Saturday at Boardwalk Hall Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey retained his IBF title with a unanimous point’s victory over Germany’s Karo Murat to become the oldest fighter to defend a world title, noted that the fight if organised would make boxing fans watch the greatest

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Lagos Line clinches 2013 Onitsha Traders’ Cup ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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whom reporters were able to buy cocaine. He initially claimed the story was ‘manufactured’ and that he was a ‘vulnerable’ target but changed his plea to guilty after he was shown a video coverage of his conversion with an undercover agent.

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Lagos that the bouts would assist the federation to select the best male and female boxers for the Games. According to him, the tournament would feature top-class boxers out of which the best would be selected for the 10 male and female events in Glasgow. He, however, added that some boxers, who participated at the just concluded World Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan, would have the privilege of first consideration. According to him, Nigeria would strive to feature in all the 10 events in Glasgow.

Hide risks two-year jail term

fight of the decade. “Give me until May next year to make 160 ponds and that fight will be on. I don’t think too many people would count me out. “I think every boxing fan would like to see Hopkins at 160 ponds going against Mayweather and I think it will be a good fight at the end of the day,” Hopkins said. According to him, he has watched some of Mayweather’s recent fight and is convinced that he is the only one that can give him the challenge he needs.

Bernard Hopkins (right) throws a punch at Karo Murat during their Light heavyweight fight at Boardwalk Hall Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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he bustling city of Onitsha was livened up, as this year’s edition of the Onitsha Traders’ Cup, powered by leading ICT and mobile telecommunications giant MTN Nigeria, reached an exciting climax. The final match of the event had Lagos Line traders trading tackles with Goat Dealers, in a momentous final, many will not forget in a hurry. The tension- soaked encounter ended goalless and later proceeded into a seemingly long drawn penalty shoot-out. The penalty shootout proved not to be an easy ride for both teams, as it dovetailed into a sudden-death situation. Lagos Line traders soon emerged the victors, with a score line of 8-7 on penalties, to cart home the winning prize of N500, 000, while the runners up, Goat Dealers, settled for a cash prize of N250, 000. The atmosphere of the match venue was made more exciting by MTN that was on hand to support the event, as it added lots of fun to the encounter between the two teams, making it a glamorous one. Apart from generously branding the venue with its Y’ello colour, MTN also ensured that fans were treated to good music, rib-cracking jokes and calisthenics display by cheerleaders. Immediately after the match, the mobile telecommunications company, had a raffle draw and gave out mouth-watering gifts to Onitsha football fans. Gifts won during the raffle draw included motor cycles, mobile phones, branded T-shirts and caps. While addressing press men, after the event, MTN’s Senior Manager, Sales, South-South/South-East, Innocent Entonu, said it is laudable, when Corporate organisations, are seen identifying with the passion of their people.

resident of Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), Mallam Ibrahim Mohammad has congratulated the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria over their victorious 2-0 win over hard-fighting Uruguay national U-17 team yesterday at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates (UAE). He said the victory has once again put Nigeria in limelight as a great football playing nation and used the opportunity to appeal to parents to encourage their wards to take part in sporting events for general wellbeing of their children. “I want to congratulate our Golden Eaglets for their superlative performance and making Nigerians proud with their emphatic 2-0 win over Uruguay. The result shows that our youths are up to the task of defending the good image of the country in sports. “It has also reconfirmed us as a top-football playing nation following our qualification for the semi-finals of the competition. So, NSSF is strongly behind them because some

of the products of the team came from schools and soccer academies. “However, our advise to the team and the coaching crew is that they should not rest on their oars until they bring back the FIFA U-17 World Cup to Nigeria for a record fourth time. Nigerians are solidly behind them in prayers and we wish them great luck in this quest,” Mohammad said. Meanwhile the NSSF boss has commended Sterling Bank Nigeria PLC for coming to the aid of the federation following their N35m lifeline they donated to NSSF for the organisation of the 6th edition of the National School Sports Festival holding in Ilorin, Kwara State, later this month. Mohammad noted that the gesture by Sterling Bank has indeed rekindled hope and a sure future for Nigerian kids who are looking up to the event as a spring board to stardom. At the presentation of the cheque on Thursday, Sterling Bank’s Group Head, Strategy and Communications, Shina Atilola said the gesture is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to support a noble initiative that would affect lives positively.

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up holders, Okrika will not be able to defend their title at the ongoing 2013 Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) sponsored Rivers State Governor’s Cup following the side Wednesday’s semifinals shocking 2-3 defeat in the hands of Bonny at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt. Okrika tried every known trick in their form book to unsettle the opponents but found the lads from Bonny too hot and tough to handle. Coach of the side, Blessing Iyo said his wards were not disgraced in the semi-finals ouster even as he admitted that they had looked forward to a successful defence of the title the side won last year. “Of course, I’m disappointed that I won’t have the opportunity to de-

fend the title following our defeat to Bonny. “We didn’t start the campaign on good note but we got better as the competition progresses which gave us the confidence that we’ll go the whole path to win back the title. “Unfortunately, that dream has been dashed. We’ve taken the defeat in good faith and have decided to go back home to work on our mistakes with the hope of excelling in future competition,” said Iyo. Eleme showed class in the second semi-finals encounter as the side outclassed Khana 3-2 to pave the way for an epic grand finale clash against Bonny on November 8, at the turf of Liberation Stadium. An excited coach of Eleme, Emmanuel Essien said his side now has both foot in the final and they will make it counts by winning the coveted trophy on November 8.

Action recorded during the match between Okirika and Eleme at the on-going SPDC tourney.

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