19 SEPTEMBER 2015
AFCON 2017: Invite the best for Egypt games – Nieketien
Ugochi Akwueze x-international, Peter Nieketien, has advised Super Eagles’ head coach, Sunday Oliseh, to invite the best players available to prosecute the two Africa Cup of Nations qualifier games against Egypt in March 2016. Speaking with Saturday Telegraph, the former Nigeria player said the coach should invite players that are fit and performing well in their clubs, if the country was serious about qualifying for Gabon 2017. “Players like Obafemi Martins, Ikechukwu Uche, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo are doing well for their clubs and should be invited,” Nieketien said. “Mikel Obi should also be considered because of his experience, but Oliseh should not make the mistake of experimenting with him as an attacking midfielder. “He should be allowed to play his usual role
as a defensive midfielder since he can make good passes, which will help the team in the game against Egypt.” The 46-year-old coach urged the team to remain focused, go to Egypt next year and get a win or a draw, and then come back home to get the three points. On the matches played so far under Oliseh, Nieketien said the players were not too impressive in the two games played against Tanzania and Niger, but applauded the coach’s effort in team’ organisation. The former Julius Berger player said: “The team now has a shape, every area is being covered, courtesy of Oliseh’s experience. “Our first game against Tanzania lacked creativity and finishing, but the second one against Niger was better, but the team still needs to do more.”
Yaounde agog for Pro-Wrestling Africa Championship Charles Ogundiya
Lagos Marina Captain, Muyiwa Sonubi (right) receiving the Dantata Cup from the special guest of honour, Emir of Kano, HRH, Sanusi Lamido, during the presentation ceremony of the first stage of the MTN/Kano 2015 international polo tournament in Kano on Sunday.
MTN/Kano Polo: Lagos Marina, Kano Valda clinch titles
he Lagos Marina and Kano Valda teams emerged winners of the first major trophies in the ongoing MTNsponsored international polo tournament. In the final games witnessed by the Emir of Kano and a host of other top dignitaries at the Usman Dantata Polo Grounds Kano, both teams registered their presence as the first set of winners in what remains the biggest tourism attraction to the commercial city since the early 1930s. The polo-loving monarch, who was attending the MTN grand polo festival for the first time in his capacity as the Grand Patron of Kano Polo Club, presented the Dantata and the Sir Muhammadu Sanusi cups to the winners and runners up. The Lagos Marina team, led by Captain Muyiwa Sonubi, made a sensational debut to the tournament, smashing their way to the Dantata Cup victory in their first attempt, defeating a host of high profile teams in the process. The visiting Lagosians kicked off their campaign on a bright note, coming from 3-5 down to outpace Abuja Dogonyaro 6-5 in a tense Dantata Cup match, before facing their stiffest challenge against favourites, Kano Dantek, who they held off to win 61/2-5 in a fiercely-fought final game to clinch the Dantata Cup. The other winner in the tournament, Kano Valda, led by their captain, Sani Umar, also emerged the highest scoring side after pumping an incredible 251/2 goals past opponents, Kano Ambo, Ibadan Challenge and Kano Fas Ago Sacks in a closely-fought final on Sunday to win the MRS Cup. Speaking on their victory, Umar said: “It was an excellent campaign. We set ourselves an ambitious target of winning the title despite the record number of opponents that
participated in the tourney. We are really proud of our achievement and we want to dedicate this cup to our teeming fans who cheered us all the way to the final”. Also speaking after the event, general manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN, Richard Iweanoge, congratulated Kano Valda and all the participating teams for their sterling performances in the tourney. Iweanoge who described the Kano international event as one of the biggest in Africa, assured that MTN was excited to be involved with such a prestigious game as polo and was committed to giving it the deserved attention. “MTN Nigeria is excited to be associated with the prestigious game of polo. We understand that beyond being a mere game, polo is the lifeblood and passion of some of our key stakeholders. We appreciate that fact and we remain committed towards ensuring that polo gets the needed attention and support it deserves,” he declared.
he day is finally set for the much-awaited maiden ProWrestling Africa Championship, as Nigerian heavyweight champion Peace “Power Lee De Great” takes on Camerounian Michel Noudem “Le Matrquer”. The fight put together by the Pro Wrestling Africa and tagged Battle of Yaoundé 2015, will take place at the Palaise De Sports, Yaoundé, Camer-
oun, on September 19 (today). Speaking to Saturday Telegraph from Yaoundé, the secretary of the PWA, Olusesan Olukoya, said Power Lee and other Nigerian wrestlers were ready to make the country proud. “I have not seen as much determination in some of these wrestlers in recent time,” he said. “I have no doubt in my mind that they are going to carry the day because apart from the preparation from home (Nigeria), they have displayed a high level of professionalism since we arrived Cameroun.” According to Olukoya, some of other Nigerian wrestlers in Yaoundé are: Young Power Mike, Mighty Man, Flying Danko, among others. Power Lee also restated his target to win the fight to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the creation of Delta State. He said: “I am in top shape for this fight and I want Nigerians to support me because the glory is not for me alone. “Le Matrquer is not going to believe what hit him after the fight because I am going to show him who the master is.” He however called on Delta State and all other well-meaning Nigerians to come to his aid as he looks forward to defending the title in Nigeria if he wins.
UN, CAP co-host Lagos Beach Marathon Edwin Usoboh
he United Nations Information Centre has collaborated with Community Agenda for Peace (CAP) to host the fourth edition of Lagos Beach Marathon slated for October 1. The 2015 edition of Lagos Beach marathon is special in many respects, foremost being that it is being co-hosted in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations Organisation and the independence of Nigeria.
Obuesi Phillips, the initiator of the marathon, said the event was designed to draw Nigerian youths, budding and established athletes to a must-see showcase of beach race. He said: “they are not just going to run a beach race, there will also be a musical concert, a raffle draw and lots of gift items for Nigerians as they gather to celebrate our nation’s independence.” Obuesi, who is the president of the Beach Race Club, organisers of the Lagos Beach Marathon, stated that the event would be a bumper package for all participants. He said although beach race was new in Nige-
ria all hands were on deck to institutionalise it, making it a regular sporting activity in the country. Sammy Obodo, CAP's head of administration stated that over 100 athletes and non-athletes alike had registered for the beach marathon so far. He added that there were still opportunities for more participants to register. Obodo explained further that fun lovers, family members and other picnickers would have the opportunity to participate in the event also as a way of celebrating Nigeria’s independence.
Saturday, September 19, 2015