General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi, has given assurances that the Super Eagles will qualify for the 2022 FIFA World cup in Qatar.
Speaking when the executive members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) went to celebrate his birthday with him in his office at the Moshood Abiola National stadium in Abuja, Dr Sanusi stated that all hands were on deck to ensure that Nigeria’s flag is hoisted in Qatar next year.
“The game in Cape Verde was not an easy one bearing in mind that they have been unbeaten in their home soil over the past five years.
“With that in mind, they thought it was going to be business as usual when they scored first. But our boys fought back to level scores and got a deserved winner late in the game.”
“We are assuring Nigerians that the NFF will do everything humanly possible to ensure that the Super Eagles qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
“We give God the glory and we thank the federal government and Nigerians for their support and prayers,” the NFF chief scribe stated.
Earlier, while presenting a massive designer birthday card to Dr Sanusi, the FCT SWAN chairman, Bunmi Haruna, charged the NFF not to relent in the quest to qualify Nigeria for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“We congratulate the NFF and Nigerians for the excellent results the Super Eagles recorded against Liberia and Cape Verde in the world cup qualifiers.
“These victories could not have happened by chance, they are obviously results of well-planned preparations and determination of the NFF and the team.
“As we look forward to the rest of the matches, we want to urge the team not to relent, and to be cautious that nothing has been achieved until we qualify for the world cup.
“On our part, we will continue to support the NFF, the Super Eagles and other national teams to succeed in all competitions,” the FCT SWAN boss stated.
The Eagles have two wins from two games against Liberia and Cape Verde and sit top of Group C with six points.
Despite missing 10 regular players in the last match away to Cape Verde, Nigeria was able to grind out a 2-1 win after defeating Liberia 2-0 four days earlier.
The Super Eagles will next month play the Central African Republic in continuation of their quest to be at the Qatar 2022 world cup.
Joshua Odeyemi, Dailytrust
Reps summon Sunday Dare over athletes’ disqualification at Tokyo Olympics
The house of representatives has summoned Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports development, over the disqualification of 10 athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The lower chamber passed the resolution during plenary session on Wednesday following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Lawrence Ayeni, lawmaker from Osun state.
The minister is to brief the lawmakers on the level of Nigeria’s compliance with extant regulations set by the International Association of
Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).
It was reported how the AIU disqualified 10 Nigerian track and field athletes for failing to comply with the out-of-competition testing (OCT) requirement.
AIU said Nigeria is among countries deemed to have the highest doping risk, and the athletes were expected to undergo “at least three no-notice out-of-competition tests (urine and blood) conducted no less than 3 weeks apart in the 10 months leading up to a major event”.
Leading the debate on the motion on Wednesday, Ayeni said Nigeria was disqualified despite the “huge funds” available to the sports ministry and preparation made by the athletes.
“Nigeria delegation to the Olympic Games fared well in terms of performance, thereby raising the country’s rating the comity of nations,” he said.
“Concerned that despite the huge funds being made available yearly for the regulatory agencies in the sports sector, adequate efforts have not been made to get Nigeria into the category where they would be deemed to have made significant improvements in anti-doping tests.”
The motion was unanimously adopted after it was put to a voice vote by Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house.
While mandating its committee on sports to investigate the cause of the “failed doping test to forestall future occurrence,” the green chamber asked the ministry of sports to put measures in place to “ensure compliance with extant regulations at both local and international competitions”.
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D’Tigress, Nigeria’s senior women basketball team, on Monday in Yaoundé beat their Angolan counterparts 85-65 to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2021 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship.
In their final Group B game, the Nigerian side dislodged the Angolans who were leading the group to make it two wins from two matches and emerge as group leaders.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a loss would have seen the Nigerian side finishing second and going to play in the qualifier to quarter-finals match against Cape Verde on Wednesday.
It was a similar route their male counterparts, D’Tigers, carved for themselves at the Men’s AfroBasket a few weeks ago in Rwanda, and it did them no good.
On Monday, D’Tigress ensured none of that by leading from the first quarter, which they won 31-18.
They extended their lead with a 21-10 win in the second quarter, heading for the game’s long break period comfortable leaders with a whooping 24 points.
They however stepped off the throttle in the third and fourth quarters, losing 15-19 and then drawing 18-18 respectively,
Adaora Elonu was a top performer for them, with 10 points, three rebounds and four assists, while Ezinne Kalu grabbed 12 points, just as Ify Ibekwe also had eight rebounds.
With the 67-50 win over Mozambique in their opening group phase game on Saturday, D’Tigress won the group and will now face either one of Cote d’Ivoire or Guinea in the quarter-finals on Thursday.
The two west African sides will meet on Wednesday in the qualifier to quarter-finals to decide which of them would advance to meet Nigeria.
Nigeria have thus avoided the qualifier to quarter-finals stage, where D’Tigers lost to Uganda at the Men’s AfroBasket in Rwanda.
Angola, Group B runners-up after the loss to Nigeria, now have to overcome the hurdle of facing Cape Verde before they can play in the quarter-finals.(
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