Tennis: Team Nigeria Begins Defence Of African Junior Championship

2017 ITF/CAT African Junior Championship West and Central Africa Qualifiers serves off today at the Stade Omnisports Lome, Togo with Team Nigeria putting at stake her overall champions tag at the 15-nation tournament expected to end January 21.

All eyes would be on Team Nigeria’s Captain, Oyinlomo Quadri, as she returned to the continent following her glorious campaign in 2016 highlighted by her winning of an unprecedented three-straight ITF 16 and under junior circuit titles.

The 13-year-old tennis sensation, who is billed to extend her stay to a second year at ITF High Performance Centre in Morocco, is the overwhelming favourite for the girls’ 14 and Under. Marylove Edward and Rebecca Peters are the other Nigerians in the category.

The trio of of David Dawariye, Matthew Abamu and Saminu Abubakar will feature in the boys’ 14 and Under category.

2016 AJC finalist, Michael Osewa alongside Wilson Igbinovia and Michael Ayoola will lead the charge for glory in the boys’ 16 and under while Toyin Asogba, Omolade Aderemi and Omolayo Bamidele will compete in the girls’ 16 and under. The boys and girls team will also feature in the newly-introduced team events ahead of the AJC billed for South Africa in March.
 

Australian Open 2017: Day Five Highlights    

These are the latest news from the five day of the Australian Open tennis championships on Friday (all times GMT):

0705 WAWRINKA RALLIES TO REACH FOURTH ROUND

 

Wolverhampton Manager Praises Carl Ikeme   

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager, Paul Lambert has praised Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme and the team's defenders for their remarkable feat in the season.

 

ESPN Sacks Commentator That Called Venus Williams A 'Gorilla'   

Sports media giant, ESPN said it had relieved tennis commentator Doug Adler from its Australian Open broadcast after he generated controversy with a comment during Venus Williams's second round match against Stefanie Voegele.

 

West Brom Make Move For Odion Ighalo   

Super Eagles and Watford striker, Odion Ighalo has been linked with a seventeen million pounds switch from Watford to West Bromwich Albion.

Ighalo could hope to resurrect a rather wretched season with a move to The Hawthorns.

 

EL Kanemi 2-1 Wikki Tourists: Samuel Mathias's Brace Downs Visitors   

The last match of NPFL week two fixtures saw EL Kanemi Warriors defeat visiting Wikki Tourists 2-1.

 

Pinnick Appointed As Member Of FIFA Organizing Committee For Competitions   

World football ruling body, FIFA, has named the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, into one of its most important committees – the Organising Committee for Competitions. 

 

Rangers Home Ground Not Ready For CAF Competition - NFF   

Director of Competitions, Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Bola Oyeyode, says the current state of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium is below standard for Africa Football Confederation competitions.

 

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal In easy win over Marcos Baghdatis   

Ninth seed Rafael Nadal saw off veteran Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-1 6-3 in Thursday night's final match at the Australian Open.

Nadal breezed past the world number 36, dropping only seven games, and will now face up-and-coming German Alexander Zverev, seeded 24th, in the third round.

 

Over 400 Rams Set To Do Battle At Ram Sports Promoter Association   

Over four hundred rams from six South-West states will participate in the eleventh edition of Ram Sports Promoter Association, Ram Owners, billed for next Sunday at Jalisco Sport centre, Oshodi.

 

NPFL: Today's Match Fixture   

El Kanemi will host Wikki Tourists today by 4pm at the EL Kanemi Stadium in Boko-Haram infected Borno State as match day 2 rounds up in the NPFL today.