RelatedPosts Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan Community to Osinbajo: For remembering us, may you become president, if you wish Abuja Airport receives first International commercial flight since March Head Coach Imama Amapakabo has picked team captain Azubuike Okechukwu, forwards Stephen Odey and Taiwo Awoniyi and 15 other players for Thursday’s U23 AFCON final round qualifying, first leg battle against Sudan in Omdurman. The delegation of 18 players and 12 officials departed the shores of Nigeria from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight on Tuesday afternoon. Africa’s first-ever winners of the Olympic men’s football gold, the Olympic Eagles are scheduled to play their first leg of the final round of the U23 AFCON qualifiers against the Sudanese on Thursday at the Al Merriekh Stadium in Omdurman. Amapakabo and his lieutenants have been taking the team through training sessions and general build-up programme for several weeks in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The return leg is billed for the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Tuesday next week. The Confederation of African Football has picked officials from Djibouti to take charge of proceedings on Thursday, with Souleiman Ahmad Djama as the referee. His compatriots Farhan Bogoreh Salime, Rachid Waiss Bouraleh and Saddam Houssein Mansour will serve as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively. Herbert George Mwachiro from Kenya will be the match commissioner.THE FULL LIST: Abubakar Adamu, Agbor Ekoi, Nda Olisa, Stephen Manyo, John Lazarus, Ebube Duru, Collins Ogbodo, Azubuike Okechukwu, Fatai Gbadamosi, Sunday Adetunji, Blessing Muyiwa, Ndifreke Effiong, Taiwo Awoniyi, Onyeka Ogochukwu, Sunusi Ibrahim, Sunday Faleye, Stephen Odey, Etboy Akpan. Tags: Ethiopian Airline FlightImama AmapakaboNnamdi Azikiwe International AirportTaiwo Awoniyi
The province have also confirmed the signing of Sharks lock Jean Deysel on a three-month loan. The 32-year-old who has been capped by South Africa will join the later this month, subject to being granted a valid work permit.
“At a time when some are struggling to hold on to their sponsorship, the CBN has stayed with the NTF and we are very grateful for having us in their plans,” he said.Earlier, CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okorafor, pointed out that the tournament has continually produced gifted players that have won laurels for Nigeria at several local and international tournaments.Okorafor, who was represented by Sindiki Thaanda, reaffirmed the Bank’s desire to support and promote tennis in Nigeria as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.The Men and Women Singles winners will get N750, 000 while the runners up will pocket N500, 000. The champions in the wheel chair event will also get N200, 000.Thomas Otu and Melissa Ifidzhen won the men and women singles titles in 2015 beating Moses Michael and Christy Agugbom while Alex Adewale defeated Jelili Ishola just as Folake Basanya edged Foluke Shittu to clinch the top prizes in the wheelchair category.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram More than 300 players will vie for the N14.3million at stake at the 38thCentral Bank of Nigeria Open Tennis Championship scheduled to hold between June 16 and June 25 at the National Stadium, Lagos.President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Sani Ndanusa, stated at a press conference heralding the tournament in Lagos yesterday that the tournament will see players battling in four categories namely men’s’ singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women doubles. It will also feature wheelchair tennis which has been running since 2013.Ndanusa who was represented by NTF’s Vice President, Mr. Yemi Owoseni expressed gratitude to the CBN for sustaining interest in the championship which he pointed is the biggest domestic programme in the calendar of the NTF.
Harry Athwal a British citizen of Indian origin, has grabbed international headlines for his ‘heroic’ effort of risking his life to ‘comfort’ an injured child in Barcelona terror attack.“He was unconscious, his leg was bent the wrong way, there was blood coming out of his head, I knew it was more than blood,” Athwal revealed to Mirror UK in his first interview after the deadly attack.‘I was not Going to Leave the Child’A van plowed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas area of Barcelona on Thursday, killing at least 13 people. Seven-year-old British-Australian Julian Cadman is among those who were killed. Athwal says Julian Cadman looked to him like his son and he couldn’t have left the child in the middle of the crisis.“I was checking for a pulse and he didn’t have one. I put my hand on his back and I thought he had gone. I was stroking his hair and in floods of tears but I stayed with him, I sat there because I was not going to leave this child in the middle of the road.”‘It was About Comforting Him’Athwal from Great Barr, Birmingham, was in Spain on a family trip to celebrate his son’s eighth birthday. He was about to order lunch at a restaurant located on the first floor when the van mowed down people. As he ran to the street to save the child, his family watched the horrifying attack unfold from the balcony of the restaurant.“The police were telling me to move but I would not leave him. All the time I was thinking the terrorists could come back but I was not leaving that child. To me, he looked like my own son. He was my son’s age, seven or eight. I just ran my hands through his hair, it was about comforting him,” Athwal said.The police then came and rescued the child after which he had no information about what happened to him. He couldn’t see the child’s face “as his hair was all over the face,” and he was bleeding profusely.Social Media PleasSoon after the incident, Julian’s family posted pleas on social media platform to know the whereabouts of the child and to seek more information. Soon after, Spanish newspaper EL Mundo published a report claiming that the 7-year-old was found in the hospital. But authorities quickly rejected that report, calling it “false.” The boy was declared to be among the 13 causalities of the terror attack by the Catalan police on Sunday morning.“Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family..He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces …We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts,” the family said in a statement, the Washington post reported.The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack but the police are still hunting for the driver of the van. The victims of the Barcelona attack come from all over the world, with at least 34 nationalities represented. More than 100 people were injured in the attack. Related ItemsBarcelona van attackHarry Athwal BarcelonaIndian British Barcelona attackJulian Cadman BarcelonaJulian Cadman Las RamblasLas Ramblas attackLas Ramblas Harry AthwalLittle India