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D’Tigress receive ‘adopt a sport’ initiative’s N41.1 million largesse

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Nigeria’s national women basketball team, D’Tigress, have finally received $100,000 dollars (N41.1 million) as their share of the ‘Adopt-A-Sport initiative’ payment.

Newsmen recalled that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had raised $230,000 dollars (N 94.4 million) from four banks, to boost the preparations of the nation’s basketball teams (Men and Women) ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

A statement from the ministry on Friday said banking documents from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) confirmed that each of the 12 D’ Tigress players to the last Olympic Games in Tokyo had received $9,500 dollars (N 3.9 million) each.

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“A number of the players have acknowledged receipt of these monies, while many of them have not confirmed, but documents show effective transfers.

“Checks with the CBN also revealed that the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF)’s domiciliary account had been debited to reflect payments to the D’Tigress players, while the balance of the $130,000 dollars (N 53.4 million) remains for the men basketball players.

“The cheques also reveal that the processes for these payments commenced on October 14, about the same time the Ministry had assured the team that the fulfilment of the monetary obligations to them was in the works,” the statement said.

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Newsmen report that AfroBasket champions, the D’Tigress, had on October 13 protested over their unpaid wages and allowances.

They also expressed their grievances over what they described as ‘unfair treatment’ meted out to them by the Federal government and the NBBF, after their victory at the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket Women’s Championship in Cameroon.

Some members of the team, who took to the social media platform, Twitter, said their efforts in winning the championship for the fifth time were never appreciated.

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Osimhen impressive as Napoli beat Torino

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Osimhen impressive as Napoli beat Torino.

Super Eagles attacker Victor Osimhen put up a decent shift in attack to help Napoli secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Torino.

The Partenopeans were indomitable the last time they took to the pitch, destroying Sassuolo 6-1 at the Maradona. However, they faced a tricky tie against Torino at the Stadio Olimpico.

Nonetheless, Napoli showed class from the start, applying a lot of pressure on the Bulls. The Partenopeans recorded four accurate shots in the first period, two of which were from Osimhen’s boots. Unfortunately, Torino goalkeeper Etrit Berisha was up to the task, maintaining a wall between the sticks.

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Nonetheless, Fabian Ruiz saved his blushes twelve minutes later. He capitalized on a mistake from the Torino defense, and with support from Osimhen, who served as a decoy, Ruiz fired home past Berisha.

Luciano Spalleti’s lads kept a strong defense; even Osimhen dropped back to help his backline.

Napoli held out for the remainder of the game to see out the 1-0 victory.

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Ighalo brilliant as Al Hilal beat Damak

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Ighalo brilliant as Al Hilal beat Damak.

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo scored one and provided another assist to inspire Al Hilal to a 4-2 comeback win over Damak in the Saudi Pro League.

Ighalo had fired blanks as Al Hilal stumbled to a 2-2 draw at home to Sharjah Cultural Club and lost 0-2 to Al Rayyan, both in the AFC Champions League, before losing 2-0 at Al Feiha in a league game.

But the former Manchester United striker was his side’s best performer as the reigning champions secured their 15th win of the campaign.

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Ighalo set up Musab Al Juwayr’s equaliser after Zelaya had given the home side the lead from the penalty spot.

Mansor Hamzi restored Damac’s lead, but Matheus Pereira leveled proceedings for Al Hilal yet again.

Marega then gave the visitors the lead for the first time in the encounter before Ighalo made sure of the three points in second-half stoppage time.

Ighalo has scored eight goals in eight league matches since his January move from Al Shabab, with his overall 20 goals still the best in the division.

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Nigeria’s Ashe wins award in U.S

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Nigeria’s Ashe wins award in U.S.

Nigeria’s fastest man Favour Ashe has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Co-Runner of the Week in the United States of America.

He was announced on Tuesday as the league’s Men’s Co-Runner of the Week.

The freshman sprinter of Tennessee University ran the fastest 100-meter dash time in the U.S. this season at the LSU Invitational in a wind-aided 9.79 (+3.0) seconds last weekend.

Ashe’s mark is also the fifth-fastest all-conditions time in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history. The conversion with a legal 1.9 wind would be 9.84, which would put him second in collegiate history behind former Tennessee Vol and 2017 The Bowerman winner Christian Coleman.

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In addition, Ashe ran the second leg of Tennessee’s 4×100-meter relay which finished in 38.99 seconds – the ninth-quickest time in school history and the 13th-fastest in the U.S. this year.

This is Ashe’s first runner of the week award after being named freshman of the week on two occasions during the indoor season. It is the fourth time this year that Tennessee have earned a weekly conference honor.

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