NPFL: Forward, backward Hope was seemingly on the horizon some five years ago when the structure of the country’s apex league, the then Nigeria Premier League (NPL), later renamed Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was overhauled under the immediate past administration of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led by Aminu Maigari. As at then,...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
'Helpless’ Nigerian Athletes at Gold Coast As this year’s Commonwealth Games gets underway in Queensland, Australia, one basic subject matter rest in the mind of many, especially sports lovers all over the world, and that is to continuously monitor how Athletes from various Nations are faring. For Nigerians, their interest is certainly on their own representatives at...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
'Money miss road’ at glasshouse Who still remembers one of the popular manuscript for senior Pupils or young Secondary school Students known as ‘Chike and the River’, written by late literary icon, Chinua Achebe which painted how Chike, a native of Umuofia who later lived in Onitsha desperately needed money to enter boat and cross over...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
Crashed hope for Nigerian ‘young’ footballers In just four days, Nigeria’s woes in global soccer especially as it concerns cadet representation know no bound. Last Sunday, exactly on February 18, 2018, the country’s Under-17 Women team, Flamingos for the first time failed to qualify for FIFA cadet championship otherwise known as U-17 Women World Cup after they...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
The change Nigeria's Para-Sports needs In all ramifications, Nigeria’s Sporting Men and Women classified as Physically-challenged athletes have continued to display high level of discipline, decorum and indeed performance in their various chosen career. Right from 1992, when these honourable set of Individuals were admitted and recognised internationally at 1992 Barcelona summer Paralympic Games, their own...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
NBBF Impasse: D-day beckons for Tijani, Kida March 10, 2018 is the D-day. It’s the very day top officials of the World Basketball body; Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) will gather and receive report from three-man delegation they sent to Nigeria to carry out their findings on the lingering crisis plaguing Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) since June,...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
Winter Olympics and Dalung's double standard on Sports development So much adulation, admiration and indeed celebration expectedly followed the qualification of three bold and resilient Nigerian girls including Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga and Seun Adigun who qualified to be at this year’s Winter Olympic Games scheduled between February 9 and 25 in faraway PyeongChang, South Korea. By picking the rare...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
New dawn for Nigeria Taekwondo There appears to be real change sweeping across the length and breadth of Nigeria Taekwondo since the past four months after years of near comatose occasioned by lack of practical and proactive sporting programmes. The dwindling fortunes of Taekwondo in a country where majority of young People have remained unengaged climaxed...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
The Travails of Moses If you have been pondering over issues which plagued Nigerians Sports in the outgoing year and perhaps, previously, then the worst is bound to happen if adequate steps are not taken to mitigate the various malaise that put asunder and plundered collective interest. Apart from World Wrestling Championship (a similitude of...... read more

By Editor
Still on decaying Sports facilities, wasteful Talents Last week, I dwelt mainly on the role of Nigerian Lawmakers (Senate and House of Representatives) in reviving or rescuing ‘fast’ crumbling of various sporting facilities located in parts of Nigeria. Reactions have continued to pour in since then and I have kept observing with keen interest how events had unfolded...... read more

By Editor
Sports Facilities’ decay and the hypocrisy of Nigerian Lawmakers This week, I planned to delve into the systemic wrath plaguing the operations of refereeing in a ‘soccer-dominated’ country, full of comedians in the name of administrators but I decided to switch and beam searchlight on continuous infrastructure decay within Nigeria Sports. So let’s go there. Let no one think or...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
Drumbeats from Constantine, rushes for Russia Expectations and indeed the anxiety which qualification processes to 2018 FIFA World Cup carried have finally died down after no fewer than 32 Nations emerged to berth at Russia when soccer hostilities at next year’s showpiece gets underway in Russia. However, the drama and shock which followed is already pocketed in...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
NBBF: FIBA hammer dangles Aside football which has become like everyone’s delight in Nigeria, basketball (arguably) has over time taken the front seat in the mind of sports lovers in recent times. In that order, depending on the index you could lay your hand on; Athletics, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Tennis, Taekwondo, Boxing, Weightlifting among others...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
Eagles: After World Cup ticket, comes the real deal Birds freeze in the air, highways, streets got dry, all stayed glued to their television sets and then the atmosphere all of a sudden went agog with unstoppable jubilation at exactly 74 minutes of play when prolific striker and ‘super’ substitute, Alex Iwobi whose strike in second half of the penultimate...... read more

By Ikenna Okonkwo
Latest NPFL: Forward, backward 'Helpless’ Nigerian Athletes at Gold Coast 'Money miss road’ at glasshouse Crashed hope for Nigerian ‘young’ footballers The change Nigeria's Para-Sports needs NBBF Impasse: D-day beckons for Tijani, Kida Winter Olympics and Dalung's double standard on Sports development New dawn for Nigeria Taekwondo The Travails of Moses Still on decaying Sports facilities, wasteful Talents

 

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