Do not concentrate solely on football- Ojo


Two time Olympic gold medalist, Amos Adekunle Ojo has cried to the National Sport Comission (NSC) not to concentrate on football alone.

Ojo disclosed this during the arrival of coaches and athletes for the All African Games Trails in Abuja.

Ojo said individual sports in the country have been doing Nigeria proud and should not be sidelined.

The two time Olympian noted that the last time football won gold at the Olympics was in Atlanta ’96 adding that since then they had not triumph.

He added that the NSC should concentrate on sport where medals are sure.

Amos Adekunle Ojo during his active years was an Eight time African Champion, two times gold medalist at the commonwealth and a two time Olympian in Seoul ’88 and Barcelona ’92


Kogi state Judokas dodging


There are strong indications that Kogi state Judo athletes may miss out of national competitions in later days.

A source who confided with  naijacombatcorner said the head coach, Anthony Itodo is struggling tirelessly in other to pay debt been owed by the association.

The source said the association participated in the Timothy Nsirim National Open Judo Championships for senior and junior judokas held in Benin by borrowing from institutions pending when funds would be released by the appropriate authority but till date they are yet to receive the approved monies by the state government.

This is the issues of credibility and accountability that has been bedeviling our dear country.

with this attitude it is a known fact that the athletes will remain less motivated to give inn their best during competitions and low Mora amongst their contestants .The source made a “Save Our Soul” call to the necessary body to intervene on the situation as Judo may face extinction in the state.

it is worthy of note that, Kogi state Judokas won 2 silver and 1 bronze at the maiden Timothy Nsirim National Open Judo Championships for senior and junior judokas in Benin Championship  held from August 6-8,2014

Nigeria’s contingent to AAG departs August 31


The Director General, National Sports Commission (NSC), Al-Hassan Yakmut, on Wednesday said the country’s contingent to the All Africa Games would depart for Brazzaville on August 31.

Yakmut told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the contingent would converge on Abuja before travelling to the Congelese capital for the 11th edition of the games.

He said that Nigeria would feature in 19 events, including athletics, at the continental championships.

He said that the welfare of contingent was top on NSC’s priority, stressing that the commission would ensure that the athletes were adequately cared for.

He added that Athletes’ welfare will be their priority and the funds will be channelled towards their accommodation, feeding and flight, among others.

He said it will be irresponsible if the money disbursed by NSC to federations is not used appropriately.

It will be recalled that The Federal government released N2.9 billion for the preparation of All African Games/Olympics.


Source; NAN

Wrestlers to undergo dope test at AAG trials- Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF)

Wrestle Girls

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation has said athletes participating in the All African Games (AAG) trial competition are to undergo dope test.

In statement signed by the secretary generals of the federation, Segun Oguntade ahead of the trials scheduled to hold from 30th July to 4th August 2015, he admonished wrestlers to submit themselves for the dope test during the competition.

The statement noted that any wrestler tested positive will be banned.

It will be recalled that the North Central Zone Wrestlers Chairman, Engr. Sunday Baba as well as Bayelsa wrestling coach, Victor Kodei advised athletes to shun the use of Performance-enhancing drugs


Federal Government releases N2.9bn for All Africa Games/Olympics


The Director-General, National Sports Commission (NSC) Al-Hassan Yakmut said the Federal Government has released N2.9 billion for preparation for the All Africa Games.

Yakmut said this in Abuja at a meeting with presidents and secretaries of sports federations in the country.

The director general said the meeting was to map out detailed plans for the All Africa Games slated for Sept.4 to 19 in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville.

He said the forum would decide Nigeria’s technical and administrative participation in the All Africa’s games (AAG) and create a `technical connect’ for Nigeria’s participation in the 2016 Olympics.

According to him, the NSC got the approval of Mr President for the Ministry of Finance to provide about N2.97 billion to take us to the All Africa Games and to prepare for the Olympics.

he said it was to ensure that all the segments for the games were involved in the medical assessment, fitness assessment, technical and tactical preparation and that they were all put together as we intensify preparation to ensure monitoring.

Yakmut said that Nigeria’s participation was necessary since we needed to showcase developments in sports over the years.

He said their participation in the 2015 All Africa Game is of significant importance because all countries that would be going for the games would be there to showcase empirical development in sport in their respective countries.

Also speaking, President Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumal urged athletes and coaches to stay away from drugs.

Gumel said they can win the entire medal but they must do that with their God given strength adding that drug cannot make them win medal but will only bring them shame.


Source; NAN

Go in peace and come back with victory- Hon Karaku tells Kogi wrestlers

Hon Karaku

The patron Kogi state wrestling association, Hon. Yahaya Karaku has urged athletes representing the state at the All African Games (AAG) trials in Abuja to put all effort in ensuring that Kogi state flag is hoisted in Congo come september.

Charging the coaches as well as athletes during Monday’s training in Lokoja, Hon Karaku said it is of great importance for the state to feature at the All African Games in Congo as it will encourage other upcoming athletes to participate in the sport.

He attributed past glory to the dedication of both the coaches and athletes telling them to gun for more glory

Alhaji Karaku appealed to other Kogites, well to do philanthropist and corporate bodies to join hands in uplifting individual sports in state.

it will be recalled that  Chairman of the association, Sunday Baba disclosed that Alhaji Karaku had supported the Association in cash, provision of kits and support in times of needs.

Coach Kodei tells his wrestlers to win every available slot

Victor Kodei

The Bayelsa wrestling coach, Victor Kodei said his target at the All Africa Games trials on Thursday is to secure all the available slot in each of the categories.

Speaking with naijacombatcorner in a telephone conversation, Kodei said he will feature 21 athletes in each of the various categories which are; Greco Roman, female wrestling and male freestyle.

Kodei sounded a note of warning that Bayelsa is ready to take all the slot and leave none for other state.

The Commonwealth Games three time gold medallist said his wrestlers are the major threat to any team in the federation.

The trails is set to kick off at the Abuja National stadium package B from 30th July to August 4th 2015.

Engr Sunday Baba charges North Central Wrestlers ahead of AAG trials


Ahead of the National Open Trials championship in Abuja , The North Central Zone Wrestlers Chairman, Engr. Sunday Baba has charged Wrestlers from the zone to secure all the necessary slot ahead of the All African Games.

Engr Sunday Baba who doubles as the Chairman Kogi Wrestling Association said the zone is blessed with youth who do not need extra training to excel in the sport.

He stressed that since his inception as the chairman of the zone, wrestling has been given attention by the necessary authorities.

Engr Baba called on athletes participating in the trials to shun the use of drugs as any one caught will be dealt with by the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF).

The trails will hold at the Abuja National stadium package B from 30th July to August 4th 2015.

Also, the 11th African Games is scheduled for September 4–19, 2015 in Brazzaville, Congo.

I will secure four slots for Anambra ahead of AAG- Coach Obidi

The Anambra Wrestling head coach, Emeka Obidi said his mission at the wrestling trials is to see four of his wrestlers wrestle at the All African Games in Congo.

Coach Obidi said he will feature 10 Athletes comprising of both male and female at the trails. Confidently, Obidi said his boys will do him proud as they have been properly motivated by the appropriate authorities adding that nothing can stop them from accomplishing the task ahead.

The coach said his boys will depart Anambra for Abuja on Tuesday 28th July 2015 to quint themselves with the facilities.

The trails will hold at the Abuja National stadium package B from 30th July to August 4th 2015.

The 11th African Games is scheduled for September 4–19, 2015 in Brazzaville, Congo.wrestling pix

Avoid doping, maintain disciplie and train more- Nsirim

President of Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF), Timothy-Nsirim has advised judokas preparing for the 11th All-Africa Games (AAG) to maintain discipline and avoid doping.

Nsirim gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Final Trials organised by the Federation ahead of the 2015 AAG.

He said the Federation would do all that was necessary for the team to succeed at the AAG scheduled for Brazzaville inn Congo from Sept. 4 to Sept. 19.

Two judokas each from 14 categories will be taken for closed camping immediately.

Nsirim said they are also assuring them that they will do everything to ensure that their needs are well taken care of.


Culled from NAN