Sports News: Ibadan Agog For SSA Football Competition

The sponsor and initiator of the annual Christmas/New Year SSA Football Competition, designed to engage youth representatives of the 11 Wards in Ibadan Northwest local government area of Oyo State, Hon. Segun Sheriff Adesina has announced December 12 to 20, 2021 as the date for this year’s edition.

The big event tagged: ‘Festival of Football’ will be held at the Federal Cooperative College Playing Ground, Eleyele, Ibadan, beginning from 1 pm each day, according to a statement released by the organizer in Ibadan and made available to newsmen.

Hon. Adesina, who is popularly known as SSA said the rationale behind the competition that began two years ago is to promote unity, peace and development of football in the local government area.

Adding “the competition is also geared towards complementing the effort of our amiable, dynamic, and visionary Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde in the areas of Sports Development and Youth Empowerment”.

Part of the highlights of this year’s event according to SSA include the conferment of honorary awards on eminent dignitaries from all walks of life for their contributions to youth empowerment and sports development in Ibadan Northwest LGA, Oyo State, and Nigeria at large.

“International scouts will also be on hand to identify and groom outstanding talents for potential careers abroad, while Individual awards and cash prizes shall be presented to the best player, highest goal scorer and the best goalkeeper in the competition”, said SSA.

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Sports News: Golfers Sets For Cancer Awareness Golf Tourney In Ibadan

In a bid to enlighten golfers against the deadly disease called cancer, the Ibadan Golf Club (IGC) has concluded plans to host the fourth edition of an annual golf event tagged: Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament between 10th and 11th December.

The unique golf tourney was conceptualized by a concerned golfer and former Lady Captain of IGC, Mrs. Lizzy Afonja who claimed to have lost scores of loved ones to cancer, but believed enough awareness about cancer, using golf could reduce the scourge.

While briefing newsmen in Ibadan ahead of the event, Afonja, the initiator of the tourney expressed her grief over the loss of over 20 people to the deadly disease which made her champion advocacy on the awareness against cancer using golf for the past four years.

“We are using this golf tournament to carry out advocacies against the deadly disease called cancer; it is killing people around us irrespective of age or background. The campaign is to enlighten people on how to tackle it if the symptoms are noticed early in the body.

“Consulting for advice from medical practitioners should be the first thing to do and not going to spiritualists for prayers, I’m not saying people should not pray about cancer cases but seeking immediate medical solution should be the first step, lots have lost their lives from ill-advice from pastors who told them not to go for surgery.

“Cancer can happen in any part of your body, it’s very painful to me because I have lost many loved ones to cancer, for the past 24 years I have lost over 20 friends, and that was why I came up with this idea to use golf to advocate for cancer awareness whereby doctors will come around and enlighten us about scourge”, Afonja noted.

She however expressed happiness over the success recorded during the first three editions held while noting that more than 150 golfers are expected this year going by the interest shown by participants.

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Sports News: Ralf Rangnick Joins Manchester United As Interim Manager

Manchester United announced on Monday they had appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 63-year-old German joins from Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was manager of sports and development.

At the end of the season Rangnick, whose appointment is subject to work visa requirements, will take on a consultancy role at Old Trafford for a further two years.

He takes over from first-team coach Michael Carrick, who has been in caretaker charge for two games since Solskjaer was sacked just over a week ago following a terrible run of results for the 20-time English champions.

“He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching,” said United football director John Murtough.

The former RB Leipzig boss said he was excited to be joining United and focused on making it a successful season for the struggling club.

“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience,” he said. “All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”

United are eighth in the Premier League table after a 1-1 draw with leaders Chelsea on Sunday, five points off the top four.

First-team coach Carrick — who has overseen a Champions League win over Villarreal and the draw at Stamford Bridge, where he dropped Cristiano Ronaldo — will remain in caretaker charge until Rangnick’s work visa is finalised.

Club bosses sacked Solskjaer last week after a 4-1 humbling at lowly Watford despite keeping faith with the Norwegian after humiliating home losses to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

Solskjaer, who scoring the winning goal for United in the 1999 Champions League final to complete a historic treble, was in charge for nearly three years.

Under his leadership United finished in the Premier League top four in back-to-back seasons for the first time since Alex Ferguson retired as boss in 2013 but they failed to win their first silverware since 2017.

United can boast abundant riches in attack, with Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Sancho, Marcus Greenwood and Anthony Martial all vying for starting spots.

But their leaky defence has already conceded 22 goals in 13 games, more than four times Chelsea’s total of five.

Rangnick could take charge of United for the first time against Arsenal on Thursday if his work permit issues are sorted out quickly.

Former United defender Gary Neville tweeted: “Welcome to the Greatest Football Club in the World Ralf Rangnick.

“A contract for 6 months to coach the team. A contract for 2 years to coach the club.”


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Sports News: IGC Introduces Cup To Honour Late Captain, Picks New Date For Captain’s Invitational Tourney

The Captain of the prestigious Ibadan Golf Club (IGC) Tunji Oladosu following the sudden demise of Ola Ibironke has announced 3rd and 4th December as the new date for the much-publicized Captain’s Invitational Golf Competition.
The maiden tournament introduced to celebrate Captains of golf clubs, either past or present was earlier slated for 18th of September 2021, but had to be postponed because of the death of Ola Ibironke who initiated the competition on 12th September.
A trophy in memory of Ibironke, according to Oladosu has been introduced as a major cup to be competed for with mouth-watering incentives attached, during the tournament that is opened to all golfers from major golf clubs in Nigeria.
“A close friend and confidant to our late captain, Otunba Abimbola Davis is sponsoring Ola Ibironke Cup with mouth-watering incentive attached expected to be won during the maiden tournament, this is part of our efforts to immortalize the name of Ibironke’, said Oladosu.
The captain added that “We are expecting lots of golfers and that is why we are not putting any stone unturned towards ensuring an itch-free tournament.
The organizing committee for this epic golf event is chaired by Elder Larry Agose, who is also a past Captain of IGC”. He added that “The idea is to celebrate our Captains, either past or present, bringing them together to fete in a social gathering considering their selfless efforts in serving as golf club captain.
People in that category in golfing have worked selflessly for humanity, and it is time now to be served too”, said Oladosu.
Other golf clubs are expected to be bidding to host the subsequent editions of the competition as designed by the organisers.
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Sports News: Ghana Boxing Federation Commends WABU President, Aboderin Over Revival of Boxing

 The Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) has mentioned the President of West African Boxing Union (WABU) Remi Aboderin as a big contributor to the development of the game of boxing in Ghana as the federation announced Saturday, December 18, 2021, as the date for their next congress.

The federation’s Communications Director, Mr. Jojo Ephson in a release made available to newsmen in Accra specially thanked the WABU boss over his role in developing professional boxing across the West African coast, particularly in Ghana through numerous bouts.

“Two amazing Ghanaian boxers just won West African Boxing Union (WABU) Championship titles in Nigeria after performing well on August 21, 2021, under Felachamp Promotions at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos”.

“Issifu Yussif Seidu won the WABU Super Featherweight Champion by beating Azeez Tijani, while Mohammed Ali claimed the WABU Light-heavyweight championship belt from Olatunbosun Ogunbanwo of Nigeria, all these are credits to the efforts of Mr Aboderin”, the statement reads.

Speaking in the same vein, coaches from Akotoku Boxing gym in Accra Elvis Robertson and Noah Awatey have also thanked WABU for creating enabling atmospheres and good opportunities for Ghanaian boxers to express their talents and showcase their boxing prowess.

“It’s been long since we produced a world champion for Ghana which has really affected our pedigree as an elite gym in the country but we are working hard on that,” said trainer Noah Awatey who is currently in charge together with Emmanuel Abbey and Elvis Robertson who are trying to groom and inspire the next generation of champions.

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Sports News: Ibori Golf & Country Club Hosts LGAN 2021 Open and Nigerian Cup

All is set for the Ibori Golf & Country Club, Asaba to host the LGAN OPEN 2021 Nigerian Cup, with the theme: ‘Looking Inward’ from Friday 19th November to Sunday 21st, 2021.
Golfers according to the information from the organizing committee were expected to arrive on Friday while a March-Past that will be competitive and ceremonial Tee-Off will be held and Ladies will be hosted to an informal cocktail in the evening.
The competition will commence on Saturday morning with participants expected to be dressed in LGAN T-shirts on White Pants while Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the evening and on Sunday the winners in different categories will be presented with their prizes.
This year’s competition will also witness a Memorial Cup which is introduced in honour of the departed and Presidents’ Cup.
Addressing newsmen ahead of the event, the President of LGAN, Susan Cole-Kotas has further assured of adequate security and perfect planning that connotes a desire to strengthen golf etiquettes.
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Sports News: CFN taking steps to attain international standards, says CAC president

The President of the Track Commission of the Confederation of African Cycling (CAC), William Newman, on Tuesday in Abuja said the group was taking steps to “ensure that the sport attains international standards in Nigeria.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Newman made this known at the Abuja velodrome.

He pledged that adequate support would be given to the Cycling Federation of Nigeria(CFN) to stage a successful continental competition in 2022.

According to him, the CFN has many activities lined up for next year, to enhance the development of the sport in the country and on the continent.

“We are starting with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Nations Cup next year. They (CFN) are also hosting the African Continental Track Cycling Championship around June next year at the Abuja velodrome.

He said the CFN was working hard to participate in the next Olympics in Paris.

“For them to be qualified to be at the Olympic games, they must do a lot of work. They have participated and qualified for the World Championships this year.

“They (CFN) are already planning on how to improve their standards … they also want to be among the middle contenders.

“It’s a long journey. Nothing happens overnight, but Nigeria has taken the steps to meet international standards.

“I’m here to assist as much as possible, to guide them on how to achieve this goal,“ Mr Newman said.

He advised the Nigerian government to continue to support the cycling federation to excel.

“They (cyclists) should continue the good work and support will come in terms of resources. We have lots of potential in the female category and the males are coming up,“ he said.

Also speaking, CFN President, Giandomenico Massari, has promised to do all in his power to ensure that Nigeria stages a befitting championship.

He said that the CAC president was in Nigeria to discuss the modalities for the proposed continental championship.


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Sports News: Africa’s first Youth Unstoppable, Zikhona- speaks of her Unstoppable passion and encourages others to dare to dream

Cherishing the honour of being appointed Africa’s first Youth Unstoppable is only part of the dream that could become a reality and be the basis for a real breakthrough for young girls that play rugby.

Sajini is one of seven Youth Unstoppables who have been unveiled by World Rugby and Mastercard for their inspirational stories that highlight why the women’s game is the ultimate team sport – on and off the pitch.

Zikhona Sajini hopes that girls in Africa will be motivated by what she has achieved: To participate in sport, but especially rugby, and thereby to increase the number of women taking part in rugby in particular and sport in general.

Still under 16 herself at the time, Zikhona says it was a challenge to start an Under 16 team at the Busy Bees in the Western Cape. It was a breakthrough for rugby, not only in the Western Cape but in South Africa, and probably also a first in Africa.

And her message to those who want to emulate her success is simple: Just follow her example.

“It was very hard initially to start an under 16 team. However, it is never too late to start something that you like and want.

I hope to see girls in Africa out there who are playing rugby at an early age so that they can grow into the sport

“If you want to play sport but there are no people playing it, be the one who starts that team.

“Go out and approach people. There are people out there who also want to play, but they don’t have the confidence to start a team.

“Do not look at other girls to see what they are doing, do what makes YOU happy. Everyone has different skills and talents.”

Zikhona says she simply had to be confident in what she was doing and to communicate with people. “I had to have the courage to go into the streets and talk to girls to join the Busy Bees club’s under 16s. Most of them had not played rugby before.

“But the rewards are there. Today, the under 16 section is growing in numbers, and the girls that I started the under 16 team with, are now playing for Busy Bees seniors. And the initial hard work has provided major benefits to me and those who joined the first under 16s.

“As the ultimate character-building sport, playing rugby builds self-confidence and self-respect. It fosters courage, fitness, team effort and togetherness, bringing together girls from all backgrounds. 

“I hope to see girls in Africa out there who are playing rugby at an early age so that they can grow into the sport. By starting young, they will have an advantage with better skills and understanding the game’s ethos – and some of them could perhaps one day play for their countries.”

Message from Rugby Africa’s Unstoppable, Christel Janet Kotze – Zikhona, huge congratulations with being selected as Africa’s Youth Unstoppable! Hearing and following your story inspired me to keep doing what we love most, being involved in rugby in some shape of form. I know you’ll continue to inspire the next generation by simply doing what you do best.

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Sports News: Training Opportunity for African Sports Journalists

In order to improve the performance of Media Professionals willing to cover the next TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations and other Major Sporting Events, the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) (, RAI-Italia based in Roma and the Training Centre of Perugia will organize a High-Quality Online Course for the benefit of African Sports Journalists. The training will kick off on Tuesday, 21st December 2021.

It should be noted that qualified candidates will access the online lessons at the time of their choice following a well-elaborated Shift to be sent to them in due time.

Nevertheless, they will be called to complete the Course before the live webinar scheduled to take place from January 3rd to 5th, 2022, and exchange ideas with Experienced Media Professionals in the field of sports reporting.

We expect to receive your kind and most welcomed personal greetings in Two Clips, in professional or High-Quality Resolution, of a maximum 2’30” each, in the English and French languages, in two separate files, not later than 18th November next (ultimate delivery day), in order to allow us to edit and insert them in the opening welcome remarks. Requested material should be sent directly to: For Training Registration Form and other inquiries, please visit AUB Website:

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Meta launches Business Coach tool on WhatsApp for Africans

Meta announced the launch of Facebook Business Coach (, an innovative and easily-accessible way for owners of small-and-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, and other English speaking countries to learn more about how to grow their business online with Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

The Facebook Business Coach ( available on WhatsApp, is a free-to-use, low-data-cost educational chatbot tool that users can interact within a simple, conversational, and convenient way. SMBs have access to automated, self-paced lessons that teach them how to establish a presence in today’s ever-evolving digital economy.

As a free curriculum platform, it features step-by-step courses and tutorials as well as helpful infographics, videos, and audio clips. Learning material is recommended based on the user’s needs and queries, with an option to navigate the curriculum via the menu. While the WhatsApp bot provides SMBs with an easy way to quickly learn the basics, users can also access more in-depth training and get officially certified with Meta Blueprint ( courses online.

At Meta, we’re passionate about empowering SMBs in Africa with the skills they need to succeed online

The content was created to assist business owners with multiple queries – from how to create attention-grabbing business pages on Facebook and Instagram, to how to use Messenger and WhatsApp to communicate effectively with clients.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director Meta Africa, commented: “In today’s social-media-driven environment, information on building your brand on online platforms can be crucial in what sets a small business apart and drives success. At Meta, we’re passionate about empowering SMBs in Africa with the skills they need to succeed online. We know that they are the backbone of the African economy and the drivers for economic growth. We hope the Facebook Business Coach ( will be their partner along this journey, providing training they need through their mobile phones.”

The Facebook Business Coach ( educational tool on WhatsApp is available to any individual, representing one of the ways Meta provides opportunities for education and business growth through its platforms.

Visit this link ( to start talking to the Facebook Business coach on WhatsApp.


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