Sports News: Ajibaye Wins Ufitfly Top Prize At IGC Captain Inaugural Golf Tourney

Charles Ajibaye of Ibadan Golf Club (IGC) has emerged winner in the men’s category of the Captain’s Inaugural Golf Tournament held over the weekend to usher in Tunji Oladosu as the new captain of the club.

Ajibaye who returned with 79 gross over 68 net earned him a new handicap of 6.7 from 8 handicaps to clinch a free return flight ticket to Dubai donated by the Ufitfly as the top prize in the golf competition. Dr. John Dongo emerged runners-up with 85 gross over 73 net while Amubioya that scored 87 gross over 74 net finished as second runners-up.

The new Captain, Oladosu was full of gratitude while making his speech during the closing ceremony of the golf event that had more than 180 golfers from different golf clubs in the federations in attendance.

“I cannot but to sincerely express my gratitude and appreciation to every member for the trust and confidence reposed in me to be chosen as Captain to serve and steer the affairs and leadership of our great club.

I also want to thank my fellow wonderful executive members that we are serving together in leading the club to the ‘promised land’.  “I will also want to reiterate that the job of promoting this club to the expected standard is our collective responsibility and we must work together as a team and one big family that is operating in love; for a house that is divided against itself shall not stand”. Oladosu
noted in his address.

The planning committee Chairman, Barr Idowi Salami, a former Captain of the club in his address thanked other committee members that comprises of the second Vice Captain, Wale Osungbohun, Seyi Alaba, the Secretary of the club, Ayo Aluko, Competition Secretary, Yomi Layinka,Bamidele Abolarin, Ojo Adebayo, Shakin Labeodan, Omolaraeni Olaosebikan and Sade Ajala.

S.I Salami however singled out Otunba Abimbola Davis for big appreciation for his great contributions to the successful hosting of the event and his continued efforts to the development of the club, while thanking the donor of the star prize, Evang. Ajiboila Ogunkeyede, the CEO of Ufitfly for its constant support to the club.

“This tournament is solely meant to celebrate and ceremonially usher in Tunji Oladosu as the new Captain of this great club. It is my sincere belief that you all enjoyed our beautiful golf course, ambience and the uniqueness of our new club bar which is unarguably one of the best in the golfing community in this country”, Said the former Captain.

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Sports News: Adewole Adebayo Pledges Support To Boxing, Hosts ‘Scorpion’

A presidential aspirant and lover of sports, Prince (Dr) Adewole Adebayo has pledged his support towards the title defense of Ridwan ‘Scorpion’ Oyekola, the reigning World Boxing Federation (WBF) Super featherweight champion while hosting Core Afrique Boxing Promotions (COABOX) crew to his country home in Ondo town.

Presidential hopeful who received Scorpion and his manager, Sola ‘Ford’ Ayodele along with the former Ekiti State governor, Segun Oni, and former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung described boxing as a big avenue for the nation to rule the world considering huge boxing talents blessed Nigeria by God.

The cerebral politician, however, encouraged Scorpion to go all out to retain the world title for Nigeria while promising his support towards achieving that, saying sports, entertainment, and other youth-oriented projects, if well harnessed are enough to lead Nigeria out of its present myriad of crises.

In his response, Ayodele, the CEO of COABOX presented Scorpion’s two belts to Adebayo and thanked him for his encouragement and support to the boxing sport, while also expressing excitement about meeting with the Ondo born legal icon, whom he described as a youth role model.

Ex-governor Segun Oni and former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung also took turns to encourage the boxer while pledging individual support for his planned title defense.

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Sports News: Japanese Boxers To Storm Ibadan For ‘Scorpion Stings Again’ Boxing Show

The organizer of a boxing show tagged: ‘Scorpion Stings Again’, scheduled for February 27, at the indoor hall of Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oke-ado Ibadan Core Afrique Boxing Promotion (COABOX) in collaboration with Moondream Promotion have confirmed appearance of two Japanese boxers for the show.

The unique boxing show which is first of its kind in the state will feature two Japanese boxers Oshikawa and Ryota in an exhibition bout while other two beautiful Japanese ladies will also be the card-girls during the boxing night.

Assuring the teeming boxing fans of their safety, The Chairman of Oyo State Chapter of Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBBofC), Hon. Gbenga Opaleye disclosed to newsmen in Ibadan that the boxing governing body fully backed the boxing show and all set to secure the venue with cooperation with all necessary security outfits in the state.

The high point of the boxing show is the international challenge bout between the WBF Super Featherweight Champion, Ridwan ‘Scorpion’ Oyekola facing Charlemagne Anicet from Benin Republic in the lightweight category.

National champion, Habeeb Oladeji popularly known as ‘Ige’ will also trade punches with Dhikrulai Akintayo ‘The killer’ in a National Bantam weight Challenge, while Abdulrasheed Idowu, also known as ID Buster will lock horn with Ibrahim Owoiya in National light heavyweight Challenge.

Kazeem Lawal will also face Adeniyi Segun in a National middleweight boxing Challenge, while Jamiu Akande Sunshine will tackle Mutiu Lawal Tato in another National lightweight boxing Challenge, as Blessing Godwin the Star Girl will battle Akinsanya Rophiat Abosede in National female welterweight Challenge.

Speaking in the same vein, Sola Ayodele, popularly known as Sola Ford, the CEO of COABOX, the boxing promotion firm that is organizing the show has also assured the Ibadan boxing lovers of perfect planning and topnotch logistical arrangements for ticketing, while promising an exciting boxing show that will leave a lasting memory in the minds of the boxing fans.

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Sports News: Okunola Reveals Big Plans For IGC 18th Ladies Open

The Lady Captain of the prestigious Ibadan Golf Club (IGC) Mary Okunola has revealed plans to host close to 150 golfers nationwide expected to participate in the 18th edition of the IGC Ladies Open scheduled for Friday 25 to Sunday 27 of February 2022.

The event tagged: “Swing Sensation” according to Okunola will also be attended by the executives of Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria (LAGAN), while the ladies night termed ‘Valentine re-mix’, slated for Saturday 26th will be filled with lots of excitement.

Friday, which is the arrival according to the lined-up program, will also witness a cocktail, veteran with handicap 29-36 ladies’ game and an award night, while ladies with handicap 0-28 will take the course along with guest men. And Sunday, the day-2 of the tournament will host the concluding games and closing ceremony and price presentations.

The event will also signal the end of the tenure Mary Okunola and other executive committee which includes the experienced ladies golfers such as: Chief (Mrs.) Ronke Thomas as Vice Lady Captain, Ms. Evelyn Oyome as Competition Secretary, Ms. Grace Brown as Handicap Secretary, Ms. Omolaraeni Olaosebikan as Secretary.

While speaking in retrospect, Okunola who was also former vice president LGAN southwest said to have hosted many memorable events in the past which included the western zone Ladies Open for two consecutive years at the IGC as well as the Women Golf’s day.

“I thank God for a successful tenure that is filled with sweet and sore memories, as I pray for the repose of the soul of the late Captain Ola Ibironke Dudu. We did our best with a series of children’s golf clinics to encourage the youth, and help them to develop interest and grow their aspirations’ ‘, she noted.


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Sports News: FIFA to introduce new loan regulations for players

Regulations to enter into force on 1 July 2022Objective is to develop young players, promote competitive balance, and prevent hoarding.

Following the decision ( passed by the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee last year, the new regulations concerning loans of players in international football are now ready to be implemented. They will be submitted to the FIFA Council for approval at its next meeting with a view to their entering into force on 1 July 2022.

The introduction of a new regulatory framework for player loans is another important step in the context of the wider reform of the transfer system, the process of which began in 2017. Initially planned to start in July 2020, the implementation of the new rules had to be delayed as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Players aged 21 and younger and club-trained players will be exempt from these limitations

The discussions with the different stakeholder groups have laid the foundations for this new framework and ensured that the new rules are firmly anchored on the following core objectives:

  • Developing young players
  • Promoting competitive balance
  • Preventing the hoarding of players

To ensure that these objectives are achieved, the new regulatory framework will include:

  • The requirement of a written agreement defining the terms of the loan, in particular its duration and financial conditions
  • A minimum loan duration, being the interval between two registration periods, and a maximum loan duration, being one year
  • A prohibition on sub-loaning a professional player who is already on loan to a third club
  • A limitation on the number of loans per season between the same clubs: at any given time during a season, a club may only have a maximum of three professionals loaned out to a single club and a maximum of three professionals loaned in from a single club
  • A limitation on a club’s total number of loans per season. To ensure that this is implemented smoothly, there will be a transitional period as follows:

– From 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023, a club may have a maximum of eight professionals loaned out and eight loaned in at any given time during a season.

– From 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024, the same configuration applies but with a maximum of seven professionals.

– Finally, from 1 July 2024, the same configuration will apply but limited to a maximum of six professionals.

♦ Players aged 21 and younger and club-trained players will be exempt from these limitations.

At domestic level, FIFA’s member associations will be granted a period of three years to implement rules for a loan system that is in line with the principles established at international level.

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Youth Exchange Programme delegates presented at Côte d’Or National Sports Complex

Ten Mauritian delegates as well as two supervisors from the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, selected for the Youth Exchange Programme scheduled in Delhi, India, from 15 January to 03 February 2022, were presented, this afternoon, during an official ceremony organised at the Côte d’Or National Sports Complex.

In the context of the 75th Independence Anniversary of India, a Youth Exchange Programme is being organised and India has invited delegates from 25 friendly countries to participate in this event. The Youth Exchange Programme will be hosted by the National Cadet Corps of India.

The Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Alan Ganoo; the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, Mr Stephan Toussaint; the High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Mrs K. Nandini Singla, and other personalities were present at the event.

In his address, Minister Toussaint highlighted that all necessary arrangements have been completed to ensure that the young Mauritian delegates can make the most of their visit in India. He commended the Indian High Commissioner as well as the Government of India for having extended the invitation to Mauritian youth to participate in the Exchange Programme.

This invitation of the Mauritian youth delegation to India bears testimony of the strong relationship between the two countries

Addressing the youth, he reassured that their experience in India will definitely enable them to be more mature once they return to Mauritius and urged them to enjoy their visit. He also expressed his wish for enhanced collaboration between Mauritius and India in the field of sports.

As for Minister Ganoo, he underlined that delegates will participate in the Republic Day Camp 2022, together with youth from several other countries. He also expressed the wish that the Mauritian delegates enjoy their stay in India adding that they will be able to visit several places and interact with other participants as well as with the local people.

Minister Ganoo dwelt on the progress made by India since its independence and commended the Government of India for its support in the implementation of the Metro Express Project and in the procurement COVID-19 vaccines in difficult times, amongst others. According to him, this invitation of the Mauritian youth delegation to India bears testimony of the strong relationship between the two countries.

For her part, the Indian High Commissioner recalled that she was also part of the National Cadet Corps of India. The Corps, she indicated, has some 1,1 million Cadets and each year, the best Cadets from each State of India compete in several disciplines for the Prime Minister’s medal.

Mrs Singla provided details about her personal experience in the National Cadet Corps and expressed her wish for the 10 delegates to make the most of the Exchange Programme so as to come back to Mauritius with lifelong bonds. These bonds, she added, will contribute to strengthen friendship ties between the two countries. She further stated that this is the first time that delegates from Mauritius have been invited to the Youth Exchange Programme.

On this occasion, materials were handed over to the delegates, and the National Dress to be worn by delegates as well as sports wear were presented.

It is recalled that some 250 youth participated in a quiz competition, out of which 20 were preselected and interviewed. Following the interview, 10 youth were nominated to participate in the Youth Exchange Programme.

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Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare Endorses Oduduwa Fighting Championship 

The minister for Youths and Sports Chief Sunday Dare has thumped up the Oduduwa Fighting Championship (OFC) slated for Race Course Amphitheater, Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba Ibadan later this year.

The President of OFC, Dolapo Preboye who had a brief chat with the honorable Minister about the event in Ibadan said the championship will involve mixed martial arts and boxing at amateur and professional level while fighter trial and exhibition will also be held.

Preboye also added that a seminar will also be held to educate stakeholders which includes the media and enthusiasts about the knowledge of the game where the different genres of fighter, management and officials will have classroom lectures and while practical sessions shall be demonstrated on the mat and in the ring.

“The goals and objectives of the OFC is to save the masses from poverty and give fighters hope in making a career out of the mixed martial arts and boxing, with collaborations with appropriate institutions and relevant bodies”, said OFC President.

He however, called on lovers of combat sports, especially mixed martial arts and boxing to come and have a good time on the 26th of this December when fighters from six states in the south/west geo-political zone will mount the ring to confront eachother

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Sports News: Former Commonwealth Boxing Champ, Olukokun Thanks Aboderin Over Role In Career Revival

2003 All-Africa Games gold medalist, Gbenga Oluokun has expressed gratitude to all that contributed to his comeback after his once-promising boxing career suffered a setback that led to depression.

The skillful heavyweight boxer, who represented Nigeria in the 2004 Summer Olympic after clinching the gold medal in the super heavyweight division in the 2003 All-Africa Games held in Abuja singled out the President of West African Boxing Union (WABU) Remi Aboderin for praises while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan.

Oluokun who started well after the 2004 Olympic Games by turning professional and won his first fight against Vlado Szabo in Germany and had a blissful boxing career for about 8years in Germany doing well and raising a family and not until 2019 that he considered coming home to help Nigerian boxing and raise grassroots boxers before he lost it all.

Since the boxer was back on his feet this year after long medical and psychological treatments, he had fought Chukwuma Igwe and won in found two by technical knockout and had also defeated Sunday Abudu Ofere via unanimous decision after he recently secured a round four knockout against Ebenezer Okolie, all he claimed made possible through the encouragement and support he got from the Secretary-General of Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBBofC) Remi Aboderin.

“Lots of people have helped me and have contributed to my bouncing back but I must specially recognize and thank Mr. Remi Aboderin who ensured I get back into the ring and get these opponents, and am sure he will not relent until I get back my lost boxing titles.

“I started well and everything was going on smoothly, until suddenly everything turned sour. After a professional career of 19 wins with 13 knockouts, 14 losses, I decided to come back home in 2019 to help Nigerian boxing and raise grassroots boxers into prominence.

“The unforeseen happened and I lost it all, a loss that led to depression, deteriorated mentally and I had to fall back to the street to survive, but thanks to good people like our secretary, Aboderin that still believe in me”, said Oluokun.

On his comeback bid, as fate will have it, Oluokun came in contact with an Ibadan based boxing promoter, Ezekiel Oshinmi, the CEO of D’Colossus Boxing Promotions who had been managing the boxer.

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Sports News: SSA Xmas Football Competition Kicks Off In Ibadan

12 football teams drawn from the 11 Wards in Ibadan Northwest local government area of Oyo State have commenced hostilities when the annual Christmas/New Year SSA Football Competition, designed to engage youths during the festive period commenced in Ibadan over the weekend.

The big event tagged: ‘Festival of Football’ which is being sponsored by Hon. Segun Sheriff Adesina gets underway when the youth leader, Hon Olawoyin Adekunle performed the ceremonial Kick off at the Federal Cooperative College Playing Ground, Eleyele, Ibadan.

A novelty match played during the opening ceremony between SSA/Youth Leaders and Ibadan North/West Executives recorded 2-2 score line while Adesina FC defeated Ward one by a lone goal in the first match of the tourney, watched by an appreciable crowd.

 Hon. Adesina, who is popularly known as SSA in his remarks during the opening event said the basis behind the event that began two years ago is to promote unity, peace and development of football in the North/West local government area of Oyo State.

He added that indoor games, such as ludo and draught will be added to this year’s edition to give room for elders in the council area to have a fair share in the festive celebration.

“This event is deliberately designed and scheduled as part of activities marking the festive season and 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”, SSA noted.

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Media registration for online press conference following Global Summit on Future of Football

Following the decision taken by the FIFA Council on 20 October 2021, FIFA will hold an online Global Summit on the Future of Football on 20 December 2021.

The Global Summit will be followed by an online press conference, which is due to start no earlier than 20:30 Doha time (18:30 CET) and will be streamed live on

All registrations are subject to a review process by FIFA, and successful applicants will be notified by email

The process for media to register for the online press conference : ( is now open.

The deadline for media to submit registrations is 23:59 Doha time, 21:59 CET, on Sunday, 19 December 2021.

All registrations are subject to a review process by FIFA, and successful applicants will be notified by email.

Only approved media will be able to participate virtually in the question-and-answer session during the online press conference.

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