This Week’s roundup with Billzboxmedia will cover more of the local actions happening around Nigeria as the 2018 ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP IN ASABA starts today, and Enyimba is on the verge of crashing out of CAF Confederation, Not forgetting the Higher institution league which will kick of the 1st of August in Lagos! Here’s a Brief but detailed round-up of sporting events brought to you by BillzBoxMedia.
ATHLETES FROM DIFFERENT ARRIVE ASABA FOR AAC:
Athletes representing various countries at the 2018 Athletics Championship hosted by Delta state arrived Lagos on Tuesday and will be airlifted to Asaba to compete for honours in the championships, which will serve as a yardstick for selecting African teams who will participate at the IAAF World Cup in Prague, the Czech Republic in September.
The South Africans were the first to arrive with a strong contingent of Top Runners which includes the likes of Caster Semenya and Luvo Mokoena. Ivory Coast also came with their front-runner Author Cisse. Botswana who were the first to succeed amongst the other 15 African countries.
The Event which will Hold at the newly built Stephen Keshi Stadium is the 21st African Athletics Championship and will run from the 1st to 5th of August. In about 24hours we will see the best of African Athletes lace up their running shoes. We hope Nigeria will reaffirm her Dominance in different events!
HIGHER INSTITUTION FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2018 KICKS OFF!
The maiden edition of the Higher Institutions football League will be kicking off on the 1st of August 2018, and the opening fixture will feature UNILAG Marines and UNIBEN Royals at the University of Lagos Sports Complex. The HIFL is a football competition that features 16 Universities in Nigeria and is approved by NUGA Games and The NFF, and it is overseen by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The winner of the competition will represent Nigeria at the 2019 International University Sports Federation Games in Naples, Italy.
Some notable schools participating are UNICAL, UNIPORT, DELSU, UNN, UNIMAID …
TEAM NIGERIA FINISH 5TH IN AYG, EARNS 103 MEDALS
Team Nigeria finished fifth at the third edition of the African Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria.
Out of 30 sports available, Nigeria featured in 17 events: Football, Wrestling, Judo, Boxing, Handball, Table tennis, Swimming, Badminton, Rowing, Volleyball, Basketball, Canoeing, Hockey, Cycling and Athletics. Nigeria finished 5th place behind Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco at the of the Sporting event.
Nigeria finished with 29 Golds, 32 Silver and 42 Bronze Medals totalling some 103 Medals.
1st-Egypt, 2nd – Algeria(Host Nation), 3rd-Tunisia,
ENYIMBA ON THE VERGE OF CRASHING OUT OF CAF CONFEDERATION:
Enyimba International football club of Aba fell to a 2-0 defeat to Williamsville Athletic Club on Sunday. A goal in each half saw Eyinmba to their 2nd defeat in Group C, The first defeat of their newly appointed coach, Usman Abdallah. The seven-time African Champion now sits 3rd with 6 Points.
Here’s How it looks
Williamsville Athletic Club 7pts
Djoliba AC 4pts
With two games left, Enyimba will face Djiloba of Mali away on the 19th of August.
FALCONETS GEAR UP FOR U-20 WORLD CUP:
Nigeria’s Under 20 Ladies, Falconets will depart their current camping base in Tirol, Austria on Thursday the 2nd of August for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup after putting up an impressive display of friendlies with seven goals scored and conceding none in 2 games.
The U-20 Ladies who are the most successful team in Nigeria women’s Team were finalists in the 2010 and 2014 and quarter-finalists in Thailand 2002, Russia 2006 and Chile 2008.
Nigeria is grouped with Haiti, China and big Guns Germany who defeated the falconets in 2010 and 2014 finals. The competition kicks off on the 5th of August and is hosted by France.
It is worthy of mention that these ladies are owed entitlements, although the minister gave them a gift of $7,000 they need to be paid! They need to get into that competition motivated!
CARL IKEME RETIRES FROM FOOTBALL, ABSORBED INTO THE SUPER EAGLES CREW:
Last Friday, Carl Ikeme who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia on the 17th of July 2017 but entered complete remission previous month said goodbye to the beautiful game of football. The Nigeria football federation in honouring Ikeme offered to retain him as a goalkeeper trainer then absorb him into the technical crew of senior National Football Team.
Ikeme made ten appearances for the Eagles losing just one game. He played 191 matches for English club side, Wolverhampton Wanderers and was pivotal in the club’s promotion from league one to Championship.
AWAY FROM THE LOCAL SCENE! (Updates from Other Sports Features)
Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas became the third Briton to win the Tour De France after crossing the finish line in Paris. Thomas became clear team leader after winning stage 11. Froome who was the favourite to become the 5th rider to win a record-equaling 5th failed to do so has been the first defending champion.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the race at the Hungarian Grand Prix extending his championship lead to 24 points. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished 2nd while Kimi Raikkonen finished 3rd.
THE TRANSFER MARKET (Done Deals, Under Negotiation and Speculation)
Thomas Lemar has joined Atletico Madrid for £52M on a five-year agreement.
Fulham has signed Aleksander Mitrovic on a permanent deal from Newcastle.
Goal Keeper Maarten Stekelenburg has agreed to a new deal with Everton until the end of June 2020.
For Speculations and Rumours.
Chelsea Manager, Maurizio Sarri is keen on recruiting Bayern Munich and Poland striker, Robert Lewandoski.
Chelsea is also considering a £30M bid for Arsenal’s MIDFIELDER Aaron Ramsey.
Leicester is ready to accept £18M for Algeria forward Islam Slimani but that will wait until August as the future of Slimani is uncertain.
Crystal Palace is interested in signing Moroccan midfielder, Younes Belhanda.
Those are the trending gist and stories trending in the World of sports!
Did You know that Chelsea’s Manager smokes at least eight sticks of cigarette per day? Well, he has been given a smoking booth in the stadium.