Catching Them Young

News Introduction: 
The newly-introduced National Youth Games by the Ministry of Sports and National Sports Commission, NSC, is seen as a welcome development that will help discover hidden talents. However, many are concerned about what will become of the talents once discovered. - By Chris Onokpegu

bout 4,500 athletes are expected to participate in the maiden edition of the National Youth Games, NYG slated for December 5 to 15, this year in Abuja. The games will feature 14 sporting events, namely: boxing, badminton, handball, squash, taekwondo, track and field, weightlifting, basketball, football, para power-lifting, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.
The 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, will participate in the games and it is meant for students of age 17 and below.

Golden Eaglets Golden Eaglets

News Introduction: 
The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria commenced their campaigns on a good note, thrashing defending champions and one of the tournament’s favourites, Mexico by 6-1. How far can they go? - By Chris Onokpegu

uring the draws for the ongoing 15th FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirate, UAE, the Nigerian team, Golden Eaglets was not among those considered as the favourites to lift the trophy. The five major contenders for the crown were defending champions, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, Ivory Coast and Uzbekistan; possibly because they are continental champions.

Behold! Brazil-Bound

News Introduction: 
Teams have started qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup slated for Brazil. Apart from the host country, some notable teams have emerged while others are still struggling to make up the number. It also promises the presence of a mundial first timer. Which team would that be? - By Chris Onokpegu

o doubt, there is tension amongst footballing countries across the world, especially the soccer powers in the round leather game, as the qualifying for the 2014 World Cup nears completion. However, some of them have proved their mettle by securing tickets to Brazil even before their final round of group matches.

Ken Norton: From Breaking Ali’s Jaw To World Pinnacle

News Introduction: 
The world will miss one of the best hands in pugilism who died recently at 70. - By Jeff Powell

The name of Ken Norton is unlikely to resonate with most of the under-40s generation but his death is reverberating as heavily as his punches in the minds of Muhammad Ali and the other survivors of heavyweight boxing’s golden age. 
This is the man who broke Ali’s jaw in 1973, turning into a gargoyle the stunning features of The Greatest.  Yet even though he became only the second man to beat Ali, that earth-splitting night in Southern California, Norton was the least readily remembered of his legendary brotherhood of large prize-fighters.

Nigeria Can’t Afford Mistakes Against Ethiopia – Okenla

News Introduction: 
Folorunsho Okenla was a notable member of the Nigerian squad at the 1988 African Cup of Nations finals played in Morocco. In this interview with Danusa Ocholi and Rita Onuoha, Okenla explains why the national team cannot afford to make mistakes in their Brazil 2014 World Cup play-offs against Ethiopia, which first leg tie comes up in Addis-Ababa next weekend

ot long ago Nigeria’s Super Eagles were drawn in the 2014 World Cup finals playoffs against Ethiopia.  As a very respected ex-national player what was your reactions when you heard that the Eagles are going to play against the Ethiopia?

Obi Joins Class Of First Timers

News Introduction: 
Nigerian and Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, scored his first English premier league goal while Paolo Di Canio became the first coach to be sacked in the premier league. - By Chris Onokpegu with agency reports

aturday, September 22 would ever remain green in the minds of Nigerian and Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel. It was the day he grabbed his long-awaited goal in the English Premier League since the Nigerian joined Chelsea, seven years ago.

Nigeria @ 53: Soccer’s Impressive Score Card

News Introduction: 
As Nigeria celebrates its 53rd of Independence on October 1, Newsworld takes a look at how far the country’s sports sector has fared. In this edition, it will focus on football. - By Chris Onokpegu

Nigeria got independent on October 1, 1960 but the country had been participating in sports long before then. Nigeria played its first official game in October 1949, while still a British colony. The team also played warm up games in England against various amateur teams like Dulwich Hamlet, Bishop Auckland and South Liverpool. However, Nigeria became a member of the world football governing body, FIFA in 1945.
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Much Ado About World Cup Play-offs

News Introduction: 
Come November 2013, the five finalists for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil would have emerged, following the draws that took place recently which paired 10 teams against themselves. Nigeria will face Ethiopia in a two-legged affair. Can they scale the hurdle to play in their fifth World Cup finals? - By Chris Onokpegu

he final draws for African continent for the 2014 FIFA World Cup slated for Brazil was conducted on September 14 amongst 10 teams. Before the draw was conducted, the organisers had to wait for the world football governing body, FIFA to know the teams to be seeded. At the end, Nigeria was seeded alongside Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria, Ghana and Tunisia. Tunisia replaces Cape Verde who were disqualified.

Catching Them Young In Taekwondo

News Introduction: 
Until recently, many viewed sports as a vocation for the mediocre. However, a visit to a sport training centre in Abuja showed that the notion is changing as trainers engage children as young two in Taekwondo. - By Rita Onuoha

People’s perception of sport as a vocation for the poor is changing rapidly, particularly with the success recorded by many Nigerians like: Kanu Nwankwo, Jay-Jay Okocha, Chioma Ajunwa, Mikel Obi and the rest. 
Taekwondo as a sport is not an exception. For Francis Solomon, a chief instructor of taekwondo at the Abuja Games Village, the exploit of Chika Yagazie Chukwumerije, son of Senator Uche Chukwumerije, who won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the 2008 Olympics is an inspiration to many youths in the country.

AFRICA Set For 2014 World Cup Draws

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles and nine others are set for the final round of the 2014 World Cup draws in Cairo, Egypt. - By Danusa Ocholi, with agency reports

he final 10 teams for the African qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup taking place in Brazil, emerged last week and are set for the third and final phase draws.   They will know their opponents in the draw holding at CAF headquarters in Cairo on September 16.

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