The "double trouble" sisters get another chance to forge alliance at the WNBA.
Chiney Ogwumike is officially moving from the Connecticut Suns to LA Lakers.
She gave this exciting announcement over her Instagram account.
Chiney would be joining her elder sister Nneka.
"I want to say a huge thanks to the Connecticut Suns, my teammates, the staff and our fans. You have all been my home for the last five years; through the ups and downs, I would forever be grateful." said Chiney.
Chiney has always been an active sports analyst at ESPN, and would still be on the job, shuttling from the studio to the basketball court.
Both sisters played together at Stanford University, and the opportunity to play at the biggest female league in the world is mind blowing.
"Double trouble is back!"
Right at the heart of Maryland, two Nigerian girls may have no clue of themselves being a part of history at their high school, New Hope Academy.
Adaeze (Jennifer) Ezeh and Agnes Paul, who both featured at the Nigeria Under 16 female Championship in 2015, Madagascar, did greater exploits in their new school.
New Hope Academy International School made history in their second year of owning a basketball team, to be ranked number 1 in the United States of America, at the Geico National Championships.
Been the underdogs of the tournament, they took everyone by surprise, defeating teams one after another, including the defending champions, Miami County Day at the semifinals.
Winding back to last year, Adaeze remembered the painful defeat her team got, when they met team Miami County Day at the Nike Tournament of Champions. Team Miami who were down by three points in overtime, came from behind with a four-point play.
However, despite the narrow escape, the defending champions seemed not to have learnt their lesson, and they were cut short at the semifinals. The game ended 60-52 in favour to New Hope.
At the finals, the underdogs also shut down the first runner up of the tournament, St. John's, 45-34.
Few weeks after, New Hope organized a banquet and awarded a customized ball for Adaeze, for her record of having over 500 rebounds within two years.
"I am super excited, and this is a dream come through for me and my teammates" Adaeze exclaimed.
"We put in a lot of hard work. All the ups and downs; injuries; and now we are the national champions." She added
"Thanks to our coaches for believing in us"
During the tournament, she was also listed amongst the All-tournemnet team, and to cap it up: Adaeze also highlighted the fact that her team, was listed into New Hope's hall of Fame, for making a stunning record of a basketball team with just two years since inception, are the top in the whole nation.
At the Women's National Junior College Athlete Association, team Baltimore City Community College led by Nigerian rookie Vivian Chigbu, popularly known as Paloma back home, had a great season.
Although the female Basketball team lost to Hartford Community College at the finals, 61-90; Baltimore awarded Vivian the MVP trophy, for being very outstanding throughout the season.
"I never knew I would be the MVP in my team, but one thing I have in mind anytime I step on the court, is to win and help my team in every way I can, defensively and offensively and go hard on the court!"
"I might not be the perfect teammate, but I made sure to help my team and be a good leader"
"I am so excited winning the MVP as this showed my effort and hard work during the season, and I am grateful to God who made it possible and my teammates and coaches who believed in me"
Other awards she got was for cross country; Rookie of the Year Award and Unsung Hero Award and Top five All-Tournament Team Award.
Last season she hit a career high and double-double (28 points and 21 rebounds) against Riverhawks, which led to her team victory of 104-38.
Vivian looks forward to be a better season come next season.
The girls basketball boot-camp is a three month camp titled "Girls speak up".
This is targeted towards the young girls in the Gonin Gora community characterized with high rate of sexual harassment, rape, gender discrimination, child trafficking, child abuse and child labour.
The aim of this camp is to empower the girl child to speak up on sensitive issues in their lives and also equip them with basketball skills, entrepreneurship skills and life skills to enable them fulfill their potential.
This project is organized by Onewin Basketball Foundation in conjunction with the US Embassy.
Speaking with founder of Onewin Basketball Foundation Christy Mark Nnorom, she said she gives God Almighty, all the thanks and praise for coming this far. "It was all a dream. After all the suffering, in basketball circle in Nigeria. It was really an experience. To be be the all the glory."
After few weeks of Jordan Nwora taking a path towards trying the NBA Draft, another Nigerian athlete: Charles Bassey, aka Big Ticket showed similar interest.
Bassey who currently plays for Western Kentucky Hillitoppers of the Conference USA is 18 years old, and towers with a height of six feet, 11 inches. He is known for his versatility over his height and stature, and can confidently play all five positions.
With ridiculous ball handling, and shooting way beyond the three-point arc, Bassey shows great prospect to make it to the NBA next season.
This season he was named Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the year, while leading the league in double-doubles (14.6 points and 10 rebounds).
Bassey shoots at least 60% from the field, 45% from the arc and 75% from the free-throw line.
To top it up, Bassey will not sign with any agent, in order for him to maintain eligibility to return to school.
For a very long time, a lot of sports enthusiasts seldom talk about one of the core players in sporting events. The referees play a very important role, to ensure a match is being governed as fair as square, as possible.
Most of these officials have come a long way, and maintained their credibility as being amongst the top in Africa; which gives them the opportunity to practice their profession outside the shores of Nigeria.
In the light of this, the names below, are the active official FIBA referees, who have the license to officiate in FIBA organized tournaments, both local and international.
Name, Liecense ID
1. BABA MUDA, James, 506799
2. MUSA, Gambo, 506804
3. OGUNLEYE, Opeyemi Oluwaseun, 29285
4. OJEABURU, Kingsley Stephen, 17058
5. OLADEJI, Ayodeji Olayeni, 506801
6. RASAQ, Okedeyi, 506800
7. SHOFOLUWE, Samuel Abiodun, 28773
You can find the list here:
The most popular amongst them would be Ogunleye Opeyemi, and Ojeoaburu Kingsley; both of which have officiated in Continental games and World Cup respectively.
In our discretion, Ogunleye Opeyemi have been very active, in the local scene. He is one of the pioneers of the ongoing Abuja City League, which has been running for over four years, with the number of teams and fans increasing at a phenomenal rate.
In addition, most of these referees spend time to share their experiences with others at home, for them to apply more reasonable judgement, during high school games and league matches.
There is a purposeful move, by the Nigerian referees to ensure games are well officiated, in a free and fair manner for all to enjoy.
Kudos to the Nigerian Referees. More power to your elbows.
The much anticipated match of the Nigerian team, Defenders, against the defending champions of Morocco, AS Sale is done and dusted.
Defenders lost to AS Sale 96-77, after a breath-taking second leg.
Both teams had a total of 165-147 points, accumulated from both legs played.
The 10-man rotation orchestrated by coach Gombwer did not favour the overall performance of the team, to secure the ticket to the semis, playing at the home court of the opponents.
"This series really exposed the Moroccans inconsistent offense, poor/lazy defense & serious lack of depth. I imagine the Tunisian club who makes it through to the semi final will do a better job of taking advantage of these areas than Defenders." said Coach Liz Mills, an Australian coach, and sports manager expressed on Twitter.
Coach Liz, over the years, has been showing core statistical facts and breakdown of teams overall performance and what to expect in the future.
She gave credit to team Defenders for pushing the defending champions to their limits.
"Defenders did a good job of playing to their strengths, but playing at that intensity and tempo for 40 minutes, without a half court offense to fall back on is difficult."
Meanwhile, the most consistent players in scoring are:
#11 Ocheibi Okpe 19 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist
#7 Ibe Abuchi Agu 16 points and 1 steal.
The experience is what would be remembered for both teams at the defending champions vs the Rookies at the quarter finals game.
A Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice B.O Quadri has struck out a suit challenging the Election of Engr Musa Ahmadu Kida as Nigeria Basketball Federation President for the 2017-2021 Term of Office.
The Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/497/17 filed by one El Hassan Auwalu and Abdullahi Bello in 2017 in which they joined the Honourable Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, Nigeria Olympics Committee and the NBBF as defendants sought to challenge the authenticity of the election conducted under the auspices of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) with the Federal Ministry of Youths & Sports (FMY&S) as observers, which elected Musa Ahmadu Kida.
The self-acclaimed stakeholders specifically prayed the court to hold that the elections, based on the Guidelines for elections into the Boards of the National Sports Federations conducted at Grand Ibro Hotel, Abuja by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) for the NBBF should be set aside and declared null and void while submitting that only an election conducted by the NBBF as an "autonomous" body can regulate and conduct elections onto the NBBF Board.
In his ruling, the Presiding Judge, Justice B.O Quadri said that the suit brought before the court was no longer live and amounts merely to an academic exercise since the matter was already before the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA), which the NBBF is affiliated, in addition to its membership of the NOC.
The eminent jurist further held that FIBA in its letter of 13th March, 2018, addressed to all the parties made it clear that in accordance with FIBA Statutes any person being dissatisfied with the decision of FIBA has a right of Appeal against the said decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland, however, there is no evidence to show that this vital aspect of FIBA Statutes has been complied with.
In his conclusion, Justice B.O Quadri concluded that the questions submitted by the plaintiffs for determination are therefore spent and will not confer any right or benefit on any successful party in the action and it will be an exercise in futility for the court to proceed with the matter when its utilitarian value has been stripped away by the decision of FIBA.
In view of the above reasons given, the court ruled that there is nothing to decide as any decision would be tantamount to labouring in vain.
Responding on behalf of the Federation, Vice President, Babatunde Ogunade said, “This landmark decision is an indication that FIBA and the NOC, along with the relevant sports authorities in Nigeria have the final say on this matter.
“The ruling by his Lordship against the plaintiffs suit is indeed a big blow to Tijani Umar and his disciples who despite clear facts that abound continue to hold Tijani Umar out falsely as a factional President of the NBBF. This is despite the fact that FIBA has through numerous correspondences made it clear regarding whom it is dealing with as President of the NBBF, a fact corroborated by evidence on the FIBA website”, Ogunade continued
Global Goal Games spear headed by Mr Joel Adams of Impact Kiddies Basketball and Mini Masters Africa, a programme established for U12 basketball players today held a fundraising press conference.
The fund raiser held at No 14, Adisa Bashua Street, Surulere, Lagos by 1pm saw Mr Adams and his compatriots engage the media and all willing to hear about the purpose of their upcoming competition in Italy.
He noted the work, Mini-Masters programme has been putting in place to engage younger basketball players for the purpose of competitions as such and to create a vibrant grassroots pool of talents.
The fund raiser was centered upon the upcoming U12 Mini Basket in Piazza, an international basketball championship, Matera - Italy scheduled between the 16th - 22nd of June, 2019 where he hopes his young less privileged players can benefit some exposure from.
Mr Adams, pleads with well meaning Nigerians to make the effort of the foundation worth it as they need funds to accomplish their target objective.
Competition details can be found here: www.piellematera.it
He thanked everyone that came out to support and prays we all can make their dreams a reality with our financial aid.
Two days ago, another Nigerian Senior Women basketball athlete, Jasmine Nwajei had her verified Instagram account hijacked!
This news came, when all necessary means to salvage the situation , proved abortive.
Nawajei's account was hijacked, and money was demanded by an individual who claims to be from Turkey. All her content was wiped off and account made private, by this fraud.
As a security tip, we encourage users to enable TWO-FACTOR Authentication, before logging into any device.
It is located in the SETTINGS, then SECURITY option.
This added security deters threats such as this from reoccuring.
Keep your data safe!
We hope Instagram would take care of this as they did for Evelyn Akhator few months ago.