• Venus and Serena Williams lose Olympic doubles match for the 1st time

    Venus and Serena Williams lose Olympic doubles match for the 1st time

    Three-time doubles champions and gold medalists, sisters Serena and Venus Williams lost an Olympic match as partners for the first time, by losing in the opening round of the Rio de Janeiro Games to Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova by 6-3, 6-4.

    The Williams sisters entered Sunday’s match with a 15-0 career record in the Olympics, winning the gold medal in women’s doubles every time they entered the event: in 2000, 2008 and 2012.

    Serena said:

    “We played terrible, and it […]

  • Basketball fans unhappy with D’Tigers Olympic preparation

    Basketball fans unhappy with D’Tigers Olympic preparation

    Some basketball fans in Lagos reacting to Nigeria’s poor showing at Stankovic Cup in China, say the Nigeria Basketball Federations (NBBF) is lackadaisical in the team’s preparations.

    It was reported that Nigeria men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, ended their campaign in the Stankovic Cup last Friday with a 73-82 loss to France.

    The invitational championship was part of the preparation for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro bound team.

    The team gained automatic qualification to the Olympics when they emerged Africa’s Champions in 2015.
    It began […]

  • We can’t be gunning for Olympic Gold and we’re begging for money – Siasia laments

    We can’t be gunning for Olympic Gold and we’re begging for money – Siasia laments

    Coach of Nigeria Olympic team Samson Siasia has raised alarm over the team’s shoddy preparations for the Rio Olympics, saying “we cannot be going for Gold and we are begging for money.”

    The country’s team to the Rio Olympics in August are training in Atlanta, United States of America, ahead of the summer games, but the outspoken Siasia has been far from impressed with his team’s build-up.

    “It is not a good image to go to the Olympics while trying to beg […]

  • Nigeria Olympic team get first training in Atlanta

    Nigeria Olympic team get first training in Atlanta

    Nigeria Olympic team had their first training session in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States of America today.
    This was after their return from Mexico, where they lost a Rio Olympics warm-up to the home team 1-0.

    The players in the US include skipper Azubuike Okechukwu, Usman Mohammed, Saturday Kaego, Ndifreke Effiong, Sincere Seth, Emmanuel Daniel and Taiwo Awoniyi.

    Others are Godwin Saviour, Shehu Abdullahi, Abdulrahman Taiwo and Junior Ajayi.

    AS Roma striker Sadiq Umar is expected to rejoin the squad after attending the […]

  • Man City shatters my Olympic dream – Iheanacho

    Man City shatters my Olympic dream – Iheanacho

    Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, says he was given no choice but to accept his club’s decision to block him from playing in the Olympics.

    Nigeria selected the teenager in their provisional squad to travel to Brazil, but he has been informed by City they want him to stay in England and work with new coach, Pep Guardiola.

    Speaking at a fans event at City’s Academy – part of the grand unveiling of Guardiola on Sunday – the 19-year-old seemed to harbour […]

  • Man City in Olympic stand off with Nigeria over Iheanacho

    Man City in Olympic stand off with Nigeria over Iheanacho

    Kelechi Iheanacho will miss the Olympics because new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants him to stay at the English club for pre-season training instead of representing his country at the Olympics.

    The 19-year-old striker was selected in Nigeria’s 35-man provisional squad for the football tournament at next month’s Games in Rio de Janeiro.

    That was despite the fact that City had written to the Nigerian Football Federation to tell them that Iheanacho would not be available, and had a letter back […]

  • Mikel, Ighalo, Iheanacho and Iwobi make 35-man Nigeria Olympic squad

    Mikel, Ighalo, Iheanacho and Iwobi make 35-man Nigeria Olympic squad

    Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel and Watford striker Odion Ighalo have been named in the 35-man Nigeria Olympic squad that will take part in final training in the United States next month.

    The Nigeria Football Federation released the list sent in by coach Samson Siasia ending speculation about the identity of the over-23 players in the team as allowed by Fifa.

    Defender Godfrey Oboabona and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi are the other over-age players that will compete for three slots in the team.

    Despite […]