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Flying Eagles settle down in New Plymouth…finally

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Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have finally settled down at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals after an exerting trip across three continents, which spanned more than 25 hours.
The African champions started out at the Frankfurt Airport on Sunday night for a 6 and a half hours flight on Emirates to Dubai.
After a three-hour stop-over, they then headed to Melbourne, Australia. The flight lasted over 12 hours and it was by far the longest leg of the journey.
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The African champions have arrived in New Plymouth - venue of their Group E matches at the FIFA U-20 World Cup

They stopped over in Melbourne for about two hours before they flew out for Auckland, New Zealand. They were airborne for about three hours.
And in Auckland, where they were warmly welcomed by a small group of Nigerians, they took another flight, this time on Air New Zealand, to New Plymouth. The flight was for 40 minutes.
The weather in New Plymouth is chilly and raining as this is the beginning of winter in New Zealand. Locals say it is colder than Auckland.
Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho, who arrived New Zealand the previous day from his English base, was on the flight to New Plymouth with the rest of the team.
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Kelechi Iheanacho - who got to Auckland ahead of the team and then flew with them to New Plymouth

The Flying Eagles are due to have their first training in New Zealand 1pm local time on Wednesday, which will be 12 midnight Tuesday in Nigeria as New Zealand is 11 hours ahead of Nigeria.
Hungary, who will share the Quality Hotel in New Plymouth with their first round foes Nigeria, are expected to check in on Wednesday.

Basketball stars inspire youngsters at mobil event-A​y​o​deji, Ogwumike​ and others

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Olumide Ayodeji, the national basketball team captain, and Chineye Ogwumike of Connecticut Sun, were the star attraction at the ‘Power Forward’ basketball and life-skill project put together by Exxon Mobil.
Exxon Mobil media and communications Manager, Oge Udeagha, said that the essence of bringing top players for the ‘Power Forward’ basketball and life-skill project was to give the over 300 youths involved something to aspire to.
Speaking at the second launch of the project, Udeagha also commended the commitment of the youths involved saying: “We are glad at the impact that the role models are having on the kids. Olumide Ayodeji the national basketball team captain and Chineye Ogwumike of Connecticut Sun are all great examples of people who have achieved a lot during a very young age are tremendous inspiration for the youths here”.
The Power Forward pilot program was launched in 2013 in partnership with the ExxonMobil, NBA, Africare, local school and education officials. It had Nigerian Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, fellow countryman and former NBA player Obinna Ekezie, and three-time WNBA Champion Swin Cash in attendance.
The second season of the ‘Power Forward’ project pilot program will include basketball games, clinics, life skills seminars and train-the-trainer sessions for the coaches, culminating in a 2015 Boys and Girls Power Forward final game.
At the launch, ExxonMobil Nigeria Upstream Treasurer, Anibor Kragha, said that the company’s philosophy for supporting the project is that, “a productive, healthy and educated society is a place to do business”
The Power Forward curriculum incorporates leadership training and health awareness through a combination of classroom and athletic activities, with student evaluations at different stages of the initiative. In addition, each school has a coach assigned to oversee the curriculum, guide students through lessons, and monitor progress.
Ogwumike, who visited some of the some of the ‘Power Forward’ centres in Abuja, said, “The Power Forward program is a great example of how the values of basketball are important in everyday life and help build social cohesion. I am thrilled to be back in Nigeria for the program’s second year and to work with these young boys and girls.”
The event was in partnership with the National Basketball Association and Africare where basketball is used to develop health, leadership and life skills among Nigerian youth.
On the average, ExxonMobil said its affiliates in Nigeria commit about $10 to $12 million (US Dollars) annually to sustainable, long-term initiatives among which is the Nigeria/ExxonMobil Track and Field Championship which has produced some of the best athletes for the country.

MTN championship prizes claim: military commander and LG administrator

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Golfers and enthusiasts of the sport were treated to an impressive and exciting tournament sponsored by one of Nigeria’s telecom company, MTN Nigeria at the luxuriant Lakowe Lakes over the weekend.

The 18-hole world class championship Golf Course is situated along the Lekki–Epe axis in Lagos.

The one-day MTN Golf Championship featured captains of industries, technocrats and administrators such as Uyi Akpata, Senior Country Manager, PWC; Kate Iketubosin, Managing Director, Stern & Kay Consulting Limited; Obinnia Abajue, Executive Director, PBB, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc and Demola Mumuney, former captain of the Ikoyi Club Golf section, among many other distinguished personalities.

At the competition, the male Net category, saw Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan, Commandant, Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, who played off Handicap 18, carded an impressive score of 91 gross and 73 net to finish tops, ahead of 14 handicapper, Shina Luwoye, who came second with 88 gross and 74 net, and Mukoro Voka, a 13 handicapper, who was third, with 87 gross and 74 net.

Playing off Handicap 30, Toyin Caxton-Martins, Executive Secretary, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, won the female net category, after carding 102 gross and 72 net. She was followed by 25 handicapper, Linda Obieze with 106 gross and 81 net and Olabisi Luwoye, a 22 handicapper with 106 gross and 84 net.

For their efforts, the winners received an all-expenses paid golfing weekend in George, South Africa, plus a trophy and three months data subscription bundle while the runners up were rewarded with a trophy as well as a golfing weekend at the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Uyo and free one month data subscription.

In the Gross Men category, Peter Eben-Spiff, a two handicapper, came tops on the course with 79 gross and 77 net while in the women category, Kate Iketubosin, a 26 handicapper took home top honours with 101 gross and 75 net. Both winners went home with a trophy and all-expenses paid golfing weekend in Fancourt, George, South Africa’s premier golf resort with a free three months data subscription bundle.

In the Longest Drive to the Hole, Gui Zhi won in the male category while Kate Iketubosin came tops after lots were picked in the female category. Edward Egesi won the Nearest to the Pin competition.

As part of this maiden edition of the MTN Golf Championship, non-players of the game were treated to a clinic where they were taken through the rudiments of golf. They also competed among themselves for honors in the Longest Drive, Nearest to the Pin, Bunker shot and Approach shot categories.

Speaking at the event, Mike Ikpoki, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, reiterated the company’s commitment to the development of the game of golf in Nigeria. He also expressed delight at the massive turnout of golfers for the tourney and added that this it was a demonstration of how the company is poised to be an enabler to Nigerians and Nigeria as a country.

“Our sponsorship of golf is not just a unique opportunity to connect our high-value stakeholders but equally reinforces our role as an enabler of socio-economic development across several fronts in Nigeria” he stated.

MTN’s commitment to the development of golf in Nigeria is well chronicled with its title sponsorship of the Nigerian edition of the World Golfers Championship, the world’s largest amateur golf tournament since 2007.

With this inaugural tourney, MTN is set to cement its position as Nigeria’s leading brand in building a lasting legacy of support, partnership and exciting golfing experience in Nigeria.

Cristiano Ronaldo donates £5m to Nepal aid fund after earthquake

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Read more: Cristiano Ronaldo donates £5m to Nepal aid fund after earthquake Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been no stranger to charitable acts throughout his career, has donated £5m to the charity Save the Children to help their aid efforts in Nepal after the earthquake which killed more than 8,000 people and injured another 20,000 last month, according to reports in France.


The French football magazine So Foot reports that the 30-year-old Real Madrid player made the donation having previously asked his 100m Facebook followers to support the charity.


The Portugal striker, who scored in the 2-1 Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat at Juventus last week, is no stranger to such acts. Last year he paid for €60,000 worth of treatments for a 10-month-old boy with cortical dysplasia. He has also worked closely with Unicef and World Vision and in 2004 he flew to Indonesia having seen a survivor from the tsunami there wearing a shirt with his name on the back.


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