NTF committed to promoting gender equality in tennis participation, officiating –President

President of Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Ifedayo Akindoju, says the federation is committed to promoting gender equality with regards to the participation and officiating of tennis events in the country.

He made the remarks while declaring a maiden International Tennis Federation’s Advantage All workshop open on Friday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Tennis Umpires Association (NTUA) made history on Friday in Abuja.

This followed the successful hosting of its maiden International Tennis Federation’s Advantage All programme, thus setting the pace for other African countries.

The workshop was organised by the NTF, in conjunction with the International Tennis Federation ( ITF), with no fewer than 20 female tennis officials from across the country in participation.

It aims to further deepen the domestication of the initiative which the country formally signed into in 2021 at the Annual General Meeting of ITF in Glasgow, Scotland.

Akindoju extolled the milestones bein
g recorded by the Officiating Department of the Federation, noting that officiating in Nigeria had advanced beyond imagination ‘as ladies in tennis officiating have done so well.

‘What we are witnessing here today is another landmark to show that ladies are very interested in sports and in tennis in particular.

‘As a Federation, we are promoting gender fairness, gender equality in terms of opportunities and participation, and have put in place a well monitored and guided mechanism to ensure that no body is treated unfairly’, Akindoju said.

Acting Chairman of NTUA, Rose Abu, encouraged the participants to make adequate use of the opportunity to develop and sharpen their officiating knowledge and skills.

Abu thanked the ITF for endorsing the event, and commended the effort and commitment of the President of NTF and the country’s Officiating Manager, Kehinde Ijaola, for making the day a reality.

Gold Badge Chair Umpire and an Advantage All Global Ambassador, Eva Asderaki-Moore led a plethora of virtual inte
rnational goodwill messages from female tennis Umpires across the world to the participants.

With the theme, Tennis Officiating: Place, Value Of Women In Officiating And Empowerment, the workshop had series of paper presentations on topical issues.

NAN also reports that a minute silence was earlier observed in honour of the immediate past Nigeria’s Advantage All Ambassador and one of the country’s finest tennis officials, late Arinola Isa-Banire who died in July 2023.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Runsewe hails Oboh, Nigeria’s female golf sensation, on U.S. invitational triumph

The President, Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, OON has commended Nigeria’s female golf sensation, Georgia Oboh, on her recent victory at the John Shippen Women’s Invitational in Michigan, U.S.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 23-year-old Oboh, on Wednesday, captured the 2024 John Shippen Women’s Invitational and earned exemptions to compete in two LPGA tournaments – the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give and the Dow Championship.

Oboh will tee it up alongside the world’s best female golfers at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give starting June 13, after shooting 69-70-139 on the same course Tuesday and Wednesday to earn a three-stroke victory at the SHIPPEN event.

Runsewe, who gave the commendation in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said that Oboh’s victory was an inspiration to other children back home and a testament to the fact that hard work pays

‘Congratulations to our very own Georgia Oboh on your well-deserved victory at the John Shippen Women’s Invitation
al at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan

‘Your victory is indeed a fulcrum of great possibilities and renewed hope for Nigeria and Nigerians.

‘We believe in you to keep the Nigerian flag flying high and keep doing your very best, to ensure that you represent our dear country as a good ambassador of the game of golf,’ he said.

NAN also reports that another Nigerian female pro golfer, Anita Uwadia, tied for third position with Ashley Shaw of U.S. in the same tournament, making it the first time in an international professional ladies’ golf tournament where two Nigerians made the top three.

The NGF president noted that the performance of the girls was a very rare one and not a mean feat.

He added that they had both distinguished themselves as the very first Nigerians and one of the few black professional female golfers on the top stage.

He said that the federation would continue to support the golfers, to ensure that they reach their full potential as they continue to make the country proud
and showcase themselves to the world.

He also advised parents to always support and encourage their children to start playing golf at an early age, adding that it was a sport they could be engaged in for the rest of their lives.

‘Hand your child a golf club, and you might be surprised what happens.

‘Your child might not be the next Tiger Woods, but golf can make a big impact in a young life.

‘Kids can benefit from the sport mentally, physically, and emotionally. The sport can set them up for success as they get older.

‘Many of the skills learned on the course translate to real life,’ he said.

NAN also reports that Oboh and her chosen partner will compete in the Dow Championship starting June 27 in Midland, Michigan.

The John Shippen Women’s Invitational which Oboh and Uwadia were part of is a series of competitions created to provide playing opportunities on the LPGA Tour and PGA Tour for the top Black amateur and professional women and men golfers.

The events are named after John Shippen, Jr., who wa
s both the first American-born golf professional and the country’s first Black golf professional.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Rwanda Policy serves as deterrence for illegal migrants – UK envoy

Dr Richard Montgomery, the British High Commissioner in Nigeria says his country’s Rwanda Policy is intended to serve as discouragement to illegal migrants seeking asylum in the European country.

Montgomery said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He explained that the UK Parliament had agreed in a bill passed into law to partner with Rwanda in handling illegal migrants to the UK and deporting them to Rwanda.

According to him, the Rwanda Policy is a way of sending signal to illegal migrants that even if they are able to find their way to the UK through the wrong channel, they would still not succeed in remaining in the UK.

He said that the migrants would be housed, looked after, and if they have genuine asylum concerns, their cases would be assessed and processed.

He however said that the agreement with Rwanda still had to be legally ratified, and to go through its own processes. But I believe that it will be ratified as an international treaty.

‘It is really important t
o stress that this is about illegal migration to the UK. It is about people who are often exploited by criminal gangs to take what is an awfully terribly perilous journey.

‘That is crossing the English channel in tiny boats run by criminal gangs, with the promise of getting them into the UK. This is really tragic because many people die while crossing’.

The envoy also said it was premature to say whether or not Nigerians were part of the policy at the current stage of the implementation plan.

He noted that it would not be appropriate to talk about individual cases or to talk about operational planning.

He gave an assurance that some safeguards have been put in place to check the entire process.

‘We have been working directly with relevant authorities to ensure that there is a decent standard of housing for the people that will be deported.

‘They will have access to whatever level of education they need from primary to tertiary and vocational education.

‘They will have the right to work in Rwanda. They
are economic migrants, but there will be some people who may have legitimate asylum claims.

‘We have been working with the Rwandan judiciary and their bar association to ensure that the migrants have ‘caseworkers’ and legal representation to go through due process,’ he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Ongos Ladies seal football league title in style

Ongos Ladies Football Club won their fifth straight league title over the weekend with spectacular goals over Okahandja FC and Namib Daughters on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

A magnificent 14-goal thriller over Okahandja (8-1) and Namib Daughters (6-0) was enough for the team formerly known as Tura Magic Ladies to secure the league in style, and as winners, Ongos Ladies will walk away with a whopping N.dollars 250 000.

Ongos Ladies have scored 88 goals and won 17 of 18 games on their way to the title.

They have yet to experience defeat.

Last year, First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) showed steadfast support by offering a three-season championship sponsorship of the Women’s Super League valued at N.dollars 7.5 million (N.dolars 2.5 million annually).

With only two games remaining in the league for certain clubs, the relegation battle is heating up as Okahandja and NUST Babes prepare to fight for their survival next weekend.

However, NUST Babes and Okahandja will be demoted if Ramblers collect maxi
mum points in all of their remaining encounters, putting them in a strong position to escape relegation.

The struggle for second place continues, with Beauties FC on 39 points and Galz and Goals on 36 points, with a three-point gap between them.

On Saturday, NUST Babes were thrashed by Ramblers Women by four goals to zero, exacerbating their relegation fears, while Khomas NamPol drew one-all with the tenacious UNAM Bokkies.

V-Power Angels upset Namib Daughters 1-0 on Saturday, with Ongos Ladies thumping Okahandja 8-1, and second-placed Beauties losing 3-2 to Galz and Goals in a five-goal thriller.

Arrows Ladies secured three crucial points with a 1-0 victory over Ongwediva Queens.

On Sunday, NUST Babes defeated Ongwediva Queens 2-1, Khomas NamPol upset Galz and Goals 1-0, and V-Power Angels lost 3-2 to Okahandja.

Ongos Ladies pulled another upset by scoring six unanswered goals as they defeated Namib Daughters.

Beauties and UNAM Bokkies drew 1-1, while Arrows Ladies fell 4-2 against Ramblers Women.

ource: The Namibia Press Agency

Race for NPL in sight amid heated promotion battle in SSFD

The fight for a spot in the Debmarine Namibia Premier League is coming down to the wire, with four clubs vying for the top spot in the Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) with just five games left.

Namibian Correctional Service FC presently leads the league after a string of triumphs, including a hard-fought 2-1 win against Davos in Windhoek on Sunday and a 4-1 victory over relegation-threatened Deutscher Turn-und Sportverein (DTS) on Saturday.

Blue Boys, a former Premier League contender, put considerable pressure on them for the league crown after winning back-to-back games against Black Africa (4-1) on Saturday and defeating Ramblers 1-0 on Sunday to cut the gap to NCS to two points.

Eleven Arrows are not far behind, trailing by 10 points to league leaders on 34 points, while Mariental Football Club is in fourth place with 32.

Anything is plausible now that the championship title is on the line, and any missteps by any of the top four teams might cost them the league over their opponents.

Eleven Arrows failed to gather maximum points, collecting just four out of a potential six, reducing their chances of victory. The coastal outfit crushed Black Africa 4-0 on Sunday after drawing 1-1 with Ramblers on Saturday.

Mariental improved their title chances by defeating Oranjemund FC 3-1 on Saturday and Try Again 1-0 on Sunday.

Other Saturday outcomes featured two draws: Try Again and Dates Eleven drew 0-0, while Davos and Latinos tied 1-1.

Latinos hammered DTS 5-1 on Sunday, adding to their relegation woes, while Oranjemund, who are firmly in the relegation zone, suffered another setback, this time against Dates Eleven 3-1.

At the other end of the log standings, only five points separate ninth-placed Black Africa and 12th-placed DTS, leaving four clubs vying for a spot in the top stream division.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Relentless Golden Bees put pressure on KK Palace in NWSFD title race

Golden Bees FC, seeking to return to the Debmarine Namibia Premier League, has put pressure on King Kauluma (KK) Palace after defeating Young Chiefs and Golden Bigs on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

The Outjo-based team maintained its grip on the Northwest Stream First Division League leaders, defeating opponents Young Chiefs (2-0) and Golden Bigs (2-0), putting pressure on KK Palace, who also defeated Oshikuku Young Stars (2-0) and Ongwediva City (1-0) on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

An intriguing three-way title race that began with KK Palace, Eleven Warriors, and Golden Bees has evolved into a duel between KK Palace and Golden Bees, with both teams eager to declare their championship ambitions for next weekend’s final rounds of games.

KK Palace has 40 points, two more than Golden Bees – with only two games remaining, the championship race is now critical, as the two remain strong favourites to win the title.

The weekend results also saw the relegation of Otavi’s Touch and Go, who experienced do
uble defeats, first to Onambula United in a 3-1 thriller on Saturday, before bowing out of the league on Sunday with another 3-1 defeat to Khuse Lions.

Outjo Football Academy, Ongwediva City, Young Chiefs, and Oshikuku Young Stars are all still susceptible to relegation.

With two games remaining in the 2023/2024 season, Saturday’s fixtures brought challenging encounters, with Khuse Lions tearing Eleven Warriors’ aspirations of winning the league in a 2-0 defeat at Oshakati, and the revitalised African Motto also prevailing 1-0 over Ongwediva City.

Outjo Football Academy, determined to avoid relegation, defeated Golden Bigs 3-1 in Outjo, while Golden Bees beat Young Chiefs 2-0 and KK Palace overcame Oshikuku Young Stars 2-0. Onambula United crushed Touch and Go 3-0.

On Sunday, Outjo Football Academy drew 0-0 with Young Chiefs, Golden Bees triumphed 2-0 against Golden Bigs, and Ongwediva City lost 1-0 at home to KK Palace. Oshikuku Young Stars and African Motto shares the spoils following a goalless draw.

Onambula United lost at home to Eleven Warriors, before Khuse Lions defeated Touch and Go 3-1, increasing their prospects of finishing in the top four on the log standings.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency