‘Why NCC is Splashing N23m on Tennis League’

first_imgChristopher Isiguzo in EnuguThe Head of Public Relations, at the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), Reuben Muoka, has stressed that the need to improve the quality of Nigerian tennis players is largely responsible why his commission is sponsoring the 2017 NCC Tennis League to the tune of N23million.Speaking after a two-day first semifinal of the NCC Tennis League held at the Enugu Sports Club at the weekend, Muoka said the commission remained committed towards encouraging young talents. “The major objective is to improve tennis in the country because we take quality tennis to all parts of the country and those that participate in this tournament are those best Nigerian tennis players in males and females”, Mouka disclosed.According to him, the winner of the tournament would go home with N7 million, while the first runner-up will receive N5 million. The 3rd and 4th positions will receive N3 million and N2 million respectively.The NCC spokesman said Nigeria did not have tennis league until NCC introduced matches between teams in 2015, in which eight teams participated, comprising males and females.“We partnered the International Tennis Academy (ITA) and the Nigerian Tennis Federation (NTF) in 2015, to organise the first tennis tournament in Nigeria, which had eight participating team.Last year, about 10 teams participated and 12 teams are participating in this year’s edition.“Apart from what the winners will get, we also gave each of the twelve teams the sum of five hundred thousand naira (500,000), to enable them prepare for this competition,” stressed Muoka.The Executive Captain of Tennis Section of Enugu Sports Club Dr. Lawrence Azike said the essence of the tournament on the part of Nigeria and NCC was in line with the government’s desire to partner the private sector to promote sporting activities in the country.He said it would be an opportunity to empower Nigerian youths to make a living and contribute their own quota towards national development.The tournament which had been taken to 12 different major cities of Nigeria; Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Ilorin, Onitsha, Jos, Ibadan, Ekiti and Owerri, had its first semifinal in Enugu and produced team Muller as the winner after defeating team Ndoma with 5-2 aggregate.Another round of semifinal will be in Abuja in December to produce the team that would play the final with Team Muller in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Top Seed Serena crashes out of French Open

first_imgThe French Open slid towards anarchy on the fourth day. The defending champion and world No1 Serena Williams is out, as is her sister, Venus, joining the No2 seed Li Na, as well as the Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, the game’s glamour boy, Grigor Dimitrov, and Japan’s latest hope, Kei Nishikori, who had already left gaping holes in the men’s draw.Serena’s departure means the top two seeds are gone from the draw after two rounds, the earliest such high-class cull in the tournament’s history. In a summer of doubt, the only certainty in tennis would seem to be that the next surprise is not far away.Williams might still be the best player in the world. And she could yet add to her collection of 17 grand slam titles, her next opportunity arriving at Wimbledon in June. But the 32-year-old American looked anything but a champion in Paris, either during her desultory 6-2, 6-2 second-round defeat by the 20-year-old Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza, when she was near tears towards the end – or in a press conference afterwards that had all the buzz of a coroner’s inquest.Serena – who would not blame injury or the occasional gusts of wind on a grey day for her error-strewn tennis – looked beat, sounded exasperated and, once she had tetchily batted away questions about the most disappointing performance of her career, could not wait to leave a place where she has won two of her slam titles.last_img read more

PH Azkals not taking Timor lightly

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? #KicksStalker: Air Jordan 11 ‘Concord’ returns in December Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I hope that we play a good game,” he said. “We have to play good football, defend well and win the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Just two weeks into the job, the Swede knows that his squad stacks up well against the best in the region, but that doesn’t mean Timor Leste—the lowest ranked team in the competition by Fifa at No. 191—can’t give the Azkals problems especially with their hopes of advancing to the next round on the line.“We can’t look past Timor Leste,” said the 70-year-old, whose team also has to face Thailand on Wednesday in Bacolod and Indonesia in Jakarta on Nov. 25. “We can’t look ahead to any match except for the one tomorrow. We know we can’t take this team lightly despite the fact that they’ve had a difficult start to the tournament.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Azkals opened the tournament with a 1-0 win over Singapore with Patrick Reichelt firing home the winner from close range in the 77th minute at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City on Tuesday.The new home-and-away format for the group stage has the Azkals playing against the Timorese side at Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium since Timor doesn’t have a suitable venue back home. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum KUALA LUMPUR—Philippines coach Sven-Goran Eriksson on Friday kept his team’s confidence in check as the Azkals brace for a stern test against winless Timor Leste in Group B of the AFF Suzuki Cup here.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES MOST READ Eriksson has ruled right-back Luke Woodland for the remainder of the tournament due to a foot injury, but left-back Daisuke Sato, who came off the bench against Singapore, is fit to start, which could mean Martin Steuble will now begin the game at right-back just like in the second half against the four-time champion Lions.“Luke is not available for the rest of the tournament,” Eriksson said. “He is out for, according to the doctors, a month.”The Azkals have beaten Timor three times in the competition, the most dramatic of which came 14 years ago when Chieffy Caligdong scored twice in stoppage time to snatch a 2-1 win over the tournament newcomers also here in Kuala Lumpur. The Timorese got off to a rough start with a 7-0 defeat to Thailand in Bangkok, before bowing to Indonesia, 3-1, in Jakarta on Tuesday.“They (Timor Leste) had a very, very difficult start to the tournament,” Eriksson said. “But in their second game against Indonesia, they did well and scored the first goal. So we have to pay attention. It’s a very important game for us. We started well in the tournament, good result and three points. We have to play very well.”And while Eriksson took delight over his team’s performance against Singapore, the well-traveled coach thinks they can still play better as the tournament progresses.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more