Emulate Oshonaike, Quadri, Toriola – Dalung 

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon has charged Nigeria's budding athletes to emulate the trio of table tennis stars Segun Toriola, Aruna Quadri and Funke Oshinaike following their feat at the just concluded ITTF Africa Senior Championship in Agadir, Morocco.

Oshonaike reclaimed her African women's singles title at the Championships 24 years after she first won it  while the duo of Aruna Quadri and Segun Toriola conquered Egypt to hold on to the the men's doubles.

 Dalung said the ability of players like Toriola and 41 year old Oshinaike to still remain competitive at the continental stage has proven again that an athlete can stay relevant for a very long time if disciplined.

He said Oshinaike's performance in the competition where she won the mixed doubles silver alongside Segun Toriola and a gold medal in the women singles  is a pointer to the fact that "impossible is nothing with the right levels of preparation, mental strength and the desire to win."

Meanwhile, the Honorable Minister has enjoined other federations to emulate the recent self sufficient stance of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation under Waheed Enitan Oshodi following the Ministry of Youth and Sports' decision not to invest in elite sports development any longer.

Dalung urged all federations to have a vibrant marketing department saddled with sourcing for funds to run its day to day activities, while the government will continue to create the enabling environment for sports to thrive and channel its energy towards grassroots sports development.


2. Giwa and group lose again

The Supreme Court on Monday struck out two motions by Chris Giwa and his group seeking to stay the execution of the ruling of the Court of Appeal baring one Mr. Oba Maduabuchi from appearing before it on behalf of Giwa and his group, and the judgement of the same court vacating the orders of the Federal High Court re-listing the case and restoring the orders.

Giwa, proprietor of Giwa FC of Jos, has been in and out of court against Nigeria football in the past 28 months, sustaining his quest even after a celebrated loss at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

On Monday, Justices at Nigeria’s highest court were of the view that the said Oba Maduabuchi cannot appear in the case until the ruling of the Court of Appeal refusing him audience is vacated.

Giwa’s lawyers immediately saw the futility of the twin applications and withdrew same, and the Supreme Court promptly struck out both applications.

Giwa and a member of his group, Yahaya Adama, were both in court on Monday when the Supreme Court made the ruling.

It would be recalled that on Monday, 25th July 2016, the Court of Appeal, Jos Judicial Division, had thrown out Giwa’s case, vacating the order of the Federa High Court of the same division that re-listed the case and restored earlier orders.


3. NFF meets Akwa Ibom government today over Algeria clash

The Nigeria Football Federation’s Technical Committee and some Super Eagles’ officials will meet with the Akwa Ibom State government today to fine tune arrangement for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria scheduled for next weekend in Uyo.

According to NFF Secretary General, Mohammed Sanusi, before the meeting, the parties would inspect facilities at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium to ascertain their state of readiness for the match, which victory would consolidate Nigeria’s lead in Group B of the African qualifying series.

Sanusi added that the visit, the second since the match was awarded to Akwa Ibom State, would afford the stakeholders the chance to put strategies in place to ensure a hiccup-free game, stressing that the Federation was working round the clock to ensure the Super Eagles are well prepared to beat Algeria.

The November 12 game against Algeria will be Nigeria’s 50th World Cup qualifying home match.

In their previous 49 home matches, the Super Eagles had won 39 and drawn seven, while losing three.

The first home match for Nigeria was on September 10, 1960, when they tied 2-2 with Ghana’s Black Stars in Lagos.


4. Falcons coach unpaid for months

Less than a month before the start of the African Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon, it has emerged that Nigeria coach Florence Omagbemi has not been paid by the Nigeria Football Federation.

The former international, who played in four FIFA  Women’s World Cups, has now gone eight months without pay.

The NFF claims the situation will be resolved before the Super Falcons fly out to Cameroon to defend their African title.

The continental championship takes place from  November  19 to  December  3 with Nigeria in Group B alongside Mali, Ghana and Kenya.


5. Stoke 3-1 Swansea: Wilfried Bony double dismisses former club Swansea

Stoke claimed a third successive Premier League victory as they overcame a Swansea side still winless since the opening day of the season.

Former Swans striker Wilfried Bony scored his first goal for Stoke before Wayne Routledge headed the visitors level in a frenetic first half that saw the hosts hit the post three times.

The volume of Stoke chances eventually told as visiting defender Alfie Mawson turned Ramadan Sobhi's shot into his own net, and Bony then nodded in a third after Joe Allen's shot was saved.

Mark Hughes' side are now up to 12th in the Premier League table while Swansea, despite some initial signs of improvement, remain second from bottom and five points from safety.

A fifth match unbeaten represents an impressive transformation from Stoke, whose dismal start to the season had left them at the foot of the table after five games.


6.Champions League: Today’s Fixtures

20:45  Basel ? – ? Paris Saint Germain

20:45  Ludogorets Razgrad ? – ? Arsenal

18:45  Besiktas ? – ? SSC Napoli

20:45  Benfica ? – ? Dynamo Kyiv

20:45  Borussia Moenchengladbach ? – ? Celtic

20:45 Manchester City ? – ? Barcelona

20:45 Atletico Madrid ? – ? FC Rostov

20:45 PSV Eindhoven ? – ? Bayern Munich 


7. Man United end Schweinsteiger exile

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw hailed Bastian Schweinsteiger’s return to first-team training after the former Germany midfielder’s exile came to an end on Monday.

The 32-year-old has not featured since United manager Jose Mourinho’s pre-season arrival and was written off as an asset in the club’s financial results for the year ending June 30, 2016.

He was also omitted from United’s Europa League squad, but pictures on the club’s social media accounts showed him training with team-mates ahead of Thursday’s match at Fenerbahce in the competition.

Shaw’s words were echoed by former United captain Bryan Robson.

Shaw was criticised by Mourinho after United’s 3-1 defeat at Watford last month and, following a spell on the sidelines, was left out of the squad for their recent 4-0 defeat at Chelsea.