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Benin safe for NBBF Elective Congress- Edo State Basketball Association



The Capital city of Edo State, Benin is ready to host delegates from the 36 states of the Federation, the Federal Capital Territory and other stakeholders on the 31st of January for the Nigeria Basketball Federation Elective Congress.

A member of the Edo State Basketball Association, Victor Umoru made this known in Benin as stakeholders count down to the much anticipated event that will usher in a new board of the NBBF.

The city has been described as a safe haven for indigenes and visitors with history recording the first European travelers arrival in Benin to be Portuguese explorers in 1485. 

“Recently, Benin under the leadership of his Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki has opened up the state through sports”, Umoru said.

“We recently hosted the Super Eagles here in Benin, hosted different domestic club football events and capped it with the hosting of the National Sports Festival”.

For him, the ancient city of Benin remains home to all and a very historic place where history will once again be recorded.

Umoru thanked the NBBF congress for affording the state an opportunity to host such a landmark event being the first time ever in the history of NBBF elections where its constitution will be used.

“If Benin was not safe, the National Sports Festival would have been canceled by the Federal Government. Benin would not have played host to the Super Eagles if it was not safe”.

He urged stakeholders to shun rumor mills as they get set to experience the hospitality of Edo state with all hands on deck..

“On our part, we are ready to host Nigeria again. The congress made the right choice. NBBF has really evolved in the last 4 years. Going to a stadium or indoor hall to hold a congress is beneath the federation”.

Deadline for the submission of nomination forms and relevant documents is on Thursday, 27th of January.

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Ekiti FA Congratulates Flying Eagles’ Tolulope Ojo On WAFU Cup Heroics



By Akeem Busari 

Ekiti State Football Association has congratulated fast rising forward Tolulope Ojo for his historic feats during the just concluded WAFU U20 Championship held in Niger.

The fast paced attacker featured only in the semi final and the final matches of the competition. 

The Flying Eagles defeated Benin 3-1  in the final to emerge winners and qualify for the AFCON U-20 Championship slated to hold later year in Egypt. And with Ekiti State born and Remo Stars’ attacker Tolulope Ojo scoring a brace in the final match. 

Speaking with Nigeria Sports Centre, Ekiti FA Boss Bayo Olanlege, expressed his happiness on feat of the team, just as he was particularly thrilled by the performances of Ojo, who was discovered during one of the schools football tournaments in the state and then exposed to grassroots club football before he went ahead to don colours of Ekiti United, Bendel Insurance and Remo Stars. 

” We congratulate the Flying Eagles for emerging winners of the WAFU U20 Cup. However, it is more gratifying to note that our own ‘son’ Tolulope Ojo was the hero of the final match. We are indeed, proud of him and happy with his achievements so far,” the youthful football administrator remarked. 

“We also believe that the heroics of Ojo is a testament to the determination of the FA to develop grassroots football in the state and build a sustainable and longer lasting football ecosystem,” he stated confidently. 

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